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Mark Jenkins

Mark Jenkins

Agrees with the Tomatometer 76% of the time.

Mark Jenkins's reviews only count toward the Tomatometer when published at the following Tomatometer-approved publication(s): NPR,, Orlando Weekly, Washington Post

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Rating T-Meter Title | Year Review
75% The Idol (Ya Tayr El Tayer) (2016) "Writer-director Hany Abu-Assad doesn't tell simple stories, even when he does. " ‐ NPR
Posted May 26, 2016
94% Weiner (2016) "The documentary's strength is that it doesn't insist on a diagnosis. "Why have you let me film this?" asks Kriegman at the end, and his former boss has no answer. " ‐ NPR
Posted May 20, 2016
2.5/4 100% Older Than Ireland (2016) "The movie doesn't linger on any single topic, happy or sad. With so many lives to look back on, Fegan moves briskly from theme to theme. " ‐ Washington Post
Posted May 19, 2016
55% Money Monster (2016) "Plays it straight with a topic that in reality is far more twisted. " ‐ NPR
Posted May 12, 2016
2.5/4 50% Phantom of the Theatre (2016) ""Phantom" glories in its own artifice. The movie is carried by sweeping widescreen images, dynamic camera movements, impressive special effects and a color scheme that contrasts icy blues against fiery reds. " ‐ Washington Post
Posted May 5, 2016
62% The Wait (L'attesa) (2016) "A visually powerful, impeccably acted mood piece. " ‐ NPR
Posted Apr 28, 2016
76% Elvis & Nixon (2016) "Think of Elvis & Nixon's sometimes clumsy prologue as its opening act, building anticipation for the showdown between its title characters, and Spacey and Shannon. " ‐ NPR
Posted Apr 21, 2016
1.5/4 88% The Invitation (2016) "All this foreboding produces no suspense: It's evident from the bloody prologue where "The Invitation" is headed. " ‐ Washington Post
Posted Apr 21, 2016
33% Criminal (2016) "With its European locations, electro-thump score, and near-ceaseless violence, the movie plays like something tooled in French producer-scripter Luc Besson's factory for international action mashups. " ‐ NPR
Posted Apr 14, 2016
2.5/4 No Score Yet New York, New York (2016) "The imagery is gauzy and ephemeral, with lots of layered reflections and nighttime shots. The narrative spins backwards and then jumps forward, as if reconstructed from shards of painful memory. " ‐ Washington Post
Posted Apr 14, 2016
68% Louder Than Bombs (2016) "Clever but ultimately disappointing ... " ‐ NPR
Posted Apr 7, 2016
3/4 81% Standing Tall (La Tête Haute) (2016) "As a shaper of stories, Bercot is not yet as assured as those directors. But she knows how to elicit authentic performances, whether from veterans like Deneuve or a first-timer like Paradot. His Malony may not be likable, but he's altogether believable. " ‐ Washington Post
Posted Apr 7, 2016
88% Francofonia (2016) "Wandering through the Louvre's colonial plunder, Sokurov ponders the lost worlds of Egypt and Assyria, but ultimately finds his way home. " ‐ NPR
Posted Apr 1, 2016
2.5/4 13% Chongqing Hot Pot (2016) "This may be the first big-budget Asian action flick ever set in Chongqing, but otherwise it's on familiar turf. " ‐ Washington Post
Posted Mar 31, 2016
21% I Saw the Light (2016) "Several previous movies, including 2012's The Last Ride, have attempted to make sense of Williams's life. I Saw the Light should have taken its cue from its unearthly star and pursued a more cosmic mission. " ‐ NPR
Posted Mar 24, 2016
91% My Golden Days (Trois Souvenirs De Ma Jeunesse) (2016) "It's impossible to say how autobiographical My Golden Days is, but there's no question that it's profoundly personal. " ‐ NPR
Posted Mar 17, 2016
95% Eye In The Sky (2016) "The movie is both provocative and fairly gripping, if not altogether convincing. " ‐ NPR
Posted Mar 10, 2016
46% Knight of Cups (2016) "Malick has made what is essentially the same movie three times in a row: Tree of Life, To the Wonder, and now Knight of Cups. It's time to ask if he knows what he's doing. " ‐ NPR
Posted Mar 4, 2016
53% Triple 9 (2016) "Cops prowl darkened mazes, looking for perps they probably couldn't see even if they found them. " ‐ NPR
Posted Feb 25, 2016
99% Embrace Of The Serpent (El Abrazo De La Serpiente) (2016) "It is bewitchingly strange, and as enveloping as the Amazon jungle. " ‐ NPR
Posted Feb 18, 2016
86% Mountains May Depart (Shan he gu ren) (2016) "Although the film's three sections are stylistically disparate, they're linked by several motifs, including a lachrymose Cantopop ballad, a man who carries a traditional sword, and Tao's dog. " ‐ NPR
Posted Feb 11, 2016
87% The Club (El Club) (2016) "Admirable but arduous. Its vision of sin and repentance is sexually graphic and sometimes perverse, more Jean Genet than St. Francis of Assisi. " ‐ NPR
Posted Feb 5, 2016
100% Aferim! (2016) "Like many films set in contemporary Bucharest, this is a story of self-styled potentates, small-time graft, and inevitable disappointment. " ‐ NPR
Posted Jan 21, 2016
2.5/4 80% Ip Man 3 (2016) "The carelessly plotted story consists mostly of setups for fight scenes, nicely staged in such distinctive locations as an elevator, an umbrella store and the hull of a partly built ship. " ‐ Washington Post
Posted Jan 21, 2016
94% In The Shadow of Women (2016) "What distinguishes In the Shadow of Women are its naturalistic performances - especially Courau's - and its elegantly composed shots and offhand rhythm. " ‐ NPR
Posted Jan 14, 2016
93% The Treasure (2016) "This charmer is determinedly mundane and low-key, until an unexpected finale transforms it. " ‐ NPR
Posted Jan 7, 2016
61% Joy (2015) "The movie lurches from event to event, and tone to tone, without articulating a reason to exist. " ‐ NPR
Posted Dec 24, 2015
96% Son of Saul (2015) "Information - including the gassing of victims - is conveyed less by images than by complex, ominous sounds. The audience is the midst of horror, yet can barely discern it. " ‐ NPR
Posted Dec 17, 2015
2.5/4 75% The Suspect (Yong-eui-ja) (2014) "Director Won Sin-yeon skillfully emulates the you-are-there-but-where-the-heck-is-that? style of the "Bourne" movies. " ‐ Washington Post
Posted Dec 17, 2015
88% The Big Short (2015) "There's a lot going on here, and The Big Short might be best appreciated by people who've already read the book. That's not because the film doesn't do a good job of explaining what happened. " ‐ NPR
Posted Dec 10, 2015
3/4 95% Hitchcock/Truffaut (2015) "If the documentary concentrates on the mechanical aspects of filmmaking, that's clearly because it was Hitchcock's preference. " ‐ Washington Post
Posted Dec 10, 2015
73% Youth (2015) "What bonds the movie's many, sometimes clashing elements is Caine's embodiment of the rueful yet accepting Fred. " ‐ NPR
Posted Dec 3, 2015
3/4 91% Janis: Little Girl Blue (2015) "The director interviewed just about everyone relevant to Joplin's life story who is still alive. She uses archival footage and Joplin's letters - read by singer-songwriter Chan Marshall, a.k.a. Cat Power - to add voices from beyond the grave. " ‐ Washington Post
Posted Dec 3, 2015
25% Victor Frankenstein (2015) "The latest resurrection of Mary Shelley's horror classic has a tech-era vibe that adds to its modest appeal. " ‐ NPR
Posted Nov 25, 2015
62% Legend (2015) "Legend's central cinematic ploy, the doubling of Hardy ... gives this mostly predictable retelling a jolt of anarchy in the U.K. " ‐ NPR
Posted Nov 19, 2015
2.5/4 43% The 33 (2015) "The inspirational docudrama nicely evokes the havoc of the initial cave-in, but spends too much time above ground to convey the existential horror of the almost-buried men. " ‐ Washington Post
Posted Nov 12, 2015
2/4 No Score Yet Olvidados (2015) "Despite numerous missteps and contrivances, "Olvidados" succeeds as an indictment of Operation Condor's horrors. " ‐ Washington Post
Posted Nov 12, 2015
76% Trumbo (2015) "Trumbo is solid and satisfying, if far from revelatory. " ‐ NPR
Posted Nov 5, 2015
42% Love (2015) "Perhaps the lovemaking would have more juice if the characters weren't so shallow, and their dialogue so flat. Equally thin are the performances of the three leads ... " ‐ NPR
Posted Oct 29, 2015
3.5/4 79% The Assassin (2015) "As with Wong Kar-wai's "The Ashes of Time," Hou's take on the martial-arts flick is affectionate, but may frustrate fans of the genre. "The Assassin" is a mood piece, evoking rather than explaining. " ‐ Washington Post
Posted Oct 29, 2015
8% Rock the Kasbah (2015) "Rock the Kasbah's timing is so slack, and its screenplay so shapeless, that the movie doesn't even rise to the level of an Afghan-war Stripes. It's almost as laugh-free as the latest news from Kunduz. " ‐ NPR
Posted Oct 22, 2015
91% Bridge of Spies (2015) "There are no extraneous elements in this carefully structured docudrama, which juxtaposes East and West with parallel scenes and emulates vintage Hollywood fare as painstakingly as it reconstructs 1957 Brooklyn and 1962 Berlin. " ‐ NPR
Posted Oct 15, 2015
95% The Forbidden Room (2015) "The film is more than just spot-on parody. " ‐ NPR
Posted Oct 8, 2015
2.5/4 92% In My Father's House (2015) ""In My Father's House" offers lots of interesting raw material, but it could use a disinterested observer's remix. " ‐ Washington Post
Posted Oct 8, 2015
2.5/4 87% Drunk Stoned Brilliant Dead: The Story of the National Lampoon (2015) "Tirola's documentary is brisk and entertaining, if not especially thoughtful. But then neither was the magazine, whose militant bad taste spawned "Saturday Night Live" and so much more. " ‐ Washington Post
Posted Oct 8, 2015
95% Jafar Panahi's Taxi (2015) "Panahi has made three features since 2010, when the Iranian government officially prohibited him from working. The latest, Taxi, is the friskiest and most expansive. " ‐ NPR
Posted Oct 1, 2015
2/4 4% Shanghai (2015) "Director Mikael Hafstrom and a fine cast and crew have made a film that's elegant and gauche in roughly equal measure. " ‐ Washington Post
Posted Oct 1, 2015
98% Finders Keepers (2015) "As the filmmakers follow the story over seven years, the movie becomes richer and more empathetic. The events are absurd, but the emotions merely human. " ‐ NPR
Posted Oct 1, 2015
96% #DEL Do Not Merge "As the filmmakers follow the story over seven years, the movie becomes richer and more empathetic. The events are absurd, but the emotions merely human. " ‐ NPR
Posted Sep 25, 2015
3/4 92% Coming Home (2015) "The beautifully composed shots are studies in shadow and sunlight, drizzle and grime. " ‐ Washington Post
Posted Sep 24, 2015
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