For 1,530 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 2.7 points higher than other critics. (0-100 point scale)

A.O. Scott's Scores

  • Movies
  • TV
Average review score: 62
Highest review score: 100 The Babadook
Lowest review score: 0 MacGruber
Score distribution:
1,530 movie reviews
    • 76 Metascore
    • 80 A.O. Scott
    Happy Valley, even as it revisits past events, has a chilling timeliness.
    • 81 Metascore
    • 80 A.O. Scott
    Gimme the Loot has a lot to say about the contradictions of a place that is defined by both abundant opportunity and ferocious inequality. But the film makes its points in a lighthearted, street-smart vernacular, treating its protagonists not as embodiments of a social condition but rather as self-aware individuals who are, like teenagers everywhere, both smart and dumb.
    • 79 Metascore
    • 80 A.O. Scott
    Wickedly absorbing.
    • 75 Metascore
    • 80 A.O. Scott
    After Tiller is impressive because it honestly presents the views of supporters of legal abortion, and is thus a valuable contribution to a public argument that is unlikely to end anytime soon.
    • 78 Metascore
    • 80 A.O. Scott
    Mr. Bielinsky, in what would sadly be his last film, demonstrates a mastery of the form that is downright scary.
    • 82 Metascore
    • 80 A.O. Scott
    If recent American history is ever going to be discussed with the necessary clarity and ethical rigor, this film will be essential.
    • 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.
    • 85 Metascore
    • 80 A.O. Scott
    While the gist of Offside is the same (as "The Circle"), its tone is more insouciant, as it celebrates the guile and toughness of its heroines while casting a sympathetic glance at the ethical quandaries facing their jailers.
    • 80 Metascore
    • 80 A.O. Scott
    The result is an experience that, even as it feels a bit familiar, is nonetheless engrossing and satisfying.
    • 73 Metascore
    • 80 A.O. Scott
    There is something to be said for a clear and unblinking recitation of facts, and thankfully Mr. Gibney does a lot of that.
    • 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.
    • 72 Metascore
    • 80 A.O. Scott
    Ace in the Hole is an acquired taste -- and an unforgettable one.
    • 67 Metascore
    • 80 A.O. Scott
    Babylon is about architecture as a balm, and this is a particularly good time for such a film.
    • 73 Metascore
    • 80 A.O. Scott
    Though the film’s structure may be tragic, its spirit is anything but.
    • 72 Metascore
    • 80 A.O. Scott
    Enchanting and diverting documentary.
    • 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.
    • 75 Metascore
    • 80 A.O. Scott
    This means that the violations chronicled in The Invisible War are compounded by a deep and terrible betrayal, which ripples outward from the various branches of the service into the society as a whole. This is not a movie that can be ignored.
    • 75 Metascore
    • 80 A.O. Scott
    His painstakingly coordinated scenes and exquisitely timed takes are the filmmaking equivalent of wringing every single use from a paper towel and then folding it before disposal.
    • 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.
    • 71 Metascore
    • 80 A.O. Scott
    This is one of the best-photographed pictures of the year, but not ostentatiously so; the look is organic to the less-than-glamorous badlands of Sunnyside, Queens.
    • 90 Metascore
    • 80 A.O. Scott
    There's as much at stake in the hilarious, moody and cantankerous film adaptation of "Splendor" as there was in this summer's other movies of comic-book antiheroes like "The Hulk" and "The League of Extraordinary Gentlemen."
    • 73 Metascore
    • 80 A.O. Scott
    By the end, Mr. To has proven himself to be a genre hack of uncommon intelligence and soul: a first-rate entertainer who can thrill you into thinking.
    • 67 Metascore
    • 80 A.O. Scott
    The Darjeeling Limited amounts finally to a high-end, high-toned tourist adventure. I don’t mean this dismissively; it would be hypocritical of me to deny the delights of luxury travel to faraway lands. And Mr. Anderson’s eye for local color — the red-orange-yellow end of the spectrum in particular — is meticulous and admiring.
    • 68 Metascore
    • 80 A.O. Scott
    Queen and Country doesn’t quite have the bittersweet intensity of its precursor. The terrible magic of the war is missing, and so is the heightened, wide-eyed perceptiveness of the child protagonist.
    • 78 Metascore
    • 80 A.O. Scott
    Mr. del Toro provokes your screams and shudders, but he also earns your tears.
    • 75 Metascore
    • 80 A.O. Scott
    Part feminist fable, part romantic fairy tale, it is by turns tart and sweet, charming and tough, rather like its heroine and like Keri Russell, the plucky, pretty, nimble actress who plays her.
    • 66 Metascore
    • 80 A.O. Scott
    Julie & Julia proceeds with such ease and charm that its audacity -- is easy to miss.
    • 76 Metascore
    • 80 A.O. Scott
    Intensely appealing.
    • 65 Metascore
    • 80 A.O. Scott
    Fittingly enough, given that his great subject has always been himself, it is Mr. Roth who dominates the screen...He is, for 90 minutes, marvelous company — expansive, funny, generous and candid.
    • 65 Metascore
    • 80 A.O. Scott
    It is a curious hybrid of documentary and experimental theater. It is also one of the most terrifying movies I have ever seen.

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