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:
1950

Listing Of All Reviews & Articles

Showing 101 - 150 of 1950
Rating T-Meter Title | Year Add Date
3/5 34% Passion (2013) " "Passion" is often sleek and enjoyable, dispensing titillation, suspense and a few laughs without taking itself too seriously." — New York Times
Posted Aug 29, 2013
3.5/5 100% Tokyo Waka: A City Poem (2013) " The film is a short, nimble consideration of the collision between the wildness of nature and the orderly bustle of modern urban life. It is also an essay on ornithology, Japanese culture and the challenges of pest control." — New York Times
Posted Aug 28, 2013
4/5 83% Drinking Buddies (2013) " Mr. Swanberg's camera weaves through bodies at rest, at work and at the bar in no particular hurry, and his script captures the idioms of men and women who are equally inclined to waste words and to say very little." — New York Times
Posted Aug 22, 2013
4/5 89% The World's End (2013) " "The World's End" is more like an antic sugar high than a reeling, drunken stupor. There are no headaches, dry mouth or crushing shame at the end - no "Hangover," in other words. I'll drink to that." — New York Times
Posted Aug 22, 2013
3/5 83% Gatos Viejos (Old Cats) (2011) " Neither Rosario nor Isadora is entirely nice - the child's desperate selfishness is matched, and perhaps caused, by her mother's cold reserve - but Mr. Silva and Mr. Peirano make them worth caring about." — New York Times
Posted Aug 20, 2013
4/5 96% Cutie And The Boxer (2013) " A movie that makes you feel less like a spectator than a guest, a friend welcomed into the home of an odd and fascinating couple." — New York Times
Posted Aug 15, 2013
2/5 79% Ain't Them Bodies Saints (2013) " This film's longing for ... for a simple, elemental truth that will be both specific to its time and place and ripe with deeper meanings - is precisely what makes it unconvincing." — New York Times
Posted Aug 15, 2013
5/5 73% Lee Daniels' The Butler (2013) " A brilliantly truthful film on a subject that is usually shrouded in wishful thinking, mythmongering and outright denial." — New York Times
Posted Aug 15, 2013
5/5 92% In a World... (2013) " Ms. Bell, who plays Carol with a perfect blend of diffidence, goofiness and charm, has written and directed an insightful comedy that is much more complex and ambitious than it sometimes seems." — New York Times
Posted Aug 8, 2013
3.5/5 83% Prince Avalanche (2013) " Mr. Green is too fond of these guys, and too respectful of the little bit of freedom they possess, to ensnare them in the machinery of a plot." — New York Times
Posted Aug 8, 2013
2.5/5 47% We're The Millers (2013) " What really drives the movie is its own search for something to make fun of, and for a comic style that can feel credibly naughty while remaining ultimately safe and affirmative." — New York Times
Posted Aug 6, 2013
3.5/5 69% The Wolverine (2013) " Instead of expounding a tedious origin story or staging an epic battle for apocalyptic stakes, "The Wolverine" focuses on a specific and self-contained adventure in a richly imagined place." — New York Times
Posted Jul 25, 2013
4/5 95% The Act Of Killing (2013) " This is not a movie that lets go of you easily." — New York Times
Posted Jul 18, 2013
4/5 86% Computer Chess (2013) " Artificial intelligence remains an intoxicating theory and a heady possibility, about which I am hardly qualified to speak. But I do know real filmmaking intelligence when I see it." — New York Times
Posted Jul 16, 2013
3/5 67% Turbo (2013) " Even in the absence of originality, there is fun to be had, thanks to some loopy, clever jokes (the script is by Darren Lemke, Robert Siegel and David Soren, who directed) and a lively celebrity voice cast ..." — New York Times
Posted Jul 16, 2013
4/5 89% Viola (2013) " You have been privy to a series of seductive, ephemeral moments, drawn into the eternal rhythm of youth and connected with something old and durable, one name for which is art." — New York Times
Posted Jul 12, 2013
4/5 93% Fruitvale Station (2013) " A sad, touching and subtle film." — New York Times
Posted Jul 11, 2013
3.5/5 72% Pacific Rim (2013) " Some of those catchphrases are mildly clever. The lab coat mumbo-jumbo is amusing. The noble sentiments touch sweet chords. And who does not delight in seeing a robot punch a dinosaur every now and then - or pretty much constantly for two hours?" — New York Times
Posted Jul 11, 2013
3/5 85% The Way Way Back (2013) " "The Way, Way Back" has the charm of timelessness but also more than a touch of triteness." — New York Times
Posted Jul 4, 2013
1.5/5 30% The Lone Ranger (2013) " In trying to balance grandiosity with playfulness, to lampoon cowboy-and-Indian clich├ęs while taking somber account of a history of violence, greed and exploitation, it descends into nerve-racking incoherence." — New York Times
Posted Jul 2, 2013
5/5 94% Museum Hours (2013) " This movie is rigorously and intensely lifelike, which is to say that it's also a strange and moving work of art." — New York Times
Posted Jun 27, 2013
3/5 65% The Heat (2013) " The volatile chemistry between Ms. McCarthy and Ms. Bullock is something to behold, and carries "The Heat" through its lazy conception and slapdash execution." — New York Times
Posted Jun 27, 2013
2.5/5 43% Sing Me the Songs That Say I Love You: A Concert for Kate McGarrigle (2013) " As a musical experience, it is generous and moving. But as a documentary, "Sing Me the Songs" is an awkward hybrid of concert film and rock-star biography." — New York Times
Posted Jun 25, 2013
4/5 95% A Hijacking (2013) " Lindholm turns tedium and frustration into agonizing suspense." — New York Times
Posted Jun 20, 2013
3/5 67% World War Z (2013) " [It] does not try to extend the boundaries of commercial entertainment but does what it can to find interesting ways to pass the time within them." — New York Times
Posted Jun 20, 2013
3/5 60% The Bling Ring (2013) " 'The Bling Ring' occupies a vertiginous middle ground between banality and transcendence, and its refusal to commit to one or the other is both a mark of integrity and a source of frustration." — New York Times
Posted Jun 13, 2013
4/5 99% 20 Feet From Stardom (2013) " This generous, fascinating documentary about the careers of backup singers, most of them African-American women, seeks to rewrite the history of pop music by focusing attention on voices at once marginal and vital." — New York Times
Posted Jun 13, 2013
3/5 83% This Is the End (2013) " In places it is genuinely, even sublimely hilarious. Why shouldn't it be?" — New York Times
Posted Jun 11, 2013
2/5 23% Violet & Daisy (2013) " We don't feel the weight and menace of death, nor the volatile emotions of youth, and have nothing to respond to beyond the spectacle of girls with guns." — New York Times
Posted Jun 6, 2013
5/5 83% You Ain't Seen Nothin' Yet! (2013) " "You Ain't Seen Nothin' Yet" is a sly, elegant meditation on the relationship between reality and artifice. But it is a thought-experiment driven above all by emotion." — New York Times
Posted Jun 6, 2013
5/5 84% Much Ado About Nothing (2013) " From its very first scenes, Mr. Whedon's film crackles with a busy, slightly wayward energy that recalls the classic romantic sparring of the studio era." — New York Times
Posted Jun 6, 2013
3.5/5 74% The East (2013) " "The East" is a neat little thriller about ends and means and ethical quandaries." — New York Times
Posted May 30, 2013
4/5 88% Hannah Arendt (2013) " My only real problem with "Hannah Arendt" is that it's not a mini-series." — New York Times
Posted May 28, 2013
5/5 88% Fill the Void (2013) " Both accessible and thrilling." — New York Times
Posted May 23, 2013
5/5 98% Before Midnight (2013) " Mr. Linklater's shooting style is so graceful and unobtrusive, and Mr. Hawke and Ms. Delpy inhabit their characters with such conviction, that the challenge and originality of the movies are easy to overlook." — New York Times
Posted May 23, 2013
5/5 93% Frances Ha (2013) " Ms. Gerwig, who has effortless, behind-the-beat verbal timing, also possesses a knack for physical comedy, an enviable ability to obliterate the difference between clumsiness and grace." — New York Times
Posted May 16, 2013
5/5 73% Augustine (2013) " Ms. Winocour is not inclined to turn "Augustine" into a neatly moralized fable of a predator and his victim. Rather, the film is what might be called a melodrama of transference ..." — New York Times
Posted May 16, 2013
87% Star Trek Into Darkness (2013) " Maybe it is too late to lament the militarization of Star Trek, but in his pursuit of blockbuster currency, Mr. Abrams has sacrificed a lot of its idiosyncrasy and, worse, the large-spirited humanism that sustained it." — New York Times
Posted May 15, 2013
3/5 77% Venus And Serena (2013) " Think of this movie as a greatest-hits package, with some good stuff to show but nothing very new to say." — New York Times
Posted May 9, 2013
3.5/5 49% The Great Gatsby (2013) " The result is less a conventional movie adaptation than a splashy, trashy opera, a wayward, lavishly theatrical celebration of the emotional and material extravagance that Fitzgerald surveyed with fascinated ambivalence." — New York Times
Posted May 9, 2013
5/5 82% Something in the Air (2013) " Mr. Assayas's method is observant and immersive. His camera moves among young bodies like an invisible friend, and his somewhat messy narrative is propelled by fidelity to feeling rather than by the machinery of plot." — New York Times
Posted May 2, 2013
5/5 87% What Maisie Knew (2013) " "What Maisie Knew" lays waste to the comforting dogma that children are naturally resilient, and that our casual, unthinking cruelty to them can be answered by guilty and belated displays of affection." — New York Times
Posted May 2, 2013
95% Journey to Italy (Viaggio in Italia) (Strangers) (The Lonely Woman) (1954) " Some of us will never tire of those soirees, with their black-tied gloom and elegant suffering, and will therefore relish the beauty and melancholy of this voyage, along with its touristic snapshots and heart-tugging Neapolitan songs." — New York Times
Posted May 2, 2013
4/5 —— Voyage in Italy (1992) " Some of us will never tire of those soirees, with their black-tied gloom and elegant suffering, and will therefore relish the beauty and melancholy of this voyage, along with its touristic snapshots and heart-tugging Neapolitan songs." — New York Times
Posted Apr 30, 2013
3.5/5 73% Paradise: Love (2013) " A tour de force of meticulous cruelty, a comic melodrama that elicits laughter and empathy and then replaces those responses with squirming discomfort." — New York Times
Posted Apr 25, 2013
3.5/5 98% Mud (2013) " Mr. Nichols's voice is a distinctive and welcome presence in American film." — New York Times
Posted Apr 25, 2013
2.5/5 50% Pain & Gain (2013) " It all leaves you pondering whether you have just seen a monumentally stupid movie or a brilliant movie about the nature and consequences of stupidity." — New York Times
Posted Apr 25, 2013
3.5/5 93% Ain't In It For My Health: A Film About Levon Helm (2013) " An affectionate tribute and a gift for fans who grew fond of his company on records or at concerts and who would like a little bit more." — New York Times
Posted Apr 18, 2013
2.5/5 89% In the House (2013) " The dexterity of the actors and their director is not quite enough, and as "In the House" accelerates, it also starts to sputter, piling on incidents and revelations that cause its web of implications to unravel." — New York Times
Posted Apr 18, 2013
79% 42 (2013) " Though not accurate in every particular, the movie mostly succeeds in respecting the facts of history and the personality of its hero, and in reminding audiences why he mattered." — New York Times
Posted Apr 11, 2013
2.5/5 45% To The Wonder (2013) " [Malick's] insistence on finding a cinematic idiom that connects beauty to ultimate truth is noble and sincere. But the fine intentions of "To the Wonder" pave a road to puzzlement, not awe." — New York Times
Posted Apr 11, 2013
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