A.O. Scott

A.O. Scott

Agrees with the Tomatometer 77% of the time.

Publications:
At the Movies , New York Times
Critics' Group:
New York Film Critics Circle
Total Reviews:
1920

Listing Of All Reviews & Articles

Showing 51 - 100 of 1920
Rating T-Meter Title | Year Add Date
69% About Time (2013) " By the time you get home from the multiplex, it will be as if the whole thing never happened." — New York Times
Posted Oct 31, 2013
5/5 100% The Square (2013) " "The Square," while it records the gruesome collision of utopian aspirations with cold political realities, is not a despairing film." — New York Times
Posted Oct 24, 2013
5/5 93% All Is Lost (2013) " An action movie in the most profound and exalted sense of the term ..." — New York Times
Posted Oct 17, 2013
2/5 37% The Fifth Estate (2013) " There is something a little too pat about this narrative, and about the more-in-sorrow-than-in-anger spirit in which it is offered." — New York Times
Posted Oct 17, 2013
4/5 76% Kill Your Darlings (2013) " Mr. Krokidas deftly shows how the ambition to write is entangled with other impulses. The emergence of Allen's poetic vocation is almost a subplot in a story about guilt, lust, friendship and murder." — New York Times
Posted Oct 15, 2013
3/5 41% As I Lay Dying (2013) " As a whole ... "As I Lay Dying" conveys some of Faulkner's themes, and the details of the Bundren family story, with clarity and concision." — New York Times
Posted Oct 10, 2013
1/5 8% CBGB (2013) " I would swear on a stack of Dead Boys T-shirts and a first pressing of Richard Hell and the Voidoids' "Blank Generation" that it could not possibly have been like that: so silly, so trivial, so boring." — New York Times
Posted Oct 10, 2013
2/5 56% Escape From Tomorrow (2013) " None of it is as scary or as funny as it should be, and what starts out as a sly thumb in the eye of corporate power ends up as a muddled and amateurish homage to David Lynch." — New York Times
Posted Oct 10, 2013
2/5 9% Runner Runner (2013) " It feels like a halfhearted bluff and has the stale smell of yesterday's after-shave." — New York Times
Posted Oct 3, 2013
5/5 97% Gravity (2013) " In a little more than 90 minutes [it] rewrites the rules of cinema as we have known them." — New York Times
Posted Oct 3, 2013
2.5/5 78% Metallica Through the Never (2013) " Despite swooping camera movements and elaborate stagecraft, the film produces detachment rather than immediacy." — New York Times
Posted Sep 26, 2013
2.5/5 86% Shepard & Dark (2013) " The film points toward a rich and complicated story that only partly makes it onto the screen." — New York Times
Posted Sep 24, 2013
3.5/5 94% After Tiller (2013) " "After Tiller" is impressive because it honestly presents the views of supporters of legal abortion, and is thus a valuable contribution to a public argument that is unlikely to end anytime soon." — New York Times
Posted Sep 19, 2013
4/5 82% Prisoners (2013) " It absorbs and controls your attention with such assurance that you hold your breath for fear of distracting the people on screen, exhaling in relief or amazement at each new revelation." — New York Times
Posted Sep 19, 2013
5/5 96% Enough Said (2013) " What happens when the things that you once found charming start driving you crazy? Many love stories address that question, but Ms. Holofcener tilts it a few degrees." — New York Times
Posted Sep 18, 2013
3.5/5 83% Blue Caprice (2013) " To the relief of the public around the District of Columbia, the Beltway sniper case was solved a long time ago. But in some respects, Mr. Moors's haunting film suggests, it is still a mystery." — New York Times
Posted Sep 12, 2013
4/5 99% Wadjda (2013) " With impressive agility, "Wadjda" finds room to maneuver between harsh realism and a more hopeful kind of storytelling." — New York Times
Posted Sep 12, 2013
4/5 93% Mother Of George (2013) " Human beings are mysterious and surprising. There is something irresistible about a movie that reaches that conclusion." — New York Times
Posted Sep 12, 2013
2/5 31% Adore (2013) " Ms. Wright and Ms. Watts address their roles with skill and conviction, but this has the effect of making the story seem even more fanciful and absurd." — New York Times
Posted Sep 5, 2013
2/5 35% Salinger (2013) " It is curious that a movie about such a notorious perfectionist should be so sloppy in matters of judgment and craft." — New York Times
Posted Sep 5, 2013
3/5 34% Passion (2013) " "Passion" is often sleek and enjoyable, dispensing titillation, suspense and a few laughs without taking itself too seriously." — New York Times
Posted Aug 29, 2013
3.5/5 100% Tokyo Waka: A City Poem (2013) " The film is a short, nimble consideration of the collision between the wildness of nature and the orderly bustle of modern urban life. It is also an essay on ornithology, Japanese culture and the challenges of pest control." — New York Times
Posted Aug 28, 2013
4/5 83% Drinking Buddies (2013) " Mr. Swanberg's camera weaves through bodies at rest, at work and at the bar in no particular hurry, and his script captures the idioms of men and women who are equally inclined to waste words and to say very little." — New York Times
Posted Aug 22, 2013
4/5 89% The World's End (2013) " "The World's End" is more like an antic sugar high than a reeling, drunken stupor. There are no headaches, dry mouth or crushing shame at the end - no "Hangover," in other words. I'll drink to that." — New York Times
Posted Aug 22, 2013
3/5 83% Gatos Viejos (Old Cats) (2011) " Neither Rosario nor Isadora is entirely nice - the child's desperate selfishness is matched, and perhaps caused, by her mother's cold reserve - but Mr. Silva and Mr. Peirano make them worth caring about." — New York Times
Posted Aug 20, 2013
4/5 96% Cutie And The Boxer (2013) " A movie that makes you feel less like a spectator than a guest, a friend welcomed into the home of an odd and fascinating couple." — New York Times
Posted Aug 15, 2013
2/5 79% Ain't Them Bodies Saints (2013) " This film's longing for ... for a simple, elemental truth that will be both specific to its time and place and ripe with deeper meanings - is precisely what makes it unconvincing." — New York Times
Posted Aug 15, 2013
5/5 72% Lee Daniels' The Butler (2013) " A brilliantly truthful film on a subject that is usually shrouded in wishful thinking, mythmongering and outright denial." — New York Times
Posted Aug 15, 2013
5/5 92% In a World... (2013) " Ms. Bell, who plays Carol with a perfect blend of diffidence, goofiness and charm, has written and directed an insightful comedy that is much more complex and ambitious than it sometimes seems." — New York Times
Posted Aug 8, 2013
3.5/5 83% Prince Avalanche (2013) " Mr. Green is too fond of these guys, and too respectful of the little bit of freedom they possess, to ensnare them in the machinery of a plot." — New York Times
Posted Aug 8, 2013
2.5/5 47% We're The Millers (2013) " What really drives the movie is its own search for something to make fun of, and for a comic style that can feel credibly naughty while remaining ultimately safe and affirmative." — New York Times
Posted Aug 6, 2013
3.5/5 69% The Wolverine (2013) " Instead of expounding a tedious origin story or staging an epic battle for apocalyptic stakes, "The Wolverine" focuses on a specific and self-contained adventure in a richly imagined place." — New York Times
Posted Jul 25, 2013
4/5 95% The Act Of Killing (2013) " This is not a movie that lets go of you easily." — New York Times
Posted Jul 18, 2013
4/5 86% Computer Chess (2013) " Artificial intelligence remains an intoxicating theory and a heady possibility, about which I am hardly qualified to speak. But I do know real filmmaking intelligence when I see it." — New York Times
Posted Jul 16, 2013
3/5 67% Turbo (2013) " Even in the absence of originality, there is fun to be had, thanks to some loopy, clever jokes (the script is by Darren Lemke, Robert Siegel and David Soren, who directed) and a lively celebrity voice cast ..." — New York Times
Posted Jul 16, 2013
4/5 89% Viola (2013) " You have been privy to a series of seductive, ephemeral moments, drawn into the eternal rhythm of youth and connected with something old and durable, one name for which is art." — New York Times
Posted Jul 12, 2013
4/5 94% Fruitvale Station (2013) " A sad, touching and subtle film." — New York Times
Posted Jul 11, 2013
3.5/5 72% Pacific Rim (2013) " Some of those catchphrases are mildly clever. The lab coat mumbo-jumbo is amusing. The noble sentiments touch sweet chords. And who does not delight in seeing a robot punch a dinosaur every now and then - or pretty much constantly for two hours?" — New York Times
Posted Jul 11, 2013
3/5 85% The Way Way Back (2013) " "The Way, Way Back" has the charm of timelessness but also more than a touch of triteness." — New York Times
Posted Jul 4, 2013
1.5/5 30% The Lone Ranger (2013) " In trying to balance grandiosity with playfulness, to lampoon cowboy-and-Indian clich├ęs while taking somber account of a history of violence, greed and exploitation, it descends into nerve-racking incoherence." — New York Times
Posted Jul 2, 2013
5/5 94% Museum Hours (2013) " This movie is rigorously and intensely lifelike, which is to say that it's also a strange and moving work of art." — New York Times
Posted Jun 27, 2013
3/5 65% The Heat (2013) " The volatile chemistry between Ms. McCarthy and Ms. Bullock is something to behold, and carries "The Heat" through its lazy conception and slapdash execution." — New York Times
Posted Jun 27, 2013
2.5/5 43% Sing Me the Songs That Say I Love You: A Concert for Kate McGarrigle (2013) " As a musical experience, it is generous and moving. But as a documentary, "Sing Me the Songs" is an awkward hybrid of concert film and rock-star biography." — New York Times
Posted Jun 25, 2013
4/5 95% A Hijacking (2013) " Lindholm turns tedium and frustration into agonizing suspense." — New York Times
Posted Jun 20, 2013
3/5 67% World War Z (2013) " [It] does not try to extend the boundaries of commercial entertainment but does what it can to find interesting ways to pass the time within them." — New York Times
Posted Jun 20, 2013
3/5 60% The Bling Ring (2013) " 'The Bling Ring' occupies a vertiginous middle ground between banality and transcendence, and its refusal to commit to one or the other is both a mark of integrity and a source of frustration." — New York Times
Posted Jun 13, 2013
4/5 99% 20 Feet From Stardom (2013) " This generous, fascinating documentary about the careers of backup singers, most of them African-American women, seeks to rewrite the history of pop music by focusing attention on voices at once marginal and vital." — New York Times
Posted Jun 13, 2013
3/5 83% This Is the End (2013) " In places it is genuinely, even sublimely hilarious. Why shouldn't it be?" — New York Times
Posted Jun 11, 2013
2/5 23% Violet & Daisy (2013) " We don't feel the weight and menace of death, nor the volatile emotions of youth, and have nothing to respond to beyond the spectacle of girls with guns." — New York Times
Posted Jun 6, 2013
5/5 83% You Ain't Seen Nothin' Yet! (2013) " "You Ain't Seen Nothin' Yet" is a sly, elegant meditation on the relationship between reality and artifice. But it is a thought-experiment driven above all by emotion." — New York Times
Posted Jun 6, 2013
5/5 84% Much Ado About Nothing (2013) " From its very first scenes, Mr. Whedon's film crackles with a busy, slightly wayward energy that recalls the classic romantic sparring of the studio era." — New York Times
Posted Jun 6, 2013
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