For 863 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 0.5 points lower than other critics. (0-100 point scale)

Mike Scott's Scores

  • Movies
  • TV
Average review score: 62
Highest review score: 100 Project Nim
Lowest review score: 20 Alice Through the Looking Glass
Score distribution:
  1. Negative: 55 out of 863
863 movie reviews
    • 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."
    • 59 Metascore
    • 40 Mike Scott
    To be fair, in its best moments, The Best Man Holiday is more enjoyable than even a well-wrapped steam iron, functioning as it does as passable light entertainment -- but only just.
    • 59 Metascore
    • 75 Mike Scott
    It keeps things light and entertaining. And for $8 admission, that's never a bad investment.
    • 59 Metascore
    • 60 Mike Scott
    It aims to entertain, to offer a few tame chuckles for parents and children to enjoy in a purely Saturday-morning way. And it accomplishes that.
    • 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
    • 63 Mike Scott
    So while J. Edgar ends up feeling like a mostly complete portrait of the man, and as fascinating a story as it is, it still falls just short of being something entirely memorable.
    • 59 Metascore
    • 80 Mike Scott
    Perhaps the best thing about Seeking a Friend is that it never ceases to surprise, as Scafaria's script consistently defies Hollywood convention in the most congenial ways.
    • 59 Metascore
    • 60 Mike Scott
    Nicole Kidman as wife Patti (shows nice, subtle touches in her limited time on-screen).
    • 59 Metascore
    • 60 Mike Scott
    The sum total is no more filling than the popcorn you'll overpay for upon entering the theater. But, like that popcorn, Sing has empty-calorie, crowd-pleasing appeal.
    • 59 Metascore
    • 60 Mike Scott
    Delivers a rare perfect ending to a perfectly likeable trilogy.
    • 59 Metascore
    • 20 Mike Scott
    The problem is that there's nothing of substance to hold together those occasionally fun moments of often-grotesque absurdity.
    • 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.
    • 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.
    • 59 Metascore
    • 63 Mike Scott
    Burger's film would have been better had he ended it about three minutes earlier than he does -- a move that would have given his movie at least a dash of profundity.
    • 59 Metascore
    • 60 Mike Scott
    A bronto-sized slice of big-screen entertainment buoyed by dazzling visual effects and intense action, and a film that plays like part adventure movie, part monster movie and part thrill ride.
    • 59 Metascore
    • 63 Mike Scott
    It's a fun one to talk about -- if only for the opportunity to shake your head in amused disbelief at what you just saw.
    • 59 Metascore
    • 75 Mike Scott
    Ends up being a reasonably gripping story of political intrigue, international corruption and one woman's determined fight for justice.
    • 59 Metascore
    • 60 Mike Scott
    Once Learning to Drive gets up to speed it hums along nicely.
    • 59 Metascore
    • 60 Mike Scott
    Yes, Apatow's film has its peaks and valleys -- just the way life does -- but it stands alone nicely on its own, a satisfying comedic riff on life and all of its absurdities.
    • 58 Metascore
    • 60 Mike Scott
    It's an uplifting, even enchanting, smile-inducer.
    • 58 Metascore
    • 60 Mike Scott
    Not, in other words, a happy story. It is not a story of redemption or healing or finding happiness amid the despair. It is about reaping what one sows. But, damn, those performances. Damn, that dialog. Damn, that's good stuff.
    • 58 Metascore
    • 40 Mike Scott
    Alas, in Cronenberg's hands, it just comes across as cold and lifeless and exhausting.
    • 58 Metascore
    • 63 Mike Scott
    Plotwise, though, Brewer's Footloose is anything but loose. In fact, it's rigidly loyal to the original, to the point of slavishness.
    • 58 Metascore
    • 40 Mike Scott
    While the result is an often fast-moving and very Damon-y Jason Bourne, it doesn't at all feel as original or as well crafted as the series once did.
    • 58 Metascore
    • 63 Mike Scott
    There's an overly episodic feel to it all, as Curtis and company seem happy merely to float along from gag to gag.
    • 58 Metascore
    • 40 Mike Scott
    What we end up with is an arm's-length film that feels more haunted than haunting -- and one that audiences will want to forget rather than remember.
    • 58 Metascore
    • 60 Mike Scott
    Ends up being the kind of movie we don't see a whole lot anymore: an emotionally grounded and quietly meaningful crowd-pleaser that functions as a lovely antidote to the recently ended summer blockbuster season.
    • 58 Metascore
    • 40 Mike Scott
    Once it gets past its lull-prone first half, Neighbors 2 tries to inject a little heart into the proceedings -- which was the secret weapon of the original -- but even those end up feeling stale and phoned-in.
    • 58 Metascore
    • 20 Mike Scott
    The fight sequences are briskly choreographed at least, gruesome though they are -- and, to be honest, that goes a long way in a film such as this. In fact they may be the only reason to see it, other than the chance to see Van Damme in full Col. Kurtz mode, all face-painted and droopy-eyed and bat-poop crazy.
    • 58 Metascore
    • 63 Mike Scott
    Worse, Shrek Forever After feels like just another animated movie -- which is exactly what the series was fighting against when it started, and a big reason why it caught on with audiences.

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