For 265 reviews, this critic has graded:
  • 33% higher than the average critic
  • 15% same as the average critic
  • 52% lower than the average critic
On average, this critic grades 13.5 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: 63 out of 265
  2. Negative: 92 out of 265
265 movie reviews
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    • 70 Martin Tsai
    Filmmakers Luis Lopez and J. Clay Tweel achieve the fairness and balance so rarely seen in documentaries nowadays.
    • 46 Metascore
    • 70 Martin Tsai
    The documentary style makes the proceedings all the more frightening.
    • 72 Metascore
    • 70 Martin Tsai
    The Great Invisible gives voice to many of the previously nameless and faceless victims of the disaster. Some worked on the oil rig that fateful day; others have suffered its environmental and economic consequences.
    • 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.
    • 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.
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    • 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.
    • 51 Metascore
    • 70 Martin Tsai
    Directors Kimo Stamboel and Timo Tjahjanto — collectively known as the Mo Brothers — skillfully handle the moral complexity of the script by Tjahjanto and Takuji Ushiyama. With some of its biggest twists happening out of focus and in the background, the film rewards the most observant viewers.
    • 52 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.
    • 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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    • 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.
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    • 70 Martin Tsai
    Director Daniel Monzón delivers a conventional genre exercise — albeit a very effective one, with twists and turns that manage to surprise.
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    • 70 Martin Tsai
    Self-discovery through artistic expression is often trite, but Frank's rehabilitation and transformation readily win us over when we're least expecting it.
    • 56 Metascore
    • 70 Martin Tsai
    Writer-director Gerard Johnson resists all impulses to please the crowd. The graphic sex and violence never feel gratuitous, and there's something interesting in the way he deliberately denies his characters and the viewers any reprieve.
    • 79 Metascore
    • 70 Martin Tsai
    The film proves much more valuable as a historical allegory than as a musical survey.
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    • 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.
    • 72 Metascore
    • 70 Martin Tsai
    The film couldn't be more timely and germane for the American audience. If it weren't a documentary, it would seem like a post-apocalyptic allegory of our own vaccination debate.
    • 73 Metascore
    • 70 Martin Tsai
    In spite of its fanciful tendencies, the film nails the growing pains that result from love and loss.
    • 66 Metascore
    • 70 Martin Tsai
    If nothing else, patience has rewarded Hoogendijk and moviegoers with an inside look at an art administration without common sense.
    • 27 Metascore
    • 70 Martin Tsai
    Even jaded viewers who have gathered vague ideas from clues planted by screenwriters Rock Shaink and Keith Kjornes about how things will ultimately play out might find a genuine surprise or two in store.
    • 39 Metascore
    • 70 Martin Tsai
    Despite the film's made-for-TV aesthetic and performances, Coley has saturated its backstory with vividly drawn details that make this convoluted saga wholly believable.
    • 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.
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    • 70 Martin Tsai
    Bollywood veteran Jackie Shroff, assuming Nick Nolte's part as the recovering alcoholic father, delivers the kind of acting reel that would guarantee an Oscar nomination for some Hollywood actors. It's a pleasure to marvel at his performance alone.
    • 42 Metascore
    • 70 Martin Tsai
    It's almost inconceivable that this effective, nerve-racking thriller is the first feature from former NFL defensive end Simeon Rice. It requires the usual suspension of disbelief, and pacing problems are a sign of Rice's directorial inexperience. But the tension he creates is unrelenting.
    • 56 Metascore
    • 70 Martin Tsai
    Atom Egoyan's 2002 "Ararat" had been perhaps the most notable film to tackle the Armenian genocide, but it did so only anecdotally. The historical epic approach seems long overdue, and Akin does it justice.
    • 70 Metascore
    • 70 Martin Tsai
    Though the film has trappings of a crowd-pleaser like Jon Favreau’s “Chef,” writer-director Anthony Lucero has left much thematically to unpack.
    • 66 Metascore
    • 70 Martin Tsai
    The Tainted Veil resists taking a stance, and both sides of the argument are compelling and persuasive.
    • 64 Metascore
    • 70 Martin Tsai
    The documentary, far from a glorified making-of featurette, is fittingly cinematic, with spectacularly wide establishing shots and studio-portrait-like testimonials.
    • 64 Metascore
    • 70 Martin Tsai
    There's no shortage of political intrigue even with the outcome a foregone conclusion.
    • 47 Metascore
    • 70 Martin Tsai
    The cast and crew work like a well-oiled machine, delivering the quality drama we've come to expect from British TV imports.

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