Mark Kermode

Mark Kermode

Agrees with the Tomatometer 82% of the time.

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

Movie Reviews Only

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Rating T-Meter Title | Year Review
5/5 91%

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 22, 2016
4/5 81%

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 44%

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 8, 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 82%

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 24, 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 10, 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 3, 2016
5/5 77%

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 27, 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 30, 2016
4/5 75%

The BFG (2016)

"Bravo!" ‐ Observer (UK)
Posted Jul 24, 2016
3/5 72%

Ghostbusters (2016)

"An often entertaining, generally likable, but also uneven affair ..." ‐ Observer (UK)
Posted Jul 16, 2016
4/5 54%

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 9, 2016
5/5 100%

Notes on Blindness (2016)

"As educational, entertaining and inspirational as its subject." ‐ Observer (UK)
Posted Jul 3, 2016
3/5 76%

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 18, 2016
5/5 98%

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 4, 2016
4/5 98%

Love & Friendship (2016)

"What a treat. Well played, Mr Stillman!" ‐ Observer (UK)
Posted May 28, 2016
4/5 97%

Sing Street (2016)

"I laughed, I cried, I bought the soundtrack album." ‐ Observer (UK)
Posted May 21, 2016
3/5 19%

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 21, 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 21, 2016
3/5 71%

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 21, 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 21, 2016
3/5 91%

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 21, 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 21, 2016
4/5 91%

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 14, 2016
4/5 86%

Florence Foster Jenkins (2016)

"More rigorous critics may sneer - I say "Bravo!"" ‐ Observer (UK)
Posted May 7, 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 23, 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 23, 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 23, 2016
3/5 40%

Jane Got a Gun (2016)

"It's all perfectly passable, but rather perfunctory ..." ‐ Observer (UK)
Posted Apr 23, 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 23, 2016
3/5 52%

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 23, 2016
3/5 38%

Friend Request (2016)

"Despite an overreliance on loud bangs, director Simon Verhoeven pulls off a couple of chills ..." ‐ Observer (UK)
Posted Apr 23, 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 16, 2016
4/5 95%

The Jungle Book (2016)

"It all adds up to a hugely likable romp which respects the legacies of both Rudyard Kipling and the House of Mouse, and gives modern audiences ample reason to rejoice in both. Hooray!" ‐ Observer (UK)
Posted Apr 16, 2016
4/5 93%

Our Little Sister (Umimachi Diary) (2016)

"As its magical spell takes hold, so the film's true depths become apparent, each character dealing in their own way with the departure of a parent, and issues of love, loyalty and loss." ‐ Observer (UK)
Posted Apr 16, 2016
4/5 82%

Fan (2016)

"Superb special makeup effects work by Greg Cannom enables Bollywood legend Shah Rukh Khan to play both a screen superstar and his youthful lookalike fan in this enjoyably twisty thriller." ‐ Observer (UK)
Posted Apr 16, 2016
3/5 81%

The Brand New Testament (Le tout nouveau testament) (2016)

"Visually, there are echoes of Jeunet and Caro's early collaborations, but the screenplay by Van Dormael and Thomas Gunzig is uniquely, irreverently unhinged." ‐ Observer (UK)
Posted Apr 16, 2016
1/5 30%

Criminal (2016)

"[A] fantastically stupid thriller ..." ‐ Observer (UK)
Posted Apr 16, 2016
3/5 59%

Eisenstein In Guanajuato (2016)

"It's never quite as funny or stylistically insightful as it thinks." ‐ Observer (UK)
Posted Apr 16, 2016
3/5 73%

Disorder (Maryland) (2016)

"Intriguing ..." ‐ Observer (UK)
Posted Mar 26, 2016
2/5 27%

Batman v Superman: Dawn of Justice (2016)

"For all its overcranked spectacle, I emerged from Batman v Superman in a soporific state; foggy of head, heavy of heart, wondering if it was all just a bad dream." ‐ Observer (UK)
Posted Mar 26, 2016
4/5 98%

Zootopia (2016)

"An encouragingly upbeat celebration of love and diversity in times of hate and uncertainty." ‐ Observer (UK)
Posted Mar 26, 2016
3/5 73%

Welcome to Me (2015)

"To her great credit, Wiig manages to make Alice both engaging and annoying without ever rendering her ridiculous, lending heft to the film's portrait of her mental illness and televisual malaise." ‐ Observer (UK)
Posted Mar 26, 2016
2/5 29%

My Big Fat Greek Wedding 2 (2016)

"I chuckled once, but that lone laugh was sadly neither big nor fat." ‐ Observer (UK)
Posted Mar 26, 2016
3/5 88%

Speed Sisters (2017)

"There's some nail-biting internecine tension as a climactic race result goes down to the wire, but the overall tone is celebratory and affirmative." ‐ Observer (UK)
Posted Mar 26, 2016
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