A.O. Scott

A.O. Scott

Agrees with the Tomatometer 77% of the time.

Publications:
At the Movies , New York Times
Critics' Group:
New York Film Critics Circle
Total Reviews:
1979

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Rating T-Meter Title | Year Review
97% Dear White People (2014) " As smart and fearless a debut as I have seen from an American filmmaker in quite some time: knowing but not snarky, self-aware but not solipsistic, open to influence and confident in its own originality. " ‐ New York Times
Posted Oct 16, 2014
81% Fury (2014) " Within this gore-spattered, superficially nihilistic carapace is an old-fashioned platoon picture, a sensitive and superbly acted tale of male bonding under duress. " ‐ New York Times
Posted Oct 16, 2014
93% Diplomacy (2014) " The value of "Diplomacy" is that it produces at least as much unsettlement as relief, compelling the viewer to remain haunted by nightmarish thoughts of what might have happened. " ‐ New York Times
Posted Oct 14, 2014
47% The Judge (2014) " A sprawl of narrative that is as unconvincing as the suspiciously sprawl-free, nostalgia-tinged town where it all takes place. " ‐ New York Times
Posted Oct 9, 2014
64% Alexander and the Terrible, Horrible, No Good, Very Bad Day (2014) " The latest example of a wonderful children's book turned into a mediocre movie. " ‐ New York Times
Posted Oct 9, 2014
96% Whiplash (2014) " It may get a few things wrong, but it aims at, and finally achieves, an authenticity at once more exalted and more primal than mere verisimilitude. " ‐ New York Times
Posted Oct 9, 2014
95% Keep On Keepin' On (2014) " Alan Hicks's affectionate and moving look at the relationship between the great trumpeter Clark Terry and Justin Kauflin, a talented young pianist. " ‐ New York Times
Posted Oct 2, 2014
29% Men, Women & Children (2014) " Veering between alarmism and cautious reassurance - between technohysteria and shrugging, nothing-new-under-the-sun resignation - "Men, Women & Children" succumbs to the confusion it tries to illuminate. " ‐ New York Times
Posted Sep 30, 2014
74% The Boxtrolls (2014) " In "The Boxtrolls," old-fashioned stop-motion animation is combined with new-style 3-D cinematography to charming effect. " ‐ New York Times
Posted Sep 25, 2014
62% The Equalizer (2014) " Mr. Fuqua, while not the world's most subtle filmmaker, directs the action sequences with bluntness and clarity and effectively uses his star as an oasis of calm in a jumpy, nasty universe. " ‐ New York Times
Posted Sep 25, 2014
82% Stop The Pounding Heart (2014) " "Stop the Pounding Heart" transcends both the red state-blue state split and limited, didactic ideas of cinematic realism. " ‐ New York Times
Posted Sep 18, 2014
43% This Is Where I Leave You (2014) " Instead of smiles or tears, "This Is Where I Leave You" is most likely to inspire a Kickstarter campaign to reunite its main performers for a different project. " ‐ New York Times
Posted Sep 18, 2014
63% The Disappearance of Eleanor Rigby (2014) " Of the countless novels and movies that take up this grim theme, few find the right blend of tact, horror and honesty. "Eleanor Rigby" is not one of them. " ‐ New York Times
Posted Sep 11, 2014
58% Bird People (2014) " Viewed from a certain angle, "Bird People" is a very sad movie. But it's also a lark. " ‐ New York Times
Posted Sep 11, 2014
88% The Drop (2014) " Mr. Roskam's direction is gratifyingly loose. He lets the story, which is really the least interesting part of the movie, more or less take care of itself, allowing us to savor pungent morsels of dialogue and bits of low-key actorly showboating. " ‐ New York Times
Posted Sep 11, 2014
96% Last Days in Vietnam (2014) " Perhaps the most striking thing about "Last Days in Vietnam," Rory Kennedy's eye-opening documentary about the 1975 evacuation of the American Embassy in Saigon, is how calmly it surveys what was once among the angriest topics in American political life. " ‐ New York Times
Posted Sep 4, 2014
72% The Notebook (2014) " "The Notebook" is a skillfully made movie, with sequences that may haunt you after you leave the theater. " ‐ New York Times
Posted Aug 28, 2014
57% Through a Lens Darkly: Black Photographers and the Emergence of a People (2014) " The film is always absorbing to watch, but only once it's over do you begin to grasp the extent of its ambitions, and just how much it has done within a packed, compact hour and a half. " ‐ New York Times
Posted Aug 26, 2014
99% Starred Up (2014) " Turns the complicated dynamic between a young prisoner and his problematic mentor into a ferocious psychodrama that locks you in and refuses to let you go. " ‐ New York Times
Posted Aug 26, 2014
36% If I Stay (2014) " A cleanly directed, credibly acted machine for the production of tears. " ‐ New York Times
Posted Aug 21, 2014
97% Love Is Strange (2014) " The story of George and Ben seems to have been plucked from a meadow of narrative possibilities; an interesting movie could have been made about everybody in this one. " ‐ New York Times
Posted Aug 21, 2014
100% Level Five (2014) " "Level Five," a passionate and cerebral science-fiction adventure ... belongs equally to the past, the present and the future. " ‐ New York Times
Posted Aug 14, 2014
71% Jealousy (2014) " In a brief 77 minutes, "Jealousy" provides a remarkably full - and also an intriguingly partial - portrait of a group of struggling artists as no-longer-entirely-young men and women. " ‐ New York Times
Posted Aug 14, 2014
93% Frank (2014) " It's not going anywhere terribly important and is in no hurry to get there, but "Frank" is an accumulation of memorably offbeat moments, like an album made up of B sides and lost demo tracks that you stumble across and can't stop replaying. " ‐ New York Times
Posted Aug 14, 2014
67% The Hundred-Foot Journey (2014) " "The Hundred-Foot Journey" is likely neither to pique your appetite nor to sate it, leaving you in a dyspeptic limbo, stuffed with false sentiment and forced whimsy and starved for real delight. " ‐ New York Times
Posted Aug 7, 2014
68% Web Junkie (2014) " The film lacks either the immersive intensity that would galvanize emotions or a context that would provide enlightenment. Its brief tour of an unpleasant corner of reality feels less revelatory than voyeuristic. " ‐ New York Times
Posted Aug 5, 2014
51% Magic in the Moonlight (2014) " Mr. Allen has had his ups and downs over the years. Rarely, though, has he put a story on screen that manifests so little energy, so little curiosity about its own ideas and situations. " ‐ New York Times
Posted Jul 24, 2014
52% I Origins (2014) " It may blow your mind, but only if you're not in the habit of using it. " ‐ New York Times
Posted Jul 17, 2014
18% Sex Tape (2014) " The main reason that "Sex Tape," while often quite funny, fails to qualify as a comedy is the absence of any real conflict or complication. " ‐ New York Times
Posted Jul 17, 2014
90% Dawn Of The Planet Of The Apes (2014) " It's a satisfying movie and an example - a dispiritingly rare one these days - of what mainstream Hollywood filmmaking can still achieve. " ‐ New York Times
Posted Jul 10, 2014
90% Closed Curtain (2014) " On one level, the film ... is a mischievous, Pirandellian entertainment. It is also an allegory, dark but not despairing, of the creative spirit under political pressure, and of the ways the imagination can be both a refuge and a place of confinement. " ‐ New York Times
Posted Jul 9, 2014
77% Whitey: United States of America v. James J. Bulger (2014) " Gripping and troubling ... " ‐ New York Times
Posted Jun 26, 2014
95% Snowpiercer (2014) " Planetary destruction and human extinction happen a half-dozen times every summer. It's rarely this refreshing, though. " ‐ New York Times
Posted Jun 26, 2014
82% Begin Again (2014) " A large part of the problem is that the music, which is supposed to provide heart, soul and artistic bona fides, ranges from passable to terrible. " ‐ New York Times
Posted Jun 26, 2014
18% Transformers: Age of Extinction (2014) " The story is scaffolding for the action, and like every other standing structure it is wrecked in a thunderous shower of metal, glass, masonry and earth. " ‐ New York Times
Posted Jun 26, 2014
92% Norte, the End of History (2014) " More than four hours long, filmed in expansive takes with almost no close-ups and very few camera movements, Lav Diaz's "Norte, the End of History" is a tour de force of slow cinema. " ‐ New York Times
Posted Jun 19, 2014
91% Venus in Fur (2014) " One of the delights of Mr. Ives's play, and of Mr. Polanski's nimble rendering of it, is the way it jumps in and out of the play within. " ‐ New York Times
Posted Jun 19, 2014
63% Heli (2014) " Unmistakably, an angry film, an indictment of circumstances that seem to force a choice between impotence and homicide. " ‐ New York Times
Posted Jun 12, 2014
66% The Rover (2014) " There is both too much story and not enough. " ‐ New York Times
Posted Jun 12, 2014
100% Burning Bush (2014) " [A] thoughtful, gripping, crisply acted new film. " ‐ New York Times
Posted Jun 10, 2014
83% Dormant Beauty (2014) " If "Dormant Beauty" does not rank among Mr. Bellocchio's best movies, it nonetheless still occasionally shows him at his best. " ‐ New York Times
Posted Jun 5, 2014
88% Obvious Child (2014) " It's both funny and serious without trying too hard to be either, and by trying above all to be honest. " ‐ New York Times
Posted Jun 5, 2014
80% The Fault In Our Stars (2014) " The film sets out to make you weep - not just sniffle or choke up a little, but sob until your nose runs and your face turns blotchy. It succeeds. " ‐ New York Times
Posted Jun 5, 2014
86% Night Moves (2014) " Sharp and haunting ... " ‐ New York Times
Posted May 29, 2014
97% We Are the Best! (2014) " Sweet and rambunctious ... " ‐ New York Times
Posted May 29, 2014
100% Gebo And The Shadow (2014) " An intriguing minor composition by a shrewd and skillful master of the art. " ‐ New York Times
Posted May 27, 2014
14% Blended (2014) " Most of "Blended" has the look and pacing of a three-camera sitcom filmed by a bunch of eighth graders and conceived by their less bright classmates. " ‐ New York Times
Posted May 22, 2014
92% X-Men: Days of Future Past (2014) " The characters - and the performers playing them - step unto the breach to provide just enough wit and feeling to make "Days of Future Past" something other than a waste of a reasonable person's time. " ‐ New York Times
Posted May 22, 2014
93% The Dance of Reality (2014) " Something very close to a masterpiece. " ‐ New York Times
Posted May 22, 2014
92% Ai Weiwei: The Fake Case (2014) " Mr. Johnsen offers viewers the challenge and pleasure of an important artist's company, and a chance to appreciate anew his wisdom, his wit and his bravery. " ‐ New York Times
Posted May 15, 2014
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