A. O. Scott Quotes

Anthony Oliver Scott (born July 10, 1966) is an American journalist and film critic. Along with Manohla Dargis, he serves as chief film critic for The New York Times

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Tiny as a sparrow, fierce as an eagle, Lisbeth Salander is one of the great Scandinavian avengers of our time, an angry bird catapulting into the fortresses of power and wiping smiles off the faces of smug, predatory pigs.

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Not just a timely movie, a great one...Timbuktu feels at once timely and permanent, immediate and essential.

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Subtle, funny and touching, with a striking downbeat authenticity. Director Craig Zobel is the real thing.

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Pearl Harbor is strenuously respectful of contemporary sensitivities, sometimes at the cost of accuracy.

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A piercing satire, a poignant family drama and an investigation of the competing claims of honesty, loyalty, ambition and love.

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We have reached a strange new place in marketing when tweets become full-page print ads,

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Campaign may invite a certain skepticism about democracy, but it will surely restore your faith in cinema verite.

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The musical performances do more than enrich the movie; they complete it.

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War of the Worlds is rated PG-13. Much of the earth's population is wiped out, leaving very little time for sex or bad language.

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My fellow critics and I may occasionally fault a movie for departing, in detail or in spirit, from its literary source, but the grousing of a few adult pedants is nothing compared to the wrath of several million bookish 10-year-olds. Their presumed demands, and the hovering spirit of Harry's creator, J. K. Rowling, inhibit this movie as it did the first Potter film.

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I can't decide if this movie is so spectacularly, breathtakingly dumb as to induce stupidity in anyone who watches, or so brutally brilliant that it disarms all reason. What's the difference?

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Those reliable axioms about the taste and expectations of the mass movie audience are not so much laws of nature as artifacts of corporate strategy. And the lessons derived from them conveniently serve to strengthen a status quo that increasingly marginalizes risk, originality and intelligence.

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ADMIRABLY BOLD. There's something grand about the film's sincerity and the intensity of its emotions and something fresh and bold about the way director Gray uses the conventions of romantic melodrama.

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STORIES WE TELL is one of the boldest and most exciting films Iâ??ve seen in the last six months, and the kind of experience that has the power to alter your perception of the world.

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AN ABSOLUTELY VITAL FILM. Exacting, enraging and revelatory. A clear, temperate and devastating account of high level arrogance and incompetence.

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