James Kendrick

James Kendrick

""Great movies are rarely perfect movies."—Pauline Kael"

Agrees with the Tomatometer 82% of the time.

James Kendrick is the film and DVD critic at QNetwork.com, where he has worked since 1998. From 1996 to 1998, he wrote reviews at his own, now defunt web site, "Charle Don't Surf!" He is also an assistant professor in the Department of Communication Studies at Baylor University.
Current All-Time Top 10 (Chronological Order)—Always Subject to Change Intolerance (D.W. Griffith, 1916) Citizen Kane (Orson Welles, 1941) It's a Wonderful Life (Frank Capra, 1946) Psycho (Alfred Hitchcock, 1960) Au hasard Balthazar (Robert Bresson, 1966) Playtime (Jacques Tati, 1967) 2001: A Space Odyssey (Stanley Kubrick, 1968) The Wild Bunch (Sam Peckinpah, 1969) The Godfather (Francis Ford Coppola, 1972) Pulp Fiction (Quentin Tarantino, 1994) Best Films of 2004: 1. Eternal Sunshine of the Spotless Mind (Michel Gondry) 2. Million Dollar Baby (Clint Eastwood) 3. Spider-Man 2 (Sam Raimi) 4. The Aviator (Martin Scorsese) 5. Maria Full of Grace (Joshua Marston) 6. Before Sunset (Richard Linklater) 7. Sideways (Alexander Payne) 8. The Incredibles (Brad Bird) 9. Kill Bill Vol. 2 (Quentin Tarantino) 10. Primer (Shane Carruth) Honorable Mention: Garden State (Zack Braff) Harry Potter and the Prisoner of Azkaban (Alfonso Cuarón) Mean Creek (Jacob Aaron Estes) The Bourne Supremacy (Paul Greengrass) The Passion of the Christ (Mel Gibson) Sky Captain and the World of Tomorrow (Kerry Conran) Mean Girls (David S. Waters) Spartan (David Mamet) Wish I could include: Sunrise (F.W. Murnau, 1927) The Passion of Joan of Arc (Carl Theodor Dreyer, 1929) M (Fritz Lang, 1931) Casablanca (Michael Curtiz, 1942) Ivan the Terrible Parts I & II (Sergei Eisenstein, 1945/1946) Beauty and the Beast (Jean Cocteau, 1946) The Bicycle Thief (Vittorio De Sica, 1947) Singin' in the Rain (Stanley Donen and Gene Kelly, 1952) The Wages of Fear (Henri-Georges Clouzot, 1953) Seven Samurai (Akira Kurosawa, 1954) The Searchers (John Ford, 1956) Vertigo (Alfred Hitchcock, 1958) Some Like It Hot (Billy Wilder, 1959) 8 1/2 (Federico Fellini, 1963) Dr. Strangelove (Stanley Kubrick, 1964) Once Upon a Time in the West (Sergio Leone, 1968) Straw Dogs (Sam Peckinpah, 1971) Cries and Whispers (Ingmar Bergman, 1972) Aguirre, the Wrath of God (Werner Herzog, 1972) Ali: Fear Eats the Soul (Rainer Werner Fassbinder, 1974) Jaws (Steven Spielberg, 1975) Taxi Driver (Martin Scorsese, 1976) Dawn of the Dead (George A. Romero, 1978) Apocalypse Now (Francis Ford Coppola, 1979) Manhattan (Woody Allen, 1979) Alien (Ridley Scott, 1979) Dressed to Kill (Brian De Palma, 1980) Raging Bull (Martin Scorsese, 1980) Blue Velvet (David Lynch, 1986) Do the Right Thing (Spike Lee, 1989) Schindler's List (Steven Spielberg, 1993) Seven (David Fincher, 1995) Titanic (James Cameron, 1997) In the Mood for Love (Wong-Kar Wai, 2000)
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3/4 89% Captain America: The Winter Soldier (2014) " the movie stabs right at the heart of the ultimate virtue for which Captain America stands--freedom--by questioning what exactly such a virtue entails and what is required to preserve it" — Q Network Film Desk
Posted Apr 14, 2014
3/4 92% The Grand Budapest Hotel (2014) " Anderson's focus on oddball humor, audaciously eloquent dialogue, and cartoonish absurdity remains central and doesn't get derailed by the overly forced attempts at familial pathos that have marred some of his other films" — Q Network Film Desk
Posted Apr 11, 2014
3/4 75% Anchorman 2: The Legend Continues (2013) " It goes on a bit longer than it probably needs to, but the humor hits more than it misses, resulting in only a few sluggish places in a film that otherwise pays its audience's desire to revel in nonstop absurdity with just a dash of genuine social satire" — Q Network Film Desk
Posted Apr 3, 2014
4/4 90% The Freshman (College Days) (1925) " there is not a college-themed cinematic yukfest that doesn't owe something to Lloyd's standard-bearer--the original revenge of the nerd" — Q Network Film Desk
Posted Apr 2, 2014
3/4 77% Noah (2014) " Aronofsky's film may not be perfect, but criticizing it for not sticking directly to the source material unnecessarily obscures what it does so well, which is bring to life the conflicts of an ancient world that still have much to tell us today." — Q Network Film Desk
Posted Apr 1, 2014
4/4 94% The Past (2013) " another stunning drama that confirms Farhadi's artistic preeminence in making films that are simultaneously intimate psychological portraits of interpersonal conflict and detailed, nerve-wracking mysteries" — Q Network Film Desk
Posted Mar 27, 2014
3.5/4 97% King of the Hill (1993) " one of Soderbergh's best films: a painterly, thoughtful, and subtly emotional portrait of preadolescent coming of age in dire circumstances" — Q Network Film Desk
Posted Mar 20, 2014
3/4 78% Mr. Peabody & Sherman (2014) " maintains just enough of the irreverent charm and ironic humor of the crudely drawn original series to balance out the sleekness of its new digital presentation" — Q Network Film Desk
Posted Mar 20, 2014
2/4 22% Son Of God (2014) " Although nicely shot and capably acted, it mostly feels inert, shackled into moderation and flatness by its fear of offending (and possibly challenging) its core audience." — Q Network Film Desk
Posted Mar 19, 2014
2.5/4 60% Non-Stop (2014) " Neeson effectively redeems the potentially ludicrous murder mystery set aboard an airplane during a transatlantic flight with a compellingly gruff performance" — Q Network Film Desk
Posted Mar 18, 2014
2/4 24% Pompeii (2014) " only about half as bad as you imagine it will be, which is actually not a good thing because the film ends up being just mediocre, rather than the kind of howlingly enjoyable train wreck that reminds you how good unintentional comedy can be" — Q Network Film Desk
Posted Mar 3, 2014
2/4 48% RoboCop (2014) " blandly inoffensive.... It's like they took the original and sanded off all the sharp corners and rough edges to make something slicker, but also undeniably rote." — Q Network Film Desk
Posted Feb 25, 2014
3.5/4 94% Foreign Correspondent (1940) " It doesn't always proceed as smoothly as some of Hitchcock's best films, but it is never anything less than grandly entertaining. " — Q Network Film Desk
Posted Feb 20, 2014
2.5/4 96% The Lego Movie (2014) " a hectic bum-rush of clever pop-culture and corporate satire that works just well enough to help us forget that it is essentially a 100-minute commercial" — Q Network Film Desk
Posted Feb 19, 2014
3.5/4 96% Thief (1981) " James Caan gives a standout performance, investing in Frank a sense of determination that runs contrary to the fatalistic drive of the narrative." — Q Network Film Desk
Posted Feb 12, 2014
3/4 77% It's a Mad, Mad, Mad, Mad World (1963) " lives up to its intentions as an epic madcap farce, and it offers enough comic variation through the multiple characters and situations that it never feels overlong or monotonous" — Q Network Film Desk
Posted Feb 9, 2014
3/4 92% Philomena (2013) " Equal parts uplifting tearjerker, odd-couple comedy, and righteous screed against abuse of power in the name of religion" — Q Network Film Desk
Posted Feb 6, 2014
3/4 60% Jackass Presents: Bad Grandpa (2013) " Bad Grandpa's biggest, most eyebrow-rising surprise may very well be the fact that we actually grow to care about him and Billy by the final reel" — Q Network Film Desk
Posted Feb 3, 2014
3.5/4 83% Touki Bouki (Journey of the Hyena) (1973) " an edgy, energetic ode to youthful idealism and rebellion molded quite clearly on the rough-hewn vibrancy of various European New Waves, particularly the works of Jean-Luc Godard" — Q Network Film Desk
Posted Jan 29, 2014
3/4 76% Lone Survivor (2014) " nothing if not a deeply felt paean to the characters' toughness, bravery, and, most importantly, humanity" — Q Network Film Desk
Posted Jan 29, 2014
3.5/4 77% The Wolf of Wall Street (2013) " No one generates narrative momentum quite like Scorsese when he's in his element, and The Wolf of Wall Street provides the kind of meaty material into which he can really sink his aesthetic claws." — Q Network Film Desk
Posted Jan 10, 2014
3/4 75% The Hobbit: The Desolation Of Smaug (2013) " More tightly paced and action-oriented than its predecessor" — Q Network Film Desk
Posted Jan 8, 2014
3/4 79% Saving Mr. Banks (2013) " While it hardly breaks new ground cinematically or truly challenges any prevailing notions about the cultural impact of Walt Disney, Saving Mr. Banks is nevertheless an entertaining portrait of conflicting artistic temperaments in action" — Q Network Film Desk
Posted Jan 6, 2014
2.5/4 93% American Hustle (2013) " The actors act up a storm and the tacky period detail, from hideous sofas to men in curlers, fills the screen, but in the end it all feels too staged, too played, too self-aware to fully work. " — Q Network Film Desk
Posted Jan 1, 2014
3.5/4 89% Frozen (2013) " an immensely enjoyable, surprisingly invigorating marriage of the old and the new" — Q Network Film Desk
Posted Dec 15, 2013
3/4 93% All Is Lost (2013) " if the film maintains our attention, it is simply because we connect with the base desire to survive, which embodied by someone like Robert Redford becomes all the more gripping" — Q Network Film Desk
Posted Dec 11, 2013
3/4 89% The Hunger Games: Catching Fire (2013) " benefits from the impressive acting chops of Jennifer Lawrence, whose intensity and sense of self makes Katniss into a prototypical action heroine who embodies an ideal set of values but still stays psychologically and emotionally grounded." — Q Network Film Desk
Posted Dec 11, 2013
4/4 97% 12 Years a Slave (2013) " avoids an easy sense of moralizing and propels us deep into the characters' experiences" — Q Network Film Desk
Posted Nov 24, 2013
2.5/4 65% Thor: The Dark World (2013) " While there is a lot at stake plotwise, it never feels all that grave" — Q Network Film Desk
Posted Nov 24, 2013
3/4 60% Maniac Cop 2 (1990) " its action sequences have a real sense of grit and danger due to their pre-CGI use of actual city locations and stuntpeople lighting themselves on fire, jumping out of buildings, and hanging on the outside of speeding cars" — Q Network Film Desk
Posted Nov 21, 2013
3.5/4 83% The Uninvited (1944) " a serious-minded, visually elegant chiller with real dramatic weight that was destined to stand apart" — Q Network Film Desk
Posted Oct 29, 2013
1.5/4 49% Carrie (2013) " ends with what has to be the cheesiest, most inexplicably silly image of any film this year, a desperate stab at giving this retread a memorable exit that only confirms how utterly unnecessary and inferior a remake it is" — Q Network Film Desk
Posted Oct 27, 2013
2.5/4 45% All Is Bright (2013) " a relatively lackluster dark comedy that is elevated several notches by Giamatti's cantankerous presence" — Q Network Film Desk
Posted Oct 20, 2013
3/4 81% Don Jon (2013) " a fascinating and often compelling film, and a clear sign that Gordon-Levitt is a filmmaker of note whose future is bright if he continues to not play it safe" — Q Network Film Desk
Posted Oct 20, 2013
3/4 100% I Married a Witch (1942) " any rough spots are smoothed over by Lake and March's considerable charms, which turn out to be this fantastical comedy's best special effects" — Q Network Film Desk
Posted Oct 17, 2013
3.5/4 95% Höstsonaten (Autumn Sonata) (1978) " has a steady, accumulating power, and while it ranks high among Bergman's dramas, it is not quite a masterpiece, at least not on the level of Cries and Whispers (1972) and Scenes From a Marriage (1973), his signature films of the period. " — Q Network Film Desk
Posted Oct 15, 2013
3.5/4 97% Gravity (2013) " nothing if not a technical tour de force, possibly one of the greatest examples in recent years of how far cinematic technology can take us into experiences-both visceral and emotional-that most of us are unlikely to ever encounter" — Q Network Film Desk
Posted Oct 9, 2013
3/4 89% Rush (2013) " Hemsworth and Brühl make Hunt and Lauda into memorable figures, and it is telling that, by the end, I genuinely wanted them to like each other, but still appreciated the fact that they maintained their air of mutual animosity. " — Q Network Film Desk
Posted Oct 9, 2013
3.5/4 82% Prisoners (2013) " a tense morality play wrapped in the bristling genre trappings of a police procedural, is exhausting in all the best ways-emotionally, intellectually, philosophically" — Q Network Film Desk
Posted Oct 7, 2013
2/4 29% The Family (2013) " a surprisingly flat satire" — Q Network Film Desk
Posted Sep 24, 2013
4/4 97% To Be or Not to Be (1942) " one of Lubitsch's greatest works and one of the most inventive anti-Nazi films to emerge from Hollywood" — Q Network Film Desk
Posted Sep 20, 2013
3/4 58% Riddick (2013) " Twohy gets back to basics, returning the character to his B-movie roots in a stripped-down tale of competition and survival. " — Q Network Film Desk
Posted Sep 18, 2013
2.5/4 36% The Hot Flashes (2013) " unlikely to put Susan Seidelman back in the front ranks of Hollywood, even though it is an enjoyable, albeit highly derivative, comedy that dares to put "women of a certain age" front and center." — Q Network Film Desk
Posted Sep 17, 2013
2/4 35% Touchy Feely (2013) " There are some wonderful moments scattered throughout and a fantastically awkward performance by Josh Pais, but otherwise Touchy Feely is something of a mess. " — Q Network Film Desk
Posted Sep 16, 2013
2.5/4 89% The World's End (2013) " the first part of the movie is so good--so knowing and funny and raucous and even bittersweet in its depiction of male arrested development--that all the sci-fi silliness that runs rampant in the second part feels derivative and unnecessary" — Q Network Film Desk
Posted Sep 11, 2013
4/4 94% Charulata (1964) " One of the greatest joys of watching Ray's best films is the way he uses the "simplicity" of his cinematic style to convey the deepest of human emotions and leave us with a sense that the world might someday become a better place. " — Q Network Film Desk
Posted Sep 11, 2013
3.5/4 89% Mahanagar (The Big City) (The Great City) (1967) " a complex, but ultimately generous depiction of humanity trying to navigate the uncertainties of a changing world" — Q Network Film Desk
Posted Sep 11, 2013
3/4 74% You're Next (2013) " a smart, gory, and often darkly comical variant on the home invasion horror-thriller" — Q Network Film Desk
Posted Sep 3, 2013
3/4 35% Passion (2013) " generates suspense and tension the old-fashioned way while simultaneously heightening everything to the point of near absurdity" — Q Network Film Desk
Posted Sep 3, 2013
4/4 93% Amour (2012) " a profoundly humane and deeply challenging depiction of the emotional and physical ravages of old age" — Q Network Film Desk
Posted Aug 22, 2013
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