For 690 reviews, this critic has graded:
  • 46% higher than the average critic
  • 2% same as the average critic
  • 52% lower than the average critic
On average, this critic grades 2.6 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 That's My Boy
Score distribution:
  1. Negative: 46 out of 690
690 movie reviews
    • 91 Metascore
    • 80 Mike Scott
    A great storyteller, however, is one who can entertain an audience in the moment -- but who also gives them something to think about, something for them to take home with them when the story ends, which is exactly what Polley does in Stories We Tell.
    • 55 Metascore
    • 80 Mike Scott
    Maybe it's a touch twee, but Curtis' film is far too uplifting, too life-affirming and too good-natured to do anything but embrace.
    • 95 Metascore
    • 80 Mike Scott
    It's the little moments in Farhadi's film that are its most important, speaking every bit as loudly as its big, narrative-driving moments.
    • 79 Metascore
    • 80 Mike Scott
    While Pariah starts out as a film with moments of predictability, it evolves into a smart, compelling -- and optimistic -- portrait of heartbreak and hope.
    • 64 Metascore
    • 80 Mike Scott
    Writer-director Markus Schleinzer's exceedingly dark drama -- guaranteed to make audiences squirm in their seats -- is emotionally unsettling.
    • 64 Metascore
    • 80 Mike Scott
    It's an engrossing film, rich with action and emotion.
    • 76 Metascore
    • 80 Mike Scott
    World War II dramas might be common enough, but, amid them all, Lore stands as an uncommon entry in the genre.
    • 61 Metascore
    • 80 Mike Scott
    This is the kind of movie that is so embraceable that it floats smoothly over those imperfections almost unnoticed.
    • 65 Metascore
    • 80 Mike Scott
    Speaking of good storytelling, Hancock knows a thing or two about that. Not only does the "Blind Side" director deftly navigate the double narrative of Saving Mr. Banks, but his film is also a visual treat.
    • 74 Metascore
    • 80 Mike Scott
    This is nothing if not an important film. It is important for the bullied to see, if for no other reason than to realize they aren't alone, and it is important for the bullies to see as well as for the parents of both groups so everyone can understand just how devastating the problem is.
    • 92 Metascore
    • 80 Mike Scott
    Inside Llewyn Davis isn't as goofy as 2008's "Burn After Reading," nor as solemn as 2009's "A Serious Man," but it's an embraceable film just the same.
    • 76 Metascore
    • 80 Mike Scott
    It's called Chico & Rita, but their film could just as easily have been titled "Chico & Cuba." In both cases, it's a film are about a long-lost love, and in both cases it is steeped in such a pitch-perfect sense of place -- and affection -- that you can almost smell the cigar smoke as it unfolds.
    • 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.
    • 69 Metascore
    • 80 Mike Scott
    Without a doubt, stupid, but it's willfully stupid, built in the comic style of "The Hangover" and "Due Date." Better yet, it also is genuinely funny, which is the point.
    • 60 Metascore
    • 80 Mike Scott
    It is small, it is smart, it is quirky.
    • 76 Metascore
    • 80 Mike Scott
    It is fast, it is fun.
    • 72 Metascore
    • 80 Mike Scott
    What's more -- and here's where Abrams' brilliance is on full display -- you don't need to know a Class M planet from a hole in the ground to enjoy it all.
    • 71 Metascore
    • 80 Mike Scott
    For appreciators of fine acting, it's a film well worth seeing, as well as one worth toasting - if only with ginger ale.
    • 78 Metascore
    • 80 Mike Scott
    Under the Skin is, in short, a film that does just that: gets under one's skin, shining a light on what it means to be human -- even if what we end up seeing is something less than comforting.
    • 76 Metascore
    • 80 Mike Scott
    Khan in particularly is wonderful in Batra's film, which takes the time to indulge in quiet moments that Khan expertly fills with his expressive face and sense ease in front of a camera.
    • 83 Metascore
    • 80 Mike Scott
    The surprise is that Captain Phillips is a surprise in the first place, pitching and rolling tirelessly like the sea on which it is set and, in the process, becoming one of the most enjoyable and well-made movies to hit theaters this year.
    • 90 Metascore
    • 80 Mike Scott
    Like everyone else in Russell's cast, Lawrence appears to be having a blast in the role. It's downright contagious.
    • 57 Metascore
    • 80 Mike Scott
    Chimpanzee is so skillfully crafted, and the big-hearted outcome so endearing and entertaining, that any narrative liberties taken to aid in the telling of this prehensile tale are not only forgivable but welcome.
    • 94 Metascore
    • 80 Mike Scott
    Amour is a far cry from the warm-and-fuzzy version of love that most people are probably looking for on Valentine's Day. This movie is more of a slap than a hug. But reality hurts sometimes - just like love does.
    • 67 Metascore
    • 80 Mike Scott
    Katniss is gritty, she's flinty, she's intimidating -- and she doesn't have to compromise one iota of her femininity for it. And Ross' movie tells her story wonderfully.
    • 68 Metascore
    • 80 Mike Scott
    That's not to say the sobering Take This Waltz is nearly as emotionally agonizing as "Blue Valentine." Still, it's every bit as truthful in its examination of the evolution, and subsequent devolution, of love.
    • 62 Metascore
    • 80 Mike Scott
    The sum total is a film with great music, a great story and a great vibe in general -- not to mention those Carney-crafted moments, built around joy, possibility and self-transformation. In other words: Carney has given us another pearl.
    • 75 Metascore
    • 80 Mike Scott
    Rush is just that -- a rush, and a film that is sure to get audiences' engines going.
    • 74 Metascore
    • 80 Mike Scott
    Joe
    The result is intense and powerful, a full-color portrait of the importance of never surrendering.
    • 73 Metascore
    • 80 Mike Scott
    While Graham Moore's screenplay isn't without its flaws, it brilliantly weaves into the story a case that being different shouldn't necessarily be a negative thing. In fact, The Imitation Game argues in no uncertain terms that those differences can be something to celebrate, not to "cure."

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