Scott Foundas
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For 832 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 1.5 points higher than other critics. (0-100 point scale)

Scott Foundas' Scores

  • Movies
  • TV
Average review score: 61
Highest review score: 100 Avatar
Lowest review score: 0 Reasonable Doubt
Score distribution:
832 movie reviews
    • 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.
    • 69 Metascore
    • 90 Scott Foundas
    The Last Winter won’t win many fans among those who place the saving of union jobs above the repairing of the ozone layer. But this is a horror movie with many inconvenient truths to tell about the ways in which we are willingly destroying our planet.
    • 81 Metascore
    • 90 Scott Foundas
    The comic, tragic and monumentally beautiful new film by writer-director Jia Zhangke (Platform).
    • 64 Metascore
    • 90 Scott Foundas
    Love it or hate it, Northfork is a cinematic vision (visually and textually) unlike any with which most moviegoers, even arthouse regulars, will be familiar.
    • 82 Metascore
    • 90 Scott Foundas
    Fiercely intelligent, terrifying and absurdly funny documentary.
    • 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.
    • 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.
    • 63 Metascore
    • 90 Scott Foundas
    A mostly superb bit of modern horror from the writer-director-editor previously responsible for the Frankenstein story "No Telling" and the urban vampire pic "Habit."
    • 76 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.
    • 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.
    • 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.
    • 60 Metascore
    • 80 Scott Foundas
    Isn't for everyone. It seems certain to confound as many viewers as it will inspire. But pic will foster a core critical contingent that will find itself transfixed and, ultimately, deeply moved by the film's ravishing power.
    • 80 Metascore
    • 90 Scott Foundas
    By not even attempting to follow Sterne to the letter, Winterbottom and Boyce have triumphantly captured his impish creative spirit.
    • 66 Metascore
    • 90 Scott Foundas
    An enthralling, gorgeously mounted depiction of the complicated relationship between the post-Enlightenment writer and philosopher Friedrich Schiller and the sisters Charlotte von Lengefeld (who would become his wife) and Caroline von Beulwitz (his eventual biographer).
    • 90 Metascore
    • 90 Scott Foundas
    It’s our great good fortune, and Pekar's, that this movie -- which won the Grand Jury Prize at this year's Sundance Film Festival, followed by the FIPRESCI Award at Cannes -- is as true to the dyspeptic spirit of its source as anyone could have imagined.
    • 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.
    • 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.
    • 66 Metascore
    • 90 Scott Foundas
    In most horror movies, it's a given that we should root for the heroes to make it out alive, but Diary of the Dead isn't nearly so certain, and so it terrifies us all the more.
    • 85 Metascore
    • 90 Scott Foundas
    At a time when most American movies, studio made or "independent," seem ever more divorced from anything approximating actual life experience, Half Nelson is so sobering and searingly truthful that watching it feels like being tossed from a calm beach into a raging current.
    • 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.
    • 81 Metascore
    • 90 Scott Foundas
    Cronenberg holds up a mirror, but he leaves it up to us to recoil at what we see.
    • 81 Metascore
    • 90 Scott Foundas
    What's appealing about Bond is precisely its unhip classicism -- its promise of clean, crisp excitement delivered without the interference of whiplash-inducing camera pyrotechnics, attention-deficient editing patterns, gratuitous color tinting and/or ear-splitting rock ballads.
    • 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.
    • 68 Metascore
    • 90 Scott Foundas
    A small masterpiece of tone and form.
    • 72 Metascore
    • 90 Scott Foundas
    A debut of enormous craft, surety and resourcefulness -- a superlative, soul-baring non-fiction work that will generate torrential word-of-mouth among auds lucky enough to catch it.
    • 80 Metascore
    • 90 Scott Foundas
    Experimenter offers a heady brew of theories about the essence of human nature, and a Peter Sarsgaard performance that catches Milgram in all his seductive, megalomaniacal brilliance.
    • 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.
    • 81 Metascore
    • 90 Scott Foundas
    A superior example of fearless filmmakers in exactly the right place at the right time.
    • 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.
    • 72 Metascore
    • 80 Scott Foundas
    The movie's tag line, which promises (among other things) “No stereotypes,” is one of those rare cases of truth in advertising. That Brown also happens to have captured some genuinely awesome surf footage -- often the only raison d’être for such films -- feels like a bonus.

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