For 124 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 8.3 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: 38 out of 124
  2. Negative: 33 out of 124
124 movie reviews
    • 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.
    • tbd Metascore
    • 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.
    • 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.
    • 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.
    • 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.
    • 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.
    • 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.
    • 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.
    • 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.
    • 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.
    • 67 Metascore
    • 50 Mark Olsen
    During the all-important underwater sequences, the three-dimensional effects are surprisingly muted.
    • 31 Metascore
    • 40 Mark Olsen
    Not out-and-out terrible enough to be completely dismissed, while also not particularly memorable either, perhaps the truest summation of the film is to say simply that the new Teenage Mutant Ninja Turtles is a movie that exists.
    • 29 Metascore
    • 40 Mark Olsen
    There is something fun about a movie that so brazenly portrays excessive pot smoking.
    • 34 Metascore
    • 40 Mark Olsen
    Tamara simply doesn't cover all the bases in its drive to be both a grubby teen splatter flick and a more high-minded thriller.
    • 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.
    • 38 Metascore
    • 40 Mark Olsen
    And whenever the film shifts from spunky "let's put on a show" fun to overly earnest drama, it slows to a crawl, with mawkish performances that fail to rise above the soggy material.
    • 29 Metascore
    • 40 Mark Olsen
    Undiscovered is beaten on all counts by TV’s "Entourage" and "Unscripted" in its portrayal of the aspirational lifestyle and its end-of-the-rainbow spoils.
    • 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.
    • 37 Metascore
    • 40 Mark Olsen
    Gores certainly seems to be enjoying himself, and diplomacy and plain old good taste prevent one from saying much of anything about his screen performance. Arnold doesn't merit such kindness, nor does producer and director Penelope Spheeris, whose work barely rates above the level of rote competence.
    • 36 Metascore
    • 40 Mark Olsen
    Mo’Nique's character here is so underwritten that the actress doesn't get a chance to really capitalize on her extra screen-time. Her sassy forte may be talking so straight-up she sounds crazy, but she seems a little advanced to be doing "yo mamma" jokes.
    • 46 Metascore
    • 40 Mark Olsen
    There may be an audience out there for any movie about gospel music, regardless of how bad it is, but as filmmaking or as drama, it's hard to imagine anyone singing the praises of this one.
    • 23 Metascore
    • 40 Mark Olsen
    Doogal is one of those pickup-and-redub jobs, the original version having been made by European studio Pathé based on a 1960s British children’s show, "The Magic Roundabout." And lacking even the minimal pop-cultural pizzazz of "Hoodwinked," the story, dialogue and animation here really are for-kids-only.
    • 62 Metascore
    • 40 Mark Olsen
    Has moments of real interest, but they require wading through a lot of dead air.
    • 50 Metascore
    • 40 Mark Olsen
    Really the biggest problem with Dark Skies is that Stewart can never quite decide just what story he is telling — a slow-burn horror parable or paranoid invasion flick — or whether to focus on this character or that, instead struggling to string together scares regardless of how they fit together overall.
    • 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.
    • 9 Metascore
    • 40 Mark Olsen
    The sex-comedy-for-girls idea never quite takes off.
    • 49 Metascore
    • 40 Mark Olsen
    Not for the squeamish (a guy rips out his own arm, for goodness' sake), the film is nevertheless more than just a gonzo gross-out. But not by much.
    • 45 Metascore
    • 40 Mark Olsen
    While there is something to be said for a movie that aims to grapple with some of the “big questions” about the very nature of existence and reality, Down the Rabbit Hole makes teen sex comedies, action-chick sci-fi and the other usual multiplex chum seem like high-minded discourse.
    • 26 Metascore
    • 40 Mark Olsen
    When huge chunks of character development and narrative exposition are relegated to a track announcer's running commentary, it can never be a good sign.

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