Mike Scott

Mike Scott
Tomatometer-approved critic
Publications: Times-Picayune

Movie Reviews Only

T-Meter Title | Year
4/4 96% 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 74% 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 97% 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 82% 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 85% 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 90% 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 82% 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 88% 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 92% 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 60% 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 56% 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 54% 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 96% 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 93% 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 29% 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 48% 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 91% 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 70% 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 90% 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 61% 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 74% 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 80% 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 81% 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 88% 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 59% 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