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A.O. Scott

A.O. Scott

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Rating T-Meter Title | Year Review
78% The Club (El Club) (2016) "It is hard not to feel pity and disgust, and to absorb the lesson that people are awful, perhaps never more so than when they believe themselves innocent or good. " ‐ New York Times
Posted Feb 5, 2016
98% Rams (HrĂștar) (2016) "Despite its affection for the quirks of its characters and their milieu, the film is most memorable for its gravity, for the almost tragic nobility it finds in sad and silly circumstances. " ‐ New York Times
Posted Feb 3, 2016
58% Rabin, the Last Day (2016) "It's a profoundly frustrating movie, which is to say that it's an authentic expression of profound frustration. " ‐ New York Times
Posted Jan 28, 2016
100% Aferim! (2016) "A funny and brutal costume drama with a potent contemporary kick. " ‐ New York Times
Posted Jan 21, 2016
67% Bleak Street (La calle de la amargura) (2016) "It's a creepy and beguiling oddity, willfully weird but, at the same time, not quite weird enough. " ‐ New York Times
Posted Jan 19, 2016
13% Ride Along 2 (2016) ""Ride Along 2," it may not surprise you to learn, is a lot like "Ride Along," only less so. " ‐ New York Times
Posted Jan 14, 2016
91% In The Shadow of Women (2016) "Mr. Garrel is always worth attending to when he takes up the rhythms and paradoxes of love, and even though this is a minor entry in his canon of melancholy romances, it is brief, brisk and intermittently affecting. " ‐ New York Times
Posted Jan 14, 2016
92% The Treasure (2016) ""The Treasure" is like the work of Samuel Beckett's long-lost Balkan cousin - bleak, stoic and suffused with a flinty, exasperated empathy for its ridiculous characters. " ‐ New York Times
Posted Jan 7, 2016
60% Joy (2015) "If "Joy" seems to move toward a foreordained conclusion, it zigzags and covers its tracks along the way, sending its heroine on a roller-coaster ride of raised hopes and brutal disappointments and playing tricks with the audience's expectations. " ‐ New York Times
Posted Dec 25, 2015
75% The Hateful Eight (2015) "Some of the film's ugliness is therefore a sign of integrity, and of relevance. But much of it seems dumb and ill considered, as if Mr. Tarantino's intellectual ambition and his storytelling discipline had failed him at the same time. " ‐ New York Times
Posted Dec 24, 2015
96% 45 Years (2015) "Mr. Courtenay, a naturally demonstrative actor, registers a convincing blend of longing, confusion and shame. Ms. Rampling, a stiller, deeper-running pool, conveys emotions so strange and intense that they don't quite have names. " ‐ New York Times
Posted Dec 22, 2015
95% Son of Saul (2015) "It's a beat-the-clock thriller wrapped around an allegory. " ‐ New York Times
Posted Dec 17, 2015
60% Sisters (2015) ""Sisters" is a movie to go out and see when you've run out of television to watch. " ‐ New York Times
Posted Dec 17, 2015
88% The Big Short (2015) "A true crime story and a madcap comedy, a heist movie and a scalding polemic, "The Big Short" will affirm your deepest cynicism about Wall Street while simultaneously restoring your faith in Hollywood. " ‐ New York Times
Posted Dec 10, 2015
31% Don Verdean (2015) "There is an absence of meanness in the Hesses' comic worldview that makes their films almost impossible to dislike. " ‐ New York Times
Posted Dec 10, 2015
65% Krampus (2015) "Lurches between treacle and terror as it stumbles toward a too-easy ending. " ‐ New York Times
Posted Dec 3, 2015
73% Youth (2015) "Good as it looks, the film starts to feel like an airline magazine collaboratively produced by the editorial staffs of Playboy and Modern Maturity. " ‐ New York Times
Posted Dec 3, 2015
93% Arabian Nights: Volume 1 - The Restless One (As Mil e Uma Noites: Volume 1, O Inquieto) (2015) "There is a fine line between delving into the mysteries of life and engaging in mystification, and Mr. Gomes lands on the wrong side of it. " ‐ New York Times
Posted Dec 3, 2015
70% The Danish Girl (2015) "Mr. Hooper's tasteful, earnest, didactic style - magnified by Alexandre Desplat's decorously overwrought score - does the film no favors. And the asymmetry between the central performances doesn't help, either. " ‐ New York Times
Posted Nov 26, 2015
94% Creed (2015) ""Creed" is a dandy piece of entertainment, soothingly old-fashioned and bracingly up-to-date. " ‐ New York Times
Posted Nov 24, 2015
67% The Night Before (2015) "Various people you know from television show up to give "The Night Before" a sketch-comedy, holiday-special vibe. The writing, by a whole lot of guys, is uneven, and the direction, by Jonathan Levine, is adequate. " ‐ New York Times
Posted Nov 19, 2015
93% Carol (2015) "At once ardent and analytical, cerebral and swooning, "Carol" is a study in human magnetism, in the physics and optics of eros. With sparse dialogue and restrained drama, the film is a symphony of angles and glances, of colors and shadows. " ‐ New York Times
Posted Nov 19, 2015
43% The 33 (2015) "With the help of some solid performances and James Horner's heart-squeezing, throat-constricting score (one of the last he composed before his death in June), "The 33" holds your attention and pushes the required buttons. " ‐ New York Times
Posted Nov 12, 2015
68% Miss You Already (2015) "There are some sitcom beats and moments of smiling-through-tears fakiness, but you never doubt that these women love each other and that the movie's interest in the complexities of that love is justified. " ‐ New York Times
Posted Nov 5, 2015
96% Spotlight (2015) ""Spotlight" is a gripping detective story and a superlative newsroom drama, a solid procedural that tries to confront evil without sensationalism. " ‐ New York Times
Posted Nov 5, 2015
98% Brooklyn (2015) "Ms. Ronan uses everything - her posture, her eyebrows, her breath, her teeth, her pores - to convey a process of change that is both seismic and subtle. " ‐ New York Times
Posted Nov 3, 2015
66% Nasty Baby (2015) "What had looked like a meandering, anecdotal story turns out to be a carefully constructed narrative machine, one that dispenses a brilliantly nasty series of surprises. " ‐ New York Times
Posted Oct 22, 2015
73% Suffragette (2015) "Stirring and cleareyed - the best kind of history lesson. " ‐ New York Times
Posted Oct 22, 2015
77% The Assassin (2015) "The film is intriguing, but ultimately opaque, a lovely, inert object that offers, in the name of movie love, an escape from so much that is vital and interesting about movies. " ‐ New York Times
Posted Oct 15, 2015
69% Crimson Peak (2015) "The film is too busy, and in some ways too gross, to sustain an effective atmosphere of dread. It tumbles into pastiche just when it should be swooning and sighing with earnest emotion. " ‐ New York Times
Posted Oct 15, 2015
91% Beasts of No Nation (2015) "An effective nightmare, and a solid piece of filmmaking, strong enough to make you wish that it could have borne the full weight of the tragedy it set out to depict. " ‐ New York Times
Posted Oct 15, 2015
26% Pan (2015) "A hectic and labored attempt to supply the boy who never grew up with an origin story. " ‐ New York Times
Posted Oct 8, 2015
95% Winter on Fire: Ukraine's Fight for Freedom (2015) "Modern technology may not yet be able to capture the smell of gunpowder and tear gas, but Mr. Afineevsky takes the viewer closer to the action than might have seemed possible. " ‐ New York Times
Posted Oct 8, 2015
86% Steve Jobs (2015) "It is a formally audacious, intellectually energized entertainment, a powerful challenge to the lazy conventions of Hollywood storytelling and a feast for connoisseurs of contemporary screen acting. " ‐ New York Times
Posted Oct 8, 2015
96% Jafar Panahi's Taxi (2015) "It's playful and thoughtful, informed by the director's affable, patient, slightly worried demeanor. " ‐ New York Times
Posted Oct 1, 2015
71% Brand: A Second Coming (2015) "Nearly two hours in his company is at least an hour too much. " ‐ New York Times
Posted Oct 1, 2015
85% The Walk (2015) "You can't help but hold your breath and clutch the armrests when Philippe steps out into the sky. " ‐ New York Times
Posted Sep 27, 2015
90% Mississippi Grind (2015) "Mississippi Grind" ... may be a bit of a throwback to the lived-in, character-driven, landscape-besotted films of the 1970s, but it's less a pastiche or a homage than the cinematic equivalent of a classic song, expertly covered. " ‐ New York Times
Posted Sep 24, 2015
91% 99 Homes (2015) "If "99 Homes" is a scolding look at a society gone astray, it is also a minor masterpiece of suspense ... " ‐ New York Times
Posted Sep 24, 2015
93% Sicario (2015) "After a while these sounds and images start to feel like expressions of technique, and they become at once numbing and sensational, and instead of a movie about violence we're watching another violent movie, after all. " ‐ New York Times
Posted Sep 17, 2015
75% Black Mass (2015) "I'm as susceptible as any other deskbound, conflict-averse fantasist to the visceral appeal of a good gangster movie. But "Black Mass" isn't one. " ‐ New York Times
Posted Sep 17, 2015
72% Everest (2015) "It never seems to get anywhere, taking up space and time without managing to be especially memorable or imposing. " ‐ New York Times
Posted Sep 17, 2015
74% Time Out Of Mind (2015) "This movie's best and truest quality may be its wandering, episodic rhythm, which is intriguing in its own right and reflects the experience of the main character. " ‐ New York Times
Posted Sep 8, 2015
93% Coming Home (2015) ""Coming Home" itself is graceful and modestly scaled, forgoing the historical sweep and the operatic fervor of some of Mr. Zhang's previous work. " ‐ New York Times
Posted Sep 8, 2015
92% The Black Panthers: Vanguard Of The Revolution (2015) "Like any good work of history, "The Black Panthers" sticks close to the facts, plotting complex events into a packed, fast-moving timeline and leaving to the viewers the work of drawing lessons and analogies for our own time. " ‐ New York Times
Posted Sep 1, 2015
72% 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
64% Digging For Fire (2015) "The film has an appealing honesty and an enjoyably low-key comic style. " ‐ New York Times
Posted Aug 20, 2015
91% Grandma (2015) "Honestly, the wonder that is "Grandma" can be summed up in two words: Lily Tomlin. " ‐ New York Times
Posted Aug 19, 2015
64% 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
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