Mark Kermode

Mark Kermode
Tomatometer-approved critic

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T-Meter Title | Year
4/5 96% The Irishman (2019) For all its flash-back/flash-forward tricksiness, The Irishman rarely seems disjointed or thematically fractured. - Observer (UK) EDIT
Read More | Posted Nov 10, 2019
88% Brittany Runs a Marathon (2019) It can't quite get itself tonally right...it didn't gel for me, but there are individual moments that are quite funny. - Kermode & Mayo's Film Review EDIT
Read More | Posted Nov 7, 2019
76% Doctor Sleep (2019) It's pretty good, and I went in thinking it would be pretty bad...an episodic, psychological journey made by someone who has a good deal of respect for the original film and text. - Kermode & Mayo's Film Review EDIT
Read More | Posted Nov 7, 2019
60% Earthquake Bird (2019) A very interesting filmmaker...a psycho-noir in which the relationships are both passionate and oddly chilly. - Kermode & Mayo's Film Review EDIT
Read More | Posted Nov 7, 2019
3/5 84% Sorry We Missed You (2019) We believe in these characters and the situations in which they find themselves. - Observer (UK) EDIT
Read More | Posted Nov 3, 2019
5/5 93% Monos (2019) It is alternately sensuous and scary, thrilling and appalling, with a dark heart of horror at its core. - Observer (UK) EDIT
Read More | Posted Oct 27, 2019
40% Maleficent: Mistress of Evil (2019) It just did not know what it wanted to be. - Kermode & Mayo's Film Review EDIT
Read More | Posted Oct 24, 2019
97% Shaun the Sheep Movie: Farmageddon (2019) This is universal cinema. Anyone can watch this, it doesn't make any difference. - Kermode & Mayo's Film Review EDIT
Read More | Posted Oct 24, 2019
82% Official Secrets (2019) It's a hard milieu to capture, and this takes the same broad strokes that these movies do...but it's absolutely saved by the performance at the center, which gives it nuance and depth and something more. - Kermode & Mayo's Film Review EDIT
Read More | Posted Oct 24, 2019
95% The Peanut Butter Falcon (2019) You know where you are, you can feel the location...really atmospheric with a lovely story. - Kermode & Mayo's Film Review EDIT
Read More | Posted Oct 24, 2019
68% Zombieland: Double Tap (2019) It pulled out an "ace card" that we all knew about...it's fine, and nothing more than fine. - Kermode & Mayo's Film Review EDIT
Read More | Posted Oct 24, 2019
88% Non-Fiction (Doubles vies) (2019) Two hours of French naval-gazing about smoking, drinking, complaining... - Kermode & Mayo's Film Review EDIT
Read More | Posted Oct 24, 2019
3/5 82% Official Secrets (2019) Whatever its flaws, Official Secrets reminds us just how seriously the state took its pursuit of Gun, who had nothing to gain and everything to lose by raising the alarm, revealing the teeth behind the smarmy smiles. - Observer (UK) EDIT
Read More | Posted Oct 20, 2019
3/5 65% The Day Shall Come (2019) None of this would pack a punch were it not for the powerful thread of pathos that runs through the drama. - Observer (UK) EDIT
Read More | Posted Oct 14, 2019
69% Joker (2019) It knew what it was doing. The performance is so intense, with just the right register for the film...hard-boiled cinema, it managed to do something new... - Kermode & Mayo's Film Review EDIT
Read More | Posted Oct 11, 2019
65% The Day Shall Come (2019) It doesn't have the bite or the edginess, nor does it have the surreal quality of his TV work...but I think it's very well-researched, its heart in the right place, and it's funny when it needs to be... - Kermode & Mayo's Film Review EDIT
Read More | Posted Oct 11, 2019
82% Abominable (2019) A blandly-charming, occasionally-thrilling animation...but I wanted a little bit more. Perfectly fine... - Kermode & Mayo's Film Review EDIT
Read More | Posted Oct 11, 2019
26% Gemini Man (2019) All you could concentrate on is the bizarre format...there are Blade Runner-like ideas about souls and bodies and whatnot, but watching it was a totally distracting experience. - Kermode & Mayo's Film Review EDIT
Read More | Posted Oct 11, 2019
4/5 69% Joker (2019) Joker looks set to have the last laugh. - Observer (UK) EDIT
Read More | Posted Oct 6, 2019
24% The Goldfinch (2019) I sat there, watching and thinking, "there are so many good things in this, yet none of them are touching me in the slightest." I was bored, and that's almost the most damning thing. Considerably less than the sum of its parts. - Kermode & Mayo's Film Review EDIT
Read More | Posted Oct 2, 2019
88% Ready or Not (2019) Laugh-out-loud moments with slight revulsion...rather than running out of steam, it keeps picking up pace and cracking along. - Kermode & Mayo's Film Review EDIT
Read More | Posted Oct 2, 2019
4/5 96% The Last Tree (2019) Powerful performances, tactile visuals and an elegantly fluid score add to the impact of this impressively understated yet profoundly moving tale. - Observer (UK) EDIT
Read More | Posted Sep 29, 2019
75% Hotel Mumbai (2019) The film is very well directed by Antony Morris in a way that quite often made me very uncomfortable. - Kermode & Mayo's Film Review EDIT
Read More | Posted Sep 23, 2019
99% The Farewell (2019) Magnificent screen presence. I thought it was really lovely. I thought it was really funny. I thought it was really moving. You will laugh, you will cry. - Kermode & Mayo's Film Review EDIT
Read More | Posted Sep 23, 2019
22% The Kitchen (2019) The problem with it is that it's incredibly unbalanced in the way that it doesn't ever know how to exactly deal with the sort of the tougher subject matter, the violence, which it deals with. - Kermode & Mayo's Film Review EDIT
Read More | Posted Sep 23, 2019
3/5 84% Ad Astra (2019) In a world in which Star Wars movies still rule the roost, it's encouraging to find an $80m space-based movie setting its artistic sights on the stars rather than simply recycling intergalactic horse-opera cliches. - Observer (UK) EDIT
Read More | Posted Sep 22, 2019
76% Phoenix (Føniks) (2018) The first half works better, but as a claustrophobic, psychological study...it's an interesting piece. - Kermode & Mayo's Film Review EDIT
Read More | Posted Sep 18, 2019
15% Night Hunter (Nomis) (2019) So ludicrously over-the-top... - Kermode & Mayo's Film Review EDIT
Read More | Posted Sep 18, 2019
88% Hustlers (2019) [It] understands its characters, understands its world...it's fun, and I thought Jennifer Lopez was very, very good. - Kermode & Mayo's Film Review EDIT
Read More | Posted Sep 18, 2019
84% Downton Abbey (2019) A big television production, put on the screen in a grand house that does exactly what you think it will do...nothing to ruffle feathers or frighten the horses... - Kermode & Mayo's Film Review EDIT
Read More | Posted Sep 18, 2019
4/5 99% For Sama (2019) For Sama interweaves its very personal narrative with a broader political story, finding the bigger picture in the tiniest of details. - Observer (UK) EDIT
Read More | Posted Sep 15, 2019
3/5 63% It Chapter Two (2019) A peculiar mix of the crowd-pleasing and the patience-testing, veering wildly between the entertaining and the frustrating, built round a story that ventures inexorably underground without ever getting to the heart of what lies beneath. - Observer (UK) EDIT
Read More | Posted Sep 8, 2019
63% It Chapter Two (2019) Yes, there are big-bang scares, but they're not real scares. In the end, what I come away with is a sense of being at a carnival fun-fair. Attractions, bits...but too much, and you're tired and sick. - Kermode & Mayo's Film Review EDIT
Read More | Posted Sep 6, 2019
72% The Shiny Shrimps (Les Crevettes pailletées) (2019) Often funny, and this theme is important, although it's schematic with moments of cliches...I was won over and moved by it. - Kermode & Mayo's Film Review EDIT
Read More | Posted Sep 6, 2019
98% Rojo (2019) A film in which there's a sharp edge, and the satire and humor don't do anything to take that sharpness off. - Kermode & Mayo's Film Review EDIT
Read More | Posted Sep 6, 2019
5/5 100% Bait (2019) It's a genuine modern masterpiece, which establishes Jenkin as one of the most arresting and intriguing British film-makers of his generation. - Observer (UK) EDIT
Read More | Posted Sep 1, 2019
4/5 90% The Souvenir (2019) Hogg's work with actors has always been exceptional, but here she is at the top of her game, making each role count by maintaining that balance of closeness and separation that is her trademark. - Observer (UK) EDIT
Read More | Posted Sep 1, 2019
48% The Informer (2020) It's a functional nuts and bolts thriller with some terrible overacting. - Kermode & Mayo's Film Review EDIT
Read More | Posted Aug 30, 2019
32% A Million Little Pieces (2019) It falls very much into cliché and artifice. - Kermode & Mayo's Film Review EDIT
Read More | Posted Aug 30, 2019
94% The Mustang (2019) Despite the fact that the central metaphor is fairly straightforward... I actually thought that the movie told its story very movingly. - Kermode & Mayo's Film Review EDIT
Read More | Posted Aug 30, 2019
100% Bait (2019) It is a film which is textural to the max. It is a film in which you can feel the grain... It is absolutely, proudly handmade. - Kermode & Mayo's Film Review EDIT
Read More | Posted Aug 30, 2019
52% Mrs. Lowry & Son (2019) The performances are great. - Kermode & Mayo's Film Review EDIT
Read More | Posted Aug 30, 2019
85% Once Upon a Time In Hollywood (2019) You can feel the love of cinema in it, but I thought it was fantastically ill-disciplined and indulgent and whole blocks of "DVD extras." - Kermode & Mayo's Film Review EDIT
Read More | Posted Aug 29, 2019
39% Angel Has Fallen (2019) Efficient B-movie trash that I enjoyed watching...I enjoyed myself, and I really hadn't expected to. - Kermode & Mayo's Film Review EDIT
Read More | Posted Aug 29, 2019
79% Scary Stories to Tell in the Dark (2019) It's slightly baggy, and could deal with some reigning in, but the characters are well-done, and you like the stories...it writes itself into the fiction, and it's good filmmaking... - Kermode & Mayo's Film Review EDIT
Read More | Posted Aug 29, 2019
97% Pain and Glory (Dolor y gloria) (2019) Colorful, vibrant, bright in the way you want from Almodóvar...if you're a fan, you already know, but if you're coming to this for the first time, it's a really good way in. It's generous, it welcomes you into the story. - Kermode & Mayo's Film Review EDIT
Read More | Posted Aug 29, 2019
82% Crawl (2019) Perfectly good, if disposable, popcorn entertainment... - Kermode & Mayo's Film Review EDIT
Read More | Posted Aug 29, 2019
4/5 97% Pain and Glory (Dolor y gloria) (2019) It all adds up to a richly satisfying work from a film-maker whose love of cinema, in all its pain and glory, shines through every frame. - Observer (UK) EDIT
Read More | Posted Aug 25, 2019
100% Only You (2018) This very intimate but unobtrusive cinematography that really makes you feel in the bubble with the couple without being voyeuristic. I loved the way it played with and inverted stereotypes. - Kermode & Mayo's Film Review EDIT
Read More | Posted Jul 24, 2019
71% Gwen (2019) Atmospheric, creepy, and it had a real sense of bitter chill. Very, very well played by the cast. - Kermode & Mayo's Film Review EDIT
Read More | Posted Jul 24, 2019