Mike Scott

Mike Scott

Agrees with the Tomatometer 77% of the time.

Publications:
Times-Picayune
Total Reviews:
812

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Rating T-Meter Title | Year Add Date
4/5 100% The Whole Gritty City " The Whole Gritty City is both a celebratory film -- filled with fanfares and snares, concerts and parades -- and a very emotional one, an at-times heartbreaking portrait of our at-times heartbreaking city." — Times-Picayune
Posted Jul 18, 2014
5/5 97% Life Itself (2014) " It is a great profile of, and tribute to, the man credited with democratizing movie criticism -- and, by extension, cinema itself -- in America. But it's also much more." — Times-Picayune
Posted Jul 18, 2014
2/5 19% Video Games: The Movie (2014) " There's certainly a lot of information there, but it lacks a sense of fun, coming off instead as a staid and often padded affair." — Times-Picayune
Posted Jul 15, 2014
4/5 91% Dawn Of The Planet Of The Apes (2014) " It's the rare sequel that stands on its own as a film with an epic feel, a movie that is both exciting and laden with emotion - and one that takes the baton and runs with it." — Times-Picayune
Posted Jul 10, 2014
3/5 62% Hellion (2014) " It takes a lot to stand out in a cast that includes Aaron Paul and Juliette Lewis, but Josh Wiggins proves up to the task. It'll be fun to see where his career takes him next." — Times-Picayune
Posted Jul 10, 2014
2/5 —— Jackass Presents: Bad Grandpa .5 (Unrated) " The Jackass guys are always amusing, but this isn't a movie. This is a DVD bonus feature masquerading as a movie." — Times-Picayune
Posted Jul 8, 2014
3/5 48% Earth to Echo (2014) " It's nothing if not derivative, feeling like E.T. meets Goonies meets the iPhone generation. But there are worse movies to be compared to than those two modern classics." — Times-Picayune
Posted Jul 1, 2014
4/5 84% The Unknown Known (2014) " Part political portrait, part Iraq war post-mortem, part interrogation, it's a fascinating look at a man who -- like it or not -- will go down in history." — Times-Picayune
Posted Jul 1, 2014
3/5 93% The Dance of Reality (2014) " A thrillingly surrealist exercise, one that plays out like a dream -- sometimes like a nightmare -- as it relates Jodorowsky's semi-autobiographical, coming-of-age tale." — Times-Picayune
Posted Jul 1, 2014
2/5 53% Citizen Koch (2014) " As well-argued as it is, it lacks any real personality -- and so getting people to listen will be a challenge." — Times-Picayune
Posted Jun 27, 2014
3/5 87% Obvious Child (2014) " A small, offbeat dramatic comedy that deftly -- and humorously -- explores touchy territory." — Times-Picayune
Posted Jun 27, 2014
3/5 89% Locke (2014) " Thanks largely to the involvement of actor Tom Hardy, it manages to become more than just a gimmick film." — Times-Picayune
Posted Jun 27, 2014
3/5 76% Lucky Them (2014) " Almost Almost Famous." — Times-Picayune
Posted Jun 27, 2014
1/5 24% Think Like a Man Too (2014) " Not even the tightly wound energy of Kevin Hart can help it from feeling half-baked, through and through. This isn't a movie so much as it is a studio cash-grab." — Times-Picayune
Posted Jun 20, 2014
3/5 82% Witching and Bitching (2014) " It's warped, it's frantic, it's dark -- and it's an entertaining bit of guilty-pleasure, midnight-movie craziness" — Times-Picayune
Posted Jun 19, 2014
3/5 89% Le Week-End (2014) " Think Before Midnight crossed with The Out-of-Towners and you're somewhere in the ballpark." — Times-Picayune
Posted Jun 19, 2014
3/5 —— Going Attractions: The Definitive Story of the American Drive-in Movie " An well-researched and informative (if straight-forwardly shot) blend of history and nostalgia." — Times-Picayune
Posted Jun 18, 2014
3/5 85% 22 Jump Street (2014) " There's something brilliant in the way directors Lord and Miller subvert Hollywood, studios and even their own audience in the rare sequel that is equal to its predecessor." — Times-Picayune
Posted Jun 11, 2014
3/5 97% Ernest & CĂ©lestine (2014) " It doesn't start with the words 'once upon a time,' but it really should. It's just that storybook-sweet, that gentle, that comforting of a film." — Times-Picayune
Posted Jun 6, 2014
2/5 86% Cold in July (2014) " It is a suspenseful, surprise-filled thriller, even if it suffers from a deeply rooted identity crisis." — Times-Picayune
Posted May 30, 2014
3/5 33% A Million Ways to Die in the West (2014) " Yes, it crosses lines. Yes, it works hard to offend. Yes, it is silly. But you know what? It's also laugh-out-loud funny. And isn't that the point?" — Times-Picayune
Posted May 30, 2014
3/5 49% Maleficent (2014) " It has its storytelling flaws, but if nothing else, Maleficent is an undeniable work of visual beauty. " — Times-Picayune
Posted May 30, 2014
3/5 83% Belle (2014) " It might suffer from a conventional approach and a pat ending, but it's still a reasonably sturdy period drama, one that hinges on the lead performance of Gugu Mbatha-Raw." — Times-Picayune
Posted May 23, 2014
4/5 88% Chef (2014) " A film that feeds the heart and soul - and will make you want to feed your face when it is done. In fact, make your dinner reservations for after the movie. Otherwise, you're just going to end up eating twice." — Times-Picayune
Posted May 21, 2014
4/5 84% Joe (2014) " Both Nicolas Cage and director David Gordon Green get back to doing what they do best in this backwoods Southern yarn." — Times-Picayune
Posted May 16, 2014
3/5 61% Million Dollar Arm (2014) " It's conventional, dutifully touching all the bases on its way around the pre-established formula, but it succeeds anyway thanks to its considerable charm and oversized heart." — Times-Picayune
Posted May 16, 2014
3/5 86% The Jewish Cardinal (2014) " Can a person be two things at once? Yes. Not only is it possible, but it can be of value. Lustiger proved that,and The Jewish Cardinal underscores it." — Times-Picayune
Posted May 15, 2014
2/5 85% Only Lovers Left Alive (2014) " As handsome and as literary as Jim Jarmusch's agonizingly slow film is, its assets carry it only so far. " — Times-Picayune
Posted May 9, 2014
3/5 51% Hateship Loveship (2014) " A slow-to-develop but nonetheless tantalizing sampling of the depth of Kristen Wiig's talent, one that hints at what may to come from her." — Times-Picayune
Posted May 9, 2014
3/5 54% Fading Gigolo (2014) " It's not a film that will stick to your ribs to any great degree, but it is a quiet charmer, one that ends up being a pleasant enough diversion for grown-up audiences." — Times-Picayune
Posted May 9, 2014
3/5 73% Neighbors (2014) " Rogen and his talented co-stars deliver a raunchy but entertaining comic diversion, one that is equally good-natured and bad-behaving." — Times-Picayune
Posted May 9, 2014
1/5 13% Walk Of Shame (2014) " A slick but limp farce that illustrates how a good premise and a good cast aren't worth a whit if they don't have a strong enough script to back them up." — Times-Picayune
Posted May 2, 2014
4/5 99% Jodorowsky's Dune (2014) " A fascinating and inspiring documentary that offers a tantalizing look at what could have been." — Times-Picayune
Posted Apr 30, 2014
4/5 53% The Amazing Spider-Man 2 (2014) " In Amazing Spider-Man 2, Marc Webb offers an exceedingly enjoyable superhero sequel that benefits both from an appealing lead actor and a daring sense of storytelling." — Times-Picayune
Posted Apr 30, 2014
3/5 66% The Railway Man (2014) " All three acts boast decidedly different emotional tones, but Teplitzky knits them together into a memorable whole." — Times-Picayune
Posted Apr 24, 2014
3/5 80% Sorcerer (1977) " Over the years, a certain mystique has surrounded Friedkin's dark tale, as is so often the case with lost films. Unlike many of them, though, Sorcerer delivers." — Times-Picayune
Posted Apr 22, 2014
2/5 8% A Haunted House 2 (2014) " A movie strictly for the already-converted fans of Marlon Wayans' brand of decidedly off-color, so-stupid-it's-funny big-screen goofballery." — Times-Picayune
Posted Apr 18, 2014
3/5 59% Dom Hemingway (2014) " Jude Law shines, disappearing into the lead role of what ends up being a rowdy and giddy blend of style and attitude." — Times-Picayune
Posted Apr 18, 2014
4/5 96% The Lunchbox (2014) " This is a charming crowd-pleaser that is made with love -- just like the food in the titular lunchbox. Better yet, it's just as delectable." — Times-Picayune
Posted Apr 18, 2014
4/5 86% Under the Skin (2014) " A deeply atmospheric and thrillingly unconventional movie, one that is unlike any I can recall." — Times-Picayune
Posted Apr 18, 2014
4/5 91% Bears (2014) " With gorgeous cinematography and playful narration from John C. Reilly, it's a Goldilocks film -- one that will juuust right for mamma bears, papa bears and baby bears alike." — Times-Picayune
Posted Apr 18, 2014
3/5 79% The Raid 2 (2014) " The fight sequences -- brutal though they are -- are nothing short of brilliant, standing as creatively choreographed and masterfully shot snatches of athletic showmanship." — Times-Picayune
Posted Apr 11, 2014
2/5 62% Draft Day (2014) " It can be counted on to deliver a temporary football fix and a few chuckles, but it's not quite enough to make die-hards stop counting down the days until the real NFL Draft." — Times-Picayune
Posted Apr 10, 2014
3/5 74% Oculus (2014) " It takes a bit of patience to sit through the slow opening act. But those who do will find themselves held captive by Flanagan's unsettling story." — Times-Picayune
Posted Apr 9, 2014
3/5 75% Nymphomaniac: Volume I (2014) " Beneath the sheen of sweat on his actors and between the frequent scenes of frantic and entangled limbs, there's substance to Von Trier's tale." — Times-Picayune
Posted Apr 4, 2014
3/5 89% Captain America: The Winter Soldier (2014) " A film that functions just as nicely as a political thriller as it does as an action movie, and which arrives as a big, loud and highly polished dose of popcorn-munching fun. " — Times-Picayune
Posted Apr 4, 2014
2/5 79% Muppets Most Wanted (2014) " There are fun moments (Bret MacKenzie's musical numbers stand out), but there are too many lulls in the nearly 2-hour running time, and too many opportunities for ordinariness to creep in." — Times-Picayune
Posted Mar 21, 2014
5/5 92% The Grand Budapest Hotel (2014) " When people say, 'They don't make movies like that anymore,' they are wrong. Wes Anderson makes movies like that anymore, and 'The Grand Budapest Hotel' -- part comedy caper, part adventure, and all quirky, embraceable whimsy -- is proof." — Times-Picayune
Posted Mar 20, 2014
3/5 89% Tim's Vermeer (2014) " Combining enough of the characteristic wiseassery of Penn & Teller with a dose of scholarly research on an age-old art-world mystery, it is at once entertaining and edifying." — Times-Picayune
Posted Mar 14, 2014
2/5 23% Need For Speed (2014) " There are moments of guilty-pleasure fun in Scott Waugh's video-game-inspired stunt-fest, but mostly it's little more than a ridiculous Fast & Furious wannabe." — Times-Picayune
Posted Mar 14, 2014
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