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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% Aquarius (2016) A performance of tremendous wit, vitality and lusty defiance by Sônia Braga drives Brazilian film-maker Kleber Mendonça Filho's remarkable second feature.‐ Observer (UK)
Read More | Posted Mar 26, 2017
4/5 99% Get Out (2017) Beneath the beatific smile of 21st-century liberalism, Get Out finds the still grinning ghoulish skull of age-old servitude and exploitation unveiled during a rollercoaster ride into a very American nightmare.‐ Observer (UK)
Read More | Posted Mar 19, 2017
4/5 90% Elle (2016) If the definition of intelligence is the ability to hold two contradictory thoughts in your head at the same time, then Elle is a movie designed to make its audience feel very smart indeed.‐ Observer (UK)
Read More | Posted Mar 12, 2017
3/5 73% Viceroy's House (2017) Chadha ... has set out to make a personal-political drama with a solidly populist edge, a bold ambition for which deserves three cheers.‐ Observer (UK)
Read More | Posted Mar 5, 2017
5/5 97% Moonlight (2016) I doubt that I will see a better film than Moonlight this year.‐ Observer (UK)
Read More | Posted Feb 19, 2017
4/5 94% Prevenge (2017) Lowe, who reportedly breast-fed and changed nappies in the editing room, [has] proved herself a multitasking mother of invention. I can't wait to see what she creates next.‐ Observer (UK)
Read More | Posted Feb 12, 2017
5/5 92% Toni Erdmann (2016) "This will not be a comedy," Ade reportedly told her co-producer. "This will be a very long and sad film." In fact, it is both and more.‐ Observer (UK)
Read More | Posted Feb 5, 2017
4/5 77% T2 Trainspotting (2017) Drawing on both Welsh's 1993 novel and its 2002 sequel, Porno, returning screenwriter John Hodge forges new narrative paths, remembering the glory days of yore without becoming what Simon calls "a tourist in your own youth".‐ Observer (UK)
Read More | Posted Jan 29, 2017
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)
Read More | 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)
Read More | 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)
Read More | Posted Jan 8, 2017
3/5 85% 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)
Read More | 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)
Read More | 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)
Read More | 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)
Read More | Posted Dec 4, 2016
4/5 82% 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)
Read More | Posted Nov 27, 2016
5/5 97% Your Name. (Kimi No Na Wa.) (2017) 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)
Read More | 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)
Read More | Posted Nov 13, 2016
4/5 73% 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)
Read More | Posted Nov 6, 2016
4/5 96% Train to Busan (Busanhaeng) (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)
Read More | Posted Oct 30, 2016
5/5 93% 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)
Read More | 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)
Read More | 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)
Read More | 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)
Read More | Posted Oct 2, 2016
3/5 84% Deepwater Horizon (2016) What's most impressive is the fact that the screenplay refuses to talk down to the audience.‐ Observer (UK)
Read More | Posted Oct 2, 2016
4/5 85% The Girl With All the Gifts (2017) 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)
Read More | Posted Sep 25, 2016
3/5 35% Blair Witch (2016) Efficient if unadventurous.‐ Observer (UK)
Read More | Posted Sep 18, 2016
4/5 83% Captain Fantastic (2016) He may not be a superhero, but in terms of imagination, this captain really can fly.‐ Observer (UK)
Read More | 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)
Read More | 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)
Read More | 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)
Read More | Posted Jul 31, 2016
4/5 75% The BFG (2016) Bravo!‐ Observer (UK)
Read More | Posted Jul 24, 2016
3/5 73% Ghostbusters (2016) An often entertaining, generally likable, but also uneven affair ...‐ Observer (UK)
Read More | 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)
Read More | Posted Jul 10, 2016
5/5 93% Notes on Blindness (2016) As educational, entertaining and inspirational as its subject.‐ Observer (UK)
Read More | Posted Jul 4, 2016
3/5 76% Elvis & Nixon (2016) It's entertaining fluff and, frankly, That's All Right.‐ Observer (UK)
Read More | 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)
Read More | 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)
Read More | 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)
Read More | Posted Jun 5, 2016
4/5 98% Love & Friendship (2016) What a treat. Well played, Mr Stillman!‐ Observer (UK)
Read More | Posted May 29, 2016
4/5 96% Sing Street (2016) I laughed, I cried, I bought the soundtrack album.‐ Observer (UK)
Read More | 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)
Read More | 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)
Read More | 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)
Read More | 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)
Read More | Posted May 22, 2016
3/5 85% 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)
Read More | 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)
Read More | 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)
Read More | Posted May 15, 2016
4/5 87% Florence Foster Jenkins (2016) More rigorous critics may sneer - I say "Bravo!"‐ Observer (UK)
Read More | 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
Read More | Posted Apr 27, 2016