For 102 reviews, this critic has graded:
  • 44% higher than the average critic
  • 8% same as the average critic
  • 48% lower than the average critic
On average, this critic grades 8.7 points lower than other critics. (0-100 point scale)

Calum Marsh's Scores

  • Movies
  • TV
Average review score: 56
Highest review score: 100 Twin Peaks: Fire Walk with Me
Lowest review score: 0 The Big Wedding
Score distribution:
  1. Positive: 43 out of 102
  2. Negative: 25 out of 102
102 movie reviews
    • 34 Metascore
    • 40 Calum Marsh
    In The Man From Toronto, directed by Patrick Hughes, the vague sense of location is typical of a broader lack of effort. Although Hart, as the broadly comic version of the classic Hitchcockian Wrong Man, has a certain goofball charm, his frantic coward routine gets old quickly, with no appreciable change as the action-flick danger continues to escalate.
    • 74 Metascore
    • 80 Calum Marsh
    It’s not simply a movie about how Giannis became one of the most dominant players in the league. It’s about why Giannis is so lovable.
    • tbd Metascore
    • 30 Calum Marsh
    The result is a 103-minute vanity project I found utterly exhausting.
    • 68 Metascore
    • 50 Calum Marsh
    Although she is buoyant and cheerful, Nikuko is cast as oafish and uncouth, and she is always ultimately the butt of the joke. It’s a puerile, mean-spirited tendency that altogether spoils the otherwise exquisite imagery.
    • 30 Metascore
    • 30 Calum Marsh
    The director, Ulloa, tries to mask the derivative story by embellishing the violence, cutting to closeups of flesh wounds and bullet holes as a distraction from the routine plot and hardboiled dialogue — he seems to be aiming for stark and gritty, but his tough-talking assassins, crime lords and arms dealers bring the whole thing closer to unintentional camp.
    • 66 Metascore
    • 70 Calum Marsh
    A wry take on the material that combines animation and live-action comedy, the movie has some of the hip flair and anarchic meta-humor of “Who Framed Roger Rabbit,” as well as an irreverent, self-referential attitude that’s rather appealing.
    • tbd Metascore
    • 30 Calum Marsh
    The three-part scope is ambitious, but Foxhole is a film made on a very small scale.
    • tbd Metascore
    • 60 Calum Marsh
    “It is belief as much as anything that allows one to cling to a wall,” James Salter wrote in his mountaineering novel “Solo Faces.” The Sanctity of Space is at its best when conveying the power of that belief.
    • 58 Metascore
    • 70 Calum Marsh
    Sprouse plays it a touch broad, veering sometimes from endearing to goofy. But Condor is note-perfect, and Winterbauer directs with a light, playful touch, giving the movie an energy that’s nimble and vibrantly sexy.
    • 42 Metascore
    • 70 Calum Marsh
    The ensemble of children has a natural, authentic-seeming rapport, and Braff and Union, as the beleaguered but loving parents, have an easy, irresistible chemistry, buzzing with big-hearted charisma every time they share the screen.
    • 51 Metascore
    • 40 Calum Marsh
    The one-take gimmick — much easier to achieve now thanks to digital cameras —has become common enough that it barely qualifies as novel.
    • 63 Metascore
    • 50 Calum Marsh
    “Black + White” does feature plenty of Peterson’s music, including several cover renditions performed in tribute for the film by a contemporary ensemble. But at almost every opportunity, Avrich undermines these numbers by cutting to one of an endless lineup of talking heads, usually to repeat predictable platitudes about Peterson’s brilliance.
    • tbd Metascore
    • 70 Calum Marsh
    They/Them/Us finds sharp humor in more relatable friction: namely between Charlie and Lisa (Amy Hargreaves) as they attempt to reconcile their domestic responsibilities with their voracious sexual appetites.
    • 66 Metascore
    • 60 Calum Marsh
    When it isn’t fawning over roller rinks, “Goonies” posters, and Casio watches, 8 Bit Christmas (streaming on HBO Max) is a warm and refreshingly earnest holiday comedy.
    • 49 Metascore
    • 40 Calum Marsh
    A winking attitude doesn’t make the extremely tired formula any less rote or tiresome. Despite the in-jokes and references (including nods to “Point Break” and “Heat”), the movie can’t transcend its own clichés.
    • 65 Metascore
    • 50 Calum Marsh
    In flattening everything into a single shade of funereal gray, “No Future” has none of the ineffable, multifaceted complexity of life.
    • 63 Metascore
    • 80 Calum Marsh
    I suppose it doesn’t cohere into anything more than the sum of its parts. But this is the first time I’ve felt the anthology horror format really worked, and gosh, the parts are really good.
    • 39 Metascore
    • 30 Calum Marsh
    It’s an exercise in watching someone have the world’s slowest revelation.
    • 48 Metascore
    • 40 Calum Marsh
    The plot, stretched thin even at just 90 minutes, is extremely predictable, and therefore boring, and the film doesn’t do enough with its high-concept shock-therapy conceit to feel fresh or novel.
    • 47 Metascore
    • 40 Calum Marsh
    Papushado’s flamboyance feels cocky and indiscriminate, as if he’s simply trying really hard to make every image seem cool.
    • 49 Metascore
    • 40 Calum Marsh
    The cast can only do so much with thin material, and Waltz, duping and swindling grandly, isn’t equipped to make the long con interesting.
    • 72 Metascore
    • 80 Calum Marsh
    Tender and exuberant, it includes set pieces modeled on “Footloose” and “Grease,” and feels closer to those films in spirit than to the Disney Channel. This is the kind of movie that vibrates with the energy of the people who made it, whose enthusiasm radiates from the screen.
    • 85 Metascore
    • 90 Calum Marsh
    This is a film about the devastation of Inner Mongolia and the systematic annihilation of its migrant workers, but it is no mere coup d'œil of righteous advocacy. It is a work of film art.
    • 70 Metascore
    • 70 Calum Marsh
    This is portraiture for the Zhangke-acquainted. Admirers will find much of interest here, as Salles, scrupulously self-effacing, affords Jia the latitude to think and talk at his leisure — to speak at length, and candidly, about his work and what informs it.
    • 80 Metascore
    • 100 Calum Marsh
    This is a masterpiece not because it culminates in some redemptive catharsis or clinching argument for social change, but because, by disavowing such facile ends, it meets the mess of life on its own clear and true terms.
    • 81 Metascore
    • 100 Calum Marsh
    The stories have an almost dreamlike sweep and imaginative energy, and the film never exhausts that exuberance. More extraordinary still is its emotional depth.
    • 80 Metascore
    • 100 Calum Marsh
    However you enjoy its nearly four hundred minutes, I expect you'll be held rapt till the last second by a film of abundant wit and generous heart.
    • tbd Metascore
    • 30 Calum Marsh
    Just as it seems on the verge of yielding a nuanced view of the Holocaust’s emotional and psychological fallout, Anita B. recedes into platitudes and cliché.
    • 62 Metascore
    • 90 Calum Marsh
    Diliberto has managed to make a political comedy that seems at once tremendously funny and intensely serious — a provocative, and perhaps even important, combination.

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