For 785 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 point higher than other critics. (0-100 point scale)

Mike Scott's Scores

  • Movies
  • TV
Average review score: 62
Highest review score: 100 War Horse
Lowest review score: 20 Alice Through the Looking Glass
Score distribution:
  1. Negative: 49 out of 785
785 movie reviews
    • 56 Metascore
    • 63 Mike Scott
    One major reason it succeeds is because of 11-year-old actress Bailee Madison, who brings a wonderful believability to her role as the girl at the center of the film.
    • 72 Metascore
    • 63 Mike Scott
    Leisurely paced and plot-challenged, it's too unique and kindhearted to be outright disliked, but it's not the kind of film you can get too close to, either.
    • 65 Metascore
    • 63 Mike Scott
    There are some nice surprises in store, as well, but the longer Madden's story goes on, the more manufactured things tend to feel.
    • 45 Metascore
    • 63 Mike Scott
    As it turns out, though, the most troubling part of the film for me wasn't the rape scene, or the siege scene or the Southern stereotypes. Rather, it was the audience's reaction to Marsden's chilling spasms of bloody violence as he defends his home. Rather than breaking out in hives, many in the audience broke out in laughter.
    • 64 Metascore
    • 63 Mike Scott
    It's not a perfect film, mind you. It's too long by a quarter, and actor-turned-director Charles Martin Smith ("The Untouchables") lets any sense of real structure slip away in the film's crowded third act.
    • 57 Metascore
    • 63 Mike Scott
    Along the way, Shut Up, Little Man boasts nice technical elements. And it is, admittedly, amusing to a degree. Peter and Raymond certainly know how to turn a phrase. But things begin to wear thin about halfway through.
    • 47 Metascore
    • 63 Mike Scott
    As clearly calculated and self-consciously cutesy as it is, it's also tender and meaningful stuff -- and far more watchable than other recent attempts to capture the existential angst of adolescence. ("The Art of Getting By.")
    • 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.
    • 56 Metascore
    • 63 Mike Scott
    Intermittently interesting, but well-intentioned, it almost makes up for "The Tourist."
    • 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.
    • 76 Metascore
    • 63 Mike Scott
    The quietly moving drama Martha Marcy May Marlene must be thought of as an "arrival" film. That is, for all that it has going for it (and, it must be said, against it), if it is remembered for anything it will be for introducing a 22-year-old newcomer named Elizabeth Olsen.
    • 70 Metascore
    • 63 Mike Scott
    There's plenty of melodrama, plenty of whispered intensity, plenty of dramatic pauses in his story. There also are a few bizarro -- and, in some cases, unnecessary -- detours. But when it's all said and done, there's no real call for any emotional investment on the part of his audience.
    • 64 Metascore
    • 63 Mike Scott
    What most saw as entirely charming behavior others saw as a nuisance. After all, a playful whale has a way of unwittingly damaging rudders and outriggers and outboard motors and such. Worse, wildlife officials saw Luna's behavior as potentially dangerous, for the people he encountered -- and for the whale himself.
    • 85 Metascore
    • 63 Mike Scott
    All of the pieces fall into place by the third act -- or most of them, anyway. But Tinker, Tailor, Soldier, Spy is such a cold, unemotional film that getting there is a chore, muting the payoff.
    • 51 Metascore
    • 63 Mike Scott
    What we're left with is a movie that is about as nourishing as the Junior Mints and nachos available at the theater snack bar. But, then, many a Friday night dinner has been made of far less.
    • 46 Metascore
    • 63 Mike Scott
    All along, though, I was struck by an even stronger feeling, that I was sitting in on somebody else's therapy session. That's not a comfortable feeling -- and that makes Extremely Loud & Incredibly Close considerably less rewarding than it should be.
    • 67 Metascore
    • 63 Mike Scott
    There isn't a whole lot of nuance in writer-director Rachid Bouchareb's unapologetically political movie. As such, it doesn't take much brainpower for a viewer to stay a step or two ahead of his plot the entire way.
    • 61 Metascore
    • 63 Mike Scott
    What Kwapis does do, however, is nicely handle the film's whale of an emotional payoff.
    • 72 Metascore
    • 63 Mike Scott
    It's easy to be interested in the characters' lives -- as tragic as they are -- but it's not nearly as easy to become emotionally invested in them.
    • 46 Metascore
    • 63 Mike Scott
    That's not to say it's a bad film, necessarily. It's just not as good as it could have -- and should have -- been.
    • 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.
    • 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.
    • 51 Metascore
    • 60 Mike Scott
    There are plenty of entertaining moments to latch onto beneath the sci-fi tropes -- and maybe even a few that will inspire a new generation of storytellers.
    • 68 Metascore
    • 60 Mike Scott
    Unlike most enforcers in the movies, Jacky isn't just a brainless slab of meat.
    • 58 Metascore
    • 60 Mike Scott
    It's an uplifting, even enchanting, smile-inducer.
    • 47 Metascore
    • 60 Mike Scott
    At worst, though, the film's faintly sleazy bait-and-switch tactic robs the film of its biggest asset -- its sense of fun.
    • 40 Metascore
    • 60 Mike Scott
    The surrealist and decidedly bizarre humor of Tim Heidecker and Eric Wareheim is, to put it mildly, an acquired taste -- and there's no guarantee you'll ever actually acquire it.
    • 73 Metascore
    • 60 Mike Scott
    This is a movie to be experienced on a more visceral level. As long as you don't expect anything more, you won't be disappointed.
    • 69 Metascore
    • 60 Mike Scott
    They're fascinating characters, to be sure, with back stories ripe for development. But Whedon doesn't commit here, and the results are shrug-worthy.
    • 41 Metascore
    • 60 Mike Scott
    It's no "Das Boot," but Battleship is a boatload of popcorny fun.

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