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
    • 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.
    • 97 Metascore
    • 88 V.A. Musetto
    It is filmmaking as it should be but usually isn't.
    • 94 Metascore
    • 75 V.A. Musetto
    Carlos is exciting entertainment, even if its subject's two-decade reign of terror is reprehensible.
    • 92 Metascore
    • 88 V.A. Musetto
    Denis -- who has called the film a tribute to the great Japanese director Yasujiro Ozu -- keeps dialogue to a minimum as she delicately examines how immigration is changing the face of France.
    • 92 Metascore
    • 100 V.A. Musetto
    While Tarr's newest epic, Werckmeister Harmonies, isn't intended for the shopping-mall crowd, it is more viewer-friendly and will please adventurous moviegoers.
    • 91 Metascore
    • 75 V.A. Musetto
    A rousing indictment of a barbaric practice.
    • 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.
    • 90 Metascore
    • 75 V.A. Musetto
    It is a vivid, at times heartbreaking, portrait of a life and a nation in crisis.
    • 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.
    • 89 Metascore
    • 75 V.A. Musetto
    Poetry, which rightfully won the best-screenplay prize at Cannes, never resorts to exploitation. Under Lee's guidence, it is a mature film for mature audiences.
    • 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.
    • 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.
    • 88 Metascore
    • 88 V.A. Musetto
    Kore-eda presents the deeply moving story in a documentary style that is both gentle and compelling.
    • 87 Metascore
    • 75 V.A. Musetto
    It's expertly directed in a low-key, naturalistic way that brings to mind French auteur Robert Bresson. It's also emotionally forceful and contains heartbreaking performances.
    • 87 Metascore
    • 88 V.A. Musetto
    The film's disclosure that Camorra money is involved with the reconstruction of New York City's Ground Zero will give viewers something to think about.
    • 87 Metascore
    • 88 V.A. Musetto
    Nadezhda Markina is splendid as Elena, who speaks little but still manages to make her thoughts and emotions crystal clear.
    • 87 Metascore
    • 75 V.A. Musetto
    Perplexing but pleasing.
    • 87 Metascore
    • 88 V.A. Musetto
    Herzog tries to make sense out of the blond-haired young man, who looked an awful lot like Kinski.
    • 87 Metascore
    • 88 V.A. Musetto
    A must-see for Miike's passionate legion of fans. But even action buffs who've never seen any of his films before will be drawn in by this masterful exercise in cinematic butchery.
    • 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.
    • 86 Metascore
    • 100 V.A. Musetto
    The result is a magnificent feast for the eyes and brain.
    • 86 Metascore
    • 75 V.A. Musetto
    Veteran French star Michel Piccoli is superb as an aging actor named Gilbert Valence.
    • 86 Metascore
    • 75 V.A. Musetto
    Ten
    Breezy, entertaining and enlightening.
    • 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.
    • 86 Metascore
    • 75 V.A. Musetto
    A sentimental, whimsical autobiography.
    • 86 Metascore
    • 88 V.A. Musetto
    With Japan facing a new nuclear crisis, this beautifully composed and acted heart-wrencher -- couldn't be more timely.
    • 86 Metascore
    • 100 V.A. Musetto
    The climactic shootout, which goes on for 15 minutes and has an astronomical body count, is a masterpiece of its kind.
    • 86 Metascore
    • 75 V.A. Musetto
    A sensitive and subtle meditation on aging, loss and bereavement.
    • 86 Metascore
    • 75 V.A. Musetto
    A thought-provoking documentary that would go well on a double bill with Richard Linklater's fictional "Fast Food Nation."
    • 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.
    • 86 Metascore
    • 88 V.A. Musetto
    Can be summed up in one word: style.
    • 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.
    • 86 Metascore
    • 75 V.A. Musetto
    A startling look at the devastating human cost of China's newfound embrace of capitalism.
    • 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.
    • 85 Metascore
    • 75 V.A. Musetto
    The Pianist recalls "Schindler's List," even down to its weakness: Just as Spielberg's film turned sentimental in its final half hour, Polanski's work, too, has a schmaltz coda. But that doesn't make The Pianist any less effective.
    • 85 Metascore
    • 75 V.A. Musetto
    All too often, films about interconnected lives stumble under the weight of coincidences. Not The Edge of Heaven.
    • 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.
    • 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?
    • 85 Metascore
    • 100 V.A. Musetto
    This isn't a war movie. Rather, it's a powerful, heart-tugging portrait of the innocent victims of conflict.
    • 85 Metascore
    • 75 V.A. Musetto
    In the end, inner peace is found by all - on screen and in the audience.
    • 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.
    • 85 Metascore
    • 75 V.A. Musetto
    You are left with two emotions - despair and hope - after watching producer-director Jennifer Dworkin's disquieting documentary.
    • 85 Metascore
    • 63 V.A. Musetto
    So, should you see The Intruder? Yes -- but only if you're willing to ignore bothersome concerns about narrative and let the poetic images take over your mind.
    • 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.
    • 85 Metascore
    • 88 V.A. Musetto
    A fantastical genre-buster.
    • 85 Metascore
    • 88 V.A. Musetto
    A Western, but any similarities between it and, say, a Gene Autry or Hopalong Cassidy shoot-em-up are nonexistent.
    • 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!
    • 84 Metascore
    • 75 V.A. Musetto
    Director Lee Chang-dong could well have cut 30 minutes out of the story, but Jeon's performance is powerful enough to keep Secret Sunshine from drowning in an ocean of tears.
    • 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.
    • 84 Metascore
    • 63 V.A. Musetto
    China's public image suffers another blow with Up the Yangtze, a documentary by Chinese-Canadian Yung Chang.
    • 84 Metascore
    • 88 V.A. Musetto
    If "Starsky & Hutch" is your idea of art, keep your distance from Distant, the droll new movie from maverick Turkish director Nuri Bilge Ceylan. If, on the other hand, you're searching for something that will remain with you long after leaving the theater, run, don't walk, to Distant.
    • 84 Metascore
    • 88 V.A. Musetto
    Brutality and tenderness are a potent mix in War Witch.
    • 84 Metascore
    • 88 V.A. Musetto
    Despite its themes, Oslo, August 31st is an exhilarating film, with impeccable direction and pitch-perfect performances that make the bleakness worthwhile.
    • 84 Metascore
    • 100 V.A. Musetto
    It's time to stop calling Azazel Jacobs a "promising" filmmaker. With Momma's Man, Jacobs achieves the promise.
    • 84 Metascore
    • 75 V.A. Musetto
    A riveting documentary.
    • 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.
    • 84 Metascore
    • 100 V.A. Musetto
    It's a highly erotic work that at no point seems staged. Credit brilliant use of fog, mirrors, silhouettes, slow motion and special effects worthy of a music video.
    • 83 Metascore
    • 75 V.A. Musetto
    The cast is solid, with standout performances by first-timer Habib Boufares as Slimane.
    • 83 Metascore
    • 75 V.A. Musetto
    The drivel they call "reality TV" pales in comparison with the gripping big-screen documentary Bus 174.
    • 83 Metascore
    • 75 V.A. Musetto
    First-time director Jeff Malmberg tells Hogancamp's fascinating story with sensitivity, never resorting to exploitation.
    • 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.
    • 83 Metascore
    • 50 V.A. Musetto
    Despite its stomach-turning images (and maybe because of), it is a daring, provocative work by a talented helmer who gets off pushing the envelope. He should be supported, no matter how outlandish he gets.
    • 83 Metascore
    • 75 V.A. Musetto
    An exploration of the power of religion -- should delight Dumont's fans. For others, it will take a bit of getting used to. The effort will prove to be worthwhile.
    • 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.
    • 83 Metascore
    • 88 V.A. Musetto
    A deliciously elusive mystery.
    • 83 Metascore
    • 88 V.A. Musetto
    The cast is amazing -- two of the lead actresses are first-timers.
    • 82 Metascore
    • 88 V.A. Musetto
    Thoughtful and entertaining documentary.
    • 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.
    • 82 Metascore
    • 63 V.A. Musetto
    The story becomes so convoluted and contrived that much of the tension dissipates.
    • 82 Metascore
    • 63 V.A. Musetto
    Loving but overlong meditation on movies and the people who make them.
    • 82 Metascore
    • 75 V.A. Musetto
    A loving tribute to cinema by Tsai Ming-liang, one of Taiwan's most accomplished and popular directors.
    • 82 Metascore
    • 50 V.A. Musetto
    Algenis Perez Soto was a baseball player in real life, which helps to explain his sensitive, understated performance as Sugar. But he's let down by a manipulative script recycled from dozens of sports and immigrant movies. At least it dispenses with a Hollywood ending.
    • 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.
    • 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.
    • 82 Metascore
    • 88 V.A. Musetto
    Literate and engrossing, with excellent performances.
    • 82 Metascore
    • 75 V.A. Musetto
    Le Havre is warm-hearted and uplifting, without being schmaltzy or preachy. And, with its illegal-alien theme, it's dead-on timely.
    • 82 Metascore
    • 50 V.A. Musetto
    Days of Glory has good intentions and a well-executed combat scene, but it could do with more originality.
    • 82 Metascore
    • 75 V.A. Musetto
    Far from earthshaking, but it's fun while it lasts.
    • 82 Metascore
    • 88 V.A. Musetto
    Lilya is portrayed by Oksana Akinshina, who gives a dynamic, heartbreaking performance... She was wonderful in ["Brothers"], but is even more astonishing in Lilya 4-Ever.
    • 82 Metascore
    • 88 V.A. Musetto
    Vladimir Garin and Ivan Dobronravov are amazingly natural as the boys, and Konstantin Lavronenko impresses as the taciturn father.
    • 82 Metascore
    • 50 V.A. Musetto
    The news footage, so powerful on its own, needs no enhancement. The dramatized scenes only slow the film's momentum.
    • 82 Metascore
    • 88 V.A. Musetto
    Working from a well-thought-out script co-written by director Stéphane Brizé, the two stars deliver impressive, understated performances.
    • 82 Metascore
    • 75 V.A. Musetto
    The stylish flick harkens back to the work of old masters like Akira Kurosawa and Yasujiro Ozu.
    • 82 Metascore
    • 75 V.A. Musetto
    Anybody who's ever seen a movie about exorcism knows that, in cases like this, the first thing to do is call 1-800-PRIEST, which the family does.
    • 82 Metascore
    • 75 V.A. Musetto
    Patient viewers will be rewarded, as long as they pay attention. Lots of what at first seems inconsequential is actually of great import - but Ceylan isn't letting on. And yes, the cinematography is impressive.
    • 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.
    • 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.
    • 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.
    • 82 Metascore
    • 88 V.A. Musetto
    Balibar's dreamy voice (I'm reminded of Billie Holiday) is complemented by Costa's hypnotic camera work. The result is a visual and aural delight.
    • 82 Metascore
    • 88 V.A. Musetto
    So powerful is Stranded that when the lucky few finally make their way back to civilization, you feel as thrilled as if they were your own loved ones.
    • 81 Metascore
    • 75 V.A. Musetto
    A fascinating front-row seat for what could be history's shortest-lived coup.
    • 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.
    • 81 Metascore
    • 75 V.A. Musetto
    A nearly perfect love story/murder mystery that unfortunately falters at the end.
    • 81 Metascore
    • 75 V.A. Musetto
    The result is as impressive as one would expect.
    • 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.
    • 81 Metascore
    • 75 V.A. Musetto
    Weekend is a gay riff on "Before Sunrise" (1995), in which a man (Ethan Hawke) and woman (Julie Delpy) meet and fall in love in one night, before going their separate ways in the morning for what could be forever.
    • 81 Metascore
    • 88 V.A. Musetto
    The highly stylized, often outrageously funny biopic is anchored by a devastating performance by Toni Servillo as Andreotti, brilliantly capturing the gnomic politician's trademark slouch and inexpressive face.
    • 81 Metascore
    • 75 V.A. Musetto
    Fish Tank is grim, to be sure, but it leaves us with a feeling of hopefulness.
    • 81 Metascore
    • 88 V.A. Musetto
    The result is an immensely enjoyable portrait of a strange-looking, non-comforming genius who loved women as much as designing masterpieces but was never able to commit to them. In other words: great architect, lousy family man.
    • 81 Metascore
    • 75 V.A. Musetto
    A remarkable 179-minute meditation on the nature of revolution.