Marc Savlov

Marc Savlov

Agrees with the Tomatometer 76% of the time.

Marc Savlov's reviews (from any publication) always count toward the Tomatometer because this critic is a Tomatometer-approved critic.

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Rating T-Meter Title | Year Review
2.5/5 53% Bloodsucking Bastards (2015) "While this isn't anywhere near a classic of the comedy-horror genre, it's still a well-written work of splatstick that's more downright engaging than 90% of the "serious" (i.e., mediocre) horrors that have flooded theatres of late. " ‐ Austin Chronicle
Posted Sep 3, 2015
2/5 13% Sinister 2 (2015) "Not half as terrifying as Norwegian black metal, but still one of the better found footage-gimmicked sequels in recent memory. " ‐ Austin Chronicle
Posted Aug 27, 2015
1.5/5 42% No Escape (2015) "For all its genuine thrill-ride gestalt, No Escape completely short-shrifts its Southeast Asian players. " ‐ Austin Chronicle
Posted Aug 26, 2015
3/5 97% Being Evel (2015) "Junge's ridiculously entertaining documentary includes a wealth of archival clips that still, after all these years, make you wince. " ‐ Austin Chronicle
Posted Aug 20, 2015
2/5 46% American Ultra (2015) "Not a bad trip to the movies if you can pull yourself up off of that Cheetos-encrusted couch, but also not anywhere near as subversively adept as what you'd hoped for. " ‐ Austin Chronicle
Posted Aug 20, 2015
0.5/5 9% Fantastic Four (2015) "The newest iteration of Stan Lee and Joltin' Jack Kirby's classic superheroes plays like some misguided cross between an Eighties Afterschool Special and a failed WB tween-heartthrob outing sans the emotional depth. " ‐ Austin Chronicle
Posted Aug 13, 2015
2.5/5 50% Meet Me In Montenegro (2015) "It's a story we've seen before, in countless cinematic iterations, but there's no denying that Holdridge and Saasen's hearts are in the right place. " ‐ Austin Chronicle
Posted Aug 13, 2015
3.5/5 90% Straight Outta Compton (2015) "Buoyed by a soundtrack that'll have fortysomethings cracking open 40-ounces and recalling a marginally simpler, if still chaotic, time in their lives, Straight Outta Compton's bark is just as snarly-cool as its bite. " ‐ Austin Chronicle
Posted Aug 13, 2015
3.5/5 93% The Gift (2015) "Mirroring the seeming randomness of the universe, The Gift is borderline sublime in its ability to both confound expectations and fuel nightmares. Well played on all counts, Joel Edgerton. " ‐ Austin Chronicle
Posted Aug 6, 2015
3/5 79% Cop Car (2015) "Director Watts has a background in comedy direction, and a thin, sticky stream of exceptionally dark humor flows through the otherwise gut-churning realism of Cop Car. " ‐ Austin Chronicle
Posted Aug 6, 2015
4/5 84% Alleluia (2015) "Alleluia is a grotesque masterpiece. L'amour fou, indeed. " ‐ Austin Chronicle
Posted Jul 30, 2015
4/5 97% Amy (2015) "The gut-wrenching Amy is, in the end, as much an indictment of our celebrity-obsessed (global) pop culture as it is of the perils of rampant success arriving unexpectedly fast, tires squealing and driving a hearse. " ‐ Austin Chronicle
Posted Jul 9, 2015
1.5/5 26% Terminator Genisys (2015) "Chock-full of various sorts of Terminators, thuddingly dull explosions, and one of the most downright boring helicopter chases ever created for the movies, Terminator: Genisys is a catastrophic misfire on nearly all counts. " ‐ Austin Chronicle
Posted Jul 2, 2015
2/5 46% Ted 2 (2015) "Ted 2 isn't the stony-but-quick-witted revelation that Ted was, but it's close enough to make you want to smoke a fatty and hit the theatre. " ‐ Austin Chronicle
Posted Jun 25, 2015
3.5/5 84% The Wolfpack (2015) "It's clear that there are second acts, and more, in American lives, even ones so borderline freakish as the ones presented here. " ‐ Austin Chronicle
Posted Jun 18, 2015
2.5/5 71% Jurassic World (2015) "It's all in good fun, and critic-proof to boot, but Jurassic World doesn't even come close to that most intimate and dearly coveted "Gosh, wow" sense-of-wonder that the original film mustered so easily. Roar more, bite less. " ‐ Austin Chronicle
Posted Jun 11, 2015
2/5 89% When Marnie Was There (2015) "This is, disappointingly, a long way from being a Studio Ghibli classic. " ‐ Austin Chronicle
Posted Jun 4, 2015
2.5/5 93% Spy (2015) "This is a different sort of comedy that more or less succeeds on its own terms, despite that fact that you find yourself rooting for the post-Snowden CIA. " ‐ Austin Chronicle
Posted Jun 4, 2015
0.5/5 17% The Human Centipede III (Final Sequence) (2015) "The most annoyingly in-your-face horror flick of the year thus far. " ‐ Austin Chronicle
Posted May 28, 2015
1/5 50% San Andreas (2015) "With a final line of dialogue that will reverberate across the eons as one of the worst in Hollywood history, San Andreas marks itself as a film that's so awful it's actually pretty great. " ‐ Austin Chronicle
Posted May 28, 2015
2.5/5 87% Lambert & Stamp (2015) "A rewarding and informative document of some unlikely visionaries of maximum rock & roll. " ‐ Austin Chronicle
Posted May 14, 2015
4.5/5 97% Mad Max: Fury Road (2015) "Unstoppable and righteous, it roars across the no-lane hardpan like the four-iron horseman of the kinetic apocalypse, amped up on bathtub crank and undiluted movie love. Oh, what a movie. What a lovely movie! " ‐ Austin Chronicle
Posted May 14, 2015
3.5/5 94% Monkey Kingdom (2015) "All in all, this is one of Disneynature's best in-country outings so far, so much so that you're very likely to leave the theatre feeling downright giddy and more connected to the world than before. " ‐ Austin Chronicle
Posted Apr 23, 2015
2/5 63% The Water Diviner (2015) "The film leaves you feeling as though you've watched a movie thrice its running time. Crowe, the director, knows what he wants... and what he wants, apparently, is everything. It's too much. " ‐ Austin Chronicle
Posted Apr 23, 2015
2/5 60% Unfriended (2015) "It's a very American-teen spook show, with the tired tropes of the unseen-slasher film firmly in place. " ‐ Austin Chronicle
Posted Apr 23, 2015
3.5/5 97% An Honest Liar (2015) "Mankind may be awash in more con men and faith-based swindlers than ever, but precious few are bold enough to step forward into the light of reason, even for a million bucks. Bravo, Mr. Randi. " ‐ Austin Chronicle
Posted Apr 16, 2015
69% 7 Chinese Brothers (2015) "Rarely has Schwartzman played a role that is so without affectation, nor has he embarked on a true love from this oblique an angle. Blame (i.e. praise) Byington for keeping the proceedings exceptionally honest while never stinting on the inherent comedy. " ‐ Austin Chronicle
Posted Apr 10, 2015
1/4 25% The Divide (2012) "Gens' film, while a far darker vision of the day the world ends, is more sexually sordid than satisfying. Save the humans? Why bother? " ‐ Austin Chronicle
Posted Apr 9, 2015
4/5 96% A Girl Walks Home Alone at Night (2014) "It's a spooky, moody doozy of a debut, lensed by Director of Photography Lyle Vincent in a radiant monochrome that somehow makes even the darkness sparkle. " ‐ Austin Chronicle
Posted Apr 9, 2015
3/5 38% Freetown (2015) "Cinematographer Jeremy Prusso catches some stunning imagery, Robert Allen Elliott's score is genuinely stirring, and the cast, most of whom are from Monrovia, is uniformly excellent. " ‐ Austin Chronicle
Posted Apr 9, 2015
3.5/5 92% The Hunting Ground (2015) "The Hunting Ground is, by its very nature, rough going for the viewer, but how else should it be? " ‐ Austin Chronicle
Posted Apr 2, 2015
3/5 81% Furious 7 (2015) "Although it's too long by a good 30 minutes, watching Furious 7 is about as much fun as you can legally, safely, and sanely have without crashing your own Lykan Hypersport through Abu Dhabi's famed Etihad Towers complex. " ‐ Austin Chronicle
Posted Apr 2, 2015
97% Kurt Cobain: Montage Of Heck (2015) "Morgen's doc magically captures something few rock docs convey: the heart and soul, the very essence of their subject. " ‐ Austin Chronicle
Posted Mar 27, 2015
0.5/5 29% Get Hard (2015) "The whole film is a nonstop parade of dick jokes, rape jokes, and Will Ferrell making the same goofy faces he first introduced on SNL ages ago. " ‐ Austin Chronicle
Posted Mar 26, 2015
3.5/5 96% Red Army (2015) "A moving and endlessly interesting portrait of the Soviet team and its many travails. " ‐ Austin Chronicle
Posted Mar 20, 2015
4/5 97% '71 (2015) "A perfectly paranoiac score by David Holmes and downright stunning camerawork, courtesy of cinematographer Tat Radcliffe, enhance and embody Hook's manic flight. " ‐ Austin Chronicle
Posted Mar 12, 2015
2/5 62% The Second Best Exotic Marigold Hotel (2015) "Compared to the adventurously life-affirming and death-acknowledging honesty of its heartfelt predecessor, this film literally comes in second in every regard. " ‐ Austin Chronicle
Posted Mar 5, 2015
4/5 99% Leviathan (2014) "The Russian Federation's 2015 Academy Award entry in the Best Foreign Language Film category (it lost to Poland's Ida) lives up to its title and then some. " ‐ Austin Chronicle
Posted Feb 26, 2015
3.5/5 96% What We Do In The Shadows (2015) "While it's hardly a genre mile-, er, tombstone, What We Do in the Shadows is cleverly executed throughout and occasionally inspired in its affectionate silliness. " ‐ Austin Chronicle
Posted Feb 26, 2015
3/5 79% McFarland USA (2015) "McFarland, USA may be chock-full of inspirational sports-film cliches, but through sheer force of will (and a fine turn from Costner), it makes it to the finish line with wit and wisdom intact. " ‐ Austin Chronicle
Posted Feb 19, 2015
2/5 12% Seventh Son (2015) "The twisty, everything-and-the-kitchen-witch narrative is, by turns, exciting and deadly dull. " ‐ Austin Chronicle
Posted Feb 12, 2015
3.5/5 93% The Duke Of Burgundy (2015) "As an homage, it's visually and thematically gratifying, and on its own merits it's scarily effective as well. " ‐ Austin Chronicle
Posted Feb 5, 2015
1.5/5 25% Jupiter Ascending (2015) "Channing's vulpine hero pales in comparison to a certain Tatooine farm boy, and even though Jupiter Jones ends up looking strikingly Queen Amidala-ish, this isn't even on par with the universally loathed The Phantom Menace. " ‐ Austin Chronicle
Posted Feb 5, 2015
2/5 82% Black Sea (2015) "You walk away from the film with the niggling sense that the story never quite holds your attention the way it should. " ‐ Austin Chronicle
Posted Jan 29, 2015
3/5 74% Amira & Sam (2015) "Ingratiatingly charming, playful, and, above all, honest in its depiction of a budding albeit problematic romance between a recently returned army veteran and a thoroughly modern young Iraqi woman. " ‐ Austin Chronicle
Posted Jan 29, 2015
2.5/5 82% R100 (2015) "Heady stuff, indeed, but perfect midnight-date movie fare if you're, uh, in the mood. " ‐ Austin Chronicle
Posted Jan 22, 2015
4/5 98% Paddington (2015) "There are so many terrific things going on in the film -- rapid-fire wordplay, split-second visual gags, and some veddy, veddy British punning -- that, frankly, Paddington deserves more than one viewing. " ‐ Austin Chronicle
Posted Jan 15, 2015
1.5/5 22% The Woman in Black 2 Angel of Death (2015) "What's missing from The Woman in Black 2, and what it needs most and has least of all, is suspense. " ‐ Austin Chronicle
Posted Jan 9, 2015
3/5 46% The Gambler (2014) "While [Wahlberg is] no James Caan, he's certainly able to infuse this mesmerizing character study with enough rancid brio to make this self-flagellating hustler believably doomstruck. " ‐ Austin Chronicle
Posted Jan 7, 2015
3/5 72% Big Eyes (2014) "Waltz may play Walter as a mincing gadabout and Lothario whose real talent lies in self-promotion, but it's Adams' Margaret and her dawning realization of her own inner strength that holds the film aloft. " ‐ Austin Chronicle
Posted Jan 2, 2015
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