For 276 reviews, this critic has graded:
  • 34% higher than the average critic
  • 14% same as the average critic
  • 52% lower than the average critic
On average, this critic grades 14.5 points lower than other critics. (0-100 point scale)

Martin Tsai's Scores

  • Movies
  • TV
Average review score: 47
Highest review score: 100 Welcome to Leith
Lowest review score: 0 Anger of the Dead
Score distribution:
  1. Positive: 67 out of 276
  2. Negative: 94 out of 276
276 movie reviews
    • 81 Metascore
    • 100 Martin Tsai
    Top Spin grips, exhilarates and breaks hearts like the 1994 film "Hoop Dreams."
    • 78 Metascore
    • 100 Martin Tsai
    This cautionary tale couldn't be more timely or essential.
    • 53 Metascore
    • 100 Martin Tsai
    Advocacy documentaries simply don't get better or more compelling than this.
    • 78 Metascore
    • 90 Martin Tsai
    The film's exploration of the tenuous bonds within a community will surely prompt serious soul-searching.
    • 75 Metascore
    • 90 Martin Tsai
    It's just as thrilling as it is edifying.
    • 69 Metascore
    • 90 Martin Tsai
    Crass and macabre, yet big-hearted, it makes a wonderfully adult bedtime story.
    • tbd Metascore
    • 90 Martin Tsai
    This rollicking crowd-pleaser might just be smart and substantive enough to be one of the year's best.
    • 69 Metascore
    • 90 Martin Tsai
    The Spierig brothers have deftly fashioned an unpredictable thrill ride, and the joy is to fit together all its puzzle pieces.
    • tbd Metascore
    • 90 Martin Tsai
    Easily the most thrilling thriller in recent memory, Crush the Skull seems destined for cult status.
    • 68 Metascore
    • 80 Martin Tsai
    Despite what seem like the trappings of a Lifetime movie, writer-director Claudia Myers presents us with an unflinching and complex character study of an imperfect woman.
    • tbd Metascore
    • 80 Martin Tsai
    Drenched in nostalgia, this loving tribute to the unsung heroes of cinema has immense appeal.
    • 72 Metascore
    • 80 Martin Tsai
    Since many of the themes from Illmatic have become mere clichés in contemporary rap, this film serves as a reminder of the potential and the promise that hip-hop truly holds.
    • 64 Metascore
    • 80 Martin Tsai
    Some of the black photographers' works here are breathtaking — and may prompt you to hunt down Willis' book for the coffee table. But there's so much more to take away from Harris' documentary.
    • tbd Metascore
    • 80 Martin Tsai
    Brown spent nearly four years so that we would witness Brawner's transformation firsthand. Rather than the after-school special that this film easily could have been, we get so much more out of it.
    • 89 Metascore
    • 80 Martin Tsai
    Impressively, Gangs of Wasseypur manages its sprawling story lines deftly and maintains a brisk pace throughout its daunting length. The performances are uniformly excellent, even if no character in Part 1 is at all likable.
    • tbd Metascore
    • 80 Martin Tsai
    As can be gleaned from snippets of news footage shown during the end credits, Ding has done an outstanding job re-creating the events and conveying the complexity and prudence of the cops' investigative chess moves.
    • 74 Metascore
    • 80 Martin Tsai
    Filmmaker Lloyd Handwerker treats the project as genealogy rather than corporate image-making. And with home movies and private interviews at his disposal, no one is better equipped to tell this story.
    • 68 Metascore
    • 80 Martin Tsai
    Although the film qualifies as an advocacy documentary, director Fredrik Gertten has put in the time to capture how these cities' unique scenarios unfold to mount a compelling case against the powerful automotive, oil and construction lobbies.
    • tbd Metascore
    • 80 Martin Tsai
    PK
    A biting, whip-smart satire on the thorny subject of organized religion, the Bollywood musical "PK" enlightens and provokes through outrageous slapstick.
    • 63 Metascore
    • 70 Martin Tsai
    In spite of its insufferably whimsical tendencies — exemplified by its original title, "Oh Boy" — the film may have turned out to be a deeply profound modern postscript about fascism. This isn't that far-fetched a reading at all.
    • 83 Metascore
    • 70 Martin Tsai
    Court invites comparisons with the 2011 Iranian film "A Separation," even if Court director Chaitanya Tamhane hasn't achieved the same level of mastery with his feature debut.
    • 73 Metascore
    • 70 Martin Tsai
    Mbatha-Raw looks, sounds and moves like an A-lister. If "Belle" put the actress on Hollywood's radar, Beyond the Lights heralds her superstardom.
    • 50 Metascore
    • 70 Martin Tsai
    Through "Bhopal," the filmmaker argues that the promise of jobs and prosperity all too often trumps environmental and safety concerns, and it leads government to ignore corporate wrongdoing.
    • 78 Metascore
    • 70 Martin Tsai
    Not Yet Begun to Fight is barely an hour long, but it justifies a theatrical release with a lyrical meditation on nature and war.
    • 47 Metascore
    • 70 Martin Tsai
    The lens work by "Crouching Tiger" cinematographer Peter Pau looks super slick; and the film's conformity to trends in regional commercial cinema yields respectable results. But Special ID truly comes alive when it busts out the good ol' fashioned Hong Kong daredevil stunt work.
    • tbd Metascore
    • 70 Martin Tsai
    Schwartz's first-person narrative proves moving. But given that the film is barely an hour long, one can't help but feel that parts could have been developed more — perhaps a deeper exploration of her gravitation toward one identity over another.
    • 68 Metascore
    • 70 Martin Tsai
    Director Yoruba Richen has refreshingly avoided making this polemic into propaganda, a temptation many lesser documentarians could not resist.
    • 77 Metascore
    • 70 Martin Tsai
    Though Mission Blue gets its title from Earle's nonprofit organization, the film rarely comes across as propaganda.
    • 68 Metascore
    • 70 Martin Tsai
    Witnessing him defy long odds, gravity and death is a thrill; even the uninitiated should find his unresolved father complex of interest.
    • 73 Metascore
    • 70 Martin Tsai
    In spite of its fanciful tendencies, the film nails the growing pains that result from love and loss.

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