Scott Foundas
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For 791 reviews, this critic has graded:
  • 54% higher than the average critic
  • 2% same as the average critic
  • 44% lower than the average critic
On average, this critic grades 1.1 points higher than other critics. (0-100 point scale)

Scott Foundas' Scores

  • Movies
  • TV
Average review score: 61
Highest review score: 100 Apocalypto
Lowest review score: 0 Reasonable Doubt
Score distribution:
791 movie reviews
    • 86 Metascore
    • 90 Scott Foundas
    Simply put, it represents the work of a filmmaker so exhilaratingly in command of his craft that he can, among other things, turn a single image of two people standing next to each other -- fully clothed, their bodies not quite touching -- into one of the most sublimely erotic moments we have ever beheld on the screen.
    • 90 Metascore
    • 90 Scott Foundas
    There's a kind of rawness on the screen that most movies never approach.
    • 75 Metascore
    • 90 Scott Foundas
    What dazzles still about David Lynch's Blue Velvet is its total authority: Not a single false gesture. No shock delivered solely for its own sake.
    • 47 Metascore
    • 90 Scott Foundas
    Gibson has made a big, bold, nightmarishly beautiful film not just about the dawn of the Christian faith, but about the awful tendency of human communities (wherever and whenever in the world they may exist) toward self-preservation, intolerance and mob rule.
    • 81 Metascore
    • 90 Scott Foundas
    It's the director's most complexly ordered film to date - a labyrinth of ids, egos and alter egos waiting around blind corners - and may be the movies' most deliriously inventive narrative spiral since "Adaptation."
    • 54 Metascore
    • 90 Scott Foundas
    In the post-Columbine era, Koury's film has its finger on something particularly potent.
    • 81 Metascore
    • 90 Scott Foundas
    A superior example of fearless filmmakers in exactly the right place at the right time.
    • 86 Metascore
    • 90 Scott Foundas
    Three words of advice to those who haven't yet seen it: Run, don't walk. Composed of excerpts from hundreds of locally shot movies past and present -- from grade-A prestige pictures to unrepentant grade-Z schlock -- Los Angeles Plays Itself serves as Andersen's exhaustive but never exhausting attempt to reconcile the myriad identities of the world's moviemaking capital.
    • 85 Metascore
    • 90 Scott Foundas
    This is classical activist filmmaking of the first order, a movie with the power to turn hearts, change minds and, just maybe, right the wayward course of an entire city.
    • 75 Metascore
    • 90 Scott Foundas
    This superb debut feature by Korean-American director So Yong Kim seems to be constructed entirely of the ineffable and intangible, those fleeting moments that most movies treat as throwaways.
    • 72 Metascore
    • 90 Scott Foundas
    Markedly grander in scale, although never at the expense of its richly human (and half-human) characters, “Into Darkness” may not boldly go where no “Trek” adventure has gone before, but getting there is such a well-crafted, immensely pleasurable ride that it would be positively Vulcan to nitpick.
    • 79 Metascore
    • 90 Scott Foundas
    The haunting final image suggests how quickly such stories can be lost...which makes Beyond the Hills, above all else, a powerful and necessary act of reclamation.
    • 76 Metascore
    • 90 Scott Foundas
    Perverse, funny, and ultimately profound.
    • 58 Metascore
    • 90 Scott Foundas
    This two-ton prestige pic won’t win the hearts of highbrow critics or those averse to door-slamming, plate-smashing, top-of-the-lungs histrionics, but as a faithful filmed record of Letts’ play, one could have scarcely hoped for better.
    • 97 Metascore
    • 90 Scott Foundas
    It’s a classic espionage plot shot through with a typically heady mix of art and literary references: Klee and Velázquez, Bach and Haydn, Bernanos and Musil.
    • 63 Metascore
    • 90 Scott Foundas
    Cooper seems to make actors feel safe and willing to expose themselves in ways they ordinarily might not, and time and again he takes scenes to places of unexpected emotional power.
    • 84 Metascore
    • 90 Scott Foundas
    Snowpiercer has been brought to the screen with the kind of solid narrative craftsmanship, carefully drawn characters and — above all — respect for the audience’s intelligence rarely encountered in high-concept genre cinema.
    • 75 Metascore
    • 90 Scott Foundas
    Now and then, Winterbottom nudges the movie in the direction of narrative... But even when it’s just ambling about, The Trip to Italy casts a warm, enveloping spell.
    • 77 Metascore
    • 90 Scott Foundas
    It’s a familiar tale, but one told by Perry with immense filmmaking verve and novelistic flourish, and acted by an exceptional ensemble cast.
    • 87 Metascore
    • 90 Scott Foundas
    At every turn, we can sense what’s going on behind Kumiko’s doleful, downcast eyes; Kikuchi pulls us deeply into her world.
    • 74 Metascore
    • 90 Scott Foundas
    As in all Godard’s best work, precise meaning is subsumed in an exhilarating tide of sound and light, impish provocations and inspired philosophizing.
    • 93 Metascore
    • 90 Scott Foundas
    Rock is enormously appealing here, balancing his patented comic abrasiveness with a real tenderness, the faint bewilderment of an ordinary man blindsided by his own success. And Dawson makes an excellent foil.
    • 61 Metascore
    • 70 Scott Foundas
    Turturro keeps Fear X fascinating, practically in spite of itself.
    • 61 Metascore
    • 80 Scott Foundas
    Offers a fast, efficient and richly satisfying look at an iconoclastic artist and his groundbreaking work.
    • 41 Metascore
    • 80 Scott Foundas
    If Blake Edwards wrote a script and then Abel Ferrara directed it, it might look something like Nowhere Man.
    • 56 Metascore
    • 80 Scott Foundas
    The movie catches us up so profoundly in Frankie's self-destructive spiral (and gradual rehab), it's as though we’re seeing it all for the first time. I'd like to say that's because the story is true, only it isn't.
    • 75 Metascore
    • 80 Scott Foundas
    It's a style at once ravishing and mysterious, austere and intimate, carrying with it the suggestion that even cinema may be powerless to invade the most clandestine antechambers of human behavior.
    • 63 Metascore
    • 80 Scott Foundas
    In its depiction of a fleeting, but nevertheless factual, peace in the Middle East, Ridley Scott's Kingdom of Heaven may seem a more quixotic Hollywood fantasy than all six Star Wars movies lumped together.
    • 58 Metascore
    • 80 Scott Foundas
    The most enjoyable film Besson has had his name on in eons.
    • 80 Metascore
    • 80 Scott Foundas
    The overall effect makes for a far more resonant film than that offered by concurrent narrative feature "Hotel Rwanada."