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 2.7 points higher than other critics. (0-100 point scale)

V.A. Musetto's Scores

  • Movies
  • TV
Average review score: 62
Highest review score: 100 Travelers and Magicians
Lowest review score: 0 Controlled Chaos
Score distribution:
1,277 movie reviews
    • 75 Metascore
    • 75 V.A. Musetto
    The tap-dance finale is a gem.
    • 70 Metascore
    • 75 V.A. Musetto
    Ricardo Della Rosa's sumptuous, wide-screen cinematography takes full advantage of the sandy vista, complementing beautiful acting by Montenegro and Torres.
    • 85 Metascore
    • 75 V.A. Musetto
    All too often, films about interconnected lives stumble under the weight of coincidences. Not The Edge of Heaven.
    • 45 Metascore
    • 75 V.A. Musetto
    The shooting sprees are full of razzle dazzle. The final gun battle -- between Kong and the police -- is especially effective.
    • 70 Metascore
    • 75 V.A. Musetto
    A mix of documentary and fiction, it demystifies the profession in delightful fashion.
    • 68 Metascore
    • 75 V.A. Musetto
    Director and co-writer Martin Pieter Zandvliet draws inspired work from Steen.
    • 75 Metascore
    • 75 V.A. Musetto
    Koteas and Ribisi, as two very different brothers, give realistic performances, and play off the differences brilliantly.
    • 76 Metascore
    • 75 V.A. Musetto
    Awesome filmmaking. But it doesn't make for easy film-watching.
    • 73 Metascore
    • 75 V.A. Musetto
    Glawogger doesn't make any moral judgments, but you can't help but feel sorry for the "girls'' and their johns.
    • 69 Metascore
    • 75 V.A. Musetto
    Eggleston doesn't speak much, and when he does, it's usually a mutter, forcing Almereyda to use subtitles. Fortunately, Eggleston's photographs come across loud and clear.
    • 63 Metascore
    • 75 V.A. Musetto
    LOL
    Joe Swanberg - who directed, edited, lensed, co-wrote and played one of the lovelorn characters - has done wonders with a nothing budget and a personable cast of nonprofessional actors. For viewers so disposed, there are several arty shots of nude women.
    • 75 Metascore
    • 75 V.A. Musetto
    Part political thriller, part National Geographic travelogue, Tom Peosay's documentary is a distressing look at China's 50-year repression of the people of Tibet.
    • 71 Metascore
    • 75 V.A. Musetto
    The subject may be serious, but Ghobadi's approach is mostly light and humorous, at least until the final scenes. Hamed Behdad is especially funny as a streetwise promoter who fast-talks his way out of jail and 80 lashes.
    • 57 Metascore
    • 75 V.A. Musetto
    Wonderfully quirky love story.
    • 70 Metascore
    • 75 V.A. Musetto
    Paine doesn't hide his liberal mind-set, but he lets all sides - from GM suits to Ralph Nader - have their say. By the closing credits, there's little doubt who killed the electric car.
    • 79 Metascore
    • 75 V.A. Musetto
    Sounds boring, but it's not, thanks to Marker's whimsical irreverence.
    • 47 Metascore
    • 75 V.A. Musetto
    The real star, however, is Michael Simmonds, whose manic black-and-white camerawork captures the unique vibrancy of New York City. He helps turn one woman's obsession into a valentine to Gotham.
    • 89 Metascore
    • 75 V.A. Musetto
    Koreeda, talented director that he is, never allows the story to sink into soap-opera melodrama, and he refrains from pointing fingers.
    • 73 Metascore
    • 75 V.A. Musetto
    Enthralling performances are given by Tadanobu Asano (Miike's "Ichi the Killer") as Kenji and first-timer Sinitta Boonyasak as the pot-smoking Noi.
    • 70 Metascore
    • 75 V.A. Musetto
    The surreal images lack narration and talking heads, which is no problem. In fact, the device makes the shocking footage more compelling.
    • 79 Metascore
    • 75 V.A. Musetto
    The bureaucrats in Beijing want to get rid of the sex and full-frontial nudity and scenes of cops beating protesters in Tiananmen Square. I would keep all that but cut out some of the flab in the second half of the 140-minute drama.
    • 83 Metascore
    • 75 V.A. Musetto
    First-time director Jeff Malmberg tells Hogancamp's fascinating story with sensitivity, never resorting to exploitation.
    • 80 Metascore
    • 75 V.A. Musetto
    No description can do justice to The Mill and the Cross, which must be seen to be fully appreciated.
    • 65 Metascore
    • 75 V.A. Musetto
    You want to hate his characters? Go ahead. You want to feel sympathy for them? That's OK too. In either case, you'll be shaken by Drama/Mex.
    • 68 Metascore
    • 75 V.A. Musetto
    It is beautifully shot, with impeccable acting and visual detail.
    • 60 Metascore
    • 75 V.A. Musetto
    As we learn, delightfully so, in Jeffrey Fox Jacobs' documentary A Sidewalk Astronomer, the Peking-born Dobson promotes the building and use of small, inexpensive telescopes to study the wonders of the sky.
    • 62 Metascore
    • 75 V.A. Musetto
    The camp runs for a week in a warehouse in Oregon. What the girls might lack in musical talent and experience they make up for with infectious energy. Watch your tattooed butt, Amy Winehouse!
    • tbd Metascore
    • 75 V.A. Musetto
    Mendoza gives a heart-tugging performance as Mariana.
    • 60 Metascore
    • 75 V.A. Musetto
    Working from a 1982 novel set in Quebec City, director-writer Jacob Tierney provides enough thrills and surprises, even a little satire, to keep viewers' attention.
    • 85 Metascore
    • 75 V.A. Musetto
    The Pianist recalls "Schindler's List," even down to its weakness: Just as Spielberg's film turned sentimental in its final half hour, Polanski's work, too, has a schmaltz coda. But that doesn't make The Pianist any less effective.
    • 71 Metascore
    • 75 V.A. Musetto
    Funny is not a word often used to describe von Trier's output, but "Boss" definitely is that, thanks to a breezy script and a bright cast.
    • 78 Metascore
    • 75 V.A. Musetto
    The issues are complex and not easily solved. But no matter which side you are on, you'll be moved by this intimate work.
    • 71 Metascore
    • 75 V.A. Musetto
    Dutch-born Lotte Verbeek is solid as You, a role that won her the best-actress prize at the Locarno Film Festival.
    • 27 Metascore
    • 75 V.A. Musetto
    Exploitation pure and simple. But it's artistically redeeming exploitation. If you can handle it, see it.
    • 68 Metascore
    • 75 V.A. Musetto
    In an effective touch, Kisses opens in black and white, changes into color for its Dublin scenes, then returns to monochrome.
    • 80 Metascore
    • 75 V.A. Musetto
    The filmmakers wisely avoid the temptation to be cutesy (remember that penguin movie?) and sentimental.
    • 86 Metascore
    • 75 V.A. Musetto
    The real star of The Son isn't lead actor Olivier Gourmet. It's the back of his neck, which the camera obsessively focuses on throughout this difficult but rewarding Belgian drama.
    • 65 Metascore
    • 75 V.A. Musetto
    The three are appealing characters, and you can't help but root for them in their quest, which gives a whole new meaning to the term "family values."
    • 64 Metascore
    • 75 V.A. Musetto
    Movies don't come any more charming than Mongolian Ping Pong.
    • 62 Metascore
    • 75 V.A. Musetto
    While it is obvious that the filmmakers went into this project with an agenda, they did try to give each side a chance to have its say.
    • 41 Metascore
    • 75 V.A. Musetto
    Weatherford and Murphy lead a young and bright cast. All in all, Money Buys Happiness shows that Lachow is a director worth keeping an eye on.
    • 58 Metascore
    • 75 V.A. Musetto
    Be warned: The Tree is slow-moving, but if given a chance, it will (pardon the pun) grow on you.
    • 64 Metascore
    • 75 V.A. Musetto
    Sister Helen don't take no bull.
    • 54 Metascore
    • 75 V.A. Musetto
    Like an early Almodovar movie transported to Moscow.
    • 65 Metascore
    • 75 V.A. Musetto
    Morbidly funny art-house horror tale.
    • 66 Metascore
    • 75 V.A. Musetto
    The inspiring story of Chely Wright, the first major country singer to come out as gay. Her decision was a brave one since the world of C&W music is notoriously homophobic.
    • 82 Metascore
    • 75 V.A. Musetto
    Patient viewers will be rewarded, as long as they pay attention. Lots of what at first seems inconsequential is actually of great import - but Ceylan isn't letting on. And yes, the cinematography is impressive.
    • 66 Metascore
    • 75 V.A. Musetto
    This isn't a performance film, and it is far from a definitive portrait of the androgynous performer.
    • 39 Metascore
    • 75 V.A. Musetto
    Who needs a big budget when you have a quirky script, an energetic cast and a soundtrack that features Union 13, the Blondes, Future Pigeon and Omega Man?
    • 86 Metascore
    • 75 V.A. Musetto
    A startling look at the devastating human cost of China's newfound embrace of capitalism.
    • 64 Metascore
    • 75 V.A. Musetto
    It would seem no easy task conveying the essence of a bigger-than-life figure like Ellison in a 96-minute film. But Nelson, producer of Werner Herzog's "Grizzly Man," makes it look easy.
    • 65 Metascore
    • 75 V.A. Musetto
    Letters could be dismissed as a soap opera, but that would be unfair to this beautiful work. It features tender performances by Kaarina Hazard (Leila) and Jukka Keinonen (Jacob), as well as beautiful cinematography by Tuomo Hutri.
    • 62 Metascore
    • 75 V.A. Musetto
    The Outskirts, handsomely directed by Petr Lutsik, will grab people's emotions. The dark and bitter comedy deals with a corrupt, post-communist Russia.
    • 67 Metascore
    • 75 V.A. Musetto
    There's scant dialogue in Workingman's Death, but little is needed when majestic camera work by Wolfgang Thaler tells the story so well.
    • 81 Metascore
    • 75 V.A. Musetto
    Guaranteed to leave you outraged at the way children - and, for that matter, adults - are exploited by mining companies.
    • 75 Metascore
    • 75 V.A. Musetto
    The result is surprisingly engrossing -- even lively, due in part to brief musical numbers inserted amid the interviews.
    • 68 Metascore
    • 75 V.A. Musetto
    You can sympathize with both sides in their ideological battle, which ends in a most unexpected way.
    • 58 Metascore
    • 75 V.A. Musetto
    Says Rampling: "If you're going to do a story like this, it's not going to be all flowers and roses and smell nice."
    • 63 Metascore
    • 75 V.A. Musetto
    Unlike traditional zombie romps, these crazies don't stumble around mindlessly, noshing on human flesh. They look and act like normal people - until the second they go bonkers.
    • 55 Metascore
    • 75 V.A. Musetto
    Ali Zaoua doesn't have the fireworks that made "City of God," the story of Brazilian youth gangs, a crossover hit. But in its own, low-key way, Ali Zaoua is just as stirring.
    • 70 Metascore
    • 75 V.A. Musetto
    The Japanese whalers are clearly in violation of international law, but no government is willing to take action. That leaves it up to ragtag groups such as the Sea Shepherds to do their best to shut down the whalers. The planet owes them a big "thank you."
    • 33 Metascore
    • 75 V.A. Musetto
    Dieter Laser is grand as the doc, a character Christopher Walken would be comfortable doing, and Akihiro Kitamura provides laughs as the first part of the centipede.
    • 58 Metascore
    • 75 V.A. Musetto
    The folks on "Survivor" have nothing on Julia Butterfly Hill.
    • 70 Metascore
    • 75 V.A. Musetto
    Spanish director Achero Manas' El Bola shows how the boys' bond leads to salvation of a sort for the needy Pellet. He does so with great sensitivity, never sinking into exploitation.
    • 85 Metascore
    • 75 V.A. Musetto
    You are left with two emotions - despair and hope - after watching producer-director Jennifer Dworkin's disquieting documentary.
    • 71 Metascore
    • 75 V.A. Musetto
    An amazing portrait of the great filmmaker Ingmar Bergman in his later years.
    • 58 Metascore
    • 75 V.A. Musetto
    There's not much new in this Filipino film by longtime director Gil M. Portes. But it's so endearing that only a grouch wouldn't be charmed.
    • 61 Metascore
    • 75 V.A. Musetto
    Rulfo adds punch to his material with speeded-up visuals and an eye-popping, six-minute helicopter shot of the entire 10-mile project - which alone is worth the price of admission.
    • 86 Metascore
    • 75 V.A. Musetto
    Ten
    Breezy, entertaining and enlightening.
    • 83 Metascore
    • 75 V.A. Musetto
    An exploration of the power of religion -- should delight Dumont's fans. For others, it will take a bit of getting used to. The effort will prove to be worthwhile.
    • 80 Metascore
    • 75 V.A. Musetto
    Marker's documentary, shot on video, uses interviews, film clips and shots of Tarkovsky on the set to examine the Russian's work.
    • 68 Metascore
    • 75 V.A. Musetto
    Strel's 2007 adventures on and in the Amazon are detailed in John Maringouin's fun documentary Big River Man.
    • 63 Metascore
    • 75 V.A. Musetto
    Examines in entertaining detail the way Hollywood has treated North American natives going as far back as the days of silent flicks.
    • 65 Metascore
    • 75 V.A. Musetto
    Frantic and out of control - and great fun to watch.
    • 53 Metascore
    • 75 V.A. Musetto
    The film's unusual look lends a magical feeling.
    • 71 Metascore
    • 75 V.A. Musetto
    The final twist is completely unexpected.
    • 70 Metascore
    • 75 V.A. Musetto
    The indie film is funny and, at times, heartbreaking. Wisely, it avoids the happy ending that Hollywood would have insisted upon.
    • 78 Metascore
    • 75 V.A. Musetto
    Walker's breezy film turns Muniz into a folk hero. And who am I to argue?
    • 74 Metascore
    • 75 V.A. Musetto
    Talking heads include friends, fellow artists, art dealers and former girlfriends. One contributor is Julian Schnabel, the painter and filmmaker who directed the 1996 biopic "Basquiat."
    • 73 Metascore
    • 75 V.A. Musetto
    Perry - who also produced, wrote and lensed - was able to talk Fujimori into letting her interview him on camera in Japan. He puts on a great show.
    • 77 Metascore
    • 75 V.A. Musetto
    The poetry has more in common with rap lyrics than Baudelaire, but that just increases the fun.
    • 70 Metascore
    • 75 V.A. Musetto
    Paints an entertaining picture of the cherubic gentleman, who as the first curator of contemporary art at the Metropolitan Museum of Art brought new excitement to the stodgy institution.
    • 72 Metascore
    • 75 V.A. Musetto
    [Refn] mixes jittery hand-held camerawork, improvised dialogue and available light to create a nightmarish world of sex, drugs and horrific brutality that will turn off many viewers while delighting others.
    • 74 Metascore
    • 75 V.A. Musetto
    A vivacious film that is a treat for eyes and ears.
    • 69 Metascore
    • 75 V.A. Musetto
    Be advised that this is no ordinary music doc. There are no talking heads and no performance footage of Nirvana. In fact, there's no Nirvana music at all. Instead, Schnack gives us other artists' music that had an effect on the troubled rocker.
    • 64 Metascore
    • 75 V.A. Musetto
    Camandule gives a strong performance as the lovesick guard, but Svarcas gets little chance to show her skills. There's minimal dialogue and camera movement -- but lots of charm.
    • 78 Metascore
    • 75 V.A. Musetto
    [Refn] mixes jittery hand-held camerawork, improvised dialogue and available light to create a nightmarish world of sex, drugs and horrific brutality that will turn off many viewers while delighting others.
    • 77 Metascore
    • 75 V.A. Musetto
    Clever, wise and witty.
    • 30 Metascore
    • 75 V.A. Musetto
    Director Bolton could easily have exploited the film's unsettling issues, but he takes a nonsensationalized approach that leaves viewers to decide the moral questions for themselves.
    • 64 Metascore
    • 75 V.A. Musetto
    The tragic victims in "City of God" are played by actors while those in La Sierra are flesh-and-blood real.
    • 69 Metascore
    • 75 V.A. Musetto
    The script falters at the end, as the two reach the Turkish village where Ibrahim was raised. But the winning performances -- and killer '60s soundtrack -- save the day.
    • 66 Metascore
    • 75 V.A. Musetto
    A daunting work that will please movie lovers willing to invest their time and intellect. Now I look forward to Fiennes' next project, a feature about Grace Jones.
    • 68 Metascore
    • 75 V.A. Musetto
    As the wife, pixie-ish Kanako Higuchi provides the perfect accompaniment to Watanabe.
    • 71 Metascore
    • 75 V.A. Musetto
    A crackling musical score and eye-popping cinematography add to the nonstop ferocity, and Wagner Moura is charismatic as the head of the titular police unit.
    • 56 Metascore
    • 75 V.A. Musetto
    The plot isn't a new one (remember Lady Chatterley?), but Corsini gives it a few twists and turns that keep matters fresh and suspenseful.
    • 79 Metascore
    • 75 V.A. Musetto
    Mother is yet another winner by Bong, one of Asia's most talented directors.
    • 46 Metascore
    • 75 V.A. Musetto
    Raises an interesting question. Do you clamp down on corporations in order to protect the environment or do you let them go about their business because they help feed countless families.
    • New York Post
    • 59 Metascore
    • 75 V.A. Musetto
    Who needs mind-bending drugs when they can see this.
    • 67 Metascore
    • 75 V.A. Musetto
    A sweet and charming treat.
    • 70 Metascore
    • 75 V.A. Musetto
    Preteen sexuality is a sensitive subject, but director Auraeus Solito handles it with dignity, never becoming exploitative.

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