Mark Jenkins

Mark Jenkins

Agrees with the Tomatometer 77% of the time.

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

Movie Reviews Only

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Rating T-Meter Title | Year Review

Miss Hokusai (Sarusuberi: Miss Hokusai) (2016)

"Creating worlds with images is a form of magic. Miss Hokusai demonstrates that simply, with its extraordinary simulation of sunlight streaming through O'Ei's spread fingers." ‐ NPR
Posted Oct 13, 2016

Being 17 (Quand on a 17 ans) (2016)

"Fila and Klein are equally good in roles that, while more predictable in outcome, benefit from small unexpected moments." ‐ NPR
Posted Oct 6, 2016

Danny Says (2016)

"A candid yet unrevealing documentary ..." ‐ NPR
Posted Sep 29, 2016

The Lovers And The Despot (2016)

"Capably recounts the main facts of the case, but doesn't illuminate its darker corners." ‐ NPR
Posted Sep 22, 2016
1/4 0%

Is That a Gun in Your Pocket? (2016)

"Most of the time ... the movie is too busy being saucy or sappy to even look at its target." ‐ Washington Post
Posted Sep 22, 2016
3.5/4 100%

The Age of Shadows (Mil-jeong) (2016)

"Patriotism and self-interest clash powerfully in "The Age of Shadows," a stylish and morally complex thriller set largely in Japanese-occupied 1920s Seoul." ‐ Washington Post
Posted Sep 22, 2016

Command and Control (2016)

"What gives Command and Control its urgency are both its wealth of information and the implications of its story." ‐ NPR
Posted Sep 15, 2016
2/4 15%

Mr. Church (2016)

"Murphy is fine as the title character, although his performance consists mostly of suppressing all of his usual shtick. He certainly doesn't endow Mr. Church with any unexpected depths. But then neither does the script." ‐ Washington Post
Posted Sep 15, 2016
1.5/4 36%

Blair Witch (2016)

""Blair Witch" runs only eight minutes past the original, yet it feels about a half-hour longer." ‐ Washington Post
Posted Sep 15, 2016

Demon (2016)

"It's comedy, as much as the eerie atmosphere and Tiran's very physical performance, that distinguishes Demon from routine ghost stories." ‐ NPR
Posted Sep 8, 2016

The Seasons in Quincy: Four Portraits of John Berger (2016)

"For a study of a critic, The Seasons in Quincy is frustratingly uncritical." ‐ NPR
Posted Sep 1, 2016

Mia Madre (2016)

"Mia Madre is most poignant when it finds a tone much like Moretti's 2001 La Stanza del Figlio (The Son's Room). Both movies are gently bewildered meanders through denial, regret, and the beginnings of acceptance." ‐ NPR
Posted Aug 25, 2016

War Dogs (2016)

"War Dogs would probably have been more compelling if the filmmakers hadn't strayed so far from the true story. But they manage to slip a fair amount of interesting commentary between the blunders, bong hits and wartime near-misses ..." ‐ NPR
Posted Aug 18, 2016

Florence Foster Jenkins (2016)

"Florence Foster Jenkins is ultimately a tale of vulnerability, and a tin ear is the least of it." ‐ NPR
Posted Aug 11, 2016
1.5/4 40%

Operation Chromite (2016)

"The actual Operation Chromite was a surprise. In the movie version, you can hear everything coming from miles away." ‐ Washington Post
Posted Aug 11, 2016

Little Men (2016)

"Sachs' latest is ... warm, subtle, and observant, but feels a little undercooked." ‐ NPR
Posted Aug 4, 2016

Summertime (La Belle Saison) (2016)

"A rare look at the era through women's eyes." ‐ NPR
Posted Jul 21, 2016
2/4 31%

Equals (2016)

"Doremus and screenwriter Nathan Parker ... borrow from "Romeo and Juliet," "1984" and every sci-fi flick ever made about a society that suppresses feelings. The movie's futurism is nothing new." ‐ Washington Post
Posted Jul 21, 2016

The Infiltrator (2016)

"It's distinguished by its craft and verve." ‐ NPR
Posted Jul 14, 2016
3/4 43%

Cold War 2 (2016)

"A playful yet also serious about the workings of power." ‐ Washington Post
Posted Jul 14, 2016

The Innocents (Les innocentes) (2016)

"Both grimmer and meatier than the director's previous efforts." ‐ NPR
Posted Jun 30, 2016
3/4 91%

Eat That Question: Frank Zappa in His Own Words (2016)

"Amusing and even edifying, although it is also unlikely to make converts out of those who just don't get Zappa's pastiche of juvenile parody and sophisticated songwriting, derived from rock, jazz and 20th-century experimental music." ‐ Washington Post
Posted Jun 30, 2016
3/4 91%

Three (Saam Yan Hang) (2016)

"Director To fills in the messy back story neatly as he introduces the supporting players, who provide comedy or menace (and sometimes both)." ‐ Washington Post
Posted Jun 24, 2016

Right Now, Wrong Then (2016)

"In fact, there are many differences, some of them merely playful but others profound." ‐ NPR
Posted Jun 23, 2016

Diary of a Chambermaid (Journal d'une femme de chambre) (2016)

"Rather than gain speed and power in its final act, as Joseph's design comes into play, the movie stalls." ‐ NPR
Posted Jun 9, 2016

The Wailing (Goksung) (2016)

"The Wailing is a Hell of a ride, but Na should have given more thought to its destination." ‐ NPR
Posted Jun 2, 2016
3/4 71%

The Final Master (2016)

"During the impressive action sequences - which Xu choreographed himself - the director plays it straight. Otherwise, he introduces playful kinks into most of the genre's other conventions." ‐ Washington Post
Posted Jun 2, 2016

The Idol (Ya Tayr El Tayer) (2016)

"Writer-director Hany Abu-Assad doesn't tell simple stories, even when he does." ‐ NPR
Posted May 26, 2016

Weiner (2016)

"The documentary's strength is that it doesn't insist on a diagnosis. "Why have you let me film this?" asks Kriegman at the end, and his former boss has no answer." ‐ NPR
Posted May 20, 2016
2.5/4 100%

Older Than Ireland (2016)

"The movie doesn't linger on any single topic, happy or sad. With so many lives to look back on, Fegan moves briskly from theme to theme." ‐ Washington Post
Posted May 19, 2016

Money Monster (2016)

"Plays it straight with a topic that in reality is far more twisted." ‐ NPR
Posted May 12, 2016
2.5/4 44%

Phantom of the Theatre (2016)

""Phantom" glories in its own artifice. The movie is carried by sweeping widescreen images, dynamic camera movements, impressive special effects and a color scheme that contrasts icy blues against fiery reds." ‐ Washington Post
Posted May 5, 2016

The Wait (L'attesa) (2016)

"A visually powerful, impeccably acted mood piece." ‐ NPR
Posted Apr 28, 2016

Elvis & Nixon (2016)

"Think of Elvis & Nixon's sometimes clumsy prologue as its opening act, building anticipation for the showdown between its title characters, and Spacey and Shannon." ‐ NPR
Posted Apr 21, 2016
1.5/4 88%

The Invitation (2016)

"All this foreboding produces no suspense: It's evident from the bloody prologue where "The Invitation" is headed." ‐ Washington Post
Posted Apr 21, 2016

Criminal (2016)

"With its European locations, electro-thump score, and near-ceaseless violence, the movie plays like something tooled in French producer-scripter Luc Besson's factory for international action mashups." ‐ NPR
Posted Apr 14, 2016
2.5/4 No Score Yet

New York, New York (2016)

"The imagery is gauzy and ephemeral, with lots of layered reflections and nighttime shots. The narrative spins backwards and then jumps forward, as if reconstructed from shards of painful memory." ‐ Washington Post
Posted Apr 14, 2016

Louder Than Bombs (2016)

"Clever but ultimately disappointing ..." ‐ NPR
Posted Apr 7, 2016
3/4 82%

Standing Tall (La Tête Haute) (2016)

"As a shaper of stories, Bercot is not yet as assured as those directors. But she knows how to elicit authentic performances, whether from veterans like Deneuve or a first-timer like Paradot. His Malony may not be likable, but he's altogether believable." ‐ Washington Post
Posted Apr 7, 2016

Francofonia (2016)

"Wandering through the Louvre's colonial plunder, Sokurov ponders the lost worlds of Egypt and Assyria, but ultimately finds his way home." ‐ NPR
Posted Apr 1, 2016
2.5/4 22%

Chongqing Hot Pot (2016)

"This may be the first big-budget Asian action flick ever set in Chongqing, but otherwise it's on familiar turf." ‐ Washington Post
Posted Mar 31, 2016

I Saw the Light (2016)

"Several previous movies, including 2012's The Last Ride, have attempted to make sense of Williams's life. I Saw the Light should have taken its cue from its unearthly star and pursued a more cosmic mission." ‐ NPR
Posted Mar 24, 2016

My Golden Days (Trois Souvenirs De Ma Jeunesse) (2016)

"It's impossible to say how autobiographical My Golden Days is, but there's no question that it's profoundly personal." ‐ NPR
Posted Mar 17, 2016

Eye In The Sky (2016)

"The movie is both provocative and fairly gripping, if not altogether convincing." ‐ NPR
Posted Mar 10, 2016

Knight of Cups (2016)

"Malick has made what is essentially the same movie three times in a row: Tree of Life, To the Wonder, and now Knight of Cups. It's time to ask if he knows what he's doing." ‐ NPR
Posted Mar 3, 2016

Triple 9 (2016)

"Cops prowl darkened mazes, looking for perps they probably couldn't see even if they found them." ‐ NPR
Posted Feb 25, 2016

Embrace Of The Serpent (El Abrazo De La Serpiente) (2016)

"It is bewitchingly strange, and as enveloping as the Amazon jungle." ‐ NPR
Posted Feb 18, 2016

Mountains May Depart (Shan he gu ren) (2016)

"Although the film's three sections are stylistically disparate, they're linked by several motifs, including a lachrymose Cantopop ballad, a man who carries a traditional sword, and Tao's dog." ‐ NPR
Posted Feb 11, 2016

The Club (El Club) (2016)

"Admirable but arduous. Its vision of sin and repentance is sexually graphic and sometimes perverse, more Jean Genet than St. Francis of Assisi." ‐ NPR
Posted Feb 5, 2016

Aferim! (2016)

"Like many films set in contemporary Bucharest, this is a story of self-styled potentates, small-time graft, and inevitable disappointment." ‐ NPR
Posted Jan 21, 2016
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