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 12:08 East of Bucharest
Lowest review score: 0 See No Evil
Score distribution:
1,277 movie reviews
    • 60 Metascore
    • 75 V.A. Musetto
    The fine cast, the elegant settings and the swoony title song somehow draw you in.
    • 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.
    • 57 Metascore
    • 75 V.A. Musetto
    Movies by Rob Zombie, the goth rocker turned cult filmmaker, aren’t for everybody. But he couldn’t care less. He makes movies exactly the way he wants to, with no thought of pleasing mainstream audiences. They can like it or lump it. His latest effort, The Lords of Salem, is true to form.
    • 70 Metascore
    • 75 V.A. Musetto
    Moves along briskly, with several laugh-out-loud moments.
    • 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.
    • 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
    Writer-director Erik Van Looy keeps the action moving briskly. Danny Elsen's cinematography is stylish and the acting top-notch.
    • 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.
    • 82 Metascore
    • 75 V.A. Musetto
    Fonteyne doesn't have much use for words. He prefers to tell his story via facial expressions and body language, much as filmmakers did in the silent era.
    • 75 Metascore
    • 75 V.A. Musetto
    The Holy Girl ends without resolution, but one isn't needed in this mature, thoughtful drama.
    • 67 Metascore
    • 75 V.A. Musetto
    Lacks visual flair. But Kouyate elicits strong performances from his cast, and he delivers a powerful commentary on how governments lie, no matter who runs them.
    • 68 Metascore
    • 75 V.A. Musetto
    Take the real-life 1979 assassination of Park Chung-hee, the despotic, hedonistic, seal-testicle-loving president of South Korea, and stage it as if the Marx Brothers were running the country, and you might get The President's Last Bang.
    • 66 Metascore
    • 75 V.A. Musetto
    Dog Days has much in common with "Code Unknown" -- both dart among several characters who may occasionally cross paths.
    • 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.
    • 70 Metascore
    • 75 V.A. Musetto
    Does a first-rate job of remembering.
    • 67 Metascore
    • 75 V.A. Musetto
    R
    If you were among the many who thought highly of "A Prophet," the French prison drama that played here last year, you'll want to see the brutally realistic Danish thriller R.
    • 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
    Should please die-hard fans as well as viewers who have never heard the band and its anthem, "Kick Out the Jams."
    • 73 Metascore
    • 75 V.A. Musetto
    More than just a musical primer. It's also a valentine to the city on the Bosporus, the strait that separates Istanbul's Asian and European sides.
    • 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.
    • 67 Metascore
    • 75 V.A. Musetto
    It doesn't measure up to Schlondorff's 1979 Oscar winner, "The Tin Drum," but it's compelling nevertheless.
    • 51 Metascore
    • 75 V.A. Musetto
    You just know something terrible is going to happen. But when it does, you're entirely unprepared
    • 99 Metascore
    • 75 V.A. Musetto
    Lino Ventura is grand as a solemn resistance leader. He's backed by a knockout cast that includes Simone Signoret.
    • 73 Metascore
    • 75 V.A. Musetto
    An original head trip definitely not recommended for kiddies.
    • 73 Metascore
    • 75 V.A. Musetto
    The political intrigue behind the documentary would make for a great movie of its own.
    • 81 Metascore
    • 75 V.A. Musetto
    A remarkable 179-minute meditation on the nature of revolution.
    • 61 Metascore
    • 75 V.A. Musetto
    Ten percent of Ghana's 20 million people are disabled, yet the film makes little attempt to explain why.
    • 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.
    • 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.
    • 71 Metascore
    • 75 V.A. Musetto
    Vincent Lindon, one of France's leading actors, is super as Marc, a man on a downward spiral into insanity. And Emmanuelle Devos is comforting as Marc's loving wife.
    • tbd Metascore
    • 75 V.A. Musetto
    He turns to the furry creatures as a metaphor for life in post-Communist countries. Just as the rabbits were discombobulated by their newfound freedom, so, too, were people, who found it difficult to adapt to life without Big Brother.
    • 81 Metascore
    • 75 V.A. Musetto
    The result is as impressive as one would expect.
    • 74 Metascore
    • 75 V.A. Musetto
    Sergei Puskepalis (Sergei) and Grigory Dobrygin (Pavel) give powerful performances, but the real star is Mother Nature.
    • 76 Metascore
    • 75 V.A. Musetto
    Director Susanne Bier is helped by a well-chosen cast, especially the glowing Nielsen, a Danish-born actress best known for American films like "Gladiator."
    • 61 Metascore
    • 75 V.A. Musetto
    You'll want to catch this clever movie before Hollywood ruins everything with a dumb remake.
    • 33 Metascore
    • 75 V.A. Musetto
    A satirical blast at America's gun culture. But it's so entertaining that even a die-hard NRA member might be impressed.
    • 72 Metascore
    • 75 V.A. Musetto
    Long before Occupy Wall Street, there was Bob Fass, the legendary overnight host on WBAI whose 50-year career is lovingly saluted in the documentary Radio Unnameable.
    • 70 Metascore
    • 75 V.A. Musetto
    Tackling serious issues with humor and understanding, the film portrays Mona's woes as a microcosm of the entire mess in the Middle East.
    • 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.
    • 69 Metascore
    • 75 V.A. Musetto
    This film is no fairy tale for children. Not only does it contain nudity and sex, both straight and lesbian, but it also presents childhood as a time of terror.
    • 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.
    • 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.
    • 68 Metascore
    • 75 V.A. Musetto
    Madsen interviews experts galore, but few seem to know what's going to happen with this project in the next decade -- let alone 100,000 years.
    • 61 Metascore
    • 75 V.A. Musetto
    Has its share of clichés and contrivances. Fortunately, compensation is provided by strong performances by veteran actor Vincent Lindon as the coach and newcomer Firat Ayverdi as the refugee.
    • 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.
    • 67 Metascore
    • 75 V.A. Musetto
    The editing (by Kitano) and lensing are stylish and guaranteed to keep viewers hooked through the final rubout.
    • 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.
    • 67 Metascore
    • 75 V.A. Musetto
    A beautiful nature film, with gorgeous, multicolored shots of bees and flowers. It also is a well-made documentary about the troubles of the honeybee.
    • 66 Metascore
    • 75 V.A. Musetto
    The three-part anthology opens with its best shot, Hong Kong fruitcake Fruit Chan's "Dumplings," photographed by the great Christopher Doyle.
    • 62 Metascore
    • 75 V.A. Musetto
    You care for these warriors, no matter which uniform they're wearing. I don't know Taub's intentions, but The Fallen makes a potent antiwar statement.
    • 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!
    • 73 Metascore
    • 75 V.A. Musetto
    Another Harlan work, "Kolberg" (1945), inspired the film within the film in "Inglourious Basterds."
    • 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.
    • 63 Metascore
    • 75 V.A. Musetto
    Luckily for us, Grace Lee recorded everything in the fun documentary The Grace Lee Project.
    • 75 Metascore
    • 75 V.A. Musetto
    Man's inhumanity to man is gruesomely detailed in S21: The Khmer Rouge Killing Machine.
    • 59 Metascore
    • 75 V.A. Musetto
    Chilling documentary.
    • 52 Metascore
    • 75 V.A. Musetto
    American Animal is a wildly experimental debut for D'Elia, who uses hand-held digital cameras and lots of jump cuts. It is well-acted and features witty repartee.
    • 73 Metascore
    • 75 V.A. Musetto
    Viewers in Gotham will be perplexed, frightened, disgusted - and, mostly, entertained.
    • 70 Metascore
    • 75 V.A. Musetto
    The film casts Spector in a sympathetic light. You can't help feeling sorry for the tormented genius.
    • 70 Metascore
    • 75 V.A. Musetto
    Enlightening.
    • 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.
    • 72 Metascore
    • 75 V.A. Musetto
    Goodman doesn't preach or point fingers. She lets the three recruits have their say, and allows viewers to make up their own minds on the issues her film raises.
    • 62 Metascore
    • 75 V.A. Musetto
    If action's your thing, then the Chinese-Hong Kong martial-arts epic True Legend is your movie.
    • 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.
    • 74 Metascore
    • 75 V.A. Musetto
    While never exploitative, Polisse can be extremely disturbing. Is it possible for a parent to mistreat a child in the ways shown here? Sad to say, the answer is yes.
    • 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.
    • 53 Metascore
    • 75 V.A. Musetto
    Disturbing but very watchable noir.
    • 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.
    • 65 Metascore
    • 75 V.A. Musetto
    The performances by neophite actresses Olympe Borval and Lizzie Brochere make the film special.
    • 78 Metascore
    • 75 V.A. Musetto
    Briski, a New York photographer, spent several years with the pre-teens. But she did more than just film them -- she tried to help them.
    • 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.
    • 74 Metascore
    • 75 V.A. Musetto
    Don't expect guffaw-inducing comedy, but rather deadpan humor in the style of Buster Keaton and Jacques Tati.
    • 52 Metascore
    • 75 V.A. Musetto
    A devilish updating of Verdi's "Rigoletto."
    • 82 Metascore
    • 75 V.A. Musetto
    Far from earthshaking, but it's fun while it lasts.
    • 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.
    • 51 Metascore
    • 75 V.A. Musetto
    The director, American-born Paula Fouce, has a passion for the holy ways of the East, and it shines through in Naked in Ashes.
    • 72 Metascore
    • 75 V.A. Musetto
    Breezy and informative. It offers a view of the talented, opinionated man that only his son could pull off.
    • 71 Metascore
    • 75 V.A. Musetto
    Don't get the wrong idea -- to Rowe's credit, this isn't just a movie about sex. It's a compassionate study of human loneliness. Whatever you do, don't confuse this with the Hollywood rom-com of the same name.
    • 67 Metascore
    • 75 V.A. Musetto
    It's "Saturday Night Fever," Johannesburg-style.
    • 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.
    • 83 Metascore
    • 75 V.A. Musetto
    The drivel they call "reality TV" pales in comparison with the gripping big-screen documentary Bus 174.
    • 53 Metascore
    • 75 V.A. Musetto
    An impressive experimental movie, is practically a one-man show by Yasuaki Nakajima.
    • 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.
    • 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.
    • 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.
    • 61 Metascore
    • 75 V.A. Musetto
    Songbird Bjork and artist hubby Matthew Barney team up in Drawing Restraint 9, and the spectacular result is exactly what should be expected from these one-of-a-kind creative oddballs.
    • 59 Metascore
    • 75 V.A. Musetto
    As North Korea undergoes a highly publicized change of leadership, The Front Line proves timely. In fact, one of the movie's army commanders looks like the north's new baby dictator, Kim Jong-un.
    • 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.
    • 57 Metascore
    • 75 V.A. Musetto
    The movie's title might sound like a splatter-fest by Rob Zombie. But despite the theme, “Eddie” goes easy on gratuitous gore. What we get is a cerebral horror movie and a satire of the art world.
    • 57 Metascore
    • 75 V.A. Musetto
    You don't have to be crazy to sing like Larry "Wild Man" Fischer -- subject of Josh Rubin's reverential documentary Derailroaded -- but it helps.
    • 59 Metascore
    • 75 V.A. Musetto
    Comedy with a light-hearted flair. The cast is charming, and Garcia is especially easy on the eye.
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    • 65 Metascore
    • 75 V.A. Musetto
    Rampling has a relatively small role in Lemming, but the 60-year-old star proves the high point of the suspenseful black comedy from France.
    • 75 Metascore
    • 75 V.A. Musetto
    The Japanese anti-war drama Caterpillar is difficult to watch. But it's directed, acted and photographed well, and it's worth seeing even if it makes you uncomfortable.
    • 68 Metascore
    • 75 V.A. Musetto
    Dong, who is gay, does his best to stay objective. Just how these families interact may surprise you.
    • 72 Metascore
    • 75 V.A. Musetto
    That rare commodity: a film with only good things to say about public schools.
    • 69 Metascore
    • 75 V.A. Musetto
    Octubre has the feel of something Jim Jarmusch might have made in his early years -- lots of dark humor that you'll think of in the middle of the night, and laugh about.
    • 69 Metascore
    • 75 V.A. Musetto
    Excellent performances are given by all, with Alidoosti, who has the face of an angel, once again a wonder.
    • 58 Metascore
    • 75 V.A. Musetto
    Beware of blood-sucking Mormons! At least that's the tongue-in-cheek message in Trapped by the Mormons, a campy sendup shot as a 1920s silent movie.
    • 74 Metascore
    • 75 V.A. Musetto
    In an attempt to understand this phenomenon, Ziv interviews leaders of terrorist groups like Hamas, failed hit men now in jail and relatives of those who died carrying out these attacks. The effect is frightening.
    • 78 Metascore
    • 75 V.A. Musetto
    Huppert is, as usual, superb, proving yet again that she is the finest actress working in France today.

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