For 285 reviews, this critic has graded:
  • 51% higher than the average critic
  • 1% same as the average critic
  • 48% lower than the average critic
On average, this critic grades 0 points higher than other critics. (0-100 point scale)

Mark Jenkins' Scores

  • Movies
  • TV
Average review score: 61
Highest review score: 90 The Selfish Giant
Lowest review score: 5 Grown Ups 2
Score distribution:
  1. Negative: 24 out of 285
285 movie reviews
    • 78 Metascore
    • 85 Mark Jenkins
    If the movie's mix of nihilistic violence and snarky attitude suggests "In Bruges," it's a family resemblance. The writer-director of that film, which also starred Gleeson, is Martin McDonagh, the younger brother of this one's. Despite the similarities, the older McDonagh has a lighter touch. Where "In Bruges" ultimately became a mechanical bloodbath, The Guard scampers quickly through the action scenes, delivering commentary on genre conventions as it goes.
    • 78 Metascore
    • 75 Mark Jenkins
    The movie is often poignant but leavened with humor.
    • 78 Metascore
    • 55 Mark Jenkins
    It's a campy rampage that runs a few minutes shy of four hours, dooming what otherwise would likely be a bright future as a midnight movie.
    • 77 Metascore
    • 70 Mark Jenkins
    The movie's first word is oishi, Japanese for "delicious," and what follows is a treat for sushi veterans. First-timers, however, may wish for a little more context.
    • 77 Metascore
    • 80 Mark Jenkins
    The documentary is powerful, as far as it goes, but would be stronger if the filmmakers had been able to follow the story further.
    • 77 Metascore
    • 37 Mark Jenkins
    Best of Enemies exists mainly as an occasion to replay the footage of Vidal’s smug taunt and Buckley’s seething response. It’s great television, but it has been available on YouTube for some time now.
    • 77 Metascore
    • 90 Mark Jenkins
    A Touch of Sin is the most dramatic and even lurid of writer-director Jia Zhangke's movies. The film-festival star hasn't quite become a Chinese Tarantino, however.
    • 77 Metascore
    • 60 Mark Jenkins
    The House I Live In shows Nannie Jeter as she hopefully watches Barack Obama's 2008 electoral victory, but doesn't analyze the current president's apparent reluctance to significantly alter anti-drug policies.
    • 76 Metascore
    • 65 Mark Jenkins
    Perhaps because he's an actor, Rapaport prefers drama to analysis. And this story has plenty of conflict.
    • 76 Metascore
    • 70 Mark Jenkins
    The stories are horrific, if laced with Tarantino-style humor.
    • 76 Metascore
    • 70 Mark Jenkins
    Hara-Kiri is formal, deliberate, leisurely almost to a fault. It features the sort of slow-gliding camera movements favored by Kenji Mizoguchi, one of the greatest 20th century Japanese filmmakers - and the one least like Miike.
    • 76 Metascore
    • 65 Mark Jenkins
    A waka is a traditional Japanese style of poetry, and this documentary does take a lyrical approach. Although barely an hour long, Tokyo Waka leaves room for offhand observations and humorous asides.
    • 76 Metascore
    • 85 Mark Jenkins
    Even the movie's title, or rather the source of it, is a surprise. Not to spoil the fun, but it's neither Assange nor one of his allies who nonchalantly acknowledges that "we steal secrets."
    • 76 Metascore
    • 70 Mark Jenkins
    The story is carefully constructed, with moments that seem offhand initially, but are later revealed as crucial.
    • 76 Metascore
    • 70 Mark Jenkins
    The clinical style doesn't play to the director's strengths. A Dangerous Method didn't have to be another "Naked Lunch," but Freud plus Jung plus Cronenburg should have equaled something a little more dissonant and troubling.
    • 75 Metascore
    • 85 Mark Jenkins
    Only the genre's most studious followers will be able to watch Muscle Shoals without being regularly astonished: Even if it sometimes gets lost in its byways, Greg "Freddy" Camalier's documentary tells an extraordinary story.
    • 75 Metascore
    • 85 Mark Jenkins
    In Hollywood these days, such epic transformations are rendered with computers and called "morphing." Offering a lesson both to filmmakers and climate-change deniers, Chasing Ice demonstrates how much more powerful it is to capture the real thing.
    • 75 Metascore
    • 35 Mark Jenkins
    The movie maintains its sense of style throughout, but that hardly matters as the story just gets stupider and stupider.
    • 74 Metascore
    • 85 Mark Jenkins
    The movie is a curiosity, of course. Both Marc and Kim have decidedly unusual life stories.
    • 74 Metascore
    • 63 Mark Jenkins
    Douglas Tirola’s documentary is brisk and entertaining, if not especially thoughtful.
    • 74 Metascore
    • 70 Mark Jenkins
    Tabloid spins a heck of a yarn, while implicitly warning viewers not to be so entertained that they believe every gamy detail.
    • 74 Metascore
    • 70 Mark Jenkins
    Ultimately, Winocour does stage an instance of what could be called love. It's unconvincing narratively, alas, and an odd disruption of the tone in a film that is otherwise bracingly clinical.
    • 74 Metascore
    • 75 Mark Jenkins
    Although Joplin’s brief life was eventful, its contradictions would stymie a tidy biopic.
    • 74 Metascore
    • 80 Mark Jenkins
    As humane as it is disturbing.
    • 74 Metascore
    • 37 Mark Jenkins
    The filmmakers keep trying to make Will appear paranoid, but he’s not fooled for long — and most viewers won’t be, either.
    • 74 Metascore
    • 75 Mark Jenkins
    Amusing and even edifying, although it is also unlikely to make converts out of those who just don’t get Zappa’s pastiche of juvenile parody and sophisticated songwriting, derived from rock, jazz and 20th-century experimental music.
    • 74 Metascore
    • 70 Mark Jenkins
    A Woman in Berlin doesn't justify retribution, but in such moments it does clarify the horrible logic of vengeance.
    • 74 Metascore
    • 75 Mark Jenkins
    An evocative overview of anti-gay hysteria in the 1960s, a period when homosexuality was illegal in every state except Illinois.
    • 74 Metascore
    • 63 Mark Jenkins
    In My Father’s House offers lots of interesting raw material, but it could use a disinterested observer’s remix.
    • 74 Metascore
    • 70 Mark Jenkins
    The movie's storytelling can be as old-fashioned as its appearance. Some sequences are quick and messy, but others are grand and theatrical.

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