Scott Foundas

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For 866 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 0.6 points higher than other critics. (0-100 point scale)

Scott Foundas' Scores

  • Movies
  • TV
Average review score: 61
Highest review score: 100 Jafar Panahi's Taxi
Lowest review score: 0 Grind
Score distribution:
866 movie reviews
    • 65 Metascore
    • 80 Scott Foundas
    Shot quickly and cheaply in high-definition video and almost entirely on one set, the movie has almost zero visual energy, but it teems with snappy dialogue and the same carnival anarchy Lumet brought to "Dog Day Afternoon" and "Network."
    • 70 Metascore
    • 80 Scott Foundas
    Witty, insightful portraits of hyperverbal, self-conscious young people falling in and out of love.
    • 74 Metascore
    • 80 Scott Foundas
    This is still powerful, undiluted stuff -- a jolt of backwoods moonshine whiskey injected into the veins of the atrophied American relationship drama.
    • 61 Metascore
    • 80 Scott Foundas
    A supremely elegant, meditative thriller.
    • 80 Metascore
    • 80 Scott Foundas
    The overall effect makes for a far more resonant film than that offered by concurrent narrative feature "Hotel Rwanada."
    • 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.
    • 50 Metascore
    • 80 Scott Foundas
    Much of the film is as strange and oddly beautiful as one of Arbus' own photographs, bold in its attempt to find new ways of cracking the biopic chestnut and sensitive in its portrayal of a 1950s woman who, like so many of her contemporaries, finds herself imprisoned in a "Good Housekeeping" nightmare.
    • 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.
    • 66 Metascore
    • 80 Scott Foundas
    As merry pranksters they have no match, and as they age (Knoxville is 35 now), they only grow in appeal. As they proudly hurl their tattooed (by ink and battle scars) bodies into harm's way, a devilish glint in their eyes, it's as if they've discovered the fountain of youth, and its name is Jackass.
    • 57 Metascore
    • 80 Scott Foundas
    Campbell is flat-out great, muting his beloved Sam Raimi shtick in favor of a genuine character turn, an act of transformation that makes you wonder why he's never been called on to interpret Elvis before.
    • 83 Metascore
    • 80 Scott Foundas
    At the center...lies the stunning Golbahari, a nonprofessional who recalls some of Bresson's most haunting model-actors in her intense, anguished grace.
    • 79 Metascore
    • 80 Scott Foundas
    If “Mountains” feels a touch schematic at times, and awkward in its third-act English-language scenes, the cumulative impact is still enormously touching, highlighted by Jia’s rapturous image-making and a luminous central performance by the director’s regular muse (and wife), Zhao Tao.
    • 61 Metascore
    • 80 Scott Foundas
    Even working within a more conventional framework, Blomkamp again proves to be a superb storyteller. He has a master’s sense of pacing, slowly immersing us into his future world rather than assailing us with nonstop action, and envisioning that world with an architect’s eye for the smallest details.
    • 53 Metascore
    • 80 Scott Foundas
    Allen’s visual direction and editing rhythms are particularly sharp and precise this time around, as is his work with the actors.
    • 83 Metascore
    • 80 Scott Foundas
    Grim, grueling and triumphantly powerful.
    • 71 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.
    • 57 Metascore
    • 80 Scott Foundas
    An often thrilling, always compelling intro to the sport.
    • 67 Metascore
    • 80 Scott Foundas
    A stimulating scientific inquiry that may cause audiences to look at (and think about) the world around them in dramatically different terms.
    • 68 Metascore
    • 80 Scott Foundas
    Above all a rousing entertainment.
    • 68 Metascore
    • 80 Scott Foundas
    It is never less than fascinating — and sometimes dazzling — in its ambitions.
    • 59 Metascore
    • 80 Scott Foundas
    A postmodern morality play stripped nearly bare by its precocious creator, until only its boldness, cutting insight, intermittent hilarity and bracing violence remain.
    • 77 Metascore
    • 80 Scott Foundas
    Strikes me as one of Godard's most accessible works - one in which the graying, stubbly maestro, who turns 74 today, presents himself and his ideas to the audience in a less combative way than he sometimes has in the past.
    • 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.
    • 69 Metascore
    • 80 Scott Foundas
    It's the kind of movie that used to be called "trashy good fun," only there's nothing trashy about it: Gunn, who scripted the 2004 "Dawn of the Dead" remake, is clearly punch-drunk with horror-movie love; Slither is, among other things, a freewheeling homage to "The Blob, Invasion of the Body Snatchers" and just about everything by George Romero.
    • 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.”
    • 52 Metascore
    • 80 Scott Foundas
    It aims simply to relate a great and enveloping story -- one that may lead us to ponder the things that unite (rather than distance) peoples of differing belief systems, and may compel us to marvel at the many wonderful and horrible endeavors undertaken in the name of religion.
    • 59 Metascore
    • 80 Scott Foundas
    The acting is uniformly superb.
    • 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.
    • 71 Metascore
    • 80 Scott Foundas
    This is also an acidly funny work, even if the humor is that of a man who drinks to stave off the pain and madness of sobriety. In his finest performance since "Drugstore Cowboy," Dillon plays Chinanski with funereal grandiosity.
    • 71 Metascore
    • 80 Scott Foundas
    Crammed into a lively 85-minute package delivered with loads of dark humor and cinematic flair, this is a worthy winner of Sundance's Grand Jury prize for documentary.

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