For 665 reviews, this critic has graded:
  • 47% higher than the average critic
  • 2% same as the average critic
  • 51% 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 Whiplash
Lowest review score: 20 The Identical
Score distribution:
  1. Negative: 45 out of 665
665 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.
    • 68 Metascore
    • 75 Mike Scott
    Boasting a rock-solid academic architecture, Bhutto is a film bursting at the seams with gravitas.
    • 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.
    • 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.
    • 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.
    • 67 Metascore
    • 75 Mike Scott
    Slowly becomes a thoughtful and interesting deconstruction and demythologizing of American celebrity.
    • 60 Metascore
    • 75 Mike Scott
    Not the deepest stuff, but thought-provoking all the same -- and entertaining to boot.
    • 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.
    • 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.
    • 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.
    • 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.
    • 78 Metascore
    • 75 Mike Scott
    It's a film for patient moviegoers. But for those moviegoers, it stands to be a rewarding experience.
    • 86 Metascore
    • 75 Mike Scott
    It is a thoughtful film, a serious one, and one that is sneakily affecting.
    • 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.
    • 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.
    • 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.
    • 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.
    • 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.
    • 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.
    • 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.
    • 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.
    • 74 Metascore
    • 75 Mike Scott
    Best of all, Disney seems to understand the limits of a preschooler's attention span.
    • 45 Metascore
    • 75 Mike Scott
    There's meaning, great meaning, in Susser's wonderfully oddball little film.
    • 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.
    • 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.
    • 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.
    • 59 Metascore
    • 75 Mike Scott
    A movie with undeniable melancholy underpinnings, but Bertuccelli wisely avoids overdoing the drama to nurse cheap tears from her audience.
    • 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").
    • 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.
    • 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").
    • 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.
    • 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
    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"?
    • 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.
    • 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.
    • 59 Metascore
    • 75 Mike Scott
    It keeps things light and entertaining. And for $8 admission, that's never a bad investment.
    • 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.
    • 75 Metascore
    • 75 Mike Scott
    Sprinkled throughout, there is also a handful of wonderfully amusing song-and-dance numbers, written by Bret McKenzie.
    • 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.
    • 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.
    • 68 Metascore
    • 75 Mike Scott
    Being a fan of the character is not a prerequisite for enjoying the film.
    • 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.
    • 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.
    • 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.
    • 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.
    • 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.
    • 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.
    • 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.
    • 53 Metascore
    • 63 Mike Scott
    A satisfying dose of wild imagination and unbridled silliness.
    • 83 Metascore
    • 63 Mike Scott
    Even if the obligatory third-act twist arrives with all the subtlety of the Four Horsemen of the Apocalypse, Drag Me to Hell otherwise steers mostly clear of predictability.
    • 60 Metascore
    • 63 Mike Scott
    9
    9, though animated, isn't really a movie for kids. The problem is that, despite its strikingly original set-up and its cool steampunk visual vibe, it's not much of a movie for grown-ups, either.
    • 54 Metascore
    • 63 Mike Scott
    Between its ridiculous setup and its hard-to-care-about ending, McDonald still manages to craft an engaging suspense film that -- when you're not scratching your head in puzzlement -- will have you on the edge of your seat.
    • 54 Metascore
    • 63 Mike Scott
    Twenty-five years ago, it would have been impossible to imagine that Imagine That would see Eddie Murphy and The Beatles coming together to create family entertainment, but I'll be darned if it doesn't work.
    • 48 Metascore
    • 63 Mike Scott
    If it weren't for the casting of Sandra Bullock and Ryan Reynolds in the lead roles, the film probably would have gone straight to DVD.
    • 63 Metascore
    • 63 Mike Scott
    Michelle Pfeiffer's performance brings life to a sometimes sagging script. Also, Kathy Bates is a hoot as the mother of Pfeiffer's love interest.
    • 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.
    • 80 Metascore
    • 63 Mike Scott
    It boasts strong acting and a nice dose of suspense.
    • 62 Metascore
    • 63 Mike Scott
    If there's a prevailing problem with director Richard Loncraine's bit of period fluff, it's that many of the characters encountered along the way are a touch too cartoonish to resonate meaningfully with audiences.
    • 61 Metascore
    • 63 Mike Scott
    With its immensely likable cast elevating the material, Judge extracts just enough ironic chuckles to rescue the movie from being written off as an assembly-line comedy.
    • 68 Metascore
    • 63 Mike Scott
    The result is a film that is equal parts fluff and tough.
    • 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.
    • 43 Metascore
    • 63 Mike Scott
    Trades breathless romance for a fun "Ripley's Believe it or Not"-flavored weirdness.
    • 58 Metascore
    • 63 Mike Scott
    There's an overly episodic feel to it all, as Curtis and company seem happy merely to float along from gag to gag.
    • 55 Metascore
    • 63 Mike Scott
    Director Martin Campbell does a nice job of creating suspense, and Ray Winstone stands out for his performance as a conflicted hitman.
    • 73 Metascore
    • 63 Mike Scott
    The result is an often-screwball jaunt that isn't without its fun moments.
    • 33 Metascore
    • 63 Mike Scott
    Fortunately, there's enough charisma in those doe eyes -- to narrowly rescue the featherweight Leap Year from becoming a full-blown case of Erin-go-blah.
    • 45 Metascore
    • 63 Mike Scott
    It's a nice, feel-good story with an appealing cast and strong production values.
    • 43 Metascore
    • 63 Mike Scott
    This isn't the kind of film that will leave audiences in awe of clever writing. Rather, it will leave them thinking how much Fuqua wanted to make a movie version of "The Wire."
    • 81 Metascore
    • 63 Mike Scott
    Don't expect there to be a run on Secret of Kells action figures any time soon.
    • 76 Metascore
    • 63 Mike Scott
    There's humor there, but this is a "smart" comedy, which is to say it's not intended to make you guffaw.
    • 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.
    • 85 Metascore
    • 63 Mike Scott
    If you appreciate historical melodrama, you could do worse than Vincere.
    • 50 Metascore
    • 63 Mike Scott
    A surprisingly entertaining movie on its own, a strap-yourself-in, suspend-your-disbelief summer popcorn adventure.
    • 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.
    • 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.
    • 65 Metascore
    • 63 Mike Scott
    What it does have going for it are its lead actors -- Brand and Hill both know exactly how to deliver a punch line -- and a lead character who represents one of the best bits of rock 'n' roll satire since "This Is Spinal Tap."
    • 46 Metascore
    • 63 Mike Scott
    As fun as it is at times -- particularly early on -- the longer The Sorcerer's Apprentice goes on, the more the magic wears off.
    • 65 Metascore
    • 63 Mike Scott
    What Noyce and company don't seem to realize is that there's a huge difference between a superspy and a superhuman.
    • 56 Metascore
    • 63 Mike Scott
    It's probably best not to think very hard about any of it -- just dummy up and laugh along.
    • 64 Metascore
    • 63 Mike Scott
    As with most Ferrell projects, there's nothing profound going on in The Other Guys. It's just a bit of good, stupid fun, had at the expense of an uber-formulaic genre that has long been ripe for the spoofing. But it also works.
    • 50 Metascore
    • 63 Mike Scott
    I've got a fourth verb to add to the comma-challenged title of Julia Roberts' how-to-be-happy travelogue, Eat Pray Love. How about "edit"?
    • 56 Metascore
    • 63 Mike Scott
    Getting two biographies on the same person in such a short window is unusual. What's even more unusual is that both suffer from the same flaw.
    • 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.
    • 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.
    • 65 Metascore
    • 63 Mike Scott
    It represents the rare lead role for Mackie, and he seizes the opportunity, convincingly playing the part of a soft-spoken former Black Panther.
    • 46 Metascore
    • 63 Mike Scott
    How do you know when a romantic comedy just isn't working? Key indicators are that your audience doesn't get goose bumps in the inevitable third-act reunion. They don't get misty-eyed. In short, they don't really care.
    • 42 Metascore
    • 63 Mike Scott
    Once the real story hits its stride, it's easy to get lost in Sanctum.
    • 82 Metascore
    • 63 Mike Scott
    A beautifully uncomplicated story, really -- about the love between daddies and their little girls.
    • 70 Metascore
    • 63 Mike Scott
    It's a decent comedy, mind you, one with its fair share of chuckles. But it's really more amusing than it is fall-out-of-your-seat funny.
    • 80 Metascore
    • 63 Mike Scott
    This is a film custom-made for dog lovers.
    • 59 Metascore
    • 63 Mike Scott
    Burger's film would have been better had he ended it about three minutes earlier than he does -- a move that would have given his movie at least a dash of profundity.
    • 41 Metascore
    • 63 Mike Scott
    Hop
    A slick and sweet film all on its own, a harmless bit of fun that fills the Easter-movie void.
    • 68 Metascore
    • 63 Mike Scott
    Potiche never becomes funny enough or interesting enough.
    • 50 Metascore
    • 63 Mike Scott
    Despite the derivative nature and low production values of Super, there are laughs in the at-times ragged script.
    • 50 Metascore
    • 63 Mike Scott
    A predictable but painless pastiche of high school drama clichés that will give its intended tween audience a lot to squeal about -- and leave their parents reminiscing quietly about how good films from '80s icon John Hughes were.
    • 56 Metascore
    • 63 Mike Scott
    These characters are so likeable, and so well-portrayed, that it's easy to go along with it all.
    • 75 Metascore
    • 63 Mike Scott
    So what is Bridesmaids? A boozy wedding comedy? A touching character story? A paean to friendship? At turns, it's each -- making it a wedding movie with a commitment problem and giving Feig's scattered film a rudderless quality between the laugh lines.
    • 59 Metascore
    • 63 Mike Scott
    It's a fun one to talk about -- if only for the opportunity to shake your head in amused disbelief at what you just saw.
    • 45 Metascore
    • 63 Mike Scott
    Best of all, here there be fun.

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