For 247 reviews, this critic has graded:
  • 49% higher than the average critic
  • 2% same as the average critic
  • 49% lower than the average critic
On average, this critic grades 2.1 points higher than other critics. (0-100 point scale)

Mark Jenkins' Scores

  • Movies
  • TV
Average review score: 62
Highest review score: 90 Wild Grass
Lowest review score: 5 Grown Ups 2
Score distribution:
  1. Negative: 18 out of 247
247 movie reviews
    • 48 Metascore
    • 65 Mark Jenkins
    Like "Eve's Bayou," her best-known movie, Kasi Lemmons' Black Nativity presents a child's view of a troubled family. The latter film is sweeter and slenderer, but that's only to be expected.
    • 65 Metascore
    • 65 Mark Jenkins
    The French Minister boasts robust pacing, screwball-comedy banter and an exuberant central performance. For most American viewers, though, the movie could use footnotes to go with its subtitles.
    • 71 Metascore
    • 63 Mark Jenkins
    The brawling itself is every bit as inventive and exhilarating this time around... The script and acting, however, prove less successful.
    • 51 Metascore
    • 63 Mark Jenkins
    Its cinematic flair nearly overcomes the awkward story.
    • 56 Metascore
    • 63 Mark Jenkins
    The Fluffy Movie’s principal weakness is that it’s not much of a movie. There’s no particular reason to watch this in a theater rather than on television.
    • 56 Metascore
    • 63 Mark Jenkins
    In its second half, “Kundo” becomes robust and exhilarating. The filmmakers stage cast-of-dozens battle scenes and one-on-one showdowns with equal brio.
    • 53 Metascore
    • 60 Mark Jenkins
    A preachy parable of suburban discontent, Shorts probably has enough kid-oriented slapstick to please the under-12 set. But it's not likely to rival writer-director Robert Rodriguez's "Spy Kids" series in long-term appeal.
    • 57 Metascore
    • 60 Mark Jenkins
    The effect is weirdly lulling. Viewers with a special connection to this story, or a weakness for little boys and single dads, may find The Boys Are Back moving. For everyone else, the movie is merely picturesque.
    • 49 Metascore
    • 60 Mark Jenkins
    For a hymn to panic and hostility, the movie is curiously artful. But only the most sympathetic viewers will find that its poetry outweighs its belligerence.
    • 55 Metascore
    • 60 Mark Jenkins
    Thanks to his major role in songwriting, Krieger is credited repeatedly, but the other two players recede as the band increasingly becomes The Jim Morrison Show.
    • 57 Metascore
    • 60 Mark Jenkins
    Here and There has been compared to such Jim Jarmusch films as "Stranger Than Paradise," and "Lungulov" does emulate Jarmusch's deliberate pace, minimal dialogue, deadpan humor and strong sense of place. In fact, Belgrade is the movie's most compelling character, its tattered charm underscored by back-street New York locations that oddly evoke Eastern Europe.
    • 57 Metascore
    • 60 Mark Jenkins
    Triumph seems the wrong note for a feature film about mass murder. Yet Gallenberger insists on an old-school historical melodrama, with the darkest of terrors leavened by humor, tenderness and even romance. It's only the terror that rings true.
    • 70 Metascore
    • 60 Mark Jenkins
    Oddly, Countdown to Zero ends by suggesting that viewers get those nukes abolished by texting their disapproval to a phone number listed in the credits -- as if the governments of China or North Korea (or the United States, for that matter) are just waiting for a gentle rebuke from civic-minded documentary viewers.
    • 57 Metascore
    • 60 Mark Jenkins
    As "Blood Simple" fans should expect, Noodle Shop is a comedy of presumed deaths and unexpected revivals, with some victims flat out refusing to stay in their shallow graves.
    • 79 Metascore
    • 60 Mark Jenkins
    The deliberate pace may suggest that the film is being thoughtful, but Let Me In is really just an exploitation movie with the confidence to take it slow.
    • 58 Metascore
    • 60 Mark Jenkins
    Freakonomics' commercial success reflected the once-fashionable notion that economics could explain, well, everything.
    • 49 Metascore
    • 60 Mark Jenkins
    The movie is crisp and contemporary enough to inaugurate another franchise for Statham.
    • 54 Metascore
    • 60 Mark Jenkins
    The broad comedy clashes with the movie's final message: that 6,000 girls face genital mutilation every day.
    • 65 Metascore
    • 60 Mark Jenkins
    The movie has more sensibility than sense, but it seems cunning next to such silly tough-girl fare as "Kick-Ass" and "Sucker Punch."
    • 55 Metascore
    • 60 Mark Jenkins
    Historical records being what they are, the filmmakers are forced to speculate about certain things, but where facts are known they generally adhere to them.
    • 62 Metascore
    • 60 Mark Jenkins
    An entertaining concert film, but not an incisive character study.
    • 66 Metascore
    • 60 Mark Jenkins
    Puzzle has some gentle fun with the clash of staid and hip.
    • 65 Metascore
    • 60 Mark Jenkins
    Circumstance is best during its simpler, more naturalistic moments. In one, Mehran rebuffs a junkie who stumbles into the mosque, only to see that an Islamic hardliner is more compassionate.
    • 72 Metascore
    • 60 Mark Jenkins
    It was frantic sex that earned Shame an NC-17 rating, but this arty drama is mostly slow and methodical. And thoroughly unsexy.
    • 48 Metascore
    • 60 Mark Jenkins
    An incestuous payoff might be expected, given the casting of Green; she first attracted widespread attention in Bertolucci's "The Dreamers," as a young woman who is unusually close to her brother. But whatever happens, Womb is more melancholy than erotic.
    • 59 Metascore
    • 60 Mark Jenkins
    After nearly 90 minutes of human folly, though, Surviving Progress can't very well conclude with a tribute to mankind. So, to end on a hopeful note, the movie turns to a chimp.
    • 53 Metascore
    • 60 Mark Jenkins
    The protagonists of Late Bloomers have a problem, but it's not that they're getting older. Their dilemma is that they're reacting so differently to aging.
    • 55 Metascore
    • 60 Mark Jenkins
    Ultimately, this intriguing but scattershot movie turns on the incompatibility of two worldviews - the corporate-financial vs. the environmental-spiritual.
    • 66 Metascore
    • 60 Mark Jenkins
    Provocative yet far from definitive, Pink Ribbons, Inc. is a critique of "breast-cancer culture." It could even be called a blitz on pink-ribbon charities and their corporate partners - though to use that term would be to emulate the war and sports metaphors the documentary rejects.
    • 61 Metascore
    • 60 Mark Jenkins
    By concentrating so intently on the psychically unattached Joby, Kim hinders dramatic and character development. Her "Treeless Mountain," the Korea-set saga of two young sisters, was also quiet and open-ended. But the interplay between the two girls provided warmth and depth. For Ellen feels both colder and slighter.