For 188 reviews, this critic has graded:
  • 51% higher than the average critic
  • 4% same as the average critic
  • 45% lower than the average critic
On average, this critic grades 9.8 points lower than other critics. (0-100 point scale)

Mark Olsen's Scores

  • Movies
  • TV
Average review score: 55
Highest review score: 100 Okja
Lowest review score: 0 21 and Over
Score distribution:
  1. Positive: 67 out of 188
  2. Negative: 37 out of 188
188 movie reviews
    • 62 Metascore
    • 70 Mark Olsen
    The film is a compelling concept that doesn’t thread the needle of its competing impulses quite as gracefully as it might have, but driven by the imminently watchable Newton and Pine, it makes for the kind of adult-oriented storytelling one wishes there was more of these days.
    • 40 Metascore
    • 50 Mark Olsen
    Despite a few scattered moments, the team-up action of The 355 never fully comes together.
    • 44 Metascore
    • 50 Mark Olsen
    The film’s politics are not exactly sophisticated, motivated more by the convenience of the moment than any cohesive worldview.
    • 57 Metascore
    • 80 Mark Olsen
    In part because of the depth of Seydoux’s performance, the film becomes less an allegory of a nation and more a gripping character study, a portrait of a mask of personal and professional regard slowly slipping away.
    • 53 Metascore
    • 50 Mark Olsen
    Though Logelin’s story of loss and perseverance is touching, there isn’t really anything deep or convincing about grief or parenting in Fatherhood, making this promising tale something more middling and a touch disappointing.
    • 56 Metascore
    • 70 Mark Olsen
    The misadventures of the eccentrically wealthy may not exactly fit the mood right now, but the new French Exit is so genuine in its mix of arch and earnest, idiosyncrasy and earthiness that it creates a space all for itself.
    • 41 Metascore
    • 60 Mark Olsen
    The highlight of the movie by far is the relaxed, easy chemistry between McCarthy and Cannavale.
    • 38 Metascore
    • 40 Mark Olsen
    As with even the worst of Allen’s films, there is just enough to satiate fans and make the whole thing seem maybe, possibly worth the effort.
    • 62 Metascore
    • 50 Mark Olsen
    While the performances ensure that the movie is always watchable, the hesitant storytelling makes it far from compelling, a bad trip about a bummer vacation.
    • 83 Metascore
    • 100 Mark Olsen
    The most important thing is that it is genuinely great, a singular and moving glimpse of loneliness, community and finding the strength to face another day.
    • 71 Metascore
    • 50 Mark Olsen
    The Outpost is a visceral battle picture but little more.
    • 59 Metascore
    • 50 Mark Olsen
    The movie would like to see itself as a feminist allegory of abuse and systemic oppression, but it comes off as something far more scattered and unfocused.
    • 66 Metascore
    • 80 Mark Olsen
    The camera stays close to Dafoe for nearly every moment of the movie and he brings a compelling vibrancy to the screen. He somehow conveys both the tranquility of Tommaso’s current life and all that simmers just under the surface.
    • 75 Metascore
    • 80 Mark Olsen
    Though it is only now receiving a U.S. release, it says something about the ever-prolific filmmaker’s consistency and extremely high level of proficiency that the film still seems fresh and enchanting, by turns delicate, romantic, mysterious, witty and crushing.
    • 59 Metascore
    • 60 Mark Olsen
    Rae and Nanjiani have a quicksilver chemistry, flashing from playful banter to genuine, hurtful arguing in an instant.
    • 33 Metascore
    • 50 Mark Olsen
    The Wrong Missy is a lightweight throwaway, the kind of movie it is difficult to suggest one actually choose to watch, but if your algorithm somehow lands on it provides a certain harmless diversion.
    • 53 Metascore
    • 40 Mark Olsen
    The original film was not a time capsule; it was a snapshot, capturing a unique time and place. The new film simply doesn’t have the same spark and energy.
    • 55 Metascore
    • 70 Mark Olsen
    Amiably paced with comfortable, lived-in performances, Arkansas isn’t so much a crime drama or dark comedy as a depiction of a world in which illegal activities and their aftermath are simply part of a way of life.
    • 74 Metascore
    • 80 Mark Olsen
    With The Infiltrators there is an audacity, an unrestrained boldness, to both the events depicted onscreen and the way in which they are portrayed in the movie itself.
    • 56 Metascore
    • 50 Mark Olsen
    Extraction would be better if it just doubled down on being dumb. Instead, although the movie does indeed have some dazzling action sequences, they are interspersed with dramatic scenes that feel increasingly belabored, giving the movie a peculiar stop-start rhythm as it makes its way to a lumbering, extended gun battle final set piece.
    • 53 Metascore
    • 70 Mark Olsen
    An ambitious combination of suspense thriller and brooding treatise on existential themes, The Quarry feels like a throwback to the era of late-night cable movies, when art, ambition and genre pulp would often collide.
    • 42 Metascore
    • 50 Mark Olsen
    Endings, Beginnings has some genuinely engaging moments somewhere in between its beginning and its ending, but too much gets lost in a saggy, shaggy middle.
    • 28 Metascore
    • 40 Mark Olsen
    The movie feels disjointed and made up of parts that Dolan couldn’t bring together as it shuffles between three story strands.
    • 41 Metascore
    • 40 Mark Olsen
    After a strong start the movie steadily declines, one set piece after another, and there are many moments where the mind wanders and then asks: “Is this still going on?”
    • 64 Metascore
    • 70 Mark Olsen
    Always Be My Maybe is pleasant without being particularly powerful, appealing if not exactly transformative.
    • 58 Metascore
    • 70 Mark Olsen
    And so while Gilliam has undoubtedly made better films and certainly greater films than The Man Who Killed Don Quixote, there is something about the ridiculous effort and mixed results that make this arguably the most Gilliam-esque. For anyone struggling with whether to give up, concerned that the result will not match the effort, Gilliam seems to be planting a flag — or more accurately charging a windmill — to say the effort is the reward.
    • 46 Metascore
    • 50 Mark Olsen
    The movie is all over the place and there is no attempt to weave it into a coherent whole — which is regrettable as scene for scene it often works.
    • 42 Metascore
    • 50 Mark Olsen
    Von Trier has managed to cobble together just enough of interest — odd moments, pieces of performance, stray ideas and the simple audacity of putting this mess out into the world, that it feels like there may be something there worth considering, a maddening possibility. And that may be his cruelest prank of all.
    • 54 Metascore
    • 70 Mark Olsen
    It’s not difficult to decipher where McMurray and DeMonaco’s true allegiances are, but by delivering the story within the framework of genre cinema at its most trashy and garish, the filmmakers convey any message as a bit of rough pleasure amid the kicks and thrills of a movie.
    • 75 Metascore
    • 100 Mark Olsen
    With his latest work, Bong has created a heroine for our times, an indelible movie creature, a story that balances heart and head and a movie that engages with the boundaries of technology both on-screen and off.

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