Scott Foundas
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For 805 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 1.3 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 Come Out and Play
Score distribution:
805 movie reviews
    • 59 Metascore
    • 80 Scott Foundas
    Surprisingly airy, jungle-set adventure, boisterously winking at Huston, Peckinpah and the same Saturday-morning serials that birthed Indiana Jones. R.J. Stewart and James Vanderbilt's tongue-in-cheek script, a hybridization of "Midnight Run" and "The Treasure of the Sierra Madre," provides lots of amusing byplay for its two mismatched stars.
    • 64 Metascore
    • 80 Scott Foundas
    The movie looks like it cost a fortune, with Dean Cundey's glistening widescreen compositions and Bill Brzeski's towering, storybook sets providing the backdrop for seamless visual effects. What's more, it's equally rich in ideas.
    • 52 Metascore
    • 80 Scott Foundas
    It aims simply to relate a great and enveloping story -- one that may lead us to ponder the things that unite (rather than distance) peoples of differing belief systems, and may compel us to marvel at the many wonderful and horrible endeavors undertaken in the name of religion.
    • 72 Metascore
    • 80 Scott Foundas
    Webber spins a slight but considerably enchanting tale of impossible romance and artistic discovery.
    • 73 Metascore
    • 80 Scott Foundas
    The quiet and intimacy of what is essentially a two-character piece are well juxtaposed by Brooks against the vast desert expanses of her home country, captured in sumptuous wide-screen cinematography by the great Ian Baker.
    • 55 Metascore
    • 80 Scott Foundas
    Though his work has been little seen outside of France, writer-director Jean-Claude Brisseau's reputation as one of the most terribles of his country's filmmaking enfants precedes him. This 2002 film offers ample evidence as to why.
    • 81 Metascore
    • 80 Scott Foundas
    The result is the work of a funereal yet darkly funny neorealist, sounding the rallying cry against the inflexible maxim casually delivered by one of his own film's characters.
    • 83 Metascore
    • 80 Scott Foundas
    At the center...lies the stunning Golbahari, a nonprofessional who recalls some of Bresson's most haunting model-actors in her intense, anguished grace.
    • 68 Metascore
    • 80 Scott Foundas
    At the movie's core, disguised with pitch-perfect Minnesota accent and bushy comb-over hairdo, the perpetually underrated Kurt Russell (as the late coach Herb Brooks) delivers a brilliant performance of immaculate control.
    • 75 Metascore
    • 80 Scott Foundas
    In the landscape of contemporary movie comedies, Kitchen Stories is like a rejuvenating blast of crisp Nordic air.
    • 69 Metascore
    • 80 Scott Foundas
    If we never do find out exactly why Wilbur is so intent on offing himself, it almost doesn't matter, given Sives' magnetic, star-making performance and the careful, elating mixture of comedy and pathos.
    • 59 Metascore
    • 80 Scott Foundas
    A postmodern morality play stripped nearly bare by its precocious creator, until only its boldness, cutting insight, intermittent hilarity and bracing violence remain.
    • 38 Metascore
    • 80 Scott Foundas
    An electrifying modern-dress noir, directed by Ernest Dickerson with a tough, terse, unapologetically brutal attitude that evokes the heyday of Sam Fuller and Robert Aldrich.
    • tbd Metascore
    • 80 Scott Foundas
    Scottish director Andrew Black keeps the pace brisk and the images sunny, while screenwriters Anne Black (his wife), Jason Faller and Katherine Swigert afford lively dialogue that, without pressing the issue, hones in on some insightful parallels between the morals of Austen's society and those of contemporary Mormon culture.
    • 79 Metascore
    • 80 Scott Foundas
    From its very first frames it exerts a powerful fascination.
    • 61 Metascore
    • 80 Scott Foundas
    The cast is brilliant, not least of all Reilly -- vaguely despicable, smooth as an oil slick and altogether mesmerizing in the most impressive screen performance he's yet given.
    • 68 Metascore
    • 80 Scott Foundas
    A dense and dazzling science-fiction mind-bender unassumingly dressed up in a tech geek’s short-sleeved oxford shirt, pocket protector and safety goggles.
    • 62 Metascore
    • 80 Scott Foundas
    All three actors are more than up to the challenge, particularly the radiant Salazar, who feasts upon that rare gift of a role that allows an actress the wrong side of 40 to be funny, sexy and vital without apologizing.
    • 59 Metascore
    • 80 Scott Foundas
    It's the third feature Miller has shot using lightweight digital video cameras, and the result is a special lightness in the work itself -- the glowing images ease into one another like leaves turning in a summer breeze, while the performances are similarly effortless.
    • 77 Metascore
    • 80 Scott Foundas
    Strikes me as one of Godard's most accessible works - one in which the graying, stubbly maestro, who turns 74 today, presents himself and his ideas to the audience in a less combative way than he sometimes has in the past.
    • 46 Metascore
    • 80 Scott Foundas
    Put simply, the film is a dazzling and fearless piece of showmanship.
    • 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.
    • 70 Metascore
    • 80 Scott Foundas
    Of course, a Batman movie is nothing without a Bruce Wayne, and, by a mile, Bale is the best of a lot that has ranged from the square-jawed slapstick of Adam West to the more dedbonair stylings of Michael Keaton, Val Kilmer and George Clooney.
    • 59 Metascore
    • 80 Scott Foundas
    The acting is uniformly superb.
    • 73 Metascore
    • 80 Scott Foundas
    The imagery is startling not just for its symbolic resonances, but for the breathless intensity with which it sears the screen.
    • 65 Metascore
    • 80 Scott Foundas
    There may be no other actor (Thornton)working today (or as frequently) who is this good each and every time out.

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