For 22 reviews, this critic has graded:
  • 63% higher than the average critic
  • 4% same as the average critic
  • 33% lower than the average critic
On average, this critic grades 13.6 points higher than other critics. (0-100 point scale)

Mark Asch's Scores

  • Movies
  • TV
Average review score: 79
Highest review score: 100 The Night of the Hunter
Lowest review score: 30 The Greatest Beer Run Ever
Score distribution:
  1. Positive: 17 out of 22
  2. Negative: 1 out of 22
22 movie reviews
    • 85 Metascore
    • 80 Mark Asch
    It’s also shot through with the outré symbolism and impulsivity that have long characterised its director’s long, strange career, particularly its late, nothing-to-prove stages. In short, Jerzy Skolimowski is 84 years young, and he is absolutely vibing.
    • 75 Metascore
    • 100 Mark Asch
    A gorgeous and grave anti-epic, Pacifiction proceeds in scenes that serve as pristine containers for Serra’s idiosyncratic style, slow and digressive, full of flabby jokes and windy talk. It’s like watching a tropical aquarium slowly fill with algae.
    • 86 Metascore
    • 91 Mark Asch
    To an even greater degree than in most Hong films, the film’s scenes of casual small talk, awkward silences, polite smiles, and glasses clinked to change the subject, open up faultlines in the characters’ lives.
    • 39 Metascore
    • 30 Mark Asch
    The film doesn’t have the detail or imagination to fill in the gaps of a well-worn story with anything convincing.
    • 84 Metascore
    • 75 Mark Asch
    Sarah Walker is great in an unself-conscious way, foggily conveying Star’s blinking on-off struggle to bridge the gap between her inner monologue and the outer world. She speaks in a thick voice that sounds effortful and takes in the world with watchful, silent eyes. It’s the rare performance that’s magnetic in its passivity.
    • 72 Metascore
    • 75 Mark Asch
    The African Desperate is the work of an artist who has moved fairly seamlessly from the gallery to the cinema and has more than enough vitality and insight to join the canon of films about the Black experience in higher education
    • 78 Metascore
    • 83 Mark Asch
    Onoda – 10,000 Nights in the Jungle, which runs two hours and 45 minutes, is an achievement: a moving and multifaceted film about one man’s quixotic attempt at leading a meaningful life.
    • 80 Metascore
    • 60 Mark Asch
    Seidi Haarla gives a winning, intelligent performance as a naturally very clever person made to feel small and helpless in a strange land. But Yuriy Borisov pops from the first moments you see him: his hunched-shoulders posture; his abrupt, agitated movements and boxer’s duck-and-weave walk; the animalistic way he tears into food, impatiently and avidly.
    • 82 Metascore
    • 83 Mark Asch
    Though it lacks the near-spiritual dimension of the recent “In Front of Your Face” (Hong’s best in years), The Novelist’s Film is another focused, charming autofiction, well-structured yet open to the inspirations of serendipity.
    • 58 Metascore
    • 60 Mark Asch
    Sono has flow to spare, but samples heavily from icky fanboy culture.
    • 89 Metascore
    • 100 Mark Asch
    Wiseman shows us the “how” of art appreciation, from politics to philosophy, in a film vast in scope, and richly suggestive in insight.
    • 65 Metascore
    • 80 Mark Asch
    Mizrahi films one-on-one interviews with a shallow depth of field, so that her subjects appear with the occluded intensity of their own remembrances.
    • 58 Metascore
    • 90 Mark Asch
    The Mule is a beautiful, troubling film. It is a pearl formed around a grit of unease in the oyster of our nostalgia.
    • 68 Metascore
    • 80 Mark Asch
    A timely story of broken trust in institutions.
    • 86 Metascore
    • 90 Mark Asch
    Rich, mysterious, rigorous and generous.
    • 79 Metascore
    • 80 Mark Asch
    This is breathtaking filmmaking, but would be a little hard to take for two-and-a-half hours. Thankfully, Serebrennikov has more tricks up his sleeve.
    • 53 Metascore
    • 40 Mark Asch
    The scenes of Jennifer’s childhood are endless montages, with repetitive blown-out happy-families memories and blatant Terrence Malick ripoffs of the same hand caressing the same strands of wheat from several different angles, and the whole thing is tied together with pretentious and solecistic voiceover delivered by Dylan Penn and surely written by her father as they laboured to salvage the movie in the edit.
    • 91 Metascore
    • 100 Mark Asch
    Like the best of the director’s work, Memoria lulls you into its rhythms, gives you the sparse outlines of an intellectual framework, then hits you with the full weight of accumulated lyricism that must be pure cinema.
    • 87 Metascore
    • 83 Mark Asch
    The Tsugua Diaries has something of a chiasmus structure, with each half of the movie, each layer of reality, and each direction of time doubling back on and rhyming with itself.
    • 74 Metascore
    • 91 Mark Asch
    Bad Luck Banging or Loony Porn is hyperbolic, surreal, and, yes, obscene. Its over-the-top ending meets the moment at its own fever pitch—it’s a true masks-off moment, in more than one sense.
    • 55 Metascore
    • 58 Mark Asch
    Without the captivating veneer of fiction, Stone’s “JFK Revisted: Through The Looking Glass” comes off as a much more rhetorically dishonest work. And without the brio of Stone’s highbrow-Sam Fuller imperial-phase filmmaking chops, it’s merely a wan appendix.
    • 97 Metascore
    • 100 Mark Asch
    From its guileless exposition and comically life-drawn Americana, to its Scripture quotations and sensitivity to a child’s perspective, the film proceeds with a simplicity of inexhaustible depth.

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