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A.O. Scott

A.O. Scott
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Rating T-Meter Title | Year Review
76% Split (2017) "Split" is lurid and ludicrous, and sometimes more than a little icky in its prurient, maudlin interest in the abuse of children. It's also absorbing and sometimes slyly funny. ‐ New York Times
Posted Jan 19, 2017
92% The Red Turtle (La tortue rouge) (2017) "The Red Turtle" practices a minor, gentle magic. It wants you to smile and say, "Ahh," rather than gasp and say, "Wow." ‐ New York Times
Posted Jan 19, 2017
71% Staying Vertical (Rester vertical) (2017) "Being Vertical" ... has a rough gravity that holds your attention and sticks in your mind. ‐ New York Times
Posted Jan 19, 2017
15% Sleepless (2017) We get muttering and glowering from Mr. Foxx, a story that can't manage enough twists to tie a shoelace, and set pieces that have been done better in other movies. ‐ New York Times
Posted Jan 13, 2017
50% The Ardennes (D'Ardennen) (2017) Even though, in retrospect, "The Ardennes" feels a little obvious and secondhand, it unfolds with enough speed and wit to hold your attention. ‐ New York Times
Posted Jan 5, 2017
92% Toni Erdmann (2016) A thrilling act of defiance against the toxicity of doing what is expected, on film, at work and out in the world. ‐ New York Times
Posted Dec 22, 2016
92% Hidden Figures (2017) There is something to be said for a well-told tale with a clear moral and a satisfying emotional payoff. ‐ New York Times
Posted Dec 22, 2016
83% Julieta (2016) "Julieta" is scrupulous, compassionate and surprising, even if it does not always quite communicate the full gravity and sweep of the feelings it engages. ‐ New York Times
Posted Dec 20, 2016
96% Neruda (2016) For anyone who believes that poetry and democracy spring from the same source and provoke the same enemies, this movie provides both encouragement and warning. ‐ New York Times
Posted Dec 15, 2016
95% Fences (2016) Even as it properly foregrounds Wilson's dialogue - few playwrights have approached his genius for turning workaday vernacular into poetry - "Fences" is much more than a filmed reading. ‐ New York Times
Posted Dec 15, 2016
85% Rogue One: A Star Wars Story (2016) All the pieces are there ... like Lego figures in a box. The problem is that the filmmakers haven't really bothered to think of anything very interesting to do with them. ‐ New York Times
Posted Dec 13, 2016
No Score Yet Lost And Beautiful (Bella e Perduta) (2016) Part documentary, part beast fable, Pietro Marcello's "Lost and Beautiful" is a loving act of cultural preservation. ‐ New York Times
Posted Dec 8, 2016
93% La La Land (2016) It doesn't so much look back longingly at past masters like Vincente Minnelli, Nicholas Ray, Stanley Donen and Jacques Demy (to name a few) as tap into their mojo, insisting on their modernity and its own classicism in the same gesture. ‐ New York Times
Posted Dec 8, 2016
100% Things to Come (L'avenir) (2016) Ms. Hansen-Love observes the vagaries of Nathalie's situation with compassion and lucidity. ‐ New York Times
Posted Dec 1, 2016
100% Two Trains Runnin' (2016) This captivating movie, like the blues itself, is at once a recognition of ... somber truths and a gesture of protest against them. ‐ New York Times
Posted Dec 1, 2016
87% Lion (2016) If you have ever been a child, raised a child, lost a child or met a child - or a mother - this movie will wreck you. ‐ New York Times
Posted Nov 24, 2016
61% Allied (2016) Its moral complexities and political ambiguities are intriguing rather than troubling, its ethical and emotional agonies a diversion from rather than a reflection of our own. Which is just fine with me. ‐ New York Times
Posted Nov 22, 2016
95% Moana (2016) You succumb to an enjoyable experience that splits the difference between mythology and merchandising. ‐ New York Times
Posted Nov 22, 2016
95% The Love Witch (2016) The fear of female sexuality has been a staple of horror movies forever, but "The Love Witch" does more than simply subvert or parody the erotic underpinnings of the genre. ‐ New York Times
Posted Nov 17, 2016
96% Manchester by the Sea (2016) "Manchester by the Sea" is a finely shaded portrait, a study in individual misery set in a place that is observed with care and affection. ‐ New York Times
Posted Nov 17, 2016
100% The Illinois Parables (2016) A meditation on history and landscape, it has the power both to soothe complicated feelings about America and to inflame them. ‐ New York Times
Posted Nov 16, 2016
98% Moonlight (2016) Moonlight is both a disarmingly, at times almost unbearably personal film and an urgent social document, a hard look at American reality and a poem written in light, music and vivid human faces. ‐ New York Times
Posted Nov 11, 2016
88% Elle (2016) Leads its audience through a meticulously constructed maze of ambiguity, scrambling our assumptions and expectations at every turn, dispensing discomfort and delight and daring us to distinguish one from the other. ‐ New York Times
Posted Nov 10, 2016
44% Billy Lynn's Long Halftime Walk (2016) You may be surprised at how sweet this movie is and also, in retrospect, startled by how bleak its vision turns out to be. ‐ New York Times
Posted Nov 10, 2016
93% The Eagle Huntress (2016) Viewers jaded by daily doses of digital dazzlement might not fully register the reality of the wonders they are witnessing. But that doesn't, in the end, make "The Eagle Huntress" any less wonderful. ‐ New York Times
Posted Nov 1, 2016
86% Hacksaw Ridge (2016) A bluntly effective faith-and-flag war drama, the true story of a remarkable hero with a knot of moral tension at its center. ‐ New York Times
Posted Nov 1, 2016
93% Fire at Sea (Fuocoammare) (2016) "Fire at Sea" occupies your consciousness like a nightmare, and yet somehow you don't want it to end. ‐ New York Times
Posted Oct 20, 2016
97% Aquarius (2016) "Aquarius" is a marvelous and surprising act of portraiture, a long, unhurried encounter with a single, complicated person. ‐ New York Times
Posted Oct 13, 2016
90% Certain Women (2016) The subtlety of the film is both an accomplishment and a limitation. It's hard not to want more for these women, and to wish you could see more of them. ‐ New York Times
Posted Oct 13, 2016
92% Voyage of Time: The IMAX Experience (2016) Before your eyes is a kind of miracle, a fusion of digital imagery and photographic imagination that seems at once utterly natural and completely impossible. ‐ New York Times
Posted Oct 6, 2016
72% The Birth of a Nation (2016) The movie, uneven as it is, has terrific momentum and passages of concentrated visual beauty. The acting is strong even when the script wanders into thickets of rhetoric and mystification. ‐ New York Times
Posted Oct 6, 2016
83% Deepwater Horizon (2016) The anger and grief you feel leaving the theater constitute a kind of catharsis, a modest symbolic compensation for the failure of justice in the real world. ‐ New York Times
Posted Sep 29, 2016
79% American Honey (2016) It probes the murk and terror beneath the surface of contemporary life, and illuminates the vital role of ignorance, poor judgment and wishful thinking in our national character. ‐ New York Times
Posted Sep 29, 2016
53% The Dressmaker (2016) Unfortunately, and despite its promising start, "The Dressmaker" doesn't move much beyond the level of well-costumed playacting. ‐ New York Times
Posted Sep 22, 2016
92% Queen of Katwe (2016) If there is anyone out there capable of remaining unmoved by this true-life triumph-of-the-underdog sports story, I don't think I want to meet that person. ‐ New York Times
Posted Sep 22, 2016
36% Blair Witch (2016) The acting and filmmaking are too crude to make you care about what happens ... even though you know pretty much exactly what that will be. ‐ New York Times
Posted Sep 15, 2016
61% Snowden (2016) Mr. Stone has made an honorable and absorbing contribution to the imaginative record of our confusing times. ‐ New York Times
Posted Sep 15, 2016
100% Cameraperson (2016) A unique and affecting memoir. ‐ New York Times
Posted Sep 8, 2016
93% Lo and Behold, Reveries of the Connected World (2016) [A] captivating, uneven film ... ‐ New York Times
Posted Aug 18, 2016
89% Morris from America (2016) It's a pop confection with a rough, honest texture, real but not raw and suffused with an infectious sweetness that lingers after the final shot. ‐ New York Times
Posted Aug 18, 2016
64% A Tale of Love and Darkness (2016) Despite the geopolitical momentousness - and present-day potency - of its concerns, it's an elegant and intimate movie, a thing of nostalgic whispers and sighs rather than polemical slogans and shouts. ‐ New York Times
Posted Aug 18, 2016
73% Disorder (Maryland) (2016) Alice Winocour's "Disorder" is a tightly wound spring of a movie, a tour de force of sound design and sly editing that implies much more than it shows. ‐ New York Times
Posted Aug 11, 2016
83% Sausage Party (2016) You will come for the kind of humor promised in the title and the well-earned R rating, but stay for the nuanced meditations on theology and faith. ‐ New York Times
Posted Aug 11, 2016
No Score Yet An Art That Nature Makes: The Work of Rosamond Purcell (2016) Now it's clear to me that she is without question our greatest living 17th-century photographer. ‐ New York Times
Posted Aug 9, 2016
95% Neither Heaven nor Earth (Ni le ciel ni la terre) (2016) It's not just spooky; it's genuinely haunting. ‐ New York Times
Posted Aug 4, 2016
26% Suicide Squad (2016) "Suicide Squad" is a so-so, off-peak superhero movie. It chases after the nihilistic swagger of "Deadpool" and the anarchic whimsy of "Guardians of the Galaxy" but trips over its own feet. ‐ New York Times
Posted Aug 3, 2016
81% Equity (2016) "Equity" invites us to slot its characters into stereotypical frames and then breaks the glass. ‐ New York Times
Posted Jul 28, 2016
56% Jason Bourne (2016) The thrill isn't entirely gone. It's just a little more subdued. ‐ New York Times
Posted Jul 27, 2016
92% Summertime (La Belle Saison) (2016) While the physical contrasts between Ms. de France and Ms. Higelin are striking, the differences of temperament and background that separate their characters rarely feel simplified. ‐ New York Times
Posted Jul 21, 2016
84% Star Trek Beyond (2016) Not every wheel needs reinventing, and one of the abiding pleasures of "Star Trek," in its old and newer iterations, lies in its balance of stubborn consistency and canny inventiveness. ‐ New York Times
Posted Jul 20, 2016