Mike Scott

Mike Scott
Tomatometer-approved critic
Publications: Times-Picayune

Movie Reviews Only

T-Meter Title | Year
3/4 72% Flora & Ulysses (2021) Built in the mode of "Alexander's ... Very Bad Day," it's sweet, it's silly, it's wholesome and it boasts just the right amount of comforting predictability. - Times-Picayune EDIT
Read More | Posted Mar 16, 2021
3/4 95% Soul (2020) The film's multilayered charms - a Pixar hallmark - seamlessly blend heart and humor in a package that parents will be able to enjoy alongside their kids. - Times-Picayune EDIT
Read More | Posted Mar 16, 2021
3.5/4 98% One Night in Miami (2020) A whip-smart, well-appointed period drama built around a terrific cast, crackling dialogue and an undeniably inspired premise. - Times-Picayune EDIT
Read More | Posted Mar 16, 2021
1.5/4 53% The United States vs. Billie Holiday (2021) Andra Day is mesmerizing in the lead role. Unfortunately, the rest of the movie around her is as inelegant as it is unfocused, a soapy, cheaply produced melodrama. - Times-Picayune EDIT
Read More | Posted Mar 16, 2021
2.5/4 94% Raya and the Last Dragon (2021) It's pure formula, but on the whole, it's a reasonably diverting family-friendly showcase for Disney's characteristic blend of humor, heart and artistry. - Times-Picayune EDIT
Read More | Posted Mar 16, 2021
1.5/4 49% Coming 2 America (2021) Limp and entirely unambitious, it's a paint-by-numbers exercise that is content simply to go through the motions, existing as little more than nostalgia for nostalgia's sake. - Times-Picayune EDIT
Read More | Posted Mar 16, 2021
3/4 37% Cherry (2021) Holland the heart and soul of the Russos' film, and even at just 24 years old, he shows he's got the chops to hoist the whole shebang onto his shoulders and carry it. - Times-Picayune EDIT
Read More | Posted Mar 16, 2021
3/4 96% Judas and the Black Messiah (2021) Shaka King's film boasts an undeniably provocative title - "messiah," after all, is a word with weight - but it's also a provocative film, and in a good way. - Times-Picayune EDIT
Read More | Posted Feb 16, 2021
3.5/4 94% Nomadland (2021) if there's a project out there that most appropriately captures the mood of 2020, it's Nomadland, a profound and elegiac meditation on loss - and on the process of moving on. - Times-Picayune EDIT
Read More | Posted Feb 16, 2021
2.5/4 74% Palmer (2021) It's a tiny film, but it's got a big heart, and that helps make it a pleasant and uplifting diversion at a time when many of us could use one. - Times-Picayune EDIT
Read More | Posted Feb 2, 2021
3/4 83% Mank (2020) Fincher's film is snobbishly devoid of historical context, lending it an ivory tower feel. Luckily, the superb acting and craftsmanship save it from spinning out of control. - Times-Picayune EDIT
Read More | Posted Dec 15, 2020
3.5/4 98% Ma Rainey's Black Bottom (2020) While it can't quite shake the staginess of its source material, the tour de force performances from Chadwick Boseman and Viola Davis elevate it to rare air. - Times-Picayune EDIT
Read More | Posted Dec 15, 2020
3.5/4 99% MLK/FBI (2021) Like any good history documentary, it adds a fascinating new layer of context - and a sobering new complexion - to a chapter of history most of us only thought we knew. - Times-Picayune EDIT
Read More | Posted Dec 1, 2020
3/4 No Score Yet A Crime on the Bayou (2020) A topical and gripping look at race in mid-century New Orleans. Rarely have New Orleanians looked so ugly, but given current events, rarely has a film felt so essential. - Times-Picayune EDIT
Read More | Posted Dec 1, 2020
2.5/4 45% Fatman (2020) A satisfyingly twisted yuletide revenge thriller, laced with equal parts Christmas cheer and bloody violence, that giddily turns any number of holiday tropes on their head. - Times-Picayune EDIT
Read More | Posted Dec 1, 2020
4/4 98% Time (2020) Technically, it's a documentary, but it unfolds with the momentum of a narrative feature, which speaks volumes about Bradley's skills as a storyteller. - Times-Picayune EDIT
Read More | Posted Oct 14, 2020
2.5/4 72% Black Box (2020) It's built around the sort of far-fetched Hollywood science that might make some viewers tune out, but the captivating final 30 minutes make up for any stumbles. - Times-Picayune EDIT
Read More | Posted Oct 14, 2020
3/4 91% Enola Holmes (2020) A handsomely shot, well-appointed film that, while lacking nuance, is still one of the most imaginative and stylish incarnations of the Holmes legend we've seen in some time. - Times-Picayune EDIT
Read More | Posted Oct 14, 2020
2.5/4 61% Project Power (2020) It's got enough imagination, originality and action-fueled fun to trigger pangs of longing in moviegoers who miss the communal thrill of movie theaters. - Times-Picayune EDIT
Read More | Posted Aug 15, 2020
3.5/4 93% Bloody Nose, Empty Pockets (2020) As with the Ross brothers' previous work, it hovers somewhere between drama and documentary, form-wise. Also like their previous work, it's a triumph. - Times-Picayune EDIT
Read More | Posted Jul 24, 2020
3/4 79% Greyhound (2020) With precious little character development, it almost feels like it's actually only part of a larger film. Fortunately, it's the best part. - Times-Picayune EDIT
Read More | Posted Jul 12, 2020
1/4 40% Capone (2020) It's no more insightful than Geraldo Rivera's 1986 opening of "Al Capone's Vault" on live TV: It's built on promise, but in the end, there's nothing to see here. - Times-Picayune EDIT
Read More | Posted Jun 3, 2020
2/4 65% The Lovebirds (2020) Nanjiani and Rae are the undisputed MVP's of this film, with their charm and humor rescuing it from utter mediocrity. - Times-Picayune EDIT
Read More | Posted May 26, 2020
3/4 94% Moonstruck (1987) Hinging on the lead performance of Cher - who won one of the three Oscars awarded to the film - it benefits from its very specific New York setting, its consistent sense of humor and its deep sense of romantic realism. - Times-Picayune EDIT
Read More | Posted Mar 30, 2020
4/4 99% Apollo 11 (2019) Built entirely of eye-popping archival footage, it faithfully recreates the 1969 moonshot and successfully recaptures the awe of it all. - Times-Picayune EDIT
Read More | Posted Mar 30, 2020
2/4 79% The Banker (2020) Banking isn't exactly the sort of subject matter that makes people's ears perk up. Despite its assets, The Banker doesn't do anything to change that. - Times-Picayune EDIT
Read More | Posted Mar 30, 2020
2/4 65% Jay & Silent Bob Reboot (2019) It's got its irreverent laughs, but it's also slightly embarrassing, the sort of lazily written exercise in self-worship only a fan could truly love. - Times-Picayune EDIT
Read More | Posted Mar 30, 2020
3/4 38% Wendy (2020) Blending artistry, emotion and adventure, Zeitlin and company conjure an irresistible wondrousness that, with just enough narrative freshness, feels like its own unique thing. - Times-Picayune EDIT
Read More | Posted Mar 6, 2020
3/4 100% Eat, Brains, Love (2019) Playing like an anti-Twilight, this low-budget teen zombie rom-com is irreverent, goofy and gleefully gross. But it's also endearing in its own surprisingly sweet way. - Times-Picayune EDIT
Read More | Posted Feb 12, 2020
4/4 100% Cane River (2020) Cane River isn't just a film. It's a cultural treasure - and, given its unlikely, nearly 40-year journey to the screen - a minor miracle. - Times-Picayune EDIT
Read More | Posted Feb 5, 2020
4/4 89% 1917 (2020) The tension is only accentuated by the single-shot conceit, thrusting viewers into the fight - and doing for World War I what Saving Private Ryan did for D-Day. - Times-Picayune EDIT
Read More | Posted Jan 8, 2020
3/4 89% Jezebel (2019) A simple story about the women behind the sex-trade industry - women who are often scared, often desperate, but, although often lost amid our tut-tutting, still human beings. - Times-Picayune EDIT
Read More | Posted Jan 3, 2020
4/4 94% Marriage Story (2019) Built around award-worthy performances from Adam Driver, Scarlett Johansson and a crackerjack supporting cast, it's among Baumbach's most enjoyable films to date. - Times-Picayune EDIT
Read More | Posted Dec 10, 2019
3/4 73% Harriet (2019) This isn't some storybook, timeworn Tubman. This is a portrait of the woman as a real-life action hero - the gun-wielding, butt-kicking sort. - Times-Picayune EDIT
Read More | Posted Dec 8, 2019
3/4 96% Pain and Glory (Dolor y gloria) (2019) It's laden with Almodóvar's typical penchant for soapy melodrama, but it remains grounded thanks largely to the finely tuned work of lead actor Antonio Banderas. - Times-Picayune EDIT
Read More | Posted Dec 8, 2019
4/4 92% Ford v Ferrari (2019) Between its action sequences, its period flourishes, its use of music and its finely tuned sense of humor, it is - from green to checkers - one of the most highly entertaining Oscar hopefuls you're bound to see this year. - Times-Picayune EDIT
Read More | Posted Dec 8, 2019
3/4 83% Queen & Slim (2019) Both smart and entertaining, it expertly balances elements of drama, romance and well-timed humor, while folding in satisfying nuggets of philosophy and existential musings. - Times-Picayune EDIT
Read More | Posted Dec 8, 2019
4/4 84% Waves (2019) It's the kind of movie that will break your heart, and then break it again, but only after it wins you over for its display of sheer artistry and earnestness. - Times-Picayune EDIT
Read More | Posted Dec 8, 2019
3/4 No Score Yet The True Don Quixote (2019) A deftly directed, emotionally resonant update of Cervantes' tale. Most importantly, it never loses grip of the comedy and humanity that makes it all so magical to begin with. - Times-Picayune EDIT
Read More | Posted Oct 22, 2019
4/4 92% Burning Cane (2019) A vision this distinctive would be impressive coming from a filmmaker of any age. That Youmans was 17 upon shooting it makes it that much more extraordinary. - Times-Picayune EDIT
Read More | Posted Oct 22, 2019
3/4 81% Memory: The Origins of Alien (2019) Much more than some filler doc destined to be a bonus feature on a future home-video release, it digs satisfyingly deeply into the film's genesis and its lasting impact on us. - Times-Picayune EDIT
Read More | Posted Oct 3, 2019
4/4 86% Aquarela (2019) A display of singular cinematography, with long, entrancing shots that lend it a mesmerizing quality - and help make it one of the most beautifully shot films of the year. - Times-Picayune EDIT
Read More | Posted Oct 3, 2019
3/4 93% David Crosby: Remember My Name (2019) The secret sauce here is Crosby himself, who is at turns cantankerous and charismatic, surly and sentimental -- but always willing to answer even the most personal questions. - Times-Picayune EDIT
Read More | Posted Sep 3, 2019
3/4 59% Them That Follow (2019) It's a film that slithers forward slowly, but those who stick with it will be rewarded, thanks largely to a raft of strong performances and a powerful third act. - Times-Picayune EDIT
Read More | Posted Aug 28, 2019
3/4 90% Luce (2019) This is not a warm movie. It is not a fun movie. It is not a comfortable movie. It is a smart, thought-provoking movie, though. That ultimately makes it a rewarding one, too. - Times-Picayune EDIT
Read More | Posted Aug 28, 2019
No Score Yet Bill Maher: But I'm Not Wrong (2010) Unfortunately, it's light on laughs, as it all feels just plain tired. - Times-Picayune EDIT
Read More | Posted Jul 31, 2019
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
2/4 44% Pirates of the Caribbean: At Worlds End (2007) But even spectacles have their limits. Eventually there has to be substance to go with all that style, and that's where "At World's End" falls short. - Times-Picayune EDIT
Read More | Posted May 30, 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