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 2.8 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 The Butcher, the Chef, and the Swordsman
Score distribution:
1,277 movie reviews
    • 55 Metascore
    • 75 V.A. Musetto
    Plot? Who needs a plot? Certainly not neophyte director Matt Porterfield, whose Hamilton gets along just fine without one.
    • 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.
    • 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.
    • 72 Metascore
    • 75 V.A. Musetto
    The presentation is conventional, but the subject matter isn't. Besides, when was the last time you saw anything resembling good news coming out of the Middle East?
    • 62 Metascore
    • 75 V.A. Musetto
    Director-writer Pablo Tapero keeps the proceedings low-key and realistic. He doesn't hit you over the head with his ideas, yet he manages to say a lot about human nature.
    • 53 Metascore
    • 75 V.A. Musetto
    Dame Maggie is simply delightful (has she ever been less than wonderful?).
    • 54 Metascore
    • 75 V.A. Musetto
    The women are all beautiful; and the camerawork - by Emmanuel Lubezki, who shot Terrence Malick's spectacular "The New World" - is eye-pleasing.
    • 70 Metascore
    • 75 V.A. Musetto
    Preteen sexuality is a sensitive subject, but director Auraeus Solito handles it with dignity, never becoming exploitative.
    • 73 Metascore
    • 75 V.A. Musetto
    An original head trip definitely not recommended for kiddies.
    • 82 Metascore
    • 75 V.A. Musetto
    Anybody who's ever seen a movie about exorcism knows that, in cases like this, the first thing to do is call 1-800-PRIEST, which the family does.
    • 72 Metascore
    • 75 V.A. Musetto
    As with "Distant," the dialogue is minimal, the takes are long, the narrative is laconic (too much so for many viewers, I imagine) and the cinematography is painterly.
    • 74 Metascore
    • 75 V.A. Musetto
    As we learn in director Jonathan Berman's fun documentary Commune, the ranch was financed by people such as musician Frank Zappa and actor James Coburn.
    • 73 Metascore
    • 75 V.A. Musetto
    Sweet isn't a word often used to describe movies these days, but it's one that applies to The Cave of the Yellow Dog.
    • 66 Metascore
    • 75 V.A. Musetto
    Mainstream audiences will be put off by the lack of a straightforward narrative, but adventurous moviegoers will find pleasure in the hypnotic originality of the images.
    • 56 Metascore
    • 75 V.A. Musetto
    A heartwarming family fable that parents and kids can enjoy.
    • 71 Metascore
    • 75 V.A. Musetto
    An amazing portrait of the great filmmaker Ingmar Bergman in his later years.
    • 68 Metascore
    • 75 V.A. Musetto
    Yes, The Secret Life of Words owes much to Lars von Trier's 1999 "Breaking the Waves." But Coixet's riff stands on its own thanks to thoughtful performances by Polley and Robbins.
    • 56 Metascore
    • 75 V.A. Musetto
    The subject is touchy, but Gund handles it with taste and compassion.
    • 88 Metascore
    • 75 V.A. Musetto
    Mafioso starts out as a comedy of manners before turning into a mob thriller that brings Nino to Bergen County, N.J. When he gets there, look for a man reading The Post on a street corner.
    • 76 Metascore
    • 75 V.A. Musetto
    Long, talky and shot in black and white. In other words, it requires a commitment in time and brain power - a commitment worth making.
    • 81 Metascore
    • 75 V.A. Musetto
    Credit Sissako for entertainingly blending serious international issues with the daily comings and goings of village life. A bit more Glover wouldn't have hurt - but you can't have everything.
    • 77 Metascore
    • 75 V.A. Musetto
    A tad too long, "Tea" is nevertheless touching and funny, with charming performances. You might say it's as calming as a hot cup of green tea.
    • 78 Metascore
    • 75 V.A. Musetto
    The overwhelming silence is broken mainly by chanting and the ringing of the monastery bells. Call it life in the slow, slow, slow lane.
    • 85 Metascore
    • 75 V.A. Musetto
    The story is good-natured, but Panahi's message is serious: That ludicrous rules turn Iranian women into third-class citizens. And what better way is there to get that point across than through sports and laughter?
    • 74 Metascore
    • 75 V.A. Musetto
    A vivacious film that is a treat for eyes and ears.
    • 73 Metascore
    • 75 V.A. Musetto
    Dickie is intense in her screen debut, which requires her to be in nearly every scene. The supporting cast is strong, and Robbie Ryan's handheld camera provides gritty ambiance for this taut thriller.
    • 83 Metascore
    • 75 V.A. Musetto
    Nobody familiar with To will be surprised by the way he presents stylish violence in innovative and humorous ways.
    • 73 Metascore
    • 75 V.A. Musetto
    A poignant moment occurs in Election when a young boy sees his father brutally beat another mobster to death.
    • 60 Metascore
    • 75 V.A. Musetto
    Gordon and Abel (who delivers one of the longest yawns in screen history) are howls as husband and wife. Their long, lean buddies seem custom-made for slapstick humor. Keaton would approve.
    • 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.
    • 74 Metascore
    • 75 V.A. Musetto
    The acting is superb, especially the always alluring Charlotte Gainsbourg as a mysterious Englishwoman taking the ship to America. Agnes Godard's lensing is painterly, and Crialese's direction is seamless.
    • 60 Metascore
    • 75 V.A. Musetto
    As a one-time suburbanite now living happily in Manhattan, I can attest that Radiant City tells it like it is. The film ends with a surprise that you won't see coming and I won't spoil.
    • 82 Metascore
    • 75 V.A. Musetto
    Jokes about flatulence, human excrement and the size of someone's manhood also come into play, but they never cheapen this lush and enjoyable film.
    • 79 Metascore
    • 75 V.A. Musetto
    Burtynsky doesn't preach. He's content to let viewers make up their own minds from his eye-opening and eye-pleasing images.
    • 73 Metascore
    • 75 V.A. Musetto
    Viewers in Gotham will be perplexed, frightened, disgusted - and, mostly, entertained.
    • 86 Metascore
    • 75 V.A. Musetto
    The 34-year-old Meadows has assembled an effective cast, especially newcomer Thomas Turgoose as Shaun and veteran Stephen Graham as Combo.
    • 78 Metascore
    • 75 V.A. Musetto
    Low-key yet has a lot to say about class struggle.
    • 74 Metascore
    • 75 V.A. Musetto
    Blame It on Fidel doesn't aim for the profundity of Costa-Gavras films like "State of Siege" and "Z" - but who's complaining?
    • 60 Metascore
    • 75 V.A. Musetto
    A welcome change from horror movies like "Hostel' and "Saw" and their mind-numbing gore and violence.
    • 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.
    • 63 Metascore
    • 75 V.A. Musetto
    How can a movie with such a charming cast (let's not forget Ry Russo-Young as Hannah's female roommate) and believable dialogue (seemingly taken from the actors' real lives) go wrong? It can't.
    • 66 Metascore
    • 75 V.A. Musetto
    Gronkjaer's cinematography is pleasing, with beautiful sunsets and tranquil snowscapes. I won't give away the ending, but it might bring a tear to your eye.
    • 69 Metascore
    • 75 V.A. Musetto
    While the slow buildup won't bowl 'em over at suburban multiplexes, the film should please Fessenden's loyal followers and win him new ones.
    • 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.
    • 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.
    • 70 Metascore
    • 75 V.A. Musetto
    A taut thriller based on the tragedy, which remains the most lethal mass killing in New Zealand history.
    • 62 Metascore
    • 75 V.A. Musetto
    The result is wholly original, sort of like "The Wizard of Oz" as filtered through the sensibilities of Emir Kusturica, the cult filmmaker and musician.
    • 79 Metascore
    • 75 V.A. Musetto
    Compelling viewing, even for people who don't care a bit for the punk scene.
    • 67 Metascore
    • 75 V.A. Musetto
    So you had no idea what was happening in David Lynch's "Inland Empire." Take comfort in the fact that, judging from the documentary Lynch, the filmmaker was just as puzzled as you.
    • 75 Metascore
    • 75 V.A. Musetto
    In her directorial debut, Venditti does her best to keep a distance between herself and her subjects. But you have to wonder how much of the Billy we see on-screen is affected by the presence of Venditti's camera.
    • 75 Metascore
    • 75 V.A. Musetto
    They should hand out a score card with every ticket to The Witnesses to help viewers keep track of who's sleeping with whom.
    • 67 Metascore
    • 75 V.A. Musetto
    The movie is stolen by 11-year-old Daniela Piepszyk as tomboy Hanna, one of Mauro's new friends. She has a face in a million.
    • 60 Metascore
    • 75 V.A. Musetto
    A stinging and frightening indictment of mainland China.
    • 86 Metascore
    • 75 V.A. Musetto
    Fans of Hou know just what to expect from his slow, contemplative films - and they won't be disappointed.
    • 67 Metascore
    • 75 V.A. Musetto
    There's enough material here for a miniseries, but the directors keep the proceedings to 78 brisk minutes without making the viewer feel cheated.
    • 71 Metascore
    • 75 V.A. Musetto
    Roman de Gare translates as "station novel," a book you might pick up to read on a train journey and then discard when you arrive at your destination. Lelouch's film is the cinematic equivalent, enjoyable fluff that your mind will discard after the closing credits - but worth seeing nevertheless.
    • 67 Metascore
    • 75 V.A. Musetto
    XXY
    Ines Efron and Martin Piroyanski give strong performances as Alex and Alvaro, respectively. Debuting director Lucia Puenzo, who co-scripted, tackles a dicey subject with sensitivity and taste.
    • 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.
    • 80 Metascore
    • 75 V.A. Musetto
    Encounters may lack the power of, say, the Herzog doc "Grizzly Man," because it has no bigger-than-life character at its nexus, but it does confirm the filmmaker as an iconoclastic master.
    • 84 Metascore
    • 75 V.A. Musetto
    Guy Maddin's films are always delightful, but his latest, My Winnipeg, has an added treat for film buffs: It features Ann Savage!
    • 72 Metascore
    • 75 V.A. Musetto
    It is up to each viewer to decide if the Mojave project is a stroke of genius or a very expensive boondoggle.
    • 63 Metascore
    • 75 V.A. Musetto
    The 66-year-old African-American, the subject of the inspiring documentary A Man Named Pearl, doesn't have scissors where his hands should be, but he turns trees and bushes into topiary sculptures every bit as amazing as the ones Johnny Depp's character crafts in the Tim Burton film.
    • 59 Metascore
    • 75 V.A. Musetto
    Names of the other artists - such as Barry McGee, Ed Templeton, Margaret Kilgallen and Jo Jackson - won't necessarily ring a bell, but they all have interesting stories to tell in this pleasant film, which sings the praises of nonconformity.
    • 72 Metascore
    • 75 V.A. Musetto
    Charming to the max.
    • 67 Metascore
    • 75 V.A. Musetto
    According to Irene Salina's eye-opening documentary Flow, 500,000 to 7 million US residents are sickened by tap water each year.
    • 64 Metascore
    • 75 V.A. Musetto
    An intelligent look at family dynamics set in a boring Washington State suburb where Bible-thumping Mormons come knocking on your door.
    • 69 Metascore
    • 75 V.A. Musetto
    The only thing missing is the mud that the big boys love to sling. But the Stuyvesant candidates are kids - give them a few years.
    • 78 Metascore
    • 75 V.A. Musetto
    Gini Reticker's embracing documentary Pray the Devil Back to Hell shows how Taylor got his comeuppance from a coalition of tenacious Christian and Muslim women armed only with matching T-shirts.
    • 21 Metascore
    • 75 V.A. Musetto
    It would be easy to dismiss House of the Sleeping Beauties as a lewd male fantasy, but that would be ignoring the German film's deeper purpose as - in the words of the director, Vadim Glowna - a meditation on "transition, remembrance, mourning, guilt, loneliness, sex and death, eroticism and dying."
    • 78 Metascore
    • 75 V.A. Musetto
    A powerful account of how the American dream became a nightmare for one Laotian family.
    • 68 Metascore
    • 75 V.A. Musetto
    According to rumors swirling on the Internet, an English-language remake is already in the works, possibly directed by David Cronenberg.
    • 68 Metascore
    • 75 V.A. Musetto
    A pleasing alternative to the season's Oscar-baiting movies.
    • 69 Metascore
    • 75 V.A. Musetto
    A creative mix of horror, noir and psychological thriller. At times the story defies logic, but viewers who can accept that will find themselves caught up in the film's intensity.
    • 63 Metascore
    • 75 V.A. Musetto
    The film falters only when it eavesdrops briefly on a passionate public discussion of rent control and gentrification. The moment is out of keeping with the carefree nature of the rest of the movie.
    • 64 Metascore
    • 75 V.A. Musetto
    Slovenian-born writer-teacher Slavoj Zizek, narrator of the movie "A Pervert's Guide to the Cinema," provides the most entertainment.
    • 70 Metascore
    • 75 V.A. Musetto
    There are no talking heads, but lots of singing heads and sexy dancing bodies, many of them belonging to stars in Spain. In total, there are more than a dozen performance pieces, all stylishly lensed.
    • 63 Metascore
    • 75 V.A. Musetto
    Carax, who hadn't made a movie since "Pola X" in 1999 comes off best.
    • 60 Metascore
    • 75 V.A. Musetto
    With so much junk cluttering movie houses, it is a shame that it took two years for this sweet, intelligent drama to get a release before heading for DVD.
    • 51 Metascore
    • 75 V.A. Musetto
    One of the oddest movies I've seen in a while - and that's a good thing.
    • 80 Metascore
    • 75 V.A. Musetto
    Although envisioned before the world economy went to hell, Tokyo Sonata is relevant to the mess we're in now.
    • 74 Metascore
    • 75 V.A. Musetto
    As usual with Majidi, the cinematography is super (best scene shows Karim, disguised as an ostrich, in pursuit of an escaped bird) and the acting is realistic and low-key.
    • 68 Metascore
    • 75 V.A. Musetto
    Filled with affecting moments.
    • 75 Metascore
    • 75 V.A. Musetto
    With Treeless Mountain, Kim establishes herself as a first-class filmmaker.
    • 73 Metascore
    • 75 V.A. Musetto
    This is powerful filmmaking for discerning viewers.
    • 71 Metascore
    • 75 V.A. Musetto
    The final twist is completely unexpected.
    • 72 Metascore
    • 75 V.A. Musetto
    That rare commodity: a film with only good things to say about public schools.
    • 61 Metascore
    • 75 V.A. Musetto
    Wirkola keeps the narrative taut, wasting not a frame; and he throws in funny moments.
    • 78 Metascore
    • 75 V.A. Musetto
    The show works pretty much the same as "Idol" does, with Afghans voting by cellphone for their favorite performers. But this is Afghanistan, where the Taliban still has power, not America.
    • 74 Metascore
    • 75 V.A. Musetto
    A Woman in Berlin, which is based on an anonymously written memoir of the same name, serves also as a testimony to women who put men in their place.
    • 72 Metascore
    • 75 V.A. Musetto
    With Lake Tahoe, Mexican filmmaker Fernando Eimbcke proves himself adept at turning a blank screen into a work of art.
    • 70 Metascore
    • 75 V.A. Musetto
    As Mark Twain didn't say, reports of the death of mumblecore are greatly exaggerated. As proof, I offer Andrew Bujalski's wise and wondrous Beeswax.
    • 71 Metascore
    • 75 V.A. Musetto
    I cannot tell a lie. I derive great satisfaction watching John Malkovich act.
    • 71 Metascore
    • 75 V.A. Musetto
    Hilarious.
    • 65 Metascore
    • 75 V.A. Musetto
    The performances by neophite actresses Olympe Borval and Lizzie Brochere make the film special.
    • 85 Metascore
    • 75 V.A. Musetto
    Fives us behind-the-scene looks at Hirohito, the man and the ruler. The diminutive leader comes off sympathetically, as a man concerned with the welfare of his people.
    • 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.
    • 68 Metascore
    • 75 V.A. Musetto
    The director-producer, Nicole Opper, has known Avery's Brooklyn family for years, which no doubt accounts for the film's intimacy.
    • 79 Metascore
    • 75 V.A. Musetto
    Mother is yet another winner by Bong, one of Asia's most talented directors.
    • 76 Metascore
    • 75 V.A. Musetto
    The result is a finely plotted, stylishly photographed and brilliantly acted whodunit that clocks in at 2 1/2 hours but never seems long.
    • 78 Metascore
    • 75 V.A. Musetto
    Probably the most definitive portrait of Johnson that we are likely to get.