For 158 reviews, this critic has graded:
  • 48% higher than the average critic
  • 4% same as the average critic
  • 48% lower than the average critic
On average, this critic grades 9 points lower than other critics. (0-100 point scale)

Mark Olsen's Scores

  • Movies
  • TV
Average review score: 54
Highest review score: 100 Calvary
Lowest review score: 0 21 and Over
Score distribution:
  1. Positive: 54 out of 158
  2. Negative: 37 out of 158
158 movie reviews
    • 76 Metascore
    • 100 Mark Olsen
    With his latest work, Bong has created a heroine for our times, an indelible movie creature, a story that balances heart and head and a movie that engages with the boundaries of technology both on-screen and off.
    • 63 Metascore
    • 80 Mark Olsen
    Free Fire is a savagely funny and viciously precise distillation of one of the pair’s favorite themes: Men are idiots.
    • 78 Metascore
    • 80 Mark Olsen
    The film's maximalist storytelling, both expansive and precise, snatching specific emotions from its torrid swirl, is best exemplified by the fact that the title card doesn't appear until an hour in.
    • 49 Metascore
    • 50 Mark Olsen
    The movie is handsomely mounted with upscale production values, but it feels sluggish and disjointed.
    • 66 Metascore
    • 70 Mark Olsen
    The film is not quite smart enough to overcome the clichés and stereotypes it acknowledges but can’t entirely dismantle. At the same time, it often isn’t quite outrageous enough, as if it should be more willing to be outright offensive.
    • 60 Metascore
    • 50 Mark Olsen
    Like husbands who think that carrying in the groceries is really pitching in, Lucas and Moore have their hearts in the right place, but their efforts have little real insight or impact.
    • 67 Metascore
    • 80 Mark Olsen
    For a project that is a showcase for his talents as both actor and director, Bateman never gets too showy on either front, keeping the emotions of the film at something of a restrained simmer.
    • 67 Metascore
    • 70 Mark Olsen
    "The Next Cut" manages to be entertaining and thoughtful, harmless fun but just serious enough not to seem frivolous.
    • 40 Metascore
    • 40 Mark Olsen
    The movie isn't fantastical enough to sustain itself outside the bounds of reality, yet every time something real creeps in, the movie stumbles and cowers.
    • 83 Metascore
    • 80 Mark Olsen
    The ostensible college comedy Everybody Wants Some!! is like a stream that looks shallow but once you're in the middle of it reveals an unforeseen depth.
    • 76 Metascore
    • 70 Mark Olsen
    It is designed to be fun, efficient and accessible and delivers precisely and exactly on that and nothing more.
    • 42 Metascore
    • 70 Mark Olsen
    In its best moments, it's a sly exposé of the frailties of the contemporary male self-image and in its lesser moments a simplistic slapstick. This being a Will Ferrell comedy, sometimes those moments are one and the same.
    • 58 Metascore
    • 50 Mark Olsen
    There is so much about its package – the stars, the premise, the talented supporting cast – that would make for a film of warmth, humor and insight on the struggles of leaving the past behind and getting out of your own way on the path to fulfilment. Instead, the movie settles for being a party comedy and little else.
    • 42 Metascore
    • 60 Mark Olsen
    The film works better as social satire than straight horror, as the murder plot that drives it along always feels unconvincing.
    • 55 Metascore
    • 50 Mark Olsen
    As told by Helgeland this Legend simply isn't memorable, because a tremendous effort by Hardy is let down by unfocused storytelling.
    • 67 Metascore
    • 60 Mark Olsen
    The movie is pleasant and charming, but when making a big-screen adaptation of a beloved classic and genuine touchstone for generations, adequate doesn't feel like quite enough.
    • 80 Metascore
    • 100 Mark Olsen
    Combining Hou's patient, observant style with a historical martial arts tale, the film is a fascinating hybrid of craft, genre and story. Beautiful to look at and with deeply felt emotions, the film has a meditative aura punctured by sharp bouts of fighting.
    • 66 Metascore
    • 70 Mark Olsen
    Truth is a movie curiously in conflict with itself. There is a constant shift between granular detail and big-picture sweep that the movie never fully resolves.
    • 51 Metascore
    • 70 Mark Olsen
    With The Intern, Meyers has made another bright, contemporary American comedy with a lot on its mind — and works hard to make it look effortless.
    • 82 Metascore
    • 90 Mark Olsen
    By turns thrilling, disorienting and draining, Sicario exists in a border zone seemingly of its own devising between the art film and the action movie.
    • 51 Metascore
    • 30 Mark Olsen
    Despite Redford's enthusiasm and best efforts, A Walk in the Woods is a tedious journey to nowhere special.
    • 46 Metascore
    • 50 Mark Olsen
    The movie is visually inventive and with enough good moments and smart moves to never be entirely dismissible, while not strong enough to overcome its essential thinness.
    • tbd Metascore
    • 60 Mark Olsen
    A pleasant if somewhat by-the-numbers family film that lacks any real crack-of-the-bat energy.
    • 50 Metascore
    • 40 Mark Olsen
    The action set-pieces and the comedic character scenes in the film seem to be taking turns and are rarely brought together in a meaningful way.
    • 56 Metascore
    • 40 Mark Olsen
    Being a mildly pleasant, passingly amusing light entertainment isn't exactly saving the world, yet the film crosses its wires to blow up even that modest assignment.
    • 27 Metascore
    • 30 Mark Olsen
    Some movies are so interminable that it seems they might never end, while others are assembled with such indifference that you are essentially left waiting for them to start. Pixels somehow manages both.
    • 53 Metascore
    • 80 Mark Olsen
    Irrational Man never does make sense of the inscrutable Abe, just as most people, Allen included, remain mysteries to themselves and others. This finally reveals the film to be neither comedy nor drama, but an all too human horror story where the monster is within.
    • 38 Metascore
    • 30 Mark Olsen
    Terminator Genisys could be Exhibit A in why the current line of thinking in Hollywood regarding sequels/reboots/remakes often leads to terrible decisions and worse films.
    • 75 Metascore
    • 80 Mark Olsen
    Spy
    Spy may not be a great movie, but it is great fun. And at times it will have you wondering if there's that much of a difference.
    • 38 Metascore
    • 30 Mark Olsen
    That the bonds of friendship between Vince and his pals are predicated so strongly on excluding others feels regressive and drags the movie away from harmless high jinks into something needlessly more spiteful and ugly.

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