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
    • 40 Metascore
    • 80 Scott Foundas
    A modestly scaled and highly pleasurable sequel to Wan’s low-budget 2011 smash that should have genre fans begging for thirds.
    • 69 Metascore
    • 80 Scott Foundas
    Ranging over familiar material, but made vivid by Morris’ fecund associations and invigorating stylistic flourishes.
    • 65 Metascore
    • 80 Scott Foundas
    It’s a bit square, never particularly surprising, yet very rich in its sense of creative people and their spirit of self-reinvention.
    • 70 Metascore
    • 80 Scott Foundas
    A penetrating and ultimately heartbreaking inventory of hard lessons learned on and off the court.
    • 75 Metascore
    • 80 Scott Foundas
    A big, unruly bacchanal of a movie that huffs and puffs and nearly blows its own house down, but holds together by sheer virtue of its furious filmmaking energy and a Leonardo DiCaprio star turn so electric it could wake the dead.
    • 86 Metascore
    • 80 Scott Foundas
    This meticulously designed and directed debut feature from writer-director Jennifer Kent (expanded from her award-winning short, “Monster”) manages to deliver real, seat-grabbing jolts while also touching on more serious themes of loss, grief and other demons that can not be so easily vanquished.
    • 81 Metascore
    • 80 Scott Foundas
    Karasawa deftly orchestrates the sometimes hairpin tonal shifts, never veering towards the saccharine; if she did, Stritch would probably shoot her.
    • tbd Metascore
    • 80 Scott Foundas
    A bleak but powerful, carefully controlled detective thriller in which — as with all the best noirs — there are no real heroes or villains, only various states of compromise.
    • 65 Metascore
    • 80 Scott Foundas
    A sparkling and savvy comedy of political manners.
    • 68 Metascore
    • 80 Scott Foundas
    It is never less than fascinating — and sometimes dazzling — in its ambitions.
    • 86 Metascore
    • 80 Scott Foundas
    For all its manipulations and self-imposed restrictions, Manakamana is expansive, intricate and surprisingly playful.
    • 73 Metascore
    • 80 Scott Foundas
    A superior piece of Texas pulp fiction that starts out like a house on fire, sags a bit in the middle, then rallies for an exuberantly bloody finish.
    • 71 Metascore
    • 80 Scott Foundas
    A bluntly powerful provocation that begins as a kind of tabloid melodrama and gradually evolves into a fraught study of addiction, narcissism and the lava flow of capitalist privilege. [Unrated Version]
    • 64 Metascore
    • 80 Scott Foundas
    Michod’s sophomore feature isn’t exactly something we’ve never seen before, but it has a desolate beauty all its own, and a career-redefining performance by Robert Pattinson that reveals untold depths of sensitivity and feeling in the erstwhile “Twilight” star.
    • 60 Metascore
    • 80 Scott Foundas
    A minor-key but eminently enjoyable work by a master craftsman.
    • 71 Metascore
    • 80 Scott Foundas
    22 Jump Street hits far more often than it misses, and even when it misses by a mile, the effort is so delightfully zany that it’s hard not to give Lord and Miller an “A” for effort.
    • 74 Metascore
    • 80 Scott Foundas
    "Whitey” emerges as yet another of Berlinger’s gripping, irony-laced snapshots of the American criminal justice system, in which his eponymous subject comes across as an incontestable monster who may, nevertheless, also be an unwitting patsy.
    • 54 Metascore
    • 80 Scott Foundas
    Whenever Firth and Stone are onscreen together, the movie sings; the rest of the time it’s never less than a breezy divertissement.
    • 58 Metascore
    • 80 Scott Foundas
    It’s the trench imagery itself that’s the primary attraction here, and it proves more than worth the wait.
    • 50 Metascore
    • 80 Scott Foundas
    Anchored by Keener’s understated, psychologically acute performance, director Mark Jackson’s spare, quietly powerful sophomore feature demonstrates an impressive control of mood and tone and the ability to tell a story largely without words.
    • 66 Metascore
    • 80 Scott Foundas
    Stewart’s confident, superbly acted debut feature works as both a stirring account of human endurance and a topical reminder of the risks faced by journalists in pursuit of the truth.
    • 73 Metascore
    • 80 Scott Foundas
    So innately compelling is Turing’s story — to say nothing of Benedict Cumberbatch’s masterful performance — it’s hard not to get caught up in this well-told tale and its skillful manipulations.
    • 55 Metascore
    • 80 Scott Foundas
    An utterly bizarre, weirdly compelling story of manimal love that stakes out its own brazen path somewhere between “The Fly” and “The Texas Chainsaw Massacre.”
    • 76 Metascore
    • 80 Scott Foundas
    In Jauja, Alsonso saves his most dazzling trick for last: a sudden plunge down a Lynchian rabbit hole that should, by all means, rupture the film’s hypnotizing atmosphere, but instead pulls the viewer in even deeper.
    • 72 Metascore
    • 80 Scott Foundas
    To be sure, we are in that authorial fantasy by which historical figures become shrewder, sharper and wittier than they surely were in life — the domain of Peter Morgan and Steven Spielberg’s “Lincoln.” But when the actors and the dialogue are this good, one scarcely objects.
    • 79 Metascore
    • 80 Scott Foundas
    In his third turn behind the camera, writer-director J.C. Chandor has delivered a tough, gritty, richly atmospheric thriller that lacks some of the formal razzle-dazzle of his solo seafaring epic, “All Is Lost,” but makes up for it with an impressively sustained low-boil tension and the skillful navigating of a complex plot (at least up until a wholly unnecessary last-minute twist).
    • 53 Metascore
    • 80 Scott Foundas
    An intoxicating blend of exotic travelogue, death-defying derring-do, and affecting profiles in courage and perseverance.
    • 72 Metascore
    • 80 Scott Foundas
    Eventually, the quixotic “search” of the movie’s title seems secondary to that more arduous quest of so many Chinese-Americans to find their place in a country that did not always welcome them with open arms, and how food forged the path of least resistance.
    • 64 Metascore
    • 80 Scott Foundas
    An utterly brazen mix of screwball comedy, film noir and sharp social commentary that hits its own strange bullseye more often than not, Bozon’s third full-length feature (and first since 2007’s WWI musical, “La France”) benefits immeasurably from actors willing to go as far out on a limb as their intrepid director.
    • 78 Metascore
    • 80 Scott Foundas
    The odd mix of elements makes for an alternately (and sometimes simultaneously) hilarious and unsettling whole.

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