For 1,482 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 3 points higher than other critics. (0-100 point scale)

A.O. Scott's Scores

  • Movies
  • TV
Average review score: 62
Highest review score: 100 A Christmas Tale
Lowest review score: 0 MacGruber
Score distribution:
1,482 movie reviews
    • 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.
    • 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.
    • 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.
    • 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.
    • 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.
    • 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.
    • 80 Metascore
    • 80 A.O. Scott
    Splendidly rich and wise.
    • 74 Metascore
    • 80 A.O. Scott
    The Time That Remains has the scope of a historical epic with none of the expected heaviness.
    • 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.
    • 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.

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