For 168 reviews, this critic has graded:
  • 36% higher than the average critic
  • 13% same as the average critic
  • 51% lower than the average critic
On average, this critic grades 12.8 points lower than other critics. (0-100 point scale)

Martin Tsai's Scores

  • Movies
  • TV
Average review score: 47
Highest review score: 90 Predestination
Lowest review score: 10 Poseidon Rex
Score distribution:
  1. Positive: 39 out of 168
  2. Negative: 55 out of 168
168 movie reviews
    • 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
    The Spierig brothers have deftly fashioned an unpredictable thrill ride, and the joy is to fit together all its puzzle pieces.
    • 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
    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.
    • 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.
    • tbd Metascore
    • 70 Martin Tsai
    The documentary Pay 2 Play lays out a compelling case against corporate personhood and money as free speech.
    • 51 Metascore
    • 70 Martin Tsai
    Unexpectedly, the film best serves as a cautionary anecdote that epitomizes the mutual apprehension between Internet-age start-ups and establishment media.
    • tbd Metascore
    • 70 Martin Tsai
    Amid thespian antics, it contemplates weightier ethical dilemmas such as personal tragedy versus collective grief, artistic license versus historical responsibility, revisionist history versus corrective narrative, forgetting versus moving on. It's one creative way to do justice to such a monumental topic when full-blown reenactments aren't within the budget.
    • 63 Metascore
    • 70 Martin Tsai
    Throughout Rob the Mob, De Felitta maintains an unfailingly sympathetic stance toward the lovers and the mafiosi alike, while keeping enough distance from all to disapprove of their dirty deeds and deter any viewer identification with them.
    • tbd Metascore
    • 70 Martin Tsai
    Director Daniel Monzón delivers a conventional genre exercise — albeit a very effective one, with twists and turns that manage to surprise.
    • tbd Metascore
    • 70 Martin Tsai
    The mash-up of the superhero and buddy-cop genres turns out fresh and vital, offering glimpses of a future where reality television and drones proliferate and where conglomerates with bottom lines underwrite crime fighters.
    • 31 Metascore
    • 70 Martin Tsai
    An offbeat rom-com that ventures down the film-noir path, Hit by Lightning manages to make dark comedy fresh by combining two formulas.
    • 81 Metascore
    • 70 Martin Tsai
    The film proves much more valuable as a historical allegory than as a musical survey.
    • tbd Metascore
    • 70 Martin Tsai
    The musical numbers are inconsistent, ranging from radio-ready to after-school-special quality. Some story lines pale compared with the others. But overall, this is an immense achievement.
    • tbd Metascore
    • 70 Martin Tsai
    Filmmakers Luis Lopez and J. Clay Tweel achieve the fairness and balance so rarely seen in documentaries nowadays.
    • 75 Metascore
    • 70 Martin Tsai
    The film is enough to prompt soul-searching among parents, educators and the LGBT community on how to provide adequate guidance and support for LGBT youths.

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