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A.O. Scott
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Rating T-Meter Title | Year Review
68% Crown Heights (2017) Like its protagonist, sensitively and shrewdly played by Lakeith Stanfield, the film is soft-spoken and thoughtful, with sweet, lyrical touches that alleviate some of the grimness without blunting the cruelty and injustice of what happened.‐ New York Times
Read More | Posted Aug 17, 2017
72% Patti Cake$ (2017) The story of a white suburban redhead chasing hip-hop glory may set off alarms about cultural appropriation, but the film mostly disarms them, or mixes them into the soundtrack.‐ New York Times
Read More | Posted Aug 17, 2017
93% Logan Lucky (2017) Mr. Soderbergh revels in squareness, and in a loose self-confidence that disguises its mastery. "Logan Lucky" is a terrific movie.‐ New York Times
Read More | Posted Aug 16, 2017
35% The Hitman's Bodyguard (2017) "The Htiman's Bodyguard" ... is not a good movie, but, in fairness, it doesn't try to be.‐ New York Times
Read More | Posted Aug 16, 2017
84% Nocturama (2017) When the ruthless, faceless power of the state finally asserts itself, what is meant to be a shocking climax merits little more than a nod and a shrug.‐ New York Times
Read More | Posted Aug 10, 2017
89% Good Time (2017) It's stale, empty and cold.‐ New York Times
Read More | Posted Aug 10, 2017
49% The Glass Castle (2017) Jeannette, the central voice and consciousness in the book, is an oddly blurred character on screen. And the film itself loses focus as it drifts toward the conventions of the coming-of-age story and the family-dysfunction melodrama.‐ New York Times
Read More | Posted Aug 10, 2017
83% Detroit (2017) The film's struggle against simplification - against the sentimentality, wishful thinking and outright denial that defines most Hollywood considerations of America's racial past - is palpable, almost heroic, even if it is not always successful.‐ New York Times
Read More | Posted Jul 26, 2017
73% Landline (2017) For all the profanity and naughty behavior, it has the timid, ingratiating vibe of a television sitcom, sticking to safe and familiar emotional territory.‐ New York Times
Read More | Posted Jul 20, 2017
86% The Untamed (La región salvaje) (2017) There is a fine line between horror and humor, and if you adjust your angle of vision accordingly, you can see the architecture of farce beneath the ornamentation of shock and suffering.‐ New York Times
Read More | Posted Jul 20, 2017
51% Valerian and the City of a Thousand Planets (2017) The City might be an interesting place to spend some time if a busy and chaotic story didn't keep getting in the way, and if we were allowed to hang out for a little while longer with Ethan Hawke and Rihanna.‐ New York Times
Read More | Posted Jul 20, 2017
96% Endless Poetry (Poesía Sin Fin) (2017) Mr. Jodorowsky, at 88, shows the irrepressible energy of a man who is just getting started.‐ New York Times
Read More | Posted Jul 13, 2017
93% War for the Planet of the Apes (2017) A superb example - rare in this era of sloppily constructed, commercially hedged cinematic universes - of clear thinking wedded to inventive technique in popular filmmaking.‐ New York Times
Read More | Posted Jul 12, 2017
91% A Ghost Story (2017) Just when you think you've cracked the film's circumscribed logic, it opens up and goes wild in ways at once too wondrous and too preposterous to spoil.‐ New York Times
Read More | Posted Jul 5, 2017
17% The House (2017) A dark, startlingly bloody journey into the bitter, empty, broken heart of the American middle class, a blend of farce and satire built on a foundation of social despair.‐ New York Times
Read More | Posted Jul 1, 2017
80% The Reagan Show (2017) "The Reagan Show" helps attach a face to the name, but it doesn't accomplish much more than that.‐ New York Times
Read More | Posted Jun 29, 2017
86% Okja (2017) The picture, which never stops moving, is dense with information and feeling. Barbs of satire pop up and are washed away on streams of strong emotion. It's all marvelously preposterous and yet, at the same time, something important is at stake.‐ New York Times
Read More | Posted Jun 27, 2017
44% The Bad Batch (2017) It's good, dirty fun. But it also takes exploitation - of bodies, of feeling, of labor - seriously.‐ New York Times
Read More | Posted Jun 22, 2017
79% The Beguiled (2017) "Beguiled" is less a hothouse flower than a bonsai garden, a work of cool, exquisite artifice that evokes wildness on a small, controlled scale.‐ New York Times
Read More | Posted Jun 22, 2017
76% Beatriz at Dinner (2017) The seriousness of its themes in no way detracts from the delight in watching Ms. Hayek and Mr. Lithgow perform their eccentric, intricate dance.‐ New York Times
Read More | Posted Jun 8, 2017
88% It Comes At Night (2017) Mr. Shults doesn't jolt the audience with false scares or showy plot twists. He builds up the dread with ruthless efficiency and minimal gimmickry, relying on and refreshing some of the oldest techniques in the book.‐ New York Times
Read More | Posted Jun 8, 2017
16% The Mummy (2017) It will be argued that this one was made not for the critics but for the fans. Which is no doubt true. Every con game is played with suckers in mind.‐ New York Times
Read More | Posted Jun 7, 2017
78% The Exception (The Kaiser's Last Kiss) (2017) "The Exception" is a diverting and occasionally exciting film, though it is rarely disturbing or thought-provoking in ways the material might require.‐ New York Times
Read More | Posted Jun 1, 2017
92% Wonder Woman (2017) It feels less like yet another installment in an endless sequence of apocalyptic merchandising opportunities than like ... what's the word I'm looking for? A movie. A pretty good one, too.‐ New York Times
Read More | Posted May 31, 2017
29% Pirates of the Caribbean: Dead Men Tell No Tales (2017) Its pleasures are so meager, its delight in its own inventions so forced and false, that it becomes almost the perfect opposite of entertainment.‐ New York Times
Read More | Posted May 25, 2017
54% War Machine (2017) At its best, "War Machine" crackles with irreverent wit, even if American political craziness circa 2009 looks tame compared with the 2017 version.‐ New York Times
Read More | Posted May 25, 2017
19% Baywatch (2017) If you enjoy the "21 Jump Street" or "Ride Along" franchises, you won't have too bad a time.‐ New York Times
Read More | Posted May 24, 2017
82% The Woman Who Left (Ang babaeng humayo) (2017) The film makes uncompromising demands on your attention and your empathy. But it is also illuminating and, in its downbeat, deliberate way, exhilarating.‐ New York Times
Read More | Posted May 18, 2017
75% Wakefield (2017) The film, scrupulously faithful to its source, is decidedly literary, but not in an especially satisfying way.‐ New York Times
Read More | Posted May 17, 2017
71% Alien: Covenant (2017) Mr. Scott is, in any case, a nearly spoiler-proof filmmaker. Even his lesser efforts are infused with enough craft and energy to keep you engaged and surprised, and "Alien: Covenant" is no exception.‐ New York Times
Read More | Posted May 17, 2017
35% Snatched (2017) It's ultimately as complacent, self-absorbed and clueless as its heroine, and not always in an especially amusing way.‐ New York Times
Read More | Posted May 10, 2017
75% A Woman's Life (Une vie) (2017) The power of Mr. Brizé's film - and of Ms. Chemla's quietly volcanic performance - lies partly in the way ordinary disasters erupt in Jeanne's life, at once challenging her passivity and emphasizing her helplessness.‐ New York Times
Read More | Posted May 4, 2017
92% A Quiet Passion (2017) Mr. Davies, whose work often blends public history and private memory, possesses a poetic sensibility perfectly suited to his subject and a deep, idiosyncratic intuition about what might have made her tick.‐ New York Times
Read More | Posted Apr 13, 2017
89% Norman (Norman: The Moderate Rise and Tragic Fall of a New York Fixer) (2017) "Norman" traces fault lines, more cultural and temperamental than ideological or religious, between the members of the diaspora (or at least the New York wing of it) and their cousins in the Promised Land.‐ New York Times
Read More | Posted Apr 13, 2017
96% Graduation (Bacalaureat) (2017) "Graduation" is long and intense, a rigorously naturalistic film that at times feels as claustrophobic and suspenseful as a horror movie.‐ New York Times
Read More | Posted Apr 6, 2017
80% Colossal (2017) "Colossal" ... wrings a great deal of fun - and also some genuine terror, by no means all of it monster-related - from its blithely bizarre conceit.‐ New York Times
Read More | Posted Apr 6, 2017
95% Karl Marx City (2017) A smart, highly personal addition to the growing syllabus of distressingly relevant cautionary political tales.‐ New York Times
Read More | Posted Mar 28, 2017
95% I Called Him Morgan (2017) This is not a lurid true-crime tale of jealousy and drug addiction, but a delicate human drama about love, ambition and the glories of music.‐ New York Times
Read More | Posted Mar 23, 2017
46% Wilson (2017) The dark, comic poignancy of the book is drowned in garish, self-conscious whimsy, and the work of a talented ensemble is squandered on awkward heartstring snatching.‐ New York Times
Read More | Posted Mar 23, 2017
No Score Yet Canners (2017) "Canners" is a testament to its director's indefatigable humanism, and to the human beings who feed it. The movie follows the money, a nickel at a time, and discovers something far more valuable.‐ New York Times
Read More | Posted Mar 9, 2017
80% Personal Shopper (2017) Without quite preparing you for it, "Personal Shopper" becomes a sneakily effective horror film, complete with a gruesome murder and Hitchcockian flourishes of menace and misdirection.‐ New York Times
Read More | Posted Mar 9, 2017
71% Beauty and the Beast (2017) Its classicism feels unforced and fresh. Its romance neither winks nor panders. It looks good, moves gracefully and leaves a clean and invigorating aftertaste. I almost didn't recognize the flavor: I think the name for it is joy.‐ New York Times
Read More | Posted Mar 3, 2017
65% Before I Fall (2017) "Before I Fall" is tactful rather than maudlin, tasteful rather than lurid, soothing rather than creepy. None of that is good news.‐ New York Times
Read More | Posted Mar 2, 2017
84% The Girl With All the Gifts (2017) "The Girl With All the Gifts" doesn't really venture into new territory, but it does a decent job of reminding us why zombies are so scary, and so interesting.‐ New York Times
Read More | Posted Feb 23, 2017
100% My Life as a Zucchini (Ma vie de courgette) (2017) The animation technique is in some ways cruder than the digital dazzle that kids see all the time, but also more soulful.‐ New York Times
Read More | Posted Feb 23, 2017
27% Fist Fight (2017) It did give me something I needed. Not catharsis or uplift but a bracing dose of profane, sloppy, reasonably well-directed hostility. We take what we can get.‐ New York Times
Read More | Posted Feb 16, 2017
42% A Cure For Wellness (2017) "A Cure for Wellness" is a lustrous box of genre candy, the self-revealing work of an auteur who has laid bare not so much his psyche as his online streaming queue.‐ New York Times
Read More | Posted Feb 16, 2017
100% 2017 Oscar Nominated Shorts: Documentary (2017) Like the nominees in the feature-length best documentary category, the five films in this group demonstrate a commitment to both relevance and experimentation.‐ New York Times
Read More | Posted Feb 9, 2017
100% 2017 Oscar Nominated Shorts: Animation (2017) The animated nominees include handmade as well as digital productions, and dark, adult themes as well as child-friendly charm and whimsy.‐ New York Times
Read More | Posted Feb 9, 2017
89% Land of Mine (Under Sandet) (2017) A tight and suspenseful film ...‐ New York Times
Read More | Posted Feb 9, 2017