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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 67% 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 84% 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 76% The Limehouse Golem (2017) A slippery subject, but these players do it proud.‐ Observer (UK)
Read More | Posted Sep 3, 2017
4/5 82% 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 93% 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 89% 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 85% 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 75% 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
5/5 99% My Life as a Zucchini (Ma vie de courgette) (2017) Barras succeeds brilliantly in his stated ambition to "make a film about children that speaks to them about abuse and its remedies in today's world".‐ Observer (UK)
Read More | Posted Jun 4, 2017
5/5 94% The Red Turtle (La tortue rouge) (2017) It is a work of art which transcends boundaries of language, culture, geography and age. It is simply magnificent.‐ Observer (UK)
Read More | Posted May 28, 2017
3/5 80% Colossal (2017) In the end it's Hathaway who holds it all together, even as her on-screen life falls apart.‐ Observer (UK)
Read More | Posted May 21, 2017
5/5 92% The Levelling (2017) It may sound bleak, but there is such life and compassion in every frame that the film's tune turns to a song of love.‐ Observer (UK)
Read More | Posted May 14, 2017
3/5 90% Mindhorn (2016) Mindhorn keeps the laughs coming, even while giving the impression of being a 30-minute TV sketch stretched out to a 90-minute feature.‐ Observer (UK)
Read More | Posted May 7, 2017
4/5 88% Lady Macbeth (2017) This may be a low-budget affair (reportedly less than 500,000), but it's as richly textured as any more expensive period piece.‐ Observer (UK)
Read More | Posted Apr 30, 2017
4/5 95% The Handmaiden (Ah-ga-ssi) (2016) There are giddy pleasures to be found in this rip-roaringly ripe erotic thriller/melodrama from Oldboy director Park Chan-wook.‐ Observer (UK)
Read More | Posted Apr 17, 2017
5/5 90% Raw (2017) Directed with the same cross-genre dexterity as Kathryn Bigelow's seminal vampire western Near Dark, Raw is a thrillingly confident and vigorously executed work.‐ Observer (UK)
Read More | Posted Apr 9, 2017
4/5 66% Free Fire (2017) You'll laugh, you'll wince, you'll duck. Bullseye!‐ Observer (UK)
Read More | Posted Apr 2, 2017
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 91% 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 71% 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 98% 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 95% 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 79% 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 88% 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 92% 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 95% 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 84% 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 94% 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 96% 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 83% 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 98% 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 95% 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 92% I, Daniel Blake (2017) 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 99% 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 83% 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 84% 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 82% 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