For 33 reviews, this critic has graded:
  • 51% higher than the average critic
  • 0% same as the average critic
  • 49% lower than the average critic
On average, this critic grades 8.2 points lower than other critics. (0-100 point scale)

Mark Kennedy's Scores

  • Movies
  • TV
Average review score: 55
Highest review score: 88 22 July
Lowest review score: 0 The House with a Clock in Its Walls
Score distribution:
  1. Positive: 18 out of 33
  2. Negative: 13 out of 33
33 movie reviews
    • 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.
    • 45 Metascore
    • 38 Mark Kennedy
    Wonder Park has a great premise about a spunky kid engineer and a world she constructs taking flight, but takes a few too many dark loop-de-loops and crashes hard. If you pass this amusement park, skip it.
    • 59 Metascore
    • 63 Mark Kennedy
    The Wedding Guest might not completely work as a thriller or a satisfying romance, but for anyone missing India or planning to go, it’s a film worth getting lost in.
    • 53 Metascore
    • 75 Mark Kennedy
    The film crams in so many plot lines that it risks being overstuffed but somehow stays true to its mesmerizing vision and emerges as a sci-fi success, if not a triumph.
    • 49 Metascore
    • 25 Mark Kennedy
    Henson does as best she can with this material, attempting Lucille Ball-level physical comedy. But she’s laboring and often overshadowed by the one unpredictable spark in the film — provided by Erykah Badu.
    • 46 Metascore
    • 12 Mark Kennedy
    Few films in memory have squandered so much acting talent in such a cliche-ridden, exploitative and dishonest way.
    • 59 Metascore
    • 75 Mark Kennedy
    Jones is truly marvelous in the role, showing Ginsburg’s burning desire to change societal unfairness and also, more intimately, coming to terms with her own daughter’s rebelliousness.
    • 66 Metascore
    • 75 Mark Kennedy
    Hopefully it will attract an audience either tired or turned off by the franchise’s past rigidity and addiction to spectacle. This is what we needed: Smaller, quieter, more human and sweeter.
    • 87 Metascore
    • 88 Mark Kennedy
    A film that’s fantastically fresh, both visually and narratively, trippy and post-modern at the same time and packed with intriguing storytelling tools, humor, empathy and action, while also true to its roots — still telling the story of a young man learning to accept the responsibility of fighting for what’s right.
    • 66 Metascore
    • 88 Mark Kennedy
    Creed II pulls off a rather amazing feat by adding to the luster of its predecessor and propelling the narrative into a bright future while also reaching back to honor its past, resurrecting unfinished business from “Rocky IV” and adding a dash of “Rocky III.” Pound per pound, the sequel might even be better than its predecessor.
    • 51 Metascore
    • 25 Mark Kennedy
    Credit goes to the film’s visual effects folk, who made fur alive and gave texture to smoke. But retreading this story with a Cumberbatch, should send Hollywood bigwigs into the booby hatch.
    • 61 Metascore
    • 88 Mark Kennedy
    The Front Runner is appropriately paced like a thriller, as everyone involved gets pulled down into the drain, helplessly.
    • 39 Metascore
    • 38 Mark Kennedy
    The Nutcracker and the Four Realms is visually marvelous, inconsistently acted and rather incoherent in that fantasy genre way.
    • 69 Metascore
    • 88 Mark Kennedy
    With tenderness and toughness, Greengrass has made a great film about a terrible act.
    • 83 Metascore
    • 63 Mark Kennedy
    The script crackles with small, brilliant moments.
    • 57 Metascore
    • 0 Mark Kennedy
    The film somehow manages its own witchcraft in finding the perfect un-sweet spot — it’s too scary for little kids, not scary enough for older ones, not funny or clever enough for their parents, and too redundant for everyone. Poof! Watch the audience disappear.
    • 48 Metascore
    • 25 Mark Kennedy
    Black’s filmmaking is old-school, grounded in ’80s humor, reveling at its over-the-topness and often gleefully thumbing its nose at political correctness. That might be refreshing, but it also can lead to questionable decisions.
    • 69 Metascore
    • 75 Mark Kennedy
    Teen Titans GO! to the Movies is the sort of silly film you and your kids can both enjoy, a slice of pure escapist fare in these divisive days.
    • 50 Metascore
    • 75 Mark Kennedy
    Fuqua is a lyrical director who directed Washington to an Oscar in “Training Day.” He’s not afraid to spend time in the still darkness with McCall and likes to focus on small moody elements, like rain hitting the gutters. But he can also deliver red meat: A sequence in which McCall fights off a passenger in the back seat of his car is a mini-masterpiece of taut, sinewy direction.
    • 54 Metascore
    • 50 Mark Kennedy
    McMurray has a deft touch juggling action sequences, humor and intimate dialogue.
    • 70 Metascore
    • 25 Mark Kennedy
    Throughout The King, you can feel Jarecki desperately working, slicing, trying to make connections. What could have been a gentle, personal travelogue is reworked and reworked until it’s often guilty of the last sin of Elvis — excess.
    • 58 Metascore
    • 25 Mark Kennedy
    Writer and director Drew Pearce has made an uneven feature film directorial debut. He flaps around for a consistent tone, stunts some potential story lines and kicks out a bunch of cliches. Then, clearly unable to find a rational way to end his film, he adds two massive doses of nonsensical ultra-violence.
    • 66 Metascore
    • 75 Mark Kennedy
    Reynolds is once again at his arch and nihilist best here, while acting and jumping in so much facial prosthetics that it makes him look like he’s inside melted cheese — or, as the first movie put it, an avocado that had relations with an older avocado.
    • 46 Metascore
    • 25 Mark Kennedy
    Wandering aimlessly in the well-worn corridors of 1980s puerile frat flicks, Life of the Party wobbles to a predictable end and then sort of finishes without a bang.
    • 59 Metascore
    • 75 Mark Kennedy
    The Rachel Divide is a fascinating, comprehensive and well-crafted documentary.
    • 63 Metascore
    • 88 Mark Kennedy
    This fabulous, moody film isn’t your typical jock flick where bitter rivals compete to a crowning, sweaty end. There isn’t a real victor in Borg Vs. McEnroe and the points don’t prove anything. It’s less a tennis movie than a meditation on the personal costs of chasing excellence.
    • 44 Metascore
    • 88 Mark Kennedy
    It may not be nuanced, but it taps into something mythical — ferocious monsters rising from nowhere to be battled by 21st century swordfighters. And it’s exhilarating.
    • 53 Metascore
    • 25 Mark Kennedy
    This dark, meandering and cliche-ridden bummer starring a trying-hard Jennifer Lawrence tries to reach for a cool and stylish look at contemporary spycraft but often falls victim to cartoon violence and a muddled story. The creators may call it erotic but it’s as erotic as a visit to the dentist.
    • 47 Metascore
    • 75 Mark Kennedy
    Nostalgia is not a perfect film but it is moving and sensitive. You leave with your head in the clouds and a new view of your precious stuff.

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