For 633 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 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: 45 out of 633
633 movie reviews
    • 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.
    • 85 Metascore
    • 63 Mike Scott
    All of the pieces fall into place by the third act -- or most of them, anyway. But Tinker, Tailor, Soldier, Spy is such a cold, unemotional film that getting there is a chore, muting the payoff.
    • 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.
    • 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.
    • 61 Metascore
    • 63 Mike Scott
    What Kwapis does do, however, is nicely handle the film's whale of an emotional payoff.
    • 48 Metascore
    • 63 Mike Scott
    A movie that wants to be a crowd-pleasing romantic comedy at times and a weighty drama at others. It ends up being an imperfect blend of both.
    • 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.
    • 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.
    • 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.
    • 76 Metascore
    • 63 Mike Scott
    The quietly moving drama Martha Marcy May Marlene must be thought of as an "arrival" film. That is, for all that it has going for it (and, it must be said, against it), if it is remembered for anything it will be for introducing a 22-year-old newcomer named Elizabeth Olsen.
    • 70 Metascore
    • 63 Mike Scott
    These women deserve to have their voices heard, and this film finally lets them have their say.
    • 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.
    • 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.
    • 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.
    • 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.
    • 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.
    • 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.
    • 46 Metascore
    • 63 Mike Scott
    That's not to say it's a bad film, necessarily. It's just not as good as it could have -- and should have -- been.
    • 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.
    • 63 Metascore
    • 60 Mike Scott
    A solidly entertaining and largely engaging film that, even with its faults, functions as a singular -- albeit melancholy -- tribute to a tragic American icon.
    • 66 Metascore
    • 60 Mike Scott
    The problem is that the film must re-establish a great deal of mythology, much of which is already familiar to most moviegoers. Unfortunately, Webb's film never quite makes usshake the feeling that we've done all this before.
    • 62 Metascore
    • 60 Mike Scott
    An uplifting and colorful crowd-pleaser, it's built on a wealth of cinematic contrivances -- all designed to make sure things, indeed, turn out all right in the end -- but the result is just too good-natured to begrudge.
    • 62 Metascore
    • 60 Mike Scott
    In other words, Iron Man 3 -- once more delivering a satisfying combination of humor, action and dazzling set pieces -- provides everything fans of the franchise expect.
    • 66 Metascore
    • 60 Mike Scott
    Is Premium Rush a two-wheeled "French Connection"? No, not by a long shot. (Although it does include a racing-beneath-the-el-train homage.) But when it comes to lightweight, synapse-free action fare, Premium Rush delivers.
    • 41 Metascore
    • 60 Mike Scott
    It's no "Das Boot," but Battleship is a boatload of popcorny fun.
    • 61 Metascore
    • 60 Mike Scott
    Gilroy -- who earned writing credits on all four "Bourne" films -- doesn't miss when it comes to the most important task at hand: He takes a well-worn concept and makes it feel new, and without sacrificing its sense of familiarity.
    • 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.
    • 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.
    • 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.
    • 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.
    • 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.
    • 62 Metascore
    • 60 Mike Scott
    Ted
    Unapologetically raw -- and very funny.
    • 72 Metascore
    • 60 Mike Scott
    John C. Reilly provides the voice of Ralph, and he's every bit as good as you'd expect in the role. It's Sarah Silverman, however, as his unlikely sidekick, and rescue subject, whose considerable charm threatens to steal the show.
    • 50 Metascore
    • 60 Mike Scott
    No, it's not a perfect movie, given how dangerously close it comes to running out of quality third-act punchlines before you're liable to have run out of Sno-caps and Raisinettes. Also, some of the biggest names in the supporting cast -- John Lithgow and Dan Aykroyd, specifically -- are all but wasted.
    • 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.
    • 44 Metascore
    • 60 Mike Scott
    Is all of that to say that Oz the Great and Powerful comes even close to matching the timeless, iconic stature of 1939's "The Wizard of Oz"? No, of course not. That's not just a once-in-a-lifetime cultural phenomenon, but a once-in-many-liftimes one.
    • 58 Metascore
    • 60 Mike Scott
    An Unexpected Journey also proves that it is, indeed, possible to get too much of a good thing.
    • 66 Metascore
    • 60 Mike Scott
    Visually stunning.
    • 37 Metascore
    • 60 Mike Scott
    It tickles both funnybones and eyeballs.
    • 84 Metascore
    • 60 Mike Scott
    The resulting slowdown, as well as a significant narrative shift, gives Looper a slightly sprawling and ungrounded feel at times, almost as if the first and second halves are two separate movies.
    • 62 Metascore
    • 60 Mike Scott
    Easily the most enjoyable animated film of 2013 so far.
    • 54 Metascore
    • 60 Mike Scott
    Granted, "intelligent" might be too generous a word to describe Oblivion, which flirts with big questions, but never answers them. What's left is a story that doesn't quite go where no man has gone before.
    • 59 Metascore
    • 60 Mike Scott
    Yes, Apatow's film has its peaks and valleys -- just the way life does -- but it stands alone nicely on its own, a satisfying comedic riff on life and all of its absurdities.
    • 52 Metascore
    • 60 Mike Scott
    Although Epic isn't quite an animated masterpiece -- or as enchanting as the vastly underrated "Guardians" -- it's still a fun, sweet-hearted kid-pleaser that boasts some downright lovely animation.
    • 42 Metascore
    • 60 Mike Scott
    It's an uneven but fairly enjoyable ride, one that benefits from Statham's cool, capable presence.
    • 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.
    • 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.
    • 65 Metascore
    • 60 Mike Scott
    Billed as a dramatic comedy, and it lives up to that billing, even if it tends more toward chuckles than guffaws. In other words, one thing it's not is "It's Complicated," Streep's previous -- and often riotous -- relationship dramedy.
    • 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).
    • 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.
    • 58 Metascore
    • 60 Mike Scott
    It's an uplifting, even enchanting, smile-inducer.
    • 58 Metascore
    • 60 Mike Scott
    Ends up being the kind of movie we don't see a whole lot anymore: an emotionally grounded and quietly meaningful crowd-pleaser that functions as a lovely antidote to the recently ended summer blockbuster season.
    • 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.
    • 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.
    • 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.
    • 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.
    • 40 Metascore
    • 60 Mike Scott
    The surrealist and decidedly bizarre humor of Tim Heidecker and Eric Wareheim is, to put it mildly, an acquired taste -- and there's no guarantee you'll ever actually acquire it.
    • 68 Metascore
    • 60 Mike Scott
    Unlike most enforcers in the movies, Jacky isn't just a brainless slab of meat.
    • 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.
    • 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.
    • 56 Metascore
    • 60 Mike Scott
    The good news: This is Goldthwait the writer-director, not Goldthwait the actor -- so there's no schticky voice to endure. But his exceedingly black comedy does speak loudly -- and it turns out he's actually got something worthwhile to say.
    • 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.
    • 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.
    • 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.
    • 45 Metascore
    • 60 Mike Scott
    At worst, though, the film's faintly sleazy bait-and-switch tactic robs the film of its biggest asset -- its sense of fun.
    • 86 Metascore
    • 60 Mike Scott
    What Anderson's talky and willfully opaque film doesn't have, however, is an unfailingly compelling story to tell.
    • 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.
    • 74 Metascore
    • 60 Mike Scott
    The real highlight, though, is the music by Robert Lopez and Kristen Anderson-Lopez.
    • 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.
    • 70 Metascore
    • 60 Mike Scott
    So here's what moviegoers can trust from the Russo's Captain America: Winter Solider: They can trust it to be a brisk ride. They can trust it to be entertaining. They can expect it to be suspenseful.
    • 62 Metascore
    • 60 Mike Scott
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    Aesthetically, Helgeland's film -- while highly polished -- is straight-forward stuff, hewing so closely to the prescribed genre conventions as to border on unimaginative.
    • 67 Metascore
    • 60 Mike Scott
    The real point of This is The End, however, is to make people laugh -- and it accomplishes that. Often, in fact -- and satisfyingly.
    • 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.
    • 52 Metascore
    • 60 Mike Scott
    This is solidly a genre picture, and one that follows all the necessary conventions -- but it's also one that does it all very well. That means lots of big, dumb and loud action -- but it also means good, popcorny, summer fun.
    • 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.
    • 66 Metascore
    • 60 Mike Scott
    The music, of course, is the engine that makes the whole exercise go, tapping into a genre-spanning collection of tunes, but every bit as important to the film's success is its unexpected humor, which flirts with raunchy but stops juuuust short of crossing any lines that would have earned it an R rating.
    • 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.
    • 66 Metascore
    • 60 Mike Scott
    Seizing the role, and the screen, Gelber actually makes us care what happens to his surly, thoroughly unlikable character.
    • 77 Metascore
    • 60 Mike Scott
    There's a good reason why the true-crime film The Imposter is a documentary: If someone tried to pass off this bizarre Texas tale as fiction, nobody would believe it.
    • 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.
    • 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.
    • 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.
    • 80 Metascore
    • 60 Mike Scott
    As it is, it's little more than an artful rehash -- which means that anyone who wants closure to the story, or to see justice truly served, will have to wait a little longer.
    • 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.
    • 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.
    • 71 Metascore
    • 60 Mike Scott
    The result is an artist profile that doesn't feel like the standard, stuffy artist profile. Instead, Beauty is Embarrassing is an entertaining whimsy that, like White, never takes itself too seriously, doesn't overstay its welcome and never, ever underestimates the value of a chuckle.
    • 41 Metascore
    • 60 Mike Scott
    Stand Up Guys becomes something not only enjoyable but memorable and emotionally layered at the same time.
    • 55 Metascore
    • 60 Mike Scott
    Hitchcock purists will certainly take issue with some details, but Gervasi's film shouldn't be taken as an ironclad factual film docudrama. Rather, it is fact-inspired fiction -- a film based on real events but one that isn't shy about taking creative liberties. As long as viewers keep that in mind, Gervasi's stands to be a nice bit of murderous fun.
    • 49 Metascore
    • 60 Mike Scott
    Most normal people will not see this as a "pleasant" film -- I hope that's the case, anyway -- but it certain makes you feel something.
    • 44 Metascore
    • 60 Mike Scott
    As a modest bit of feel-good entertainment, Vaughn and Delivery Man mostly deliver the goods.
    • 44 Metascore
    • 60 Mike Scott
    He was a charismatic leader and the greatest salesman the industry ever saw. He also was a very vocal spokesman for the graying counterculture -- crediting his high-tech success to Zen Buddhism, Dylan songs and acid trips.
    • 66 Metascore
    • 60 Mike Scott
    Making it even more intriguing is the fact that the whole thing is, extraordinarily, inspired by a true story.
    • 61 Metascore
    • 60 Mike Scott
    Dawson, who to this point has largely built her career playing supporting characters, seizes the opportunity to stand center-stage, all but taking over the film.
    • 61 Metascore
    • 60 Mike Scott
    One gets the feeling that Thompson left a lot on the table with The Jeffrey Dahmer Files, that it could have been something more, something bigger, something elaborate. And that may be true. But the film that Thompson did choose to make - one that is both simple but effective -- is fascinating in its own right.
    • 39 Metascore
    • 60 Mike Scott
    Director Klay Hall's embraceable, overachieving romp plays nicely as a big-screen feature.
    • 68 Metascore
    • 60 Mike Scott
    Even if it doesn't provide all the answers, "The East" asks some pretty darn good questions.
    • 57 Metascore
    • 60 Mike Scott
    Ends up being an enjoyable, if only marginally memorable, ride.
    • 71 Metascore
    • 60 Mike Scott
    Ends up being foreign but familiar, artful and honest, as well as beautiful and believable.
    • 63 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.