A.O. Scott

A.O. Scott

Agrees with the Tomatometer 77% of the time.

A.O. Scott's reviews (from any publication) always count toward the Tomatometer because this critic is a Tomatometer-approved critic.

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Rating T-Meter Title | Year Review
75% When Animals Dream (2015) "Mr. Arnby knows all the genre codes, and how to subvert them when necessary. " ‐ New York Times
Posted Aug 27, 2015
82% The Iron Ministry (2015) ""The Iron Ministry" is neither boring nor confining, which is just to say that it's not a long trip through a faraway country. It's a work of art - vivid and mysterious and full of life. " ‐ New York Times
Posted Aug 20, 2015
65% Digging For Fire (2015) "The film has an appealing honesty and an enjoyably low-key comic style. " ‐ New York Times
Posted Aug 20, 2015
92% Grandma (2015) "Honestly, the wonder that is "Grandma" can be summed up in two words: Lily Tomlin. " ‐ New York Times
Posted Aug 19, 2015
61% Ricki And The Flash (2015) ""Ricki and the Flash" seems like a squandered opportunity for this humane, curious and liberal-minded filmmaker to reflect on some uncomfortable realities. This isn't really rock 'n' roll. It's easy listening. " ‐ New York Times
Posted Aug 6, 2015
9% Fantastic Four (2015) "Ms. Mara disappears. Her character also has the power to make other things vanish. I would say she should have exercised it on this movie, but in a week or two that should take care of itself. " ‐ New York Times
Posted Aug 6, 2015
94% Best Of Enemies (2015) "The arguments about sex, war, race and culture have hardly quieted since 1968. Buckley and Vidal may rest in peace, but the rest of us have stayed plastered. " ‐ New York Times
Posted Jul 30, 2015
67% The Kindergarten Teacher (Haganenet) (2015) "A self-assured, remarkably powerful film from the Israeli writer-director Nadav Lapid. " ‐ New York Times
Posted Jul 30, 2015
92% The End Of The Tour (2015) "It's ultimately a movie - one of the most rigorous and thoughtful I've seen - about the ethical and existential traps our fame-crazed culture sets for the talented and the mediocre alike. " ‐ New York Times
Posted Jul 30, 2015
99% Phoenix (2015) "Mr. Petzold has made a suave and suspenseful entertainment that doesn't seem entirely sure that it wants to be - or is able to be - more. " ‐ New York Times
Posted Jul 23, 2015
60% Southpaw (2015) "I wish I could say "Southpaw" was a knockout, or even a contender, that it went the distance or scored on points. But it's strictly an undercard bout, displaying enough heart and skill to keep the paying customers from getting too restless. " ‐ New York Times
Posted Jul 23, 2015
87% Mr. Holmes (2015) "The film's plots are soft and flimsy, and they don't mesh as gracefully as they might, but they do serve as an adequate trellis for Mr. McKellen's performance, which is gratifyingly but unsurprisingly wonderful. " ‐ New York Times
Posted Jul 17, 2015
97% The Look of Silence (2015) "Mr. Rukun is a quiet man, contemplating his family's tragedy more in sorrow than in anger. But this atmosphere has the effect of making the violence at the film's heart all the more shocking. " ‐ New York Times
Posted Jul 16, 2015
79% Ant-Man (2015) "Like "Guardians of the Galaxy," last year's off-brand Marvel hit, "Ant-Man" dabbles in the bright, playful colors of the superhero spectrum, reveling in moments of cartoonish whimsy and smirky humor. " ‐ New York Times
Posted Jul 16, 2015
82% 10,000 Km (2015) "The director's discipline is remarkable, and also a bit constricting. " ‐ New York Times
Posted Jul 9, 2015
20% Self/less (2015) "All of it unfolds in the atmosphere of gaudy, portentous vacuity that is Mr. Singh's trademark. " ‐ New York Times
Posted Jul 9, 2015
100% Stray Dog (2015) "Perhaps its greatest virtue lies in its powerful, implicit challenge to the lazy habit of looking at American life through polarized red- and blue-tinted lenses. " ‐ New York Times
Posted Jul 2, 2015
83% A Poem Is A Naked Person (2015) "A poetic exploration of a moment, a place and an artist. " ‐ New York Times
Posted Jun 30, 2015
65% Magic Mike XXL (2015) "Rather than trying to replay the first episode and expand on its themes, this installment tosses it all aside like a handyman's tool belt and throws itself headlong into the intoxicating carnality of what is demurely called "male entertainment." " ‐ New York Times
Posted Jun 30, 2015
35% Max (2015) "Mr. Yakin opts for bullets, explosions and blood vengeance when handcuffs and perp walks would do the job. Not that "Max" has any clear or coherent sense of mission. " ‐ New York Times
Posted Jun 25, 2015
62% The Princess Of France (2015) ""The Princess of France" has an appealing lightness and modesty, but it also feels flimsy and thin, like clever scribblings in the margins of a book, fleeting insights in search of form and energy. " ‐ New York Times
Posted Jun 25, 2015
88% Dope (2015) "Mr. Famuyiwa ... shoves disparate genre elements together as if pulling jigsaw puzzle pieces from a half-dozen different boxes, and if the finished work isn't quite convincing, it's still fun to look at. " ‐ New York Times
Posted Jun 18, 2015
98% Inside Out (2015) ""Inside Out" is an absolute delight - funny and charming, fast-moving and full of surprises. It is also a defense of sorrow, an argument for the necessity of melancholy dressed in the bright colors of entertainment. " ‐ New York Times
Posted Jun 18, 2015
86% The Tribe (2015) "It's something of a formal tour de force, a triumphant overcoming of self-imposed cinematic challenges. " ‐ New York Times
Posted Jun 17, 2015
43% Madame Bovary (2015) "It is not hard to believe that Ms. Wasikowska is Madame Bovary - she is at once serious and shallow, willful and indecisive, powerful and helpless - but this "Madame Bovary" is unfortunately not quite itself. " ‐ New York Times
Posted Jun 11, 2015
82% Me and Earl and the Dying Girl (2015) "The film is touching and small, but also thoughtful and assured in a way that lingers after the inevitable tears have been shed and the obvious lessons learned. " ‐ New York Times
Posted Jun 11, 2015
90% Love & Mercy (2015) "It's a loving tribute to the Beach Boys and the man responsible for their distinctive sound, but it goes to deeper and stranger places than most movies of its kind. " ‐ New York Times
Posted Jun 4, 2015
94% Spy (2015) "The busy, silly script allows Ms. McCarthy to be her own best sidekick, in effect an entire sketch-comedy troupe unto herself. " ‐ New York Times
Posted Jun 4, 2015
91% A Pigeon Sat on a Branch Reflecting on Existence (2015) "If fun does not really fit into Roy Andersson's frame of reference, there is ample pleasure to be gleaned from his formal discipline and his downbeat wit. " ‐ New York Times
Posted Jun 2, 2015
32% Entourage (2015) "You could accuse it of glamorizing the shallow hedonism it depicts, but that charge would only stick if the movie had any genuine flair, romance or imagination. " ‐ New York Times
Posted Jun 2, 2015
19% Aloha (2015) "The plot is a hash when it's not a drag, and the 100-odd-minute cut of the film arriving in theaters on Friday seems hacked from something longer and baggier. " ‐ New York Times
Posted May 28, 2015
81% Results (2015) "Only toward the end do you realize that the characters have been arranged into a pleasing and familiar romantic-comedy triangle and that you've been watching a beautifully played game of underhand slow-pitch screwball. " ‐ New York Times
Posted May 28, 2015
50% San Andreas (2015) "It's hard not to shrug, stifle a yawn and reach for the popcorn when the Golden Gate Bridge once again buckles and sways and drops vehicles into the bay. " ‐ New York Times
Posted May 28, 2015
13% Aloft (2015) "For all its brooding atmosphere and visual poeticism, the film offers a perspective on the lives of its characters that feels narrow and superficial. " ‐ New York Times
Posted May 21, 2015
50% Tomorrowland (2015) "It's important to note that "Tomorrowland" is not disappointing in the usual way. It's not another glib, phoned-in piece of franchise mediocrity but rather a work of evident passion and conviction. What it isn't is in any way convincing or enchanting. " ‐ New York Times
Posted May 21, 2015
93% Güeros (2015) ""Güeros" is like a flip-book history lesson, one that evokes the pain and comedy - the pop, the politics, the tedium and the momentousness - of a particular moment in the endless, cyclical chronicles of youth and disillusionment. " ‐ New York Times
Posted May 19, 2015
67% Pitch Perfect 2 (2015) "The casual busyness of the plots does not distract from the essence of the movie, which is the pleasure and occasional stress of hanging out with like-minded girlfriends as you ease your way toward adulthood. " ‐ New York Times
Posted May 14, 2015
83% Animals (2015) "Mr. Schiffli shoots in a fluid style, tweaking colors and focus to register changes in perception and feeling. " ‐ New York Times
Posted May 14, 2015
48% The Film Critic (2015) ""The Film Critic" is at once too clever by half and not as smart as it pretends to be. " ‐ New York Times
Posted May 14, 2015
97% Mad Max: Fury Road (2015) "Even in the most chaotic fights and collisions, everything makes sense. ... And Mr. Miller demonstrates that great action filmmaking is not only a matter of physics but of ethics as well. There is cause and effect; there are choices and consequences. " ‐ New York Times
Posted May 14, 2015
82% 1001 Grams (2015) ""1001 Grams" achieves a charming equipoise of levity and gravity, of formal rigor and soulful sentiment. " ‐ New York Times
Posted May 7, 2015
8% Hot Pursuit (2015) "We are in the midst of a comedy boom, and within it an explosion of feminist and woman-driven humor, but the news has apparently not reached Warner Bros. headquarters. " ‐ New York Times
Posted May 7, 2015
51% Saint Laurent (2015) "Shepherding you past security with a flash of a V.I.P. all-access pass, it confers instant insider status made even more alluring by the element of time travel. " ‐ New York Times
Posted May 7, 2015
63% Days of Grace (2015) ""Days of Grace" is a potent and vigorous film. It may not illuminate the depths or explore the causes of Mexico's crisis, but it mines that crisis for memorable images and dramatic scenes. " ‐ New York Times
Posted Apr 30, 2015
71% Welcome to Me (2015) "By turns touching, amusing and genuinely disturbing, it defies expectations and easy categorization, forgoing obvious laughs and cheap emotional payoffs in favor of something much odder and more interesting. " ‐ New York Times
Posted Apr 30, 2015
84% Far From the Madding Crowd (2015) "It's buoyant, pleasant and easygoing. That's a recommendation of sorts, and also an expression of disappointment. " ‐ New York Times
Posted Apr 30, 2015
6% The Forger (2015) "Mr. Travolta teeters between tough-guy menace and soulful, artistic intensity, but you don't ever believe that he can paint or that he can beat up a whole squad of younger, bigger, meaner dudes. " ‐ New York Times
Posted Apr 23, 2015
32% Misery Loves Comedy (2014) "An evident labor of love and also a work of grating amateurism. " ‐ New York Times
Posted Apr 23, 2015
100% Don't Think I've Forgotten: Cambodia's Lost Rock And Roll (2015) "Because it concentrates on the music - interviewing surviving fans and artists, generously sampling old 45s and video clips - "Don't Think I've Forgotten" offers a fresh and powerful account of Cambodia's painful history. " ‐ New York Times
Posted Apr 21, 2015
45% True Story (2015) "The real story of Christian Longo and Michael Finkel might be a fascinating and disturbing tale of crime, curiosity and journalistic ethics, but that's not what this movie is. " ‐ New York Times
Posted Apr 16, 2015
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