A.O. Scott

A.O. Scott
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T-Meter Title | Year
100% The Disappearance of My Mother (2019) [A] mesmerizing, tender, painful documentary... - New York Times EDIT
Read More | Posted Dec 5, 2019
83% Queen & Slim (2019) This movie feels like something new, and also as if it's been around forever, waiting for its moment. - New York Times EDIT
Read More | Posted Nov 26, 2019
88% The Two Popes (2019) A subtle and engaging double portrait that touches on complicated matters of faith, ambition and moral responsibility. - New York Times EDIT
Read More | Posted Nov 26, 2019
99% Varda by Agnès (2019) It's a perfect introduction and a lovely valediction. - New York Times EDIT
Read More | Posted Nov 21, 2019
96% A Beautiful Day in the Neighborhood (2019) It's not only Mister Rogers's kindness that hovers over "Beautiful Day," but also his creative spirit. Paying tribute to his skills as a composer, performer and puppeteer, the movie affirms his status as a hero of the imagination. - New York Times EDIT
Read More | Posted Nov 21, 2019
95% Atlantics (2019) It's a suspenseful, sensual, exciting movie, and therefore a deeply haunting one as well. - New York Times EDIT
Read More | Posted Nov 14, 2019
91% Ford v Ferrari (2019) It is, all in all, a pleasant surprise. Partly because Christian Bale and Matt Damon, the lead actors, are really good, and are supported by a fine cast that includes Tracy Letts in one of the best and least-expected crying scenes of the year. - New York Times EDIT
Read More | Posted Nov 14, 2019
77% Doctor Sleep (2019) This screen adaptation feels like a clumsy hybrid. - New York Times EDIT
Read More | Posted Nov 6, 2019
99% Parasite (Gisaengchung) (2019) What makes "Parasite" the movie of the year - what might make Bong the filmmaker of the century - is the way it succeeds in being at once fantastical and true to life, intensely metaphorical and devastatingly concrete. - Pittsburgh Post-Gazette EDIT
Read More | Posted Nov 5, 2019
97% Marriage Story (2019) One of the morals of this story, chastening but also oddly encouraging, is that we don't ever really know one another, but we're nonetheless obligated to try. - New York Times EDIT
Read More | Posted Nov 5, 2019
74% Harriet (2019) It is a rousing and powerful drama, respectful of both the historical record and the cravings of modern audiences. - New York Times EDIT
Read More | Posted Oct 31, 2019
61% Motherless Brooklyn (2019) "Motherless Brooklyn" is a very smart movie, bristling with ideas about history, politics, art and urban planning. - New York Times EDIT
Read More | Posted Oct 31, 2019
71% Terminator: Dark Fate (2019) My favorite thing about this late addition to a weary franchise is how little it cares about timeline continuity. - New York Times EDIT
Read More | Posted Oct 31, 2019
51% Black and Blue (2019) Sometimes genre entertainment can illuminate troubling realities better than more earnest and self-seriously realistic films, and "Black and Blue" belongs to that tradition. - New York Times EDIT
Read More | Posted Oct 24, 2019
58% Frankie (2019) A cast of excellent actors stand around looking tentative, delivering stilted lines in scenery whose beauty is perhaps meant to take up the expressive slack. - New York Times EDIT
Read More | Posted Oct 23, 2019
79% Jojo Rabbit (2019) It risks going wrong in a dozen different ways and manages to avoid at least half of them. - New York Times EDIT
Read More | Posted Oct 17, 2019
69% Zombieland: Double Tap (2019) "Zombieland: Double Tap" sets the bar low and steps easily over it, which makes it better than a lot of recent big-screen comedies. - New York Times EDIT
Read More | Posted Oct 16, 2019
100% Gift (2019) At a time when art is relentlessly commercialized and commodified, Robin McKenna's "Gift" provides a gentle and welcome reminder of other values. - New York Times EDIT
Read More | Posted Oct 14, 2019
26% Gemini Man (2019) The performances feel slow and deliberate, and the hyper-clarity of the images undermines realism rather than enhancing it. - New York Times EDIT
Read More | Posted Oct 9, 2019
69% Joker (2019) It's hard to say if the muddle "Joker" makes of itself arises from confusion or cowardice, but the result is less a depiction of nihilism than a story about nothing. - New York Times EDIT
Read More | Posted Oct 3, 2019
97% Dolemite Is My Name (2019) It has a loose, friendly, house-party vibe, and it's impossible not to have a good time watching the actors have a good time with one another. - New York Times EDIT
Read More | Posted Oct 2, 2019
97% The Irishman (2019) A monument is a complicated thing. This one is big and solid - and also surprisingly, surpassingly delicate. - New York Times EDIT
Read More | Posted Sep 27, 2019
41% The Laundromat (2019) For a movie about how awful the world is and how it got that way, "The Laundromat" is kind of a lark. - New York Times EDIT
Read More | Posted Sep 25, 2019
79% Loro (2019) The film regards Berlusconi's sexual appetite with tender indulgence. Which is also how it treats his scheming and double-dealing. - New York Times EDIT
Read More | Posted Sep 19, 2019
86% Where's My Roy Cohn? (2019) There is no doubt that he was a fascinating and important character, but "Where's My Roy Cohn?" is most interesting for the questions it doesn't explicitly ask. - New York Times EDIT
Read More | Posted Sep 19, 2019
24% The Goldfinch (2019) It looks and sounds like a movie without quite being one. - New York Times EDIT
Read More | Posted Sep 11, 2019
88% Hustlers (2019) The movie seems to view any examination of its characters' motives, their working conditions or the consequences of their actions as a kind of betrayal. - New York Times EDIT
Read More | Posted Sep 11, 2019
88% Linda Ronstadt: The Sound of My Voice (2019) She shows herself to be one of its indispensable interpreters, as a vocalist and also as a thinker - covering a sprawling landscape with elegance, passion and insight. - New York Times EDIT
Read More | Posted Sep 5, 2019
62% It Chapter Two (2019) This 2-hour-49-minute movie drags more than it jumps, wearing out its premise and possibly also your patience as it lumbers toward the final showdown. - New York Times EDIT
Read More | Posted Sep 3, 2019
93% The Flower (La flor) (2019) Centuries from now, you could imagine a collector digging it out of obscurity, dusting it off and setting out to solve its puzzles. - New York Times EDIT
Read More | Posted Aug 1, 2019
91% Tel Aviv on Fire (2019) [A] sharp-eyed, good-natured film... - New York Times EDIT
Read More | Posted Aug 1, 2019
86% The Nightingale (2019) The punishment is the point. This is a difficult movie because the questions it raises are not easy. - New York Times EDIT
Read More | Posted Aug 1, 2019
99% Honeyland (2019) Stefanov and Kotevska have done more than record the rhythms and textures of rural life. They have shaped their observations... into a luminous neorealist fable, a sad and stirring tale of struggle, persistence and change. - New York Times EDIT
Read More | Posted Jul 25, 2019
85% Once Upon a Time In Hollywood (2019) There is a lot of love in "Once Upon a Time ... in Hollywood," and quite a bit to enjoy. - New York Times EDIT
Read More | Posted Jul 24, 2019
96% I Do Not Care If We Go Down in History as Barbarians (Îmi este indiferent daca în istorie vom intra ca barbari) (2019) Until its devastating final scenes, the way "I Do Not Care" makes its points is discursive rather than dramatic. - New York Times EDIT
Read More | Posted Jul 18, 2019
92% David Crosby: Remember My Name (2019) Fans will enjoy the backstage access, the home movies, the snapshots and the reminiscences, but the movie keeps you at a distance, while implying that it may be just as well not to get too close. - New York Times EDIT
Read More | Posted Jul 17, 2019
84% The Art of Self-Defense (2019) "The Art of Self-Defense" is like the kid who withdrew from the introductory gender studies class before the midterm to pursue his own theories. And good luck with that. - New York Times EDIT
Read More | Posted Jul 11, 2019
99% The Farewell (2019) Wang turns her frustration and bewilderment into a gentle exploration of the cultural differences and generational schisms that have, over the years, opened up within Nai Nai's extended family. - New York Times EDIT
Read More | Posted Jul 11, 2019
53% The Lion King (2019) The closer the movie gets to nature in its look, the more blatant, intrusive and purposeless its artifice seems. - New York Times EDIT
Read More | Posted Jul 11, 2019
90% Spider-Man: Far From Home (2019) I stan a pipsqueak. - New York Times EDIT
Read More | Posted Jun 27, 2019
63% Yesterday (2019) It's appealing and accessible in a way that the Beatles never really were. If it took itself - and them - a bit more seriously, it would be a lot more fun. But it wasn't made to last. - New York Times EDIT
Read More | Posted Jun 26, 2019
100% The Chambermaid (La camarista) (2019) After you've seen it, the world looks different. - New York Times EDIT
Read More | Posted Jun 25, 2019
96% Toni Morrison: The Pieces I Am (2019) "The Pieces I Am" offers something else, as a dividend yielded by her achievements and her years on the earth: the profound pleasure of her company. - New York Times EDIT
Read More | Posted Jun 19, 2019
96% The Edge of Democracy (2019) It's a chronicle of civic betrayal and the abuse of power, and also of heartbreak. - New York Times EDIT
Read More | Posted Jun 18, 2019
56% The Dead Don't Die (2019) This is an end-of-the-world party with an appealing guest list and inviting, eccentric décor. - New York Times EDIT
Read More | Posted Jun 13, 2019
32% Shaft (2019) Whether you take this iteration of the character as an affectionate throwback or a cringe-worthy anachronism, it's hard to watch "Shaft" without feeling a little wistful. - New York Times EDIT
Read More | Posted Jun 13, 2019
89% The Raft (2019) The picture that emerges decades later is of a moody, manipulative Svengali, blinded by his ego to what was really happening on the raft. - New York Times EDIT
Read More | Posted Jun 6, 2019
80% Late Night (2019) Rather than scourging the complacency and hypocrisy of television, it subjects the medium to a vigorous exfoliating scrub in the name of feminism and inclusiveness. - New York Times EDIT
Read More | Posted Jun 5, 2019
98% Too Late to Die Young (Tarde para morir joven) (2019) Sotomayor approaches her characters and their problems with subtlety and tact, and is more interested in reading their glances and gestures than in putting words in their mouths. - New York Times EDIT
Read More | Posted May 30, 2019
54% Ma (2019) The movie ties itself up in knots as it tries to be provocative without giving offense, and offering more complacency and comfort than terror. - New York Times EDIT
Read More | Posted May 29, 2019