Mark Olsen

Mark Olsen

Agrees with the Tomatometer 77% of the time.

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Rating T-Meter Title | Year Review
31% 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
45% 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
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 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 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 36% 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
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