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 2.2 points higher than other critics. (0-100 point scale)

V.A. Musetto's Scores

  • Movies
  • TV
Average review score: 62
Highest review score: 100 Drug War
Lowest review score: 0 The Tiger and the Snow
Score distribution:
1,277 movie reviews
    • 68 Metascore
    • 50 V.A. Musetto
    Debbie, for better or for worse, is the high point of the entertaining but lightweight film, which is better suited to public TV than the big screen. Oh, yes. If anybody should decide to open another beauty school in Kabul, be sure to leave Debbie in Indiana.
    • 57 Metascore
    • 50 V.A. Musetto
    Redmon makes a valid argument, but he belabors the point. Mardi Gras: Made in China would play better if it were more focused and less repetitive.
    • 51 Metascore
    • 50 V.A. Musetto
    The three women deliver solid performances, but the film is diluted by the use of flashbacks superimposed over present-time scenes. The result is visual chaos.
    • 54 Metascore
    • 50 V.A. Musetto
    Corddry leads a game cast, but the film is rough around the edges...It would play better as a TV sketch.
    • 57 Metascore
    • 50 V.A. Musetto
    Of historical interest, although a more experienced filmmaker would have made more of the sudden rush of events - and avoided the temptation to put himself or herself into nearly every frame, as Grappell does.
    • 56 Metascore
    • 50 V.A. Musetto
    Nunez gets nice performances from his cast, but his narrative is cluttered.
    • 68 Metascore
    • 50 V.A. Musetto
    Mildly diverting, but lacks humor and pathos.
    • 46 Metascore
    • 50 V.A. Musetto
    Dysfunctional families don't come much more messed up than the one in Agnes and His Brothers, a comic drama from Germany.
    • 37 Metascore
    • 50 V.A. Musetto
    Going Under is the feature directorial debut of 65-year-old Eric Werthman, who has been a practicing psychotherapist for a quarter of a century. If you're not already seeing a shrink, Mr. Werthman, may we suggest that you start immediately.
    • 68 Metascore
    • 50 V.A. Musetto
    If you're going to make a documentary about Leonard Cohen, the singer-songwriter, you should have him perform some of his better-known melodies, like "Suzanne."
    • 64 Metascore
    • 50 V.A. Musetto
    It's always enjoyable watching Depardieu and Deneuve, but they deserve better material than they've been given by Techine.
    • 51 Metascore
    • 50 V.A. Musetto
    There's a lot happening here, perhaps too much. At times, the movie threatens to implode under its own weight. At others, it's wickedly funny.
    • 67 Metascore
    • 50 V.A. Musetto
    The film is generic and uninspired, better suited to public TV than the big screen.
    • 55 Metascore
    • 50 V.A. Musetto
    When it comes to magnetism, the Rolling Stones have nothing on Amma, the Indian mahatma ("spiritual guide") chronicled in Jan Kounen's handsomely photographed but one-sided documentary.
    • 64 Metascore
    • 50 V.A. Musetto
    Starts as a serious examination of the two women's lives, but it descends into a mushy melodrama complete with schmaltzy music and dewy cinematography.
    • 73 Metascore
    • 50 V.A. Musetto
    Riding Alone features a moving performance by Takakura (often called the Asian Clint Eastwood), as well as pretty cinematography. But the mushy script, co-written by Zhang, never rises above that of a TV soap opera.
    • 60 Metascore
    • 50 V.A. Musetto
    The script falls victim to the stereotypes and clich├ęs so often found in movies about Asian-American families. Still, Lee shows talent, although it might take a feature or two before she finds her own voice.
    • 58 Metascore
    • 50 V.A. Musetto
    Think you're depressed now? Wait till you see Aurora Borealis, which spends almost two hours watching Ronald Shorter, a suicidal old man, die.
    • 65 Metascore
    • 50 V.A. Musetto
    Wavers between (sometimes) brilliant and (mostly) boring. But it would be wrong to call it a failure.
    • 61 Metascore
    • 50 V.A. Musetto
    It loses direction, turning contrived and sentimental. There's even a touch of Frank Capra.
    • 53 Metascore
    • 50 V.A. Musetto
    Brabbee, artistic director of the Nantucket Film Festival, is to be commended for her dedication to this project, but the film isn't hefty enough for a theatrical release. Public TV would be a better showcase.
    • 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.
    • 66 Metascore
    • 50 V.A. Musetto
    After sitting a while in front of my computer trying to come with the right word to describe the Argentine soaper Family Law, I've settled on "diverting." You will be entertained, but you won't tax your brain.
    • 60 Metascore
    • 50 V.A. Musetto
    The psychobabble makes for dry filmmaking until Schreber starts going fem. From that point on, it's every man for himself.
    • 70 Metascore
    • 50 V.A. Musetto
    Curse of the Golden Flower could also be called "Curse of 'Crouching Tiger, Hidden Dragon.' " In other words, it is yet another attempt to cash in on the success of Ang Lee's 2000 martial-arts epic, which will go down in the history books as one of the most overrated films of the decade.
    • 59 Metascore
    • 50 V.A. Musetto
    Pleasant enough, with funny moments.
    • 64 Metascore
    • 50 V.A. Musetto
    At age 76, Chabrol seems to be just going through the motions, but anyone who has helmed 70 films ("Les Bonnes Femmes" and "La Ceremonie," for example) is entitled to an off day. Look for him to dazzle us next time out.
    • 59 Metascore
    • 50 V.A. Musetto
    An overdone sex comedy.
    • 38 Metascore
    • 50 V.A. Musetto
    Burning Annie has funny moments, but it suffers from an overflow of characters.
    • 73 Metascore
    • 50 V.A. Musetto
    Mirikitani is a colorful character and talented artist, and his story tugs at the heart. Problem is, Hattendorf insists on inserting herself in what seems like every other scene, a device that dilutes Jimmy's story.

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