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 Stay Alive
Score distribution:
1,654 movie reviews
    • 81 Metascore
    • 89 Marc Savlov
    McCarthy’s film is rich in tone and subtlety, but has precious little dialogue. It feels less like a modern motion picture than some odd poem long lost and then discovered in another age, a timeless, ageless gem of hard-resined emotions melting into real life.
    • 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.
    • 69 Metascore
    • 89 Marc Savlov
    Don’t leave until the final credits finish rolling or you’ll miss what many are considering Kill Bill: Vol. 1’s best bit. Trust us on this one.
    • 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.
    • 70 Metascore
    • 89 Marc Savlov
    Wisely, a lot like the real event. No answers are given, barely any questions are asked, and the film unfolds at a leisurely, inexorable pace that stymies the traditional filmmaking tropes of tension and release.
    • 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.
    • 68 Metascore
    • 89 Marc Savlov
    An antidote to holiday cheer like no other, this French tale of psychological horror is as harsh as they come -– it’s like finding a severed finger in your stocking and then finding it’s even better with hollandaise.
    • 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.
    • 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.
    • 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]
    • 71 Metascore
    • 89 Marc Savlov
    "Always be good to rock and roll and it will always be good to you," the film quotes Phil Spector as saying, and a more fitting explanation of the Bingenheimer mystique you'll likely never find.
    • 56 Metascore
    • 89 Marc Savlov
    As we are informed in the film’s prologue, "Cats live in loneliness, then die like falling rain." Sh--, man, whatever. This is so stupid it’s positively genius.
    • 73 Metascore
    • 89 Marc Savlov
    By far the most gorgeous slice of sunlit sadism so far this summer, I’m Not Scared also manages to be oddly sweet: a boy’s life, with treachery.
    • 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.
    • 79 Metascore
    • 89 Marc Savlov
    Riveting, and frankly it's great fun to see Leth best the smirky von Trier five times running.
    • 77 Metascore
    • 89 Marc Savlov
    The bulk, the heft, and the girth of Bukowski: Born Into This arrives in the form of the author himself, giving beery readings to Berkeley audiences clearly enjoying a contact high or sitting, ill-kempt but quiet, pensive, Heineken in one yellowy paw, in his apartment.
    • 68 Metascore
    • 89 Marc Savlov
    It's a keeper, a tumultuous love story set against the backdrop of 24 hours of really, really inclement weather in the Oklahoma heartland.
    • 83 Metascore
    • 89 Marc Savlov
    Love, death, hope, and hatred: Spider-Man 2 has ’em all, in spades.
    • 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.
    • 57 Metascore
    • 89 Marc Savlov
    A wholly original creation, crossed with shadows and light and the everyday madness of Savannah and its remarkable citizens.
    • 48 Metascore
    • 89 Marc Savlov
    Shimuzu sees darkened staircases and hears the rustle of dead autumn leaves and reacts as if from the devil’s own haiku. And his dread is catching.
    • 64 Metascore
    • 89 Marc Savlov
    Casting is everything, and the casting of Stallone -- playing way against type -- as the powerless hayseed sheriff in Cop Land is nothing short of inspired.
    • 67 Metascore
    • 89 Marc Savlov
    There's even a Simon and Garfunkel tune on the soundtrack, which makes Braff's character seem like the only living boy in New Jersey, which, of course, he may well be. L'chaim!
    • 57 Metascore
    • 89 Marc Savlov
    Cyberpunk meets renegade romance, à la Orwell.
    • 74 Metascore
    • 89 Marc Savlov
    You can't help but feel conflicted watching this superb documentary about the seminal New York-based punk rock vanguard, the Ramones.
    • 64 Metascore
    • 89 Marc Savlov
    The most costly and the most popular film in South Korean history is also one of the most gripping and epic war films ever made, and certainly the only one I can think of the portrays the Korean war from the viewpoint of both sides of the conflict.
    • 64 Metascore
    • 89 Marc Savlov
    Everything here from costuming and production design to the note-perfect score from Edward Shearmur works in tandem to create not so much a film as a singular and joyous tribute to a vanished age when wonder only cost a nickel and played three time daily at the Bijou.
    • 76 Metascore
    • 89 Marc Savlov
    The most original comedy from either side of the pond in years.
    • 64 Metascore
    • 89 Marc Savlov
    Niccol's futuristic fable is a gorgeous construct, from its cast on down to the brilliant, clinical nature of the set design that reflects a future in which even a particle of saliva can be one's undoing.
    • 78 Metascore
    • 89 Marc Savlov
    As concert films go, this is heady stuff.