Scout Tafoya

Scout Tafoya
Scout Tafoya's reviews only count toward the Tomatometer® when published at the following Tomatometer-approved publication(s): Film Comment Magazine Slant Magazine RogerEbert.com Consequence of Sound Brooklyn Magazine MUBI The Spool

Movie Reviews Only

T-Meter Title | Year
B+ 88% THE GODFATHER, Coda: The Death of Michael Corleone (2020) It's tighter, leaner, and, especially now that the movie is implicitly about looking back on past mistakes, has that glow about it of an ugly but beautiful past. - Consequence of Sound EDIT
Read More | Posted Dec 4, 2020
F 14% Stardust (2020) For the love of god, If you love your artists, I beg of you, just listen to their albums. Don't do this to them. You'd be better off drawing caricatures of them and selling them on the boardwalk. That interaction is over in 10 seconds. - Consequence of Sound EDIT
Read More | Posted Nov 25, 2020
3.5/4 86% On The Rocks (2020) I don't usually come to Coppola for tidiness, for adorable antics, for a quick look inside the guts of the American cinema and its place on the world stage, but On the Rocks is all that and more. - RogerEbert.com EDIT
Read More | Posted Sep 24, 2020
B 77% 12 Hour Shift (2020) This strange and anxious mixture of the Working Women comedies of yesteryear with the cramped hospital horror shows of our Saturday night sleepovers is always compelling, always nerve-wracking, mostly funny, and agreeably gross. - Consequence of Sound EDIT
Read More | Posted Aug 22, 2020
59% Tesla (2020) Almereyda's script is perhaps his best, but even so it barely keeps up with his stunning visual language. - The Spool EDIT
Read More | Posted Aug 20, 2020
B+ No Score Yet Eric Andre: Legalize Everything (2020) Legalize Everything isn't the complete success the best of Eric Andre's work is, but as a first look at what he can do to this format, it's a breath-taking experiment, and more often than not, painfully hilarious. - Consequence of Sound EDIT
Read More | Posted Jun 23, 2020
A- 40% Capone (2020) Josh Trank's had to suffer a lot to get to make his art, and Capone is one of the most bravely singular and uncommon films you'll see this year. - Consequence of Sound EDIT
Read More | Posted May 13, 2020
A- 90% Blood Quantum (2020) Blood Quantum marks an important step for native filmmaking: It's a successful and frequently fun horror movie, but also a thought-provoking missive that turns old paradigms about whites and native relations on their head. - Consequence of Sound EDIT
Read More | Posted Apr 28, 2020
C+ 29% Bloodshot (2020) Bloodshot accidentally calls out the hollowness of every superhero movie by trying to beat them at their own game. It admits Vin Diesel is a tool to be deployed in very specific circumstances and it comes so close to self-awareness, but drops the ball. - Consequence of Sound EDIT
Read More | Posted Mar 13, 2020
A- 21% The Jesus Rolls (2020) The Jesus Rolls feels special, like a kind of prized trinket, a sun-dappled sexual fantasia, chased by the specter of death in pursuit of a life of leisure. It's a touching and singular work, a louche fantasy. - Consequence of Sound EDIT
Read More | Posted Feb 26, 2020
F 63% Sonic the Hedgehog (2020) Sonic The Hedgehog can pretend it's in good fun to run amok with branded content, but it isn't fooling anyone. This wasn't a movie, it was a boardroom meeting with some poor hapless dreamer strapped to the "directed by" credit... - Consequence of Sound EDIT
Read More | Posted Feb 14, 2020
71% Dead Man (1995) Not even the horror Westerns of the '70s and '80s approached the eeriness of Jarmusch's boldly elemental Western landscape. - The Spool EDIT
Read More | Posted Jan 18, 2020
91% High Flying Bird (2019) High Flying Bird is [Soderbergh's] anarchist's cookbook for besting capitalist systems and getting narratives out into the light that they would keep in darkness. - The Spool EDIT
Read More | Posted Jan 17, 2020
3.5/4 87% Ip Man 4: The Finale (2019) Yen's Ip Man will be sorely missed if this is indeed his last match, but at least he walked into the sunset on an exuberant and heartfelt note. - RogerEbert.com EDIT
Read More | Posted Dec 25, 2019
4/4 90% Chinese Portrait (2019) Wang Xiaoshuai's latest movie works so splendidly on its own self-contained and easily divined terms you could watch it without knowing anything about the Shanghai-born director and still walk out stunned. - RogerEbert.com EDIT
Read More | Posted Dec 13, 2019
B- 71% The King (2019) The King is perfectly alright if you're looking for a large-scale epic with dozens of extras and fine performances, it just can't help but be Not Chimes At Midnight. - Consequence of Sound EDIT
Read More | Posted Oct 16, 2019
D 26% Rambo: Last Blood (2019) Rambo was always a product of Republican policy, and his sore loser, crybaby, murder fantasy is a daringly accurate reflection of the state of the Republican Party circa 2019. - Consequence of Sound EDIT
Read More | Posted Sep 21, 2019
D+ 23% Zeroville (2019) James Franco taking potshots at Jesus Franco is about as unearned a jab as you'll find outside of the Razzie Awards. - Consequence of Sound EDIT
Read More | Posted Sep 20, 2019
3/4 88% Ready or Not (2019) The film is charismatic and thrilling enough to bypass its shortcomings. - RogerEbert.com EDIT
Read More | Posted Aug 20, 2019
3.5/4 93% Coincoin and the Extra-Humans (Coincoin et les Z'inhumains) (2018) Dumont's comedies are a gift we were never promised and now they're something we should never have to live without. - RogerEbert.com EDIT
Read More | Posted Jul 19, 2019
59% Charlie Says (2019) Charlie Says does what Harron always does best: finds the three dimensions of women called "unstable" by the men around them. - MUBI EDIT
Read More | Posted May 10, 2019
95% Roma (2018) Roma is a colossal mistake, a series of miscalculations born of unchecked hubris and hideous classism, the kind of film that drags the rest of its director's body of work down with it. - Los Angeles Review of Books EDIT
Read More | Posted Jan 10, 2019
4/4 99% They Shall Not Grow Old (2019) Once again, [Jackson] has translated something that's growing ancient into a series of images and ideas a modern audience will be able to grasp. And if we can make sense of the image, we can hopefully make sense of the horror it portends. - RogerEbert.com EDIT
Read More | Posted Dec 14, 2018
93% Bisbee '17 (2018) There may never be justice for the victims of American trauma, but Greene has told one story no viewer could ever forget. - MUBI EDIT
Read More | Posted Sep 10, 2018
4.5/5 89% You Were Never Really Here (2018) [Lynne] Ramsay's abstractions take their most productively aggressive and abrasive form here, throwing Joe's agonies at us like grenades. - MUBI EDIT
Read More | Posted Apr 6, 2018
4.5/5 61% The Young Karl Marx (Le jeune Karl Marx) (2018) The film rejects commodity fetishism at every turn but it abounds with sumptuousness all the same. - MUBI EDIT
Read More | Posted Feb 23, 2018
3/5 56% The Commuter (2018) Trains, planes, and automobiles are crashed. Guns are fired. Liam Neeson shouts and scowls. But where the director comes alive is in the choreography of a camera, of the calculus problems presented by his scripts. - MUBI EDIT
Read More | Posted Jan 25, 2018
1.5/4 88% David Bowie: The Last Five Years (2017) Despite testimony from many of his closest friends and collaborators, The Last Five Years doesn't so much draw a picture of David Bowie as trace his outline. - RogerEbert.com EDIT
Read More | Posted Jan 8, 2018
4/5 43% A Cure For Wellness (2017) A puzzle picture, a conspiracy thriller, a kind of baroque classical nightmare, A Cure For Wellness is too sturdy, busy and sure of itself to be much of a horror film. Nor does it mean to be. - MUBI EDIT
Read More | Posted Dec 19, 2017
2.5/5 88% Blade Runner 2049 (2017) It seems designed to watch itself even if no one showed up, like a rotating hall of mirrors. The film doesn't need us. - MUBI EDIT
Read More | Posted Dec 19, 2017
3/4 86% My Friend Dahmer (2017) Meyers recreates Dahmer's world so wholly that you don't leave with questions even if the big one remains purposely unanswered. - RogerEbert.com EDIT
Read More | Posted Nov 3, 2017
86% Let the Sunshine In (Un beau soleil intérieur) (2018) It had never occurred to me that watching Juliette Binoche turn men down for an hour and a half would be enough plot for a movie, let alone one so rich, hilarious and sensual. - RogerEbert.com EDIT
Read More | Posted Oct 16, 2017
50% Ismael's Ghosts (Les fantômes d'Ismaël) (2018) Flush with stylistic elegance and brio. - RogerEbert.com EDIT
Read More | Posted Oct 16, 2017
59% Caniba (2018) Caniba is no Leviathan, but there is something undeniably fascinating at work. - RogerEbert.com EDIT
Read More | Posted Oct 16, 2017
80% Before We Vanish (Sanpo suru shinryakusha) (2018) Yes, it's the peculiarly heartwarming tale of a man who becomes a better partner thanks to an alien invasion, but it also has an enormous body count and a dimly optimistic view of humanity. Still, you won't see anything else quite like it this year. - RogerEbert.com EDIT
Read More | Posted Oct 12, 2017
94% The Rape Of Recy Taylor (2017) Everything about The Rape of Recy Taylor aims to stay with you, to present the ugly history as something that cannot be scrubbed from the chambers of our memory. - RogerEbert.com EDIT
Read More | Posted Oct 12, 2017
0/4 23% Birth of the Dragon (2017) How, this far into the 21st century, does a film like this get made? One that shunts Bruce Lee to the status of secondary character in a lazy and boringly familiar star-crossed romance? - RogerEbert.com EDIT
Read More | Posted Aug 25, 2017
2.5/4 79% An Inconvenient Sequel: Truth To Power (2017) The best An Inconvenient Sequel can offer is the formidable image of Gore, nearly 70, refusing to stand down. It's inspiring, but even the filmmakers have to know it's not enough. - RogerEbert.com EDIT
Read More | Posted Jul 28, 2017
3/4 80% The Woman Who Left (Ang babaeng humayo) (2017) That a film this busy can find such focus in its closing moments says that whatever Diaz's methods of inspiration and creation, he knows exactly what he's doing. - RogerEbert.com EDIT
Read More | Posted May 19, 2017
2.5/4 69% All These Sleepless Nights (2017) The nagging question is whether or not the film stands tall on aesthetic or moral grounds, divorced of its purpose as a conversation piece. - RogerEbert.com EDIT
Read More | Posted Apr 7, 2017
3/4 58% Journey to the West: The Demons Strike Back (2017) A madcap success on its own bizarre terms and an informative distillation of each auteur's sensibility. - RogerEbert.com EDIT
Read More | Posted Feb 3, 2017
4/4 100% On the Silver Globe (Na Srebrnym Globie) (1988) Even out of time, even incomplete, even now that its director is gone for good, On The Silver Globe endures and its beautiful power will never dim. - RogerEbert.com EDIT
Read More | Posted Jul 29, 2016
91% Miss Sharon Jones! (2016) Kopple spends a few minutes at a time on any given subject before changing focus. If she'd kept the camera trained on Jones, the payoff would have been titanic. - Brooklyn Magazine EDIT
Read More | Posted Jul 28, 2016
73% Ghostbusters (2016) Naturally, the problem with the movie isn't the four women ably kicking adversity in the teeth, it's the man behind the camera. - Brooklyn Magazine EDIT
Read More | Posted Jul 15, 2016
83% Captain Fantastic (2016) This horrifically precious, self-satisfied brain freeze of a movie is what most of America probably pictures a Bernie Sanders presidency looking like. - Brooklyn Magazine EDIT
Read More | Posted Jul 13, 2016
29% Outlaws and Angels (2016) This film's nastiness is a virtue. - Brooklyn Magazine EDIT
Read More | Posted Jul 13, 2016
4/4 81% Cosmos (2016) Confined to a few locations and shaking with ecstasy, possibility and the torment of being alive, "Cosmos" is like absinthe distilled secretly in a prison cell. - RogerEbert.com EDIT
Read More | Posted Jun 17, 2016
3.5/4 88% Arabian Nights: Volume 3, the Enchanted One (As Mil e Uma Noites: Volume 3, O Encantado) (2015) Gomes plays with the traditions of the past and the tangible facts of the presents, hoping for a brighter future for his homeland. - RogerEbert.com EDIT
Read More | Posted Dec 18, 2015
3.5/4 100% Arabian Nights: Volume 2 - The Desolate One (As Mil e Uma Noites: Volume 2, O Desolado) (2015) The melancholy that falls over this chapter is hard to shake but its tempered slightly by the love Gomes has for his characters, bad habits, ingrained sadness and all. - RogerEbert.com EDIT
Read More | Posted Dec 11, 2015
3/4 97% Arabian Nights: Volume 1 - The Restless One (As Mil e Uma Noites: Volume 1, O Inquieto) (2015) Each of these stories slowly unfurls its metaphoric underpinning and meaning in modern Portuguese politics just in time for the next fable to begin. - RogerEbert.com EDIT
Read More | Posted Dec 4, 2015