Mark Jenkins

Mark Jenkins

Agrees with the Tomatometer 76% of the time.

Publications:
NPR , NPR.org , Orlando Weekly , Washington Post
Total Reviews:
382

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Rating T-Meter Title | Year Review
80% The Golden Era (2014) " Beautifully made and deftly performed ... " ‐ NPR
Posted Oct 16, 2014
75% Kill the Messenger (2014) " Kill the Messenger does a credible if not dazzling job. In fact, the movie is a lot like the reporting that inspired it: a good introduction to a diabolically tangled tale. " ‐ NPR
Posted Oct 14, 2014
2/4 42% I Am Ali (2014) " "I Am Ali" merely reminds us of the boxer's appeal, without adding to our understanding. " ‐ Washington Post
Posted Oct 9, 2014
2% Left Behind (2014) " American Idol champ Jordin Sparks .. sings the end-credits ditty, "I Wish We'd All Been Ready." Viewers will wish that director Vic Armstrong and scripters Paul Lalonde and John Patus had been ready, too. " ‐ NPR
Posted Oct 2, 2014
65% The Girlfriend Experience (2009) " The Girlfriend Experience proves that a visually striking film can be made on the fly. But grab-and-run is a more fruitful strategy for images than scripts. " ‐ NPR
Posted Oct 1, 2014
39% Tusk (2014) " Tusk is an overextended, tonally incoherent joke that would make viewers squirm even if it didn't involve a bloody and demented medical experiment. " ‐ NPR
Posted Sep 19, 2014
0.5/4 No Score Yet The Remaining (2014) " There's a fundamental problem here. The movie relies on the instinctual human fear of death, but its message is that dying is a promotion. " ‐ Washington Post
Posted Sep 11, 2014
3/4 70% Thunder and the House of Magic (2014) " "Thunder" doesn't boast a distinctive look or a cast of famous voices. But its characters are engaging and its action sequences exhilarating. " ‐ Washington Post
Posted Sep 4, 2014
2/4 0% But Always (2014) " While most of "But Always" takes place in New York City, the Chinese drama's blend of sentimentality and romantic fatalism is very Asian. " ‐ Washington Post
Posted Sep 4, 2014
99% Starred Up (2014) " Starred Up has three powerful advantages: a realistic setting, fierce performances and the insight brought by scripter Jonathan Asser, who was an Oliver-like counselor in a tough London jail. " ‐ NPR
Posted Aug 28, 2014
2.5/4 80% Kundo: Age of the Rampant (2014) " The filmmakers stage cast-of-dozens battle scenes and one-on-one showdowns with equal brio. " ‐ Washington Post
Posted Aug 28, 2014
97% Love Is Strange (2014) " Scripted by Sachs and Mauricio Zacharias, the movie is warm, unforced and believable. Much of that can be credited to Lithgow and Molina, who fully inhabit the roles of Ben and George. " ‐ NPR
Posted Aug 21, 2014
35% The Giver (2014) " If the movie hits ominous notes, they've all been heard many times before ... " ‐ NPR
Posted Aug 14, 2014
67% Deepsea Challenge 3D (2014) " This movie is meant for the ... audience that's already jazzed about exploring the bottom of the seas. " ‐ NPR
Posted Aug 7, 2014
3/4 92% Norte, the End of History (2014) " If the movie's universal themes don't impress, its specific details do. " ‐ Washington Post
Posted Aug 7, 2014
2/4 67% The Hundred-Foot Journey (2014) " Basically a promo reel for small-town France and Gallo-Indian food fusion. Anyone who requires a more substantial meal should eat before heading to the theater. " ‐ Washington Post
Posted Aug 7, 2014
1/4 14% Louder Than Words (2014) " They've made a film about bereavement in which the departed person rarely disappears for long. " ‐ Washington Post
Posted Jul 31, 2014
37% Child Of God (2014) " It's hard to see past the lurid details of the Tennessee tale, adapted from Cormac McCarthy's 1973 exercise in backwoods noir. " ‐ NPR
Posted Jul 31, 2014
2.5/4 54% 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
91% 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 48% Le Chef (2014) " The film's payoff is about as novel as a scoop of lemon sorbet. " ‐ Washington Post
Posted Jul 24, 2014
52% 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
90% 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 98% 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
27% 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 8% America: Imagine the World Without Her (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 No Score Yet 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
53% Jersey Boys (2014) " Engagingly lively, if not always graceful, and often surprisingly comic. " ‐ NPR
Posted Jun 19, 2014
96% 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
83% 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 34% 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
95% 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
77% 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 43% 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
65% 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
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