James Kendrick

James Kendrick
Tomatometer-approved critic
Biography:
James Kendrick is the film and video critic at QNetwork.com, where he has been writing reviews since 1998. From 1996 to 1998, he wrote reviews at his own, now defunct, web site, "Charle Don't Surf!" He is also an associate professor of film and digital media at Baylor University and the author of three books.
Favorites:
Current All-Time Top 10 (Chronological Order)
Intolerance (D.W. Griffith, 1916)
The Wizard of Oz (Victor Fleming, 1939)
Citizen Kane (Orson Welles, 1941)
Psycho (Alfred Hitchcock, 1960)
Au hasard Balthazar (Robert Bresson, 1966)
Play Time (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)
Publications: Q Network Film Desk
Critics' Group: Online Film Critics Society
Location: Waco, Texas
Official Websites: qnetwork.com

movie Reviews Only

T-Meter Title | Year Review
2/4 65% Velvet Buzzsaw (2019) the cultural satire is too broad and the horror is not only not particularly horrific, but is oftentimes silly and almost always derivative - Q Network Film Desk EDIT
Read More | Posted Feb 12, 2019
2.5/4 96% Roma (2018) despite being gorgeously shot and genuinely earnest in its drama, it is too much in Cuarón's head - Q Network Film Desk EDIT
Read More | Posted Feb 12, 2019
2.5/4 72% Destroyer (2018) Kusama is a first-rate stylist who knows how to both generate tension and delve into psychological depths, but too much of Destroyer is simply too obvious. - Q Network Film Desk EDIT
Read More | Posted Feb 8, 2019
3/4 37% Glass (2019) a largely entertaining action thriller that doesn't go exactly where you expect it go and indulges in quite a bit of meta-commentary on the nature of comic book narratives. - Q Network Film Desk EDIT
Read More | Posted Feb 6, 2019
3/4 99% They Shall Not Grow Old (2019) brings the past into the present in a truly unique way - Q Network Film Desk EDIT
Read More | Posted Feb 6, 2019
3/4 100% Panique (Panic) (1947) a scathing postwar assessment of human nature - Q Network Film Desk EDIT
Read More | Posted Feb 6, 2019
3/4 79% Green Book (2018) a warm-hearted, old-fashioned cinematic appeal to our better sensibilities, something that is roundly lacking in the Trump Era of vitriol and division - Q Network Film Desk EDIT
Read More | Posted Feb 6, 2019
3.5/4 66% Vice (2018) presents a consistently fascinating and highly entertaining portrait of the mechanics of power and how the worst human impulses all too often function as the grease that keeps them churning - Q Network Film Desk EDIT
Read More | Posted Feb 6, 2019
3.5/4 84% A Dry White Season (1989) One of the most unique and intriguing of the 1980s historical-political films - Q Network Film Desk EDIT
Read More | Posted Feb 6, 2019
3.5/4 81% Boy Erased (2018) an absorbing and moving drama because it eventually reveals that it has no villains, just people struggling to understand and live in the world - Q Network Film Desk EDIT
Read More | Posted Dec 20, 2018
2/4 59% The Front Runner (2018) stiff political theater that plays into disingenuous cries of "fake news" - Q Network Film Desk EDIT
Read More | Posted Dec 20, 2018
3.5/4 90% A Star Is Born (2018) offers proof that remakes are not always evidence of artistic bankruptcy and a dearth of new ideas, but can be invigorating updates to time-honored stories that approach the edge of myth - Q Network Film Desk EDIT
Read More | Posted Dec 15, 2018
3.5/4 93% Sorry to Bother You (2018) a deliriously entertaining and viciously bizarre satire of the logical ends of capitalism, corporate culture, race relations, and ethics-free technological and biological advancement - Q Network Film Desk EDIT
Read More | Posted Dec 15, 2018
2.5/4 63% Outlaw King (2018) tries to pack in everything it can in just over two hours, and while it has all the right components, nothing fully coheres - Q Network Film Desk EDIT
Read More | Posted Dec 15, 2018
3/4 88% What They Had (2018) draws its dramatic power from its honest depiction of the bitter realities of aging, which it shades from time to time with bits of dour humor - Q Network Film Desk EDIT
Read More | Posted Dec 15, 2018
2.5/4 81% Overlord (2018) a gory throwback to '70s Nazispolitation films, although it doesn't have the conviction to truly follow through in its homage to that particularly sleazy strain of European trash cinema - Q Network Film Desk EDIT
Read More | Posted Dec 15, 2018
3/4 98% Free Solo (2018) excels at giving us some sense of the sheer physicality and absolute danger of Honnold's achievements, conquering gravity and nature by battling the former while ascending the latter - Q Network Film Desk EDIT
Read More | Posted Dec 15, 2018
2.5/4 61% Bohemian Rhapsody (2018) that most conventional of biopics, the kind that moves smoothly and efficiently from one greatest hits moment to the next-in this case, literally, as many of the film's narrative shifts pivot on the creation of one of Queen's hits - Q Network Film Desk EDIT
Read More | Posted Dec 15, 2018
3/4 91% The Ballad of Buster Scruggs (2018) testament to the Coens' far-flung sensibilities and their persistent agility in wringing comedy, pathos, and irony from the most well-worn of genre conventions, respecting them while also gleefully dismantling them - Q Network Film Desk EDIT
Read More | Posted Dec 15, 2018
2.5/4 65% Suspiria (2018) packs the narrative with an overt political history that never really coheres with the dramatic narrative and its distinctly feminine horrors - Q Network Film Desk EDIT
Read More | Posted Dec 15, 2018
3.5/4 89% The Magnificent Ambersons (1942) one of Hollywood's great tragedies both on-screen and off - Q Network Film Desk EDIT
Read More | Posted Dec 15, 2018
3/4 80% At Eternity's Gate (2018) most compelling when we watch van Gogh at work painting old boots or tree roots, which allows us to really appreciate the depth of his style and how he assembled seemingly crude brush strokes into works of profound beauty. - Q Network Film Desk EDIT
Read More | Posted Dec 15, 2018
2.5/4 60% Vox Lux (2018) an ambitious, unwieldy, and ultimately confounding portrait of artistic ascent and moral decline in the high-stakes world of pop music - Q Network Film Desk EDIT
Read More | Posted Dec 15, 2018
3.5/4 83% The Other Side of the Wind (2018) a film of grand ambition that reflects both the turbulence of Hollywood in the early 1970s, as the old guard was giving way to the new, and the eternal struggle of artistic evolution - Q Network Film Desk EDIT
Read More | Posted Nov 6, 2018
3.5/4 98% Science Fair (2018) an engaging, entertaining, and enormously insightful documentary - Q Network Film Desk EDIT
Read More | Posted Oct 31, 2018
3/4 79% Halloween (2018) manages to consistently find the sweet spot between nostalgia and innovation - Q Network Film Desk EDIT
Read More | Posted Oct 25, 2018
3/4 71% Hold the Dark (2018) There are a lot of big, heady themes woven throughout the story, none of which are ever fully developed, but rather are left as tantalizing, ambiguous nods toward deeper philosophical wells. - Q Network Film Desk EDIT
Read More | Posted Oct 24, 2018
2/4 39% Days of Thunder (1990) [It] was not so much about innovation and originality as it was about recycling the same themes about the glories of victory and the triumph of professionalism, which Days of Thunder produces in droves, but without any real impact. - Q Network Film Desk EDIT
Read More | Posted Oct 24, 2018
3.5/4 95% Andrei Rublev (1973) a film of intense yearning that uses the medieval painter as a launching point for artistic and philosophical inquiry, which necessarily makes the film narratively disjointed and sometimes challenging to follow - Q Network Film Desk EDIT
Read More | Posted Oct 17, 2018
3.5/4 98% Invasion of the Body Snatchers (1956) The film's brilliance lies in the way it splits the difference between the horror and sci-fi, turning the potential wonders of outer space into a nightmare about inner space - Q Network Film Desk EDIT
Read More | Posted Oct 17, 2018
2.5/4 29% Venom (2018) deeply conflicted, forever torn between being a dark, violent sci-fi horrorshow and a looser, lighter piece of antiheroic pulp comedy - Q Network Film Desk EDIT
Read More | Posted Oct 17, 2018
3.5/4 87% First Man (2018) deserves kudos for bravery in tackling a difficult character and refusing to soft-sell his shortcomings or offer easy pabulum to the audience who might be looking for some superficial reinforcement of American greatness - Q Network Film Desk EDIT
Read More | Posted Oct 17, 2018
3/4 81% Fahrenheit 11/9 (2018) a bit shaggy at times, although it is certainly Moore's best work in years - Q Network Film Desk EDIT
Read More | Posted Oct 7, 2018
3.5/4 100% A Raisin in the Sun (1961) hits on an intertwined set of realities involving family conflict and deeply embedded social racism that still affects us today - Q Network Film Desk EDIT
Read More | Posted Oct 3, 2018
3/4 67% The House with a Clock in Its Walls (2018) an enjoyably self-conscious throwback to an earlier era of scary-fun supernatural movies for kids too young to drive - Q Network Film Desk EDIT
Read More | Posted Oct 3, 2018
3.5/4 98% Chimes at Midnight (1965) one of Welles's greatest late-stage accomplishments-a very nearly magnificent amalgam of plot points, characters, and dialogue from not just one or two of the Bard's history plays, but five of them - Q Network Film Desk EDIT
Read More | Posted Sep 19, 2018
2.5/4 56% Jack Ryan: Shadow Recruit (2014) While much of it is good, it often feels overly derivative of other action movie franchises, which is probably why it failed to reignite the series. - Q Network Film Desk EDIT
Read More | Posted Sep 17, 2018
3/4 80% Clear and Present Danger (1994) both cutting in its indictment of how power corrupts even the best intentions and bravely optimistic in asserting that, not only can one maintain one's sense of honor and integrity in a rigged system, but very possibly make all the difference in the world - Q Network Film Desk EDIT
Read More | Posted Sep 17, 2018
3/4 73% Patriot Games (1992) manages the action with verve and efficiency while also giving the film a more nuanced emotional sensibility, emphasizing Ryan as a father who above all wants to protect his family, not save the world - Q Network Film Desk EDIT
Read More | Posted Sep 17, 2018
3/4 88% The Hunt for Red October (1990) the kind of action thriller that is rarely made today-one that emphasizes intellect and logic, intuition and political maneuvering over might and brawn - Q Network Film Desk EDIT
Read More | Posted Sep 17, 2018
3.5/4 65% The Little Stranger (2018) Like many great Gothic tales, The Little Stranger plays with our expectations of a ghost story - Q Network Film Desk EDIT
Read More | Posted Sep 17, 2018
3.5/4 76% Five Fingers for Marseilles (2018) its dedication to its vision of using the genre tropes of the morally ambiguous spaghetti western to explore the fraught racial and economic politics of post-Apartheid South Africa is impressive - Q Network Film Desk EDIT
Read More | Posted Sep 17, 2018
2.5/4 46% The Meg (2018) director Jon Turtletaub gives it all such a rote sheen of familiar polish that you might find yourself wishing that The Meg were a truly bad movie rather than just a competently mediocre one. - Q Network Film Desk EDIT
Read More | Posted Aug 29, 2018
2/4 64% Calling All Earthlings (2018) feels unfocused and scattershot - Q Network Film Desk EDIT
Read More | Posted Aug 27, 2018
3.5/4 95% Bowling for Columbine (2002) hits us with hard truths and thought-provoking inquiry while also making us laugh - Q Network Film Desk EDIT
Read More | Posted Aug 27, 2018
2.5/4 50% Jabberwocky (1977) not a particularly good film, even though it is an often clever and exceedingly efficient in its absurdist experimentation mixing fantasy and comedy and romance. - Q Network Film Desk EDIT
Read More | Posted Aug 27, 2018
3.5/4 96% BlacKkKlansman (2018) funny, but often mordantly so in a way that forces you to confront how racism itself is fundamentally absurd even as it stands at the core of centuries of social injustice. - Q Network Film Desk EDIT
Read More | Posted Aug 27, 2018
3/4 100% King Cohen: The Wild World of Filmmaker Larry Cohen (2018) highly entertaining - Q Network Film Desk EDIT
Read More | Posted Aug 27, 2018
3.5/4 73% The Devil Is a Woman (1935) seems designed to simultaneously emphasize and lampoon Dietrich's smoldering screen persona - Q Network Film Desk EDIT
Read More | Posted Aug 5, 2018
2.5/4 56% Blonde Venus (1932) its framing of conventional melodramatic narrative beats with excessive visual style doesn't always work, making it feel at times like a fractured work, one with two personalities working against each other. - Q Network Film Desk EDIT
Read More | Posted Aug 5, 2018