Movie Reviews Only

Rating T-Meter Title | Year Review
4/5 93% Stan & Ollie (2018) Like the comedy greats to whom this winningly warm film pays tribute, Jon S Baird's affectionate drama balances humour and pathos, laughter and tears.‐ Observer (UK)
Read More | Posted Jan 13, 2019
4/5 87% Colette (2018) In her best role since Saul Dibb's 2008 period drama The Duchess, Knightley brings Colette to life with a performance that blends grit with glamour in seemingly effortless fashion.‐ Observer (UK)
Read More | Posted Jan 6, 2019
4/5 94% The Favourite (2018) Despite the nominally historical setting, this has none of the staid distance of a costume drama. On the contrary, it feels cruelly, deliciously contemporary...‐ Observer (UK)
Read More | Posted Dec 30, 2018
4/5 78% Mary Poppins Returns (2018) While it may not be practically perfect in every way, Mary Poppins Returns is never less than perfectly palatable, and in some ways comes close to perfection - practically speaking.‐ Observer (UK)
Read More | Posted Dec 23, 2018
31% Welcome to Marwen (2018) I think the film is too odd to win over its audience.‐ Kermode & Mayo's Film Review
Read More | Posted Dec 21, 2018
92% Bumblebee (2018) This is the first of the Transformers movies that I've actually enjoyed.‐ Kermode & Mayo's Film Review
Read More | Posted Dec 21, 2018
94% The Favourite (2018) It feels cruelly contemporary.‐ Kermode & Mayo's Film Review
Read More | Posted Dec 21, 2018
3/5 59% The House That Jack Built (2018) Von Trier has suggested that this may be his final film, and you can certainly read it as a sort of last will and testament, with an audaciously ridiculous metaphysical punchline.‐ Observer (UK)
Read More | Posted Dec 16, 2018
64% Aquaman (2018) When you start worrying in a superhero universe about the mechanics of how it works, it means that something isn't clicking.‐ Kermode & Mayo's Film Review
Read More | Posted Dec 14, 2018
26% Mortal Engines (2018) I don't think the spectacle is enough.‐ Kermode & Mayo's Film Review
Read More | Posted Dec 14, 2018
97% Spider-Man: Into the Spider-Verse (2018) It's laugh out loud funny... but also it's touching.‐ Kermode & Mayo's Film Review
Read More | Posted Dec 14, 2018
4/5 93% Sorry to Bother You (2018) Pinballing frenetically between amusement, absurdity and anger, this is an unruly piece which takes pointed pot-shots at coercive capitalism before galloping toward an impressively unhinged third act.‐ Observer (UK)
Read More | Posted Dec 9, 2018
No Score Yet Mug (2018) A very intriguing film.‐ Kermode & Mayo's Film Review
Read More | Posted Dec 7, 2018
92% The Old Man & the Gun (2018) It's got a real old cinema feel to it... it feels like a movie that was made in a different age.‐ Kermode & Mayo's Film Review
Read More | Posted Dec 7, 2018
60% White Boy Rick (2018) I could feel the grit under its fingernails... I quite liked it.‐ Kermode & Mayo's Film Review
Read More | Posted Dec 7, 2018
96% Three Identical Strangers (2018) It was a story that was really well told... very engrossing.‐ Kermode & Mayo's Film Review
Read More | Posted Dec 3, 2018
52% Mowgli: Legend of the Jungle (2018) It does have teeth. It does have bite.‐ Kermode & Mayo's Film Review
Read More | Posted Dec 3, 2018
4/5 96% Roma (2018) A bravura evocation of time and place, as richly detailed as the artfully designed worlds of Children of Men or A Little Princess.‐ Observer (UK)
Read More | Posted Dec 2, 2018
84% Disobedience (2018) Bold, thought-provoking... but it's also sensitive.‐ Kermode & Mayo's Film Review
Read More | Posted Nov 30, 2018
83% Creed II (2018) You can feel the punches being landed... because you care about the characters.‐ Kermode & Mayo's Film Review
Read More | Posted Nov 30, 2018
0% Nativity Rocks! (2018) In terms of it being a family movie, as an elderly family member, it doesn't work for me.‐ Kermode & Mayo's Film Review
Read More | Posted Nov 27, 2018
16% Robin Hood (2018) Nominally based on the story of Robin Hood although actually based as far as I can tell on the films of Guy Ritchie.‐ Kermode & Mayo's Film Review
Read More | Posted Nov 27, 2018
73% Assassination Nation (2018) Gleeful... I turned to myself and went, "wow."‐ Kermode & Mayo's Film Review
Read More | Posted Nov 27, 2018
40% The Girl in the Spider's Web (2018) I think it suffers to some extent from some creaky dialogue...but the thing that holds it together is that Claire Foy surprisingly convincing.‐ Kermode & Mayo's Film Review
Read More | Posted Nov 27, 2018
4/5 99% Shoplifters (Manbiki kazoku) (2018) It's an eerily moving piece, masterfully blurring the divide between the unforgivable and understandable, finding tenderness in the bleakest and most traumatic of circumstances.‐ Observer (UK)
Read More | Posted Nov 25, 2018
3/5 64% Suspiria (2018) It sounds intriguing (and at times it is), yet too often the result is clunkily mechanical, tending occasionally toward the risible.‐ Observer (UK)
Read More | Posted Nov 18, 2018
11% Siberia (2018) There are these elements in it that are quite tough and nasty that it doesn't earn the right to have.‐ Kermode & Mayo's Film Review
Read More | Posted Nov 16, 2018
35% Dead in a Week (Or Your Money Back) (2018) It's not tough enough to be insightful or jet black. It's not stupid enough to be funny. It just ends up being odd.‐ Kermode & Mayo's Film Review
Read More | Posted Nov 16, 2018
39% Hell Fest (2018) It wasn't anything new, it was old riffs done in a way that was actually quite efficient.... The nastiest is the right level of nasty, the silliness is the right level of silly. ‐ Kermode & Mayo's Film Review
Read More | Posted Nov 16, 2018
64% Suspiria (2018) Whilst the Argento was a movie that leapt and flew, this is a movie that sits there and tells you off. ‐ Kermode & Mayo's Film Review
Read More | Posted Nov 16, 2018
38% Fantastic Beasts: The Crimes of Grindelwald (2018) Unnecessarily convoluted and dense... and there is a lot of people explaining the plot.‐ Kermode & Mayo's Film Review
Read More | Posted Nov 16, 2018
70% Bleed For This (2016) A solid, but unremarkable drama.‐ BBC.com
Read More | Posted Nov 14, 2018
94% Wildlife (2018) Although it is actually quite a talky film, it's not unnecessarily expository.‐ Kermode & Mayo's Film Review
Read More | Posted Nov 12, 2018
92% The Ballad of Buster Scruggs (2018) I particularly loved the Tom Waits thing... I enjoyed it, I was never bored.‐ Kermode & Mayo's Film Review
Read More | Posted Nov 12, 2018
63% Outlaw King (2018) I found it a bit of a slog... I watched it without ever being in it.‐ Kermode & Mayo's Film Review
Read More | Posted Nov 12, 2018
4/5 100% Waru (2017) It's a remarkable achievement - authentic, impassioned, unexpected - that stands as a testament to the radical power of cooperative film-making.‐ Observer (UK)
Read More | Posted Nov 11, 2018
5/5 97% They Shall Not Grow Old (2018) Jackson has done something quite remarkable: using 21st-century technology to put the humanity back into old movie stock. The result is utterly breathtaking.‐ Observer (UK)
Read More | Posted Nov 11, 2018
58% The Grinch (2018) It is as uninspired as it is undemanding.‐ Kermode & Mayo's Film Review
Read More | Posted Nov 9, 2018
81% Overlord (2018) The performances... they bring a sort of warmth and wit to the proceedings even when the film itself is not so much as tiptoeing around the ridiculousness as plowing right through the middle of it.‐ Kermode & Mayo's Film Review
Read More | Posted Nov 9, 2018
100% Bros: After the Screaming Stops (2018) They talk like they've been written by Christopher Guest... the film is really charming.‐ Kermode & Mayo's Film Review
Read More | Posted Nov 9, 2018
100% Hotel Salvation (2017) Quietly profound, very moving, very engaging and made me feel like I was in a kind of magical bubble and when cinema works at it best, that's what it does.‐ Kermode & Mayo's Film Review
Read More | Posted Nov 6, 2018
37% The Jungle Bunch (Les as de la jungle) (2017) I tried to concentrate on the visuals and then they reminded me how much I liked Madagascar more than I thought I liked it the first time I saw it.‐ Kermode & Mayo's Film Review
Read More | Posted Nov 6, 2018
34% The Nutcracker and the Four Realms (2018) Bits of it are kind of like... Harry Potter does the Nutcracker... or what would it be like if we did Lion The Witch and the Wardrobe meets Tchaikovsky.‐ Kermode & Mayo's Film Review
Read More | Posted Nov 5, 2018
83% Juliet, Naked (2018) It's a great triumph of the film that while you're watching it you don't think, oh that's a ridiculous contrivance...‐ Kermode & Mayo's Film Review
Read More | Posted Nov 5, 2018
39% Slaughterhouse Rulez (2018) It looks to me like something that lost its way in the edit... overall I think it doesn't hang together.‐ Kermode & Mayo's Film Review
Read More | Posted Nov 5, 2018
65% Peterloo (2019) By the end of it, it's quite overwhelming... and it needs to have that kind of power.‐ Kermode & Mayo's Film Review
Read More | Posted Nov 5, 2018
5/5 90% Widows (2018) An empowering, electrifying thriller with an ensemble cast to die for.‐ Observer (UK)
Read More | Posted Nov 4, 2018
47% Goosebumps 2: Haunted Halloween (2018) It lacks the genuinely creepy edge of the original.‐ Kermode & Mayo's Film Review
Read More | Posted Oct 22, 2018
82% Fahrenheit 11/9 (2018) Whether or not you agree with the politics behind it, I think he argues it in a way that is engaging.‐ Kermode & Mayo's Film Review
Read More | Posted Oct 22, 2018
37% Hunter Killer (2018) Olympus Has Sunken.‐ Kermode & Mayo's Film Review
Read More | Posted Oct 22, 2018