Mike Scott

Mike Scott
Tomatometer-approved critic
Publications: Times-Picayune

Movie Reviews Only

T-Meter Title | Year
3/5 54% The Dead Don't Die (2019) An amusingly meta B-movie send-up that manages to offer an entertaining riff on the zombie comedy, even if it doesn't particularly contribute anything ground-breaking to it. - Times-Picayune EDIT
Read More | Posted Jun 12, 2019
3/5 71% All Is True (2019) Its largely fabricated, hit-or-miss story leaves something to be desired, but there's so much else to recommend the film that its narrative flaws don't really matter. - Times-Picayune EDIT
Read More | Posted Jun 7, 2019
3/5 56% Ma (2019) It shouldn't work nearly as well as it does, except for one reason: Octavia Spencer, who shows what a real pro can do with a juicy role, even if it is 'just' in a horror film. - Times-Picayune EDIT
Read More | Posted May 29, 2019
5/5 93% Be Natural: The Untold Story of Alice Guy-Blaché (2019) One of Green's masterstrokes is the way she structures her film like a great filmic treasure hunt. The truth, though, is that it itself is the treasure. - Times-Picayune EDIT
Read More | Posted May 25, 2019
3/5 100% Mine 9 (2019) A satisfyingly intense and efficiently filmed bit of counterprogramming for those suffering from superhero fatigue. - Times-Picayune EDIT
Read More | Posted Apr 24, 2019
3/5 30% The Curse of La Llorona (2019) It's pure formula stuff, but it fills in the formula blanks nicely enough to make for a reasonably enjoyable cinematic jolt. - Times-Picayune EDIT
Read More | Posted Apr 17, 2019
3/5 46% Little (2019) There's no denying Little is derivative and sloppy. But it's got a secret weapon. She's 14 years old, and her name is Marsai Martin -- and she's a force of nature. - Times-Picayune EDIT
Read More | Posted Apr 10, 2019
3/5 39% The Dirt (2019) A guilty-pleasure rock biopic, it won't do for Mötley Crüe what Bohemian Rhapsody did for Queen, mostly because it's less about the music than the bad behavior. - Times-Picayune EDIT
Read More | Posted Mar 22, 2019
2/5 92% Gloria Bell (2019) Moore's performance is undeniably exquisite, but any character study must bring us on a full journey. That's where Gloria Bell, for all of its assets and acclaim, stumbles. - Times-Picayune EDIT
Read More | Posted Mar 20, 2019
1/5 71% Climax (2019) It's an abjectly cruel film -- to its characters and audiences alike. Some might excuse it a arthouse cinema. Really, it's frighthouse cinema. And that's not a compliment. - Times-Picayune EDIT
Read More | Posted Mar 14, 2019
3/5 60% Greta (2019) It can fairly be described as little more than a B-movie in a ballgown. But it must be said: It's a pretty fetching ballgown. - Times-Picayune EDIT
Read More | Posted Mar 1, 2019
4/5 92% Paddleton (2019) A sweet, funny, sometimes meandering exploration of the relationship between two friends. It's also, ultimately, a heartbreaking journey, but in the most lovely way possible. - Times-Picayune EDIT
Read More | Posted Feb 20, 2019
3/5 60% Alita: Battle Angel (2019) Even with its storytelling flaws, it is a grand visual spectacle that makes a compelling argument for going to see movies in a theater in the first place. - Times-Picayune EDIT
Read More | Posted Feb 13, 2019
3/5 93% Stan & Ollie (2019) Coogan and Reilly don't merely impersonate the iconic screen comics. They become them, in what ends up as an insightful and enjoyable delight. - Times-Picayune EDIT
Read More | Posted Jan 23, 2019
2/5 73% On the Basis of Sex (2019) Unlike Ginsberg, Leder's film -- a by-the-numbers exercise rife with cinematic clichés -- doesn't do much to distinguish itself. - Times-Picayune EDIT
Read More | Posted Jan 11, 2019
2/5 53% The Last Laugh (2019) A good-hearted but largely uninspired, by-the-numbers bit of Netflix filler. - Times-Picayune EDIT
Read More | Posted Jan 11, 2019
4/5 79% Mary Poppins Returns (2018) It's all pretty familiar, but a spoonful of sugar is still sweet, even if you know it's coming. Consequently, Mary Poppins Returns is still a jolly holiday, indeed. - Times-Picayune EDIT
Read More | Posted Dec 18, 2018
5/5 96% Roma (2018) A textbook example of Roger Ebert's description of cinema as an empathy machine, opening a window onto a world most of us would never otherwise know even existed. - Times-Picayune EDIT
Read More | Posted Dec 14, 2018
5/5 93% The Favourite (2018) A wickedly funny and giddily lurid tale of palace intrigue that has its middle finger extended defiantly at established convention from its very first frame. - Times-Picayune EDIT
Read More | Posted Dec 12, 2018
4/5 78% Green Book (2018) A seamless blend of humor and thoughtfulness, Farrelly's film effortlessly sweeps you along for its journey, becoming a pure pleasant-surprise crowd pleaser in the process. - Times-Picayune EDIT
Read More | Posted Nov 19, 2018
4/5 81% Boy Erased (2018) It easily could have become a preachy, shouty melodrama. Instead, it becomes something uplifting, something hopeful, something moving and something important. - Times-Picayune EDIT
Read More | Posted Nov 14, 2018
2/5 59% The Grinch (2018) It accomplishes nothing more than what the 1966 adaptation accomplished, despite taking more than three times longer to do it. In short: You're an unnecessary one, Mr. Grinch. - Times-Picayune EDIT
Read More | Posted Nov 7, 2018
3/5 98% Can You Ever Forgive Me? (2018) It's a great showcase to date for Melissa McCarthy's dramatic acting abilities, a finely tuned, nimbly crafted portrait of a life in decline, of a human spirit on its knees. - Times-Picayune EDIT
Read More | Posted Oct 31, 2018
2/5 66% Suspiria (2018) An effort to spin high art out of a guilty-pleasure cult classic, it's off-the-charts bonkers. But it's also off-the-charts unpleasant. - Times-Picayune EDIT
Read More | Posted Oct 30, 2018
4/5 80% Mid90s (2018) It doesn't do too much from a story standpoint, perhaps to its detriment, but it has a distinct sense of time and place. Every step of the way, it feels honest and genuine. - Times-Picayune EDIT
Read More | Posted Oct 24, 2018
1/5 20% Bayou Caviar (2018) Bayou Caviar might sound like some sort of sublime South Louisiana delicacy, but it's really more like gas-station sushi. That is, it beats starvation -- but only just. - Times-Picayune EDIT
Read More | Posted Oct 24, 2018
4/5 93% The Old Man & the Gun (2018) Lyrically and lovingly shot on 16 mm, it's an endearing tale -- part crime thriller, part light comedy, part love story -- that makes full use of Redford's significant charm. - Times-Picayune EDIT
Read More | Posted Oct 9, 2018
3/5 89% Love, Gilda (2018) A full, vibrant portrait of a lovely spirit with a simple but deeply rooted desire to give people a good laugh. By the time it's done, you'll just want to hug somebody. - Times-Picayune EDIT
Read More | Posted Sep 28, 2018
2/5 27% Night School (2018) Tiffany Haddish and Kevin Hart are without question the reason the film works to the extent it does. One might argue they're the reason it is even watchable. - Times-Picayune EDIT
Read More | Posted Sep 26, 2018
2/5 66% Lizzie (2018) Despite the darkly alluring subject matter, it ends up as a confused psychosexual snoozer more interested in titillating its audience than weaving a compelling, cohesive tale. - Times-Picayune EDIT
Read More | Posted Sep 19, 2018
3/5 58% White Boy Rick (2018) It's not the searing indictment of the justice system Demange seems to be aiming for, but McConaughey -- all greasy mullet and greasier smiles -- helps charm it to life. - Times-Picayune EDIT
Read More | Posted Sep 12, 2018
3/5 83% Juliet, Naked (2018) It's not without its contrivances and predictabilities. But like any good rom-com, it has a way of charming its audience into overlooking them. - Times-Picayune EDIT
Read More | Posted Aug 29, 2018
3/5 98% Rodents of Unusual Size (2018) Ostensibly, it's about nutria, but the real stars are the South Louisiana faces who help it become as much an ethnography as an environmental call-to-arms. - Times-Picayune EDIT
Read More | Posted Aug 22, 2018
4/5 96% BlacKkKlansman (2018) Lee plays Stallworth's story largely for laughs. How could he not? It's a true but utterly ridiculous tale. Still, make no mistake: BlacKkKlansman matters. - Times-Picayune EDIT
Read More | Posted Aug 7, 2018
2/5 73% Christopher Robin (2018) Despite the fetching visuals and the charm of Jim Cummings as Pooh, there's nothing here that will make anyone forget the loveliness of Disney's original Pooh films. - Times-Picayune EDIT
Read More | Posted Aug 3, 2018
4/5 99% Eighth Grade (2018) An astutely observed film built around honesty and genuine emotion, it's smart, funny and heartbreaking -- and it shouldn't be missed. - Times-Picayune EDIT
Read More | Posted Jul 31, 2018
3/5 76% Don't Worry, He Won't Get Far on Foot (2018) An appealingly odd blend of farce and philosophy, Van Sant's at-times gangly film is at its root a character study, propelled by its fascinating subject and an effective cast. - Times-Picayune EDIT
Read More | Posted Jul 25, 2018
2/5 80% Mamma Mia! Here We Go Again (2018) It's easy to overlook the cornball cheesiness of such a fun and joyous film. It's much harder to overlook the glaring lie around which Universal's marketing strategy is built. - Times-Picayune EDIT
Read More | Posted Jul 18, 2018
3/5 51% Equalizer 2 (2018) Despite deeply flawed storytelling, it demonstrates how a great actor in a great role can turn an otherwise mediocre story into a satisfyingly visceral, cathartic thrill ride. - Times-Picayune EDIT
Read More | Posted Jul 18, 2018
4/5 100% Leave No Trace (2018) You can't say enough about 18-year-old Thomasin McKenzie, whose nuanced performance here burnishes Granik's reputation as a discoverer and molder of exciting young talent. - Times-Picayune EDIT
Read More | Posted Jul 11, 2018
4/5 89% Whitney (2018) What McDonald ends up with is a film that serves both as tribute and as cautionary tale, and one that functions well as both. - Times-Picayune EDIT
Read More | Posted Jul 6, 2018
2/5 47% Jurassic World: Fallen Kingdom (2018) A handsome but ridiculous film built around hollow and moronic human characters who demonstrate once and for all that natural selection does not apply to Hollywood. - Times-Picayune EDIT
Read More | Posted Jun 22, 2018
5/5 98% Won't You Be My Neighbor? (2018) First off, yes, he really was like that. And he was so much more. Sigh. Where's Mr. Rogers when you need him? - Times-Picayune EDIT
Read More | Posted Jun 20, 2018
2/5 93% First Reformed (2018) While it invites viewers to ruminate over any number of big ideas, it boasts no crystallizing moment to tie all those ideas together in a satisfying way. - Times-Picayune EDIT
Read More | Posted Jun 13, 2018
1/5 49% Superfly (2018) It might have been intended to be guilty-pleasure romp. Instead, it's a shameful reinforcement of negative racial stereotypes and a gross glorification of street violence. - Times-Picayune EDIT
Read More | Posted Jun 12, 2018
3/5 89% Hereditary (2018) Yes, there's a certain familiarity to its general horror notes -- but only until those daring, shattering moments in which Hereditary erupts insanely and reveals itself as a thing all its own. - Times-Picayune EDIT
Read More | Posted Jun 8, 2018
3/5 57% Hotel Artemis (2018) Yes, it's a shameless ripoff of John Wick. But you know what? It's a pretty darn fun one, with a firm grip on what kind of movie it is: a violent, guilty-pleasure romp. - Times-Picayune EDIT
Read More | Posted Jun 6, 2018
4/5 97% The Rider (2018) It's a small movie about a small-time rodeo rider. But emotionally, it stands taller than any blockbuster about spandex-wearing superheroes or wisecracking space smugglers. - Times-Picayune EDIT
Read More | Posted May 23, 2018
5/5 86% Tully (2018) It is brutally, hilariously honest about motherhood -- which will make it an important film for the many women who see it and think with relief, "My god, it's not just me." - Times-Picayune EDIT
Read More | Posted May 1, 2018
3/5 94% Loveless (Nelyubov) (2018) An unapologetic lamentation, not just over the state of its leading characters' lives but also -- like Leviathan -- over the state of life today in Vladimir Putin's deeply apathetic Russia. - Times-Picayune EDIT
Read More | Posted Apr 18, 2018