For 58 reviews, this critic has graded:
  • 55% higher than the average critic
  • 0% same as the average critic
  • 45% lower than the average critic
On average, this critic grades 6.2 points lower than other critics. (0-100 point scale)

Mark Kennedy's Scores

  • Movies
  • TV
Average review score: 58
Highest review score: 100 Parasite
Lowest review score: 0 The House with a Clock in Its Walls
Score distribution:
  1. Positive: 34 out of 58
  2. Negative: 19 out of 58
58 movie reviews
    • 50 Metascore
    • 50 Mark Kennedy
    The Hunt is not great satire or even a great film. It’s an unstylish and heavy-handed horror-thriller that turns into a revenge gore-fest as it mocks everyone with a big clumsy paw.
    • 49 Metascore
    • 25 Mark Kennedy
    Spenser Confidential is a bit of a mess tonally with a plot that keeps attracting new weird layers, like lint on a sweater. It wants to be funnier than it is. It hopes to be deeper than it is.
    • 57 Metascore
    • 63 Mark Kennedy
    For all of the inherent drama, it becomes clear that Burden, the man at the center of a film which bears his name, is really just a cipher, a sponge upon which we put meaning.
    • 62 Metascore
    • 88 Mark Kennedy
    Written and directed by Stella Meghie, the film is a gentle and attentive inter-generational tale with a first-rate cast.
    • 47 Metascore
    • 88 Mark Kennedy
    The little blue alien who can sprint quicker than the speed of light has ironically benefited from slowing it down, taking a pit stop to retool and emerge this month as a total crowd-pleaser.
    • 35 Metascore
    • 25 Mark Kennedy
    The first half doesn’t fit with the second half, there are too many distractions and the filmmakers think it’s clever to leave clues but they do it clumsily and at the last minute and it’s really exhausting for the viewer.
    • 45 Metascore
    • 75 Mark Kennedy
    Morano is absolutely adept in keeping tension rising, her characters grounded and her audience intrigued, a half-step behind.
    • 64 Metascore
    • 12 Mark Kennedy
    Gretel & Hansel is as visually arresting as it is tedious, a 90-minute movie that really should have been a 3-minute music video for Marilyn Manson or Ozzy Osbourne. It’s in the horror genre only loosely. It’s more eerie, if that’s a genre. Actually, it’s like dread for 90 minutes. It’s dreadful.
    • 52 Metascore
    • 75 Mark Kennedy
    Despite its flaws, this movie reminds us all of the sacrifices made by soldiers and to be mindful of how we treat them when they come home.
    • 59 Metascore
    • 50 Mark Kennedy
    “Bad Boys” only works when the bickering cops are center stage.
    • 48 Metascore
    • 50 Mark Kennedy
    Director William Eubank keeps the action taut and the look of the film is realistically impressive and dark, with grimy, dirty workers donning cool dive suits that make them each look like Transformers. His camera often goes tight on the shocked faces inside the helmets. Stewart, in particular, shines with a combination of steely nerves and harrowing expressions.
    • 68 Metascore
    • 75 Mark Kennedy
    Just Mercy is not always an easy film to watch, but it is necessary.
    • 58 Metascore
    • 63 Mark Kennedy
    Like all sequels, the second suffers from not having the delicious surprise of the first, but the seed to a third film is hinted at in the closing credits, which is more than the first film promised.
    • 74 Metascore
    • 88 Mark Kennedy
    The remarkable Queen & Slim is a romance and a road movie, a film about outlaws on the run, two journeys of self-discovery and a nuanced social commentary. It’s not perfect but it’s close — an urgent, beautiful and socially conscious trip through the American racial psyche in 2019.
    • 81 Metascore
    • 88 Mark Kennedy
    This infectious and engrossing story of the 1966 showdown on a French racetrack between car giants Ford and Ferrari is a high-octane ride that will make you instinctively stomp on a ghostly gas pedal from your movie seat.
    • 47 Metascore
    • 25 Mark Kennedy
    The first thing director Roland Emmerich should do after his latest movie Midway hits theaters is apologize. Apologize to the visual effects crew, the stuntmen, the carpenters, the costumers and artists. He has squandered their considerable visual skill in retelling the crucial World War II battle at Midway by melding some of the best action sequences in years with the most banal of words.
    • 96 Metascore
    • 100 Mark Kennedy
    This dark, socially conscious film about the intertwining of two families is an intricately plotted, adult thriller. We can go up, for sure, but Bong can also take us deeper down. There’s always an extra floor somewhere in this masterpiece.
    • 57 Metascore
    • 25 Mark Kennedy
    The director ends on a righteous note but he’s not earned it.
    • 41 Metascore
    • 75 Mark Kennedy
    The uplifting Edie is worthy of your time, mostly thanks to Hancock and Scotland’s natural beauty.
    • 64 Metascore
    • 75 Mark Kennedy
    It’s a well-plotted film that excellently mixes gore and humor while also offering some social commentary by torching the clueless rich.
    • 43 Metascore
    • 75 Mark Kennedy
    Roberts has clearly been given a bigger budget and it shows in the nicely realized submerged city the poor young women must navigate. He’s saddled with a terrible film title — 47 meters was the depth of the ocean floor in the first film — but none of that matters once the air tanks and masks go on.
    • 29 Metascore
    • 12 Mark Kennedy
    The Red Sea Diving Resort is terribly overcooked, turning the real-life drama into a light caper like “Ocean’s 11,” adding cartoonish dialogue from hack superhero films and slathering the whole mess in white savior complex.
    • 80 Metascore
    • 63 Mark Kennedy
    Over the course of an hour and half, we learn a ton but never come much closer to understanding him. It’s as if he traveled back in time to flip us the bird just to mock us for trying.
    • 69 Metascore
    • 75 Mark Kennedy
    The thing keeping this together is Holland. He is utterly endearing as a goofy, insecure now-16-year-old hero with a cracked cellphone and who often makes things worse, apologizing along the way.
    • 48 Metascore
    • 75 Mark Kennedy
    It’s a winking, self-aware horror movie that will make you laugh even when things are drenched in blood.
    • 55 Metascore
    • 75 Mark Kennedy
    If the knock on “The Secret Life of Pets” was that it was a rip-off of “Toy Story,” then the second film better grounds itself in its own universe. Like its main three characters, it has learned to be comfortable in its own animated skin.
    • 53 Metascore
    • 50 Mark Kennedy
    It’s pretty clear after watching the new live-action Aladdin that doubts about Will Smith’s casting as the Genie are overblown. It’s the guy behind the camera who should be doubted. And stuffed into a small lamp forever.
    • 53 Metascore
    • 38 Mark Kennedy
    You’ve played Pokémon Go, right? Call this one Pokémon Don’t Go.
    • 31 Metascore
    • 25 Mark Kennedy
    It’s really a series of violent vignettes strung together, getting more and more outlandish and introducing characters at such a blistering pace that you just want it to stop already.
    • 58 Metascore
    • 75 Mark Kennedy
    The film often feels in many ways as an attempt to correct history, or at least the previous Dunaway-Beatty-led portrayal of a bumbling Hamer. But there are moments of beautiful stillness and nicely-filmed sequences — like a nifty car chase in dust clouds — that make the hunt enjoyable.

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