Mark Olsen

Mark Olsen

Agrees with the Tomatometer 76% of the time.

Mark Olsen's reviews only count toward the Tomatometer when published at the following Tomatometer-approved publication(s): Boxoffice Magazine, Chicago Tribune, Film Comment Magazine, L.A. Weekly, Los Angeles Times, Sight and Sound, Village Voice

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Rating T-Meter Title | Year Review
43% We Are Your Friends (2015) "The movie never quite decides if it wants to be a sensitive drama of self-actualization or a playful party movie and ultimately misses the mark on both counts. " ‐ Los Angeles Times
Posted Aug 27, 2015
47% American Ultra (2015) "It turns out to be a disappointingly underdeveloped film that its makers, chiefly director Nima Nourizadeh and writer Max Landis, must have thought could coast by on a cool but half-baked idea. " ‐ Los Angeles Times
Posted Aug 20, 2015
67% The Man From U.N.C.L.E. (2015) "It all winds up feeling hollow and even slightly oppressive, an enforced sense of fun jabbed within quotation marks. It aims for a silky lightness of touch but lands like a dropped slab of concrete. " ‐ Los Angeles Times
Posted Aug 13, 2015
17% Pixels (2015) "Some movies are so interminable that it seems they might never end, while others are assembled with such indifference that you are essentially left waiting for them to start. "Pixels" somehow manages both. " ‐ Los Angeles Times
Posted Jul 23, 2015
40% Irrational Man (2015) "In its own strange, deliberate way the film does wind up feeling surprising, fresh even, as Allen finds new ways to explore some of his most longstanding preoccupations. " ‐ Los Angeles Times
Posted Jul 16, 2015
26% Terminator Genisys (2015) ""Terminator Genisys" could be Exhibit A in why the current line of thinking in Hollywood regarding sequels/reboots/remakes often leads to terrible decisions and worse films. " ‐ Los Angeles Times
Posted Jun 30, 2015
94% Spy (2015) ""Spy" may not be a great movie, but it is great fun. And at times it will have you wondering if there's that much of a difference. " ‐ Los Angeles Times
Posted Jun 4, 2015
32% Entourage (2015) "The movie has none of the fizz of the earliest of the series' eight seasons, and watching it summons that vague blank familiarity of discovering a show you used to watch is unexpectedly still on the air. " ‐ Los Angeles Times
Posted Jun 3, 2015
19% Aloha (2015) "Even with its off-balance, overstuffed storytelling, the film maintains a charm and energy that never flags, with brisk pacing and generally engaging performances from its deep-bench cast. " ‐ Los Angeles Times
Posted May 28, 2015
30% Lost River (2015) ""Lost River" is indeed a mess, but it's the best mess possible, an evocative grab-bag of images and moods with a heartfelt sincerity and conflicting impulses of romantic melancholy and hardscrabble hopefulness. " ‐ Los Angeles Times
Posted Apr 9, 2015
62% The Second Best Exotic Marigold Hotel (2015) "The film has only the sheer charm of its cast to get it by, and it says a lot about the actors that they nearly pull it off. " ‐ Los Angeles Times
Posted Mar 5, 2015
86% Adieu au langage (Goodbye to Language) (2014) "Anyone interested in the possibilities of the moviegoing experience - what can happen in a dark theater - owes it to themselves to say hello to "Goodbye to Language." " ‐ Los Angeles Times
Posted Jan 22, 2015
46% The Gambler (2014) "By suppressing Wahlberg's more typical sparkling unpredictability, this new reading of the character recasts him into someone more frustrating than free. " ‐ Los Angeles Times
Posted Dec 24, 2014
41% Comet (2014) "Its conceits ... get in the way of its characters, making it feel fussy and convoluted when it aims for something more simple and elegant. " ‐ Los Angeles Times
Posted Dec 6, 2014
64% Winter In The Blood (2014) "The story captures a slipstream of memory and regret, interweaving past and present and what might be happening in Virgil's mind as he reflects on lost family and lost chances. " ‐ Los Angeles Times
Posted Oct 30, 2014
21% Teenage Mutant Ninja Turtles (2014) "There is something half-hearted about the entire film, as if those behind it were involved not because they wanted to make it, not because they should make it, but just because they could. " ‐ Los Angeles Times
Posted Aug 7, 2014
89% Calvary (2014) "In its steady assemblage of details over an incidental, episodic structure it accrues a building sense of moral gravity. " ‐ Los Angeles Times
Posted Jul 31, 2014
46% Wish I Was Here (2014) "For a film that purports to be about the process of maturity and growth, it is woefully un-evolved, lacking in understanding and insight. " ‐ Los Angeles Times
Posted Jul 17, 2014
91% CODE BLACK (2014) "Part of what makes "Code Black" so exciting is that it may be one of the best examples of the new possibilities of the age of digital filmmaking. " ‐ Los Angeles Times
Posted Jun 26, 2014
73% Palo Alto (2014) "Conjures a delicate, very specific sense of middle-class adolescence, the indeterminate, nascent feelings of the teenage years. " ‐ Los Angeles Times
Posted May 8, 2014
59% 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
75% 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
37% 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
29% 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
15% 47 Ronin (2013) "An overlong, underwhelming movie now hitting theaters that certainly wasn't worth the wait. " ‐ Los Angeles Times
Posted Dec 24, 2013
18% 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 79% 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 58% 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 14% 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 63% 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
30% 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 No Score Yet 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
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 83% 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 21% 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
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