Mark Jenkins

Mark Jenkins

Agrees with the Tomatometer 75% of the time.

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

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Rating T-Meter Title | Year Review
42% We Are Your Friends (2015) "The goal of EDM, at least to its more utopian advocates, is to annihilate the ego and embrace collective rapture. We Are Your Friends doesn't really do that, but it does occasionally crack open the door far enough to offer a glimpse of Eden. " ‐ NPR
Posted Aug 27, 2015
64% Learning To Drive (2015) "The film seems to take its method entirely from Darwan's quiet, methodical patter about how to move safely across lanes and through intersections. It's good advice for driving, but less helpful for drama. " ‐ NPR
Posted Aug 20, 2015
83% Mistress America (2015) "In both details and tone, Mistress America is a jumble. " ‐ NPR
Posted Aug 13, 2015
1.5/4 94% Best Of Enemies (2015) "It's great television, but it has been available on YouTube for some time now. " ‐ Washington Post
Posted Aug 6, 2015
92% The End Of The Tour (2015) "The movie is only for Wallace buffs and one other, even smaller group: journalists who have interviewed a reasonably famous cultural personage. " ‐ NPR
Posted Jul 31, 2015
2/4 56% Samba (2015) ""Samba" is loosely plotted and is at least 20 minutes too long. It seems ready to end half a dozen times before it finally does, with ironic payoffs for Samba and Alice that are too glib to be satisfying. " ‐ Washington Post
Posted Jul 30, 2015
86% A Gay Girl in Damascus: The Amina Profile (2015) "Even those who followed Amina's rise and fall in the ultimately chastened media will find Gay Girl a nifty piece of detective work. " ‐ NPR
Posted Jul 26, 2015
97% The Look of Silence (2015) "The Look of Silence ... uses members of a single family to represent the millions of victims and survivors. " ‐ NPR
Posted Jul 16, 2015
20% Self/less (2015) "Singh once seemed an original, but Self/less doesn't have a distinctive bone in either of its bodies. " ‐ NPR
Posted Jul 9, 2015
3.5/4 100% Rebels of the Neon God (2015) "Like Godard's "Breathless" and Wong's "As Tears Go By," "Rebels" cunningly synthesizes both B-movie and art film. " ‐ Washington Post
Posted Jul 9, 2015
94% Cartel Land (2015) "Heineman was lucky to come out of this project intact. After viewing Michoacan's mayhem from a more comfortable distance, Cartel Land viewers may feel similarly fortunate. " ‐ NPR
Posted Jul 7, 2015
52% Escobar: Paradise Lost (2015) "Hutcherson, who's best known for being overshadowed by Jennifer Lawrence in the Hunger Games series, is equally dominated here. But that suits the unequal relationship of guileless Nick and calculating Pablo. " ‐ NPR
Posted Jun 25, 2015
82% Eden (2015) "A subtle portrait of an EDM Adam, Eden is neither a star-is-born fable nor a soul-is-lost parable. " ‐ NPR
Posted Jun 18, 2015
56% Set Fire To The Stars (2015) "Stylistically assured and tastefully appointed. " ‐ NPR
Posted Jun 11, 2015
90% Love & Mercy (2015) "Where the Pet Sounds auteur is known for multi-part harmonies, director Bill Pohlad's biopic is a series of simple duets. " ‐ NPR
Posted Jun 4, 2015
52% Gemma Bovery (2015) "Christophe Beaucarne shoots the countryside, the baked goods, Gemma and Martin's playful dogs, and of course Arterton with sun-dappled rapture. No 19th-century novelist saw the world like this. " ‐ NPR
Posted May 28, 2015
67% Seeds Of Time (2015) "McLeod stitches together these overlapping strands with skill, if not much flair. " ‐ NPR
Posted May 21, 2015
100% Forbidden Films (2015) "Forbidden Films offers fascinating clips from such notorious efforts as The Eternal Jew, Jew Suss and The Rothschilds. All were made to incite anti-Semitic passions and justify Nazi atrocities. " ‐ NPR
Posted May 14, 2015
44% The D Train (2015) "The filmmakers proceed as if they're making a conventional high-school comedy, papering over the holes in the script with pop songs. " ‐ NPR
Posted May 7, 2015
68% Marie's Story (2015) "Both [stars] have radiant smiles, illuminating every moment of understanding or empathy. Their rapport warms the movie as surely as the opening scene's sun. " ‐ NPR
Posted Apr 30, 2015
79% 24 Days (2015) "24 Days takes strength from real-world specifics. But the most powerful thing about the movie is its rejection of omniscience. The crime it reconstructs is beyond understanding. " ‐ NPR
Posted Apr 23, 2015
94% Monkey Kingdom (2015) "As much fun as a tree full of toque macaques, Monkey Kingdom is arguably the most entertaining of Disneynature's eight features. " ‐ NPR
Posted Apr 16, 2015
92% Ex Machina (2015) "Reasonably diverting until its predictable (and predictably misogynistic) outcome. " ‐ NPR
Posted Apr 9, 2015
81% Furious 7 (2015) "As zippy, playful and amiably preposterous as the best of the previous models. " ‐ NPR
Posted Apr 5, 2015
83% While We're Young (2015) "Noah Baumbach's best movie since 2005's The Squid and the Whale, While We're Young navigates into more mainstream territory while losing none of the writer-director's rueful wit. " ‐ NPR
Posted Mar 26, 2015
87% Kumiko, the Treasure Hunter (2015) "Is the story, and its heroine's fate, a fairy tale or a delusion? If the former, the movie is as sweet as a Disney-inspired anime. If the latter, Kumiko is deeply sad. " ‐ NPR
Posted Mar 19, 2015
73% 3 Hearts (2015) "Aside from the lead actresses' performances, what drives the movie is energetic, elliptical storytelling and humorous asides. " ‐ NPR
Posted Mar 12, 2015
11% Unfinished Business (2015) "A fumbling mix of sentimental family fable and gross-out sex comedy. " ‐ NPR
Posted Mar 5, 2015
97% '71 (2015) "'71 may not illuminate all that much, but it consistently electrifies. " ‐ NPR
Posted Feb 26, 2015
81% Queen and Country (2015) "Far from a searing drama yet seldom takes the glib way out. " ‐ NPR
Posted Feb 19, 2015
100% GETT: The Trial of Viviane Amsalem (2015) "Methodical and agonizing, much like the five-year dispute it depicts. " ‐ NPR
Posted Feb 12, 2015
73% The Voices (2015) "Like most slasher lampoons, The Voices tries to be as bloody and creepy as flicks that take psycho-killing more seriously. This is a major waste of time in a movie that's about a half-hour longer than its setup justifies. " ‐ NPR
Posted Feb 5, 2015
99% Timbuktu (2015) "[Sissako] has made a film of unforgettable anger, yet tempered his outrage with humor, compassion and visual poetry. " ‐ NPR
Posted Jan 29, 2015
89% Still Alice (2015) "The movie's most expressive element is Moore's face, slowly moving from engagement, flecked with worry, to disconnection and blankness. " ‐ NPR
Posted Jan 15, 2015
80% The Theory of Everything (2014) "There's little acrimony in The Theory of Everything, which may reflect Hawking's actual outlook or just the movie's puppyish desire to please. " ‐ NPR
Posted Jan 5, 2015
100% Li'l Quinquin (2015) "This is not funny stuff, but then Dumont isn't after the sort of laughter that makes viewers feel better. His idea of the human comedy remains as grim as it is absurd. " ‐ NPR
Posted Jan 5, 2015
60% Goodbye to All That (2014) "Otto Wall, the protagonist of Goodbye to All That, is well-meaning, clumsy and a little dull. The movie embodies his character perfectly. " ‐ NPR
Posted Dec 18, 2014
27% Exodus: Gods and Kings (2014) "Crowd-wowing CGI spectacle and the inevitable if inconsequential 3-D effects make Exodus look like pure product, without any defining vision. " ‐ NPR
Posted Dec 12, 2014
90% Wild (2014) "If Wild is an interesting trek, for both its star and its viewers, it's hardly a feral one. " ‐ NPR
Posted Dec 5, 2014
88% Remote Area Medical (2014) "What the movie does most powerfully and poignantly is capture its subjects' desperation. " ‐ NPR
Posted Nov 28, 2014
85% Antarctica: A Year on Ice (2014) "Far less austere than the landscape it shows, Antarctica: A Year On Ice sometimes verges on the corny. But it reveals two polar worlds - the natural and the human - that are fascinating and unfamiliar. " ‐ NPR
Posted Nov 28, 2014
2.5/4 No Score Yet Women Who Flirt (2014) "If its payoff is predictably drippy, the movie quickly regains its comic mojo with a credit-sequence parody of a '90s Hollywood romance. " ‐ Washington Post
Posted Nov 25, 2014
84% Pulp: a Film About Life, Death & Supermarkets (2014) "The abbreviated history may mystify people who don't already know the basics. But the film does offer a vivid portrait of Cocker - wit, unlikely casanova and quite possibly hypochondriac - and an intriguing if glancing one of Doyle. " ‐ NPR
Posted Nov 20, 2014
88% Foxcatcher (2014) "Punishingly long, the movie insists that viewers spend more than two over-deliberate hours with a man whose pathology could be sketched in a few minutes. In sports, what Foxcatcher does is called "running out the clock." " ‐ NPR
Posted Nov 13, 2014
86% Adieu au langage (Goodbye to Language) (2014) "Godard can't stop himself from exploring new ways to make pictures. He seems to enjoy doing so almost as much as he enjoys frustrating the expectations of those who still want a movie to have a beginning, a middle and an end, in that order. " ‐ NPR
Posted Oct 30, 2014
79% Life of Riley (2014) "Where the director's early work was haunted by the Holocaust, the atomic bomb and the Algerian war, Life of Riley blithely celebrates love, possibility and absurdist surprises. " ‐ NPR
Posted Oct 24, 2014
63% The Golden Era (2014) "Beautifully made and deftly performed ... " ‐ NPR
Posted Oct 16, 2014
77% 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 59% 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
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