For 157 reviews, this critic has graded:
  • 48% higher than the average critic
  • 4% same as the average critic
  • 48% lower than the average critic
On average, this critic grades 8.8 points lower than other critics. (0-100 point scale)

Mark Olsen's Scores

  • Movies
  • TV
Average review score: 53
Highest review score: 100 The Assassin
Lowest review score: 0 21 and Over
Score distribution:
  1. Positive: 53 out of 157
  2. Negative: 37 out of 157
157 movie reviews
    • 57 Metascore
    • 70 Mark Olsen
    Serving mostly as a strong calling card for star Jaime Camil, the film has an appealingly loose, slightly ramshackle charm.
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    • 70 Mark Olsen
    Wilding's genuine curiosity about the monks' beliefs and daily routines, as well as her willingness to ask questions that sometimes make her look like a bit of a dip, gives the film a homespun honesty and sincerity that make it a surprisingly pleasant trip.
    • 74 Metascore
    • 70 Mark Olsen
    There’s not really a bogeyman in The Orphanage and not much blood; just insane intensity and a building sense of bad vibes.
    • 76 Metascore
    • 70 Mark Olsen
    It is designed to be fun, efficient and accessible and delivers precisely and exactly on that and nothing more.
    • 42 Metascore
    • 70 Mark Olsen
    In its best moments, it's a sly exposé of the frailties of the contemporary male self-image and in its lesser moments a simplistic slapstick. This being a Will Ferrell comedy, sometimes those moments are one and the same.
    • 54 Metascore
    • 70 Mark Olsen
    Okuda creates that slightly surreal atmosphere of ghost-town emptiness that will be familiar to fans of Takeshi Miike, but he infuses it with a romantic's sense of deep yearning.
    • 72 Metascore
    • 70 Mark Olsen
    Even if you may not be putting a Pussy Riot song on your next playlist, there is something so of-the-moment and exciting about the group that Pussy Riot: A Punk Prayer feels important, if not fully complete.
    • 51 Metascore
    • 70 Mark Olsen
    With The Intern, Meyers has made another bright, contemporary American comedy with a lot on its mind — and works hard to make it look effortless.
    • 40 Metascore
    • 70 Mark Olsen
    Even with its off-balance, overstuffed storytelling, the film maintains a charm and energy that never flags, with brisk pacing and generally engaging performances from its deep-bench cast.
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    • 70 Mark Olsen
    If one were to parody Iranian cinema, packing into one film its common tropes and themes to the point of bursting, it would probably be a lot like Iraj Karimi’s Going By.
    • 57 Metascore
    • 70 Mark Olsen
    It's unlikely the movie will gain the same ardent following as Raimi's debut, but it offers enough good-time gore, goofiness, scares and screams to leave an audience feeling a certain elated exhaustion.
    • 63 Metascore
    • 70 Mark Olsen
    With a fun post-credits gag to round it off, 100 Bloody Acres is great summer counterprogramming for anyone who wants to unwind with a bit of bloody fun and goofball gore.
    • 44 Metascore
    • 70 Mark Olsen
    All the Boys Love Mandy Lane is not a missing masterpiece; rather it is a small, tightly coiled spellbinder.
    • 42 Metascore
    • 70 Mark Olsen
    Turns out Lost River is indeed a mess, but it's the best mess possible, an evocative grab-bag of images and moods with a heartfelt sincerity and conflicting impulses of romantic melancholy and hardscrabble hopefulness.
    • 52 Metascore
    • 70 Mark Olsen
    Winter in the Blood is a difficult film to get a handle on, not least because it often feels like it should be easier to dismiss. But then it locks onto a moment that is unexpectedly arresting and little jabs of poetic meaning or hard-earned truths reel a viewer back in.
    • 57 Metascore
    • 70 Mark Olsen
    The Story of Luke is not a saga of epic proportions, but with a huge assist from Pucci's layered performance, takes a premise that could easily be movie-of-the-week sappy and finds a humanizing lightness.
    • 53 Metascore
    • 70 Mark Olsen
    The film leans a little too heavily on Pineda's wide-eyed disbelief at his sudden turn of fortune, leaving a feeling that it could dig deeper into the history and dynamics of the band. Yet Pineda's ebullience is infectious, and Don't Stop Believin': Everyman's Journey is a pleasant story of dreams coming true.
    • 67 Metascore
    • 70 Mark Olsen
    "The Next Cut" manages to be entertaining and thoughtful, harmless fun but just serious enough not to seem frivolous.
    • 42 Metascore
    • 70 Mark Olsen
    The Marked Ones is refreshingly uncynical and straightforward in its desire to simply be a movie that makes the audience jump and be scared. It's a fun fright film and wants to be nothing more.
    • 40 Metascore
    • 70 Mark Olsen
    Its overall view of 12-year-old life is essentially one of high-spirited fun.
    • 66 Metascore
    • 70 Mark Olsen
    The film is not quite smart enough to overcome the clichés and stereotypes it acknowledges but can’t entirely dismantle. At the same time, it often isn’t quite outrageous enough, as if it should be more willing to be outright offensive.
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    • 70 Mark Olsen
    Anyone who longs for the old, weird films of John Waters or the psychotronic freak-outs of New York's Cinema of Transgression school should be able to get their fix from Pig Death Machine.
    • 62 Metascore
    • 70 Mark Olsen
    There's something refreshing about a film set in Los Angeles that gets its L.A.-ness right -- the difference in vibe between Silver Lake and the Hollywood Hills, or the types of people at CityWalk versus Saks. It is that sense of specificity, both geographic and emotional, that gives Shopgirl its pull.
    • 83 Metascore
    • 60 Mark Olsen
    There is much clattering and clanking plus a couple of songs; some of the gothic-inspired, neo-Victorian visuals are quite arresting; and the corpse bride herself is, dare one say, surprisingly hot. But the whole thing just isn’t much fun.
    • 40 Metascore
    • 60 Mark Olsen
    Phantom is a relatively tight, gripping story told with efficiency that makes room for its fine roster of actors to explore old-fashioned ideas on honor and loyalty.
    • 67 Metascore
    • 60 Mark Olsen
    The movie is pleasant and charming, but when making a big-screen adaptation of a beloved classic and genuine touchstone for generations, adequate doesn't feel like quite enough.
    • 53 Metascore
    • 60 Mark Olsen
    Solidly done if somewhat unremarkable, there is nothing particularly wrong with "Broken," nothing that needs fixing exactly, and yet it never fully comes together.
    • 45 Metascore
    • 60 Mark Olsen
    Frankly, the story behind Manna From Heaven is a truckload more interesting than the movie itself.
    • 42 Metascore
    • 60 Mark Olsen
    A messy brew that is a bit too slack to get all the way to actually being good.
    • 42 Metascore
    • 60 Mark Olsen
    The film works better as social satire than straight horror, as the murder plot that drives it along always feels unconvincing.