A.O. Scott

A.O. Scott

Agrees with the Tomatometer 77% of the time.

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Rating T-Meter Title | Year Review
48% 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
74% Tangerines (2015) ""Tangerines" is a modest film, sure of its proportions and clear about its intentions. The key to its effectiveness lies with the actors ... " ‐ New York Times
Posted Apr 16, 2015
27% Child 44 (2015) "What "Child 44" most resembles is a rushed and crowded pilot for a television drama. " ‐ New York Times
Posted Apr 16, 2015
100% Rebels of the Neon God (2015) "In addition to having one of the best titles ever, "Rebels of the Neon God" marks the start of one of modern cinema's great careers. " ‐ New York Times
Posted Apr 9, 2015
83% Dior and I (2015) "Access to an institution like the house of Dior is a rare and precious thing, and Mr. Tcheng has paid for it with a flattering portrait dressed up to look like cleareyed scrutiny. " ‐ New York Times
Posted Apr 9, 2015
29% The Longest Ride (2015) "Fairly tedious, despite the charm and sincerity of the actors. " ‐ New York Times
Posted Apr 9, 2015
92% Lambert & Stamp (2015) "There is enough archival footage to make you feel as if you were there, or at least sorry that you missed it all. " ‐ New York Times
Posted Apr 2, 2015
82% Cheatin' (2015) "Like every other great animator, from Chuck Jones to Hayao Miyazaki, Mr. Plympton rewrites the laws of physics at will, but within a rigorous and coherent logic. He conjures a world of absolute improbability that, somehow, makes perfect sense. " ‐ New York Times
Posted Apr 2, 2015
82% Furious 7 (2015) "There will no doubt be better movies released in 2015, but "Furious 7" is an early favorite to win the prize for most picture. " ‐ New York Times
Posted Apr 1, 2015
21% Marfa Girl (2015) "The scandal of Mr. Clark's more recent movies, including "Wassup Rockers" and "Ken Park" and this new one, resides more in its tedium and lack of insight than its strenuously provocative content. " ‐ New York Times
Posted Mar 26, 2015
29% Get Hard (2015) "The highest praise I can give "Get Hard" is that it is not quite as awful as it could have been. " ‐ New York Times
Posted Mar 26, 2015
85% While We're Young (2015) "I have some problems with this movie, not all of which can be ascribed to the usual narcissism of small differences. But first it's important to acknowledge the acuity of Mr. Baumbach's insight and his overall generosity of spirit. " ‐ New York Times
Posted Mar 26, 2015
86% La Sapienza (2015) "The movie is an unapologetically rarefied undertaking and at the same time a gracious and inviting film. " ‐ New York Times
Posted Mar 19, 2015
16% The Gunman (2015) "Mr. Penn, aiming for weary, battered intensity, settles into a zone somewhere between fatigue and indigestion. " ‐ New York Times
Posted Mar 19, 2015
90% Jauja (2015) "The rounded-off corners of the almost-square frames evoke early movies and antique photographs, and there is wit and mischief in the way Mr. Alonso plays with the relationship between what we see, what we don't see and what we expect to see. " ‐ New York Times
Posted Mar 19, 2015
40% Two Men in Town (2015) "The desert landscapes are gorgeously shot by Yves Cape, but "Two Men in Town" never seems to fully inhabit its setting. Nor does the schematic, occasionally clumsy story do justice to the skills of the cast. " ‐ New York Times
Posted Mar 5, 2015
86% Merchants Of Doubt (2015) "Informative and infuriating ... " ‐ New York Times
Posted Mar 5, 2015
73% The Lesson (2015) "The plot undermines the film's power. At the end you may be impressed at the skill on display, but you may also wish that you were more fully moved by the spectacle of a soul laid bare and transformed. " ‐ New York Times
Posted Mar 3, 2015
56% Focus (2015) "Mostly, it is fun to watch Will Smith and Margot Robbie, and to marvel at whatever divine or evolutionary miracle concentrated so much charisma in the two of them. " ‐ New York Times
Posted Feb 27, 2015
62% Maps to the Stars (2015) "It's a little too chilly, and in some places too easy. But you may find yourself drawn back to it, and retracing its route from the familiar to the uncanny, from entertainment to revulsion, from dream to nightmare. " ‐ New York Times
Posted Feb 26, 2015
79% McFarland USA (2015) "[It] aims to be rousing rather than revelatory, and it mostly succeeds. " ‐ New York Times
Posted Feb 19, 2015
82% Queen and Country (2015) "One of a handful of great movies that look at World War II through the eyes of a child, "Hope and Glory" is distinguished by mischievous good humor and by the unashamed acknowledgment that war can be fun as well as horrible. " ‐ New York Times
Posted Feb 17, 2015
35% Da Sweet Blood of Jesus (2015) "It's not especially horrifying, or even very thought-provoking. It is touching, however, because it represents one frequently misunderstood, intermittently great filmmaker's tribute to another. " ‐ New York Times
Posted Feb 12, 2015
25% Fifty Shades of Grey (2015) ""Fifty Shades of Grey" might not be a good movie - O.K., it's a terrible movie - but it might nonetheless be a movie that feels good to see, whether you squirm or giggle or roll your eyes or just sit still and take your punishment. " ‐ New York Times
Posted Feb 11, 2015
72% The Voices (2015) "Grisly but not especially suspenseful, tongue-in-cheek without any real wit, "The Voices" aims to hit the intersection of horror and comedy but tumbles into an uncanny valley of tedious creepiness. " ‐ New York Times
Posted Feb 5, 2015
86% Ballet 422 (2015) ""Ballet 422" is short, vigorous and charming. It's also purposefully superficial, holding a mirror up to the creative process rather than attempting to penetrate its mysteries. " ‐ New York Times
Posted Feb 5, 2015
92% Girlhood (2015) "While "Girlhood" is sad and wrenching, it doesn't feel like a misery-mongering expression of high-minded (and therefore condescending) concern. " ‐ New York Times
Posted Jan 29, 2015
99% Timbuktu (2015) "An unflinching, quietly furious exploration of life under radical Islamist rule. It also makes a point about power that even nonextremist, democratically elected leaders would do well to keep in mind. " ‐ New York Times
Posted Jan 27, 2015
93% The Duke Of Burgundy (2015) "It's a love story, and also a perversely sincere (and sincerely perverse) labor of love. " ‐ New York Times
Posted Jan 22, 2015
91% Mommy (2015) "Though not a musical, "Mommy" often feels like one as it swells and ebbs on the melodramatic currents of love, pain and frustration. It is also, within its very modest means, formally audacious. " ‐ New York Times
Posted Jan 22, 2015
No Score Yet Mille soleils "Heartbreaking and thought-provoking, "Mille Soleils" traces connections between Senegal's past and present, and reflects on a cinematic legacy that remains insufficiently appreciated, in the West and perhaps also in Africa. " ‐ New York Times
Posted Jan 20, 2015
90% A Most Violent Year (2015) ""A Most Violent Year" presents an honorable man struggling to stay true to his values in the face of temptation. It is also the portrait of a brilliant hustler working a very long con. It's a terrific movie either way. " ‐ New York Times
Posted Dec 30, 2014
53% The Interview (2014) "Its lesson is that American pop culture is inescapable, our great achievement and most popular export, the weapon we wield abroad and the glue trap we struggle with at home. " ‐ New York Times
Posted Dec 25, 2014
71% Big Eyes (2014) "In "Big Eyes," the sincerity of the artist trumps the judgment of the critics, and her vision triumphs over fraudulent promotion. It makes a passionate case for her. Whether it vindicates her art is another question entirely. " ‐ New York Times
Posted Dec 24, 2014
73% American Sniper (2015) "Less a war movie than a western - the story of a lone gunslinger facing down his nemesis in a dusty, lawless place - it is blunt and effective, though also troubling. " ‐ New York Times
Posted Dec 24, 2014
99% Selma (2015) "I have rarely seen a historical film that felt so populous and full of life, so alert to the tendrils of narrative that spread beyond the frame. " ‐ New York Times
Posted Dec 24, 2014
97% Two Days, One Night (2014) "Ms. Cotillard's performance is as fine a piece of screen acting as you will ever see. " ‐ New York Times
Posted Dec 23, 2014
27% Annie (2014) "The cast would have been better served by a middle school production overseen by a creatively frustrated, inappropriately ambitious drama teacher than by this hacky, borderline-incompetent production ... " ‐ New York Times
Posted Dec 18, 2014
98% Mr. Turner (2014) ""Mr. Turner" is a mighty work of critical imagination, a loving, unsentimental portrait of a rare creative soul. " ‐ New York Times
Posted Dec 18, 2014
28% Exodus: Gods and Kings (2014) ""Exodus" is ludicrous only by accident, which isn't much fun and is the surest sign of what we might call a New Testament sensibility at work. But the movie isn't successfully serious, either. " ‐ New York Times
Posted Dec 11, 2014
94% The Salt of the Earth (2015) "[Mr. Salgado's] pictures, precisely because they disclose harsh and unwelcome truths, deserve a harder, more robustly critical look. " ‐ New York Times
Posted Dec 11, 2014
89% Still Alice (2015) "Still Alice is a movie that addresses a nightmarish circumstance with calm, compassionate sensitivity. " ‐ New York Times
Posted Dec 4, 2014
90% Wild (2014) "What makes its heroine worth caring about - what makes her a rare and exciting presence in present-day American film - is not that she's tidy or sensible or even especially nice. It's that she's free. " ‐ New York Times
Posted Dec 2, 2014
98% The Babadook (2014) "You will be scared. And also, perhaps even more scarily, moved. " ‐ New York Times
Posted Nov 28, 2014
89% The Imitation Game (2014) ""The Imitation Game" is a highly conventional movie about a profoundly unusual man. This is not entirely a bad thing. " ‐ New York Times
Posted Nov 27, 2014
88% Happy Valley (2014) ""Happy Valley," even as it revisits past events, has a chilling timeliness. " ‐ New York Times
Posted Nov 18, 2014
81% Beyond the Lights (2014) "Silly and stirring, and I meant both as compliments. " ‐ New York Times
Posted Nov 13, 2014
82% The Homesman (2014) ""The Homesman" is both a captivating western and a meticulous, devastating feminist critique of the genre. " ‐ New York Times
Posted Nov 13, 2014
96% Red Army (2015) ""Red Army" touches on themes of friendship and perseverance, and also offers a compact and vivid summary of recent Russian history. " ‐ New York Times
Posted Nov 13, 2014
88% Actress (2014) "Mr. Greene's impressionistic style and rough, off-center compositions create an atmosphere of intimacy, as if the viewer were being invited to read Ms. Burre's diary or her mind. " ‐ New York Times
Posted Nov 6, 2014
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