A.O. Scott

A.O. Scott
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T-Meter Title | Year
79% Loro (2019) The film regards Berlusconi's sexual appetite with tender indulgence. Which is also how it treats his scheming and double-dealing. - New York Times EDIT
Read More | Posted Sep 19, 2019
75% Where's My Roy Cohn? (2019) There is no doubt that he was a fascinating and important character, but "Where's My Roy Cohn?" is most interesting for the questions it doesn't explicitly ask. - New York Times EDIT
Read More | Posted Sep 19, 2019
25% The Goldfinch (2019) It looks and sounds like a movie without quite being one. - New York Times EDIT
Read More | Posted Sep 11, 2019
88% Hustlers (2019) The movie seems to view any examination of its characters' motives, their working conditions or the consequences of their actions as a kind of betrayal. - New York Times EDIT
Read More | Posted Sep 11, 2019
89% Linda Ronstadt: The Sound of My Voice (2019) She shows herself to be one of its indispensable interpreters, as a vocalist and also as a thinker - covering a sprawling landscape with elegance, passion and insight. - New York Times EDIT
Read More | Posted Sep 5, 2019
63% It Chapter Two (2019) This 2-hour-49-minute movie drags more than it jumps, wearing out its premise and possibly also your patience as it lumbers toward the final showdown. - New York Times EDIT
Read More | Posted Sep 3, 2019
93% The Flower (La flor) (2019) Centuries from now, you could imagine a collector digging it out of obscurity, dusting it off and setting out to solve its puzzles. - New York Times EDIT
Read More | Posted Aug 1, 2019
90% Tel Aviv on Fire (2019) [A] sharp-eyed, good-natured film... - New York Times EDIT
Read More | Posted Aug 1, 2019
86% The Nightingale (2019) The punishment is the point. This is a difficult movie because the questions it raises are not easy. - New York Times EDIT
Read More | Posted Aug 1, 2019
99% Honeyland (2019) Stefanov and Kotevska have done more than record the rhythms and textures of rural life. They have shaped their observations... into a luminous neorealist fable, a sad and stirring tale of struggle, persistence and change. - New York Times EDIT
Read More | Posted Jul 25, 2019
85% Once Upon a Time In Hollywood (2019) There is a lot of love in "Once Upon a Time ... in Hollywood," and quite a bit to enjoy. - New York Times EDIT
Read More | Posted Jul 24, 2019
95% I Do Not Care If We Go Down in History as Barbarians (Îmi este indiferent daca în istorie vom intra ca barbari) (2019) Until its devastating final scenes, the way "I Do Not Care" makes its points is discursive rather than dramatic. - New York Times EDIT
Read More | Posted Jul 18, 2019
92% David Crosby: Remember My Name (2019) Fans will enjoy the backstage access, the home movies, the snapshots and the reminiscences, but the movie keeps you at a distance, while implying that it may be just as well not to get too close. - New York Times EDIT
Read More | Posted Jul 17, 2019
83% The Art of Self-Defense (2019) "The Art of Self-Defense" is like the kid who withdrew from the introductory gender studies class before the midterm to pursue his own theories. And good luck with that. - New York Times EDIT
Read More | Posted Jul 11, 2019
99% The Farewell (2019) Wang turns her frustration and bewilderment into a gentle exploration of the cultural differences and generational schisms that have, over the years, opened up within Nai Nai's extended family. - New York Times EDIT
Read More | Posted Jul 11, 2019
53% The Lion King (2019) The closer the movie gets to nature in its look, the more blatant, intrusive and purposeless its artifice seems. - New York Times EDIT
Read More | Posted Jul 11, 2019
90% Spider-Man: Far From Home (2019) I stan a pipsqueak. - New York Times EDIT
Read More | Posted Jun 27, 2019
63% Yesterday (2019) It's appealing and accessible in a way that the Beatles never really were. If it took itself - and them - a bit more seriously, it would be a lot more fun. But it wasn't made to last. - New York Times EDIT
Read More | Posted Jun 26, 2019
100% The Chambermaid (La camarista) (2019) After you've seen it, the world looks different. - New York Times EDIT
Read More | Posted Jun 25, 2019
97% Toni Morrison: The Pieces I Am (2019) "The Pieces I Am" offers something else, as a dividend yielded by her achievements and her years on the earth: the profound pleasure of her company. - New York Times EDIT
Read More | Posted Jun 19, 2019
96% The Edge of Democracy (2019) It's a chronicle of civic betrayal and the abuse of power, and also of heartbreak. - New York Times EDIT
Read More | Posted Jun 18, 2019
55% The Dead Don't Die (2019) This is an end-of-the-world party with an appealing guest list and inviting, eccentric décor. - New York Times EDIT
Read More | Posted Jun 13, 2019
32% Shaft (2019) Whether you take this iteration of the character as an affectionate throwback or a cringe-worthy anachronism, it's hard to watch "Shaft" without feeling a little wistful. - New York Times EDIT
Read More | Posted Jun 13, 2019
89% The Raft (2019) The picture that emerges decades later is of a moody, manipulative Svengali, blinded by his ego to what was really happening on the raft. - New York Times EDIT
Read More | Posted Jun 6, 2019
80% Late Night (2019) Rather than scourging the complacency and hypocrisy of television, it subjects the medium to a vigorous exfoliating scrub in the name of feminism and inclusiveness. - New York Times EDIT
Read More | Posted Jun 5, 2019
98% Too Late to Die Young (Tarde para morir joven) (2019) Sotomayor approaches her characters and their problems with subtlety and tact, and is more interested in reading their glances and gestures than in putting words in their mouths. - New York Times EDIT
Read More | Posted May 30, 2019
54% Ma (2019) The movie ties itself up in knots as it tries to be provocative without giving offense, and offering more complacency and comfort than terror. - New York Times EDIT
Read More | Posted May 29, 2019
89% Rocketman (2019) The point of "Rocketman" isn't self-aggrandizement. It's fan service of an especially and characteristically generous kind. - New York Times EDIT
Read More | Posted May 28, 2019
57% Brightburn (2019) What makes "Brightburn" a little better than average is the time it spends observing Brandon with Tori and Kyle, his loving, increasingly alarmed mom and dad, who are played with excellent game faces by Elizabeth Banks and David Denman. - New York Times EDIT
Read More | Posted May 23, 2019
97% Booksmart (2019) "Booksmart" is sharp but not mean, warm without feeling too soft or timid. - New York Times EDIT
Read More | Posted May 23, 2019
57% Aladdin (2019) The movie itself, while not entirely terrible - a lot of craft has been purchased, and even a little art - is pointless in a particularly aggressive way. - New York Times EDIT
Read More | Posted May 22, 2019
89% The Souvenir (2019) "The Souvenir" feels like a whispered confidence, an intimate disclosure that shouldn't be betrayed because it isn't really yours. - New York Times EDIT
Read More | Posted May 16, 2019
100% The Wandering Soap Opera (La Telenovela Errante) (2019) It was clearly made with slender financial means and abundant enthusiasm, and it functions simultaneously as a critique of the self-serious idiocy of authority and a celebration of the anarchic power of imagination. - New York Times EDIT
Read More | Posted May 15, 2019
51% The Sun Is Also a Star (2019) They are so appealing - I mean, his last name is Bae, and she never makes a joke about it - that you will totally believe that he is a budding poet and that her thing is astronomy. - New York Times EDIT
Read More | Posted May 15, 2019
89% The Third Wife (2019) The movie is... trapped in the same claustrophobia it depicts, unsure of how much it can or wants to get away with. - New York Times EDIT
Read More | Posted May 14, 2019
14% The Hustle (2019) Comedy is in a weird place right now, and "The Hustle" deserves some credit for fulfilling its own modest, escapist ambitions. - New York Times EDIT
Read More | Posted May 9, 2019
79% Pasolini (2019) As exquisitely detailed and historically accurate as many of its scenes are, "Pasolini" is less concerned with the realistic reconstruction of the past than with communicating a mood in the present. - New York Times EDIT
Read More | Posted May 9, 2019
31% The Intruder (2019) There isn't a lot going on here. - New York Times EDIT
Read More | Posted May 2, 2019
89% Non-Fiction (Doubles vies) (2019) Either this is a comedy of adultery disguised as a meditation on the future of civilization, or the reverse. It's pretty good fun either way... - New York Times EDIT
Read More | Posted May 1, 2019
96% Be Natural: The Untold Story of Alice Guy-Blaché (2019) By the end of "Be Natural," you won't only have a clear idea of who this remarkable woman was; you may well have acquired a new taste in old movies. - New York Times EDIT
Read More | Posted Apr 25, 2019
94% Avengers: Endgame (2019) At its best - and "Endgame" is in some ways as good as it gets - the "Avengers" cosmos has been an expansive and inclusive place. - New York Times EDIT
Read More | Posted Apr 23, 2019
62% The Man Who Killed Don Quixote (2019) The story doesn't follow Cervantes in every detail, but there is no mistaking Gilliam's deep appreciation of the book. "The Man Who Killed Don Quixote" works best as an exuberant, not always disciplined work of critical appropriation. - New York Times EDIT
Read More | Posted Apr 18, 2019
58% Under the Silver Lake (2019) "Under the Silver Lake" is less a cinematic folly than a category mistake, taking the sterility of its own imaginative conceits for a metaphysical condition. - New York Times EDIT
Read More | Posted Apr 17, 2019
95% Custody (Jusqu'à la garde) (2018) Mr. Legrand is skilled in the techniques of dread and suspense, and without sensationalizing or cheapening the story, he gives this closely observed drama the tension and urgency of a thriller. - New York Times EDIT
Read More | Posted Apr 17, 2019
47% Little (2019) If the story is a mess, the performers... save the day and the protect the investment. - New York Times EDIT
Read More | Posted Apr 10, 2019
83% Her Smell (2019) Moss varies the volume and the tempo of her performance, calling forth cascades of profane invention and rills of whispery poetry, but she always stays in the same key, the key of Becky. - New York Times EDIT
Read More | Posted Apr 10, 2019
65% Peterloo (2019) [A] brilliant and demanding film... - New York Times EDIT
Read More | Posted Apr 4, 2019
53% The Best of Enemies (2019) The political moral of the movie is that change happens when the oppressed are nice to their oppressors. - New York Times EDIT
Read More | Posted Apr 3, 2019
84% The Brink (2019) "The Brink" is movie that people who hate Bannon may embrace - they are surely the intended audience - but that doesn't mean Bannon himself will hate it. It both exposes and flatters his vanity. - New York Times EDIT
Read More | Posted Mar 28, 2019
56% The Beach Bum (2019) What "The Beach Bum" celebrates as transgression is pure tedium. What it takes for divine lunacy is frat house doggerel. - New York Times EDIT
Read More | Posted Mar 27, 2019