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 Project Nim
Lowest review score: 20 Alice Through the Looking Glass
Score distribution:
  1. Negative: 49 out of 785
785 movie reviews
    • 54 Metascore
    • 40 Mike Scott
    Lacks any real sense of vitality. And no matter how worthwhile a film's message is, it's difficult for audiences to care if the path to the payoff so often feels like a slog.
    • 61 Metascore
    • 40 Mike Scott
    Just don't think too hard -- or at all, really -- or else you run the risk of realizing that Fast & Furious 6 is running on little more than fumes, with just a shot or two of nitrous.
    • 33 Metascore
    • 40 Mike Scott
    This would be a difficult film even for the charismatic Papa Smith to carry. That he spends nearly the entire movie in a chair doesn't help matters.
    • 61 Metascore
    • 40 Mike Scott
    And therein lies one of the film's most glaring problems. Perhaps that vilification of Big Agro will resonate with farm folk, but it's not the sort of thing that will have many city slickers -- even those who sympathize with the little guys on this issue -- exactly sitting on the edge of their theater seat.
    • 55 Metascore
    • 40 Mike Scott
    So we get no zippy, Tony Stark-flavored one-liners. No comic-relief characters. No nonsense. But that means we also get no up, up and away, either.
    • 65 Metascore
    • 40 Mike Scott
    What Monsters University fails to do, though, is to scare up any real emotion.
    • 47 Metascore
    • 40 Mike Scott
    You can color me unimpressed.
    • 57 Metascore
    • 40 Mike Scott
    Those who connected with "The Best Exotic Marigold Hotel" last year or the lesser "Quartet" earlier this year likely will find things to appreciate about Williams' film, given its similar senior citizen angle and general sense of niceness and decency.
    • 34 Metascore
    • 40 Mike Scott
    It's the kind of cinematic cotton candy that youngsters will gobble up. Even more importantly, it's relatively quick, painless stuff when compared to so many other pint-sized entertainments out there.
    • 55 Metascore
    • 40 Mike Scott
    It's pretty obvious that Almodovar at least was having fun making I'm So Excited. Ditto for his actors, who admirably go all-in for these roles. I'm glad they're having a good time. After all, somebody has to find a reason get excited about I'm So Excited.
    • 55 Metascore
    • 40 Mike Scott
    While Washington and Wahlberg help make sure the flawed 2 Guns isn't too bad, it's hard not to think that it could have been better.
    • 39 Metascore
    • 40 Mike Scott
    The stakes in this latest, disappointing Harry Potter wannabe never feel as high as they should, or as important as its characters seem to think they are.
    • 78 Metascore
    • 40 Mike Scott
    It's that end -- the film's final sobering five minutes -- in which Blue Jasmine is at its most effective. Credit is due there to Blanchett's table-setting performance in it and in the hour and half preceding it. It's also due to the courage Allen displays as a storyteller in ending this particular story in the way it has to end.
    • 73 Metascore
    • 40 Mike Scott
    The end result feels like only half a movie. That half -- the technical half, with Wong's stylistic flourishes and the film's lush technical elements -- is a heck of a film. The rest of The Grandmaster, however -- the storytelling -- is anything but grand.
    • 34 Metascore
    • 40 Mike Scott
    That's perhaps the best word to describe Baggage Claim: contrived. And predictable, as it doesn't take a rocket scientist to figure out which tall, dark and handsome fellow she'll end up with.
    • 49 Metascore
    • 40 Mike Scott
    It won't stick to your ribs in the way, say, a shank will -- but it probably won't leave you looking for a way to escape the theater, either.
    • 54 Metascore
    • 40 Mike Scott
    None of that is to say that Thor: The Dark World is a bad movie, necessarily. I would never speak ill of a man with a giant, magical hammer. At the same time, hammer or no hammer, it doesn't quite nail it, either.
    • 58 Metascore
    • 40 Mike Scott
    In a word: Bibbidi-bobbidi-blah.
    • 59 Metascore
    • 40 Mike Scott
    To be fair, in its best moments, The Best Man Holiday is more enjoyable than even a well-wrapped steam iron, functioning as it does as passable light entertainment -- but only just.
    • 65 Metascore
    • 40 Mike Scott
    Along the way, Krokidas' story becomes a touch schizophrenic, at times a coming-of-age story, a love story, a crime drama and a literary drama. It's hard to say which it functions as best, as none are given too much time to germinate before Krokidas moves on to the next.
    • 40 Metascore
    • 40 Mike Scott
    The violence in Homefront is violence purely for entertainment's sake.
    • 60 Metascore
    • 40 Mike Scott
    One only wishes they were able to deliver these performances in a movie that felt more like a true celebration of Mandela's life -- and less like homework.
    • 41 Metascore
    • 40 Mike Scott
    Here's a film that tries to strike a "Beverly Hills Cop" balance between crime drama and screwball comedy -- but that balance, it should be noted, isn't an easy one to strike.
    • 37 Metascore
    • 40 Mike Scott
    Once the opening credits end, it turns out The Nut Job"= is far more "Romper Room" than "Step Brothers."
    • 75 Metascore
    • 40 Mike Scott
    There must also be a spark, a sense of life, a compelling reason for being. If a film doesn't have those -- which The Invisible Woman doesn't -- well, it might as well be invisible.
    • 52 Metascore
    • 40 Mike Scott
    All aspects of this great story are drawn toward the middle ground of mediocrity.
    • 52 Metascore
    • 40 Mike Scott
    Any improvements over the original RoboCop are mere window dressing, more a superficial function of technical advances in filmmaking than of any sort of storytelling prowess or fresh narrative ideas.
    • 62 Metascore
    • 40 Mike Scott
    It's all fairly standard rom-com stuff.
    • 73 Metascore
    • 40 Mike Scott
    What he ends up with is a film that boasts undeniably intriguing parts, but that -- unless you've just eaten some magic mushrooms of your own -- just doesn't gel as a whole, unified moviegoing experience.
    • 40 Metascore
    • 40 Mike Scott
    The end result is still not a very good film, but it is one that boasts some enjoyable moments -- but only if you find yourself with two hours to kill.
    • 39 Metascore
    • 40 Mike Scott
    If not for the "Fast and Furious" franchise, Need for Speed probably wouldn't exist outside of the video game series that inspired it.
    • 61 Metascore
    • 40 Mike Scott
    That's not to say Muppets Most Wanted is all stuffing and nonsense. The franchise hasn't declined that much just yet. There are entertaining moments to be had here, for sure.
    • 57 Metascore
    • 40 Mike Scott
    The problems here are more with the story, which, even at just 89 minutes, feels a touch repetitive at times.
    • 54 Metascore
    • 40 Mike Scott
    The problem is, Draft Day doesn't really capture that sense of urgency until late in the film.
    • 17 Metascore
    • 40 Mike Scott
    There are lulls to be had here, but there is a smattering of laughs, too -- and some pretty good ones, at that. If, that is, you'll give yourself permission to laugh at Wayans and company's lowest-common-denominator antics.
    • 73 Metascore
    • 40 Mike Scott
    I wouldn't expect many people to remember Cold in July come September, when the movie-award season gets underway. But as a guilty-pleasure May release? You could do far worse.
    • 52 Metascore
    • 40 Mike Scott
    Regardless of how well-argued it is, when watching a film feels this much like homework, that's not likely to happen.
    • 56 Metascore
    • 40 Mike Scott
    Steadman is a fascinating talent with a fascinating process and a fascinating perspective on the world. Maybe somebody will make a definitive documentary about him one day. Unfortunately, For No Good Reason isn't it.
    • 40 Metascore
    • 40 Mike Scott
    Amid it all, Snead does a nice job of laying out the history of video games. If nothing else, there's a lot of information here. But there's also a lot of information on the Wikipedia entry for "video games." All in all, I'd rather be playing "Madden 15."
    • 57 Metascore
    • 40 Mike Scott
    The problem is, the second half of the film -- when it's time for it to get down to business -- isn't nearly as compelling as the first. As a result, the impact of Cahill's story is muted as the payoff just doesn't feel rewarding.
    • 55 Metascore
    • 40 Mike Scott
    The result is a film with a scattered feel. That's particularly true in the film's rushed third act, as it skips around all herky-jerky, cramming in resolutions to the various conflicts but never quite giving any of them adequate time to gel.
    • 44 Metascore
    • 40 Mike Scott
    Boudousque is young yet, and so he has room to grow as an actor, but he's got nothing but upside to him at this point. It'll be fun to watch his career grow from here.
    • 41 Metascore
    • 40 Mike Scott
    While it's not really about football, it's not about sterling filmmaking, either.
    • 63 Metascore
    • 40 Mike Scott
    On the one hand, there's a thrill in such experimentalism. On the other, it doesn't always deliver a fully satisfying moviegoing experience.
    • 50 Metascore
    • 40 Mike Scott
    As a collective thing, though, those moments add up to a messy, all-over-the-map movie that toys with big, existential thoughts, but it doesn't have a coherent enough story with which to drive them home.
    • 82 Metascore
    • 40 Mike Scott
    Love is Strange doesn't really have any sort of sense of urgency about it. To the contrary, it feels rather mundane, as their problems -- while both unfortunate and unfair -- feel relatively small when put in perspective.
    • 60 Metascore
    • 40 Mike Scott
    The result is a film that is engrossing for stretches, that will raise your hackles -- and maybe the hair on the back of your neck -- especially if you believe in the vital role journalism plays in a free society. At the same time, though, it also feels a bit like a by-the-numbers affair.
    • 29 Metascore
    • 40 Mike Scott
    The Best of Me is full-on Nicholas Sparks, through and through, checking all the boxes in the by-now well-established formula. It's just not the best of Nicholas Sparks.
    • 68 Metascore
    • 40 Mike Scott
    John Wick makes a few feeble attempts at witty repartee, but, in the end, Leitch and Stahelski's film feels like an unintentional parody of itself.
    • 52 Metascore
    • 40 Mike Scott
    It is nothing if not a nice film. But it's little more than that.
    • 64 Metascore
    • 40 Mike Scott
    With no real beginning and no real ending, the unsatisfying "Mockingjay Part 1" is essentially all middle -- one big, stretched out, watered-down second act. The result is a handsome film, but also a talky one that takes a while to hit its storytelling stride and that, once there, repeatedly stalls to fill time.
    • 72 Metascore
    • 40 Mike Scott
    And let's be honest: Hawking and Wilde's romance is lovely in its own way. But his scientific work? That's important. That's staggering. That's life-changing, not just for him, but for all of us. And The Theory of Everything? Despite that title, and despite those performances, it just doesn't feel like any of those things.
    • 33 Metascore
    • 40 Mike Scott
    Unfortunately, the longer this Annie goes on, the more steam it loses.
    • 69 Metascore
    • 40 Mike Scott
    As strong as that cast and those visuals are, however, they don't quite add up enough to guarantee a happily-ever-after for moviegoers looking for a memorable in-theater experience.
    • 81 Metascore
    • 40 Mike Scott
    This is what makes Anderson's film so infuriating. It's so damned irresistible -- until it becomes so damned insufferable, getting lost in a marijuana fog of poorly explained plot developments and indecipherable twists. Still, it's hard to look away for fear of missing some other equally inspired flourish.
    • 89 Metascore
    • 40 Mike Scott
    Two Days, One Night offers a look into the lives of the everyday workers of the world -- the ones for whom a thousand-euro bonus (about $1,100 U.S.) can solve a heck of a lot of problems.
    • 51 Metascore
    • 40 Mike Scott
    "Second Best" might not be second-rate, but neither is it the match of the first "Best Exotic Marigold Hotel."
    • 57 Metascore
    • 40 Mike Scott
    Eva
    For one to succeed, it should have a certain "emotional intelligence" of its own. It should have a soul. It should bring something new to the conversation. And while Eva dips a toe into those waters, it never really invites its audiences to dive in head-first.
    • 34 Metascore
    • 40 Mike Scott
    Is it funny enough to make for a wholly satisfying feature-length film? No, not really. Like so many films of Ferrell's, Get Hard feels rushed and uneven.
    • 60 Metascore
    • 40 Mike Scott
    While The Last Five Years isn't a bad movie, neither does it fall into the "must-see" category.
    • 30 Metascore
    • 40 Mike Scott
    Functioning as more parable than sermon, it offers at least a hint of a blueprint for other faith filmmakers who want their message to reach beyond the front pew.
    • 55 Metascore
    • 40 Mike Scott
    A well-intended but scattered dramatic comedy.
    • 69 Metascore
    • 40 Mike Scott
    It all adds up to a film that is at times interesting, and at times funny in spite of itself. But more than all that, it exudes a sense of heart-rending, chest-penetrating sadness.
    • 63 Metascore
    • 40 Mike Scott
    While Pitch Perfect 2 feels like it leaves much on the table, that'll be plenty good enough to give its fans something to sing about -- until the inevitable "Pitch Perfect 3."
    • 60 Metascore
    • 40 Mike Scott
    The problem is, the closer our heroes come to their goal, the weaker the story becomes. What we're left with is a film that gets off to a ripping good start, but which -- given how little time is actually spent in the fanciful world after which the whose shebang is named -- ends up feeling like a cinematic bait-and-switch.
    • 65 Metascore
    • 40 Mike Scott
    Unfortunately, Brice appears more interested in ramping up the outrageousness and keeping his audiences guessing than in crafting a meaningful story. And so while his film is nothing if not unpredictable, that comes at the cost of the sort of emotional impact for which his film seems to be aiming.
    • 34 Metascore
    • 40 Mike Scott
    It's just plain less -- less than what sci-fi fans are probably hoping for, and less than what it could have been.
    • 27 Metascore
    • 40 Mike Scott
    The impressive young cast -- is mostly wasted. Teller and company, despite their proven talents, are given little of depth to do and forced to spout dialog that ranges from clunky to ridiculous.
    • 53 Metascore
    • 40 Mike Scott
    For all of its faults, Irrational Man is a passable diversion at worst. While that's certainly not what Allen was aiming for, when you're talking about Woody Minor, it's enough. Barely, but enough.
    • 39 Metascore
    • 40 Mike Scott
    New Orleans makes for a distinctive backdrop, but that's really all just window dressing, and it goes only so far in covering the fact that The Runner -- from its moody, electric-guitar-driven score to its faintly 1990s, Grisham-flavored sensibilities -- runs out of narrative inspiration before it crosses the finish line.
    • 82 Metascore
    • 40 Mike Scott
    Even with that pedigree, Ponsoldt's film doesn't snap and sizzle as much as it just lays there, leaving moviegoers who haven't been converted to the Wallace cult to long for the end of this particular "Tour."
    • 85 Metascore
    • 40 Mike Scott
    Like the rest of the film, it's has its laughs and it has its emotion, just not enough of either.
    • 49 Metascore
    • 40 Mike Scott
    Its smattering of enjoyable moments aside, this is one of those horror films that will beg to be remade -- just smarter -- once this initial outing fades into the memories of moviegoers.
    • 60 Metascore
    • 40 Mike Scott
    There's hardly a shred of cleverness to be found amid all the predictabilities.
    • 58 Metascore
    • 40 Mike Scott
    An uneven R-rated Christmas comedy that's more enjoyable than, say, your Nana's fruitcake, but which at the same time doesn't feel quite like the dose of memorable holiday cheer it could have been.
    • 58 Metascore
    • 40 Mike Scott
    For a movie like this to last, you've got to have a certain amount of pathos to serve as connective tissue between those jokes. That's where Sisters is most lacking.
    • 32 Metascore
    • 40 Mike Scott
    For better and for worse, it's neither better nor worse than the original "Ride Along." That's because it's essentially the same movie.
    • 45 Metascore
    • 40 Mike Scott
    To put it in Austen terms: They will not have the pleasure of understanding what Steers is trying to do here.
    • 56 Metascore
    • 40 Mike Scott
    It's hard to escape the feeling that Hopkins left a lot on the table -- and that there's a better Jesse Owens film to be told.
    • 28 Metascore
    • 40 Mike Scott
    Najafi's R-rated London Has Fallen doesn't target the genteel viewer. Rather, it aims squarely for moviegoers who like their action bloody, their fights brutal, their body count sky-high.
    • 44 Metascore
    • 40 Mike Scott
    Built on an interesting idea -- but which, unlike Strug, can't quite stick the landing.
    • 47 Metascore
    • 40 Mike Scott
    It is powerful, it is affecting and it -- that is, Hiddleston's eerily accurate performance, from start to finish -- is easily the best thing about director Marc Abraham's Shreveport-shot biopic of the country music legend.
    • 73 Metascore
    • 40 Mike Scott
    Despite the occasional outbreak of tension, it all ends up becoming repetitive as Eye in the Sky gets bogged down in the morality of it all, spinning its wheels for long stretches.
    • 35 Metascore
    • 40 Mike Scott
    This unintentionally fractured ends up one big mess. It's a pretty mess, mind you -- which is fitting in a way, given the sordid affair that birthed it -- but a mess all the same.
    • 58 Metascore
    • 40 Mike Scott
    Once it gets past its lull-prone first half, Neighbors 2 tries to inject a little heart into the proceedings -- which was the secret weapon of the original -- but even those end up feeling stale and phoned-in.
    • 53 Metascore
    • 40 Mike Scott
    Rather than focusing on the most fascinating part of the story -- that would be the establishment and subsequent dissolution of free state after which the film is named -- his film devolves into a series of belabored points, high-minded pontifications and audience manipulation.
    • 51 Metascore
    • 40 Mike Scott
    Unfortunately, director Jake Szymanski's bad-boy farce from there quickly becomes a textbook example of the law of diminishing returns.

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