For 118 reviews, this critic has graded:
  • 46% higher than the average critic
  • 5% same as the average critic
  • 49% lower than the average critic
On average, this critic grades 9.1 points lower than other critics. (0-100 point scale)

Mark Olsen's Scores

  • Movies
  • TV
Average review score: 50
Highest review score: 100 Calvary
Lowest review score: 0 21 and Over
Score distribution:
  1. Positive: 35 out of 118
  2. Negative: 33 out of 118
118 movie reviews
    • 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.
    • 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.
    • 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.
    • 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.
    • 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.
    • 9 Metascore
    • 40 Mark Olsen
    The sex-comedy-for-girls idea never quite takes off.
    • 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.
    • 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.
    • 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.
    • 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.
    • 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.
    • 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.
    • 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.
    • 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.
    • 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.
    • 29 Metascore
    • 40 Mark Olsen
    There is something fun about a movie that so brazenly portrays excessive pot smoking.
    • 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.
    • 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.
    • 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.
    • 43 Metascore
    • 30 Mark Olsen
    As the cop who finds himself in way over his head, kickboxer-turned-actor Conrad Pla turns in a performance of such staggering ineptitude that it almost (key word: almost) reaches a so-bad-it's-good, Plan 9 From Outer Space brilliance.
    • 30 Metascore
    • 30 Mark Olsen
    Traub does her plucky best, coming off as part Judy Blume heroine, part post-WB hipster, and she provides the film with its few and infrequent moments of emotional truth.
    • 35 Metascore
    • 30 Mark Olsen
    Just because the filmmakers have their roots in the Midwest doesn't give them a pass when it comes to their stereotypical rendition of small-town people and ways, chock-a-block with sadistic cops, shotgun-toting locals, and strippers from up in Des Moines.
    • 43 Metascore
    • 30 Mark Olsen
    By the time a not terribly surprising tragedy hits and these crazy kids get theirs, the movie doesn't so much end as finally keel over.
    • 35 Metascore
    • 30 Mark Olsen
    Ultimately neither freewheeling enough to work as a diverting entertainment nor barbed enough to strike home as any sort of social commentary.
    • 32 Metascore
    • 30 Mark Olsen
    As a first-time filmmaker who juggles such duties as writing, directing, producing, even playing piano solos on the soundtrack, Rice is in over his head.
    • 42 Metascore
    • 30 Mark Olsen
    It all misses the mark emotionally, hindered by one-dimensional characters and telegraphed developments.
    • 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.