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A.O. Scott

A.O. Scott
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Rating T-Meter Title | Year Review
65% 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
Read More | 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
Read More | 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
Read More | 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
Read More | 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
Read More | 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
Read More | 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
Read More | Posted Jul 28, 2016
56% Jason Bourne (2016) The thrill isn't entirely gone. It's just a little more subdued.‐ New York Times
Read More | 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
Read More | 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
Read More | Posted Jul 20, 2016
70% Café Society (2016) Mr. Allen's literal voice, which supplies narration, sounds unusually sluggish and weary. The same is true of his voice as a writer and director. For every snappy scene or exchange there are three or four that feel baggy and half-written.‐ New York Times
Read More | Posted Jul 14, 2016
85% Don't Blink - Robert Frank (2016) Ms. Israel executes a biographical sketch that is informative without seeming unduly invasive.‐ New York Times
Read More | Posted Jul 12, 2016
93% Our Little Sister (Umimachi Diary) (2016) Seeming to wander through small incidents and mundane busyness, it acquires momentum and dramatic weight through a brilliant kind of narrative stealth.‐ New York Times
Read More | Posted Jul 7, 2016
74% The Secret Life of Pets (2016) The animated action is bouncy and frenetic, and if the story becomes a little too busy, it moves quickly and makes room for a barrage of jokes and even some character development.‐ New York Times
Read More | Posted Jul 7, 2016
54% The Purge: Election Year (2016) "The Purge: Election Year" takes itself just seriously enough to provide the expected measure of fun - a blend of aggression, release and relief.‐ New York Times
Read More | Posted Jun 30, 2016
75% The BFG (2016) What's missing, above all, is the wild, palpable sense of excitement that has galvanized so many of Mr. Spielberg's other juvenile adventures, from "E.T. the Extra-Terrestrial" to "The Adventures of Tintin."‐ New York Times
Read More | Posted Jun 30, 2016
92% Right Now, Wrong Then (2016) Mr. Jung is equally credible as a diffident, sensitive artist and an impatient boor, and Ms. Kim slides nimbly from demure to obnoxious.‐ New York Times
Read More | Posted Jun 23, 2016
77% Wiener-Dog (2016) Mr. Solondz's eye for the petty hypocrisies and delusions of American life has lost some of its sharpness, and he flails at flabby targets ... in ways that sometimes carry an ugly whiff of racial and sexual bigotry.‐ New York Times
Read More | Posted Jun 23, 2016
47% Free State of Jones (2016) A riveting visual history lesson, whose occasional didacticism is integral to its power.‐ New York Times
Read More | Posted Jun 23, 2016
81% Cosmos (2016) It is possible to appreciate Mr. Zulawski's perverse ingenuity, and to miss his eye and voice, without quite succumbing to the strenuous charms and overcooked provocations of "Cosmos."‐ New York Times
Read More | Posted Jun 16, 2016
94% Finding Dory (2016) The inclusiveness of the film's vision is remarkable partly because it feels so natural, something that no adult will really need to explain. Children will get it, perhaps more intuitively and easily than the rest of us.‐ New York Times
Read More | Posted Jun 15, 2016
96% De Palma (2016) Mr. De Palma is remarkable company - witty, insightful and neither unduly modest nor overbearingly vain.‐ New York Times
Read More | Posted Jun 9, 2016
94% Tikkun (2016) Haim-Aharon's predicament threatens to become preposterous rather than haunting, but there is no denying the film's uncanny power or its visual discipline.‐ New York Times
Read More | Posted Jun 9, 2016
50% Genius (2016) It's dispiriting to see a movie about interesting real-life characters reduce them to clichés, making them less vivid, less fascinating, less charismatic than they must have been.‐ New York Times
Read More | Posted Jun 9, 2016
58% Me Before You (2016) A recent screening of "Me Before You" concluded with audible sniffles and even a sob or two. Why not gales of laughter or quiet snores? These are the mysteries that trouble a critic's uneasy mind.‐ New York Times
Read More | Posted Jun 2, 2016
77% Popstar: Never Stop Never Stopping (2016) The Lonely Island may be best in small doses, but there is just about enough goofiness here to fill an hour and a half.‐ New York Times
Read More | Posted Jun 2, 2016
82% Chevalier (2016) While the film is full of artifice and allegorical implication, it also presents itself as a quasiscientific look at human male pack behavior in the wild.‐ New York Times
Read More | Posted May 26, 2016
80% Unlocking the Cage (2016) Part courtroom drama, part rumination on what separates human beings from other animals, the film is above all a sympathetic portrait of an advocate.‐ New York Times
Read More | Posted May 24, 2016
85% Maggie's Plan (2016) "Maggie's Plan" is a modest movie, reluctant, like its heroine, to make large claims or excessive demands. But it is also cleareyed, generous and funny - tart but not sour, sweet but not too sweet, like one of Guy's pickles.‐ New York Times
Read More | Posted May 19, 2016
100% O.J.: Made in America (2016) A feat of tireless research, dogged interviewing and skillful editing.‐ New York Times
Read More | Posted May 19, 2016
92% The Nice Guys (2016) Even nostalgic nonsense requires more than attitude and energy, which is all that Mr. Black has to offer. And despite all its restless detective work, "The Nice Guys" is unable to track down a soul or a reason for being.‐ New York Times
Read More | Posted May 19, 2016
98% Love & Friendship (2016) It's the Whit Stillman movie that some of us have been waiting a long time for, and also a Jane Austen movie that goes some way toward correcting the record of dull and dutiful cinematic Janeism.‐ New York Times
Read More | Posted May 12, 2016
61% High-Rise (2016) Onscreen, "High-Rise" is curiously inert. The themes don't resonate, and the story lags and lumbers.‐ New York Times
Read More | Posted May 12, 2016
57% Money Monster (2016) You will not necessarily learn anything here about how TV or high finance really work, but you will be invited to enjoy the illusion of such enlightenment in the skilled and charismatic company of Julia Roberts and George Clooney.‐ New York Times
Read More | Posted May 12, 2016
89% The Lobster (2016) Mr. Farrell, a habitual over-actor, is especially affecting because you can sense his effort to restrain himself. Rachel Weisz ... is perfectly cast as the only person in this world with the normal capacities for warmth, empathy and desire.‐ New York Times
Read More | Posted May 12, 2016
89% Dheepan (2016) Mr. Jesuthasan, watchful and diffident behind a scruffy beard and a drooping lock of hair, has the taciturn charisma of a Hollywood gunslinger. And the movie in which he finds himself is, in some ways, a western.‐ New York Times
Read More | Posted May 5, 2016
90% Captain America: Civil War (2016) "Captain America: Civil War" does not in any way transcend the conventions of the genre. On the contrary: It succeeds because it doesn't really try.‐ New York Times
Read More | Posted May 5, 2016
70% The Wait (L'attesa) (2016) The performances are vivid and moving, but there is ultimately less to this well-made, impeccably acted film than meets the eye. Its meticulousness is to some degree a flaw, an evasion of nearly every variety of human messiness.‐ New York Times
Read More | Posted Apr 28, 2016
81% Eva Hesse (2016) It's like a comprehensive exhibition catalog or a thorough critical essay - an indispensable aid to understanding and appreciating a fascinating artist.‐ New York Times
Read More | Posted Apr 26, 2016
17% The Huntsman: Winter's War (2016) Every resonant theme or intriguing story possibility is stripped away and replaced with a ready-made franchise-movie conceit.‐ New York Times
Read More | Posted Apr 21, 2016
3% Nina (2016) Ms. Mort's writing lacks psychological texture, and her direction generates little intensity, or even continuity.‐ New York Times
Read More | Posted Apr 21, 2016
96% Sing Street (2016) The movie understands how enchantment and disappointment go together, like the A and B sides of a single that won't leave the turntable.‐ New York Times
Read More | Posted Apr 14, 2016
90% Green Room (2016) Mr. Saulnier certainly could have done more, but he succeeds perfectly well within the limited terms he has set for himself.‐ New York Times
Read More | Posted Apr 14, 2016
90% Barbershop: The Next Cut (2016) The most fascinating - and the most moving - thing about this sprawling, sincere and boisterous movie is its tone.‐ New York Times
Read More | Posted Apr 14, 2016
72% Louder Than Bombs (2016) The characters are so carefully drawn that they can feel smaller than life, and the dramatic space they inhabit has a curiously abstract feeling.‐ New York Times
Read More | Posted Apr 7, 2016
67% 11 Minutes (11 Minut) (2016) Every situation is presented with maximum lucidity and almost complete inscrutability.‐ New York Times
Read More | Posted Apr 7, 2016
80% Staub (Dust) (2007) Dust is an eccentric and profoundly informative documentary.‐ New York Times
Read More | Posted Apr 6, 2016
94% Vita Activa: The Spirit of Hannah Arendt (2016) "Vita Activa," while it will surely satisfy and provoke students of 20th-century intellectual history, feels more urgent than most documentaries of its kind.‐ New York Times
Read More | Posted Apr 5, 2016
92% Notfilm (2015) A charming, earnest, sometimes ungainly mixture of history, criticism and high-minded gossip, "Notfilm" testifies to an almost inexhaustible fascination with the pleasures and paradoxes of cinema.‐ New York Times
Read More | Posted Mar 31, 2016
85% Francofonia (2016) Sokurov has a gift, perhaps unmatched among his international peers, for turning intellectual brooding into visually arresting cinema.‐ New York Times
Read More | Posted Mar 31, 2016