For 1,649 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 7.1 points lower than other critics. (0-100 point scale)

Marc Savlov's Scores

  • Movies
Average review score: 52
Highest review score: 100 Ran (re-release)
Lowest review score: 0 Freddy Got Fingered
Score distribution:
1,649 movie reviews
    • 82 Metascore
    • 78 Marc Savlov
    Remarkable, melancholy, and ultimately hopeful documentary.
    • 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 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
    • 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.
    • 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
    • 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.
    • 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.
    • 81 Metascore
    • 67 Marc Savlov
    Rumley has assembled a fine cast; there's not a false step in the film, and while obviously this isn't a film for everyone, these are characters that we come to know, respect, and fall hard for, doomed or not.
    • 81 Metascore
    • 89 Marc Savlov
    A sweet-natured romantic fable, albeit one that packs in carnivorous cockroaches, rampaging brontosaurs, and the ever-Freudian Empire State Building among its requisite emotional baggage. And, too, it's a corker of an action/monster movie.
    • 81 Metascore
    • 78 Marc Savlov
    The good news is Craig, who was riveting as a London pharmaceutical salesman in the recent Brit import "Layer Cake," is equally mesmerizing here.
    • 81 Metascore
    • 89 Marc Savlov
    Blomkamp and his entire cast and crew have created an instant genre classic that transcends the self-limiting ghetto implied by the term "science fiction" and instead, like precursors such as Robert Wise's "The Day the Earth Stood Still," engages not only the mind but the heart as well. It's magnificent.
    • 81 Metascore
    • 78 Marc Savlov
    Schizophrenia never looked so good or so mesmerizing as it does here, and Paprika, while certainly not suitable for kids, manages to capture the childlike, helter-skelter chaos and curiosity of the human mind better than any other animated film.
    • 80 Metascore
    • 67 Marc Savlov
    You get the impression that Herzog believes wholeheartedly the planet will be better off without us. Nosferatu that we have proven ourselves to be, he may be right.
    • 80 Metascore
    • 78 Marc Savlov
    Although not directed by Hiyao Miyazaki (though he executive-produced and co-wrote it), the film retains the look and feel of the "Spirited Away" master's best work, allowing for huge emotions amidst a world of Lilliputian scope.
    • 80 Metascore
    • 78 Marc Savlov
    Less a film than a lyrical, naturalistic tone poem.
    • 80 Metascore
    • 89 Marc Savlov
    At times poignant, joyful, and terrifying, Shawshank Redemption is an altogether brilliant movie and the debut of an equally brilliant director.
    • 80 Metascore
    • 78 Marc Savlov
    A pure distillation of the great director's ongoing themes of the frailty of the human psyche and mankind's willful inability to accept the inevitable, whatever that may be.
    • 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.
    • 80 Metascore
    • 67 Marc Savlov
    The voice acting, from new Batman Bale to the almost unrecognizable Bacall is fine – even Crystal reigns in his usual Borscht Belt bravado – if a little plain.
    • 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.
    • 79 Metascore
    • 89 Marc Savlov
    Castle-Hughes and Paratene are nothing short of remarkable in their roles.
    • 79 Metascore
    • 78 Marc Savlov
    Scrappy, powerful, and shocking.
    • 79 Metascore
    • 50 Marc Savlov
    Some people might find Chunhyang a chore to sit through, including me. Despite all of its accumulated period gorgeousness, or perhaps because of it, the film moves at a snail's pace, telegraphing plot twists miles before we actually arrive at them.
    • 79 Metascore
    • 78 Marc Savlov
    Immensely entertaining, Coriolanus is chock-full o' gore and the contemporary trappings of a man and a land divided, both from without and from within.