For 639 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 2.9 points higher than other critics. (0-100 point scale)

Mike Scott's Scores

  • Movies
  • TV
Average review score: 62
Highest review score: 100 Blue Valentine
Lowest review score: 20 American Reunion
Score distribution:
  1. Negative: 45 out of 639
639 movie reviews
    • 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.
    • 64 Metascore
    • 80 Mike Scott
    Writer-director Markus Schleinzer's exceedingly dark drama -- guaranteed to make audiences squirm in their seats -- is emotionally unsettling.
    • 90 Metascore
    • 80 Mike Scott
    Merely from a film-study standpoint, it's an interesting exercise.
    • 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
    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
    Makes for riveting viewing. Dawn of the Planet of the Apes is among the more brisk 2 hours and 10 minutes I've spent in a theater in some time -- and it's easily the most rewarding of this year's summer tentpole films.
    • 76 Metascore
    • 80 Mike Scott
    It is fast, it is fun.
    • 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.
    • 73 Metascore
    • 80 Mike Scott
    This is an affecting and emotional drama about the strength of the human spirit.
    • 75 Metascore
    • 80 Mike Scott
    Rush is just that -- a rush, and a film that is sure to get audiences' engines going.
    • 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.
    • 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.
    • 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
    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.
    • 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.
    • 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.
    • 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.
    • 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!
    • 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.
    • 61 Metascore
    • 80 Mike Scott
    This is the kind of movie that is so embraceable that it floats smoothly over those imperfections almost unnoticed.
    • 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.
    • 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.
    • 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.
    • 83 Metascore
    • 80 Mike Scott
    A crowd-pleaser, through and through.
    • 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.
    • 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.
    • 68 Metascore
    • 80 Mike Scott
    Here's a film that feeds the heart and the soul.
    • 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.
    • 74 Metascore
    • 80 Mike Scott
    Joe
    The result is intense and powerful, a full-color portrait of the importance of never surrendering.
    • 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.
    • 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.
    • 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.
    • 89 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.
    • 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.
    • 34 Metascore
    • 75 Mike Scott
    Manages to overcome its flaws and become a charming love letter to love itself -- and a pitch-perfect V-Day date film to boot.
    • 83 Metascore
    • 75 Mike Scott
    Even though it's right there in the title, "fantastic" might be a touch hyperbolic in describing director Wes Anderson's stop-motion adaptation of Roald Dahl's The Fantastic Mr. Fox, but only by a whisker.
    • 82 Metascore
    • 75 Mike Scott
    The film is chilled by characters that never really come alive or generate any deep sympathy.
    • 63 Metascore
    • 75 Mike Scott
    Cera exudes a geeky charm and tender vulnerability that's hard to resist -- probably because he's far easier to relate to for most of us than we'd like to admit.
    • 53 Metascore
    • 75 Mike Scott
    One of the reasons it's so effective is because it's based on a real-life, odds-defying story: that of mountainous Baltimore Ravens offensive tackle Michael Oher (played by Quinton Aaron).
    • 79 Metascore
    • 75 Mike Scott
    Precious is painful, it is harrowing, it is emotionally exhausting. It is also a singular film, one that is as difficult to compare to another as it is to forget.
    • 69 Metascore
    • 75 Mike Scott
    The result is a deliriously watchable and darkly comic portrait of a high-velocity death spiral.
    • 57 Metascore
    • 75 Mike Scott
    The result: a fun and sweet romantic comedy that lands comfortably on the smart side of vacant, along the way offering a pleasant and satisfying holiday diversion for the grown-ups in the room.
    • 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.
    • 64 Metascore
    • 75 Mike Scott
    As engrossing as The Young Victoria is, this isn't a movie that will stay with you very long. Mostly that's because Blunt's character does little by way of evolving.
    • 73 Metascore
    • 75 Mike Scott
    It's great, gruesome fun, a well-written and fantastically cast romp.
    • 67 Metascore
    • 75 Mike Scott
    An up-tempo and upbeat concert documentary that celebrates, rather than mourns, the last hurrah of a pop-culture touchstone.
    • 66 Metascore
    • 75 Mike Scott
    It's all good, goofy fun.
    • 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.
    • 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.
    • 80 Metascore
    • 75 Mike Scott
    As a result, the slickly produced Food, Inc. is more deeply unsettling than it is out-and-out stomach-turning.
    • 66 Metascore
    • 75 Mike Scott
    The result is a movie that, in its best moments, is delightful. It does lose a significant amount of steam halfway through -- likely due in part to its two hours of running time.
    • 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.
    • 58 Metascore
    • 75 Mike Scott
    A heartwarming -- and at times heartbreaking -- post-"Juno" road comedy for grownups.
    • 78 Metascore
    • 75 Mike Scott
    Director David Yates picks up where he left off with "Order of the Phoenix," assembling a nicely paced and artfully shot adventure.
    • 55 Metascore
    • 75 Mike Scott
    Tony Scott pushes all the right buttons, crafting a worthy -- and in many ways, a superior -- update.
    • 78 Metascore
    • 75 Mike Scott
    The movie documents much more than a talent competition -- it documents a political movement.
    • 71 Metascore
    • 75 Mike Scott
    Just as key to the movie's impact are its well-acted scenes of heart-wrenching emotion, although some stray perilously close to melodrama.
    • 70 Metascore
    • 75 Mike Scott
    Brilliant in its simplicity, as he turns the floor over to the three masters with this simple instruction: The guitar. Discuss.
    • 55 Metascore
    • 75 Mike Scott
    Lee keeps things afloat with an appealing air of levity, including a fun but restrained use of split-screen, an homage to the 1970 doc, as well as cameos by that movie's Port-O-San guy and its peace-sign-flashing nuns.
    • 73 Metascore
    • 75 Mike Scott
    Only one of a number of recent immigrant tales to hit theaters, but with its blend of sweet humor and topical relevance, it's one of the more compelling -- and surprising -- in some time.
    • 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.
    • 64 Metascore
    • 75 Mike Scott
    It is an inspiring, well-assembled portrait of one man's love for his autistic 6-year-old son and the measures he's willing to go to help the boy -- and the family -- cope with his neurological challenges.
    • 71 Metascore
    • 75 Mike Scott
    It's provocative stuff, and The Yes Men approach it with a wicked sense of humor.
    • 61 Metascore
    • 75 Mike Scott
    The casting is perfect, and the resetting of the story to China allows for a satisfyingly cinematic retelling.
    • 53 Metascore
    • 75 Mike Scott
    Burton's most imaginative film in some time.
    • 63 Metascore
    • 75 Mike Scott
    But lowbrow or not, it is, like, totally tubular in its own right. To the max. Fer sure.
    • 62 Metascore
    • 75 Mike Scott
    The whole thing is such a rare visual treat -- such a tres magnifique cinematic spectacle -- that those flaws are easy to overlook. Jeunet's film is hard to resist.
    • 53 Metascore
    • 75 Mike Scott
    Still, it's not the iconic, be-all-end-all that Scott was certainly hoping for.
    • 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.
    • 55 Metascore
    • 75 Mike Scott
    Before it gives itself a chance to deliver on that promise, however, it morphs into something different -- something often resembling a soap opera, just with prettier sets and less-passionate smooching.
    • 75 Metascore
    • 75 Mike Scott
    The Art of the Steal is activist filmmaking, but it's well-done activist filmmaking. And, given that the Barnes fight isn't quite yet over, it could also become the most most important kind of filmmaking: the kind that makes a difference.
    • 66 Metascore
    • 75 Mike Scott
    There's a certain triteness to the overarching message -- secrets will keep us apart, and the truth will set us free -- but the kind of sweetness and earnestness that's on display in City Island makes such quibbles easy to forgive.
    • 67 Metascore
    • 75 Mike Scott
    The result is a documentary that is as interesting as it is irresistible.
    • 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.
    • 81 Metascore
    • 75 Mike Scott
    The performances are strong enough to elevate things. Darin, Villamil and Francella are the kinds of actors who you just know you've seen before, but whom you probably haven't.
    • 78 Metascore
    • 75 Mike Scott
    A dramatic comedy that is light on plot but generous in spirit, a leisurely, understated film that underscores the ever-present modern guilt while -- oddly, given the weightiness of that central conceit -- boasting a satisfying buoyancy.
    • 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.
    • 60 Metascore
    • 75 Mike Scott
    Not the deepest stuff, but thought-provoking all the same -- and entertaining to boot.
    • 63 Metascore
    • 75 Mike Scott
    Directed by someone you've never heard of and starring actors you won't be able to place, there's only one reason for a movie such as the locally shot Last Exorcism to exist: to scare the bejeezus out of you.
    • 69 Metascore
    • 75 Mike Scott
    Never Let Me Go isn't the kind of movie you talk about on the drive home -- it's even better. It's the kind that makes you sit quietly and think, rolling it around in your head and considering the angles.
    • 88 Metascore
    • 75 Mike Scott
    Imagine Norman Rockwell had he been more of a realist than a nostalgist.
    • 74 Metascore
    • 75 Mike Scott
    Unfortunately, for the bulk of the film's running time -- its first two-thirds or so -- Davis and Heilbroner oversaturate viewers with scene-setting material, describing the climate for gay men and lesbians in the 1950s and 1960s.
    • 69 Metascore
    • 75 Mike Scott
    A refreshingly original take on the comic book adaptation.
    • 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.
    • 60 Metascore
    • 75 Mike Scott
    RED
    RED is so much fun -- and its Over the Hill Gang so likeable -- that this is one of those rare cases where I wouldn't mind seeing them come out of retirement again for another romp.
    • 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.
    • 51 Metascore
    • 75 Mike Scott
    It's hard to resist the pairing of such talented actors as Robert Downey Jr. and Zack Galifianakis - and they prove why here. They are funny guys, both of whom make the most of the material.
    • 50 Metascore
    • 75 Mike Scott
    Without the fantastic performances from Gandolfini, Stewart and Leo, it wouldn't hold together nearly as well as it does.
    • 71 Metascore
    • 75 Mike Scott
    The updated version of the familiar tale strikes a nice balance between humor, adventure and romance, making it a movie that will appeal to the whole family.
    • 67 Metascore
    • 75 Mike Scott
    Slowly becomes a thoughtful and interesting deconstruction and demythologizing of American celebrity.
    • 39 Metascore
    • 75 Mike Scott
    Feels like a movie that belongs in June or July, with all the other comic book fare. But I'll gladly take it now, no matter what the calendar says.
    • 69 Metascore
    • 75 Mike Scott
    The result is a movie that is about as riveting as -- well, as your average Robert Novak column.
    • 79 Metascore
    • 75 Mike Scott
    Arriving with a savage grace, director Darren Aronofsky's nightmare-come-to-life Black Swan cements his reputation not only as one of the more daring filmmakers of his generation, but also as an actor's director of the first order.
    • 79 Metascore
    • 75 Mike Scott
    A punch-drunk tale whose fitful ramble from Jerry Springer-style family seaminess to "Rocky"-like triumph is elevated enormously by knockout performances.
    • 80 Metascore
    • 75 Mike Scott
    This is a dirty, stinky Western -- the kind where authenticity is the guiding artistic hand and where a layer of filth and grime have seemingly settled over everything but the popcorn in your lap.
    • 68 Metascore
    • 75 Mike Scott
    The whole thing is kind of comforting in a damn-the-torpedoes, laugh-at-what-scares-you-most kind of way.
    • 71 Metascore
    • 75 Mike Scott
    To be clear: Despite the holiday flavor, and despite the pint-sized hero, this is no kids' movie. There is swearing. There is blood. There is an army of 180 very nude Santas coursing through the snow. That's not the kind of thing Frank Capra ever could have dreamed of -- and that change of pace is exactly what makes Rare Exports a rare, if unexpected, holiday treat.
    • 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.
    • 68 Metascore
    • 75 Mike Scott
    Boasting a rock-solid academic architecture, Bhutto is a film bursting at the seams with gravitas.
    • 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.