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:
1920

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Rating T-Meter Title | Year Add Date
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
87% 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
46% Hateship Loveship (2014) " An absorbing, messy, modest story of damaged relationships." — New York Times
Posted Apr 10, 2014
59% 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
86% 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
83% 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
100% Buzzard " The movie, though it is aggressively satirical and sometimes shocking, is in the end hauntingly sad." — New York Times
Posted Mar 19, 2014
74% Enemy (2014) " There is only so much sense a movie like this needs to make, and this one succeeds in being divertingly clever and effectively creepy." — New York Times
Posted Mar 13, 2014
23% Need For Speed (2014) " "Need for Speed" is dumb and loud and sometimes technically impressive, which means that it is successful on its own terms." — New York Times
Posted Mar 13, 2014
90% Le Week-End (2014) " A mellow, playful, slightly melancholy atmosphere pervades much of "Le Week-End," the latest collaboration between the screenwriter Hanif Kureishi and the director Roger Michell." — New York Times
Posted Mar 13, 2014
92% The Grand Budapest Hotel (2014) " This movie makes a marvelous mockery of history, turning its horrors into a series of graceful jokes and mischievous gestures. You can call this escapism if you like. You can also think of it as revenge." — New York Times
Posted Mar 6, 2014
78% Mr. Peabody & Sherman (2014) " This DreamWorks Animation production, directed by Rob Minkoff ("Stuart Little," "The Lion King") from a screenplay by Craig Wright, is not perfect, but it is fast-moving, intermittently witty and pretty good fun." — New York Times
Posted Mar 6, 2014
95% Particle Fever (2014) " The experience of watching the film can be vertiginous: You toggle between the tiny and the infinite, between eternity and the real time of the recent past." — New York Times
Posted Mar 4, 2014
96% The Lunchbox (2014) " The comedy is more wry than uproarious, the melodrama gently poignant rather than operatic, and the sentimentality just sweet enough to be satisfying rather than bothersome." — New York Times
Posted Feb 27, 2014
33% 3 Days To Kill (2014) " The idea seems to have been to explore how little sense a movie could make, and how little that could matter, and also to allow Mr. Costner to indulge in some good-natured sadism and a bit of middle-aged sentimentality." — New York Times
Posted Feb 20, 2014
89% Omar (2014) " "Omar" does not offer the promise of a just or satisfying resolution, a fatalism all the more devastating given its realistic methods and humane, understated performances." — New York Times
Posted Feb 20, 2014
13% Winter's Tale (2014) " Clumsy and inert, a lumbering white elephant rather than the flying white horse that is the novel's magical mascot." — New York Times
Posted Feb 13, 2014
53% Jimmy P. (2014) " [A] ruminative, gentle and absorbing new film." — New York Times
Posted Feb 13, 2014
69% About Last Night (2014) " A sweet, silly, semi-raunchy Valentine's Day confection directed by Steve Pink." — New York Times
Posted Feb 13, 2014
45% The Pretty One (2014) " You are urged to laugh and cry, but the best you are likely to manage is a polite, embarrassed smile." — New York Times
Posted Feb 6, 2014
97% The Last of the Unjust (2014) " The portrait of an individual whose actions still defy comprehension, and the self-portrait of an artist consumed by the past." — New York Times
Posted Feb 6, 2014
96% The Lego Movie (2014) " Pop-culture jokes ricochet off the heads of younger viewers to tickle the world-weary adults in the audience, with just enough sentimental goo applied at the end to unite the generations. Parents will dab their eyes while the kids roll theirs." — New York Times
Posted Feb 6, 2014
57% The Tightrope (2014) " You envy his disciples, even as you may also feel a twinge of sympathy when their sincere best efforts fall short." — New York Times
Posted Jan 30, 2014
80% Charlie Victor Romeo (2014) " One of the most terrifying movies I have ever seen." — New York Times
Posted Jan 28, 2014
22% Gimme Shelter (2014) " It's so determined to deliver its moral that it loses its grip on the reality of its characters." — New York Times
Posted Jan 23, 2014
95% Stranger by the Lake (2014) " "Stranger by the Lake" is seductive and fascinating, but it is also a bit trapped in its own conceit, and in its carefully maintained emotional detachment." — New York Times
Posted Jan 23, 2014
99% Gloria (2014) " Astute, unpretentious and thrillingly humane ..." — New York Times
Posted Jan 23, 2014
56% Jack Ryan: Shadow Recruit (2014) " "Shadow Recruit" is a competently made, moderately diverting variation on a genre standard." — New York Times
Posted Jan 16, 2014
63% Generation War (2014) " As television drama, Generation War is unquestionably effective. As dramatized history, it is pretty questionable." — New York Times
Posted Jan 14, 2014
3% The Legend of Hercules (2014) " It delivers what it promises, which is muscular guys in skimpy clothes fighting and howling, as well as some large-scale digitally enhanced battle sequences." — New York Times
Posted Jan 12, 2014
93% Grzeli nateli dgeebi (In Bloom) (2014) " It matter-of-factly lays out the predicaments of its characters, balancing a strong, implicit feminist sensibility with a sympathetic sense of the power of tradition." — New York Times
Posted Jan 9, 2014
64% August: Osage County (2013) " It is possible that Mr. Wells has simply mishandled the material, riding roughshod over subtleties and muffling bravura moments." — New York Times
Posted Dec 26, 2013
75% Lone Survivor (2014) " It is a modest, competent, effective movie, concerned above all with doing the job of explaining how the job was done." — New York Times
Posted Dec 24, 2013
77% The Wolf of Wall Street (2013) " A vital and troubling document of the present ..." — New York Times
Posted Dec 24, 2013
50% The Secret Life Of Walter Mitty (2013) " Our identification gives way to envy, and [Mitty] is another one of those enchanted people the rest of us can only dream of becoming." — New York Times
Posted Dec 24, 2013
97% The Selfish Giant (2013) " The nonprofessional actors who play Arbor and Swifty have an easy, unself-conscious rapport, and convey both the bond between the friends and its gradual fraying." — New York Times
Posted Dec 19, 2013
88% The New Rijksmuseum (Parts 1 and 2) (2013) " If it does not exactly write a fresh chapter in the history of art, it stands as an exemplary study in the sociology of art administration." — New York Times
Posted Dec 17, 2013
75% Anchorman 2: The Legend Continues (2013) " The sheer density of the jokes guarantees a few laughs for every taste ... and the loose, improvisational energy of the performers keeps things lively." — New York Times
Posted Dec 17, 2013
79% Saving Mr. Banks (2013) " The best parts of "Saving Mr. Banks" offer an embellished, tidied-up but nonetheless reasonably authentic glimpse of the Disney entertainment machine at work." — New York Times
Posted Dec 12, 2013
18% Twice Born (2013) " Whatever thoughtful instincts Mr. Castellitto might possess are undermined by his addiction to cinematic prettiness." — New York Times
Posted Dec 5, 2013
95% Inside Llewyn Davis (2013) " It's a Coen brothers movie, which is to say a brilliant magpie's nest of surrealism, period detail and pop-culture scholarship." — New York Times
Posted Dec 5, 2013
42% Oldboy (2013) " If you have seen the earlier version, you can occupy yourself with point-by-point comparisons. If not, you may find yourself swerving between bafflement and mild astonishment ..." — New York Times
Posted Nov 26, 2013
100% Cousin Jules (2013) " "Cousin Jules" is in many ways a wonder to see and hear, but there is less to it than meets the eye." — New York Times
Posted Nov 26, 2013
92% Nebraska (2013) " Hard times are part of the picture, and so are hard people." — New York Times
Posted Nov 14, 2013
68% Faust (2013) " The movie expands in its frame, surpassing simple comprehension and continuing to grow in your mind - and perhaps to blow it - long after it's over." — New York Times
Posted Nov 14, 2013
47% Last Vegas (2013) " A mild geezer comedy full of jokes that might have sounded tired at a "Dean Martin Celebrity Roast," the movie has no reason for existence and nothing much to recommend it." — New York Times
Posted Oct 31, 2013
94% Dallas Buyers Club (2013) " Matthew McConaughey brings a jolt of unpredictable energy to "Dallas Buyers Club," an affecting if conventional real-life story of medical activism. " — New York Times
Posted Oct 31, 2013
69% About Time (2013) " By the time you get home from the multiplex, it will be as if the whole thing never happened." — New York Times
Posted Oct 31, 2013
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