For 780 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 1.1 points higher than other critics. (0-100 point scale)

Mike Scott's Scores

  • Movies
  • TV
Average review score: 62
Highest review score: 100 Room
Lowest review score: 20 Walk of Shame
Score distribution:
  1. Negative: 48 out of 780
780 movie reviews
    • 57 Metascore
    • 60 Mike Scott
    There's a soothing catharsis in the idea that good guys are every bit as capable as bad guys of raining hellfire down on their enemies.
    • 61 Metascore
    • 60 Mike Scott
    Boxtrolls stands reasonably well on its own, as a cool steampunk fairy-tale that serves as yet another testament to the artistry of the folks at Laika.
    • 74 Metascore
    • 60 Mike Scott
    Still, there's more here to like than to dislike in what ends up being a feel-good movie about a feel-bad topic, a la "Little Miss Sunshine."
    • 81 Metascore
    • 60 Mike Scott
    Starred Up isn't just violence for violence's sake. Rather, it is a surprisingly layered, hard-hitting human drama, one that cuts to the bone -- albeit with a homemade prison knife.
    • 65 Metascore
    • 60 Mike Scott
    It's in the film's Africa-set scenes -- at the film's start and again in its closing 25 minutes or so -- when The Good Lie is at its best. This is where the story is at its most moving and rewarding.
    • 57 Metascore
    • 60 Mike Scott
    There's something haunting going on in The Notebook -- in the story, in the performances, in the overall atmosphere -- that makes it hard to look away from, and equally hard to forget.
    • 54 Metascore
    • 60 Mike Scott
    Amusing as it often is, it's all also fairly predictable stuff. If there's one thing Arteta's script is missing, it's imagination.
    • 46 Metascore
    • 60 Mike Scott
    Aja's film ends up being an fairly satisfying Halloween diversion, using those magical horns to overcome its flaws and transform itself into a decidedly dark, but weirdly sweet, ride.
    • 74 Metascore
    • 60 Mike Scott
    As far as 'toons go, it's probably most reminiscent of Pixar's "The Incredibles," given that both are stories about superhero teams. There are also echoes of "How to Train Your Dragon" in the flying scenes, featuring little Hiro perched atop Baymax's back. But even then, Big Hero 6 still feels like its own, distinct creature.
    • 63 Metascore
    • 60 Mike Scott
    Even when Laggies strains against its contrived conceit, his (Rockwell) chemistry with Knightley goes a long way in classing up the joint and making Shelton's film feel just deep enough to pass muster.
    • 68 Metascore
    • 60 Mike Scott
    Flaws aside, the journey will be largely worth it for audiences, particularly for fans of the genre.
    • 59 Metascore
    • 60 Mike Scott
    That's a lot of storytelling going on, and it costs Battle of the Five Armies a certain cohesion.
    • 59 Metascore
    • 60 Mike Scott
    As glossy and well-produced as Unbroken is, it doesn't stray too terribly far from Hollywood convention. In fact, its very story structure is so traditional that it's mirrored by Clint Eastwood's "American Sniper."
    • 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.
    • 81 Metascore
    • 60 Mike Scott
    Foxcatcher isn't a film many viewers will clamor to rewatch. It's too chilly a film for that. At the same time, it's one that will suck them in -- and it will hold them while they're there.
    • 49 Metascore
    • 60 Mike Scott
    Director Daniel Barnz's soft-play indie drama is a compassionate but emotionally raw film, one that traffics in such thoughtful ideas as personal redemption and emotional resurrection.
    • 45 Metascore
    • 60 Mike Scott
    There's a chance Black or White just might offend some, but it's more likely to get them thinking and talking. In this day and age, and given recent headlines, it's hard to ask much more from a movie.
    • 62 Metascore
    • 60 Mike Scott
    Black Sea gets the job done, accomplishing all that it sets out to do -- and better than most January thrillers.
    • 79 Metascore
    • 60 Mike Scott
    A Most Violent Year harks back to the cinema tradition of the 1970s, with its deliberate pace, its simmering tension, its gritty cynicism and its central moral dilemma. At the same time, it has something to say about the way business is done in 2015.
    • 87 Metascore
    • 60 Mike Scott
    What we get is a an intriguing relationship drama, one that is at times darkly funny, at others thought-provoking, but mostly piano-wire tense.
    • 60 Metascore
    • 60 Mike Scott
    The result is a feel-good, family-friendly trip film that promises drama, suspense, humor and -- in a rarity for sports dramas -- no small amount of modern relevance.
    • 56 Metascore
    • 60 Mike Scott
    The pieces click together nicely in what ends up being an overall enjoyable package.
    • 67 Metascore
    • 60 Mike Scott
    An enchantment, plain and simple. And while it won't make many forget Disney's iconic animated version, it certainly joins it as one of the more enjoyable re-tellings of this classic tale.
    • 48 Metascore
    • 60 Mike Scott
    It's a film that benefits greatly from Clarkson's well-seasoned chops, given that the first act of October Gale -- while illuminating with regard to her character -- boasts precious little dialog.
    • 83 Metascore
    • 60 Mike Scott
    A fast-moving, fascinating and at times even fun documentary residing squarely at the intersection of sports, geopolitics and history.
    • 67 Metascore
    • 60 Mike Scott
    Furious 7, formulaic or not, knows exactly what kind of movie it is. It is a superhero movie without the tights. It is a comic-book franchise without the radioactive spider bite. It is, plain and simple, an automotive "Avengers."
    • 77 Metascore
    • 60 Mike Scott
    Baumbach, however -- while not entirely past that particular cocktail of curmudgeonly emotions -- demonstrates an ability to laugh at his own apparent age hang-ups.
    • 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.
    • 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.
    • 78 Metascore
    • 60 Mike Scott
    It's a theme Mary Shelley brought us in "Frankenstein," which was first published in 1818. That was almost 200 years ago. And while Ex Machina replaces the stitches and neck bolts with gears and fiber-optics, it all feels an awful lot like the same story.

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