Scott Foundas

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For 869 reviews, this critic has graded:
  • 55% higher than the average critic
  • 3% same as the average critic
  • 42% lower than the average critic
On average, this critic grades 0.6 points lower than other critics. (0-100 point scale)

Scott Foundas' Scores

  • Movies
  • TV
Average review score: 62
Highest review score: 100 Before Sunset
Lowest review score: 0 Come Out and Play
Score distribution:
869 movie reviews
    • 60 Metascore
    • 50 Scott Foundas
    Most impressive in an objective sense, as a technical exercise -- its staccato technique preventing greater involvement.
    • 45 Metascore
    • 50 Scott Foundas
    The good news is that Kevin Costner does some of the finest, most deeply felt work of his career as a widower lawyer fighting for custody of his biracial granddaughter in Mike Binder’s Black and White. The bad news is that this well-intentioned family drama never quite shakes free from its didactic, movie-of-the-week dramaturgy and a hand-holding approach to race-relations.
    • 48 Metascore
    • 50 Scott Foundas
    The Great Raid cries out for the kind of B-movie industriousness that Dahl brought to his early, low-budget films noirs (Kill Me Again, Red Rock West and The Last Seduction), but instead it has dreams of sugarplum Oscars dancing in its head, and never stops mistaking spectacle for the truly spectacular.
    • 48 Metascore
    • 50 Scott Foundas
    A smattering of funny gags and the nostalgia value of the cast — none of whom, curiously, have ever shared the screen before — keeps the whole thing more watchable than it has any right to be.
    • 57 Metascore
    • 50 Scott Foundas
    Spottiswoode's lackluster film fails to offer any fresh perspective on these now well-known events.
    • 66 Metascore
    • 50 Scott Foundas
    It's "Rain Man" with ageism substituted for autism.
    • 41 Metascore
    • 50 Scott Foundas
    It's a fantastic-looking picture in search of a decent script.
    • 30 Metascore
    • 50 Scott Foundas
    Handsomely mounted, this direly conventional bit of vampire business is enlivened by flashes of humor and game performances. It isn't great entertainment or camp, but pic sets its ambitions so low, it can't help partially delivering on them.
    • 52 Metascore
    • 50 Scott Foundas
    The musical film version of The Producers is, for better or worse, a faithful record of the stage production, adhering to the same if-it-ain't-broke-don't-fix-it philosophy that informed the recent "Rent."
    • 54 Metascore
    • 50 Scott Foundas
    For all its infectious, go-for-broke wackiness ATHFCMFFT never quite surpasses its opening sequence.
    • 47 Metascore
    • 50 Scott Foundas
    Nearly wall-to-wall climax -- an unwieldy, two-plus-hours third act of a movie, guided by the principle (incubated by "Reloaded" and fully grown here) that too much is never too much.
    • 60 Metascore
    • 50 Scott Foundas
    Terrifically terrible, Spartan could well be Mamet's first true comedy. Only the movie thinks it's a nail biter.
    • 35 Metascore
    • 50 Scott Foundas
    Even Cohen can't dull the loony romanticism of the movie’s finale and, to his credit, stages one truly spectacular bit of action midway through, when Biel bails out behind enemy lines and narrates each harrowing moment of her earthward plummet.
    • 57 Metascore
    • 50 Scott Foundas
    Ponderously overlong and not even half as much fun as it should have been, The Equalizer still gets a lot of mileage out of Washington’s unassailable star presence.
    • 58 Metascore
    • 50 Scott Foundas
    Two superb, nervy and delicately nuanced performances by newcomers Clint Jordan and Kirsten Russell enliven and momentarily elevate writer-director Joe Maggio's Virgil Bliss above the familiar post-prison-drama cliches to which it so strenuously adheres.
    • 38 Metascore
    • 50 Scott Foundas
    Given her (Halle Berry) biggest part since winning Oscar, she responds with a zeal that's more than the movie deserves.
    • 59 Metascore
    • 50 Scott Foundas
    More palatable than "Texas," Dawn also seems even less necessary, given how effectively the original was reworked last year in Danny Boyle's "28 Days Later."
    • 30 Metascore
    • 50 Scott Foundas
    Ellis and screenwriter Eric Bress even go all meta on us with an "Inglourious Basterds"–esque finale set inside a 3D cinema, though their set pieces never quite muster the giddy brio of "Final Destination 1" and "3" auteur James Wong at his best.
    • 40 Metascore
    • 50 Scott Foundas
    All of this was more enjoyable when Bellucci, Cassel and Bohringer were the stars. Hartnett is overly methodical here as Matthew, and Kruger, as in "Troy," is beautiful but lacking in dramatic intensity.
    • 52 Metascore
    • 50 Scott Foundas
    A dweeby and unenchanting concoction as romantic comedies go, Mark Decena's debut feature also juggles enough storylines to fill five or six movies in barely 80 minutes of screen time, ending up with a whole distinctly less than the sum of its parts.
    • 41 Metascore
    • 50 Scott Foundas
    A lazy and listless buddy-cop action-comedy that fades from memory as quickly as its generic title.
    • 55 Metascore
    • 50 Scott Foundas
    Jolie has a gangly inelegance that suggests a giraffe trying to hang wallpaper -- but the entire movie is predicated on a spark between its prettier-than-thou stars that seems to have bypassed the screen and ignited in the tabloids instead.
    • 58 Metascore
    • 50 Scott Foundas
    Glory Road keeps its focus frustratingly narrow. There's a nugget of an interesting idea here...But first-time director James Gartner's movie is less a study of race than it is a fast break of underdog clichés and "inspirational" speeches.
    • 51 Metascore
    • 40 Scott Foundas
    This represents at least as much of an artistic setback for Smith as "Chasing Amy" and "Dogma" were advances.
    • 16 Metascore
    • 40 Scott Foundas
    Never quite realizes its potential to evoke the real horror of the Internet -- Yet, Malone has given the film a distinctive atmosphere and occasional flashes of his perverse sense of humor.
    • 52 Metascore
    • 40 Scott Foundas
    Jacobs and his writers are notably more interested in creepy atmosphere -- and in contemplating the order of the universe -- than in jump-in-your-seat jolts. But well before day breaks, it's the movie’s plot (which would have made for an outstanding Outer Limits episode) that has come to seem stuck in an endless loop.
    • 62 Metascore
    • 40 Scott Foundas
    By the time of its medical-operation climax, Stuck On You has focused so much on ennobling the disabled that it comes to resemble a segment of the Jerry Lewis telethon.
    • 40 Metascore
    • 40 Scott Foundas
    Watching the passionless Phantom, with its geriatric story-framing device, gooey dimestore romanticism and tawdry pop ballads about unrequited yearning, feels akin to dying and waking up in your parents’ easy-listening-radio hell.
    • tbd Metascore
    • 40 Scott Foundas
    It's rarely a good sign when a movie feels obliged to add the words "a fable" beneath its main title -- and Undertaking Betty is no exception.
    • 63 Metascore
    • 40 Scott Foundas
    Open Water is just one tedious scene stretched out to feature length. It's terrifying all right, but only for what it says about the extents to which a couple of hungry actors and a bullish director will go to turn themselves into overnight celebrities.

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