James Kendrick

James Kendrick

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

Agrees with the Tomatometer 82% of the time.

Biography:
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.
Favorites:
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)
Publications:
Q Network Film Desk
Critics' Group:
Online Film Critics Society
Total Reviews:
2199
Total QuickRatings:
8
Location:
Waco, Texas

Listing Of All Reviews & Articles

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Rating T-Meter Title | Year Add Date
3.5/4 79% The One I Love (2014) " turns on a disarming sci-fi twist as a means of digging deeper into the realm of the keenly observed romantic dramedy" — Q Network Film Desk
Posted Aug 27, 2014
3/4 79% Scanners (1981) " an intriguing and (by Cronenberg's standards, at least) fun movie" — Q Network Film Desk
Posted Aug 20, 2014
4/4 99% A Hard Day's Night (1964) " an art film and an exploitation film, a comedy and a musical, a celebration of the Beatles and a satire of their fame and fortune" — Q Network Film Desk
Posted Aug 15, 2014
2/4 67% The Big Chill (1983) " Even if the film isn't timeless, the soundtrack certainly is. " — Q Network Film Desk
Posted Aug 7, 2014
3.5/4 95% Snowpiercer (2014) " a taut social allegory about class and power cleverly packaged as an exhilarating action thriller" — Q Network Film Desk
Posted Aug 6, 2014
2.5/4 44% Planes: Fire And Rescue (2014) " It's not that there's less than meets the eye in Planes: Fire & Rescue, but rather that it is exactly what meets the eye: all surface, nothing more, nothing less. " — Q Network Film Desk
Posted Jul 30, 2014
4/4 100% Hearts and Minds (2004) " has not lost its power to provoke and challenge our conventional understanding of patriotism and the necessity of war" — Q Network Film Desk
Posted Jul 29, 2014
3.5/4 97% Insomnia (1998) " fascinated by the conundrums of human psychology and moral frailty, which is why the film is centered on a protagonist who is generally dislikable as a person, yet is inherently compelling as a human subject." — Q Network Film Desk
Posted Jul 28, 2014
3.5/4 90% Dawn Of The Planet Of The Apes (2014) " treats the material with a respectable sense of philosophical and sociological sensitivity while still maintaining the pulpy pleasures of its post-apocalyptic sci-fi conceit" — Q Network Film Desk
Posted Jul 28, 2014
4/4 94% Picnic at Hanging Rock (1975) " an evocative, impressionistic masterwork" — Q Network Film Desk
Posted Jul 21, 2014
3/4 28% Deliver Us from Evil (2014) " Derrickson successfully breathes life into some of the more exhausted aspects of the horror genre and produces a film that both scares and provides significant food for thought." — Q Network Film Desk
Posted Jul 12, 2014
3/4 100% Judex (1963) " a lot of fun, especially for discerning cinephiles who know their film history" — Q Network Film Desk
Posted Jul 10, 2014
2.5/4 48% Maleficent (2014) " whenever the film threatens to sink into CGI oblivion or narrative clunkiness, Jolie is there to save the day with her screen-grabbing presence" — Q Network Film Desk
Posted Jul 10, 2014
3.5/4 86% Joe (2014) " a beautifully, painfully wrought drama about violence and redemption" — Q Network Film Desk
Posted Jun 25, 2014
2/4 34% Miracle at St. Anna (2008) " Lee clearly has magical realism, fable, and historical enormity on the brain, and even though he stuffs the film with everything but the proverbial kitchen sink, his ultimate point is anyone's guess" — Q Network Film Desk
Posted Jun 11, 2014
3.5/4 100% Red River (2001) " inaugurated the second, more intriguing half of John Wayne's career, enabling him to be cast in roles that were more than just macho posturing and gruff heroism" — Q Network Film Desk
Posted Jun 9, 2014
2.5/4 48% Stalingrad (2014) " while the narrative encourages a sense of philosophical reflection about the horrors of war, the film's video-game-inspired look constantly puts us at a distance by overly aestheticizing the violence with extreme slow motion and bullet time effects" — Q Network Film Desk
Posted Jun 4, 2014
4/4 83% Il Sorpasso (The Easy Life) (1962) " Risi proves to have a deft sense of managing the intertwined humor and drama of his incredibly complex characters" — Q Network Film Desk
Posted Jun 3, 2014
3/4 91% X-Men: Days of Future Past (2014) " the story's stakes are, despite the familiarly bleak post-apocalyptic setting, inherently more personal and intimate, which makes the film as a whole more emotionally gripping" — Q Network Film Desk
Posted Jun 2, 2014
2/4 23% Devil's Knot (2014) " doesn't have enough of a unique take on the overly familiar material to elevate it from the documentaries that covered the story so much better" — Q Network Film Desk
Posted May 30, 2014
3/4 89% Bears (2014) " constructs a compelling narrative out of what must have been an enormous amount of footage, focusing on the age-old trope of the journey to give the bears' plight for survival a sense of sincere thematic heft" — Q Network Film Desk
Posted May 12, 2014
2.5/4 53% The Amazing Spider-Man 2 (2014) " While there is much to enjoy in The Amazing Spider-Man 2, it is also hard not to feel like it is working primarily as yet another set-up, building the foundation for future films at the expense of the central narrative " — Q Network Film Desk
Posted May 12, 2014
2/4 19% Transcendence (2014) " built on a set of intriguing moral and ethical conundrums involving our relationship with rapidly evolving computer technology, but it finds virtually no dramatic traction" — Q Network Film Desk
Posted May 1, 2014
3/4 53% Blood Ties (2014) " more of a slow-burn familial drama, although its plot, which revolves around two brothers living on opposite sides of the law, presents plenty of opportunity for gunshots and squealing tires. " — Q Network Film Desk
Posted Apr 25, 2014
3.5/4 100% Riot in Cell Block 11 (1954) " Siegel, with his innate sense of cinematic intensity and how to deploy violence with both visual and thematic heft, keeps the film's style relatively simple and straightforward, which allows the complexities of the situation at hand to take center-stage." — Q Network Film Desk
Posted Apr 22, 2014
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 92% 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 79% 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 21% 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 29% 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 75% 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 75% 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 74% 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 80% 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
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