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
3/4 93% 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 96% 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 89% 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 76% 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
2/4 44% The Tomorrow Man (2019) There's a lack of chemistry that makes for a listlessness of narrative. - Boston Globe EDIT
Read More | Posted May 30, 2019
3/4 89% Meeting Gorbachev (2019) Part of Herzog's wonderment at Gorbachev - "one of the greatest leaders of the 20th century," he says - surely has to do with such a rational, placid-appearing man not just surmounting insuperable limits but doing so with world-historical impact. - Boston Globe EDIT
Read More | Posted May 24, 2019
2.5/4 97% Hail Satan? (2019) It's impressive how rarely you feel as if you're watching different movies. - Boston Globe EDIT
Read More | Posted Apr 24, 2019
3/4 94% Avengers: Endgame (2019) The movie is ludicrously long, clocking in at three hours and one minute, but surprisingly satisfying. - Boston Globe EDIT
Read More | Posted Apr 24, 2019
2/4 64% Peterloo (2019) Dialogue explaining what the Corn Laws are or the meaning of habeas corpus is presumably not the product of long periods of intense rehearsal. - Boston Globe EDIT
Read More | Posted Apr 10, 2019
2/4 88% To Dust (2019) "To Dust" has several things to recommend it. It's decidedly different, and that is no small accomplishment in this day and age. - Boston Globe EDIT
Read More | Posted Mar 7, 2019
3/4 100% Infinite Football (2018) It's unclear whether "Infinite Football" is more tragedy or comedy, and in that lack of clarity lies something like wonderment. - Boston Globe EDIT
Read More | Posted Feb 28, 2019
2.5/4 40% The Upside (2019) Cranston and Hart are surprisingly good together. Their chemistry goes a long way to making up for the many implausibilities in the story and the presence of several extraneous subplots. - Boston Globe EDIT
Read More | Posted Jan 11, 2019
2.5/4 73% Chef Flynn (2018) Flynn, who looks like a younger version of the young Christian Slater, is skinny, intense, a bit wary. If you've ever been the parent of a male adolescent - if you've ever been a male adolescent - you'll recognize him. - Boston Globe EDIT
Read More | Posted Nov 23, 2018
3/4 92% Maria By Callas (2018) [A] distinctive and affecting documentary... - Boston Globe EDIT
Read More | Posted Nov 23, 2018
2.5/4 91% Widows (2018) Some movies are phonier than others. "Widows" is one of those. The always thin line between a twisty plot and a silly one gets crossed about an hour in. - Boston Globe EDIT
Read More | Posted Nov 15, 2018
3/4 88% John McEnroe: In the Realm of Perfection (L'empire de la perfection) (2018) All credit to Faurat for that ability to forge coherence out of such wildly disparate materials. - Boston Globe EDIT
Read More | Posted Nov 9, 2018
2.5/4 84% Monrovia, Indiana (2018) Given enough time, Wiseman would conceivably want to make documentaries about everything. That's amazing. What's even more amazing: If anyone could actually do it, it's Wiseman - Boston Globe EDIT
Read More | Posted Nov 6, 2018
2.5/4 92% The Price of Everything (2018) The implicit castigation the documentary has to offer is hard to miss. So is the sense of overriding fascination. Is it possible to cast a cold eye if the look being given is so wide-eyed? - Boston Globe EDIT
Read More | Posted Oct 26, 2018
2.5/4 90% Studio 54 (2018) The documentary is good on the gay aspect of 54, and disco generally. - Boston Globe EDIT
Read More | Posted Oct 25, 2018
2.5/4 75% Bad Times at the El Royale (2018) A general airlessness sets in, as a tendency to sleight-of-narrative hand devolves into post-Tarantino trickeration. - Boston Globe EDIT
Read More | Posted Oct 11, 2018
3/4 96% Garry Winogrand: All Things are Photographable (2018) The documentary's heart, soul, and digestive system is the cascade of photographs that Freyer keeps coming. Many are familiar, and thus welcome. Many more are not, and thus even more so. - Boston Globe EDIT
Read More | Posted Oct 11, 2018
3.5/4 99% Tea With the Dames (Nothing Like a Dame) (2018) Each of these dames of the realm gets to play the choicest of roles: herself. - Boston Globe EDIT
Read More | Posted Oct 5, 2018
3/4 93% The Old Man & the Gun (2018) "Old Man" is a wonderfully understated star vehicle. - Boston Globe EDIT
Read More | Posted Oct 4, 2018
2/4 73% The Children Act (2018) "The Children Act" isn't all that interesting a movie, despite the many talented people involved and the generally high level of work they do. - Boston Globe EDIT
Read More | Posted Sep 20, 2018
1.5/4 82% Fahrenheit 11/9 (2018) The movie's a dynamic mess, and the dynamism makes the messiness feel that much messier. - Boston Globe EDIT
Read More | Posted Sep 20, 2018
3/4 58% White Boy Rick (2018) So the big surprise about White Boy Rick is how well the movie works. It's one thing to know a story is based on nonfiction. Being made to believe its plausibility is something else. White Boy Rick you believe. - Boston Globe EDIT
Read More | Posted Sep 12, 2018
3/4 65% The Little Stranger (2018) With its closely observed sympathy for thwarted lives, it could be a Terence Davies movie. And with all that, it's a ghost story, too, but of a very special sort. - Boston Globe EDIT
Read More | Posted Aug 30, 2018
2.5/4 89% Scotty and the Secret History of Hollywood (2018) Hearing about all this TLC will make watching TCM a very different experience. - Boston Globe EDIT
Read More | Posted Aug 16, 2018
2.5/4 91% Crazy Rich Asians (2018) For a while, "Crazy Rich Asians" has the airborne, happy preposterousness of a good screwball comedy. Those first 60 minutes or so are a treat: lighthearted, sure-handed, zippy. - Boston Globe EDIT
Read More | Posted Aug 16, 2018
2.5/4 80% Love, Cecil (2018) An unavoidable shortcoming of the documentary is the absence of Beaton's peers. Somewhat making up for that is an even more dazzling lineup of period film clips and vintage photographs. - Boston Globe EDIT
Read More | Posted Jul 19, 2018
2.5/4 76% Don't Worry, He Won't Get Far on Foot (2018) There's a truth to life in that shagginess, let alone a life as unusual as Callahan's. But it does make it hard for "Don't Worry" to hang together. - Boston Globe EDIT
Read More | Posted Jul 19, 2018
3/4 78% The King (2018) At its best, "The King" is a fever dream of American glory and American weirdness - between which there can be an even thinner line than the one separating love from hate. - Boston Globe EDIT
Read More | Posted Jul 12, 2018
2/4 61% Uncle Drew (2018) Uncle Drew is amiable enough, even crowd-pleasing, but pretty ramshackle...With all due respect to the actors and actor-hoopsters, it's the makeup people who give the film's best performance. - Boston Globe EDIT
Read More | Posted Jun 27, 2018
3/4 82% In the Intense Now (No Intenso Agora) (2018) Alternately engaging and a bit muddled, the film looks at the years 1966-68 as seen in China; in France, with the May 1968 student uprising; and in Czechoslovakia, with the Soviet invasion, three months later, and its aftermath. - Boston Globe EDIT
Read More | Posted May 16, 2018
3/4 No Score Yet Exhibition on Screen: Cézanne - Portraits of a Life (2018) It's the paintings that matter, and the paintings are magnificent. - Boston Globe EDIT
Read More | Posted Apr 12, 2018
1.5/4 37% The Leisure Seeker (2018) The pleasure of Mirren and Sutherland's company is considerable, but not that considerable. - Boston Globe EDIT
Read More | Posted Mar 15, 2018
2.5/4 No Score Yet Exhibition on Screen: David Hockney at the Royal Academy of Arts (2017) Hockney has many interesting things to say, and not just about his own work. - Boston Globe EDIT
Read More | Posted Mar 1, 2018
2.5/4 79% All the Money in the World (2017) A better title might have been "All the Movies in the World." We get a thriller, of sorts, and a crime movie, of sorts (Romain Duris, as a kidnapper, gives the most appealing performance). It's also a morality tale crossed with family melodrama. - Boston Globe EDIT
Read More | Posted Dec 28, 2017
2/4 95% The Breadwinner (2017) One can only salute the filmmakers' ambition and seriousness of purpose, but it's hard to see who "The Breadwinner" audience is. - Boston Globe EDIT
Read More | Posted Nov 21, 2017
2.5/4 84% Wonder (2017) Auggie, bless him, stops putting on that astronaut helmet. The movie does things differently. It wears a space suit and never takes it off. - Boston Globe EDIT
Read More | Posted Nov 15, 2017
3/4 91% Human Flow (2017) The film is all the more powerful for being so calm and unhurried. Ai doesn't castigate or preach. He doesn't have to. The facts, the images, speak for themselves. Instead, he bears witness. - Boston Globe EDIT
Read More | Posted Oct 26, 2017
2.5/4 7% The Snowman (2017) That look isn't enough to overcome a sluggish pace and increasingly implausible plot. Frozen red herrings are still red herrings. - Boston Globe EDIT
Read More | Posted Oct 20, 2017
2.5/4 65% Victoria & Abdul (2017) Is there a more monarchial actress alive than Dench? She could play Victoria in her sleep. - Boston Globe EDIT
Read More | Posted Sep 28, 2017
2/4 55% The Lego Ninjago Movie (2017) The franchise's toy-brick animated aesthetic remains visually addictive, but there's not much else that stands out in this cheery trifle, which credits as many writers as "The LEGO Movie" and "The LEGO Batman Movie" combined. - Boston Globe EDIT
Read More | Posted Sep 21, 2017
3.5/4 100% California Typewriter (2017) Suffusing the documentary is an almost religious reverence for this mundane and obsolete mechanical apparatus. Not that it's undeserved. - Boston Globe EDIT
Read More | Posted Sep 21, 2017
3.5/4 83% Letters From Baghdad (2017) [Tilda] Swinton's vocal performance as Bell is so vivid and absorbing. - Boston Globe EDIT
Read More | Posted Sep 20, 2017
3.5/4 100% My Journey Through French Cinema (Voyage À Travers Le Cinéma Français) (2017) Mostly, there's Tavernier, a happy bear of a man. He's insightful, endlessly enthusiastic, all but encyclopedic in knowledge. He's also highly idiosyncratic. The first word in the title is "My," after all. - Boston Globe EDIT
Read More | Posted Sep 7, 2017
2.5/4 76% Crown Heights (2017) Morally, there's black here, there's also white, but the prevailing color is bureaucratic gray. Bringing that to the screen and making it work is an accomplishment. - Boston Globe EDIT
Read More | Posted Aug 31, 2017