For 32 reviews, this critic has graded:
  • 90% higher than the average critic
  • 0% same as the average critic
  • 10% lower than the average critic
On average, this critic grades 7.8 points higher than other critics. (0-100 point scale)

Scott Wold's Scores

  • Movies
  • TV
Average review score: 72
Highest review score: 95 The Endless
Lowest review score: 45 Alien Abduction
Score distribution:
  1. Positive: 23 out of 32
  2. Negative: 0 out of 32
32 movie reviews
    • 48 Metascore
    • 63 Scott Wold
    For a movie that initially tastes like an unexpected treat, it’s especially disappointing that Empathy, Inc.’s third act sours and leaves a bitter aftertaste.
    • 51 Metascore
    • 65 Scott Wold
    It’s tempting to believe a great sci-fi yarn exists in Carter, somewhere in the no doubt thick sheaf of studio notes demanding more spoon-feeding of an audience they believe to be equally thick. But more likely, it’s possible that Stanton simply wasn’t ready to make the leap from animation to super-budgeted live action.
    • 64 Metascore
    • 53 Scott Wold
    Despite consistently astounding production values, Prometheus is hobbled throughout by a screenplay that would have been jettisoned out of the airlock normally reserved for scripts rejected by the SyFy Original Channel.
    • 60 Metascore
    • 80 Scott Wold
    This is a film that aims squarely at respecting its source’s established fan base, and cares little for casualties who can’t hang on through its grindhouse paces.
    • 72 Metascore
    • 85 Scott Wold
    The world of Sugar Rush itself merits some mention, too. Deliriously inventive and pulsing with life, it almost seems a shame a real video game wasn’t developed from its blueprints; it’s a world in which one wants to linger.
    • 51 Metascore
    • 62 Scott Wold
    The undertaking of an endeavor like this without prior feature film directing experience—as well as convincing a studio and many established talents to back him—is nothing short of extraordinary. But, in the end, The Man with the Iron Fists will have to settle for having crossed the finish line at all. Good hustle. Good hustle.
    • 62 Metascore
    • 80 Scott Wold
    That Buffalo Girls makes its stand as an empowering journey of perseverance and champion’s spirit, rather than a reflection on the larger societal underpinnings is not to its detriment.
    • 50 Metascore
    • 58 Scott Wold
    The most frustrating thing about Jeremy Power Regimbal’s directorial debut is there’s part of a very effective thriller here. It’s just not the good part.
    • 53 Metascore
    • 80 Scott Wold
    Cult favorite director Don Coscarelli knows which way to twist the knobs and navigate through the static of mindfuckery that follows.
    • 23 Metascore
    • 58 Scott Wold
    Unfortunately, Norwegian director Tommy Wirkola’s Hansel & Gretel is just another entry in Bland Fairy Tale Theater, a shapeless riff on those hapless German siblings with the worst parents ever.
    • 60 Metascore
    • 71 Scott Wold
    Warm Bodies shambles along as inoffensively as its “regular” zombies—with little fright, little gore and an occasional chuckle. But, as a mild diversion that won’t bother either person on a date, one could do far worse.
    • 75 Metascore
    • 85 Scott Wold
    Unsurprisingly, the substance of a movie genre is again enriched with his latest, masterfully spare and confident effort.
    • 55 Metascore
    • 80 Scott Wold
    Despite doubling as a plausibility-straining endorsement for the battery life of Apple’s iPhone, Dickerson’s claustrophobic survival thriller proves itself a technically proficient, expertly paced affair.
    • 61 Metascore
    • 70 Scott Wold
    As much as director James Mangold’s cinematic interpretation had going for it prior to pre-production, it’s a pity it only seldom succeeds—largely due to the decisions made way back before Darren Aronofsky was attached to helm.
    • 71 Metascore
    • 78 Scott Wold
    When it adheres to this storytelling maxim, Jim Mickle’s gender-flipped remake of Jorge Michel Grau’s well-received 2010 horror flick, We Are What We Are, is a powerfully expressed, atmospheric gem. If only it didn’t flinch from time to time, seemingly unable to resist the temptation to make sure the audience “gets it.”
    • 48 Metascore
    • 79 Scott Wold
    Its ambition is as small as its budget, but hell if the filmmaker, cast and crew don’t seem more than enthusiastic in serving up the entirely nutrition-less titillation.
    • 83 Metascore
    • 90 Scott Wold
    Kendall wisely avoids imposing Western values on the proceedings. The details of life intrinsic to the country speak for themselves, and the film forms more a story that amounts to fascination with the journey of the singular camioneta.
    • 91 Metascore
    • 94 Scott Wold
    Her
    Far from taking the comfortable approach as yet another cautionary sci-fi tale of technology run amok, Her isn’t interested in holding a dystopic mirror up to society. Jonze instead posits a wonderfully original alternative to Skynet and the Matrix—in the future, the first self-aware A.I. won’t destroy the world, but it may just break your heart.
    • 46 Metascore
    • 45 Scott Wold
    Alien Abduction fails to thrill or chill.
    • 80 Metascore
    • 89 Scott Wold
    For those with the patience, and for those who simply love the way a fascinatingly unique film can so fully convey and shape a point of view, Under the Skin will reward the time spent in the theater.
    • 75 Metascore
    • 85 Scott Wold
    Singer threads the needle with such apparent effortlessness in stitching it all together, the seams are practically invisible. It may not be as showy as telekinesis or plasma-laser eyes, but it’s an uncanny gift nevertheless.
    • 35 Metascore
    • 50 Scott Wold
    Joke’s way over, guys, and everyone’s now uncomfortable, thanks. Now, who needs a drink…?
    • 52 Metascore
    • 79 Scott Wold
    Ragnarok ain’t a home run, but it’s a solid double, and certainly enough to cause Hollywood scouts to raise an eyebrow.
    • 68 Metascore
    • 82 Scott Wold
    The blood-slicked, vividly drawn film universe John Wick illustrates is such a generous slice of pulp that, even if not original, per se, it exudes a confidence rarely seen these days, surefire franchises be damned.
    • 52 Metascore
    • 59 Scott Wold
    Even with exhilarating plague montages and stomach-dropping illusions of scale amid the many battles, the characteristically brilliant shots for which the famed director is known can’t compensate for the completely tone-deaf overall result—so far removed from the days in which the filmmaker brought us Alien.
    • 59 Metascore
    • 69 Scott Wold
    So, then, what makes it the “best” entry? The more severe Rings-tone that Jackson has been attempting to graft on top of the (mostly) whimsical original source makes the most sense here. Also—and at the risk of coming off as pedantic—it’s because, technically, it’s the shortest of the three.
    • 70 Metascore
    • 91 Scott Wold
    The love story at the center of Spring is mysterious, funny and often poignant—a tough enough thing even to describe, let alone commit to film.
    • 51 Metascore
    • 60 Scott Wold
    Maybe there is, in fact, something inherently valuable in producing a sincere effort of escapism, to transport the audience to a different, less cynical, arguably “better” time. But when the audience is collectively checking their watches, it’s probably not a good sign.
    • 52 Metascore
    • 59 Scott Wold
    On the strength of the leads’ performances—as well the semi-original setting in which the zombie apocalypse is relatively (and somewhat refreshingly) contained—Maggie nearly warrants a recommendation.
    • 62 Metascore
    • 66 Scott Wold
    Fans of the director will doubtlessly find his latest overly familiar, while the Miike-uninitiated will be left scratching their heads as to how chocolate and peanut butter don’t quite make the whole confection more delicious.

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