Scott Foundas

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For 867 reviews, this critic has graded:
  • 55% higher than the average critic
  • 2% same as the average critic
  • 43% lower than the average critic
On average, this critic grades 0.2 points lower than other critics. (0-100 point scale)

Scott Foundas' Scores

  • Movies
  • TV
Average review score: 61
Highest review score: 100 *Corpus Callosum
Lowest review score: 0 Come Out and Play
Score distribution:
867 movie reviews
    • 73 Metascore
    • 80 Scott Foundas
    Kiarostami shoots Africa with an uncanny verisimilitude, coming close here to his idea of a "poetic cinema" indebted more to poetry and music than the theatrical novelistic storytelling tradition.
    • 75 Metascore
    • 80 Scott Foundas
    The emotional truthfulness of Clean enters into our bloodstreams with its muted vigor, and we find ourselves getting hooked by this tale of getting unhooked.
    • 72 Metascore
    • 80 Scott Foundas
    Anderson and his very fine cast keep things chugging along at a breathless pace, complete with a midfilm reversal of fortune nearly as unexpected as "Psycho's" shower scene. All aboard!
    • 73 Metascore
    • 80 Scott Foundas
    Once he’s worked through the basic set-up, Bujalski puts the plot on the back burner and lets his characters collide and ricochet off one another with a laconic comic grace.
    • 80 Metascore
    • 80 Scott Foundas
    Though the episodic structure results in a whole not quite equal to some of its parts, pic is an unusually tender, perceptive character study buoyed by stellar performances from a who's who of talented (and many underused) actresses.
    • 46 Metascore
    • 80 Scott Foundas
    Put simply, the film is a dazzling and fearless piece of showmanship.
    • 70 Metascore
    • 80 Scott Foundas
    Whether you take it as horror show or social commentary (or both), this is sublimely terrifying stuff.
    • 64 Metascore
    • 80 Scott Foundas
    The boldest provocation of Mitchell’s sweet, tender and gently funny film may be its exuberant celebration of community and togetherness at a cultural moment rife with fatalism and disconnect.
    • 70 Metascore
    • 80 Scott Foundas
    Of course, a Batman movie is nothing without a Bruce Wayne, and, by a mile, Bale is the best of a lot that has ranged from the square-jawed slapstick of Adam West to the more dedbonair stylings of Michael Keaton, Val Kilmer and George Clooney.
    • 74 Metascore
    • 80 Scott Foundas
    A powerfully affecting documentary.
    • 72 Metascore
    • 80 Scott Foundas
    It's something of a family affair -- only this time, instead of casting his relatives in the leading roles, Ceylan has cast himself and his real-life wife, Ebru, as Isa and Bahar. And if, in the hands of a lesser filmmaker, such a decision might foster a mood of lurid home-movie voyeurism, both Ceylans are such commanding and subtly expressive performers that any charges of nepotism here are as erroneous as in the storied collaborations of John Cassavetes and Gena Rowlands.
    • 66 Metascore
    • 80 Scott Foundas
    The Bling Ring traces an intriguing feedback loop of which it is knowingly a part: a movie that affords its subjects the very immortality they so aggressively sought.
    • 59 Metascore
    • 80 Scott Foundas
    Surprisingly airy, jungle-set adventure, boisterously winking at Huston, Peckinpah and the same Saturday-morning serials that birthed Indiana Jones. R.J. Stewart and James Vanderbilt's tongue-in-cheek script, a hybridization of "Midnight Run" and "The Treasure of the Sierra Madre," provides lots of amusing byplay for its two mismatched stars.
    • 76 Metascore
    • 80 Scott Foundas
    “Dogtown and Z-Boys” meets “The Lives of Others” in This Ain’t California, a spirited not-quite-documentary portrait of the skateboarding subculture that flourished in East Germany in the early 1980s.
    • 82 Metascore
    • 80 Scott Foundas
    A richly compelling story of family and self-discovery.
    • 79 Metascore
    • 80 Scott Foundas
    In his third turn behind the camera, writer-director J.C. Chandor has delivered a tough, gritty, richly atmospheric thriller that lacks some of the formal razzle-dazzle of his solo seafaring epic, “All Is Lost,” but makes up for it with an impressively sustained low-boil tension and the skillful navigating of a complex plot (at least up until a wholly unnecessary last-minute twist).
    • 38 Metascore
    • 80 Scott Foundas
    An electrifying modern-dress noir, directed by Ernest Dickerson with a tough, terse, unapologetically brutal attitude that evokes the heyday of Sam Fuller and Robert Aldrich.
    • 72 Metascore
    • 80 Scott Foundas
    Webber spins a slight but considerably enchanting tale of impossible romance and artistic discovery.
    • 55 Metascore
    • 80 Scott Foundas
    This buoyant, optimistic fable seems to share in the late Ronald Reagan's optimism for America. It does so with the help of a gifted comic ensemble led by Tom Hanks.
    • 69 Metascore
    • 80 Scott Foundas
    If we never do find out exactly why Wilbur is so intent on offing himself, it almost doesn't matter, given Sives' magnetic, star-making performance and the careful, elating mixture of comedy and pathos.
    • 68 Metascore
    • 80 Scott Foundas
    Richly satisfying both as subversive, music-biz primer and as gritty, true-life underdog story.
    • 50 Metascore
    • 80 Scott Foundas
    Anchored by Keener’s understated, psychologically acute performance, director Mark Jackson’s spare, quietly powerful sophomore feature demonstrates an impressive control of mood and tone and the ability to tell a story largely without words.
    • 67 Metascore
    • 80 Scott Foundas
    Stewart’s confident, superbly acted debut feature works as both a stirring account of human endurance and a topical reminder of the risks faced by journalists in pursuit of the truth.
    • 62 Metascore
    • 80 Scott Foundas
    All three actors are more than up to the challenge, particularly the radiant Salazar, who feasts upon that rare gift of a role that allows an actress the wrong side of 40 to be funny, sexy and vital without apologizing.
    • 65 Metascore
    • 80 Scott Foundas
    There may be no other actor (Thornton)working today (or as frequently) who is this good each and every time out.
    • 71 Metascore
    • 80 Scott Foundas
    Crossing the Line, like its subject, remains a fascinating and frustrating enigma -- a declassified government report still marred by redacted passages.
    • 55 Metascore
    • 80 Scott Foundas
    This is gloriously self-aware hokum, a fantasy movie that is, above all, about our need for fantasy and escapism -- and even our need for movies like The Astronaut Farmer -- to help us combat the depression and disappointments of the everyday.
    • 66 Metascore
    • 80 Scott Foundas
    The new movie is a sleeker, faster, funnier piece of work — the sort of sequel (like “Star Trek II: The Wrath of Khan,” “Superman II” and “Indiana Jones and the Temple of Doom” before it) that shrugs off the self-seriousness of its predecessor and fully embraces its inner Saturday-morning serial.
    • 75 Metascore
    • 80 Scott Foundas
    It's a style at once ravishing and mysterious, austere and intimate, carrying with it the suggestion that even cinema may be powerless to invade the most clandestine antechambers of human behavior.
    • 68 Metascore
    • 80 Scott Foundas
    This meticulously well-made picture is disarmingly funny at times - not least during the ballet of bloody absurdity that is the assassination itself - but also subdued and straight-faced, with one eye planted on 1979 and the other on the violent student demonstrations looming in the distance.

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