For 701 reviews, this critic has graded:
  • 46% higher than the average critic
  • 2% same as the average critic
  • 52% lower than the average critic
On average, this critic grades 2.2 points higher than other critics. (0-100 point scale)

Mike Scott's Scores

  • Movies
  • TV
Average review score: 62
Highest review score: 100 Searching for Sugar Man
Lowest review score: 20 That's My Boy
Score distribution:
  1. Negative: 46 out of 701
701 movie reviews
    • 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"?
    • 80 Metascore
    • 63 Mike Scott
    It boasts strong acting and a nice dose of suspense.
    • 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.
    • 61 Metascore
    • 63 Mike Scott
    What Kwapis does do, however, is nicely handle the film's whale of an emotional payoff.
    • 72 Metascore
    • 63 Mike Scott
    It's easy to be interested in the characters' lives -- as tragic as they are -- but it's not nearly as easy to become emotionally invested in them.
    • 81 Metascore
    • 63 Mike Scott
    Don't expect there to be a run on Secret of Kells action figures any time soon.
    • 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.
    • 56 Metascore
    • 63 Mike Scott
    One major reason it succeeds is because of 11-year-old actress Bailee Madison, who brings a wonderful believability to her role as the girl at the center of the film.
    • 46 Metascore
    • 63 Mike Scott
    All along, though, I was struck by an even stronger feeling, that I was sitting in on somebody else's therapy session. That's not a comfortable feeling -- and that makes Extremely Loud & Incredibly Close considerably less rewarding than it should be.
    • 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.
    • 51 Metascore
    • 63 Mike Scott
    What we're left with is a movie that is about as nourishing as the Junior Mints and nachos available at the theater snack bar. But, then, many a Friday night dinner has been made of far less.
    • 67 Metascore
    • 63 Mike Scott
    There isn't a whole lot of nuance in writer-director Rachid Bouchareb's unapologetically political movie. As such, it doesn't take much brainpower for a viewer to stay a step or two ahead of his plot the entire way.
    • 70 Metascore
    • 63 Mike Scott
    These women deserve to have their voices heard, and this film finally lets them have their say.
    • 72 Metascore
    • 63 Mike Scott
    Leisurely paced and plot-challenged, it's too unique and kindhearted to be outright disliked, but it's not the kind of film you can get too close to, either.
    • 42 Metascore
    • 63 Mike Scott
    Once the real story hits its stride, it's easy to get lost in Sanctum.
    • 45 Metascore
    • 63 Mike Scott
    Best of all, here there be fun.
    • 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.
    • 50 Metascore
    • 63 Mike Scott
    A film that is neither great nor horrible. Favreau does enough things right in Cowboys & Aliens to churn out a mostly enjoyable bit of mindless summertime action, just not enough to come close to rivaling his 2008 crowd-pleaser "Iron Man."
    • 56 Metascore
    • 63 Mike Scott
    It's probably best not to think very hard about any of it -- just dummy up and laugh along.
    • 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.
    • 68 Metascore
    • 63 Mike Scott
    Potiche never becomes funny enough or interesting enough.
    • 68 Metascore
    • 63 Mike Scott
    The result is a film that is equal parts fluff and tough.
    • 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
    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."
    • 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.
    • 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.
    • 50 Metascore
    • 63 Mike Scott
    A surprisingly entertaining movie on its own, a strap-yourself-in, suspend-your-disbelief summer popcorn adventure.
    • 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.
    • 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.
    • 54 Metascore
    • 60 Mike Scott
    Director David Bowers' story is straightforwardly -- almost unimaginatively -- approached. But, armed with a talented cast and Kinney's chuckle-generating source material, it functions nicely as a sort of big-screen "Wonder Years" for Millennials.
    • 57 Metascore
    • 60 Mike Scott
    There's a soothing catharsis in the idea that good guys are every bit as capable as bad guys of raining hellfire down on their enemies.
    • 57 Metascore
    • 60 Mike Scott
    Ends up being an enjoyable, if only marginally memorable, ride.
    • 50 Metascore
    • 60 Mike Scott
    Hit and Run achieves its chief goal: to put the pedal to the metal for some good, goofy fun, squealing the tires as often as possible along the way.
    • 61 Metascore
    • 60 Mike Scott
    Boxtrolls stands reasonably well on its own, as a cool steampunk fairy-tale that serves as yet another testament to the artistry of the folks at Laika.
    • 74 Metascore
    • 60 Mike Scott
    Still, there's more here to like than to dislike in what ends up being a feel-good movie about a feel-bad topic, a la "Little Miss Sunshine."
    • 50 Metascore
    • 60 Mike Scott
    A sleight-of-hand heist film that feels like a cross between David Blaine and "Ocean's Eleven," with a little Robin Hood thrown in, it's a ripping bit of fun. If, that is, you let it be.
    • 68 Metascore
    • 60 Mike Scott
    The result is a hoot, as Nelson breathes comic life into the proceedings with an effortless, unselfconscious joie de vivre.
    • 81 Metascore
    • 60 Mike Scott
    Starred Up isn't just violence for violence's sake. Rather, it is a surprisingly layered, hard-hitting human drama, one that cuts to the bone -- albeit with a homemade prison knife.
    • 59 Metascore
    • 60 Mike Scott
    As glossy and well-produced as Unbroken is, it doesn't stray too terribly far from Hollywood convention. In fact, its very story structure is so traditional that it's mirrored by Clint Eastwood's "American Sniper."
    • 62 Metascore
    • 60 Mike Scott
    An uneven but consistently compelling film that, with its roots in the horrors of World War II, generated no small amount of controversy in its native Poland when it was released there in 2012.
    • 80 Metascore
    • 60 Mike Scott
    That's some admirably mature stuff for a kid's flick in this day of rampant pandering, but it also helps rob the film of a certain breathless, edge-of-your-seat appeal. In other words, there are lulls here.
    • 75 Metascore
    • 60 Mike Scott
    With all of its excess, Wolf of Wall Street might not rank up there with Scorsese's best, it sure has fun trying.
    • 78 Metascore
    • 60 Mike Scott
    Doesn't rise as much as it flounders and frustrates, in what would appear to be a case of a filmmaker prioritizing ego over efficiency, and engaging in generally muddled storytelling.
    • 81 Metascore
    • 60 Mike Scott
    The sky is far from falling on the Bond franchise. In fact, it is as good as it has ever been. What's more, Craig is reportedly on board for at least two more outings, so Q had better get to work on those bifocals because 007 is no where near ready for retirement.
    • 49 Metascore
    • 60 Mike Scott
    Director Daniel Barnz's soft-play indie drama is a compassionate but emotionally raw film, one that traffics in such thoughtful ideas as personal redemption and emotional resurrection.
    • 49 Metascore
    • 60 Mike Scott
    Like the character at its center, Wein's film suffers from a certain sense of inertia, which is where Gerwig comes in.
    • 85 Metascore
    • 60 Mike Scott
    These characters are so compelling that their stories are easy to get caught up in. As with "A Separation," Farhadi's drama never strikes a resoundingly false note -- which is a precious thing in movies lately -- and as such is a film that promises moving rewards.
    • 75 Metascore
    • 60 Mike Scott
    In fact, "restraint" is the word that best characterizes DuVernay's film. This isn't a movie filled with overt action or outbursts of melodrama.
    • 60 Metascore
    • 60 Mike Scott
    The result is a feel-good, family-friendly trip film that promises drama, suspense, humor and -- in a rarity for sports dramas -- no small amount of modern relevance.
    • 39 Metascore
    • 60 Mike Scott
    Director Klay Hall's embraceable, overachieving romp plays nicely as a big-screen feature.
    • 78 Metascore
    • 60 Mike Scott
    It's a theme Mary Shelley brought us in "Frankenstein," which was first published in 1818. That was almost 200 years ago. And while Ex Machina replaces the stitches and neck bolts with gears and fiber-optics, it all feels an awful lot like the same story.
    • 72 Metascore
    • 60 Mike Scott
    It's not a film for everyone. Those who see it, however, will have trouble forgetting it.
    • 55 Metascore
    • 60 Mike Scott
    The ultimate goal of a film like this, of course, is to change minds. As compelling a case as it builds, Promised Land isn't quite persuasive enough to be able to promise to do that.
    • 53 Metascore
    • 60 Mike Scott
    The joy of Hysteria, like the joy of certain other things, isn't necessarily rooted in the element of surprise. Rather, it's in the pleasure of the path taken to get to that crescendo.
    • 40 Metascore
    • 60 Mike Scott
    So does the film succeed, overall? On some levels. But if all you want is a guilt-free, sci-fi summer pleasure, save your money and wait another week. The crew of the Enterprise is on its way.
    • 41 Metascore
    • 60 Mike Scott
    Some summer movies are big, woofing mastiffs. (Think "Battleship.") Others are naughty, nipping lapdogs. ("The Dictator.") Here, what we get is a calm, quiet basset hound. And, for the most part, it's a good dog.
    • 83 Metascore
    • 60 Mike Scott
    While Pina will undoubtedly be well-received by modern-dance devotees, it does little to take advantage of the enormous opportunity to open the door for newcomers.
    • 67 Metascore
    • 60 Mike Scott
    An enchantment, plain and simple. And while it won't make many forget Disney's iconic animated version, it certainly joins it as one of the more enjoyable re-tellings of this classic tale.
    • 59 Metascore
    • 60 Mike Scott
    That's a lot of storytelling going on, and it costs Battle of the Five Armies a certain cohesion.
    • 57 Metascore
    • 60 Mike Scott
    It's a good, old-fashioned sit-around-the-campfire ghost story, one that delivers on its sole reason for existence: to raise the hairs on the back of your arms.
    • 67 Metascore
    • 60 Mike Scott
    An enjoyable diversion, a lightweight bit of philosophizing that blends humor with the bittersweet. It won't likely stick in your memory for too terribly long.
    • 51 Metascore
    • 60 Mike Scott
    There are plenty of entertaining moments to latch onto beneath the sci-fi tropes -- and maybe even a few that will inspire a new generation of storytellers.
    • 64 Metascore
    • 60 Mike Scott
    His (Andrew Dominik) film delivers when it matters, especially with its crystallizing final lines. Not only do they wrap a bow on what ends up being a treatise on the uglier side of capitalism, but they stand among the most memorable closing lines in recent Hollywood history.
    • 58 Metascore
    • 60 Mike Scott
    Suffers through the occasional lull, but those would be much easier to forgive if they didn't also generate frequent false moments that threaten to take viewers out of the movie.
    • 59 Metascore
    • 60 Mike Scott
    It aims to entertain, to offer a few tame chuckles for parents and children to enjoy in a purely Saturday-morning way. And it accomplishes that.
    • 46 Metascore
    • 60 Mike Scott
    Aja's film ends up being an fairly satisfying Halloween diversion, using those magical horns to overcome its flaws and transform itself into a decidedly dark, but weirdly sweet, ride.
    • 75 Metascore
    • 60 Mike Scott
    Yes, that makes Frank weird, but it's the kind of weird I can't get enough of.
    • 76 Metascore
    • 60 Mike Scott
    An entertaining and interesting film, and one that speaks with a reasonable degree of credibility. And while that might not make it high art, it's good enough for me.
    • 44 Metascore
    • 60 Mike Scott
    This is a movie that -- in addition to being exceedingly well-cast and surprisingly well-shot -- is gleefully inappropriate and indulgently crass at every turn.
    • 56 Metascore
    • 60 Mike Scott
    Enchanting enough to cast a spell over fans, of Jolie, of Disney, of "Sleeping Beauty" -- and of pure, cinematic escapism.
    • 73 Metascore
    • 60 Mike Scott
    Rust and Bone is somber and gritty if nothing else, a movie that takes itself very, very seriously, even as it struggles at times to find its focus.
    • 57 Metascore
    • 60 Mike Scott
    There's something haunting going on in The Notebook -- in the story, in the performances, in the overall atmosphere -- that makes it hard to look away from, and equally hard to forget.
    • 54 Metascore
    • 60 Mike Scott
    Amusing as it often is, it's all also fairly predictable stuff. If there's one thing Arteta's script is missing, it's imagination.
    • 76 Metascore
    • 60 Mike Scott
    Baumbach, however -- while not entirely past that particular cocktail of curmudgeonly emotions -- demonstrates an ability to laugh at his own apparent age hang-ups.
    • 63 Metascore
    • 60 Mike Scott
    That storytelling, however, is uneven, ranging from something approaching tedium to moments that are downright wonderful (such as the sweetest of scenes, involving two young lovers -- played by and Alicia Vikander and Domhnall Gleeson -- and a stack of children's blocks).
    • 30 Metascore
    • 60 Mike Scott
    And so the real question isn't whether director Todd Phillips' third -- and, he insists, the final -- installment in the unabashedly crude, very R-rated comedy trilogy is funny. Of course, it is.
    • 63 Metascore
    • 60 Mike Scott
    While you're watching it, it is cozy and enjoyable, the same way a sleeping cat in your lap is cozy and enjoyable.
    • 74 Metascore
    • 60 Mike Scott
    The real highlight, though, is the music by Robert Lopez and Kristen Anderson-Lopez.
    • 67 Metascore
    • 60 Mike Scott
    The sort of movie you should go see with someone you love. You should also hold their hand during the movie. And be thankful that that hand is there.
    • 56 Metascore
    • 60 Mike Scott
    The pieces click together nicely in what ends up being an overall enjoyable package.
    • 67 Metascore
    • 60 Mike Scott
    Furious 7, formulaic or not, knows exactly what kind of movie it is. It is a superhero movie without the tights. It is a comic-book franchise without the radioactive spider bite. It is, plain and simple, an automotive "Avengers."
    • 58 Metascore
    • 60 Mike Scott
    An Unexpected Journey also proves that it is, indeed, possible to get too much of a good thing.
    • 64 Metascore
    • 60 Mike Scott
    The film's message -- about how the Internet is sabotaging our real-life relationships -- doesn't resonate with absolute clarity, but Disconnect does a much more effective job than anyone could hope to do in 140 characters or less.
    • 81 Metascore
    • 60 Mike Scott
    Also helping to sell it all is the fact that these films, goofy though they may be, feature a consistently high level of acting. In addition to Pegg, we get Martin Freeman ("The Hobbit"), Paddy Considine ("Red Riding"), Eddie Marsan ("Sherlock Holmes") and Bill Nighy ("Love Actually"), all of whom have appeared previously in the trilogy.
    • 64 Metascore
    • 60 Mike Scott
    Niccol's film won't likely achieve the high-flying box-office success of "Top Gun," but it is similar to that 1986 film in that it will likely get people talking after the closing credits roll.
    • 66 Metascore
    • 60 Mike Scott
    Watching it, one gets the feeling that Coppola knows these vampiric types all too well. What unfolds feels like a cross between "Lifestyles of the Rich and Famous" and "Natural Born Killers," and a film that is far more disapproving than glamorizing of the go-go-go Los Angeles lifestyle -- but fascinating nonetheless.
    • 62 Metascore
    • 60 Mike Scott
    Roenning and Sandberg never dig deeply into the real, underlying motivating force behind Heyerdahl's voyage aboard the Kon-Tiki -- the name of his visually unimpressive but ultimately seaworthy raft -- other than relying on the fact that he wanted to prove his theory correct.
    • 71 Metascore
    • 60 Mike Scott
    This newer installment is every bit its predecessor's match as far as action goes. Where it exceeds it, however, is in the between-the-fights moments.
    • 73 Metascore
    • 60 Mike Scott
    This is a movie to be experienced on a more visceral level. As long as you don't expect anything more, you won't be disappointed.
    • 69 Metascore
    • 60 Mike Scott
    They're fascinating characters, to be sure, with back stories ripe for development. But Whedon doesn't commit here, and the results are shrug-worthy.
    • 61 Metascore
    • 60 Mike Scott
    Granted, Elysium could be more clever as it goes about its business. This is smart sci-fi, but it's not as smart as it could have been -- or as many "District 9" fans were probably hoping it would be.
    • 61 Metascore
    • 60 Mike Scott
    Oculus is a time bomb of a psychological horror film.
    • 62 Metascore
    • 60 Mike Scott
    Ted
    Unapologetically raw -- and very funny.
    • 37 Metascore
    • 60 Mike Scott
    It tickles both funnybones and eyeballs.
    • 66 Metascore
    • 60 Mike Scott
    Age of Ultron -- for all the eye candy and mindless entertainment it has to offer -- stays safely within the franchise's established parameters. Here, there are no real surprises.
    • 51 Metascore
    • 60 Mike Scott
    In the final analysis, that's the real endgame here: to get people into theaters and build a film franchise. For all of their film's flaws, Hood and company do that well, as Ender's Game shapes up as a decent franchise starter -- and a film that makes it hard not to be intrigued by what will come next.
    • 68 Metascore
    • 60 Mike Scott
    Unlike most enforcers in the movies, Jacky isn't just a brainless slab of meat.
    • 41 Metascore
    • 60 Mike Scott
    Stand Up Guys becomes something not only enjoyable but memorable and emotionally layered at the same time.
    • 62 Metascore
    • 60 Mike Scott
    Easily the most enjoyable animated film of 2013 so far.
    • 60 Metascore
    • 60 Mike Scott
    This is a movie purely for grown-ups, with its enjoyment coming not from its explosions or attacking aliens but from spending time with these characters and savoring its optimistic, "never too late for happiness" message.

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