For 1,791 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 8.1 points lower than other critics. (0-100 point scale)

Marc Savlov's Scores

  • Movies
  • TV
Average review score: 52
Highest review score: 100 Twelve Monkeys
Lowest review score: 0 Leap Year
Score distribution:
1791 movie reviews
    • 71 Metascore
    • 78 Marc Savlov
    A slow-burn stunner, where nothing much of consequence happens, except life itself.
    • 70 Metascore
    • 78 Marc Savlov
    Billed as Li's final martial arts epic (would that Jackie Chan be so thoughtful), Fearless is fittingly peripatetic, finding the Hong Kong superstar ricocheting across the screen.
    • 70 Metascore
    • 78 Marc Savlov
    I think it's a mess, but - and this is a major caveat - an endearing, beautiful, hopelessly honest mess that's supported by a pair of performances so unnaturally natural that they draw you in and clutch you, struggling, to their flipping, flopping hearts.
    • 71 Metascore
    • 78 Marc Savlov
    This is the first Spike Lee Joint that feels more like a mainstream Hollywood cops-in-the-'hood picture and less like one of Lee's recurrent soapboxes.
    • 80 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.
    • 60 Metascore
    • 78 Marc Savlov
    The hippies, the ravers, the bumbling bobbies and nonplussed locals, the mud, the rush of being in the crush, up against the barricades, torn between the need for a restroom and the need for more room, to dance, to sing, to carry on like a stark loony regardless of your faraway day job – all of this is captured by Temple's unblinking, seemingly everywhere-at-once eye.
    • 52 Metascore
    • 78 Marc Savlov
    300
    Not since Mario Bava's "Hercules in the Haunted World" has Greco-Roman movie-house mythmaking been so thoroughly well-conceived and executed.
    • 72 Metascore
    • 78 Marc Savlov
    This is a wonderful, disarming film, sort of like Ghost, but with all the Hollywood drained from it, leaving nothing on screen but the truth of the matter. Which is the way it should be, of course.
    • 57 Metascore
    • 78 Marc Savlov
    Interestingly, Coppola has eschewed state-of-the-art special effects in favor of a panoply of archaic film-school tricks -- reversing the film, multiple exposures, playing with the shutter speed -- that give his Dracula a stylized, almost hyper-real clarity and a wonderfully singular weirdness.
    • 71 Metascore
    • 78 Marc Savlov
    Mad Dog and Glory, thankfully, finds the director in remarkable form, crafting an engrossing new film out of what might have been, in less competent hands, simply another Hollywood formula movie.
    • 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.
    • 46 Metascore
    • 78 Marc Savlov
    Director Roth has accomplished the near impossible with Hostel: Part II: He's crafted a vastly superior sequel to a film already considered something of a classic by genre aficionados, one that supersedes its predecessor's sadistic entertainment quotient by orders of magnitude while also upstaging its own outrageous gore effects with a script that's smart, vicious, and occasionally, gleefully subversive.
    • 62 Metascore
    • 78 Marc Savlov
    It's smart; it's silly; it's – kill me now – shear terror.
    • 69 Metascore
    • 78 Marc Savlov
    It should be mandatory viewing for right-to-lifers and prospective parents as well as fans of creepy, crawly filmmaking.
    • 71 Metascore
    • 78 Marc Savlov
    Timely metaphors abound in The Order of the Phoenix, but the story (of which there is much) stands on its own magical merits, dark and darker still though they may be.
    • 63 Metascore
    • 78 Marc Savlov
    Both apocalyptic and suitably vague, The Signal's only serious weakness comes from some borderline histrionic performances; then again, it's tough to call hysteria anything other than a sane response to a world gone mad. Crazy, man.
    • 57 Metascore
    • 78 Marc Savlov
    This is frightening stuff, ably helmed (by writer/director Gorak, art director on the nerve janglers Fight Club and Fear and Loathing in Las Vegas), viciously acted, and altogether horrific in ways George A. Romero could imagine only through the lens of the darkest sort of fantasy.
    • 83 Metascore
    • 78 Marc Savlov
    Pure, goofy fun.
    • 57 Metascore
    • 78 Marc Savlov
    No other film in recent memory has featured such a terrifically retro maniac or revisited the heyday of Eighties gore films with such gleeful, moist abandon.
    • 46 Metascore
    • 78 Marc Savlov
    This is a Farrelly film for adults, if not the entire family, and its a charmer, honest both to the nature of the loves we choose in haste, and the fear that makes us so hasty so often.
    • 79 Metascore
    • 78 Marc Savlov
    Like an early Clash number, it's by turns lovely and ugly, loud as bombs and quiet as a revolution's first-thrown stone; it acknowledges the legend while uncovering the truth.
    • 82 Metascore
    • 78 Marc Savlov
    Impossible to shake off.
    • 66 Metascore
    • 78 Marc Savlov
    Diary of the Dead is meant to scare your pants off, blow your mind out the back of your skull, and then deposit you ungently back into reality, quaking a little, maybe, but still alive and, unlike the undead, thinking.
    • 72 Metascore
    • 78 Marc Savlov
    Priceless is a supremely satisfying confection – a French romantic comedy of the sort that ends with you standing outside the theatre with a dopey grin on your face.
    • 60 Metascore
    • 78 Marc Savlov
    One of the most affecting and certainly the most intimate of the cinematic arguments against the war in Iraq yet made.
    • 79 Metascore
    • 78 Marc Savlov
    And Favreau? If you'd told me 12 years ago that Swingers' comic linchpin would end up helming one of the best, most visceral, and downright fun foray of all the comic-book franchises waiting in the CGI wings, I'd have told you to amscray, kid. But what the hell? Turns out irony's good for your blood.
    • 64 Metascore
    • 78 Marc Savlov
    The Fall lives and dies on the strength of Pace and Untaru's remarkable performances. It's there that the pulsing heart of this magical-real film beats most true.
    • 62 Metascore
    • 78 Marc Savlov
    A consistently entertaining parody that never once makes you feel like an idiot for laughing out loud at its idiocy.
    • 65 Metascore
    • 78 Marc Savlov
    Ford's Indy, who doesn't quite hang up his fedora at film's end, is still the only cinematic smartass-cum-bullwhipping scholar of antiquities I'd want by my side when push comes to shove comes to Nazis ("I hate these guys"), Russkies, or, for that matter, Al Quaeda. Go get 'em, Indy, and cue the John Williams while you''e at it.
    • 61 Metascore
    • 78 Marc Savlov
    Five years after Ang Lee attempted a stylistically and narratively daring reimagining of what a comic-book movie could be (an example that tanked disastrously at the box office), the big green gamma-guy returns to the screen in a purer, more unadulterated, vastly more entertaining form.

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