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A.O. Scott
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Rating T-Meter Title | Year Review
31% Mary Shelley (2018) A reminder that England in the early 19th century remains a rich repository of stories and characters, and era that can be made to feel charmingly quaint and bracingly modern, on both the page and the screen.‐ New York Times
Read More | Posted May 23, 2018
97% First Reformed (2018) Mr. Schrader...is 71, and has had a long and varied career, but "First Reformed" nonetheless feels like a fresh discovery. More than that: an epiphany.‐ New York Times
Read More | Posted May 17, 2018
58% Book Club (2018) These women - Ms. Fonda, Ms. Keaton, Ms. Steenburgen and Ms. Bergen, that is - have nothing to prove. Each one brings enough credibility and charisma to "Book Club" to render its weaknesses largely irrelevant.‐ New York Times
Read More | Posted May 17, 2018
65% On Chesil Beach (2018) It's a good movie. The book is something more - close to perfect, I would say - but since both incarnations emphasize the importance of tolerating human fallibility, I won't make too much of the discrepancy.‐ New York Times
Read More | Posted May 16, 2018
71% Solo: A Star Wars Story (2018) It doesn't take itself too seriously, but it also holds whatever irreverent, anarchic impulses it might possess in careful check.‐ New York Times
Read More | Posted May 15, 2018
82% Deadpool 2 (2018) What drives this franchise is the same force that drives so much culture and politics right now: the self-pity of a white man with a relentless need to be the center of attention.‐ New York Times
Read More | Posted May 14, 2018
39% Life of the Party (2018) It is curious to see a comedy so timid, so reluctant to risk hurt feelings or complicated situations.‐ New York Times
Read More | Posted May 10, 2018
77% The Day After (Geu-hu) (2018) Shot in chilly, silky digital black and white, it plays with chronology in a way that seems both casual and musically precise.‐ New York Times
Read More | Posted May 9, 2018
91% Revenge (2018) "Revenge" leaves a lurid, punchy afterimage, an impression somewhere between righteous delight and quivering revulsion.‐ New York Times
Read More | Posted May 9, 2018
77% The Seagull (2018) The cast is great. The play is great. But this is still a bad movie, because it has no clear or coherent idea of how to be one.‐ New York Times
Read More | Posted May 9, 2018
93% RBG (2018) The movie's touch is light and its spirit buoyant, but there is no mistaking its seriousness or its passion.‐ New York Times
Read More | Posted May 3, 2018
100% On the Silver Globe (Na Srebrnym Globie) (1988) 150 minutes of passionate and complicated science fiction, interspersed with documentary footage of ordinary Poles going about terrestrial business in the final days of Communism.‐ New York Times
Read More | Posted May 2, 2018
96% The Guardians (Les Gardiennes) (2018) Ms. Baye, one of the great living French screen actresses, is steely and magnificent, even as it is Ms. Bry who finally captures the film's energy and the sympathy of the audience.‐ New York Times
Read More | Posted May 2, 2018
87% Let the Sunshine In (Un beau soleil intérieur) (2018) Ms. Binoche is the film's primary and sufficient source of light. The radiance is all hers. The clouds, too.‐ New York Times
Read More | Posted Apr 25, 2018
83% Avengers: Infinity War (2018) The noisy, bloated spectacles of combat were surely the most expensive parts of the movie, but the money seems less like an imaginative tool than a substitute for genuine imagination.‐ New York Times
Read More | Posted Apr 24, 2018
55% Godard Mon Amour (Le redoutable) (2018) It's a brilliant idea. It just happens to be a terrible movie.‐ New York Times
Read More | Posted Apr 18, 2018
84% Borg Vs. McEnroe (2018) An engaging feature-length response to the trivia question "Who won the Wimbledon men's singles title in 1980?"‐ New York Times
Read More | Posted Apr 11, 2018
97% The Rider (2018) Ms. Zhao's commitment to her craft - she knows how to take care and when to take risks - matches Brady's.‐ New York Times
Read More | Posted Apr 11, 2018
79% Chappaquiddick (2018) Whether or not events actually unfolded this way, the story the film tells is an interesting and complicated character study, with something to say about the corrosive effects of power and privilege on both the innocent and the guilty.‐ New York Times
Read More | Posted Apr 4, 2018
86% You Were Never Really Here (2018) The gravity and force of Mr. Phoenix's performance and Ms. Ramsay's direction are impressive, but it's hard not to feel that their talents have been misapplied, and that there is less to the movie than meets the eye.‐ New York Times
Read More | Posted Apr 4, 2018
100% The Great Silence (Il grande silenzio) (1968) The mood is sometimes jaunty, but "The Great Silence" is no joke, and the fatalism of its ending serves as an implicit critique of the sentimental optimism of many Hollywood westerns.‐ New York Times
Read More | Posted Mar 28, 2018
73% Ready Player One (2018) Mr. Spielberg navigates this warehouse with his usual dexterity, loading every frame with information without losing the clarity and momentum of the story.‐ New York Times
Read More | Posted Mar 28, 2018
80% Maineland (2018) I'll keep my fingers crossed for a sequel.‐ New York Times
Read More | Posted Mar 14, 2018
25% 7 Days in Entebbe (2018) The film ... gestures toward relevance without finding a coherent historical or political point of view.‐ New York Times
Read More | Posted Mar 14, 2018
40% Gringo (2018) It is possible to sit through it all without feeling completely miserable, and to remember a time when these comic-grotesque shenanigans might have seemed fresh.‐ New York Times
Read More | Posted Mar 8, 2018
39% A Wrinkle in Time (2018) Fans of the book and admirers of Ms. DuVernay's work -- I include myself in both groups -- can breathe a sigh of relief, and some may also find that their breath has been taken away.‐ New York Times
Read More | Posted Mar 7, 2018
51% Submission (2018) Can a movie be provocatively timid? Clumsy and coy at the same time? The more you think about "Submission," the less relevant it looks.‐ New York Times
Read More | Posted Feb 28, 2018
89% Did You Wonder Who Fired the Gun? (2018) "Did You Wonder Who Fired the Gun?" is a passionately political film, aflame with rage in spite of its director's measured, ruminative tone of voice. It is also a horror movie, full of specters and silences and a terror that is pervasive ...‐ New York Times
Read More | Posted Feb 27, 2018
57% The Young Karl Marx (Le jeune Karl Marx) (2018) Both intellectually serious and engagingly free-spirited.‐ New York Times
Read More | Posted Feb 22, 2018
96% Western (2018) "Western" is as precise as a dropped pin on a GPS map, which makes its sense of mystery all the more powerful.‐ New York Times
Read More | Posted Feb 15, 2018
81% Early Man (2018) I'm a little sorry that this utterly silly feature from Nick Park and Aardman Animations was not around when I was 7 or 8 years old, or when my children were wearing out the Wallace and Gromit videocassettes that someone had given them for Christmas.‐ New York Times
Read More | Posted Feb 15, 2018
25% The 15:17 to Paris (2018) A certain blunt power is guaranteed by the facts of the story, and Mr. Eastwood doesn't obviously try for anything more than that. But his workmanlike absorption in the task at hand is precisely what makes this movie fascinating as well as moving.‐ New York Times
Read More | Posted Feb 7, 2018
76% Before We Vanish (Sanpo suru shinryakusha) (2018) Mr. Kurosawa, a prolific and skilled genre master, spins this parable with a light, nimble touch, punctuating heavy passages of exposition with punchy, modest action sequences and snatches of incongruously bouncy music.‐ New York Times
Read More | Posted Feb 1, 2018
92% In the Intense Now (No Intenso Agora) (2018) A bittersweet, ruminative documentary essay composed of footage from the era accompanied by thoughtful, disarmingly personal voice-over narration.‐ New York Times
Read More | Posted Jan 30, 2018
82% A Ciambra (2018) In its mood and methods, "A Ciambra" pays homage to the work of Jean-Pierre and Luc Dardenne, the living masters of European realist cinema.‐ New York Times
Read More | Posted Jan 18, 2018
86% Mary and The Witch's Flower (2018) The spell Mr. Yonebayashi casts is effective, but also ephemeral. It's minor magic.‐ New York Times
Read More | Posted Jan 18, 2018
100% Tall: The American Skyscraper and Louis Sullivan (2006) You leave "Tall" with an awakened intellect and wide-open eyes.‐ New York Times
Read More | Posted Jan 17, 2018
57% The Commuter (2018) It's not even very good as a genre exercise, and can't always keep track of which genre muscles it wants to flex.‐ New York Times
Read More | Posted Jan 11, 2018
90% The Insult (L'insulte) (2018) There is something undeniably exhilarating about the film's honest assessment of the never-ending conflict between decency and cruelty that rages in every nation, neighborhood and heart.‐ New York Times
Read More | Posted Jan 10, 2018
98% In Between (2018) Whether by serendipity or prophetic insight or some combination of the two, it's a perfect movie for the moment.‐ New York Times
Read More | Posted Jan 4, 2018
75% In the Fade (Aus dem Nichts) (2017) Ms. Kruger ... leaves a vivid, haunting impression.‐ New York Times
Read More | Posted Dec 26, 2017
91% Phantom Thread (2018) This is a profoundly, intensely, extravagantly personal film.‐ New York Times
Read More | Posted Dec 26, 2017
51% Downsizing (2017) The movie resembles an episode of "The Twilight Zone" directed by Preston Sturges. An outlandish, pointedly allegorical conceit is inhabited not by symbolic figures but by terrestrial oddballs.‐ New York Times
Read More | Posted Dec 21, 2017
73% Hostiles (2018) A careful and well-informed exploration of the paradoxes that are as integral to the western genre as horses, whiskey and guns.‐ New York Times
Read More | Posted Dec 21, 2017
96% Birdboy: The Forgotten Children (Psiconautas, los niños olvidados) (2017) The simple precision of the hand-drawn characters and of the watercolor world they inhabit provide visual coherence and establish an atmosphere of fascination as well as dread. The movie is an anthology of nightmares compressed into a picture book.‐ New York Times
Read More | Posted Dec 14, 2017
5% Just Getting Started (2017) This wheezy romantic caper ... inspires little more than melancholy reminiscences of Mr. Shelton's earlier work.‐ New York Times
Read More | Posted Dec 11, 2017
100% Quest (2017) I've rarely seen a movie about citizenship as quietly eloquent as "Quest."‐ New York Times
Read More | Posted Dec 7, 2017
92% The Shape of Water (2017) "The Shape of Water" is partly a code-scrambled fairy tale, partly a genetically modified monster movie, and altogether wonderful.‐ New York Times
Read More | Posted Nov 30, 2017
91% The Other Side of Hope (Toivon tuolla puolen) (2017) It's at once honest and artful, a touching and clearsighted declaration of faith in people and in movies.‐ New York Times
Read More | Posted Nov 30, 2017
85% Darkest Hour (2017) "Darkest Hour" is proud of its hero, proud of itself and proud to have come down on the right side of history nearly 80 years after the fact. It wants you to share that pride, and to claim a share of it. But we have nothing to be proud of.‐ New York Times
Read More | Posted Nov 21, 2017