For 1,654 reviews, this critic has graded:
  • 40% higher than the average critic
  • 2% same as the average critic
  • 58% lower than the average critic
On average, this critic grades 7.5 points lower than other critics. (0-100 point scale)

Marc Savlov's Scores

  • Movies
  • TV
Average review score: 52
Highest review score: 100 Control
Lowest review score: 0 Pokémon Heroes
Score distribution:
1,654 movie reviews
    • 69 Metascore
    • 78 Marc Savlov
    A remarkable film. From its performances on down to director of photography Roger Deakins' sun-baked, dirty-ochre cinematography, the film is all of a piece.
    • 46 Metascore
    • 78 Marc Savlov
    Bird's grim, picture-perfect direction -- the Sierras are more character than backdrop, and everything else looks like it's already been digested and expelled -- augments what is frankly a small, albeit lusterless, gem of a horror show, for once with as many smarts as body parts.
    • 70 Metascore
    • 78 Marc Savlov
    The strangest biographical film ever made is also one of the most charming, melancholy and quirkily humorous films of the year.
    • 70 Metascore
    • 78 Marc Savlov
    Although a few bits (the film is done in blackout sketch style) fall flat and a good ten minutes could be shaved off the running time with no visible damage, it's an impressive and irascible debut that rings true even when you're laughing too hard to hear it.
    • 65 Metascore
    • 78 Marc Savlov
    A very nasty piece of work, indeed.
    • 84 Metascore
    • 78 Marc Savlov
    Gorgeously lensed and delightfully structured, however, this is, in a word, wonderful.
    • 78 Metascore
    • 78 Marc Savlov
    The spirited interplay between Goodman and Crystal is both wacky and, dare I say, charming.
    • 67 Metascore
    • 78 Marc Savlov
    Smith's film is a celebration of quirkiness, eccentricity, and certain individuals' tendency to let it all hang out, and damn the consequences.
    • 64 Metascore
    • 78 Marc Savlov
    Far and away the most original thriller to come out of a major studio (in this case Columbia Pictures) in a long while.
    • 56 Metascore
    • 78 Marc Savlov
    You’ve heard of guerrilla warfare? Buffalo Soldiers is all about guerilla capitalism.
    • 69 Metascore
    • 78 Marc Savlov
    Skateboarding is not a crime, but the subject of this exhaustive documentary... is very much a criminal.
    • 67 Metascore
    • 78 Marc Savlov
    To paraphrase Nathan McCall, this film makes you wanna holler.
    • 69 Metascore
    • 78 Marc Savlov
    Rarely have I seen a film so willing to champion the fallibility of the human heart.
    • 83 Metascore
    • 78 Marc Savlov
    A fine, near-seamless film that finally suffers slightly from an inability to wrap up its tale.
    • 60 Metascore
    • 78 Marc Savlov
    The overall tone of this rocket-paced updating is exhilaratingly giddy, making it by far Disney’s best animated film since "Mulan."
    • 73 Metascore
    • 78 Marc Savlov
    All of the major players turn in powerhouse performances, and Fishburne nails his best role yet as Furious.
    • 43 Metascore
    • 78 Marc Savlov
    It's all patently ridiculous, but it's also ridiculously fun.
    • 67 Metascore
    • 78 Marc Savlov
    A kicky, knockout thriller that ingeniously taps into the current climate of paranoia surrounding personal privacy in the Information Age.
    • 76 Metascore
    • 78 Marc Savlov
    As uncomfortable as it is to have your nose shoved in this nightmare, its unforgettable in its violent lyricism and the bloody power of its message.
    • 78 Metascore
    • 78 Marc Savlov
    Sublimely ridiculous film.
    • 61 Metascore
    • 78 Marc Savlov
    A touching (and at times horrific) -- albeit overlong -- Christ allegory, that scores not so much on the strength of its convictions as it does on the truly remarkable performances it elicits from the cast.
    • 88 Metascore
    • 78 Marc Savlov
    Absolutely delightful filmmaking, chock-full of gorgeously goofy animation and a storyline that cleverly echoes everything from "Stalag 17" to "Cool Hand Luke."
    • 73 Metascore
    • 78 Marc Savlov
    It's the best-looking film of the year, hands down, and Thornton is dazzling, a dull diamond in the gutter rough.
    • 64 Metascore
    • 78 Marc Savlov
    Trekkies is a hilarious work, mining the psychology of the average and not-so-average Trek fan, and coming up with the answers to all your burning questions about the show and its devoted following.
    • 62 Metascore
    • 78 Marc Savlov
    Not only the best date movie of the year, it's also a -- dare I say it twice -- delightfully charming -- and totally American, I might add -- slice of comedic bliss.
    • 63 Metascore
    • 78 Marc Savlov
    Remarkable debut feature by New Yorker Ben Younger.
    • 59 Metascore
    • 78 Marc Savlov
    It's all fab, baby, a kicky, wiggy sequel that scores on all levels, from the sexy to the sublime.
    • 70 Metascore
    • 78 Marc Savlov
    A razor-wire-taut (and extremely violent) exploration of what happens when good guys go bad, badder, baddest.
    • 60 Metascore
    • 78 Marc Savlov
    This single film beats every other Hollywood action film of the past five years, hands down. It's not even close. Welcome back, Mr. Tsui.
    • 57 Metascore
    • 78 Marc Savlov
    The less said about The Ring, the better for you, the sooner-to-be-freaked-out.
    • 79 Metascore
    • 78 Marc Savlov
    It smarts, and shocks, and just for a moment blows your mind.
    • 74 Metascore
    • 78 Marc Savlov
    Like the doomed vessel from which it takes its tale, Cameron's film is a behemoth, svelte, streamlined, and not the least bit ponderous.
    • 52 Metascore
    • 78 Marc Savlov
    A simply flat-out fun film.
    • 68 Metascore
    • 78 Marc Savlov
    These scenes of debauchery and lust that make up the film's centerpiece are among some of the most powerful and disturbing ever put to film.
    • 74 Metascore
    • 78 Marc Savlov
    It's a kick, it's a gas, and it gives the Rat Pack itself a run for its money.
    • 49 Metascore
    • 78 Marc Savlov
    Unlike anything you've ever seen before, Final Fantasy is, finally, one for the history books, and tremendous fun to boot. It makes Lara Croft look like an old maid.
    • 46 Metascore
    • 78 Marc Savlov
    Helgeland's film positively seethes with bad vibrations; it's kicky, nasty urban sangfroid with pointy little teeth and a serious case of the angries, an existential hand grenade disguised as a heist film.
    • 74 Metascore
    • 78 Marc Savlov
    Should be required viewing for prospective parents still sitting on the spermatazoan fence; after all, you're going to need a good sense of humor, aren't you?
    • 72 Metascore
    • 78 Marc Savlov
    There's more at work in this gorgeous and affecting picture than simple culinary sex appeal.
    • 54 Metascore
    • 78 Marc Savlov
    The "Citizen Kane" of Oedipal zombie-cannibal-right to death-comedy-love stories... So gleefully over-the-top that it's decidedly hard not to gag while you're laughing yourself incontinent... Sick. Perverse. Brilliant.
    • 80 Metascore
    • 78 Marc Savlov
    It's not the crowning achievement in Steven Spielberg's oeuvre, but Minority Report stands on its own sturdy sci-fi legs, and there's no sign of that little imp Haley Joel Osment, to boot, thankfully.
    • 68 Metascore
    • 78 Marc Savlov
    Like its protagonist, it never hands you explanations on a silver platter, and it makes you think a bit, something far too few thrillers do these days.
    • 64 Metascore
    • 78 Marc Savlov
    There's a deep, bone-weary melancholy to the proceedings, offset by the mad parties and vicious displays of machismo.
    • 72 Metascore
    • 78 Marc Savlov
    Pi
    Brilliant, surreal, and emotionally draining, this first feature from American Film Institute grad Aronofsky recalls such low-budget sci-fi epics as "Tetsuo: The Iron Man" and more traditional paranoiac suspense films (Adrian Lyne's "Jacob's Ladder" in particular, but also Polanski's "Rosemary's Baby") and yet manages to be a wholly original animal.
    • 75 Metascore
    • 78 Marc Savlov
    Backed by a soundtrack of hip-hop and edited to within an inch of its life, Kennedy’s film has sleek gutter charm to spare.
    • 63 Metascore
    • 78 Marc Savlov
    Poses a problem for reviewers. The entire story hinges on a plot device that occurs roughly midway through the film and alters everything that has come before. To give away this massive, unavoidable spoiler would be disastrous and unforgivable.
    • 43 Metascore
    • 78 Marc Savlov
    Plenty of killings abound, nevertheless the film is a masterful -- albeit warped -- love-story-cum-road-movie that revolves around three of the most invigorating performances of the year.
    • 83 Metascore
    • 78 Marc Savlov
    Perhaps one of the cutest children's films ever made.
    • 68 Metascore
    • 78 Marc Savlov
    A zippy, energetic, automotive free-for-all, a caper extravaganza minus the bleak overtones that have come to figure in so many 9mm movies these days.
    • 72 Metascore
    • 78 Marc Savlov
    Thanks to the superior performances by all four leads (including incredibly expressive Karoline Eckertz, who appears as the teenage Regina midway through), Nowhere in Africa is a meditation on everything from race and class and cultural impermanence to the inexhaustible malleability of youth.
    • 76 Metascore
    • 78 Marc Savlov
    A film for the young at heart and those who still appreciate honor, valor, love, and the earth.
    • 65 Metascore
    • 78 Marc Savlov
    Brilliant, wacky, and utterly charming fluff, with millions of mad monkey minions to boot.
    • 65 Metascore
    • 78 Marc Savlov
    Craven is obviously having a ball here, and it's impossible not to sit back and go grinning into this dark, gory ride.
    • 84 Metascore
    • 78 Marc Savlov
    Charmingly subversive animation like this is a rare thing indeed, and the fact that you don't have to be under 10 years of age to thoroughly enjoy Mr. Shrek's wild ride is an added bonus.
    • 64 Metascore
    • 78 Marc Savlov
    Works best when it works its mournful magic alone, without fanfare, using only the flickering fear in Cole's gaze as it meets the compassion in Crowe's.
    • 73 Metascore
    • 78 Marc Savlov
    With centrifugal force on his side, Spider-Man dips, weaves, and whooshes past, up, and around the camera -- it's a rush, and it plasters a grin on your face even after you've left the theatre.
    • 66 Metascore
    • 78 Marc Savlov
    It's 99 and 44/100% pure Mamet all the way.
    • 79 Metascore
    • 78 Marc Savlov
    Mamet's dialogue is still on the mark, rapid-fire, and as cutting as an antique straight razor.
    • 73 Metascore
    • 78 Marc Savlov
    Doesn't just raise the bar on sci-fi and action films, it rips that sucker off and sends it spiraling into the sun.
    • 74 Metascore
    • 78 Marc Savlov
    A gorgeously crafted love poem.
    • 80 Metascore
    • 78 Marc Savlov
    Its adult themes of familial separation and societal betrayal are head and shoulders above much of the director’s previous popcorn work -– more hurt, more heart, more unassailable hope.
    • 54 Metascore
    • 78 Marc Savlov
    No one has ever succeeded with anything approximating the sheer energetic brilliance of what Lee has managed here. For all intents and purposes, this is a comic-book movie in the very truest and most vibrant sense of the phrase.
    • 60 Metascore
    • 78 Marc Savlov
    It's chilling what Fiennes can do with so very little; he looks like a wounded puppy half the time and sounds like one to boot.
    • Austin Chronicle
    • 70 Metascore
    • 78 Marc Savlov
    As atypical a summer film as they come -– no explosions, no car chases, no Arnold -– but immensely more pleasing than films with all three of those summertime staples.
    • 66 Metascore
    • 78 Marc Savlov
    Reality has overtaken the movies here, which, I suppose, makes T3 all the more cathartically appealing. At least onscreen we have Arnold Schwarzenegger in our corner.
    • 83 Metascore
    • 78 Marc Savlov
    Cronenberg’s nonlinear narrative is trying at times – it keeps you nearly as off-kilter as the characters, and surely that’s intentional – but as a character piece about madness and stymied dreams, it’s remarkably realistic.
    • 45 Metascore
    • 78 Marc Savlov
    It's a film that you can take home and chew over later, both abrasive in its loudness and reflective in its fleeting, feminine moments of silence. Well done.
    • 64 Metascore
    • 78 Marc Savlov
    This film will either drive you mad or make you angry, possibly both, if you’re lucky, but it’s rarely boring.
    • 73 Metascore
    • 78 Marc Savlov
    While the story may be a common one (for the action genre, at least), Rodriguez, who wrote, produced, shot and edited the entire film himself, has a uniquely straightforward wit that makes what might otherwise have been just another shoot-'em-up something more than that.
    • 52 Metascore
    • 78 Marc Savlov
    It's not perfect - infrequently the comedy and drama rub up against each other too much - but it is the genuine article: a wholly unique family film that can moisten your eyes even while it quickens your pulse.
    • 57 Metascore
    • 78 Marc Savlov
    Coixet’s film begins with the quiet patter of rain on skin and holds that somehow sweetly sorrowful tone throughout.
    • 64 Metascore
    • 78 Marc Savlov
    It's a straight-ahead caper flick, very cool, and very, very Seventies (although it takes place in 1995), from production and costume design on down to the soundtrack.
    • 55 Metascore
    • 78 Marc Savlov
    It's not so much the individual storylines that grab you, but Curtis’ unrelenting optimism. In the end, it's nice to know that love, actually, does conquer all.
    • 81 Metascore
    • 78 Marc Savlov
    A humanistic adventure film that's both rich with characterization and concussive cannon bursts, Master and Commander is, surprisingly, some of the best work either Crowe or Weir have ever done.
    • 81 Metascore
    • 78 Marc Savlov
    Fathers and families and the impossibility of ever fully understanding either are at the heart of My Architect, and like Nathaniel Kahn, we come away from the film with a renewed appreciation of both.
    • 64 Metascore
    • 78 Marc Savlov
    Fraser, Martin, and the rest of the flesh-and-blood characters look like they’re having a ball, which translates instantly to the audience as well.
    • 62 Metascore
    • 78 Marc Savlov
    Damon, particularly, stands revealed as a comic ace.
    • 94 Metascore
    • 78 Marc Savlov
    It’s odd and unfortunate, however, that The Return of the King just barely misses the eye-misting emotional wallop of the series’ previous installment, The Two Towers, which had a lyrical subtlety underpinning the vast vistas of growing chaos (and Christopher Lee hardly hurt matters) and hobbits-in-peril.
    • 74 Metascore
    • 78 Marc Savlov
    Teacher’s Pet feels more like Ren & Stimpy's John Kricfalusi on a mild dose of Prozac, and I mean that in the very best way.
    • 68 Metascore
    • 78 Marc Savlov
    In the end, it's a love story after all, but a peculiarly Gallocentric one -- cheap, nasty, but salvageable nonetheless.
    • 76 Metascore
    • 78 Marc Savlov
    The cast is uniformly excellent in their roles, and Eyre's persistent use of long, trailing shots reinforces the story's elegiac tone.
    • 65 Metascore
    • 78 Marc Savlov
    A countrified, monolithic thing of beauty -- gorgeous to behold despite the fact that its overlong two-hour-and-45-minute running time plays off Redford's weather-beaten golden boy good looks far too often for its own good.
    • 64 Metascore
    • 78 Marc Savlov
    Besson's visuals are, as always, vibrant and decidedly European. He fills the frames with odd-angled shots and alarming riots of color that catch you off-balance.
    • 68 Metascore
    • 78 Marc Savlov
    Lemarquis, as Noi, has a stoic and silent tenderness to him, and Hansdottir's Iris is the picture of pensive sluggishness. But then all that cold, cold snow slows you down, both inside and out, until the only thing moving is your heart.
    • 82 Metascore
    • 78 Marc Savlov
    Remarkable, melancholy, and ultimately hopeful documentary.
    • 78 Metascore
    • 78 Marc Savlov
    Is it classic cinema? Perhaps not, but then again, American shores and citizens have never been lacerated by atomic weapons. What do we know?
    • 71 Metascore
    • 78 Marc Savlov
    It has the resonant feel of myth, buoyed by simultaneously vicious and compassionate performances from the men on both sides of the bars.
    • 67 Metascore
    • 78 Marc Savlov
    So great are the charges raised against the Bush administration in the film, and so combustible the current state of geopolitics, that Moore’s film could actually prove to be the first in history to help unseat a sitting American president.
    • 59 Metascore
    • 78 Marc Savlov
    A meticulously-researched chunk of underground Americana that traces the poet's full life from his rather dysfunctional childhood (beneath the hoary shadow of his mentally ill mother) to his meetings and eventual friendships with Kerouac, Burroughs, Neal Cassady and other Beat luminaries. (Review of Original Release)
    • 51 Metascore
    • 78 Marc Savlov
    Gets its teeth in you and shakes. Once it’s over, you find yourself replaying it on an endless loop in your head.
    • 54 Metascore
    • 78 Marc Savlov
    Absolutely one-hundred-percent ridiculous, this is comedy of a higher order, and more maniacally inspired than almost anything released in years.
    • 66 Metascore
    • 78 Marc Savlov
    By the time it's over you find yourself wondering why more films don't have the chutzpah to delve deeper into the battle-weary heart.
    • 66 Metascore
    • 78 Marc Savlov
    Innocence is possessed of a highly literate, almost classical story.
    • 56 Metascore
    • 78 Marc Savlov
    A genuine cri de couer in the director’s long-running battle against the forces of censorship and a banal societal (and cinematic) status quo. And for those reasons along it deserves to be seen.
    • 69 Metascore
    • 78 Marc Savlov
    But the best way to enjoy Ong Bak is on its own gritty, low-budget level, skins, brains, and guts galore, a viscerally entertaining slice of Thai filmmaking that will leave you grinning ear to ear.
    • 64 Metascore
    • 78 Marc Savlov
    The filmmakers wisely stay in the background and allow the people of Whitwell to tell their own story, although this simple, honest little film is occasionally marred by an emotionally manipulative music score straight out of Heartstring Tuggers 101.
    • 58 Metascore
    • 78 Marc Savlov
    Let’s be honest: With a cast like this, it doesn't matter too much what the characters are doing onscreen, or if it makes about as much sense as a monochrome rainbow.
    • 77 Metascore
    • 78 Marc Savlov
    It’s bravura, classic Hollywood filmmaking, and you like to think that Hughes himself would have viewed it, if not appreciatively, then at least with a sense of kinship.
    • 62 Metascore
    • 78 Marc Savlov
    Inspired lunacy.
    • 59 Metascore
    • 78 Marc Savlov
    The Lost World (unlike Spielberg's original film) leaps head first into the action, rushing, it seems, to get the film's real stars -- the dinosaurs -- to the screen as quickly as possible, and it does so with considerable verve.