For 824 reviews, this critic has graded:
  • 44% higher than the average critic
  • 2% same as the average critic
  • 54% lower than the average critic
On average, this critic grades 0.3 points higher than other critics. (0-100 point scale)

Mike Scott's Scores

  • Movies
  • TV
Average review score: 62
Highest review score: 100 I Am Not Your Negro
Lowest review score: 20 Universal Soldier: Day of Reckoning
Score distribution:
  1. Negative: 51 out of 824
824 movie reviews
    • 54 Metascore
    • 60 Mike Scott
    Director David Bowers' story is straightforwardly -- almost unimaginatively -- approached. But, armed with a talented cast and Kinney's chuckle-generating source material, it functions nicely as a sort of big-screen "Wonder Years" for Millennials.
    • 59 Metascore
    • 60 Mike Scott
    A bronto-sized slice of big-screen entertainment buoyed by dazzling visual effects and intense action, and a film that plays like part adventure movie, part monster movie and part thrill ride.
    • 57 Metascore
    • 60 Mike Scott
    There's a soothing catharsis in the idea that good guys are every bit as capable as bad guys of raining hellfire down on their enemies.
    • 57 Metascore
    • 60 Mike Scott
    Ends up being an enjoyable, if only marginally memorable, ride.
    • 50 Metascore
    • 60 Mike Scott
    Hit and Run achieves its chief goal: to put the pedal to the metal for some good, goofy fun, squealing the tires as often as possible along the way.
    • 61 Metascore
    • 60 Mike Scott
    Boxtrolls stands reasonably well on its own, as a cool steampunk fairy-tale that serves as yet another testament to the artistry of the folks at Laika.
    • 27 Metascore
    • 60 Mike Scott
    Pixels is a slice of pure, frivolous entertainment that doesn't try to overreach.
    • 74 Metascore
    • 60 Mike Scott
    Still, there's more here to like than to dislike in what ends up being a feel-good movie about a feel-bad topic, a la "Little Miss Sunshine."
    • 50 Metascore
    • 60 Mike Scott
    A sleight-of-hand heist film that feels like a cross between David Blaine and "Ocean's Eleven," with a little Robin Hood thrown in, it's a ripping bit of fun. If, that is, you let it be.
    • 68 Metascore
    • 60 Mike Scott
    The result is a hoot, as Nelson breathes comic life into the proceedings with an effortless, unselfconscious joie de vivre.
    • 40 Metascore
    • 60 Mike Scott
    When it comes down to it, there's one overriding factor that lessens the impact of the film's numerous stumbles, and that's this: It's just plain entertaining to see all these warped characters, and all these well-cast actors, bouncing off of one another, interacting with one another, and creating a barely controlled chaos.
    • 81 Metascore
    • 60 Mike Scott
    Starred Up isn't just violence for violence's sake. Rather, it is a surprisingly layered, hard-hitting human drama, one that cuts to the bone -- albeit with a homemade prison knife.
    • 59 Metascore
    • 60 Mike Scott
    As glossy and well-produced as Unbroken is, it doesn't stray too terribly far from Hollywood convention. In fact, its very story structure is so traditional that it's mirrored by Clint Eastwood's "American Sniper."
    • 62 Metascore
    • 60 Mike Scott
    An uneven but consistently compelling film that, with its roots in the horrors of World War II, generated no small amount of controversy in its native Poland when it was released there in 2012.
    • 80 Metascore
    • 60 Mike Scott
    That's some admirably mature stuff for a kid's flick in this day of rampant pandering, but it also helps rob the film of a certain breathless, edge-of-your-seat appeal. In other words, there are lulls here.
    • 75 Metascore
    • 60 Mike Scott
    With all of its excess, Wolf of Wall Street might not rank up there with Scorsese's best, it sure has fun trying.
    • 75 Metascore
    • 60 Mike Scott
    Spy
    Spy boasts tons of the type of low-humor that fuel so many Seth Rogen and Will Ferrell frat-boy movies. The difference here is that the laughs aren't at the expense of the fat kid. By the time the closing credits roll, McCarthy's character been built up, not torn down -- and we're rooting for her, not guffawing at her.
    • 71 Metascore
    • 60 Mike Scott
    There are movies based on real events that must be embellished in order to make them work on the big screen. Mel Gibson's World War II drama Hacksaw Ridge is not such a movie. In fact, it's the opposite.
    • 78 Metascore
    • 60 Mike Scott
    Doesn't rise as much as it flounders and frustrates, in what would appear to be a case of a filmmaker prioritizing ego over efficiency, and engaging in generally muddled storytelling.
    • 50 Metascore
    • 60 Mike Scott
    While Nourizadeh's just-for-fun head trip is no more ambitious than its long-haired pothead of a main character, it delivers on its sole goal: to entertain and to surprise.
    • 81 Metascore
    • 60 Mike Scott
    The sky is far from falling on the Bond franchise. In fact, it is as good as it has ever been. What's more, Craig is reportedly on board for at least two more outings, so Q had better get to work on those bifocals because 007 is no where near ready for retirement.
    • 49 Metascore
    • 60 Mike Scott
    Director Daniel Barnz's soft-play indie drama is a compassionate but emotionally raw film, one that traffics in such thoughtful ideas as personal redemption and emotional resurrection.
    • 49 Metascore
    • 60 Mike Scott
    Like the character at its center, Wein's film suffers from a certain sense of inertia, which is where Gerwig comes in.
    • 85 Metascore
    • 60 Mike Scott
    These characters are so compelling that their stories are easy to get caught up in. As with "A Separation," Farhadi's drama never strikes a resoundingly false note -- which is a precious thing in movies lately -- and as such is a film that promises moving rewards.
    • 63 Metascore
    • 60 Mike Scott
    It's a comfortable and tidily assembled story of human perseverance in the face of adversity. Which is yet another thing about which the Irish know a thing or two.
    • 75 Metascore
    • 60 Mike Scott
    In fact, "restraint" is the word that best characterizes DuVernay's film. This isn't a movie filled with overt action or outbursts of melodrama.
    • 60 Metascore
    • 60 Mike Scott
    The result is a feel-good, family-friendly trip film that promises drama, suspense, humor and -- in a rarity for sports dramas -- no small amount of modern relevance.
    • 75 Metascore
    • 60 Mike Scott
    Those who sit through its talky, belabored first half will be rewarded first and foremost with the finest fight scene of any "Avengers" film to date, one that doubles as a satisfyingly popcorny start to the summer season.
    • 39 Metascore
    • 60 Mike Scott
    Director Klay Hall's embraceable, overachieving romp plays nicely as a big-screen feature.
    • 78 Metascore
    • 60 Mike Scott
    It's a theme Mary Shelley brought us in "Frankenstein," which was first published in 1818. That was almost 200 years ago. And while Ex Machina replaces the stitches and neck bolts with gears and fiber-optics, it all feels an awful lot like the same story.
    • 72 Metascore
    • 60 Mike Scott
    It's not a film for everyone. Those who see it, however, will have trouble forgetting it.
    • 55 Metascore
    • 60 Mike Scott
    The ultimate goal of a film like this, of course, is to change minds. As compelling a case as it builds, Promised Land isn't quite persuasive enough to be able to promise to do that.
    • 53 Metascore
    • 60 Mike Scott
    The joy of Hysteria, like the joy of certain other things, isn't necessarily rooted in the element of surprise. Rather, it's in the pleasure of the path taken to get to that crescendo.
    • 40 Metascore
    • 60 Mike Scott
    So does the film succeed, overall? On some levels. But if all you want is a guilt-free, sci-fi summer pleasure, save your money and wait another week. The crew of the Enterprise is on its way.
    • 41 Metascore
    • 60 Mike Scott
    Some summer movies are big, woofing mastiffs. (Think "Battleship.") Others are naughty, nipping lapdogs. ("The Dictator.") Here, what we get is a calm, quiet basset hound. And, for the most part, it's a good dog.
    • 83 Metascore
    • 60 Mike Scott
    While Pina will undoubtedly be well-received by modern-dance devotees, it does little to take advantage of the enormous opportunity to open the door for newcomers.
    • 67 Metascore
    • 60 Mike Scott
    An enchantment, plain and simple. And while it won't make many forget Disney's iconic animated version, it certainly joins it as one of the more enjoyable re-tellings of this classic tale.
    • 59 Metascore
    • 60 Mike Scott
    That's a lot of storytelling going on, and it costs Battle of the Five Armies a certain cohesion.
    • 57 Metascore
    • 60 Mike Scott
    It's a good, old-fashioned sit-around-the-campfire ghost story, one that delivers on its sole reason for existence: to raise the hairs on the back of your arms.
    • 67 Metascore
    • 60 Mike Scott
    An enjoyable diversion, a lightweight bit of philosophizing that blends humor with the bittersweet. It won't likely stick in your memory for too terribly long.
    • 51 Metascore
    • 60 Mike Scott
    There are plenty of entertaining moments to latch onto beneath the sci-fi tropes -- and maybe even a few that will inspire a new generation of storytellers.
    • 60 Metascore
    • 60 Mike Scott
    Granted, there's comfort to be found in the familiarity of Mendes' film, which makes an effort to look back while also advancing the series. But there's a fine line between paying homage to the past and merely repeating it.... Spectre often crosses that line.
    • 64 Metascore
    • 60 Mike Scott
    His (Andrew Dominik) film delivers when it matters, especially with its crystallizing final lines. Not only do they wrap a bow on what ends up being a treatise on the uglier side of capitalism, but they stand among the most memorable closing lines in recent Hollywood history.
    • 58 Metascore
    • 60 Mike Scott
    Suffers through the occasional lull, but those would be much easier to forgive if they didn't also generate frequent false moments that threaten to take viewers out of the movie.
    • 59 Metascore
    • 60 Mike Scott
    It aims to entertain, to offer a few tame chuckles for parents and children to enjoy in a purely Saturday-morning way. And it accomplishes that.
    • 46 Metascore
    • 60 Mike Scott
    Aja's film ends up being an fairly satisfying Halloween diversion, using those magical horns to overcome its flaws and transform itself into a decidedly dark, but weirdly sweet, ride.
    • 75 Metascore
    • 60 Mike Scott
    Yes, that makes Frank weird, but it's the kind of weird I can't get enough of.
    • 76 Metascore
    • 60 Mike Scott
    An entertaining and interesting film, and one that speaks with a reasonable degree of credibility. And while that might not make it high art, it's good enough for me.
    • 44 Metascore
    • 60 Mike Scott
    This is a movie that -- in addition to being exceedingly well-cast and surprisingly well-shot -- is gleefully inappropriate and indulgently crass at every turn.
    • 56 Metascore
    • 60 Mike Scott
    Enchanting enough to cast a spell over fans, of Jolie, of Disney, of "Sleeping Beauty" -- and of pure, cinematic escapism.
    • 77 Metascore
    • 60 Mike Scott
    Ryan Reynolds and Ben Mendelsohn, and their casting in the lead roles pays off in spades. In fact, they're the primary reasons Mississippi Grind works as well as it does.
    • 73 Metascore
    • 60 Mike Scott
    Rust and Bone is somber and gritty if nothing else, a movie that takes itself very, very seriously, even as it struggles at times to find its focus.
    • 57 Metascore
    • 60 Mike Scott
    There's something haunting going on in The Notebook -- in the story, in the performances, in the overall atmosphere -- that makes it hard to look away from, and equally hard to forget.
    • 54 Metascore
    • 60 Mike Scott
    Amusing as it often is, it's all also fairly predictable stuff. If there's one thing Arteta's script is missing, it's imagination.
    • 62 Metascore
    • 60 Mike Scott
    If Split does one thing, it's to show that "The Visit" wasn't a fluke. If it does another thing, it's to make me intrigued to see what he has in store for us next.
    • 77 Metascore
    • 60 Mike Scott
    Baumbach, however -- while not entirely past that particular cocktail of curmudgeonly emotions -- demonstrates an ability to laugh at his own apparent age hang-ups.
    • 63 Metascore
    • 60 Mike Scott
    That storytelling, however, is uneven, ranging from something approaching tedium to moments that are downright wonderful (such as the sweetest of scenes, involving two young lovers -- played by and Alicia Vikander and Domhnall Gleeson -- and a stack of children's blocks).
    • 30 Metascore
    • 60 Mike Scott
    And so the real question isn't whether director Todd Phillips' third -- and, he insists, the final -- installment in the unabashedly crude, very R-rated comedy trilogy is funny. Of course, it is.
    • 63 Metascore
    • 60 Mike Scott
    While you're watching it, it is cozy and enjoyable, the same way a sleeping cat in your lap is cozy and enjoyable.
    • 74 Metascore
    • 60 Mike Scott
    The real highlight, though, is the music by Robert Lopez and Kristen Anderson-Lopez.
    • 67 Metascore
    • 60 Mike Scott
    The sort of movie you should go see with someone you love. You should also hold their hand during the movie. And be thankful that that hand is there.
    • 81 Metascore
    • 60 Mike Scott
    Bridge of Spies, with its stop-and-go momentum, is also more merely interesting than it is full-on riveting. It's still quite good stuff, but despite its impressive pedigree... it doesn't feel as if it's quite the sum of all of its parts.
    • 56 Metascore
    • 60 Mike Scott
    The pieces click together nicely in what ends up being an overall enjoyable package.
    • 67 Metascore
    • 60 Mike Scott
    Furious 7, formulaic or not, knows exactly what kind of movie it is. It is a superhero movie without the tights. It is a comic-book franchise without the radioactive spider bite. It is, plain and simple, an automotive "Avengers."
    • 58 Metascore
    • 60 Mike Scott
    An Unexpected Journey also proves that it is, indeed, possible to get too much of a good thing.
    • 64 Metascore
    • 60 Mike Scott
    The film's message -- about how the Internet is sabotaging our real-life relationships -- doesn't resonate with absolute clarity, but Disconnect does a much more effective job than anyone could hope to do in 140 characters or less.
    • 81 Metascore
    • 60 Mike Scott
    Also helping to sell it all is the fact that these films, goofy though they may be, feature a consistently high level of acting. In addition to Pegg, we get Martin Freeman ("The Hobbit"), Paddy Considine ("Red Riding"), Eddie Marsan ("Sherlock Holmes") and Bill Nighy ("Love Actually"), all of whom have appeared previously in the trilogy.
    • 63 Metascore
    • 60 Mike Scott
    Niccol's film won't likely achieve the high-flying box-office success of "Top Gun," but it is similar to that 1986 film in that it will likely get people talking after the closing credits roll.
    • 66 Metascore
    • 60 Mike Scott
    Watching it, one gets the feeling that Coppola knows these vampiric types all too well. What unfolds feels like a cross between "Lifestyles of the Rich and Famous" and "Natural Born Killers," and a film that is far more disapproving than glamorizing of the go-go-go Los Angeles lifestyle -- but fascinating nonetheless.
    • 62 Metascore
    • 60 Mike Scott
    Roenning and Sandberg never dig deeply into the real, underlying motivating force behind Heyerdahl's voyage aboard the Kon-Tiki -- the name of his visually unimpressive but ultimately seaworthy raft -- other than relying on the fact that he wanted to prove his theory correct.
    • 71 Metascore
    • 60 Mike Scott
    This newer installment is every bit its predecessor's match as far as action goes. Where it exceeds it, however, is in the between-the-fights moments.
    • 73 Metascore
    • 60 Mike Scott
    This is a movie to be experienced on a more visceral level. As long as you don't expect anything more, you won't be disappointed.
    • 60 Metascore
    • 60 Mike Scott
    It is funny at times, it is scary at times, it is downright silly at times, and it is action-packed at times. In its best moments, it's all of those things at once.
    • 69 Metascore
    • 60 Mike Scott
    They're fascinating characters, to be sure, with back stories ripe for development. But Whedon doesn't commit here, and the results are shrug-worthy.
    • 61 Metascore
    • 60 Mike Scott
    Granted, Elysium could be more clever as it goes about its business. This is smart sci-fi, but it's not as smart as it could have been -- or as many "District 9" fans were probably hoping it would be.
    • 61 Metascore
    • 60 Mike Scott
    Oculus is a time bomb of a psychological horror film.
    • 74 Metascore
    • 60 Mike Scott
    Just as importantly, though, is the tone of Melfi's film...which blends humor and emotion into the proceedings, to heartwarming effect.
    • 62 Metascore
    • 60 Mike Scott
    Ted
    Unapologetically raw -- and very funny.
    • 37 Metascore
    • 60 Mike Scott
    It tickles both funnybones and eyeballs.
    • 66 Metascore
    • 60 Mike Scott
    Age of Ultron -- for all the eye candy and mindless entertainment it has to offer -- stays safely within the franchise's established parameters. Here, there are no real surprises.
    • 51 Metascore
    • 60 Mike Scott
    In the final analysis, that's the real endgame here: to get people into theaters and build a film franchise. For all of their film's flaws, Hood and company do that well, as Ender's Game shapes up as a decent franchise starter -- and a film that makes it hard not to be intrigued by what will come next.
    • 68 Metascore
    • 60 Mike Scott
    Unlike most enforcers in the movies, Jacky isn't just a brainless slab of meat.
    • 41 Metascore
    • 60 Mike Scott
    Stand Up Guys becomes something not only enjoyable but memorable and emotionally layered at the same time.
    • 64 Metascore
    • 60 Mike Scott
    This is a jazz movie, both in style and in substance, and so, rather, his goal is to try to capture the fog-like essence of Miles.
    • 62 Metascore
    • 60 Mike Scott
    Easily the most enjoyable animated film of 2013 so far.
    • 60 Metascore
    • 60 Mike Scott
    This is a movie purely for grown-ups, with its enjoyment coming not from its explosions or attacking aliens but from spending time with these characters and savoring its optimistic, "never too late for happiness" message.
    • 41 Metascore
    • 60 Mike Scott
    Tyldum's "Twlight Zone"-tinged action-romance is a mass-appeal crowd-pleaser, the kind of made-for-the-holidays movie that holds a little something for everyone. Even better, being neither a sequel nor a remake, it's got something few sci-fi films do nowadays: originality.
    • 44 Metascore
    • 60 Mike Scott
    Is all of that to say that Oz the Great and Powerful comes even close to matching the timeless, iconic stature of 1939's "The Wizard of Oz"? No, of course not. That's not just a once-in-a-lifetime cultural phenomenon, but a once-in-many-liftimes one.
    • 64 Metascore
    • 60 Mike Scott
    You might love it or you might hate it, but you won't soon forget it -- and you won't be able to say you've seen a movie quite like Swiss Army Man before.
    • 59 Metascore
    • 60 Mike Scott
    Yes, Apatow's film has its peaks and valleys -- just the way life does -- but it stands alone nicely on its own, a satisfying comedic riff on life and all of its absurdities.
    • 80 Metascore
    • 60 Mike Scott
    As it is, it's little more than an artful rehash -- which means that anyone who wants closure to the story, or to see justice truly served, will have to wait a little longer.
    • 59 Metascore
    • 60 Mike Scott
    Nicole Kidman as wife Patti (shows nice, subtle touches in her limited time on-screen).
    • 55 Metascore
    • 60 Mike Scott
    Unlike in some of his other recent films, Shyamalan never overreaches this time. Instead, he keeps things simple and focuses on the story at hand.
    • 55 Metascore
    • 60 Mike Scott
    A giddy blend of style and attitude that plays like a lightweight cross between a Guy Ritchie and Wes Anderson film.
    • 50 Metascore
    • 60 Mike Scott
    Even though it's a strictly no-frills, straight-forwardly shot affair, it feels overdue.
    • 66 Metascore
    • 60 Mike Scott
    Making it even more intriguing is the fact that the whole thing is, extraordinarily, inspired by a true story.
    • 66 Metascore
    • 60 Mike Scott
    The music, of course, is the engine that makes the whole exercise go, tapping into a genre-spanning collection of tunes, but every bit as important to the film's success is its unexpected humor, which flirts with raunchy but stops juuuust short of crossing any lines that would have earned it an R rating.
    • 45 Metascore
    • 60 Mike Scott
    There's a chance Black or White just might offend some, but it's more likely to get them thinking and talking. In this day and age, and given recent headlines, it's hard to ask much more from a movie.
    • 72 Metascore
    • 60 Mike Scott
    The result is an artist profile that doesn't feel like the standard, stuffy artist profile. Instead, Beauty is Embarrassing is an entertaining whimsy that, like White, never takes itself too seriously, doesn't overstay its welcome and never, ever underestimates the value of a chuckle.
    • 62 Metascore
    • 60 Mike Scott
    Black Sea gets the job done, accomplishing all that it sets out to do -- and better than most January thrillers.

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