For 886 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 1.1 points lower than other critics. (0-100 point scale)

Mike Scott's Scores

  • Movies
  • TV
Average review score: 62
Highest review score: 100 Inside Out
Lowest review score: 20 Alice Through the Looking Glass
Score distribution:
  1. Negative: 58 out of 886
886 movie reviews
    • 60 Metascore
    • 40 Mike Scott
    The result is a film that is engrossing for stretches, that will raise your hackles -- and maybe the hair on the back of your neck -- especially if you believe in the vital role journalism plays in a free society. At the same time, though, it also feels a bit like a by-the-numbers affair.
    • 82 Metascore
    • 40 Mike Scott
    Love is Strange doesn't really have any sort of sense of urgency about it. To the contrary, it feels rather mundane, as their problems -- while both unfortunate and unfair -- feel relatively small when put in perspective.
    • 65 Metascore
    • 60 Mike Scott
    It's in the film's Africa-set scenes -- at the film's start and again in its closing 25 minutes or so -- when The Good Lie is at its best. This is where the story is at its most moving and rewarding.
    • 81 Metascore
    • 60 Mike Scott
    Starred Up isn't just violence for violence's sake. Rather, it is a surprisingly layered, hard-hitting human drama, one that cuts to the bone -- albeit with a homemade prison knife.
    • 74 Metascore
    • 60 Mike Scott
    Still, there's more here to like than to dislike in what ends up being a feel-good movie about a feel-bad topic, a la "Little Miss Sunshine."
    • 61 Metascore
    • 60 Mike Scott
    Boxtrolls stands reasonably well on its own, as a cool steampunk fairy-tale that serves as yet another testament to the artistry of the folks at Laika.
    • 57 Metascore
    • 60 Mike Scott
    There's a soothing catharsis in the idea that good guys are every bit as capable as bad guys of raining hellfire down on their enemies.
    • 50 Metascore
    • 40 Mike Scott
    As a collective thing, though, those moments add up to a messy, all-over-the-map movie that toys with big, existential thoughts, but it doesn't have a coherent enough story with which to drive them home.
    • 57 Metascore
    • 60 Mike Scott
    It's also both intense and entertaining enough to leave audiences hungry for the inevitable sequel so clearly set up by its cliffhanger ending.
    • 69 Metascore
    • 60 Mike Scott
    Without Hardy, The Drop would be in danger of becoming just another crime drama. With him, though, it's something else entirely -- something alive, tightly wound and irresistible.
    • 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.
    • 75 Metascore
    • 60 Mike Scott
    Yes, that makes Frank weird, but it's the kind of weird I can't get enough of.
    • 25 Metascore
    • 20 Mike Scott
    This is an alternate-history rock 'n' roll saga. It is not Elvis, but Elvis-ish.
    • 91 Metascore
    • 80 Mike Scott
    Ida
    Agata Kulesza is pitch-perfect as the tortured aunt, weighed down by years of shame and sorrow. In a quieter but equally impactful role is newcomer Agata Trzebuchowska as Ida, a character defined by a quiet, rigid stoicism but who, with her cherubic face, engenders great empathy.
    • 68 Metascore
    • 60 Mike Scott
    The result is a hoot, as Nelson breathes comic life into the proceedings with an effortless, unselfconscious joie de vivre.
    • 41 Metascore
    • 40 Mike Scott
    While it's not really about football, it's not about sterling filmmaking, either.
    • 77 Metascore
    • 60 Mike Scott
    Calvary is most assuredly not a comedy. It is a weighty, powerful drama -- albeit one with comic moments -- that dabbles in weighty, powerful themes.
    • 45 Metascore
    • 40 Mike Scott
    Boudousque is young yet, and so he has room to grow as an actor, but he's got nothing but upside to him at this point. It'll be fun to watch his career grow from here.
    • 55 Metascore
    • 40 Mike Scott
    The result is a film with a scattered feel. That's particularly true in the film's rushed third act, as it skips around all herky-jerky, cramming in resolutions to the various conflicts but never quite giving any of them adequate time to gel.
    • 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.
    • 57 Metascore
    • 40 Mike Scott
    The problem is, the second half of the film -- when it's time for it to get down to business -- isn't nearly as compelling as the first. As a result, the impact of Cahill's story is muted as the payoff just doesn't feel rewarding.
    • 71 Metascore
    • 60 Mike Scott
    Few of the film's secondary characters feel fully developed, with the possible exception of Nelsan Ellis' portrayal of Brown sidekick Bobby Byrd.
    • 76 Metascore
    • 80 Mike Scott
    It is fast, it is fun.
    • 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.
    • 40 Metascore
    • 40 Mike Scott
    Amid it all, Snead does a nice job of laying out the history of video games. If nothing else, there's a lot of information here. But there's also a lot of information on the Wikipedia entry for "video games." All in all, I'd rather be playing "Madden 15."
    • 55 Metascore
    • 60 Mike Scott
    The resulting coming-of-age story isn't necessarily an uplifting one. It is harsh. It is melancholy. It is sometimes uncomfortable to watch and predictable here and there. But it also boasts a feeling of authenticity.
    • 56 Metascore
    • 40 Mike Scott
    Steadman is a fascinating talent with a fascinating process and a fascinating perspective on the world. Maybe somebody will make a definitive documentary about him one day. Unfortunately, For No Good Reason isn't it.
    • 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.
    • 38 Metascore
    • 20 Mike Scott
    It's also deeply flawed, an emotionally exhausting film with a payoff that is limited at best, and a bit self-indulgent to boot. So while Haggis has proven himself a first-rate filmmaker and storyteller, by his standards, Third Person is little more than a second-rate effort.
    • 79 Metascore
    • 80 Mike Scott
    Makes for riveting viewing. Dawn of the Planet of the Apes is among the more brisk 2 hours and 10 minutes I've spent in a theater in some time -- and it's easily the most rewarding of this year's summer tentpole films.

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