For 182 reviews, this critic has graded:
  • 35% higher than the average critic
  • 14% same as the average critic
  • 51% lower than the average critic
On average, this critic grades 12.9 points lower than other critics. (0-100 point scale)

Martin Tsai's Scores

  • Movies
  • TV
Average review score: 47
Highest review score: 90 Little Hope Was Arson
Lowest review score: 10 Poseidon Rex
Score distribution:
  1. Positive: 43 out of 182
  2. Negative: 61 out of 182
182 movie reviews
    • 56 Metascore
    • 60 Martin Tsai
    As far as documentaries go, the film is exhaustively researched, interviewed and documented.
    • 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.
    • 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.
    • 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.
    • 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.
    • 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.
    • 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.
    • 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.
    • 55 Metascore
    • 60 Martin Tsai
    The film reveals frustratingly little about the sisters themselves.
    • 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.
    • 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.
    • 61 Metascore
    • 60 Martin Tsai
    Dark Star might have been more fascinating had Sallin delved deeper into his place as an artist.
    • 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.
    • 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.
    • 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.
    • 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.
    • 54 Metascore
    • 60 Martin Tsai
    The home-movie vérité style of the early scenes pays dividends when inexplicable occurrences suddenly take us by surprise.
    • tbd Metascore
    • 60 Martin Tsai
    The film proves most valuable when Hadza subjects candidly discuss their clashes with modernity.
    • 63 Metascore
    • 60 Martin Tsai
    It does have a point of view, but the intended conclusion ripens for the picking in a roundabout way.
    • 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.
    • 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.
    • 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.
    • 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.
    • 39 Metascore
    • 50 Martin Tsai
    If bare-knuckle fights are what you seek, director Ekachai Uekrongtham certainly delivers. But the film scarcely scratches the surface of the horrors of human trafficking.
    • 57 Metascore
    • 50 Martin Tsai
    This cautionary tale certainly has a chilling and timely message of how wars make monsters out of innocent people. But using reductive caricatures — complete with phlegmatic performances — to send that message is perhaps not the best way, because it turns something with modern-day implications into distant allegory.
    • 52 Metascore
    • 50 Martin Tsai
    Miss Lovely does exude an air of authenticity... But much of the film remains underdeveloped.
    • 65 Metascore
    • 50 Martin Tsai
    The film feels like a sketch rather than a portrait, beautifully rendered but incomplete in the details.
    • tbd Metascore
    • 50 Martin Tsai
    Filmmaker Jesse Quinones challenges certain racial and ethnic stereotypes while reinforcing others. When the script falls short, though, Royo and Haggard act up a storm.
    • tbd Metascore
    • 50 Martin Tsai
    The make-it-rain clichés are abundant and Jean-Claude La Marre's direction is pedestrian, but at least a few of the choreographed numbers here prove more magical than what Soderbergh mustered.

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