Scott Foundas

Scott Foundas

Agrees with the Tomatometer 73% of the time.

Scott Foundas's reviews only count toward the Tomatometer when published at the following Tomatometer-approved publication(s): Film Comment Magazine, L.A. Weekly, New York Times, Variety, Village Voice

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Rating T-Meter Title | Year Review
90% Straight Outta Compton (2015) "Director F. Gary Gray turns the meteoric rise and fractious fall of rap supergroup N.W.A. into a sprawling, exhilarating Los Angeles hip-hop epic. " ‐ Variety
Posted Jul 31, 2015
24% Vacation (2015) "A trip to the corner store with this cast of characters would be an endurance test - which, with any luck, is as far as the movie's box office returns will carry it. " ‐ Variety
Posted Jul 27, 2015
92% Horse Money (2015) "If Horse Money is unmistakably a continuation of Costa's general line of inquiry, it also feels like a further refinement of his technique, from its comparatively taut running time to the shadowy expressiveness of the HD imagery. " ‐ Variety
Posted Jul 22, 2015
91% The Gift (2015) "A coolly unsettling thriller that begins as an unironic homage to late-'80s/early-'90s yuppies-in-peril dramas... before taking a turn toward the moral and existential minefield of Michael Haneke's Cache. " ‐ Variety
Posted Jul 22, 2015
No Score Yet In The Shadow of Women "Veteran post-Nouvelle Vague helmer Philippe Garrel serves up an exquisite three-hander about life, art and the delusional male ego. " ‐ Variety
Posted Jul 20, 2015
20% Self/less (2015) "An initially intriguing parable about man's lust for immortality that quickly devolves into a substandard shoot-'em-up designed to rebrand star Ryan Reynolds as a brawny action hero in the Jason Statham mold. " ‐ Variety
Posted Jul 5, 2015
46% Ted 2 (2015) "In its own, sweetly subversive way, this might be just the tolerance plea America needs right now - a movie that says, in effect, "Love thy plushie as thyself." " ‐ Variety
Posted Jun 24, 2015
51% Escobar: Paradise Lost (2015) "Escobar offers an odd mix of action movie, romantic melodrama and cautionary traveler's tale, which works better than it should thanks to Del Toro's fascinating performance and Di Stefano's assured, muscular helming. " ‐ Variety
Posted Jun 23, 2015
No Score Yet ABCD 2 "Watching this movie won't make you smarter, but it just might, more than most, leave you feeling happier than you were when you walked in. " ‐ Variety
Posted Jun 19, 2015
71% Jurassic World (2015) "It's fun enough while it lasts, but somehow, finally, all too much and not enough. " ‐ Variety
Posted Jun 10, 2015
60% Insidious: Chapter 3 (2015) "Chief among things that go bump in the night in "Insidious: Chapter 3" is the movie itself - a thuddingly dull prequel to James Wan's very enjoyable (and highly profitable) demonic-possession horror franchise. " ‐ Variety
Posted Jun 3, 2015
100% Dheepan "What keeps Dheepan engaging throughout is the tremendous charisma of the performers. " ‐ Variety
Posted May 28, 2015
86% Heaven Knows What (2015) "For much of the movie, [the Safdies] keep the camera discomfitingly close to the characters, blurring out the background and immersing us in their telescoped world. " ‐ Variety
Posted May 28, 2015
100% The Little Prince "Adds all manner of narrative bells and whistles to the author's slender, lyrical story of friendship between a pilot and a mysterious extraterrestrial voyager, but stays true to its timeless depiction of childhood wonderment ... " ‐ Variety
Posted May 22, 2015
87% Sicario (2015) "'Prisoners' director Denis Villeneuve returns with a blisteringly suspenseful, ever surprising cartel thriller. " ‐ Variety
Posted May 19, 2015
91% Bhaag Milkha Bhaag (2013) "The conflation of sports and politics in Bhaag Milkha Bhaag always feels strained, with Singh's story remaining most absorbing as a story of personal -- rather than national -- triumph. " ‐ Variety
Posted May 17, 2015
37% Irrational Man (2015) "Woody Allen contemplates the perfect murder (again) in a darkly funny, intellectually rigorous campus comedy. " ‐ Variety
Posted May 15, 2015
100% Tales Of The Grim Sleeper (2014) "What emerges, finally, is an urgent distress call from one of America's many, predominately black inner cities cast adrift by decades of municipal neglect and institutional racism. " ‐ Variety
Posted Apr 27, 2015
74% Avengers: Age of Ultron (2015) "If this is what the apotheosis of branded, big-studio entertainment has come to look like in 2015, we could be doing much worse. Unlike its title character, "Age of Ultron" most definitely has soul. " ‐ Variety
Posted Apr 21, 2015
85% La Sapienza (2015) "An exquisite rumination on life, love and art that tickles the heart and mind in equal measure. " ‐ Variety
Posted Apr 8, 2015
31% Desert Dancer (2015) "As with so many "extraordinary" true stories, British director Richard Raymond's debut feature leaves you craving more truth and less canned inspirationalism. " ‐ Variety
Posted Apr 8, 2015
31% The Longest Ride (2015) "Appealing performances by a trio of second- and third-generation Hollywood kids keep this three-hankie twaddle more bearable than it deserves, but "Ride" will surely go the longest with audiences for whom this is not their first Sparks rodeo. " ‐ Variety
Posted Apr 7, 2015
85% Far From the Madding Crowd (2015) "What does register at every turn is a vibrant sense of time and place that pulls us into Hardy's bygone world even when the drama falters. " ‐ Variety
Posted Apr 2, 2015
74% Welcome To New York (2015) "A bluntly powerful provocation that begins as a kind of tabloid melodrama and gradually evolves into a fraught study of addiction, narcissism and the lava flow of capitalist privilege. " ‐ Variety
Posted Mar 23, 2015
89% The Kidnapping of Michel Houellebecq (2015) "A slight, slyly amusing farce that could be described as a French intellectual's equivalent of Michael Winterbottom's Trip movies, by way of Michael Bay's Pain & Gain. " ‐ Variety
Posted Mar 23, 2015
86% Backcountry (2015) "A couple of weekend backpackers face off against man and beast in director Adam MacDonald's accomplished, blunt-force wilderness adventure. " ‐ Variety
Posted Mar 23, 2015
18% Do You Believe? (2015) "More professionally produced and acted than the indiegelical norm, but only fitfully engaging on a dramatic level and entirely hermetic on a theological one. " ‐ Variety
Posted Mar 20, 2015
81% Furious 7 (2015) "The hit muscle-car franchise does itself and the late Paul Walker proud with a solid seventh entry. " ‐ Variety
Posted Mar 16, 2015
92% Jauja (2015) "Those open to other possibilities in cinematic language may marvel at Alonso's ability to hold a viewer rapt through little more than landscape, movement and sound, and ideas that emerge implicitly rather than being directly stated. " ‐ Variety
Posted Mar 16, 2015
85% Trainwreck (2015) "Amy Schumer and Judd Apatow craft a winning portrait of a good time Sally in the grip of her first serious relationship. " ‐ Variety
Posted Mar 16, 2015
78% Danny Collins (2015) "A familiar late-in-life redemption narrative, made surprisingly palatable by Pacino's winning comic bravado, a superb supporting cast, and currents of real feeling that cut through the expected bromides about the emptiness of fortune and fame. " ‐ Variety
Posted Mar 9, 2015
20% Kidnapping Mr. Heineken (2015) "Anthony Hopkins and a cast of erstwhile next-big-things go slumming in Daniel Alfredson's listless, fact-based kidnapping caper. " ‐ Variety
Posted Mar 5, 2015
7% Accidental Love (2015) "Very bad medicine indeed. " ‐ Variety
Posted Feb 25, 2015
81% Results (2015) "It gives off a warmly inviting glow. " ‐ Variety
Posted Feb 13, 2015
100% Taxi (2015) "Banned Iranian director Jafar Panahi takes to the streets of Tehran for another playful yet profound musing on the intersection of life and art. " ‐ Variety
Posted Feb 13, 2015
100% Queen of Earth (2015) "Hell is other people - especially the ones who know you best - in Alex Ross Perry's acidly funny and unnerving portrait of a psychological breakdown. " ‐ Variety
Posted Feb 13, 2015
87% Mr. Holmes (2015) "While the good detective himself hobbles about with a cane, "Mr. Holmes" the movie glides smoothly back and forth across decades and continents as it follows these disparate plot strands through to their eminently logical conclusions. " ‐ Variety
Posted Feb 8, 2015
No Score Yet Chuck Norris vs Communism "Stylish, breezily entertaining documentary explores the little-known role played by Hollywood movies - and one heroic film dubber - in toppling Romanian communism. " ‐ Variety
Posted Feb 6, 2015
No Score Yet The Summer Of Sangaile "Summer love blooms between two teenage girls in Lithuanian helmer Alante Kavaite's intoxicating sophomore feature. " ‐ Variety
Posted Feb 6, 2015
92% Grandma (2015) "An initially breezy family comedy about mothers, daughters and abortions that slowly sneaks up on you and packs a major wallop. " ‐ Variety
Posted Jan 27, 2015
84% The Wolfpack (2015) "There is much to enjoy in director Crystal Moselle's debut documentary feature, which if nothing else begs a where-are-they-now sequel a few years down the road. " ‐ Variety
Posted Jan 27, 2015
93% Going Clear: Scientology and the Prison of Belief (2015) "Alex Gibney shakes the Scientology tree in his crackling film version of Lawrence Wright's nonfiction bestseller. " ‐ Variety
Posted Jan 26, 2015
45% I Smile Back (2015) "Sarah Silverman's deep-dive performance as a drug-addled New Jersey housewife elevates director Adam Salky's prosaic addiction drama. " ‐ Variety
Posted Jan 26, 2015
100% Western "A low-key but sharply observed work that benefits from real local flavor and a gift for lyric image making. " ‐ Variety
Posted Jan 25, 2015
71% Experimenter (2015) "Michael Almereyda dissects the life and work of controversial psychologist Stanley Milgram in a highly stylized biopic worthy of its subject. " ‐ Variety
Posted Jan 25, 2015
88% Mistress America (2015) "Bristles with kinetic energy for the brief 84 minutes it's onscreen. " ‐ Variety
Posted Jan 25, 2015
82% Z For Zachariah (2015) "The film remains strangely inert, and the romantic triangle at the story's center never gives off any real passion or heat. " ‐ Variety
Posted Jan 25, 2015
100% Entertainment (2015) "An extravagantly rude, confrontational and surprisingly poignant study of a dissolute New York slacker waiting to inherit his dying father's fortune. " ‐ Variety
Posted Jan 24, 2015
100% James White "There wouldn't be much reason for us to care about what happens to the character at all were it not for the fugitive soulfulness that flickers in his eyes like a light at the end of some cavernous tunnel. " ‐ Variety
Posted Jan 23, 2015
77% What Happened, Miss Simone? (2015) "A most satisfying rendering of a complex cultural legacy ... " ‐ Variety
Posted Jan 23, 2015
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