Mark Kermode

Mark Kermode
Tomatometer-approved critic

movie Reviews Only

T-Meter Title | Year Review
3/5 90% A Private War (2018) [An] impassioned if occasionally contrived drama... - Observer (UK) EDIT
Read More | Posted Feb 17, 2019
85% Jellyfish (2018) There is real cinematic promise...and I look forward to seeing more from everyone involved. - Kermode & Mayo's Film Review EDIT
Read More | Posted Feb 15, 2019
82% Instant Family (2018) I was surprisingly taken by it. - Kermode & Mayo's Film Review EDIT
Read More | Posted Feb 15, 2019
71% Piercing (2019) I was genuinely, in the best sense, jaw-dropped. - Kermode & Mayo's Film Review EDIT
Read More | Posted Feb 15, 2019
67% Happy Death Day 2U (2019) It's much more knowingly comedic... much more Revenge of the Nerds meets Back to the Future. - Kermode & Mayo's Film Review EDIT
Read More | Posted Feb 15, 2019
89% The Kid Who Would Be King (2019) It's not embarrassed about not being cynical. - Kermode & Mayo's Film Review EDIT
Read More | Posted Feb 15, 2019
90% A Private War (2018) What it lacked is a screenplay that was as good as the material. - Kermode & Mayo's Film Review EDIT
Read More | Posted Feb 15, 2019
59% Alita: Battle Angel (2019) Because of it having quite an arresting visual palette, it was better than I thought it was going to be. - Kermode & Mayo's Film Review EDIT
Read More | Posted Feb 12, 2019
81% Boy Erased (2018) I applaud the message of the film. - Kermode & Mayo's Film Review EDIT
Read More | Posted Feb 12, 2019
5/5 94% If Beale Street Could Talk (2019) It's a terrific film, as sinewy as it is sensuous, interweaving stark social-realist themes of prejudice, oppression and imprisonment with a poetic evocation of love, loss and, ultimately, transcendence. - Observer (UK) EDIT
Read More | Posted Feb 10, 2019
85% The LEGO Movie 2: The Second Part (2019) Not only is it funny and visually arresting... but it manages to do something which is really quite complicated. - Kermode & Mayo's Film Review EDIT
Read More | Posted Feb 8, 2019
76% All Is True (2018) I found it very touching. - Kermode & Mayo's Film Review EDIT
Read More | Posted Feb 8, 2019
100% The Draughtsman's Contract (1982) Agatha Christy this ain't, but it is weirdly wonderful. - Sight and Sound EDIT
Read More | Posted Feb 6, 2019
4/5 98% Can You Ever Forgive Me? (2018) As for McCarthy, her performance is less of a revelation than a confirmation of her talents. - Observer (UK) EDIT
Read More | Posted Feb 3, 2019
96% How to Train Your Dragon: The Hidden World (2019) It was made with palpable care and love. - Kermode & Mayo's Film Review EDIT
Read More | Posted Feb 1, 2019
48% Escape Room (2019) Total nonsense. It makes no sense. - Kermode & Mayo's Film Review EDIT
Read More | Posted Feb 1, 2019
94% Burning (Beoning) (2018) Burning casts such a strange spell. - Kermode & Mayo's Film Review EDIT
Read More | Posted Feb 1, 2019
98% Can You Ever Forgive Me? (2018) Perfectly cast. - Kermode & Mayo's Film Review EDIT
Read More | Posted Feb 1, 2019
37% Glass (2019) I went with it... I thought this was Shyamalan's best film since Signs. - Kermode & Mayo's Film Review EDIT
Read More | Posted Jan 29, 2019
86% Monsters and Men (2018) Seems to be quite deliberately attempting not to enflame but inform. - Kermode & Mayo's Film Review EDIT
Read More | Posted Jan 29, 2019
69% Beautiful Boy (2018) I would be lying if I didn't say that I found it moving. - Kermode & Mayo's Film Review EDIT
Read More | Posted Jan 29, 2019
66% Vice (2018) Despite this ongoing fishing analogy, it never actually manages to land the big fish. - Kermode & Mayo's Film Review EDIT
Read More | Posted Jan 29, 2019
45% Second Act (2018) Stretches the bounds of contrivance past credibility. - Kermode & Mayo's Film Review EDIT
Read More | Posted Jan 29, 2019
70% The Mule (2018) I was entertained up to a point. - Kermode & Mayo's Film Review EDIT
Read More | Posted Jan 29, 2019
4/5 72% Destroyer (2018) There's a clear thematic debt to such character-driven 1970s classics as Serpico or The French Connection, but Destroyer also feels profoundly contemporary in its flipping of traditional gender roles. - Observer (UK) EDIT
Read More | Posted Jan 27, 2019
4/5 63% Mary Queen of Scots (2018) Director Josie Rourke makes a very assured move from the theatre to the cinema screen in her feature debut, a full-blooded tale of personal and political rivalries told with wit, flair and passion. - Observer (UK) EDIT
Read More | Posted Jan 20, 2019
10% Holmes and Watson (2018) It is indescribably bad. - Kermode & Mayo's Film Review EDIT
Read More | Posted Jan 16, 2019
59% The Front Runner (2018) It's a bit of a shoulder shrug in the end... it lacked a dramatic blow. - Kermode & Mayo's Film Review EDIT
Read More | Posted Jan 16, 2019
40% The Upside (2019) What this manages to do is to accentuate all the things that were wrong with the original. - Kermode & Mayo's Film Review EDIT
Read More | Posted Jan 16, 2019
4/5 93% Stan & Ollie (2019) Like the comedy greats to whom this winningly warm film pays tribute, Jon S Baird's affectionate drama balances humour and pathos, laughter and tears. - Observer (UK) EDIT
Read More | Posted Jan 13, 2019
4/5 87% Colette (2018) In her best role since Saul Dibb's 2008 period drama The Duchess, Knightley brings Colette to life with a performance that blends grit with glamour in seemingly effortless fashion. - Observer (UK) EDIT
Read More | Posted Jan 6, 2019
4/5 94% The Favourite (2018) Despite the nominally historical setting, this has none of the staid distance of a costume drama. On the contrary, it feels cruelly, deliciously contemporary... - Observer (UK) EDIT
Read More | Posted Dec 30, 2018
4/5 78% Mary Poppins Returns (2018) While it may not be practically perfect in every way, Mary Poppins Returns is never less than perfectly palatable, and in some ways comes close to perfection - practically speaking. - Observer (UK) EDIT
Read More | Posted Dec 23, 2018
31% Welcome to Marwen (2018) I think the film is too odd to win over its audience. - Kermode & Mayo's Film Review EDIT
Read More | Posted Dec 21, 2018
93% Bumblebee (2018) This is the first of the Transformers movies that I've actually enjoyed. - Kermode & Mayo's Film Review EDIT
Read More | Posted Dec 21, 2018
94% The Favourite (2018) It feels cruelly contemporary. - Kermode & Mayo's Film Review EDIT
Read More | Posted Dec 21, 2018
3/5 59% The House That Jack Built (2018) Von Trier has suggested that this may be his final film, and you can certainly read it as a sort of last will and testament, with an audaciously ridiculous metaphysical punchline. - Observer (UK) EDIT
Read More | Posted Dec 16, 2018
65% Aquaman (2018) When you start worrying in a superhero universe about the mechanics of how it works, it means that something isn't clicking. - Kermode & Mayo's Film Review EDIT
Read More | Posted Dec 14, 2018
27% Mortal Engines (2018) I don't think the spectacle is enough. - Kermode & Mayo's Film Review EDIT
Read More | Posted Dec 14, 2018
97% Spider-Man: Into the Spider-Verse (2018) It's laugh out loud funny... but also it's touching. - Kermode & Mayo's Film Review EDIT
Read More | Posted Dec 14, 2018
4/5 93% Sorry to Bother You (2018) Pinballing frenetically between amusement, absurdity and anger, this is an unruly piece which takes pointed pot-shots at coercive capitalism before galloping toward an impressively unhinged third act. - Observer (UK) EDIT
Read More | Posted Dec 9, 2018
100% Mug (2018) A very intriguing film. - Kermode & Mayo's Film Review EDIT
Read More | Posted Dec 7, 2018
92% The Old Man & the Gun (2018) It's got a real old cinema feel to it... it feels like a movie that was made in a different age. - Kermode & Mayo's Film Review EDIT
Read More | Posted Dec 7, 2018
58% White Boy Rick (2018) I could feel the grit under its fingernails... I quite liked it. - Kermode & Mayo's Film Review EDIT
Read More | Posted Dec 7, 2018
96% Three Identical Strangers (2018) It was a story that was really well told... very engrossing. - Kermode & Mayo's Film Review EDIT
Read More | Posted Dec 3, 2018
52% Mowgli: Legend of the Jungle (2018) It does have teeth. It does have bite. - Kermode & Mayo's Film Review EDIT
Read More | Posted Dec 3, 2018
4/5 96% Roma (2018) A bravura evocation of time and place, as richly detailed as the artfully designed worlds of Children of Men or A Little Princess. - Observer (UK) EDIT
Read More | Posted Dec 2, 2018
84% Disobedience (2018) Bold, thought-provoking... but it's also sensitive. - Kermode & Mayo's Film Review EDIT
Read More | Posted Nov 30, 2018
84% Creed II (2018) You can feel the punches being landed... because you care about the characters. - Kermode & Mayo's Film Review EDIT
Read More | Posted Nov 30, 2018
No Score Yet Nativity Rocks! (2018) In terms of it being a family movie, as an elderly family member, it doesn't work for me. - Kermode & Mayo's Film Review EDIT
Read More | Posted Nov 27, 2018