For 852 reviews, this critic has graded:
  • 43% higher than the average critic
  • 2% same as the average critic
  • 55% lower than the average critic
On average, this critic grades 0.4 points lower 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 The Comedian
Score distribution:
  1. Negative: 53 out of 852
852 movie reviews
    • 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.
    • 83 Metascore
    • 100 Mike Scott
    This kind of cinematic delight is a rarity, a warm and masterfully crafted reminder of why we love to go to the movies in the first place.
    • 71 Metascore
    • 100 Mike Scott
    If there's a complaint, it's that it flirts with rambling once the main case is solved -- nearly 20 minutes before the movie ends. But Fincher uses that remaining time to expand on Lisbeth's character, which is hard to hold against him.
    • 88 Metascore
    • 100 Mike Scott
    Whiplash is, at its core, about jazz -- that smoothest, mellowest of American art forms. But don't let that fool you. Writer-director Damien Chazelle's impressive sophomore effort is about as rock 'n' roll as a movie about jazz can possibly be.
    • 71 Metascore
    • 100 Mike Scott
    His (Jonze) obvious affection for, and veneration of, Maurice Sendak's 1963 Caldecott Medal-winning children's book is palpable in his near-perfect live-action adaptation, a dreamy -- and, like Sendak's book, faintly nightmarish -- exploration of one child's tantrum-y side.
    • 90 Metascore
    • 100 Mike Scott
    Like "The Hurt Locker," Winter's Bone is a spare but riveting drama with a female director. It is built around a raw, revelatory performance by a young, little-known lead actor.
    • 67 Metascore
    • 100 Mike Scott
    More than anything this is an intelligent film, a satisfying bit of old-school sci-fi suspense.
    • 85 Metascore
    • 100 Mike Scott
    This film is undoubtedly a piece of art, as much so as a Picasso painting, one that invites viewers to immerse themselves, scratch their heads and consider it.
    • 89 Metascore
    • 100 Mike Scott
    If nothing else, this is a cinematic high-wire act.
    • 78 Metascore
    • 100 Mike Scott
    A captivating portrait of the frailty and the failures of humanity.
    • 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.
    • 76 Metascore
    • 100 Mike Scott
    It's one of the most engaging foreign films to come along since 'Tell No One' in 2008.
    • 62 Metascore
    • 100 Mike Scott
    The Help isn't intended to be so much a movie about the ugliness of the era than an optimistic tale of what can spring from that kind of ugliness, about the ability of people to love one another even when they're surrounded by hatred. And on that level, The Help succeeds wonderfully, a warm and sweet song of hope.
    • 77 Metascore
    • 100 Mike Scott
    It's a tremendously moving drama, filled with heartbreak, humor and, more importantly, humanity.
    • 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.
    • 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.
    • 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.
    • 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.
    • 95 Metascore
    • 100 Mike Scott
    The result is a film that is at once sobering and thoughtful -- and, yes, uncomfortable, at times. But it's a necessary uncomfortable.
    • 90 Metascore
    • 100 Mike Scott
    More than anything else, however, director Jacques Audiard's gritty, grab-you-by-the-shirtfront film is a mob movie -- a really, really good mob movie. Think "GoodFellas," but with Gauloises and accent aigu instead of plates of spaghetti and accent Pesci.
    • 96 Metascore
    • 100 Mike Scott
    There's something Shakespearean about it. From the case of mistaken identity (though willfully mistaken) to the formal, old-fashioned language to the tragic tone in which it is all swaddled, this is Shakespeare by way of the Deep South.
    • 93 Metascore
    • 100 Mike Scott
    With Spotlight, we get a reminder of the vital importance of an independent, professional press to any community.
    • 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.
    • 96 Metascore
    • 100 Mike Scott
    Opening a window into a wounded soul, it reminds us that beneath even the most brusque, hard-to-approach exterior often lies a human being bearing the scars of real, sometimes devastating human experiences. Also like "Moonlight," it is one of the best films of 2016, and one not to be missed.
    • 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.
    • 94 Metascore
    • 100 Mike Scott
    Inside Out isn't just a movie. It's a doctoral dissertation on human psychology, with a bit of therapy on the side. Miraculously, it's fun, to boot.
    • 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.
    • 76 Metascore
    • 88 Mike Scott
    It is edifying, it is emotionally engaging, it is embraceable.
    • 56 Metascore
    • 88 Mike Scott
    As a result, Hereafter isn't so deep that it will change the way many people think about the afterlife. But it is heartfelt and thoughtful and, in a way, comforting.
    • 80 Metascore
    • 88 Mike Scott
    A story of hope amid the ruins -- one that everybody can appreciate, no matter their politics.

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