For 53 reviews, this critic has graded:
  • 52% higher than the average critic
  • 11% same as the average critic
  • 37% lower than the average critic
On average, this critic grades 4.2 points lower than other critics. (0-100 point scale)

Mark Olsen's Scores

  • Movies
Average review score: 55
Highest review score: 90 The Lords of Salem
Lowest review score: 0 21 and Over
Score distribution:
  1. Positive: 21 out of 53
  2. Negative: 14 out of 53
53 movie reviews
    • 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.
    • 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.
    • 44 Metascore
    • 70 Mark Olsen
    All the Boys Love Mandy Lane is not a missing masterpiece; rather it is a small, tightly coiled spellbinder.
    • 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.
    • 63 Metascore
    • 70 Mark Olsen
    With a fun post-credits gag to round it off, 100 Bloody Acres is great summer counterprogramming for anyone who wants to unwind with a bit of bloody fun and goofball gore.
    • 57 Metascore
    • 70 Mark Olsen
    Serving mostly as a strong calling card for star Jaime Camil, the film has an appealingly loose, slightly ramshackle charm.
    • 42 Metascore
    • 70 Mark Olsen
    The Marked Ones is refreshingly uncynical and straightforward in its desire to simply be a movie that makes the audience jump and be scared. It's a fun fright film and wants to be nothing more.
    • 42 Metascore
    • 60 Mark Olsen
    A messy brew that is a bit too slack to get all the way to actually being good.
    • 35 Metascore
    • 60 Mark Olsen
    The Last Exorcism Part II is an effectively unnerving, slow-burn supernatural horror tale. The film is smartly different enough from the original to survive on its own, though it lacks some of the first film's sense of surprise.
    • 35 Metascore
    • 60 Mark Olsen
    Grudge Match never settles on the movie it wants to be, wavering uncertainly between a jokey old-guys comedy and something more dramatic and heartfelt.
    • 40 Metascore
    • 60 Mark Olsen
    Phantom is a relatively tight, gripping story told with efficiency that makes room for its fine roster of actors to explore old-fashioned ideas on honor and loyalty.
    • 40 Metascore
    • 60 Mark Olsen
    At times, Lipsky's storytelling is too cutely self-aware, trying too hard, making Molly's Theory of Relativity something of an intriguing, if not entirely successful, exoticism.
    • 72 Metascore
    • 60 Mark Olsen
    My Brother the Devil is a promising debut that marks El Hosaini as a filmmaker to watch, but one still very much in the developmental stages.
    • 42 Metascore
    • 60 Mark Olsen
    Breaking the Girls isn't exactly a throwaway, but more an extended act of teasing foreplay, a movie that is fine for what it is but also never really shifts into something more.
    • 53 Metascore
    • 60 Mark Olsen
    Solidly done if somewhat unremarkable, there is nothing particularly wrong with "Broken," nothing that needs fixing exactly, and yet it never fully comes together.
    • 23 Metascore
    • 60 Mark Olsen
    The effects may be cheap and unconvincing, the sets spare, the costumes from some unwanted back rack, but Argento still brings enough moments of kinky madness to his not-great "Dracula" to indicate there may yet be greatness lurking within him.
    • 34 Metascore
    • 50 Mark Olsen
    Just as with the 2011 film "The Smurfs," the new The Smurfs 2 is a passable mediocrity.
    • 41 Metascore
    • 50 Mark Olsen
    Kick-Ass 2 is a lesser version of what it appears to be, an uncertain jumble rather than a true exploration of outrage, violence and identity.