For 1,506 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 2.9 points higher than other critics. (0-100 point scale)

A.O. Scott's Scores

  • Movies
  • TV
Average review score: 62
Highest review score: 100 Gloria
Lowest review score: 0 Shoot 'Em Up
Score distribution:
1,506 movie reviews
    • 85 Metascore
    • 90 A.O. Scott
    Even as she stops at familiar stations on the road to maturity — problems at home and school, new friendships and first love — Ms. Sciamma revels in the risky, reckless exuberance of adolescence and in the sheer joy of filming it.
    • 90 Metascore
    • 90 A.O. Scott
    Mr. Jarecki finds a way to show that denial and hope often grow from the same vine. Lives are built around the way they're harvested -- and this talented director has a feel for the soil.
    • 78 Metascore
    • 90 A.O. Scott
    What is so remarkable about Mr. Langella is that he seems to hold Leonard’s intellectual cosmos inside him, to make it implicit in the man’s every gesture and pause.
    • 79 Metascore
    • 90 A.O. Scott
    Tsai not only gives the audience a chance to breathe but also lets us luxuriate in the mood of deadpan melancholy his movie evokes so beautifully.
    • 78 Metascore
    • 90 A.O. Scott
    You don’t have to know anything about Joy Division to grasp the mysterious sorrow at its heart.
    • 90 Metascore
    • 90 A.O. Scott
    The level of accomplishment in the filmmaking is overwhelming.
    • 82 Metascore
    • 90 A.O. Scott
    One of the pleasures of Ajami, a tough and in many ways unsparing movie, is its deep immersion in the beats and melodies of everyday life in Jaffa and beyond.
    • 73 Metascore
    • 90 A.O. Scott
    Beyond the Lights may be a fantasy — movies about love, like songs about love, tend to fall into that category — but it is an uncommonly smart and honest fantasy.
    • 68 Metascore
    • 90 A.O. Scott
    A shockingly hilarious, stiletto-sharp satire directed by Chris Morris and written by a squad of British wits.
    • 85 Metascore
    • 90 A.O. Scott
    By the end you know the characters in it so well that you can't believe you've seen the movie only once, yet on a second viewing it seems completely new. And that may be because the world they inhabit is immediately recognizable -- until we get to heaven, it's where we live -- and like no place you've been before.
    • 74 Metascore
    • 90 A.O. Scott
    Marvelously quick-witted and gloriously goofy hand-drawn feature shows there's still more than 21 grams of life left in the form.
    • 63 Metascore
    • 90 A.O. Scott
    At under 90 minutes, Around a Small Mountain is, by Mr. Rivette’s standards, a small vignette. It could have been —--and perhaps was -- part of something longer and more complex, but it stands as perfectly on its own as Pic St.-Loup, marvelous to contemplate and changing slightly every time you see it.
    • 80 Metascore
    • 90 A.O. Scott
    Coraline lingers in an atmosphere that is creepy, wonderfully strange and full of feeling.
    • 76 Metascore
    • 90 A.O. Scott
    The rounded-off corners of the almost-square frames evoke early movies and antique photographs, and there is wit and mischief in the way Mr. Alonso plays with the relationship between what we see, what we don’t see and what we expect to see.
    • 86 Metascore
    • 90 A.O. Scott
    This is a comedy, with plenty of acutely funny lines, a handful of sharp sight gags and a few minutes of pure, perfect madcap. But a grim, unmistakable shadow falls across its wintry landscape.
    • 83 Metascore
    • 90 A.O. Scott
    A sharply written, fast-talking, almost dementedly articulate satire on modern statecraft.
    • 56 Metascore
    • 80 A.O. Scott
    CQ
    May not make the splash it should; films about moviemaking rarely do. And that would be a shame, because the contrasts the director sets in motion and keeps playing against each other make an entertaining wrestling match.
    • 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.
    • 74 Metascore
    • 80 A.O. Scott
    Mr. Plympton rewrites the laws of physics at will, but within a rigorous and coherent logic. He conjures a world of absolute improbability that, somehow, makes perfect sense.
    • 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.
    • 76 Metascore
    • 80 A.O. Scott
    It’s both funny and serious without trying too hard to be either, and by trying above all to be honest.
    • 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.
    • 67 Metascore
    • 80 A.O. Scott
    What keeps Bolt fresh is an unaffected exuberance, a genuine sense of fun, that is expressed above all through obsessive attention to craft.
    • 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.
    • 70 Metascore
    • 80 A.O. Scott
    Its scenes, quiet and undramatic, are nonetheless suffused with an almost lyrical intensity, and its sympathy is as limitless as its curiosity.
    • 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.
    • 68 Metascore
    • 80 A.O. Scott
    The ultimate caper, a work of brazen ebullience.
    • 83 Metascore
    • 80 A.O. Scott
    There is nonetheless a lyricism at its heart, an unsentimental, soulful appreciation of the grace that resides in even the meanest struggle for survival.
    • 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.
    • 91 Metascore
    • 80 A.O. Scott
    If you need reassurance or grounds for optimism about the Middle East, you will not find it here. What you will find is rare, welcome and almost unbearable clarity.

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