For 1,986 reviews, this critic has graded:
  • 39% higher than the average critic
  • 2% same as the average critic
  • 59% lower than the average critic
On average, this critic grades 10.2 points lower than other critics. (0-100 point scale)

Marc Savlov's Scores

  • Movies
  • TV
Average review score: 53
Highest review score: 100 Kung Fu Hustle
Lowest review score: 0 When a Stranger Calls
Score distribution:
1986 movie reviews
    • 75 Metascore
    • 89 Marc Savlov
    The masterful Land of Mine slowly, almost without notice, transforms into one of the most viscerally intense anti-war films since Dalton Trumbo’s "Johnny Got His Gun."
    • 62 Metascore
    • 50 Marc Savlov
    On the whole, though, Kong: Skull Island is great big dumb fun. It’s also shockingly beautiful to look at when you aren’t having creature guts flung into the camera.
    • 33 Metascore
    • 20 Marc Savlov
    In the end, Collide is a cheap genre product produced with an eye on foreign market box office. Wake me when Dominic Toretto torques his way into Havana.
    • 34 Metascore
    • 30 Marc Savlov
    It’s a history lesson wrapped up in a romance, gallows grim but far too often unnecessarily heavy-handed in a way that drives home the factual historical horrors it portrays while somehow managing to feel like a sizably budgeted but no less maladroit television movie of the week.
    • 93 Metascore
    • 89 Marc Savlov
    This pleasantly rambling absurdist father/daughter drama is also one of the most strikingly unusual films of the year, period.
    • 25 Metascore
    • 30 Marc Savlov
    Rings is an unfortunate and often incomprehensible mess that kicks off with a neat premise and then never fully explores it.
    • 36 Metascore
    • 30 Marc Savlov
    The Resurrection of Gavin Stone isn’t as exploitive as some recent Christian-based films – for that, check out 2014’s truly offensive "Heaven Is for Real" – and while it’s got its charms, it’s far from likely to bring in any new converts.
    • 23 Metascore
    • 30 Marc Savlov
    For the majority of filmgoers, Beckinsale is Selene. It’s not the worst legacy for an actor, and she’s managed to keep her character prideful yet vicious, film after backstabbing film. (Did I mention the catsuit? Va va voom!)
    • 43 Metascore
    • 40 Marc Savlov
    Toei Animation has done their usual bang-up job on the 2-D animation, filling nearly the entire running time with skirmishes, melees, and battles royal beyond compare.
    • 69 Metascore
    • 67 Marc Savlov
    It’s a tonally imperfect film that’s nonetheless ideal for holiday viewing, a respite from "Rogue One" perhaps, or simply an exciting, old-school explorer’s tale well told (for the most part).
    • 79 Metascore
    • 89 Marc Savlov
    This is Denzel Washington’s third at bat behind the camera while directing himself and, holy smokes, does he knock it out of the park with a vicious, visceral performance that fairly sets the screen ablaze.
    • 81 Metascore
    • 78 Marc Savlov
    Jackie has a nightmare vibe to it that’s palpable and unsettling, and Portman’s performance as the widowed first lady is a tour de force of conflicting emotions brought on by the impossibly ghastly reality bookending that sunny day in Dallas.
    • 65 Metascore
    • 78 Marc Savlov
    It starts off slow and somewhat clunky, but by the time the mind-blowing third act arrives, it’s all a fan can do not to stand up and cheer.
    • 64 Metascore
    • 78 Marc Savlov
    Slash is an endearing, sweet, and altogether badass ode to being young, weird, and subversively creative.
    • 30 Metascore
    • 30 Marc Savlov
    Incoherent mashup of previous demonized tyke films and unfailingly inept pseudo-science and the result is about as devoid of suspense, much less genuine horror, as this specific sub-genre can be.
    • 81 Metascore
    • 78 Marc Savlov
    The good news is that Moana is a wonderfully animated – in every sense of the word – tale of youthful female empowerment that dazzles the eye with an oceanic kaleidoscope of bioluminescent color, catchy songs, and a perfectly suited vocal cast.
    • 67 Metascore
    • 67 Marc Savlov
    It’s a narratively audacious, ultra-stylish, and at times queasily violent film that’s likely to polarize audiences even as they find themselves unable to tear their eyes from the screen.
    • 25 Metascore
    • 11 Marc Savlov
    Regardless, the upside is that Shut In is cinematic Sominex for those in need of a 90-minute nap, a thousand yawns, and zero thrills.
    • 72 Metascore
    • 78 Marc Savlov
    By the end of this tight and timely documentary – once again, we’re a nation in chaos, breeding some ridiculously fine rock & roll while the world burns.
    • 56 Metascore
    • 30 Marc Savlov
    There’s nary a hint of the original Troll dolls' disconcerting unearthliness in this utterly tame although vibrantly animated feature.
    • 72 Metascore
    • 78 Marc Savlov
    A tight, compact, and visually sumptuous origin story that revels in the surrealistic vision of Doctor Strange’s legendary creator and artist Steve Ditko.
    • 64 Metascore
    • 78 Marc Savlov
    I was unfamiliar with X Japan (as they’re known outside of their home country) but after watching this thrilling documentary I’m a rock solid fan, scouring eBay for old concert T-shirts. As Gene Simmons notes, “If X had been born in America, they might have been the biggest band in the world.”
    • 71 Metascore
    • 50 Marc Savlov
    For fans, Oasis: Supersonic is a reminder of both the band’s musical strengths and of a simpler time for pop music in general, pre-internet and all that that implies.
    • 56 Metascore
    • 67 Marc Savlov
    Sex, drugs, and rock & roll is a classic formula for disaffected youth, but Danny Perez’s debut feature spins the cliche like some sort of infinitely outrageous horror-show centrifuge.
    • 65 Metascore
    • 67 Marc Savlov
    Not so much horrific as it is just skeletons-in-the-basement creepy, this is a shuddery fun surprise for horror fans, who by the way should stick around until the closing credits are done for a special (if inevitable) trick or treat.
    • 64 Metascore
    • 78 Marc Savlov
    Suffice to say, this departure from West’s usual run of seriously freaky spook shows is a brilliant piece of work, cordite-scented sorrow, and last-laugh gags stabbed through with a discernible lust for life.
    • 92 Metascore
    • 100 Marc Savlov
    Director Keith Maitland’s film is one of the finest documentaries ever made, and it’s also one of the most unusual.
    • 51 Metascore
    • 40 Marc Savlov
    A lean, mean chase movie that plays like equal parts Donald Trump’s immigration policy, Steven Spielberg’s "Duel," and Wes Craven’s "The Hills Have Eyes," Cuarón’s desert-based take on "The Most Dangerous Game" is very much of the moment. It’s also, unfortunately, a one-note story populated with a handful of semi-anonymous archetypal characters.
    • 63 Metascore
    • 67 Marc Savlov
    Courtroom dramas can be tricky, tetchy things, but director Jackson, working from a script by David Hare (The Hours) keeps the suspense and moral indignation peaking high throughout Denial’s slightly overlong running time.
    • 84 Metascore
    • 67 Marc Savlov
    Make no mistake: This is a horror film right to its core, although the nightmare comes both from without (the war, the state decrees regarding how Shideh must dress in public, even when fleeing incoming missiles) and within (the unknown but entirely evil Middle Eastern djinn).

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