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)
Q Network Film Desk
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Waco, Texas

Listing Of All Reviews & Articles

Showing 101 - 150 of 2174
Rating T-Meter Title | Year Add Date
2/4 80% Il fiore delle mille e una notte (Flower of the Arabian Nights) (Arabian Nights) (1998) " while Arabian Nights has its share of impressive vistas and narrative trickery, its fundamental emotional disconnect renders it inert--a beautiful bit of exotic fantasy that quickly dissipates" — Q Network Film Desk
Posted Jan 4, 2013
1.5/4 63% I Racconti di Canterbury (The Canterbury Tales) (1971) " the brash, arguably campy manner in which Pasolini transcribes Chaucer's medieval bawdiness to the screen, coupled with the film's various technical faults (particularly the lousy dubbed dialogue), tends to make the film a chore to watch." — Q Network Film Desk
Posted Jan 4, 2013
2.5/4 83% Il Decameron (The Decameron) (1970) " at times it achieves nearly sublime heights (or, more accurately, lows) of grubby humor and vitality, but at other times it feels strained and slapdash" — Q Network Film Desk
Posted Jan 4, 2013
2.5/4 51% This is 40 (2012) " Apatow can't relinquish his love of random animal comedy enough to let his dramatic sensibilities really take hold, and as a result the film is torn, trading laughs for winces and vice-versa in a way that feels conflicted, rather than organic" — Q Network Film Desk
Posted Jan 4, 2013
3/4 70% Les Misérables (2012) " works emotionally even when it stumbles aesthetically" — Q Network Film Desk
Posted Dec 26, 2012
3/4 65% The Hobbit: An Unexpected Journey (2012) " For what it's worth, the first installment of The Hobbit hits all the right notes and delivers what will be expected of it" — Q Network Film Desk
Posted Dec 22, 2012
2.5/4 62% Hitchcock (2012) " remains frustratingly surface level in its aspirations, taking us through familiar Psycho-related trivia without ever making it truly come alive" — Q Network Film Desk
Posted Dec 18, 2012
2/4 34% Deadfall (2012) " Oedipal crises abound in this sleek but empty slice of snow-driven neo-noir" — Q Network Film Desk
Posted Dec 14, 2012
3/4 78% Following (1999) " a harbinger of things to come, an exercise in the kind of temporal gymnastics, sleight-of-hand shifts in perspective, and rigorous insights into the dark depths of human nature that have defined Nolan's later films" — Q Network Film Desk
Posted Dec 12, 2012
3.5/4 94% The Sessions (2012) " The laughs are always gentle, which is descriptive of the film as a whole, as it strives to reconnect cinematic sex with shared humanity. " — Q Network Film Desk
Posted Dec 11, 2012
3/4 87% Life of Pi (2012) " The effect is constantly dazzling and even breathtaking, and had Lee managed to truly merge the spiritual and the visceral, it might very well have been his masterpiece. " — Q Network Film Desk
Posted Dec 7, 2012
4/4 95% Weekend (Week End) (1967) " an apocalyptic primal scream against the conformities and hypocrisies of the Americanized French bourgeoisie and one of the most lacerating and funny satires of car culture ever produced" — Q Network Film Desk
Posted Nov 27, 2012
3.5/4 90% Lincoln (2012) " The weight of history is certainly present in every scene, but so are the undeniable correlations between past and present that make it feel so immediate and pertinent. " — Q Network Film Desk
Posted Nov 20, 2012
3.5/4 92% Skyfall (2012) " a crackerjack Bond film that cannily mixes the harder, more severe edges of the previous Craig films with a sly sense of humor" — Q Network Film Desk
Posted Nov 15, 2012
3.5/4 87% Arbitrage (2012) " Whether there is even the possibility of redemption at the end is part of what makes the film so gripping. " — Q Network Film Desk
Posted Nov 15, 2012
3/4 78% Flight (2012) " a story about the question of redemption--not just whether the protagonist-in-crisis can be redeemed, but whether we want him to be redeemed, at least in the manner that is most likely to result in true justice" — Q Network Film Desk
Posted Nov 13, 2012
3/4 66% Cloud Atlas (2012) " The very size of the film and its narrative ambitions have a way of keeping us just at arm's length, as if we are meant to appreciate its vastness without getting fully lost in it." — Q Network Film Desk
Posted Nov 12, 2012
3/4 92% Sunday, Bloody Sunday (1971) " at its best plays as a powerful, deeply human reminder of how desperate we can be for connection, however compromised it may be" — Q Network Film Desk
Posted Oct 25, 2012
3/4 63% Sinister (2012) " Derrickson is a sharp stylist who knows how to meld dreadful imagery with actual ideas that make his horror films more than just exercises in goose-the-audience manipulation" — Q Network Film Desk
Posted Oct 19, 2012
3.5/4 96% Argo (2012) " a crackerjack based-on-a-true story thriller that finally allows actor/director Ben Affleck to demonstrate his behind-the-camera muscles in a location other than his native Boston" — Q Network Film Desk
Posted Oct 18, 2012
3.5/4 87% Frankenweenie (2012) " An almost perfect balance of macabre humor, charming sincerity, and a love of all things cinematic, Frankenweenie is Tim Burton's best film in years" — Q Network Film Desk
Posted Oct 17, 2012
2.5/4 84% Eating Raoul (1982) " Despite the consistency of the film's droll take on murder and mayhem, it still feels oddly uneven and skimpy, as if there just isn't quite enough meat on its narrative bones. " — Q Network Film Desk
Posted Oct 9, 2012
3.5/4 93% Looper (2012) " takes us far beyond the film's high-concept premise into the kind of emotional terrain that too often escapes even the best genre filmmakers" — Q Network Film Desk
Posted Oct 9, 2012
2/4 45% Hotel Transylvania (2012) " so frenzied and hyped in its desire to please and entertain that it starts to feel exhausting, rather than exhilarating-a monster mash that goes on a little too long and invited too many to the party" — Q Network Film Desk
Posted Oct 8, 2012
3/4 43% Pet Sematary (1989) " a flawed, but still bracingly horrific film of ideas, one that maintains with substantial impact the novel's tragic themes about death and the limitations of human control" — Q Network Film Desk
Posted Oct 5, 2012
4/4 89% Rosetta (1999) " a small miracle of a film, one that accomplishes so much with seemingly so little and feels all of a piece, not a moment wasted or misused" — Q Network Film Desk
Posted Oct 4, 2012
3.5/4 85% The Master (2012) " a compelling, beautiful, troubling puzzle of a film" — Q Network Film Desk
Posted Sep 28, 2012
2.5/4 85% End of Watch (2012) " a potentially powerful story about the lethal daily grind of patrolling South Central Los Angeles that is wrecked by misguided aesthetics" — Q Network Film Desk
Posted Sep 21, 2012
3/4 67% Lawless (2012) " It offers an anti-romanticized history in which the violence is more brutal, the characters more deplorable, and the vengeance downright Biblical. It's not quite a cartoon, but it comes close. " — Q Network Film Desk
Posted Sep 20, 2012
2.5/4 48% Snow White and the Huntsman (2012) " long on blood and thunder and relatively short on emotional engagement" — Q Network Film Desk
Posted Sep 12, 2012
2.5/4 22% The Words (2012) " ambitious, but emotionally distanced cinematic appreciation of the mysterious nature of literary art" — Q Network Film Desk
Posted Sep 10, 2012
2/4 26% 2016: Obama's America (2012) " The evidence is highly selective and varies widely in effectiveness, but D'Souza mounts his argument with a kind of calm intensity that gives it some credence-for a while, at least. " — Q Network Film Desk
Posted Sep 4, 2012
2.5/4 65% The Expendables 2 (2012) " The pleasures of watching the action-movie past getting one more shot at silver-screen glory is undeniable, but like its predecessor, The Expendables 2 is a better concept than it is a movie. " — Q Network Film Desk
Posted Aug 31, 2012
3.5/4 78% Lonesome (1928) " finds an impressive middle ground between the easier pleasures of Hollywood and the more demanding tenets of European art cinema" — Q Network Film Desk
Posted Aug 29, 2012
3.5/4 87% ParaNorman (2012) " balances visual wit and genre reification with genuine pathos and generous humor" — Q Network Film Desk
Posted Aug 20, 2012
3/4 55% The Bourne Legacy (2012) " an accelerated action movie riff on "Flowers for Algernon"" — Q Network Film Desk
Posted Aug 17, 2012
3.5/4 90% And Everything Is Going Fine (2010) " allows Gray to speak of his life and its significance entirely in his own words without any intrusive talking heads or academic pontification" — Q Network Film Desk
Posted Aug 4, 2012
3.5/4 88% The Dark Knight Rises (2012) " a canny Obama-era blockbuster, feeding equally into rightwing fears of the unwashed mashes and leftwing anger at the dominance of the much loathed one-percent" — Q Network Film Desk
Posted Aug 3, 2012
3/4 51% Savages (2012) " aesthetically flashy without being overbearing and politically sensitive without being pushy" — Q Network Film Desk
Posted Jul 14, 2012
2/4 68% Ted (2012) " mostly content to fling what it can at the screen-whether it be crass or sentimental-and be fine with whatever sticks" — Q Network Film Desk
Posted Jul 9, 2012
3.5/4 98% The 39 Steps (1935) " an indelibly fun movie, one of Hitchcock's early triumphs of sheer enjoyment" — Q Network Film Desk
Posted Jul 8, 2012
3.5/4 73% The Amazing Spider-Man (2012) " the only real issue at hand is whether Webb's version proves to be exhilarating entertainment in its own right-which it does in virtually every respect" — Q Network Film Desk
Posted Jul 6, 2012
3.5/4 78% Brave (2012) " a genuinely moving exploration of a complex mother-daughter relationship" — Q Network Film Desk
Posted Jul 3, 2012
2/4 35% Abraham Lincoln: Vampire Hunter (2012) " while the fantastically warped nature of the premise would seem to promise bloody good fun, the film turns out to be a rather dreary, overly serious slog through the all-too-familiar elements of modern action and horror genres" — Q Network Film Desk
Posted Jun 29, 2012
3.5/4 86% Harold and Maude (1971) " cuts through the superficial surfaces of conventional romance and digs into what actually draws people together" — Q Network Film Desk
Posted Jun 28, 2012
2/4 41% Rock of Ages (2012) " brimming with guilty pleasures for those who are nostalgic for big hair and big power chords, but like many musicals of its ilk, the story that binds the songs together is decidedly lacking" — Q Network Film Desk
Posted Jun 25, 2012
3/4 72% Shallow Grave (1995) " While it is not a great film, it is a good first film, amply demonstrating Boyle's catchy visual flair and rat-a-tat sense of tempo, as well as Hodge's ear for dialogue and intuitive sense of character dynamics" — Q Network Film Desk
Posted Jun 22, 2012
4/4 97% La Grande illusion (Grand Illusion) (2012) " a monumental humanist work" — Q Network Film Desk
Posted Jun 20, 2012
4/4 100% The Gold Rush (1925) " Emotionally robust and genuinely hilarious in ways that transcend time and culture, it balances the witty and the sentimental and still finds plenty of room to inject the moments of underdog social commentary that were so crucial to Chaplin's worldview. " — Q Network Film Desk
Posted Jun 17, 2012
3.5/4 100% Summer With Monika (Sommaren med Monika) (1953) " Bergman's key international breakthrough" — Q Network Film Desk
Posted Jun 14, 2012
3.5/4 100% Sommarlek (Summerplay) (Illicit Interlude) (Summer Interlude) (1951) " In hindsight, Summer Interlude looks and feels like a number of Bergman's subsequent (and arguably greater) films, but at the time, it must have seemed like something entirely new. " — Q Network Film Desk
Posted Jun 14, 2012
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