For 1,463 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 2.9 points higher than other critics. (0-100 point scale)

A.O. Scott's Scores

  • Movies
  • TV
Average review score: 62
Highest review score: 100 Pan's Labyrinth
Lowest review score: 0 Battlefield Earth: A Saga of the Year 3000
Score distribution:
1,463 movie reviews
    • 77 Metascore
    • 80 A.O. Scott
    Best and most touching when it shows how willing punk is to eat its young.
    • 77 Metascore
    • 80 A.O. Scott
    Mr. Block has put his parents’ life, and his own, into this film with such warmth and candor that it may take more than one viewing to recognize it as a work of art.
    • 78 Metascore
    • 80 A.O. Scott
    Mr. Tsai's films are held together internally, and connected one to another, by an elusive, insistent logic that is easier to recognize than to describe. But once you do start to recognize it, each new movie offers passage to an exotic place that feels, uncannily, like home.
    • 75 Metascore
    • 80 A.O. Scott
    Sensitive, modest, thrillingly self-assured first feature by So Yong Kim, was one of the standouts of the 2006 Sundance Film Festival -- exactly the kind of thoughtful, independent work one hopes to find there and too rarely does.
    • 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.
    • 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.
    • 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.
    • 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.
    • 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.
    • 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.
    • 63 Metascore
    • 80 A.O. Scott
    Not quite a biopic, not really a documentary and only loosely an adaptation, Howl does something that sounds simple until you consider how rarely it occurs in films of any kind. It takes a familiar, celebrated piece of writing and makes it come alive.
    • 72 Metascore
    • 80 A.O. Scott
    A tour de force of archival research and dogged interviewing, and the portrait it presents is remarkably complete.
    • 68 Metascore
    • 80 A.O. Scott
    The point of it is not, in the end, to explain him or solve the mystery of his life, but rather to spend time in his company and understand why he is someone to be missed.
    • 65 Metascore
    • 80 A.O. Scott
    Ms. Hamilton tells a modest, complex story with admirable clarity and nuance. That her film is so quiet, so evidently invested in contemplation rather than confrontation, gives it power as well as insight.
    • 80 Metascore
    • 80 A.O. Scott
    Splendidly rich and wise.
    • 71 Metascore
    • 80 A.O. Scott
    The ease and professionalism that distinguished this prolific director's later work is very much in evidence, as is an insouciant attitude, at once resigned and dismissive, toward mortality.
    • 67 Metascore
    • 80 A.O. Scott
    The point of this thoughtful, moving film is that the motives and actions that define human ethics are never simple and that the Communist regime was especially adept at exploiting this complexity for its own ends.
    • 74 Metascore
    • 80 A.O. Scott
    The Time That Remains has the scope of a historical epic with none of the expected heaviness.
    • 74 Metascore
    • 80 A.O. Scott
    It is comfortable with itself and confident in its ability to amuse and beguile young viewers.
    • 67 Metascore
    • 80 A.O. Scott
    The magical, metaphorical strain in The Future is what makes it powerful, unsettling and strange, as well as charming. The everyday fears and frustrations that shadow us on our awkward trip through the life cycle often feel enormous, even cosmic, and Ms. July has the audacity to find images and situations that give form to those metaphysical inklings.
    • 76 Metascore
    • 80 A.O. Scott
    This is the kind of story, as Oliver himself would admit, that we have already seen dozens of times. But Mr. Ayoade's keen visual wit and clever, knowing touches keep it surprising and nimble, especially in the quick, lurching early scenes, which are startlingly funny.
    • 63 Metascore
    • 80 A.O. Scott
    Amigo is a well-carpentered narrative, fast-moving and emphatic, stepping nimbly from gravity to good humor.
    • 65 Metascore
    • 80 A.O. Scott
    You understand the different ways the members of this extended family are trapped, in physical space and in psychological patterns they don’t fully understand. But you also realize that, like house cats that venture to the door to sniff at the air outside, they don’t necessarily want to be free.
    • 82 Metascore
    • 80 A.O. Scott
    Mr. Villeneuve tells Nawal's story in a way that is both subtle and emphatic, and Ms. Azabal, portraying Nawal from hopeful youth to despairing middle age, gives a performance that is all the more powerful for the restrained, unshakeable sense of dignity she brings to it.
    • 58 Metascore
    • 80 A.O. Scott
    It manages, in the end, to be touching as well as hectic and whimsical, and to send a few interesting thematic bubbles into the air, having to do with lost fathers, obscure regrets and racial reconciliation.
    • 72 Metascore
    • 80 A.O. Scott
    The achievement of this film is to forestall and complicate easy judgment. You emerge shaken and bothered, which may sound like a reason not to see the movie. It is actually the opposite.
    • 74 Metascore
    • 80 A.O. Scott
    There is something remarkable - you might even say miraculous - about the way Higher Ground makes its gentle, thoughtful way across the burned-over terrain of the American culture wars.

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