For 153 reviews, this critic has graded:
  • 47% higher than the average critic
  • 4% same as the average critic
  • 49% lower than the average critic
On average, this critic grades 8 points lower than other critics. (0-100 point scale)

Mark Olsen's Scores

  • Movies
  • TV
Average review score: 53
Highest review score: 100 Calvary
Lowest review score: 0 21 and Over
Score distribution:
  1. Positive: 51 out of 153
  2. Negative: 37 out of 153
153 movie reviews
    • 25 Metascore
    • 60 Mark Olsen
    The effects may be cheap and unconvincing, the sets spare, the costumes from some unwanted back rack, but Argento still brings enough moments of kinky madness to his not-great "Dracula" to indicate there may yet be greatness lurking within him.
    • 69 Metascore
    • 60 Mark Olsen
    Among the film's other drawbacks are how conventional it feels in its structure and strategy, often misguidedly going for the epic high-key feel of classic NFL Films on a low-key, DV budget.
    • 71 Metascore
    • 60 Mark Olsen
    My Brother the Devil is a promising debut that marks El Hosaini as a filmmaker to watch, but one still very much in the developmental stages.
    • 42 Metascore
    • 60 Mark Olsen
    Breaking the Girls isn't exactly a throwaway, but more an extended act of teasing foreplay, a movie that is fine for what it is but also never really shifts into something more.
    • 47 Metascore
    • 60 Mark Olsen
    The new Poltergeist is a pleasant enough diversion, better as a low-simmer suspense story than a full-blown effects extravaganza.
    • tbd Metascore
    • 60 Mark Olsen
    A pleasant if somewhat by-the-numbers family film that lacks any real crack-of-the-bat energy.
    • 40 Metascore
    • 60 Mark Olsen
    At times, Lipsky's storytelling is too cutely self-aware, trying too hard, making Molly's Theory of Relativity something of an intriguing, if not entirely successful, exoticism.
    • 35 Metascore
    • 60 Mark Olsen
    The Last Exorcism Part II is an effectively unnerving, slow-burn supernatural horror tale. The film is smartly different enough from the original to survive on its own, though it lacks some of the first film's sense of surprise.
    • 40 Metascore
    • 50 Mark Olsen
    Intermittently fun, but mostly just efficiently passable.
    • 21 Metascore
    • 50 Mark Olsen
    It'll give fans exactly what they expect while passing unseen by anyone else.
    • 36 Metascore
    • 50 Mark Olsen
    The plot frequently resets/realigns itself in the fashion of "Lost" or "Alias," as good guys become bad guys, friends become enemies, and combatants become lovers. To portray confusion and uncertainty is one thing; to make a film this unsure of itself, wracked by its own faulty footing and reticence, is quite another.
    • 64 Metascore
    • 50 Mark Olsen
    Watt seems to want to say something about the role of fate and happenstance in creating connections between people, but she never quite brings the strands of her ideas together.
    • 58 Metascore
    • 50 Mark Olsen
    There is so much about its package – the stars, the premise, the talented supporting cast – that would make for a film of warmth, humor and insight on the struggles of leaving the past behind and getting out of your own way on the path to fulfilment. Instead, the movie settles for being a party comedy and little else.
    • 34 Metascore
    • 50 Mark Olsen
    Just as with the 2011 film "The Smurfs," the new The Smurfs 2 is a passable mediocrity.
    • tbd Metascore
    • 50 Mark Olsen
    The film essentially grinds along in second gear. A promising debut, Dirt Boy nevertheless fails to fully deliver.
    • 61 Metascore
    • 50 Mark Olsen
    Cholodenko's new film relies on easy caricature over true character such that the film fails to build emotional momentum or resonance.
    • 62 Metascore
    • 50 Mark Olsen
    The laugh always comes first, and Myers' puppy-dog tenacity to that cast-iron tenet of low comedy, disarming and even somewhat charming in the first film, now has an air of careerist desperation about it.
    • 46 Metascore
    • 50 Mark Olsen
    The movie is visually inventive and with enough good moments and smart moves to never be entirely dismissible, while not strong enough to overcome its essential thinness.
    • 51 Metascore
    • 50 Mark Olsen
    Roaming freely between comedy (which mostly works) and drama (which mostly doesn't) before settling on trite sentimentality, the film may not be an altogether unpleasant way to pass the time, but, ultimately, the innocuous Captain Pantoja doesn't earn its stripes.
    • 55 Metascore
    • 50 Mark Olsen
    Wyatt, Monahan and Wahlberg never seem quite settled on what they want to say with the character or the story, so the film feels marked not by ambiguity but uncertainty.
    • 55 Metascore
    • 50 Mark Olsen
    As told by Helgeland this Legend simply isn't memorable, because a tremendous effort by Hardy is let down by unfocused storytelling.
    • 60 Metascore
    • 50 Mark Olsen
    Like husbands who think that carrying in the groceries is really pitching in, Lucas and Moore have their hearts in the right place, but their efforts have little real insight or impact.
    • tbd Metascore
    • 50 Mark Olsen
    Watching Americano is like hearing a long story about someone else's holiday, and while it seems everyone had a nice time, it's too bad they didn't shoot a better film while they were there.
    • 53 Metascore
    • 50 Mark Olsen
    The movie has a fan's heart, a sense of loving every goofball moment, but as directed by Mike Mendez it also seems perpetually caught between being a spoof or playing it straight and winds up falling between the cracks rather than rising above.
    • 73 Metascore
    • 50 Mark Olsen
    Director Erik Van Looy has filmmaking chops to spare, and while he has created a sharply shot and crisply paced film, he isn't able to make it all cohere.
    • 35 Metascore
    • 50 Mark Olsen
    Family Weekend is no worse than many of the dysfunctional family comedies that populate the Sundance Film Festival — "Little Miss Sunshine" is name-checked within the movie itself — but isn't any better either.
    • 46 Metascore
    • 50 Mark Olsen
    It’s a tantalizing idea - a little rom-com sugar to help the Big Pharma exposé pill go down -but Slattery-Moschkau is simply not a writer of the caliber necessary to pull off that delicate balancing act.
    • 51 Metascore
    • 50 Mark Olsen
    The film has only the sheer charm of its cast to get it by, and it says a lot about the actors that they nearly pull it off.
    • 45 Metascore
    • 50 Mark Olsen
    With its chatty, overstuffed patter, Hoodwinked strains at the seams to look with it, like one of those dressed-alike Beverly Hills mother-daughter combos. Having said all that, the songs (yes, there are songs, too), mostly written by Todd Edwards, provide an unexpected bright spot.
    • 41 Metascore
    • 50 Mark Olsen
    Kick-Ass 2 is a lesser version of what it appears to be, an uncertain jumble rather than a true exploration of outrage, violence and identity.