Mike Scott

Mike Scott

Agrees with the Tomatometer 77% of the time.

Publications:
Times-Picayune
Total Reviews:
771

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Rating T-Meter Title | Year Add Date
3/5 80% 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 63% 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 72% 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 77% 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 88% 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
3/5 60% Non-Stop (2014) " There's nothing strikingly original about Non-Stop, but it does show that Neeson, even when on autopilot, still knows exactly how to hold down an action film." — Times-Picayune
Posted Feb 28, 2014
3/5 88% The Wind Rises (2014) " Even if it doesn't quite capture the magic of some of his earlier films, The Wind Rises feels like one of Miyazaki's more personal films." — Times-Picayune
Posted Feb 28, 2014
3/5 94% The Past (2013) " Never strikes a resoundingly false note -- which is a precious thing in movies lately -- and as such is a film that promises moving rewards." — Times-Picayune
Posted Feb 21, 2014
2/5 33% 3 Days To Kill (2014) " There's a lot wrong with this movie, but there are things it does right. Just when you think things have gone irretrievably off the rails, Costner manages to hold it together." — Times-Picayune
Posted Feb 21, 2014
2/5 88% A Field in England (2014) " Even when it includes a dose of dark humor and an admirable sense of craftsmanship, watching other people alter their state of consciousness is rarely a rewarding experience." — Times-Picayune
Posted Feb 20, 2014
2/5 70% About Last Night (2014) " Kevin Hart and Regina Hall do a nice job of providing the comedy in this raunchy remake, but there's little else there in what ends up a mostly forgettable film." — Times-Picayune
Posted Feb 14, 2014
5/5 100% The Square (2013) " A stirring tribute to democracy and those willing to fight for it. " — Times-Picayune
Posted Feb 12, 2014
2/5 48% RoboCop (2014) " Thank you for your regurgitation." — Times-Picayune
Posted Feb 11, 2014
2/5 33% The Monuments Men (2014) " A slow-starting Army jeep of a film that sputters charmingly to life on occasion but that never quite roars they way one would like." — Times-Picayune
Posted Feb 5, 2014
3/5 91% 12 O'clock Boys (2014) " Not only does it work nicely as a slice-of-life narrative, but it also serves as a subtle study of the endemic hopelessness in America's inner cities." — Times-Picayune
Posted Jan 28, 2014
2/5 76% The Invisible Woman (2013) " As handsome as it is, and scandalous as the affair was in its time, it all comes off feeling rather tame in what ends up being a largely inert exercise." — Times-Picayune
Posted Jan 24, 2014
5/5 80% The Broken Circle Breakdown (2013) " It is at turns sweet, romantic, funny and heartbreaking. More than anything, though, it's just plain affecting, a profound tale of love, loss and -- in the end -- life, in all its bitter beauty." — Times-Picayune
Posted Jan 24, 2014
2/5 18% Ride Along (2014) " Fans of Kevin Hart's brand of motormouthed silliness will find some laughs here, but it's otherwise a sloppy, forgettable affair." — Times-Picayune
Posted Jan 17, 2014
2/5 11% The Nut Job (2014) " It's a nice-looking film, particularly for an independent animated film, but there's just no spark there to elevate beyond something anyone over 8 years old will appreciate." — Times-Picayune
Posted Jan 17, 2014
3/5 76% Lone Survivor (2014) " A unfailingly intense look into what life -- and death -- is like for America's fighting men and women. " — Times-Picayune
Posted Jan 10, 2014
3/5 64% August: Osage County (2013) " An actor's playground, filled with meaty roles and juicy dialog. Every character gets at least one moment in the spotlight, and every actor in Wells' adaptation seizes it." — Times-Picayune
Posted Jan 9, 2014
3/5 94% Her (2014) " It boasts a number of wonderfully written profundities, but there's little connective tissue to bind them. The result often feels more like a beautifully appointed bulletin board than a grand mural." — Times-Picayune
Posted Jan 9, 2014
3/5 77% The Wolf of Wall Street (2013) " Scorsese's focus isn't so much on telling a tight story as chronicling Belfort's outsized antics, but they're not there just for laughs. This is at its root a cautionary tale." — Times-Picayune
Posted Dec 23, 2013
4/5 95% Inside Llewyn Davis (2013) " The Coens don't always require, or even seem to value, plot Fortunately, Inside Llewyn Davis, with its great writing and music, doesn't need much of one. " — Times-Picayune
Posted Dec 19, 2013
4/5 79% Saving Mr. Banks (2013) " Practically perfect in every way." — Times-Picayune
Posted Dec 19, 2013
4/5 93% American Hustle (2013) " A great deal more fun than most Oscar hopefuls allow themselves to be. Think Goodfellas, but with bad comb-overs. And perms. And yards of corduroy and crushed velour. " — Times-Picayune
Posted Dec 16, 2013
3/5 83% The Armstrong Lie (2013) " An admirably comprehensive film about a frustratingly hard-to-pin-down man, and a postmortem to one of the most heartbreaking betrayals of fans that the sports world has seen." — Times-Picayune
Posted Dec 13, 2013
3/5 75% The Hobbit: The Desolation Of Smaug (2013) " Where An Unexpected Journey felt disjointed and flabby, The Desolation of Smaug much more effectively captures the sense of adventure of Tolkien's quest story." — Times-Picayune
Posted Dec 13, 2013
4/5 52% Out of the Furnace (2013) " As he did with Crazy Heart, Cooper populates his even bleaker Out of the Furnace with a talented cast that helps elevate his portrait of gravel-road America." — Times-Picayune
Posted Dec 6, 2013
3/5 42% Oldboy (2013) " Most normal people will not see this as a "pleasant" film -- I hope that's the case, anyway -- but it certain makes you feel something. And, as moviegoing experiences go, that's better than feeling nothing." — Times-Picayune
Posted Nov 26, 2013
5/5 —— Get A Horse " A delightful little seven-minute romp." — Times-Picayune
Posted Nov 26, 2013
3/5 89% Frozen (2013) " Despicable Me 2 will likely go down as the year's highest-grossing animated film, but Frozen is the most complete we've seen so far in 2013. " — Times-Picayune
Posted Nov 26, 2013
2/5 76% Kill Your Darlings (2013) " Krokidas seems more intent on setting a mood than telling a story, and in creating a feeling than building suspense." — Times-Picayune
Posted Nov 22, 2013
3/5 38% Delivery Man (2013) " Ken Scott's uneven story suffers through its narrative stumbles, but it overcomes its flaws thanks to an embraceable dose of heart and the loveable-lump charisma of Vaughn." — Times-Picayune
Posted Nov 22, 2013
4/5 94% Dallas Buyers Club (2013) " Thanks to McConaughey, we get to see a character not just grow but evolve, developing a soul before our eyes. And if he can evolve, well, then there's hope for the rest of us." — Times-Picayune
Posted Nov 22, 2013
2 68% The Best Man Holiday (2013) " It isn't without its charms, including an appealing cast and high production values. Unfortunately, all that's overshadowed by its inability to convincingly find emotional truths." — Times-Picayune
Posted Nov 15, 2013
4/5 69% About Time (2013) " It's smart and sweet and unabashedly sentimental. But it's also the kind of movie that - in spite of its faults - strikes a bright, resonant wind-chime of a note." — Times-Picayune
Posted Nov 8, 2013
2/5 65% Thor: The Dark World (2013) " It's all built around so much clanging of swords and denting of armor, but lacking that spark of life that the Avengers family of films is built upon." — Times-Picayune
Posted Nov 8, 2013
3/5 60% Ender's Game (2013) " It gets off to a brisk enough start and maintains that momentum for the most part, even if it forgets to have fun in the process." — Times-Picayune
Posted Nov 1, 2013
5/5 97% 12 Years a Slave (2013) " McQueen makes the theater drapes melt away, immersing audiences in a story that will make them feel like witnesses to history." — Times-Picayune
Posted Oct 28, 2013
2/5 49% Escape Plan (2013) " As intriguing as it is to see Stallone and Schwarzenegger together, it fails to measure up to the better films in the genre, offering only moments of fun here and there." — Times-Picayune
Posted Oct 18, 2013
4/5 93% Captain Phillips (2013) " The surprise is that it's a surprise in the first place, as Greengrass takes a story we all know and turns it into one of the most enjoyable and well-made movies of the year. " — Times-Picayune
Posted Oct 8, 2013
5/5 97% Gravity (2013) " A technical and storytelling masterpiece buoyed by stunning visuals and functioning both as a ripping, tension-filled yarn and as a profound and life-affirming work of art." — Times-Picayune
Posted Oct 3, 2013
3/5 96% Enough Said (2013) " It's not just a thoroughly enjoyable movie that benefits from a funny, well-humored script, but it's a lovely way to remember the late, great James Gandolfini." — Times-Picayune
Posted Sep 27, 2013
2/5 14% Baggage Claim (2013) " Built around unimaginative direction and an even less imaginative script, it's a textbook example of a formula film. Still, there are minor charms to be found." — Times-Picayune
Posted Sep 27, 2013
4/5 89% Rush (2013) " A smartly assembled film fueled as much by surprising moments of heart and humor as it is by high-octane, pedal-to-the-metal sports action." — Times-Picayune
Posted Sep 26, 2013
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