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
    • 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.
    • 65 Metascore
    • 30 Mark Olsen
    The film is, perhaps, intended as a deadpan burlesque of race and class and beauty ideals...but it plays more as a boorish, overextended punch line.
    • 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.
    • 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.
    • 63 Metascore
    • 30 Mark Olsen
    It's like a musical with no big numbers, or an action film withholding the explosions.
    • 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.
    • 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.
    • 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.
    • 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.
    • 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.
    • 62 Metascore
    • 40 Mark Olsen
    Has moments of real interest, but they require wading through a lot of dead air.
    • 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.
    • 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.
    • 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.
    • 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.
    • 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.
    • 59 Metascore
    • 80 Mark Olsen
    The story is bound together with gaming set pieces that are strange, inventive and mesmerizing.
    • 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.
    • 58 Metascore
    • 40 Mark Olsen
    "Rubber" felt inventive and complex, but here Dupieux's absurdism is simply muddled, masking the fact he doesn't really have much to say.
    • 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.
    • 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.
    • 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.
    • 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.
    • 57 Metascore
    • 30 Mark Olsen
    The makers of Lisa Picard Is Famous -- having mastered the obvious early on, set their sights on the unfunny and repetitive.
    • 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.
    • 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.
    • 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.
    • 56 Metascore
    • 30 Mark Olsen
    The movie feels like a flakey, off-the-cuff blog post that somehow transmogrified itself into a feature-length documentary.
    • 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.
    • 55 Metascore
    • 50 Mark Olsen
    Wyatt, Monahan and Wahlberg never seem quite settled on what they want to say with the character or the story, so the film feels marked not by ambiguity but uncertainty.

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