For 661 reviews, this critic has graded:
  • 47% higher than the average critic
  • 2% same as the average critic
  • 51% lower than the average critic
On average, this critic grades 2.9 points higher than other critics. (0-100 point scale)

Mike Scott's Scores

  • Movies
  • TV
Average review score: 62
Highest review score: 100 Zero Dark Thirty
Lowest review score: 20 R.I.P.D.
Score distribution:
  1. Negative: 45 out of 661
661 movie reviews
    • 79 Metascore
    • 100 Mike Scott
    The result is a human drama that quietly argues that the gift of life isn't one to be taken lightly.
    • 77 Metascore
    • 100 Mike Scott
    The House I Live In is not a comfortable film to consider in any respect, but without discomfort it's hard to feel anger - and without anger, it's hard to imagine that anything will ever be done about it.
    • 95 Metascore
    • 100 Mike Scott
    The U.S. government did torture prisoners of war in the name of its so-called war on terror and, by extension, in the name of all Americans. What Bigelow and Boal seem to be arguing is that such actions take a deep cosmic toll on the people responsible -- whether directly, in the case of Chastain's character, or indirectly, in the case of you and me.
    • 84 Metascore
    • 100 Mike Scott
    Feels startlingly real and inherently relevant, a shining, sterling example of cinema at its most powerful and urgent.
    • 76 Metascore
    • 100 Mike Scott
    Mud
    Watching Mud unfold, one suspects that the Arkansas-reared Nichols remembers exactly what it was like to be a boy of the Southern wilds.
    • 85 Metascore
    • 100 Mike Scott
    Fruitvale Station is only the first in a string of civil-rights minded movies set to hit theaters this year -- contributing to what could be the most racially conscious award season in recent memory.
    • 96 Metascore
    • 100 Mike Scott
    Gravity, it turns out, is a great film, a technical and storytelling masterpiece that is buoyed by stunning visuals and which functions both as a ripping, tension-filled yarn and as a profound and life-affirming work of art.
    • 97 Metascore
    • 100 Mike Scott
    There's something Shakespearean about it. From the case of mistaken identity (though willfully mistaken) to the formal, old-fashioned language to the tragic tone in which it is all swaddled, this is Shakespeare by way of the Deep South.
    • 71 Metascore
    • 100 Mike Scott
    That's the kind of movie this is, the kind that sticks with you, that prods you to examine things. In the process, it reveals itself to be something of an emotional roller coaster -- but one well worth riding.
    • 84 Metascore
    • 100 Mike Scott
    Not only is it a searing on-the-ground, in-the-fray portrait of the heart of Egypt's ongoing revolution, but it is also a stirring tribute to the indomitable spirit of those who are risking, and in many cases giving, their lives to keep it alive.
    • 88 Metascore
    • 100 Mike Scott
    There are moments of depth there as well, as Anderson touches on themes of friendship and loyalty. More than anything else, though, The Grand Budapest Hotel is just a fun ride -- a wild, wonderful ride seemingly plucked out of Anderson's dream journal.
    • 87 Metascore
    • 100 Mike Scott
    Chaz Ebert says that Roger would have loved Life Itself. I'll take her word for it. She knew him far better than I did. Clearly. But I'll add this: I love it, too.
    • 100 Metascore
    • 100 Mike Scott
    The greatest movies, the ones that stick with us, are those that hold up a mirror to the human condition and reflect something back at us that we too often manage to overlook. Boyhood is one of those movies, and with it Linklater proves he is among the best practitioners of that art.
    • 89 Metascore
    • 100 Mike Scott
    From the first line of its deep, rapid-fire dialog all the way through to its trippy ending -- which is guaranteed prompt discussion on the drive home -- Inarritu has crafted a film that begs to be rewatched, with the promise of each repeated viewing bringing something new.
    • 87 Metascore
    • 100 Mike Scott
    Whiplash is, at its core, about jazz -- that smoothest, mellowest of American art forms. But don't let that fool you. Writer-director Damien Chazelle's impressive sophomore effort is about as rock 'n' roll as a movie about jazz can possibly be.
    • 76 Metascore
    • 100 Mike Scott
    There are other movies out this year that are more technically ambitious than Wild (I'm thinking "Birdman.") There are others that are wider-reaching in scope and sheer audacity (the 12-years-in-the-making "Boyhood"). But there aren't any others that offer the power and profundity of Wild. This movie is a gift. It's also a journey.
    • 76 Metascore
    • 88 Mike Scott
    You know how people say that they don't make romantic comedies like they used to? Turns out they do. At least, director Marc Webb does -- and has -- with his clever and sweet debut, 500 Days of Summer.
    • 68 Metascore
    • 88 Mike Scott
    A surprisingly uplifting examination of life and loss.
    • 73 Metascore
    • 88 Mike Scott
    Local viewers will be tickled by the wealth of New Orleans details in the production. One of the best just might be in the film's music.
    • 79 Metascore
    • 88 Mike Scott
    Bong's film starts out as a comedy, transforms into a quirky Agatha Christie whodunnit and finishes with an unpredictable Hitchcockian flourish.
    • 85 Metascore
    • 88 Mike Scott
    It's a career-making performance that relies as much on charm as on acting ability -- and Mulligan has both.
    • 55 Metascore
    • 88 Mike Scott
    As beautiful as the animation is, Zemeckis' real masterstroke is combining it with a loyalty to Dickens' story.
    • 76 Metascore
    • 88 Mike Scott
    It is edifying, it is emotionally engaging, it is embraceable.
    • 83 Metascore
    • 88 Mike Scott
    A simple story about a difficult man, and it's an impressive debut from writer-director Scott Cooper.
    • 63 Metascore
    • 88 Mike Scott
    It's a lovely bit of blood-pressure-lowering cinema that never betrays its simple conceit.
    • 72 Metascore
    • 88 Mike Scott
    This is a self-contained story that stands nicely on its own. How novel.
    • 74 Metascore
    • 88 Mike Scott
    What Nolan has created with Inception is the rare movie that is bound to improve with repeated viewings, both as a means to drink in its brilliance one more time, and to see what sly clues might have flown under your radar the first time around.
    • 77 Metascore
    • 88 Mike Scott
    A movie with a message, but the subtle kind; it's whispered wisdom, wrapped up in a story of mystery, of love, of regret, of repentance and redemption.
    • 74 Metascore
    • 88 Mike Scott
    An exceedingly well-assembled genre picture, a spell-binding, edge-of-your-seat thriller.
    • 72 Metascore
    • 88 Mike Scott
    A movie that charms its way to being a kind of well-crafted teen touchstone that very well could become to today's generation what "Ferris Bueller" was to teens of the '80s.

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