For 628 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 3.1 points higher than other critics. (0-100 point scale)

Mike Scott's Scores

  • Movies
  • TV
Average review score: 63
Highest review score: 100 5 Broken Cameras
Lowest review score: 20 Hotel Transylvania
Score distribution:
  1. Negative: 44 out of 628
628 movie reviews
    • 78 Metascore
    • 100 Mike Scott
    A captivating portrait of the frailty and the failures of humanity.
    • 79 Metascore
    • 100 Mike Scott
    The result is a human drama that quietly argues that the gift of life isn't one to be taken lightly.
    • 79 Metascore
    • 100 Mike Scott
    All music docs are not created equal. Yes, some are formulaic. But some are beautiful, some are singular, some are marvels of storytelling. And some, like Searching for Sugar Man, are all three.
    • 86 Metascore
    • 100 Mike Scott
    What plays out is something like CSPAN 1865. That is, it's dense, talky stuff at times -- particularly at its start, as the film takes a good 15 minutes to gain traction -- but also highly rewarding and instructive.
    • 77 Metascore
    • 100 Mike Scott
    The House I Live In is not a comfortable film to consider in any respect, but without discomfort it's hard to feel anger - and without anger, it's hard to imagine that anything will ever be done about it.
    • 76 Metascore
    • 100 Mike Scott
    Mud
    Watching Mud unfold, one suspects that the Arkansas-reared Nichols remembers exactly what it was like to be a boy of the Southern wilds.
    • 84 Metascore
    • 100 Mike Scott
    Feels startlingly real and inherently relevant, a shining, sterling example of cinema at its most powerful and urgent.
    • 85 Metascore
    • 100 Mike Scott
    Fruitvale Station is only the first in a string of civil-rights minded movies set to hit theaters this year -- contributing to what could be the most racially conscious award season in recent memory.
    • 71 Metascore
    • 100 Mike Scott
    That's the kind of movie this is, the kind that sticks with you, that prods you to examine things. In the process, it reveals itself to be something of an emotional roller coaster -- but one well worth riding.
    • 84 Metascore
    • 100 Mike Scott
    Not only is it a searing on-the-ground, in-the-fray portrait of the heart of Egypt's ongoing revolution, but it is also a stirring tribute to the indomitable spirit of those who are risking, and in many cases giving, their lives to keep it alive.
    • 88 Metascore
    • 100 Mike Scott
    There are moments of depth there as well, as Anderson touches on themes of friendship and loyalty. More than anything else, though, The Grand Budapest Hotel is just a fun ride -- a wild, wonderful ride seemingly plucked out of Anderson's dream journal.
    • 100 Metascore
    • 100 Mike Scott
    The greatest movies, the ones that stick with us, are those that hold up a mirror to the human condition and reflect something back at us that we too often manage to overlook. Boyhood is one of those movies, and with it Linklater proves he is among the best practitioners of that art.
    • 87 Metascore
    • 100 Mike Scott
    Chaz Ebert says that Roger would have loved Life Itself. I'll take her word for it. She knew him far better than I did. Clearly. But I'll add this: I love it, too.
    • 83 Metascore
    • 88 Mike Scott
    A simple story about a difficult man, and it's an impressive debut from writer-director Scott Cooper.
    • 85 Metascore
    • 88 Mike Scott
    It's a career-making performance that relies as much on charm as on acting ability -- and Mulligan has both.
    • 76 Metascore
    • 88 Mike Scott
    It is edifying, it is emotionally engaging, it is embraceable.
    • 73 Metascore
    • 88 Mike Scott
    Local viewers will be tickled by the wealth of New Orleans details in the production. One of the best just might be in the film's music.
    • 76 Metascore
    • 88 Mike Scott
    You know how people say that they don't make romantic comedies like they used to? Turns out they do. At least, director Marc Webb does -- and has -- with his clever and sweet debut, 500 Days of Summer.
    • 68 Metascore
    • 88 Mike Scott
    A surprisingly uplifting examination of life and loss.
    • 55 Metascore
    • 88 Mike Scott
    As beautiful as the animation is, Zemeckis' real masterstroke is combining it with a loyalty to Dickens' story.
    • 79 Metascore
    • 88 Mike Scott
    Bong's film starts out as a comedy, transforms into a quirky Agatha Christie whodunnit and finishes with an unpredictable Hitchcockian flourish.
    • 74 Metascore
    • 88 Mike Scott
    What Nolan has created with Inception is the rare movie that is bound to improve with repeated viewings, both as a means to drink in its brilliance one more time, and to see what sly clues might have flown under your radar the first time around.
    • 63 Metascore
    • 88 Mike Scott
    It's a lovely bit of blood-pressure-lowering cinema that never betrays its simple conceit.
    • 72 Metascore
    • 88 Mike Scott
    This is a self-contained story that stands nicely on its own. How novel.
    • 77 Metascore
    • 88 Mike Scott
    A movie with a message, but the subtle kind; it's whispered wisdom, wrapped up in a story of mystery, of love, of regret, of repentance and redemption.
    • 72 Metascore
    • 88 Mike Scott
    A movie that charms its way to being a kind of well-crafted teen touchstone that very well could become to today's generation what "Ferris Bueller" was to teens of the '80s.
    • 74 Metascore
    • 88 Mike Scott
    An exceedingly well-assembled genre picture, a spell-binding, edge-of-your-seat thriller.
    • 79 Metascore
    • 88 Mike Scott
    Without subtitles this time, it also stands a very real chance of migrating out of America's art houses and into its multiplexes, where it can sink its teeth into a whole new audience.
    • 65 Metascore
    • 88 Mike Scott
    Boasting a rich look and an engrossing storyline, it's the rare "to-be-continued" film that doesn't leave its audience feeling cheated.
    • 57 Metascore
    • 88 Mike Scott
    Almost feels as if it is two different films. One is the opening 20 minutes or so, in which most of the screwball comedy takes place. The other comes when Yimou gets on with the real story. That's where the payoff comes in.