For 1,381 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 2.8 points higher than other critics. (0-100 point scale)

A.O. Scott's Scores

  • Movies
Average review score: 62
Highest review score: 100 Museum Hours
Lowest review score: 0 MacGruber
Score distribution:
1,381 movie reviews
    • 62 Metascore
    • 70 A.O. Scott
    Though Mr. Favreau probably had to co-star in Made to make his exposé of the loser's mushy pink underbelly of "Swingers" register, he might have come up with a better picture if he had stayed behind the camera. But he's willing to take chances, and he'll learn from this movie.
    • 79 Metascore
    • 70 A.O. Scott
    The extravagance of the sets and costumes increases the theatricality; Chunhyang is an almost childlike delight for the eyes.
    • 52 Metascore
    • 70 A.O. Scott
    Because of the movie's wonderful shamelessness, its mordantly funny chills and fights are huge turn-ons. A B picture in love with the zest of its comic-book origins, it embodies that medium's pulse-pounding spiritedness and silliness.
    • tbd Metascore
    • 70 A.O. Scott
    Has a lovely, unadorned, though distended sentimentality.
    • 66 Metascore
    • 70 A.O. Scott
    An inviting piece of film. Mr. Rubbo's cast of characters have the charisma of true devotees and stoked egos that match their intentions.
    • 47 Metascore
    • 70 A.O. Scott
    Mr. Kitano directed, edited and wrote Brother -- and his style of close-to-the-vest brutality travels extremely well.
    • 63 Metascore
    • 70 A.O. Scott
    Perhaps it's the difference in culture, but the thoughtfulness in Smell of Camphor, Fragrance of Jasmine shows that its creator isn't letting himself or his audience off the hook.
    • 58 Metascore
    • 70 A.O. Scott
    Mr. Li will come out of Kiss of the Dragon smelling like a rose; the combat couldn't be better. But next time around, he should leave the script to more capable hands.
    • 78 Metascore
    • 70 A.O. Scott
    Southern Comfort sent shock waves through this year's Sundance Film Festival, even though it is as much about generosity and courage and tolerance as it is about a potentially discomforting subject.
    • 39 Metascore
    • 70 A.O. Scott
    Loads of fun. It has a jamming B-picture buzz -- the kind of swift filmmaking and high spirits that have been missing from movies for a while.
    • 51 Metascore
    • 70 A.O. Scott
    There is a blueprint here for what should be the next wave of comedy-concert movies, but the filmmaking team has only used part of it.
    • 72 Metascore
    • 70 A.O. Scott
    A muckraking effort that will probably play best to the converted.
    • 56 Metascore
    • 70 A.O. Scott
    What really separates "Midlands" from Leone's desiccated, terse genre work is Mr. Meadows's doting attention to his characters' decency. It gives a demonstrative bittersweetness to a likable but small story.
    • 69 Metascore
    • 70 A.O. Scott
    What gives the movie its power is that even the most innocuous scenes in the boys' lives are shadowed by dread.
    • 75 Metascore
    • 70 A.O. Scott
    Insanely likable but suffers from anemia.
    • 57 Metascore
    • 70 A.O. Scott
    Often very smart about being silly.
    • 31 Metascore
    • 70 A.O. Scott
    Pootie Tang may be raw and slovenly -- hey, it often is raw and slovenly -- but it succeeds as a laugh getter because of the spot-on satirical notes. You might say that the movie walks it like it talks it; I'm not sure what Pootie would say.
    • 68 Metascore
    • 70 A.O. Scott
    Feels as though it is not about much, but it is so well acted that the lassitude becomes a part of the atmosphere.
    • 73 Metascore
    • 70 A.O. Scott
    Much of All About Lily Chou-Chou is mesmerizing: some of its plaintiveness could make you weep. If only Mr. Iwai trusted the material enough.
    • 70 Metascore
    • 70 A.O. Scott
    Mr. Washington's dry-ice grandeur -- the predator's reflexes contrasting with a pensive mouth -- deserves regard, and his powerhouse virtuosity will almost guarantee him an Oscar nomination.
    • 73 Metascore
    • 70 A.O. Scott
    This is a high-concept comedy, and none of the jokes are forced, which makes Meet the Parents a singular achievement.
    • 61 Metascore
    • 70 A.O. Scott
    Often unspeakably funny.
    • 66 Metascore
    • 70 A.O. Scott
    This film, Mr. Caetano's feature-length directorial debut, has an emotional integrity that's concise and direct.
    • 71 Metascore
    • 70 A.O. Scott
    An enjoyable and charming if overactive fantasy.
    • 77 Metascore
    • 70 A.O. Scott
    What Mr. Hanson has done with 8 Mile is make a pop movie instead of a movie about pop. There's nothing disreputable about this.
    • 70 Metascore
    • 70 A.O. Scott
    It's in the small touches that this movie comes alive, and it's rare that directors can pull off this kind of thing.
    • 62 Metascore
    • 70 A.O. Scott
    Relax, the staging of the action sequences is as viciously elegant as you've been primed to expect, though there is a dispiriting more-of-the-same aspect to the picture.
    • 80 Metascore
    • 70 A.O. Scott
    Though he can still deliver an amazing scare, Mr. Spielberg's interest now leans more toward exposition rather than the anticipatory. He is explaining the fun away.
    • 64 Metascore
    • 70 A.O. Scott
    Unfortunately One Hour Photo turns everyone but the central character into a cutout.
    • 60 Metascore
    • 70 A.O. Scott
    The psychological underpinnings give this picture a charged emotional atmosphere. The dizzying unspoken feelings between the two men mesh so well that the movie seems to have been worked out like a perverse drawing-room comedy.