Mark Jenkins

Mark Jenkins

Agrees with the Tomatometer 75% of the time.

Publications:
NPR , NPR.org , Orlando Weekly , Washington Post
Total Reviews:
364

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Rating T-Meter Title | Year Add Date
2.5/4 50% The Fluffy Movie (2014) " It's not much of a movie. There's no particular reason to watch this in a theater rather than on television." — Washington Post
Posted Jul 25, 2014
90% A Most Wanted Man (2014) " A Most Wanted Man retains a cogent narrative and le Carre's weary outlook. Rather than choke the narrative with details, the filmmakers keep the story lean while adding evocative visual and aural details." — NPR
Posted Jul 24, 2014
2/4 50% Le Chef (2014) " The film's payoff is about as novel as a scoop of lemon sorbet." — Washington Post
Posted Jul 24, 2014
50% I Origins (2014) " If the film's plot is loonier than a mainstream movie would dare, the essential trajectory is one of Hollywood's favorites: from skepticism to faith." — NPR
Posted Jul 17, 2014
3/4 100% Ilo Ilo (2014) " The crowded compositions convey a sense of life in the dense Asian city-state, but also the intimacy of this semi-autobiographical story." — Washington Post
Posted Jul 17, 2014
92% Closed Curtain (2014) " Closed Curtain can be seen to express something more than the plight of one artist in internal exile. That house on the Caspian, a home that's also a prison, represents an entire country in spiritual incarceration." — NPR
Posted Jul 10, 2014
3.5/4 97% A Summer's Tale (2014) " The fresh-faced actors, realistic dialogue and naturalistic performances suggest a casual approach, but as the story progresses, the filmmaker's control is increasingly evident." — Washington Post
Posted Jul 10, 2014
30% Deliver Us from Evil (2014) " It's time for Derrickson, who also directed The Exorcism of Emily Rose, to master a new ritual." — NPR
Posted Jul 3, 2014
1.5/4 9% America (2014) " D'Souza controls the conversation, and thus goes unchallenged when he tries to make real-world points with make-believe scenarios." — Washington Post
Posted Jul 1, 2014
82% Begin Again (2014) " Both laughable and sweet." — NPR
Posted Jun 26, 2014
3/4 —— Led Zeppelin Played Here " The movie is one of those stories of rock war veterans that's great fun to hear, even if you don't buy a word of it." — Washington Post
Posted Jun 26, 2014
54% Jersey Boys (2014) " Engagingly lively, if not always graceful, and often surprisingly comic." — NPR
Posted Jun 19, 2014
85% Manuscripts Don't Burn (2014) " Manuscripts Don't Burn is more rueful than action-packed, yet it simmers with righteous refusal. That's what gives the movie a power no Bourne flick will ever match." — NPR
Posted Jun 12, 2014
82% Dormant Beauty (2014) " Unlike most movies that rely on TV-news reports to drive the story, Dormant Beauty is complex and humane, and never shrinks to mere spectacle." — NPR
Posted Jun 5, 2014
97% We Are the Best! (2014) " Sometimes too faithful to teenage aimlessness, We Are the Best! can be shapeless and uneventful. But the movie often jolts to life, whether with outbursts of hostility or moments of gleeful female bonding." — NPR
Posted May 30, 2014
92% X-Men: Days of Future Past (2014) " With characters like the impish Quicksilver, the movie recaptures something of the spirit of the comic's early days." — NPR
Posted May 22, 2014
100% God's Horses (2014) " Anyone seeking to establish an incubator for suicide bombers could hardly improve on Sidi Moumen, a slum on the fringe of Casablanca." — NPR
Posted May 15, 2014
73% Neighbors (2014) " [Brings its] raunchy scenario to a payoff that upholds the very middle-class values the movie gleefully profanes." — NPR
Posted May 8, 2014
1.5/4 33% Stage Fright (2014) " Whether it's being sexy, jokey or homicidal, "Stage Fright" doesn't deliver the goods with sufficient spirit. It lacks the sparkle to be a truly killer show." — Washington Post
Posted May 8, 2014
94% Ida (2014) " Everyone is on a voyage of self-discovery in Ida - the two central characters certainly, but also Poland-born, Britain-based director Pawel Pawlikowski, making his first film in the homeland he left at 14." — NPR
Posted May 1, 2014
76% Who Is Dayani Cristal? (2014) " The results are poignant, yet show the difficulties of applying fiction templates to true stories." — NPR
Posted Apr 24, 2014
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
50% DamNation (2014) " The movie's style is as discursive and scattershot as Knight's narration." — NPR
Posted Apr 17, 2014
2.5/4 46% 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 79% 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 44% 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
47% 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
41% 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
82% 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
87% 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
76% 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
53% 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
48% 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
86% 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
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