For 115 reviews, this critic has graded:
  • 36% higher than the average critic
  • 11% same as the average critic
  • 53% lower than the average critic
On average, this critic grades 12.1 points lower than other critics. (0-100 point scale)

Martin Tsai's Scores

  • Movies
  • TV
Average review score: 47
Highest review score: 90 Plot for Peace
Lowest review score: 10 Poseidon Rex
Score distribution:
  1. Positive: 27 out of 115
  2. Negative: 36 out of 115
115 movie reviews
    • 31 Metascore
    • 30 Martin Tsai
    Live at the Foxes Den comes off like some long-unproduced Broadway musical finally dusted off when someone raised enough money to mount it as a film production instead.
    • 42 Metascore
    • 30 Martin Tsai
    Andrew Douglas, who directed the 2005 "The Amityville Horror" remake, mishandles the standard noir as straightforward drama and gives it an unfortunate after-school-special vibe.
    • 28 Metascore
    • 30 Martin Tsai
    Familiar paternal regret gets ratcheted up here with an illogical and gratuitous investigative exercise.
    • 34 Metascore
    • 30 Martin Tsai
    The film hardly scratches Abu Ghraib's surface.
    • 57 Metascore
    • 30 Martin Tsai
    So instructional is the film, directed by Brook's son, Simon, that it feels like one of those P90X or Insanity home fitness programs: Try this at home. You too can perform on stage.
    • 44 Metascore
    • 30 Martin Tsai
    A "Saw" knockoff without the torture porn.
    • 32 Metascore
    • 30 Martin Tsai
    The slickly produced documentary Farmland often comes off like lobbyist propaganda, profusely extolling the virtues of the independent American farmer.
    • 43 Metascore
    • 30 Martin Tsai
    At its best, the film seems as dreary a travelogue as that Nia Vardalos vehicle "My Life in Ruins." At its worst, Chaplin of the Mountains feels like an overambitious film-school thesis with superfluous political and philosophical posturing.
    • 51 Metascore
    • 30 Martin Tsai
    The method to Von Trier's madness is that he provokes thought alongside outrage in his parables. Here, Gebbe musters only outrage, as her antagonists are without nuance, mercy or any redeeming quality.
    • 32 Metascore
    • 30 Martin Tsai
    It's essentially a glorified PowerPoint presentation that juxtaposes archival footage — an echo chamber of interviews, readings and performances taken entirely out of context — with amateurish stock footage and a short running time.
    • 34 Metascore
    • 30 Martin Tsai
    Although this film doesn't miss the whole point of found footage as the recent "Into the Storm" did, Jung does little to help suspend our disbelief.
    • 41 Metascore
    • 30 Martin Tsai
    Whereas Haneke's films grapple with the blunt force of violence, novice filmmaker Markus Blunder just lets the violence snowball all the way down a slippery slope.
    • 29 Metascore
    • 30 Martin Tsai
    The film operates under the assumption that the average Joe associates Mormonism more with "Sister Wives" than Mitt Romney, so the film will be an eye-opener only for subscribers to such stereotypes.
    • 34 Metascore
    • 30 Martin Tsai
    Director Simon Brand devotes so much running time to fear-mongering and grotesque stereotypes that a last-ditch effort at moral ambiguity and a critique on muckraking barely register.
    • 24 Metascore
    • 30 Martin Tsai
    The obnoxious sound design and score divest the film of much of its suspense, and perhaps more important characters have no survival instincts. The audience never has a chance to build some false hope that someone might make it out alive.
    • 52 Metascore
    • 30 Martin Tsai
    Barker just hammers home the human-interest angle with a stirring score that serves to instruct the appropriate emotional response to each scene. The tacked-on uplift in the end is beyond comprehension, given that some of its subjects remain in peril.
    • 32 Metascore
    • 30 Martin Tsai
    Francis has a few moments of inspiration, nonchalantly deploying visual gags. If he were going for cult status, perhaps gonzo is the way to go. The rest of his stylistic flaunts, plot twists and contrivances are joyless.
    • 22 Metascore
    • 20 Martin Tsai
    If you admire Kellan Lutz's chiseled body, The Legend of Hercules does offer plenty of that in 3-D glory.
    • 33 Metascore
    • 20 Martin Tsai
    War of the Worlds: Goliath is just a few cereal commercials shy of a pointlessly cartoon marathon — violent, messily drawn and lifelessly dragging.
    • 25 Metascore
    • 20 Martin Tsai
    If it only had a brain, a heart and the nerve.
    • 44 Metascore
    • 20 Martin Tsai
    Everything we can gather seems to nullify any virtues we saw in the original film.
    • 25 Metascore
    • 20 Martin Tsai
    After catalogs so many clichés in the dysfunctional family at its center that the film could be taught in a screenwriting class as a lesson in what not to do.
    • 34 Metascore
    • 20 Martin Tsai
    Like so many filmmaking wunderkinds who could have used a course in common sense, Glanz is technically assured but emotionally hollow.

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