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
4/4 66% Funny Games (1998) a viciously effective polemic against the placid acceptance of film violence, a perverse experiment in audience manipulation that lures us into watching what should be unwatchable and then draws our attention to our unexamined desires - Q Network Film Desk EDIT
Read More | Posted May 20, 2019
4/4 100% The Heiress (1950) The film works so well because those surging emotional currents, although often pushed just below the surface, give it a constant tension that draws you in like a thriller. - Q Network Film Desk EDIT
Read More | Posted May 17, 2019
3.5/4 95% Avengers: Endgame (2019) what I found most impressive about Endgame is how is just as often strikes notes of grace as it does moments of hectic violence - Q Network Film Desk EDIT
Read More | Posted May 13, 2019
3/4 56% Extremely Wicked, Shockingly Evil and Vile (2019) Efron uses his flinty blue eyes primarily to turn on the charm, but there are a few moments, especially near the end, when they go dark and glowering, indicating not the monster inside, but the utter emptiness-the void into which his victims fell prey. - Q Network Film Desk EDIT
Read More | Posted May 13, 2019
3/4 92% Police Story (Ging chaat goo si) (Police Force) (1985) a goofy action comedy that redefined the boundaries of the martial arts film by incorporating kung-fu theatrics into a modern police procedural - Q Network Film Desk EDIT
Read More | Posted May 6, 2019
3/4 93% Police Story 2 (Ging chaat goo si juk jaap) (Police Force II) (1988) the dexterity of not just Chan's physicality, but his balancing of comedy and suspense and violence and intrigue is what makes his films so consistently enjoyable - Q Network Film Desk EDIT
Read More | Posted May 6, 2019
3/4 57% The Highwaymen (2019) Hamer and Gault make for a duo almost as intriguing as Bonnie and Clyde, which is what makes the film work as more than just gimmicky cinematic revisionism. - Q Network Film Desk EDIT
Read More | Posted May 6, 2019
3.5/4 90% Diamonds of the Night (Démanty noci) (1964) largely eschews a traditional cinematic approach to the subject and instead dramatizes the action through a fractured subjectivity that renders the entire experience dreamlike and fleeting - Q Network Film Desk EDIT
Read More | Posted May 6, 2019
3/4 78% Captain Marvel (2019) I have to admit that I admire any superhero movie in which the hero spends at least half of her screen time wearing a faded Nine Inch Nails T-shirt - Q Network Film Desk EDIT
Read More | Posted Apr 17, 2019
4/4 93% A Face in the Crowd (1957) a masterful, enthralling work of both disturbing prescience and in-the-moment acuity - Q Network Film Desk EDIT
Read More | Posted Apr 17, 2019
3/4 50% A Dark Place (Steel Country) (2019) its strong sense of time and place feeds the underlying mystery and turns it into something more than a simple whodunit - Q Network Film Desk EDIT
Read More | Posted Apr 11, 2019
2/4 57% Pet Sematary (2019) a mediocre horror film made decidedly worse by the way it completely dismisses the novel's dense emotional terrain, namely the horrific ways in which the void of abject grief can consume us to the point that we lose all rationality - Q Network Film Desk EDIT
Read More | Posted Apr 8, 2019
3/4 92% Bumblebee (2018) We've become so inured to the idea of just being run over by a Transformers movie that it feels downright revelatory to see one that works as something other than overkill. - Q Network Film Desk EDIT
Read More | Posted Apr 8, 2019
3.5/4 100% Detour (1945) one of the darkest and most fatalistic of the postwar film noir-to the point that, if it didn't work so well, it could be mistaken for a postmodern parody of the genre - Q Network Film Desk EDIT
Read More | Posted Apr 8, 2019
3/4 75% Sobibor (2018) a fine and moving film, but one can't help but wish that Khabenskiy had better trusted the inherent impact of the story and not tried to escalate it quite so much - Q Network Film Desk EDIT
Read More | Posted Apr 8, 2019
2.5/4 71% Triple Frontier (2019) the characters are all standard types who never cut much beneath the surface, which renders the suspense superficial, rather than emotional - Q Network Film Desk EDIT
Read More | Posted Apr 8, 2019
3/4 94% Us (2019) proves that Peele is hardly a flash in the pan; his talent is undeniable, as is his dedication to crafting superior horror movies that work beyond the general expectations of the genre - Q Network Film Desk EDIT
Read More | Posted Apr 8, 2019
3.5/4 100% The Kid Brother (1927) even if some of it feels a bit familiar, it is still immensely enjoyable-the kind of the film that puts a smile on your face from the very start and keeps it there until the end - Q Network Film Desk EDIT
Read More | Posted Apr 8, 2019
3/4 59% Greta (2019) Jordan's clear investment in the underlying culture clash that makes the genre material feel, if not exactly new, at least freshly invigorating - Q Network Film Desk EDIT
Read More | Posted Apr 8, 2019
3.5/4 87% To Sleep With Anger (1990) an exemplary drama that reveals more and more narrative, emotional, and thematic layers each time you see it - Q Network Film Desk EDIT
Read More | Posted Apr 8, 2019
3/4 60% Alita: Battle Angel (2019) a highly entertaining and at times emotionally gripping excursion into dystopic science fiction - Q Network Film Desk EDIT
Read More | Posted Apr 8, 2019
2/4 69% Cold Pursuit (2019) Some of it works, while other parts feel desperate and strained. - Q Network Film Desk EDIT
Read More | Posted Apr 8, 2019
2/4 65% Death in Venice (1971) visually beautiful and emotionally and thematically hollow - Q Network Film Desk EDIT
Read More | Posted Apr 8, 2019
3.5/4 68% Skammen (Shame) (1968) exists in a strange netherworld between political reality and vague allegory - Q Network Film Desk EDIT
Read More | Posted Apr 8, 2019
4/4 94% Barry Lyndon (1975) Barry Lyndon is a deeply felt, sometimes brutally ironic, and always visually gorgeous summation of the wide breadth of human experience. - Q Network Film Desk EDIT
Read More | Posted Mar 20, 2019
2/4 63% 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 73% 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 38% 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
3/4 100% 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 78% 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 67% 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 87% 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 99% 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 66% 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 61% 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 82% 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 99% Science Fair (2018) an engaging, entertaining, and enormously insightful documentary - Q Network Film Desk EDIT
Read More | Posted Oct 31, 2018