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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 97% Arabian Nights: Volume 1 - The Restless One (As Mil e Uma Noites: Volume 1, O Inquieto) (2015) Roll on Volume Two.‐ Observer (UK)
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3/5 46% 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)
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3/5 42% Friend Request (2017) Despite an overreliance on loud bangs, director Simon Verhoeven pulls off a couple of chills ...‐ Observer (UK)
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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)
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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)
Read More | Posted Apr 17, 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)
Read More | Posted Apr 17, 2016
4/5 83% 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)
Read More | Posted Apr 17, 2016
3/5 83% 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)
Read More | Posted Apr 17, 2016
1/5 30% Criminal (2016) [A] fantastically stupid thriller ...‐ Observer (UK)
Read More | Posted Apr 17, 2016
3/5 59% Eisenstein In Guanajuato (2016) It's never quite as funny or stylistically insightful as it thinks.‐ Observer (UK)
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3/5 73% Disorder (Maryland) (2016) Intriguing ...‐ Observer (UK)
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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)
Read More | Posted Mar 27, 2016
4/5 98% Zootopia (2016) An encouragingly upbeat celebration of love and diversity in times of hate and uncertainty.‐ Observer (UK)
Read More | Posted Mar 27, 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)
Read More | Posted Mar 27, 2016
2/5 30% My Big Fat Greek Wedding 2 (2016) I chuckled once, but that lone laugh was sadly neither big nor fat.‐ Observer (UK)
Read More | Posted Mar 27, 2016
3/5 91% 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)
Read More | Posted Mar 27, 2016
4/5 87% The Club (El Club) (2016) A masterclass in shifting dramatic tones, as Larraín moves deftly between dark tragicomic colours.‐ Observer (UK)
Read More | Posted Mar 27, 2016
3/5 60% Iona (2015) Flawed but atmospheric ...‐ Observer (UK)
Read More | Posted Mar 27, 2016
4/5 61% High-Rise (2016) A step up from the anarchic experiments of his previous works, High-Rise sees Wheatley coming into his own as a director in complete control of his environment.‐ Observer (UK)
Read More | Posted Mar 20, 2016
4/5 95% Marguerite (2016) Giannoli and Frot ensure that Marguerite is never the butt of the joke. On the contrary, she embodies something admirably unruly - a devotion to music that transcends the stifling disappointments of real life.‐ Observer (UK)
Read More | Posted Mar 20, 2016
3/5 93% The Pearl Button (El botón de nácar) (2015) As always, Guzmán unearths details that establish resonant connections between diverse worlds (the "pearl button" of the title proves typically allusive) but at a brief 82 minutes this feels like too many streams gathering in one overcrowded pool.‐ Observer (UK)
Read More | Posted Mar 20, 2016
2/5 9% Norm of the North (2016) Plays like a bargain-bin mashup of tropes lifted from Happy Feet, Madagascar, Ice Age et al.‐ Observer (UK)
Read More | Posted Mar 20, 2016
3/5 51% Risen (2016) It's solidly middling fare, soft of heart and script, and given to moments of foolishly miraculous folly.‐ Observer (UK)
Read More | Posted Mar 20, 2016
1/5 9% Rock the Kasbah (2015) A dog's dinner of a movie which not even the usually reliable Bill Murray can raise above the level of confused, cliched claptrap.‐ Observer (UK)
Read More | Posted Mar 20, 2016
3/5 90% 10 Cloverfield Lane (2016) All three cast members play their roles to a tee, with Goodman walking a thin line between threat and pathos, while Winstead does a terrific job of leading the audience through the increasingly outlandish revelations of the plot.‐ Observer (UK)
Read More | Posted Mar 20, 2016
4/5 91% The Witch (2016) An atmospheric chiller rooted in the fertile soil of religious zealotry, social isolation and original sin.‐ Observer (UK)
Read More | Posted Mar 13, 2016
3/5 72% The Ones Below (2016) Farr ... makes a solid fist of his big-screen debut as writer/director, generating some small-scale chills which are undiminished by the occasionally creaky dialogue.‐ Observer (UK)
Read More | Posted Mar 13, 2016
2/5 12% The Divergent Series: Allegiant (2016) Plodding stuff which accentuates the silliness of the original's teen-mag personality-trope set-up, a narrative device that becomes more boringly byzantine with each successive instalment.‐ Observer (UK)
Read More | Posted Mar 13, 2016
3/5 93% Next to Her (2014) Heartfelt, moving and honest ...‐ Observer (UK)
Read More | Posted Mar 13, 2016
1/5 7% Fifty Shades of Black (2016) Another depressing "cinema parody" that isn't half as amusing as the film(s) it wants us to laugh at.‐ Observer (UK)
Read More | Posted Mar 13, 2016
3/5 93% Anomalisa (2015) There's something magical about the malaise which raises this above mere misanthropy - a heightened sense of fragile life that perhaps only puppets could hope to achieve.‐ Observer (UK)
Read More | Posted Mar 13, 2016
3/5 87% Kung Fu Panda 3 (2016) It's amiable, colourful fare, buoyed up by occasional moments of beauty, most of them in the dazzling background designs - both worldly and otherworldly.‐ Observer (UK)
Read More | Posted Mar 13, 2016
4/5 86% Hail, Caesar! (2016) For all its knockabout silliness, the film is a love letter to the movies - or rather, to a dream of the movies.‐ Observer (UK)
Read More | Posted Mar 6, 2016
3/5 62% Truth (2015) Blanchett is terrific as Mapes, juggling hard journalism and home life, serving breakfast to her son while fielding tough-as-nails phone calls.‐ Observer (UK)
Read More | Posted Mar 6, 2016
1/5 25% London Has Fallen (2016) The cheap-as-chips visual effects are pitiful (all sub-Doctor Who CG explosions and video-game helicopter crashes), the action sequences coma-inducingly dull and overall tone laughable, but not in a good way.‐ Observer (UK)
Read More | Posted Mar 6, 2016
2/5 39% The Other Side of the Door (2016) Ghost-train fare - mostly mechanical and largely unsurprising.‐ Observer (UK)
Read More | Posted Mar 6, 2016
3/5 79% Time Out Of Mind (2015) You'll share George's sense of weariness as he searches for a simple night's sleep, but more importantly you'll believe in the cold world he inhabits, and the complex plight of those around him.‐ Observer (UK)
Read More | Posted Mar 6, 2016
4/5 95% Hitchcock/Truffaut (2015) It's great to hear audio of these exchanges, and the new interviews that make up the bulk of the film are entertaining, erudite, and (most importantly) refreshingly enthusiastic.‐ Observer (UK)
Read More | Posted Mar 6, 2016
4/5 86% Goodnight Mommy (2015) By the third act, you'll be hiding your face in wincing terror.‐ Observer (UK)
Read More | Posted Mar 6, 2016
1/5 5% Exposed (2016) Incomprehensibly disjointed and stunningly dull ...‐ Observer (UK)
Read More | Posted Feb 28, 2016
2/5 37% The Brothers Grimsby (2016) Cohen comes unstuck with his least imaginative comic creation to date; naff of accent (he sounds like he has never been north of Watford), cliched of manner, and unimaginatively Gallagher-esque of hair.‐ Observer (UK)
Read More | Posted Feb 28, 2016
3/5 94% King Jack (2016) The overriding air is one of tenderness, with Plummer intelligently suggesting layers of confusion beneath his bravado, engaging our sympathies and ultimately winning our loyalty.‐ Observer (UK)
Read More | Posted Feb 28, 2016
1/5 25% The Benefactor (2016) The Benefactor loses whatever anarchic spark it may have had, leaving us with an increasingly empty symphony of its star's repertoire of heavy breathing, blinking and out-of-context laughing.‐ Observer (UK)
Read More | Posted Feb 28, 2016
2/5 10% The Forest (2016) The tourist's eye view of Japan grates (all live sushi and sidelined indigenous characters) as much as the absence of originality.‐ Observer (UK)
Read More | Posted Feb 28, 2016
3/5 100% The Propaganda Game (2015) Raising as many questions as it answers, Álvaro's film highlights how little we know of real life in North Korea, and how much propaganda from both sides continues to cloud international understanding.‐ Observer (UK)
Read More | Posted Feb 28, 2016
3/5 38% Secret in Their Eyes (2015) Tme and again the drama spirals into cliched foolishness and rule-bending procedural pastiche from which only a typically engrossing turn by Ejiofor can save it.‐ Observer (UK)
Read More | Posted Feb 28, 2016
4/5 96% The Survivalist (2015) A stripped-down exercise in cinematic exposition that suggests its creator is a major talent in the making.‐ Observer (UK)
Read More | Posted Feb 14, 2016
3/5 84% Deadpool (2016) For the most part it's crudely disreputable fare, buoyed up by ironic bubblegum tunes ...‐ Observer (UK)
Read More | Posted Feb 14, 2016
1/5 33% The Green Inferno (2015) Flat-pack acting, frat-boy screenwriting (the portrayal of activists is spitefully dumb) and retro gore combine with smug throwback neocolonialist racism and unfunny jokes about diarrhoea, dope and Scooby-Doo.‐ Observer (UK)
Read More | Posted Feb 14, 2016
3/5 60% Concussion (2015) Smith's performance is his best in years, an oasis of intelligent calm amid writer-director Peter Landesman's soapy melodrama, characterised by James Newton Howard's never knowingly understated score.‐ Observer (UK)
Read More | Posted Feb 14, 2016