Mark Hughes

Mark Hughes
Tomatometer-approved critic
Publications: Forbes

Movie Reviews Only

T-Meter Title | Year
79% Captain Marvel (2019) [B]lockbuster spectacle, eye-popping visuals, thrilling action, & heroes we care about & root for... with overt & subtle points about equality, diversity, & the power of family & belief... - Forbes EDIT
Read More | Posted Mar 6, 2019
94% Birds of Passage (Pájaros de verano) (2019) [A] haunting masterpiece destined to be among the year's finest films... - Forbes EDIT
Read More | Posted Feb 15, 2019
60% Alita: Battle Angel (2019) [A] crowd-pleasing popcorn action spectacle with some of the best visual effects and eye-popping 3D put to film. - Forbes EDIT
Read More | Posted Feb 14, 2019
86% The LEGO Movie 2: The Second Part (2019) [It's] not the sequel you expected, and we should all be eternally grateful for that. It is something much more, and something much braver and more risk-taking. - Forbes EDIT
Read More | Posted Feb 7, 2019
78% Mary Poppins Returns (2018) ...Mary Poppins Returns is good and likely to be successful, but not as great as you might think it is... - Forbes EDIT
Read More | Posted Dec 19, 2018
93% 2001: A Space Odyssey (1968) Among the most important and iconic pictures ever produced... [it] continues to amaze and inspire. - Forbes EDIT
Read More | Posted Dec 19, 2018
65% Aquaman (2018) [A] nonstop rollercoaster ride of heart-pounding action, eye-popping visual spectacle, and all-around crowd-pleasing blockbuster entertainment that is insanely enjoyable to watch. - Forbes EDIT
Read More | Posted Dec 11, 2018
97% Spider-Man: Into the Spider-Verse (2018) [O]ne of the finest Spider-Man movies ever made... it's laugh-out-loud, clap-out-loud, cheer-out-loud thrilling entertainment from start to finish. - Forbes EDIT
Read More | Posted Dec 6, 2018
92% Santa Claus Is Comin' to Town (1970) With terrific set designs and the best musical numbers of any of the old Rankin-Bass animated specials, it really holds up well even to this day. The story of how Santa Claus came to be, it's a must-see if you've got little kids in the household. - Forbes EDIT
Read More | Posted Nov 29, 2018
69% Bleed For This (2016) It was the act itself, the willingness to try because they could no longer do otherwise, that draws us in and makes the story a tale of redemption, regardless of whether they ever got further than that dim basement at night. - Forbes EDIT
Read More | Posted Nov 14, 2018
62% Outlaw King (2018) Briskly paced, full of gorgeous shots and breathless action, it's high-powered action cinema that happens to be rooted in a real life revolution and love story. - Forbes EDIT
Read More | Posted Nov 9, 2018
29% Venom (2018) [A] weak B-movie with A-list talent working gamely to try to elevate the material... [but] in the end it's too much of a mixed bag of tone and erratic plotting to escape its own limitations. - Forbes EDIT
Read More | Posted Oct 5, 2018
89% A Star Is Born (2018) [A] magnificent, emotional, beautiful production that entertains and thrills you while it makes you laugh and cheer, but also while it makes you cry and breaks your heart. - Forbes EDIT
Read More | Posted Oct 1, 2018
93% Sorry to Bother You (2018) [D]eliciously subversive and unapologetically, righteously militant... be prepared for extremely thoughtful, entertaining, poignant, enraging, laugh-out-loud brilliance. - Forbes EDIT
Read More | Posted Jul 13, 2018
88% Ant-Man and the Wasp (2018) [F]ast-paced, laugh-out-loud funny, and packed full of one-size-fits-all blockbuster entertainment sure to excite fans young and old. But what it has more than anything else is heart and soul... - Forbes EDIT
Read More | Posted Jul 4, 2018
70% Solo: A Star Wars Story (2018) A pure dose of adrenalin and joy straight to the heart, Solo has kickstarted a whole new corner of the Star Wars universe, and I can't wait to go back again. - Forbes EDIT
Read More | Posted May 18, 2018
83% Deadpool 2 (2018) It's funnier, more dramatic and emotional, has a better story, and has a killer supporting cast who all work tirelessly to make Deadpool 2 feel as fresh and surprising as the original. - Forbes EDIT
Read More | Posted May 16, 2018
85% Avengers: Infinity War (2018) [T]he most ambitious, most audacious, most mindblowing superhero film ever produced... THIS is why the superhero genre exists. - Forbes EDIT
Read More | Posted Apr 24, 2018
89% You Were Never Really Here (2018) [T]he sheer power of artistic skill on the screen is striking and demands attention... This is what we mean when we say we want films that make us feel, and it's something [director Lynne] Ramsay has done consistently through her entire career. - Forbes EDIT
Read More | Posted Apr 14, 2018
81% Chappaquiddick (2018) [A] moving, infuriating portrayal of a dreadful moment in history and its shameful aftermath. - Forbes EDIT
Read More | Posted Apr 5, 2018
72% Ready Player One (2018) [A] heaping helping of exhilarating summer popcorn spectacle delivered ahead of schedule for springtime... Steven Spielberg at the top of his game... - Forbes EDIT
Read More | Posted Mar 29, 2018
42% A Wrinkle in Time (2018) [S]trange, irreverent, and ultimately a family-pleasing heartfelt fantasy tale. There's nothing else like it in theaters... - Forbes EDIT
Read More | Posted Mar 8, 2018
97% Black Panther (2018) [A] tour de force, one of the smartest, most original action-packed blockbusters of the decade... bold and visually stunning filmmaking... - Forbes EDIT
Read More | Posted Feb 6, 2018
91% Star Wars: The Last Jedi (2017) [G]ets off to a bit of an uneven start, but finds its footing eventually... not the best of the series, and not the best of the new films, but it's still a worthwhile entry in the continuing saga... - Forbes EDIT
Read More | Posted Dec 12, 2017
97% Coco (2017) [O]ne of Pixar's all-time greats, a marvelous achievement worth experiencing with your whole family. - Forbes EDIT
Read More | Posted Nov 23, 2017
40% Justice League (2017) Fast paced & with its eye always on moving the story forward, Justice League balances frequent humor with equally frequent character exchanges & development... [A] two-hour live-action superhero cartoon made for kids as well as adults. - Forbes EDIT
Read More | Posted Nov 15, 2017
59% Murder On The Orient Express (2017) When I walked out, I was left wanting, more mindful of unfulfilled promise than impressed by half a good movie. I cannot claim this is a bad movie, I simply cannot say it is a truly good one overall. - Forbes EDIT
Read More | Posted Nov 10, 2017
92% Thor: Ragnarok (2017) [O]ne of the boldest and most sensuous of the MCU releases... outrageously entertaining, sure to please all ages & turn Thor into a far more popular character with mainstream audiences... - Forbes EDIT
Read More | Posted Oct 19, 2017
87% Blade Runner 2049 (2017) [A] miraculous, riveting cinematic achievement that does the impossible -- living up to the original film and even at times surpassing it. - Forbes EDIT
Read More | Posted Oct 5, 2017
92% Dunkirk (2017) [A] breathless, awe-inspiring depiction of war by land, sea, and air... [O]ne of the few perfect films of the 21st Century. - Forbes EDIT
Read More | Posted Jul 21, 2017
93% War for the Planet of the Apes (2017) [A] brilliant, beautiful, breathtaking blockbuster filled with grand performances and gripping emotional storytelling... [T]he must-see movie of the Summer... - Forbes EDIT
Read More | Posted Jul 13, 2017
92% Spider-Man: Homecoming (2017) [T]he perfect Spider-Man movie and one of the best films yet in the MCU. Audiences are going to fall in love with it... - Forbes EDIT
Read More | Posted Jul 5, 2017
15% Transformers: The Last Knight (2017) [A]t the end of the day it just wants to give you a couple of hours of pure escapism full of exciting action, cool visual effects, a bunch of corny jokes, and leave you feeling like you just stepped off a roller coaster. - Forbes EDIT
Read More | Posted Jun 21, 2017
70% Cars 3 (2017) [T]he best of the series, a sumptuous visual treat with great humor, a big heart, and surprisingly strong messages about inclusion and self-worth. - Forbes EDIT
Read More | Posted Jun 16, 2017
93% Wonder Woman (2017) [A]n electrifying, breathtaking cinematic achievement... Amazing performances, pulse-pounding action, and outstanding visuals make it one of the best superhero movies of all time. - Forbes EDIT
Read More | Posted May 30, 2017
29% Pirates of the Caribbean: Dead Men Tell No Tales (2017) Fans of the originals will recognize enough connective tissue to make them mindful of the first trilogy, & average viewers will find more than enough to enjoy & make them glad they bought a ticket. - Forbes EDIT
Read More | Posted May 25, 2017
65% Alien: Covenant (2017) [S]cary as hell, and will give you a spectacularly bloody good time at the theater. - Forbes EDIT
Read More | Posted May 16, 2017
31% King Arthur: Legend Of The Sword (2017) [I]t fails to deliver a film worthy of [its] ambitions... There was a good movie in here somewhere, but only pieces of it were allowed to survive. - Forbes EDIT
Read More | Posted May 11, 2017
36% Snatched (2017) [It] will crack you up from start to finish, while also leaving you misty-eyed and wanting to hug your mom. - Forbes EDIT
Read More | Posted May 11, 2017
83% Guardians of the Galaxy Vol. 2 (2017) [A] grand and worthy sequel that packs an emotional wallop and brilliant visuals. - Forbes EDIT
Read More | Posted Apr 26, 2017
71% Beauty and the Beast (2017) [A] gorgeous, entertaining, amusing fairy tale come to vivid life, and is bound to please the vast majority of audiences - Forbes EDIT
Read More | Posted Mar 17, 2017
75% Kong: Skull Island (2017) Kong: Skull Island is a fast-paced adrenaline rush that gives us lots of CGI eye candy, lots of thrilling action sequences and scary moments, lots of laughs, and lots of charismatic performers... - Forbes EDIT
Read More | Posted Mar 6, 2017
93% Logan (2017) Operatic and also deeply personal, Logan is one of the true great films of the superhero genre, among the best films of 2017 to date, and a rousing send-off for the old guard while ushering in the future of the X-Men franchise. - Forbes EDIT
Read More | Posted Feb 17, 2017
43% A Cure For Wellness (2017) The sumptuous visuals and spiral into confusing dream-logic - or more accurately, nightmare-logic... sets the stage for a horror production driven by aesthetics and ideas more than pure plotting and character-driven narrative. - Forbes EDIT
Read More | Posted Feb 16, 2017
90% The Lego Batman Movie (2017) A visual treat that's terrific fun for the whole family... gloriously silly and wildly hysterical, but also unexpectedly faithful and remarkably emotionally perceptive. - Forbes EDIT
Read More | Posted Feb 9, 2017
35% Live By Night (2017) [A] smart, sultry, thrilling piece of gangster fiction in the best traditions of classic Hollywood gangster movies of the 1930s and 1940s while taking other inspiration from 1970s neo-noir crime cinema. - Forbes EDIT
Read More | Posted Jan 13, 2017
80% Patriots Day (2017) Patriots Day is ultimately a tale of hope and inspiration... The survivors live on and honor those who died, and the people from whom so much was taken came together, stood together, and healed together. Patriots Day honors them, as should we all. - Forbes EDIT
Read More | Posted Jan 12, 2017
83% Silence (2017) [V]isually breathtaking, passionate, and provocative. Its implications will stay with you long after you've left the theater... - Forbes EDIT
Read More | Posted Jan 4, 2017
85% Lion (2016) [A] tale of tragedy and loss, of pain and heartbreak -- but also a tale of hope and mercy, of faith & love, and of how sublime moments of grace in our lives can often come from the aftermath of suffering. - Forbes EDIT
Read More | Posted Dec 30, 2016
83% Rogue One: A Star Wars Story (2016) [A]n eye-popping heart-stopping joyride that leaves you breathless... a grand and operatic vision... - Forbes EDIT
Read More | Posted Dec 15, 2016