For 629 reviews, this critic has graded:
  • 48% higher than the average critic
  • 2% same as the average critic
  • 50% lower than the average critic
On average, this critic grades 3.2 points higher than other critics. (0-100 point scale)

Mike Scott's Scores

  • Movies
  • TV
Average review score: 63
Highest review score: 100 Blue Valentine
Lowest review score: 20 Hotel Transylvania
Score distribution:
  1. Negative: 44 out of 629
629 movie reviews
    • 88 Metascore
    • 100 Mike Scott
    Up
    A thoroughly uplifting bit of cinema.
    • 81 Metascore
    • 100 Mike Scott
    To his credit, however, the often-playful Blomkamp never bludgeons his audience with any specific message. He's too busy letting 'er rip with his edge-of-your-seat, and unapologetically violent, sci-fi adventure.
    • 71 Metascore
    • 100 Mike Scott
    His (Jonze) obvious affection for, and veneration of, Maurice Sendak's 1963 Caldecott Medal-winning children's book is palpable in his near-perfect live-action adaptation, a dreamy -- and, like Sendak's book, faintly nightmarish -- exploration of one child's tantrum-y side.
    • 67 Metascore
    • 100 Mike Scott
    More than anything this is an intelligent film, a satisfying bit of old-school sci-fi suspense.
    • 84 Metascore
    • 100 Mike Scott
    Not only does it deliver a powerful message, but it is wrapped in an immensely entertaining package.
    • 61 Metascore
    • 100 Mike Scott
    After watching the bailouts, the bank foreclosures and the Bernie Madoffs of the world dominate headlines, Michael Moore is mad as hell, and he's going to try to make you mad as hell, too.
    • 92 Metascore
    • 100 Mike Scott
    Positively soars.
    • 77 Metascore
    • 100 Mike Scott
    It's a tremendously moving drama, filled with heartbreak, humor and, more importantly, humanity.
    • 77 Metascore
    • 100 Mike Scott
    A singularly enjoyable and moving film.
    • 90 Metascore
    • 100 Mike Scott
    More than anything else, however, director Jacques Audiard's gritty, grab-you-by-the-shirtfront film is a mob movie -- a really, really good mob movie. Think "GoodFellas," but with Gauloises and accent aigu instead of plates of spaghetti and accent Pesci.
    • 76 Metascore
    • 100 Mike Scott
    It's one of the most engaging foreign films to come along since 'Tell No One' in 2008.
    • 90 Metascore
    • 100 Mike Scott
    Like "The Hurt Locker," Winter's Bone is a spare but riveting drama with a female director. It is built around a raw, revelatory performance by a young, little-known lead actor.
    • 85 Metascore
    • 100 Mike Scott
    A film that is beautiful, harrowing, heartbreaking -- and necessary.
    • 95 Metascore
    • 100 Mike Scott
    The result is a ripped-from-the-Zeitgeist film that is razor-sharp, an astute and funny portrait of the early 2000s, with all its LOL's, its IMO's and its WTF's. Mostly its WTF's.
    • 82 Metascore
    • 100 Mike Scott
    127 Hours -- just like "Slumdog Millionaire" -- is a masterful slice of four-star cinema, featuring an irresistible performance by James Franco, breathtaking cinematography, and the kind of deep, searching soul that is absent from so much of what comes out of Hollywood.
    • 81 Metascore
    • 100 Mike Scott
    It is beautiful, and it is difficult to watch. It is heartwarming, and it is heart-wrenching. It is absorbing, and it's unsettling.
    • 85 Metascore
    • 100 Mike Scott
    This film is undoubtedly a piece of art, as much so as a Picasso painting, one that invites viewers to immerse themselves, scratch their heads and consider it.
    • 87 Metascore
    • 100 Mike Scott
    A dazzling, stirring capper to a once-in-a-generation movie franchise.
    • 62 Metascore
    • 100 Mike Scott
    The Help isn't intended to be so much a movie about the ugliness of the era than an optimistic tale of what can spring from that kind of ugliness, about the ability of people to love one another even when they're surrounded by hatred. And on that level, The Help succeeds wonderfully, a warm and sweet song of hope.
    • 83 Metascore
    • 100 Mike Scott
    Extraordinarily engaging but surprisingly sobering.
    • 83 Metascore
    • 100 Mike Scott
    This kind of cinematic delight is a rarity, a warm and masterfully crafted reminder of why we love to go to the movies in the first place.
    • 71 Metascore
    • 100 Mike Scott
    His a wonderful, touching story, one that made me want to scoop up every kid I know who has a scrap of creative talent, and have them watch the film. Because Elmo's story is sweet -- but Clash's is nothing short of inspiring.
    • 71 Metascore
    • 100 Mike Scott
    If there's a complaint, it's that it flirts with rambling once the main case is solved -- nearly 20 minutes before the movie ends. But Fincher uses that remaining time to expand on Lisbeth's character, which is hard to hold against him.
    • 72 Metascore
    • 100 Mike Scott
    An entirely fitting Christmas Day release -- filled as it is with magic and talk of miracles -- and easily one of the best films of 2011.
    • 89 Metascore
    • 100 Mike Scott
    If nothing else, this is a cinematic high-wire act.
    • 84 Metascore
    • 100 Mike Scott
    A thoroughly endearing journey, and one of the most enjoyable and touching movies to land in theaters so far this year.
    • 78 Metascore
    • 100 Mike Scott
    A captivating portrait of the frailty and the failures of humanity.
    • 86 Metascore
    • 100 Mike Scott
    Beasts of the Southern Wild is not only a wonderful story -- a portrait of intestinal fortitude in the face of enormous change -- but it's our story, forged in our own shared recent history and dripping with flood, sweat and tears.
    • 79 Metascore
    • 100 Mike Scott
    All music docs are not created equal. Yes, some are formulaic. But some are beautiful, some are singular, some are marvels of storytelling. And some, like Searching for Sugar Man, are all three.
    • 86 Metascore
    • 100 Mike Scott
    What plays out is something like CSPAN 1865. That is, it's dense, talky stuff at times -- particularly at its start, as the film takes a good 15 minutes to gain traction -- but also highly rewarding and instructive.
    • 79 Metascore
    • 100 Mike Scott
    The result is a human drama that quietly argues that the gift of life isn't one to be taken lightly.
    • 77 Metascore
    • 100 Mike Scott
    The House I Live In is not a comfortable film to consider in any respect, but without discomfort it's hard to feel anger - and without anger, it's hard to imagine that anything will ever be done about it.
    • 95 Metascore
    • 100 Mike Scott
    The U.S. government did torture prisoners of war in the name of its so-called war on terror and, by extension, in the name of all Americans. What Bigelow and Boal seem to be arguing is that such actions take a deep cosmic toll on the people responsible -- whether directly, in the case of Chastain's character, or indirectly, in the case of you and me.
    • 84 Metascore
    • 100 Mike Scott
    Feels startlingly real and inherently relevant, a shining, sterling example of cinema at its most powerful and urgent.
    • 76 Metascore
    • 100 Mike Scott
    Mud
    Watching Mud unfold, one suspects that the Arkansas-reared Nichols remembers exactly what it was like to be a boy of the Southern wilds.
    • 85 Metascore
    • 100 Mike Scott
    Fruitvale Station is only the first in a string of civil-rights minded movies set to hit theaters this year -- contributing to what could be the most racially conscious award season in recent memory.
    • 96 Metascore
    • 100 Mike Scott
    Gravity, it turns out, is a great film, a technical and storytelling masterpiece that is buoyed by stunning visuals and which functions both as a ripping, tension-filled yarn and as a profound and life-affirming work of art.
    • 97 Metascore
    • 100 Mike Scott
    There's something Shakespearean about it. From the case of mistaken identity (though willfully mistaken) to the formal, old-fashioned language to the tragic tone in which it is all swaddled, this is Shakespeare by way of the Deep South.
    • 71 Metascore
    • 100 Mike Scott
    That's the kind of movie this is, the kind that sticks with you, that prods you to examine things. In the process, it reveals itself to be something of an emotional roller coaster -- but one well worth riding.
    • 84 Metascore
    • 100 Mike Scott
    Not only is it a searing on-the-ground, in-the-fray portrait of the heart of Egypt's ongoing revolution, but it is also a stirring tribute to the indomitable spirit of those who are risking, and in many cases giving, their lives to keep it alive.
    • 88 Metascore
    • 100 Mike Scott
    There are moments of depth there as well, as Anderson touches on themes of friendship and loyalty. More than anything else, though, The Grand Budapest Hotel is just a fun ride -- a wild, wonderful ride seemingly plucked out of Anderson's dream journal.
    • 87 Metascore
    • 100 Mike Scott
    Chaz Ebert says that Roger would have loved Life Itself. I'll take her word for it. She knew him far better than I did. Clearly. But I'll add this: I love it, too.
    • 100 Metascore
    • 100 Mike Scott
    The greatest movies, the ones that stick with us, are those that hold up a mirror to the human condition and reflect something back at us that we too often manage to overlook. Boyhood is one of those movies, and with it Linklater proves he is among the best practitioners of that art.
    • 76 Metascore
    • 88 Mike Scott
    You know how people say that they don't make romantic comedies like they used to? Turns out they do. At least, director Marc Webb does -- and has -- with his clever and sweet debut, 500 Days of Summer.
    • 68 Metascore
    • 88 Mike Scott
    A surprisingly uplifting examination of life and loss.
    • 73 Metascore
    • 88 Mike Scott
    Local viewers will be tickled by the wealth of New Orleans details in the production. One of the best just might be in the film's music.
    • 79 Metascore
    • 88 Mike Scott
    Bong's film starts out as a comedy, transforms into a quirky Agatha Christie whodunnit and finishes with an unpredictable Hitchcockian flourish.
    • 85 Metascore
    • 88 Mike Scott
    It's a career-making performance that relies as much on charm as on acting ability -- and Mulligan has both.
    • 55 Metascore
    • 88 Mike Scott
    As beautiful as the animation is, Zemeckis' real masterstroke is combining it with a loyalty to Dickens' story.
    • 76 Metascore
    • 88 Mike Scott
    It is edifying, it is emotionally engaging, it is embraceable.
    • 83 Metascore
    • 88 Mike Scott
    A simple story about a difficult man, and it's an impressive debut from writer-director Scott Cooper.
    • 63 Metascore
    • 88 Mike Scott
    It's a lovely bit of blood-pressure-lowering cinema that never betrays its simple conceit.
    • 72 Metascore
    • 88 Mike Scott
    This is a self-contained story that stands nicely on its own. How novel.
    • 74 Metascore
    • 88 Mike Scott
    What Nolan has created with Inception is the rare movie that is bound to improve with repeated viewings, both as a means to drink in its brilliance one more time, and to see what sly clues might have flown under your radar the first time around.
    • 77 Metascore
    • 88 Mike Scott
    A movie with a message, but the subtle kind; it's whispered wisdom, wrapped up in a story of mystery, of love, of regret, of repentance and redemption.
    • 74 Metascore
    • 88 Mike Scott
    An exceedingly well-assembled genre picture, a spell-binding, edge-of-your-seat thriller.
    • 72 Metascore
    • 88 Mike Scott
    A movie that charms its way to being a kind of well-crafted teen touchstone that very well could become to today's generation what "Ferris Bueller" was to teens of the '80s.
    • 79 Metascore
    • 88 Mike Scott
    Without subtitles this time, it also stands a very real chance of migrating out of America's art houses and into its multiplexes, where it can sink its teeth into a whole new audience.
    • 56 Metascore
    • 88 Mike Scott
    As a result, Hereafter isn't so deep that it will change the way many people think about the afterlife. But it is heartfelt and thoughtful and, in a way, comforting.
    • 65 Metascore
    • 88 Mike Scott
    Boasting a rich look and an engrossing storyline, it's the rare "to-be-continued" film that doesn't leave its audience feeling cheated.
    • 83 Metascore
    • 88 Mike Scott
    A documentary that is equal parts sweet science, brutal art and masterful filmmaking.
    • 57 Metascore
    • 88 Mike Scott
    Almost feels as if it is two different films. One is the opening 20 minutes or so, in which most of the screwball comedy takes place. The other comes when Yimou gets on with the real story. That's where the payoff comes in.
    • 88 Metascore
    • 88 Mike Scott
    One of the chief reasons that director Tom Hooper's richly produced film works so well is because it operates on so many different levels. The King's Speech is all about layers, and Hooper keeps it humming on several at once.
    • 78 Metascore
    • 88 Mike Scott
    The only waste would be if people didn't go see it.
    • 67 Metascore
    • 88 Mike Scott
    That character flaw makes for some great shock-fueled laughs in Lewis' film -- Giamatti does full-on comic rage as well as anyone.
    • 57 Metascore
    • 88 Mike Scott
    The film -- lame of title but big on fun.
    • 81 Metascore
    • 88 Mike Scott
    A lovely jaunt that ends up becoming one of Allen's most enjoyable films, start-to-finish, in years.
    • 76 Metascore
    • 88 Mike Scott
    Seeing Brannaman work in the warm, sun-dappled documentary Buck makes it clear why he was such a perfect fit for Redford's film: Few people can handle horses the way Brannaman does.
    • 82 Metascore
    • 88 Mike Scott
    A story of hope amid the ruins -- one that everybody can appreciate, no matter their politics.
    • 63 Metascore
    • 88 Mike Scott
    The result isn't just the best new romantic comedy released so far this year, but one of the best comedies, period.
    • 67 Metascore
    • 88 Mike Scott
    Both taut and satisfyingly relevant, it presents a portrait of a compromised elections system -- one that should give the left wing, the right wing and the fringe-dwelling nutjobs something they can all agree on. Namely: We're in deep doo-doo.
    • 84 Metascore
    • 88 Mike Scott
    At times humorous, at times poignant, but always absorbing.
    • 65 Metascore
    • 88 Mike Scott
    Built as it is around horrifying moments of intimate violence, the stark British drama Tyrannosaur can be a hard movie to watch. At the same time, though, it's hard to stop watching once it gets going.
    • 65 Metascore
    • 88 Mike Scott
    With Knuckle, Palmer offers a thorough -- and extraordinarily compelling -- portrait of the Travellers.
    • 95 Metascore
    • 80 Mike Scott
    It's the little moments in Farhadi's film that are its most important, speaking every bit as loudly as its big, narrative-driving moments.
    • 79 Metascore
    • 80 Mike Scott
    While Pariah starts out as a film with moments of predictability, it evolves into a smart, compelling -- and optimistic -- portrait of heartbreak and hope.
    • 64 Metascore
    • 80 Mike Scott
    Writer-director Markus Schleinzer's exceedingly dark drama -- guaranteed to make audiences squirm in their seats -- is emotionally unsettling.
    • 69 Metascore
    • 80 Mike Scott
    Without a doubt, stupid, but it's willfully stupid, built in the comic style of "The Hangover" and "Due Date." Better yet, it also is genuinely funny, which is the point.
    • 60 Metascore
    • 80 Mike Scott
    It is small, it is smart, it is quirky.
    • 67 Metascore
    • 80 Mike Scott
    Katniss is gritty, she's flinty, she's intimidating -- and she doesn't have to compromise one iota of her femininity for it. And Ross' movie tells her story wonderfully.
    • 90 Metascore
    • 80 Mike Scott
    Merely from a film-study standpoint, it's an interesting exercise.
    • 74 Metascore
    • 80 Mike Scott
    This is nothing if not an important film. It is important for the bullied to see, if for no other reason than to realize they aren't alone, and it is important for the bullies to see as well as for the parents of both groups so everyone can understand just how devastating the problem is.
    • 76 Metascore
    • 80 Mike Scott
    It's called Chico & Rita, but their film could just as easily have been titled "Chico & Cuba." In both cases, it's a film are about a long-lost love, and in both cases it is steeped in such a pitch-perfect sense of place -- and affection -- that you can almost smell the cigar smoke as it unfolds.
    • 57 Metascore
    • 80 Mike Scott
    Chimpanzee is so skillfully crafted, and the big-hearted outcome so endearing and entertaining, that any narrative liberties taken to aid in the telling of this prehensile tale are not only forgivable but welcome.
    • 62 Metascore
    • 80 Mike Scott
    Perhaps the best thing about The Five-Year Engagement is that it signals a touch of maturity creeping into the House of Apatow.
    • 59 Metascore
    • 80 Mike Scott
    With beautiful, artful images serving to break up the monotony of the film's wealth of talking heads, Surviving Progress is at times as visually striking as it is persuasive.
    • 69 Metascore
    • 80 Mike Scott
    The magic is back at Pixar.
    • 59 Metascore
    • 80 Mike Scott
    Perhaps the best thing about Seeking a Friend is that it never ceases to surprise, as Scafaria's script consistently defies Hollywood convention in the most congenial ways.
    • 72 Metascore
    • 80 Mike Scott
    Even if something feels crazy -- whether it's falling in with a self-taught time-traveler, or buying into a charming but faintly flawed movie premise -- if you listen to your gut, wonderful things can happen.
    • 59 Metascore
    • 80 Mike Scott
    Stone is generally given to deep thinking -- eternal fates are on the line. Not only does that lend the riveting and intense Savages a certain gravity, but it's also what separates his film from, say, your favorite Guy Ritchie movie. Here, we find an appealing depth amid the appalling violence.
    • 68 Metascore
    • 80 Mike Scott
    That's not to say the sobering Take This Waltz is nearly as emotionally agonizing as "Blue Valentine." Still, it's every bit as truthful in its examination of the evolution, and subsequent devolution, of love.
    • 72 Metascore
    • 80 Mike Scott
    In ParaNorman, Butler, Fell and company have crafted a refreshingly enjoyable bit of family entertainment. In the process, they've also made the best animated film to hit theaters so far this year.
    • 62 Metascore
    • 80 Mike Scott
    An unflinchingly ugly -- but downright mesmerizing -- tale that plumbs the depths of human immorality and, along the way, offers a dash of subtle commentary on just how far we, as a 312 million-member nuclear family, might have lost our way.
    • 67 Metascore
    • 80 Mike Scott
    Open-ended and decidedly un-Hollywood, it is faintly dissatisfying, especially coming on the heels of such as engaging and crisply presented story. But it offers movie-goers a wonderful opportunity to roll it all around in their heads and discuss it, even debate it, as they drive back to that cozy little cult compound they call home.
    • 74 Metascore
    • 80 Mike Scott
    Filmmaking is a product of the heart and the head, at least when it's at its best.
    • 86 Metascore
    • 80 Mike Scott
    Sharp, brisk and highly entertaining.
    • 81 Metascore
    • 80 Mike Scott
    The result is an intelligent and well-crafted film that works to inspire audiences by finding the humor amid the prevailing bittersweetness of life, and that celebrates the strength of the human spirit with a dose of unbridled and entirely embraceable optimism.
    • 79 Metascore
    • 80 Mike Scott
    The result is a movie built upon big ideas -- and timely ones, too, delivering a message of understanding in this frustrating age of great intolerance -- but also a great story and, thanks to Lee, a wonderfully satisfying cinematic journey.
    • 57 Metascore
    • 80 Mike Scott
    It's a grand, colorful adventure, an escapist romp draped in tinsel. And, who knows -- if you're all good little boys and girls this year, perhaps it will also be the first installment in a new DreamWorks holiday tradition.
    • 63 Metascore
    • 80 Mike Scott
    What we're left with is a love-it-or-hate-it film. Those determined to resist its deep-seated romanticism - or its operatic approach - will probably emerge from the theater as miserable as the film's characters. But those who are willing to give into it, and who want to take a grand cinematic voyage, stand to be greatly rewarded.