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
3/4 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 83% 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 51% 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 91% 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 48% 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 84% 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
4/5 96% Argo (2012) "Sharp, brisk and highly entertaining. " ‐ Times-Picayune
Posted Jan 13, 2015
2/5 73% 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
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