Scott Foundas
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For 771 reviews, this critic has graded:
  • 53% higher than the average critic
  • 2% same as the average critic
  • 45% lower than the average critic
On average, this critic grades 0.8 points higher than other critics. (0-100 point scale)

Scott Foundas' Scores

  • Movies
  • TV
Average review score: 60
Highest review score: 100 Lost in Translation
Lowest review score: 0 Wrong Cops
Score distribution:
771 movie reviews
    • 74 Metascore
    • 100 Scott Foundas
    A spellbinding, sensationally effective thriller with a complex moral center.
    • 83 Metascore
    • 100 Scott Foundas
    Miyazaki is at the peak of his visual craftsmanship here, alternating lush, boldly colored rural vistas with epic, crowded urban canvases, soaring aerial perspectives and test flights both majestic and ill-fated.
    • 75 Metascore
    • 100 Scott Foundas
    So tastefully mounted and brilliantly acted that it wears down even the corset-phobic’s innate resistance to such things.
    • 90 Metascore
    • 100 Scott Foundas
    Her
    What begins like an arrested adolescent dream soon blossoms into Jonze’s richest and most emotionally mature work to date, burrowing deep into the give and take of relationships, the dawning of middle-aged ennui, and that eternal dilemma shared by both man and machine: the struggle to know one’s own true self.
    • 87 Metascore
    • 100 Scott Foundas
    James cuts — as in all of his best work — straight to the human heart of the matter, celebrating both the writer and the man, the one inseparable from the other, largely in Ebert’s own words.
    • 97 Metascore
    • 100 Scott Foundas
    Leigh has made another highly personal study of art, commerce and the glacial progress of establishment tastes, built around a lead performance from longtime Leigh collaborator Timothy Spall that’s as majestic as one of Turner’s own swirling sunsets.
    • 94 Metascore
    • 100 Scott Foundas
    The Dardennes once again find a richness of human experience that dwarfs most movies made on an epic canvas.
    • 54 Metascore
    • 90 Scott Foundas
    For those of us who find Lelouch an unbreakable habit -- the guiltiest of guilty pleasures -- watching And Now Ladies & Gentlemen comes close to sheer moviegoing bliss.
    • 90 Metascore
    • 90 Scott Foundas
    Sad, tender, wise and beautiful film... It's a profound tribute to lives lived on the fringes of society -- to the introspective loners who are the most observant chroniclers of our times.
    • 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.
    • 84 Metascore
    • 90 Scott Foundas
    The film's extraordinary shifts from windswept sorrow (Mahmut watching from a distance as his ex-wife departs Istanbul for a new life in Canada) to deadpan comedy (the cousins' carefully engineered capture of a household rodent) are uniquely, triumphantly their maker's own.
    • 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.
    • 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.
    • 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.
    • 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.
    • 62 Metascore
    • 90 Scott Foundas
    Razor sharp and funny as hell, Incident at Loch Ness is the harpoon hurled into the hot-air balloon of “reality” entertainment.
    • 91 Metascore
    • 90 Scott Foundas
    This richly textured parable feels every inch the work of a master.
    • 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."
    • 75 Metascore
    • 90 Scott Foundas
    Testud, who learned to speak Japanese phonetically for the role, is nothing short of sublime, her expressive face morphing from tear-stained frustration to slaphappy delirium with the speed of lightning flashing across the Tokyo sky.
    • 68 Metascore
    • 90 Scott Foundas
    A small masterpiece of tone and form.
    • 82 Metascore
    • 90 Scott Foundas
    Fiercely intelligent, terrifying and absurdly funny documentary.
    • 78 Metascore
    • 90 Scott Foundas
    Bujalski takes a sledgehammer to the carefully ordered surfaces and dramatic conventions of narrative cinema, favoring instead an unpredictability in which the crosscurrents of quotidian life collide on the screen in a series of brilliantly alive patterns.
    • 68 Metascore
    • 90 Scott Foundas
    Lucas is a major figure, and Revenge of the Sith may be some kind of historic achievement -- the first movie in which it is fully impossible to tell where flesh ends and digital paint begins.
    • 81 Metascore
    • 90 Scott Foundas
    The comic, tragic and monumentally beautiful new film by writer-director Jia Zhangke (Platform).
    • 87 Metascore
    • 90 Scott Foundas
    A great sports drama first and a heart-wrenching triumph-over-adversity weepie almost never.
    • 65 Metascore
    • 90 Scott Foundas
    Scaled like an epic but possessing the narrative simplicity of a fable, The Warrior unfolds over a brisk 85 minutes of screen time, keeping dialogue to a minimum as it celebrates the power of stories told through handcrafted, CGI-free images.
    • 79 Metascore
    • 90 Scott Foundas
    It's a romantic comedy in which both the romance and the comedy are turned to such muted levels that any lower would require closed captioning.
    • 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.
    • 81 Metascore
    • 90 Scott Foundas
    Cronenberg holds up a mirror, but he leaves it up to us to recoil at what we see.