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:
1962

Listing Of All Reviews & Articles

Showing 1 - 50 of 1962
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Rating T-Meter Title | Year Add Date
45% 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
98% 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
39% If I Stay (2014) " A cleanly directed, credibly acted machine for the production of tears." — New York Times
Posted Aug 21, 2014
96% 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
70% 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
91% 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
65% 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
49% 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
49% 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
93% 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
83% 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
91% 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
83% 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
91% 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
91% 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
86% The Immigrant (2014) " The film is earnestly and unabashedly melodramatic to an extent that may baffle audiences accustomed to clever, knowing historical fictions. But it also has a depth and purity of feeling that makes other movies feel timid and small by comparison." — New York Times
Posted May 15, 2014
73% Godzilla (2014) " One of the pleasures the movie offers is the thought that actors who have done splendid work elsewhere ... are being paid well for shouting, grimacing and spouting expository claptrap." — New York Times
Posted May 15, 2014
82% The Double (2014) " The kind of movie that may have been more satisfying to make than it is to watch." — New York Times
Posted May 8, 2014
73% Neighbors (2014) " A status report on mainstream American movie comedy, operating in a sweet spot between the friendly and the nasty, and not straining to be daring, obnoxious or even especially original. It knows how to have fun. How very grown-up." — New York Times
Posted May 8, 2014
83% Sol LeWitt (2014) " "Sol LeWitt" will help you understand the art it depicts and allow you to appreciate those aspects of it that surpass understanding." — New York Times
Posted May 6, 2014
94% Ida (2014) " Within its relatively brief duration and its narrow black-and-white frames, the movie somehow contains a cosmos of guilt, violence and pain." — New York Times
Posted May 1, 2014
64% For No Good Reason (2014) " "For No Good Reason" is less revealing than a standard hourlong television tribute might have been. We learn almost nothing about Mr. Steadman's life, and too little about the non-Thompson-related aspects of his oeuvre." — New York Times
Posted Apr 24, 2014
73% Young & Beautiful (Jeune Et Jolie) (2014) " What is most striking about this movie is how un-self-conscious it is as it conducts a prurient and superficial inquiry into adolescent female sexuality." — New York Times
Posted Apr 24, 2014
26% Brick Mansions (2014) " Mr. Delamarre is not an action virtuoso, but his visual style, heavily indebted to the Grand Theft Auto video games, is appropriately rough and kinetic." — New York Times
Posted Apr 24, 2014
62% Draft Day (2014) " A shallow and evasive movie, built more around corporate wish fulfillment than around reality ..." — New York Times
Posted Apr 10, 2014
85% Only Lovers Left Alive (2014) " There is something a bit musty about a romanticism that equates creativity with chemical dependency, and also something a little threadbare about the countercultural mystique that Adam and Eve embody." — New York Times
Posted Apr 10, 2014
50% Hateship Loveship (2014) " An absorbing, messy, modest story of damaged relationships." — New York Times
Posted Apr 10, 2014
60% Nymphomaniac: Volume II (2014) " The problem with "Nymphomaniac: Volume II" lies not in its display of erect penises and reddened buttocks, but rather in its dull narrative and overworked ideas." — New York Times
Posted Apr 3, 2014
88% Alan Partridge (2014) " He manages, just barely, to keep the project from going soft, and to keep us perched between finding Alan Partridge unbearable and admitting that we kind of enjoy his company." — New York Times
Posted Apr 3, 2014
84% The Unknown Known (2014) " Yes, it is a probing and unsettling inquiry into the recent political and military history of the United States, but it is also a bracing and invigorating philosophical skirmish." — New York Times
Posted Apr 1, 2014
40% Cesar Chavez (2014) " A well-cast, well-intentioned movie that falls into the trap that often awaits film biographies of brave and widely admired individuals." — New York Times
Posted Mar 27, 2014
77% Noah (2014) " "Noah" is occasionally clumsy, ridiculous and unconvincing, but it is almost never dull, and very little of it has the careful, by-the-numbers quality that characterizes big-studio action-fantasy entertainment." — New York Times
Posted Mar 27, 2014
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