For 1,277 reviews, this critic has graded:
  • 50% higher than the average critic
  • 2% same as the average critic
  • 48% lower than the average critic
On average, this critic grades 2.3 points higher than other critics. (0-100 point scale)

V.A. Musetto's Scores

  • Movies
  • TV
Average review score: 62
Highest review score: 100 Bad Education
Lowest review score: 0 Broken Sky
Score distribution:
1,277 movie reviews
    • 37 Metascore
    • 50 V.A. Musetto
    Going Under is the feature directorial debut of 65-year-old Eric Werthman, who has been a practicing psychotherapist for a quarter of a century. If you're not already seeing a shrink, Mr. Werthman, may we suggest that you start immediately.
    • 49 Metascore
    • 50 V.A. Musetto
    It's also sugary and has a silly tear-jerker ending. But I found myself laughing at the film's gentle humor, anyway.
    • 51 Metascore
    • 50 V.A. Musetto
    The three women deliver solid performances, but the film is diluted by the use of flashbacks superimposed over present-time scenes. The result is visual chaos.
    • 46 Metascore
    • 50 V.A. Musetto
    Touches on issues raised in "Bad Education," but without Pedro Almodovar's flamboyant elegance.
    • 51 Metascore
    • 50 V.A. Musetto
    Stick around till the end. You don't want to miss an unexpected cameo from a filmmaker I won't name. Hint: He's short, likes younger women and isn't Woody Allen.
    • 56 Metascore
    • 50 V.A. Musetto
    Albert elicits good performances from her cast, but she fails to give viewers reason to care about their characters.
    • 65 Metascore
    • 50 V.A. Musetto
    Fails to show indignation that rich white guys are trying to get even richer at the expense of a naive black kid from the ghetto.
    • 61 Metascore
    • 50 V.A. Musetto
    Yearning for an exciting African adventure? Oka! isn't it.
    • 55 Metascore
    • 50 V.A. Musetto
    When it comes to magnetism, the Rolling Stones have nothing on Amma, the Indian mahatma ("spiritual guide") chronicled in Jan Kounen's handsomely photographed but one-sided documentary.
    • 50 Metascore
    • 50 V.A. Musetto
    It also gives another black eye to Iranian fundamentalists. It is most unfortunate, then, that the film isn't better.
    • 43 Metascore
    • 50 V.A. Musetto
    The opening and closing scenes are scary and should please fans of the genre, especially at Halloween time.
    • 49 Metascore
    • 50 V.A. Musetto
    The script doesn't offer anything especially new, but Burman infuses the film with innovative lensing and capable acting.
    • 48 Metascore
    • 50 V.A. Musetto
    Despite strong performances by Gerard Jugnot as the crime-busting prosecutor and Veronica D'Agostino as the adult Rita, The Sicilian Girl never lives up to its potential.
    • 68 Metascore
    • 50 V.A. Musetto
    It's just that the script, which Ozon adapted from a play, is lightweight and better-suited to stage than screen.
    • 74 Metascore
    • 50 V.A. Musetto
    As directed by Ole Christian Madsen, the thriller features well-choreographed shootouts and assassinations. But the script is too melodramatic and complicated for its own good.
    • 59 Metascore
    • 50 V.A. Musetto
    Mostly We Are Wizards is a loving, if flawed, tribute to creativity and artistic freedom.
    • 54 Metascore
    • 50 V.A. Musetto
    The acting is super -- these guys know how to be sweet and disgusting -- and the story provides its share of laughs. But after a while, the one-note movie, directed by Felix van Groeningen, grows tiresome.
    • 70 Metascore
    • 50 V.A. Musetto
    Ends in a cascade of sentimentality straight out of Hollywood. Not even Chweneyagae's excellent acting or Lance Gewer's dark photography can save the film.
    • 68 Metascore
    • 50 V.A. Musetto
    Mildly diverting, but lacks humor and pathos.
    • 53 Metascore
    • 50 V.A. Musetto
    The movie is a pleasant way to spend time in the dark, especially for Francophiles, but it won't leave any lasting impression.
    • 53 Metascore
    • 50 V.A. Musetto
    A soggy love story doesn't help this instance of style over substance.
    • 65 Metascore
    • 50 V.A. Musetto
    Fox can't decide if Walk on Water is a terrorist thriller or a gay buddy story, and neither can the viewer.
    • 66 Metascore
    • 50 V.A. Musetto
    If the plot of the Argentine soaper Puzzle seems familiar, that's because it's nearly identical to the story in the French movie "Queen To Play."
    • 52 Metascore
    • 50 V.A. Musetto
    Medina has taken a series of vignettes and fashioned them into a feature film as aimless as Luciano’s life. There’s no buildup or payoff; still, Hendler’s laid-back performance makes Medina’s film worth seeking out.
    • 53 Metascore
    • 50 V.A. Musetto
    Can't overcome the familiar, soapy script.
    • 49 Metascore
    • 50 V.A. Musetto
    The film is well-constructed, as one would expect from Gondry, but it offers little reason for anyone outside the family circle to care about dear old Tante Suzette.
    • 61 Metascore
    • 50 V.A. Musetto
    Gabizon has a great idea. But he ruins it by devoting too much time to colorful but unnecessary characters.
    • 56 Metascore
    • 50 V.A. Musetto
    Everybody involved in 39 Pounds of Love probably had the best of intentions. But watching the filmmakers scurry about to record every last tear, I couldn't help but feel that this twisted little man was being exploited.
    • 64 Metascore
    • 50 V.A. Musetto
    These were people willing to take chances. Would that Trank had taken chances in telling their stories.
    • 54 Metascore
    • 50 V.A. Musetto
    A flawed black comedy about two buddies who open a butcher's shop in a small Danish town.
    • 77 Metascore
    • 50 V.A. Musetto
    Uninspired in style, and Joan Allen's narration is dry.
    • 48 Metascore
    • 50 V.A. Musetto
    What could have been a biting dark comedy is, instead, uninspired and generic. The contrived, everybody's-happy finale just makes things worse.
    • 55 Metascore
    • 50 V.A. Musetto
    Unfortunately, Angelou's detached and often superfluous narration lessens the film's impact.
    • 64 Metascore
    • 50 V.A. Musetto
    You can't help wondering how prisoners who practiced Vipassana fared as free men.
    • 68 Metascore
    • 50 V.A. Musetto
    Debbie, for better or for worse, is the high point of the entertaining but lightweight film, which is better suited to public TV than the big screen. Oh, yes. If anybody should decide to open another beauty school in Kabul, be sure to leave Debbie in Indiana.
    • 61 Metascore
    • 50 V.A. Musetto
    Kids will get off on Bugs! and then go home and have nightmares. Adults who accompany them may have to fight off sleep before they get home.
    • 65 Metascore
    • 50 V.A. Musetto
    The writer-director, who goes by the name J Blakeson, keeps the suspense level high for the first hour or so, but he then indulges in a few plot twists that strain credibility.
    • 30 Metascore
    • 50 V.A. Musetto
    My Way is not, as the title might suggest, a Frank Sinatra biopic. No, it's an eye-popping, empty-headed World War II epic made in South Korea.
    • 52 Metascore
    • 50 V.A. Musetto
    Has a few things going for it -- a winning performance by Luchini and a small role by Pedro Almodóvar favorite Carmen Maura. But these talented folks can't compensate for a plot that strains credulity and lacks badly needed social bite. Wait for the DVD.
    • 72 Metascore
    • 50 V.A. Musetto
    Priceless provides lightweight, predictable entertainment that will make you yearn for the Tatou of yesteryear.
    • 46 Metascore
    • 50 V.A. Musetto
    Dysfunctional families don't come much more messed up than the one in Agnes and His Brothers, a comic drama from Germany.
    • 68 Metascore
    • 50 V.A. Musetto
    Has some truly touching and funny moments. But it goes on for too long and bogs down in a surfeit of characters and unnecessary subplots.
    • 75 Metascore
    • 50 V.A. Musetto
    Will Marcela (wonderful Ana Geislerova) opt for brains or brawn? The answer might surprise you.
    • 38 Metascore
    • 50 V.A. Musetto
    Sweet but not especially original.
    • 55 Metascore
    • 50 V.A. Musetto
    Bogdanich's film contends that the bombing of Yugoslavia by NATO in 1999 was the result of blunders by the West, and that the forces supported by the United States in Bosnia and Kosovo are allied with Osama bin Laden.
    • 82 Metascore
    • 50 V.A. Musetto
    The news footage, so powerful on its own, needs no enhancement. The dramatized scenes only slow the film's momentum.
    • 49 Metascore
    • 50 V.A. Musetto
    There are no women or straight men left in Taipei. At least that's the impression left by Formula 17, in which every single person (except for one child) is a gay cutie.
    • 51 Metascore
    • 50 V.A. Musetto
    There's a lot happening here, perhaps too much. At times, the movie threatens to implode under its own weight. At others, it's wickedly funny.
    • 61 Metascore
    • 50 V.A. Musetto
    It loses direction, turning contrived and sentimental. There's even a touch of Frank Capra.
    • 53 Metascore
    • 50 V.A. Musetto
    Earthwork is best left to TV.
    • 51 Metascore
    • 50 V.A. Musetto
    An overwrought Taiwanese soaper.
    • 58 Metascore
    • 50 V.A. Musetto
    Think you're depressed now? Wait till you see Aurora Borealis, which spends almost two hours watching Ronald Shorter, a suicidal old man, die.
    • 47 Metascore
    • 50 V.A. Musetto
    It would have been nice to learn as much about Sar the man as about Sar the dancer.
    • 52 Metascore
    • 50 V.A. Musetto
    Good-natured, lightweight fun, although clichéd and more suited to DVD and cable than the big screen.
    • 53 Metascore
    • 50 V.A. Musetto
    Most of the dialogue is in English, almost all of the story takes place in the U.S., and there is none of the kitschy fun that gives Bollywood flicks their charm.
    • 57 Metascore
    • 50 V.A. Musetto
    Filled with nostalgia for old Chinese movies, respectable performances and lively kung-fu slapstick.
    • 67 Metascore
    • 50 V.A. Musetto
    The film is generic and uninspired, better suited to public TV than the big screen.
    • 48 Metascore
    • 50 V.A. Musetto
    There is also a fair amount of boy-on-boy sex, which would be the main reason for seeing No Regret, no matter what your sexual orientation might be.
    • 66 Metascore
    • 50 V.A. Musetto
    After sitting a while in front of my computer trying to come with the right word to describe the Argentine soaper Family Law, I've settled on "diverting." You will be entertained, but you won't tax your brain.
    • 64 Metascore
    • 50 V.A. Musetto
    At age 76, Chabrol seems to be just going through the motions, but anyone who has helmed 70 films ("Les Bonnes Femmes" and "La Ceremonie," for example) is entitled to an off day. Look for him to dazzle us next time out.
    • 73 Metascore
    • 50 V.A. Musetto
    Mirikitani is a colorful character and talented artist, and his story tugs at the heart. Problem is, Hattendorf insists on inserting herself in what seems like every other scene, a device that dilutes Jimmy's story.
    • 62 Metascore
    • 50 V.A. Musetto
    The film looks nifty, but the flat and unemotional English-language dialogue lessens its impact.
    • 41 Metascore
    • 50 V.A. Musetto
    The charming cast...brightens up the screen, but the TV-sitcom script does them in.
    • 76 Metascore
    • 50 V.A. Musetto
    Buck is best left to TV, where it will land soon. It's "The Horse Whisperer" that should be seen on the big screen.
    • 40 Metascore
    • 50 V.A. Musetto
    If only its characters weren't such stereotypes.
    • 59 Metascore
    • 50 V.A. Musetto
    The plot of Attitude isn't exactly original and won't have you sitting on the edge of your seat. But Nilsson knows how to create a noirish mood, and some of the camera work is interesting, if pretentious.
    • 54 Metascore
    • 50 V.A. Musetto
    There aren't many surprises as the story unfolds in soap-opera fashion, with a happy ending for all concerned.
    • 69 Metascore
    • 50 V.A. Musetto
    As my cat, Audrey, will confirm, I love animals. But I draw the line at having lions, tigers, gigantic snakes, bears and other predators as pets. Other people have different opinions.
    • 60 Metascore
    • 50 V.A. Musetto
    Offers interesting views of ordinary life in Baghdad that Americans won't find on TV news. But the impact is lessened by the director's failure to let those who think the war is justified have their say.
    • 56 Metascore
    • 50 V.A. Musetto
    Too bad the script is predictable at every turn.
    • 46 Metascore
    • 50 V.A. Musetto
    Matthews is supposed to be the star here, but it's Englund's hilarious, over-the-top performance that keeps Jack Brooks: Monster Slayer, by director Jon Knautz, from becoming another forgettable exercise in horror.
    • 52 Metascore
    • 50 V.A. Musetto
    May be momentarily entertaining, but don't expect anything profound from the lightweight saga.
    • 63 Metascore
    • 50 V.A. Musetto
    An interesting debut for director Pesce, although it isn't worth running out to see. Wait for it to hit the small screen.
    • 63 Metascore
    • 50 V.A. Musetto
    If you're thinking of taking the kids to Bear Cub because the title sounds like something they'd enjoy -- don't!
    • 56 Metascore
    • 50 V.A. Musetto
    The clichéd, heavy-handed script lets them down.
    • 39 Metascore
    • 50 V.A. Musetto
    An uplifting story to be sure, but director-producer David Swajeski doesn't do it justice.
    • 59 Metascore
    • 50 V.A. Musetto
    The script is morose and unfocused - not to mention hard to believe and insulting to women.
    • 46 Metascore
    • 50 V.A. Musetto
    Director-writer Seth Grossman provides a lazy narrative, with stereotypical characters and plot.
    • 62 Metascore
    • 50 V.A. Musetto
    As a history lesson, Oswald's Ghost is valuable, but don't go expecting any new revelations.
    • 66 Metascore
    • 50 V.A. Musetto
    Too many cooks spoil the broth, and too many directors spoil the anthology film Paris Je T'aime.
    • 70 Metascore
    • 50 V.A. Musetto
    Caramel, by the way, gets its name from a blend of sugar, lemon juice and water that is boiled until it turns into a paste used to remove unwanted hair in the Middle East.
    • tbd Metascore
    • 50 V.A. Musetto
    Director Michelle Esrick, who followed Wavy around for 10 years, journeys from Manhattan to Woodstock to Nepal to the hills of California to tell Wavy's story. The journey is entertaining, whether you witnessed the 1960s firsthand or heard about it from your grandparents.
    • 48 Metascore
    • 50 V.A. Musetto
    You can't fault the film's elegant look. But you have to wonder why Shakhnazarov, one of Russian's most experienced filmmakers, didn't take more care with the script.
    • 68 Metascore
    • 50 V.A. Musetto
    There's not enough good material to fill the film's overlong 105 minutes. Is there an editor in the house?
    • 59 Metascore
    • 50 V.A. Musetto
    The film works best when we see N'Dour onstage. He has a great set of pipes and is nothing if not charismatic.
    • 57 Metascore
    • 50 V.A. Musetto
    Redmon makes a valid argument, but he belabors the point. Mardi Gras: Made in China would play better if it were more focused and less repetitive.
    • 68 Metascore
    • 50 V.A. Musetto
    The documentary is much too conventional -- lots of boring talking heads, etc. -- to do the subject matter justice.
    • 50 Metascore
    • 50 V.A. Musetto
    There's nothing especially new or interesting about the guests, the party or the movie. One bright note is Nicol Zanzarella as the elegant Susan, a freelance TV editor and co-host.
    • 63 Metascore
    • 50 V.A. Musetto
    Not a definitive portrait of the designer, nor does it pretend to be. But it should be of interest to viewers even if there's not a single YSL label in their wardrobes.
    • 50 Metascore
    • 50 V.A. Musetto
    The result is entertaining but hardly memorable.
    • 68 Metascore
    • 50 V.A. Musetto
    That's all laudable - but Perry, a longtime filmmaker, should have given the doc more urgency and punch.
    • 49 Metascore
    • 50 V.A. Musetto
    Campy and clichéd.
    • 67 Metascore
    • 50 V.A. Musetto
    At some two hours, the film is 30 minutes too long. Cutting out the melodrama and sticking with the daring-do is the answer.
    • 44 Metascore
    • 50 V.A. Musetto
    The non-linear plot makes for confusion and, except for the inspired final shootout, the action sequences are mediocre.
    • 57 Metascore
    • 50 V.A. Musetto
    The screen comes alive only at the end, when a frightening tornado destroys the seaside village.
    • 50 Metascore
    • 50 V.A. Musetto
    Borba keeps referring to himself as "a hero," but the directors, Burt Sun and André Costantini, never delve into his psyche. On the plus side is Costantini's luscious cinematography.
    • 47 Metascore
    • 50 V.A. Musetto
    Pity that the direction and narrative lack passion. If there's anything a story of interracial adultery needs, it's passion.
    • 31 Metascore
    • 50 V.A. Musetto
    Earnest but not terribly original.
    • 41 Metascore
    • 50 V.A. Musetto
    On the plus side, Derek McKane's moody camerawork makes Gotham look grand. Too bad it's wasted on The Last New Yorker.
    • 53 Metascore
    • 50 V.A. Musetto
    If you think you've seen Imaginary Heroes before, you're right -- only it was called "The Ice Storm," or maybe "Ordinary People."

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