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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
70% Double Lover (L'amant double) (2018) It does rely on certain Gallic attitudes toward women that don't travel well. Louis' psychiatric method could reasonably be described as sexual assault, and the notion that Chloe might be "hysterical" is at best archaic.‐ NPR
Read More | Posted Feb 15, 2018
2/4 33% The Monkey King 3 (2018) Much of "The Monkey King 3" is devoted to philosophical musing and romantic mooning, the latter cued to a drippy ballad.‐ Washington Post
Read More | Posted Feb 15, 2018
59% Peter Rabbit (2018) Peter Rabbit is sometimes crass, but more often simply dull.‐ NPR
Read More | Posted Feb 8, 2018
76% Before We Vanish (Sanpo suru shinryakusha) (2018) Although a tighter cut of the 130-minute Before We Vanish would likely be an improvement, it might lose this version's intriguing asides.‐ NPR
Read More | Posted Feb 1, 2018
83% A Ciambra (2018) While A Ciambra is not a happy story, its vigor and authenticity deliver a sort of joy.‐ NPR
Read More | Posted Jan 25, 2018
84% The Final Year (2018) Gradually documentarian Greg Barker's look at Barack Obama's foreign policy team comes into focus, thanks in large part to the counterpoint played by the Trump campaign.‐ NPR
Read More | Posted Jan 18, 2018
82% Lover For A Day (L'amant d'un jour) (2018) Despite its neo-new-wave style, Lover for a Day is neither offhand nor autobiographical.‐ NPR
Read More | Posted Jan 11, 2018
70% In the Land of Pomegranates (2018) If watching it is frustrating, so is the larger process of seeking understanding, or at least a nonviolent mutual tolerance.‐ NPR
Read More | Posted Jan 4, 2018
72% In the Fade (Aus dem Nichts) (2017) In the Fade boasts an assured sense of style and a meticulously constructed script. Moments that initially appear to be asides turn out to be essential, and the final scenes of the first two chapters are vivid and startling.‐ NPR
Read More | Posted Dec 28, 2017
77% The Ballad of Lefty Brown (2017) Jared Moshe, the writer and director of The Ballad of Lefty Brown, is a fan of classic Westerns and he's made a movie that should please fellow aficionados.‐ NPR
Read More | Posted Dec 14, 2017
2/4 33% The Thousand Faces of Dunjia (2017) The story is motley and not very involving, and the anything-goes CGI undermines the battle sequences.‐ Washington Post
Read More | Posted Dec 14, 2017
3/4 85% Youth (Fang Hua) (2017) Feng [snakes] his camera exuberantly though scenes that highlight colorful costumes, dynamic choreography and beautiful chorines.‐ Washington Post
Read More | Posted Dec 13, 2017
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
90% 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
85% 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
92% 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 85% 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 28% 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
69% 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 92% 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
34% 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
95% 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 32% 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
83% 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
80% 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
89% 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
98% 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 22% 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 93% 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