Scott Foundas

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For 869 reviews, this critic has graded:
  • 55% higher than the average critic
  • 3% same as the average critic
  • 42% lower than the average critic
On average, this critic grades 0.9 points lower than other critics. (0-100 point scale)

Scott Foundas' Scores

  • Movies
  • TV
Average review score: 62
Highest review score: 100 The Lord of the Rings: The Return of the King
Lowest review score: 0 Grind
Score distribution:
869 movie reviews
    • 61 Metascore
    • 50 Scott Foundas
    Despite agreeably short running time and committed performances, Edmond is rendered inert by its stagy atmosphere and failure to fully mine the depths of its protagonist's complex psyche.
    • 57 Metascore
    • 50 Scott Foundas
    Spottiswoode's lackluster film fails to offer any fresh perspective on these now well-known events.
    • 62 Metascore
    • 50 Scott Foundas
    42
    A relentlessly formulaic biopic that succeeds at transforming one of the most compelling sports narratives of the 20th century into a home run of hagiography.
    • 45 Metascore
    • 50 Scott Foundas
    Bay can be a master of exuberant chaos, but here the violence mostly lands with a sickening thud, which is fitting, one supposes, but also ultimately numbing.
    • 62 Metascore
    • 50 Scott Foundas
    Iron Man 3 is more perfunctory and workmanlike than its two predecessors, but this solid production still delivers more than enough of what fans expect.
    • 59 Metascore
    • 50 Scott Foundas
    An accomplished but singularly unpleasant immersion in Mexico's vicious cycle of drug-fueled violence.
    • 49 Metascore
    • 50 Scott Foundas
    It’s cheesy enough fun while it lasts, but in the Harlin pantheon, it isn’t a patch on “Deep Blue Sea.” Then again, few things are.
    • tbd Metascore
    • 50 Scott Foundas
    It speaks well of The Investigator that, for much of its running time, it’s possible to lose sight of the movie’s agenda and get caught up in its hokey machinations.
    • 32 Metascore
    • 50 Scott Foundas
    Winning performances by a number of fresh-faced newcomers are almost but not quite enough to recommend The Secret Lives of Dorks, a fitfully amusing, more often shrill and overstated teen comedy that, like its dweeby protagonist, tries too hard to impress.
    • 48 Metascore
    • 50 Scott Foundas
    A smattering of funny gags and the nostalgia value of the cast — none of whom, curiously, have ever shared the screen before — keeps the whole thing more watchable than it has any right to be.
    • 60 Metascore
    • 50 Scott Foundas
    For all its failings, there is one thing about “Long Walk to Freedom” that can’t be denied: Idris Elba gives a towering performance, a Mandela for the ages.
    • 41 Metascore
    • 50 Scott Foundas
    A lazy and listless buddy-cop action-comedy that fades from memory as quickly as its generic title.
    • 41 Metascore
    • 50 Scott Foundas
    The rest of Sabotage rarely rises to Schwarzenegger’s level, in large measure because the other characters (of which there are far too many) aren’t nearly as sharply drawn by Ayer and co-writer Skip Woods.
    • 51 Metascore
    • 50 Scott Foundas
    Skillfully made first feature by writer-director Katrin Gebbe has some undeniably striking passages and performances, but ultimately spirals toward a gruesome third act that is no less monotonous for supposedly being based on true events.
    • 52 Metascore
    • 50 Scott Foundas
    Da Sweet Blood of Jesus is at once too much and yet somehow not enough. On the one hand, it’s exciting to see the always envelope-pushing Lee working without a studio- or distributor-imposed safety net... But while the film never lacks for ambition, it fails to satisfy emotionally or intellectually in the ways Lee intends.
    • 47 Metascore
    • 50 Scott Foundas
    The Giver reaches the screen in a version that captures the essence of Lowry’s affecting allegory but little of its mythic pull.
    • 57 Metascore
    • 50 Scott Foundas
    Ponderously overlong and not even half as much fun as it should have been, The Equalizer still gets a lot of mileage out of Washington’s unassailable star presence.
    • 45 Metascore
    • 50 Scott Foundas
    The good news is that Kevin Costner does some of the finest, most deeply felt work of his career as a widower lawyer fighting for custody of his biracial granddaughter in Mike Binder’s Black and White. The bad news is that this well-intentioned family drama never quite shakes free from its didactic, movie-of-the-week dramaturgy and a hand-holding approach to race-relations.
    • 76 Metascore
    • 50 Scott Foundas
    Touches of apocalyptic comedy run throughout Nightcrawler, but the movie’s overriding tone is one of strident, finger-wagging self-seriousness.
    • 37 Metascore
    • 50 Scott Foundas
    When it comes to Annabelle’s five or six big stinger moments, Leonetti manages to deliver the jolts, and if audiences are sure to head home complaining about how dumb and predictable it all was, many may also find themselves nursing their significant others’ lightly bruised forearms.
    • 40 Metascore
    • 50 Scott Foundas
    As usual, Statham gets a lot of mileage out of his droll, ever-present scowl, but as in “Heat,” the movie’s disparate narrative strands never really come together, and the climactic showdown feels pretty anticlimactic.
    • 59 Metascore
    • 50 Scott Foundas
    It’s fun enough while it lasts, but somehow, finally, all too much and not enough. The problem isn’t that dinosaurs have ceased to impress us, but that dinosaurs alone are not enough to sustain us
    • tbd Metascore
    • 50 Scott Foundas
    An appreciably moody but dramatically stilted crime drama that exudes a certain retro appeal before collapsing into a series of empty neo-noir poses.
    • 52 Metascore
    • 40 Scott Foundas
    It's not that Noya is bad as kid actors go, but a pair of dewy, crossed eyes and a beyond-his-years melancholy do not an entire movie make.
    • 37 Metascore
    • 40 Scott Foundas
    The sentimental novelty of watching two childhood antiheroes have at it dissipates once you realize the lugubrious lengths to which the screenplay must go in order to make that happen.
    • 47 Metascore
    • 40 Scott Foundas
    The dancing is dazzling in director Emilio Martínez-Lázaro's The Other Side of the Bed, but the movie itself is a dud.
    • 43 Metascore
    • 40 Scott Foundas
    There are moments of real power here -- mostly courtesy of Phillips ("Dawson's Creek"), who does a remarkable job of turning her caricature into a character -- but even more of astounding naiveté.
    • 64 Metascore
    • 40 Scott Foundas
    Bardem, given the only fully fleshed-out character to play, is a marvel to behold...If only he had found a more soulful, less didactic movie to be plunked down into.
    • 49 Metascore
    • 40 Scott Foundas
    Lounguine’s biopic is chilly and convoluted, too eventful to be boring, but never taking the time to immerse us emotionally in Makovski's world.
    • 59 Metascore
    • 40 Scott Foundas
    Despite its origins, nearly every visual and storytelling idea in this green-and-black-tinted martial-arts fantasy seems to derive from "Mad Max," "The Matrix" and/or "The Lord of the Rings."

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