Jennie Kermode


Jennie Kermode
Tomatometer-approved critic
Publications: Movie Gurus, Eye for Film

movie Reviews Only

T-Meter Title | Year Review
4/5 100% Minding the Gap (2018) Minding The Gap is, by any standards, an impressive documentary, painstakingly assembled from 12 years' worth of footage to tell the story of three boys growing to adulthood in the inner city spaces of Rockford, Illinois. - Eye for Film EDIT
Read More | Posted Feb 14, 2019
4.5/5 71% Piercing (2019) [Nicolas] Piercing proves that his stunning début was no mere flash in the pan, and though it's certainly not for everyone, this is a delicious piece of cinema. - Eye for Film EDIT
Read More | Posted Feb 11, 2019
4/5 100% Two for Joy (2018) It's an evocative portrait of grief that finds tension in the ordinary en route to a harrowing conclusion. - Eye for Film EDIT
Read More | Posted Feb 11, 2019
4.5/5 100% Among Wolves (2019) Shawn Convey's film is composed with a grace and deliberation rarely seen in documentary. Each shot is beautifully framed and lit, never rushed. From crowded interiors full of scurrying children to the bare hills in twilight, this is visual poetry. - Eye for Film EDIT
Read More | Posted Feb 8, 2019
4/5 85% The Sisters Brothers (2018) There is something different being said here about the way the West was won. It's a shame that [Jacques] Audiard takes so long to find his voice. - Eye for Film EDIT
Read More | Posted Feb 7, 2019
4/5 100% Estranged (2015) Estrangement is a portrait of a broken society told in microcosmic form, but it is at its most potent in exploring very ordinary horrors. - Eye for Film EDIT
Read More | Posted Feb 4, 2019
3/5 No Score Yet America The Beautiful (2019) Deliberately plain in its style, this film is not seeking great artistic status, but it is an important comment on the contemporary American experience and a wake-up call to anyone who imagines that such ideas could never take root in their world. - Eye for Film EDIT
Read More | Posted Feb 4, 2019
4/5 92% Revenge (2018) With a pared down plot and only four characters present for any substantial amount of time, this film relies entirely on force of personality. Thankfully, it has that in spades. - Eye for Film EDIT
Read More | Posted Feb 4, 2019
3/5 83% The Gospel of Eureka (2019) The Gospel Of Eureka is fairly straightforward in structure, with no real surprises, but it tells a story that matters, stepping boldly away from the popular narrative. - Eye for Film EDIT
Read More | Posted Feb 1, 2019
4/5 80% Pig (2018) The film is rich in absurdist humour and intermingles character-based comedy with sharp observation. - Eye for Film EDIT
Read More | Posted Feb 1, 2019
2/5 43% Lost Holiday (2019) Lost Holiday seems to be a film made for the sake of making a film. - Eye for Film EDIT
Read More | Posted Jan 31, 2019
2/5 59% Vox Lux (2018) Despite a half-hearted attempt to achieve depth through a last-minute revelation, the film is every bit as superficial as its boring heroine. - Eye for Film EDIT
Read More | Posted Jan 30, 2019
2.5/5 No Score Yet The Drone (2019) If there's a serious point being made about voyeurism and the lack of privacy in contemporary society, it's lost because of the failure of one victim after another to obey one of the first rules of the horror film: just close the damn curtains. - Eye for Film EDIT
Read More | Posted Jan 29, 2019
3.5/5 No Score Yet Dirtbag: The Legend of Fred Beckey (2017) Some impressive material has been unearthed from the archives and O'Leske fills in the gaps with more general footage of some of the mountains the climber ascended in his youth. - Eye for Film EDIT
Read More | Posted Jan 29, 2019
3/5 80% Painkillers (2019) Painkillers, which makes a bold effort to take on this large and complex subject, not always getting it right but, overall, acquitting itself pretty well. - Eye for Film EDIT
Read More | Posted Jan 28, 2019
4/5 80% Daughter of Mine (Figlia mia) (2019) Though it's too heavy-handed with its metaphors and tends to overemphasize points that were unmissable to begin with, this is an impressive follow-up to 2015's Sworn Virgin and makes it clear that Bispuri is a filmmaker with real vision. - Eye for Film EDIT
Read More | Posted Jan 28, 2019
3.5/5 89% ANTHROPOCENE: The Human Epoch (2018) To reach a better future, we have first to imagine it. Anthropocene elucidates our monstrous deeds in a way that is observational rather than condemnatory. - Eye for Film EDIT
Read More | Posted Jan 28, 2019
3.5/5 88% Braid (2019) Visually and thematically strong, the film is not as successful when it comes to character development. It sets up so many layers of illusion and self-delusion that it's hard for us to get to now its protagonists despite solid acting work. - Eye for Film EDIT
Read More | Posted Jan 25, 2019
3/5 No Score Yet Snake Outta Compton (2018) It's the anti-venom, the supersized serpent film you didn't know you needed, and it leaves the Anacondas of yore in the dust. - Eye for Film EDIT
Read More | Posted Jan 24, 2019
2.5/5 18% Distorted (2018) [Christina] Ricci is impressive, however, working hard with what she's got to create a character we can believe in even when what's happening to and around her stretches credulity. - Eye for Film EDIT
Read More | Posted Jan 24, 2019
3.5/5 84% Dave Made a Maze (2017) Although the characters are nowhere near as developed as the sets, the leads are likeable enough to keep us rooting for them and the screenplay neatly balances metaphorical elements with action. - Eye for Film EDIT
Read More | Posted Jan 23, 2019
4/5 No Score Yet Look at Me (2018) This is a well crafted, thoughtful and absorbing film about reckoning with difficult realities and finding a place in the world. - Eye for Film EDIT
Read More | Posted Jan 22, 2019
3.5/5 88% The Final Wish (2019) Focused primarily on psychological horror but also dealing out a fair number of shocks and scares, The Final Wish is a well crafted film that's likely to appeal to a broad range of genre fans. - Eye for Film EDIT
Read More | Posted Jan 22, 2019
3/5 57% Dead Ant (2019) The sort of film you really want to see with an audience after everyone has had a few beers, Dead Ant makes up for what it lacks in finesse with spirit and energy. - Eye for Film EDIT
Read More | Posted Jan 22, 2019
2/5 44% Occupation (2018) The biggest problem is the absence of tension. For all their gurning and protestations, with the fate of humanity in the balance, it's hard to believe that any of these people really care. - Eye for Film EDIT
Read More | Posted Jan 17, 2019
4/5 No Score Yet Susotázs (Chuchotage) (2018) Gently paced with likeable leads and sharply observant camerawork, Chuchotage is the sort of comedy that works because it's so easy to identify with, so cognisant of commonplace human failings. - Eye for Film EDIT
Read More | Posted Jan 16, 2019
4.5/5 88% Fyre (2019) Thoroughly researched and full of fascinating details, this documentary boasts every quality that the Fyre festival lacked. - Eye for Film EDIT
Read More | Posted Jan 16, 2019
4/5 40% Nina (2018) With strong, affecting performances all round, this is an incredibly accomplished first feature. - Eye for Film EDIT
Read More | Posted Jan 16, 2019
3/5 100% Communion (Komunia) (2019) A bleak film but a necessary one, Communion is leavened with humour and quietly celebrates Ola's impressive endurance. - Eye for Film EDIT
Read More | Posted Jan 14, 2019
3/5 82% Liz and the Blue Bird (2018) Older viewers may find that the sheer quantity of angst on display here makes for a trying watch, and may wish the girls would pull themselves together and have a proper talk, but the simple prettiness of the film is liable to win it many fans. - Eye for Film EDIT
Read More | Posted Jan 11, 2019
3/5 79% Buffalo Boys (2019) [Reinout] Bussemaker's work aside, the film as it its most impressive during the action sequences and, thankfully, it doesn't skimp on these. - Eye for Film EDIT
Read More | Posted Jan 11, 2019
4.5/5 73% Assassination Nation (2018) A seriously impressive film passed off as flippant entertainment, Assassination Nation deserves a second look. - Eye for Film EDIT
Read More | Posted Jan 10, 2019
1.5/5 13% Backtrace (2018) Though the action scenes occasionally bring the film to life, there's an overwhelming lack of dramatic tension across most of the running time. - Eye for Film EDIT
Read More | Posted Jan 10, 2019
3.5/5 No Score Yet Anthem of a Teenage Prophet (2019) There's a real dearth of intelligent, thoughtful films aimed at this age group and Anthem Of A Teenage Prophet deserves attention. - Eye for Film EDIT
Read More | Posted Jan 10, 2019
4/5 94% If Beale Street Could Talk (2019) A powerful condemnation of endemic and structural racism, a sweet love story and, at a technical level, a beautifully produced film, If Beale Street Could Talk has much to recommend it. - Eye for Film EDIT
Read More | Posted Jan 4, 2019
4.5/5 66% Vice (2018) Vice is, in places, very, very dark, but it is also delicious. - Eye for Film EDIT
Read More | Posted Jan 3, 2019
4/5 84% Rust Creek (2019) Although there are points at which the action moves a little too slowly, overall this is an impressive example of how to do a lot with a little, making the most of the actors and the setting to tell as story that understands hunting as it really is. - Eye for Film EDIT
Read More | Posted Jan 3, 2019
4/5 88% Annihilation (2018) Concept aside, it's Mark Digby's production design and Rob Hardy's cinematography that really make the film, along with an atmospheric score... - Eye for Film EDIT
Read More | Posted Jan 3, 2019
3.5/5 76% Let the Corpses Tan (Laissez bronzer les cadavres!) (2018) ...it demonstrates that its creators can successfully reach out into new areas, and if you like what you see, you'll be left longing for their next piece of work. - Eye for Film EDIT
Read More | Posted Jan 3, 2019
2/5 52% Mowgli: Legend of the Jungle (2018) This is a fairly tame and accessible version of the popular adventure tale, just nowhere near as good as it should have been. - Eye for Film EDIT
Read More | Posted Jan 3, 2019
3.5/5 88% The Kindergarten Teacher (2018) This is an emotionally intelligent film with a lot to recommend it. - Eye for Film EDIT
Read More | Posted Dec 27, 2018
2.5/5 77% Active Measures (2018) How seriously should we take this documentary? - Eye for Film EDIT
Read More | Posted Dec 27, 2018
3/5 85% Dumplin' (2018) A smart ending keeps the focus on character and although there isn't very much depth to any of this, there's enough warmth and humour and fabulousness to make for an enjoyable night out. - Eye for Film EDIT
Read More | Posted Dec 27, 2018
2.5/5 72% Destroyer (2018) What might have made a good TV episode is stretched far too thin over the two hour running time. - Eye for Film EDIT
Read More | Posted Dec 27, 2018
2.5/5 20% The Gilligan Manifesto (2018) We spend an awful lot of time watching clips which doubtless have nostalgic value for some viewers and serve well enough to illustrate Soling's points, but basically keep telling us the same thing. - Eye for Film EDIT
Read More | Posted Dec 21, 2018
4.5/5 96% Filmworker (2018) Few voices are missing from this incredibly thorough piece of work. Zierra has rounded up dozens of cast and crew members with stories to tell, and though the film is densely packed with information, nothing feels extraneous. - Eye for Film EDIT
Read More | Posted Dec 20, 2018
2.5/5 44% MFKZ (2018) The whole thing feels as if it's trying too hard to be edgy without having anything meaningful to say. - Eye for Film EDIT
Read More | Posted Dec 20, 2018
3/5 No Score Yet Until Rainbow Dawn (2018) Despite its narrative issues, this film has some well structured dialogue and a touching relationship at its centre, with both leads performing well in their limited roles. - Eye for Film EDIT
Read More | Posted Dec 14, 2018
3.5/5 No Score Yet Leitis in Waiting (2018) Though it lacks the polish of better funded documentaries, Leitis In Waiting provides a rare opportunity to get to know an under-explored subject from the inside. - Eye for Film EDIT
Read More | Posted Dec 14, 2018
4/5 No Score Yet Sidney & Friends (2018) Sidney And Friends is a powerful piece of filmmaking exploring the human impact of prejudice and simple ignorance. - Eye for Film EDIT
Read More | Posted Dec 14, 2018