Jennie Kermode

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

Movie Reviews Only

T-Meter Title | Year
4/5 97% Dolemite Is My Name (2019) Beyond what it has to say about [Rudy Ray] Moore, this is a long deserved tribute to blaxploitation cinema itself. - Eye for Film EDIT
Read More | Posted Dec 12, 2019
4/5 89% Arctic (2019) With just a little more invention and originality, this film might have been something truly special. As it stands, it's a fantastic showcase for its star and, though slow in places, still highly watchable. - Eye for Film EDIT
Read More | Posted Dec 10, 2019
4.5/5 73% Harriet (2019) [Kasi Lemmons] interpretation of Tubman embodies core American values centred on personal liberty and self-empowerment. Within this framework, [Cynthia] Erivo shines. - Eye for Film EDIT
Read More | Posted Dec 10, 2019
1.5/5 84% Downton Abbey (2019) This is one piece of heritage that's better forgotten. - Eye for Film EDIT
Read More | Posted Dec 9, 2019
3.5/5 100% Los Reyes (2019) Gently paced and framed in a skilful yet unobtrusive way, this film has something of the hypnotic power of a hot day when there's nothing in particular to do. It's surprisingly compelling viewing. - Eye for Film EDIT
Read More | Posted Dec 9, 2019
4.5/5 100% Buddies (1985) A salute to the brave individuals who stood up to prejudice and government interaction, made before anyone could really guess what the result of their actions would be, Buddies is also a powerful human story and a highly effective piece of cinema. - Eye for Film EDIT
Read More | Posted Dec 9, 2019
4.5/5 98% The Cave (2019) [Feras] Fayyad hopes that his film will keep the crisis in Syria on viewers' minds and encourage them to pressure governments to help. After watching this, you certainly won't be able to forget it. - Eye for Film EDIT
Read More | Posted Dec 6, 2019
4/5 100% Buñuel in the Labyrinth of the Turtles (Buñuel en el laberinto de las tortugas) (2019) Buñuel In The Labyrinth Of The Turtles is also worth watching in its own right and one hopes that it will draw more attention to this important piece of cinematic history. - Eye for Film EDIT
Read More | Posted Dec 4, 2019
4/5 No Score Yet Any Wednesday (2018) Both actors are intense in their different ways, embodying different kinds of tragedy without letting their characters be reduced to just that. The result is a potent little film that's troubling when it ought to be but always humane. - Eye for Film EDIT
Read More | Posted Dec 3, 2019
4.5/5 No Score Yet Ashmina (2018) Walking across a flat field framed by mountains, Ashmina looks, for a moment, tall and proud, but the camera passes her by. - Eye for Film EDIT
Read More | Posted Dec 3, 2019
2/5 90% How to Train Your Dragon: The Hidden World (2019) Overall, this feels like a sequel made for the sake of it with little by way of inspiration. It provides a neat conclusion to the larger story but is liable to leave fans of the original feeling short-changed. - Eye for Film EDIT
Read More | Posted Dec 3, 2019
3.5/5 100% The Disappearance of My Mother (2019) To say that it's an intimate portrait would probably be putting it mildly. - Eye for Film EDIT
Read More | Posted Dec 2, 2019
5/5 96% Be Natural: The Untold Story of Alice Guy-Blaché (2019) Sometimes real life narratives are every bit as fantastic as the stories we tell. - Eye for Film EDIT
Read More | Posted Dec 2, 2019
3/5 60% Brian Banks (2019) What had the potential to be a really strong film ultimately comes across as a better-than-average-looking TV movie of the week. - Eye for Film EDIT
Read More | Posted Dec 2, 2019
4.5/5 100% Angels Are Made of Light (2019) Despite all the struggles they face and the fact that this may be only a temporary peace, the children featured here inspire a sense of hope. [James] Longley teases out their worries but also makes us aware of their driving will. - Eye for Film EDIT
Read More | Posted Dec 2, 2019
4/5 80% Children of the Sea (Kaijû no kodomo) (2019) It's an astounding piece of work and one that will stay with you for a long time. - Eye for Film EDIT
Read More | Posted Dec 2, 2019
4.5/5 79% Jojo Rabbit (2019) Jojo Rabbit is clever, charming, laugh-out-loud funny and deeply humane. - Eye for Film EDIT
Read More | Posted Dec 2, 2019
2/5 No Score Yet Invasion Planet Earth (2019) Shooting for the stars should always be commended but Cox falls short, leaving us stuck in a cloud. - Eye for Film EDIT
Read More | Posted Dec 2, 2019
3/5 76% Hotel Mumbai (2019) Though it's not as gripping nor, ultimately, as powerful as it might have been, Hotel Mumbai is not exploitative in the ways many had feared and tells its story well enough to satisfy most viewers. - Eye for Film EDIT
Read More | Posted Dec 2, 2019
3/5 80% Redoubt (2019) The trouble with this film, at least from a cinematic perspective, is that it doesn't really grip. It's alluring, it's beguiling, but like Diana herself, it has no intention of going any further. - Eye for Film EDIT
Read More | Posted Dec 2, 2019
3.5/5 No Score Yet The In-Between (2019) Full of smart observations and incidental humour, The In-Between will really make you feel as if you're along for the ride. It won't take you anywhere in particular but it may change your mind about where you want to be. - Eye for Film EDIT
Read More | Posted Dec 2, 2019
3.5/5 96% Promare (2019) Promare is in your face like an early morning TV programme for three-year-olds. It demands a certain amount of energy and staying power but if you're a dedicated fan of this kind of animé, you'll find it a treat. - Eye for Film EDIT
Read More | Posted Nov 26, 2019
4.5/5 79% Loro (2019) A masterful piece of work no less accomplished because it signifies nothing, Loro is likely to be the most sumptuous look into the abyss you'll ever encounter. - Eye for Film EDIT
Read More | Posted Nov 26, 2019
2.5/5 81% Abominable (2019) There are plenty of worse ways to pass an hour and a half of viewing time -- you're just unlikely to want to do it twice. - Eye for Film EDIT
Read More | Posted Nov 25, 2019
4/5 91% Who Will Write Our History (2019) Though it goes to very dark places, Grossman's film emerges as a story of triumph, a testament to the value and power of archive work, and a tale full of hope. - Eye for Film EDIT
Read More | Posted Nov 25, 2019
4/5 90% Give Me Liberty (2019) As sharp as it is blunt, Give Me Liberty is a bravura piece of filmmaking. Although it's not always successful, it delivers a swift kick to an industry that has sidelined characters like these for far too long. - Eye for Film EDIT
Read More | Posted Nov 25, 2019
4.5/5 100% Weathering with You (2020) [Makoto] Shinkai has crafted something with real resonance which will have lasting import, come hail or storm. - Eye for Film EDIT
Read More | Posted Nov 25, 2019
4/5 No Score Yet Overwhelm the Sky (2018) Overwhelm The Sky is wildly ambitious and brave and imperfect. Films like this don't come along too often, so you might want to give it a try. - Eye for Film EDIT
Read More | Posted Nov 21, 2019
3/5 92% Anya (2019) Anya is a smart little film which will leave you wondering what surprises might still be in store for us in the real world. - Eye for Film EDIT
Read More | Posted Nov 19, 2019
4/5 81% The Hottest August (2019) The film is beautifully lensed by Derek Howard, capturing distinct qualities in natural light, in the quantity of water in the air, which speak to its subject. - Eye for Film EDIT
Read More | Posted Nov 19, 2019
4.5/5 93% Wild Rose (2019) It's a love song to Glasgow like practically everything made there, but it's a film that people will fall in love with all over the world. - Eye for Film EDIT
Read More | Posted Nov 18, 2019
4.5/5 96% Toni Morrison: The Pieces I Am (2019) It's a film that will inspire people to read more of her work but, perhaps more importantly, it's a film that will inspire people to write. - Eye for Film EDIT
Read More | Posted Nov 15, 2019
4/5 89% Missing Link (2019) What really makes the film is the delightful stop-motion animation by Laika studios, which adds a great deal to characters and action sequences alike. - Eye for Film EDIT
Read More | Posted Nov 14, 2019
1.5/5 64% Mister America (2019) There's no additional wit here, no insider perspective and no investment in character. Most of what we're presented with was improvised and that's what it looks like -- a small group of not particularly charismatic actors winging it. - Eye for Film EDIT
Read More | Posted Nov 14, 2019
4.5/5 No Score Yet Marona's Fantastic Tale (L'Extraordinaire voyage de Marona) (2019) Beautifully realised, this should be your film of choice if you want to persuade someone to adopt a puppy. It will make you want to take home every dog you meet for at least the next week. It's a little bit of magic. - Eye for Film EDIT
Read More | Posted Nov 13, 2019
3.5/5 79% Scandalous: The Untold Story of the National Enquirer (2019) Tying the paper's innovations and its ultimate decline to the displacement of authoritative journalism by clickbait, Landsman has created a fluffy, playful tease of a film with a dark heart. - Eye for Film EDIT
Read More | Posted Nov 13, 2019
4/5 No Score Yet Yukiko (2019) The film is melancholy, contemplative, much more directly in touch with the emotional landscape than most documentary works. - Eye for Film EDIT
Read More | Posted Nov 13, 2019
3/5 No Score Yet Unschooled (2019) If you have an interest in the topic of education or if you're worried that mainstream schooling isn't working for your kids, it's well worth a look. - Eye for Film EDIT
Read More | Posted Nov 13, 2019
4/5 No Score Yet Height of the Wave (Pa-go) (2019) A complex and troubling thriller marked by moments of surprising sweetness, Height Of The Wave explores the persistence of trauma with intelligence and acuity. It's a story that will haunt you. - Eye for Film EDIT
Read More | Posted Nov 13, 2019
4.5/5 88% Feast of the Seven Fishes (2019) Warm and revitalising, Feast Of The Seven Fishes is the perfect Christmas treat. - Eye for Film EDIT
Read More | Posted Nov 13, 2019
4.5/5 71% ANIARA (2019) Although little of this is new, it's delivered with poise and grace, aided by finely tuned performances. Interpersonal dynamics are explored with a light touch but it takes only the slightest deviation to reveal great gulfs of darkness. - Eye for Film EDIT
Read More | Posted Nov 12, 2019
4.5/5 96% Love, Antosha (2019) This is the kind of remembrance most actors could only dream of. It's also tremendous fun to watch. - Eye for Film EDIT
Read More | Posted Nov 11, 2019
2.5/5 66% Little Joe (2019) Little Joe is a terrible waste of potential. - Eye for Film EDIT
Read More | Posted Nov 11, 2019
3.5/5 No Score Yet Chèche Lavi (Looking for Life) (2019) Chèche Lavi feels like a portrait of a dying civilisation -- one riven by failed systems, no longer cognisant of what they were for. - Eye for Film EDIT
Read More | Posted Nov 11, 2019
3.5/5 84% The Brink (2019) Editing is the best tool that [Alison] Klayman has at her disposal. Led by Brian Goetz, it draws out common themes and strands from the vast web of footage she accumulated. - Eye for Film EDIT
Read More | Posted Nov 8, 2019
3/5 No Score Yet All We've Got (2019) Setting out to explore the history of lesbian activism and the way that women who love women live and express themselves today, [Alexis] Clements discovers a story that is diverse, inclusive and profoundly optimistic. - Eye for Film EDIT
Read More | Posted Nov 7, 2019
3.5/5 No Score Yet Siberia and Him (2019) Director Viatcheslav Kopturevskiy films bodies in a way focused not on simple aesthetic appeal but, rather, on drawing out that unique experience of beauty that one discovers only by falling in love. - Eye for Film EDIT
Read More | Posted Nov 7, 2019
4/5 No Score Yet The Rabbi Goes West (2019) Viewers from all backgrounds will find it an intriguing and educational film, which puts across a good deal about the nature of life in Montana alongside its central focus. - Eye for Film EDIT
Read More | Posted Nov 7, 2019
4.5/5 92% The Serengeti Rules (2019) Not only is the film thorough and engaging, it explains what's happening in such a way that viewers will be able to identify examples of similar events in their own local environments. - Eye for Film EDIT
Read More | Posted Nov 7, 2019
2.5/5 80% Closure (2019) It's vaguely watchable in a nothing-else-on-TV way and it does have its moments but overall it feels like a wasted opportunity. - Eye for Film EDIT
Read More | Posted Nov 5, 2019