For 819 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 The Broken Circle Breakdown
Lowest review score: 20 Only God Forgives
Score distribution:
  1. Negative: 51 out of 819
819 movie reviews
    • 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.
    • 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.
    • 78 Metascore
    • 75 Mike Scott
    An Ireland-set charmer oozing with a satisfying intelligence and driven by the considerable charisma of Brendan Gleeson ("Harry Potter and the Deathly Hallows").
    • 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).
    • 80 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.
    • 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.
    • 53 Metascore
    • 75 Mike Scott
    Burton's most imaginative film in some time.
    • 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.
    • 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.
    • 69 Metascore
    • 75 Mike Scott
    The result is a deliriously watchable and darkly comic portrait of a high-velocity death spiral.
    • 58 Metascore
    • 75 Mike Scott
    A movie with undeniable melancholy underpinnings, but Bertuccelli wisely avoids overdoing the drama to nurse cheap tears from her audience.
    • 74 Metascore
    • 75 Mike Scott
    It also is a film that does the impossible: It lubes its audiences' mental gears and sets them to spinning without insulting anyone and without issuing threats of eternal damnation. Subtlety, thy name is Vera. Can I get an "amen"?
    • 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.
    • 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.
    • 76 Metascore
    • 75 Mike Scott
    Complemented by striking, well-conceived visuals, in Fukunaga's hands Bronte's tale of love and woe becomes one well worth repeating.
    • 67 Metascore
    • 75 Mike Scott
    The result is a documentary that is as interesting as it is irresistible.
    • 58 Metascore
    • 75 Mike Scott
    A heartwarming -- and at times heartbreaking -- post-"Juno" road comedy for grownups.
    • 63 Metascore
    • 75 Mike Scott
    But lowbrow or not, it is, like, totally tubular in its own right. To the max. Fer sure.
    • 60 Metascore
    • 75 Mike Scott
    Not the deepest stuff, but thought-provoking all the same -- and entertaining to boot.
    • 39 Metascore
    • 75 Mike Scott
    So what we have is a movie that will make at least two important groups happy. New Orleans boosters can cheer Green Lantern for its local roots and for the possibility that the inevitable future installments could return to town. And the purists can cheer, knowing that Campbell and crew have done Green Lantern justice.
    • 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
    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.
    • 73 Metascore
    • 75 Mike Scott
    It's great, gruesome fun, a well-written and fantastically cast romp.
    • 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.
    • 53 Metascore
    • 75 Mike Scott
    Still, it's not the iconic, be-all-end-all that Scott was certainly hoping for.
    • 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.
    • 67 Metascore
    • 75 Mike Scott
    Slowly becomes a thoughtful and interesting deconstruction and demythologizing of American celebrity.
    • 50 Metascore
    • 75 Mike Scott
    Anonymous starts admirably quickly, but Emmerich repeatedly forgets to look over his shoulder to see if his audience is keeping track of which stringy-haired Calvin Klein model is which.
    • 88 Metascore
    • 75 Mike Scott
    Imagine Norman Rockwell had he been more of a realist than a nostalgist.
    • 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.
    • 65 Metascore
    • 75 Mike Scott
    It's sadly and tenderly honest -- and so are Hansard and Irglova, as they generously and matter-of-factly open up to the camera.
    • 61 Metascore
    • 75 Mike Scott
    Among them, Polanski's four-person cast boasts four Oscars and eight more nominations, so these are big-league actors who are capable of carrying a film such as this through its occasional miscalculations.
    • 60 Metascore
    • 75 Mike Scott
    It's his film's metamorphosis into something else -- something every bit as dark, and every bit as intriguing -- that will keep viewers planted in their seats, and, at times, perched on the edges of them.
    • 52 Metascore
    • 75 Mike Scott
    A gritty spy thriller directed by relative newcomer Daniel Espinosa, and a film that -- despite the occasional misstep -- ends up being a taut, suspense-filled ride.
    • 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.
    • 75 Metascore
    • 75 Mike Scott
    Sprinkled throughout, there is also a handful of wonderfully amusing song-and-dance numbers, written by Bret McKenzie.
    • 86 Metascore
    • 75 Mike Scott
    It is a thoughtful film, a serious one, and one that is sneakily affecting.
    • 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.
    • 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.
    • 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.
    • 69 Metascore
    • 75 Mike Scott
    This is a world where training wheels are called "stabilizers" and where children leave something called "mince pies" for Santa. (Um. Ew?) As a result, the occasional line will fly over your little ones' heads. But you can also expect for them to be charmed by it all.
    • 68 Metascore
    • 75 Mike Scott
    Being a fan of the character is not a prerequisite for enjoying the film.
    • 71 Metascore
    • 75 Mike Scott
    In reality, in this age of cookie-cutter entertainment, the movie's success probably is because of Cody's unconventional script. This isn't a silly, disposable, rom-com -- and thank goodness for that.
    • 71 Metascore
    • 75 Mike Scott
    It's provocative stuff, and The Yes Men approach it with a wicked sense of humor.
    • 57 Metascore
    • 75 Mike Scott
    Gets considerable gas from the fact that Bateman, Sudeikis and Day so convincingly play three idiotic pals. The real fun, though, is in the fantastic supporting cast.
    • 69 Metascore
    • 75 Mike Scott
    A refreshingly original take on the comic book adaptation.
    • 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.
    • 59 Metascore
    • 75 Mike Scott
    Ends up being a reasonably gripping story of political intrigue, international corruption and one woman's determined fight for justice.
    • 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.
    • 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.
    • 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.
    • 72 Metascore
    • 75 Mike Scott
    McGlynn's film clocks in at just a shade under two hours, which normally would be a little long for a documentary. In this case, the length not only is warranted but welcomed.
    • 54 Metascore
    • 75 Mike Scott
    What it lacks in style, however, it more than makes up for in substance, as Shearer -- as smart as he is funny -- has assembled a vital and admirably accessible post-mortem on Hurricane Katrina.
    • 65 Metascore
    • 75 Mike Scott
    The movie is quietly affecting, as Rush offers a moving and rewarding yarn about the need to move on in the face of personal tragedy, and about the strength of human connections.
    • 68 Metascore
    • 75 Mike Scott
    Boasting a rock-solid academic architecture, Bhutto is a film bursting at the seams with gravitas.
    • 75 Metascore
    • 75 Mike Scott
    The kind of indie gem that doesn't come around nearly often enough -- and, when they do, often not enough people go to see them.
    • 68 Metascore
    • 75 Mike Scott
    The engine that really makes Crazy Stupid Love go is the same one that has made Ficarra and Requa's films to this point so appealing: While they thrust their characters into outrageous situations, they always keep things grounded in real, relatable emotion.
    • 69 Metascore
    • 75 Mike Scott
    There are moments when the freak-show elements of the film threaten to overpower its message, but that message is such a fascinating one -- and the debate an important one as well -- that The Elephant in the Living Room manages to overcome them.
    • 85 Metascore
    • 75 Mike Scott
    All in all, Nichols ends up with a richly drawn, and at times disturbing, portrait of one man's descent into madness.
    • 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.
    • 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.
    • 66 Metascore
    • 75 Mike Scott
    If you're a mom or dad bringing your own little primates to the movie, that's a good thing.
    • 55 Metascore
    • 75 Mike Scott
    Tony Scott pushes all the right buttons, crafting a worthy -- and in many ways, a superior -- update.
    • 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.
    • 62 Metascore
    • 75 Mike Scott
    Their story, as told by Pooley, also is a touching and quietly meaningful one, built around themes of tolerance, self-acceptance and unconditional love.
    • 47 Metascore
    • 75 Mike Scott
    The fact that there are so many good comic bits here allowed Kasdan to assemble a great comic cast.
    • 60 Metascore
    • 75 Mike Scott
    The Beaver also has a tendency to slip around as it finds its footing. But then the powerful third act comes and Foster, with Gibson's help, hits it home.
    • 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
    Spurlock banks on his charm and likability -- and it's that charm and likability that make The Greatest Movie Ever Sold so much fun to watch.
    • 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.
    • 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.
    • 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.
    • 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.
    • 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.
    • 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.
    • 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.
    • 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.
    • 69 Metascore
    • 75 Mike Scott
    Oddly, though, Everyday Sunshine ends up being a mostly optimistic tale. That's because, despite it all, Fishbone is still gigging.
    • 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.
    • 82 Metascore
    • 70 Mike Scott
    It's one heck of a fun ride, a pure popcorn spectacle that doesn't require a knowledge of the Star Trek mythology to make it enjoyable.
    • 56 Metascore
    • 70 Mike Scott
    Most of all, though, there's the story itself, which was already pretty quirky -- and amazing -- even before Oscar-nominated screenwriter Thomas McCarthy ("Up") put pen to paper for director Craig Gillespe's film.
    • 27 Metascore
    • 63 Mike Scott
    Although they've left the city behind, the girls haven't forgotten the sex. They're still as frank as ever, as outrageous as ever, as liberated as ever.
    • 45 Metascore
    • 63 Mike Scott
    As it turns out, though, the most troubling part of the film for me wasn't the rape scene, or the siege scene or the Southern stereotypes. Rather, it was the audience's reaction to Marsden's chilling spasms of bloody violence as he defends his home. Rather than breaking out in hives, many in the audience broke out in laughter.
    • 64 Metascore
    • 63 Mike Scott
    It's not a perfect film, mind you. It's too long by a quarter, and actor-turned-director Charles Martin Smith ("The Untouchables") lets any sense of real structure slip away in the film's crowded third act.
    • 57 Metascore
    • 63 Mike Scott
    Along the way, Shut Up, Little Man boasts nice technical elements. And it is, admittedly, amusing to a degree. Peter and Raymond certainly know how to turn a phrase. But things begin to wear thin about halfway through.
    • 50 Metascore
    • 63 Mike Scott
    The Lottery Ticket doesn't hit the comedy jackpot, but it doesn't roll snake eyes, either. In my book, that's a winner.
    • 70 Metascore
    • 63 Mike Scott
    There's plenty of melodrama, plenty of whispered intensity, plenty of dramatic pauses in his story. There also are a few bizarro -- and, in some cases, unnecessary -- detours. But when it's all said and done, there's no real call for any emotional investment on the part of his audience.
    • 79 Metascore
    • 63 Mike Scott
    The only thing missing from the film -- which is frequently amusing but too bleak to be consistently laugh-out-loud funny -- is a genuine connection with its audiences, or at least those audiences not raised in 1960s Jewish suburbia.
    • 61 Metascore
    • 63 Mike Scott
    A reasonably well-made biopic, with crowd-pleasing moments, but one that -- despite that title -- isn't really about the animal.
    • 64 Metascore
    • 63 Mike Scott
    What most saw as entirely charming behavior others saw as a nuisance. After all, a playful whale has a way of unwittingly damaging rudders and outriggers and outboard motors and such. Worse, wildlife officials saw Luna's behavior as potentially dangerous, for the people he encountered -- and for the whale himself.
    • 51 Metascore
    • 63 Mike Scott
    There's no point mincing words: My Sister's Keeper is a difficult film to watch. That's not to say it isn't well-assembled, well-cast or well-acted.
    • 65 Metascore
    • 63 Mike Scott
    For her part, Stewart has Jett down pat: her strut, her slouch, her sexiness. This is a performance that goes far beyond Jett's shag haircut.
    • 58 Metascore
    • 63 Mike Scott
    Plotwise, though, Brewer's Footloose is anything but loose. In fact, it's rigidly loyal to the original, to the point of slavishness.
    • 49 Metascore
    • 63 Mike Scott
    The actors never stray too far from their comfort zones, resulting in a sporadically funny but mostly bland crime comedy that only occasionally feels fresher or more memorable than that cold pizza you scarfed for breakfast Monday morning.
    • 76 Metascore
    • 63 Mike Scott
    It continuously feels less like straight-up reportage and more like a fan film, one built on equal parts idol worship and wishful thinking.
    • 57 Metascore
    • 63 Mike Scott
    Ritchie and company spend too much time being cute and not enough time being clever, resulting in a one-dimensional comic-book version of Doyle's detectives.
    • 59 Metascore
    • 63 Mike Scott
    So while J. Edgar ends up feeling like a mostly complete portrait of the man, and as fascinating a story as it is, it still falls just short of being something entirely memorable.
    • 58 Metascore
    • 63 Mike Scott
    Worse, Shrek Forever After feels like just another animated movie -- which is exactly what the series was fighting against when it started, and a big reason why it caught on with audiences.

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