Mike Scott

Mike Scott

Agrees with the Tomatometer 77% of the time.

Publications:
Times-Picayune
Total Reviews:
837

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Rating T-Meter Title | Year Review
2/5 8% The Best Of Me (2014) " There's a fine line separating a film that puts its own spin on a proven formula and one that becomes a caricature of itself. The Best of Me treads all over that line. " ‐ Times-Picayune
Posted Oct 17, 2014
4/5 81% Fury (2014) " Ayer's film does for tank warfare what Das Boot did for submarines and Saving Private Ryan did for D-Day. " ‐ Times-Picayune
Posted Oct 17, 2014
2/5 75% Kill the Messenger (2014) " A sturdy if uneven film that will leave audiences disillusioned -- and perhaps a bit horrified -- about truth, justice and what it contends is the real American way. " ‐ Times-Picayune
Posted Oct 10, 2014
3/5 72% The Notebook (2014) " There's something haunting going on here -- in the story, in the performances, in the overall atmosphere -- that makes it hard to look away from, and equally hard to forget. " ‐ Times-Picayune
Posted Oct 10, 2014
3/5 64% Alexander and the Terrible, Horrible, No Good, Very Bad Day (2014) " Knowing how it all will end doesn't sap much of the pleasure from this fun trifle of a film, one that parents and kids can enjoy side by side. " ‐ Times-Picayune
Posted Oct 10, 2014
3/5 85% The Good Lie (2014) " The film belongs to three actors you've never heard of, but if putting Witherspoon's mug on the poster is what it takes to get people to go see it, then that's a good lie. " ‐ Times-Picayune
Posted Oct 4, 2014
3/5 82% As It Is In Heaven (2014) " Even if As It Is in Heaven doesn't have the distinction of treading entirely untrodden ground, it does offer a compelling and engrossing take on the subject -- and from a fresh, up-and-coming filmmaking voice, to boot. " ‐ Times-Picayune
Posted Oct 2, 2014
3/5 74% The Boxtrolls (2014) " It's easy to overlook the narrative shortcomings and instead bask in the sheer artistry on display. " ‐ Times-Picayune
Posted Sep 26, 2014
3/5 99% Starred Up (2014) " Watching it is like watching a slow-motion train wreck -- you know you should look away, but you can't help but watch to see the potentially horrifying results. " ‐ Times-Picayune
Posted Sep 24, 2014
3/5 62% The Equalizer (2014) " Derivative? Sure. But with Washington in the lead, it's also a heart-pumping, fist-pumping ride, a sort of Jason-Bourne-meets-Batman mashup that you can't help but root for. " ‐ Times-Picayune
Posted Sep 23, 2014
2/5 53% The Zero Theorem (2014) " Quirky and compelling are two different things, and the visually vibrant -- but wildly unevern -- Zero Theorem seems to be going out of its way to prove that. " ‐ Times-Picayune
Posted Sep 19, 2014
3/5 63% The Maze Runner (2014) " Ball's film might be derivative, but it's also intense and entertaining enough to leave audiences hungry for the inevitable sequel so clearly set up by its cliffhanger ending. " ‐ Times-Picayune
Posted Sep 19, 2014
3/5 88% The Drop (2014) " Without Tom Hardy, it could have become just another crime drama. With him, though, it's something else entirely - something alive, tightly wound and irresistible. " ‐ Times-Picayune
Posted Sep 12, 2014
3/5 93% Frank (2014) " It's weird, but in the most embraceable of ways, thanks to the presence of the always likeable Domhnall Gleeson and a more-vulnerable-than-you're-used-to Michael Fassbender. " ‐ Times-Picayune
Posted Sep 5, 2014
2/5 76% The Congress (2014) " It boasts big ideas that it wants us to mull over, but Folman's labyrinthine film doesn't so much discuss them in any cohesive way as much as it just points them out. " ‐ Times-Picayune
Posted Sep 5, 2014
1/5 7% The Identical (2014) " The Identical is a movie beset by odd choices from the very beginning, starting with its foundational concept. " ‐ Times-Picayune
Posted Sep 4, 2014
4/5 95% Ida (2014) " What really sets it apart is its attention to visual detail. Not a single frame of film is wasted in a movie that could be appreciated even if the sound was turned down. " ‐ Times-Picayune
Posted Sep 2, 2014
3/5 80% Land Ho! (2014) " Earl Lynn Nelson is a force of nature as Mitch, a loud, boisterous scene-stealer who breathes comic life into this otherwise low-key road-trip dramedy. " ‐ Times-Picayune
Posted Aug 22, 2014
2/5 18% When The Game Stands Tall (2014) " They say it's not about football. That's ironic since the on-field scenes are the best thing about this melodramatic, oddly un-engaging sports drama. " ‐ Times-Picayune
Posted Aug 22, 2014
2/5 58% Coldwater (2014) " It does a lot right, but ultimately it offers little to distinguish itself from countless like-minded stories. " ‐ Times-Picayune
Posted Aug 15, 2014
3/5 89% Calvary (2014) " It's billed as a black comedy, but at its root, Calvary wants to move you emotionally and still you as the closing credits soberly roll. It succeeds on both counts. " ‐ Times-Picayune
Posted Aug 15, 2014
5/5 99% Boyhood (2014) " A masterpiece of independent filmmaking, Boyhood is nothing short of an emotional epic, one that is relatable and moving and entirely unforgettable. " ‐ Times-Picayune
Posted Aug 7, 2014
3/5 79% Get On Up (2014) " Unfolding with a hyperactive but magnetic sense of momentum, Get on Up does, indeed, get on up, scene after scene. " ‐ Times-Picayune
Posted Aug 1, 2014
2/5 52% I Origins (2014) " A brainy intersection of science and faith, it's a movie that asks big questions. It's also, however, frustratingly short on any real answers. " ‐ Times-Picayune
Posted Aug 1, 2014
4/5 91% Guardians of the Galaxy (2014) " It delivers just what you'd want from a summer blockbuster. It is fast, it is fun and it is all but assured of making a mint at the box office -- and spawning sequels aplenty. " ‐ Times-Picayune
Posted Jul 30, 2014
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 18% 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 90% 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 59% 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 No Score Yet 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 54% 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 88% 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 23% 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 84% 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 No Score Yet 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 84% 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 85% 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 86% 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
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