For 656 reviews, this critic has graded:
  • 65% higher than the average critic
  • 2% same as the average critic
  • 33% lower than the average critic
On average, this critic grades 9.5 points higher than other critics. (0-100 point scale)

Marc Mohan's Scores

  • Movies
  • TV
Average review score: 69
Highest review score: 100 The Gatekeepers
Lowest review score: 0 Cop Out
Score distribution:
  1. Negative: 29 out of 656
656 movie reviews
    • 76 Metascore
    • 100 Marc Mohan
    Neither the social commentary nor the story ever overpower the other, a feat that allows this remake to stand proudly alongside the original, its equal in every way.
    • 67 Metascore
    • 100 Marc Mohan
    This deadpan ode to living life to its fullest could be the ultimate crowd-pleaser at this year's PIFF.
    • 75 Metascore
    • 100 Marc Mohan
    The movie, like the man, seems more interested in spreading the gospel of environmental responsibility, and in doing so it's probably the most important film of the year.
    • 75 Metascore
    • 100 Marc Mohan
    If Young at Heart were merely a cheeky presentation of codgers belting out inappropriate tunes, it would be a curiosity and nothing more. But by getting inside the lives of a few of its members, the movie ultimately paints a moving portrait of senior citizens who believe it's better to burn out than fade away.
    • 82 Metascore
    • 100 Marc Mohan
    An alternately harrowing and poetic take on the fatal 1982 hunger strike of Irish Republican Army prisoner Bobby Sands, Hunger is also one of the most impressive feature directing debuts in years.
    • 89 Metascore
    • 100 Marc Mohan
    The acting is flawless, the world feels utterly real, and the finale accomplishes the miracle of finding in the everyday world something profound.
    • 90 Metascore
    • 100 Marc Mohan
    With a level-gazed approach to its milieu, empathetic but clear-eyed, Winter's Bone practically makes up for 40 years of "Deliverance"-style hillbilly cartoons.
    • 91 Metascore
    • 100 Marc Mohan
    For a film that consists largely of a series of talking-head interviews, The Gatekeepers is a riveting a documentary.
    • 89 Metascore
    • 100 Marc Mohan
    The Act of Killing is exemplary as a history lesson, a character study and a powerful argument for confronting the past.
    • 96 Metascore
    • 100 Marc Mohan
    Gravity isn’t as ambitious as “2001,” but then, what is? It is, however, absolutely a worthy successor, a masterpiece of hard science fiction, and the movie to beat at this point for next year’s cinematography and visual effects Oscars.
    • 87 Metascore
    • 100 Marc Mohan
    The pacing is perfect, and the action, mostly filmed in a studio, is never less than utterly believable. The director’s first feature, “Margin Call,” was full of rapid-fire dialogue, and he shows off considerable range by following it up with this film.
    • 92 Metascore
    • 100 Marc Mohan
    As flawless as any film this year and rock-solid confirmation that Joel and Ethan Coen are the greatest filmmakers working in America (and perhaps anywhere else) today.
    • 87 Metascore
    • 100 Marc Mohan
    Anyone who shares Ebert's love of movies and who followed his career will be exceptionally moved by Life Itself, but anyone who appreciates a well-lived life should be touched as well.
    • 89 Metascore
    • 100 Marc Mohan
    The thrilling cinematic joyride that, among other improbable feats, puts Michael Keaton, as Thomson, smack in the middle of the Oscar race for best actor.
    • 80 Metascore
    • 91 Marc Mohan
    The end result is the best documentary you'll see this year, as thrilling a competition as any Super Bowl and as suspenseful a story as any Hitchcock film.
    • 75 Metascore
    • 91 Marc Mohan
    This story could take place anywhere there are families struggling to remake themselves in the aftermath of tragedy; its universality is perhaps the most potent political message of all.
    • 59 Metascore
    • 91 Marc Mohan
    This unique cinematic experience is a parable of greed and revenge that could take place anywhere.
    • 78 Metascore
    • 91 Marc Mohan
    In the annals of monster movies, one name stands above all the rest, way above: Godzilla.
    • 75 Metascore
    • 91 Marc Mohan
    As far as a coherent, hilarious story line, as well as sheer blasphemous glee, you can't do much better than "Life of Brian."
    • 81 Metascore
    • 91 Marc Mohan
    Mostly this film is a glorious ode to the culture and family bonds that override all else, and to the expressiveness of both the human and animal actors.
    • 84 Metascore
    • 91 Marc Mohan
    Perhaps the most beautiful film to hit Portland movie screens this year.
    • 82 Metascore
    • 91 Marc Mohan
    With this amoral business environment, it's not a question of if there will be another Enron, but when.
    • 74 Metascore
    • 91 Marc Mohan
    An unforgettable experience.
    • 80 Metascore
    • 91 Marc Mohan
    A joy to watch.
    • 80 Metascore
    • 91 Marc Mohan
    A haunting, melancholy fable, Tony Takitani is the kind of film that could seem tedious from a mere description. Approached with the right mind-set, however, it's a hypnotic mood piece on love and loss, one that knows -- at 75 minutes -- not to overstay its welcome.
    • 74 Metascore
    • 91 Marc Mohan
    Powerfully explores the struggles faced by those whom DNA testing has exonerated after years behind bars.
    • 88 Metascore
    • 91 Marc Mohan
    The result is a gripping film which, despite the annoying rugrat, demonstrates how part of leaving childhood behind is learning how and when to lie, and to do it well.
    • 76 Metascore
    • 91 Marc Mohan
    Throughout, Sophie exhibits the quality common to all of history's great martyrs, a preternatural calmness that perseveres despite (or perhaps because of) the inevitability of her doom.
    • 61 Metascore
    • 91 Marc Mohan
    You're either on the boat or off the boat with something like this. But for those willing to brave the open water, it's an awe-inspiring ride.
    • 65 Metascore
    • 91 Marc Mohan
    If you're content to let dream logic take over, a lot can be gleaned from this odd, darkly funny meditation on life, death, love and revenge.
    • 84 Metascore
    • 91 Marc Mohan
    The halting dialogue, full of awkward pauses and restarts, seems improvised in the way that only carefully scripted material can.
    • 78 Metascore
    • 91 Marc Mohan
    You might not be able to picture yourself in such a life, but you'll be glad that it persists.
    • 78 Metascore
    • 91 Marc Mohan
    It's a riveting character study/soap opera.
    • 71 Metascore
    • 91 Marc Mohan
    The first of von Trier's efforts to be certifiably farcical.
    • 80 Metascore
    • 91 Marc Mohan
    This was a story that made front pages in its day but has been largely lost to history, and now is brought bracingly and compellingly back to life.
    • 74 Metascore
    • 91 Marc Mohan
    Reaches truly terrifying heights as it becomes clear how possible the worst outcome can be. Like "Pan's Labyrinth," this is a movie about children made very much for adults.
    • 82 Metascore
    • 91 Marc Mohan
    As numbing as the drumbeat of downbeat documentaries can be, as hard as it is to even be shocked at the depravities committed in our name, a film like this remains important, both as an indictment of the present day and as a warning to future generations that the ends don't always justify the means.
    • 67 Metascore
    • 91 Marc Mohan
    The result feels less like selling out than growing up.
    • 85 Metascore
    • 91 Marc Mohan
    Akin is German-born but of Turkish heritage, and his films have often been concerned with the particular clashes and conflicts between those cultures. This film, though, does so in a much more oblique way than 2004's "Head-On."
    • 89 Metascore
    • 91 Marc Mohan
    Takes on the air of a heist film as the preparations proceed, and even knowing the outcome, tension still remains.
    • 84 Metascore
    • 91 Marc Mohan
    A keenly observed, typically high-quality family drama of the sort only the French seem capable of making anymore.
    • 75 Metascore
    • 91 Marc Mohan
    The whole thing unfolds with sadistic precision, but Edgerton's expert manipulation makes it a fun ride nonetheless.
    • 68 Metascore
    • 91 Marc Mohan
    Prolific documentarian Alex Gibney takes a labyrinthine, detail-laden story and crafts an attention-holding film, polemical without ranting.
    • 71 Metascore
    • 91 Marc Mohan
    While the film is no groundbreaker, it is a paragon of elegance without austerity, and there's nothing like being in the confident hands of a master filmmaker.
    • 76 Metascore
    • 91 Marc Mohan
    It's a topic that's been handled in films before, perhaps most notably in Jane Campion's "Holy Smoke," but Durkin offers the most persuasively believable peek into the psyche of such a character I've ever seen.
    • 60 Metascore
    • 91 Marc Mohan
    It's an ending that may alienate some viewers, but will jolt others out of their comfort zones and into an appreciation of genuinely brave storytelling.
    • 59 Metascore
    • 91 Marc Mohan
    Predictable, contrived, sappy and, ultimately, against all odds, remarkably fulfilling.
    • 88 Metascore
    • 91 Marc Mohan
    As unpleasant as so many of its going-on are, Wake in Fright works both as an early instance of "Ozploitation" cinema and as a harsh critique of Australian colonialism and the absurdity of trying to bring so-called civilization to this vast arid wilderness.
    • 55 Metascore
    • 91 Marc Mohan
    It has laser gun fights, forbidden love, and a rollicking group breakout from a fascistic old folks' home. What more could anyone want?
    • 77 Metascore
    • 91 Marc Mohan
    This film could serve as a potent tool for those trying to change 40 years of public policy.
    • 79 Metascore
    • 91 Marc Mohan
    John Hawkes has, until now, been known primarily as the skilled character actor who brought an earthy authenticity to roles on TV's "Deadwood" and the Oscar-nominated "Winter's Bone." With The Sessions, he makes his mark as a bona fide member of screen acting's elite. And he does it while barely moving a muscle.
    • 81 Metascore
    • 91 Marc Mohan
    A funny, believable film about the ability of even the damaged and imperfect to earn a little happiness.
    • 81 Metascore
    • 91 Marc Mohan
    Django doesn't have the razor-sharp chronological complexity of "Pulp Fiction," but it's ably paced. A very funny scene involving a proto-Ku Klux Klan lynch mob and their poorly made hoods nevertheless seems a bit out of place, but there's plenty of well-timed suspense.
    • 73 Metascore
    • 91 Marc Mohan
    An extraordinarily gut-wrenching, intense story of survival against all odds.
    • 94 Metascore
    • 91 Marc Mohan
    While what's on screen is unsparing and clinically presented, the underlying, almost invisible humanity and artistry of the film inspire rather than depress.
    • 75 Metascore
    • 91 Marc Mohan
    By the time the satisfying conclusion rolls around, though, it proves to be much more about the ability of a world-class director to induce such willing suspension of disbelief that even the loopiest narrative developments seem like the most natural thing in the world.
    • 76 Metascore
    • 91 Marc Mohan
    Shortland, whose only previous feature was 2004's coming-of-age drama "Somersault," creates a visceral, immersive environment and draws a very impressive performance from newcomer Saskia Rosendahl.
    • 80 Metascore
    • 91 Marc Mohan
    West of Memphis does nothing to displace its predecessor films as masterpieces of investigative filmmaking, but complements them as a riveting capstone to an epic and tragic tale.
    • 55 Metascore
    • 91 Marc Mohan
    [Guterson] has crafted a near-masterpiece of understated humor and empathy, demonstrating that, despite Hollywood's usual indifference, it's possible to make authentic, funny, engaging films about characters over the age of 50 who are neither grizzled hit men nor sassy grandmas.
    • 81 Metascore
    • 91 Marc Mohan
    Upstream Color culminates in a wordless final act that is among the most transcendent passages of pure cinema in memory.
    • 91 Metascore
    • 91 Marc Mohan
    When a film like Stories We Tell comes along, you're reminded how powerful and universal even the most intimate and individual lives can be when captured with intelligence and perspective.
    • 83 Metascore
    • 91 Marc Mohan
    20 Feet From Stardom spends time as well with Claudia Lennear, Táta Vega and Lisa Fischer. None of the three ever found much success as a solo artist, but you probably can't listen to a classic-rock radio station for a half-hour without hearing one of them backing up Joe Cocker, David Bowie, Tina Turner or the Rolling Stones.
    • 78 Metascore
    • 91 Marc Mohan
    Even the finest troupe of thespians would be wasted without Allen's guiding hand as writer and director. But Blue Jasmine, which might rank among Allen's 10 best films, shows what can happen when it all comes together.
    • 83 Metascore
    • 91 Marc Mohan
    The pressure cooker atmosphere builds for almost too long, but when the resolution finally occurs, the sense of relief is that much more palpable.
    • 84 Metascore
    • 91 Marc Mohan
    It wouldn’t be surprising to hear about moviegoers demanding their money back after seeing The Dallas Buyers Club, but not because the film isn’t good. It’s actually very nearly great.
    • 76 Metascore
    • 91 Marc Mohan
    Effective, fact-based melodrama that packs an unexpected emotional wallop.
    • 75 Metascore
    • 91 Marc Mohan
    At a full three hours, the movie flirts with wearing out its welcome about two-thirds through, but recovers to end up an exhausting, operatic black comedy that leaves you wanting more.
    • 85 Metascore
    • 91 Marc Mohan
    The film's final scene, which manages to recontextualize everything we've seen so far with a brilliant simplicity that, if further proof were needed, establishes Farhadi as one of the best storytellers in cinema today.
    • 76 Metascore
    • 91 Marc Mohan
    The result is both a captivating history lesson and a tense intellectual thriller that dares to ask big questions about creativity and technology.
    • 75 Metascore
    • 91 Marc Mohan
    A volatile film. But it's not a specifically political one. With only superficial alteration, it could be set in Cold War Berlin, or colonial Boston, or any time and place where the dynamics of power conspire to create an atmosphere of paranoia and mistrust.
    • 68 Metascore
    • 91 Marc Mohan
    Chow's specialty is over-the-top slapstick action in the Hong Kong style, and the new film doesn't disappoint on either count.
    • 88 Metascore
    • 91 Marc Mohan
    The Grand Budapest Hotel shows Anderson engaging with the world outside his meticulously composed frames like never before.
    • 79 Metascore
    • 91 Marc Mohan
    Highly entertaining chronicle of a dream unfilmed.
    • 62 Metascore
    • 91 Marc Mohan
    The subtle menace of the would-be geneticist of the Master Race mingles with ordinary pre-teen foreboding to create a riveting cocktail of unease.
    • 67 Metascore
    • 91 Marc Mohan
    This compelling piece of historical detective work is, in fact, less about what people have done to the islands than about what living on the islands has done to people.
    • 85 Metascore
    • 91 Marc Mohan
    With evocative performances, especially from the two women, and a nicely modulated sense of nostalgia, Ilo Ilo marks the emergence of a promising new cinematic voice.
    • 81 Metascore
    • 91 Marc Mohan
    It's a fascinating instance of a filmmaker working with self-imposed rules, but never forgetting that those restrictions are only worthwhile to the extent that they serve character and story. It's a ride well worth taking.
    • 75 Metascore
    • 91 Marc Mohan
    Behind the on-field shenanigans and eccentric personalities, there's a meatier story about the corporatization of sports and the disappearance of the barnstorming attitude Bing Russell took as a virtual religion.
    • 76 Metascore
    • 91 Marc Mohan
    A perfectly irreverent counterpoint to movies that take their superheroes a bit too seriously.
    • 68 Metascore
    • 91 Marc Mohan
    Katz, who has been saddled with the deadly label "mumblecore" in the past, and Stephens ("Pilgrim Song") combine sensibilities of dry wit and warm earnestness in precise proportions. It's also further proof, if it were needed, that smart, funny, entertaining films are always around, even in the dog days of summer. You just have to know where to look.
    • 89 Metascore
    • 91 Marc Mohan
    At over two hours, it might test the patience of some younger viewers (and some impatient older ones as well), but for anyone willing to take the time, it's an utter treat.
    • 87 Metascore
    • 91 Marc Mohan
    It's similar to 2011's "The Loneliest Planet," which examined a similar dynamic between a couple backpacking in the Caucasus Mountains. But Force Majeure (which, as a legal term, refers to unforeseeable events or "acts of God") is sharper and smarter, combining precision-strike storytelling, directorial art, and impressive, often invisible visual effects, including that avalanche scene.
    • 68 Metascore
    • 83 Marc Mohan
    For those under the impression that Icelandic life consists solely of fishing and the hosting of international summits, this triangle of love, lust, and misunderstanding from director Baltasar Kormakur is a welcome treat.
    • Portland Oregonian
    • 81 Metascore
    • 83 Marc Mohan
    The most telling moment comes when his mother reveals that, despite all the subterfuge and false promises, she wouldn't have had it any other way.
    • 69 Metascore
    • 83 Marc Mohan
    Warmhearted lesson in tolerance.
    • 73 Metascore
    • 83 Marc Mohan
    Collette proves herself worthy of carrying a movie with a performance that runs the gamut of human emotion without striking one false note.
    • 81 Metascore
    • 83 Marc Mohan
    As with many Iranian films, reality and fiction collide (the lead actor really is a pizza deliveryman), and the moral of the story is a surprisingly blunt critique of the growing inequality of wealth in the slowly Westernizing nation.
    • 71 Metascore
    • 83 Marc Mohan
    His life stands as a testament to the idea that an average-looking bloke with a can-do attitude and a dream in his heart can rub shoulders with the folks the rest of us only get to read about. And he's got the photographs to prove it.
    • 82 Metascore
    • 83 Marc Mohan
    The pace of this Oscar nominee may be a bit contemplative for audiences seeking "Yojimbo"-style action, but it's surely a more realistic and moving look at life in 19th-century Japan.
    • 85 Metascore
    • 83 Marc Mohan
    This combination of fatalism, nostalgia and willfully naive optimism captures something essential in the Russian soul.
    • 82 Metascore
    • 83 Marc Mohan
    The film verges on hagiography as one interviewee after another testifies to Dominique's positive influence on his nation, but in this case the cynical notion that there must be another side to the story is easy to tamp down.
    • 79 Metascore
    • 83 Marc Mohan
    It's a treat to be diverted by a film that actually has a brain.
    • 75 Metascore
    • 83 Marc Mohan
    Compelling both as a chronicle of guerrilla filmmaking and as a son's movie about his father, it presents a clear-eyed, warts-and-all view of artistic obsession.
    • 68 Metascore
    • 83 Marc Mohan
    The politics of the story come to life through the vivid characterizations of a uniformly excellent cast.
    • 79 Metascore
    • 83 Marc Mohan
    Controversy aside, there's no denying that Kinsey was a pivotal figure in 20th-century America, and one whose fascinating story makes for a fascinating film.
    • 78 Metascore
    • 83 Marc Mohan
    The results are inspiring, demonstrating that an artistic eye is an innate thing.
    • 79 Metascore
    • 83 Marc Mohan
    Cheadle's performance elevates Hotel Rwanda, making it a film that does justice to the tragedy it commemorates.
    • 59 Metascore
    • 83 Marc Mohan
    The title is too cutesy and clever, but it's about the only unsubtle aspect of this poignant, humble drama that'll probably get lost amid the multiplex bombast, but shouldn't.
    • 54 Metascore
    • 83 Marc Mohan
    Even with nothing at stake emotionally, though, he conjures some real scares, and the finale is as much a head-scratcher as a heart-stopper -- in a good way.
    • 76 Metascore
    • 83 Marc Mohan
    These three central performances, and a solid script by Anders Thomas Jensen and director Susanne Bier, ground a potentially overwrought story in genuine feeling.

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