James Kendrick

James Kendrick

Agrees with the Tomatometer 82% of the time.

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Rating T-Meter Title | Year Review
1.5/4 24% Vacation (2015) "relentlessly unfunny and boorish, dragging its patently unbelievable characters through a series of increasingly degrading scenarios that, unlike the Harold Ramis/John Hughes original, bear no resemblance to anything like real life. " ‐ Q Network Film Desk
Posted Aug 2, 2015
2.5/4 85% Trainwreck (2015) "a nice, redemptive romantic comedy with a lot of F-bombs in it, which by Hollywood standards makes it pretty much routine " ‐ Q Network Film Desk
Posted Jul 29, 2015
3/4 79% Ant-Man (2015) "treads the line between the funny and the exciting with notable dexterity " ‐ Q Network Film Desk
Posted Jul 24, 2015
3/4 93% Creep "a just-clever-enough found-footage horror film whose primary asset is not its jump scares or even its mounting sense of dread, but rather its macabre sense of black humor, which keeps you constantly ill at ease " ‐ Q Network Film Desk
Posted Jul 22, 2015
3/4 54% Minions (2015) "enjoyable in all the right ways, is just clever enough to stand apart from its predecessors, and doesn't overstay its welcome " ‐ Q Network Film Desk
Posted Jul 21, 2015
4/4 88% The Black Stallion (1979) "will naturally speak to children, but without excluding those adults who still remember what it was like to be a child and how to see the world through a child's eyes-as difficult an artistic feat as I can imagine " ‐ Q Network Film Desk
Posted Jul 21, 2015
2.5/4 26% Terminator Genisys (2015) "while you can't say that effort wasn't expended on Terminator Genisys, after five movies, a major theme-park ride, several video games, and a TV series, this particular franchise is feeling, if not quite obsolete, at least played out " ‐ Q Network Film Desk
Posted Jul 15, 2015
3/4 82% A Master Builder (2014) "even if it doesn't always work perfectly, it is never anything less than engrossing and perplexing, usually in equal measure " ‐ Q Network Film Desk
Posted Jul 14, 2015
3.5/4 89% Vanya on 42nd Street (1995) "The alchemy of Gregory's staging and Malle's direction turn what could have been an exercise in canned theater into something very nearly sublime. " ‐ Q Network Film Desk
Posted Jul 14, 2015
3.5/4 98% Inside Out (2015) "Just as the film itself balances humor and pathos, it suggests that true happiness is not a state of unblemished, perpetual joy, but rather a balance of all those emotions that make us human and therefore capable of love and affection and tenderness. " ‐ Q Network Film Desk
Posted Jul 14, 2015
3.5/4 100% Die Brücke (The Bridge) (1959) "a devastating portrayal of enthusiasm for the glories of war, fueled in equal parts by youthful naiveté and political indoctrination, crashing against the realities of human bloodshed " ‐ Q Network Film Desk
Posted Jul 14, 2015
2.5/4 46% Manglehorn (2015) "clearly develops an interesting character in Manglehorn, but never seems entirely sure what to do with him " ‐ Q Network Film Desk
Posted Jul 8, 2015
2/4 26% Burying the Ex (2015) "never reaches the levels of absurdist gross-out anti-rom-com comedy to which it clearly aspires " ‐ Q Network Film Desk
Posted Jun 29, 2015
2/4 37% The Face Of An Angel (2015) "built on the intriguing idea of using a thinly fictionalized version of the notorious Amanda Knox trial to explore how real-life events are transformed into art, but the resulting film gets muddy and misguided very quickly " ‐ Q Network Film Desk
Posted Jun 25, 2015
3.5/4 No Score Yet État de Siège (State of Siege) (1972) "Rather than playing into the prejudices and biases of any one political stripe, State of Siege boldly dares to look at both sides, finding both fault and virtue. " ‐ Q Network Film Desk
Posted Jun 22, 2015
4/4 No Score Yet The Confession (1970) "Costa-Gavras dramatizes Gérard's ordeal and makes us feel his pain, his exhaustion, but most of all the terrible loss of his sense of self. " ‐ Q Network Film Desk
Posted Jun 22, 2015
3/4 71% Jurassic World (2015) "not so much another bloated sequel as it is the fruition of dreams deferred in the previous films. Too bad the genre dictates that those dreams are once again destined for disaster. " ‐ Q Network Film Desk
Posted Jun 15, 2015
3/4 50% Tomorrowland (2015) "hardly a perfect film, but it is a breath of fresh air amidst all the thoughtless destruction that seems to have become the de facto subject of most summer movies " ‐ Q Network Film Desk
Posted Jun 10, 2015
2.5/4 50% San Andreas (2015) "its disaster spectacle and sense of moral reckoning is hung on exactly the same narrative backbone as Emmerich's world-shattering "2012" " ‐ Q Network Film Desk
Posted Jun 10, 2015
3.5/4 86% The Rose (1979) "Were it not a fictional feature film, The Rose might very well be considered one of the best concert documentaries of the 1970s. " ‐ Q Network Film Desk
Posted Jun 3, 2015
1.5/4 33% Poltergeist (2015) "puts plenty of new spins on the familiar beats of the story, but their relevance must have wound up somewhere on the cutting room floor " ‐ Q Network Film Desk
Posted May 27, 2015
3.5/4 98% Mad Max: Fury Road (2015) "an all-out rush of visceral, kinetic power and-yes-fury that mixes the old and the new in ways that are both dazzling and exhausting " ‐ Q Network Film Desk
Posted May 26, 2015
4/4 100% Odd Man Out (1947) "haunting and remarkable and utterly uncompromised " ‐ Q Network Film Desk
Posted May 21, 2015
3/4 54% Maggie (2015) "Hobson's admirable restraint behind the camera and the fine performances by all involved give the material its sense of emotional depth " ‐ Q Network Film Desk
Posted May 18, 2015
3/4 44% Adult Beginners (2015) "has all the trappings of a generic indie coming-home heart-warmer, but one of the best things I can say about it is that it manages to sidestep or at least complicate most of its clichés " ‐ Q Network Film Desk
Posted May 13, 2015
3/4 74% Avengers: Age of Ultron (2015) "an improvement over the first Avengers; everything feels smoother, the pacing is a bit better, and the overall plot is more intriguing " ‐ Q Network Film Desk
Posted May 12, 2015
3/4 99% Selma (2015) "The breadth of the film's scope is impressive, as it manages to sketch in the enormity and diversity of the movement without being spread too thin. " ‐ Q Network Film Desk
Posted May 6, 2015
3.5/4 92% Ex Machina (2015) "Ex Machina works because it gradually shifts the terms of the narrartive and thematic structure, forcing us to reevaluate what we thought we knew and seriously question the fundamental essence of humanity " ‐ Q Network Film Desk
Posted May 6, 2015
2.5/4 35% Beyond The Reach (2015) "a stylish, narratively stripped-down thriller that works quite well, right up until it stumbles and falls into a terrible ending that feels both utterly contrived and morally ridiculous " ‐ Q Network Film Desk
Posted Apr 30, 2015
3/4 69% The Harvest (2015) "eschews cheap scares and "boo" moments in favor of constant psychological pressure " ‐ Q Network Film Desk
Posted Apr 23, 2015
3.5/4 87% The River (1959) "a sumptuous visual feast that foregoes narrative drive for the simple beauties of lived existence on the banks of the Ganges River " ‐ Q Network Film Desk
Posted Apr 22, 2015
3.5/4 85% Cinderella (2015) "takes the all-too-familiar beats of the story and plumbs them for deeper levels of feeling and physicality, merging the sensual and the chaste in a way that is uniquely compelling in its experiential bliss " ‐ Q Network Film Desk
Posted Apr 15, 2015
3/4 71% Into the Woods (2014) "some of the violence and, in particular, more explicitly sexualized aspects of the original production have been eliminated or softened, although the overall tone remains decidedly dark and complicated " ‐ Q Network Film Desk
Posted Apr 8, 2015
3.5/4 96% It Follows (2015) "Even though the setup creates little more than variations on the same basic threat, the film maintains a rigorous tension that is as unrelenting as the ambiguous monstrosity that keeps coming at us. " ‐ Q Network Film Desk
Posted Apr 1, 2015
3/4 60% Run All Night (2015) "a generally solid piece of entertaining, but hardly earth-shattering, genre work that makes good use of Neeson's brusque screen presence " ‐ Q Network Film Desk
Posted Mar 31, 2015
4/4 100% The Thin Blue Line (1988) "Morris was working in a dangerous middle ground between the traditional documentary and the fictional feature film, and his merging of various techniques paid off in a film of singular uniqueness in both its aesthetic approach and its real-world impact. " ‐ Q Network Film Desk
Posted Mar 31, 2015
2/4 31% Chappie (2015) "Blomkamp is clearly a man of ideas, but with the exception of District 9, he has been unable to fully articulate those ideas through character and action, a problem that is unfortunately confirmed by Chappie's muddled themes and misguided tonal shifts. " ‐ Q Network Film Desk
Posted Mar 29, 2015
2/4 25% Jupiter Ascending (2015) "It's the kind of stuff that one can imagine working on the page in 1950, but its visual incarnation via CGI and elaborate production design results in overload " ‐ Q Network Film Desk
Posted Mar 19, 2015
3.5/4 81% Watership Down (1978) "The film's careful balance of humanizing the rabbits while also recognizing the realities of their inherent nature (which is more territorial and combative than cute and cuddly) gives its conflict a particularly sharp edge " ‐ Q Network Film Desk
Posted Mar 5, 2015
2.5/4 56% Focus (2015) "Focus, while being generally entertaining, is a largely familiar and overly glossy run through cinematic con artist conventions " ‐ Q Network Film Desk
Posted Mar 4, 2015
2/4 73% Inherent Vice (2015) "the film's convoluted plot and lack of genuine feeling for the characters undercut even its most impressive sequences, making it feel empty where it should be boisterous, boring when it should be at the very least intriguing " ‐ Q Network Film Desk
Posted Feb 25, 2015
2.5/4 29% Dumb and Dumber To (2014) "There is a lot that is overly familiar here, but it doesn't keep it from being funny enough to pass as a worthwhile diversion " ‐ Q Network Film Desk
Posted Feb 18, 2015
3.5/4 98% 101 Dalmatians (1961) "The fact that 101 Dalmatians plays easily alongside both the oldest and most recent of Disney's best is tribute to just how modern it was and continues to be. " ‐ Q Network Film Desk
Posted Feb 11, 2015
4/4 85% Safe (1995) " For all its disquiet, Safe is truly about the terror of losing control-or, even more frightening, being made aware of the fact that we never had control to begin with. " ‐ Q Network Film Desk
Posted Feb 7, 2015
3.5/4 100% The Palm Beach Story (1942) "one of the outright funniest movies of its era, a veritable parade of wicked-rapid dialogue, absurdist narrative loops, and socially subversive attitude " ‐ Q Network Film Desk
Posted Feb 7, 2015
2.5/4 73% American Sniper (2015) "It's too bad that it isn't a better movie, as its more complex shadings tend to get lost in the narrative rush and overly familiar situations, which makes it all the easier to misunderstand it and treat it like a political jackhammer " ‐ Q Network Film Desk
Posted Jan 24, 2015
3.5/4 90% A Most Violent Year (2015) "Chandor is proving himself to be, if anything, a magnificent cinematic chameleon " ‐ Q Network Film Desk
Posted Jan 15, 2015
4/4 88% Tootsie (1982) "a wonderful movie, full of warmth and good humor balanced with both farcical silliness and level-headed recognition of certain social truths about the sexes we often want to ignore " ‐ Q Network Film Desk
Posted Jan 9, 2015
3/4 61% The Hobbit: The Battle of the Five Armies (2014) "works reasonably well in bringing the story to a satisfying conclusion while also delivering a cavalcade of action sequences that, unlike some of the action in the earlier films, is narratively justified and effectively rendered " ‐ Q Network Film Desk
Posted Dec 21, 2014
2/4 27% Exodus: Gods and Kings (2014) "the film's racial issues only make it seem that much leaden, unimaginative, and old-fashioned " ‐ Q Network Film Desk
Posted Dec 19, 2014
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