Mark Jenkins

Mark Jenkins

Agrees with the Tomatometer 74% of the time.

Publications:
NPR , NPR.org , Orlando Weekly , Washington Post
Total Reviews:
344

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Rating T-Meter Title | Year Add Date
100% Manakamana (2014) " Manakamana doesn't answer any questions, yet makes its point: Nepal, like the rest of our planet, is a picturesque but far from peaceable kingdom." — NPR
Posted Apr 17, 2014
—— Damnation (2014) " The movie's style is as discursive and scattershot as Knight's narration." — NPR
Posted Apr 17, 2014
2.5/4 42% That Demon Within (Mo Jing) (2014) " When "That Demon Within" finally burns down, all that's left is char and ash." — Washington Post
Posted Apr 17, 2014
2.5/4 80% The Raid 2 (2014) " The story is convoluted without being profound, and although there are some strong secondary performances, Uwais is interesting only when in motion." — Washington Post
Posted Apr 3, 2014
2/4 45% In the Blood (2014) " As is typical of the genre, the plot gets sillier as it unfolds, while the violence gets gnarlier." — Washington Post
Posted Apr 3, 2014
30% Boys of Abu Ghraib (2014) " Boys of Abu Ghraib is a credible depiction of the tedium, frustration and humiliation of wartime service." — NPR
Posted Mar 30, 2014
63% The French Minister (2014) " In the first comedy of a 40-year career that includes A Sunday in the Country and The Princess of Montpensier, director and co-writer Bertrand Tavernier tries to do too much." — NPR
Posted Mar 20, 2014
41% Divergent (2014) " Burger, whose last divergent character was the smart-drugged protagonist of Limitless, allocates more than enough of this overlong movie to details of life and society in future-Chicagoland. But he fails to make any aspect of the premise persuasive." — NPR
Posted Mar 20, 2014
1.5/4 23% Shirin In Love (2014) " Although Boniadi makes Shirin nearly as likable as she's supposed to be, writer- director Ramin Niami's movie is crudely contrived and sloppily edited." — Washington Post
Posted Mar 20, 2014
100% Big Men (2014) " There are three categories of schemers in Big Men, Rachel Boynton's illuminating documentary about the oil business in West Africa: businessmen, politicians and bandits. Sometimes, though, it's hard to tell the types apart." — NPR
Posted Mar 13, 2014
42% 300: Rise of an Empire (2014) " If the movie's action recalls video games, the dramatically artificial lighting suggests 1980s rock videos. Indeed, Rise of an Empire is so campy that it might work better as a musical." — NPR
Posted Mar 7, 2014
48% Stalingrad (2014) " Russian director Fedor Bondarchuk's treatment of the World War II turning point is shallow and contrived, if sometimes impressively staged. The movie wins points, however, for sheer wackiness." — NPR
Posted Feb 27, 2014
45% In Secret (2014) " Rather than revealing the brutish natures of Zola's characters, the movie's lovers seem simply to be following a yellowed script, more with duty than passion." — NPR
Posted Feb 20, 2014
53% Jimmy P. (2014) " Jimmy P. tells the more-or-less-true story of two men's friendship and one man's recovery. Beneath that, though, is a meditation on exile and lost identity in which very different people share remarkably similar circumstances." — NPR
Posted Feb 13, 2014
2/4 33% Beijing Love Story (2014) " The movie wavers in tone, occasionally lurching into supernatural fantasy, and withholds information in a manner that's more annoying than tantalizing." — Washington Post
Posted Feb 13, 2014
57% Demi-soeur (2014) " Sweet but silly, Demi-Soeur leaves plot strands flapping as it romps to a hasty conclusion." — NPR
Posted Feb 6, 2014
3/4 73% The Attorney (2014) " The movie is carried by its rousing pro- democracy message and a lively performance from the versatile leading man ..." — Washington Post
Posted Feb 6, 2014
80% Charlie Victor Romeo (2014) " Everything the principal actors say was uttered, in a crisis, by a real person, although the sometimes frantic chatter has been edited for clarity by authors Robert Berger, Patrick Daniels and Irving Gregory." — NPR
Posted Jan 30, 2014
86% Like Father, Like Son (2014) " [An] engaging if ultimately predictable film ..." — NPR
Posted Jan 16, 2014
98% The Rocket (2014) " Disamoe demonstrates the resourcefulness he learned during a period when he was a street seller and beggar. It's his exuberant performance, as much as the pungently naturalistic setting, that lifts The Rocket's scenario above the generic." — NPR
Posted Jan 9, 2014
2.5/4 75% The Suspect (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 Jan 9, 2014
77% The Wolf of Wall Street (2013) " Various Cheech-and-Chong-style slapstick scenarios play out repeatedly, just with different props." — NPR
Posted Dec 24, 2013
97% The Selfish Giant (2013) " The original story was for kids; the movie is about kids, but its grim depictions of violence against innocents may be too harrowing even for some adults. Yet the movie is engrossing, and sure to linger long after its poignant culmination." — Washington Post
Posted Dec 19, 2013
90% Nuclear Nation (2013) " [Funahashi's] approach is direct, intimate yet respectful, and sometimes as mournful as the stark piano-and-flute score." — NPR
Posted Dec 11, 2013
52% Out of the Furnace (2013) " [An] unusually deliberate but otherwise predictable drama." — NPR
Posted Dec 5, 2013
2/4 40% Commitment (2013) " The filmmakers are committed to tragic romanticism. If they muster few thrills and no surprises, at least they don't stoop to a happy ending." — Washington Post
Posted Dec 5, 2013
49% Black Nativity (2013) " Even the movie's most wretched characters glow in the Harlem lamplight." — NPR
Posted Nov 28, 2013
58% Mandela: Long Walk to Freedom (2013) " Mostly ... the movie is designed for people who already know some history of South Africa from 1942 to 1994, or who don't much care." — NPR
Posted Nov 28, 2013
89% Narco Cultura (2013) " "I think we can be the next hip hop," boasts a narcocorrido impresario, who's surely kidding himself." — NPR
Posted Nov 21, 2013
68% Faust (2013) " Faust's worldview may be esoteric, but its vision is lucid." — NPR
Posted Nov 14, 2013
67% How I Live Now (2013) " As Macdonald deftly presents a subjective viewpoint, Ronan endows her overly schematic character with authentic desire, resentment and willfulness." — NPR
Posted Nov 7, 2013
70% Man of Tai Chi (2013) " Reeves has clearly seen many Hong Kong films, and with the help of two veterans, Hollywood cinematographer Elliot Davis and HK editor Derek Hui, he's replicated one." — NPR
Posted Nov 1, 2013
1.5/4 29% House In The Alley (2013) " This story begins and ends with bloodbaths." — Washington Post
Posted Oct 24, 2013
100% The Square (2013) " Ultimately, one of the principal appeals of the D.C.-born Egyptian-American filmmaker's documentary is its intimacy." — NPR
Posted Oct 24, 2013
2/4 33% Wedding Palace (2013) " Kang's Na Young and Tee's Jason have a winning rapport when the script isn't pushing them into contrived shtick." — Washington Post
Posted Oct 24, 2013
37% The Fifth Estate (2013) " An entertaining if inevitably unreliable current events romp." — NPR
Posted Oct 17, 2013
8% CBGB (2013) " This is not a film for purists or quibblers." — NPR
Posted Oct 10, 2013
92% A Touch of Sin (2013) " The most dramatic and even lurid of writer-director Jia Zhangke's movies." — NPR
Posted Oct 4, 2013
96% Muscle Shoals (2013) " Only the genre's most studious followers will be able to watch Muscle Shoals without being regularly astonished: Even if it sometimes gets lost in its byways, Greg "Freddy" Camalier's documentary tells an extraordinary story." — NPR
Posted Sep 26, 2013
92% Inequality For All (2013) " Animated charts and graphs, on-the-road interludes and humorous asides designed to show that the speaker isn't too dislikably severe about the crisis that threatens Life As We Know It." — NPR
Posted Sep 26, 2013
48% Zaytoun (2013) " Congeniality isn't necessarily honesty ... and Riklis regularly fudges." — NPR
Posted Sep 19, 2013
2/4 56% My Lucky Star (2013) " While Zhang is one of China's greatest international stars, "My Lucky Star" is utterly provincial." — Washington Post
Posted Sep 19, 2013
2.5/4 65% Ip Man: The Final Fight (2013) " The naturalism of Wong's performance is undercut ... by Yau's use of phony-looking sets, sterile CGI and flashy aerial shots." — Washington Post
Posted Sep 19, 2013
3/4 93% Sample This (2013) " The movie provides a vivid sense of the period, as well as an intriguing backstage look at the making of improbable pop classics." — Washington Post
Posted Sep 12, 2013
99% Wadjda (2013) " This quiet film could become something of a cultural thunderclap." — NPR
Posted Sep 12, 2013
73% Populaire (2013) " While Populaire would still have suffered from being overlong and overfamiliar, a smoother leading man could have done much to boost the intended Cary Grant vibe." — NPR
Posted Sep 5, 2013
3/4 75% The Grandmaster (2013) " The director took great efforts to be true to Chinese martial arts, but he did so without sacrificing his own distinctive vision." — Washington Post
Posted Aug 29, 2013
100% Tokyo Waka: A City Poem (2013) " Much of the movie's charm comes from showing aspects of the city that Western visitors usually miss or from viewing oft-photographed sites from unexpected angles." — NPR
Posted Aug 28, 2013
2/4 74% You're Next (2013) " Most of these characters are disagreeable, so the prospect of their imminent demise isn't too upsetting." — Washington Post
Posted Aug 23, 2013
12% The Mortal Instruments: City of Bones (2013) " There are too many characters, and too many of them spend too much time morphing into something else." — NPR
Posted Aug 21, 2013
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