Jennie Kermode

Jennie Kermode
Tomatometer-approved critic
Publications: Movie Gurus, Eye for Film

Movie Reviews Only

T-Meter Title | Year
3.5/5 100% Miriam Lies (Miriam Miente) (2018) Though the direction here leaves something to be desired, with much of the film shot in relentless close-ups that become frustrating and don't add much to its themes, it's a thoughtful examination of a difficult subject and deserving of attention. - Eye for Film EDIT
Read More | Posted Mar 22, 2019
4/5 100% Jean-François and the Meaning of Life (Jean-François i el sentit de la vida) (2018) A beautifully balanced film that finds hope in difficult places, Jean-François And The Meaning Of Life doesn't worry too much about meaning but invites the viewer to experience joy in the struggle itself. - Eye for Film EDIT
Read More | Posted Mar 22, 2019
4/5 No Score Yet Ana by Day (Ana de día) (2018) With subtle alterations in lighting and shooting style that enhance the feeling of drift between the two versions of Ana, this film invites viewers to consider how, at any given time, simple decisions can drastically alter the course that any life takes. - Eye for Film EDIT
Read More | Posted Mar 22, 2019
3/5 44% Out of Blue (2019) Loosely adapted from Martin Amis' novel Night Train, this is a bold thriller with a big idea at its core, and although it fells short of its aims there's some good stuff along the way. - Eye for Film EDIT
Read More | Posted Mar 19, 2019
3.5/5 50% A Trip to the Moon (Un viaje a la Luna) (2018) Despite the originality of the central journey, there's a lot here that will feel very familiar to viewers, and not always in a positive way. Nevertheless, the light touch that [Joaquín] Cambre brings to the drama gives it undoubted charm. - Eye for Film EDIT
Read More | Posted Mar 18, 2019
2/5 No Score Yet Book of Monsters (2019) [Stewart] Sparke bites off a bit more than he can chew with the monster rampage. - Eye for Film EDIT
Read More | Posted Mar 18, 2019
100% Cradle of Champions (2018) Cradle Of Champions is a solid little film but never quite gets its full weight behind the punch. - Eye for Film EDIT
Read More | Posted Mar 15, 2019
2/5 No Score Yet Any One of Us (2019) With many more sophisticated and useful narratives around disability available in the wider community, it's a shame that this film stays in the shallow end. - Eye for Film EDIT
Read More | Posted Mar 14, 2019
3/5 100% Come As You Are (2019) If, as the cliché goes, we set aside its difficulties and focus on what it can do, this is a witty and entertaining piece of work. - Eye for Film EDIT
Read More | Posted Mar 14, 2019
No Score Yet The Chills: The Triumph & Tragedy of Martin Phillipps (2019) Gritty, grainy, colourful and unusually intimate, this is a film that sets out to defy expectations. Even if it doesn't quite achieve all its ambitions, it makes for an interesting ride. - Eye for Film EDIT
Read More | Posted Mar 13, 2019
4/5 100% Jump Shot (2019) [Kenny Sailors] deep love of his sport helps to make the film accessible even to those whose knowledge of it is limited. For basketball fans, the film is a must. - Eye for Film EDIT
Read More | Posted Mar 13, 2019
4/5 100% Jezebel (2019) This is a warm-hearted and positive story about a young woman taking control of her life, and it's refreshing to see such stories being told about working class women in stigmatised professions. - Eye for Film EDIT
Read More | Posted Mar 12, 2019
4/5 53% Yardie (2019) [Idris Elba] deserves praise for the tightly managed action scenes and for the strong sense of character and place that makes this such a treat to watch. - Eye for Film EDIT
Read More | Posted Mar 11, 2019
4/5 50% Porno (2019) Smart, deceptively sophisticated and beautifully crafted, this is artisan cheese. - Eye for Film EDIT
Read More | Posted Mar 11, 2019
3.5/5 100% Who Let The Dogs Out (2019) Although there are slow moments around Sisto's show and his obsession sometimes leads him to attach more significance to material than it really deserves, overall this is an intriguing film with more going on than its simple outline suggests. - Eye for Film EDIT
Read More | Posted Mar 11, 2019
3/5 56% Tales from the Lodge (2019) If you were once a wildly partying teenager and you now live in the suburbs with 2.3 children and drive a Ford Escape, Tales From The Lodge will make you feel like it's not too late for you too to be murdered by a psychopath. - Eye for Film EDIT
Read More | Posted Mar 11, 2019
4/5 No Score Yet Vai (2019) Viewers in the West and the Global North are used to seeing women in films from elsewhere as victims or otherwise subjugated figures. Vai may surprise them. - Eye for Film EDIT
Read More | Posted Mar 11, 2019
3.5/5 No Score Yet Purdah (2018) The running time may be short but this is a film with a lot to say. Its ending is more positive than viewers might expect, pointing beyond individual achievement to a more potent legacy. - Eye for Film EDIT
Read More | Posted Mar 11, 2019
3.5/5 No Score Yet The Dead Center (2018) Though the slow build and genre-bending approach won't be for everyone, this is an intelligent piece of filmmaking that demonstrates an acute understanding of horrors present in the mundane world. - Eye for Film EDIT
Read More | Posted Mar 7, 2019
3/5 No Score Yet The Siren (The Rusalka) (2019) Although it doesn't quite succeed in achieving its aims, this film deserves praise both for its ambition and for having the guts to do things differently, finding its own pace and its own voice. - Eye for Film EDIT
Read More | Posted Mar 6, 2019
2.5/5 No Score Yet The Hoard (2018) The Hoard is, in many ways, a victim of its own success. It captures the in-your-face style of hoarding programmes perfectly but it's 96 minutes long with no advert breaks, and watching it quickly becomes exhausting. - Eye for Film EDIT
Read More | Posted Mar 6, 2019
3/5 No Score Yet Sam Spiegel: Conquering Hollywood (2018) For all its limitations, this is a worthy tribute. - Eye for Film EDIT
Read More | Posted Mar 6, 2019
3/5 No Score Yet Finale (2018) Finale doesn't have a lot to say that's new but there's some impressive work here nonetheless and viewers will be keen to see what [Søren Juul] Petersen does next. - Eye for Film EDIT
Read More | Posted Mar 5, 2019
4/5 No Score Yet Here Comes Hell (2019) Horror fans will find plenty to entertain them whilst others will reflect that there's really nothing more horrid than having one's weekend away spoiled by the presence of the wrong sort of people. - Eye for Film EDIT
Read More | Posted Mar 5, 2019
4/5 No Score Yet Love Film (Liebesfilm) (2018) With its dry wit and habit of undercutting its distinctly flawed protagonist, Love Movie manages to be sweet but simultaneously a little bit cruel. - Eye for Film EDIT
Read More | Posted Mar 5, 2019
4/5 No Score Yet This Magnificent Cake! (Ce magnifique gâteau!) (2019) One might think it inappropriate to remember such an ugly time with quirky animation of this type, and yet against all odds, there's something about it that works. - Eye for Film EDIT
Read More | Posted Mar 4, 2019
3.5/5 90% The Witch: Part 1. The Subversion (Manyeo) (2018) Many viewers will inevitably feel frustrated by the film because it is so derivative but there's a lot to admire in it. One just hopes that if Park [Hoon-jung] returns to the story, he'll take it in a fresh direction. This level of talent deserves that. - Eye for Film EDIT
Read More | Posted Mar 4, 2019
4/5 No Score Yet Living the Light (2018) Though the film does not set out to be biographical we also get a sense of who [Robby] Müller was as a person. Right at the hart of everything, as [Claire] Pijman depicts it, was his pursuit of the light. - Eye for Film EDIT
Read More | Posted Mar 4, 2019
5/5 85% Freaks (2019) On a whole different level from most films of its ilk, Freaks breathes new life into old genre ideas. It's a tremendous piece of entertainment, gripping from start to finish, and it deserves to make [Lexy] Kolker into a star. - Eye for Film EDIT
Read More | Posted Mar 4, 2019
3.5/5 80% Metal Heart (2018) With a good measure of comedy to balance out the drama, Metal Heart is a sweet film that might perhaps be a little too forgiving at the end but is true to its characters throughout. - Eye for Film EDIT
Read More | Posted Mar 4, 2019
3.5/5 No Score Yet Are You Proud? (2017) As long as it's not assumed to cover all the important bases, it's a good starting point for young LGBT people or straight, cisgender people who want to improve their understanding of this area of history. - Eye for Film EDIT
Read More | Posted Mar 1, 2019
4/5 78% Level 16 (2019) Though it struggles from the inevitable difficulty in producing a denouement that fully satisfies after all this build-up, Level 16 is a beautifully structured and profoundly disturbing film anchored by strong performances from its young leads. - Eye for Film EDIT
Read More | Posted Mar 1, 2019
4.5/5 50% Vision (2018) If you frequently immerse yourself in Japanese cinema, the chances are that you will love this film. If it's still exotic to you, be prepared to merely admire it. - Eye for Film EDIT
Read More | Posted Mar 1, 2019
4/5 No Score Yet Science of Ghosts (2018) As every creative artist knows, truth can reside as easily in fiction as in fact, and although [Adrian] Crowley's stories have the ring of truth, the format in which they are presented is deliberately staged, playful. - Eye for Film EDIT
Read More | Posted Feb 28, 2019
3.5/5 No Score Yet Dead Good (2018) [Rehana] Rose's patient, observational style lets her get right to the heart of these very personal matters. In doing so, she creates a safe space for viewers to explore issues they might previously have avoided. - Eye for Film EDIT
Read More | Posted Feb 28, 2019
2/5 40% Something (2019) Working with an obviously small budget, [Stephen Portland] succeeds in demonstrating that he has some skill. Just not enough to make many people want to sit through 86 minutes of a film that would have worked better as a short. - Eye for Film EDIT
Read More | Posted Feb 28, 2019
3.5/5 No Score Yet Freedom Fields (2018) [ Naziha] Arebi's patiently observational film is full of small moments that encapsulate horrific prejudice or warm, resilient humour. - Eye for Film EDIT
Read More | Posted Feb 28, 2019
No Score Yet Prophecy (2019) The three-dimensionality, the lucidity of the oils, as much as the graceful movement of the camera, draws us into [Peter Howson's] world. - Eye for Film EDIT
Read More | Posted Feb 27, 2019
2/5 26% The Aftermath (2019) There's something distasteful in having conflict victims used as a backdrop to an agonised, overprivileged love triangle that doesn't amount to a hill of beans. - Eye for Film EDIT
Read More | Posted Feb 27, 2019
4.5/5 No Score Yet The Elephant and the Butterfly (Drôle de père) (2018) Beautifully shot and lit in a way that brings out all the richness of detail Elsa sees in the world, this is a beautiful piece of filmmaking. It's gentle, leisurely and likely to melt the hardest of hearts. - Eye for Film EDIT
Read More | Posted Feb 27, 2019
4/5 91% Sauvage / Wild (2019) There is indeed a brutal side to Camille Vidal-Naquet's directorial début but that's inevitable in any honest portrait of life on the streets. - Eye for Film EDIT
Read More | Posted Feb 26, 2019
4/5 No Score Yet Cold Sweat (Araghe Sard) (2018) A film that urges its audience to do more than just feel sad and sign a couple of petitions, Permission brims with an anger that goes beyond that of Afrooz. - Eye for Film EDIT
Read More | Posted Feb 26, 2019
4.5/5 60% The Quietude (La quietud) (2018) Gorgeously composed and with an evocative score by Papamusic, this film is a real treat for the senses. It may fundamentally be a soap opera but it's a supremely classy one. - Eye for Film EDIT
Read More | Posted Feb 26, 2019
3/5 No Score Yet Of Fish and Foe (2019) Whilst Heathcote's film doesn't always flatter, it does succeed in capturing a disappearing lifestyle at a critical point in history. It's a film whose value is likely to increase with time and an intriguing point of a little-observed community. - Eye for Film EDIT
Read More | Posted Feb 26, 2019
3/5 57% Stray (2019) Despite its flaws, this curious little hybrid is bound to intrigue and has enough going on to be worth seeking out by genre fans. - Eye for Film EDIT
Read More | Posted Feb 25, 2019
4.5/5 80% The Most Beautiful Couple (2018) It's an exquisite piece of filmmaking which must be particularly recommended to people who, for personal reasons, find most such dramas difficult to watch. - Eye for Film EDIT
Read More | Posted Feb 25, 2019
3.5/5 89% The Feeling of Being Watched (2018) This is [Assia] Boundaoui's second film and her style is straightforward and undecorative but, if anything, this adds weight to what she has to say. - Eye for Film EDIT
Read More | Posted Feb 25, 2019
4.5/5 No Score Yet Kia and Cosmos (2018) Although it deals with some dark subject matter, there's an incredible sweetness about the film and its bold heroine is easy to engage with. - Eye for Film EDIT
Read More | Posted Feb 22, 2019
5/5 No Score Yet The Man Who Surprised Everyone (Chelovek, kotoryy udivil vsekh) (2018) This is an astonishing piece of cinema. - Eye for Film EDIT
Read More | Posted Feb 22, 2019
3.5/5 44% The Wedding Guest (2019) The Wedding Guest is a film with much to recommend it. If it has a major failing, it's simply that it can't live up to the scale of its own ambition. - Eye for Film EDIT
Read More | Posted Feb 22, 2019