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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 94% Incredibles 2 (2018) There's a serious movie lurking at the heart of all this hi-tech adventure that takes timely swipes at gender inequality, family stress and the modern triumph of salesmanship over substance.‐ Observer (UK)
Read More | Posted Jul 15, 2018
3/5 88% Whitney (2018) By jarringly intercutting news footage with deconstructed images (visual and aural) of a supposedly poptastic life, Macdonald creates a vivid collage that juxtaposes public and personal spheres.‐ Observer (UK)
Read More | Posted Jul 8, 2018
3/5 77% In the Fade (Aus dem Nichts) (2017) It's a mercurial performance, subtly modulated, and somewhat at odds with an increasingly melodramatic potboiler that flirts uneasily with the pulpy conventions of vengeance-fuelled B-movies.‐ Observer (UK)
Read More | Posted Jun 25, 2018
3/5 89% Hereditary (2018) Gradually downshifts into generic cliche, abandoning well-mapped psychogeography for psychokinetic silliness and superfluous plot exposition.‐ Observer (UK)
Read More | Posted Jun 17, 2018
4/5 78% Lek and the Dogs (Ivan and the Dogs) (2018) Ultimately, whatever one takes from this overwhelming collage of sound and vision will be wholly personal.‐ Observer (UK)
Read More | Posted Jun 10, 2018
5/5 94% The Breadwinner (2017) Along with the eerie beauty of the animation there is a salving streak of humour that softens this tale's sharper edges, reminding us that - for children - laughter and bravery walk hand in hand.‐ Observer (UK)
Read More | Posted May 27, 2018
4/5 100% Montparnasse Bienvenue (Jeune femme) (2017) This is a refreshingly invigorating and unvarnished character study, thrumming with anxious life. Bravo!‐ Observer (UK)
Read More | Posted May 20, 2018
3/5 55% Godard Mon Amour (Le redoutable) (2018) I found myself chuckling throughout Redoubtable, surprisingly entertained by its slapstick iconoclasm.‐ Observer (UK)
Read More | Posted May 13, 2018
4/5 92% Lean on Pete (2018) A performance of remarkable depth, candour and vulnerability by rising star Charlie Plummer lies at the heart of this terrifically moving fourth feature film from British writer-director Andrew Haigh.‐ Observer (UK)
Read More | Posted May 6, 2018
4/5 94% Beast (2018) Pearce's increasingly intense psychological thriller deftly overturns expectations as it dances between timeless fable, modern romance and murder mystery.‐ Observer (UK)
Read More | Posted Apr 29, 2018
3/5 77% Funny Cow (2017) Funny Cow may prove as hard to embrace as its spiky subject, but Peake's performance and Hawley's music help to carry us across the threshold.‐ Observer (UK)
Read More | Posted Apr 22, 2018
4/5 90% Isle of Dogs (2018) Isle of Dogs is a delight: funny, touching and full of heartfelt warmth and wit.‐ Observer (UK)
Read More | Posted Apr 1, 2018
4/5 No Score Yet Gholam (2017) Hosseini holds the audience's attention as Tabrizian's elliptical, diasporic drama unfolds mysteriously around him.‐ Observer (UK)
Read More | Posted Mar 25, 2018
4/5 84% The Square (2017) Like Bobby McFerrin and Yo-Yo Ma's oddly off-kilter rendition of Ave Maria, which echoes throughout the drama, The Square is a strange mix of pop and profundity: archly entertaining, occasionally grating and consistently uncomfortable.‐ Observer (UK)
Read More | Posted Mar 18, 2018
5/5 87% You Were Never Really Here (2018) From the disorienting opening to the enigmatic finale, Lynne Ramsay is always really here, her commanding vision shining through every frame.‐ Observer (UK)
Read More | Posted Mar 11, 2018
4/5 94% A Fantastic Woman (Una mujer fant├ística) (2018) A magnetic screen presence, Vega is called upon to unify the film's shifting moods - no mean feat. It's a challenge to which she rises with ease ...‐ Observer (UK)
Read More | Posted Mar 4, 2018
4/5 89% I, Tonya (2018) Whatever your views on the US in general and Harding in particular, you'll leave this cheering for Margot Robbie. Bravo!‐ Observer (UK)
Read More | Posted Feb 25, 2018
5/5 92% The Shape of Water (2017) It sounds ridiculous, yet through some magical alchemy it works - magnificently so.‐ Observer (UK)
Read More | Posted Feb 19, 2018
4/5 93% Loveless (Nelyubov) (2018) A film that, with chilly precision, dissects the frozen corpse of a hollow society - personal, national and global.‐ Observer (UK)
Read More | Posted Feb 11, 2018
5/5 91% Phantom Thread (2018) I've seen Phantom Thread three times now, and each time I have been gripped ever tighter in its sublimely eerie and immaculately constructed web.‐ Observer (UK)
Read More | Posted Feb 4, 2018
4/5 82% Early Man (2018) This boisterous romp lifted my spirits and tickled my funny bone. In these dark days, that's something to cheer about.‐ Observer (UK)
Read More | Posted Jan 28, 2018
4/5 87% The Post (2018) The film-making may hardly be groundbreaking, but this story is more relevant than ever, and it is told with wit, precision and understated passion.‐ Observer (UK)
Read More | Posted Jan 21, 2018
4/5 92% Three Billboards Outside Ebbing, Missouri (2017) While McDonagh's dialogue is ripe and chewy, McDormand has the power to speak volumes in silence.‐ Observer (UK)
Read More | Posted Jan 15, 2018
4/5 73% Hostiles (2018) There's a gritty integrity and plaintive poetry to this end-of-an-era western from Crazy Heart director Scott Cooper.‐ Observer (UK)
Read More | Posted Jan 7, 2018
4/5 89% By the Time It Gets Dark (Dao khanong) (2017) It's an intoxicating cocktail, with bursts of time-travelling song breaking through the underlying thrum of insect life, leading towards a trance-dance finale that left my head spinning.‐ Observer (UK)
Read More | Posted Dec 27, 2017
3/5 76% Jumanji: Welcome to the Jungle (2017) This crowd-pleasing romp combines boisterous action with coming-of-age comedy, all delivered in a shiny FX-laden package tailor-made for holiday audiences.‐ Observer (UK)
Read More | Posted Dec 26, 2017
4/5 91% Star Wars: The Last Jedi (2017) As the third act approaches, the crescendo of air-punching interludes accelerates, eliciting gasps, cheers and OMG whoops from an audience whom Johnson treats with respect, affection, and evident admiration.‐ Observer (UK)
Read More | Posted Dec 17, 2017
4/5 97% Menashe (2017) This terrifically authentic look at life inside New York's Yiddish-speaking Hasidic community is a bittersweet treat - a vibrantly engaging portrait of down-to-earth lives that is affectionate, amusing and ultimately very moving.‐ Observer (UK)
Read More | Posted Dec 10, 2017
4/5 91% The Disaster Artist (2017) James Franco hits all the right wrong notes in this hugely entertaining, true-life tale of Tommy Wiseau's 2003 "disasterpiece" film The Room.‐ Observer (UK)
Read More | Posted Dec 3, 2017
4/5 85% Battle of the Sexes (2017) This dramatisation revisits those carnivalesque events in splendidly springy fashion, achieving the quadruple grand slam feat of being emotionally engaging, politically intriguing, dramatically gripping and frequently very funny.‐ Observer (UK)
Read More | Posted Nov 26, 2017
4/5 92% Good Time (2017) Pattinson is utterly convincing as the Manson-eyed Connie, a manipulative force of nature (alternately mesmerising, repugnant and pathetic) who leaves a trail of destruction in his wake.‐ Observer (UK)
Read More | Posted Nov 19, 2017
5/5 96% The Florida Project (2017) Another superbly sympathetic portrait of marginalised experience from a film-maker whose great triumph is that he never feels like a tourist. This is Moonee's world, and for a couple of hours at least, we are privileged to live in it.‐ Observer (UK)
Read More | Posted Nov 12, 2017
4/5 80% The Killing of a Sacred Deer (2017) I veered between being impressed, alarmed, confused and creeped-out.‐ Observer (UK)
Read More | Posted Nov 5, 2017
4/5 66% Breathe (2017) Part exuberant love story, part great escape adventure, this is an old-fashioned tale of triumph over adversity that refuses - like its protagonists - to succumb to confinement.‐ Observer (UK)
Read More | Posted Oct 29, 2017
4/5 100% I Am Not a Witch (2017) [A] bewilderingly strange yet terrifically sure-footed feature debut from writer-director Rungano Nyoni.‐ Observer (UK)
Read More | Posted Oct 22, 2017
4/5 81% The Party (2018) An impressively lean affair, shot in a single location with few frills and no fuss - just an A-list cast at the top of their game.‐ Observer (UK)
Read More | Posted Oct 15, 2017
5/5 87% Blade Runner 2049 (2017) Spectacular enough to win over new generations of viewers, yet deep enough to reassure diehard fans that their cherished memories haven't been reduced to tradable synthetic implants.‐ Observer (UK)
Read More | Posted Oct 8, 2017
4/5 64% Goodbye Christopher Robin (2017) ... skips nimbly between light and dark, war and peace, like a young boy finding his way through an English wood, albeit one drenched with shafts of sugary, Spielbergian light.‐ Observer (UK)
Read More | Posted Oct 2, 2017
4/5 98% In Between (2018) Nothing about the lives of these women appears false or phoney, even when the narrative takes credibility-stretching detours into contrived revenge drama.‐ Observer (UK)
Read More | Posted Sep 24, 2017
4/5 69% mother! (2017) The further away I get from Mother!, the closer it moves to my heart. It's a delirious, disgraceful experience - just make sure you give it space to breathe.‐ Observer (UK)
Read More | Posted Sep 17, 2017
4/5 85% It (2017) While it may not be as frightening as some hardened horror fans desire, the archetypal terrors and fundamental friendships of King's source are slickly transferred to the screen with a ghoulish enthusiasm that proves hard to resist.‐ Observer (UK)
Read More | Posted Sep 10, 2017
4/5 74% The Limehouse Golem (2017) A slippery subject, but these players do it proud.‐ Observer (UK)
Read More | Posted Sep 3, 2017
4/5 83% Detroit (2017) As a wake-up call to a nation, it is tense, tough and terrifyingly timely.‐ Observer (UK)
Read More | Posted Aug 27, 2017
4/5 98% The Big Sick (2017) A comedy with heart and soul to spare.‐ Observer (UK)
Read More | Posted Jul 30, 2017
4/5 92% Dunkirk (2017) A film that will doubtless become the definitive cinematic depiction of this remarkable chapter of history.‐ Observer (UK)
Read More | Posted Jul 23, 2017
3/5 78% The Beguiled (2017) Fans of Siegel's film may bridle at Coppola's reinterpretation, but those who have swooned at Coppola's distinctive back catalogue will find themselves right at home.‐ Observer (UK)
Read More | Posted Jul 16, 2017
4/5 88% It Comes At Night (2017) It's a grim vision of a world losing track of objective facts, descending into a poisonous abyss of chaos and disorder. No wonder it strikes such a contemporary chord.‐ Observer (UK)
Read More | Posted Jul 9, 2017
5/5 93% Baby Driver (2017) It's when the horns and drums of the Button Down Brass's Tequila become gunfire, or the madness of Hocus Pocus by Focus drives a breathless chase, that Wright really puts his foot down, with exhilarating results.‐ Observer (UK)
Read More | Posted Jul 2, 2017
4/5 86% Okja (2017) Okja combines the holistic man-and-nature themes of a Studio Ghibli animation with the alarming food-industry revelations of Cowspiracy: The Sustainability Secret.‐ Observer (UK)
Read More | Posted Jun 25, 2017
4/5 76% My Cousin Rachel (2017) It's Weisz who provides the magic, keeping the mercury rising with a performance full of deliciously unsolved mystery.‐ Observer (UK)
Read More | Posted Jun 11, 2017