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:
452

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Rating T-Meter Title | Year Add Date
19% 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
42% 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
72% 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
60% 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
38% 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
14% 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 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 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 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
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
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 84% 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
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 62% 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
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