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A.O. Scott

A.O. Scott
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Rating T-Meter Title | Year Review
32% Fist Fight (2017) It did give me something I needed. Not catharsis or uplift but a bracing dose of profane, sloppy, reasonably well-directed hostility. We take what we can get.‐ New York Times
Read More | Posted Feb 16, 2017
39% A Cure For Wellness (2017) "A Cure for Wellness" is a lustrous box of genre candy, the self-revealing work of an auteur who has laid bare not so much his psyche as his online streaming queue.‐ New York Times
Read More | Posted Feb 16, 2017
100% 2017 Oscar Nominated Shorts: Documentary (2017) Like the nominees in the feature-length best documentary category, the five films in this group demonstrate a commitment to both relevance and experimentation.‐ New York Times
Read More | Posted Feb 9, 2017
100% 2017 Oscar Nominated Shorts: Animation (2017) The animated nominees include handmade as well as digital productions, and dark, adult themes as well as child-friendly charm and whimsy.‐ New York Times
Read More | Posted Feb 9, 2017
84% Land of Mine (Under Sandet) (2017) A tight and suspenseful film ...‐ New York Times
Read More | Posted Feb 9, 2017
100% 2017 Oscar Nominated Short Films (2017) Even in a generally strong year like this one, the shorts display a cosmopolitan breadth and a stylistic variety that the other categories often lack.‐ New York Times
Read More | Posted Feb 8, 2017
98% I Am Not Your Negro (2017) You would be hard-pressed to find a movie that speaks to the present moment with greater clarity and force, insisting on uncomfortable truths and drawing stark lessons from the shadows of history.‐ New York Times
Read More | Posted Feb 2, 2017
86% The Lure (C√≥rki dancingu) (2017) Holding it all together is an exploration - always intriguing if not always coherent - of the myths and puzzles of female sexuality.‐ New York Times
Read More | Posted Jan 31, 2017
98% The Salesman (Forushande) (2017) With exquisite patience and attention to detail, Asghar Farhadi, the writer and director, builds a solid and suspenseful plot out of ordinary incidents, and packs it with rich and resonant ideas.‐ New York Times
Read More | Posted Jan 26, 2017
41% Gold (2017) "Gold" could have been a biting satire of greed and folly, a neo-Conradian tale of Western misadventure in Asia, a rousing fable of underdog triumph or a caper comedy. It tries, in its frantic, clumsy fashion, to be all of those things ...‐ New York Times
Read More | Posted Jan 26, 2017
75% 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
Read More | Posted Jan 19, 2017
93% 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
Read More | Posted Jan 19, 2017
69% Staying Vertical (Rester vertical) (2017) "Being Vertical" ... has a rough gravity that holds your attention and sticks in your mind.‐ New York Times
Read More | Posted Jan 19, 2017
19% 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
Read More | Posted Jan 13, 2017
52% 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
Read More | Posted Jan 5, 2017
93% 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
Read More | 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
Read More | Posted Dec 22, 2016
84% 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
Read More | Posted Dec 20, 2016
95% 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
Read More | Posted Dec 15, 2016
93% 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
Read More | 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
Read More | Posted Dec 13, 2016
80% 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
Read More | 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
Read More | 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
Read More | 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
Read More | Posted Dec 1, 2016
85% 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
Read More | 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
Read More | Posted Nov 22, 2016
95% Moana (2016) You succumb to an enjoyable experience that splits the difference between mythology and merchandising.‐ New York Times
Read More | Posted Nov 22, 2016
96% 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
Read More | 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
Read More | 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
Read More | 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
Read More | Posted Nov 11, 2016
89% 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
Read More | Posted Nov 10, 2016
45% 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
Read More | 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
Read More | 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
Read More | 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
Read More | 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
Read More | 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
Read More | 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
Read More | Posted Oct 6, 2016
71% 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
Read More | 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
Read More | 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
Read More | Posted Sep 29, 2016
54% 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
Read More | Posted Sep 22, 2016
93% 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
Read More | 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
Read More | 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
Read More | Posted Sep 15, 2016
99% Cameraperson (2016) A unique and affecting memoir.‐ New York Times
Read More | Posted Sep 8, 2016
93% Lo and Behold, Reveries of the Connected World (2016) [A] captivating, uneven film ...‐ New York Times
Read More | 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
Read More | Posted Aug 18, 2016