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 Drug War
Lowest review score: 0 Controlled Chaos
Score distribution:
1,277 movie reviews
    • 72 Metascore
    • 75 V.A. Musetto
    As with "Distant," the dialogue is minimal, the takes are long, the narrative is laconic (too much so for many viewers, I imagine) and the cinematography is painterly.
    • 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.
    • 73 Metascore
    • 75 V.A. Musetto
    Sweet isn't a word often used to describe movies these days, but it's one that applies to The Cave of the Yellow Dog.
    • 66 Metascore
    • 75 V.A. Musetto
    Mainstream audiences will be put off by the lack of a straightforward narrative, but adventurous moviegoers will find pleasure in the hypnotic originality of the images.
    • 56 Metascore
    • 75 V.A. Musetto
    A heartwarming family fable that parents and kids can enjoy.
    • 71 Metascore
    • 75 V.A. Musetto
    An amazing portrait of the great filmmaker Ingmar Bergman in his later years.
    • 68 Metascore
    • 75 V.A. Musetto
    Yes, The Secret Life of Words owes much to Lars von Trier's 1999 "Breaking the Waves." But Coixet's riff stands on its own thanks to thoughtful performances by Polley and Robbins.
    • 56 Metascore
    • 75 V.A. Musetto
    The subject is touchy, but Gund handles it with taste and compassion.
    • 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.
    • 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.
    • 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.
    • 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.
    • 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.
    • 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.
    • 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.
    • 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.
    • 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.
    • 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.
    • 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?
    • 60 Metascore
    • 75 V.A. Musetto
    A welcome change from horror movies like "Hostel' and "Saw" and their mind-numbing gore and violence.
    • 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.

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