Mark Olsen

Mark Olsen

Agrees with the Tomatometer 76% of the time.

Publications:
Boxoffice Magazine , Chicago Tribune , Film Comment Magazine , L.A. Weekly , Los Angeles Times , Sight and Sound , Village Voice
Total Reviews:
447

Listing Of All Reviews & Articles

Showing 51 - 100 of 447
Rating T-Meter Title | Year Add Date
4/5 65% The Jeffrey Dahmer Files (2013) " Mesmerizing and haunting, "The Jeffrey Dahmer Files" is an inside-out serial killer movie, lacking in gore or cheap psychology and made in part for those who think they never want to see another serial killer movie." — Los Angeles Times
Posted Feb 22, 2013
4/5 85% Bestiaire (2012) " Whether one is an animal lover or not, the chance to in essence sit with these animals as if up close and in their pens is remarkable and engaging." — Los Angeles Times
Posted Feb 20, 2013
2/5 27% Saving Lincoln (2013) " The film feels like an animated Wikipedia page, just sort of running through the greatest hits of Lincoln's life in office - the Emancipation Proclamation! Gettysburg! The Theater! - without any real insight." — Los Angeles Times
Posted Feb 20, 2013
2.5/5 33% The Berlin File (2013) " There is something sharp, exciting and more original tucked within "The Berlin File" - and it is in moments a sleek, crackling film - but it all feels somehow misshapen." — Los Angeles Times
Posted Feb 15, 2013
2.5/5 —— Lost In Thailand (2013) " By our quote-unquote standards of contemporary comedy, it plays as uneven at best and often just flattens out for long jokeless stretches." — Los Angeles Times
Posted Feb 11, 2013
2.5/5 40% Clandestine Childhood (2013) " Ávila can't quite thread the needle between telling his personal story and connecting it to larger social currents." — Los Angeles Times
Posted Feb 8, 2013
2/5 19% The Haunting in Connecticut 2: Ghosts of Georgia (2013) " The filmmakers trot out slavery as a general sins-of-the-past signifier and then have no idea what to really do with such a painful real-world issue." — Los Angeles Times
Posted Jan 31, 2013
1/5 20% Girls Against Boys (2013) " In "Girls Against Boys" both sides lose." — Los Angeles Times
Posted Jan 31, 2013
2.5/4 52% Where Do We Go Now? (2012) Chicago Tribune
Posted Jan 22, 2013
2/5 —— Officer Down (2013) " Really just an overstuffed story that comes off not as layered but rather as an unfocused jumble." — Los Angeles Times
Posted Jan 17, 2013
3/5 60% The Last Stand (2013) " "The Last Stand" may not herald a full-scale reemergence for Arnold the Action Star, but it's clearly a step in that direction." — Los Angeles Times
Posted Jan 17, 2013
1.5/5 10% A Haunted House (2013) " There are vague hints that the story is "really" about the difficulties and anxiety of commitment, but then one of many variations on a fart joke distracts from any actual idea." — Los Angeles Times
Posted Jan 13, 2013
2/5 50% FrackNation (2013) " A one-sided attack piece like "FrackNation" doesn't add much to the conversation." — Los Angeles Times
Posted Jan 11, 2013
2/5 29% Struck by Lightning (2013) " If only "Struck by Lightning" had a sharper, stronger perspective, it might have made more of its conceit." — Los Angeles Times
Posted Jan 10, 2013
76% Kill List (2012) " When it's all over, audiences are sent reeling out of the theater with heads spinning and guts churning." — L.A. Weekly
Posted Jan 8, 2013
1/5 19% Texas Chainsaw (2013) " The original "Texas Chainsaw Massacre" leaves audiences feeling hollowed out, dispirited and dissolute. "Texas Chainsaw 3D" is simply a bummer for being a big nothing." — Los Angeles Times
Posted Jan 5, 2013
2/5 18% Allegiance (2012) " An intermittently compelling but ultimately disappointing drama that loses track of its own point of view in favor of more generic storytelling." — Los Angeles Times
Posted Jan 3, 2013
2/5 18% Parental Guidance (2012) " Deeply, willfully out of touch ..." — Los Angeles Times
Posted Dec 25, 2012
3/5 —— Le Noël De Walter Et Tandoori 3D " Harmless if not particularly noteworthy, with a warm heart and can't-argue-with-that message of environmental and local awareness ..." — Los Angeles Times
Posted Dec 24, 2012
2/5 47% Cirque Du Soleil: Worlds Away (2012) " "Worlds Away" functions solely as some sort of bargain sampler platter appetizer, never proving it has a real reason of its own to exist." — Los Angeles Times
Posted Dec 20, 2012
2.5/5 38% The Guilt Trip (2012) " One of the few points of interest in the film is trying to decide which car scenes were done with a towing rig and which were green-screen process shots." — Los Angeles Times
Posted Dec 18, 2012
2/5 —— Guns, Girls and Gambling (2012) " A movie first and foremost about other movies, a derivative of derivatives, "Guns, Girls and Gambling" is like a losing hand at cards: It could have been a winner, but just isn't." — Los Angeles Times
Posted Dec 14, 2012
3/5 33% Cheerful Weather For The Wedding (2012) " Rice does a fine job of juggling so many characters and moving smoothly among flashbacks without losing sight of the main story." — Los Angeles Times
Posted Dec 14, 2012
0/5 —— Home Minister " A self-published philosophical tract transposed into a movie that defies most all conventional notions of good or bad. It's something more akin to hypnotically terrible." — Los Angeles Times
Posted Dec 14, 2012
2.5/5 33% Buffalo Girls (2012) " It's difficult to say if Kellstein's approach to these difficult cultural dilemmas is meant to leave the audience to decide for themselves or if he can't figure it out either." — Los Angeles Times
Posted Dec 7, 2012
2/5 43% Waiting For Lightning (2012) " Little more than an extended piece of lifestyle merchandising, a long montage for monitors in sporting-goods shops." — Los Angeles Times
Posted Dec 7, 2012
2.5/5 67% California Solo (2012) " In some sense, "California Solo" is like meeting an engaging stranger: At first there's a certain air of enigmatic mystery that makes you want to spend time with them, but eventually things turn awkward and you just want to get away." — Los Angeles Times
Posted Dec 6, 2012
2/5 29% Atletu (The Athlete) " There are perhaps two better films lurking within "Atletu," one a more straightforward documentary and the other a narrative biopic, but this hybrid falls flat." — Los Angeles Times
Posted Nov 30, 2012
2/5 37% The Collection (2012) " Melton and Dunstan have created little more than a hollow shell for an empty box." — Los Angeles Times
Posted Nov 29, 2012
3/5 51% Universal Soldier: Day of Reckoning (2012) " The movie creates something of the sensation of huffing industrial solvents - in a good way! - a waking-sleep zombification that can't exactly be described as pleasurable but definitely has an odd, distinct power." — Los Angeles Times
Posted Nov 29, 2012
4/5 96% Chasing Ice (2012) " Though the filmmaker's point of view on the matter seems quite clear, Orlowski does smartly acknowledge counterarguments against climate change without dwelling on them." — Los Angeles Times
Posted Nov 22, 2012
2/5 —— Scrooge & Marley (2012) " A gay-themed adaptation of Charles Dickens' "A Christmas Carol" made in Chicago. One can more or less imagine the entire film from there." — Los Angeles Times
Posted Nov 20, 2012
2/5 12% Red Dawn (2012) " A movie in search of its moment." — Los Angeles Times
Posted Nov 20, 2012
3/5 88% Funeral Kings (2012) " A surprisingly sweet story about a pair of Rhode Island Catholic schoolboys, played with knockabout charm by Alex Maizus and Dylan Hartigan." — Los Angeles Times
Posted Nov 16, 2012
2/5 56% Citadel (2012) " "Citadel" attempts to transform mundane anxieties into the stuff of a horror film. But the initial tension of the premise dissipates like a slow leak." — Los Angeles Times
Posted Nov 15, 2012
4/5 100% Jab Tak Hai Jaan (2012) " "Jab Tak Hai Jaan" serves as a fitting tribute to the career of Chopra." — Los Angeles Times
Posted Nov 15, 2012
2/5 9% Festival of Lights (2012) " The travel-heavy third act, which leapfrogs a host of key plot points, risibly defies logic and clarity as the film barrels toward its forced and sentimental conclusion." — Los Angeles Times
Posted Nov 9, 2012
2/5 —— Ingenious " The storytelling is wildly uneven, with an off-balance structure that leaves the ending feeling abrupt and rushed." — Los Angeles Times
Posted Nov 9, 2012
1.5/5 5% Nature Calls (2012) " It almost seems like harder work somehow to get this many comedians together and then turn out a movie that is only so fitfully funny." — Los Angeles Times
Posted Nov 8, 2012
2.5/5 50% Vamps (2012) " "Vamps" is mostly a misfire, but Heckerling still shows enough flashes of wit and wisdom that she remains hard to entirely dismiss." — Los Angeles Times
Posted Nov 1, 2012
1/5 46% A Liar's Autobiography - The Untrue Story of Monty Python's Graham Chapman (2012) " The end result is insufferable." — Los Angeles Times
Posted Nov 1, 2012
2/5 13% Jack and Diane (2012) " Throughout, the filmmaking is tentative, as though Gray is unsure whether he wants to make a fantasy-tinged romance or a hyper-sexualized blood-fest. (He winds up with neither.)" — Los Angeles Times
Posted Nov 1, 2012
2/5 77% The Bay (2012) " The story becomes more ridiculous as it escalates, the film's over-determined ecological focus undermining any real horror movie tension." — Los Angeles Times
Posted Nov 1, 2012
1.5/5 5% Silent Hill: Revelation (2012) " It's never a good sign when the trailers playing before a film have richer, more complete narratives than the feature you've paid to see." — Los Angeles Times
Posted Oct 26, 2012
3/5 25% Fun Size (2012) " "Fun Size" lives up to the candy correlation of its title. It's pleasurable enough in the moment, but the buzz fades quickly." — Los Angeles Times
Posted Oct 25, 2012
2/5 50% Pusher (2012) " The remake undercuts most everything that made the original distinctive, its tangy, pungent sense of low-lifes and their environment swept away for a glam, stylized world." — Los Angeles Times
Posted Oct 25, 2012
3/5 60% Francine (2012) " "Francine" is a small, detailed character study that never evolves into anything more." — Los Angeles Times
Posted Oct 24, 2012
2.5/5 47% The First Time (2012) " There is much to like here, a sense of nuance and nonjudgmental emotional openness, yet Kasdan's teenage miniaturism never quite blooms." — Los Angeles Times
Posted Oct 19, 2012
1/5 50% Bigfoot: The Lost Coast Tapes (2012) " "Bigfoot" wanders straight into every tired trope and trap of the conceit." — Los Angeles Times
Posted Oct 19, 2012
1.5/5 20% The Mystical Laws (Shinpi no hô) (2012) " "The Mystical Laws" works neither as a straightforward sci-fi anime nor as a recruitment and advancement tool for the beliefs of Happy Science." — Los Angeles Times
Posted Oct 19, 2012
3/5 24% Paranormal Activity 4 (2012) " This film's strong suit is that it finally feels contemporary." — Los Angeles Times
Posted Oct 18, 2012
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