For 1,544 reviews, this critic has graded:
  • 49% higher than the average critic
  • 2% same as the average critic
  • 49% lower than the average critic
On average, this critic grades 2.6 points higher than other critics. (0-100 point scale)

A.O. Scott's Scores

  • Movies
  • TV
Average review score: 63
Highest review score: 100 Summer Palace
Lowest review score: 0 MacGruber
Score distribution:
1,544 movie reviews
    • 75 Metascore
    • 80 A.O. Scott
    Jar City is chilly and cerebral but also morbidly and powerfully alive to grossness and physicality.
    • 76 Metascore
    • 80 A.O. Scott
    The brilliance of Stuff and Dough is that it wraps this powerful, disturbing drama in an anecdote from ordinary life. As is often the case in recent Romanian movies, the acting is so accomplished as to be invisible.
    • 79 Metascore
    • 80 A.O. Scott
    Has the advantage of being an unusually good superhero picture. Or at least -- since it certainly has its problems -- a superhero movie that's good in unusual ways.
    • 54 Metascore
    • 80 A.O. Scott
    In the hands of a more literal-minded filmmaker The Tracey Fragments might well have been dreary and unbearable, a chronicle of florid self-pity justified by arbitrary cruelty. Instead it is fierce, enigmatic and affecting.
    • 84 Metascore
    • 80 A.O. Scott
    Maddin's real point -- and, for admirers of this brilliant and idiosyncratic artist, the true source of the movie’s interest -- is that Winnipeg explains him.
    • 72 Metascore
    • 80 A.O. Scott
    Gives a remarkably thorough and detailed account of the difficult conditions facing American soldiers in Iraq.
    • 67 Metascore
    • 80 A.O. Scott
    What keeps Bolt fresh is an unaffected exuberance, a genuine sense of fun, that is expressed above all through obsessive attention to craft.
    • 72 Metascore
    • 80 A.O. Scott
    Nearly every melodramatic impulse has been suppressed in favor of a calm precision that serves both to intensify and delay the emotional impact of the film’s climactic disclosures.
    • 79 Metascore
    • 80 A.O. Scott
    A revelation comes near the end that is both tremendously moving and a bit disappointing, in the way that the solutions to great mysteries frequently are. This turn does not diminish the accomplishment of Ms. Scott Thomas's deep, subtle and altogether stunning performance, but it does alter the scale of the movie, turning it into a more manageable, less existentially unsettling drama.
    • 70 Metascore
    • 80 A.O. Scott
    Above all, The Curious Case of Benjamin Button is a triumph of technique.
    • 81 Metascore
    • 80 A.O. Scott
    The result is a film with a stately, deliberate quality that insulates it against sentimentality and makes it all the more devastating.
    • 80 Metascore
    • 80 A.O. Scott
    The result is an experience that, even as it feels a bit familiar, is nonetheless engrossing and satisfying.
    • 76 Metascore
    • 80 A.O. Scott
    Somehow the story of a young man's coming of age never gets old, at least when it is told with the kind of sweetness and intelligence Adventureland displays.
    • 76 Metascore
    • 80 A.O. Scott
    The premise of Every Little Step is no less inspired for seeming so simple and obvious, and it pays tribute to the durability and continued relevance of “A Chorus Line,” which first opened in New York in 1975, before many of the performers in the movie were born.
    • 66 Metascore
    • 80 A.O. Scott
    Julie & Julia proceeds with such ease and charm that its audacity -- is easy to miss.
    • 81 Metascore
    • 80 A.O. Scott
    In the best B-movie tradition, the filmmakers embed their ideas in an ingenious, propulsive and suspenseful genre entertainment, one that respects your intelligence even as it makes your eyes pop (and, once in a while, your stomach turn).
    • 55 Metascore
    • 80 A.O. Scott
    Even at a distance from each other (Washington/Travolta), they conduct a tag-team master class in old-style movie star technique, barreling through every cliché and nugget of corn the script has to offer with verve and conviction. Even when you don't really believe them, they're always a lot of fun to watch.
    • 84 Metascore
    • 80 A.O. Scott
    The mystery of Séraphine de Senlis -- who died in a mental hospital in 1942 and whose work survives in some of the world’s leading museums -- is left intact at the end of Séraphine. Rather than trying to explain Séraphine, the film accepts her.
    • 70 Metascore
    • 80 A.O. Scott
    For rock geeks of any age or taste, the lore in this documentary will be catnip.
    • 85 Metascore
    • 80 A.O. Scott
    If in hindsight An Education might make you a little queasy, it is hard to resist, like David himself.
    • 63 Metascore
    • 80 A.O. Scott
    When Mr. Greengrass made "United 93," his 2006 reconstruction of one of the Sept. 11 hijackings, some people fretted that it was too soon. My own response to Green Zone is almost exactly the opposite: it's about time.
    • 81 Metascore
    • 80 A.O. Scott
    So much in this meticulous and moving film is between the lines, and almost nothing is by the book.
    • 77 Metascore
    • 80 A.O. Scott
    It is an engrossing portrait all the same, a generous introduction to someone worth knowing, who knows an awful lot.
    • 74 Metascore
    • 80 A.O. Scott
    He (Lenny) is completely appalling, and also completely himself, a kind of mad, disturbing integrity that is both matched and mitigated by the honesty of this lovely, hair-raising film.
    • 74 Metascore
    • 80 A.O. Scott
    The reason it deserves to be seen in a theater with special glasses on, rather than slapped on the DVD player when the children are acting up -- lies in those airborne sequences.
    • 76 Metascore
    • 80 A.O. Scott
    The extent of the need around the world is so enormous and overwhelming that the efforts of the doctors in this sobering film seem both vitally necessary and woefully inadequate.
    • tbd Metascore
    • 80 A.O. Scott
    What makes Le Amiche so bracing -- so sad and, sometimes, so funny -- is that its heroines are fallible, flawed, vain and powerful, each in her own way. They often make one another miserable, but their company is always a pleasure.
    • 56 Metascore
    • 80 A.O. Scott
    The film collects a cast of performers who know how to be funny. The success of this movie, following a formula upheld by just about any recent hit comedy you can name, lies as much with supporting players and plot-derailing set pieces as with the central story and characters.
    • 77 Metascore
    • 80 A.O. Scott
    Though the story sometimes wanders into hazy, corny sentiment, its protagonist (called Felix Bush, which was apparently a nickname or alias of Breazeale's) is vivid, enigmatic and unpredictable.
    • 72 Metascore
    • 80 A.O. Scott
    A tour de force of archival research and dogged interviewing, and the portrait it presents is remarkably complete.

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