Mike Scott

Mike Scott

Agrees with the Tomatometer 77% of the time.

Mike 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
3/5 82% Infinitely Polar Bear (2015) "The tone of Forbes' at-times surprisingly funny script and the latest fine performance from Mark Ruffalo combine for a sweet, compassionate look at mental illness. " ‐ Times-Picayune
Posted Jul 30, 2015
3/5 85% The Tribe (2015) "It's a cinematic tightrope act, and it is to Slaboshpitsky's credit that he pulls it off. " ‐ Times-Picayune
Posted Jul 30, 2015
3/5 58% Southpaw (2015) "When does great acting trump a formulaic story? When the actor is Jake Gyllenhaal and the story is the boxing melodrama Southpaw. " ‐ Times-Picayune
Posted Jul 23, 2015
3/5 18% Pixels (2015) "A just-for-fun and mostly benign all-ages romp that doubles as a giddy tip of the cap to those who remember pumping quarter after quarter into coin-op arcade games. " ‐ Times-Picayune
Posted Jul 22, 2015
3/5 87% Mr. Holmes (2015) "Ian McKellen turns in a deft and nuanced performance -- two of them, actually -- that are consistently mesmerizing, even when the story threatens to wander off course. " ‐ Times-Picayune
Posted Jul 17, 2015
3/5 79% Ant-Man (2015) "Ant-Man is a load of a fun, a light-hearted superhero heist film with a sense of humor and playfulness that will make you forget just how silly the whole thing is. " ‐ Times-Picayune
Posted Jul 17, 2015
4/5 85% Trainwreck (2015) "Despite its formulaic underpinnings, Schumer makes it feel fresh with her comic writing, her comic timing and her ability to make us care for her trainwreck of a character. " ‐ Times-Picayune
Posted Jul 13, 2015
2/5 21% Self/less (2015) "It's just plain less -- less than what sci-fi fans are probably hoping for, and less than what it could have been. " ‐ Times-Picayune
Posted Jul 9, 2015
4/5 97% Amy (2015) "It's hard to imagine another film coming closer to truly explaining the tragic enigma that was Amy Winehouse. " ‐ Times-Picayune
Posted Jul 9, 2015
3/5 53% Minions (2015) "On paper, there's no reason this film should work. But these Minions, they work in mysterious ways. As a result, the uneven but entirely genial Minions does, too. " ‐ Times-Picayune
Posted Jul 8, 2015
2/5 81% The Overnight (2015) "Brice seems more interested in keeping viewers guessing than in crafting a meaningful story. While that makes his film unpredictable, it comes at the cost of emotional impact. " ‐ Times-Picayune
Posted Jul 1, 2015
3/4 94% Iron Man (2008) "His well-honed acting chops aside, a big reason the casting of Downey as Stark works so darn well is that incorrigible streak, which he somehow always has been able to balance with an irrepressible likability and which he uses to full effect here. " ‐ Times-Picayune
Posted Jun 15, 2015
3/5 71% Jurassic World (2015) "It took 22 years, and it took three tries, but Hollywood has finally hatched a worthy sequel to Steven Spielberg's groundbreaking and spine-tingling Jurassic Park. " ‐ Times-Picayune
Posted Jun 11, 2015
3/5 95% Spy (2015) "A funny and wholly entertaining romp filled with McCarthy-driven laughs that exceed any expectations generated by that inexplicably empty title. " ‐ Times-Picayune
Posted Jun 4, 2015
2/5 50% Tomorrowland (2015) "Somewhere on its way to becoming a live-action Disney classic, Bird's well-crafted illusion flickers and fades, a casualty of faulty storytelling. " ‐ Times-Picayune
Posted May 20, 2015
3/5 76% Good Kill (2015) "While lacking when it comes to nuance, Niccol's film becomes a searing and finely tuned indie drama that benefits from a voice rooted firmly in the now. " ‐ Times-Picayune
Posted May 20, 2015
2/5 65% Pitch Perfect 2 (2015) "While it might not exactly be pitch-perfect, this funny and tuneful slice of easygoing entertainment will be pitch-good-enough for fans of the first film. " ‐ Times-Picayune
Posted May 14, 2015
3/5 85% Far From the Madding Crowd (2015) "Vinterberg's film offers something rare for an adaptation of a 141-year-old work of literature: It delivers a dose of modern relevance -- and thus resonance. " ‐ Times-Picayune
Posted May 14, 2015
3/5 84% I Am Big Bird: The Caroll Spinney Story (2015) "Every bit as warm and kind-hearted as the man whose story it tells. " ‐ Times-Picayune
Posted May 12, 2015
2/5 43% The D Train (2015) "A well intended but scattered dramatic comedy built around the performance of the likeable Jack Black in an very unlikeable role. " ‐ Times-Picayune
Posted May 7, 2015
3/5 54% Maggie (2015) "Built on a foundation of surprises, it's a zombie film starring Arnold Schwarzenegger -- but it's not like most other zombie movies or Schwarzenegger movies you've seen. " ‐ Times-Picayune
Posted May 5, 2015
3/5 74% Avengers: Age of Ultron (2015) "An enjoyable, full-sensory superhero romp, it delivers no less than what one would expect from an Avengers film. At the same time, it delivers no more than that,either. " ‐ Times-Picayune
Posted Apr 29, 2015
2/5 18% Little Boy (2015) "Honestly, it's difficult to fathom how a filmmaker can, on one hand, so capably handle his film's faith elements but so mishandle others. " ‐ Times-Picayune
Posted Apr 23, 2015
3/5 92% Ex Machina (2015) "Beautifully shot and wonderfully acted, it's an enjoyable, grown-up entertainment, even if it leaves us wanting something deeper. " ‐ Times-Picayune
Posted Apr 22, 2015
3/5 99% Leviathan (2014) "A bleak but very well realized portrait of hopelessness and despair in modern Russia. " ‐ Times-Picayune
Posted Apr 17, 2015
3/5 94% Monkey Kingdom (2015) "It pretty closely follows the Disneynature formula, so don't expect anything groundbreaking. You can, however, expect a sweet and entirely enjoyable all-ages delight. " ‐ Times-Picayune
Posted Apr 17, 2015
3/5 44% True Story (2015) "A bizarre and at times downright creepy story that functions well as a good yarn but also for its exploration of the often-blurred boundary between truth and fiction. " ‐ Times-Picayune
Posted Apr 17, 2015
2/5 60% The Last 5 Years (2015) "While it doesn't do anything glaringly wrong, neither does it do much to distinguish itself, or to warrant recommending it to anyone outside of the Glee fan community. " ‐ Times-Picayune
Posted Apr 10, 2015
3/5 83% While We're Young (2015) "A smart charmer of a comedy that feels as personal as it does universal -- at least for those coming to grips with the fact that they now require reading glasses. " ‐ Times-Picayune
Posted Apr 10, 2015
3/5 81% Furious 7 (2015) "As long as you're willing to buckle your seat belt, disengage your brain and just go along for the ride, there's also no small amount of fun to be had. " ‐ Times-Picayune
Posted Apr 2, 2015
85% Wendy and Lucy (2008) "Wendy and Lucy -- with its simple shots and edits and an elegantly musicless soundtrack -- proves you don't have to be flashy to be compelling. " ‐ Times-Picayune
Posted Mar 27, 2015
4/5 96% It Follows (2015) "Despite that title -- and the debt owed to 1970s cinema, most glaringly in the film's creepy techno-organ score -- It Follows largely charts its own path. " ‐ Times-Picayune
Posted Mar 26, 2015
2/5 29% Get Hard (2015) "Expect over-the-top idiocy. Expect graphic sexual gags. Expect a lesson on the prison art of 'keistering.' And, yes, expect lots of dicey racial humor. " ‐ Times-Picayune
Posted Mar 26, 2015
3/5 96% Red Army (2015) "A fast-moving, fascinating and at times even fun documentary residing squarely at the intersection of sports and geopolitical history. " ‐ Times-Picayune
Posted Mar 19, 2015
1/5 4% Vice (2015) "It is set in, as Bruce Willis' mogul character describes it, "a utopian paradise where you can have and do anything you want." Unless, that is, you want a decent movie. " ‐ Times-Picayune
Posted Mar 18, 2015
3/5 No Score Yet Frozen Fever (2015) "With its blend of sweetness, silliness and tunefullness, this animated Disney short is satisfyingly consistent in vision and in spirit with the original Frozen. " ‐ Times-Picayune
Posted Mar 11, 2015
3/5 85% Cinderella (2015) "With beautiful visuals and a sense of fun, director Kenneth Branagh has crafted a fetching, playful delight. " ‐ Times-Picayune
Posted Mar 11, 2015
2/5 62% The Second Best Exotic Marigold Hotel (2015) "It's as sweet at the first but is too content to repeat itself. The result: a blend of amiability and aimlessness that helps it lives down to the "second best" in its title. " ‐ Times-Picayune
Posted Mar 6, 2015
4/5 98% Mr. Turner (2014) "Beautifully shot and acted, it's one of Leigh's more enjoyable and accessible recent films, one that will appeal to more than the arthouse crowd normally drawn to his films. " ‐ Times-Picayune
Posted Mar 5, 2015
3/5 56% Focus (2015) "As they did in I Love You Phillip Morris and Crazy, Stupid, Love, Ficarra and Requa prove to be masters of misdirection in this fluffy but fun romp. " ‐ Times-Picayune
Posted Feb 27, 2015
92% Slumdog Millionaire (2008) "Slumdog Millionaire is a lot of films -- it is a comedy, it is an adventure, it is a tragedy -- but more than anything it's a love story, and Boyle manages to nurse every ounce of emotion out of that aspect of the story without overplaying it. " ‐ Times-Picayune
Posted Feb 22, 2015
4/4 93% No Country for Old Men (2007) "As much as the film is about Bardem's even-keeled determination... it's also about Tommy Lee Jones' brilliantly characterized Texas sheriff, who, faced with a trail of blood like he's never seen, wonders if he's still a match for a changing world. " ‐ Times-Picayune
Posted Feb 22, 2015
3/5 89% Still Alice (2015) "Julianne Moore isn't merely good in the lead role. She's devastatingly, heartbreakingly good, and she's a big reason why Still Alice is as moving as it is. " ‐ Times-Picayune
Posted Feb 13, 2015
3/5 92% Force Majeure (2014) "An intriguing relationship drama, one that is at times darkly funny, at others thought-provoking, but consistently piano-wire tense as it delivers an avalanche of emotion. " ‐ Times-Picayune
Posted Jan 30, 2015
3/5 90% A Most Violent Year (2015) "Another fine drama from writer-director J.C. Chandor, it is a smart, small-scale film but one with deceivingly big stakes. " ‐ Times-Picayune
Posted Jan 30, 2015
3/5 82% Black Sea (2015) "Conventional Hollywood wisdom says one should be wary of any Hollywood thriller released in the first month or so of any year. Black Sea is an exception to that rule. " ‐ Times-Picayune
Posted Jan 30, 2015
3/5 39% Black or White (2015) "It might not be the Oscar contender it was once hailed as, but that doesn't mean it's not a solidly made film -- even a brave one, for its willingness to tackle touchy issues. " ‐ Times-Picayune
Posted Jan 29, 2015
3/5 49% Cake (2015) "Aniston's performance stands to change the way many people look at her, with a deft, tempered turn that also could end up redefining her career. " ‐ Times-Picayune
Posted Jan 23, 2015
4/5 73% American Sniper (2015) "Hard-pounding, compassionate and entirely captivating, it offers an insightful peek inside the pressure-cooker in which American service members operate. " ‐ Times-Picayune
Posted Jan 15, 2015
3/5 88% Foxcatcher (2014) "In Miller's hands, a movie that could easily have become so much exploitative trash is instead a sharp study of two tragically lonely lives, of the pitfalls of privilege and, in its own way, of the American way of doing things. " ‐ Times-Picayune
Posted Jan 14, 2015
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