Q Network Film Desk

Q Network Film Desk is not a Tomatometer-approved publication. Reviews from this publication only count toward the Tomatometer when written by the following Tomatometer-approved critic(s): James Kendrick
Rating Title/Year Author
4/4 Barry Lyndon (1975) James Kendrick Barry Lyndon is a deeply felt, sometimes brutally ironic, and always visually gorgeous summation of the wide breadth of human experience. EDIT
Posted Mar 20, 2019
2/4 Velvet Buzzsaw (2019) James Kendrick the cultural satire is too broad and the horror is not only not particularly horrific, but is oftentimes silly and almost always derivative EDIT
Posted Feb 12, 2019
2.5/4 Roma (2018) James Kendrick despite being gorgeously shot and genuinely earnest in its drama, it is too much in Cuarón's head EDIT
Posted Feb 12, 2019
2.5/4 Destroyer (2018) James Kendrick Kusama is a first-rate stylist who knows how to both generate tension and delve into psychological depths, but too much of Destroyer is simply too obvious. EDIT
Posted Feb 8, 2019
3/4 Glass (2019) James Kendrick a largely entertaining action thriller that doesn't go exactly where you expect it go and indulges in quite a bit of meta-commentary on the nature of comic book narratives. EDIT
Posted Feb 6, 2019
3/4 They Shall Not Grow Old (2018) James Kendrick brings the past into the present in a truly unique way EDIT
Posted Feb 6, 2019
3/4 Panique (1946) James Kendrick a scathing postwar assessment of human nature EDIT
Posted Feb 6, 2019
3/4 Green Book (2018) James Kendrick a warm-hearted, old-fashioned cinematic appeal to our better sensibilities, something that is roundly lacking in the Trump Era of vitriol and division EDIT
Posted Feb 6, 2019
3.5/4 Vice (2018) James Kendrick presents a consistently fascinating and highly entertaining portrait of the mechanics of power and how the worst human impulses all too often function as the grease that keeps them churning EDIT
Posted Feb 6, 2019
3.5/4 A Dry White Season (1989) James Kendrick One of the most unique and intriguing of the 1980s historical-political films EDIT
Posted Feb 6, 2019
3.5/4 Boy Erased (2018) James Kendrick an absorbing and moving drama because it eventually reveals that it has no villains, just people struggling to understand and live in the world EDIT
Posted Dec 20, 2018
2/4 The Front Runner (2018) James Kendrick stiff political theater that plays into disingenuous cries of "fake news" EDIT
Posted Dec 20, 2018
3.5/4 A Star Is Born (2018) James Kendrick offers proof that remakes are not always evidence of artistic bankruptcy and a dearth of new ideas, but can be invigorating updates to time-honored stories that approach the edge of myth EDIT
Posted Dec 15, 2018
3.5/4 Sorry to Bother You (2018) James Kendrick a deliriously entertaining and viciously bizarre satire of the logical ends of capitalism, corporate culture, race relations, and ethics-free technological and biological advancement EDIT
Posted Dec 15, 2018
2.5/4 Outlaw King (2018) James Kendrick tries to pack in everything it can in just over two hours, and while it has all the right components, nothing fully coheres EDIT
Posted Dec 15, 2018
3/4 What They Had (2018) James Kendrick draws its dramatic power from its honest depiction of the bitter realities of aging, which it shades from time to time with bits of dour humor EDIT
Posted Dec 15, 2018
2.5/4 Overlord (2018) James Kendrick a gory throwback to '70s Nazispolitation films, although it doesn't have the conviction to truly follow through in its homage to that particularly sleazy strain of European trash cinema EDIT
Posted Dec 15, 2018
3/4 Free Solo (2018) James Kendrick excels at giving us some sense of the sheer physicality and absolute danger of Honnold's achievements, conquering gravity and nature by battling the former while ascending the latter EDIT
Posted Dec 15, 2018
2.5/4 Bohemian Rhapsody (2018) James Kendrick that most conventional of biopics, the kind that moves smoothly and efficiently from one greatest hits moment to the next-in this case, literally, as many of the film's narrative shifts pivot on the creation of one of Queen's hits EDIT
Posted Dec 15, 2018
3/4 The Ballad of Buster Scruggs (2018) James Kendrick testament to the Coens' far-flung sensibilities and their persistent agility in wringing comedy, pathos, and irony from the most well-worn of genre conventions, respecting them while also gleefully dismantling them EDIT
Posted Dec 15, 2018
2.5/4 Suspiria (2018) James Kendrick packs the narrative with an overt political history that never really coheres with the dramatic narrative and its distinctly feminine horrors EDIT
Posted Dec 15, 2018
3.5/4 The Magnificent Ambersons (1942) James Kendrick one of Hollywood's great tragedies both on-screen and off EDIT
Posted Dec 15, 2018
3/4 At Eternity's Gate (2018) James Kendrick most compelling when we watch van Gogh at work painting old boots or tree roots, which allows us to really appreciate the depth of his style and how he assembled seemingly crude brush strokes into works of profound beauty. EDIT
Posted Dec 15, 2018
2.5/4 Vox Lux (2018) James Kendrick an ambitious, unwieldy, and ultimately confounding portrait of artistic ascent and moral decline in the high-stakes world of pop music EDIT
Posted Dec 15, 2018
3.5/4 The Other Side of the Wind (2018) James Kendrick a film of grand ambition that reflects both the turbulence of Hollywood in the early 1970s, as the old guard was giving way to the new, and the eternal struggle of artistic evolution EDIT
Posted Nov 6, 2018
3.5/4 Science Fair (2018) James Kendrick an engaging, entertaining, and enormously insightful documentary EDIT
Posted Oct 31, 2018
3/4 Halloween (2018) James Kendrick manages to consistently find the sweet spot between nostalgia and innovation EDIT
Posted Oct 25, 2018
3/4 Hold the Dark (2018) James Kendrick There are a lot of big, heady themes woven throughout the story, none of which are ever fully developed, but rather are left as tantalizing, ambiguous nods toward deeper philosophical wells. EDIT
Posted Oct 24, 2018
2/4 Days of Thunder (1990) James Kendrick [It] was not so much about innovation and originality as it was about recycling the same themes about the glories of victory and the triumph of professionalism, which Days of Thunder produces in droves, but without any real impact. EDIT
Posted Oct 24, 2018
3.5/4 Andrei Rublev (1969) James Kendrick a film of intense yearning that uses the medieval painter as a launching point for artistic and philosophical inquiry, which necessarily makes the film narratively disjointed and sometimes challenging to follow EDIT
Posted Oct 17, 2018
3.5/4 Invasion of the Body Snatchers (1956) James Kendrick The film's brilliance lies in the way it splits the difference between the horror and sci-fi, turning the potential wonders of outer space into a nightmare about inner space EDIT
Posted Oct 17, 2018
2.5/4 Venom (2018) James Kendrick deeply conflicted, forever torn between being a dark, violent sci-fi horrorshow and a looser, lighter piece of antiheroic pulp comedy EDIT
Posted Oct 17, 2018
3.5/4 First Man (2018) James Kendrick deserves kudos for bravery in tackling a difficult character and refusing to soft-sell his shortcomings or offer easy pabulum to the audience who might be looking for some superficial reinforcement of American greatness EDIT
Posted Oct 17, 2018
3/4 Fahrenheit 11/9 (2018) James Kendrick a bit shaggy at times, although it is certainly Moore's best work in years EDIT
Posted Oct 7, 2018
3.5/4 A Raisin in the Sun (1961) James Kendrick hits on an intertwined set of realities involving family conflict and deeply embedded social racism that still affects us today EDIT
Posted Oct 3, 2018
3/4 The House With a Clock in Its Walls (2018) James Kendrick an enjoyably self-conscious throwback to an earlier era of scary-fun supernatural movies for kids too young to drive EDIT
Posted Oct 3, 2018
3.5/4 Chimes at Midnight (1965) James Kendrick one of Welles's greatest late-stage accomplishments-a very nearly magnificent amalgam of plot points, characters, and dialogue from not just one or two of the Bard's history plays, but five of them EDIT
Posted Sep 19, 2018
2.5/4 Jack Ryan: Shadow Recruit (2014) James Kendrick While much of it is good, it often feels overly derivative of other action movie franchises, which is probably why it failed to reignite the series. EDIT
Posted Sep 17, 2018
3/4 Clear and Present Danger (1994) James Kendrick both cutting in its indictment of how power corrupts even the best intentions and bravely optimistic in asserting that, not only can one maintain one's sense of honor and integrity in a rigged system, but very possibly make all the difference in the world EDIT
Posted Sep 17, 2018
3/4 Patriot Games (1992) James Kendrick manages the action with verve and efficiency while also giving the film a more nuanced emotional sensibility, emphasizing Ryan as a father who above all wants to protect his family, not save the world EDIT
Posted Sep 17, 2018
3/4 The Hunt for Red October (1990) James Kendrick the kind of action thriller that is rarely made today-one that emphasizes intellect and logic, intuition and political maneuvering over might and brawn EDIT
Posted Sep 17, 2018
3.5/4 The Little Stranger (2018) James Kendrick Like many great Gothic tales, The Little Stranger plays with our expectations of a ghost story EDIT
Posted Sep 17, 2018
3.5/4 Five Fingers for Marseilles (2017) James Kendrick its dedication to its vision of using the genre tropes of the morally ambiguous spaghetti western to explore the fraught racial and economic politics of post-Apartheid South Africa is impressive EDIT
Posted Sep 17, 2018
2.5/4 The Meg (2018) James Kendrick director Jon Turtletaub gives it all such a rote sheen of familiar polish that you might find yourself wishing that The Meg were a truly bad movie rather than just a competently mediocre one. EDIT
Posted Aug 29, 2018
2/4 Calling All Earthlings (2018) James Kendrick feels unfocused and scattershot EDIT
Posted Aug 27, 2018
3.5/4 Bowling for Columbine (2002) James Kendrick hits us with hard truths and thought-provoking inquiry while also making us laugh EDIT
Posted Aug 27, 2018
2.5/4 Jabberwocky (1977) James Kendrick not a particularly good film, even though it is an often clever and exceedingly efficient in its absurdist experimentation mixing fantasy and comedy and romance. EDIT
Posted Aug 27, 2018
3.5/4 BlacKkKlansman (2018) James Kendrick funny, but often mordantly so in a way that forces you to confront how racism itself is fundamentally absurd even as it stands at the core of centuries of social injustice. EDIT
Posted Aug 27, 2018
3/4 King Cohen: The Wild World of Filmmaker Larry Cohen (2017) James Kendrick highly entertaining EDIT
Posted Aug 27, 2018
3.5/4 The Devil Is a Woman (1935) James Kendrick seems designed to simultaneously emphasize and lampoon Dietrich's smoldering screen persona EDIT
Posted Aug 5, 2018