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
3/4 66% Edie (2019) Debbie Wiseman's eager and overemotional score sometimes undermines the actors' more quiet work. But the uplifting "Edie" is worthy of your time, mostly thanks to Hancock and Scotland's natural beauty. - Associated Press EDIT
Read More | Posted Sep 4, 2019
3/4 88% Ready or Not (2019) [Weaving is] vulnerable, deadpan funny, scared and resolute, turning a role that could have been one-dimensional into something vibrant and authentic. - Associated Press EDIT
Read More | Posted Aug 23, 2019
3/4 44% 47 Meters Down: Uncaged (2019) The dialogue may be banal - "This place is insane, right?" and "We can't give up!" - yet there is an unpredictability to Roberts' action sequences, both nodding to the conventions of shark thrillers and subverting them. - Associated Press EDIT
Read More | Posted Aug 14, 2019
2.5/4 92% David Crosby: Remember My Name (2019) Crosby is left to awkwardly narrate outside. It's clumsy filmmaking - either go in or cut it out. That's the problem with the overall film, too - it stands outside respectfully and just doesn't go for it. - Associated Press EDIT
Read More | Posted Aug 5, 2019
0.5/4 30% The Red Sea Diving Resort (2019) A large part of the problem is the casting of Chris Evans as the leader of the Israeli spy ring that set up the hotel. He is most known for playing Captain America and seems not to have put aside his shield for this film. - Associated Press EDIT
Read More | Posted Aug 5, 2019
3/4 90% Spider-Man: Far From Home (2019) It goes from sunny pop to acid jazz, from "Saved By the Bell" to "The Matrix." - Associated Press EDIT
Read More | Posted Jun 28, 2019
3/4 60% The Secret Life of Pets 2 (2019) If the knock on "The Secret Life of Pets" was that it was a rip-off of "Toy Story," then the second film better grounds itself in its own universe. Like its main three characters, it has learned to be comfortable in its own animated skin. - Associated Press EDIT
Read More | Posted Jun 6, 2019
2/4 57% Aladdin (2019) Doubts about Will Smith's casting as the Genie are overblown. It's the guy behind the camera who should be doubted. And stuffed into a small lamp forever. - Associated Press EDIT
Read More | Posted May 22, 2019
68% Pokémon Detective Pikachu (2019) This one just feels like a venal money grab from a mega corporation. You've played Pokémon Go, right? Call this one Pokémon Don't Go. - Associated Press EDIT
Read More | Posted May 2, 2019
1/4 17% Hellboy (2019) It's really a series of violent vignettes strung together, getting more and more outlandish and introducing characters at such a blistering pace that you just want it to stop already. - Associated Press EDIT
Read More | Posted Apr 10, 2019
3/4 56% The Highwaymen (2019) Like its predecessor, there's lots of cultural commentary going on in the moody and enjoyable Netflix take - issues of criminal determinism, ageism, poverty, moral compromising and, of course, celebrity. - Associated Press EDIT
Read More | Posted Mar 25, 2019
1.5/4 34% Wonder Park (2019) Wonder Park has a great premise about a spunky kid engineer and a world she constructs taking flight, but takes a few too many dark loop-de-loops and crashes hard. If you pass this amusement park, skip it. - Associated Press EDIT
Read More | Posted Mar 14, 2019
2.5/4 42% The Wedding Guest (2019) So "The Wedding Guest" might not completely work as a thriller or a satisfying rom-com, but for anyone missing India or planning to go, it's a film worth getting lost in. - Associated Press EDIT
Read More | Posted Feb 26, 2019
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 44% 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
41% 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 74% 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 74% 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
92% 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
60% 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
33% 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
94% 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 66% 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 77% 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 45% 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 40% 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 18% 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 27% 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 71% 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
31% 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 53% 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 66% 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
52% 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