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Scott Marks

Scott Marks
Scott Marks's reviews only count toward the Tomatometer when published at the following Tomatometer-approved publication(s): San Diego Reader

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Rating T-Meter Title | Year Review
4/5 83% Last Letter (2018) Lovers of unrequited love, rejoice. There is enough handwritten romantic communication exchanged in Shunji Iwai's deceptively uncomplicated romance Last Letter to fill a small post office branch. And no junk mail!‐ San Diego Reader
Read More | Posted Nov 16, 2018
1/5 58% The Front Runner (2018) People answer in punchlines here, and leave it to director Reitman to always lead with irony. ‐ San Diego Reader
Read More | Posted Nov 16, 2018
2/5 91% Widows (2018) Enough quality action and surprises to keep it interesting.‐ San Diego Reader
Read More | Posted Nov 16, 2018
4/5 100% Alanis (2017) Whatever preconceived notions about sex industry workers that accompany you into the theatre are bound to be shattered, thanks in large part to Ms. Gala's frank and tender performance. ‐ San Diego Reader
Read More | Posted Nov 16, 2018
2/5 94% Burning (Beoning) (2018) For a film that tires so hard to subvert standard methods of storytelling, the action that climaxes the film comes as a cheat, a commercial concession of the lowest order. ‐ San Diego Reader
Read More | Posted Nov 9, 2018
0/5 80% Boy Erased (2018) If you know someone who is thinking of putting their kid though one of these programs, buy them a ticket. If not, what's the point?‐ San Diego Reader
Read More | Posted Nov 9, 2018
1/5 37% Viper Club (2018) Susan Sarandon knows how to pick a character; it's her taste in scripts that we need worry about.‐ San Diego Reader
Read More | Posted Nov 2, 2018
4/5 91% The Great Buster: A Celebration (2018) When it comes to pure visual comedy, there is no greater director than Buster Keaton.‐ San Diego Reader
Read More | Posted Nov 2, 2018
0/5 63% Suspiria (2018) The Argento is a marvel of style-as-subject; Guadagnino subjects audiences to second-hand shocks. ‐ San Diego Reader
Read More | Posted Nov 2, 2018
2/5 34% The Nutcracker and the Four Realms (2018) Maybe see it for the effects work and production design, both of which are nothing short of spectacular. ‐ San Diego Reader
Read More | Posted Nov 2, 2018
2/5 89% Museum (Museo) (2018) With his characters unable to fence the goods, writer-director Alonso Ruiz Palacios has no place to turn but in the direction of head-scratching surrealism.‐ San Diego Reader
Read More | Posted Oct 12, 2018
1/5 50% Trouble (2018) Writer-director Theresa Rebeck has nothing to offer this masterly cast but a paycheck for their participation in her lightweight dysfunctional-siblings family feud. ‐ San Diego Reader
Read More | Posted Oct 12, 2018
2/5 99% Tea With the Dames (Nothing Like a Dame) (2018) While these four actresses are magnificent, their choice of directors is less so; Roger Mitchell (Notting Hill, Hyde Park on the Hudson) makes his biggest contribution by moving the discussion indoors at the sight of rain.‐ San Diego Reader
Read More | Posted Oct 12, 2018
1/5 90% Hal (2018) If ever a film needed a little more "Just Say No!" (and a little less defense of the eminently unwatchable Lookin' to Get Out) it's this, but first-time filmmaker Amy Scott insists on sugar coating the snow. ‐ San Diego Reader
Read More | Posted Oct 5, 2018
3/5 87% Colette (2018) Cinematographer Giles Nuttgens' use of highly-reflective surfaces is a revelation, and Thomas Adès' lush score hits a melodramatic high note.‐ San Diego Reader
Read More | Posted Oct 5, 2018
0/5 99% Tower (2016) The overall absurdity of the piece left me numb beyond belief. Why stop here? Why not a claymation recreation of the events of 9-11? Or Jiminy Cricket in Steven Spielberg's When You Wish Upon Auschwitz? ‐ San Diego Reader
Read More | Posted Oct 3, 2018
1/5 65% American Chaos (2018) Who was Stern's target audience? Surely Democrats don't want to spend 90 minutes relitigating the election any more than Republicans yearn to squander so much as a cent of their entertainment dollar watching liberals whine.‐ San Diego Reader
Read More | Posted Sep 15, 2018
0/5 11% Peppermint (2018) There must not have been enough zeros on the alimony check; why else would Garner agree to lend her name to what is essentially gun porn?‐ San Diego Reader
Read More | Posted Sep 15, 2018
4/5 100% Pick of the Litter (2018) By far the most joyous time you'll have at the movies all year. ‐ San Diego Reader
Read More | Posted Sep 15, 2018
0/5 30% Kin (2018) If the Baker boys truly were fabulous, they'd have had the guts to go all the way and earn an R rating.‐ San Diego Reader
Read More | Posted Sep 7, 2018
3/5 94% Good Manners (As Boas Maneiras) (2018) The filmmakers have a grand habit of stealing from others and making it their own.‐ San Diego Reader
Read More | Posted Sep 7, 2018
0/5 26% The Nun (2018) Were it not for sudden blasts of Dolby fury, there would be nothing to provide shocks, let alone scares. What terrifies most is the complete and utter lack of plot.‐ San Diego Reader
Read More | Posted Sep 7, 2018
1/5 84% The Wife (2018) Other than the performances, there is nothing here audiences haven't seen more times than they have their own feet.‐ San Diego Reader
Read More | Posted Sep 7, 2018
2/5 23% The Happytime Murders (2018) The connoisseur of filth within me is pleased to report how wonderfully nasty much of the felted proceedings here are to behold.‐ San Diego Reader
Read More | Posted Aug 31, 2018
1/5 25% A.X.L. (2018) After 2016's Monster Trucks laid a giant goose egg at the box office, what made the folks at Global Road think this similarly themed shaggy mechanical pal tale would fare any better?‐ San Diego Reader
Read More | Posted Aug 31, 2018
3/5 100% 40 Years in the Making: The Magic Music Movie (2018) Having never seen an episode of Two and a Half Men or The Big Bang Theory, I can still say it's good they exist, if for no other reason than the proceeds from those TV series afforded Aronsohn the opportunity to direct this heartfelt music documentary. ‐ San Diego Reader
Read More | Posted Aug 31, 2018
2/5 59% Operation Finale (2018) Ben Kingsley's serene, "everybody sh*ts" reading of the character is a source of illumination around which everything else in the picture revolves.‐ San Diego Reader
Read More | Posted Aug 31, 2018
1/5 55% The Bookshop (2018) Hang a CLOSED sign in the window: it's another film with a strong female character that's cushioned in the safety and comfort of the recent past.‐ San Diego Reader
Read More | Posted Aug 31, 2018
1/5 79% Love, Cecil (2018) The film version of My Fair Lady is a ceremonious bore, and the viewer has Cecil Beaton's pompously sedentary, open-casket visual compositions to blame.‐ San Diego Reader
Read More | Posted Aug 31, 2018
4/5 98% The Cakemaker (2018) Credit first-time writer/director Ofir Raul Graizer with pulling off something of a miracle.‐ San Diego Reader
Read More | Posted Aug 23, 2018
3/5 No Score Yet Midaq Alley (1998) All of the trusted movie sites categorize this as a drama, but if that's the case, why did I spend so much of the running time dabbing tears of laughter?‐ San Diego Reader
Read More | Posted Aug 10, 2018
3/5 33% The Catcher Was A Spy (2018) In Moe Berg, Rudd helps director Ben Lewin (Paperback Writer, The Sessions) add another unforgettable passive hero to the his increasing menagerie.‐ San Diego Reader
Read More | Posted Aug 10, 2018
4/5 95% BlacKkKlansman (2018) Not since Bamboozled has a Spike Lee joint been this blunt and tightly rolled.‐ San Diego Reader
Read More | Posted Aug 10, 2018
0/5 71% Christopher Robin (2018) Poo is too kind a word to describe the flat, gray nature of Disney's reenvisioned Hundred Acre Wood and the trademarked bland anonymity director Marc Forster brings to the party.‐ San Diego Reader
Read More | Posted Aug 3, 2018
3/5 99% Eighth Grade (2018) Fisher's performance is nothing short of cringeworthy (high praise in this case). Still, the real delight is Hamilton's equally ungainly dad, who grows up faster than any of the kids in the picture.‐ San Diego Reader
Read More | Posted Jul 27, 2018
0/5 92% Sorry to Bother You (2018) Telemarketers as targets from which satire flows eternal were spigotted about the same time as mall cops, and that's not all this jammed-scattergun approach to comedy has in common with the terminally dopey Paul Blart.‐ San Diego Reader
Read More | Posted Jul 13, 2018
4/5 86% Let the Sunshine In (Un beau soleil intérieur) (2018) They're saying this is the closest director Claire Denis has come to a romcom. If this is a romantic comedy, WTF has Katherine Heigl been getting away with all these years?‐ San Diego Reader
Read More | Posted Jul 13, 2018
0/5 59% Hotel Transylvania 3: Summer Vacation (2018) Don't insult your children by letting them near this. ‐ San Diego Reader
Read More | Posted Jul 13, 2018
5/5 100% Leave No Trace (2018) Debra Granik directs with a touch that's as gentle on the audience as bees are to Tom. There is not a move, cut, sound, or deliberate stretch of silence that in some way doesn't advance and inform the plot. ‐ San Diego Reader
Read More | Posted Jul 13, 2018
2/5 75% The House of Tomorrow (2018) The boys are terrific, particularly Butterfield, who makes something wonderful out of discovering a grilled cheese sandwich and a can of soda‐ San Diego Reader
Read More | Posted Jul 6, 2018
3/5 88% Whitney (2018) For much of its two-hour running time, we watch the life slowly being sucked out of a legend; the last thirty-minutes are consumed by ineffability. ‐ San Diego Reader
Read More | Posted Jul 6, 2018
0/5 65% Ideal Home (2018) The once considerable Andrew Fleming (Bad Dreams, The Craft, Dick) writes and directs with an eye cast in the direction of a weekly sitcom, not serious character ‐ San Diego Reader
Read More | Posted Jun 29, 2018
0/5 75% The Misandrists (2018) Director Bruce LaBruce tries hard to be the next John Waters, but can't even top D.E.B.S.. ‐ San Diego Reader
Read More | Posted Jun 29, 2018
0/5 52% Boundaries (2018) [Plummer] is incapable of mediocrity, but damn if the script doesn't draw him close to the edge.‐ San Diego Reader
Read More | Posted Jun 29, 2018
3/5 63% Uncle Drew (2018) Leave Jurassic World to the kiddies and spend a few hours in the dark with these irresistible dinosaurs.‐ San Diego Reader
Read More | Posted Jun 29, 2018
3/5 85% Nancy (2018) Prepare yourself: it's not often that a movie presents us with a central character as unremittingly sad as this.‐ San Diego Reader
Read More | Posted Jun 22, 2018
4/5 100% Summer 1993 (Estiu 1993) (2018) Not since Boyhood has a film shown this much respect and understanding for what it's like to be a child. ‐ San Diego Reader
Read More | Posted Jun 22, 2018
1/5 77% Believer (2018) Perhaps my love for the original clouded my vision for this version, but damn if I didn't spend more time looking at my watch than I did at the screen.‐ San Diego Reader
Read More | Posted Jun 8, 2018
4/5 88% American Animals (2018) A narrative drama wherein beats the heart of a documentary.‐ San Diego Reader
Read More | Posted Jun 8, 2018
0/5 40% Mary Shelley (2018) As it stands, this monstrously inept creation is more terrifying than any scenario the author conjured up.‐ San Diego Reader
Read More | Posted Jun 8, 2018