For 786 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 The Artist
Lowest review score: 20 Funeral Kings
Score distribution:
  1. Negative: 49 out of 786
786 movie reviews
    • 49 Metascore
    • 60 Mike Scott
    It feels very much like part of a big-screen franchise. Couple it with such films as "Donnie Darko" and "Nightcrawler," and you've got a series that collectively could be titled "Inside Jake Gyllenhaal's Head."
    • 72 Metascore
    • 60 Mike Scott
    Yes, it's a nature documentary, so it includes predatory behavior, but it's mercifully brief and generally tastefully photographed. Plus, it doesn't involve any of the film's main monkeys, so little hearts won't be broken.
    • 78 Metascore
    • 60 Mike Scott
    Enough Said isn't without the occasional minor formulaic element or the odd narrative contrivance here and there (starting, it must be said, with its very setup). It is, after all, a romantic comedy.
    • 55 Metascore
    • 60 Mike Scott
    The resulting coming-of-age story isn't necessarily an uplifting one. It is harsh. It is melancholy. It is sometimes uncomfortable to watch and predictable here and there. But it also boasts a feeling of authenticity.
    • 86 Metascore
    • 60 Mike Scott
    This is a film your preschooler will sit through, and attentively. Better yet, parents who appreciate the artistry of a well-made animated film also stand to be swept up in what is a delightful little tale.
    • 50 Metascore
    • 60 Mike Scott
    If nothing else, True Story is the kind of movie that will spark spirited discussion among moviegoers prone to digging and searching for the truth -- whatever that might be.
    • 62 Metascore
    • 60 Mike Scott
    Big Eyes is not dissimilar to the Keane paintings at its center. That is, it's by no means flawless, but there's an odd attraction there, something intriguing that draws you in and makes you want to find out if there's anything worthwhile there. You can say what you will about Keane's work, but in the case of Burton's film, these "Eyes" have it.
    • 73 Metascore
    • 60 Mike Scott
    Witching and Bitching -- though perhaps a bit overlong, and prone to meandering -- is unapologetic about what it is: a crazy, just-for-fun film that revels in its own bad taste.
    • 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.
    • 73 Metascore
    • 60 Mike Scott
    Michell's is a film with somewhere to go -- and that journey is one well worth taking.
    • 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
    While it's enjoyable enough to watch, there's no slam-dunk takeaway here.
    • 74 Metascore
    • 60 Mike Scott
    It's that sort of singular imagery that ultimately rescues Lowery's film. Yes, it's a flawed movie, but it also is a downright lovely one.
    • 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.
    • 53 Metascore
    • 60 Mike Scott
    Despite its adoption of that trendy (and more than a little tired) shooting style, there's an old-fashioned charm to Earth to Echo.
    • 59 Metascore
    • 60 Mike Scott
    Once Learning to Drive gets up to speed it hums along nicely.
    • 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.
    • 41 Metascore
    • 60 Mike Scott
    It's no "Das Boot," but Battleship is a boatload of popcorny fun.
    • 55 Metascore
    • 60 Mike Scott
    Concussion is at its best when it's digging into the science of Omalu's work, chronicling his discovery and his subsequent David-vs.-Goliath fight to get people to acknowledge that he was right. Less effective is the portrayal of the personal toll his fight cost him.
    • 58 Metascore
    • 60 Mike Scott
    Drama is one thing. Resonance is another. Without digging deeply enough, "The Finest Hours" seems content to capture the former while ignoring the latter.
    • 42 Metascore
    • 60 Mike Scott
    It's an uneven but fairly enjoyable ride, one that benefits from Statham's cool, capable presence.
    • 56 Metascore
    • 60 Mike Scott
    It keeps you guessing, it keeps the tension ratcheted up, and it offers a dose of breathless -- if sometimes brainless -- suspense.
    • 81 Metascore
    • 60 Mike Scott
    Few of the characters feel fully fleshed out. McKay's Big Short also lacks a certain nuance in its third act, when McKay's agenda becomes abundantly, ham-handedly clear. Still, it's hard not to be outraged by what is learned.
    • 68 Metascore
    • 60 Mike Scott
    Flaws aside, the journey will be largely worth it for audiences, particularly for fans of the genre.
    • 68 Metascore
    • 60 Mike Scott
    12 O'Clock Boys is reminiscent of the Ross brothers' far more lyrically shot 2012 film "Tchoupitoulas," which tagged along with three New Orleans boys for a night of exploration and boundary-testing in the French Quarter. The setting is different in Nathan's film, and Nathan doesn't commit as fully as the Rosses did to visual artistry. But there are thematic similarities, to be sure.
    • 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.
    • 76 Metascore
    • 60 Mike Scott
    Even when it is at its most esoteric, The Dance of Reality is always brimming with passion and a daring originality. That helps smooth over the flaws, such as its general staginess and his self-indulgent tendencies.
    • 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.
    • 71 Metascore
    • 60 Mike Scott
    Here's the crazy thing, though. Against all odds, it works.
    • 83 Metascore
    • 60 Mike Scott
    Does The Wind Rises represent Miyazaki at the top of his game? No, not really. But it could be Miyazaki at the end of the game, and that alone is reason enough to appreciate the film for the things it offers rather than hammer it too hard for the things it lacks.

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