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 2.4 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 Controlled Chaos
Score distribution:
1,277 movie reviews
    • 75 Metascore
    • 75 V.A. Musetto
    A thinking man's buddy movie.
    • 69 Metascore
    • 75 V.A. Musetto
    From the rapid-fire, purposely unreadable opening credits to the final baby POV shot of a birth, this is a dazzling and brutal exercise in cinematic envelope-pushing.
    • 58 Metascore
    • 75 V.A. Musetto
    Gogol Bordello plays a mix of punk rock and Gypsy music that recalls the work of the Serbian No Smoking Band. Onstage, Gogol Bordello puts on a visually outrageous show that one member describes as "kick-ass."
    • 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.
    • 72 Metascore
    • 75 V.A. Musetto
    Kim's wittiest effort to date, with a wordless performance by Jae Hee that recalls Keaton and Chaplin.
    • 78 Metascore
    • 75 V.A. Musetto
    Low-key yet has a lot to say about class struggle.
    • 86 Metascore
    • 75 V.A. Musetto
    If there's an awkward moment, it's the scene in which the monks take part in a sort of Last Supper, drinking wine while Tchaikovsky's "Swan Lake" plays in the background. You keep waiting for Natalie Portman to twirl into the room.
    • 64 Metascore
    • 75 V.A. Musetto
    You would be hard-pressed to use the word "accessible" to describe Film Socialisme, and that's exactly the way the master wants it.
    • 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.
    • 62 Metascore
    • 75 V.A. Musetto
    Hermila Guedes is hot as the damsel in distress. She carries the movie on her slender shoulders, providing erotic charm and believable acting.
    • 68 Metascore
    • 75 V.A. Musetto
    Pedro Castaneda, a nonprofessional appearing in his first film, and Veronica Loren tug at your heartstrings with their portrayals of the lead characters.
    • 68 Metascore
    • 75 V.A. Musetto
    A pleasing alternative to the season's Oscar-baiting movies.
    • 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?
    • 73 Metascore
    • 75 V.A. Musetto
    A grabber from start to finish that should win new fans for cult-favorite To.
    • 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.
    • 66 Metascore
    • 75 V.A. Musetto
    By the time the closing credits roll, you'll be ready to run out and hug a tree.
    • 72 Metascore
    • 75 V.A. Musetto
    White-haired Ronnie Gilbert of the Weavers -- the group was blacklisted during the McCarthy years -- is in especially fine voice.
    • 77 Metascore
    • 75 V.A. Musetto
    The film leisurely unfolds as a series of vignettes about class distinctions and crime, with an unexpected ending. It is beautifully filmed in CinemaScope and strongly acted (especially by Solha), and makes for mesmerizing viewing.
    • 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.
    • 83 Metascore
    • 75 V.A. Musetto
    It's the dancing that makes Pina a visual delight. It should appeal to dance mavens, and to folks who have no idea what a pas de deux is.
    • 63 Metascore
    • 75 V.A. Musetto
    The narrative is fractured, David Lynch-style. Everything eventually makes sense -- sort of.
    • 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.
    • 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.
    • 59 Metascore
    • 75 V.A. Musetto
    Now it can be told. The erotic film "Emmanuelle" helped end the Cold War. That's one tasty tidbit from Disco and Atomic War, a subversively funny documentary.
    • 69 Metascore
    • 75 V.A. Musetto
    Gripping and even-handed film.
    • 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.
    • 75 Metascore
    • 75 V.A. Musetto
    As this eye-opening documentary shows, the suits who run MLB are the real bad guys here, treating the aspiring ballplayers as so much sausage.
    • 73 Metascore
    • 75 V.A. Musetto
    Combines a wise script with funky performances, especially by Aselton, who could give Jennifer Aniston a run for her money.
    • 60 Metascore
    • 75 V.A. Musetto
    A welcome change from horror movies like "Hostel' and "Saw" and their mind-numbing gore and violence.
    • 67 Metascore
    • 75 V.A. Musetto
    When it comes time for a Hollywood remake, Depp would make a great Mels.
    • 64 Metascore
    • 75 V.A. Musetto
    Has relevance in the world as we now know it.
    • 66 Metascore
    • 75 V.A. Musetto
    Mandoki never passes up a chance to increase the schmaltz level, but that doesn't lessen the impact of this harrowing account of a hellish childhood.
    • 73 Metascore
    • 75 V.A. Musetto
    A suspenseful work using nonprofessional actors and co-written with an Albanian filmmaker, shows Marston is no one-hit wonder.
    • 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?
    • 61 Metascore
    • 75 V.A. Musetto
    Pietro Sibille is exceptional as Santiago, and the rest of the cast turn in dynamic performances.
    • 43 Metascore
    • 75 V.A. Musetto
    Even parents might find themselves having fun.
    • 66 Metascore
    • 75 V.A. Musetto
    This is the third feature by the three gifted stars, who deftly pull off hilarious, nearly wordless slapstick routines reminiscent of Jacques Tati, Buster Keaton and Jerry Lewis.
    • 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.
    • 75 Metascore
    • 75 V.A. Musetto
    Overflows with psychological intrigue, something often missing from such offerings.
    • 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
    Clandestine Childhood is the impressive first feature by Argentine director Benjamín Avila.
    • 59 Metascore
    • 75 V.A. Musetto
    As nutty as you'd expect when two of our most eccentric auteurs join forces.
    • 75 Metascore
    • 75 V.A. Musetto
    Call this a profile in courage.
    • 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.
    • 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.
    • 67 Metascore
    • 75 V.A. Musetto
    An oddity: an upbeat film about a cemetery.
    • 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.
    • 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.
    • 75 Metascore
    • 75 V.A. Musetto
    With Treeless Mountain, Kim establishes herself as a first-class filmmaker.
    • 72 Metascore
    • 75 V.A. Musetto
    A South Korean romantic comedy by Hong Sang-soo, who has been likened in style to France's venerable Eric Rohmer.
    • 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."
    • 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.
    • 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.
    • 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.
    • 58 Metascore
    • 75 V.A. Musetto
    The Woman is disturbing, lurid and perverse, but that isn't necessarily bad: Horror buffs, especially fans of Ketchum, will be overcome with joy and excitement.
    • 69 Metascore
    • 75 V.A. Musetto
    One of the most beautiful per formances I've seen this year is given by Blanca Engstrom in the Swedish coming-of-age charmer The Girl.
    • 68 Metascore
    • 75 V.A. Musetto
    Doesn't always make sense, and you cannot always tell what is real and what is imaginary, but viewers will be having too much zonked-out fun to care.
    • 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.
    • 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.
    • 63 Metascore
    • 75 V.A. Musetto
    It features Sean Penn in a mesmerizing portrayal of the would-be hijacker.
    • 61 Metascore
    • 75 V.A. Musetto
    Director Mikael Hafstrom - the gentleman responsible for last year's Jennifer Aniston bomb "Derailed" - keeps us guessing as he confidently builds suspense.
    • 61 Metascore
    • 75 V.A. Musetto
    Why has She chosen to end her young life with a senseless act of mass murder? We never find out - which is a good thing. Too much information would only get in the way and lessen this compelling film's evocation of dread.
    • 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.
    • 61 Metascore
    • 75 V.A. Musetto
    An unconventional movie that requires an unconventional mindset to appreciate.
    • 51 Metascore
    • 75 V.A. Musetto
    One of the oddest movies I've seen in a while - and that's a good thing.
    • 88 Metascore
    • 75 V.A. Musetto
    The acting and story are solid, but the real star of Tulpan is the gorgeous, never-ending landscape -- flat and arid, and home to camels, goats and lambs, and hearty people who live in tentlike yurts.
    • 62 Metascore
    • 75 V.A. Musetto
    Nicely acted and stylishly photographed.
    • 57 Metascore
    • 75 V.A. Musetto
    The meditative Swedish movie The Anchorage takes minimalism to the maximum.
    • 73 Metascore
    • 75 V.A. Musetto
    This is powerful filmmaking for discerning viewers.
    • 78 Metascore
    • 75 V.A. Musetto
    The title is to be taken figuratively, not literally -- is a top-notch study of family angst.
    • 87 Metascore
    • 75 V.A. Musetto
    Perplexing but pleasing.
    • 64 Metascore
    • 75 V.A. Musetto
    Meet Peter Berlin - the man whose eccentric life style has earned him the title the Garbo of gay porn.
    • 40 Metascore
    • 75 V.A. Musetto
    An impressive screen debut.
    • 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.
    • 61 Metascore
    • 75 V.A. Musetto
    It's a story that says a lot about the stupidity of war.
    • 67 Metascore
    • 75 V.A. Musetto
    You won't soon forget it -- if you have the guts to see it.
    • 67 Metascore
    • 75 V.A. Musetto
    You don't have to have ever seen any of their movies to enjoy It Came From Kuchar, directed by one of George's former students, Jennifer M. Kroot. But you'll probably want to catch up with their work afterward.
    • 66 Metascore
    • 75 V.A. Musetto
    Hats off to Elisabeth Marton, who has taken a bunch of dry facts and fashioned them into the gorgeous My Name Was Sabina Spielrein.
    • 66 Metascore
    • 75 V.A. Musetto
    The new film's strongest point is the assured performance by Schubert, who's in nearly every frame. Elegant cinematography by Martin Gschlacht, one of Austria's most sought-after lensers, gives Breathing added depth.
    • 62 Metascore
    • 75 V.A. Musetto
    An enjoyable mix of tragedy and comedy.
    • 55 Metascore
    • 75 V.A. Musetto
    Introduces a new Ferrara -- sophisticated and restrained. It's a look that becomes him.
    • 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.
    • 68 Metascore
    • 75 V.A. Musetto
    Belgian actress Émilie Dequenne gives a smoldering performance as Jeanne.
    • 74 Metascore
    • 75 V.A. Musetto
    The film takes awhile to get going -- the depiction of homophobic 1950s suburbia has a familiar feel. The movie hits its stride only when eyewitnesses to the events at the Stonewall tell their stories.
    • 57 Metascore
    • 75 V.A. Musetto
    The story has been brought to the screen twice before (once by Tsui), but this version is the first in IMAX 3-D, which is the main reason to see it.
    • 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.
    • 58 Metascore
    • 75 V.A. Musetto
    Set on the seamy side of Barcelona, Biutiful may not be a feel-good movie for this time of year, but it's well worth your time.
    • 76 Metascore
    • 75 V.A. Musetto
    Has no profound statements to make, but it does provide warm and fuzzy comfort.
    • 62 Metascore
    • 75 V.A. Musetto
    It's nice to see a love story that deals with mature people. We're not likely to get anything like it from Hollywood. So enjoy When the Sea Rises while you can.
    • 63 Metascore
    • 75 V.A. Musetto
    Hard-hitting and biting.
    • 76 Metascore
    • 75 V.A. Musetto
    Few directors make action movies with the pizazz of Hong Kong's Johnnie To, although his films rarely get runs in New York. That's all the more reason to see his Vengeance.
    • 71 Metascore
    • 75 V.A. Musetto
    The well-acted, pleasantly lensed drama doesn't recall Hollywood's generic approach to fragile couples, and that's just fine with me.
    • 86 Metascore
    • 75 V.A. Musetto
    Veteran French star Michel Piccoli is superb as an aging actor named Gilbert Valence.
    • 72 Metascore
    • 75 V.A. Musetto
    Abduction uses interviews, vintage photos and re-creations to tell the sad story of love and hope in riveting, suspenseful style. So powerful is this film, it brought tears to my eyes.
    • 76 Metascore
    • 75 V.A. Musetto
    A 3-D epic that, despite its title, is more of a soap opera than a swordplay thriller.
    • 65 Metascore
    • 75 V.A. Musetto
    Would that all death be so peaceful.
    • 64 Metascore
    • 75 V.A. Musetto
    Seldom has any movie shown so much geriatric sex and full-frontal nudity (male and female). But, thanks to Dresen, it is all done with taste and sensitivity.
    • 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.
    • 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.
    • 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.

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