Mark Kermode

Mark Kermode
Tomatometer-approved critic

Movie Reviews Only

T-Meter Title | Year
74% Landline (2017) Just NO to this kind of thing. Amateurish movies are one thing, but you start putting A-list people in... - Kermode & Mayo's Film Review EDIT
Read More | Posted Oct 19, 2020
63% I Am Woman (2020) It's hard to forgive the level of clunky, chubby cliches that populates every single scene... - Kermode & Mayo's Film Review EDIT
Read More | Posted Oct 19, 2020
78% I Am Greta (2020) Not overly-insightful...but I do think the bravery and conviction involved [make it worth watching]... - Kermode & Mayo's Film Review EDIT
Read More | Posted Oct 19, 2020
50% Rebecca (2020) A completely different beast...the central character has more agency over her own fate...the key to enjoying it as much as you can is taking the Hitchcock expectations and getting them out of the way... - Kermode & Mayo's Film Review EDIT
Read More | Posted Oct 19, 2020
75% The Other Lamb (2020) Very well done. It has a very sinister, impressive atmosphere with these little flashes of surreal horror... - Kermode & Mayo's Film Review EDIT
Read More | Posted Oct 19, 2020
82% Body of Water (2020) There's a strange lyricism to its cinematography, the way the camera tells the story as much as the dialogue does... - Kermode & Mayo's Film Review EDIT
Read More | Posted Oct 19, 2020
69% Carmilla (2020) I liked it...it stuck, in an earthy way... - Kermode & Mayo's Film Review EDIT
Read More | Posted Oct 19, 2020
4/5 99% Time (2020) Bradley creates a tone poem that ebbs and flows in hypnotically lyrical style, dexterously shuffling images from disparate periods to create something unified and immersive. - Observer (UK) EDIT
Read More | Posted Oct 18, 2020
5/5 96% Saint Maud (2020) Saint Maud is a taut, sinewy treat, blessed with an impressively fluid visual sensibility and boosted by two quite brilliant central performances. - Observer (UK) EDIT
Read More | Posted Oct 11, 2020
71% Becky (2020) It has a certain retro throwback pleasure for anyone still longing for the days of VHS...squishy gore effects, a nostalgic charm... - Kermode & Mayo's Film Review EDIT
Read More | Posted Oct 8, 2020
91% Monsoon (2020) You take in its atmosphere...I found it very effective, if you give it time and succumb to its rhythms... - Kermode & Mayo's Film Review EDIT
Read More | Posted Oct 8, 2020
91% Rebuilding Paradise (2020) It's very emotional...watching people going back and rebuilding their community...it's a tale of human endurance. - Kermode & Mayo's Film Review EDIT
Read More | Posted Oct 8, 2020
80% Eternal Beauty (2019) The tone is darkly comedic, and that's the thing that makes it difficult. It's also the thing that makes it special. But the balancing act is so strange...not wholly successful but it is trying something. - Kermode & Mayo's Film Review EDIT
Read More | Posted Oct 8, 2020
98% The Forty-Year-Old Version (2020) It's really really entertaining, but tells a story that rings true. It doesn't look like any other films in cinema right now, and it's really worth seeing... - Kermode & Mayo's Film Review EDIT
Read More | Posted Oct 8, 2020
92% The Trial of the Chicago 7 (2020) Sorkin can write, we all know this...there's an interesting drama in here, with a star-studded cast, but I'm not as knocked out as some people are. I enjoyed it, but it does have a pantomime quality to it, feeling fluffy... - Kermode & Mayo's Film Review EDIT
Read More | Posted Oct 8, 2020
86% On The Rocks (2020) It's a comedy with screw-ball caper sides to it, but it's also a film about fathers and daughters and generational gaps. - Kermode & Mayo's Film Review EDIT
Read More | Posted Oct 8, 2020
4/5 86% On The Rocks (2020) A film that knowingly lifts riffs from screwball capers and melancholy romcoms alike, writing love letters to the city of New York as it swirls from one upmarket fairytale locale to the next. - Observer (UK) EDIT
Read More | Posted Oct 4, 2020
4/5 99% Miss Juneteenth (2020) There are struggles still to be faced, but the message of Peoples's film is one of love, hope and change. - Observer (UK) EDIT
Read More | Posted Sep 27, 2020
5/5 98% Rocks (2020) What a wonderful, heart-breaking, life-affirming gem of a movie this is. - Observer (UK) EDIT
Read More | Posted Sep 20, 2020
4/5 65% The Devil All the Time (2020) Campos takes another significant step up with this sprawling, sinewy epic, broodingly shot on 35mm by versatile cinematographer Lol Crawley with superb production design by Craig Lathrop. - Observer (UK) EDIT
Read More | Posted Sep 13, 2020
4/5 88% Les Misérables (2020) Slips stealthily from astute observation to urgent action, reminding us of Hugo's maxim that "there are no such things as bad plants or bad men. There are only bad cultivators." - Observer (UK) EDIT
Read More | Posted Sep 6, 2020
68% Ride Like a Girl (2019) Absolutely terrific...a triumphant film... - Kermode & Mayo's Film Review EDIT
Read More | Posted Aug 19, 2020
96% Fanny Lye Deliver'd (2019) Flawed, but it is a film with a singular vision on screen...I went in deeply suspicious of it, but the moments that work are impressive enough... - Kermode & Mayo's Film Review EDIT
Read More | Posted Aug 19, 2020
99% On the Record (2020) It is told with conviction and rigorous honesty... - Kermode & Mayo's Film Review EDIT
Read More | Posted Aug 19, 2020
94% Come As You Are (2020) A missed opportunity...but the film itself is funny, and doing something not generally done in mainstream cinema...an interesting film with a central issue within its casting...but it is funny and it is frank... - Kermode & Mayo's Film Review EDIT
Read More | Posted Aug 18, 2020
45% Black Water: Abyss (2020) Pretty flimsy... - Kermode & Mayo's Film Review EDIT
Read More | Posted Aug 18, 2020
38% Ghosts of War (2020) ...definitely a film that is tailor-made for watching at home, on a Friday night when your critical faculties have slightly failed you... - Kermode & Mayo's Film Review EDIT
Read More | Posted Aug 18, 2020
90% Alice (2019) Good performances with moments in it, particularly with that strong first act... - Kermode & Mayo's Film Review EDIT
Read More | Posted Aug 18, 2020
57% Stage Mother (2020) If you didn't see the end coming, you just weren't watching...there's nothing to spoil, save for a couple of funny gags...it could have been a lot more adventurous, and it isn't... - Kermode & Mayo's Film Review EDIT
Read More | Posted Aug 11, 2020
100% Make Up (2020) A real texture to it...with horror inflections to it...I spent quite a lot of it just not knowing where it was going... - Kermode & Mayo's Film Review EDIT
Read More | Posted Aug 11, 2020
91% The Vigil (2019) An interesting little movie that makes the most of genuinely small resources and still has an air of dread about it... - Kermode & Mayo's Film Review EDIT
Read More | Posted Aug 11, 2020
47% Unhinged (2020) A snappy, enjoyable ride... - Kermode & Mayo's Film Review EDIT
Read More | Posted Aug 11, 2020
81% Proxima (2019) I really did believe I was watching this girl going through these grueling steps... - Kermode & Mayo's Film Review EDIT
Read More | Posted Aug 11, 2020
4/5 77% Summerland (2020) This boasts real substance beneath the surface, keeping its feet on the ground and its head in the clouds. - Observer (UK) EDIT
Read More | Posted Aug 2, 2020
4/5 79% How to Build a Girl (2020) [An] entertainingly ramshackle coming-of-age story, adapted by screenwriter Caitlin Moran from her autobiographically inspired bestseller. - Observer (UK) EDIT
Read More | Posted Jul 26, 2020
5/5 92% Clemency (2019) It takes an actor of Woodard's calibre to show us how Bernadine arrived at this point, and why she finds herself so conflicted. - Observer (UK) EDIT
Read More | Posted Jul 19, 2020
5/5 99% Saint Frances (2020) A vibrant and emotionally engaging tale that dresses its subversive self-determination manifesto in the clothes of a ditzy, bittersweet comedy about midlife disappointment. - Observer (UK) EDIT
Read More | Posted Jul 12, 2020
5/5 93% Lynn + Lucy (2019) A pair of electrifying performances lie at the heart of this terrific first feature by writer-director Fyzal Boulifa, a modern fable of tested friendships and public shaming. - Observer (UK) EDIT
Read More | Posted Jul 5, 2020
3/5 40% Irresistible (2020) As a non-partisan response to the craziness of "this system, the way we elect people" (which is indeed "terrifying and exhausting"), it gets my vote. - Observer (UK) EDIT
Read More | Posted Jun 28, 2020
100% White Riot (2019) ...brilliantly uplifting...a movement that says "no!," it appealed to me... - Kermode & Mayo's Film Review EDIT
Read More | Posted Jun 24, 2020
56% Resistance (2020) As a film, it wasn't brilliant, but still gripping with many set pieces that work very well...I came out wanting to know more...flawed, not perfect, but fascinating and uplifting... - Kermode & Mayo's Film Review EDIT
Read More | Posted Jun 24, 2020
53% Joan of Arc (Jeanne) (2019) I don't think I can recommend Joan of Arc to anybody... - Kermode & Mayo's Film Review EDIT
Read More | Posted Jun 24, 2020
70% 7500 (2020) It was pretty well-done...a calling card film, look what [it] can do on limited resources... - Kermode & Mayo's Film Review EDIT
Read More | Posted Jun 24, 2020
3/5 70% 7500 (2020) This lean hijack thriller marks a striking feature debut for German writer/director Patrick Vollrath. - Observer (UK) EDIT
Read More | Posted Jun 21, 2020
74% The King of Staten Island (2020) A bit self-indulgent and too long...but the more I thought about it, the further I was from the film...the more stinging pathos moments came to mind...I thought it had a heart, tangible and beating... - Kermode & Mayo's Film Review EDIT
Read More | Posted Jun 16, 2020
100% The Australian Dream (2019) An important documentary, particularly with everything going on in this moment... - Kermode & Mayo's Film Review EDIT
Read More | Posted Jun 16, 2020
89% You Don't Nomi (2020) The documentary felt joyous, and I say that as someone who thought Showgirls was really, really, really, REALLY terrible... - Kermode & Mayo's Film Review EDIT
Read More | Posted Jun 16, 2020
89% Days of the Bagnold Summer (2019) The loneliness feels all the more poignant...the soundtrack is lovely...when you hear the Belle & Sebastian songs, you feel the film, it's really charming. - Kermode & Mayo's Film Review EDIT
Read More | Posted Jun 16, 2020
9% Artemis Fowl (2020) A fun, fleeting, rather flimsy romp...it doesn't have classic qualities, but it works if you take it for what it is: a 95-minute supernatural fantasy... - Kermode & Mayo's Film Review EDIT
Read More | Posted Jun 16, 2020
92% Da 5 Bloods (2020) A very mixed bag...one film that was turned into two different types of films...but it's not hard to watch, and Spike Lee is always worth watching. This isn't classic Spike Lee, though... - Kermode & Mayo's Film Review EDIT
Read More | Posted Jun 16, 2020