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 Blood: The Last Vampire
Score distribution:
1,277 movie reviews
    • 61 Metascore
    • 75 V.A. Musetto
    It's a story that says a lot about the stupidity of war.
    • 75 Metascore
    • 75 V.A. Musetto
    Koteas and Ribisi, as two very different brothers, give realistic performances, and play off the differences brilliantly.
    • 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.
    • 81 Metascore
    • 75 V.A. Musetto
    A remarkable 179-minute meditation on the nature of revolution.
    • 63 Metascore
    • 75 V.A. Musetto
    Auteuil gives a superior performance. While Rush played him as a buffoon, Auteuil gives the character the charm of an aristocratic savant.
    • 54 Metascore
    • 75 V.A. Musetto
    It accurately reflects the rage and alienation that fuels the self-destructiveness of many young people.
    • 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.
    • 68 Metascore
    • 75 V.A. Musetto
    Judging by this passionate film, the medical community -- has no clue about what causes this awful malady and, worse, doesn't seem to care.
    • 68 Metascore
    • 75 V.A. Musetto
    It includes abundant sex and full-frontal nudity, not to titillate but because it's needed to convey the inner sexual turmoil the girls are going through.
    • 40 Metascore
    • 75 V.A. Musetto
    An impressive screen debut.
    • 81 Metascore
    • 75 V.A. Musetto
    A youthful, and often funny, piece of filmmaking. You might never expect that its director is 73 years old.
    • 70 Metascore
    • 75 V.A. Musetto
    Veteran stage, screen and TV actor Moshe Ivgi gives a sturdy performance as Moshe, a supposed tough guy who sobs when confronted by bank robbers.
    • 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
    • 72 Metascore
    • 75 V.A. Musetto
    Both witty and poignant.
    • New York Post
    • 59 Metascore
    • 75 V.A. Musetto
    Comedy with a light-hearted flair. The cast is charming, and Garcia is especially easy on the eye.
    • New York Post
    • 47 Metascore
    • 75 V.A. Musetto
    When all is said and done, Lies is just good, dirty fun.
    • New York Post
    • 65 Metascore
    • 75 V.A. Musetto
    Frantic and out of control - and great fun to watch.
    • 74 Metascore
    • 75 V.A. Musetto
    A well-researched picture of how racism led to nine men being falsely accused and wrongly convicted. One only wishes that the filmmakers had more than 84 minutes in which to tell the story.
    • 78 Metascore
    • 75 V.A. Musetto
    Probably the most definitive portrait of Johnson that we are likely to get.
    • 58 Metascore
    • 75 V.A. Musetto
    The folks on "Survivor" have nothing on Julia Butterfly Hill.
    • 52 Metascore
    • 75 V.A. Musetto
    The director has listed Jean-Luc Godard as an influence, which explains the movie's French New Wave exuberance.
    • 57 Metascore
    • 75 V.A. Musetto
    Difficult but rewarding.
    • 70 Metascore
    • 75 V.A. Musetto
    A wild ride that effortlessly combines devilish dark humor, slapstick comedy, extreme violence and bitter satire.
    • 73 Metascore
    • 75 V.A. Musetto
    Despite a contrived ending that brings together all the film's characters, Alias Betty is inventive filmmaking.
    • 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.
    • 78 Metascore
    • 75 V.A. Musetto
    The title is to be taken figuratively, not literally -- is a top-notch study of family angst.
    • 55 Metascore
    • 75 V.A. Musetto
    Introduces a new Ferrara -- sophisticated and restrained. It's a look that becomes him.
    • 78 Metascore
    • 75 V.A. Musetto
    Special note should be made of real-life sister and brother Aoi and Masaru Miyazaki, who give beautiful performances as the children.
    • 57 Metascore
    • 75 V.A. Musetto
    A documentary in which George relates their stories with great charm and understanding.
    • 68 Metascore
    • 75 V.A. Musetto
    The result is a charming mix of Walter Mitty and "About Schmidt."
    • 66 Metascore
    • 75 V.A. Musetto
    Dog Days has much in common with "Code Unknown" -- both dart among several characters who may occasionally cross paths.
    • 71 Metascore
    • 75 V.A. Musetto
    This black comedy is a small gem.
    • 63 Metascore
    • 75 V.A. Musetto
    Doesn't always succeed -- the premise is hard to believe. Still, it's an unusual and interesting piece of filmmaking.
    • 85 Metascore
    • 75 V.A. Musetto
    You are left with two emotions - despair and hope - after watching producer-director Jennifer Dworkin's disquieting documentary.
    • 86 Metascore
    • 75 V.A. Musetto
    Veteran French star Michel Piccoli is superb as an aging actor named Gilbert Valence.
    • 51 Metascore
    • 75 V.A. Musetto
    You just know something terrible is going to happen. But when it does, you're entirely unprepared
    • 73 Metascore
    • 75 V.A. Musetto
    Well-done documentary.
    • 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.
    • 61 Metascore
    • 75 V.A. Musetto
    A stunning study of ennui.
    • 80 Metascore
    • 75 V.A. Musetto
    It presents a reverential and loving portrait of Deren while remaining breezy, informative and entertaining.
    • 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.
    • 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.
    • 62 Metascore
    • 75 V.A. Musetto
    The result is as enlightening for viewers as the journey was for Harris.
    • 54 Metascore
    • 75 V.A. Musetto
    The story won't win any prizes for coherence, but that doesn't much matter. As in most Hong Kong thrillers, it's the visuals - love those boldly choreographed shootouts! -- and moments of absurdity that count.
    • 77 Metascore
    • 75 V.A. Musetto
    The plot has all the ingredients of a soap opera, but Bani-Etemad, who has been making movies since the '80s, is able to make it much more.
    • 59 Metascore
    • 75 V.A. Musetto
    Who needs mind-bending drugs when they can see this.
    • 40 Metascore
    • 75 V.A. Musetto
    If you have an appetite for audacious, one-of-a-kind filmmaking, this one's for you. Just don't say you weren't warned.
    • 74 Metascore
    • 75 V.A. Musetto
    In an attempt to understand this phenomenon, Ziv interviews leaders of terrorist groups like Hamas, failed hit men now in jail and relatives of those who died carrying out these attacks. The effect is frightening.
    • 73 Metascore
    • 75 V.A. Musetto
    Gripping and thoughtful.
    • 90 Metascore
    • 75 V.A. Musetto
    Daring and unique, La Commune makes perfect viewing for the Fourth of July, which commemorates America's own revolution.
    • 84 Metascore
    • 75 V.A. Musetto
    A riveting documentary.
    • 64 Metascore
    • 75 V.A. Musetto
    The scariest revelation in Ratliff's film is that the Texas Hell House has proved so popular that it's being copied all over the country. Heaven help us!
    • 63 Metascore
    • 75 V.A. Musetto
    The narrative is fractured, David Lynch-style. Everything eventually makes sense -- sort of.
    • 61 Metascore
    • 75 V.A. Musetto
    If only "reality" TV was as realistic as Quitting.
    • 50 Metascore
    • 75 V.A. Musetto
    One of Miike's most violent and sadistic movies, filled with squirting blood, throat-slashing, limb-hacking and other forms of mutilation too gruesome to describe here.
    • 86 Metascore
    • 75 V.A. Musetto
    Ten
    Breezy, entertaining and enlightening.
    • 86 Metascore
    • 75 V.A. Musetto
    A sensitive and subtle meditation on aging, loss and bereavement.
    • 76 Metascore
    • 75 V.A. Musetto
    A devastating indictment of unbridled greed and materalism, made all the more relevant by the Enron and WorldCom scandals.
    • 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.
    • 62 Metascore
    • 75 V.A. Musetto
    Think of it as the rantings of a grouchy old man (he's 71) who for half a century has resisted all efforts to dumb down his movies, insisting instead on making them HIS way and no other.
    • 74 Metascore
    • 75 V.A. Musetto
    If you can't beat 'em, join 'em. That about sums up the amazing story of Edith Hahn Beer, an Austrian Jew who survived the Holocaust by passing herself off as Aryan.
    • 52 Metascore
    • 75 V.A. Musetto
    Konchalovsky, best known here for "Runaway Train" (1985), takes on a difficult subject with a light mix of dark humor and pathos.
    • 67 Metascore
    • 75 V.A. Musetto
    It would be easy to mock or patronize them. Cinemania does neither. They seem quite satisfied with their lives, which is more than can be said for a lot of people with more conventional lifestyles.
    • 67 Metascore
    • 75 V.A. Musetto
    The newly found footage of Fellini and actor Marcello Mastroianni on the set of "La Dolce Vita" made me want to run out and see that wonderful film yet again.
    • 86 Metascore
    • 75 V.A. Musetto
    Eventually turns somber, with stark depiction of mass graves and suffering refugees. The final scene will break your heart.
    • 71 Metascore
    • 75 V.A. Musetto
    Director and co-writer Matteo Garrone infuses The Embalmer with a spooky eroticism. The film is dark, both in theme and visual composition.
    • 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.
    • 75 Metascore
    • 75 V.A. Musetto
    A thinking man's buddy movie.
    • 76 Metascore
    • 75 V.A. Musetto
    Awesome filmmaking. But it doesn't make for easy film-watching.
    • 67 Metascore
    • 75 V.A. Musetto
    The decade under discussion in this enjoyable documentary is the 1970s, a period that changed Hollywood forever.
    • 43 Metascore
    • 75 V.A. Musetto
    Even parents might find themselves having fun.
    • 70 Metascore
    • 75 V.A. Musetto
    Heartbreaking.
    • 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.
    • 70 Metascore
    • 75 V.A. Musetto
    The lazy story takes on a passion and urgency that peaks in an emotional finale.
    • 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?
    • 83 Metascore
    • 75 V.A. Musetto
    The drivel they call "reality TV" pales in comparison with the gripping big-screen documentary Bus 174.
    • 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.
    • 76 Metascore
    • 75 V.A. Musetto
    It's scary to see how one man can brainwash a gigantic nation, as Mao did.
    • 64 Metascore
    • 75 V.A. Musetto
    Sister Helen don't take no bull.
    • 69 Metascore
    • 75 V.A. Musetto
    Gripping and even-handed film.
    • 81 Metascore
    • 75 V.A. Musetto
    A fascinating front-row seat for what could be history's shortest-lived coup.
    • 60 Metascore
    • 75 V.A. Musetto
    The fine cast, the elegant settings and the swoony title song somehow draw you in.
    • 68 Metascore
    • 75 V.A. Musetto
    Needless to say, In My Skin isn't for everybody. It's recommended to viewers who, like Esther, want to feel something, no matter how distasteful.
    • 61 Metascore
    • 75 V.A. Musetto
    The sensitive subject matter is handled discreetly by writer-director Chin-yen Yee, who never lets the story sink into exploitation or finger-pointing.
    • 66 Metascore
    • 75 V.A. Musetto
    Unfolds leisurely, in anecdotal style, with deadpan humor and a sense of the absurd.
    • 78 Metascore
    • 75 V.A. Musetto
    Be warned: Some of the afflictions are so disturbing, you might have to turn your eyes from the children. Susan Tom doesn't have that option. And 11 children are all the better for it.
    • 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.
    • 75 Metascore
    • 75 V.A. Musetto
    If the documentary has a star, it's pony-tailed AES exec Piers Lewis, who had the impossible job of getting Georgians to actually pay for their electricity.
    • 64 Metascore
    • 75 V.A. Musetto
    Sentimental and predictable? Sure, but The Butterfly is so well-meaning and the wide-eyed Bouanich is so sweet and lovable only a Scrooge would dare complain.
    • 63 Metascore
    • 75 V.A. Musetto
    Hard-hitting and biting.
    • 63 Metascore
    • 75 V.A. Musetto
    There are family photos, interviews with colleagues, newsreels of early shows, a chat with his mother and vintage interviews with an unbelievably young and sexy YSL.
    • 73 Metascore
    • 75 V.A. Musetto
    Ends in magnificent fashion, with skyscrapers bowing to Beethoven's Ninth. It's a stirring ending to a sweet movie.
    • 70 Metascore
    • 75 V.A. Musetto
    A mix of documentary and fiction, it demystifies the profession in delightful fashion.
    • 66 Metascore
    • 75 V.A. Musetto
    If you ever wondered how robots make love, here's your chance to find out.
    • 65 Metascore
    • 75 V.A. Musetto
    Seagulls is easy to take, insightful and darkly funny. The story sometimes seems forced and the characters stereotypical, but the engaging cast and surreal shots of the rugged landscape compensate.
    • 78 Metascore
    • 75 V.A. Musetto
    Mylan and Shenk provide an engrossing look at these bright, clean-cut young men and the obstacles they faced in "the land of plenty." In doing so, the filmmakers also reveal a lot about the American character.
    • 57 Metascore
    • 75 V.A. Musetto
    Gitai's characters are meant to represent the Israeli people as a whole. Just as they question their lives, the filmmaker questions 21st-century Israel.
    • 65 Metascore
    • 75 V.A. Musetto
    A parable about greed. But don't let that serious-sounding description keep you away. It also is funny, knowing and immensely enjoyable.
    • 69 Metascore
    • 75 V.A. Musetto
    In the end, "Wilbur"' manages to look death square in the face and walk away laughing.
    • 68 Metascore
    • 75 V.A. Musetto
    Kari successfully meshes comedy, ennui and tragedy, much in the manner of Jim Jarmusch and Finnish auteur Aki Kaurismaki.

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