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
3/4 84% Old Joy (2006) film feels just right in the way it evokes the simple truths about human connection and disconnect and everything in between - Q Network Film Desk EDIT
Read More | Posted Jan 12, 2020
3/4 90% Dark Waters (2019) a compelling character study as well as a parable about the importance of doing the right thing, even when it seems like everything is stacked against you - Q Network Film Desk EDIT
Read More | Posted Jan 12, 2020
3/4 69% Bombshell (2019) when Bombshell gets beyond Fox-bashing and into the gritty realities of what women have to go through to be heard and believed over the imposing, powerful men who exploit them it becomes a much better, more compelling, and more meaningful film - Q Network Film Desk EDIT
Read More | Posted Jan 12, 2020
3/4 52% Star Wars: The Rise of Skywalker (2019) fundamentally a nostalgia machine, drawing heavily on the iconography and narrative beats of the original trilogy but with just enough of twists that it feels relatively new - Q Network Film Desk EDIT
Read More | Posted Jan 12, 2020
3.5/4 73% Harriet (2019) Lemmons does not flinch in the face of physical assaults on black bodies, but she uses them primarily as a means to sets her sights on the emotional and spiritual toll of such horrors, which gives Harriet's work even more profound meaning. - Q Network Film Desk EDIT
Read More | Posted Jan 12, 2020
3/4 77% Frozen II (2019) should be applauded for taking its own route while maintaining much of what made the original so enjoyable and memorable - Q Network Film Desk EDIT
Read More | Posted Jan 12, 2020
4/4 97% Knives Out (2019) a deliriously engrossing murder-mystery that wears its old-fashioned bona fides on its stylish, highly self-aware sleeve - Q Network Film Desk EDIT
Read More | Posted Dec 27, 2019
2.5/4 89% The Bells of St. Mary's (1945) One can see why those who love the film love it to this day and have such warm memories of it, although those approaching it for the first time may wonder what all the fuss is about. - Q Network Film Desk EDIT
Read More | Posted Dec 27, 2019
4/4 99% Parasite (Gisaengchung) (2019) an elaborate thriller that at first seems to pit the have's against the have-not's, but is ultimately about how the have not's are forced to turn against each other in the mad clamor for whatever dwindling social and economic crumbs they can find - Q Network Film Desk EDIT
Read More | Posted Dec 27, 2019
3/4 83% The Story of Temple Drake (1933) quite a good film apart from its scandalous reputation, which tends to overshadow any of its other accomplishments - Q Network Film Desk EDIT
Read More | Posted Dec 27, 2019
4/4 100% All About Eve (1950) a smart, insightful, and darkly humorous drama about the intersections of art and show business and that insatiable appetite we call ambition - Q Network Film Desk EDIT
Read More | Posted Dec 27, 2019
3/4 82% The Report (2019) a particularly timely reminder about the importance of the system of inter-governmental checks and balances within a constitutional democracy during a time when that system seems more endangered than ever - Q Network Film Desk EDIT
Read More | Posted Dec 27, 2019
4/4 96% The Irishman (2019) transcends mob movie clichés and stereotypes by digging into the humanity of those who often do everything in their power to be inhumane - Q Network Film Desk EDIT
Read More | Posted Dec 27, 2019
3/4 92% Now, Voyager (1942) the emotional resonance of Charlotte and Tina's surrogate mother-daughter connection is so strong that the film's plot contrivances are easy to forgive - Q Network Film Desk EDIT
Read More | Posted Dec 27, 2019
3.5/4 80% Jojo Rabbit (2019) not just frequently hilarious, but genuinely moving and thoughtful at the same time - Q Network Film Desk EDIT
Read More | Posted Dec 3, 2019
3.5/4 92% Ford v Ferrari (2019) a highly entertaining battle between the office executives for whom image and marketing is everything and the grease-under-their-fingernails designers, engineers, and drivers for whom the thrill of the drive is everything - Q Network Film Desk EDIT
Read More | Posted Dec 3, 2019
3/4 77% Doctor Sleep (2019) because Flanagan so successfully stakes his own territory and makes the characters memorable and meaningful outside of the accomplishments of the previous film, he isn't consumed by Kubrick's ghosts - Q Network Film Desk EDIT
Read More | Posted Dec 3, 2019
2.5/4 91% The Lighthouse (2019) fascinating and perverse and never boring, but it's not really compelling either because it remains abstract and theoretical and too obviously staged. - Q Network Film Desk EDIT
Read More | Posted Dec 3, 2019
2.5/4 56% Two Evil Eyes (1990) a grim, uneven affair that highlights its respective directors' strengths and weaknesses in relatively equal measure - Q Network Film Desk EDIT
Read More | Posted Dec 3, 2019
3/4 70% Terminator: Dark Fate (2019) a profoundly female-centric action film, one that is committed to flipping the script on action-movie gender politics in almost every way possible, but without doing so in a way that feels forced or didactic - Q Network Film Desk EDIT
Read More | Posted Nov 9, 2019
3/4 77% A Bucket of Blood (1959) What better way to undercut the worst of artistic pretensions than to do it with a slapdash movie produced in five days called A Bucket of Blood? - Q Network Film Desk EDIT
Read More | Posted Nov 9, 2019
3.5/4 97% Making Waves: The Art of Cinematic Sound (2019) a fascinating, engrossing, and deeply informative experience - Q Network Film Desk EDIT
Read More | Posted Nov 9, 2019
3/4 96% The Circus (1928) while it is hardly Chaplin's best film, The Circus is packed with enough memorable moments, a few of which rank among Chaplin's greatest comic achievements, to stand firmly on its own - Q Network Film Desk EDIT
Read More | Posted Nov 9, 2019
2.5/4 69% Joker (2019) it is over before it begins because there is no other possible outcome than what we eventually arrive at, and Phillips and Silver don't give us an interesting enough trajectory to make up for that loss - Q Network Film Desk EDIT
Read More | Posted Nov 9, 2019
3/4 64% The Addams Family (1991) captures the family's droll humor with just the right mixture of morbidity and genuine care - Q Network Film Desk EDIT
Read More | Posted Nov 9, 2019
3/4 76% Addams Family Values (1993) lives up to and even surpasses its predecessor in conveying the titular family's wonderful weirdness - Q Network Film Desk EDIT
Read More | Posted Nov 9, 2019
2/4 27% Rambo: Last Blood (2019) Rambo did such a fine job of rescuing the character from simplistic jingoism that it is almost painful to watch Stallone going back to the well one more time, especially when the narrative justification is simultaneously so weak and so exploitative. - Q Network Film Desk EDIT
Read More | Posted Oct 10, 2019
4/4 100% Khane-ye doust kodjast? (Where is the Friend's Home?) (1987) like the neorealist works from which it descends, deceptively simple and utterly profound - Q Network Film Desk EDIT
Read More | Posted Oct 10, 2019
3.5/4 100% And Life Goes On (Zendegi va digar hich) (Life, and Nothing More) (1996) a self-conscious deconstruction of the cinema itself, uncovering in ways both subtle and overt how movies are fictions that nevertheless help us recognize fundamental truths - Q Network Film Desk EDIT
Read More | Posted Oct 10, 2019
2.5/4 80% Under the Olive Trees (Zire darakhatan zeyton) (Through the Olive Trees) (1994) On a purely intellectual level, it is fascinating film in relation to the others in the trilogy, but viewed on its own, it doesn't have much to offer. - Q Network Film Desk EDIT
Read More | Posted Oct 10, 2019
3.5/4 84% Ad Astra (2019) It is that most intriguing of science fiction epics, the kind that uses the vast reaches of space to turn us inward and remind us that what really matters is often what is right in front of us. - Q Network Film Desk EDIT
Read More | Posted Oct 10, 2019
2.5/4 63% It Chapter Two (2019) has enough going for it that it doesn't quite feel like a disappointment, but neither does it fully recreate the first film's gripping action and rich emotional texture - Q Network Film Desk EDIT
Read More | Posted Sep 26, 2019
2.5/4 88% Ready or Not (2019) Much blood is spilt and many quips are made as the absurdities pile up, although it never really adds up to all that much. - Q Network Film Desk EDIT
Read More | Posted Sep 25, 2019
3.5/4 89% Ochazuke no aji (Flavor of Green Tea Over Rice) (1964) a drama about coming to terms with and accepting difference in the ones you love, and the manner in which it ends makes it one of the most hopeful of Ozu's late dramas - Q Network Film Desk EDIT
Read More | Posted Sep 25, 2019
3/4 100% Seven Chances (1925) despite the problems with the film's earlier sequences, as a whole it is completely and utterly redeemed in the last 15 minutes, where Keaton stages a fantastically hilarious trajectory gag - Q Network Film Desk EDIT
Read More | Posted Sep 25, 2019
3/4 78% Battling Butler (1926) The fight sequence is a curious anomaly in Keaton's career, which typically found him escaping violence through pluck and creativity and sheer luck, rather than aggression and violence. - Q Network Film Desk EDIT
Read More | Posted Sep 25, 2019
3.5/4 99% Honeyland (2019) As Honeyland makes clear in a gentle, subtle way, the relationship between humanity and the world in which we live must be handled with care. - Q Network Film Desk EDIT
Read More | Posted Sep 25, 2019
4/4 93% Do the Right Thing (1989) Lee is using violence to provoke discussion in his viewers, to drive at controversial issues that don't have simple, neat, or clean answers - Q Network Film Desk EDIT
Read More | Posted Sep 25, 2019
4/4 95% Sherlock Jr. (1924) Buster Keaton's masterpiece and one of the greatest silent-era comedies-a clockwork marvel of visual invention and meta-cinematic reflection - Q Network Film Desk EDIT
Read More | Posted Sep 25, 2019
3/4 100% The Navigator (1924) an amusing Buster Keaton comedy-hardly one of his best, but one that certainly has more than its share of pleasures - Q Network Film Desk EDIT
Read More | Posted Sep 25, 2019
3/4 78% Scary Stories to Tell in the Dark (2019) any movie called Scary Stories to Tell in the Dark lives and dies by its goosey thrills, of which there are plenty here - Q Network Film Desk EDIT
Read More | Posted Sep 25, 2019
3/4 94% Klute (1971) While the plot mechanics work along the well-worn gears of any number of mystery-thrillers, the film catches and holds us because Bree is such a fascinating, enigmatic character. - Q Network Film Desk EDIT
Read More | Posted Sep 25, 2019
3.5/4 96% Be Natural: The Untold Story of Alice Guy-Blaché (2019) not just a biographical documentary, but a compelling drama about how history is written and how easily its major players can be erased when they don't fit into the convenient, dominant narrative - Q Network Film Desk EDIT
Read More | Posted Aug 9, 2019
3.5/4 88% The Silence (1963) an important and compelling film in its own right, but what is arguably most fascinating about it is the way it points to a new and even more challenging era of Bergman's career - Q Network Film Desk EDIT
Read More | Posted Aug 6, 2019
2.5/4 70% Nattvardsgästerna (Winter Light) (1962) feels too much like it is wallowing in its despair, rather than grappling with it, which is what Bergman's best films do - Q Network Film Desk EDIT
Read More | Posted Aug 6, 2019
3.5/4 100% Såsom i en Spegel (Through A Glass Darkly) (1961) a spare, intense, introspective look at the interpersonal dynamics of a quartet of family members struggling with their own identities and their understanding of each other - Q Network Film Desk EDIT
Read More | Posted Aug 6, 2019
3.5/4 79% 1984 (1984) Radford's visualization of Orwell's vision in 1984 is all the more powerful and disconcerting today for how frighteningly prescient it was - Q Network Film Desk EDIT
Read More | Posted Aug 6, 2019
3.5/4 85% Once Upon a Time In Hollywood (2019) Tarantino builds the suspense and tension of looming violence, but regularly punctuates it with bits of pitch-perfect black comedy - Q Network Film Desk EDIT
Read More | Posted Aug 6, 2019
3/4 83% Crawl (2019) not quite a masterpiece of B-movie thrills, but it is a very good one-simple, direct, and efficient in what it's doing - Q Network Film Desk EDIT
Read More | Posted Aug 6, 2019
3/4 97% Booksmart (2019) It doesn't so much turn the tables on a traditional male-centric genre as it simply appropriates its characteristics and gives them a modern female spin. - Q Network Film Desk EDIT
Read More | Posted Jul 17, 2019