For 865 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 0.7 points lower than other critics. (0-100 point scale)

Mike Scott's Scores

  • Movies
  • TV
Average review score: 62
Highest review score: 100 The Social Network
Lowest review score: 20 Endless Love
Score distribution:
  1. Negative: 55 out of 865
865 movie reviews
    • 64 Metascore
    • 40 Mike Scott
    With no real beginning and no real ending, the unsatisfying "Mockingjay Part 1" is essentially all middle -- one big, stretched out, watered-down second act. The result is a handsome film, but also a talky one that takes a while to hit its storytelling stride and that, once there, repeatedly stalls to fill time.
    • 64 Metascore
    • 60 Mike Scott
    A well-conceived superhero romp in its own right, and one that stands nicely on its own six legs.
    • 64 Metascore
    • 60 Mike Scott
    Vol. 1 functions reasonably well as a standalone film in its own right, playing out like a dose of mass therapy, an interesting, Von Trier-led sexploration of humankind's conflicted approach to sex: We love it, but we also fear it and are often thoroughly ashamed of it.
    • 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.
    • 64 Metascore
    • 63 Mike Scott
    As with most Ferrell projects, there's nothing profound going on in The Other Guys. It's just a bit of good, stupid fun, had at the expense of an uber-formulaic genre that has long been ripe for the spoofing. But it also works.
    • 64 Metascore
    • 75 Mike Scott
    It is an inspiring, well-assembled portrait of one man's love for his autistic 6-year-old son and the measures he's willing to go to help the boy -- and the family -- cope with his neurological challenges.
    • 64 Metascore
    • 80 Mike Scott
    Writer-director Markus Schleinzer's exceedingly dark drama -- guaranteed to make audiences squirm in their seats -- is emotionally unsettling.
    • 63 Metascore
    • 60 Mike Scott
    Niccol's film won't likely achieve the high-flying box-office success of "Top Gun," but it is similar to that 1986 film in that it will likely get people talking after the closing credits roll.
    • 63 Metascore
    • 88 Mike Scott
    It's a lovely bit of blood-pressure-lowering cinema that never betrays its simple conceit.
    • 63 Metascore
    • 60 Mike Scott
    A solidly entertaining and largely engaging film that, even with its faults, functions as a singular -- albeit melancholy -- tribute to a tragic American icon.
    • 63 Metascore
    • 60 Mike Scott
    That's no small thing: to leave viewers with unanswered questions but still make them satisfied they've gotten a full movie experience. But there it is.
    • 63 Metascore
    • 60 Mike Scott
    While you're watching it, it is cozy and enjoyable, the same way a sleeping cat in your lap is cozy and enjoyable.
    • 63 Metascore
    • 80 Mike Scott
    Yes, there are higher-profile films out there this year, and there are films with more resonant messages. But there are few that include so many captivating performances in such an involving story.
    • 63 Metascore
    • 40 Mike Scott
    While Pitch Perfect 2 feels like it leaves much on the table, that'll be plenty good enough to give its fans something to sing about -- until the inevitable "Pitch Perfect 3."
    • 63 Metascore
    • 60 Mike Scott
    What the Cairns brothers have created is something rare for a horror film: Not only does it get the job done without making you want to shower after it's all over, but they've created multi-dimensional characters who inhabit a believable and expansive environment. In so doing, they've also created a bloody good bit of twisted fun.
    • 63 Metascore
    • 60 Mike Scott
    That storytelling, however, is uneven, ranging from something approaching tedium to moments that are downright wonderful (such as the sweetest of scenes, involving two young lovers -- played by and Alicia Vikander and Domhnall Gleeson -- and a stack of children's blocks).
    • 63 Metascore
    • 63 Mike Scott
    Michelle Pfeiffer's performance brings life to a sometimes sagging script. Also, Kathy Bates is a hoot as the mother of Pfeiffer's love interest.
    • 63 Metascore
    • 88 Mike Scott
    The result isn't just the best new romantic comedy released so far this year, but one of the best comedies, period.
    • 63 Metascore
    • 75 Mike Scott
    Directed by someone you've never heard of and starring actors you won't be able to place, there's only one reason for a movie such as the locally shot Last Exorcism to exist: to scare the bejeezus out of you.
    • 63 Metascore
    • 75 Mike Scott
    It's also the kind of movie that, for all of its smarts and huggability, stumbles every so often. Usually that happens when it's trying just a bit too hard to be cute, such as in its occasional surrealist, animation-assisted segments.
    • 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.
    • 63 Metascore
    • 75 Mike Scott
    But lowbrow or not, it is, like, totally tubular in its own right. To the max. Fer sure.
    • 63 Metascore
    • 60 Mike Scott
    It's a comfortable and tidily assembled story of human perseverance in the face of adversity. Which is yet another thing about which the Irish know a thing or two.
    • 63 Metascore
    • 40 Mike Scott
    On the one hand, there's a thrill in such experimentalism. On the other, it doesn't always deliver a fully satisfying moviegoing experience.
    • 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.
    • 63 Metascore
    • 60 Mike Scott
    Free Fire frequently becomes a messy blur of ricochets and one-liners. Fortunately, the cast is appealing enough -- and the characters interesting enough -- to use those one-liners to maximum effect, thus holding things together reasonably well.
    • 63 Metascore
    • 50 Mike Scott
    Normally a reliable screenwriter, Sayles probably gives his audience too much credit with regard to its knowledge of what is one of the lesser-known chapters in America's military history. As a result, even with its modern parallels, Amigo makes for dense, slow-going viewing.
    • 63 Metascore
    • 75 Mike Scott
    Cera exudes a geeky charm and tender vulnerability that's hard to resist -- probably because he's far easier to relate to for most of us than we'd like to admit.
    • 62 Metascore
    • 60 Mike Scott
    In other words, Iron Man 3 -- once more delivering a satisfying combination of humor, action and dazzling set pieces -- provides everything fans of the franchise expect.
    • 62 Metascore
    • 60 Mike Scott
    42
    Aesthetically, Helgeland's film -- while highly polished -- is straight-forward stuff, hewing so closely to the prescribed genre conventions as to border on unimaginative.

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