Martin Tsai

Martin Tsai

Agrees with the Tomatometer 66% of the time.

Publications:
Newark Star-Ledger , Village Voice
Total Reviews:
74

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Rating T-Meter Title | Year Add Date
69% The Notebook (2014) " This cautionary tale certainly has a chilling and timely message of how wars make monsters out of innocent people." — Los Angeles Times
Posted Aug 28, 2014
47% The Strange Color of Your Body's Tears (2014) " Above all, its gratuitous graphic gore and exploitative nudity are unmistakably giallo." — Los Angeles Times
Posted Aug 28, 2014
40% The Possession of Michael King (2014) " Why would a possessed Michael continue to operate the camera or even turn on night vision? You simply can't capitalize on a filmmaking fad by shortchanging the audience." — Los Angeles Times
Posted Aug 22, 2014
84% Rich Hill (2014) " Rather than putting us in the shoes of the poor, "Rich Hill" merely lets filmmakers and art-house patrons pat themselves on the back for watching the lyrical misfortunes of others." — Los Angeles Times
Posted Aug 15, 2014
—— The Admiral: Roaring Currents (2014) " The sea battles are absolutely epic, more realistic and thrilling than John Woo's 2008 "Red Cliff" or even Peter Weir's 2003 "Master and Commander: The Far Side of the World."" — Los Angeles Times
Posted Aug 15, 2014
—— Mission Blue (2014) " Though "Mission Blue" gets its title from Earle's nonprofit organization, the film rarely comes across as propaganda." — Los Angeles Times
Posted Aug 15, 2014
9% After (2014) " "After" catalogs so many clichés in the dysfunctional family at its center that the film could be taught in a screenwriting class as a lesson in what not to do." — Los Angeles Times
Posted Aug 14, 2014
59% Deepsea Challenge 3D (2014) " The film seems to gloss over meaningful logistics of the expedition - such as funding, design and assemblage of the bathyscaphe Deepsea Challenger - as well as the scientific discoveries made from the specimens it collected." — Los Angeles Times
Posted Aug 8, 2014
—— 37 A Final Promise (2014) " "37: A Final Promise" comes off as a paranormal and schizophrenic take on a Lifetime movie with themes of terminal illness and assisted suicide." — Los Angeles Times
Posted Aug 7, 2014
—— Raw Cut (2014) " Aside from the film's double-entendre title and typical slasher-movie poster, director Quist and screenwriter Ponickly have given us nothing to fear." — Los Angeles Times
Posted Jul 31, 2014
—— K Missing Kings (2014) " Making sense was never a top priority for "K," and its sequel is just as much of a hot mess." — Los Angeles Times
Posted Jul 17, 2014
—— The Girl on The Train (2014) " A paper-thin plot ornamented with distractions: a nonlinear narrative, unreliable narrators, flatulent dialogue and awkward post-production work." — Los Angeles Times
Posted Jul 3, 2014
8% America (2014) " It's "Sesame Street"-style show and tell, complete with highly suggestive musical cues." — Los Angeles Times
Posted Jul 3, 2014
70% Nothing Bad Can Happen (2014) " Gebbe appears to be a misanthrope who subjects her male protagonist to senseless cruelty." — Los Angeles Times
Posted Jun 26, 2014
54% Miss Lovely (2014) " Ahluwalia's documentarian background and extensive research make believable even clichés like sibling rivalry and the "All About Eve" catfight for attention among the actresses." — Los Angeles Times
Posted Jun 19, 2014
89% Test (2014) " "Test" is woefully inadequate and unnecessary when compared with "Parting Glances" (1986) and "Longtime Companion" (1989)." — Los Angeles Times
Posted Jun 12, 2014
92% Accident (1967) " "Accident" seems like an early prototype for Neil LaBute plays but without their infuriating provocations and ugly morale." — Los Angeles Times
Posted Jun 12, 2014
—— This Is Not A Ball (2014) " The film is certainly interesting, despite the fact that it's a glorified promotional video for Muniz's installations." — Los Angeles Times
Posted Jun 6, 2014
58% Rigor Mortis (2014) " Director Juno Mak might have pulled off this potpourri if it weren't for a cop-out ending." — Los Angeles Times
Posted Jun 5, 2014
76% Lucky Them (2014) " Director Megan Griffiths and writers Huck Botko and Emily Wachtel flesh out a female perspective that's refreshing and engrossing without demonizing or objectifying men." — Los Angeles Times
Posted Jun 5, 2014
100% Hanna Ranch (2014) " Without passing judgment, Dickman illustrates how Hanna's way of life and personal convictions compelled his politics. He also allows Steve Hanna a fair shot at presenting his version of the events." — Los Angeles Times
Posted May 15, 2014
—— How We Got Away With It (2014) " It's surprising that a screenplay conceived by three veteran actors would allow so little character development." — Los Angeles Times
Posted May 15, 2014
49% Wolf Creek 2 (2014) " Ultimately the sequel's raisons d'être seem to be emulating superior movies, from "Deliverance" to "Joy Ride" to "Saw."" — Los Angeles Times
Posted May 15, 2014
71% Documented (2014) " His advocacy is meant to serve primarily him." — Los Angeles Times
Posted May 8, 2014
16% Legends of Oz: Dorothy's Return (2014) " Feels like a formulaic knockoff of the original, replacing most everything whimsical about its predecessor with inane surrogates." — Los Angeles Times
Posted May 8, 2014
27% Farmland (2014) " "Farmland" often comes off like lobbyist propaganda, profusely extolling the virtues of the independent American farmer." — Los Angeles Times
Posted May 1, 2014
60% Unclaimed (2014) " One can't help but think that in the hands of a shrewder filmmaker like Errol Morris, this stranger-than-fiction account would have been absolutely riveting." — Los Angeles Times
Posted May 1, 2014
8% A Haunted House 2 (2014) " From Honey Boo Boo to the Kardashians, from Chris Brown to Paula Deen, from Angry Birds to "Hoarders," it spares nothing and no one." — Los Angeles Times
Posted Apr 18, 2014
—— Poseidon Rex (2014) " The filmmakers forget the fundamentals of B-movie 101: Skin-baring spring breakers make for the most qualified carnage." — Los Angeles Times
Posted Apr 17, 2014
59% 13 Sins (2014) " Never satisfyingly accounts for how the unseen puppeteer manages to keep a constant eye on Elliot's every move." — Los Angeles Times
Posted Apr 17, 2014
46% That Demon Within (Mo Jing) (2014) " This Hong Kong import can't resist the urge to dumb down a fascinating premise for the sake of mass consumption." — Los Angeles Times
Posted Apr 17, 2014
89% Bears (2014) " Amid its heaping serving of cuddliness ... the film doesn't sugarcoat the harsh reality and unforgiving elements with which the bears have to contend." — Los Angeles Times
Posted Apr 17, 2014
57% The Tightrope (2014) " "Peter Brook" evinces the how without ever bothering to address the who, what, where, when and why. Even the press notes offer scant information. Without any context, the film loses the uninitiated from the opening." — Los Angeles Times
Posted Apr 10, 2014
44% In the Blood (2014) " Though lacking marquee names, the film measures up to the typical Hollywood action-thriller in just about every other bailiwick." — Los Angeles Times
Posted Apr 3, 2014
77% Island Of Lemurs: Madagascar (2014) " Even at a meager 40 minutes, the film feels padded." — Los Angeles Times
Posted Apr 3, 2014
30% Boys of Abu Ghraib (2014) " The film hardly scratches Abu Ghraib's surface." — Los Angeles Times
Posted Mar 27, 2014
83% Rob the Mob (2014) " "Rob the Mob" skims over the lifted-from-the-headlines exploits of an outlaw couple and gleans a humanist drama steeped in sentimentality." — Los Angeles Times
Posted Mar 27, 2014
13% McCanick (2014) " The premise that bruised feelings can get blown so far out of proportion and propel a veteran cop to risk his reputation and jettison his entire career is simply preposterous." — Los Angeles Times
Posted Mar 20, 2014
80% The Den (2014) " False leads superfluously string the protagonist along; it feels as though the writers have padded the script rather than showed off their cleverness." — Los Angeles Times
Posted Mar 20, 2014
65% U Want Me 2 Kill Him? (2014) " Andrew Douglas, who directed the 2005 "The Amityville Horror" remake, mishandles the standard noir as straightforward drama and gives it an unfortunate after-school-special vibe." — Los Angeles Times
Posted Mar 13, 2014
—— Tiger & Bunny: The Rising (2014) " "Tiger & Bunny the Movie: The Rising" puts such a radical spin on superhero comics that it almost reads as satire." — Los Angeles Times
Posted Mar 13, 2014
0% War of the Worlds: Goliath (2014) " "War of the Worlds: Goliath" is just a few cereal commercials shy of a pointlessly cartoon marathon - violent, messily drawn and lifelessly dragging." — Los Angeles Times
Posted Mar 7, 2014
44% Special ID (2014) " There's little suspense to speak of but plenty of roundhouse kicks to keep you shocked and awed." — Los Angeles Times
Posted Mar 6, 2014
—— Southern Baptist Sissies (2014) " Designated for a safe space containing a receptive audience, the play neither provokes nor challenges. It preaches to the choir instead of spreading the word." — Los Angeles Times
Posted Mar 6, 2014
21% Son Of God (2014) " The two-hour film condenses about four hours of what already was hasty television, and it all winds up a little dramatically static." — Los Angeles Times
Posted Feb 27, 2014
44% Almost Human (2014) " While the cast and crew's competence well exceed what anyone would expect from this breed of B movies, they cannot compensate for the flawed internal logic in the screenplay." — Los Angeles Times
Posted Feb 20, 2014
100% Oscar Nominated Documentary Short Films 2014 (2014) " This year's Academy Award documentary short subject nominees prove more substantial than their animation and live-action counterparts." — Los Angeles Times
Posted Feb 14, 2014
100% 7 Boxes (2014) " What jumps out here is the pervasive desperation shared by just about every character. Within the film's universe, people from all walks of life go to great lengths for money." — Los Angeles Times
Posted Feb 6, 2014
61% Oscar Nominated Live Action Short Films 2014 (2014) " Only one Academy Award nominee in the live-action short film category truly merits the win." — Los Angeles Times
Posted Jan 30, 2014
55% Knights of Badassdom (2014) " "Knights of Badassdom" actually delivers everything the 2011 Danny McBride-James Franco comedy "Your Highness" purported to be but fell short on." — Los Angeles Times
Posted Jan 23, 2014
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