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

  • 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.

    Wrath   Years   Adults  
  • 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.

    Pigs   Eagles   Bird  
  • Every art form changes, often at rates and in ways that cause discomfort to its devotees. But the arts also have a remarkable ability to withstand and absorb those changes, and to prove wrong the prophecies of their demise.

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

    Loyalty   Honesty   Drama  
  • The silliness-much of which is clearly intentional-is blended with some genuine grandeur. The Pixar touch is evident in the precision of the visual detail and in the wit and energy of Michael Giacchino's score, but the quality control that has been exercised over this project also has a curiously undermining effect. The movie eagerly sells itself as semitrashy, almost-campy fun, but it is so lavish and fussy that you can't help thinking that it wants to be taken seriously, and therefore you laugh at, rather than with, its mock sublimity.

    Fun   Taken   Thinking  
  • The camera has an uncanny ability to capture the world as it is, to seize events as they happen, and also to conjure visions of the future. But by the time the image reaches the eyes of the viewer, it belongs to the past, taking on the status of something retrieved.

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

    History   Cost   Pearls  
  • We have reached a strange new place in marketing when tweets become full-page print ads.

    32 across @aoscott, twitter.com. January 4, 2014.
  • 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?

    "One Small Step for Man, One Giant Leap for Autobots" by A.O. Scott, www.nytimes.com. June 28, 2011.
  • 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.

    Sex   War   Leaving  
    "Another Terror Attack, but Not by Humans" by A. O. Scott, movies2.nytimes.com. June 29, 2005.
  • STARTLING & INVENTIVE...This is not a movie that lets go of you easily.

  • 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.

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

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

  • The movie, like the book before it, is an expertly built machine for the mass production of tears. Directed by Josh Boone 'Stuck in Love', with scrupulous respect for John Green's best-selling young-adult novel, the film sets out to make you weep - not just sniffle or choke up a little, but sob until your nose runs and your face turns blotchy. It succeeds.

    Running   Book   Tears  
    "Young Love, Complicated by Cancer" by A.O. Scott, www.nytimes.com. June 05, 2014.
  • Campaign may invite a certain skepticism about democracy, but it will surely restore your faith in cinema verite.

  • 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.

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

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

  • Recently, I took my son to see The Haunted Mansion, which was one of the worst things (I hesitate even to call it a movie) that I have ever seen. He thought it was better than Finding Nemo and we had a fruitless argument which I'm sure made him acutely aware of the disadvantages of having a film critic for a dad.

    Dad   Son   Film Critics  
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