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 Beyond the Hills
Lowest review score: 0 MacGruber
Score distribution:
1,381 movie reviews
    • 56 Metascore
    • 80 A.O. Scott
    Funny and brisk, with enough good lines to make the comedy more satisfying than the somewhat routine but still unsettling jolts to the spine.
    • 70 Metascore
    • 80 A.O. Scott
    The narrative motion is tricky; first it canters, then shifts into a heady, quick gallop. What's most fascinating about Adanggaman are the scenes that feel like anecdotal rest stops but that are actually building into a nuanced and engrossing whole.
    • 62 Metascore
    • 80 A.O. Scott
    Mr. Shyamalan may be the only mainstream director hankering for success with a need to understate; he is like Shaq without the tattoos. The result is a mastery of craft that may leave some hungry for more.
    • 85 Metascore
    • 80 A.O. Scott
    The picture itself is about, yes, cycles, and as tiresome as that sounds, 10 minutes into the film you'll be white-knuckled and unable to look away.
    • 83 Metascore
    • 80 A.O. Scott
    A film in which nothing is what it seems, this is the kind of genre touch that Mr. González Iñárritu expands into something far more haunting.
    • 66 Metascore
    • 80 A.O. Scott
    The believability comes from the casting: he has found a group of actors and nonprofessionals who interact spectacularly well.
    • 77 Metascore
    • 80 A.O. Scott
    This terrifically smart and solid piece of filmmaking lets the former Weathermen, now in their 50's and older, speak into the camera and reveal a bit of their personal histories as well as what the peace movement meant to them.
    • 76 Metascore
    • 80 A.O. Scott
    Intensely appealing.
    • 63 Metascore
    • 80 A.O. Scott
    When Suddenly finds its soul in the last half-hour, the title begins to make a lovely sort of sense.
    • 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."
    • 68 Metascore
    • 80 A.O. Scott
    The ultimate caper, a work of brazen ebullience.
    • 64 Metascore
    • 80 A.O. Scott
    Echoes its director's own deportment as a performer, alternating silky smoothness with burlap coarseness. Though Mr. Malkovich stays entirely behind the scenes, he creates a languorous but gripping story of people fighting to stay a step ahead of hopelessness.
    • 74 Metascore
    • 80 A.O. Scott
    After watching the fascinating and compelling new documentary Lost in La Mancha, you may forever wonder how it is that movies are made at all.
    • 82 Metascore
    • 80 A.O. Scott
    Mr. Chabrol's droll assault on petit-bourgeois security feels like a satire of "Ordinary People" directed by Alfred Hitchcock.
    • 61 Metascore
    • 80 A.O. Scott
    Vivid and visually stunning.
    • 69 Metascore
    • 80 A.O. Scott
    The picture is about victims -- but it's also a great, sick rush with a kicker on the level of "The Vanishing."
    • 78 Metascore
    • 80 A.O. Scott
    This minimalist film is slightly hobbled by its minimal plot; it's the crucial difference between a movie with moments of greatness and a great movie.
    • 71 Metascore
    • 80 A.O. Scott
    Effervescent and satisfying, a crowd pleaser that does not condescend.
    • 58 Metascore
    • 80 A.O. Scott
    With Shanghai Knights, he (Chan) has come through with one of his best. This time, it's personable.
    • 74 Metascore
    • 80 A.O. Scott
    Soderbergh rallies a seismic jolt of enthusiasm, and the movie is an elating blaze of flair and pride.
    • 51 Metascore
    • 80 A.O. Scott
    Amusingly gamy, an anecdotal crime film that's an antidote to the pile of overly slick robbery pictures of the past few years.
    • 70 Metascore
    • 80 A.O. Scott
    Narc is convincing, an entertaining, grimy view of the traps of machismo tucked inside a cop thriller.
    • 74 Metascore
    • 80 A.O. Scott
    A heartbreakingly thoughtful minor classic, the work of a genuine and singular artist.
    • 47 Metascore
    • 80 A.O. Scott
    Though finally overwhelmed by a preening lassitude, Hotel is never less than fascinating.
    • 50 Metascore
    • 80 A.O. Scott
    The end may be a bit of a letdown, but much of Garage Days is choice cuts indeed.
    • 64 Metascore
    • 80 A.O. Scott
    So assured in its manipulative prowess that only afterward do you realize how fully you've been worked over.
    • tbd Metascore
    • 80 A.O. Scott
    A goofy and remarkable film.
    • 72 Metascore
    • 80 A.O. Scott
    Enchanting and diverting documentary.
    • 57 Metascore
    • 80 A.O. Scott
    The picture has a daring attention-span deficit and an epic silliness that can be awesomely entertaining.
    • 52 Metascore
    • 80 A.O. Scott
    A monumental treat as well as a crafty assemblage of mythologies.