For 146 reviews, this critic has graded:
  • 47% higher than the average critic
  • 4% same as the average critic
  • 49% lower than the average critic
On average, this critic grades 8.1 points lower than other critics. (0-100 point scale)

Mark Olsen's Scores

  • Movies
  • TV
Average review score: 52
Highest review score: 100 The Assassin
Lowest review score: 0 21 and Over
Score distribution:
  1. Positive: 46 out of 146
  2. Negative: 37 out of 146
146 movie reviews
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    • 60 Mark Olsen
    A pleasant if somewhat by-the-numbers family film that lacks any real crack-of-the-bat energy.
    • 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.
    • 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.
    • 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.
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    • 50 Mark Olsen
    The film essentially grinds along in second gear. A promising debut, Dirt Boy nevertheless fails to fully deliver.
    • 40 Metascore
    • 50 Mark Olsen
    Intermittently fun, but mostly just efficiently passable.
    • 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.
    • 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.
    • 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.
    • 39 Metascore
    • 50 Mark Olsen
    Though the film at times works scene by scene, Webley can't quite tie it all together. A disjointed jumble, The Kill Hole can't dig itself out.
    • 35 Metascore
    • 50 Mark Olsen
    Family Weekend is no worse than many of the dysfunctional family comedies that populate the Sundance Film Festival — "Little Miss Sunshine" is name-checked within the movie itself — but isn't any better either.
    • 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.
    • 49 Metascore
    • 50 Mark Olsen
    One Direction: This Is Us is not the raw confessional that title might imply but rather both a primer and new product presentation.
    • 53 Metascore
    • 50 Mark Olsen
    The movie has a fan's heart, a sense of loving every goofball moment, but as directed by Mike Mendez it also seems perpetually caught between being a spoof or playing it straight and winds up falling between the cracks rather than rising above.
    • 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.
    • 51 Metascore
    • 50 Mark Olsen
    The film has only the sheer charm of its cast to get it by, and it says a lot about the actors that they nearly pull it off.
    • 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.
    • 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.
    • 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.
    • 35 Metascore
    • 40 Mark Olsen
    There is a great divide between a film about people in the throes of aimless, meandering lives and a film that is simply aimless and meandering. Smokers Only never acknowledges, let alone bridges, that gap.
    • 62 Metascore
    • 40 Mark Olsen
    Has moments of real interest, but they require wading through a lot of dead air.
    • 20 Metascore
    • 40 Mark Olsen
    What at times feels like a maniacal romp becomes just another sporadically funny, but mostly lame, piece of disposable product.

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