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Mark Jenkins

Mark Jenkins
Mark Jenkins's reviews only count toward the Tomatometer when published at the following Tomatometer-approved publication(s): Washington Post, Orlando Weekly, NPR.org, NPR

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Rating T-Meter Title | Year Review
0% November Criminals (2017) Sam Munson's 2010 novel The November Criminals is the kind of book that attracts smart filmmakers and serious actors - that then, all too often, gets diluted into a bland disappointment like November Criminals.‐ NPR
Read More | Posted Dec 7, 2017
91% The Other Side of Hope (Toivon tuolla puolen) (2017) The filmmaker's universe is both deeply ordinary and just a little uncanny.‐ NPR
Read More | Posted Nov 30, 2017
2.5/4 40% The Swindlers (2017) An entertaining if mostly routine con-game thriller.‐ Washington Post
Read More | Posted Nov 30, 2017
86% Wonder (2017) The movie's biggest fantasy is a world where there are no fundamental conflicts, only misunderstandings.‐ NPR
Read More | Posted Nov 16, 2017
3/4 99% BPM (Beats Per Minute) (120 battements par minute) (2017) "BPM" is often exhilarating and ultimately moving, but it makes few concessions to audiences without a strong preexisting interest in its subject.‐ Washington Post
Read More | Posted Nov 16, 2017
91% Thelma (2017) Trier is a ingenious filmmaker, and he makes Thelma visually compelling even when the story lazily turns to the usual scare-flick tropes.‐ NPR
Read More | Posted Nov 9, 2017
75% 11/8/16 (2017) It's a tightly woven series of closeups of a diverse, divided populace.‐ NPR
Read More | Posted Nov 2, 2017
2.5/4 84% Blade of the Immortal (Mugen no jûnin) (2017) "Blade" goes for the carotid while offering a classic look and a comic-book story. It's part Kurosawa, part "X-Men," part "Ichi the Killer."‐ Washington Post
Read More | Posted Nov 2, 2017
81% The Square (2017) The argument in favor of The Square is not that it's great fun to watch, but that it's very entertaining to ponder after viewing. It lingers, both amusingly and disturbingly.‐ NPR
Read More | Posted Oct 26, 2017
1.5/4 29% All I See Is You (2017) Despite a modicum of visual style and competent performances, it is unable to keep us guessing - or, more important, to make us care - long enough to work up true suspense.‐ Washington Post
Read More | Posted Oct 26, 2017
2.5/4 92% Chavela (2017) A solid if conventional bio.‐ Washington Post
Read More | Posted Oct 26, 2017
71% Wonderstruck (2017) Wonderstruck offers much to occupy the eyes and minds of movie buffs and Haynes fans. Yet there's little room left for insight and emotion in this overstuffed cabinet of curiosities.‐ NPR
Read More | Posted Oct 19, 2017
87% Professor Marston & The Wonder Women (2017) Sweet and rather silly, the movie is entertaining. It's rarely persuasive, however, and generally seems like a missed opportunity.‐ NPR
Read More | Posted Oct 12, 2017
2.5/4 91% Brawl in Cell Block 99 (2017) Writer-director S. Craig Zahler takes his handiwork so seriously that viewers may do the same.‐ Washington Post
Read More | Posted Oct 12, 2017
41% The Mountain Between Us (2017) J. Mills Goodloe and Chris Weitz's script ... dispenses backstory as if through an I.V. drip, designed to just barely sustain the audience's interest. Most of the time, character development is buried under fresh powder.‐ NPR
Read More | Posted Oct 5, 2017
33% Mark Felt: The Man Who Brought Down the White House (2017) Despite all the revelations about Felt's career and family, he is no more complex a character at the end than at the beginning. Neeson's performance is all steel-spined bearing and resonant intonation.‐ NPR
Read More | Posted Sep 28, 2017
2/4 No Score Yet Stopping Traffic: The Movement to End Sex Trafficking (2017) As both a movie and a battle plan for ending the child-sex trade, "Stopping Traffic" is disorganized and incomplete.‐ Washington Post
Read More | Posted Sep 28, 2017
3/4 100% Two Trains Runnin' (2016) The movie's thesis is that the 1960s' political clashes and cultural revelations were essentially linked, and equally liberating.‐ Washington Post
Read More | Posted Sep 21, 2017
96% Ex Libris: New York Public Library (2017) Ex Libris's graceful exit suggests that Wiseman always knew exactly where he was headed.‐ NPR
Read More | Posted Sep 14, 2017
94% Spettacolo (2017) [An] engaging documentary ...‐ NPR
Read More | Posted Sep 8, 2017
3/4 100% Twenty Two (2017) For viewers unfamiliar with the topic, "Twenty Two" provides the basic facts about the estimated 200,000 women enslaved in Japanese-occupied China.‐ Washington Post
Read More | Posted Sep 7, 2017
2/4 31% Home Again (2017) If her career as director somehow doesn't pan out, Meyers-Shyer would make an excellent fairy godmother.‐ Washington Post
Read More | Posted Sep 7, 2017
30% I Do... Until I Don't (2017) With seven main roles and several flimsy subplots, I Do... lacks focus and drive.‐ NPR
Read More | Posted Aug 31, 2017
82% The Villainess (Ak-Nyeo) (2017) Jung shreds a simple story and then weaves the pieces into an intricate tapestry of flashbacks and pure-action scenes, with the individual strands often sewn together by pictorial rhymes.‐ NPR
Read More | Posted Aug 24, 2017
78% Dave Made a Maze (2017) Although it's a scrappy indie, the movie has something in common with many platinum-plated CGI blockbusters: The visuals are as strong as the script is feeble.‐ NPR
Read More | Posted Aug 17, 2017
2.5/4 17% The Adventurers (2017) While the basic ingredients are familiar, Fung endows them with panache and speed, and he punctuates the action with humor.‐ Washington Post
Read More | Posted Aug 17, 2017
91% After Love (L'économie du couple) (2017) [A] perceptive drama ...‐ NPR
Read More | Posted Aug 10, 2017
2/4 40% Once Upon a Time (2017) The imaginative visuals upstage the battle scenes and amorous intrigues.‐ Washington Post
Read More | Posted Aug 10, 2017
97% Columbus (2017) Despite Richardson and Cho's assured performances, their characters, dialogue, and relationship are never fully believable.‐ NPR
Read More | Posted Aug 3, 2017
32% From the Land of the Moon (Mal de pierres) (2017) From the Land of the Moon could have been a story of a woman's maturation, or a relationship's evolution. Instead, it just moons about love so lost that it may never have existed at all.‐ NPR
Read More | Posted Jul 27, 2017
49% Valerian and the City of a Thousand Planets (2017) Valerian is exuberant, extravagant, and generally likable. Yet many parts of the movie just don't work. Sticklers for things like acting and dialogue are likely to be dissatisfied.‐ NPR
Read More | Posted Jul 20, 2017
2/4 20% Misfortune (2016) Viewers ... will find the setup more rewarding than the payoff.‐ Washington Post
Read More | Posted Jul 20, 2017
2/4 13% Hare Krishna! The Mantra, The Movement And The Swami Who Started It All (2017) For viewers who aren't hostile to mysticism, vegetarianism and endless chanting, it's a stirring story.‐ Washington Post
Read More | Posted Jul 13, 2017
3/4 91% Our Time Will Come (2017) As usual in Hui's films, the personal and the political are stitched tightly together.‐ Washington Post
Read More | Posted Jul 6, 2017
2.5/4 86% Moka (2017) "Moka" is a stark, moody mystery that doesn't actually contain much mystery. Instead, it excels as a character study and a dynamic face-off between two formidable actresses: Emmanuelle Devos and Nathalie Baye.‐ Washington Post
Read More | Posted Jul 6, 2017
89% Pop Aye (2017) [An] affecting low-key drama ...‐ NPR
Read More | Posted Jun 29, 2017
2/4 50% Reset (2017) Breakneck chases, high-altitude jeopardy and split-second rescues upstage everything save for a flowery moral: No technological breakthrough is more disruptive than a mother's love.‐ Washington Post
Read More | Posted Jun 29, 2017
68% The Journey (2017) The Journey ponders nothing less than the intractability of political violence. Which means it's pertinent far beyond Belfast.‐ NPR
Read More | Posted Jun 15, 2017
2/4 79% Past Life (2017) Nesher has adapted a real-life memoir - Baruch Milch's "Can Heaven Be Void?" - into an overly contrived dramatic scenario. It's also something of a tease.‐ Washington Post
Read More | Posted Jun 15, 2017
77% The Hero (2017) Most of its plot elements are overly familiar, but they're invigorated by Elliott's easygoing performance and the way Haley deploys them in explicit homage to his muse.‐ NPR
Read More | Posted Jun 8, 2017
2.5/4 84% Megan Leavey (2017) This movie is rarely more than merely competent, but it should stir lovers of justice as well as dog fanciers.‐ Washington Post
Read More | Posted Jun 8, 2017
2.5/4 78% God of War (2017) Sweeping and dynamic, if mostly unsurprising.‐ Washington Post
Read More | Posted Jun 1, 2017
2.5/4 86% The Wedding Plan (2017) The film's structural shortcomings will matter less to most viewers than the personality of the central character, Michal.‐ Washington Post
Read More | Posted May 25, 2017
92% Abacus: Small Enough to Jail (2017) Abacus: Small Enough to Jail is a compelling non-fiction thriller. It should engross most viewers, even those who've resisted learning what a subprime mortgage is.‐ NPR
Read More | Posted May 18, 2017
29% King Arthur: Legend Of The Sword (2017) While making a hash of a national legend, Ritchie is at least enough of a patriot to have filmed King Arthur entirely in the U.K.‐ NPR
Read More | Posted May 11, 2017
1.5/4 60% Urban Hymn (2017) Music redeems an at-risk teen in "Urban Hymn," a social-problem melodrama whose other major characters don't fare so well.‐ Washington Post
Read More | Posted May 11, 2017
100% Last Men in Aleppo (2017) Last Men balances the visceral and the melancholy.‐ NPR
Read More | Posted May 4, 2017
2.5/4 67% This Is Not What I Expected (2017) From the sizzling griddle that opens the story to a hallucinogenic trip triggered by blowfish toxin, this engagingly goofy romantic comedy speaks the international language of food.‐ Washington Post
Read More | Posted May 4, 2017
100% BANG! The Bert Berns Story (2017) The documentary may not have widespread appeal, but should engross viewers who know the songs but not the man behind them.‐ NPR
Read More | Posted Apr 27, 2017
63% Slack Bay (Ma loute) (2017) Slack Bay is a comedy primarily in theory. More intriguing than involving, the movie uses the conventions of slapstick to undermine the rich as well as the poor.‐ NPR
Read More | Posted Apr 20, 2017