For 824 reviews, this critic has graded:
  • 44% higher than the average critic
  • 2% same as the average critic
  • 54% lower than the average critic
On average, this critic grades 0.3 points higher than other critics. (0-100 point scale)

Mike Scott's Scores

  • Movies
  • TV
Average review score: 62
Highest review score: 100 Wild
Lowest review score: 20 Maniac
Score distribution:
  1. Negative: 51 out of 824
824 movie reviews
    • 90 Metascore
    • 60 Mike Scott
    Her
    Even a flawed Spike Jonze film is a thing of beauty in its own way, and even the uneven but admirable Her is a journey well worth taking.
    • 89 Metascore
    • 60 Mike Scott
    It's also a touch tedious at times, as it's not always clear where Oppenheimer is going.
    • 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.
    • 89 Metascore
    • 60 Mike Scott
    If viewed as a literal narrative, the post-war German drama Phoenix, with its implausibilities and contrivances, works only so well. If viewed as an allegory, on the other hand, it ends up as something else entirely -- something intriguing, complex and altogether moving.
    • 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.
    • 86 Metascore
    • 60 Mike Scott
    What Anderson's talky and willfully opaque film doesn't have, however, is an unfailingly compelling story to tell.
    • 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.
    • 85 Metascore
    • 50 Mike Scott
    It's the same fine line that so often separates artfulness and "trying too hard" -- a line that Lebanon tramples all over.
    • 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.
    • 85 Metascore
    • 60 Mike Scott
    These characters are so compelling that their stories are easy to get caught up in. As with "A Separation," Farhadi's drama never strikes a resoundingly false note -- which is a precious thing in movies lately -- and as such is a film that promises moving rewards.
    • 84 Metascore
    • 60 Mike Scott
    The resulting slowdown, as well as a significant narrative shift, gives Looper a slightly sprawling and ungrounded feel at times, almost as if the first and second halves are two separate movies.
    • 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.
    • 83 Metascore
    • 60 Mike Scott
    While Pina will undoubtedly be well-received by modern-dance devotees, it does little to take advantage of the enormous opportunity to open the door for newcomers.
    • 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.
    • 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."
    • 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.
    • 81 Metascore
    • 60 Mike Scott
    Sometimes the nuts-and-bolts of the story threaten to snag, most often on conversations about the very specific details of Locke's largely humdrum job. It's those moments in particular that keep Locke from ever quite shaking the feeling that it's a gimmick film.
    • 81 Metascore
    • 60 Mike Scott
    Bridge of Spies, with its stop-and-go momentum, is also more merely interesting than it is full-on riveting. It's still quite good stuff, but despite its impressive pedigree... it doesn't feel as if it's quite the sum of all of its parts.
    • 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.
    • 81 Metascore
    • 40 Mike Scott
    No
    You'd think that a movie about such a dynamic moment and such a vibrant ad campaign would be more dynamic and vibrant.
    • 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.
    • 81 Metascore
    • 60 Mike Scott
    The sky is far from falling on the Bond franchise. In fact, it is as good as it has ever been. What's more, Craig is reportedly on board for at least two more outings, so Q had better get to work on those bifocals because 007 is no where near ready for retirement.
    • 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.
    • 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.
    • 81 Metascore
    • 60 Mike Scott
    Also helping to sell it all is the fact that these films, goofy though they may be, feature a consistently high level of acting. In addition to Pegg, we get Martin Freeman ("The Hobbit"), Paddy Considine ("Red Riding"), Eddie Marsan ("Sherlock Holmes") and Bill Nighy ("Love Actually"), all of whom have appeared previously in the trilogy.
    • 80 Metascore
    • 60 Mike Scott
    That's some admirably mature stuff for a kid's flick in this day of rampant pandering, but it also helps rob the film of a certain breathless, edge-of-your-seat appeal. In other words, there are lulls here.
    • 80 Metascore
    • 40 Mike Scott
    This is not a feel-good movie. This is the frigid, hard-to-embrace cinematic opposite of a feel-good movie, in fact -- all wrapped in one long, dark metaphor for depression.
    • 80 Metascore
    • 60 Mike Scott
    The result is a satisfyingly gritty tale, more grounded in reality than many entries in the franchise.
    • 80 Metascore
    • 50 Mike Scott
    Many scenes, like Another Year itself, don't actually go anywhere.
    • 80 Metascore
    • 60 Mike Scott
    As it is, it's little more than an artful rehash -- which means that anyone who wants closure to the story, or to see justice truly served, will have to wait a little longer.

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