For 822 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 Where the Wild Things Are
Lowest review score: 20 Funeral Kings
Score distribution:
  1. Negative: 51 out of 822
822 movie reviews
    • 86 Metascore
    • 80 Mike Scott
    Sharp, brisk and highly entertaining.
    • 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.
    • 79 Metascore
    • 80 Mike Scott
    The most impressive thing about Simien's film is his script, which he wrote. With multiple protagonists and multiple storylines to serve, he deftly manages to keep a number of balls in the air -- without losing sight of his film's purpose.
    • 73 Metascore
    • 80 Mike Scott
    This is an affecting and emotional drama about the strength of the human spirit.
    • 91 Metascore
    • 80 Mike Scott
    A great storyteller, however, is one who can entertain an audience in the moment -- but who also gives them something to think about, something for them to take home with them when the story ends, which is exactly what Polley does in Stories We Tell.
    • 55 Metascore
    • 80 Mike Scott
    Maybe it's a touch twee, but Curtis' film is far too uplifting, too life-affirming and too good-natured to do anything but embrace.
    • 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.
    • 88 Metascore
    • 80 Mike Scott
    Even with its flaws, the whole exercise makes for an affecting and effective film.
    • 75 Metascore
    • 80 Mike Scott
    With each new scene, Schumer manages to offer wonderful little surprises. It wasn't long before I found myself excited at the beginning of each new sequence in Trainwreck, just to see how Schumer would make me laugh next.
    • 64 Metascore
    • 80 Mike Scott
    It's an engrossing film, rich with action and emotion.
    • 76 Metascore
    • 80 Mike Scott
    World War II dramas might be common enough, but, amid them all, Lore stands as an uncommon entry in the genre.
    • 77 Metascore
    • 80 Mike Scott
    Favreau's family-friendly fable, a blend of old-school storytelling charm and new-school animation techniques.
    • 61 Metascore
    • 80 Mike Scott
    This is the kind of movie that is so embraceable that it floats smoothly over those imperfections almost unnoticed.
    • 69 Metascore
    • 80 Mike Scott
    Formally, Berg's film is at its root a police procedural, albeit an exceptionally well-executed one.
    • 72 Metascore
    • 80 Mike Scott
    Even if its stumbles a bit with its less-than-satisfying conclusion, the blend of humor, horror and grotesque whimsy on display throughout Tale of Tales combine to create what often feels like some sort of grown-up, far darker cousin to "The Princess Bride."
    • 65 Metascore
    • 80 Mike Scott
    Speaking of good storytelling, Hancock knows a thing or two about that. Not only does the "Blind Side" director deftly navigate the double narrative of Saving Mr. Banks, but his film is also a visual treat.
    • 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.
    • 92 Metascore
    • 80 Mike Scott
    Inside Llewyn Davis isn't as goofy as 2008's "Burn After Reading," nor as solemn as 2009's "A Serious Man," but it's an embraceable film just the same.
    • 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.
    • 63 Metascore
    • 80 Mike Scott
    Yes, there are higher-profile films out there this year, and there are films with more resonant messages. But there are few that include so many captivating performances in such an involving story.
    • 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.
    • 76 Metascore
    • 80 Mike Scott
    It is fast, it is fun.
    • 72 Metascore
    • 80 Mike Scott
    What's more -- and here's where Abrams' brilliance is on full display -- you don't need to know a Class M planet from a hole in the ground to enjoy it all.
    • 68 Metascore
    • 80 Mike Scott
    With Deepwater Horizon, Berg strikes an unlikely but impressively delicate balance. On one hand, his film honors the men and women killed and injured in the explosion off Louisiana's coast. At the same time, it works just as well as a fast-moving and absorbing disaster drama.
    • 71 Metascore
    • 80 Mike Scott
    For appreciators of fine acting, it's a film well worth seeing, as well as one worth toasting - if only with ginger ale.
    • 78 Metascore
    • 80 Mike Scott
    Under the Skin is, in short, a film that does just that: gets under one's skin, shining a light on what it means to be human -- even if what we end up seeing is something less than comforting.
    • 76 Metascore
    • 80 Mike Scott
    Khan in particularly is wonderful in Batra's film, which takes the time to indulge in quiet moments that Khan expertly fills with his expressive face and sense ease in front of a camera.
    • 83 Metascore
    • 80 Mike Scott
    The surprise is that Captain Phillips is a surprise in the first place, pitching and rolling tirelessly like the sea on which it is set and, in the process, becoming one of the most enjoyable and well-made movies to hit theaters this year.
    • 90 Metascore
    • 80 Mike Scott
    Like everyone else in Russell's cast, Lawrence appears to be having a blast in the role. It's downright contagious.
    • 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.
    • 76 Metascore
    • 80 Mike Scott
    Still, none of that holds back Bahrani's film from becoming a thought-provoking treatise on the self-perpetuating and dehumanizing nature of greed, which more often than not spawns desperation in others, which in turn spawns greed, which spawns more desperation, which spawns greed ...
    • 82 Metascore
    • 80 Mike Scott
    Boyle, Sorkin and company might not have invented the iPhone or changed the way people viewed technology, but it does something the real Steve Jobs had trouble doing: It offers a genuine peek at the man behind the turtleneck, and in the process finds a way to connect with its viewers.
    • 94 Metascore
    • 80 Mike Scott
    Amour is a far cry from the warm-and-fuzzy version of love that most people are probably looking for on Valentine's Day. This movie is more of a slap than a hug. But reality hurts sometimes - just like love does.
    • 68 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.
    • 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.
    • 62 Metascore
    • 80 Mike Scott
    The sum total is a film with great music, a great story and a great vibe in general -- not to mention those Carney-crafted moments, built around joy, possibility and self-transformation. In other words: Carney has given us another pearl.
    • 75 Metascore
    • 80 Mike Scott
    Rush is just that -- a rush, and a film that is sure to get audiences' engines going.
    • 74 Metascore
    • 80 Mike Scott
    Joe
    The result is intense and powerful, a full-color portrait of the importance of never surrendering.
    • 73 Metascore
    • 80 Mike Scott
    While Graham Moore's screenplay isn't without its flaws, it brilliantly weaves into the story a case that being different shouldn't necessarily be a negative thing. In fact, The Imitation Game argues in no uncertain terms that those differences can be something to celebrate, not to "cure."
    • 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.
    • 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.
    • 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.
    • 40 Metascore
    • 80 Mike Scott
    This much is sure: Salinger would have hated this movie. But he would have hated it for the very reason that others will like it: because it takes an honest-to-goodness crack at unlocking that mystery of a man and at answering key questions the publishing world and the reading public have been asking ever since he forsook them. Nothing phony about that.
    • 68 Metascore
    • 80 Mike Scott
    It's not a perfect film. There's still room for Cianfrance to grow as a storyteller. But it is entirely rewarding -- and I, for one, can't wait to see where he takes us next.
    • 68 Metascore
    • 80 Mike Scott
    A highly enjoyable -- and, for better or for worse, a very Tarantino -- movie.
    • 90 Metascore
    • 80 Mike Scott
    Merely from a film-study standpoint, it's an interesting exercise.
    • 79 Metascore
    • 80 Mike Scott
    Here is a film that not only entertains, but also educates and -- thanks to Jodo's deep confidence and energetic artistic optimism -- one that also inspires.
    • 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.
    • 92 Metascore
    • 80 Mike Scott
    Simply, this is a story that needs to be told, one that proves that sometimes the past shouldn't be relegated to the past. It also makes The Look of Silence an unassailably essential and necessary film.
    • 94 Metascore
    • 80 Mike Scott
    Not only is the result edifying, but it's also rewarding. And it's a heck of a lot cheaper than a therapy session.
    • 68 Metascore
    • 80 Mike Scott
    The Way, Way Back is way, way good -- and a welcome breath of fresh air at the summertime box office.
    • 64 Metascore
    • 80 Mike Scott
    It succeeds wonderfully, offering moviegoers a rare taste of rarified air -- and as compelling an argument as you can make for seeing a movie writ large on the oversized screen of an actual movie theater.
    • 84 Metascore
    • 80 Mike Scott
    McConaughey and Leto's performances are also the saviors of Vallee's film, which has a way of belaboring certain points and, in the process, robbing his film of no small amount of momentum.
    • 65 Metascore
    • 80 Mike Scott
    What sets Deadpool apart is its overall genre-busting tone, which blends a wealth of meta humor, the wisecracking Reynolds' significant skills with a one-liner, and a genuinely funny script that isn't afraid to offend anyone.
    • 72 Metascore
    • 80 Mike Scott
    What we're left with is something sobering but searing, muscular but compassionate.
    • 91 Metascore
    • 80 Mike Scott
    Ida
    Agata Kulesza is pitch-perfect as the tortured aunt, weighed down by years of shame and sorrow. In a quieter but equally impactful role is newcomer Agata Trzebuchowska as Ida, a character defined by a quiet, rigid stoicism but who, with her cherubic face, engenders great empathy.
    • 85 Metascore
    • 80 Mike Scott
    Amy
    If there's a voice of wisdom and hope in Kapadia's film, it comes from 89-year-old crooner Tony Bennett, whose duet with Winehouse on "Body and Soul" was reportedly her last studio recording before her death. "Life teaches you how to live it," Bennett tells Kapadia's camera in what ends up being one of the film's ultimate morals. "If you can live long enough."
    • 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.
    • 68 Metascore
    • 80 Mike Scott
    Here's a film that feeds the heart and the soul.
    • 83 Metascore
    • 80 Mike Scott
    This is a film that could -- and should -- catch on. Just be careful nobody follows you home from the theater.
    • 87 Metascore
    • 80 Mike Scott
    This being a period drama, all the expected visual grandeur is present and accounted for, from Yves Belanger's vibrant cinematography to Odile Dicks-Mireaux's period-authentic costumes to Francois Seguin's production design.
    • 87 Metascore
    • 80 Mike Scott
    As is the case with "Amy," there's probably no way any of us could ever truly understand Brando, who often seemed to be living on a different planet than that occupied by the rest of us. But with its anguished first-person voice -- and its permeating sense of sadness -- Listen to Me Marlon comes as close as one imagines is possible.
    • 72 Metascore
    • 80 Mike Scott
    Yes, it is first and foremost a thorough chronicling of the Deepwater Horizon disaster, but its real value is in its function as an expose on the energy industry, which, with aid and abetting from the federal government, repeatedly places profit above all else, including environmental concerns and human safety.
    • 82 Metascore
    • 80 Mike Scott
    Berger's film is still far more magical than it is macabre. And so although a black-and-white, foreign-film adaptation of a very familiar tale might, indeed, be a hard sell, audiences who buy into it are in for an undeniably rewarding movie-going experience. In a word: ¬°Ole!
    • 81 Metascore
    • 80 Mike Scott
    It's that zippy dialog more than anything that moves "Django" along and that coaxes such fantastic performances from its actors.
    • 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.
    • 79 Metascore
    • 80 Mike Scott
    An easy-going gem that is at times funny, at times heartbreaking, at times scary -- but always, unfailingly engaging.
    • 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.
    • 78 Metascore
    • 75 Mike Scott
    With its emphasis on relationships and character, Drive can best be described as a thinking man's action film -- or at least, it could if it didn't ultimately feel so oddly slight. As it is, for all of its positives, it functions mostly as a guilty pleasure rather than as a movie that resonates the way, say, "Blue Valentine" does.
    • 86 Metascore
    • 75 Mike Scott
    A thoroughly and unmistakably modern film so rooted in the now that it's bound to be remembered as a cinematic landmark.
    • 67 Metascore
    • 75 Mike Scott
    Rarely is an actress asked to do so much with so little -- and even rarer does that actress succeed as well as Clarkson does.
    • 78 Metascore
    • 75 Mike Scott
    It's a film for patient moviegoers. But for those moviegoers, it stands to be a rewarding experience.
    • 87 Metascore
    • 75 Mike Scott
    Pitt and Hill are fantastic individually, and hilarious when together -- and on a surprisingly engaging script by Aaron Sorkin ("Social Network") and Steve Zaillian ("Schindler's List").
    • 59 Metascore
    • 75 Mike Scott
    It keeps things light and entertaining. And for $8 admission, that's never a bad investment.
    • 71 Metascore
    • 75 Mike Scott
    It's an intriguing travelogue, showing parts of Iran that most of us could never see, or would never dare try to see, given that nasty "Death to America" thing.
    • 75 Metascore
    • 75 Mike Scott
    Part eco-doc, part legal-doc, it is a troubling, real story -- and a well-told one at that -- that is inspiring and infuriating all at once.
    • 83 Metascore
    • 75 Mike Scott
    It's also a British comedy, with that singularly British way of being clever and deliriously juvenile all at once, a combination that makes for scathing, laugh-out-loud, big-screen satire.
    • 66 Metascore
    • 75 Mike Scott
    Part "The Great Escape" and part "Lawrence of Arabia, " Weir's epic The Way Back is ambitious in scope, grand in vision and rich with examples of the resilience of the human spirit.
    • 82 Metascore
    • 75 Mike Scott
    The film is chilled by characters that never really come alive or generate any deep sympathy.
    • 74 Metascore
    • 75 Mike Scott
    Best of all, Disney seems to understand the limits of a preschooler's attention span.
    • 57 Metascore
    • 75 Mike Scott
    Along the way, a raft of experts are featured -- including Times-Picayune outdoor editor Bob Marshall -- speaking bluntly about the cozy relationship between politicians and the oil industry.
    • 65 Metascore
    • 75 Mike Scott
    It's fun, and it's funny, and -- the best part -- it comes carrying a "yeehaw"-inducing sense of a treasure found.
    • 45 Metascore
    • 75 Mike Scott
    There's meaning, great meaning, in Susser's wonderfully oddball little film.
    • 61 Metascore
    • 75 Mike Scott
    The casting is perfect, and the resetting of the story to China allows for a satisfyingly cinematic retelling.
    • 49 Metascore
    • 75 Mike Scott
    Like the original, it is a moody, atmospheric film, one boasting significantly more depth than your typical blow-'em-up.
    • 63 Metascore
    • 75 Mike Scott
    It's also the kind of movie that, for all of its smarts and huggability, stumbles every so often. Usually that happens when it's trying just a bit too hard to be cute, such as in its occasional surrealist, animation-assisted segments.
    • 45 Metascore
    • 75 Mike Scott
    Ends up being a pleasantly surprising blast from the past, a delightful and amusing touchstone to Allen's comedic prime.
    • 49 Metascore
    • 75 Mike Scott
    For all of its faults, ends up being relentlessly watchable as well, a summertime popcorn spectacle plopped down in the middle of the fall movie season.
    • 73 Metascore
    • 75 Mike Scott
    It is classless, it is tasteless, it is idiotic, it is juvenile and it is something your mother totally wouldn't approve of. But it also is flat-out hilarious, a go-for-broke comedy that not only is the best laugher released so far this summer, but one of the best so far this year.
    • 66 Metascore
    • 75 Mike Scott
    It's all good, goofy fun.
    • 66 Metascore
    • 75 Mike Scott
    It's easy to forget that you're watching a sci-fi film at all. That's because it's just a shade or two from not even being a sci-fi film.
    • 49 Metascore
    • 75 Mike Scott
    Yes, it is derivative, but in a year in which films from the 1980s are getting needless remakes seemingly every other week, this one stands out as a rare one that works. That's a good "Thing."
    • 74 Metascore
    • 75 Mike Scott
    Not only does Invictus tell a remarkable story of a remarkable man, but it also illustrates how sports can be a salve to a wounded community. And that's something New Orleanians can certainly appreciate.
    • 64 Metascore
    • 75 Mike Scott
    If nothing else, Garcia's movie is a brave one, with its unflinching look at adoption, which -- as overwhelmingly compassionate an act as it is -- often leaves behind deep emotional scars.

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