Mark Kermode

Mark Kermode

Agrees with the Tomatometer 79% of the time.

Publications:
BBC Radio Five Live , Guardian , New Statesman , Observer [UK] , Sight and Sound
Total Reviews:
553

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Rating T-Meter Title | Year Add Date
3/5 95% Manuscripts Don't Burn (2014) " The results are challenging and alarming; the film-making brave and defiant." — Observer [UK]
Posted Sep 14, 2014
3/5 91% A Most Wanted Man (2014) " The air of paranoid mistrust rings true, evoked most eloquently by Hoffman's world-weary face, which speaks a universal language." — Observer [UK]
Posted Sep 14, 2014
3/5 88% Kraftidioten (In Order of Disappearance) " While it's hard not to trace the icy bloodletting and gangster banter back to American cinema, the frostiness of Skarsgård's performance remains resolutely Scandinavian." — Observer [UK]
Posted Sep 14, 2014
99% The Wizard of Oz (1939) " Anyone who can refrain from weeping as Dorothy cries "Aunty Em, I'm frightened!" deserves to be locked in a tower for all eternity." — Observer [UK]
Posted Sep 14, 2014
4/5 69% The Boxtrolls (2014) " The visuals are dazzling, the voices expressive, and the end-credits sequence offers a laugh-out-loud appraisal of the madness of the animators' labour-intensive craft." — Observer [UK]
Posted Sep 14, 2014
4/5 97% Pride (2014) " One of the most irresistibly uplifting films of the year - for any audience." — Observer [UK]
Posted Sep 14, 2014
2/5 63% Life Of Crime (2014) " The meagre charms of the first act are soon squandered as this descends into straight-to-video stodge, progressing inexorably to a depressing climax. The book was better." — Observer [UK]
Posted Sep 7, 2014
5/5 100% M (1931) " Lang's razor-sharp dissection of crime and punishment never puts a foot wrong." — Observer [UK]
Posted Sep 7, 2014
2/5 68% They Came Together (2014) " It's essentially a 10-minute sketch stretched out to an 80-minute movie, which feels even longer." — Observer [UK]
Posted Sep 7, 2014
2/5 18% Sex Tape (2014) " I counted three laughs in this wannabe bawdy comedy of errors, and one of them was a Breaking Bad gag so far past its tell-by date that even I got the joke." — Observer [UK]
Posted Sep 7, 2014
3/5 67% The Hundred-Foot Journey (2014) " Puri is great fun as the indomitable head of the family, and Mirren convinces as the grand dame, despite dishing out her lines in an accent that staunchly refuses to set." — Observer [UK]
Posted Sep 7, 2014
3/5 91% The Guest (2014) " Wingard and Barrett's increasingly ludicrous schlocker has plenty of fun with genre convention, unafraid to laugh at itself as the bodies pile up and the knowing nods and winks become manic twitches." — Observer [UK]
Posted Sep 7, 2014
3/5 59% Finding Fela! (2014) " Gibney unearths a wealth of archive footage that reaffirms Kuti's superstar status, and watches as Jones wrestles with the contradictions that made the musician such a troublesome icon - confronting some, sidestepping others." — Observer [UK]
Posted Sep 7, 2014
3/5 58% Before I Go to Sleep (2014) " Enjoyably preposterous ..." — Observer [UK]
Posted Sep 7, 2014
4/5 88% Obvious Child (2014) " Robespierre's admirably forthright romcom remains good-natured as it flies the flag for a woman's right to choose ..." — Observer [UK]
Posted Aug 31, 2014
3/5 28% As Above/So Below (2014) " Has a few scares up its sleeve ..." — Observer [UK]
Posted Aug 31, 2014
2/5 60% The Grand Seduction (2014) " At best, this aspires to the whimsical charm of Local Hero; at worst, it simply steals from it." — Observer [UK]
Posted Aug 31, 2014
2/5 62% Million Dollar Arm (2014) " Craig Gillespie's by-numbers schmaltzathon never transcends its tourist's-eye views of India or patronisingly cliched views of its people." — Observer [UK]
Posted Aug 31, 2014
3/5 37% If I Stay (2014) " It sounds mawkish as hell, but director RJ Cutler reads his target teen audience well, crediting them with more intelligence and resilience than one might expect." — Observer [UK]
Posted Aug 31, 2014
5/5 100% Das Cabinet des Dr. Caligari. (The Cabinet of Dr. Caligari) (1920) " Thrilling, chilling, electrifying." — Observer [UK]
Posted Aug 31, 2014
1/5 20% Let's Be Cops (2014) " Short prison sentences for all involved would seem fair." — Observer [UK]
Posted Aug 31, 2014
4/5 86% Night Moves (2014) " Reichardt and regular co-writer Jon Raymond display a keen ear for the fragile rhetoric of the self-righteous." — Observer [UK]
Posted Aug 31, 2014
3/5 92% The Internet's Own Boy: The Story of Aaron Swartz (2014) " Knappenberger argues that the case against Swartz was overzealously pursued in order to make an example of him and on the evidence presented here it's hard to disagree." — Observer [UK]
Posted Aug 31, 2014
4/5 91% Mystery Road (2014) " Sen (who also shoots, scores and edits) goes walkabout through the minefield of contemporary Australian culture, offering an evocative snapshot of an unravelling crime scene - social, racial and economic." — Observer [UK]
Posted Aug 31, 2014
3/5 86% Joe (2014) " Generally as raw as the steaks that Cage manfully cuts from the carcass of an impaled deer, the high whiff of which seeps through every frame of the film." — Observer [UK]
Posted Jul 27, 2014
2/5 69% Thunder and the House of Magic (2014) " The narrative nods its head towards Toy Story and ParaNorman, although there's nothing here to match the magic of either of those strange gems." — Observer [UK]
Posted Jul 26, 2014
2/5 60% Hercules (2014) " While the end result is palpably stupid, it's not as terrible as one might expect." — Observer [UK]
Posted Jul 26, 2014
3/5 58% The Purge: Anarchy (2014) " A nasty little B-picture, unashamed of its exploitation roots." — Observer [UK]
Posted Jul 26, 2014
3/5 48% Earth to Echo (2014) " Worth seeing for those who haven't seen it all before." — Observer [UK]
Posted Jul 26, 2014
4/5 100% Branded to Kill (1967) " An arresting cocktail of sex, violence and surrealism, shot in monochrome hues which accentuate the perversity of the entire twisted venture." — Observer [UK]
Posted Jul 26, 2014
3/5 90% Nordvest (Northwest) " While the story itself may lack originality, the miserablist milieu is affectingly real." — Observer [UK]
Posted Jul 26, 2014
3/5 76% Supermensch: The Legend of Shep Gordon (2014) " He's splendidly charismatic company, as his A-list roster attests en masse." — Observer [UK]
Posted Jul 20, 2014
3/5 96% I Am Divine (2013) " It's surprisingly moving stuff - dressed up with just enough archival outrage to remind you how scandalous Divine once seemed." — Observer [UK]
Posted Jul 20, 2014
3/5 95% Grand Central " Rahim and Seydoux keep things grounded in the familiar isotopes of human emotion, their passion less explosive than merely uncontained, progressing inexorably toward meltdown." — Observer [UK]
Posted Jul 20, 2014
3/5 92% Norte, the End of History (2014) " Moments are electrifying - the spaces between them challenging." — Observer [UK]
Posted Jul 20, 2014
3/5 95% Finding Vivian Maier (2014) " A fascinating story which continues to raise more questions than it answers." — Observer [UK]
Posted Jul 20, 2014
1/5 0% Pudsey the Dog: The Movie " If you paid to see this, you would feel duty-bound to demand your money back; I saw it for free and still wanted a refund." — Observer [UK]
Posted Jul 20, 2014
3/5 90% Dawn Of The Planet Of The Apes (2014) " What redeems it all is the sense that the film-makers take their subject matter seriously and imagine their audience to be as sentient as their simian screen counterparts." — Observer [UK]
Posted Jul 20, 2014
3/5 100% Bastards " Powerful stuff." — Observer [UK]
Posted Jul 14, 2014
3/5 75% Goltzius And The Pelican Company " It's typical Greenaway - overly long, peacockingly erudite, eye-catchingly grotesque, perpetually mischievous, and gleefully up itself." — Observer [UK]
Posted Jul 14, 2014
2/5 30% Last Love (2013) " A melancholic cross between Venus and Goodbye, Mr Chips, which could have been more enticingly entitled Venus and Chips." — Observer [UK]
Posted Jul 14, 2014
4/5 82% Begin Again (2014) " I found it moving, funny and really rather charming, provoking more than enough laughter and tears to dispel my underlying anxieties about the "live" performances." — Observer [UK]
Posted Jul 14, 2014
4/5 99% Boyhood (2014) " The genius of Boyhood is that while watching it, you simply forget about the head-scrambling logistics of the project." — Observer [UK]
Posted Jul 14, 2014
2/5 24% Tammy (2014) " McCarthy remains a winning screen presence, and the fact that so many A-listers have jumped aboard to share screen time with her speaks volumes about her standing within the brutal world of big-screen comedy." — Observer [UK]
Posted Jul 6, 2014
3/5 57% Here & Now (Here and Now) " The denouement flirts uneasily with melodrama, but the overall tone is rewardingly gentle and surprisingly positive." — Observer [UK]
Posted Jul 6, 2014
2/5 36% Goddess " Grinningly naff but nonetheless goodhearted ..." — Observer [UK]
Posted Jul 6, 2014
3/5 75% Bicycling with Moliere (2014) " A sporadically enjoyable folie à deux; flippantly erudite, forgettably frothy." — Observer [UK]
Posted Jul 6, 2014
2/5 0% The Anomaly " Following the Roger Corman exploitation rule book to the letter, The Anomaly wrings maximum bangs for bucks from its tight budget while unashamedly showcasing the director's buff assets." — Observer [UK]
Posted Jul 6, 2014
4/5 99% A Hard Day's Night (1964) " Part musical bonanza, part laugh-out-loud farce, part satirical social document." — Observer [UK]
Posted Jul 6, 2014
3/5 67% The 100-Year-Old Man Who Climbed Out the Window and Disappeared " What we're left with is a peculiar example of the regional specificity of humour; a reminder that there's nothing so particular as that which makes a nation laugh." — Observer [UK]
Posted Jul 6, 2014
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