For 785 reviews, this critic has graded:
  • 44% higher than the average critic
  • 3% same as the average critic
  • 53% lower than the average critic
On average, this critic grades 1 point higher than other critics. (0-100 point scale)

Mike Scott's Scores

  • Movies
  • TV
Average review score: 62
Highest review score: 100 War Horse
Lowest review score: 20 Alice Through the Looking Glass
Score distribution:
  1. Negative: 49 out of 785
785 movie reviews
    • 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 clich├ęs 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.
    • 70 Metascore
    • 63 Mike Scott
    These women deserve to have their voices heard, and this film finally lets them have their say.
    • 41 Metascore
    • 63 Mike Scott
    Breezy but forgettable.
    • 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."
    • 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.
    • 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.
    • 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.
    • 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.
    • 65 Metascore
    • 63 Mike Scott
    There are some nice surprises in store, as well, but the longer Madden's story goes on, the more manufactured things tend to feel.
    • 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.
    • 47 Metascore
    • 63 Mike Scott
    As clearly calculated and self-consciously cutesy as it is, it's also tender and meaningful stuff -- and far more watchable than other recent attempts to capture the existential angst of adolescence. ("The Art of Getting By.")
    • 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.
    • 56 Metascore
    • 63 Mike Scott
    Intermittently interesting, but well-intentioned, it almost makes up for "The Tourist."
    • 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.
    • 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
    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.
    • 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.
    • 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.
    • 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.
    • 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.
    • 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.
    • 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.
    • 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.
    • 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.
    • 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.
    • 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.
    • 68 Metascore
    • 60 Mike Scott
    Unlike most enforcers in the movies, Jacky isn't just a brainless slab of meat.
    • 58 Metascore
    • 60 Mike Scott
    It's an uplifting, even enchanting, smile-inducer.
    • 47 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.
    • 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.
    • 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.
    • 41 Metascore
    • 60 Mike Scott
    It's no "Das Boot," but Battleship is a boatload of popcorny fun.
    • 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.
    • 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.
    • 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.
    • 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.
    • 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.
    • 62 Metascore
    • 60 Mike Scott
    Ted
    Unapologetically raw -- and very funny.
    • 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.
    • 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.
    • 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.
    • 66 Metascore
    • 60 Mike Scott
    Seizing the role, and the screen, Gelber actually makes us care what happens to his surly, thoroughly unlikable character.
    • 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.
    • 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.
    • 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.
    • 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.
    • 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.
    • 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
    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.
    • 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.
    • 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.
    • 86 Metascore
    • 60 Mike Scott
    What Anderson's talky and willfully opaque film doesn't have, however, is an unfailingly compelling story to tell.
    • 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.
    • 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.
    • 72 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.
    • 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.
    • 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.
    • 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.
    • 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.
    • 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.
    • 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.
    • 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).
    • 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.
    • 58 Metascore
    • 60 Mike Scott
    An Unexpected Journey also proves that it is, indeed, possible to get too much of a good thing.
    • 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.
    • 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.
    • 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.
    • 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.
    • 42 Metascore
    • 60 Mike Scott
    It's an uneven but fairly enjoyable ride, one that benefits from Statham's cool, capable presence.
    • 41 Metascore
    • 60 Mike Scott
    Stand Up Guys becomes something not only enjoyable but memorable and emotionally layered at the same time.
    • 71 Metascore
    • 60 Mike Scott
    Ends up being foreign but familiar, artful and honest, as well as beautiful and believable.

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