Mark Kermode

Mark Kermode
Tomatometer-approved critic

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T-Meter Title | Year
5/5 100% Only You (2018) A terrifically engrossing drama about two wholly believable characters, made with the kind of wit, honesty and raw emotional intimacy that pierces right to the heart of their relationship. - Observer (UK) EDIT
Read More | Posted Jul 14, 2019
50% Ibiza: The Silent Movie (2019) One thing that impresses me about this film is that, despite never being to Ibiza or knowing anything about dance music, it passed that crucial documentary test and kept me interested in the subject. - Kermode & Mayo's Film Review EDIT
Read More | Posted Jul 8, 2019
82% Midsommar (2019) It's a world that you absolutely believe in, aided by really really brilliant performances. - Kermode & Mayo's Film Review EDIT
Read More | Posted Jul 8, 2019
38% Vita & Virginia (2019) Quite irritating...not entirely successful, but it does have things in it that work, not least the performances. - Kermode & Mayo's Film Review EDIT
Read More | Posted Jul 8, 2019
90% Spider-Man: Far From Home (2019) This does a nice job of doing the European vacation schoolboy thing that just happens to have a superhero element in it. - Kermode & Mayo's Film Review EDIT
Read More | Posted Jul 8, 2019
97% Dirty God (2019) It's a demanding role that requires a level of fearlessness and revelation. And Knight absolutely commands the screen, a star is instantly born. - Kermode & Mayo's Film Review EDIT
Read More | Posted Jul 2, 2019
63% Yesterday (2019) There's a good-natured, barreling charm to the film. - Kermode & Mayo's Film Review EDIT
Read More | Posted Jul 2, 2019
96% In Fabric (2019) It's deliciously playful. No one makes films like Peter Strickland. - Kermode & Mayo's Film Review EDIT
Read More | Posted Jul 2, 2019
99% Apollo 11 (2019) Astonishing...the documentary footage, which alternates from the spaceship and the American audience...it just brought back what an unbelievably impressive achievement it was in 1969. - Kermode & Mayo's Film Review EDIT
Read More | Posted Jul 1, 2019
100% Anima (2019) I'm not a huge devotee of Yorke's solo stuff, but I found it very, very interesting. I'd liked to have seen it on a big screen. - Kermode & Mayo's Film Review EDIT
Read More | Posted Jul 1, 2019
92% Support the Girls (2018) A kind of social realism...there's a real feeling of family, but it's also a workplace, where it's possible for people to be mistreated...stripped-down and unexpected. - Kermode & Mayo's Film Review EDIT
Read More | Posted Jul 1, 2019
4/5 96% In Fabric (2019) It's an impressively uncategorisable affair, seemingly inspired by Strickland's traumatic/ecstatic memories of being dragged to department stores as a child. - Observer (UK) EDIT
Read More | Posted Jun 30, 2019
69% The Flood (2019) During the course of the drama, we see changes in this character, the horror and hardship of that plight. Staggering... - Kermode & Mayo's Film Review EDIT
Read More | Posted Jun 21, 2019
63% Child's Play (2019) There's a throwback retro-gore charm to it...much better than I expected. I enjoyed myself, watching it breathe new life into this. - Kermode & Mayo's Film Review EDIT
Read More | Posted Jun 21, 2019
57% Brightburn (2019) This is primarily a character study, about that thin line between heroism and horror. - Kermode & Mayo's Film Review EDIT
Read More | Posted Jun 21, 2019
98% Toy Story 4 (2019) I think it's a standalone in itself. I think it's really good, and it has validity of its own, and it should be done now. - Kermode & Mayo's Film Review EDIT
Read More | Posted Jun 21, 2019
91% Gloria Bell (2019) A well-observed, good character study, although something that you may have seen before. - Kermode & Mayo's Film Review EDIT
Read More | Posted Jun 17, 2019
4/5 85% Diego Maradona (2019) We are shown that thin line between adoration and abjection that anyone who lives their life in public must walk, with Maradona turning from god to devil almost in an instant. - Observer (UK) EDIT
Read More | Posted Jun 16, 2019
23% Dark Phoenix (2019) It felt terribly, terribly scrappy. - Kermode & Mayo's Film Review EDIT
Read More | Posted Jun 14, 2019
80% Late Night (2019) I just wasn't convinced by the actual performance of the show...some very funny jokes in the first two-thirds...fine and fun, but I wanted more. - Kermode & Mayo's Film Review EDIT
Read More | Posted Jun 14, 2019
91% Eating Animals (2018) There's a very strong argument in it, that vegetarianism is the future. - Kermode & Mayo's Film Review EDIT
Read More | Posted Jun 14, 2019
85% Diego Maradona (2019) It worked for a number of reasons...even a newbie like me was able to understand...we do see why he says that "football is a game of deceit." - Kermode & Mayo's Film Review EDIT
Read More | Posted Jun 14, 2019
87% Sometimes Always Never (Triple Word Score) (2018) I was really surprised by how much it moved me, how touched I was... - Kermode & Mayo's Film Review EDIT
Read More | Posted Jun 14, 2019
22% Men in Black International (2019) It felt like they threw a bunch of stuff at the screen..some of it stuck, some of it felt terribly perfunctory... - Kermode & Mayo's Film Review EDIT
Read More | Posted Jun 14, 2019
58% The Hummingbird Project (2019) It sounds deeply unappetizing, but in fact, it's really enjoyable to watch. It's about obsession in a way I really like... - Kermode & Mayo's Film Review EDIT
Read More | Posted Jun 14, 2019
92% We the Animals (2018) It deals with difficult subject matter with extreme grace. - Kermode & Mayo's Film Review EDIT
Read More | Posted Jun 14, 2019
4/5 97% Dirty God (2019) An astonishingly vibrant and engaging performance by feature first-timer Vicky Knight drives this urgent, passionate drama from Dutch film-maker Sacha Polak. - Observer (UK) EDIT
Read More | Posted Jun 9, 2019
68% Amaurosis (The Unseen) (2019) For at least half of it, it was a genuinely eerie, uncanny film...very flawed, but for the things it gets right, worth a look. - Kermode & Mayo's Film Review EDIT
Read More | Posted Jun 4, 2019
3/5 97% Thunder Road (2018) Cummings's feature debut doesn't always get the balance right, but when it does it packs a bittersweet punch. - Observer (UK) EDIT
Read More | Posted Jun 2, 2019
62% XY Chelsea (2019) At times it's heartbreaking, at others quite amusing, but it's always trying to retain a distance to view its subject. - Kermode & Mayo's Film Review EDIT
Read More | Posted May 31, 2019
5/5 90% Rocketman (2019) For me, Fletcher is the real star of this show, a director whose enthusiasm for musical storytelling shines through every frame, hitting all the emotional high notes. I have yet to come down. - Observer (UK) EDIT
Read More | Posted May 26, 2019
59% Breakthrough (2019) There is literally one moment in which it raises an interesting theological problem, then goes right back to what it was doing before...a movie designed to preach to the choir. - Kermode & Mayo's Film Review EDIT
Read More | Posted May 22, 2019
17% PAW Patrol: Mighty Pups (2018) We're living in a golden age of animation, so it feels weird to spend your time in the cinema watching this... - Kermode & Mayo's Film Review EDIT
Read More | Posted May 22, 2019
96% Birds of Passage (Pájaros de verano) (2019) Really terrific, with the trappings of genre cinema without sacrificing any of the authenticity of the filmmakers. - Kermode & Mayo's Film Review EDIT
Read More | Posted May 22, 2019
93% Tucked (2018) The central character is invested with a tragic comic pathos that had a Shakespearian edge... - Kermode & Mayo's Film Review EDIT
Read More | Posted May 22, 2019
90% Beats (2019) I connected with the film around the criminal justice bill...I was never a part of the music, but this film makes you understand it...an ambitious, fascinating film that worked. - Kermode & Mayo's Film Review EDIT
Read More | Posted May 22, 2019
90% John Wick: Chapter 3 - Parabellum (2019) Kinetic action...a keen student of cinema...[Reeves] absolutely immerses himself in the role, with an admirable physical performance. - Kermode & Mayo's Film Review EDIT
Read More | Posted May 22, 2019
14% The Hustle (2019) This is a slab of cold, unfunny comedy, just lying there, very very odd given the two talented performers at the center of it. - Kermode & Mayo's Film Review EDIT
Read More | Posted May 22, 2019
83% High Life (2019) It goes out into the universe to look in...it is first and foremost a film by Claire Denis. - Kermode & Mayo's Film Review EDIT
Read More | Posted May 22, 2019
52% Destination Wedding (2018) Big stars read stuff and kill the funny. - Kermode & Mayo's Film Review EDIT
Read More | Posted May 22, 2019
67% Pokémon Detective Pikachu (2019) Pretty well-done, and when it got to the end, the bits that are meant to tug on your heart strings twitch the very top register... - Kermode & Mayo's Film Review EDIT
Read More | Posted May 22, 2019
41% Where Hands Touch (2018) I found myself looking at it and liking certain parts, but I didn't get emotionally swept up...but it great that the film happened, in itself there's a sense of relief and triumph there... - Kermode & Mayo's Film Review EDIT
Read More | Posted May 22, 2019
4/5 96% Birds of Passage (Pájaros de verano) (2019) It's powerfully affecting fare; elegiac, evocative and profoundly cinematic. - Observer (UK) EDIT
Read More | Posted May 19, 2019
4/5 99% Amazing Grace (2019) When a parishioner leaps to her feet, her spirit clearly moved, you'll want to do the same. Wholy Holy indeed. - Observer (UK) EDIT
Read More | Posted May 12, 2019
81% Long Shot (2019) Crass, but satirically-pointed...it's a film with benevolence, which likes its characters... - Kermode & Mayo's Film Review EDIT
Read More | Posted May 6, 2019
62% Vox Lux (2018) Very strange, not wholly successful, but Jude Law is fantastic in it, and I'd always rather watch a filmmaker take a risk..."A Dark Star is Born." - Kermode & Mayo's Film Review EDIT
Read More | Posted May 6, 2019
31% The Curse of La Llorona (2019) I was so bored, and so depressed by the mechanics of it. - Kermode & Mayo's Film Review EDIT
Read More | Posted May 6, 2019
56% Extremely Wicked, Shockingly Evil and Vile (2019) In a way, it skims the surface too much, but I do think Zac Efron's central performance is well-done...the circus of the courtroom is also well-captured. - Kermode & Mayo's Film Review EDIT
Read More | Posted May 6, 2019
49% A Dog's Journey (2019) I literally had tears going down my face about three times, even as my rational brain was saying, "don't you dare get sucked in by this!" - Kermode & Mayo's Film Review EDIT
Read More | Posted May 6, 2019
4/5 97% Woman at War (Kona fer í stríð) (2019) A subversive romp that splendidly overturns action-movie cliches, putting a DIY twist on Mission: Impossible riffs, presenting its life-or-death struggles in thrillingly offbeat fashion. - Observer (UK) EDIT
Read More | Posted May 5, 2019