Mark Kermode Movie Reviews & Previews - Rotten Tomatoes

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Rating T-Meter Title | Year Review
4/5 88% The County (Héradid) (2019) The County blends elements of heartfelt tragedy with absurdist comedy, conjuring a humanist portrait of life in which community and loneliness coexist in a landscape of contradictions - geographical, personal, and political.‐ Observer (UK)
Read More | Posted May 24, 2020
70% Time to Hunt (2020) Snappy, fast-paced action set-pieces. I kind of enjoyed it, not least because it has a comic book sensibility to it.‐ Kermode & Mayo's Film Review
Read More | Posted May 11, 2020
99% Never Rarely Sometimes Always (2020) It has poetic grit...a really important film, and it never feels preachy or polemical despite the contemporary issue it is dealing with...‐ Kermode & Mayo's Film Review
Read More | Posted May 11, 2020
73% The Wretched (2020) There's a good balance of firmness and entertaining. Creepy thrills and atmospheric chills, for a pretty modest horror film I thought it did the job pretty well.‐ Kermode & Mayo's Film Review
Read More | Posted May 11, 2020
83% The Whistlers (2020) It has such a playful attitude toward genre...absurd but quite genuine.‐ Kermode & Mayo's Film Review
Read More | Posted May 11, 2020
5/5 99% Never Rarely Sometimes Always (2020) A perfectly observed portrait of female friendship; a coming-of-age story with road-movie inflections, piercingly honest and deeply affecting.‐ Observer (UK)
Read More | Posted May 10, 2020
18% Love's Kitchen (2011) It's utter rubbish. ‐ Kermode & Mayo's Film Review
Read More | Posted May 6, 2020
66% Astronaut (2019) Ultimately, I believed in this character, whose dreams were so obviously unfulfillable...I thought that worked rather well.‐ Kermode & Mayo's Film Review
Read More | Posted May 4, 2020
68% Extraction (2020) The sheer orchestration of some of the action set pieces is really quite breathtaking.‐ Kermode & Mayo's Film Review
Read More | Posted May 4, 2020
85% Sea Fever (2020) It's made well, made intelligently, and it uses a very small budget with confidence...I was really surprised by how much I liked it.‐ Kermode & Mayo's Film Review
Read More | Posted May 4, 2020
100% Moffie (2019) The music is definitely something drawing you into the drama. An unforgiving world, a harsh story, but told with real tenderness.‐ Kermode & Mayo's Film Review
Read More | Posted May 4, 2020
91% The Assistant (2020) A really well-made film with a great central performance, and I like the understatement of it...the very little details are what really matter and tell the story.‐ Kermode & Mayo's Film Review
Read More | Posted May 4, 2020
90% Ema (2019) It is worth persevering, because there is something in there. I'm just not entirely sure what it is...and it is an aftermath film, it takes until the last 15 or 20 minutes to pick up the pieces...‐ Kermode & Mayo's Film Review
Read More | Posted May 4, 2020
4/5 91% The Assistant (2020) A performance of few words but immense physical eloquence by Julia Garner anchors this impressively chilling #MeToo-era drama about workplace harassment and abuse.‐ Observer (UK)
Read More | Posted May 3, 2020
3/5 89% Selah and the Spades (2020) Selah and the Spades is an audacious calling card for Poe, marking her down as a major talent to watch.‐ Observer (UK)
Read More | Posted Apr 19, 2020
100% The Whalebone Box (2020) Fantastically-inventive arthouse production. I have a huge fondness for his work.‐ Kermode & Mayo's Film Review
Read More | Posted Apr 17, 2020
58% Four Kids and It (2020) Caine's voice is perfectly suited to this kind of comedy...I liked it, and it didn't bother me.‐ Kermode & Mayo's Film Review
Read More | Posted Apr 17, 2020
20% Nona: If They Soak Me, I'll Burn Them (2019) You admire it from afar but you don't embrace...much more interesting than enjoyable, and I found it quite hard work. For me, it didn't engage emotionally.‐ Kermode & Mayo's Film Review
Read More | Posted Apr 17, 2020
20% Journey to China: The Mystery of Iron Mask (2019) It didn't make a load of sense, despite occasional diverting moments.‐ Kermode & Mayo's Film Review
Read More | Posted Apr 17, 2020
70% Trolls World Tour (2020) For most of it, it's a candy floss thing for younger viewers. It's not terrible, but it doesn't have the musical wit or invention or pan-generational appeal of something like Toy Story...not great, not terrible.‐ Kermode & Mayo's Film Review
Read More | Posted Apr 17, 2020
80% Who You Think I Am (Celle que vous croyez) (2020) An interesting piece of work that strikes a particular chord at the moment.‐ Kermode & Mayo's Film Review
Read More | Posted Apr 17, 2020
82% Dreamland (2019) All over the place, but in a kind of interesting way...‐ Kermode & Mayo's Film Review
Read More | Posted Apr 17, 2020
97% Why Don't You Just Die! (Papa, sdokhni) (2020) It is every bit as enjoyable and bonkers as it sounds.‐ Kermode & Mayo's Film Review
Read More | Posted Apr 17, 2020
4/5 80% Who You Think I Am (Celle que vous croyez) (2020) It all adds up to a very modern drama about age-old anxieties: the fear of ageing and death; the desire for intimacy and reassurance; the allure of artifice and deceit.‐ Observer (UK)
Read More | Posted Apr 12, 2020
4/5 100% The Whalebone Box (2020) With such a tender, beating heart, this is in some ways Kötting's most unexpectedly accessible work.‐ Observer (UK)
Read More | Posted Apr 5, 2020
8% Fantasy Island (2020) The absolute definition of missable.‐ Kermode & Mayo's Film Review
Read More | Posted Mar 30, 2020
88% Onward (2020) The second half pulled it together. By the end of it, I was like, "well done."‐ Kermode & Mayo's Film Review
Read More | Posted Mar 30, 2020
88% Misbehaviour (2020) I thought it was actually done very elegantly...‐ Kermode & Mayo's Film Review
Read More | Posted Mar 30, 2020
56% The Hunt (2020) It's a pretty blunt, modern re-run with blunt, broad political satire on both sides, not much of which hits home...‐ Kermode & Mayo's Film Review
Read More | Posted Mar 30, 2020
47% My Spy (2020) Not terrible, perfectly "meh." It's not good, but it's not terrible either.‐ Kermode & Mayo's Film Review
Read More | Posted Mar 30, 2020
86% The Truth (La vérité) (2020) There's a real beguiling, naturalistic performance, even when the central character is insufferable in so many ways...‐ Kermode & Mayo's Film Review
Read More | Posted Mar 30, 2020
92% Fire Will Come (A Sun That Never Sets) (O Que Arde) (2019) Very, very visually arresting.‐ Kermode & Mayo's Film Review
Read More | Posted Mar 30, 2020
94% System Crasher (Systemsprenger) (2019) You absolutely do understand the world of the central character. A really powerful piece of cinema.‐ Kermode & Mayo's Film Review
Read More | Posted Mar 30, 2020
77% The Banker (2020) It's perfectly suited for home viewing.‐ Kermode & Mayo's Film Review
Read More | Posted Mar 30, 2020
93% The Perfect Candidate (2020) While the subject matter may be tough...the film has these really stirring musical sequences and these really rousing dramatic showdowns.‐ Kermode & Mayo's Film Review
Read More | Posted Mar 30, 2020
3/5 72% Vivarium (2020) There are times this feels like a single idea stretched to feature length. But there's enough visual and thematic invention to keep viewers gripped and unsettled...‐ Observer (UK)
Read More | Posted Mar 29, 2020
4/5 88% Dogs Don't Wear Pants (Koirat eivät käytä housuja) (2019) Beneath it all is the dippy grief-stricken sweetness of Truly, Madly, Deeply or Sleepless in Seattle - albeit with added whips.‐ Observer (UK)
Read More | Posted Mar 22, 2020
4/5 95% Calm With Horses (2019) An immersive tale of tortured masculinity and divided loyalties that pulls the viewer right into the raging bull mindset of its haunted protagonist.‐ Observer (UK)
Read More | Posted Mar 15, 2020
3/5 75% Military Wives (2020) Only the most hardhearted viewer could resist getting swept up in what Cattaneo rightly calls a celebration of "the emotional power of music, and the catharsis of singing together".‐ Observer (UK)
Read More | Posted Mar 8, 2020
5/5 98% Portrait of a Lady on Fire (Portrait de la jeune fille en feu) (2020) What a thrillingly versatile film-maker Céline Sciamma has proved to be.‐ Observer (UK)
Read More | Posted Mar 1, 2020
4/5 68% Little Joe (2019) For some, Little Joe may seem too sterile to engage emotionally, but I found it glassily unsettling - even more so on second viewing. Inhale at your peril.‐ Observer (UK)
Read More | Posted Feb 23, 2020
64% Sonic the Hedgehog (2020) It's not terrible. It's bearable. I had gone in thinking it would be terrible, yet I was not totally bothered by the design...‐ Kermode & Mayo's Film Review
Read More | Posted Feb 19, 2020
86% Emma. (2020) Everything is heightened reality. The colors are brighter, the characters played in childish ways...it will play well, and what it comes down to is than an Austen novel is like a beautifully-written song.‐ Kermode & Mayo's Film Review
Read More | Posted Feb 19, 2020
43% Spycies (2019) I spent the whole thing looking at it, rather than knowing what was going on...too smashy for the little ones, not Pixar enough for everyone else...‐ Kermode & Mayo's Film Review
Read More | Posted Feb 19, 2020
97% First Love (Hatsukoi) (2019) A small release, but if you're looking for something different to see, please let me recommend this one. It's not like any other film out.‐ Kermode & Mayo's Film Review
Read More | Posted Feb 19, 2020
3/5 86% Emma. (2020) In the lead role, Anya Taylor-Joy creates an admirably spiky character who is less likable than some of her screen predecessors, and all the better for it.‐ Observer (UK)
Read More | Posted Feb 16, 2020
63% The Man Who Killed Don Quixote (2019) 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...‐ Kermode & Mayo's Film Review
Read More | Posted Feb 11, 2020
77% Bad Boys for Life (2020) It is what it is, I just wish it wasn't.‐ Kermode & Mayo's Film Review
Read More | Posted Feb 11, 2020
94% The Personal History of David Copperfield (2020) 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.‐ Kermode & Mayo's Film Review
Read More | Posted Feb 11, 2020
76% Richard Jewell (2019) What should be an expose with nuanced performances has a very un-nuanced performance that overshadows the film...‐ Kermode & Mayo's Film Review
Read More | Posted Feb 11, 2020