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
Gloria Bell (2018) Mark Kermode A well-observed, good character study, although something that you may have seen before. EDIT
Posted Jun 17, 2019
Dark Phoenix (2019) Mark Kermode It felt terribly, terribly scrappy. EDIT
Posted Jun 14, 2019
Late Night (2019) Mark Kermode 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. EDIT
Posted Jun 14, 2019
Eating Animals (2017) Mark Kermode There's a very strong argument in it, that vegetarianism is the future. EDIT
Posted Jun 14, 2019
() Mark Kermode 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." EDIT
Posted Jun 14, 2019
Sometimes Always Never (2018) Mark Kermode I was really surprised by how much it moved me, how touched I was... EDIT
Posted Jun 14, 2019
Men in Black: International (2019) Mark Kermode It felt like they threw a bunch of stuff at the screen..some of it stuck, some of it felt terribly perfunctory... EDIT
Posted Jun 14, 2019
The Hummingbird Project (2018) Mark Kermode It sounds deeply unappetizing, but in fact, it's really enjoyable to watch. It's about obsession in a way I really like... EDIT
Posted Jun 14, 2019
We the Animals (2018) Mark Kermode It deals with difficult subject matter with extreme grace. EDIT
Posted Jun 14, 2019
Amaurosis (2017) Mark Kermode 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. EDIT
Posted Jun 4, 2019
Thunder Road (2018) Clarisse Loughrey It takes a few narrative risks that won't win everyone over, but it allowed itself to be complex and conflicted about itself. That kept you on the edge of your seat. EDIT
Posted May 31, 2019
Ma (2019) Clarisse Loughrey What pushes Ma past fun and trashy and into something genuinely interesting is the character work. Octavia Spencer gets to show off how great of an actor she is. EDIT
Posted May 31, 2019
Booksmart (2019) Clarisse Loughrey I want to see so many more Booksmarts, all Booksmarts down the line. An incredibly confident directorial debut. EDIT
Posted May 31, 2019
A Vigilante (2018) Clarisse Loughrey The film doesn't work without this character's pain, and Wilde absolutely sells it, a spectacular performance. EDIT
Posted May 31, 2019
Godzilla: King of the Monsters (2019) Clarisse Loughrey I felt uncomfortable during the conclusion. It's an odd film to try to pick apart, and a lot of odd decisions are made... EDIT
Posted May 31, 2019
XY Chelsea (2019) Mark Kermode At times it's heartbreaking, at others quite amusing, but it's always trying to retain a distance to view its subject. EDIT
Posted May 31, 2019
Breakthrough (2019) Mark Kermode 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. EDIT
Posted May 22, 2019
() Mark Kermode We're living in a golden age of animation, so it feels weird to spend your time in the cinema watching this... EDIT
Posted May 22, 2019
Pájaros de verano (2018) Mark Kermode Really terrific, with the trappings of genre cinema without sacrificing any of the authenticity of the filmmakers. EDIT
Posted May 22, 2019
Tucked (2018) Mark Kermode The central character is invested with a tragic comic pathos that had a Shakespearian edge... EDIT
Posted May 22, 2019
Beats (2019) Mark Kermode 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. EDIT
Posted May 22, 2019
John Wick: Chapter 3 -- Parabellum (2019) Mark Kermode Kinetic action...a keen student of cinema...[Reeves] absolutely immerses himself in the role, with an admirable physical performance. EDIT
Posted May 22, 2019
The Hustle (2019) Mark Kermode This is a slab of cold, unfunny comedy, just lying there, very very odd given the two talented performers at the center of it. EDIT
Posted May 22, 2019
High Life (2018) Mark Kermode It goes out into the universe to look in...it is first and foremost a film by Claire Denis. EDIT
Posted May 22, 2019
Destination Wedding (2018) Mark Kermode Big stars read stuff and kill the funny. EDIT
Posted May 22, 2019
Pokémon Detective Pikachu (2019) Mark Kermode 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... EDIT
Posted May 22, 2019
Where Hands Touch (2018) Mark Kermode 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... EDIT
Posted May 22, 2019
Long Shot (2019) Mark Kermode Crass, but satirically-pointed...it's a film with benevolence, which likes its characters... EDIT
Posted May 6, 2019
Vox Lux (2018) Mark Kermode 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." EDIT
Posted May 6, 2019
The Curse of La Llorona (2019) Mark Kermode I was so bored, and so depressed by the mechanics of it. EDIT
Posted May 6, 2019
Extremely Wicked, Shockingly Evil and Vile (2019) Mark Kermode 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. EDIT
Posted May 6, 2019
A Dog's Journey (2019) Mark Kermode 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!" EDIT
Posted May 6, 2019
Life of Brian (1979) Robbie Collin I'm desperate for another piece of comedy to do what [Life of Brian] did. EDIT
Posted Apr 26, 2019
Avengers: Endgame (2019) Mark Kermode It feels like a curtain closing...there was an elegance in the way they moved toward conclusion. No fan is going to watch and feel short-changed. EDIT
Posted Apr 26, 2019
Eighth Grade (2018) Mark Kermode There are moments of great darkness...Bo Burnham does a brilliant job of judging just how far to push any particular scene. And there is kindness, and joy, and the lurking underbelly of friendship. EDIT
Posted Apr 26, 2019
Bel Canto (2018) Mark Kermode The only hostage was me wanting to get out of the cinema. EDIT
Posted Apr 26, 2019
Ash Is Purest White (2018) Mark Kermode A really terrific piece of work, blending social commentary with a quest for emotional justice. Very nuanced... EDIT
Posted Apr 26, 2019
Wild Rose (2018) Robbie Collin To the enormous credit of the writing, you never know, for one second, whether she's going to make it or not. There are no stock characters here. EDIT
Posted Apr 12, 2019
Little (2019) Robbie Collin She's funny, she has good comic timing...but it's grating at length, and this is very much at length...the concept burns itself out too quickly. EDIT
Posted Apr 12, 2019
Wonder Park (2019) Robbie Collin It really does a lot of thought-provoking stuff. It's a bizarre set-up, but it's used to say things about aging that are well thought-out and profound. EDIT
Posted Apr 12, 2019
Missing Link (2019) Mark Kermode The jokes are really funny... I was tickled by it. EDIT
Posted Apr 5, 2019
Shazam! (2019) Mark Kermode At times there are elements of The Goonies about it... not world changing, but it was fun. EDIT
Posted Apr 5, 2019
The Sisters Brothers (2018) Mark Kermode The level of production is above what kind of film it is. EDIT
Posted Apr 5, 2019
Pet Sematary (2019) Mark Kermode Efficiently generic... I didn't find it particularly scary. EDIT
Posted Apr 5, 2019
Trautmann (2018) Mark Kermode A solidly built, if hardly world changing, drama about a story that really is quite remarkable. EDIT
Posted Apr 5, 2019
Lords of Chaos (2018) Mark Kermode It's odd [and] not entirely successful. EDIT
Posted Apr 3, 2019
At Eternity's Gate (2018) Mark Kermode It takes an impressive stance on the visuals. EDIT
Posted Apr 3, 2019
Being Frank: The Chris Sievey Story (2018) Mark Kermode Really affectionate and thorough. EDIT
Posted Apr 2, 2019
The Vanishing (2018) Mark Kermode A well organized thriller that just ratcheted up tension in the right way. EDIT
Posted Apr 2, 2019
Dumbo (2019) Mark Kermode It didn't touch me emotionally... it's taken the fairytale element out of it. EDIT
Posted Mar 29, 2019