Mr. Stephen Kennedy

Top Reviewer Ranking: 521
Helpful votes received on reviews: 87% (4,021 of 4,611)
Location: Doha, Qatar
Birthday: 5 Dec
In My Own Words:
Star Ratings:
* - Very poor - avoid at all costs.
** - May have some redeeming features, but it's not enough to make this a movie worth watching
*** - If you like the genre, then there is enough here to enjoy
**** - Good movie - might not have reached classic status, but has enough ingredients to make it a recommended watch.
***** - excellent movie - highly recommended
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Movies and travelling are my favourite hobbies - other hobbies include fencing. I'll watch any kind of movie, from silent and foreign through to current blockbusters.

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7 of 8 people found the following review helpful
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