For 1,276 reviews, this critic has graded:
  • 50% higher than the average critic
  • 3% same as the average critic
  • 47% lower than the average critic
On average, this critic grades 3 points higher than other critics. (0-100 point scale)

V.A. Musetto's Scores

  • Movies
Average review score: 62
Highest review score: 100 Turtles Can Fly
Lowest review score: 0 9 Dead Gay Guys
Score distribution:
1,276 movie reviews
    • 92 Metascore
    • 100 V.A. Musetto
    While Tarr's newest epic, Werckmeister Harmonies, isn't intended for the shopping-mall crowd, it is more viewer-friendly and will please adventurous moviegoers.
    • 85 Metascore
    • 100 V.A. Musetto
    This isn't a war movie. Rather, it's a powerful, heart-tugging portrait of the innocent victims of conflict.
    • 74 Metascore
    • 100 V.A. Musetto
    Park's direction is flawless and Jung Jung-hoon's cinematography is stunning.
    • 71 Metascore
    • 100 V.A. Musetto
    Delightful performances are delivered by all in this ingenious work of cinema that is worth seeing if only for its glorious views of the Himalayas.
    • 64 Metascore
    • 100 V.A. Musetto
    A stunning drama from that remote former Soviet republic.
    • 80 Metascore
    • 100 V.A. Musetto
    No adventurous filmgoer will want to miss Tony Takitani.
    • 78 Metascore
    • 100 V.A. Musetto
    One of the oddest, most perplexing -- and delightful -- films to come along this year. And last year, too.
    • 77 Metascore
    • 100 V.A. Musetto
    Porumboiu, who also produced and wrote, elicits remarkably deadpan performances from Teo Corban (as the show's host), Ion Sapdaru (the professor) and - especially - Mircea Andreescu, as the old man. Even the subtitles cracked me up.
    • 80 Metascore
    • 100 V.A. Musetto
    The androgynous Dobroshi is in nearly every scene. She has an exceptional screen presence that brings authority to her portrayal of a woman seeking redemption. As for the Dardennes, they prove yet again that nobody does human frailty the way they do.
    • 84 Metascore
    • 100 V.A. Musetto
    It's a highly erotic work that at no point seems staged. Credit brilliant use of fog, mirrors, silhouettes, slow motion and special effects worthy of a music video.
    • 43 Metascore
    • 100 V.A. Musetto
    At turns sexy, ultra-violent and sweet, it will infiltrate your brain long after you've seen it.
    • 86 Metascore
    • 100 V.A. Musetto
    The result is a magnificent feast for the eyes and brain.
    • 81 Metascore
    • 100 V.A. Musetto
    From the Hitchcockian opening credits to the final frame, Almodovar has Hitch on his mind.
    • 84 Metascore
    • 100 V.A. Musetto
    It's time to stop calling Azazel Jacobs a "promising" filmmaker. With Momma's Man, Jacobs achieves the promise.
    • 72 Metascore
    • 100 V.A. Musetto
    Whether Tiny Furniture is a mumblecore movie is an open question. It has many of the tell-tale signs of that ill-defined genre; although improvised dialogue, a mumblecore staple, is minimal.
    • 80 Metascore
    • 100 V.A. Musetto
    A sumptuous masterpiece by one of the greatest moviemakers of all time.
    • 86 Metascore
    • 100 V.A. Musetto
    The climactic shootout, which goes on for 15 minutes and has an astronomical body count, is a masterpiece of its kind.
    • 79 Metascore
    • 88 V.A. Musetto
    To its credit, this remarkable film does not contrive a happy ending. Under the circumstances, even a mildly hopeful one seems like a triumph of the highest order.
    • 97 Metascore
    • 88 V.A. Musetto
    It is filmmaking as it should be but usually isn't.
    • 49 Metascore
    • 88 V.A. Musetto
    Very few actors would have the courage to allow von Trier to put them through what Dafoe and Gainsbourg experienced in the name of art.
    • 87 Metascore
    • 88 V.A. Musetto
    The film's disclosure that Camorra money is involved with the reconstruction of New York City's Ground Zero will give viewers something to think about.
    • 88 Metascore
    • 88 V.A. Musetto
    Kore-eda presents the deeply moving story in a documentary style that is both gentle and compelling.
    • 85 Metascore
    • 88 V.A. Musetto
    A fantastical genre-buster.
    • 78 Metascore
    • 88 V.A. Musetto
    It could turn someone who never heard of the Flaming Lips into a devoted fan.
    • 78 Metascore
    • 88 V.A. Musetto
    If you enjoy intelligent, challenging filmmaking, Tropical Malady is for you.
    • 87 Metascore
    • 88 V.A. Musetto
    Herzog tries to make sense out of the blond-haired young man, who looked an awful lot like Kinski.
    • 73 Metascore
    • 88 V.A. Musetto
    In his fourth outing with the director, cinematographer Andreas Sinanos produces stunning scene after stunning scene, almost as if each frame were a small painting.
    • 69 Metascore
    • 88 V.A. Musetto
    Combining a thoughtful script with splendid acting -- especially by Sansa -- Bellocchio has fashioned a tense thriller that is both understated and powerful.
    • 83 Metascore
    • 88 V.A. Musetto
    A deliciously elusive mystery.
    • 72 Metascore
    • 88 V.A. Musetto
    4
    It's not always clear exactly what's happening in this dark tale, full of barking dogs and slabs of meat. But you won't be able to take your eyes from the screen; nor will you quickly forget this fiercely original eye-popper.
    • 73 Metascore
    • 88 V.A. Musetto
    Showcases a brilliantly realistic performance by Abbie Cornish as Heidi. She's a provocative mix of naivete and ripe, unbridled sexuality.
    • 67 Metascore
    • 88 V.A. Musetto
    Time to Leave just might be Ozon's best work yet. He tackles a sensitive, off-putting subject with a dignity that will put viewers at ease. Poupaud connects as the dying man and Moreau is - Moreau, a French national treasure.
    • 61 Metascore
    • 88 V.A. Musetto
    Starts slowly but builds, Hitchcock-style, to a terrifying crescendo. And don't fool yourself into thinking you know what's going to happen.
    • 63 Metascore
    • 88 V.A. Musetto
    Inspired by Edgar Allan Poe and the Marquis de Sade (interesting combination, no?).
    • 69 Metascore
    • 88 V.A. Musetto
    What do you get when you mix a Douglas Sirk melodrama with a Sergio Leone Western? Tears of the Black Tiger, a high-camp Western from, of all places, Thailand.
    • 67 Metascore
    • 88 V.A. Musetto
    Unspeakable brutality ensues, including a rape, a castration and cold-blooded murder. Dumont never mentions Iraq, but the parallels are clear.
    • 80 Metascore
    • 88 V.A. Musetto
    Intelligent and tasteful, even while being sexually frank.
    • 80 Metascore
    • 88 V.A. Musetto
    A modest and charming comedy from Israel.
    • 82 Metascore
    • 88 V.A. Musetto
    So powerful is Stranded that when the lucky few finally make their way back to civilization, you feel as thrilled as if they were your own loved ones.
    • 79 Metascore
    • 88 V.A. Musetto
    As is his custom, Reygadas uses a mostly nonprofessional cast; and, as expected, he draws remarkably realistic performances.
    • 74 Metascore
    • 88 V.A. Musetto
    You know a performance has to be special when a Palestinian wins Israel's version of the Best Actress Oscar. But why should politics detract from a stunning performance?
    • 81 Metascore
    • 88 V.A. Musetto
    The highly stylized, often outrageously funny biopic is anchored by a devastating performance by Toni Servillo as Andreotti, brilliantly capturing the gnomic politician's trademark slouch and inexpressive face.
    • 74 Metascore
    • 88 V.A. Musetto
    An indie gem.
    • 74 Metascore
    • 88 V.A. Musetto
    Subversively funny, it's a welcome alternative to the big-budget movies flooding into theaters at this time of year.
    • 75 Metascore
    • 88 V.A. Musetto
    There's style and panache to spare. Mournful jazz adds to the mood.
    • 64 Metascore
    • 88 V.A. Musetto
    Makhmalbaf finds room for moments of humor and humanity.
    • 73 Metascore
    • 88 V.A. Musetto
    Working from an unfinished script by the late, great Krzysztof Kieslowski, Stuhr directs in a laid-back, deadpan style that, at times, recalls Fellini.
    • 81 Metascore
    • 88 V.A. Musetto
    The result is an immensely enjoyable portrait of a strange-looking, non-comforming genius who loved women as much as designing masterpieces but was never able to commit to them. In other words: great architect, lousy family man.
    • 61 Metascore
    • 88 V.A. Musetto
    Daring, mesmerizing and exceedingly hard to forget.
    • 66 Metascore
    • 88 V.A. Musetto
    The gritty photography is a perfect match for the film's harsh realities, the script is taut (not a word or motion is wasted) and the acting is raw and realistic.
    • 49 Metascore
    • 88 V.A. Musetto
    I've seen three or four other movies by Miike, and I can tell you that he's one of the most exciting, versatile directors working today.
    • 69 Metascore
    • 88 V.A. Musetto
    The faint of heart might want to leave early. If you elect to stay, remember: You were warned.
    • 73 Metascore
    • 88 V.A. Musetto
    The film is dark, both literally and figuratively. Only at the very end do we get a glimpse of the sun.
    • 83 Metascore
    • 88 V.A. Musetto
    The cast is amazing -- two of the lead actresses are first-timers.
    • 78 Metascore
    • 88 V.A. Musetto
    Morton deserves an Oscar nomination, but she is unlikely to get one. The movie is too dark and out of the mainstream to impress the conservative fogies who vote for the prizes.
    • 69 Metascore
    • 88 V.A. Musetto
    Iraqi-Kurdish director-writer Hiner Saleem is in no hurry to tell the story, and viewers drawn in by the warm-hearted tale and charmingly eccentric characters will be in no hurry for the closing credits.
    • 82 Metascore
    • 88 V.A. Musetto
    Vladimir Garin and Ivan Dobronravov are amazingly natural as the boys, and Konstantin Lavronenko impresses as the taciturn father.
    • 84 Metascore
    • 88 V.A. Musetto
    If "Starsky & Hutch" is your idea of art, keep your distance from Distant, the droll new movie from maverick Turkish director Nuri Bilge Ceylan. If, on the other hand, you're searching for something that will remain with you long after leaving the theater, run, don't walk, to Distant.
    • 76 Metascore
    • 88 V.A. Musetto
    Doesn't have the crossover appeal of the Mexican sexcapade "Y Tu Mama Tambien," but it does herald the arrival of an audacious young filmmaker. We can't wait to see what he does next.
    • 82 Metascore
    • 88 V.A. Musetto
    Lilya is portrayed by Oksana Akinshina, who gives a dynamic, heartbreaking performance... She was wonderful in ["Brothers"], but is even more astonishing in Lilya 4-Ever.
    • 75 Metascore
    • 88 V.A. Musetto
    Hilarious from first frame to last.
    • 58 Metascore
    • 88 V.A. Musetto
    The film is less violent and bloody than much of the director's work, but the absurdity level is sky high. Takashi Miike is at the top of his game, loving every minute of his surreal visit to the twilight zone.
    • 86 Metascore
    • 88 V.A. Musetto
    Can be summed up in one word: style.
    • 75 Metascore
    • 88 V.A. Musetto
    The sweet script, crisp direction and a delightful performance by Leila Hatami, as the sad-eyed wife, should put Deserted Station on your must-see list.
    • 78 Metascore
    • 88 V.A. Musetto
    Meant to evoke filmmaking of a bygone era, but this time the director is more restrained visually, while making use of a more conventionally structured script than usual. And he has a real, honest-to-goodness star in Rossellini.
    • 82 Metascore
    • 88 V.A. Musetto
    Thoughtful and entertaining documentary.
    • 77 Metascore
    • 88 V.A. Musetto
    One of the most original and stylish films to come along this year.
    • 69 Metascore
    • 88 V.A. Musetto
    Plot and dialogue take a back seat to a series of inventive sight gags that unspool with effortless charm. An ensemble cast of talented amateurs is in top form.
    • 82 Metascore
    • 88 V.A. Musetto
    Working from a well-thought-out script co-written by director Stéphane Brizé, the two stars deliver impressive, understated performances.
    • 67 Metascore
    • 88 V.A. Musetto
    Perfectly captures the cultural and emotional wasteland that is suburban Jersey.
    • 69 Metascore
    • 88 V.A. Musetto
    Throughout, Mrs. Marcos comes across as an elitist, insulated against real life by wealth and power -- yet one who truly believes she is misunderstood and has done nothing wrong.
    • 64 Metascore
    • 88 V.A. Musetto
    Or
    Like mother, like daughter best sums up Or (My Treasure), a raw drama.
    • 67 Metascore
    • 88 V.A. Musetto
    An achingly beautiful look at the most tragic victims of the longtime war in Chechnya: children.
    • 64 Metascore
    • 88 V.A. Musetto
    Censors in Iran must have been smoking weed when they approved I'm Taraneh, 15, a sympathetic portrait of an unwed mother.
    • 74 Metascore
    • 88 V.A. Musetto
    You're either going to love this film and run out to see everything Majewski has directed, or you're going to be bored silly. I'm hoping for the former.
    • 74 Metascore
    • 88 V.A. Musetto
    An acid trip of a movie about a piece of Los Angeles history that exists no more: the Ambassador Hotel.
    • 76 Metascore
    • 88 V.A. Musetto
    Low-budget triumph.
    • 78 Metascore
    • 88 V.A. Musetto
    Beautifully composed, The Last Mistress, Breillat's 11th film, deals with the theme she has put forth in such previous work as "Romance" and "Fat Girl": how women deal with sexual desire.
    • 72 Metascore
    • 88 V.A. Musetto
    After winning raves at last year's New York Film Festival, Pablo Larrain's Tony Manero, from Chile, is receiving a run here.
    • 92 Metascore
    • 88 V.A. Musetto
    Denis -- who has called the film a tribute to the great Japanese director Yasujiro Ozu -- keeps dialogue to a minimum as she delicately examines how immigration is changing the face of France.
    • 69 Metascore
    • 88 V.A. Musetto
    The Good, the Bad, the Weird may owe a lot to other films, but it is always fresh and never boring.
    • 65 Metascore
    • 88 V.A. Musetto
    Wild Grass is a French movie for people afraid of French movies.
    • 57 Metascore
    • 88 V.A. Musetto
    A twisty, spectacular farce.
    • 82 Metascore
    • 88 V.A. Musetto
    Balibar's dreamy voice (I'm reminded of Billie Holiday) is complemented by Costa's hypnotic camera work. The result is a visual and aural delight.
    • 87 Metascore
    • 88 V.A. Musetto
    A must-see for Miike's passionate legion of fans. But even action buffs who've never seen any of his films before will be drawn in by this masterful exercise in cinematic butchery.
    • 82 Metascore
    • 88 V.A. Musetto
    Literate and engrossing, with excellent performances.
    • 85 Metascore
    • 88 V.A. Musetto
    A Western, but any similarities between it and, say, a Gene Autry or Hopalong Cassidy shoot-em-up are nonexistent.
    • 65 Metascore
    • 88 V.A. Musetto
    There are superb performances by Iranian-Canadian Nikohl Boosheri as Atafeh, the more rebellious of the two women, and French-born Sarah Kazemy as the less-privileged Shireen.
    • 86 Metascore
    • 88 V.A. Musetto
    With Japan facing a new nuclear crisis, this beautifully composed and acted heart-wrencher -- couldn't be more timely.
    • 75 Metascore
    • 88 V.A. Musetto
    You might be reminded of Jean-Jacques Beineix's 1981 thriller "Diva," which also involves crooked cops and Metro chases. But you need never have seen "Diva" to be captivated by the exhilarating Point Blank.
    • 87 Metascore
    • 88 V.A. Musetto
    Nadezhda Markina is splendid as Elena, who speaks little but still manages to make her thoughts and emotions crystal clear.
    • 84 Metascore
    • 88 V.A. Musetto
    Despite its themes, Oslo, August 31st is an exhilarating film, with impeccable direction and pitch-perfect performances that make the bleakness worthwhile.
    • 45 Metascore
    • 88 V.A. Musetto
    [REC] 3 Genesis is a prequel to the first two "[REC]" movies, but that doesn't much matter. You don't need to have seen them to enjoy this film, which provides fresh blood for a tired genre.
    • 84 Metascore
    • 88 V.A. Musetto
    Brutality and tenderness are a potent mix in War Witch.
    • 72 Metascore
    • 88 V.A. Musetto
    Pieta is one of Kim’s most complex and mature efforts, melding violence and humor into dark entertainment.
    • 81 Metascore
    • 75 V.A. Musetto
    Fish Tank is grim, to be sure, but it leaves us with a feeling of hopefulness.
    • 86 Metascore
    • 75 V.A. Musetto
    A sentimental, whimsical autobiography.
    • 68 Metascore
    • 75 V.A. Musetto
    Belgian actress Émilie Dequenne gives a smoldering performance as Jeanne.
    • 70 Metascore
    • 75 V.A. Musetto
    An animated feature that revels in its low-tech wackiness.
    • 82 Metascore
    • 75 V.A. Musetto
    Despite having no previous film experience, Kare Hedebrant and Lina Leandersson give evocative performances as Oskar and Eli, respectively.