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Mark Kermode

Mark Kermode
Mark Kermode's reviews only count toward the Tomatometer when published at the following Tomatometer-approved publication(s): Guardian, Sight and Sound, Observer (UK), New Statesman

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Rating T-Meter Title | Year Review
4/5 89% Jackie (2016) From the saddening glissando strings of the opening theme, with its falling invocations of death and discord, Levi provides the unifying emotional glue for Larraín's deliberately shattered film. ‐ Observer (UK)
Posted Jan 22, 2017
5/5 93% La La Land (2016) It is simply a splendid continuation of cinema's ever-evolving love affair with song and dance. ‐ Observer (UK)
Posted Jan 16, 2017
4/5 96% Manchester by the Sea (2016) For all its moments of discord, Manchester By the Sea sings its lonely song with tremendous heart and soul. ‐ Observer (UK)
Posted Jan 8, 2017
3/5 83% Silence (2017) It has the strength of its convictions, with Scorsese's faith in the material sustaining the film's soul even when its cinematic flesh is weak. ‐ Observer (UK)
Posted Jan 1, 2017
4/5 85% Rogue One: A Star Wars Story (2016) Edwards appears to have elevated what could have been simply a cash-in into something that feels essential, even magical. It has the distinct smell of victory. ‐ Observer (UK)
Posted Dec 18, 2016
4/5 93% I Am Not a Serial Killer (2016) [Sinks] its storytelling teeth deep enough to draw blood, while still retaining the flesh-wound frivolity of cackling morbid fun. ‐ Observer (UK)
Posted Dec 11, 2016
4/5 95% Moana (2016) Directors Ron Clements and John Musker here segue seamlessly into their first CG feature, embracing the malleable magic of digital animation while retaining the clear lines that underpinned their previous work. ‐ Observer (UK)
Posted Dec 4, 2016
4/5 89% A United Kingdom (2017) Having cut her teeth as an actor, the director draws terrific performances from her cast, who dance nimbly around some rather on-the-nose dialogue. ‐ Observer (UK)
Posted Nov 27, 2016
5/5 97% Your Name (Kimi No Na Wa.) (2016) Teen audiences in search of a "relatable" love story will find this every bit as accessible as Baz Luhrmann's Romeo + Juliet, while older viewers will delight in the way that archaic arts have become an integral part of 21st-century cinema. ‐ Observer (UK)
Posted Nov 20, 2016
4/5 94% Arrival (2016) Arrival may be just the poem we need; a departure from the dystopian visions which now appear all too real, a memory of a future in which light still shines in the darkness. ‐ Observer (UK)
Posted Nov 13, 2016
4/5 72% Nocturnal Animals (2016) On first viewing, I was knocked out. Second time around, the film seemed more cleverly complex but also more calculating. ‐ Observer (UK)
Posted Nov 6, 2016
4/5 96% Train to Busan (Bu-san-haeng) (2016) Moving nimbly from the confrontational animation of The King of Pigs and The Fake to the more mainstream live action of Train to Busan, Yeon retains a sharp graphic sensibility that pays snappy dividends. ‐ Observer (UK)
Posted Oct 30, 2016
5/5 92% I, Daniel Blake (2016) A gut-wrenching tragicomic drama (about "a monumental farce") that blends the timeless humanity of the Dardenne brothers' finest works with the contemporary urgency of Loach's own 1966 masterpiece Cathy Come Home. ‐ Observer (UK)
Posted Oct 23, 2016
4/5 79% American Honey (2016) Mixes the vérité grit of Ken Loach's sociopolitical parables with the awestruck natural beauty of Terrence Malick's rural cinematic dreams, all filtered through the eyes of an irrepressible heroine whose experiences are at once singular yet universal. ‐ Observer (UK)
Posted Oct 16, 2016
3/5 43% The Girl on the Train (2016) Retaining the British accent that makes her even more of an outsider in this scary New World, Blunt convinces completely as a drunken fish out of water. ‐ Observer (UK)
Posted Oct 9, 2016
5/5 98% Under The Shadow (2016) With this terrific feature debut, Anvari lifts the veil on his heroines' hidden lives and leaves us all dreaming with our eyes wide open. ‐ Observer (UK)
Posted Oct 2, 2016
3/5 83% Deepwater Horizon (2016) What's most impressive is the fact that the screenplay refuses to talk down to the audience. ‐ Observer (UK)
Posted Oct 2, 2016
4/5 84% The Girl With All the Gifts (2016) The Girl With All the Gifts is exactly the kind of genre picture the UK should be making: provocative, imaginative and unafraid to sink its teeth into complex and challenging material. Bravo! ‐ Observer (UK)
Posted Sep 25, 2016
3/5 36% Blair Witch (2016) Efficient if unadventurous. ‐ Observer (UK)
Posted Sep 18, 2016
4/5 82% Captain Fantastic (2016) He may not be a superhero, but in terms of imagination, this captain really can fly. ‐ Observer (UK)
Posted Sep 11, 2016
4/5 100% Things to Come (L'avenir) (2016) Hansen-Løve keeps Nathalie purposefully in flux and on the move, Denis Lenoir's camera constantly catching her striding hither and yon, proceeding as briskly as the film itself. ‐ Observer (UK)
Posted Sep 4, 2016
5/5 83% Julieta (2016) There is a Bergmanesque quality to Almodóvar's focus on Suárez's face in Julieta which speaks volumes about his journey from enfant terrible to elder statesman. ‐ Observer (UK)
Posted Aug 28, 2016
4/5 56% Jason Bourne (2016) Amid such visceral spectacle, Damon injects a much needed air of humanity. His speech may be sparse, but his body is expressively talkative, conveying violence, pathos and even tragedy in surprisingly precise fashion. ‐ Observer (UK)
Posted Jul 31, 2016
4/5 75% The BFG (2016) Bravo! ‐ Observer (UK)
Posted Jul 24, 2016
3/5 73% Ghostbusters (2016) An often entertaining, generally likable, but also uneven affair ... ‐ Observer (UK)
Posted Jul 17, 2016
4/5 57% The Neon Demon (2016) Sliding into grand guignol, the primary colours and pointed objects evoke the 70s cinema of Dario Argento, with outré overtones of Lucio Fulci or Ruggero Deodato. ‐ Observer (UK)
Posted Jul 10, 2016
5/5 93% Notes on Blindness (2016) As educational, entertaining and inspirational as its subject. ‐ Observer (UK)
Posted Jul 4, 2016
3/5 77% Elvis & Nixon (2016) It's entertaining fluff and, frankly, That's All Right. ‐ Observer (UK)
Posted Jun 26, 2016
4/5 82% Tale of Tales (Il racconto dei racconti) (2016) A timeless portrayal of the bonds of sisterly love, a theme amplified by both the defiance and pathos of Henderson's wonderful performance. ‐ Observer (UK)
Posted Jun 19, 2016
5/5 97% Embrace Of The Serpent (El Abrazo De La Serpiente) (2016) I was utterly mesmerised, captivated and transported. ‐ Observer (UK)
Posted Jun 12, 2016
3/5 92% The Nice Guys (2016) More slapstick than gumshoe, The Nice Guys is at its best when riffing broadly on the chaotic chemistry between its chalk-and-cheese male stars. ‐ Observer (UK)
Posted Jun 5, 2016
4/5 98% Love & Friendship (2016) What a treat. Well played, Mr Stillman! ‐ Observer (UK)
Posted May 29, 2016
4/5 96% Sing Street (2016) I laughed, I cried, I bought the soundtrack album. ‐ Observer (UK)
Posted May 22, 2016
3/5 24% The Silent Storm (2014) Writer-director Corinna McFarlane counterposes Bergmanesque interiors with gaping exteriors, while Alastair Caplin's eerie, evocative score cranks up the searing, brooding mood. ‐ Observer (UK)
Posted May 22, 2016
4/5 97% Heart of a Dog (2015) Kierkegaard, Wittgenstein and 9/11 are all thrown into the mix with a lightness of touch at once ephemeral and profound. ‐ Observer (UK)
Posted May 22, 2016
3/5 70% A Hologram for the King (2016) Alexander Black makes some dramatic headway as Alan's driver-cum-guide Yousef, while Sarita Choudhury breathes life into blossoming romantic subplot which proves the film's most intriguing feature. ‐ Observer (UK)
Posted May 22, 2016
3/5 48% X-Men: Apocalypse (2016) Suffering from the same bewildering superfluity of colourful characters that beset the superior Captain America: Civil War, this nevertheless has fun with its 1980s setting ... ‐ Observer (UK)
Posted May 22, 2016
3/5 92% Departure (2015) Finbar Lynch is affectingly spiky as the all-but-absent husband whose presence feels more like a void, but Stevenson steals the show as the woman on the verge of a nervous breakdown. ‐ Observer (UK)
Posted May 22, 2016
4/5 100% Chicken (2016) Bolter's widescreen cinematography captures the warmth, loneliness and harsh reality of this disenfranchised world with unobtrusive aplomb. ‐ Observer (UK)
Posted May 22, 2016
4/5 90% Green Room (2016) Smartly cast, Stewart brings an almost Shakespearean edge to the drama, delivering lines such as "all is for nought" in the manner of a theatrical king surveying the devastation of a five-act tragedy. ‐ Observer (UK)
Posted May 15, 2016
4/5 87% Florence Foster Jenkins (2016) More rigorous critics may sneer - I say "Bravo!" ‐ Observer (UK)
Posted May 8, 2016
5/5 96% Son of Saul (2015) Unthinkable as it seems, there is a glimmer of light in this appalling darkness, infinitesimal yet inextinguishable. Ultimately, it is that glimmer which makes Son of Saul so traumatic. ‐ Guardian
Posted Apr 27, 2016
3/5 72% Louder Than Bombs (2016) [A] flawed yet intriguingly off-kilter oddity ... ‐ Observer (UK)
Posted Apr 24, 2016
3/5 73% Miles Ahead (2016) Like Davis's music, the film's structure is modal, with Cheadle getting the legend's changing stance spot on, as we slip on a cymbal splash between his incarnations as the sharp-suited epitome of cool and the coke-addled "Howard Hughes of jazz". ‐ Observer (UK)
Posted Apr 24, 2016
3/5 100% The Divide (2016) Katharine Round's good-looking, slickly produced documentary provides yet another reminder of the growing divide between rich and poor in the UK and US. ‐ Observer (UK)
Posted Apr 24, 2016
3/5 39% Jane Got a Gun (2016) It's all perfectly passable, but rather perfunctory ... ‐ Observer (UK)
Posted Apr 24, 2016
4/5 97% Arabian Nights: Volume 1 - The Restless One (As Mil e Uma Noites: Volume 1, O Inquieto) (2015) Roll on Volume Two. ‐ Observer (UK)
Posted Apr 24, 2016
3/5 47% The Take (Bastille Day) (2016) Crunchy fights and a vertiginous rooftop chase crank up the action, while viral videos and hashtagged calls to arms lend an illusion of modernity to the old-fashioned proceedings. ‐ Observer (UK)
Posted Apr 24, 2016
3/5 42% Friend Request (2017) Despite an overreliance on loud bangs, director Simon Verhoeven pulls off a couple of chills ... ‐ Observer (UK)
Posted Apr 24, 2016
4/5 95% Eye In The Sky (2016) A provocatively tense thriller that negotiates the moral minefields of its thorny subject matter in crowd-pleasing fashion. ‐ Observer (UK)
Posted Apr 17, 2016