For 119 reviews, this critic has graded:
  • 47% higher than the average critic
  • 5% same as the average critic
  • 48% lower than the average critic
On average, this critic grades 8.9 points lower than other critics. (0-100 point scale)

Mark Olsen's Scores

  • Movies
  • TV
Average review score: 51
Highest review score: 100 Calvary
Lowest review score: 0 21 and Over
Score distribution:
  1. Positive: 36 out of 119
  2. Negative: 33 out of 119
119 movie reviews
    • 77 Metascore
    • 100 Mark Olsen
    The film is then not so much a meditation but a reverie, a swirl of emotions and ideas, managing to be both calmly reflective and skittishly anxious at the same time. Calvary is a serious comedy, a funny drama, a ruminative film about life and a lively film about death.
    • 57 Metascore
    • 90 Mark Olsen
    The Lords of Salem is like some queasy-making machine, a chamber piece of possession and madness that exerts a strange, disturbing power.
    • 76 Metascore
    • 90 Mark Olsen
    Make no mistake, "We Steal Secrets" is a sprawling, ambitious, major work — a gripping exploration of power, personality, technology and the crushing weight that can come to bear on those who find themselves in its combined path.
    • 77 Metascore
    • 90 Mark Olsen
    McGarry has created something that feels personal, vital and revelatory, allowing the rest of us behind the curtain.
    • 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.
    • 52 Metascore
    • 80 Mark Olsen
    An infectious, warm comedy of family and communication and a promising debut as writer-director for Chism. These Peeples are people one should be happy to meet.
    • 81 Metascore
    • 80 Mark Olsen
    Audacious and witty, The World's End is a strange brew.
    • 58 Metascore
    • 80 Mark Olsen
    The film has a sarcastic tone, like that of a friend who you never can tell is kidding or not, which eventually breaks through into a place of unexpected sincerity. Meeting this odd, idiosyncratic "Somebody" is a rare delight.
    • 61 Metascore
    • 80 Mark Olsen
    Far from closing the case, The Jeffrey Dahmer Files opens up a whole new perspective, acknowledging the banal and the baffling.
    • 64 Metascore
    • 80 Mark Olsen
    It provides, perhaps like the experiences of love and sex, a shifting variety of insights, emotions, unexpected lightness and moments of visceral shock.
    • 82 Metascore
    • 80 Mark Olsen
    Drumming is able to swing from lighter comedic moments to dramatic insights while making it seem effortless.
    • 69 Metascore
    • 80 Mark Olsen
    With Palo Alto Coppola transforms weakness into strength, vulnerability into armor.
    • 60 Metascore
    • 80 Mark Olsen
    Volume II builds on emotional foundations from Volume I, even recasting the first film's ironic humor with a darker pall.
    • 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.
    • 44 Metascore
    • 70 Mark Olsen
    All the Boys Love Mandy Lane is not a missing masterpiece; rather it is a small, tightly coiled spellbinder.
    • 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.
    • tbd Metascore
    • 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.
    • 57 Metascore
    • 70 Mark Olsen
    It's unlikely the movie will gain the same ardent following as Raimi's debut, but it offers enough good-time gore, goofiness, scares and screams to leave an audience feeling a certain elated exhaustion.
    • 53 Metascore
    • 70 Mark Olsen
    The film leans a little too heavily on Pineda's wide-eyed disbelief at his sudden turn of fortune, leaving a feeling that it could dig deeper into the history and dynamics of the band. Yet Pineda's ebullience is infectious, and Don't Stop Believin': Everyman's Journey is a pleasant story of dreams coming true.
    • 57 Metascore
    • 70 Mark Olsen
    The Story of Luke is not a saga of epic proportions, but with a huge assist from Pucci's layered performance, takes a premise that could easily be movie-of-the-week sappy and finds a humanizing lightness.
    • 73 Metascore
    • 70 Mark Olsen
    Even if you may not be putting a Pussy Riot song on your next playlist, there is something so of-the-moment and exciting about the group that Pussy Riot: A Punk Prayer feels important, if not fully complete.

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