For 276 reviews, this critic has graded:
  • 34% higher than the average critic
  • 15% same as the average critic
  • 51% lower than the average critic
On average, this critic grades 13.7 points lower than other critics. (0-100 point scale)

Martin Tsai's Scores

  • Movies
  • TV
Average review score: 47
Highest review score: 100 Top Spin
Lowest review score: 0 Christmas Eve
Score distribution:
  1. Positive: 67 out of 276
  2. Negative: 94 out of 276
276 movie reviews
    • 54 Metascore
    • 60 Martin Tsai
    The home-movie vérité style of the early scenes pays dividends when inexplicable occurrences suddenly take us by surprise.
    • 63 Metascore
    • 60 Martin Tsai
    It does have a point of view, but the intended conclusion ripens for the picking in a roundabout way.
    • 48 Metascore
    • 60 Martin Tsai
    Although this horror flick is somewhat absurd and seemingly forgettable when viewed in a vacuum, its coincidentally contemporaneous release with "Blue Is the Warmest Color" urges immediate reconsideration.
    • 33 Metascore
    • 60 Martin Tsai
    The Christmas Candle" seems destined to be a Hallmark movie of the week. But in spite of the hammy histrionics requisite for the genre, it is not at all a turkey.
    • tbd Metascore
    • 60 Martin Tsai
    Knights of Badassdom actually delivers everything the 2011 Danny McBride-James Franco comedy "Your Highness" purported to be but fell short on. The film is "This Is the End" festooned with Middle Ages accouterments.
    • 66 Metascore
    • 60 Martin Tsai
    Even at a meager 40 minutes, the film feels padded... But so long as the jubilance brought about by lemurs can compel more protection for the near-extinct species, the film will have served its purpose.
    • tbd Metascore
    • 60 Martin Tsai
    Veteran television director Lee Jae-kyoo balances the most engrossing aspects of the South Korean telenovela with grandiloquent Hong Kong-influenced fight scenes.
    • 53 Metascore
    • 60 Martin Tsai
    The film supplies a succession of hyper-stylized and potent set pieces without ever establishing any sort of internal logic.
    • 53 Metascore
    • 60 Martin Tsai
    Above all, its gratuitous graphic gore and exploitative nudity are unmistakably giallo. What "The Strange Color" lacks is the heart that separates a good film from a great one.
    • 56 Metascore
    • 60 Martin Tsai
    As far as documentaries go, the film is exhaustively researched, interviewed and documented.
    • 40 Metascore
    • 60 Martin Tsai
    Despite a few contrivances like the impending romance between Nina and Tennessee, The Frontier remains for the most part refreshing and astute.
    • 68 Metascore
    • 60 Martin Tsai
    Landis has acknowledged mental issues in interviews, and it registers so much more on film. The constant scrutiny of a camera seems exploitative and cruel, even if you are at all suspicious when he rationalizes his behavior as childlike mischief.
    • 71 Metascore
    • 60 Martin Tsai
    The will-he-or-won't-he question becomes the focus of director Mark Raso's film, and how William responds under the mercy of Effy's whims ultimately determines whether he can emerge from his self-absorption at long last.
    • tbd Metascore
    • 60 Martin Tsai
    The film proves most valuable when Hadza subjects candidly discuss their clashes with modernity.
    • 61 Metascore
    • 60 Martin Tsai
    Tsui will try anything once in 3-D. Splatters of blood travel in bullet-time, and the requisite ridiculousness — like action scenes with skis and zip-lines — characterize Tsui's work. But bookending the story with the 2015-set prologue and epilogue turns out to be his most inspired touch.
    • 57 Metascore
    • 60 Martin Tsai
    The film's stark juxtaposition of domestic melodrama and gonzo exploitation is very much reminiscent of "Audition." Whereas the Miike film turned into a feverish anxiety dream about feminist revolt, R100 suggests that extreme and perverse films allow the everyman to seek thrills in his otherwise-monotonous life.
    • tbd Metascore
    • 60 Martin Tsai
    There's a lot of truth in writer-director Sai Varadan's observant depictions of the battle of the sexes, the East Coast-West Coast cultural clash and struggling artists in soul-crushing showbiz. Too bad he isn't particularly sympathetic or fair toward his female characters, because there's much to commend otherwise.
    • 44 Metascore
    • 60 Martin Tsai
    Despite the deliberately schlocky effects and puppetry, other aspects of the filmmaking are surprisingly satisfactory. It needs to be only one notch more bonkers to help its chances for cult status.
    • 32 Metascore
    • 60 Martin Tsai
    While Chopra attempts to crack the American market with a slice of cinematic apple pie, he holds up a mirror to how Hollywood's tried-and-true narrative of vigilantism connotes who we are, at home and overseas.
    • 50 Metascore
    • 60 Martin Tsai
    Director Bradley King and his co-writer, B.P. Cooper, manage to overcome their shoddy premise as the plot progresses assuredly and persuasively.
    • 62 Metascore
    • 60 Martin Tsai
    Dark Star might have been more fascinating had Sallin delved deeper into his place as an artist.
    • 62 Metascore
    • 60 Martin Tsai
    Fascinating as it may be, the film could have used outside perspectives to provide more context.
    • 59 Metascore
    • 60 Martin Tsai
    Imaginatively interspersing testimonials with reenactments, comic panels and Claymation, the film plays out like an entertaining absurdist satire.
    • 55 Metascore
    • 60 Martin Tsai
    The film reveals frustratingly little about the sisters themselves.
    • 60 Metascore
    • 60 Martin Tsai
    Fans will be thrilled that the auteur hasn't missed a beat with Wild City, although he appears to be making the same concessions to the Chinese market as his contemporaries.
    • 63 Metascore
    • 60 Martin Tsai
    Ribière and Le Bourdonnec get almost hypertechnical with all the cattle breeds, feeds, grades, cuts, marbling, dry-aging and preparation. Nevertheless, most any carnivore would find this absolute torture on an empty stomach.
    • tbd Metascore
    • 60 Martin Tsai
    Director Timothy Wheeler manages to wrangle for interviews some active and reformed egg offenders along with authorities, conservationists and volunteers. Some are quite the characters, indeed.
    • 40 Metascore
    • 60 Martin Tsai
    Because of the faulty memory of its unreliable protagonist, Reversion prompts viewers to second-guess its narrative. Director and co-writer Jose Nestor Marquez eschews most establishing shots, exacerbating the sense of disorientation and mystery.
    • tbd Metascore
    • 60 Martin Tsai
    His runners' successes speak volumes, but the film never ventures outside of his inner circle to gain more perspective.
    • 36 Metascore
    • 60 Martin Tsai
    Demski and director Chris Kasick wrap up the story neatly — in both senses of that word — by suggesting that we can all feel better at somebody else's expense.

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