A.O. Scott

A.O. Scott
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T-Meter Title | Year
51% The Highwaymen (2019) This isn't an especially good movie... but it is a coherent one, with the courage of its vengeful, murderous, politically terrifying convictions. - New York Times EDIT
Read More | Posted Mar 14, 2019
98% Ash Is Purest White (2019) The film as a whole is too rich with incident and surprise to be bleak. Jia has always had a sly sense of comedy, and an appreciation of spectacle. - New York Times EDIT
Read More | Posted Mar 13, 2019
94% An Elephant Sitting Still (Da xiang xi di er zuo) (2019) An act of solemn, disciplined and passionate protest. - New York Times EDIT
Read More | Posted Mar 6, 2019
78% Captain Marvel (2019) It's not too long, not too self-important, and benefits from the craft and talent of a cast that includes Annette Bening, Jude Law and Ben Mendelsohn. - New York Times EDIT
Read More | Posted Mar 5, 2019
77% Everybody Knows (Todos lo saben) (2019) Farhadi is an excellent screenwriter and an impressive handler of actors, but the film nonetheless adds up to less than the sum of its parts. - New York Times EDIT
Read More | Posted Mar 4, 2019
13% Tyler Perry's A Madea Family Funeral (2019) What Perry lacks in filmmaking rigor - like its predecessors, "Family Funeral" is a bit of a mess, formally and technically - he makes up for in generosity. - New York Times EDIT
Read More | Posted Mar 1, 2019
71% Climax (2019) Noé may be a better technician than a thinker. And like most parties that go on too long and spin out of control, this one gets boring after a while. - New York Times EDIT
Read More | Posted Feb 28, 2019
55% Greta (2019) While the movie is impossible to take seriously, it's also hard to resist, like an unattended bag on the subway that's just begging you to look inside. - New York Times EDIT
Read More | Posted Feb 26, 2019
82% Ruben Brandt, Collector (2019) The story never fully lives up to the ideas, and the ideas themselves are fuzzy and scattered. - New York Times EDIT
Read More | Posted Feb 13, 2019
94% Birds of Passage (Pájaros de verano) (2019) The ease and charisma of the performers, trained and nonprofessional actors alike, heighten the emotional impact. - New York Times EDIT
Read More | Posted Feb 12, 2019
93% High Flying Bird (2019) It uses the charisma of athletes and the competitive energy of the game they play to catalyze a feisty, twisty fable of labor and capital in the 21st century. - New York Times EDIT
Read More | Posted Feb 7, 2019
70% Cold Pursuit (2019) The thirst for revenge, in movies as in life, almost necessarily involves the dehumanization of its target. And if the movie itself is best taken as a joke, it's a very bad dad joke. - New York Times EDIT
Read More | Posted Feb 5, 2019
22% Miss Bala (2019) Gloria... is basically in the wrong place at the wrong time, something that might be said for everyone involved with this movie, audience included. - New York Times EDIT
Read More | Posted Jan 31, 2019
94% The Wild Pear Tree (Ahlat agaci) (2019) The unapologetic, sometimes heavy-handed literariness of "The Wild Pear Tree" is leavened by hints of grim comedy and sharp, if subtle, social criticism. - New York Times EDIT
Read More | Posted Jan 29, 2019
93% The Favourite (2018) Weisz and Stone are both brilliantly witty and nimble, but Colman's performance is nothing short of sublime. - New York Times EDIT
Read More | Posted Jan 24, 2019
76% Never Look Away (2019) Even when it stumbles, it remains watchable and engaging, partly because von Donnersmarck possesses an old-fashioned Hollywood showman's sensibility. - New York Times EDIT
Read More | Posted Jan 24, 2019
87% The Image Book (Le livre d'image) (2019) I found it haunting, thrilling and confounding in equal measure. - New York Times EDIT
Read More | Posted Jan 23, 2019
97% The Heiresses (Las Herederas) (2019) "The Heiresses" almost subliminally alerts you to complexities of sexuality and status that many films would prefer to simplify. It also draws you into a social milieu that is both highly specific and intuitively accessible. - New York Times EDIT
Read More | Posted Jan 15, 2019
56% Touch Me Not (2019) A curiously intense, weirdly tranquil experience, at times hard to watch and then hard to shake. - New York Times EDIT
Read More | Posted Jan 10, 2019
73% On the Basis of Sex (2019) Historical narratives are best when they pique curiosity as well as satisfy it, and this one is too conscientious to proclaim its own comprehensiveness. - New York Times EDIT
Read More | Posted Dec 24, 2018
32% Welcome to Marwen (2018) There is not much in this movie that feels authentic or fully realized, but its very strangeness makes it hard to forget or dismiss. - New York Times EDIT
Read More | Posted Dec 20, 2018
66% Vice (2018) The pace is jaunty, the scenes crackle with gleeful, giddy incredulity, and the dry business of statecraft attains the velocity of farce. - New York Times EDIT
Read More | Posted Dec 17, 2018
89% Capernaum (Capharnaüm) (2018) It's a fairy tale and an opera, a potboiler and a news bulletin, a howl of protest and an anthem of resistance. - New York Times EDIT
Read More | Posted Dec 13, 2018
97% Spider-Man: Into the Spider-Verse (2018) "Spider-Man: Into the Spider-Verse" contains a vital element that has been missing from too many recent superhero movies: fun. - New York Times EDIT
Read More | Posted Dec 12, 2018
63% Mary Queen of Scots (2018) Consistently interesting even if it's not always convincing. - New York Times EDIT
Read More | Posted Dec 6, 2018
81% Ben is Back (2018) What is so moving and effective about Roberts's work here is her shrewd subversion of her long-established persona. - New York Times EDIT
Read More | Posted Dec 5, 2018
90% Happy as Lazzaro (Lazzaro felice) (2018) This movie feels bracingly new and also like something that has been here forever. It has the urgency of a news bulletin and the authority of a classic. - New York Times EDIT
Read More | Posted Nov 29, 2018
84% Creed II (2018) "Creed II" is a terrific movie, a boxing picture full of inspired sweetness and shrewd science that honors the cherished traditions of the genre while feeling like something new and exciting in the world. - New York Times EDIT
Read More | Posted Nov 20, 2018
78% Green Book (2018) There's not much here you haven't seen before, and very little that can't be described as crude, obvious and borderline offensive, even as it tries to be uplifting and affirmative. - New York Times EDIT
Read More | Posted Nov 15, 2018
91% Widows (2018) A fascinating and sometimes frustrating hybrid, a film that tries both to transcend and to exploit its genre. - New York Times EDIT
Read More | Posted Nov 15, 2018
91% The Ballad of Buster Scruggs (2018) [It] can be thought of as a Coen brothers concept album. It works just fine in sequence, but some tracks... only need to be played once. - New York Times EDIT
Read More | Posted Nov 8, 2018
59% The Front Runner (2018) The film excites our curiosity about Hart's behavior and then declares it to be none of our business. It scolds rather than illuminates, and prefers the defense of power to the pursuit of truth. - New York Times EDIT
Read More | Posted Nov 5, 2018
81% Boy Erased (2018) "Boy Erased" tries to be more than a simple culture-war morality play, and it succeeds in some measure... - New York Times EDIT
Read More | Posted Oct 31, 2018
61% Bohemian Rhapsody (2018) A baroque blend of gibberish, mysticism and melodrama, the film seems engineered to be as unmemorable as possible, with the exception of the prosthetic teeth worn by the lead actor, Rami Malek, who plays Freddie Mercury, Queen's lead singer. - New York Times EDIT
Read More | Posted Oct 30, 2018
84% Monrovia, Indiana (2018) The unavoidable political implications of "Monrovia, Indiana" give its observations an undeniable urgency. - New York Times EDIT
Read More | Posted Oct 25, 2018
78% Mid90s (2018) It's a movie about making choices in tough circumstances, and for the most part Hill makes pretty good ones. - New York Times EDIT
Read More | Posted Oct 17, 2018
98% Can You Ever Forgive Me? (2018) Partly because the movie is so splendidly and completely absorbed in its characters and their milieu, it communicates much more than a quirky appreciation for old books and odd readers. - New York Times EDIT
Read More | Posted Oct 16, 2018
92% The Price of Everything (2018) [A] colorful and inquisitive cinematic essay on the state of the art world... - New York Times EDIT
Read More | Posted Oct 16, 2018
No Score Yet Serious stuff. But the movie - more than four hours long, split into two parts with a cliffhanger in the middle - also works, perhaps unexpectedly, as escapist entertainment. - New York Times EDIT
Read More | Posted Oct 11, 2018
87% First Man (2018) It gets almost everything right, but it's also strangely underwhelming. - New York Times EDIT
Read More | Posted Oct 10, 2018
93% Private Life (2018) Someone once said that life is what happens while you're making other plans. This movie is about the plans that happen while you're trying to make another life. - New York Times EDIT
Read More | Posted Oct 4, 2018
92% The Great Buster: A Celebration (2018) The film presents a compact, tactful biography and also a valuable explication of the Keatonesque in its most sublime varieties. - New York Times EDIT
Read More | Posted Oct 3, 2018
92% The Old Man & the Gun (2018) At a time when bluster, bragging and histrionic displays of self-pity are apparently the defining characteristics of American manhood, it's nice to be reminded of the virtues of discretion and quiet. - New York Times EDIT
Read More | Posted Sep 26, 2018
28% Night School (2018) You can't help but think that someone should put these two in a movie together. A real movie, which "Night School," like more than a few big studio features these days, isn't quite. - New York Times EDIT
Read More | Posted Sep 26, 2018
13% Life Itself (2018) Isn't it amazing how human destinies intertwine? This movie seems intent on persuading you that the answer is "no." - New York Times EDIT
Read More | Posted Sep 19, 2018
96% Garry Winogrand: All Things are Photographable (2018) Informative but not overwhelming, it blends biography and appreciative analysis in 90 brisk, packed minutes. - New York Times EDIT
Read More | Posted Sep 18, 2018
90% Museum (Museo) (2018) In spite of a meandering story and some fuzzy passages, there is a touch of magic in "Museo," a sense of wonder and curiosity that imparts palpable excitement. - New York Times EDIT
Read More | Posted Sep 13, 2018
86% The Land of Steady Habits (2018) The performances have sufficient grit - and the writing has just enough polish - to make "The Land of Steady Habits" feel unpredictable and fresh. - New York Times EDIT
Read More | Posted Sep 13, 2018
No Score Yet When You Read This Letter (Quand tu Liras Cette Lettre) (1953) Amid the hard-boiled banalities and mechanical improbabilities of Jacques Deval's screenplay, there are moments of jagged comedy and haunting strangeness. - New York Times EDIT
Read More | Posted Sep 11, 2018
95% Blaze (2018) Mr. Hawke is clearly motivated by nothing but affection for Blaze, Townes, Sybil and the state of Texas. He doesn't so much scramble biopic conventions as allow himself and the audience to be distracted from them. - New York Times EDIT
Read More | Posted Sep 6, 2018