For 655 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 655
655 movie reviews
    • 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.
    • 95 Metascore
    • 83 Marc Mohan
    Viewers looking for a propagandistic take will be disappointed, but even those who doubt the overall framework and existence of the so-called War on Terror should appreciate this thrilling tale of the hunt for the world's most wanted man.
    • 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.
    • 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.
    • 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.
    • 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.
    • 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.
    • 90 Metascore
    • 83 Marc Mohan
    Her
    As the relationship between Theodore and Samantha evolves, it hews too closely to the expected arc of a romantic drama. In a desire to show how such a pairing could produce the same joys, sorrows, jealousies and insecurities as a human-to-human one, the movie edges close to parody, which it doesn't want to be.
    • 90 Metascore
    • 83 Marc Mohan
    Ida
    Just as austere and demanding as you'd expect a black-and-white film about a Polish nun to be. Don't let that scare you, though.
    • 90 Metascore
    • 75 Marc Mohan
    There’s plenty of fun to be had, but in the long term, American Hustle may be remembered more for its superficial pleasures than the depth of its impact. Kind of like the 1970s.
    • 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.
    • 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.
    • 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.
    • 89 Metascore
    • 83 Marc Mohan
    It's hard to say what's more fascinating: The engaging explication of various paintings by the remarkably articulate docents, the behind-the-scenes looks at the preservation and restoration processes, or the boardroom discussions about the appropriateness of marketing efforts. Actually, that third one probably isn't the most fascinating, but I still wanted more of it.
    • 89 Metascore
    • 83 Marc Mohan
    The first to take a big-picture view of just how the plans for postwar occupation went so far off track.
    • 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.
    • 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.
    • 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.
    • 88 Metascore
    • 91 Marc Mohan
    The Grand Budapest Hotel shows Anderson engaging with the world outside his meticulously composed frames like never before.
    • 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.
    • 87 Metascore
    • 83 Marc Mohan
    What makes the Dardennes' films so powerful is their refusal to judge, positively or negatively, their characters.
    • 87 Metascore
    • 75 Marc Mohan
    Because Whiplash is two characters in search of a plot, it ramps up the happenstance and improbability as it stumbles toward a final showdown between teacher and student that would be emotionally satisfying if it had the ring of truth.
    • 87 Metascore
    • 83 Marc Mohan
    The Missing Picture feels akin to last year's great documentary, "The Act of Killing."
    • 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.
    • 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.
    • 87 Metascore
    • 83 Marc Mohan
    If film's rapturous reception is due in part to the rarity of filmmaking this skillful within the horror genre, it's hard to begrudge this near-masterpiece of unease any of the praise it's gotten.
    • 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.
    • 87 Metascore
    • 75 Marc Mohan
    It may not be the most memorable saga put on film, but as far as Miike is concerned, it doesn't have to be.
    • 86 Metascore
    • 75 Marc Mohan
    Spielberg manages to give us a Lincoln for our times, inspiringly heroic but demonstrably human.
    • 86 Metascore
    • 83 Marc Mohan
    Even the tiny roles in this Rockwell-meets-Breughel panorama are perfectly, although almost cruelly, cast.
    • 86 Metascore
    • 75 Marc Mohan
    Ultimately, the story can be seen as the collision of two equally uncompromising belief systems, each its own form of fundamentalism. That neither benefits from the encounter should come as no surprise to anyone with the slightest knowledge of human history.
    • 86 Metascore
    • 83 Marc Mohan
    The period details are spotless, kindling memories of those days of yellow ribbons and nightly news updates on the fate of the American hostages.
    • 86 Metascore
    • 83 Marc Mohan
    Difficult to sit through, Our Daily Bread is nonetheless an important record, invaluable for those with the courage to watch it.
    • 86 Metascore
    • 67 Marc Mohan
    Ultimately, though, it's hard not to feel like Hou is saying more explicitly and expansively in nearly two hours what Lamorisse managed to convey in only one-fourth as much film.
    • 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."
    • 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.
    • 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.
    • 85 Metascore
    • 83 Marc Mohan
    As storytelling, it's extremely effective.
    • 85 Metascore
    • 83 Marc Mohan
    This combination of fatalism, nostalgia and willfully naive optimism captures something essential in the Russian soul.
    • 84 Metascore
    • 83 Marc Mohan
    Nguyen reportedly worked on War Witch for a decade, and it shows in both the immediacy and authenticity of his tale, and the meticulous craft with which it's told.
    • 84 Metascore
    • 91 Marc Mohan
    A keenly observed, typically high-quality family drama of the sort only the French seem capable of making anymore.
    • 84 Metascore
    • 83 Marc Mohan
    While the third act inevitably bogs down a bit in gunplay and chases, there are more than enough moments of visual wonder and storytelling surprise to make it worth the trip.
    • 84 Metascore
    • 75 Marc Mohan
    The overall thrust of the story -- that downtrodden folks in desperate circumstances have the capacity for goodness -- is one too rarely seen.
    • 84 Metascore
    • 91 Marc Mohan
    Perhaps the most beautiful film to hit Portland movie screens this year.
    • 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.
    • 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.
    • 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.
    • 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.
    • 83 Metascore
    • 75 Marc Mohan
    The film works as well as it does thanks to Kimberly Roberts' magnetic screen presence.
    • 82 Metascore
    • 83 Marc Mohan
    In the fine tradition of well-made thrillers, it's enough that it all feels solid at the moment, and the final revelations are unexpected and seemingly inevitable.
    • 82 Metascore
    • 91 Marc Mohan
    With this amoral business environment, it's not a question of if there will be another Enron, but when.
    • 82 Metascore
    • 75 Marc Mohan
    It's visually appealing, but embodies the movie's (and Frances') problem: wanting to be taken seriously without putting in the real work required to prove you're actually serious.
    • 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.
    • 82 Metascore
    • 83 Marc Mohan
    Social critique isn't the main concern of director James Ponsoldt ("Smashed"). What he does is take us inside an unexpected, but not unrealistic, high school relationship and provide a splendid stage for two young and very promising actors.
    • 82 Metascore
    • 83 Marc Mohan
    A mental workout of the most invigorating sort.
    • 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.
    • 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.
    • 82 Metascore
    • 83 Marc Mohan
    The longer it goes on, the more you're swept up into the jet stream of good feeling.
    • 82 Metascore
    • 83 Marc Mohan
    Kaurismäki is a master of expressive stillness for whom inaction often speaks louder than words, and the performances he elicits are perfectly pitched, including young Miguel's.
    • 82 Metascore
    • 83 Marc Mohan
    My Summer of Love, with its lush, sunlit landscapes, may occupy the opposite end of the visual spectrum, but it reinforces the sense that this director knows his way around the range of human emotion as well.
    • 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.
    • 81 Metascore
    • 50 Marc Mohan
    It wallows in misery so much that the two-hour experience ends up being about as much fun as a real divorce.
    • 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.
    • 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.
    • 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.
    • 81 Metascore
    • 75 Marc Mohan
    The style and subject matter recall the films of the Dardenne brothers, ("The Kid With a Bike") and while Sister never reaches the heights of their best work, it earns the comparison.
    • 81 Metascore
    • 75 Marc Mohan
    With gadgets, girls and globe-trotting held to a minimum, Skyfall, could, for long stretches, be mistaken for just another 21st-century thriller, albeit a well-made and intelligent one.
    • 81 Metascore
    • 83 Marc Mohan
    To top it all off, the movie ends with one of the best covers of "I Shall Be Released" you'll hear, courtesy of gospel singer Marion Williams.
    • 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.
    • 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.
    • 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.
    • 81 Metascore
    • 75 Marc Mohan
    When the movie is funny, it’s very funny.
    • 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
    • 75 Marc Mohan
    The merits of its arguments can be debated on the Op-Ed pages, but at least the movie makes it clear that they desperately need to be.
    • 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.
    • 80 Metascore
    • 75 Marc Mohan
    The experience of psychological depression has been described with a variety of metaphors. William Styron called it "darkness visible," and Winston Churchill euphemized his bouts as "the black dog." In typically grandiose fashion, though, Lars von Trier tops them all.
    • 80 Metascore
    • 91 Marc Mohan
    A joy to watch.
    • 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.
    • 80 Metascore
    • 83 Marc Mohan
    The credibility of these theories ranges from faintly plausible to frankly ridiculous, but Ascher isn't interested in judging them; his movie is more about the joys of deconstruction and the special kind of obsession that movies can inspire.
    • 80 Metascore
    • 75 Marc Mohan
    Being a fairly faithful adaptation, this version also has a lot of that other stuff about the hypocrisy of civilized life, the truthfulness of natural splendor and so forth.
    • 80 Metascore
    • 67 Marc Mohan
    Only in the slightly overlong last act, as the family's misfortunes become truly existential, does director Kiyoshi Kurosawa take things to another level. Whether this is an extension of the film's social criticism, a comment on the absurdity of melodrama or straightforward audience manipulation, is anyone's guess.
    • 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.
    • 80 Metascore
    • 75 Marc Mohan
    Among the Dardennes' more accessible films, despite a drawn-out finale that still doesn't quite satisfy.
    • 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.
    • 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.
    • 79 Metascore
    • 75 Marc Mohan
    Pride should leave audiences smiling and inspired. But it would have been a much more groundbreaking film if it had been released 30 years ago.
    • 79 Metascore
    • 83 Marc Mohan
    Cheadle's performance elevates Hotel Rwanda, making it a film that does justice to the tragedy it commemorates.
    • 79 Metascore
    • 83 Marc Mohan
    If there's one thing missing, it's a sense of purposeful, immediate outrage. You can't help but wonder why this film wasn't made 20 years ago, when it could have saved these men some time behind bars.
    • 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.
    • 79 Metascore
    • 75 Marc Mohan
    Youth may be wasted on some of the young, but the two aspiring Norwegian novelists at the center of Reprise, director Joachim Trier's debut feature, try desperately to avoid that particular cliche.
    • 79 Metascore
    • 91 Marc Mohan
    Highly entertaining chronicle of a dream unfilmed.
    • 79 Metascore
    • 83 Marc Mohan
    It's a treat to be diverted by a film that actually has a brain.
    • 79 Metascore
    • 75 Marc Mohan
    Bell does a fantastic job of telling a thoroughly feminist story without being strident or didactic.
    • 79 Metascore
    • 75 Marc Mohan
    It proves the power of a good story, both to entertain us and to allow us to process unpleasant truths.
    • 78 Metascore
    • 83 Marc Mohan
    There seems to be less acting going on and more being, which not only makes this an enormously affecting penultimate performance (Gandolfini’s final film, “Animal Rescue,” will be released next year), but reinforces the brilliance of the darker work for which he will no doubt remain best known.
    • 78 Metascore
    • 91 Marc Mohan
    In the annals of monster movies, one name stands above all the rest, way above: Godzilla.
    • 78 Metascore
    • 75 Marc Mohan
    Intense, well-acted love story.
    • 78 Metascore
    • 83 Marc Mohan
    Plot takes a back seat to style and attitude, as it often does in Jarmuch's world, which can make the last half-hour of the movie drag a bit. But when that means getting to hang out with two fascinating creatures of the night, played by two fascinating performers, that's a perfectly valid trade-off.
    • 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
    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.

Top Trailers