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
8% 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
94% 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
47% 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
98% 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
87% 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
7% 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
55% 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
69% 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
85% 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
29% 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
49% 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
81% 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
23% 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
80% 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
28% The Longest Ride (2015) "Fairly tedious, despite the charm and sincerity of the actors. " ‐ New York Times
Posted Apr 9, 2015
88% 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
84% 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
81% 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
27% 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
84% 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
91% 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
84% Merchants Of Doubt (2015) "Informative and infuriating ... " ‐ New York Times
Posted Mar 5, 2015
75% 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
61% 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
83% 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
37% 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
71% 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
95% 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
90% 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
72% 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
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