For 79 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 4.7 points lower than other critics. (0-100 point scale)

Mark Kennedy's Scores

  • Movies
  • TV
Average review score: 59
Highest review score: 100 Parasite
Lowest review score: 0 Honest Thief
Score distribution:
  1. Positive: 49 out of 79
  2. Negative: 24 out of 79
79 movie reviews
    • 34 Metascore
    • 12 Mark Kennedy
    It’s a tedious mess to endure and seemed like way more fun making than watching.
    • 44 Metascore
    • 38 Mark Kennedy
    Overly long, bombastic and poorly focused.
    • 52 Metascore
    • 63 Mark Kennedy
    In the frustrating The United States vs. Billie Holiday, Day gives it her all as Holiday but she can’t save a film that is overstuffed and also thin. Director Lee Daniels and screenwriter Suzan-Lori Parks offer an unfocused, meandering work for much of the time, interrupted by devastating scenes that feel like a punch to the gut.
    • 64 Metascore
    • 63 Mark Kennedy
    The film nicely sends up spy capers, Broadway and buddy movies and is a lot like its two leading characters: Kindly, a little silly and as sweet as a candy-colored drink at the pool bar.
    • 73 Metascore
    • 88 Mark Kennedy
    The actors Stanley Tucci and Colin Firth have been friends for 20 years and that is plainly evident watching them play longtime lovers in the wrenchingly beautiful film Supernova. The award-winning duo are like a well-worn sweater onscreen, comfortable and lived-in, showing the kind of tart affection people show when ardor’s lust has given way to the slow burn of adoration.
    • 81 Metascore
    • 75 Mark Kennedy
    There is nothing terribly new in the telling, no huge revelations or bombshells. Most of the details — including King’s infidelity and the use of Withers as an FBI informant — have been known for years. But that’s not Pollard’s interest. His canvas is large, stretching back to post-Civil War Jim Crow, exploring how notions of Black sexuality were turned into social weapons and into the way FBI agents were made mythical in popular culture.
    • 73 Metascore
    • 75 Mark Kennedy
    Many of the best scenes are silent, enhanced by a wonderfully wistful score by James Newton Howard.
    • 82 Metascore
    • 75 Mark Kennedy
    Marder, who wrote the screenplay with his brother, Abraham Marder, takes far too long to get to his points in a sluggish middle but has crafted a quite lyrical tale of a man trying to find his way when everything he knows is taken away.
    • 82 Metascore
    • 100 Mark Kennedy
    Utterly original and utterly excellent, the modern bromance The Climb is a thrilling ride, an unconventional and idiosyncratic American film that acts like a old-school arty European one.
    • 53 Metascore
    • 75 Mark Kennedy
    This very American fable has been blessed with three remarkable performances.
    • 54 Metascore
    • 75 Mark Kennedy
    As it races to its cool supernatural climax — and then a coda that connects it to the first film — “The Craft: Legacy” is firing on all cylinders, looking back respectfully but also showing how the same story in different hands can soar.
    • 60 Metascore
    • 75 Mark Kennedy
    The transition — from hyperreal cooked crabs that glisten in a bowl in the first 30 minutes of the film to amorphous, gooey Candyland critters 30 minutes later — is jarring. The sequences on the moon grow tiresome, despite huge toads that fly and squeaky-voiced critters.
    • 46 Metascore
    • 0 Mark Kennedy
    Honest Thief, co-written and directed by Mark Williams, is a predictable and slack affair, relying on eerie music, dark sets and smoke to create tension. There is no particular set of skills here.
    • 91 Metascore
    • 100 Mark Kennedy
    The last few moments contain some of the most exhilarating and moving moments ever committed to film.
    • 64 Metascore
    • 75 Mark Kennedy
    Have plenty of tissues nearby when you watch the top-notch Netflix film All Together Now, a teary tale of fellowship.
    • 51 Metascore
    • 75 Mark Kennedy
    Project Power nicely mixes elements of sci-fi and crime thriller to create a cool trip with a wink, set against a soundtrack that includes 2 Chainz, Nipsey Hussle and Curtis Mayfield.
    • 90 Metascore
    • 100 Mark Kennedy
    Kail’s camera captures actors’ intimate faces during key moments in a way impossible for theater-goers and incorporates audience reaction to create an electric filmed version.
    • 65 Metascore
    • 75 Mark Kennedy
    Objectivity is not Meeropol’s goal here but better understanding of who this slippery character is, and this film succeeds in that.
    • 55 Metascore
    • 25 Mark Kennedy
    It’s not a compelling environmental film or a good drama about racers. Like many of the electric cars on the track that season, it stalls.
    • 44 Metascore
    • 38 Mark Kennedy
    More concrete examples of how mushrooms or dropping acid aided life are sorely needed.
    • 61 Metascore
    • 50 Mark Kennedy
    The editing is more than a little rough and the plot gets a little stretched, but just as things start to get seriously hairy, the Pierce brothers suddenly have something really interesting to say about erasure and how families can abandon their histories.
    • 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.
    • 51 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.

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