Scott Foundas
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For 839 reviews, this critic has graded:
  • 54% higher than the average critic
  • 3% same as the average critic
  • 43% lower than the average critic
On average, this critic grades 1.4 points higher than other critics. (0-100 point scale)

Scott Foundas' Scores

  • Movies
  • TV
Average review score: 61
Highest review score: 100 Taxi
Lowest review score: 0 Grind
Score distribution:
839 movie reviews
    • 86 Metascore
    • 100 Scott Foundas
    Throughout, Payne gently infuses the film’s comic tone with strains of longing and regret, always careful to avoid the maudlin or cheaply sentimental.
    • 87 Metascore
    • 100 Scott Foundas
    An act of cinephilic homage that transcends pastiche to become its own uniquely sensuous cinematic object, Strickland’s densely layered, slyly funny portrayal of the sadomasochistic affair between two lesbian entomologists tips its hats to such masters of costumed erotica as Jess Franco, Tinto Brass and Jean Rollin, without ever cheapening its strange but affecting love story.
    • 90 Metascore
    • 100 Scott Foundas
    Rachel Boynton’s extraordinary Big Men should come tagged with a warning: The side effects of global capitalism may include dizziness, nausea and seething outrage.
    • 76 Metascore
    • 100 Scott Foundas
    The movie's sense of immutable desire resonates well after the lights have come up.
    • 71 Metascore
    • 80 Scott Foundas
    Time of the Wolf is tough medicine, to be sure. Yet, the movie builds to a note of cautious optimism that is as stirring as it is unexpected.
    • 92 Metascore
    • 100 Scott Foundas
    With There Will Be Blood, Paul Thomas Anderson has taken a stab at making The Great American Movie -- and I daresay he’s made one of them.
    • 89 Metascore
    • 100 Scott Foundas
    The Dardennes once again find a richness of human experience that dwarfs most movies made on an epic canvas.
    • 77 Metascore
    • 100 Scott Foundas
    di Florio emerges with a serenely powerful, handcrafted film that navigates into a place Dr. Martin Luther King Jr. once called "the tangled discords of our nation."
    • 63 Metascore
    • 100 Scott Foundas
    Spring Breakers seems to be holding a funhouse mirror up to the face of youth-driven pop culture, leaving us uncertain whether to laugh, recoil in horror, or marvel at its strange beauty. All I knew is I couldn't wait to see it a second time.
    • 96 Metascore
    • 100 Scott Foundas
    A film of quiet but profound outrage, laughing on the surface, but howling in anger just beneath.
    • 74 Metascore
    • 100 Scott Foundas
    Landes's tone is never salacious or exploitative, nor for that matter pandering or sentimental. This is a sui generis work—warm, sporadically funny, deeply human, and altogether beguiling.
    • 61 Metascore
    • 100 Scott Foundas
    Absolutely exhilarating...Pound for pound, it's more kinetically thrilling than anything Hollywood has produced in years, not least of all because it's real.
    • 85 Metascore
    • 100 Scott Foundas
    For Denis’ film - which may be her most intricately constructed and intensely beautiful to date - is one that transcends words and stories, a movie to be felt rather than rationalized.
    • 90 Metascore
    • 90 Scott Foundas
    There's a kind of rawness on the screen that most movies never approach.
    • 76 Metascore
    • 90 Scott Foundas
    Perverse, funny, and ultimately profound.
    • 81 Metascore
    • 90 Scott Foundas
    For most of its running time, it's an enjoyably unpretentious celebration of the guilty pleasure we can take from a stupid-as-all-get-out car chase or from watching things blow up real good. Then, in its final half hour, Wright and Pegg ratchet up the absurdity tenfold and enter the realm of the sublime.
    • 73 Metascore
    • 90 Scott Foundas
    It's an unconscionably funny sex farce that, by its end, turns into a tender and honest romance, an acute portrait of loneliness and, believe it or not, a musical. This is a movie Blake Edwards might have made.
    • 69 Metascore
    • 90 Scott Foundas
    Almereyda has crafted an uncannily revealing portrait of a major American artist at work, all the more remarkable for the deceptive casualness with which it unfolds, as if Almereyda had just shown up.
    • 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.
    • 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.
    • 81 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.
    • 85 Metascore
    • 90 Scott Foundas
    The film unfolds at a deliberate pace, with a soundtrack occupied less by dialogue than by the sounds of water flowing and crickets chirping. And if you listen carefully enough, you might just hear the sound of one hand clapping.
    • 81 Metascore
    • 90 Scott Foundas
    For Scientologists, going clear refers to a coveted status awarded to those who have completed a certain level of auditing. But for the men and women on screen here, it means something else: reclaiming their own voices and demanding to be heard.
    • 87 Metascore
    • 90 Scott Foundas
    A great sports drama first and a heart-wrenching triumph-over-adversity weepie almost never.
    • 63 Metascore
    • 90 Scott Foundas
    Zoo
    A breathtakingly original nonfiction work by Seattle-based filmmaker Robinson Devor (whose "Police Beat" was among the highlights of Sundance's 2005 dramatic competition).
    • 86 Metascore
    • 90 Scott Foundas
    The result is a film marked by eruptions of brutal violence, but also passages of extraordinary tenderness.
    • 88 Metascore
    • 90 Scott Foundas
    Up
    Up emerges as a gentle hymn to adventure of both the soaring, storybook variety and the smaller, less obvious kind -- the perilous, unpredictable and richly rewarding journey of ordinary, everyday life.
    • 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.
    • 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.
    • 81 Metascore
    • 90 Scott Foundas
    Enormously absorbing.

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