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
1/5 49% 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 88% 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 98% 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 93% 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 62% 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 62% 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
86% 7 Chinese Brothers "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 50% 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
98% 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 13% 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 21% 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
3/5 27% Exodus: Gods and Kings (2014) "Whether it's Ramses losing half his army in a horrific landslide or vast, sweeping panoramas of the Pharaoh's Egypt in all its blood-built glory, Exodus is an entertainment of the first order. " ‐ Austin Chronicle
Posted Dec 19, 2014
3.5/5 61% The Hobbit: The Battle of the Five Armies (2014) "The performances have remained continuously excellent throughout The Hobbit trilogy, and they remain so here. " ‐ Austin Chronicle
Posted Dec 18, 2014
3.5/5 100% Uzumasa Limelight (2014) "It's Fukumoto's wonderfully weathered countenance that makes Ochiai's film such an elegiac delight. On it, you can see the entire history of samurai cinema, or at least that essential part of it that died often, and beautifully so. " ‐ Austin Chronicle
Posted Dec 4, 2014
3.5/5 100% Glen Campbell: I'll Be Me (2014) "Ultimately, I'll Be Me is both an unconventional tribute to this American icon and a deep-down cri de coeur for more research on viable ways to retard the progression of Alzheimer's and perhaps one day find a reliable cure. " ‐ Austin Chronicle
Posted Nov 21, 2014
4/5 98% Citizenfour (2014) "Citizenfour is obviously in Snowden's corner, but as an example of pure cinema vérité, this is the finest - and most disturbing - political documentary since Alex Gibney's Oscar-winning Taxi to the Dark Side. " ‐ Austin Chronicle
Posted Nov 6, 2014
3.5/5 33% Open Windows (2014) "Open Windows works as both a crackerjack suspenser and an intellectually chewy meta-commentary on our current fascination with and engulfment by our digital devices. " ‐ Austin Chronicle
Posted Nov 6, 2014
4/5 84% Why Don't You Play in Hell? (2014) "Why Don't You Play in Hell? isn't for everyone, but neither was Stravinsky's The Rite of Spring. Genius is genius, no matter how many audience members may riot. " ‐ Austin Chronicle
Posted Nov 6, 2014
0.5/5 7% Ouija (2014) "There's nary a chill or shock cut in the film that isn't grafted from some other relatively recent fright flick, and while the cast is uniformly game for the barely-there storyline, they're also as generically high school as you might imagine. " ‐ Austin Chronicle
Posted Oct 30, 2014
4/5 86% The Blue Room (2014) "The Blue Room is mesmerizing, psychologically complex, and, at the very end, viscerally devastating. They don't make them like this much anymore, but they should. " ‐ Austin Chronicle
Posted Oct 23, 2014
1.5/5 30% Exists (2014) "I suppose the genuinely good news is that it's not another Paranormal Activity outing, but there should be more of a reason for Exists to exist than that. " ‐ Austin Chronicle
Posted Oct 23, 2014
1.5/5 20% Brush With Danger (2014) "There's precious little here that hasn't been done better before, at least when it comes to the martial beatdowns. " ‐ Austin Chronicle
Posted Oct 16, 2014
4/5 98% The Overnighters (2014) "A social-justice documentary that packs a visceral emotional wallop to the heart and mind, The Overnighters could scarcely be more relevant to our stressy, fearful present. " ‐ Austin Chronicle
Posted Oct 16, 2014
2.5/5 77% Fury (2014) "It's too strangely hidebound by overused dramatic tropes to inflict serious damage. " ‐ Austin Chronicle
Posted Oct 16, 2014
1.5/5 29% Annabelle (2014) "The Polanski rips begin with the obvious (having a couple named Mia and John, as in Farrow and Cassavetes, is about as blatant as you can get) and continue throughout, to an annoying degree. " ‐ Austin Chronicle
Posted Oct 10, 2014
2/5 77% Kill the Messenger (2014) "Given the current zeitgeist, audiences are unlikely to be shocked by the viciousness of both the press and the U.S. government. That's simply the new normal. " ‐ Austin Chronicle
Posted Oct 9, 2014
1.5/5 23% Dracula Untold (2014) "This is yet another unnecessary updating of Dracula (this time for the millennial generation) shot through with some rather impressive CGI battle sequences and little else. " ‐ Austin Chronicle
Posted Oct 9, 2014
3.5/5 95% 20,000 Days on Earth (2014) "What's great about this "documentary" is that it delves deeply into Cave's notoriously fussy creative process without ever becoming stodgy or dull. " ‐ Austin Chronicle
Posted Oct 2, 2014
4/5 88% Gone Girl (2014) "Fincher proves himself yet again to be a better cinematic psychologist of (in-)human nature than almost any other director alive. " ‐ Austin Chronicle
Posted Oct 2, 2014
100% I Am A Knife With Legs "Wacky doesn't even begin to describe the finished product. " ‐ Austin Chronicle
Posted Sep 29, 2014
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