Jennie Kermode

Jennie Kermode
Tomatometer-approved critic
Publications: Movie Gurus, Eye for Film

Movie Reviews Only

T-Meter Title | Year
4/5 57% 3 Days with Dad (Life Support) (2019) At once playful and thoughtful, 3 Days With Dad makes room for the deep emotions its subject deserves without ever letting them become overwhelming. - Eye for Film EDIT
Read More | Posted Sep 12, 2019
3.5/5 100% One Cut of the Dead (Kamera o tomeru na!) (2019) Fast-paced, highly energetic and possessed of a keen sense of humour, this is an entertaining piece of work which mingles cautionary tales with a celebration of the creative process. - Eye for Film EDIT
Read More | Posted Sep 11, 2019
4.5/5 88% Depraved (2019) Though it's still likely to be too quirky for some viewers' tastes, it's a triumphant piece of outsider cinema which will sear itself onto the consciousness like Promethean fire. - Eye for Film EDIT
Read More | Posted Sep 10, 2019
4/5 81% Moonlight Sonata: Deafness in Three Movements (2019) The film is refreshing in its willingness to countenance multiple viewpoints and look at what's right for individuals rather than taking sides in one of the more heated debates within the Deaf community. - Eye for Film EDIT
Read More | Posted Sep 10, 2019
3.5/5 100% Artik (2019) [Tom Botchii] Skowronski knows how to grab and hold the viewer's attention and he doesn't need to rely on shock or on clever twists to make it happen. - Eye for Film EDIT
Read More | Posted Sep 9, 2019
4.5/5 88% The Blonde One (2019) This is a beautifully crafted film with superb central performances, especially from [Gaston] Re. - Eye for Film EDIT
Read More | Posted Sep 5, 2019
3.5/5 72% The Shiny Shrimps (Les Crevettes pailletées) (2019) Sequins and swimming don't really go together but somehow The Shiny Shrimps pulls it off, adding a dash of cheesy pop music, a dance number, and some fabulous set design. - Eye for Film EDIT
Read More | Posted Sep 5, 2019
2.5/5 29% The Riot Act (2018) It's bound to give it local appeal and intrigue viewers with an interest in the period, but beyond that, this is a film that may struggle to travel. - Eye for Film EDIT
Read More | Posted Sep 4, 2019
4/5 No Score Yet Rabid (2017) This is an impressive film, building on the original but speaking for itself. - Eye for Film EDIT
Read More | Posted Aug 28, 2019
4/5 No Score Yet The Sonata (2019) The Sonata never quite achieves the fluency towards which it strives, but few films of this kind do, and for those who love this subgenre it is nevertheless a pleasure. - Eye for Film EDIT
Read More | Posted Aug 28, 2019
3.5/5 No Score Yet The Dark Red (2019) The Dark Red is a smart little film with a more sophisticated understanding of its subject matter and more to say than past stories of this sort might lead you to expect. - Eye for Film EDIT
Read More | Posted Aug 27, 2019
4/5 No Score Yet Extracurricular (2019) It's fast paced, witty and sometimes sexy, a seductive package with a deceptively smart core and one of the best offerings for young audiences. - Eye for Film EDIT
Read More | Posted Aug 27, 2019
3.5/5 No Score Yet A Serial Killer's Guide to Life (2019) There's a good supply of bloody violence which will entertain horror fans and any number of people who have limited patience for those selling dubious remedies or telling them to smile more. - Eye for Film EDIT
Read More | Posted Aug 27, 2019
2.5/5 No Score Yet Dark Encounter (Transience) (2019) [Carl] Strathie succeeds in demonstrating his skill, but the result is rather overcooked. - Eye for Film EDIT
Read More | Posted Aug 27, 2019
3.5/5 100% Cut Off (Abgeschnitten) (2018) Cut-Off is a beautifully crafted, highly polished film with a great deal going for it. - Eye for Film EDIT
Read More | Posted Aug 26, 2019
2/5 75% Feedback (2019) The trouble is that there really isn't enough plot to stretch over an hour and 37 minutes, and the moral dilemmas the plot goes on to introduce lack the sophistication to really challenge most viewers. - Eye for Film EDIT
Read More | Posted Aug 26, 2019
4/5 100% Why Don't You Just Die! (Papa, sdokhni) (2018) Impeccable comic timing and keen self-awareness makes what is essentially slapstick plus gore into something much more entertaining. - Eye for Film EDIT
Read More | Posted Aug 26, 2019
2/5 40% The Furies (2019) This film will doubtless have succeeded in hooking some die hard slasher fans but it seems destined to go direct to digital and disappear among countless similar works. - Eye for Film EDIT
Read More | Posted Aug 26, 2019
3.5/5 94% Come to Daddy (2019) This is one film that's really going to test the mettle of [Elijah] Wood's mainstream fanbase, but its quirkiness and sheer unpredictability are likely to make it a cult favourite. - Eye for Film EDIT
Read More | Posted Aug 23, 2019
2/5 No Score Yet One Last Night (2019) Despite its determined little sparks of wit and glossy cinematography, it's woefully short on magic of its own. - Eye for Film EDIT
Read More | Posted Aug 20, 2019
4.5/5 73% Adam (2019) This is a gem of a film, mixing acknowledged awfulness with gentle culture clash comedy and a surprising amount of warmth. - Eye for Film EDIT
Read More | Posted Aug 8, 2019
4/5 No Score Yet The Boogeywoman (2019) There are familiar genre tricks here, but [Erica] Scoggins' use of low lighting and shifting frames of reference adds a dreamlike quality to the whole affair. - Eye for Film EDIT
Read More | Posted Aug 8, 2019
5/5 93% Jay Myself (2019) It's hard to imagine anything more meaningful or fundamental to the act of living than creating order out of chaos... It's not clear whether or not [Stephen] Wilkes sees this, but his camera does. - Eye for Film EDIT
Read More | Posted Aug 7, 2019
4/5 100% Tu Me Manques (2019) With many of its own sharp observations made in passing, this is a film that feels extraordinarily light and easy to watch given the weight of its subject matter. - Eye for Film EDIT
Read More | Posted Aug 6, 2019
3/5 42% Nekrotronic (2019) A film which, mobile phone-related plot aside, feels like it was written in the Eighties and simply sat on a shelf waiting for the cost of filming in this style to come down, Nekrotronic will appeal to fans of period genre works. - Eye for Film EDIT
Read More | Posted Aug 5, 2019
4/5 38% The Divine Fury (2019) With beautifully choreographed fight scenes intercut with gentle comedy and character-focused drama, this film takes viewers on a thrilling ride. - Eye for Film EDIT
Read More | Posted Aug 2, 2019
3.5/5 100% Teacher (2019) Although Teacher never quite overcomes the limitations of its small budget, it's a confidently handled first feature. - Eye for Film EDIT
Read More | Posted Aug 2, 2019
4/5 100% Blood & Flesh: The Reel Life & Ghastly Death of Al Adamson (2019) A touching story of commonplace horror wrapped up in the trappings on Tinseltown, this is a thoroughly researched and carefully assembled piece of work that will intrigues fans of the director and newcomers alike. - Eye for Film EDIT
Read More | Posted Jul 31, 2019
3/5 No Score Yet Lake Michigan Monster (2018) There's a creative enthusiasm about writer/director/star Ryland Brickson Cole Tews' début feature that's reminiscent of the early work of John Waters and the result is at last as anarchic. - Eye for Film EDIT
Read More | Posted Jul 31, 2019
4/5 80% The Odd Family: Zombie on Sale (2019) Director Lee min-jae makes good use of the rural locations to tell a story that's as much about the cultural divisions in South Korean society as it is about the undead, but there's no danger of it getting too serious. - Eye for Film EDIT
Read More | Posted Jul 30, 2019
4/5 100% The Garden Left Behind (2019) With beautifully drawn relationships and a fine central performance, The Garden Left Behind takes frequently politicised subject matter and reminds us of the human side of it. - Eye for Film EDIT
Read More | Posted Jul 30, 2019
2.5/5 57% Ladyworld (2019) Ladyworld is an intriguing experiment that runs out of steam. - Eye for Film EDIT
Read More | Posted Jul 30, 2019
4/5 No Score Yet Night God (2018) Not everyone will grasp the film's humour or begin to understand what all that useless beauty is communicating -- but for those who do, and who allow themselves to be absorbed, this is a treasure. - Eye for Film EDIT
Read More | Posted Jul 29, 2019
4/5 No Score Yet Homewrecker (1992) Flitting between the agonies of trying to be socially appropriate, real violence and frantic comedy, Homewrecker is a fast paced, character-driven film that will follow you around until you give it all of your attention. - Eye for Film EDIT
Read More | Posted Jul 29, 2019
3.5/5 No Score Yet Good Kisser (2019) Like that initial conversation in the taxi, this film is brimming with potential. - Eye for Film EDIT
Read More | Posted Jul 29, 2019
3.5/5 100% Unmasking Jihadi John: Anatomy Of A Terrorist (2019) This is a film that spends much of its time on observation and analysis of the known facts... This makes it feel rather dry in places but avoids any glamorisation of its subject. - Eye for Film EDIT
Read More | Posted Jul 29, 2019
4.5/5 95% Harpoon (2019) Held together by three impressive performances, with [Emily] Tyra the standout, Harpoon deftly plays with audience assumptions and sympathies, exploiting our prejudices as each character gradually reveals hitherto unseen depth - Eye for Film EDIT
Read More | Posted Jul 29, 2019
3.5/5 No Score Yet The Legend of the Stardust Brothers (Hoshikuzu Kyodai No Densetsu) (1985) Though not quite in a class of its own, Legend Of The Stardust Brothers belongs to a select club of broadly successful camp pop musicals which rarely finds new members. - Eye for Film EDIT
Read More | Posted Jul 25, 2019
4.5/5 100% Door Lock (2018) Door Lock is a gripping thriller with some truly terrifying moments, and all the more so because it's so close to reality. - Eye for Film EDIT
Read More | Posted Jul 24, 2019
4.5/5 100% A Good Woman Is Hard to Find (2019) A worthy follow-up to the underrated Road Games, A Good Woman Is Hard To Find may leave some viewers looking at single mothers on housing estates with a new respect. - Eye for Film EDIT
Read More | Posted Jul 23, 2019
4/5 No Score Yet The Archivettes (2019) Itself an important contribution to lesbian history, the film uses photographs and snippets of archive material to bring viewers closer to the human stories that came close to being lost. - Eye for Film EDIT
Read More | Posted Jul 23, 2019
4/5 58% Satanic Panic (2019) A fast-paced, cheerily vulgar piece of work that's not afraid to break a few cinematic taboos, Satanic Panic is one of those films that's a lot smarter underneath than it looks on the surface. - Eye for Film EDIT
Read More | Posted Jul 23, 2019
4.5 100% Label Me (2019) Quiet, restrained performances by the two leads make this film much more affecting than it might have been and add to the sense of mystery as both men keep their secrets. - Eye for Film EDIT
Read More | Posted Jul 23, 2019
80% Second Star On The Right (2019) This is only [Ruth] Caudeli's second feature but she's clearly a talent worth watching. - Eye for Film EDIT
Read More | Posted Jul 23, 2019
4/5 67% Money (2019) Although there are a couple of places in which it shoehorns the plot, this is for the most part a tightly written, fast-paced thriller with real bite. - Eye for Film EDIT
Read More | Posted Jul 22, 2019
4/5 83% The Prey (2019) The Prey is an old story told with real verve. - Eye for Film EDIT
Read More | Posted Jul 22, 2019
3/5 83% Cubby (2019) [Mark] Blane tells the story of a man whose life is a mess without turning his film into a mess in the process, and that's trickier than it looks. - Eye for Film EDIT
Read More | Posted Jul 22, 2019
3.5/5 74% Knives and Skin (2019) [Knives And Skin] teases with horror trappings but its core is human drama, the focus very much on life. - Eye for Film EDIT
Read More | Posted Jul 22, 2019
2.5/5 57% DreadOut: Tower of Hell (2019) Dreadout captures the spirit of the game a little too successfully where one might have hoped that it would have the courage to abandon the weaker elements and go its own way. - Eye for Film EDIT
Read More | Posted Jul 22, 2019
4/5 80% Stare (Shirai-san) (2020) Stare is an excellent example of how keeping it simple lies at the heart of truly effective horror. - Eye for Film EDIT
Read More | Posted Jul 22, 2019