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A.O. Scott

A.O. Scott

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Rating T-Meter Title | Year Review
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
66% 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
94% 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
69% 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
97% 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
67% 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
79% 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
70% 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
92% 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
85% 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
95% 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
92% 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
73% 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
78% 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
92% 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
93% 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
74% 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
86% 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
65% Digging For Fire (2015) "The film has an appealing honesty and an enjoyably low-key comic style. " ‐ New York Times
Posted Aug 20, 2015
92% 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
9% Fantastic Four (2015) "Ms. Mara disappears. Her character also has the power to make other things vanish. I would say she should have exercised it on this movie, but in a week or two that should take care of itself. " ‐ New York Times
Posted Aug 6, 2015
94% Best Of Enemies (2015) "The arguments about sex, war, race and culture have hardly quieted since 1968. Buckley and Vidal may rest in peace, but the rest of us have stayed plastered. " ‐ New York Times
Posted Jul 30, 2015
71% The Kindergarten Teacher (Haganenet) (2015) "A self-assured, remarkably powerful film from the Israeli writer-director Nadav Lapid. " ‐ New York Times
Posted Jul 30, 2015
91% The End Of The Tour (2015) "It's ultimately a movie - one of the most rigorous and thoughtful I've seen - about the ethical and existential traps our fame-crazed culture sets for the talented and the mediocre alike. " ‐ New York Times
Posted Jul 30, 2015
98% Phoenix (2015) "Mr. Petzold has made a suave and suspenseful entertainment that doesn't seem entirely sure that it wants to be - or is able to be - more. " ‐ New York Times
Posted Jul 23, 2015
61% Southpaw (2015) "I wish I could say "Southpaw" was a knockout, or even a contender, that it went the distance or scored on points. But it's strictly an undercard bout, displaying enough heart and skill to keep the paying customers from getting too restless. " ‐ New York Times
Posted Jul 23, 2015
87% Mr. Holmes (2015) "The film's plots are soft and flimsy, and they don't mesh as gracefully as they might, but they do serve as an adequate trellis for Mr. McKellen's performance, which is gratifyingly but unsurprisingly wonderful. " ‐ New York Times
Posted Jul 17, 2015
96% The Look of Silence (2015) "Mr. Rukun is a quiet man, contemplating his family's tragedy more in sorrow than in anger. But this atmosphere has the effect of making the violence at the film's heart all the more shocking. " ‐ New York Times
Posted Jul 16, 2015
80% Ant-Man (2015) "Like "Guardians of the Galaxy," last year's off-brand Marvel hit, "Ant-Man" dabbles in the bright, playful colors of the superhero spectrum, reveling in moments of cartoonish whimsy and smirky humor. " ‐ New York Times
Posted Jul 16, 2015
82% 10,000 Km (2015) "The director's discipline is remarkable, and also a bit constricting. " ‐ New York Times
Posted Jul 9, 2015
19% Self/less (2015) "All of it unfolds in the atmosphere of gaudy, portentous vacuity that is Mr. Singh's trademark. " ‐ New York Times
Posted Jul 9, 2015
100% Stray Dog (2015) "Perhaps its greatest virtue lies in its powerful, implicit challenge to the lazy habit of looking at American life through polarized red- and blue-tinted lenses. " ‐ New York Times
Posted Jul 2, 2015
85% A Poem Is A Naked Person (2015) "A poetic exploration of a moment, a place and an artist. " ‐ New York Times
Posted Jun 30, 2015
63% Magic Mike XXL (2015) "Rather than trying to replay the first episode and expand on its themes, this installment tosses it all aside like a handyman's tool belt and throws itself headlong into the intoxicating carnality of what is demurely called "male entertainment." " ‐ New York Times
Posted Jun 30, 2015
35% Max (2015) "Mr. Yakin opts for bullets, explosions and blood vengeance when handcuffs and perp walks would do the job. Not that "Max" has any clear or coherent sense of mission. " ‐ New York Times
Posted Jun 25, 2015
67% The Princess Of France (2015) ""The Princess of France" has an appealing lightness and modesty, but it also feels flimsy and thin, like clever scribblings in the margins of a book, fleeting insights in search of form and energy. " ‐ New York Times
Posted Jun 25, 2015
88% Dope (2015) "Mr. Famuyiwa ... shoves disparate genre elements together as if pulling jigsaw puzzle pieces from a half-dozen different boxes, and if the finished work isn't quite convincing, it's still fun to look at. " ‐ New York Times
Posted Jun 18, 2015
98% Inside Out (2015) ""Inside Out" is an absolute delight - funny and charming, fast-moving and full of surprises. It is also a defense of sorrow, an argument for the necessity of melancholy dressed in the bright colors of entertainment. " ‐ New York Times
Posted Jun 18, 2015
88% The Tribe (2015) "It's something of a formal tour de force, a triumphant overcoming of self-imposed cinematic challenges. " ‐ New York Times
Posted Jun 17, 2015
44% Madame Bovary (2015) "It is not hard to believe that Ms. Wasikowska is Madame Bovary - she is at once serious and shallow, willful and indecisive, powerful and helpless - but this "Madame Bovary" is unfortunately not quite itself. " ‐ New York Times
Posted Jun 11, 2015
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