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 7.2 points lower than other critics. (0-100 point scale)

Marc Savlov's Scores

  • Movies
Average review score: 52
Highest review score: 100 Control
Lowest review score: 0 The Cold Light of Day
Score distribution:
1,654 movie reviews
    • 96 Metascore
    • 89 Marc Savlov
    Pixar's animation is simply flawless; colorful, deeply realized, and ably conveying both the chaos of the kitchen, and the sensual allure of food well prepared.
    • 96 Metascore
    • 89 Marc Savlov
    Gravity is a major filmmaking accomplishment, no doubt, although it would have been interesting to see how it might have played sans dialogue. Unthinkable to Hollywood, sure, but still … Kowalski and Stone’s backstories and banter are, in the end, secondary to the film’s jaw-dropping visuals.
    • 94 Metascore
    • 89 Marc Savlov
    Fiercely original in every respect.
    • 94 Metascore
    • 89 Marc Savlov
    This is Pixar's finest and most emotionally powerful film yet, and it draws on a wealth of cinematic resources that run the gamut from Chaplin's best to Buster Keaton, Jacques Tati, and even Martin and Lewis.
    • 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.
    • 92 Metascore
    • 89 Marc Savlov
    This is high fantasy of the best kind.
    • 91 Metascore
    • 89 Marc Savlov
    Be forewarned: Folman closes his film with a grisly, real-death denouement that may give you some nightmares of your own. As well it should.
    • 90 Metascore
    • 100 Marc Savlov
    One of the 10 best films ever made, period.
    • 90 Metascore
    • 89 Marc Savlov
    A bitter, bloody masterpiece with adrenalized emotions and hyper-realized images, this is perhaps as close to battle as any sane human being should ever hope to tread.
    • 90 Metascore
    • 78 Marc Savlov
    Full of period locations, costumes, and one very clever Lana Turner gag, it's easy to see why Ellroy is so pleased with the film.
    • 90 Metascore
    • 100 Marc Savlov
    Such gorgeous explosions, such a terrible vision, such an amazing work of art. Go. Now.
    • 90 Metascore
    • 89 Marc Savlov
    Pixar's Finding Nemo may well have the best casting of any animated film of the past 30-odd years.
    • 90 Metascore
    • 89 Marc Savlov
    Wildly entertaining, "Shakespeare in Love" minus the Bard and the babe, but with substantive style to burn.
    • 90 Metascore
    • 89 Marc Savlov
    An order-of-magnitude leap forward in animated storytelling.
    • 90 Metascore
    • 89 Marc Savlov
    Remarkably fresh and exciting.
    • 89 Metascore
    • 89 Marc Savlov
    Hauntingly beautiful film.
    • 89 Metascore
    • 89 Marc Savlov
    This feature-length expansion of Cohen's deliciously ridiculous character accomplishes what decades of Soviet propaganda failed to do: It points out and underscores issues of race, religious intolerance, classism, and all manner of very American social ills by giving the culprits just enough rope to hang themselves by their own petards (and then some).
    • 89 Metascore
    • 89 Marc Savlov
    It's enough to make you weep.
    • 89 Metascore
    • 78 Marc Savlov
    What's so intensely pleasurable about The Artist, however, is not its predetermined seriocomic trajectory but the endless parade of smartly creative and self-referential gags, which include all manner of sly, silent delights; the inevitable Jack Russell; and even an extended orchestral cue of Bernard Herrmann's, cribbed outright from "Vertigo."
    • 88 Metascore
    • 89 Marc Savlov
    Amid the increasingly horrific images of daily ghetto life are moments of utterly unexpected, haunting beauty, including a reel of color film that does more to humanize an inhuman situation than anything I've ever seen.
    • 88 Metascore
    • 89 Marc Savlov
    This is the sort of masterpiece that will obliterate memories of lesser, later efforts in the "meeting the parents" comedy lineage. Brilliant.
    • 88 Metascore
    • 89 Marc Savlov
    God forbid this should ever play on an IMAX screen -- the concussive soundtrack and relentless visuals would likely strike viewers deaf and blind (but what a way to go!). Simply breathtaking.
    • 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."
    • 88 Metascore
    • 89 Marc Savlov
    It's a "keep calm, carry on" wartime melodrama of the first order, and stiff though it may be, it is never less than brilliantly done.
    • 88 Metascore
    • 67 Marc Savlov
    As far as the chase genre goes, there have been worse films (better ones, too).
    • 88 Metascore
    • 89 Marc Savlov
    Definitely not for the squeamish, Wake in Fright is calibrated for maximum psychic impact. Its madness is viral and disconcerting. Truly, you're going to want a stiff drink and a hot shower, or a noose, after visiting the Yabba.
    • 88 Metascore
    • 50 Marc Savlov
    If you (or your kids) loved Toy Story, you'll like Toy Story 2 as well. Just don't expect any big surprises.
    • 87 Metascore
    • 89 Marc Savlov
    This isn't some pomo arthouse picture looking to score points by subverting the gangster paradigm; it's a killer film about killers who idolize film but are unable or unwilling to parse the doom that always crops up come Act III.
    • 87 Metascore
    • 89 Marc Savlov
    It's a ripping good yarn, to boot, breathlessly paced and seamlessly edited, but most important, resoundingly and surpassingly fun.
    • 87 Metascore
    • 89 Marc Savlov
    This may be the first film to examine the intricacies of the Colombia-to-U.S. drug route in any detail.
    • 87 Metascore
    • 89 Marc Savlov
    Feels brief and dreamlike. Waking from its spell, you touch your face, and it's wet, but you're smiling anyway.
    • 87 Metascore
    • 78 Marc Savlov
    It's also a deeply moral antiwar film, if one chooses to view it that way.
    • 86 Metascore
    • 89 Marc Savlov
    Like Mumbai, Slumdog pulses and throbs with raw, unadulterated life and the hope for a better Bombay, today. It's brilliant.
    • 86 Metascore
    • 89 Marc Savlov
    Filled with brilliant, stand-out performances.
    • 86 Metascore
    • 89 Marc Savlov
    The Kids are All Right, a grin-cracking great portrait of a modern American family in minor and then major crises.
    • 86 Metascore
    • 78 Marc Savlov
    A far cry from his earlier films sex, lies, and videotape and Kafka, Soderbergh skillfully pulls off what could have ended up as a sappy glob of treacly nostalgia. Instead, the director populates his young hero's chaotic world with genuinely disturbing people, images, and events.
    • 86 Metascore
    • 89 Marc Savlov
    It's something of a Tiananmen Square face-off, minus the overt politics, which makes it all the more spellbinding.
    • 86 Metascore
    • 89 Marc Savlov
    One of the most suspenseful films of all time, its wartime action setting makes it easy to forget it's also one of the most spiritually righteous. [Director's Cut]
    • 86 Metascore
    • 89 Marc Savlov
    It's a thrilling, powerful movie, and one that certain people in certain quarters may have at one time called dangerous. Some of them may yet still.
    • 86 Metascore
    • 89 Marc Savlov
    This is a dream cast for both Scorsese and the viewer, and everyone is working at the peak of their craft. Nicholson's flawless performance as the increasingly unhinged crime boss is a marvel of manic, paranoid ruination.
    • 86 Metascore
    • 78 Marc Savlov
    Ponyo is another conceptually and thrilingly original masterstroke from an animator who long ago left Walt Disney in the dust.
    • 86 Metascore
    • 78 Marc Savlov
    Filmmaker Steve James is apparently incapable of making an uninteresting documentary, even when his subject matter might presumably be thoroughly played out.
    • 86 Metascore
    • 89 Marc Savlov
    A brilliant, exhilarating piece of filmmaking. It may even be the best mainstream film of the year thus far.
    • 86 Metascore
    • 89 Marc Savlov
    It's a jaw-droppingly good performance from this pint-sized, first-time actor.
    • 85 Metascore
    • 89 Marc Savlov
    Szpilman takes to performing sonatas in thin air, eyes closed, those jittery fingers stroking nothing but air. It's a wonderful moment in a wonderful, ghastly film, and one of the most moving arguments for the redemptive powers of art ever made.
    • 85 Metascore
    • 78 Marc Savlov
    Half Nelson, with its bleakly hopeful view of humanity both damned and redeemed – simultaneously – is uncomfortably, almost exactly right.
    • 85 Metascore
    • 89 Marc Savlov
    An immersion into the characters' world in toto, from the "Oh geezes" and the "Oh, yaahs" to the dark and flinty core beneath.
    • 85 Metascore
    • 89 Marc Savlov
    Loud, hilarious, and enormously entertaining, 24 Hour Party People makes you want to toss current FM radio out on its pre-fab, corporate-sponsored backside. And not a moment too soon.
    • 85 Metascore
    • 89 Marc Savlov
    Clearly the single best, the single coolest (to borrow from Harry Knowles) animated film in a great while.
    • 85 Metascore
    • 89 Marc Savlov
    The Host is a freewheeling mix of high style and goofy, good-natured fear-mongering.
    • 85 Metascore
    • 78 Marc Savlov
    Hardly a serious caper film, Out of Sight instead takes a lighter approach, effortlessly offering up as many unexpected chuckles as it does bullets.
    • 85 Metascore
    • 78 Marc Savlov
    There's no denying it's a tragic film from start to finish, but equally undeniable is the endless stoicism displayed by the women, and Panahi's crisp, meandering direction.
    • 84 Metascore
    • 89 Marc Savlov
    The story (even more so if you weren't around in July of 1969) is gripping, eloquent, and powerful stuff, the right stuff right down to its pioneering heart, taking manifest destiny to the stars themselves.
    • 84 Metascore
    • 78 Marc Savlov
    A genuinely moving portrait of the artist as a young(ish) scullery maid.
    • 84 Metascore
    • 78 Marc Savlov
    Gorgeously lensed and delightfully structured, however, this is, in a word, wonderful.
    • 84 Metascore
    • 89 Marc Savlov
    Sauper's delicately horrific documentary is a short, sharp slap in the face of the developed world, and a long overdue one at that.
    • 84 Metascore
    • 89 Marc Savlov
    Mystic River asks plenty of questions but rarely if ever offers any answers, and certainly no easy ones. If this fine and sorrowful film is what can be expected from our aging cinema icons, here’s to the golden years, dark though they may be.
    • 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.
    • 84 Metascore
    • 50 Marc Savlov
    It's all a little too polished, a little too smug to be ranked up there as one of the great journalism films.
    • 84 Metascore
    • 89 Marc Savlov
    While the evil that men do to one another in this film may well be rooted in the Cain-like enabling of original sin from one doomed brother to another, the final familial tragedy feels exactly like classic Lumet.
    • 84 Metascore
    • 67 Marc Savlov
    It’s far and away the most original symphony of terror since F.W. Murnau raised hackles and Schrecks with his 1922 Nosferatu.
    • 83 Metascore
    • 78 Marc Savlov
    Bridges makes this sozzled and desperate ex-desperado – a cliché by any other name – as fresh and vital as one final shot at cowboy-poet redemption. It may sound crazy, but it's true.
    • 83 Metascore
    • 89 Marc Savlov
    It's thrilling and lovely and sad and explosive in all the right ways, and it needs to be seen – on the big screen, in 3-D – to be believed.
    • 83 Metascore
    • 89 Marc Savlov
    Far from being atypical, the events of June 12 and the litany of tiny nightmares that led up to that day are brutally obvious.
    • 83 Metascore
    • 78 Marc Savlov
    Deliciously bleak, black political satire from British director Armando Iannucci.
    • 83 Metascore
    • 89 Marc Savlov
    For those willing to submit to its terrible charms, it may be the single most important debut to come out of the Americas in years.
    • 83 Metascore
    • 89 Marc Savlov
    Osama begins in fear and ends in terror. In between there's all manner of hopelessness, deprivation, and death, which is to say that as the first film to come out of a post-Taliban Afghanistan, it's practically a documentary.
    • 83 Metascore
    • 89 Marc Savlov
    It's not necessary to be a longtime fan of the Star Trek universe to appreciate the sheer emotional punch and swagger of this rough and randy Enterprise crew.
    • 83 Metascore
    • 78 Marc Savlov
    The dead have more fun than the living, again, in Tim Burton’s new stop-motion animated feature, a gift to gothlings everywhere and as exquisitely crafted as one of Federico’s post-mortem still lifes on "Six Feet Under," and just as melodramatically melancholic.
    • 83 Metascore
    • 89 Marc Savlov
    It speaks to both the head and the heart, and it is, in myriad ways, some of the best work the legendary animator has ever created.
    • 83 Metascore
    • 50 Marc Savlov
    A bore... The film leaves you with the feeling, once again, of having enjoyed a lovely meal fit for royalty only to discover, too late, that the fruit was made of wax and the roast was little more than a Styrofoam mock-up.
    • 83 Metascore
    • 89 Marc Savlov
    Love, death, hope, and hatred: Spider-Man 2 has ’em all, in spades.
    • 83 Metascore
    • 89 Marc Savlov
    Paranoid Park shows the Portland-based director to be working at the pinnacle of his art in every frame, in every composition. It's breathtaking, heartbreaking, tragic, gorgeous, and true all at the same time.
    • 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.
    • 83 Metascore
    • 78 Marc Savlov
    Pure, goofy fun.
    • 83 Metascore
    • 89 Marc Savlov
    Nothing short of horror-hound heaven.
    • 83 Metascore
    • 78 Marc Savlov
    Perhaps one of the cutest children's films ever made.
    • 83 Metascore
    • 89 Marc Savlov
    While it’s perhaps not the best date film of the year, it is a grim and unmistakable masterpiece of bleak, black sorrow.
    • 83 Metascore
    • 78 Marc Savlov
    It's brutal to watch the bigger-they-are-the-harder-they-fall tragedy of this once-great heavyweight. In fact, it's enough to make you cry.
    • 83 Metascore
    • 78 Marc Savlov
    A fine, near-seamless film that finally suffers slightly from an inability to wrap up its tale.
    • 82 Metascore
    • 89 Marc Savlov
    The quiet respect Venus displays toward lions in winter, defanged though they may be, is rare enough; the film's respect for unfinessed lionesses-to-be is rarer still. Wherever they're going, no one here is going quietly.
    • 82 Metascore
    • 89 Marc Savlov
    Electrifying and decidedly downbeat slice of life and death in Ajami.
    • 82 Metascore
    • 89 Marc Savlov
    Danny Boyle's 127 Hours is the calm, cool, and tear-your-hair-out exciting mirror image of Tony Scott's bland and formulaic "Unstoppable."
    • 82 Metascore
    • 89 Marc Savlov
    Absolutely mandatory viewing for aspiring animators and filmmakers. (In terms of pacing, scoring, editing, and narrative, it's a film school unto itself.) For the rest of us, however, it's simply magic.
    • 82 Metascore
    • 67 Marc Savlov
    Becomes something of a rainswept Korean koan on both the nobility and futility of persistence in the face of obviously insurmountable odds.
    • 82 Metascore
    • 89 Marc Savlov
    Face/Off works like a charm right on down the line thanks to brilliant, exhilarating performances from Cage and Travolta, and the many tremendously enjoyable action set-pieces that are Woo's hallmark.
    • 82 Metascore
    • 89 Marc Savlov
    As far from "Slacker" as you could possibly get and still be using a motion-picture camera, The School of Rock is nonetheless pure Linklater, pure rock & roll, and pure fun. Gabba, gabba, hey!
    • 82 Metascore
    • 89 Marc Savlov
    Much has been made about the film's "humanizing" of Hitler, but he's only human here in the most prosaic of terms.
    • 82 Metascore
    • 89 Marc Savlov
    Could be summarized as a vampire tween romance, but that cheap and tawdry sum-up does zero justice to the magnificent emotional resonance of this gemlike bloodstone of a film.
    • 82 Metascore
    • 78 Marc Savlov
    Impossible to shake off.
    • 82 Metascore
    • 78 Marc Savlov
    Remarkable, melancholy, and ultimately hopeful documentary.
    • 82 Metascore
    • 89 Marc Savlov
    This is nobody's idea of a happy family story, but it is a pristinely chilling depiction of familial meltdown in a post-Stalinist, Twilight Zone anti-place, the dark heart of heartlessness and mysterious parenting techniques.
    • 82 Metascore
    • 50 Marc Savlov
    The only thing here that feels truly, utterly alive is Ledger's maniacal, muttery Joker. The last laugh is his and his alone. It's enough to make you cry.
    • 82 Metascore
    • 89 Marc Savlov
    It's the truth, unshackled and captured against all odds, and it's one of the most powerful documentary films I have ever seen, period.
    • 82 Metascore
    • 89 Marc Savlov
    This is a determined, resolutely paced, and atypical samurai movie, more an epic of the heart than of the battlefield, and all the more powerful for it.
    • 82 Metascore
    • 78 Marc Savlov
    It's not perfect -- Thornton's slack-jawed yokel Jacob is played a bit wide of the mark and Fonda continues to irk in some indefinable way -- but it's a revelation for longtime Raimi fans. And it's a hell of a ride too, for both Raimi fans and newcomers alike.
    • 82 Metascore
    • 89 Marc Savlov
    It's Cronenberg's film, but it's the actors who elevate Eastern Promises from mere thriller to some other, more disturbing plane.
    • 81 Metascore
    • 89 Marc Savlov
    As riveting as a documentary can possibly be, this slim (74-minute) film is also one of the most politically aware films of the year.
    • 81 Metascore
    • 50 Marc Savlov
    Relax, sit tight, and enjoy the ride.
    • 81 Metascore
    • 78 Marc Savlov
    The Damned United is Shakespearean in its tragedy.