For 1,712 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 2.2 points higher than other critics. (0-100 point scale)

A.O. Scott's Scores

  • Movies
  • TV
Average review score: 64
Highest review score: 100 Sita Sings the Blues
Lowest review score: 0 Blended
Score distribution:
1712 movie reviews
    • 81 Metascore
    • 100 A.O. Scott
    Like "Inglourious Basterds," Django Unchained is crazily entertaining, brazenly irresponsible and also ethically serious in a way that is entirely consistent with its playfulness.
    • 100 Metascore
    • 100 A.O. Scott
    In its time, this film represented the arrival of something new, and even now it can feel like a bulletin from the future.
    • tbd Metascore
    • 100 A.O. Scott
    There are creatures fished out of formaldehyde, volumes flecked with rot, birds that have been hollowed out and stuffed, household tools battered beyond recognition. The effect of seeing all this is certainly haunting, but too beautiful to be morbid.
    • 94 Metascore
    • 100 A.O. Scott
    The first 40 minutes or so of Wall-E -- in which barely any dialogue is spoken, and almost no human figures appear on screen -- is a cinematic poem of such wit and beauty that its darker implications may take a while to sink in.
    • 83 Metascore
    • 100 A.O. Scott
    The great accomplishment of Gloria, the Chilean writer-director Sebastián Lelio’s astute, unpretentious and thrillingly humane new film, is that it acknowledges both sides of its heroine’s temperament without judgment or sentimentality.
    • 63 Metascore
    • 100 A.O. Scott
    Mr. Wright's Anna Karenina is different. It is risky and ambitious enough to count as an act of artistic hubris, and confident enough to triumph on its own slightly - wonderfully - crazy terms.
    • 93 Metascore
    • 100 A.O. Scott
    And the ingenuity of “Sita” — is dazzling. Not busy, or overwhelming, or eye-popping. Just affecting, surprising and a lot of fun.
    • 84 Metascore
    • 100 A.O. Scott
    To call The Descendants perfect would be a kind of insult, a betrayal of its commitment to, and celebration of, human imperfection. Its flaws are impossible to distinguish from its pleasures.
    • 95 Metascore
    • 100 A.O. Scott
    Though its principal figure, the novelist, playwright and essayist James Baldwin, is a man who has been dead for nearly 30 years, you would be hard-pressed to find a movie that speaks to the present moment with greater clarity and force, insisting on uncomfortable truths and drawing stark lessons from the shadows of history.
    • 88 Metascore
    • 90 A.O. Scott
    I can't remember the last time the movies yielded up a love story so painful, so tender and so true.
    • 69 Metascore
    • 90 A.O. Scott
    You Ain’t Seen Nothin’ Yet is a sly, elegant meditation on the relationship between reality and artifice. But it is a thought-experiment driven above all by emotion.
    • 96 Metascore
    • 90 A.O. Scott
    For all of Mr. Cuarón’s formal wizardry and pictorial grandeur, he is a humanist at heart.
    • tbd Metascore
    • 90 A.O. Scott
    What you see is the intensity of rock 'n' roll at a time when it still felt risky and thrilling.
    • 75 Metascore
    • 90 A.O. Scott
    Ahead of us lie many more documentaries similar in tone and spirit to this one. We can hope that at least a few of them are as intelligently and artfully made.
    • 65 Metascore
    • 90 A.O. Scott
    The movie expands in its frame, surpassing simple comprehension and continuing to grow in your mind — and perhaps to blow it — long after it’s over.
    • 71 Metascore
    • 90 A.O. Scott
    The film is careful to avoid explicit political statement, but its reticence makes its critique of the Iranian regime all the more devastating.
    • 90 Metascore
    • 90 A.O. Scott
    The film's realism is a point of entry rather than the whole point of the exercise. Its setting is finally subordinate to the main character, as memorable and vivid a heroine as you are likely to see on screen this season.
    • 82 Metascore
    • 90 A.O. Scott
    This dream of a movie is set in such a place; with its delicate shifts of tone, it could be a fairy tale by Faulkner
    • 65 Metascore
    • 90 A.O. Scott
    This movie is crowded and sprawling, and if it rambles sometimes, that's just fine. Like those big, boxy Caddies (and like Howlin’ Wolf, if he did say so himself), it's built for comfort, not for speed. It hums, it purrs and it roars.
    • 79 Metascore
    • 90 A.O. Scott
    The story is at once hilarious and horrific, its significance both self-evident and opaque. The same could be said of most of the Coen brothers’ movies, in which human existence and the attempt to find meaning in it are equally futile, if also sometimes a lot of fun. (For us, at least.)
    • 75 Metascore
    • 90 A.O. Scott
    The result is a movie that is challenging, accessible and hard to stop thinking about...But in too many recent movies intelligence is woefully undervalued, and it is this quality -- even more than its considerable beauty -- that distinguishes Little Children from its peers.
    • 88 Metascore
    • 90 A.O. Scott
    Ms. Hansen-Love surveys the territory with clear eyes, but also with an unmistakable shading of pity and with ideas, in particular about Nathalie’s sexuality and the political compromises of her generation, that seem more like assumptions than insights.
    • 80 Metascore
    • 90 A.O. Scott
    The Simpsons Movie, in the end, is as good as an average episode of "The Simpsons." In other words, I’d be willing to watch it only -- excuse me while I crunch some numbers here -- 20 or 30 more times.
    • 93 Metascore
    • 90 A.O. Scott
    The picture is more fun than it has a right to be.
    • 72 Metascore
    • 90 A.O. Scott
    Mr. Wiseman's particular genius has always been to convey, through judicious editing and dogged filming, the tedium, busyness and quiet intensity of group labor.
    • 79 Metascore
    • 90 A.O. Scott
    Praise will stick with you. It's more than worthy of its title.
    • 74 Metascore
    • 90 A.O. Scott
    Like the great space epics of the past, Christopher Nolan’s Interstellar distills terrestrial anxieties and aspirations into a potent pop parable, a mirror of the mood down here on Earth.
    • 79 Metascore
    • 90 A.O. Scott
    It's undeniably a trifle, but rarely is something like this done with such skill and, well, savoir-faire.
    • 83 Metascore
    • 90 A.O. Scott
    Good sports movies are always about more than sports... Red Army touches on themes of friendship and perseverance, and also offers a compact and vivid summary of recent Russian history.
    • 76 Metascore
    • 90 A.O. Scott
    Soul Power, as aptly and succinctly titled a movie as I have ever seen, takes you to a place where the discipline that produces great popular art is indistinguishable from the ecstasy that art creates.

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