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 Werckmeister Harmonies
Lowest review score: 0 Blood: The Last Vampire
Score distribution:
1,277 movie reviews
    • 79 Metascore
    • 75 V.A. Musetto
    Sounds boring, but it's not, thanks to Marker's whimsical irreverence.
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    • 75 V.A. Musetto
    The director, 30-year-old Dalibor Matanic, allows himself a few weepy moments, but mostly the script stays on target, accompanied by strong acting and lensing.
    • 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.
    • 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.
    • 73 Metascore
    • 75 V.A. Musetto
    Peled was harassed at every turn by Chinese officials, but he managed to get this shocking film made. That's just one reason China Blue is worthy of praise.
    • 61 Metascore
    • 75 V.A. Musetto
    Rulfo adds punch to his material with speeded-up visuals and an eye-popping, six-minute helicopter shot of the entire 10-mile project - which alone is worth the price of admission.
    • 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.
    • 71 Metascore
    • 75 V.A. Musetto
    Mirjana Karanovic (Esma) and Luna Mijovic (Sara) give powerful performances as Zbanic imbues a simple story with a powerful commentary on the Bosnian war's devastating impact on the innocent.
    • 61 Metascore
    • 75 V.A. Musetto
    Movies about addicts are a dime a dozen, but Cocaine Angel does its own thing, mixing humor with bleakness and resisting the too-common urge to romanticize addiction.
    • 45 Metascore
    • 75 V.A. Musetto
    The director is, you won't be surprised to learn, Tsai Ming-laing, whose deadpan humor and minimalist lensing has made him a god among film geeks.
    • 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.
    • tbd Metascore
    • 75 V.A. Musetto
    The script is fresh and accessible - even for folks who don't know Croatia from Cambodia - and it is put over by solid acting and direction.
    • 70 Metascore
    • 75 V.A. Musetto
    The surreal images lack narration and talking heads, which is no problem. In fact, the device makes the shocking footage more compelling.
    • 68 Metascore
    • 75 V.A. Musetto
    Unfolds as meditatively as a game of go. Cinematographer Wang Yu shifts easily from tranquility to violence, and he is able to turn something as simple as a man walking outdoors into a visual feast. Chang Chen, a star of "Crouching Tiger, Hidden Dragon," provides a strong yet understated portrayal of Wu.
    • 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.
    • 70 Metascore
    • 75 V.A. Musetto
    The effect is informative and moving, even if the film has an attack of the gooeys at the end.
    • 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.
    • 81 Metascore
    • 75 V.A. Musetto
    Director Lisandro Alonso is content to leave much to viewers' imagination. That he is able to do so and still hold our attention is a tribute to his talent as a filmmaker and an authentic performance by nonprofessional actor Argentino Vargas as the ex-con.
    • 77 Metascore
    • 75 V.A. Musetto
    Clever, wise and witty.
    • 71 Metascore
    • 75 V.A. Musetto
    Strictly for art-house types, particularly those familiar with the director, who makes no concessions to mainstream audiences. You have to abandon any preconceived notions about movies and allow your mind to be seduced by the mystifying, occasionally humorous world of a one-of-a-kind filmmaker. You might even find yourself becoming a fan.
    • 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.
    • 68 Metascore
    • 75 V.A. Musetto
    We also begin to suspect that Deraspe is putting us on - that this is a mockumentary, not a documentary. About the time that a bunch of grown men and women - stoned and drunk - start playing spin the bottle (spin the bottle!), we're certain that she's tricking us. Or is she? It's anybody's guess.
    • 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.
    • 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.
    • 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.
    • 78 Metascore
    • 75 V.A. Musetto
    Huppert is, as usual, superb, proving yet again that she is the finest actress working in France today.
    • 68 Metascore
    • 75 V.A. Musetto
    As the wife, pixie-ish Kanako Higuchi provides the perfect accompaniment to Watanabe.
    • 71 Metascore
    • 75 V.A. Musetto
    Funny is not a word often used to describe von Trier's output, but "Boss" definitely is that, thanks to a breezy script and a bright cast.
    • 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.
    • 57 Metascore
    • 75 V.A. Musetto
    If you're new to Kaurismaki, the film will make you a fan. If you've seen everything else he's ever done, the comedy will confirm your commitment.
    • 72 Metascore
    • 75 V.A. Musetto
    The film did well at the local box office and has been shown at some 40 international festivals. Eat your heart out, Michael Moore.
    • 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.
    • 62 Metascore
    • 75 V.A. Musetto
    Just as the story is minimalist, so too is the documentary-like film's look: long static takes and tons of close-ups. An epilogue allows viewers to come to terms with the film's tragic ending.
    • 53 Metascore
    • 75 V.A. Musetto
    One reason it rings true is because the script is based on Gaglia's real experiences.
    • 65 Metascore
    • 75 V.A. Musetto
    You want to hate his characters? Go ahead. You want to feel sympathy for them? That's OK too. In either case, you'll be shaken by Drama/Mex.
    • 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?
    • 57 Metascore
    • 75 V.A. Musetto
    Ruscio's script is grim and darkly funny, but the big attraction is Wright's right-on performance. She's an actress waiting to be discovered.
    • 60 Metascore
    • 75 V.A. Musetto
    A welcome change from horror movies like "Hostel' and "Saw" and their mind-numbing gore and violence.
    • 71 Metascore
    • 75 V.A. Musetto
    The release of Crossing the Line couldn't be more timely. Earlier this week, it was announced that the two Koreas would hold a summit this month in Pyongyang. Perhaps Kim will bring Dresnok with him.
    • 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.
    • 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.
    • 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.
    • 73 Metascore
    • 75 V.A. Musetto
    A grabber from start to finish that should win new fans for cult-favorite To.
    • 72 Metascore
    • 75 V.A. Musetto
    The laughs flow, but Zobel isn't content to rely solely on them. To his credit, he allows Martin and Clarence - and the film - to develop consciences.
    • 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.
    • 53 Metascore
    • 75 V.A. Musetto
    The film's leisurely pace and abstract format isn't meant for the multiplex crowd, but rather for adventurous moviegoers. It took guts to make Khadak and to give it a theatrical release. It might take even more guts to seek it out.
    • 79 Metascore
    • 75 V.A. Musetto
    Compelling viewing, even for people who don't care a bit for the punk scene.
    • 65 Metascore
    • 75 V.A. Musetto
    What emerges is a portrait of a complex man - one who had no qualms about murder and drugs but who won a national poetry contest and read "Moby-Dick" while in jail. Go figure.
    • 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.
    • 72 Metascore
    • 75 V.A. Musetto
    By terms moving and funny, the story reaches its apex when Half Moon, a beautiful young woman played by Golshifteh Farahani, makes her appearance from out of nowhere. Is she real, or perhaps an angel? You'll have fun trying to come up with an answer.
    • 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.
    • 90 Metascore
    • 75 V.A. Musetto
    It is a vivid, at times heartbreaking, portrait of a life and a nation in crisis.
    • 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.
    • 67 Metascore
    • 75 V.A. Musetto
    The titular abode in the Brazilian drama Alice's House is crowded, and its inhabitants dysfunctional.
    • 70 Metascore
    • 75 V.A. Musetto
    Unless you are offended by a little female nudity, The Silence Before Bach will shock you not. But it will provide gorgeous lensing and art direction and some of the world's most beautiful music.
    • 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.
    • 62 Metascore
    • 75 V.A. Musetto
    The camp runs for a week in a warehouse in Oregon. What the girls might lack in musical talent and experience they make up for with infectious energy. Watch your tattooed butt, Amy Winehouse!
    • 60 Metascore
    • 75 V.A. Musetto
    A stinging and frightening indictment of mainland China.
    • 75 Metascore
    • 75 V.A. Musetto
    The story, based on a best-selling novel, has familiar overtones; but Kormakur overcomes them with stylish direction - Iceland's natural beauty looks great - and a gripping performance by Ingvar Eggert Sigurdsson.
    • 70 Metascore
    • 75 V.A. Musetto
    Chiara Mastroianni, whose mom, Catherine Deneuve, starred in Demy's "The Umbrellas of Cherbourg" (1964), appears here as Julie's sister. Vive la New Wave.
    • 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.
    • 54 Metascore
    • 75 V.A. Musetto
    I have a feeling that this is the last time we'll see a down-and-dirty Ellen Page. Her handlers have too much wrapped up in her mainstream persona to ever again allow her to do anything as daring and out of the loop as The Tracey Fragments. And that's a shame.
    • 56 Metascore
    • 75 V.A. Musetto
    Zalla constructs a suspenseful movie with no intention of sugarcoating the daily hardships of New York's underclass.
    • 85 Metascore
    • 75 V.A. Musetto
    All too often, films about interconnected lives stumble under the weight of coincidences. Not The Edge of Heaven.
    • 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.
    • 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.
    • 66 Metascore
    • 75 V.A. Musetto
    This isn't a performance film, and it is far from a definitive portrait of the androgynous performer.
    • 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.
    • 73 Metascore
    • 75 V.A. Musetto
    Chabrol, who is often called the French Hitchcock because of his intricate thrillers, is approaching the big 8-0, yet he continues to do quality work, as shown by A Girl Cut in Two.
    • 76 Metascore
    • 75 V.A. Musetto
    A high point shows O'Day, in a black-and-white hat and form-fitting dress, singing "Sweet Georgia Brown" at the Newport Jazz Festival. That scene alone confirms O'Day's place among the greats.
    • 72 Metascore
    • 75 V.A. Musetto
    Charming to the max.
    • 53 Metascore
    • 75 V.A. Musetto
    The film's unusual look lends a magical feeling.
    • 77 Metascore
    • 75 V.A. Musetto
    A charming and enjoyable movie.
    • 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.
    • 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.
    • 73 Metascore
    • 75 V.A. Musetto
    Compelling.
    • 69 Metascore
    • 75 V.A. Musetto
    The film has all the visual flourishes we expect of Doyle and Wong, and they're reason enough to see Ashes of Time Redux. Just don't expect to make sense of the plot.

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