Mark Kennedy

Mark Kennedy
Mark Kennedy's reviews only count toward the Tomatometer when published at the following Tomatometer-approved publication(s): Associated Press
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T-Meter Title | Year Review
3/4 60% Alita: Battle Angel (2019) The film crams in so many plot lines that it risks being overstuffed but somehow stays true to its mesmerizing vision and emerges as a sci-fi success, if not a triumph. - Associated Press EDIT
Read More | Posted Feb 12, 2019
1/4 45% What Men Want (2019) The script is uneven and heavy, with some of the only jokes coming from Badu and a few movie references to "Black Panther" and "Get Out." - Associated Press EDIT
Read More | Posted Feb 7, 2019
27% Rent Live (2019) Rent had a chance to show off the flexibility and work ethic of Broadway in the face of a setback - and completely blew it. - Associated Press EDIT
Read More | Posted Jan 28, 2019
40% The Upside (2019) Few films in memory have squandered so much acting talent in such a cliche-ridden, exploitative and dishonest way. It deserves its frozen grave. - Associated Press EDIT
Read More | Posted Jan 8, 2019
3/4 72% Destroyer (2018) It's been a while since we've had a Los Angeles on screen like this one. - Associated Press EDIT
Read More | Posted Dec 21, 2018
3/4 72% On the Basis of Sex (2019) Leder... somehow makes a wonky court case about Section 214 of the tax code, which deals with dependent care expenses, into a nail-biting thriller. - Associated Press EDIT
Read More | Posted Dec 21, 2018
93% Bumblebee (2018) It's a charming tale of a girl and her adorable car-robot, flipping the script on the tired, bloated franchise. While hard-core fan-boys may complain it's too soft, this film may turn out to be the perfect way to save Transformers. - Associated Press EDIT
Read More | Posted Dec 17, 2018
97% Spider-Man: Into the Spider-Verse (2018) [It's] a film that's fantastically fresh, both visually and narratively, trippy and post-modern at the same time and packed with intriguing storytelling tools, humor, empathy and action, while also true to its roots. - Associated Press EDIT
Read More | Posted Dec 10, 2018
59% The Front Runner (2018) The Front Runner is appropriately paced like a thriller, as everyone involved gets pulled down into the drain, helplessly. - Associated Press EDIT
Read More | Posted Nov 7, 2018
34% The Nutcracker and the Four Realms (2018) To be frank, it rather limps to the goal line. - Associated Press EDIT
Read More | Posted Oct 31, 2018
80% 22 July (2018) With tenderness and toughness, Greengrass has made a great film about a terrible act. - Associated Press EDIT
Read More | Posted Oct 8, 2018
93% Private Life (2018) Private Life is a deeply personal - perhaps even invasive - look at the challenges facing one privileged, artsy New York couple...played perfectly by Kathryn Hahn and Paul Giamatti. - Associated Press EDIT
Read More | Posted Oct 1, 2018
0/4 67% The House with a Clock in Its Walls (2018) Nothing makes a lot of sense in "The House With a Clock in Its Walls," except perhaps when Black's character warns: "This is no place for a kid." - Associated Press EDIT
Read More | Posted Sep 18, 2018
1/4 32% The Predator (2018) Scenes are poorly knitted together, especially toward the end. Time and tempo break down, as if the film were snapping apart at the seams. - Associated Press EDIT
Read More | Posted Sep 13, 2018
3/4 91% Teen Titans Go! To the Movies (2018) Teen Titans GO! to the Movies might be aimed at fans of the manic and underrated Cartoon Network show but any parent who tags along will likely chortle as the film gleefully skewers the world of superheroes and the film industry itself. - Associated Press EDIT
Read More | Posted Jul 20, 2018
3/4 51% Equalizer 2 (2018) He's cool, with moral clarity and he's three moves ahead of everyone. No wonder he's such a welcome sight in 2018 America and no wonder Washington wanted another go-around. - Associated Press EDIT
Read More | Posted Jul 18, 2018
2/4 54% The First Purge (2018) But DeMonaco's signature hammy scriptwriting also rears its head. The characters are barely one-dimensional and prone to doing stupid stuff, like wandering out alone during a night of mayhem. - Associated Press EDIT
Read More | Posted Jul 3, 2018
1/4 78% The King (2018) What could have been a gentle, personal travelogue is reworked and reworked until it's often guilty of the last sin of Elvis - excess. - Associated Press EDIT
Read More | Posted Jun 20, 2018
1/4 57% Hotel Artemis (2018) [Writer and director Drew Pearce] flaps around for a consistent tone, stunts some potential story lines and kicks out a bunch of cliches. - Associated Press EDIT
Read More | Posted Jun 6, 2018
3/4 83% Deadpool 2 (2018) Saucy, overstuffed and very entertaining. - Associated Press EDIT
Read More | Posted May 14, 2018
38% Life of the Party (2018) Do laundry. Clean the fish tank. Re-grout the bathroom. What do these things have in common? They are much better ways to spend your time than sitting through Melissa McCarthy's uninspired and forced Life of the Party. - Associated Press EDIT
Read More | Posted May 10, 2018
3/4 72% The Rachel Divide (2018) Dolezal is nicely integrated into a larger discussion of modern America's grappling with identity fluidity. - Associated Press EDIT
Read More | Posted Apr 25, 2018
3.5/4 84% Borg Vs. McEnroe (2018) This fabulous, moody film isn't your typical jock flick where bitter rivals compete to a crowning, sweaty end. - Associated Press EDIT
Read More | Posted Apr 10, 2018
3.5/4 44% Pacific Rim Uprising (2018) "Pacific Rim Uprising" is a visually-stunning, expertly crafted dose of cheer-at-the-screen fun. It's the definition of what a blockbuster sequel should be. - Associated Press EDIT
Read More | Posted Mar 21, 2018
1/4 46% Red Sparrow (2018) There are gorgeous exteriors of Vienna, Budapest, London and lush hotel interiors. The soundtrack is Tchaikovsky and Mozart. It's like an extended ad for Chanel, except for all the gore. - Associated Press EDIT
Read More | Posted Mar 1, 2018
3/4 37% Nostalgia (2018) Nostalgia is not a perfect film but it is moving and sensitive. You leave with your head in the clouds and a new view of your precious stuff. - Associated Press EDIT
Read More | Posted Feb 14, 2018
2/4 19% The Cloverfield Paradox (2018) Somewhere in "The Cloverfield Paradox" is an excellent sci-fi thriller but one that's in desperate need of sharpening. It's no disaster, like Netflix's recent "Bright," but it tries too hard to give something to everyone and ends of unsatisfying... - Associated Press EDIT
Read More | Posted Feb 6, 2018
0/4 25% Bright (2017) That old Hollywood standby, the venerable buddy cop movie, may have met its anguished demise this holiday season. Will Smith just killed it. - Associated Press EDIT
Read More | Posted Dec 20, 2017
3/4 72% Ferdinand (2017) Still, for all its problems, this is a film with world-class animation, revealing everything from astonishingly rich crowd scenes to rusty details on an old pail. - Associated Press EDIT
Read More | Posted Dec 13, 2017
30% Wonder Wheel (2017) Despite a stunning performance by Winslet and some beautiful cinematography by Vittorio Storaro, Wonder Wheel loses its charms quickly and you'll soon be begging to get off this particular ride. - Associated Press EDIT
Read More | Posted Nov 30, 2017
2.5/4 52% Roman J. Israel, Esq. (2017) Washington gives us another astounding performance of a deeply idiosyncratic man, but the film around him often isn't as skillful, meandering in places and gradually becoming more like a lot of other films. - Associated Press EDIT
Read More | Posted Nov 14, 2017
No Score Yet Demi Lovato: Simply Complicated (2017) This fusion of commercial with contrition doesn't always work but it's surprising how much brutal honesty we get between shots of Lovato working out in a light-streamed gym or suggestively lounging in her frighteningly white kitchen. - Associated Press EDIT
Read More | Posted Oct 18, 2017
87% Only the Brave (2017) This film makes such firefighters into cartoons, which ill serves their legacy. - Associated Press EDIT
Read More | Posted Oct 18, 2017
39% The Mountain Between Us (2017) ... somewhat unsteadily balances a cute, getting-to-know-you budding respect between two tentative lovers and the raw ravages of survival, which includes cougars, thin ice and deep snow... - Associated Press EDIT
Read More | Posted Oct 5, 2017
100% Earth: One Amazing Day (2017) The Earth might be the film's titular star but the documentary is really about the sun and how that star's waxing and waning energy over 24 hours shapes life down here, from the warmth of morning to the shadows of night. - Associated Press EDIT
Read More | Posted Oct 5, 2017
2/4 65% Victoria & Abdul (2017) In Victoria & Abdul, the Empress of India comes off honest, loving and decent. That seems deaf as well as stupid. - Associated Press EDIT
Read More | Posted Sep 27, 2017
53% Kingsman: The Golden Circle (2017) The best moments are actually when it pays homage to the first film. The worst are when it takes itself too seriously, the trap of the very spy films it was designed to mock. - Associated Press EDIT
Read More | Posted Sep 21, 2017
2/4 25% Unlocked (2017) Unlocked has got all the cliches you need and want. - Associated Press EDIT
Read More | Posted Aug 30, 2017
37% Death Note (2017) But this thriller-inclined version of "Death Note" doesn't dwell enough on such questions and instead becomes increasingly strained by its own insanity and clogged by clunky dialogue. - Associated Press EDIT
Read More | Posted Aug 23, 2017
51% The Glass Castle (2017) The film is both a tribute to parenting and a confessional of its absence. Like the book, it looks back without pity or sentiment. Unlike the book, it's got Woody Harrelson and Brie Larson, acting spectacularly. - Associated Press EDIT
Read More | Posted Aug 9, 2017
74% Landline (2017) Slate proves again to be a special talent, able to go from goofy-silly to volcanically desirous in the time it takes to gulp a Zima. Falco makes every minute of her small screen time sizzle and Quinn has great skill as a preternaturally mature teen. - Associated Press EDIT
Read More | Posted Jul 19, 2017
87% Okja (2017) It's not always a well-marbled ride. There's an inconsistent tone, with horrific moments spliced with satire and detours into vaudeville and a few moments when it's kidnapped into a heist movie. - Associated Press EDIT
Read More | Posted Jun 26, 2017
29% Pirates of the Caribbean: Dead Men Tell No Tales (2017) After this fifth episode, you'll wish Disney would just declare the franchise dead and tell no more tales. - Associated Press EDIT
Read More | Posted May 22, 2017
77% Wakefield (2017) Cranston is simply remarkable in the role, a tricky one since his character has precious little dialogue with anyone else. Yet the actor shows everything here -- arrogance, sorrow, anger, love, fear. - Associated Press EDIT
Read More | Posted May 17, 2017
65% The Wall (2017) This small and lazy film -- featuring two actors, one evil voice and a crumbling stone wall -- attempts to be deep and even existential but it can't hide its deep flaws in the constant swirling desert sands. - Associated Press EDIT
Read More | Posted May 10, 2017
52% The Boss Baby (2017) The animation and sound effects are so superbly rendered -- the fantasy sequences have an entirely different and nifty flavor -- that a drop of drool or a puff of baby powder seems to have real texture and feeling. - Associated Press EDIT
Read More | Posted Mar 30, 2017
49% Mascots (2016) There's a deep hollowness under the funny suit. - Associated Press EDIT
Read More | Posted Jan 1, 2017
76% Hairspray Live! (2016) There may have been enough aerosol spray to burn off the rest of our ozone layer, but Wednesday's ambitious live version of the musical Hairspray on NBC was worth the environmental damage. It was light and fun and soon had you stuck. - Associated Press EDIT
Read More | Posted Dec 14, 2016
85% Lion (2016) Lion is really two beautifully shot films -- the tenacious story of young Saroo Brierley, lost far from home, and the less dramatic, slightly forced, story of him all grown up and looking for his past. - Associated Press EDIT
Read More | Posted Nov 30, 2016
94% Arrival (2016) [Adams] delivers a heart-wrenchingly beautiful performance using her ability to communicate a half-dozen emotions just standing still... But director Denis Villeneuve sometimes gets lost in repetition and blind alleys. - Associated Press EDIT
Read More | Posted Nov 9, 2016