Mike Scott

Mike Scott

Agrees with the Tomatometer 77% of the time.

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Rating T-Meter Title | Year Review
2/5 14% 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 90% 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 93% 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 47% 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 59% 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 85% 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 82% 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 37% 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
4/5 96% Argo (2012) " Sharp, brisk and highly entertaining. " ‐ Times-Picayune
Posted Jan 13, 2015
2/5 72% Inherent Vice (2015) " A stoner's delight that is part fever dream and part bad trip, Inherent Vice is a dark and wickedly wild neo-noir romp. But it's also a thing of unusual density and often incoherence. " ‐ Times-Picayune
Posted Jan 8, 2015
2/5 94% Love Is Strange (2014) " It's OK for a movie to leave an audience asking questions. In fact, it can be a sign that a movie has a lot to say. Except, that is, when the question is this one: "So what?" " ‐ Times-Picayune
Posted Jan 4, 2015
4/5 89% The Imitation Game (2014) " Despite its title, Tyldum's film isn't some imitator or wannabe. Rather, The Imitation Game, highlighted by a layered turn from Benedict Cumberbatch, is the real deal. " ‐ Times-Picayune
Posted Dec 24, 2014
3/5 72% Big Eyes (2014) " Despite a few narrative snags, it is a sturdily crafted period piece. Along the way, Burton also delivers an impassioned justification of art in all of its forms. " ‐ Times-Picayune
Posted Dec 24, 2014
2/5 71% Into the Woods (2014) " With its Grimm-flavored sets and richly designed costumes, this Disney adaptation boasts a visual grandness. But dramatically, much of the magic feels drained from it all. " ‐ Times-Picayune
Posted Dec 22, 2014
3/5 51% Unbroken (2014) " Angelina Jolie shows a steady directoral hand in her second trip behind the camera, with a glossy and well-acted -- if conventionally told -- WWII saga. " ‐ Times-Picayune
Posted Dec 22, 2014
5/5 90% Wild (2014) " With a great performance from Witherspoon and a soul-stirring, life-affirming message, this movie is a gift. " ‐ Times-Picayune
Posted Dec 19, 2014
3/5 61% The Hobbit: The Battle of the Five Armies (2014) " It's the movie you expect it to be: bloated from a story standpoint, but built around sweeping visuals and Peter Jackson's keen world-building imagination. " ‐ Times-Picayune
Posted Dec 16, 2014
2/5 27% Annie (2014) " A mildly entertaining and mostly painless family film that provides spark plug Quvenzhane Wallis an extended opportunity to show off her star qualities. " ‐ Times-Picayune
Posted Dec 15, 2014
3/4 92% Arthur Christmas (2011) " Aimed squarely at children, but painless to keep grown-ups from checking their watches. " ‐ Times-Picayune
Posted Dec 14, 2014
3/5 82% The Homesman (2014) " Jones and Swank are both in fine form in Jones' sobering and unsentimental -- but thoroughly engrossing -- anti-Western. " ‐ Times-Picayune
Posted Dec 12, 2014
4/5 90% The Great Invisible (2014) " A smartly assembled film offering an on-the-ground look at the lingering fallout of the historic BP oil spill -- and at America's troubling relationship with Big Oil. " ‐ Times-Picayune
Posted Dec 12, 2014
2/5 65% The Hunger Games: Mockingjay - Part 1 (2014) " With no real beginning and no real ending, the unsatisfying Mockingjay Part 1 is essentially all middle -- one big, stretched out, watered-down second act. " ‐ Times-Picayune
Posted Nov 20, 2014
5/5 98% Citizenfour (2014) " Compelling, eye-opening -- and terrifying. " ‐ Times-Picayune
Posted Nov 12, 2014
5/5 95% Whiplash (2014) " A riveting confluence of energy, passion and broken blisters that serves as a tribute to the obsessive pursuit of excellence at any cost. " ‐ Times-Picayune
Posted Nov 12, 2014
2/5 63% One Chance (2014) " As sweet as the story is -- and as charming as James Corden is in the lead role -- it's mostly a safe, forgettable film steeped in a by-the-numbers blandness. " ‐ Times-Picayune
Posted Nov 7, 2014
3/5 69% Laggies (2014) " A sweet, smart romantic comedy for grown-ups that quietly exceeds its grasp thanks to great casting and assured direction. " ‐ Times-Picayune
Posted Nov 7, 2014
3/5 89% Big Hero 6 (2014) " Big Hero 6 is nothing if not fun, a fast-paced fanboy fable that benefits greatly from a Pixar-informed blend of artistry and humor. " ‐ Times-Picayune
Posted Nov 7, 2014
5/5 93% Birdman (2014) " A smart, full-pull filmmaking masterpiece that soars simultaneously on a number of levels. " ‐ Times-Picayune
Posted Oct 30, 2014
3/5 41% Horns (2014) " Beneath it all is a fairly conventional murder mystery. But the film's defining gimmick -- those curlicue horns -- help provide just enough newness to keep things moving. " ‐ Times-Picayune
Posted Oct 30, 2014
4/5 92% Dear White People (2014) " An astute and funny film built around an impressively layered script and an appealing ensemble cast that broaches the delicate issue of race in an honest, sensible way. " ‐ Times-Picayune
Posted Oct 24, 2014
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