Caryn James

Caryn James

Agrees with the Tomatometer 74% of the time.

Caryn James's reviews (from any publication) always count toward the Tomatometer because this critic is a Tomatometer-approved critic.

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Rating T-Meter Title | Year Review
No Score Yet Freedom on My Mind (1994) "An absorbing work of historical preservation and strong ideas. " ‐ New York Times
Posted Apr 14, 2015
No Score Yet Whispering Pages (1993) "Mostly there is extraordinary photography, a palette of dusty gray tones that echo the faded look of 19th-century photographs. " ‐ New York Times
Posted Mar 3, 2015
83% Dawson's Creek: Season 1 (TV, 1998) "Dawson's Creek offers a lesson in the dangers of overhype. But Mr. Williamson does seem to have written hit all over it. " ‐ New York Times
Posted Feb 3, 2015
99% Timbuktu (2015) "Eye-opening but never didactic, Sissako's beautifully shot film immerses us in a reality we usually experience as no more than a headline. " ‐ James on screenS
Posted Jan 26, 2015
41% The Better Angels (2014) "On paper, this lyrical, black-and-white rendering of Lincoln's backwoods boyhood may seem pompous, but it is beautiful, poetic and graceful, with its own flowing rhythm. " ‐ James on screenS
Posted Nov 7, 2014
52% The Zero Theorem (2014) "Terry Gilliam's listless and shallow futuristic fantasy lands like a pale evocation of his classic "Brazil." " ‐ James on screenS
Posted Sep 15, 2014
88% The Knick: Season 1 (TV, 2014) "It's 'House' set in 1900, but Clive Owen's charisma and Steven Soderbergh's virtuosity elevate this conventional hospital drama dressed up in period clothes. " ‐ James on screenS
Posted Aug 8, 2014
44% The Killing: Season 4 (TV, 2014) "An intense, electrifying final season, as Linden joins Walter White & other murderers we root for. The grim, rainy setting has never reflected the characters' inner lives more. " ‐ James on screenS
Posted Aug 1, 2014
3% Getting Even With Dad (1994) "The film should have been a roller coaster ride; instead, watching it is like trudging through a swamp. " ‐ New York Times
Posted Jul 25, 2014
62% Mood Indigo (2014) "The film resembles a genius' workshop filled with old-fashioned toys.Gondry's visual imagination is so sparkling,it hardly matters that the whimsy overhwhelms the characters. " ‐ James on screenS
Posted Jul 15, 2014
100% The Sopranos: Season 3 (TV, 2001) "Even measured against insanely high expectations, the series is as good as it has ever been. " ‐ New York Times
Posted Jul 11, 2014
92% The Sopranos: Season 2 (TV, 2000) "Even this early The Sopranos has displayed the depth that is its most stunning quality. " ‐ New York Times
Posted Jul 8, 2014
100% The Sopranos: Season 1 (TV, 1999) "James Gandolfini is terrifically dynamic as Tony, finding just the right balance. " ‐ New York Times
Posted Jul 1, 2014
23% Third Person (2014) "Does Haggis actually believe that this pretentious, simplistic film has any substance? An overwrought, vapid three-strand story, each thread more banal than the last. " ‐ James on screenS
Posted Jun 20, 2014
65% The Rover (2014) "Michod's arresting and tense film -- part thriller, part warning of dystopia -- is played with ferocious restraint by Guy Pearce. " ‐ James on screenS
Posted Jun 13, 2014
90% Live Die Repeat: Edge of Tomorrow (2014) " 'Groundhog Day Meets Alien.' Relatively good compared to Cruise's recent, unwatchable movies because Liman orchestrates spectacular action; the talking scenes are tiresome. " ‐ James on screenS
Posted Jun 2, 2014
91% X-Men: Days of Future Past (2014) "Bold and entertaining, this is not as sleek or clever as X-Men:First Class, but makes up for those lapses with McAvoy's fiercely emotional performance and dazzling set pieces. " ‐ James on screenS
Posted May 22, 2014
100% The Wire: Season 3 (TV, 2004) "The Wire resists having a single theme or hero or even one purely good guy. " ‐ New York Times
Posted May 19, 2014
86% Only Lovers Left Alive (2014) "A brilliant, magical combination: pure Jarmusch and entirely new. It's visually sumptuous, but his droll attitude remains in this wry story of perfectly cast vampires in love. " ‐ James on screenS
Posted Apr 10, 2014
94% Finding Vivian Maier (2014) "Was she the Emily Dickinson of photos or the anti-Mary Poppins? This fascinating film reveals a lot about Maier's rich photos & glimpses at her bizarre, hidden personality. " ‐ James on screenS
Posted Mar 26, 2014
99% The Missing Picture (2014) "A survivor's story,a political statement and an eloquent meditation on images and memory. The miniatures and the film are exquisite works of art infused with living memory " ‐ James on screenS
Posted Mar 20, 2014
75% Enemy (2014) "Gyllenhaal is eloquently subtle, but this muddled identity-thriller relies on misdirection and leaves you feeling not stunned, just cheated. " ‐ James on screenS
Posted Mar 13, 2014
60% Non-Stop (2014) "'Taken' meets 'Speed' on a plane, with a dash of Agatha Christie, but as breezily entertaining as a commercial action thriller is supposed to be. Neeson and cast make it work. " ‐ James on screenS
Posted Feb 26, 2014
13% Winter's Tale (2014) "Is it a Valentine's Day prank? Gives magic and realism a bad name; doesn't make romance seem so hot either. So dull it feels like a vanity project with a Hollywood budget. " ‐ James on screenS
Posted Feb 14, 2014
31% The Monuments Men (2014) "Part 'Oceans 11' with Nazis, part Clooney lecturing us about art and culture. Blissfully acted but strangely flat, it shifts uncomfortably between caper and classroom lesson. " ‐ James on screenS
Posted Feb 6, 2014
89% Tim's Vermeer (2014) "Jenison's obsession is the basis for a playful,entertaining film. I wasn't convinced for a millisecond by his wackadoodle theory, but I enjoyed every minute of Tim's Vermeer. " ‐ James on screenS
Posted Jan 31, 2014
75% Lone Survivor (2014) "With a conventional style,the film puts us in the center of a relentless, fatal battle in Afghanistan. Lone Survivor will make you squirm, but earns every wrenching minute. " ‐ James on screenS
Posted Jan 10, 2014
69% Downton Abbey: Season 4 (TV, 2013) "The new season is as deliriously captivating as ever, but this time you have to get past some truly wince-inducing dialogue and even more melodrama. " ‐ James on screenS
Posted Jan 3, 2014
75% Anchorman 2: The Legend Continues (2013) "There is something hilarious about a journalistic doofus like Ron Burgundy creating cable news. Ferrell & McKay are silly-smart. Not pointed satire but ridiculously funny. " ‐ James on screenS
Posted Dec 17, 2013
93% American Hustle (2013) "Never quite lets you forget you're watching bravura acting but that acting is deliriously funny. The film is just enough over the top so the artifice becomes part of the joke. " ‐ James on screenS
Posted Dec 11, 2013
80% Saving Mr. Banks (2013) "Thompson is so delightfully acerbic and convincing that she makes Saving Mr. Banks safe for people who find Disney films too saccharine. Not adventurous, but entertaining. " ‐ James on screenS
Posted Dec 9, 2013
53% Out of the Furnace (2013) "Bale is nuanced & affecting in an overloaded, overcalculated film that doesn't deserve him. The characters' problems seem orchestrated by Screenwriting 101 rather than fate. " ‐ James on screenS
Posted Dec 4, 2013
92% Philomena (2013) "If you're going to tell a heart-warming story about a sweet wronged little old lady,it helps to have a witty,cynical journalist along. Dench & Coogan create a perfect balance. " ‐ James on screenS
Posted Nov 20, 2013
81% The Broken Circle Breakdown (2013) "An amazing film, at once happy, sad and exhilarating to watch. Told in an elegant pattern of present-day and flashbacks,full of music that suits every graceful shift in tone. " ‐ James on screenS
Posted Nov 1, 2013
100% The Square (2013) "A galvanizing documentary with rare first-hand perspectives. With great immediacy, Noujaim provides a smart eye-opening view as activists maneuver toward an uncertain future. " ‐ James on screenS
Posted Oct 24, 2013
48% All Is Bright (2013) "All is Bright is unsugary, a small out-of-season miracle. " ‐ James on screenS
Posted Oct 7, 2013
97% Gravity (2013) "Gravity comes loaded with technical wizardry, but Cuaron's visceral, dynamic story-telling is the film's most magical special effect. He makes outer space seem intimate. " ‐ James on screenS
Posted Oct 2, 2013
38% Child Of God (2014) "Franco's powerful adaptation, directed with discipline and intelligence, captures McCarthy's mordant darkness. It reveals the humanity buried beneath animalistic behavior. " ‐ James on screenS
Posted Sep 26, 2013
90% Broadchurch: Series One (TV, 2013) "Broadchurch is based on a generic premise, but nothing feels stale. With depth and passion, Colman brings her character's profound questioning to vibrant life. " ‐ James on screenS
Posted Sep 24, 2013
100% The Fall: Season 1 (TV, 2013) "A fantastically creepy thriller shaped by the heroine's feminism and unapologetic sexuality. Anderson's delivery is sharp as her jaw in a series smarter and richer than most. " ‐ James on screenS
Posted Sep 17, 2013
82% Prisoners (2013) "So sharply directed, tautly edited, rich and believably acted by Jackman and Gyllenhaal that you quickly forgive its tired story. An intense, satisfying thriller. " ‐ James on screenS
Posted Sep 16, 2013
86% South Park: Season 1 (TV, 1997-1998) "So far, 'South Park' succeeds best in small touches. " ‐ New York Times
Posted Sep 9, 2013
78% The Grandmaster (2013) "Poetic, operatic, historically sweeping, as lush and seductive as Wong's previous films. Don't think of it as a kung fu movie; think of it as the work of a master filmmaker. " ‐ James on screenS
Posted Aug 22, 2013
72% Lee Daniels' The Butler (2013) "Audience-pandering History Lite. Whitaker is dazzling, but Daniels' self-congratulatory film spoon-feeds us a civil rights lesson without adding nuance to the conversation. " ‐ James on screenS
Posted Aug 12, 2013
91% Blue Jasmine (2013) "Witty about social pretensions, eloquent about failure & loss, acerbic about family, Allen's light-handed tragedy is a major work. Blanchett is dazzling as the fragile heroine. " ‐ James on screenS
Posted Jul 22, 2013
40% Only God Forgives (2013) "Gosling and Scott Thomas elevate this stylish midnight movie but not enough to overcome its emptiness. More camp and cult than art; sometimes silly and gross but never boring. " ‐ James on screenS
Posted Jul 16, 2013
94% Fruitvale Station (2013) "Galvanizing, tense gritty-indie, brilliantly acted by Jordan and Spencer. Very much worth watching even though the too-neat, manipulative screenplay undercuts it artistically. " ‐ James on screenS
Posted Jul 12, 2013
85% The Way Way Back (2013) "Warm, engaging, and thoroughly charming even though we can predict every turn in this old-fashioned coming of age story. Carell is terrific as an unlikable bully. " ‐ James on screenS
Posted Jul 5, 2013
68% World War Z (2013) "Sounds unlikely, but Brad Pitt + Zombies = Dull in this self-defeating, formulaic action film. " ‐ James on screenS
Posted Jun 21, 2013
56% Man of Steel (2013) "Predictable action crushes character & story. If all you want is blockbuster action it's there and Cavill wins Best Looking Superman. If you want more revisit a Dark Knight. " ‐ James on screenS
Posted Jun 13, 2013
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