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 Tiny Furniture
Lowest review score: 0 Blood: The Last Vampire
Score distribution:
1,277 movie reviews
    • 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.
    • 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!
    • 62 Metascore
    • 75 V.A. Musetto
    The result is as enlightening for viewers as the journey was for Harris.
    • 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.
    • 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.
    • 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
    • 65 Metascore
    • 75 V.A. Musetto
    Frantic and out of control - and great fun to watch.
    • 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.
    • 47 Metascore
    • 75 V.A. Musetto
    When all is said and done, Lies is just good, dirty fun.
    • New York Post
    • 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.
    • 70 Metascore
    • 75 V.A. Musetto
    They take a mundane story and give it emotional resonance.
    • 39 Metascore
    • 75 V.A. Musetto
    It's full of Plympton's trademark twisted humor, with lots of sex thrown in.
    • 70 Metascore
    • 75 V.A. Musetto
    A wild ride that effortlessly combines devilish dark humor, slapstick comedy, extreme violence and bitter satire.
    • 86 Metascore
    • 75 V.A. Musetto
    A sensitive and subtle meditation on aging, loss and bereavement.
    • 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
    • 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
    Dong, who is gay, does his best to stay objective. Just how these families interact may surprise you.
    • 61 Metascore
    • 75 V.A. Musetto
    If only "reality" TV was as realistic as Quitting.
    • 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.
    • 51 Metascore
    • 75 V.A. Musetto
    You just know something terrible is going to happen. But when it does, you're entirely unprepared
    • 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.
    • 76 Metascore
    • 75 V.A. Musetto
    Awesome filmmaking. But it doesn't make for easy film-watching.
    • 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.
    • 72 Metascore
    • 75 V.A. Musetto
    Both witty and poignant.
    • New York Post
    • 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.
    • 71 Metascore
    • 75 V.A. Musetto
    Makes for fascinating viewing.
    • New York Post
    • 75 Metascore
    • 75 V.A. Musetto
    Koteas and Ribisi, as two very different brothers, give realistic performances, and play off the differences brilliantly.
    • 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.
    • 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.
    • 81 Metascore
    • 75 V.A. Musetto
    A remarkable 179-minute meditation on the nature of revolution.
    • 59 Metascore
    • 75 V.A. Musetto
    Who needs mind-bending drugs when they can see this.
    • 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."
    • 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.
    • 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?
    • 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.
    • 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
    Sister Helen don't take no bull.
    • 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.
    • 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 decade under discussion in this enjoyable documentary is the 1970s, a period that changed Hollywood forever.
    • 73 Metascore
    • 75 V.A. Musetto
    The result puts a human face on Derrida, and makes one of the great minds of our times interesting and accessible to people who normally couldn't care less.
    • 68 Metascore
    • 75 V.A. Musetto
    The result is a charming mix of Walter Mitty and "About Schmidt."
    • 71 Metascore
    • 75 V.A. Musetto
    This black comedy is a small gem.
    • 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.
    • 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.
    • 61 Metascore
    • 75 V.A. Musetto
    A stunning study of ennui.
    • 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.
    • 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.
    • 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.
    • 85 Metascore
    • 75 V.A. Musetto
    You are left with two emotions - despair and hope - after watching producer-director Jennifer Dworkin's disquieting documentary.
    • 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.
    • 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.
    • 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.
    • 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.
    • 75 Metascore
    • 75 V.A. Musetto
    Man's inhumanity to man is gruesomely detailed in S21: The Khmer Rouge Killing Machine.
    • 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.
    • 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.
    • 70 Metascore
    • 75 V.A. Musetto
    The lazy story takes on a passion and urgency that peaks in an emotional finale.
    • 78 Metascore
    • 75 V.A. Musetto
    The title is to be taken figuratively, not literally -- is a top-notch study of family angst.
    • 80 Metascore
    • 75 V.A. Musetto
    It presents a reverential and loving portrait of Deren while remaining breezy, informative and entertaining.
    • 69 Metascore
    • 75 V.A. Musetto
    Gripping and even-handed film.
    • 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?
    • 75 Metascore
    • 75 V.A. Musetto
    A thinking man's buddy movie.
    • 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.
    • 73 Metascore
    • 75 V.A. Musetto
    Well-done documentary.
    • 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.
    • 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.
    • 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."
    • 83 Metascore
    • 75 V.A. Musetto
    The drivel they call "reality TV" pales in comparison with the gripping big-screen documentary Bus 174.
    • 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.
    • 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.
    • 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.
    • 82 Metascore
    • 75 V.A. Musetto
    A loving tribute to cinema by Tsai Ming-liang, one of Taiwan's most accomplished and popular directors.
    • 71 Metascore
    • 75 V.A. Musetto
    So potent, it could change the mind of even the most staunch defender of capital punishment.
    • 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.
    • 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.
    • 60 Metascore
    • 75 V.A. Musetto
    The fine cast, the elegant settings and the swoony title song somehow draw you in.
    • 63 Metascore
    • 75 V.A. Musetto
    It's a sweet and light-hearted endeavor that shows Breillat isn't a one-trick pony.
    • 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.
    • 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.
    • 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.
    • 86 Metascore
    • 75 V.A. Musetto
    Ten
    Breezy, entertaining and enlightening.
    • 52 Metascore
    • 75 V.A. Musetto
    A devilish updating of Verdi's "Rigoletto."
    • 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.
    • 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.
    • 63 Metascore
    • 75 V.A. Musetto
    The narrative is fractured, David Lynch-style. Everything eventually makes sense -- sort of.
    • 64 Metascore
    • 75 V.A. Musetto
    Has relevance in the world as we now know it.
    • 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.
    • 55 Metascore
    • 75 V.A. Musetto
    Introduces a new Ferrara -- sophisticated and restrained. It's a look that becomes him.
    • 47 Metascore
    • 75 V.A. Musetto
    Marchand capably builds suspense, thanks to a twisty script and nervy performances by Lucas and Quinton.
    • 91 Metascore
    • 75 V.A. Musetto
    A rousing indictment of a barbaric practice.
    • 85 Metascore
    • 75 V.A. Musetto
    In the end, inner peace is found by all - on screen and in the audience.
    • 73 Metascore
    • 75 V.A. Musetto
    Despite a contrived ending that brings together all the film's characters, Alias Betty is inventive filmmaking.
    • 66 Metascore
    • 75 V.A. Musetto
    If you ever wondered how robots make love, here's your chance to find out.
    • 56 Metascore
    • 75 V.A. Musetto
    See it - if you dare.
    • 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.
    • 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.
    • 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.
    • 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.
    • 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.