Mark Olsen

Mark Olsen

Agrees with the Tomatometer 76% of the time.

Publications:
Boxoffice Magazine , Chicago Tribune , Film Comment Magazine , L.A. Weekly , Los Angeles Times , Sight and Sound , Village Voice
Total Reviews:
447

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Rating T-Meter Title | Year Add Date
63% Nymphomaniac: Volume II (2014) " Von Trier is such a masterful filmmaker that every new project comes on with the expectation and air of a totalizing masterwork. "Nymphomaniac: Volume II" creates the unsated sensation of having too much and wanting more." — Los Angeles Times
Posted Apr 4, 2014
77% Nymphomaniac: Volume I (2014) " It provides, perhaps like the experiences of love and sex, a shifting variety of insights, emotions, unexpected lightness and moments of visceral shock." — Los Angeles Times
Posted Mar 20, 2014
39% Paranormal Activity: The Marked Ones (2014) " What comes next remains to be seen, but "Paranormal Activity: The Marked Ones" feels like a fresh start." — Los Angeles Times
Posted Jan 2, 2014
30% Grudge Match (2013) " Pleasant but underwhelming, it feels like something that belongs on the undercard, never reaching the heights of a main event." — Los Angeles Times
Posted Dec 26, 2013
13% 47 Ronin (2013) " An overlong, underwhelming movie now hitting theaters that certainly wasn't worth the wait." — Los Angeles Times
Posted Dec 24, 2013
19% Tyler Perry's A Madea Christmas (2013) " The same slapdash, lightweight effort as Madea in any other season, with a few Yuletide flourishes." — Los Angeles Times
Posted Dec 16, 2013
36% Southland Tales (2007) " As the follow-up to his debut feature, the unexpectedly enduring teen-movie/sci-fi hybrid Donnie Darko, writer-director Richard Kelly has crafted an even more ambitious and far-reaching story" — Film Comment Magazine
Posted Nov 19, 2013
2/5 78% Big Ass Spider! (2013) " Somehow ... feels like a letdown, in part for its lack of surprise or invention." — Los Angeles Times
Posted Oct 17, 2013
3.5/5 41% All the Boys Love Mandy Lane (2013) " It doesn't reinvent the genre, but it is a strong addition to the canon of films that fuse teenage anxieties of the body and social interaction with blood-soaked storytelling." — Los Angeles Times
Posted Oct 10, 2013
2/5 29% Machete Kills (2013) " The strongest example yet of the corner [Rodriguez] seems to have painted himself into, a sad funhouse of bad movies made in thrall of bad movies." — Los Angeles Times
Posted Oct 10, 2013
3.5/5 55% Pulling Strings (2013) " Serving mostly as a strong calling card for star Jaime Camil, the film has an appealingly loose, slightly ramshackle charm." — Los Angeles Times
Posted Oct 3, 2013
2.5/5 11% Argento's Dracula 3D (2013) " Argento ... brings enough moments of kinky madness to his not-great "Dracula" to indicate there may yet be greatness lurking within him. Here's hoping." — Los Angeles Times
Posted Oct 3, 2013
3/5 29% The Family (2013) " The thing that saves the movie time and again is Besson's uncanny ability to shift tone, sometimes even within a single sequence, from light comedy to serious action, to genuine emotion and even romance." — Los Angeles Times
Posted Sep 12, 2013
2.5/5 62% One Direction: This Is Us (2013) " "One Direction: This Is Us" leaves the larger questions it points toward teasingly unexplored, making the film little more than a harmless keepsake." — Los Angeles Times
Posted Aug 29, 2013
3.5/5 89% The World's End (2013) " Even for its flaws, it is hard to ask for more from a late summer movie than "The World's End."" — Los Angeles Times
Posted Aug 22, 2013
1.5/5 12% The Mortal Instruments: City of Bones (2013) " The fact that there is already at least one sequel planned feels more like a threat than a treat." — Los Angeles Times
Posted Aug 21, 2013
2/5 29% Kick-Ass 2 (2013) " "Kick-Ass 2" is a lesser version of what it appears to be, an uncertain jumble rather than a true exploration of outrage, violence and identity." — Los Angeles Times
Posted Aug 15, 2013
2/5 27% Jobs (2013) " "Jobs" feels curiously out of touch with its subject, both as a man and regarding his impact." — Los Angeles Times
Posted Aug 15, 2013
2/5 49% Blood (2013) " "Blood" feels perfunctory, needing something besides fussy plotting to jolt it to life." — Los Angeles Times
Posted Aug 8, 2013
3/5 —— Pig Death Machine " Anyone who longs for the old, weird films of John Waters or the psychotronic freak-outs of New York's Cinema of Transgression school should be able to get their fix from "Pig Death Machine."" — Los Angeles Times
Posted Aug 8, 2013
2.5/5 14% The Smurfs 2 (2013) " Right down to the brute functionality of its title, "The Smurfs 2" may be the platonic ideal of a major studio sequel - no markedly better or worse than the first and with just enough difference to lay claim to being something new." — Los Angeles Times
Posted Jul 31, 2013
3.5/5 100% Big Words (2013) " Drumming is able to swing from lighter comedic moments to dramatic insights while making it seem effortless." — Los Angeles Times
Posted Jul 25, 2013
1/5 13% R.I.P.D. (2013) " The film is a visual mess, with cheap-looking effects hampered even further by crummy and unconvincing 3-D. " — Los Angeles Times
Posted Jul 19, 2013
2.5/5 63% Broken (2013) " Solidly done if somewhat unremarkable, there is nothing particularly wrong with "Broken," nothing that needs fixing exactly, and yet it never fully comes together." — Los Angeles Times
Posted Jul 18, 2013
1.5/5 7% Grown Ups 2 (2013) " Grown Ups 2 looks like it was a lot of fun to make. And the last laugh is on us." — Los Angeles Times
Posted Jul 11, 2013
4/5 87% 100 Bloody Acres (2013) " "100 Bloody Acres" somehow manages to be both retro and up to date with its giddy, delightful gross-out horror-comedy mash-up storytelling." — Los Angeles Times
Posted Jun 27, 2013
1.5/5 40% The Secret Disco Revolution (2013) " The movie feels like a flakey, off-the-cuff blog post that somehow transmogrified itself into a feature-length documentary." — Los Angeles Times
Posted Jun 27, 2013
2/5 22% Copperhead (2013) " "Copperhead" crams far too much of its action into its last 30 minutes after a rambling, drawn-out set up." — Los Angeles Times
Posted Jun 27, 2013
3/5 82% Pussy Riot- - A Punk Prayer (2013) " Even if you may not be putting a Pussy Riot song on your next playlist, there is something so of-the-moment and exciting about the group that "Pussy Riot: A Punk Prayer" feels important, if not fully complete." — Los Angeles Times
Posted May 30, 2013
4/5 93% We Steal Secrets: The Story Of Wikileaks (2013) " A sprawling, ambitious, major work -- a gripping exploration of power, personality, technology and the crushing weight that can come to bear on those who find themselves in its combined path." — Los Angeles Times
Posted May 23, 2013
3.5/5 35% Peeples (2013) " An infectious, warm comedy of family and communication and a promising debut as writer-director for Chism. These "Peeples" are people one should be happy to meet." — Los Angeles Times
Posted May 9, 2013
1.5/5 73% Paradise: Love (2013) " The whole affair curdles into a feeling of unearned, defensive superiority." — Los Angeles Times
Posted May 3, 2013
3.5/5 45% The Lords of Salem (2013) " "The Lords of Salem" will make you feel bad. But it's supposed to." — Los Angeles Times
Posted Apr 18, 2013
3/5 80% The Story Of Luke (2013) " "The Story of Luke" is not a saga of epic proportions, but with a huge assist from Pucci's layered performance, takes a premise that could easily be movie-of-the-week sappy and finds a humanizing lightness." — Los Angeles Times
Posted Apr 5, 2013
2.5/5 89% My Brother The Devil (2013) " "My Brother the Devil" is a promising debut that marks El Hosaini as a filmmaker to watch, but one still very much in the developmental stages." — Los Angeles Times
Posted Apr 5, 2013
3.5/5 62% Evil Dead (2013) " What this "Evil Dead" gets most right is its tone, paying homage yet staking its own territory; it's scary without being downbeat, fun without being too jokey." — Los Angeles Times
Posted Apr 4, 2013
1.5/5 15% Temptation (2013) " Perry's ongoing disinterest in improving as a filmmaker is now seemingly part of his unshakable belief in himself, his insistence on doing his thing his way." — Los Angeles Times
Posted Mar 29, 2013
2/5 10% Molly's Theory Of Relativity (2013) " Something of an intriguing, if not entirely successful, exoticism." — Los Angeles Times
Posted Mar 29, 2013
2/5 68% Wrong (2013) " Dupieux's absurdism is simply muddled, masking the fact he doesn't really have much to say." — Los Angeles Times
Posted Mar 28, 2013
3/5 36% Family Weekend (2013) " What keeps the film afloat is the buoyant young cast, with Rulin especially watchable as the tightly wound lead and Joey King as her younger sister, who's an aspiring actress." — Los Angeles Times
Posted Mar 28, 2013
2/5 —— Bob's New Suit (2013) " With good intentions and a warm heart but undone by uneven performances and shaky storytelling, "Bob's New Suit" never quite finds the right fit." — Los Angeles Times
Posted Mar 21, 2013
2.5/5 17% The Kill Hole (2013) " Made up of four or five story ideas all crammed together, the film maintains a stop-start momentum at best that keeps it from ever hitting a solid stride." — Los Angeles Times
Posted Mar 21, 2013
2/5 9% If I Were You (2012) " Harden is a wonderful actress but struggles to find the complexity in so strained a situation." — Los Angeles Times
Posted Mar 14, 2013
3.5/5 68% Somebody Up There Likes Me (2013) " Words such as offbeat, charming or, Lord help us, quirky are wildly overused and yet this is exactly the kind of film to which they best apply." — Los Angeles Times
Posted Mar 14, 2013
3.5/5 65% Don't Stop Believin': Everyman's Journey (2013) " Pineda's ebullience is infectious, and "Don't Stop Believin': Everyman's Journey" is a pleasant story of dreams coming true." — Los Angeles Times
Posted Mar 7, 2013
3/5 16% The Last Exorcism Part II (2013) " The Last Exorcism Part II is an effectively unnerving, slow-burn supernatural horror tale. " — Los Angeles Times
Posted Mar 1, 2013
3/5 25% Phantom (2013) " A modest thriller propelled by a strong cast and straightforward storytelling." — Los Angeles Times
Posted Feb 28, 2013
2/5 28% 21 And Over (2013) " A cynical college-age "Hangover" redo with far, far fewer fully developed characters or inventive adventures. (And that's saying something.)" — Los Angeles Times
Posted Feb 28, 2013
2/5 39% Dark Skies (2013) " Really the biggest problem with Dark Skies is that Stewart can never quite decide just what story he is telling or whether to focus on this character or that, instead struggling to string together scares regardless of how they fit together overall." — Los Angeles Times
Posted Feb 22, 2013
4/5 65% The Jeffrey Dahmer Files (2013) " Mesmerizing and haunting, "The Jeffrey Dahmer Files" is an inside-out serial killer movie, lacking in gore or cheap psychology and made in part for those who think they never want to see another serial killer movie." — Los Angeles Times
Posted Feb 22, 2013
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