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He believes that The Exorcist (1973) is "the greatest film ever made" and considers Exorcist II: The Heretic (1977) to be the worst film ever made. He believes that It's a Wonderful Life (1946) is the second greatest film ever made.

He frequently writes as well as presents his documentaries.

His ten favourite films of all time are: Stairway to Heaven (1946), It's a Wonderful Life (1946), The Seventh Seal (1957), Eyes Without a Face (1960), Mary Poppins (1964), The Devils (1971), Don't Look Now (1973), The Exorcist (1973), Brazil (1985) and Pan's Labyrinth (2006).

He described The Santa Clause 3: The Escape Clause (2006) as "the cinematic equivalent of tertiary syphilis.".

He considers the greatest film directors to be William Friedkin, Terry Gilliam and Ken Russell.

His favourite films for the years 2004 onwards are Eternal Sunshine of the Spotless Mind (2004), A History of Violence (2005), Pan's Labyrinth (2006), The Assassination of Jesse James by the Coward Robert Ford (2007), Of Time and the City (2008), Let the Right One In (2008), Inception (2010), We Need to Talk About Kevin (2011), jointly, Berberian Sound Studio (2012) & A Royal Affair (2012), Good Vibrations (2012), Pride (2014), Inside Out (2015), Under the Shadow (2016), Raw (2016), Leave No Trace (2018), Bait (2019), Saint Maud (2019) and Petite Maman (2021).

He is a big fan of Bill Forsyth's Local Hero (1983).

He known widely for expressing his dislike of 3D films that he has gone as far as listing the 3D converted re-release of The Lion King (1994) as one of the ten worst films of 2011, which would be original 2D version, describing the conversion as pointless. The first film that he recommended to watch in 3D was Gravity (2013).

He has signed autographs as actor Jesse Birdsall when stopped in the streets by fans who believed that it was the actor they were meeting.

His reviews can be heard every Friday afternoon on Radio 5 live with Simon Mayo. Among other things, also writes for the Guardian. [February 2004]

His worst films of each year from 2005 include: Last Days (2005), Good Luck Chuck (2007), Sex and the City (2008), Transformers: Revenge of the Fallen (2009), Sex and the City 2 (2010), New Year's Eve (2011), Keith Lemon: The Film (2012), Pain & Gain (2013), Transformers: Age of Extinction (2014), Entourage (2015), Dirty Grandpa (2016) and Wolves at the Door (2016).

He was ejected from a screening of The Idiots (1998) at the 1998 Cannes Film Festival for heckling.

His pet hates include the music of Giorgio Moroder (whom he has described as "the worst composer ever") and Annie Lennox.

Kermode's strong family connections with the Isle of Man has led to him playing an active role in Manx culture and the arts. Part of this has seen him host various talks on the island including; An Evening with Mark Kermode at the Ballakermeen High School. He is also heavily involved with the annual Isle of Man Film Festival.

Kermode has been described as "a feminist, a near vegetarian (he eats fish), a churchgoer and a straight-arrow spouse who just happens to enjoy seeing people's heads explode across a cinema screen".

In the mid 1980s, Kermode was an "affiliate" of the Revolutionary Communist Group (RCG) and was involved in the Viraj Mendis Defence Campaign, against the deportation of one of the group's members to Sri Lanka. This developed into a high-profile national campaign involving people from left-wing groups such as the RCG, local residents of Manchester, and extending to church leaders and Labour Party Members of Parliament. Kermode describes himself in this period as "a red-flag waving bolshie bore with a subscription to Fight Racism Fight Imperialism and no sense of humour.".

Kermode played double bass for a skiffle/rockabilly band called The Railtown Bottlers in the early 1990s. The Railtown Bottlers were also the house band on the BBC show Danny Baker After All for a series, starting in 1993, where he performed with Madness lead singer, Suggs. In 2001 he formed The Dodge Brothers, playing double bass in the skiffle quartet.

Kermode is sometimes critical of the British Board of Film Classification (BBFC), the censor for film in the UK, calling for horror films from abroad to be shown in their uncut versions. However, in recent years, he has stated on numerous occasions that the BBFC do a good job in an impossible situation, and expressed his approval of their decisions.

Kermode was 75th on The Guardian's 2010 Film Power 100.

He is a fan of Elvis Presley, ABBA, The Smiths and Morrissey.

Kermode is a patron of the charitable trust of the Phoenix Cinema in North London, which was his favourite cinema during his childhood in East Finchley. The tenth anniversary episode of Kermode and Mayo's Film Review was broadcast from the venue as part of its relaunch celebrations in 2010.

He is a big fan of the Twilight (2008) film series.

He has seen The Exorcist (1973) over two-hundred times.