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 Russian Ark
Lowest review score: 0 See No Evil
Score distribution:
1,277 movie reviews
    • 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.
    • 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.
    • 85 Metascore
    • 75 V.A. Musetto
    In the end, inner peace is found by all - on screen and in the audience.
    • 75 Metascore
    • 75 V.A. Musetto
    Should please die-hard fans as well as viewers who have never heard the band and its anthem, "Kick Out the Jams."
    • 82 Metascore
    • 75 V.A. Musetto
    The stylish flick harkens back to the work of old masters like Akira Kurosawa and Yasujiro Ozu.
    • 75 Metascore
    • 75 V.A. Musetto
    The intolerance and inflexibility that marked the Taliban's brutal rule takes a solid hit in this lovely import from Bangladesh.
    • 79 Metascore
    • 75 V.A. Musetto
    You'll have to look long and hard to find a performance as emotionally raw as that of Moon So-ri in the startling South Korean love story Oasis.
    • 77 Metascore
    • 75 V.A. Musetto
    More popular today than during his lifetime (his music even made it into a Volkswagen commercial), Drake once complained, "Everybody tells me I'm great, but I'm broke. Why?"
    • 75 Metascore
    • 75 V.A. Musetto
    Man's inhumanity to man is gruesomely detailed in S21: The Khmer Rouge Killing Machine.
    • 51 Metascore
    • 75 V.A. Musetto
    It's depressing as hell. While most of the seven say they want to beat the habit and become productive citizens, only one, Ron, follows through successfully.
    • 75 Metascore
    • 75 V.A. Musetto
    The tap-dance finale is a gem.
    • 71 Metascore
    • 75 V.A. Musetto
    So potent, it could change the mind of even the most staunch defender of capital punishment.
    • 61 Metascore
    • 75 V.A. Musetto
    Cool graphics and music, combined with jittery camera work, keep the film's energy level high. Who knew Scrabble could be so exciting?
    • 64 Metascore
    • 75 V.A. Musetto
    By the time the final shot arrives -- a rooftop panorama in the falling snow -- we don't know much about any of the people we've just encountered. But we have been treated to a feast for the eyes.
    • 71 Metascore
    • 75 V.A. Musetto
    Haneke's images are so bold and riveting and the characters' emotions are so raw that the lack of a few details doesn't matter.
    • 59 Metascore
    • 75 V.A. Musetto
    Credit the disarming cast, especially Oshri Cohen as the boy and Arie Ellias as his eccentric grandfather. They help turn what could be a standard comedy into a life-affirming, enjoyable one.
    • 50 Metascore
    • 75 V.A. Musetto
    A miracle of indie filmmaking. Shot for practically nothing by first-time director David Barker, it delivers more bang for its minimal bucks than many a Hollywood blockbuster does for its multimillions.
    • 49 Metascore
    • 75 V.A. Musetto
    Breathtakingly filmed (lots of slow-motion) by Wang Yu, but then it would be difficult to go wrong when your star is one of the world's most beautiful women.
    • 58 Metascore
    • 75 V.A. Musetto
    Brims with energy, carefully drawn characters and fine acting.
    • 65 Metascore
    • 75 V.A. Musetto
    There’s little dialogue in this gem of a movie, but little is needed. Aman’s anguished face – which recalls Maria Falconetti in “The Passion of Joan of Arc” -- conveys all the information we need.
    • 59 Metascore
    • 75 V.A. Musetto
    There's extreme brutality, gore and violence, scads of severed body parts and oceans of squirting blood, as the brave -- and buffed -- people of Bang Rajan fight to the death.
    • 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.
    • 84 Metascore
    • 75 V.A. Musetto
    It's full of passionate performances (except for the wooden Li), sizzling swordplay, bold and dazzling hues, and breathtaking landscapes.
    • 82 Metascore
    • 75 V.A. Musetto
    A loving tribute to cinema by Tsai Ming-liang, one of Taiwan's most accomplished and popular directors.
    • 62 Metascore
    • 75 V.A. Musetto
    Can be taken as a parable about cinema art vs. commerce. If that's too much to think about, just enjoy the off-beat humor.
    • 75 Metascore
    • 75 V.A. Musetto
    Overflows with psychological intrigue, something often missing from such offerings.
    • 76 Metascore
    • 75 V.A. Musetto
    Pegg and director/co-writer Edgar Wright mix numerous references to other zombie flicks with hilarious bits of their own. The best has Ed and Shaun deciding which LPs can be used as ammo.
    • 52 Metascore
    • 75 V.A. Musetto
    A devilish updating of Verdi's "Rigoletto."
    • 57 Metascore
    • 75 V.A. Musetto
    Sylvarnes, who scripted, directed, edited and photographed this amazing first feature, makes spectacular use of digital video.
    • 73 Metascore
    • 75 V.A. Musetto
    The documentary takes no sides, but its bleak message is all too clear.
    • 64 Metascore
    • 75 V.A. Musetto
    Has relevance in the world as we now know it.
    • 73 Metascore
    • 75 V.A. Musetto
    The oft-told story of lust and deception isn't the reason to see Untold Scandal -- Rather, it's the look -- stunning costumes and art direction, lush landscapes, and beautifully framed and lighted sequences -- that make this worth seeking out.
    • 91 Metascore
    • 75 V.A. Musetto
    A rousing indictment of a barbaric practice.
    • 63 Metascore
    • 75 V.A. Musetto
    It's a sweet and light-hearted endeavor that shows Breillat isn't a one-trick pony.
    • 56 Metascore
    • 75 V.A. Musetto
    See it - if you dare.
    • 53 Metascore
    • 75 V.A. Musetto
    Shamelessly press viewers' emotional buttons. But the film is so well-made and the performances so accomplished that it doesn't matter.
    • 47 Metascore
    • 75 V.A. Musetto
    Marchand capably builds suspense, thanks to a twisty script and nervy performances by Lucas and Quinton.
    • 54 Metascore
    • 75 V.A. Musetto
    Like an early Almodovar movie transported to Moscow.
    • 77 Metascore
    • 75 V.A. Musetto
    It's a long way from the carefree days of "Breathless" and "Band of Outsiders," but then the world has changed since Godard made those movies 40 years ago.
    • 42 Metascore
    • 75 V.A. Musetto
    Director-writer Roger Stigliano used a tiny budget to fashion an endearing screwball comedy that brings to mind Jonathan Demme's "Something Wild" (1986).
    • 68 Metascore
    • 75 V.A. Musetto
    Director Lou Ye, who gave us the lilting "Suzhou River," doesn't care much for dialogue. He lets Wang Yu's pulsating camerawork do the talking.
    • 78 Metascore
    • 75 V.A. Musetto
    Briski, a New York photographer, spent several years with the pre-teens. But she did more than just film them -- she tried to help them.
    • 71 Metascore
    • 75 V.A. Musetto
    Lush and poetic, Dolls proves once again that Kitano is one of the world's most original filmmakers.
    • 75 Metascore
    • 75 V.A. Musetto
    Moves along its tranquil way until about five minutes before the closing credits, when it turns into a terrorist thriller.
    • 56 Metascore
    • 75 V.A. Musetto
    Who says you need a big crew and tons of money to make an enjoyable movie?
    • 74 Metascore
    • 75 V.A. Musetto
    Yu presents a compelling, somewhat disturbing portrait of the artist, who in 2000 was the subject of a major exhibit that toured the world.
    • 74 Metascore
    • 75 V.A. Musetto
    Kim Rossi Stuart gives an excellent performance.
    • 63 Metascore
    • 75 V.A. Musetto
    It features Sean Penn in a mesmerizing portrayal of the would-be hijacker.
    • 67 Metascore
    • 75 V.A. Musetto
    Inventive and bold, Jesus, You Know will especially resonate with people, like this critic, whose strict Catholic upbringing (some might call it brainwashing) inalterably shaped their lives.
    • 67 Metascore
    • 75 V.A. Musetto
    Lacks visual flair. But Kouyate elicits strong performances from his cast, and he delivers a powerful commentary on how governments lie, no matter who runs them.
    • 39 Metascore
    • 75 V.A. Musetto
    It's full of Plympton's trademark twisted humor, with lots of sex thrown in.
    • tbd Metascore
    • 75 V.A. Musetto
    Akerman uses simple long shots and beautiful composition to give the film a smooth, fluid look. She is assisted by understated but convincing acting, especially by Testud, who is also on New York screens in "Murderous Maids."
    • 68 Metascore
    • 75 V.A. Musetto
    Dong, who is gay, does his best to stay objective. Just how these families interact may surprise you.
    • 58 Metascore
    • 75 V.A. Musetto
    Full of fine performances, led by Josef Bierbichler as Brecht and Monica Bleibtreu as Helene Weigel, his wife. Taken on its own terms, The Farewell makes for rewarding viewing.
    • 71 Metascore
    • 75 V.A. Musetto
    The labor of love of South African brothers Craig and Damon Foster, who directed and photographed this intriguing documentary.
    • 55 Metascore
    • 75 V.A. Musetto
    Reaches its climax on the main bathing day, with a throng of naked holy men leading the charge into the Ganges. You would be forgiven for thinking you're watching a hot July day at Coney Island.
    • 66 Metascore
    • 75 V.A. Musetto
    An intelligent work that avoids exploitation and cheap laughs.
    • 52 Metascore
    • 75 V.A. Musetto
    The cryptic finale raises more questions than it solves. But She's One of Us is such a fine work that answers aren't necessary.
    • 72 Metascore
    • 75 V.A. Musetto
    Goodman doesn't preach or point fingers. She lets the three recruits have their say, and allows viewers to make up their own minds on the issues her film raises.
    • 58 Metascore
    • 75 V.A. Musetto
    The dreamy drama Emile shows how a talented cast can turn a tentative plot into pleasant viewing.
    • 67 Metascore
    • 75 V.A. Musetto
    A sweet and charming treat.
    • 78 Metascore
    • 75 V.A. Musetto
    The result is an absorbing look at a country still struggling to adjust more than a decade after the fall of communism.
    • 59 Metascore
    • 75 V.A. Musetto
    Chilling documentary.
    • 76 Metascore
    • 75 V.A. Musetto
    Has no profound statements to make, but it does provide warm and fuzzy comfort.
    • 53 Metascore
    • 75 V.A. Musetto
    An impressive experimental movie, is practically a one-man show by Yasuaki Nakajima.
    • 57 Metascore
    • 75 V.A. Musetto
    Wonderfully quirky love story.
    • 32 Metascore
    • 75 V.A. Musetto
    A Hole in My Heart will disgust many (probably most) viewers as it cements Moodysson's reputation as one of today's most daring filmmakers.
    • 47 Metascore
    • 75 V.A. Musetto
    The feature debut by hot, young Singapore director Royston Tan, 15, is a descent into hell -- a hell inhabited by five scuzzy 15-year-old boys whose world, as one puts it, "only consists of darkness."
    • 70 Metascore
    • 75 V.A. Musetto
    Director-writer Jang Jun-hwan starts things off with a bang and never looks back, pushing up the excitement periodically.
    • 70 Metascore
    • 75 V.A. Musetto
    It shows the hardship that women -- especially older women -- must endure in a male-dominated business.
    • 44 Metascore
    • 75 V.A. Musetto
    Make no mistake: Casuistry isn't easy to watch. Cat lovers might be especially turned off. But Asher had every right to make it, and you have every right to see it.
    • 72 Metascore
    • 75 V.A. Musetto
    Kim's wittiest effort to date, with a wordless performance by Jae Hee that recalls Keaton and Chaplin.
    • 75 Metascore
    • 75 V.A. Musetto
    The Holy Girl ends without resolution, but one isn't needed in this mature, thoughtful drama.
    • 76 Metascore
    • 75 V.A. Musetto
    Director Susanne Bier is helped by a well-chosen cast, especially the glowing Nielsen, a Danish-born actress best known for American films like "Gladiator."
    • 72 Metascore
    • 75 V.A. Musetto
    Breezy and informative. It offers a view of the talented, opinionated man that only his son could pull off.
    • 67 Metascore
    • 75 V.A. Musetto
    It doesn't measure up to Schlondorff's 1979 Oscar winner, "The Tin Drum," but it's compelling nevertheless.
    • 63 Metascore
    • 75 V.A. Musetto
    Eleonore Faucher, first-time director (and co-writer) of the French charmer Sequins, is well aware of Neymark's allure and sees to it that the young woman is seldom out of the frame.
    • 63 Metascore
    • 75 V.A. Musetto
    A fluffy and fun coming-of-age-in-Rome comedy, with a sparkling turn by its 16-year-old star, Alice Teghil.
    • 63 Metascore
    • 75 V.A. Musetto
    Isn't always easy to watch, but Bojanov's film is so compelling you just can't turn away.
    • 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."
    • 65 Metascore
    • 75 V.A. Musetto
    Call it a spiritual Woodstock.
    • 62 Metascore
    • 75 V.A. Musetto
    Nicely acted and stylishly photographed.
    • 82 Metascore
    • 75 V.A. Musetto
    Far from earthshaking, but it's fun while it lasts.
    • 70 Metascore
    • 75 V.A. Musetto
    Weisberg is nonjudgmental, allowing his subjects to deliver the message that, for far too many people, the American dream is more of a nightmare.
    • 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.
    • 56 Metascore
    • 75 V.A. Musetto
    The subject is touchy, but Gund handles it with taste and compassion.
    • 68 Metascore
    • 75 V.A. Musetto
    You can sympathize with both sides in their ideological battle, which ends in a most unexpected way.
    • 66 Metascore
    • 75 V.A. Musetto
    By the time the closing credits roll, you'll be ready to run out and hug a tree.
    • 50 Metascore
    • 75 V.A. Musetto
    The star of the movie is Caeli Veronica Smith, 12, an accomplished violinist who frequently performs in the park. Seeing her play in person would be worth the bus trip to Philly.
    • 65 Metascore
    • 75 V.A. Musetto
    A meditation on literature, love and remembrance that is able to find humor and hope in the dark days of the Cultural Revolution.
    • 60 Metascore
    • 75 V.A. Musetto
    A labor of love, Young Rebels is essential viewing for anyone who wants to stay ahead of the hip-hop curve.
    • 48 Metascore
    • 75 V.A. Musetto
    There's nary a dull moment in the semi-autobiographical Secuestro Express (secuestro means kidnap), as Jakubowicz pleases the eyes with closeups, sped-up scenes, hand-held camerawork and other stylized tricks.
    • 63 Metascore
    • 75 V.A. Musetto
    Has two especially memorable sequences: the eye-popping Mass Games and a visit by a group of schoolgirls to incredibly beautiful Mount Paekdu, which is revered by Koreans on both sides of the DMZ.
    • 70 Metascore
    • 75 V.A. Musetto
    Pleasantly free of blood and guts, with Kurosawa using instead the mighty power of suggestion to give Pulse an invigorating aura of menace.
    • 75 Metascore
    • 75 V.A. Musetto
    Cheung and Nick Nolte seem unlikely co-stars, but co-star they do in Clean, giving gritty performances under the direction of Frenchman Olivier Assayas.
    • 60 Metascore
    • 75 V.A. Musetto
    More than the story of a disillusioned old man, Lustre is a loving tribute to New York.
    • 56 Metascore
    • 75 V.A. Musetto
    Savage yet spellbinding.
    • 69 Metascore
    • 75 V.A. Musetto
    The 25-year-old filmmaker takes no sides himself. Wisely, he allows folks of all opinions to put their feet in their mouths all by themselves.
    • 73 Metascore
    • 75 V.A. Musetto
    Writer-director Erik Van Looy keeps the action moving briskly. Danny Elsen's cinematography is stylish and the acting top-notch.
    • 71 Metascore
    • 75 V.A. Musetto
    A work of drama, it's more realistic than any TV reality show.

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