For 136 reviews, this critic has graded:
  • 34% higher than the average critic
  • 12% same as the average critic
  • 54% lower than the average critic
On average, this critic grades 11.9 points lower than other critics. (0-100 point scale)

Martin Tsai's Scores

  • Movies
  • TV
Average review score: 48
Highest review score: 90 Predestination
Lowest review score: 10 Poseidon Rex
Score distribution:
  1. Positive: 33 out of 136
  2. Negative: 44 out of 136
136 movie reviews
    • 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.
    • 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.
    • 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.
    • 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.
    • tbd Metascore
    • 50 Martin Tsai
    When it becomes apparent that the seemingly linear narrative is in fact woven with several parallel story lines, one might even be inclined to excuse the plot's too many convenient coincidences.
    • 24 Metascore
    • 50 Martin Tsai
    With verbal jabs and sight gags in equal measure, the script proves serviceably funny. As the film progresses, though, the hilarity does not escalate along with the outrageousness.
    • 29 Metascore
    • 50 Martin Tsai
    The screenplay by Lane Shadgett and director Trevor White relies far too much on telling rather than showing.
    • 72 Metascore
    • 50 Martin Tsai
    Given the routineness of the chase itself, what jumps out here is the pervasive desperation shared by just about every character.
    • 40 Metascore
    • 50 Martin Tsai
    While the cast and crew's competence well exceed what anyone would expect from this breed of B movies, they cannot compensate for the flawed internal logic in the screenplay.
    • 40 Metascore
    • 50 Martin Tsai
    Like a typical Hollywood action-thriller, though, the screenplay jeopardizes the film. The twists concocted by writers James Robert Johnston and Bennett Yellin are mostly predictable; and the ones you don't see coming are outlandish.
    • 17 Metascore
    • 50 Martin Tsai
    Some instances of impiousness work better than others.
    • tbd Metascore
    • 50 Martin Tsai
    Ngoc and Faunce certainly make fascinating subjects, and the film persuasively argues to give them the benefit of the doubt. But one can't help but think that in the hands of a shrewder filmmaker like Errol Morris, this stranger-than-fiction account would have been absolutely riveting.
    • 57 Metascore
    • 50 Martin Tsai
    Despite this notable cast, the remake never manages to drum up much excitement for its sleepy hamlet rousing or for its characters, finally filled with purpose.
    • 43 Metascore
    • 50 Martin Tsai
    The film is certainly interesting, despite the fact that it's a glorified promotional video for Muniz's installations.

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