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A.O. Scott

A.O. Scott
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Rating T-Meter Title | Year Review
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
86% Everybody Wants Some!! (2016) "Everybody Wants Some!!," which partakes of Mr. Linklater's own recollections of Texas, baseball and college, unfolds in a mood of sweet, lascivious retrospect.‐ New York Times
Read More | Posted Mar 29, 2016
27% Batman v Superman: Dawn of Justice (2016) The studio has, in the usual way, begged and bullied critics not to reveal plot points, and I wouldn't dream of denying you the thrill of discovering just how overstuffed and preposterous a movie narrative can be.‐ New York Times
Read More | Posted Mar 23, 2016
90% The Clan (El Clan) (2016) Fascism is seductive not only because it feeds fantasies of power and greatness, but also because, at a primal, visceral, libidinal level, it can be a lot of fun.‐ New York Times
Read More | Posted Mar 17, 2016
83% Midnight Special (2016) At its heart, "Midnight Special" is a parable of parental love, a heartfelt look at the challenges involved in loving and possibly losing an extraordinary child.‐ New York Times
Read More | Posted Mar 17, 2016
91% City Of Gold (2016) "City of Gold" transcends its modest methods, largely because it connects Mr. Gold's appealing personality with a passionate argument about the civic culture of Los Angeles and the place of food within it.‐ New York Times
Read More | Posted Mar 10, 2016
46% Knight of Cups (2016) "Knight of Cups" settles into a lukewarm bath of male self-pity, a condition perhaps more deserving of satire than sanctification.‐ New York Times
Read More | Posted Mar 3, 2016
87% The Club (El Club) (2016) It is hard not to feel pity and disgust, and to absorb the lesson that people are awful, perhaps never more so than when they believe themselves innocent or good.‐ New York Times
Read More | Posted Feb 5, 2016
96% Rams (HrĂștar) (2016) Despite its affection for the quirks of its characters and their milieu, the film is most memorable for its gravity, for the almost tragic nobility it finds in sad and silly circumstances.‐ New York Times
Read More | Posted Feb 3, 2016
65% Rabin, the Last Day (2016) It's a profoundly frustrating movie, which is to say that it's an authentic expression of profound frustration.‐ New York Times
Read More | Posted Jan 28, 2016
98% Aferim! (2016) A funny and brutal costume drama with a potent contemporary kick.‐ New York Times
Read More | Posted Jan 21, 2016
50% Bleak Street (La calle de la amargura) (2016) It's a creepy and beguiling oddity, willfully weird but, at the same time, not quite weird enough.‐ New York Times
Read More | Posted Jan 19, 2016
14% Ride Along 2 (2016) "Ride Along 2," it may not surprise you to learn, is a lot like "Ride Along," only less so.‐ New York Times
Read More | Posted Jan 14, 2016
94% In The Shadow of Women (2016) Mr. Garrel is always worth attending to when he takes up the rhythms and paradoxes of love, and even though this is a minor entry in his canon of melancholy romances, it is brief, brisk and intermittently affecting.‐ New York Times
Read More | Posted Jan 14, 2016
94% The Treasure (2016) "The Treasure" is like the work of Samuel Beckett's long-lost Balkan cousin - bleak, stoic and suffused with a flinty, exasperated empathy for its ridiculous characters.‐ New York Times
Read More | Posted Jan 7, 2016
60% Joy (2015) If "Joy" seems to move toward a foreordained conclusion, it zigzags and covers its tracks along the way, sending its heroine on a roller-coaster ride of raised hopes and brutal disappointments and playing tricks with the audience's expectations.‐ New York Times
Read More | Posted Dec 25, 2015
75% The Hateful Eight (2015) Some of the film's ugliness is therefore a sign of integrity, and of relevance. But much of it seems dumb and ill considered, as if Mr. Tarantino's intellectual ambition and his storytelling discipline had failed him at the same time.‐ New York Times
Read More | Posted Dec 24, 2015
97% 45 Years (2015) Mr. Courtenay, a naturally demonstrative actor, registers a convincing blend of longing, confusion and shame. Ms. Rampling, a stiller, deeper-running pool, conveys emotions so strange and intense that they don't quite have names.‐ New York Times
Read More | Posted Dec 22, 2015
96% Son of Saul (2015) It's a beat-the-clock thriller wrapped around an allegory.‐ New York Times
Read More | Posted Dec 17, 2015
60% Sisters (2015) "Sisters" is a movie to go out and see when you've run out of television to watch.‐ New York Times
Read More | Posted Dec 17, 2015
88% The Big Short (2015) A true crime story and a madcap comedy, a heist movie and a scalding polemic, "The Big Short" will affirm your deepest cynicism about Wall Street while simultaneously restoring your faith in Hollywood.‐ New York Times
Read More | Posted Dec 10, 2015
30% Don Verdean (2015) There is an absence of meanness in the Hesses' comic worldview that makes their films almost impossible to dislike.‐ New York Times
Read More | Posted Dec 10, 2015
65% Krampus (2015) Lurches between treacle and terror as it stumbles toward a too-easy ending.‐ New York Times
Read More | Posted Dec 3, 2015
74% Youth (2015) Good as it looks, the film starts to feel like an airline magazine collaboratively produced by the editorial staffs of Playboy and Modern Maturity.‐ New York Times
Read More | Posted Dec 3, 2015
97% Arabian Nights: Volume 1 - The Restless One (As Mil e Uma Noites: Volume 1, O Inquieto) (2015) There is a fine line between delving into the mysteries of life and engaging in mystification, and Mr. Gomes lands on the wrong side of it.‐ New York Times
Read More | Posted Dec 3, 2015
69% The Danish Girl (2015) Mr. Hooper's tasteful, earnest, didactic style - magnified by Alexandre Desplat's decorously overwrought score - does the film no favors. And the asymmetry between the central performances doesn't help, either.‐ New York Times
Read More | Posted Nov 26, 2015
95% Creed (2015) "Creed" is a dandy piece of entertainment, soothingly old-fashioned and bracingly up-to-date.‐ New York Times
Read More | Posted Nov 24, 2015
66% The Night Before (2015) Various people you know from television show up to give "The Night Before" a sketch-comedy, holiday-special vibe. The writing, by a whole lot of guys, is uneven, and the direction, by Jonathan Levine, is adequate.‐ New York Times
Read More | Posted Nov 19, 2015
94% Carol (2015) At once ardent and analytical, cerebral and swooning, "Carol" is a study in human magnetism, in the physics and optics of eros. With sparse dialogue and restrained drama, the film is a symphony of angles and glances, of colors and shadows.‐ New York Times
Read More | Posted Nov 19, 2015
45% The 33 (2015) With the help of some solid performances and James Horner's heart-squeezing, throat-constricting score (one of the last he composed before his death in June), "The 33" holds your attention and pushes the required buttons.‐ New York Times
Read More | Posted Nov 12, 2015
70% Miss You Already (2015) There are some sitcom beats and moments of smiling-through-tears fakiness, but you never doubt that these women love each other and that the movie's interest in the complexities of that love is justified.‐ New York Times
Read More | Posted Nov 5, 2015
96% Spotlight (2015) "Spotlight" is a gripping detective story and a superlative newsroom drama, a solid procedural that tries to confront evil without sensationalism.‐ New York Times
Read More | Posted Nov 5, 2015
97% Brooklyn (2015) Ms. Ronan uses everything - her posture, her eyebrows, her breath, her teeth, her pores - to convey a process of change that is both seismic and subtle.‐ New York Times
Read More | Posted Nov 3, 2015
66% Nasty Baby (2015) What had looked like a meandering, anecdotal story turns out to be a carefully constructed narrative machine, one that dispenses a brilliantly nasty series of surprises.‐ New York Times
Read More | Posted Oct 22, 2015
73% Suffragette (2015) Stirring and cleareyed - the best kind of history lesson.‐ New York Times
Read More | Posted Oct 22, 2015
80% The Assassin (2015) The film is intriguing, but ultimately opaque, a lovely, inert object that offers, in the name of movie love, an escape from so much that is vital and interesting about movies.‐ New York Times
Read More | Posted Oct 15, 2015
71% Crimson Peak (2015) The film is too busy, and in some ways too gross, to sustain an effective atmosphere of dread. It tumbles into pastiche just when it should be swooning and sighing with earnest emotion.‐ New York Times
Read More | Posted Oct 15, 2015
91% Beasts of No Nation (2015) An effective nightmare, and a solid piece of filmmaking, strong enough to make you wish that it could have borne the full weight of the tragedy it set out to depict.‐ New York Times
Read More | Posted Oct 15, 2015
27% Pan (2015) A hectic and labored attempt to supply the boy who never grew up with an origin story.‐ New York Times
Read More | Posted Oct 8, 2015
91% Winter on Fire: Ukraine's Fight for Freedom (2015) Modern technology may not yet be able to capture the smell of gunpowder and tear gas, but Mr. Afineevsky takes the viewer closer to the action than might have seemed possible.‐ New York Times
Read More | Posted Oct 8, 2015
86% Steve Jobs (2015) It is a formally audacious, intellectually energized entertainment, a powerful challenge to the lazy conventions of Hollywood storytelling and a feast for connoisseurs of contemporary screen acting.‐ New York Times
Read More | Posted Oct 8, 2015
96% Jafar Panahi's Taxi (2015) It's playful and thoughtful, informed by the director's affable, patient, slightly worried demeanor.‐ New York Times
Read More | Posted Oct 1, 2015
71% Brand: A Second Coming (2015) Nearly two hours in his company is at least an hour too much.‐ New York Times
Read More | Posted Oct 1, 2015
84% The Walk (2015) You can't help but hold your breath and clutch the armrests when Philippe steps out into the sky.‐ New York Times
Read More | Posted Sep 27, 2015
89% Mississippi Grind (2015) Mississippi Grind" ... may be a bit of a throwback to the lived-in, character-driven, landscape-besotted films of the 1970s, but it's less a pastiche or a homage than the cinematic equivalent of a classic song, expertly covered.‐ New York Times
Read More | Posted Sep 24, 2015
92% 99 Homes (2015) If "99 Homes" is a scolding look at a society gone astray, it is also a minor masterpiece of suspense ...‐ New York Times
Read More | Posted Sep 24, 2015
94% Sicario (2015) After a while these sounds and images start to feel like expressions of technique, and they become at once numbing and sensational, and instead of a movie about violence we're watching another violent movie, after all.‐ New York Times
Read More | Posted Sep 17, 2015
74% Black Mass (2015) I'm as susceptible as any other deskbound, conflict-averse fantasist to the visceral appeal of a good gangster movie. But "Black Mass" isn't one.‐ New York Times
Read More | Posted Sep 17, 2015
73% Everest (2015) It never seems to get anywhere, taking up space and time without managing to be especially memorable or imposing.‐ New York Times
Read More | Posted Sep 17, 2015