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
0.5/4 24% Thunder Force (2021) The trailer for the film is way better than sitting through it. It's a tedious mess to endure and seemed like way more fun making than watching. - Associated Press EDIT
Read More | Posted Apr 9, 2021
0.5/4 81% Nobody (2021) There's nothing new in this pointless, misguided mess. And violence as an aphrodisiac is not really what we wanted in 2021. Nobody comes out good in "Nobody." - Associated Press EDIT
Read More | Posted Mar 25, 2021
1.5/4 37% Cherry (2021) Cherry's decision making at the end is very cool visually, but hard to understand and never explained. - Associated Press EDIT
Read More | Posted Mar 11, 2021
2.5/4 53% The United States vs. Billie Holiday (2021) A film that desperately needs to be taut is anything but, making space for over-the-top dog funerals, distractions like Roy Cohn and Holiday's friendship with Tallulah Bankhead. And yet there are moments of brilliance. - Associated Press EDIT
Read More | Posted Feb 26, 2021
2.5/4 79% Barb & Star Go to Vista Del Mar (2021) The film nicely sends up spy capers, Broadway and buddy movies and is a lot like its two leading characters: Kindly, a little silly and as sweet as a candy-colored drink at the pool bar. - Associated Press EDIT
Read More | Posted Feb 11, 2021
3.5/5 87% Supernova (2021) It's a tiny story of two men that somehow adds up to all of us, like stardust. - Associated Press EDIT
Read More | Posted Jan 27, 2021
3/4 99% MLK/FBI (2021) "MLK/FBI" has a different feel than traditional documentaries, eschewing the usual pattern of old footage punctuated by talking heads, in favor of just footage and soaring songs. - Associated Press EDIT
Read More | Posted Jan 12, 2021
3/4 88% News of the World (2020) Helena Zengel is a marvel. She can be wild in one scene, defiant later, curious the next and emotionally shut down in another. She speaks volumes even without dialogue. - Associated Press EDIT
Read More | Posted Jan 12, 2021
4/4 50% The Midnight Sky (2020) It's a film that will satisfy every kind of fan - sci-fi, intimate drama, romantic and fantasy. - Associated Press EDIT
Read More | Posted Dec 10, 2020
3/4 97% Sound of Metal (2020) British actor and rapper Riz Ahmed absolutely shines as Ruben Stone, an American punk-metal drummer whose life is upended when he abruptly loses his hearing while on tour. - Associated Press EDIT
Read More | Posted Nov 20, 2020
4/4 90% The Climb (2020) It's just fantastic. Sorry, fantastique. - Associated Press EDIT
Read More | Posted Nov 10, 2020
3/4 75% Jungleland (2020) The script - by Theodore B. Bressman, David Branson Smith and Winkler - never spoon-feeds emotion or information, letting naturalism rule. - Associated Press EDIT
Read More | Posted Nov 4, 2020
2.5/4 86% The Social Dilemma (2020) The film reveals much more than why you go from Googling the best sofa one minute to finding sofa ads on your Facebook stream the next. - Associated Press EDIT
Read More | Posted Oct 30, 2020
3/4 81% Over the Moon (2020) The acclaimed animator behind such powerful figures as Ariel, Aladdin, Tarzan and Rapunzel has a new heroine and she's going further than any of his creations - the moon. - Associated Press EDIT
Read More | Posted Oct 30, 2020
2.5/4 100% His House (2020) By bringing the migrant crisis into a horror-film realm, "His House" has forcefully captured the traumas of the refugee experience. - Associated Press EDIT
Read More | Posted Oct 30, 2020
3/4 49% The Craft: Legacy (2020) "The Craft: Legacy" is firing on all cylinders, looking back respectfully but also showing how the same story in different hands can soar. - Associated Press EDIT
Read More | Posted Oct 27, 2020
0/4 39% Honest Thief (2020) This is a film that has blown up in everyone's face. - Associated Press EDIT
Read More | Posted Oct 13, 2020
4/4 98% Time (2020) "Time" is very much worth everyone's time. - Associated Press EDIT
Read More | Posted Oct 9, 2020
4/4 71% All Together Now (2020) It helps when you have an actress like Cravalho, who allows us to see pools of sadness, yearning and hunger behind her eyes. - Associated Press EDIT
Read More | Posted Aug 26, 2020
3/4 61% Project Power (2020) "Project Power" nicely mixes elements of sci-fi and crime thriller to create a cool trip with a wink... - Associated Press EDIT
Read More | Posted Aug 13, 2020
1/4 20% Fatal Affair (2020) Long and Epps get few chances to let sparks fly and the script always gets in the way. - Associated Press EDIT
Read More | Posted Jul 16, 2020
4/4 98% Hamilton (2020) Kail's camera captures actors' intimate faces during key moments in a way impossible for theater-goers and incorporates audience reaction to create an electric filmed version. - Associated Press EDIT
Read More | Posted Jun 30, 2020
3/4 74% Bully. Coward. Victim. The Story of Roy Cohn (2019) The documentary calmly and with dignity documents Cohn's fall: Disbarred and battling AIDS, he is abandoned by his fancy friends - including Trump and dies in 1986. - Associated Press EDIT
Read More | Posted Jun 16, 2020
1/4 80% And We Go Green (2019) At times, it seems like "And We Go Green" is really a long commercial for Formula E, with a little soap opera among the drivers thrown in and a peek into the tech of the cars. But none of it rally stays on the road. - Associated Press EDIT
Read More | Posted Jun 5, 2020
1.5/4 58% Have a Good Trip: Adventures in Psychedelics (2020) Wasted but not in a good way. - Associated Press EDIT
Read More | Posted May 11, 2020
2/4 75% The Wretched (2020) It's a development worthy of M. Night Shyamalan, but they've run out of runway and there's only enough room left to battle the witch. - Associated Press EDIT
Read More | Posted Apr 30, 2020
2/4 57% The Hunt (2020) "The Hunt" is not great satire or even a great film. It's an unstylish and heavy-handed horror-thriller that turns into a revenge gore-fest as it mocks everyone with a big clumsy paw. - Associated Press EDIT
Read More | Posted Mar 11, 2020
1/4 37% Spenser Confidential (2020) It's not even clear why the film is called "Spenser Confidential." There's nothing hush-hush about it except this: Everyone associated with the film might want to keep that confidential. - Associated Press EDIT
Read More | Posted Mar 5, 2020
2.5/4 50% Burden (2020) Writer and director Andrew Heckler has managed to make a powerful film, if not a very subtle one. - Associated Press EDIT
Read More | Posted Mar 3, 2020
3.5/4 74% The Photograph (2020) Meghie's script is very human, respectful of hesitancy and thoughtful without being flashy. - Associated Press EDIT
Read More | Posted Feb 14, 2020
3.5/4 63% Sonic the Hedgehog (2020) "Nailed it!" screams Sonic at one point and that might be a fitting summary for the film. - Associated Press EDIT
Read More | Posted Feb 13, 2020
1/4 5% The Last Thing He Wanted (2020) There are moments when Hathaway really reveals a hurt deep inside - a scene in which she opens her dad's empty fridge is deeply affecting - but the individual scenes don't add up to a real portrait. - Associated Press EDIT
Read More | Posted Feb 12, 2020
3/4 28% The Rhythm Section (2020) Morano's camera embraces gorgeous decay, whether in dusty North Africa or the squalor of London. She has a quirk of capturing animals - bugs, sheep, birds and even a lizard - as well as bleak, beautiful loneliness of remote parts of Britain. - Associated Press EDIT
Read More | Posted Jan 31, 2020
0.5/4 64% Gretel & Hansel (2020) "Gretel & Hansel" is as visually arresting as it is tedious, a 90-minute movie that really should have been a three-minute music video for Marilyn Manson or Ozzy Osbourne. - Associated Press EDIT
Read More | Posted Jan 30, 2020
3/4 60% The Last Full Measure (2020) Despite its flaws, this movie reminds us all of the sacrifices made by soldiers and to be mindful of how we treat them when they come home. - Associated Press EDIT
Read More | Posted Jan 22, 2020
2/4 77% Bad Boys for Life (2020) It's oddly flat and unfunny and has strayed so far from its gritty roots that it might be called "Bad Boys for Life Insurance." - Associated Press EDIT
Read More | Posted Jan 16, 2020
2/4 47% Underwater (2020) " Underwater " certainly isn't as bad as it could have been but it is leaking badly long before it reaches its limp conclusion, despite strong work by Kristen Stewart doing her best impression of Sigourney Weaver in "Aliens." - Associated Press EDIT
Read More | Posted Jan 9, 2020
85% Just Mercy (2020) The naturalism of the cinematography and acting sometimes clashes with dialogue that seems overly polished. - Associated Press EDIT
Read More | Posted Dec 23, 2019
2.5/4 71% Jumanji: The Next Level (2019) The result is a largely successful, if more unbalanced ride. It's also oddly wistful and melancholic. - Associated Press EDIT
Read More | Posted Dec 12, 2019
3.5/4 83% Queen & Slim (2019) "Queen & Slim" is a powerful look at places and issues not often explored in movies, and it's unusual for being a big studio film starring two people of color created by people of color. - Associated Press EDIT
Read More | Posted Nov 26, 2019
1/4 41% Midway (2019) The director has taken real, living men who acted heroically and turned them into pulp comic strip characters. - Associated Press EDIT
Read More | Posted Nov 6, 2019
4/4 98% Parasite (Gisaengchung) (2019) Bong's trademark slapstick is still here but the rough edges of his often too-loud lessons are shaved down nicely and his actors step forward - Associated Press EDIT
Read More | Posted Oct 10, 2019
1/4 41% The Laundromat (2019) Like the film he made, the director is compromised. - Associated Press EDIT
Read More | Posted Sep 26, 2019
3/4 62% 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 45% 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 93% 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 29% 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