Scott Marks

Scott Marks
Scott Marks's reviews only count toward the Tomatometer when published at the following Tomatometer-approved publication(s): San Diego Reader
Publications: San Diego Reader

Movie Reviews Only

T-Meter Title | Year
0/5 86% The Nightingale (2019) Jennifer Kent is more interested in hammering together a soapbox on contemporary societal horrors than she is in mounting a challenging dramatic framework. - San Diego Reader EDIT
Read More | Posted Aug 16, 2019
2/5 92% Tel Aviv on Fire (2019) Alas, the potential for sharp political satire takes a back seat to small screen spoofery, nudging this more in the direction of Soapdish, rather than Joe Dante's transcendent The Second Civil War. - San Diego Reader EDIT
Read More | Posted Aug 10, 2019
0/5 84% Dora and the Lost City of Gold (2019) If by some chance the kids corral you into this Jumanji rip-off, at least see it all the way through the spirited, semi-reparative closing credits number. - San Diego Reader EDIT
Read More | Posted Aug 10, 2019
2/5 92% David Crosby: Remember My Name (2019) As per usual with these celebrity biodocs, audience satisfaction is best gauged by one's appreciation for the subject matter, not the documentarian's (in this case first timer A.J. Eaton) ability to wow the crowd with innovation. - San Diego Reader EDIT
Read More | Posted Aug 10, 2019
0/5 43% The Art of Racing in the Rain (2019) Cancer is to melodrama what CGI is to the MCU: a cheap, easy tool to control audience emotions used by filmmakers (in this case, director Simon Curtis and scenarist Mark Bomback) who have nothing to sell but tripe. - San Diego Reader EDIT
Read More | Posted Aug 10, 2019
2/5 70% At War (En guerre) (2019) The performances and camerawork are natural and unrehearsed, to the point where one wishes this had something more to show for itself than expert mimicry and an inharmonious act of violence to send audiences packing. - San Diego Reader EDIT
Read More | Posted Aug 10, 2019
1/5 65% Our Time (Nuestro tiempo) (2019) The experience must have been a cathartic one for Reygadas, but at 177 minutes, audience members who survive this marathon round of couples therapy deserve to charge an hourly rate. - San Diego Reader EDIT
Read More | Posted Jul 19, 2019
2/5 88% In the Aisles (In den Gängen) (2019) A good cast tries hard, but for a story that finds its origin in short fiction, there's no excuse for letting this run on for over two hours. - San Diego Reader EDIT
Read More | Posted Jul 19, 2019
3/5 82% Crawl (2019) Though not a patch on Lewis Teague's charming Alligator, a steady dose of more action-thrillers like this may help send comic-book carcinoma into remission. - San Diego Reader EDIT
Read More | Posted Jul 19, 2019
3/5 No Score Yet Sergeant Pepper (2004) If your kids can read, this is the other movie currently playing that borrows its title from a Beatles tune that deserves your attention. - San Diego Reader EDIT
Read More | Posted Jul 19, 2019
3/5 96% Be Natural: The Untold Story of Alice Guy-Blaché (2019) This makes a great companion piece to the "Gaumont Treasures: 1897-1913," a meticulously restored DVD collection that contains a good number of the director's films. - San Diego Reader EDIT
Read More | Posted Jul 19, 2019
3/5 99% The Farewell (2019) On the plus side, Ms. Wang puts her Panavision lens to impeccable use. You can count the number of closeups on one hand. - San Diego Reader EDIT
Read More | Posted Jul 19, 2019
2/5 86% Pavarotti (2019) See it, if for no other reason than to learn the significance of his characteristic white hankie. - San Diego Reader EDIT
Read More | Posted Jul 9, 2019
2/5 97% Toy Story 4 (2019) Why the need for Part 4? There are new characters to merchandise! - San Diego Reader EDIT
Read More | Posted Jul 9, 2019
2/5 74% The Spy Behind Home Plate (2019) Reaching too hard for nostalgia, the distracting wall-to-wall soundtrack plays like a K-Tel collection of wartime hits. And for every talking head author, there's a copy of their book hogging the frame. A fascinating story nonetheless. - San Diego Reader EDIT
Read More | Posted Jul 9, 2019
2/5 100% The Proposal (2019) What begins with an absorbing struggle over copyright infringement soon descends into an episode of Ghost Hunters with Magid leaving out a plate of Barragán's favorite cookies in case his spirit is hungry. - San Diego Reader EDIT
Read More | Posted Jul 9, 2019
0/5 83% Midsommar (2019) Don't let the studio-manufactured hype fool you; this is a midsummer's matinee bore. - San Diego Reader EDIT
Read More | Posted Jul 9, 2019
2/5 98% Maiden (2019) If only director Alex Holmes' ability to commandeer a story was one-tenth as ambitious as his lead character. - San Diego Reader EDIT
Read More | Posted Jul 9, 2019
0/5 65% Annabelle Comes Home (2019) Here's a horror sequel that wants to be anything other than what it is: a picture about an evil doll. - San Diego Reader EDIT
Read More | Posted Jul 9, 2019
4/5 78% Green Book (2018) Is it a feel-good charmer poised to rake in greenbacks and Oscar gold? You bet! But don't let that keep you away from this overall well balanced (and timed) look forward from the safe distance of America's motley past. - San Diego Reader EDIT
Read More | Posted Mar 8, 2019
0/5 60% Greta (2019) Be sure to wear a watch. It will give you something to look at. - San Diego Reader EDIT
Read More | Posted Mar 4, 2019
5/5 95% The Act Of Killing (2013) The Act of Killing is the only 100% original work of cinema to come out this year. - San Diego Reader EDIT
Read More | Posted Feb 21, 2019
93% A Fantastic Woman (Una mujer fantástica) (2018) Vega's performance is riveting, but writer and co-director Sebastián Leilo's use of sex and gender to shape his narrative is straight out of a '50s melodrama. - San Diego Reader EDIT
Read More | Posted Feb 21, 2019
4/5 83% Last Letter (2018) Lovers of unrequited love, rejoice. There is enough handwritten romantic communication exchanged in Shunji Iwai's deceptively uncomplicated romance Last Letter to fill a small post office branch. And no junk mail! - San Diego Reader EDIT
Read More | Posted Nov 16, 2018
1/5 60% The Front Runner (2018) People answer in punchlines here, and leave it to director Reitman to always lead with irony. - San Diego Reader EDIT
Read More | Posted Nov 16, 2018
2/5 91% Widows (2018) Enough quality action and surprises to keep it interesting. - San Diego Reader EDIT
Read More | Posted Nov 16, 2018
4/5 100% Alanis (2017) Whatever preconceived notions about sex industry workers that accompany you into the theatre are bound to be shattered, thanks in large part to Ms. Gala's frank and tender performance. - San Diego Reader EDIT
Read More | Posted Nov 16, 2018
2/5 94% Burning (Beoning) (2018) For a film that tires so hard to subvert standard methods of storytelling, the action that climaxes the film comes as a cheat, a commercial concession of the lowest order. - San Diego Reader EDIT
Read More | Posted Nov 9, 2018
0/5 81% Boy Erased (2018) If you know someone who is thinking of putting their kid though one of these programs, buy them a ticket. If not, what's the point? - San Diego Reader EDIT
Read More | Posted Nov 9, 2018
1/5 36% Viper Club (2018) Susan Sarandon knows how to pick a character; it's her taste in scripts that we need worry about. - San Diego Reader EDIT
Read More | Posted Nov 2, 2018
4/5 93% The Great Buster: A Celebration (2018) When it comes to pure visual comedy, there is no greater director than Buster Keaton. - San Diego Reader EDIT
Read More | Posted Nov 2, 2018
0/5 66% Suspiria (2018) The Argento is a marvel of style-as-subject; Guadagnino subjects audiences to second-hand shocks. - San Diego Reader EDIT
Read More | Posted Nov 2, 2018
2/5 33% The Nutcracker and the Four Realms (2018) Maybe see it for the effects work and production design, both of which are nothing short of spectacular. - San Diego Reader EDIT
Read More | Posted Nov 2, 2018
2/5 87% Museum (Museo) (2018) With his characters unable to fence the goods, writer-director Alonso Ruiz Palacios has no place to turn but in the direction of head-scratching surrealism. - San Diego Reader EDIT
Read More | Posted Oct 12, 2018
1/5 50% Trouble (2018) Writer-director Theresa Rebeck has nothing to offer this masterly cast but a paycheck for their participation in her lightweight dysfunctional-siblings family feud. - San Diego Reader EDIT
Read More | Posted Oct 12, 2018
2/5 99% Tea With the Dames (Nothing Like a Dame) (2018) While these four actresses are magnificent, their choice of directors is less so; Roger Mitchell (Notting Hill, Hyde Park on the Hudson) makes his biggest contribution by moving the discussion indoors at the sight of rain. - San Diego Reader EDIT
Read More | Posted Oct 12, 2018
1/5 92% Hal (2018) If ever a film needed a little more "Just Say No!" (and a little less defense of the eminently unwatchable Lookin' to Get Out) it's this, but first-time filmmaker Amy Scott insists on sugar coating the snow. - San Diego Reader EDIT
Read More | Posted Oct 5, 2018
3/5 87% Colette (2018) Cinematographer Giles Nuttgens' use of highly-reflective surfaces is a revelation, and Thomas Adès' lush score hits a melodramatic high note. - San Diego Reader EDIT
Read More | Posted Oct 5, 2018
0/5 99% Tower (2016) The overall absurdity of the piece left me numb beyond belief. Why stop here? Why not a claymation recreation of the events of 9-11? Or Jiminy Cricket in Steven Spielberg's When You Wish Upon Auschwitz? - San Diego Reader EDIT
Read More | Posted Oct 3, 2018
1/5 67% American Chaos (2018) Who was Stern's target audience? Surely Democrats don't want to spend 90 minutes relitigating the election any more than Republicans yearn to squander so much as a cent of their entertainment dollar watching liberals whine. - San Diego Reader EDIT
Read More | Posted Sep 15, 2018
0/5 12% Peppermint (2018) There must not have been enough zeros on the alimony check; why else would Garner agree to lend her name to what is essentially gun porn? - San Diego Reader EDIT
Read More | Posted Sep 15, 2018
4/5 97% Pick of the Litter (2018) By far the most joyous time you'll have at the movies all year. - San Diego Reader EDIT
Read More | Posted Sep 15, 2018
0/5 32% Kin (2018) If the Baker boys truly were fabulous, they'd have had the guts to go all the way and earn an R rating. - San Diego Reader EDIT
Read More | Posted Sep 7, 2018
3/5 95% Good Manners (As Boas Maneiras) (2018) The filmmakers have a grand habit of stealing from others and making it their own. - San Diego Reader EDIT
Read More | Posted Sep 7, 2018
0/5 26% The Nun (2018) Were it not for sudden blasts of Dolby fury, there would be nothing to provide shocks, let alone scares. What terrifies most is the complete and utter lack of plot. - San Diego Reader EDIT
Read More | Posted Sep 7, 2018
1/5 85% The Wife (2018) Other than the performances, there is nothing here audiences haven't seen more times than they have their own feet. - San Diego Reader EDIT
Read More | Posted Sep 7, 2018
2/5 24% The Happytime Murders (2018) The connoisseur of filth within me is pleased to report how wonderfully nasty much of the felted proceedings here are to behold. - San Diego Reader EDIT
Read More | Posted Aug 31, 2018
1/5 27% A.X.L. (2018) After 2016's Monster Trucks laid a giant goose egg at the box office, what made the folks at Global Road think this similarly themed shaggy mechanical pal tale would fare any better? - San Diego Reader EDIT
Read More | Posted Aug 31, 2018
3/5 100% 40 Years in the Making: The Magic Music Movie (2018) Having never seen an episode of Two and a Half Men or The Big Bang Theory, I can still say it's good they exist, if for no other reason than the proceeds from those TV series afforded Aronsohn the opportunity to direct this heartfelt music documentary. - San Diego Reader EDIT
Read More | Posted Aug 31, 2018
2/5 61% Operation Finale (2018) Ben Kingsley's serene, "everybody sh*ts" reading of the character is a source of illumination around which everything else in the picture revolves. - San Diego Reader EDIT
Read More | Posted Aug 31, 2018