For 79 reviews, this critic has graded:
  • 48% higher than the average critic
  • 6% same as the average critic
  • 46% lower than the average critic
On average, this critic grades 6.3 points lower than other critics. (0-100 point scale)

Calum Marsh's Scores

  • Movies
  • TV
Average review score: 56
Highest review score: 100 Arabian Nights: Volume 2, The Desolate One
Lowest review score: 0 Beautiful Creatures
Score distribution:
  1. Positive: 35 out of 79
  2. Negative: 22 out of 79
79 movie reviews
    • 87 Metascore
    • 90 Calum Marsh
    Force Majeure represents what is perhaps Östlund's most sophisticated thought experiment yet, at once provocative and wise. It is a penetrating study of that most ludicrous of social pretenses — masculinity, toxic and ubiquitous.
    • 86 Metascore
    • 81 Calum Marsh
    It is amazing, given the modesty of its scope and means, how much Manakamana is able to achieve.
    • 85 Metascore
    • 90 Calum Marsh
    This is a film about the devastation of Inner Mongolia and the systematic annihilation of its migrant workers, but it is no mere coup d'œil of righteous advocacy. It is a work of film art.
    • 84 Metascore
    • 50 Calum Marsh
    Though ostensibly a character study, it's nevertheless characterized by the vaguely moralizing tone of an issue film, one whose candor in the face of brutality seems calculated for maximum liberal appeal.
    • 84 Metascore
    • 100 Calum Marsh
    The film, a kind of hybrid between understated drama and essayistic tourism, approaches its subjects with uncommon patience and curiosity, lingering over objects and faces as if to savor their aesthetic qualities, eager to convey truths without authorial imposition.
    • 82 Metascore
    • 100 Calum Marsh
    The world the film describes is so vividly realized that it seems to spill over the edges of the frame, as if the lives of its characters will continue after the credits roll.
    • 82 Metascore
    • 90 Calum Marsh
    The faults and merits of the free-school movement are elucidated with a steely, journalistic rigor. More surprising is that this candid glimpse plays as exhilarating drama.
    • 81 Metascore
    • 100 Calum Marsh
    The stories have an almost dreamlike sweep and imaginative energy, and the film never exhausts that exuberance. More extraordinary still is its emotional depth.
    • 81 Metascore
    • 90 Calum Marsh
    Norte tells a big story on a grand scale, but its emphasis, moment by moment, is on the quotidian. It's simplicity that resonates most deeply of all.
    • 80 Metascore
    • 100 Calum Marsh
    Story of My Death is a singular work, and its originality is apparent in every frame.
    • 80 Metascore
    • 100 Calum Marsh
    However you enjoy its nearly four hundred minutes, I expect you'll be held rapt till the last second by a film of abundant wit and generous heart.
    • 80 Metascore
    • 100 Calum Marsh
    This is a masterpiece not because it culminates in some redemptive catharsis or clinching argument for social change, but because, by disavowing such facile ends, it meets the mess of life on its own clear and true terms.
    • 77 Metascore
    • 90 Calum Marsh
    Part of what’s so invigorating about A Touch of Sin is its refusal to betray the depth of its intellectual ambition, deferring when needed to generic convention and relishing the entertainment which follows.
    • 76 Metascore
    • 80 Calum Marsh
    Greene seems fascinated by the contradictory identities — each a kind of real-life performance — that Burre endeavors to reconcile, and he is profoundly sensitive to the emotional truth these performances describe.
    • 74 Metascore
    • 38 Calum Marsh
    Moussa Touré's worldview, like Ousmane Sembene's, is characterized by the feeling that, at the end of the day, some degree of loss or defeat is inevitable.
    • 73 Metascore
    • 62 Calum Marsh
    The film is starved for the kind of nuance Kore-eda wields effortlessly elsewhere. What’s left without it is something merely schematic.
    • 73 Metascore
    • 80 Calum Marsh
    The film expresses, with much style and sophistication (if, at nearly three hours, perhaps an overabundance of both), the personal tragedy of love torn apart, of watching helplessly as your life crashes hard into another's but fails to stick.
    • 72 Metascore
    • 80 Calum Marsh
    This is a film for which the landscape, both social and material, is paramount.
    • 72 Metascore
    • 80 Calum Marsh
    An exemplary mystery, a paranoid thriller rooted in contemporary technology but not crafted to denounce it.
    • 71 Metascore
    • 90 Calum Marsh
    Reichert and Zaman level a perceptive, justly withering eye at the state of healthcare in the United States, careful to remind, if only implicitly, of the tragedy that necessitates these commendable acts of charity.
    • 70 Metascore
    • 70 Calum Marsh
    Silver locates the ordinary madness bubbling just beneath the surface of his own life, and flickers of lunacy abound.
    • 70 Metascore
    • 70 Calum Marsh
    This is portraiture for the Zhangke-acquainted. Admirers will find much of interest here, as Salles, scrupulously self-effacing, affords Jia the latitude to think and talk at his leisure — to speak at length, and candidly, about his work and what informs it.
    • 69 Metascore
    • 84 Calum Marsh
    White Reindeer concedes that much about Christmas is funny — its notions quaint, its fixtures cliched. But it proposes that beneath this sometimes lurid veneer lay something to cherish all the same.
    • 69 Metascore
    • 70 Calum Marsh
    Perhaps the richest of Resnais's recent efforts.
    • 68 Metascore
    • 78 Calum Marsh
    The Double taps into a deep reservoir of psychic turmoil even as it navigates the script’s abundant jokes, and the nightmare of the heart of the film is doubtless universal.
    • 66 Metascore
    • 50 Calum Marsh
    When The Angels' Share suddenly transforms, in its final act, into a kind of farcical heist picture, that fleeting slapstick tendency wins out, regrettably diminishing the film's social consciousness in the process.
    • 65 Metascore
    • 70 Calum Marsh
    The film mounts a compelling case on behalf of what was, perhaps, a sort of genius — a rare gift for identifying talent in others and nurturing it, even amplifying it.
    • 64 Metascore
    • 100 Calum Marsh
    Surprising, challenging, and never less than thrilling.
    • 63 Metascore
    • 50 Calum Marsh
    Good design rests at the intersection of function and beauty. Design Is One, alas, has far too little of the latter.
    • 63 Metascore
    • 70 Calum Marsh
    The result is a pleasure, perhaps as much for audiences as for Polanski; it's a chance to luxuriate in the atmosphere of world-class Formula One, here a lavish free-love party interrupted now and again by a few laps on the track.

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