Scott Foundas
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For 791 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 1.1 points higher than other critics. (0-100 point scale)

Scott Foundas' Scores

  • Movies
  • TV
Average review score: 61
Highest review score: 100 Where the Wild Things Are
Lowest review score: 0 Come Out and Play
Score distribution:
791 movie reviews
    • 64 Metascore
    • 60 Scott Foundas
    The problem, dare I say it, is that the movie just ... isn't ... that ... funny.
    • 71 Metascore
    • 60 Scott Foundas
    Like this summer's other slapstick cause célèbre, "Pineapple Express," it's a comedy with as high or higher a body count as the movies it purports to be parodying, and the problem isn't the violence per se but rather the fact that neither movie ever finds a satisfactory balance between tongue-in-cheek and guts-in-hand.
    • 57 Metascore
    • 60 Scott Foundas
    More often than not, Two Men Went to War resembles a feature-length episode of "Hogan's Heroes," with the brave but clumsy Brits continually managing to outfox the even more bungling Nazis.
    • 42 Metascore
    • 60 Scott Foundas
    Pretty formulaic stuff: bland self-empowerment tinged with warm fuzzies in all the right places. But what makes this "Somebody" something is Pasquin's deft touch and understanding with the material.
    • 48 Metascore
    • 60 Scott Foundas
    Festooned with cute, mugging kids; lots of jazzy redos of beloved Christmas tunes on the soundtrack; and enough tug-at-your-heartstrings moments to make an entire theater feel warm on a blustery winter afternoon.
    • 77 Metascore
    • 60 Scott Foundas
    Assembled in a straightforward, television-style presentation that gets the better of it.
    • 51 Metascore
    • 60 Scott Foundas
    Despite the intriguing set-up, there's something unambitious and scaled-back about Star Trek Nemesis, so that most of the time it feels like a slightly suped-up episode of the "Next Generation" TV series.
    • 50 Metascore
    • 60 Scott Foundas
    Gets an ambitious, sometimes inspired but ultimately less than satisfying screen treatment from Roger Avary.
    • 50 Metascore
    • 60 Scott Foundas
    Made up largely of vivid aerial shots of those folks doing the things they do, the film is a less philosophical, introspective look at contemporary surfing than Dana Brown's recent "Step Into Liquid," and is pitched at a smaller, niche audience.
    • 45 Metascore
    • 60 Scott Foundas
    As Willing moves the movie along its well-worn, Ruth Rendell–ish path, it accrues a certain fusty British charm, along with the requisite (and, for this reviewer, most satisfying) amounts of satanic symbolism, creepy mute children and abandoned gothic churches.
    • 53 Metascore
    • 60 Scott Foundas
    An odd concoction: an English-language movie made by Dutch filmmakers working with an American cast on location in Russia and Mexico. That strangeness, combined with sharp casting and affectionate performances, is a big part of "Affair's" charm.
    • 31 Metascore
    • 60 Scott Foundas
    A cobwebbed, mummified horror entry that makes obvious, cartoonishly grotesque demands for attention.
    • 49 Metascore
    • 60 Scott Foundas
    Attempts to delve beneath the surface of Hollywood's rampant narcissism and fascination with technology, but ultimately feels like just one more in the long line of films this year about the business of making movies.
    • 61 Metascore
    • 60 Scott Foundas
    All the trappings of an energetic, extreme-sports adventure, but ends up more of a creaky "Pretty Woman" retread, with the emphasis on self-empowering schmaltz and with the big-wave surfing that gives pic its title seemingly an afterthought.
    • 55 Metascore
    • 60 Scott Foundas
    The only history that bears a real influence on The Last Samurai is the history of Hollywood moviemaking, and the unfortunate way it has of turning extraordinary stories into hopelessly ordinary ones.
    • 62 Metascore
    • 60 Scott Foundas
    It can be thrilling to watch Stander and his gang of gentlemen bandits rack up the loot without ruffling their (or anyone else's) shirt collars. The movie isn't content to rest there, though; it wants to be a caper with a conscience.
    • 69 Metascore
    • 60 Scott Foundas
    Fascinating and frustrating in nearly equal measure.
    • 25 Metascore
    • 60 Scott Foundas
    Thank heavens — or at least the “Department of Eternal Affairs” — for Jeff Bridges, whose hilariously free-associative performance as a 19th-century frontier marshal-turned-21st-century undead lawman is like an adrenaline shot to the heart of R.I.P.D.
    • 55 Metascore
    • 60 Scott Foundas
    More often, Gatsby feels like a well-rehearsed classic in which the actors say their lines ably, but with no discernible feeling behind them.
    • 50 Metascore
    • 60 Scott Foundas
    Thanks to some accomplished hocus pocus and an appealing cast, this would-be “Ocean’s Eleven” of the magic world remains watchable throughout, even as it plods along without ever quite fulfilling its potential.
    • 39 Metascore
    • 60 Scott Foundas
    Paul plays the part with the flinty, tightly wound charisma of a small man who makes up in moxie what he lacks in stature. There’s something of the young James Cagney in him, and he’s by far the best thing Need for Speed has going for it.
    • 42 Metascore
    • 60 Scott Foundas
    This big-hearted underdog comedy from director Shawn Levy is, much like its two leads, exceedingly affable and good-natured despite being undeniably long in the tooth.
    • 68 Metascore
    • 60 Scott Foundas
    The Place Beyond the Pines is a much bigger canvas, and scene by scene it can be riveting...But the disparate pieces never quite jell; the movie is all trees and no forest.
    • 41 Metascore
    • 60 Scott Foundas
    A Red Dawn for the Tea Party era, Olympus Has Fallen is pretty ridiculously entertaining—or at least entertainingly ridiculous—for long stretches, dulled only by the realization that there are many parts of the country where this will play as less than total farce.
    • 49 Metascore
    • 60 Scott Foundas
    Pic’s monotone edges towards monotony by the end of the third act, but as no-budget calling-card features go, Frankenstein’s Army remains a grisly cut above.
    • 41 Metascore
    • 60 Scott Foundas
    Bruni Tedeschi holds all of pic’s myriad tangents in a delicate balance, no single one ever rising to the fore, no pressure felt to wrap everything — or anything — up in a tidy package at the end.
    • 56 Metascore
    • 60 Scott Foundas
    Even in the movie’s most ridiculous moments, Collet-Serra keeps the pacing brisk and knows how to divert our attention with a well-timed bit of comic relief.
    • 44 Metascore
    • 60 Scott Foundas
    Hendrickson shot “Colossus” from a partial script, leaving room for improvisation, and the movie’s loose, shapeless feel and scenes that go on far too long are the telltale signs of a filmmaker who fell so in love with his own material that he couldn’t bring himself to kill his darlings.
    • 49 Metascore
    • 60 Scott Foundas
    An unremarkable but entirely serviceable action quickie.
    • 44 Metascore
    • 60 Scott Foundas
    If the movie never quite masters the feel of messy, grown-up life, it at least makes a few promising salvos in that direction... The actors help a lot.