Mark Feeney

Mark Feeney
Mark Feeney's reviews only count toward the Tomatometer® when published at the following Tomatometer-approved publication(s): Boston Globe
Biography:
Boston Globe film critic.
Publications: Boston Globe

Movie Reviews Only

T-Meter Title | Year
3.5/4 100% City Hall (2020) What Frederick Wiseman has been doing for all these years and in all these films is trying to make art of decency and process. In the good ones, he's succeeded. "City Hall" is one of the very good ones. - Boston Globe EDIT
Read More | Posted Nov 8, 2020
2.5/4 82% Herb Alpert is... (2020) It's mostly devoted to Alpert's blissful second marriage, to singer Lani Hall - they've been married nearly 50 years - and his philanthropic largess. But since there's a lot to gush about, that's okay. - Boston Globe EDIT
Read More | Posted Oct 4, 2020
2.5/4 84% The Way I See It (2020) But what's best about the documentary is all that Obama sun. It's hard to come by these days, even in retrospect. - Boston Globe EDIT
Read More | Posted Sep 21, 2020
3.5/4 98% Killer of Sheep (2007) It's quiet, unhurried, understated, unblinking. Mood matters more than style, dailiness more than incident. - Boston Globe EDIT
Read More | Posted Sep 21, 2020
3/4 95% Jimmy Carter: Rock & Roll President (2020) Even more than the music itself, or Carter's passion for it, this alertness to sharedness is what ultimately makes the film moving as well as so pleasurable. - Boston Globe EDIT
Read More | Posted Sep 10, 2020
2.5/4 70% Tenet (2020) Telling a story backward sounds bizarre - it is bizarre - but it works. The backward stuff in "Tenet" sounds bizarre - worse than bizarre, goofy - and for a while it works. But once it doesn't, it really doesn't. - Boston Globe EDIT
Read More | Posted Sep 4, 2020
2.5/4 92% Nomad: In the Footsteps of Bruce Chatwin (2020) "Nomad" has several indelible moments: seeing the backpack and annotated script, Herzog's account of visiting Chatwin just before his death. But overall the film is static and more wayward than not. - Boston Globe EDIT
Read More | Posted Aug 27, 2020
1.5/4 48% Unhinged (2020) It's hard to imagine anyone desperate to an "Unhinged" degree. - Boston Globe EDIT
Read More | Posted Aug 26, 2020
2.5/4 59% Tesla (2020) Almereyda structures the movie as a series of slow-moving scenes, almost tableaux. Even when he uses a mobile camera, things still feel static, but in a good way. - Boston Globe EDIT
Read More | Posted Aug 24, 2020
2.5/4 70% The One and Only Ivan (2020) It's alternately sappy, peppy, and uplifting. The temptation to watch with the sound off is considerable, though that would do a disservice to the talents of the voice cast. - Boston Globe EDIT
Read More | Posted Aug 24, 2020
2/4 49% Made in Italy (2020) If it were any less original it'd be its own sequel. - Boston Globe EDIT
Read More | Posted Aug 9, 2020
2/4 78% Flannery (2020) If there's a film or TV version of O'Connor's fiction, clips will be seen. This is distracting. The sound of a typewriter is frequently heard on the soundtrack. (O'Connor was a writer, get it?) - Boston Globe EDIT
Read More | Posted Jul 30, 2020
2/4 80% The Old Guard (2020) As directed by Gina Prince-Bythewood, "The Old Guard" is assured and textureless: competence doing the work of inspiration. - Boston Globe EDIT
Read More | Posted Jul 10, 2020
3/4 96% John Lewis: Good Trouble (2020) "John Lewis: Good Trouble" isn't a great film, but it has a great subject - and excellent timing. - Boston Globe EDIT
Read More | Posted Jul 5, 2020
2.5/4 82% Sometimes Always Never (Triple Word Score) (2020) This extremely dry film mixes humor and melancholy to distinctive, if muffled, effect. Take away the muffled part, and that's very Nighy, too. - Boston Globe EDIT
Read More | Posted Jun 11, 2020
2/4 8% Artemis Fowl (2020) One wonders if a director more playful than Kenneth Branagh might have come up with something less hectic and more fun - or even just as hectic and more fun. - Boston Globe EDIT
Read More | Posted Jun 11, 2020
2/4 92% Da 5 Bloods (2020) Boseman, as Norm, gives such a forceful yet controlled performance, you can see why his men would believe in him like that. It's a shame there's not much else in "Da Five Bloods" to merit such belief. - Boston Globe EDIT
Read More | Posted Jun 10, 2020
49% Hemingway & Gellhorn (2012) It's that kind of movie: a two-fer, HBO-knowing and big-star biopic-corny. - Boston Globe EDIT
Read More | Posted Jun 1, 2020
2/4 95% The Ghost of Peter Sellers (2020) The "Ghost of Peter Sellers" seems to have worked well as therapy. Fifteen or 20 minutes shorter, it would have worked equally well as documentary filmmaking. - Boston Globe EDIT
Read More | Posted May 22, 2020
3/4 87% The Trip to Greece (2020) What makes Steve and Rob so funny is that they're so human: petty, insecure, rivalrous, as well as charming and hilarious. Nothing's more human than sadness, not even laughter, and laughter "The Trip to Greece" has to offer in plenty. - Boston Globe EDIT
Read More | Posted May 21, 2020
2.5/4 90% Up from the Streets: New Orleans: The City of Music (2019) If anything, the film does a bit too much, going for variety and breadth sometimes at the expense of depth. There are a lot of bases to touch here, and touching pretty much all of them means several get touched too lightly. - Boston Globe EDIT
Read More | Posted May 19, 2020
2/4 79% How to Build a Girl (2020) The movie doesn't sympathize with anyone, really. Nick Lowe famously sang that you have to be cruel to be kind. "How to Build" is mostly just cruel. - Boston Globe EDIT
Read More | Posted May 19, 2020
100% Hollywood Chinese (2008) Smart, lively, and informative. - Boston Globe EDIT
Read More | Posted May 1, 2020
2.5/4 98% Corpus Christi (Boze cialo) (2020) Even when events get intense, even violent, and they do, there's nothing abrupt. "Corpus Christi" never erupts. It unfolds. - Boston Globe EDIT
Read More | Posted Apr 23, 2020
2/4 70% Balloon (2020) The fact that it's based on a true story - the closing credits include photographs of the actual families - does not make up for the amassing of red herrings, close calls, and occasions for head-scratching. - Boston Globe EDIT
Read More | Posted Apr 20, 2020
2/4 71% Trolls World Tour (2020) The problem isn't rapidity, per se, so much as the uses to which it's put: sudden transformations and plunges and general hyper-ness. - Boston Globe EDIT
Read More | Posted Apr 11, 2020
2/4 93% And Then We Danced (2020) Unfortunately, neither dance nor travel ultimately compensates for the melodrama. - Boston Globe EDIT
Read More | Posted Apr 5, 2020
1.5/4 38% Downhill (2020) When the best thing about a movie is the title, that's never a good sign. It's all downhill from there? Exactly, and that's the case with "Downhill." - Boston Globe EDIT
Read More | Posted Feb 13, 2020
2.5/4 100% The Woman Who Loves Giraffes (2020) "The Woman Who Loves Giraffes" is almost as much about the prejudice Dagg had to deal with as a female scientist as it is about the wondrous title creatures. - Boston Globe EDIT
Read More | Posted Feb 13, 2020
2/5 89% The Two Popes (2019) The actors are such pros that the woodenness of the dialogue and implausibility of the set-up that McCarten has saddled them with almost don't matter. Almost. - Boston Globe EDIT
Read More | Posted Dec 10, 2019
2.5/4 95% Recorder: The Marion Stokes Project (2019) The camera doesn't love Stokes, but it certainly respects her. The intensity of her presence is unmistakable. That intensity is attested to, not always favorably, by the various people we hear from in "Recorder." - Boston Globe EDIT
Read More | Posted Dec 3, 2019
3/4 77% Frozen II (2019) The sequel is a solid, if not quite inspired, follow-up to "Frozen" (2013). - Boston Globe EDIT
Read More | Posted Nov 19, 2019
2/4 63% The Good Liar (2019) Unfortunately, the ball these masters are playing with manages the perplexing trick of being worn and waterlogged while also far too bouncy: stodginess and over-plotting is not a good combination. - Boston Globe EDIT
Read More | Posted Nov 13, 2019
2/4 82% The Report (2019) It's never a good sign when the most dramatic scene in a movie owes its power to C-SPAN footage. - Boston Globe EDIT
Read More | Posted Nov 13, 2019
3/4 97% Making Waves: The Art of Cinematic Sound (2019) The blend of historical overview, film clips, tech info, and inside business on offer is pretty irresistible. - Boston Globe EDIT
Read More | Posted Nov 1, 2019
2.5/4 63% Motherless Brooklyn (2019) In that sense, "Motherless Brooklyn" might be described as novelistic, and in a good way. - Boston Globe EDIT
Read More | Posted Nov 1, 2019
3/4 97% Pain and Glory (Dolor y gloria) (2019) It's one more example here of Almodóvar's ability to take pairs - not just people, but concepts (like, say, present and past, or pain and glory) - and happily join them. - Boston Globe EDIT
Read More | Posted Oct 17, 2019
2/4 73% The Cotton Club Encore (2019) All right, it's what the world should have seen. Does that make it, 35 years later, worth seeing? No and yes. - Boston Globe EDIT
Read More | Posted Oct 9, 2019
2.5/4 97% First Love (Hatsukoi) (2019) "First Love" has a hyper-real nocturnal gleam that makes all this highly mannered action seem all the more comic or ridiculous, as the mood takes you. - Boston Globe EDIT
Read More | Posted Oct 2, 2019
2/4 83% Ad Astra (2019) [An] impressively crafted yet increasingly listless enterprise... - Boston Globe EDIT
Read More | Posted Sep 18, 2019
2.5/4 95% Raise Hell: The Life & Times of Molly Ivins (2019) There's a sense in which Ivins doesn't quite fit in the documentary either - or rather what fits in is great, but what doesn't fit in (emotionally, personally) - gets left out, and that matters a lot. - Boston Globe EDIT
Read More | Posted Sep 11, 2019
3/4 95% Blue Note Records: Beyond the Notes (2018) Everyone knows that a picture is worth a thousand words. Wolff's are worth just as many notes. - Boston Globe EDIT
Read More | Posted Sep 4, 2019
3/4 95% Mike Wallace Is Here (2019) Watching Belkin's documentary, one realizes how much better Wallace was at playing Mike Wallace than any actor could be. - Boston Globe EDIT
Read More | Posted Aug 1, 2019
3/4 93% Sword of Trust (2019) In this entertainment day and age, originality counts for something, and "Sword of Trust" is nothing if not novel. - Boston Globe EDIT
Read More | Posted Jul 18, 2019
3/4 92% The Last Black Man in San Francisco (2019) In many ways it's a parable: clear yet opaque, simple yet weighty. - Boston Globe EDIT
Read More | Posted Jun 13, 2019
2.5/4 90% Echo In the Canyon (2019) Consistently amiable, if a bit wandery, "Echo in the Canyon" provides a good time, too. - Boston Globe EDIT
Read More | Posted Jun 13, 2019
2.5/4 22% Men in Black International (2019) Although Hemsworth and Tessa Thompson aren't at all bad together, neither do they strike sparks. - Boston Globe EDIT
Read More | Posted Jun 12, 2019
3/4 88% Walking on Water (2019) There's some dry in "Walking on Water," though not much. There's a fair amount of wet. As for joy, that there is in abundance. - Boston Globe EDIT
Read More | Posted Jun 7, 2019
2.5/4 100% 5B (2019) The frequent sight of someone in his or her 60s or 70s juxtaposed with that of the same person 35 years ago is time-machine startling - and time-machine effective. - Boston Globe EDIT
Read More | Posted Jun 7, 2019
2.5/4 77% Halston (2019) It's an understatement to say that Tcheng is drawn to this material. He revels in it. Yet he's too clear-eyed to turn Halston's story into a morality tale. - Boston Globe EDIT
Read More | Posted May 30, 2019