For 63 reviews, this critic has graded:
  • 39% higher than the average critic
  • 1% same as the average critic
  • 60% lower than the average critic
On average, this critic grades 13.1 points lower than other critics. (0-100 point scale)

Mark Olsen's Scores

  • Movies
Average review score: 46
Highest review score: 80 May
Lowest review score: 10 Kung Pow: Enter the Fist
Score distribution:
  1. Positive: 13 out of 63
  2. Negative: 19 out of 63
63 movie reviews
    • 72 Metascore
    • 80 Mark Olsen
    Snappy, fun and outrageously irreverent, Kiss Kiss Bang Bang is the work of someone with nothing to lose, which is only to the audience's gain.
    • 50 Metascore
    • 80 Mark Olsen
    It's so playful, wicked and unseemly, by the time you realize that the actual plot of this brilliantly sordid satire hasn't started, the party is already over.
    • 59 Metascore
    • 80 Mark Olsen
    The story is bound together with gaming set pieces that are strange, inventive and mesmerizing.
    • 69 Metascore
    • 80 Mark Olsen
    The film works no matter which side of the racial divide you're on, because nothing unites an audience quite like making fun of everyone.
    • 63 Metascore
    • 80 Mark Olsen
    Anchored by two fine performances, this bittersweet comedy about second chances just might signal a new beginning for the director as well.
    • 58 Metascore
    • 80 Mark Olsen
    May
    The inventive and unpredictable May is exactly the kind of unexpected delight one hopes for every time the lights go down.
    • 72 Metascore
    • 80 Mark Olsen
    Recut and reassembled at just a little over two hours, the new version of the film is a staggering and bracing object, stylistically bold and hypnotically captivating.
    • 54 Metascore
    • 70 Mark Olsen
    Okuda creates that slightly surreal atmosphere of ghost-town emptiness that will be familiar to fans of Takeshi Miike, but he infuses it with a romantic's sense of deep yearning.
    • 62 Metascore
    • 70 Mark Olsen
    There's something refreshing about a film set in Los Angeles that gets its L.A.-ness right -- the difference in vibe between Silver Lake and the Hollywood Hills, or the types of people at CityWalk versus Saks. It is that sense of specificity, both geographic and emotional, that gives Shopgirl its pull.
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    • 70 Mark Olsen
    Wilding's genuine curiosity about the monks' beliefs and daily routines, as well as her willingness to ask questions that sometimes make her look like a bit of a dip, gives the film a homespun honesty and sincerity that make it a surprisingly pleasant trip.
    • 74 Metascore
    • 70 Mark Olsen
    There’s not really a bogeyman in The Orphanage and not much blood; just insane intensity and a building sense of bad vibes.
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    • 70 Mark Olsen
    If one were to parody Iranian cinema, packing into one film its common tropes and themes to the point of bursting, it would probably be a lot like Iraj Karimi’s Going By.
    • 40 Metascore
    • 70 Mark Olsen
    Its overall view of 12-year-old life is essentially one of high-spirited fun.
    • 83 Metascore
    • 60 Mark Olsen
    There is much clattering and clanking plus a couple of songs; some of the gothic-inspired, neo-Victorian visuals are quite arresting; and the corpse bride herself is, dare one say, surprisingly hot. But the whole thing just isn’t much fun.
    • 69 Metascore
    • 60 Mark Olsen
    Among the film's other drawbacks are how conventional it feels in its structure and strategy, often misguidedly going for the epic high-key feel of classic NFL Films on a low-key, DV budget.
    • 45 Metascore
    • 60 Mark Olsen
    Frankly, the story behind Manna From Heaven is a truckload more interesting than the movie itself.
    • 73 Metascore
    • 50 Mark Olsen
    Director Erik Van Looy has filmmaking chops to spare, and while he has created a sharply shot and crisply paced film, he isn't able to make it all cohere.
    • 36 Metascore
    • 50 Mark Olsen
    The plot frequently resets/realigns itself in the fashion of "Lost" or "Alias," as good guys become bad guys, friends become enemies, and combatants become lovers. To portray confusion and uncertainty is one thing; to make a film this unsure of itself, wracked by its own faulty footing and reticence, is quite another.
    • 45 Metascore
    • 50 Mark Olsen
    With its chatty, overstuffed patter, Hoodwinked strains at the seams to look with it, like one of those dressed-alike Beverly Hills mother-daughter combos. Having said all that, the songs (yes, there are songs, too), mostly written by Todd Edwards, provide an unexpected bright spot.
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    • 50 Mark Olsen
    Watching Americano is like hearing a long story about someone else's holiday, and while it seems everyone had a nice time, it's too bad they didn't shoot a better film while they were there.
    • 21 Metascore
    • 50 Mark Olsen
    It'll give fans exactly what they expect while passing unseen by anyone else.
    • 64 Metascore
    • 50 Mark Olsen
    Watt seems to want to say something about the role of fate and happenstance in creating connections between people, but she never quite brings the strands of her ideas together.
    • 46 Metascore
    • 50 Mark Olsen
    It’s a tantalizing idea - a little rom-com sugar to help the Big Pharma exposé pill go down -but Slattery-Moschkau is simply not a writer of the caliber necessary to pull off that delicate balancing act.
    • tbd Metascore
    • 50 Mark Olsen
    The film essentially grinds along in second gear. A promising debut, Dirt Boy nevertheless fails to fully deliver.
    • 61 Metascore
    • 50 Mark Olsen
    Cholodenko's new film relies on easy caricature over true character such that the film fails to build emotional momentum or resonance.
    • 51 Metascore
    • 50 Mark Olsen
    Roaming freely between comedy (which mostly works) and drama (which mostly doesn't) before settling on trite sentimentality, the film may not be an altogether unpleasant way to pass the time, but, ultimately, the innocuous Captain Pantoja doesn't earn its stripes.
    • 62 Metascore
    • 50 Mark Olsen
    The laugh always comes first, and Myers' puppy-dog tenacity to that cast-iron tenet of low comedy, disarming and even somewhat charming in the first film, now has an air of careerist desperation about it.
    • 67 Metascore
    • 50 Mark Olsen
    During the all-important underwater sequences, the three-dimensional effects are surprisingly muted.
    • 40 Metascore
    • 50 Mark Olsen
    Intermittently fun, but mostly just efficiently passable.
    • 26 Metascore
    • 40 Mark Olsen
    When huge chunks of character development and narrative exposition are relegated to a track announcer's running commentary, it can never be a good sign.