Jennie Kermode

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

Movie Reviews Only

T-Meter Title | Year
3/5 No Score Yet Strive (2019) Strive takes the kind of character usually seen as the boring one and makes her into somebody whose quiet strength viewers of any age can appreciate. - Eye for Film EDIT
Read More | Posted Jun 18, 2019
3/5 No Score Yet The Night Sitter (2018) The Night Sitter is an unpretentious and enjoyable little film with sympathetic leads and plenty of personality. - Eye for Film EDIT
Read More | Posted Jun 17, 2019
3/5 71% Ghost Light (2018) There's an element of luvvieness here that will annoy some viewers but as a whole, the play exhibits a dry wit that keeps it from getting too sentimental. - Eye for Film EDIT
Read More | Posted Jun 17, 2019
4/5 No Score Yet On the President's Orders (2019) Though it's somewhat uneven and its attempts to construct a narrative are not always successful, there's some powerful material here. - Eye for Film EDIT
Read More | Posted Jun 14, 2019
2.5/5 38% Being Frank (2019) Whilst one has to admire scriptwriter Glen Lakin's skill at keeping the farce going for as long as it does, the film too often feels as if it's being clever for the sake of it and adding more twists doesn't necessarily add to their comedic impact. - Eye for Film EDIT
Read More | Posted Jun 14, 2019
3/5 No Score Yet When We Walk (2019) There has been much more insightful stuff written on the impact of disability in relationships than you'll find here, but [Jason DaSilva's] approach to his situation is one that many viewers will identify with. - Eye for Film EDIT
Read More | Posted Jun 12, 2019
2.5/5 50% The Outsider (2019) [The Outsider] tells its tale well enough, exploring a type of racism the genre rarely deals with, but it never quite takes off the way it should have done. - Eye for Film EDIT
Read More | Posted Jun 10, 2019
4.5/5 100% First to the Moon (2018) This is a film that will revive all your childhood dreams of becoming an astronaut. - Eye for Film EDIT
Read More | Posted Jun 6, 2019
5/5 100% The Lavender Scare (2019) Thoroughly researched and evidenced, wonderfully detailed, informative and authoritative but always in touch with the human story at its heart. - Eye for Film EDIT
Read More | Posted Jun 6, 2019
2.5/5 71% The Terror of Hallow's Eve (2017) [The Terror Of Hallow's Eve] has a tendency to lose its own voice amidst all the recycled material and it never quite recaptures the fun of its first scare. - Eye for Film EDIT
Read More | Posted Jun 5, 2019
3.5/5 76% Wonders of the Sea (2019) This is a film that calls upon viewers to protect this resource for our own sake and so that people can carry on falling in love with it for generations to come. - Eye for Film EDIT
Read More | Posted Jun 3, 2019
3/5 91% Eating Animals (2018) Employing a varied format which incorporates archive material, specially shot footage of factories, farms and labs, and interviews in varied locations, the film remains interesting throughout. - Eye for Film EDIT
Read More | Posted Jun 3, 2019
4/5 No Score Yet Last Summer (2018) [Last Summer] is a cinematic gem. - Eye for Film EDIT
Read More | Posted Jun 3, 2019
4.5/5 No Score Yet 42 Seconds of Happiness (2016) It's a brave piece of work, skilfully crafted and brimming over with talent, a fantastic calling card for all involved. - Eye for Film EDIT
Read More | Posted May 31, 2019
4/5 94% Starfish (2019) Fernanda Guerrero's incredibly detailed production design contains layer upon layer of story in itself and enables us to feel Grace's presence as a character, as an influence Aubrey cannot escape. - Eye for Film EDIT
Read More | Posted May 28, 2019
3/5 100% For the Birds (2019) [For the Birds] is an intimate portrait which invites viewers to engage with someone they might otherwise avoid and acknowledge as she must that love and care are not always the same thing. - Eye for Film EDIT
Read More | Posted May 28, 2019
3/5 72% Monster Party (2018) Though there's nothing here that's likely to really wow the viewer, Killer Party is an appealingly silly idea that's nicely fleshed out and delivered with sufficient confidence to facilitate the suspension of disbelief. - Eye for Film EDIT
Read More | Posted May 22, 2019
2/5 No Score Yet Shed of the Dead (2019) There are little hints of a better film here trying to get out but too many scenes start promisingly only to end up contributing nothing to the overall work. - Eye for Film EDIT
Read More | Posted May 17, 2019
4/5 No Score Yet Room 37 - The Mysterious Death of Johnny Thunders (2019) The Cordero brothers [ Fernando Cordero Caballero and Vicente Cordero], directing, show a real understanding of the special unpleasantness of methadone and methadone withdrawal. - Eye for Film EDIT
Read More | Posted May 17, 2019
3.5/5 76% Mega Time Squad (2019) Van Dammen has bitten off much more than he can chew and lacks the experience to spit some of it out, but it's largely his ambition that makes things interesting. - Eye for Film EDIT
Read More | Posted May 16, 2019
3/5 No Score Yet Those Who Deserve To Die (2019) Though the film has a lot going for it, there's insufficient chemistry between [Joe] Sykes and [Rachel] Frawley to make her attachment to him convincing. It's watchable enough but falls short of its potential. - Eye for Film EDIT
Read More | Posted May 14, 2019
2/5 10% A Violent Separation (2019) The morality of the tale isn't really as complex as the filmmakers seem to think and the central characters' struggles seem more a reflection of their personal shortcomings than something that will present a challenge for the viewer. - Eye for Film EDIT
Read More | Posted May 13, 2019
3/5 No Score Yet Happy Cleaners (2019) Despite its multiple moments of drama, this is at heart a gentle film. Its bitter notes are sweetened by the lingering presence of the hope that underlies most migration. - Eye for Film EDIT
Read More | Posted May 9, 2019
3.5/5 84% Knife + Heart (Un couteau dans le coeur) (2019) There's ample comedy but the complete film has a bittersweet quality which is evocative of a certain moment in queer history. - Eye for Film EDIT
Read More | Posted May 7, 2019
4.5/5 No Score Yet Far from the Apple Tree (2019) Whilst it has its flaws, this is an excellent piece of work. No doubt some viewers will be turned off by its unwillingness to compromise for the sake of accessibility, but others will fall in love. - Eye for Film EDIT
Read More | Posted May 6, 2019
4/5 86% Lil' Buck: Real Swan (2019) Like Lil' Buck's dance, the film is so smooth and fluid that one barely notices how much is going on. It's full of interesting stories and observations, and provides plenty for dance enthusiasts. - Eye for Film EDIT
Read More | Posted May 3, 2019
5/5 54% Charlie Says (2019) This is a stunning piece of American cinema that draws on the events in California to talk about the death of an era, to foreshadow a nation's loss of hope. - Eye for Film EDIT
Read More | Posted May 2, 2019
4.5/5 No Score Yet Final Ascent (2019) Adventure may have fallen out of fashion but back in the days of Hamish [MacInnes's] youth such stories saw cinemas packed full every night. If every film today were as delightful as this one, they would be again. - Eye for Film EDIT
Read More | Posted May 2, 2019
4/5 100% The River and the Wall (2019) Although, like the river, it's uneven in depth and sometimes meanders a bit too far, this is an extensively researched and intriguing documentary. - Eye for Film EDIT
Read More | Posted May 2, 2019
2/5 No Score Yet The Shade Shepherd (2019) Whilst it's basically competent it lacks the depth and personality that a more experienced director might bring. What should be full of emotional ups and downs simply feels flat. - Eye for Film EDIT
Read More | Posted Apr 30, 2019
3.5/5 92% If the Dancer Dances (2019) Perhaps film can never really capture the essence of dance, but Wechsler does the next best thing and captures what it means to those involved in its creation. - Eye for Film EDIT
Read More | Posted Apr 29, 2019
4/5 88% We Believe In Dinosaurs (2019) What really matters about this film is the way it fits into the bigger societal conversation about truth, opinion and fact and how we manage these things in a democracy. - Eye for Film EDIT
Read More | Posted Apr 26, 2019
100% Everlasting (2016) Everlasting is a deeply conventional film despite its alternative trappings and it never really succeeds in finding a distinctive voice. - Eye for Film EDIT
Read More | Posted Apr 23, 2019
3/5 73% I Trapped The Devil (2019) There's a lot to admire about this film and it speaks well to the talent of those involved, but it's one of those ostensibly simple ideas that are really hard to pull off in practice and Lobo lacks the experience to draw out its full potential. - Eye for Film EDIT
Read More | Posted Apr 22, 2019
4.5/5 71% Instant Dreams (2019) This is the sort of stuff that will always find an audience amongst people who are drawn to cinema because of their interest in the medium itself, but Willem Baptist's documentary has the potential to reach far beyond that. - Eye for Film EDIT
Read More | Posted Apr 19, 2019
2.5/5 30% Let There Be Light (2017) This film is a little smarter than many of its ilk and doesn't try to deny that. - Eye for Film EDIT
Read More | Posted Apr 18, 2019
4.5/5 95% Hagazussa: A Heathen's Curse (Hagazussa) (2019) Simple on the surface, this is a film full of deep, dizzying currents, an intimate story and yet a fitting testament to the end of a world. - Eye for Film EDIT
Read More | Posted Apr 18, 2019
2.5/5 30% Red Joan (2019) Ultimately, though, there's a lot less substance here than the premise suggests and fans of spy films, in particular, are likely to leave disappointed. - Eye for Film EDIT
Read More | Posted Apr 16, 2019
4/5 97% Hail Satan? (2019) If you're already familiar with the Satanic Temple you won't find a great deal that's new but you'll probably still be entertained. For those new to the subject, it will provide a fascinating - but never hagiographic - introduction. - Eye for Film EDIT
Read More | Posted Apr 15, 2019
3.5/5 43% Thriller (2018) All in all, this isn't as strong a film as it might have been but it's still a welcome contribution to a subgenre that has been dominated by white people for far too long. - Eye for Film EDIT
Read More | Posted Apr 12, 2019
4/5 100% Blowin' Up (2018) Though it offers no easy answers, Blowin' Up reaches out in search of empathy and compassion. - Eye for Film EDIT
Read More | Posted Apr 12, 2019
3/5 17% Look Away (2018) This is an interesting film whose serious problems shouldn't be allowed to eclipse the good work on display. Nevertheless, you may find it uncomfortable to watch, and not always in a good way. - Eye for Film EDIT
Read More | Posted Apr 10, 2019
4/5 88% Satan & Adam (2019) John Sayles once told me that he thinks it's music, more than anything, that has the power to bring Americans together across racial lines. Satan & Adam speaks to just such a power and goes beyond that to show us what it's worth. - Eye for Film EDIT
Read More | Posted Apr 8, 2019
4/5 100% Feral (2019) Colleen Dodge's exquisitely detailed production design and [Andrew] Wonder's cinematography combine to present the world as a wonderland full of strange objects and mysteries, in which people behave in what are, to Yazmine, inexplicable ways. - Eye for Film EDIT
Read More | Posted Apr 8, 2019
2.5/5 83% Black Site (2019) The fascinating thing about Tom Paton's Black Site is that, against all odds, it works. The cast can act. The score is a pulsating Eighties-style delight. And with a tagline like 'all gods must be deported', one knows it isn't taking itself too seriously. - Eye for Film EDIT
Read More | Posted Apr 8, 2019
4/5 100% Valkoinen Peura (The White Reindeer) (1952) With [Mirjami] Kuosmanen featuring in nearly every scene, this is a film worth citing when people suggest that powerful, complicated female leads in horror films are a new thing. - Eye for Film EDIT
Read More | Posted Apr 5, 2019
4/5 99% Amazing Grace (2019) Appreciation of the singer's legacy has never been so great and it's a fine thing to have the opportunity to watch her at that pivotal point in her career, especially in a performance that was clearly very personal to her. - Eye for Film EDIT
Read More | Posted Apr 4, 2019
3/5 93% Screwball (2019) This is a film that will mean a lot more if you're a fan of baseball or aficionado of the recent trend for sharing tales of low quality Floridian crimes. - Eye for Film EDIT
Read More | Posted Apr 3, 2019
3.5 86% Free Trip to Egypt (2019) What the film does do is show us this select group of people discovering that the world is a nicer place than they thought and having their lives enriched by the experience of a different culture and fresh ideas. - Eye for Film EDIT
Read More | Posted Apr 3, 2019
4.5/5 97% Carmine Street Guitars (2019) At its core, this is the story of a master craftsman told whilst we watch him at work. You don't need to know the first thing about guitars to be drawn in by it. - Eye for Film EDIT
Read More | Posted Apr 1, 2019