For 1,276 reviews, this critic has graded:
  • 50% higher than the average critic
  • 3% same as the average critic
  • 47% lower than the average critic
On average, this critic grades 3 points higher than other critics. (0-100 point scale)

V.A. Musetto's Scores

  • Movies
Average review score: 62
Highest review score: 100 Tony Takitani
Lowest review score: 0 The Grudge 2
Score distribution:
1,276 movie reviews
    • 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.
    • 82 Metascore
    • 75 V.A. Musetto
    Despite having no previous film experience, Kare Hedebrant and Lina Leandersson give evocative performances as Oskar and Eli, respectively.
    • 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.
    • 83 Metascore
    • 75 V.A. Musetto
    The cast is solid, with standout performances by first-timer Habib Boufares as Slimane.
    • 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.
    • 70 Metascore
    • 75 V.A. Musetto
    Features crisp dialogue and understated humor, played out by an attractive young cast. Audiences bred on Hollywood romances might find the film too chatty and contemplative. To them I say: Get over it, kids!
    • 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.
    • 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.
    • 82 Metascore
    • 75 V.A. Musetto
    Not exactly as well known as Megadeth or Metallica, Anvil did indeed have 15 minutes of fame back in the 1980s. Then it went into obscurity. Now it's back, trying like hell to be somebody.
    • 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.
    • 84 Metascore
    • 75 V.A. Musetto
    The coincidences might be too much for some, but viewers who can get past them will be treated to a suspenseful, well-acted, crisply photographed character study.
    • 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.
    • 66 Metascore
    • 75 V.A. Musetto
    I hope they have shrinks in remote Nepal, because this kid is going to need one. P.S.: The scenery is awesome.
    • 75 Metascore
    • 75 V.A. Musetto
    The result is surprisingly engrossing -- even lively, due in part to brief musical numbers inserted amid the interviews.
    • 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.
    • 63 Metascore
    • 75 V.A. Musetto
    The movie is frightening not only because of the severe effects the ailment can have on the human body but also because it shows that many doctors are unable to diagnose, let alone treat, the malady.
    • 86 Metascore
    • 75 V.A. Musetto
    A sentimental, whimsical autobiography.
    • 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.
    • 89 Metascore
    • 75 V.A. Musetto
    Koreeda, talented director that he is, never allows the story to sink into soap-opera melodrama, and he refrains from pointing fingers.
    • 70 Metascore
    • 75 V.A. Musetto
    The Japanese whalers are clearly in violation of international law, but no government is willing to take action. That leaves it up to ragtag groups such as the Sea Shepherds to do their best to shut down the whalers. The planet owes them a big "thank you."
    • 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.
    • 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."
    • 71 Metascore
    • 75 V.A. Musetto
    I cannot tell a lie. I derive great satisfaction watching John Malkovich act.
    • 79 Metascore
    • 75 V.A. Musetto
    Mother is yet another winner by Bong, one of Asia's most talented directors.
    • 71 Metascore
    • 75 V.A. Musetto
    What made Ludwig such a great musician? The documentary In Search of Beethoven, directed by Phil Grabsky, answers that question reasonably well.
    • 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.
    • 61 Metascore
    • 75 V.A. Musetto
    It could be set during the war in Iraq, but the brutal French film Intimate Enemies takes place in 1959, at the height of the Algerian struggle against French rule.
    • 73 Metascore
    • 75 V.A. Musetto
    I'm not sure why it took 50 years for Araya to reach New York, but let us be thankful to Milestone Films for giving life to this forgotten film.
    • 71 Metascore
    • 75 V.A. Musetto
    Hilarious.
    • 71 Metascore
    • 75 V.A. Musetto
    Tom Hardy gives an amazing performance as Peterson, who took on the nickname Charlie Bronson, after the "Death Wish" actor.
    • 82 Metascore
    • 75 V.A. Musetto
    Silva's script has the ring of truth, not surprising since he based it on real-life experiences. He even shot most of the scenes in his own family's house.
    • 65 Metascore
    • 75 V.A. Musetto
    The performances by neophite actresses Olympe Borval and Lizzie Brochere make the film special.
    • 73 Metascore
    • 75 V.A. Musetto
    A scrumptious war movie.
    • 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.
    • 67 Metascore
    • 75 V.A. Musetto
    In this season of Hollywood blockbusters, small movies can get lost in the hype. Don't let that happen to Home.
    • 68 Metascore
    • 75 V.A. Musetto
    Strel's 2007 adventures on and in the Amazon are detailed in John Maringouin's fun documentary Big River Man.
    • 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.
    • 59 Metascore
    • 75 V.A. Musetto
    As nutty as you'd expect when two of our most eccentric auteurs join forces.
    • 70 Metascore
    • 75 V.A. Musetto
    An animated feature that revels in its low-tech wackiness.
    • 67 Metascore
    • 75 V.A. Musetto
    In the words of Al Gore, "Garbage Dreams makes a compelling case that modernization does not always equal progress."
    • 81 Metascore
    • 75 V.A. Musetto
    Fish Tank is grim, to be sure, but it leaves us with a feeling of hopefulness.
    • 68 Metascore
    • 75 V.A. Musetto
    Belgian actress Émilie Dequenne gives a smoldering performance as Jeanne.
    • 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.
    • 82 Metascore
    • 75 V.A. Musetto
    The complexity might require a second viewing, but there is compensation in the realistic acting by a cast of non-pros and the eye-grabbing, hand-held lensing by Boaz Yehonatan Yacov.
    • 56 Metascore
    • 75 V.A. Musetto
    The Israeli feature For My Father is a rarity indeed: A sweet, sentimental movie about a suicide bomber.
    • 74 Metascore
    • 75 V.A. Musetto
    The actors are charmingly low-key, and the lensing, by Jorgen Johansson, adds to the offbeat aura. Whatever you do, don't miss the booze-guzzling showdown.
    • 73 Metascore
    • 75 V.A. Musetto
    Another Harlan work, "Kolberg" (1945), inspired the film within the film in "Inglourious Basterds."
    • 67 Metascore
    • 75 V.A. Musetto
    One way to judge a filmmaker is by the way he or she directs children. Take Tze Chun and his impressive first feature, Children of Invention.
    • 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.
    • 85 Metascore
    • 75 V.A. Musetto
    Daniele Cipri's highly stylized lensing and Carlo Crivelli's bold score add to the movie's flamboyant aura. But then, the story of a bombastic dictator deserves a bombastic telling.
    • 73 Metascore
    • 75 V.A. Musetto
    Bluebeard revisits themes often found in Breillat's films -- sibling rivalry, pedophilia, gender conflict -- but it remains fresh and new.
    • 57 Metascore
    • 75 V.A. Musetto
    The documentary does a superlative job of examining the half-century dispute over Chinese rule of mountainous Tibet.
    • 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.
    • 71 Metascore
    • 75 V.A. Musetto
    The subject may be serious, but Ghobadi's approach is mostly light and humorous, at least until the final scenes. Hamed Behdad is especially funny as a streetwise promoter who fast-talks his way out of jail and 80 lashes.
    • 81 Metascore
    • 75 V.A. Musetto
    A nearly perfect love story/murder mystery that unfortunately falters at the end.
    • 64 Metascore
    • 75 V.A. Musetto
    The main attraction is little-seen archival footage going back 50 years, including scenes from the 1960s "Parades and Changes," with artful nudity that was praised in Europe but brought threats of arrest in New York.
    • 33 Metascore
    • 75 V.A. Musetto
    Dieter Laser is grand as the doc, a character Christopher Walken would be comfortable doing, and Akihiro Kitamura provides laughs as the first part of the centipede.
    • 68 Metascore
    • 75 V.A. Musetto
    As one interviewee opines: "It's all about the money."
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    • 75 V.A. Musetto
    Mendoza gives a heart-tugging performance as Mariana.
    • 76 Metascore
    • 75 V.A. Musetto
    There is much opportunity to turn the film into a soaper, but Hansen-Love resists.
    • 63 Metascore
    • 75 V.A. Musetto
    Examines in entertaining detail the way Hollywood has treated North American natives going as far back as the days of silent flicks.
    • 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.
    • 73 Metascore
    • 75 V.A. Musetto
    A highly original black comedy from Greece -- and one of the weirdest movies I've seen in a long time.
    • 70 Metascore
    • 75 V.A. Musetto
    The film casts Spector in a sympathetic light. You can't help feeling sorry for the tormented genius.
    • 59 Metascore
    • 75 V.A. Musetto
    Finzi's lovingly filmed movie draws viewers into the lives of its two young heroes. You don't have to be a ballet buff to be moved by Isabela's and Irlan's stories.
    • 68 Metascore
    • 75 V.A. Musetto
    In an effective touch, Kisses opens in black and white, changes into color for its Dublin scenes, then returns to monochrome.
    • 74 Metascore
    • 75 V.A. Musetto
    Talking heads include friends, fellow artists, art dealers and former girlfriends. One contributor is Julian Schnabel, the painter and filmmaker who directed the 1996 biopic "Basquiat."
    • 77 Metascore
    • 75 V.A. Musetto
    The plot of the gorgeous Mexican film Alamar -- a father-son vacation -- isn't what Hollywood calls "high concept." But thanks to director-cinematographer-editor Pedro Gonzalez-Rubio, the film might be called "high enjoyment."
    • 74 Metascore
    • 75 V.A. Musetto
    Carion gets excellent performances from Emir Kusturica as the Russian and Guillaume Canet as the Frenchman. Each is a filmmaker in his own right -- Canet's directorial résumé includes the thriller "Tell No One" and Kusturica's lists the Serbian black comedies "Underground" and "Black Cat, White Cat."
    • 47 Metascore
    • 75 V.A. Musetto
    A gut-wrenching look at the human cost of war.
    • 85 Metascore
    • 75 V.A. Musetto
    Lebanon is inspired by the director's traumatic days at the front, giving his work a sense of authority.
    • 68 Metascore
    • 75 V.A. Musetto
    Magaly Solier is compelling as the teen. She has little to say, as the camera remains fixated on her expressionless face.
    • 86 Metascore
    • 75 V.A. Musetto
    A startling look at the devastating human cost of China's newfound embrace of capitalism.
    • 61 Metascore
    • 75 V.A. Musetto
    Just as my mind was floating back to the summery movies directed by Eric Rohmer, Marie Riviére -- a Rohmer favorite -- shows up as a mysterious woman on the beach. Surely, Ozon had Rohmer in mind when he co-wrote and directed this lovely film.
    • 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.
    • 57 Metascore
    • 75 V.A. Musetto
    The meditative Swedish movie The Anchorage takes minimalism to the maximum.
    • 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.
    • 56 Metascore
    • 75 V.A. Musetto
    The plot isn't a new one (remember Lady Chatterley?), but Corsini gives it a few twists and turns that keep matters fresh and suspenseful.
    • 83 Metascore
    • 75 V.A. Musetto
    First-time director Jeff Malmberg tells Hogancamp's fascinating story with sensitivity, never resorting to exploitation.
    • 27 Metascore
    • 75 V.A. Musetto
    Exploitation pure and simple. But it's artistically redeeming exploitation. If you can handle it, see it.
    • 65 Metascore
    • 75 V.A. Musetto
    Letters could be dismissed as a soap opera, but that would be unfair to this beautiful work. It features tender performances by Kaarina Hazard (Leila) and Jukka Keinonen (Jacob), as well as beautiful cinematography by Tuomo Hutri.
    • 94 Metascore
    • 75 V.A. Musetto
    Carlos is exciting entertainment, even if its subject's two-decade reign of terror is reprehensible.
    • 61 Metascore
    • 75 V.A. Musetto
    An unconventional movie that requires an unconventional mindset to appreciate.