For 848 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 Life Itself
Lowest review score: 20 Hot Tub Time Machine 2
Score distribution:
  1. Negative: 53 out of 848
848 movie reviews
    • 72 Metascore
    • 80 Mike Scott
    In ParaNorman, Butler, Fell and company have crafted a refreshingly enjoyable bit of family entertainment. In the process, they've also made the best animated film to hit theaters so far this year.
    • 67 Metascore
    • 80 Mike Scott
    Open-ended and decidedly un-Hollywood, it is faintly dissatisfying, especially coming on the heels of such as engaging and crisply presented story. But it offers movie-goers a wonderful opportunity to roll it all around in their heads and discuss it, even debate it, as they drive back to that cozy little cult compound they call home.
    • 40 Metascore
    • 80 Mike Scott
    This much is sure: Salinger would have hated this movie. But he would have hated it for the very reason that others will like it: because it takes an honest-to-goodness crack at unlocking that mystery of a man and at answering key questions the publishing world and the reading public have been asking ever since he forsook them. Nothing phony about that.
    • 68 Metascore
    • 80 Mike Scott
    It's not a perfect film. There's still room for Cianfrance to grow as a storyteller. But it is entirely rewarding -- and I, for one, can't wait to see where he takes us next.
    • 68 Metascore
    • 80 Mike Scott
    A highly enjoyable -- and, for better or for worse, a very Tarantino -- movie.
    • 90 Metascore
    • 80 Mike Scott
    Merely from a film-study standpoint, it's an interesting exercise.
    • 79 Metascore
    • 80 Mike Scott
    Here is a film that not only entertains, but also educates and -- thanks to Jodo's deep confidence and energetic artistic optimism -- one that also inspires.
    • 59 Metascore
    • 80 Mike Scott
    Stone is generally given to deep thinking -- eternal fates are on the line. Not only does that lend the riveting and intense Savages a certain gravity, but it's also what separates his film from, say, your favorite Guy Ritchie movie. Here, we find an appealing depth amid the appalling violence.
    • 92 Metascore
    • 80 Mike Scott
    Simply, this is a story that needs to be told, one that proves that sometimes the past shouldn't be relegated to the past. It also makes The Look of Silence an unassailably essential and necessary film.
    • 94 Metascore
    • 80 Mike Scott
    Not only is the result edifying, but it's also rewarding. And it's a heck of a lot cheaper than a therapy session.
    • 68 Metascore
    • 80 Mike Scott
    The Way, Way Back is way, way good -- and a welcome breath of fresh air at the summertime box office.
    • 64 Metascore
    • 80 Mike Scott
    It succeeds wonderfully, offering moviegoers a rare taste of rarified air -- and as compelling an argument as you can make for seeing a movie writ large on the oversized screen of an actual movie theater.
    • 84 Metascore
    • 80 Mike Scott
    McConaughey and Leto's performances are also the saviors of Vallee's film, which has a way of belaboring certain points and, in the process, robbing his film of no small amount of momentum.
    • 65 Metascore
    • 80 Mike Scott
    What sets Deadpool apart is its overall genre-busting tone, which blends a wealth of meta humor, the wisecracking Reynolds' significant skills with a one-liner, and a genuinely funny script that isn't afraid to offend anyone.
    • 72 Metascore
    • 80 Mike Scott
    What we're left with is something sobering but searing, muscular but compassionate.
    • 91 Metascore
    • 80 Mike Scott
    Ida
    Agata Kulesza is pitch-perfect as the tortured aunt, weighed down by years of shame and sorrow. In a quieter but equally impactful role is newcomer Agata Trzebuchowska as Ida, a character defined by a quiet, rigid stoicism but who, with her cherubic face, engenders great empathy.
    • 85 Metascore
    • 80 Mike Scott
    Amy
    If there's a voice of wisdom and hope in Kapadia's film, it comes from 89-year-old crooner Tony Bennett, whose duet with Winehouse on "Body and Soul" was reportedly her last studio recording before her death. "Life teaches you how to live it," Bennett tells Kapadia's camera in what ends up being one of the film's ultimate morals. "If you can live long enough."
    • 94 Metascore
    • 80 Mike Scott
    It is engaging, it is intense, it is beautifully shot and it thrusts viewers credibly into the horrifying action from the very first frame -- and doesn't relent until the very last. This being Nolan, he also overcomplicates what is essentially a fairly simple story.
    • 63 Metascore
    • 80 Mike Scott
    What we're left with is a love-it-or-hate-it film. Those determined to resist its deep-seated romanticism - or its operatic approach - will probably emerge from the theater as miserable as the film's characters. But those who are willing to give into it, and who want to take a grand cinematic voyage, stand to be greatly rewarded.
    • 68 Metascore
    • 80 Mike Scott
    Here's a film that feeds the heart and the soul.
    • 83 Metascore
    • 80 Mike Scott
    This is a film that could -- and should -- catch on. Just be careful nobody follows you home from the theater.
    • 87 Metascore
    • 80 Mike Scott
    This being a period drama, all the expected visual grandeur is present and accounted for, from Yves Belanger's vibrant cinematography to Odile Dicks-Mireaux's period-authentic costumes to Francois Seguin's production design.
    • 87 Metascore
    • 80 Mike Scott
    As is the case with "Amy," there's probably no way any of us could ever truly understand Brando, who often seemed to be living on a different planet than that occupied by the rest of us. But with its anguished first-person voice -- and its permeating sense of sadness -- Listen to Me Marlon comes as close as one imagines is possible.
    • 72 Metascore
    • 80 Mike Scott
    Yes, it is first and foremost a thorough chronicling of the Deepwater Horizon disaster, but its real value is in its function as an expose on the energy industry, which, with aid and abetting from the federal government, repeatedly places profit above all else, including environmental concerns and human safety.
    • 82 Metascore
    • 80 Mike Scott
    Berger's film is still far more magical than it is macabre. And so although a black-and-white, foreign-film adaptation of a very familiar tale might, indeed, be a hard sell, audiences who buy into it are in for an undeniably rewarding movie-going experience. In a word: ¬°Ole!
    • 81 Metascore
    • 80 Mike Scott
    It's that zippy dialog more than anything that moves "Django" along and that coaxes such fantastic performances from its actors.
    • 59 Metascore
    • 80 Mike Scott
    With beautiful, artful images serving to break up the monotony of the film's wealth of talking heads, Surviving Progress is at times as visually striking as it is persuasive.
    • 79 Metascore
    • 80 Mike Scott
    An easy-going gem that is at times funny, at times heartbreaking, at times scary -- but always, unfailingly engaging.
    • 81 Metascore
    • 80 Mike Scott
    The result is an intelligent and well-crafted film that works to inspire audiences by finding the humor amid the prevailing bittersweetness of life, and that celebrates the strength of the human spirit with a dose of unbridled and entirely embraceable optimism.
    • 79 Metascore
    • 80 Mike Scott
    The result is a movie built upon big ideas -- and timely ones, too, delivering a message of understanding in this frustrating age of great intolerance -- but also a great story and, thanks to Lee, a wonderfully satisfying cinematic journey.

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