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 Junebug
Lowest review score: 0 Grind
Score distribution:
869 movie reviews
    • 74 Metascore
    • 90 Scott Foundas
    A tightly focused romantic drama that exudes the narrative terseness of a good short story and the lucid craftsmanship of a filmmaker in full command of the medium.
    • 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.
    • 75 Metascore
    • 90 Scott Foundas
    Now and then, Winterbottom nudges the movie in the direction of narrative... But even when it’s just ambling about, The Trip to Italy casts a warm, enveloping spell.
    • 81 Metascore
    • 90 Scott Foundas
    Enormously absorbing.
    • 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.
    • 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").
    • 85 Metascore
    • 90 Scott Foundas
    What emerges, finally, is an urgent distress call from one of America’s many, predominately black inner cities cast adrift by decades of municipal neglect and institutional racism.
    • 62 Metascore
    • 90 Scott Foundas
    Razor sharp and funny as hell, Incident at Loch Ness is the harpoon hurled into the hot-air balloon of “reality” entertainment.
    • 58 Metascore
    • 90 Scott Foundas
    Snakes was the most exuberantly trashy delight of this summer movie season or last.
    • 54 Metascore
    • 90 Scott Foundas
    In the post-Columbine era, Koury's film has its finger on something particularly potent.
    • 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.
    • 89 Metascore
    • 90 Scott Foundas
    A low-key but sharply observed work that benefits from real local flavor and a gift for lyric image making.
    • 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
    If nothing else, Mistress America confirms Gerwig as one of the great, fearless screen comediennes of her generation — a tall, loose-limbed whirligig who careers through scenes with the beatific ditziness of a Carole Lombard or Judy Holliday.
    • 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.
    • 83 Metascore
    • 90 Scott Foundas
    What emerges, finally, is a film that gives an urgent, original voice to a people too frequently marginalized in both movies and society at large.
    • 79 Metascore
    • 90 Scott Foundas
    The haunting final image suggests how quickly such stories can be lost...which makes Beyond the Hills, above all else, a powerful and necessary act of reclamation.
    • 53 Metascore
    • 90 Scott Foundas
    Big Trouble in Little China is a far more enjoyable mash-up of classic Westerns, Saturday-morning serials, and Chinese wu xia than any of the Indiana Jones movies, with Kurt Russell in full bloom as Carpenter’s de rigueur hard-drinkin’, hard-gamblin’, wise-crackin’ loner hero—a bowling-alley John Wayne.
    • 81 Metascore
    • 90 Scott Foundas
    It's the director's most complexly ordered film to date - a labyrinth of ids, egos and alter egos waiting around blind corners - and may be the movies' most deliriously inventive narrative spiral since "Adaptation."
    • 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.
    • 78 Metascore
    • 90 Scott Foundas
    A superb, eye-opening and often absurdly funny deconstruction of the myths and realities of global terrorism that is marked by a balance, broadmindedness and sense of historical perspective so absent from many recent political-themed documentaries.
    • 82 Metascore
    • 90 Scott Foundas
    A superior all-ages adventure pic made by a filmmaker who knows more than a thing or two about the genre.
    • 75 Metascore
    • 90 Scott Foundas
    It’s the sort of buoyant, all-ages entertainment that Hollywood has been laboring to revive in recent years (most recently with Hairspray) but hasn’t managed to get right until now, and the glue holding it all together is the incomparable Adams (an Oscar nominee for 2005’s Junebug), who gives the kind of blissful screwball performance that seemed to go out of fashion after "I Love Lucy" left the airwaves.
    • 97 Metascore
    • 90 Scott Foundas
    It’s a classic espionage plot shot through with a typically heady mix of art and literary references: Klee and Velázquez, Bach and Haydn, Bernanos and Musil.
    • 67 Metascore
    • 90 Scott Foundas
    Matthew Barney delivers his masterpiece in Cremaster 3, unquestionably the 35-year-old sculptor-performance artist-filmmaker's most linear, most narratively inclined work to date.
    • 89 Metascore
    • 90 Scott Foundas
    Because Petzold is such a gifted storyteller, with the lean, driving narrative sense of the film noir masters, he also keeps those twists and turns chugging smoothly along, building to a climax so expertly orchestrated that one imagines he started with it in mind and worked the rest of the movie backward from there.
    • 84 Metascore
    • 90 Scott Foundas
    Snowpiercer has been brought to the screen with the kind of solid narrative craftsmanship, carefully drawn characters and — above all — respect for the audience’s intelligence rarely encountered in high-concept genre cinema.
    • 78 Metascore
    • 90 Scott Foundas
    Melanie Laurent brings a sure, sensitive hand to tonally tricky material and draws superb work from relative newcomers Josephine Japy (“Cloclo”) and Lou De Laage (“Jappeloup”).
    • 68 Metascore
    • 90 Scott Foundas
    At every turn, we can sense what’s going on behind Kumiko’s doleful, downcast eyes; Kikuchi pulls us deeply into her world.
    • 84 Metascore
    • 90 Scott Foundas
    One of the year's most imaginative and uniquely exciting pieces of cinema.

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