Kermode & Mayo's Film Review

Kermode & Mayo's Film Review is not a Tomatometer-approved publication. Reviews from this publication only count toward the Tomatometer when written by the following Tomatometer-approved critic(s): Clarisse Loughrey, Mark Kermode
Rating Title/Year Author
The Man Who Killed Don Quixote (2018) Mark Kermode It has a scrappy, indie feel that I like...not for everyone...but an honest and compassionate account, the pain and the ecstasy of the creative process... EDIT
Posted Feb 11, 2020
Bad Boys for Life (2020) Mark Kermode It is what it is, I just wish it wasn't. EDIT
Posted Feb 11, 2020
The Personal History of David Copperfield (2019) Mark Kermode It has an element of magic...so accessible, and it plays with creativity and the creative process in a way I thought was delightful and so much fun. EDIT
Posted Feb 11, 2020
Richard Jewell (2019) Mark Kermode What should be an expose with nuanced performances has a very un-nuanced performance that overshadows the film... EDIT
Posted Feb 11, 2020
Queen & Slim (2019) Mark Kermode The whole film has this dreamy, heady atmosphere, but despite all the things going on around it and all the things it's about...it is, at its heart, a love story. EDIT
Posted Feb 11, 2020
A Beautiful Day in the Neighborhood (2019) Mark Kermode Beautifully set-up...a really strange, really interesting, really oddly-uplifting film... EDIT
Posted Feb 11, 2020
Birds of Prey (and the Fantabulous Emancipation of One Harley Quinn) (2020) Mark Kermode In fact it's really good fun. Margot Robbie has great fun with the role. EDIT
Posted Feb 7, 2020
Underwater (2020) Mark Kermode It's not that bad, it is just not any good. EDIT
Posted Feb 7, 2020
Dolittle (2020) Mark Kermode The terrible script, the terrible visuals, the dull plot... the fact that at 101 minutes it really tested the patience, it is shockingly poor. EDIT
Posted Feb 7, 2020
Parasite (2019) Mark Kermode I think this film is as close to perfect as anything I have seen in the last 10 years. It's just fantastic. EDIT
Posted Feb 7, 2020
Just Mercy (2019) Mark Kermode The film has this kind of slow burn quality, it has a very good ensemble cast. EDIT
Posted Jan 17, 2020
Waves (2019) Mark Kermode Waves is very interesting, it's very disorientating, it's a very heady experience. EDIT
Posted Jan 17, 2020
A Hidden Life (2019) Mark Kermode It is the best thing he's done in a long time, and it is very very Terrence Malick, for all the good and bad that that means. EDIT
Posted Jan 17, 2020
Bombshell (2019) Mark Kermode Because the performances are as good as they are, you completely buy into the unfolding drama. EDIT
Posted Jan 17, 2020
Little Women (2019) Robbie Collin This is a really thoughtful adaptation, incredibly smart and incredibly moving. EDIT
Posted Jan 13, 2020
Cats (2019) Robbie Collin There's a digital veneer of horror and farce and glazed looks, and it just doesn't work, it's not sensibly thought about. EDIT
Posted Jan 13, 2020
Star Wars: The Rise of Skywalker (2019) Mark Kermode It started to feel like a greatest hits compilation...bringing out what everyone knows...handsomely-constructed and entertaining as it was, there was an element of pandering to what the perceived fans wanted... EDIT
Posted Jan 13, 2020
Jojo Rabbit (2019) Robbie Collin So dismally removed from the director's wheelhouse... EDIT
Posted Jan 13, 2020
Seberg (2019) Mark Kermode An interesting film...the performances are very good, and Kristen Stewart is always interesting to watch because she completely commits to performances... EDIT
Posted Jan 13, 2020
Uncut Gems (2019) Mark Kermode A terrific, really convincing supporting cast, with not one single character that I didn't believe... EDIT
Posted Jan 13, 2020
1917 (2019) Mark Kermode The way in which the film is choreographed, the music is very important...the film actually stops, bringing everyone together in a quasi-religious silence...very moving and effective. EDIT
Posted Jan 13, 2020
Pink Wall (2019) Mark Kermode An interesting film about two potentially annoying people, that occasionally had flashes...but for most parts, I was just observing the relationship from the outside, not really understanding them. EDIT
Posted Dec 30, 2019
Citizen K (2019) Mark Kermode Quite simply, jaw-dropping...a fascinating documentary with layers. EDIT
Posted Dec 30, 2019
The Kingmaker (2019) Mark Kermode What's interesting about the film is that at the center is this ludicrous, ridiculous figure. As the doc scratches away at this, you see grotesque horror, and I thought that was a very astute way of approaching this. EDIT
Posted Dec 30, 2019
Black Christmas (2019) Mark Kermode Watching it, I went from bored to confused to occasionally intrigued, but never entertained or scared. EDIT
Posted Dec 30, 2019
The Gentlemen (2020) Mark Kermode I don't think Guy Ritchie is a terrible filmmaker...but I did feel that this tried my patience... EDIT
Posted Dec 30, 2019
Little Women (2019) Mark Kermode It made me laugh, cry, and feel like I was absolutely a part of the story and the characters. Gerwig has done something really fascinating. I loved it. EDIT
Posted Dec 30, 2019
Cats (2019) Mark Kermode The problem with the film is that it shouldn't exist in the form that it does, and no single thing would have solved that. EDIT
Posted Dec 30, 2019
Knives Out (2019) Mark Kermode A terrific, authentic, modern-day Agatha Christie-style whodunnit...with an all-star cast. EDIT
Posted Dec 9, 2019
Ordinary Love (2019) Mark Kermode Just so perfectly judged, and I'm a big fan of these filmmakers. The script is terrific, and a lovely, ambient score... EDIT
Posted Dec 9, 2019
Honey Boy (2019) Mark Kermode It has a lightness of touch and an honesty of tone in it. Honestly it's quite impressive...very well directed. EDIT
Posted Dec 9, 2019
Motherless Brooklyn (2019) Mark Kermode My only criticism is that it does take its time, because it's not afraid to indulge in its story...but those moment are far fewer than I thought, and the story is not hard to follow. EDIT
Posted Dec 9, 2019
Lucy in the Sky (2019) Mark Kermode A film I enjoyed far more than I thought I would. EDIT
Posted Dec 9, 2019
The Nightingale (2018) Mark Kermode It's impressive. EDIT
Posted Dec 4, 2019
Charlie's Angels (2019) Mark Kermode I really, really enjoyed it. EDIT
Posted Dec 4, 2019
21 Bridges (2019) Mark Kermode A very solid cast, but the characters are drawn with very broad strokes...it's a nuts-and-bolts B-movie thriller set-up that is executed efficiently. EDIT
Posted Nov 26, 2019
Judy & Punch (2019) Mark Kermode In order for it to work properly, it has to do a real balancing act between comedy and horror, realism and theater...it doesn't quite, but that said, I would much rather see a film with this ambition...and it leads toward a well-executed dark punchline. EDIT
Posted Nov 26, 2019
Harriet (2019) Mark Kermode It has a central performance that carries the drama shoulder-high. It's gripping, and there's a mystical element to it... EDIT
Posted Nov 26, 2019
Frozen II (2019) Mark Kermode There's so much affection for and investment in the original characters...people will be excited...but I just didn't get the magic. It's fine, but Frozen I was so much more than fine... EDIT
Posted Nov 26, 2019
Marriage Story (2019) Mark Kermode The best thing of all is the generousity of its spirit. EDIT
Posted Nov 15, 2019
Ford v Ferrari (2019) Mark Kermode I bought into [Matt Damon's] character completely... The race sequences are terrific. EDIT
Posted Nov 15, 2019
The Report (2019) Mark Kermode I think it's a credit to Drive that he manages to make such a dry, methodical role engaging and occasionally impassioned. EDIT
Posted Nov 15, 2019
Little Monsters (2019) Mark Kermode The problem with the film for me is... beyond that joke, about yeah the attack is happening in a petting zoo, there really isn't that much to entertain. EDIT
Posted Nov 15, 2019
Last Christmas (2019) Mark Kermode It's heart is in the right place, and it breaks my heart to say almost everything isn't. EDIT
Posted Nov 15, 2019
The Irishman (2019) Mark Kermode There was a real pleasure in seeing Scorcese... doing this sort of stuff that he became known for and celebrated for. EDIT
Posted Nov 15, 2019
The Good Liar (2019) Mark Kermode Preposterous tosh. EDIT
Posted Nov 14, 2019
Midway (2019) Mark Kermode He's Mr. Bombastic, but he's not very fantastic... EDIT
Posted Nov 14, 2019
Driven (2018) Mark Kermode It won't have much cinematic impact...but I quite enjoyed it, even though it's spectacularly wiggy. EDIT
Posted Nov 14, 2019
Brittany Runs a Marathon (2019) Mark Kermode It can't quite get itself tonally right...it didn't gel for me, but there are individual moments that are quite funny. EDIT
Posted Nov 7, 2019
Doctor Sleep (2019) Mark Kermode It's pretty good, and I went in thinking it would be pretty bad...an episodic, psychological journey made by someone who has a good deal of respect for the original film and text. EDIT
Posted Nov 7, 2019