For 40 reviews, this critic has graded:
  • 55% higher than the average critic
  • 0% same as the average critic
  • 45% lower than the average critic
On average, this critic grades 10.6 points lower than other critics. (0-100 point scale)

Adam Markovitz's Scores

  • Movies
Average review score: 48
Highest review score: 83 The Pirates! Band of Misfits
Lowest review score: 16 Beastly
Score distribution:
  1. Positive: 12 out of 40
  2. Negative: 12 out of 40
40 movie reviews
    • 75 Metascore
    • 58 Adam Markovitz
    All those twangy, homespun observations interrupt and annotate the narrative until Black and MacLaine's scenes start to feel as trivial as reenactments on a true-crime TV show.
    • 74 Metascore
    • 58 Adam Markovitz
    At best, his poker-faced vignettes nail the icy comedy of war: A man chats on his cell phone, unworried about a tank targeting him a few feet away. At worst, they're totally opaque and unmoving.
    • 73 Metascore
    • 83 Adam Markovitz
    You can almost smell the brine in the boat helmed by Pirate Captain (Hugh Grant) on his quest to win Pirate of the Year.
    • 68 Metascore
    • 83 Adam Markovitz
    There's an elemental appeal to watching these animals hunt and play in the Alaskan wildnerness, and the Disneynature team has mastered the art of capturing it.
    • 58 Metascore
    • 67 Adam Markovitz
    Colin Firth smolders as the PTSD-riddled veteran (played in flashbacks by War Horse‘s Jeremy Irvine), and Nicole Kidman cries dutifully as his wife — but they’re both derailed by the movie’s tidy emotional resolutions.
    • 57 Metascore
    • 67 Adam Markovitz
    The cooking scenes are fun, but Samir's reawakening and romance with a co-worker (Jess Weixler) hold about as many surprises as a prix fixe meal.
    • 53 Metascore
    • 67 Adam Markovitz
    It would make for a pretty ghastly pageant if not for smart, understated turns by Watson and Geoffrey Rush as the charmingly Teutonic couple who rescue both Liesel and a stranded Jew (Ben Schnezter) — not to mention the movie itself — with honorable matter-of-factness.
    • 53 Metascore
    • 75 Adam Markovitz
    Jig
    They're all fascinating 
 subjects - or would be if Jig didn't dance around their personal stories in favor of overheated waiting-for-the-scores suspense.
    • 47 Metascore
    • 50 Adam Markovitz
    Heaven is for Real has lots of sweet, Rockwellian imagery of small-town life and family high jinks. What it doesn't have is dramatic tension.
    • 46 Metascore
    • 75 Adam Markovitz
    What saves Immortals as a moviegoing experience is the exuberant, kid-in-a-candy-store virtuosity of its director, former music-video wunderkind Tarsem Singh (The Cell).
    • 45 Metascore
    • 42 Adam Markovitz
    Worse, he (Reiner) vacuum-seals it all in a patronizingly wholesome package, like an extended episode of "The Wonder Years" with all the wonder sucked out.
    • 45 Metascore
    • 42 Adam Markovitz
    At least they do look sharp in those suits.
    • 45 Metascore
    • 33 Adam Markovitz
    There isn't a shred of subtlety in their clowning - or in any part of the movie, which clumsily shoots for operatic highs and lows. But with so many borrowed bits and pieces, the only feeling it successfully evokes is déjà vu.
    • 44 Metascore
    • 25 Adam Markovitz
    Faster grafts that genre's style onto a deadbeat script and leaves it to Johnson - as deadly focused as a gunsight - to make it all believable.
    • 44 Metascore
    • 58 Adam Markovitz
    A pocket-size supernatural thriller that plays a bit like Agatha Christie's "Ten Little Indians" retold by an unstable Sunday School teacher.
    • 42 Metascore
    • 75 Adam Markovitz
    As we go deeper into the cave, walls squeezing, water rising, the movie has a narrative pull as sure as gravity.
    • 42 Metascore
    • 67 Adam Markovitz
    Doesn't just wink at De Niro's history, it leans on it, hard.
    • 42 Metascore
    • 42 Adam Markovitz
    Trite lessons are learned. Plotlines play out in familiar arcs. A few blips of sex and drug use aim to make the movie feel more grown-up. Instead, they make it off-limits to the only age group likely to find any charm in its smug Britcom cutesiness.
    • 40 Metascore
    • 42 Adam Markovitz
    PA4 develops the story ever so slightly (not enough to satisfy fans) and delivers a few good scares (not enough to satisfy newbies); mostly, it plays like a overlong prologue for the already-in-the-works PA5. Here's hoping this is just the tension-racking lull before the next big scream.
    • 40 Metascore
    • 16 Adam Markovitz
    Spectacularly poor judgment in everything from acting to costuming (Olsen's Harajuku-troll get-up is scarier than her curse) puts Beastly right on the cusp of the so-bad-it's-good Hall of Shame.
    • 39 Metascore
    • 67 Adam Markovitz
    Sarcastic quips and cynical attitudes abound, maybe as a way for the movie's makers to telegraph that they know this is all just so much kid stuff. But if the characters can't muster genuine awe for their adventure, it's a tall order to ask us to do it for them.
    • 39 Metascore
    • 42 Adam Markovitz
    A well-meaning dud.
    • 39 Metascore
    • 58 Adam Markovitz
    When the movie occasionally does confront its hero’s foibles, its answers are disappointingly pat.
    • 39 Metascore
    • 67 Adam Markovitz
    Why are they fighting again? Never you mind. Just sit tight till the next action sequence (it won't be long), and get ready to laugh - with equal parts scorn and fanboy joy - as Beckinsale strikes another Rodinesque pose under a slo-mo shower of inhuman innards.
    • 37 Metascore
    • 33 Adam Markovitz
    Cooper, who looks appealingly wolfish in his expensively tailored suits, plays the whole thing with a dutiful, earnest expression lacquered on his face, his eyes misting on cue at the exact same moments yours will be rolling into the back of your head.
    • 36 Metascore
    • 58 Adam Markovitz
    Sit tight through the end credits and you'll be treated to a few off-the-cuff outtakes of the guys doing things much funnier than anything in the film itself.
    • 36 Metascore
    • 50 Adam Markovitz
    Even the best player can only go so far with a bum hand.
    • 36 Metascore
    • 50 Adam Markovitz
    Underwhelming in the style of most off-brand CG, Alpha and Omega is livened by pretty Rocky Mountain backdrops and leadened by stock characters and the wolves' weirdly prissy behavior.
    • 35 Metascore
    • 67 Adam Markovitz
    There's nothing particularly inventive in the plot or grade-school humor, but the movie skates by on the timeless, undemanding charm of watching a tie-wearing bear try to steal people's lunches.
    • 32 Metascore
    • 33 Adam Markovitz
    Most of the movie's action-horror set pieces play like lame Gwar music video outtakes, and Cage's signature mix of irony and off-the-rails mugging only works when you can see the actor's face. In Ghost Rider form, his character is just a skeletal automaton with neither a tongue nor a cheek to put it in.