For 438 reviews, this critic has graded:
  • 52% higher than the average critic
  • 2% same as the average critic
  • 46% lower than the average critic
On average, this critic grades 1.6 points higher than other critics. (0-100 point scale)

Scott Foundas' Scores

  • Movies
Average review score: 61
Highest review score: 100 Where the Wild Things Are
Lowest review score: 0 Grind
Score distribution:
  1. Negative: 62 out of 438
438 movie reviews
    • 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.
    • 67 Metascore
    • 90 Scott Foundas
    The result is a glorious low-tech pleasure that may be the most lyrical, phantasmagoric boys' adventure story since Joe Dante's Explorers.
    • 60 Metascore
    • 90 Scott Foundas
    Since premiering on the festival circuit in 2002, this small masterpiece has been one of the best films around not to secure a proper theatrical release, and while one week on a single L.A. screen at the height of the crowded holiday season may not exactly qualify as proper, it's nevertheless a joyous happening.
    • 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.
    • 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.
    • 80 Metascore
    • 90 Scott Foundas
    I urge you to see the ineffably beautiful Three Times however you can, lest you go on thinking that Hou's greatness is merely the supposition of obscurantist critics intent on reserving their highest praise for those films that nobody else can actually see.
    • 71 Metascore
    • 90 Scott Foundas
    Sketches was produced for PBS's American Masters series, but it's in theaters now and deserves to be seen on the largest possible screen.
    • 73 Metascore
    • 90 Scott Foundas
    The Puffy Chair is the funniest, saddest and most emotionally honest "romantic comedy" to come along in years, even if I've yet to encounter many over the age of about 35 who like the film, or even get it.
    • 58 Metascore
    • 90 Scott Foundas
    Snakes was the most exuberantly trashy delight of this summer movie season or last.
    • 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.
    • 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.
    • 64 Metascore
    • 90 Scott Foundas
    Like two of the year's other standout American films, Kelly Reichardt's "Old Joy" and Ryan Fleck's "Half Nelson," it's a movie of ideas in which the ideas flow effortlessly out of the material instead of being plastered on top with a heavy cement roller (as in "Crash," "Babel" and "Little Children").
    • 72 Metascore
    • 90 Scott Foundas
    It is Lynch's most experimental endeavor in the 30 years since "Eraserhead," that it will do nothing to draw new fans to the director's work and that, after two viewings, I cannot wait to see it again.
    • 84 Metascore
    • 90 Scott Foundas
    One of the year's most imaginative and uniquely exciting pieces of cinema.
    • 78 Metascore
    • 90 Scott Foundas
    Zodiac may be the perfect meeting of filmmaker and subject ­-- an obsessive's portrait of obsession that is, finally, a monument to irresolution.
    • 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.
    • 83 Metascore
    • 90 Scott Foundas
    Outside of "Grindhouse," it may be the most bang for your buck to be had in a Los Angeles movie theater this season.
    • 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.
    • 80 Metascore
    • 90 Scott Foundas
    A 90-minute, years-in-the-making comic wind-up machine that begins by mocking its own audience for paying good money to see what it can watch at home for free and proceeds from there through the most wickedly funny arsenal of assaults on big government, organized religion and corporate America this side of "Borat."