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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
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 94% 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 81% 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 88% 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 79% 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 85% 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 84% 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 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 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 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
5/5 98% 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 93% 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 91% 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 89% 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 68% 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 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 93% 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