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

Listing Of All Reviews & Articles

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Rating T-Meter Title | Year Review
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 No Score Yet 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 (2012) "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
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 27% 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 40% 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 64% 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
4/5 85% Bestiaire (2012) "Whether one is an animal lover or not, the chance to in essence sit with these animals as if up close and in their pens is remarkable and engaging. " ‐ Los Angeles Times
Posted Feb 20, 2013
2/5 27% Saving Lincoln (2013) "The film feels like an animated Wikipedia page, just sort of running through the greatest hits of Lincoln's life in office - the Emancipation Proclamation! Gettysburg! The Theater! - without any real insight. " ‐ Los Angeles Times
Posted Feb 20, 2013
2.5/5 33% The Berlin File (2013) "There is something sharp, exciting and more original tucked within "The Berlin File" - and it is in moments a sleek, crackling film - but it all feels somehow misshapen. " ‐ Los Angeles Times
Posted Feb 15, 2013
2.5/5 No Score Yet Lost In Thailand (2013) "By our quote-unquote standards of contemporary comedy, it plays as uneven at best and often just flattens out for long jokeless stretches. " ‐ Los Angeles Times
Posted Feb 11, 2013
2.5/5 40% Clandestine Childhood (2013) "Ávila can't quite thread the needle between telling his personal story and connecting it to larger social currents. " ‐ Los Angeles Times
Posted Feb 8, 2013
2/5 19% The Haunting in Connecticut 2: Ghosts of Georgia (2013) "The filmmakers trot out slavery as a general sins-of-the-past signifier and then have no idea what to really do with such a painful real-world issue. " ‐ Los Angeles Times
Posted Jan 31, 2013
1/5 19% Girls Against Boys (2013) "In "Girls Against Boys" both sides lose. " ‐ Los Angeles Times
Posted Jan 31, 2013
2.5/4 51% Where Do We Go Now? (2012) Chicago Tribune
Posted Jan 22, 2013
2/5 No Score Yet Officer Down (2013) "Really just an overstuffed story that comes off not as layered but rather as an unfocused jumble. " ‐ Los Angeles Times
Posted Jan 17, 2013
3/5 60% The Last Stand (2013) ""The Last Stand" may not herald a full-scale reemergence for Arnold the Action Star, but it's clearly a step in that direction. " ‐ Los Angeles Times
Posted Jan 17, 2013
1.5/5 10% A Haunted House (2013) "There are vague hints that the story is "really" about the difficulties and anxiety of commitment, but then one of many variations on a fart joke distracts from any actual idea. " ‐ Los Angeles Times
Posted Jan 13, 2013
2/5 50% FrackNation (2013) "A one-sided attack piece like "FrackNation" doesn't add much to the conversation. " ‐ Los Angeles Times
Posted Jan 11, 2013
2/5 28% Struck by Lightning (2013) "If only "Struck by Lightning" had a sharper, stronger perspective, it might have made more of its conceit. " ‐ Los Angeles Times
Posted Jan 10, 2013
76% Kill List (2012) "When it's all over, audiences are sent reeling out of the theater with heads spinning and guts churning. " ‐ L.A. Weekly
Posted Jan 8, 2013
1/5 19% Texas Chainsaw (2013) "The original "Texas Chainsaw Massacre" leaves audiences feeling hollowed out, dispirited and dissolute. "Texas Chainsaw 3D" is simply a bummer for being a big nothing. " ‐ Los Angeles Times
Posted Jan 5, 2013
2/5 18% Allegiance (2012) "An intermittently compelling but ultimately disappointing drama that loses track of its own point of view in favor of more generic storytelling. " ‐ Los Angeles Times
Posted Jan 3, 2013
2/5 18% Parental Guidance (2012) "Deeply, willfully out of touch ... " ‐ Los Angeles Times
Posted Dec 25, 2012
3/5 No Score Yet Le Noël De Walter Et Tandoori 3D "Harmless if not particularly noteworthy, with a warm heart and can't-argue-with-that message of environmental and local awareness ... " ‐ Los Angeles Times
Posted Dec 24, 2012
2/5 47% Cirque Du Soleil: Worlds Away (2012) ""Worlds Away" functions solely as some sort of bargain sampler platter appetizer, never proving it has a real reason of its own to exist. " ‐ Los Angeles Times
Posted Dec 20, 2012
2.5/5 39% The Guilt Trip (2012) "One of the few points of interest in the film is trying to decide which car scenes were done with a towing rig and which were green-screen process shots. " ‐ Los Angeles Times
Posted Dec 18, 2012
2/5 No Score Yet Guns, Girls and Gambling (2012) "A movie first and foremost about other movies, a derivative of derivatives, "Guns, Girls and Gambling" is like a losing hand at cards: It could have been a winner, but just isn't. " ‐ Los Angeles Times
Posted Dec 14, 2012
3/5 33% Cheerful Weather For The Wedding (2012) "Rice does a fine job of juggling so many characters and moving smoothly among flashbacks without losing sight of the main story. " ‐ Los Angeles Times
Posted Dec 14, 2012
0/5 No Score Yet Home Minister "A self-published philosophical tract transposed into a movie that defies most all conventional notions of good or bad. It's something more akin to hypnotically terrible. " ‐ Los Angeles Times
Posted Dec 14, 2012
2.5/5 33% Buffalo Girls (2012) "It's difficult to say if Kellstein's approach to these difficult cultural dilemmas is meant to leave the audience to decide for themselves or if he can't figure it out either. " ‐ Los Angeles Times
Posted Dec 7, 2012
2/5 43% Waiting For Lightning (2012) "Little more than an extended piece of lifestyle merchandising, a long montage for monitors in sporting-goods shops. " ‐ Los Angeles Times
Posted Dec 7, 2012
2.5/5 67% California Solo (2012) "In some sense, "California Solo" is like meeting an engaging stranger: At first there's a certain air of enigmatic mystery that makes you want to spend time with them, but eventually things turn awkward and you just want to get away. " ‐ Los Angeles Times
Posted Dec 6, 2012
2/5 29% Atletu (The Athlete) "There are perhaps two better films lurking within "Atletu," one a more straightforward documentary and the other a narrative biopic, but this hybrid falls flat. " ‐ Los Angeles Times
Posted Nov 30, 2012
2/5 37% The Collection (2012) "Melton and Dunstan have created little more than a hollow shell for an empty box. " ‐ Los Angeles Times
Posted Nov 29, 2012
3/5 51% Universal Soldier: Day of Reckoning (2012) "The movie creates something of the sensation of huffing industrial solvents - in a good way! - a waking-sleep zombification that can't exactly be described as pleasurable but definitely has an odd, distinct power. " ‐ Los Angeles Times
Posted Nov 29, 2012
4/5 96% Chasing Ice (2012) "Though the filmmaker's point of view on the matter seems quite clear, Orlowski does smartly acknowledge counterarguments against climate change without dwelling on them. " ‐ Los Angeles Times
Posted Nov 22, 2012
2/5 No Score Yet Scrooge & Marley (2012) "A gay-themed adaptation of Charles Dickens' "A Christmas Carol" made in Chicago. One can more or less imagine the entire film from there. " ‐ Los Angeles Times
Posted Nov 20, 2012
2/5 12% Red Dawn (2012) "A movie in search of its moment. " ‐ Los Angeles Times
Posted Nov 20, 2012
3/5 88% Funeral Kings (2012) "A surprisingly sweet story about a pair of Rhode Island Catholic schoolboys, played with knockabout charm by Alex Maizus and Dylan Hartigan. " ‐ Los Angeles Times
Posted Nov 16, 2012
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