James Adams

James Adams

Agrees with the Tomatometer 84% of the time.

Biography:
Film Critic, Globe and Mail
Publications:
Globe and Mail
Total Reviews:
76

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Rating T-Meter Title | Year Add Date
3/4 88% Tim's Vermeer (2014) " Mostly it is fascinating and compelling." — Globe and Mail
Posted Feb 21, 2014
3/4 95% Inside Llewyn Davis (2013) " You don't end up rooting for Llewyn Davis because there's not much to root for. And this imparts a weird sort of impersonality or cold-bloodedness to the film's core." — Globe and Mail
Posted Dec 20, 2013
2.5/4 93% The Hunt (2013) " The Hunt's inexorability feels derived more from thematic or ideological concerns than any organic necessity." — Globe and Mail
Posted Dec 16, 2013
3.5/4 95% The Act Of Killing (2013) " Bizarre, hypnotic, audacious." — Globe and Mail
Posted Dec 16, 2013
2/4 —— Looking Is The Original Sin " Thing is, the work the viewer sees in Looking is the Original Sin, isn't terribly prepossessing." — Globe and Mail
Posted Nov 22, 2013
2/4 64% Geography Club (2013) " As a manifesto for tolerance and a contribution to greater social and gender harmony, this is an exercise all to the good. As a film, however, it's something of a snooze." — Globe and Mail
Posted Nov 15, 2013
2.5/4 —— Hi-Ho Mistahey! " As an act of witness, Hi-Ho Mistahey! is admirable; as cinema, not so much." — Globe and Mail
Posted Nov 1, 2013
3.5/4 92% A Touch of Sin (2013) " Epic and intimate, A Touch of Sin finally feels as big and complex, as contradictory and sad as, well, China." — Globe and Mail
Posted Oct 18, 2013
2.5/4 91% The Trials Of Muhammad Ali (2013) " It effectively recalls what a divisive, often irritating, even hated figure Ali was back in the day, before his ascent to the realm of myth and near-sainthood." — Globe and Mail
Posted Oct 11, 2013
2/4 45% The Art of the Steal (2014) " As is often the case in these caper flicks, there's too much plot for insufficient dramatic effect, and alert viewers will suss out where it's all heading in the first five minutes." — Globe and Mail
Posted Sep 20, 2013
2.5/4 87% Évocateur: The Morton Downey Jr. Movie (2013) " Évocateur is never less than watchable. At the same time, you have to wonder who's going to watch it." — Globe and Mail
Posted Aug 30, 2013
2/4 74% The East (2013) " The East is not a very good movie, hobbled by an excess of plot, a lack of believability and big gaps of logic." — Globe and Mail
Posted Jun 7, 2013
2.5/4 80% Picture Day (2013) " What Picture Day lacks in tension it makes up for in the writer-director's astute understanding of character and acuteness of observation." — Globe and Mail
Posted May 24, 2013
3/4 86% The Manor " A fine directorial debut, at once frank and compassionate." — Globe and Mail
Posted May 10, 2013
2/4 28% Upside Down (2013) " Soon enough the worlds of Up Top and Down Below feel like distractions, CGI Potemkin villages." — Globe and Mail
Posted Apr 26, 2013
3/4 80% Tower " While hardly an enjoyable Saturday night at the movies, Tower is compulsively watchable nonetheless." — Globe and Mail
Posted Feb 22, 2013
3/4 76% The Ambassador (2012) " At film's end, you'll probably feel like having a long, hot shower, metaphoric or otherwise, to wash away the mire Brügger has presented." — Globe and Mail
Posted Jan 11, 2013
2/4 38% The Guilt Trip (2012) " To its detriment, The Guilt Trip opts to work gently on the heart rather than hard on the funny bone." — Globe and Mail
Posted Dec 21, 2012
3.5/4 92% Skyfall (2012) " Suffice to say, Skyfall is one of the best Bonds in the 50-year history of moviedom's most successful franchise." — Globe and Mail
Posted Oct 29, 2012
2.5/4 65% Trishna (2012) " A loose but nonetheless pretty faithful recasting of Hardy's penultimate tragedy, Tess of the d'Urbervilles." — Globe and Mail
Posted Jul 19, 2012
3/4 88% Neil Young Journeys (2012) " The wartsy antipode of Katy Perry: Part of Me, with an intimacy and intensity bordering on the overwhelming." — Globe and Mail
Posted Jul 13, 2012
2.5/4 63% Union Square (2012) " It doesn't pretend to be anything more than it is - a slice-o'-life domestic drama/dark comedy of manners savvy about its limits and sufficiently disciplined to keep its convolutions to a credible, impactful minimum." — Globe and Mail
Posted Jul 13, 2012
2.5/4 80% Magic Mike (2012) " Soderbergh's direction - he's also the cinematographer - is largely loose-limbed, the film enlivened with bravura moments, including a decidedly spacey, eye-twisting orgy scene near the end." — Globe and Mail
Posted Jun 29, 2012
1.5/4 35% Abraham Lincoln: Vampire Hunter (2012) " The trouble with the so-called high-concept film is that too often the concept is the best thing about it and the actual movie essentially a series of rather rote, progressively more tiresome variations on its premise." — Globe and Mail
Posted Jun 22, 2012
1.5/4 40% Foreverland (2013) " Pretty much sputters from the get-go." — Globe and Mail
Posted Jun 15, 2012
3/4 —— West Wind: The Vision Of Tom Thomson " It's a lovely piece of work from two of the country's most esteemed documentarians..." — Globe and Mail
Posted Apr 20, 2012
3/4 92% Sound It Out (2011) " As Tolstoy might have put it, "good record stores are all alike," whatever their size or stock or the number of tattoos sported by their customers." — Globe and Mail
Posted Apr 20, 2012
2.5/4 87% Happy People: A Year in the Taiga (2013) " It feels too much, finally, like a Hinterland Who's Who instalment writ large, too respectful and plain for its own good..." — Globe and Mail
Posted Apr 13, 2012
2/4 78% Jeff Who Lives at Home (2012) " It's boring." — Globe and Mail
Posted Mar 16, 2012
3/4 100% Puppet " Fortunately, Puppet has the right stuff even as it proceeds, checklist-fashion, through virtually every convention of the idiom." — Globe and Mail
Posted Feb 17, 2012
1.5/4 78% The Innkeepers (2012) " It's just too bad, innit, that The Innkeepers isn't much of a keeper." — Globe and Mail
Posted Feb 3, 2012
3/4 —— Inside Lara Roxx " Eventually, one concludes that Inside Lara Roxx is no exercise in prurience bur rather a bearing witness." — Globe and Mail
Posted Feb 3, 2012
1.5/4 40% Red Tails (2012) " Red Tails is a lousy film. Not wincingly bad, mind you, just mediocre." — Globe and Mail
Posted Jan 20, 2012
2/4 25% Killer Elite (2011) " To be sure, first-time director Gary McKendry keeps things moving at an adrenalized pace, even through thickets of flashbacks. But this is precisely Killer Elite's major problem: motion at the expense of emotion." — Globe and Mail
Posted Sep 23, 2011
2/4 —— Whirligig " While the acting's uniformly fine, the dialogue occasionally smart and funny, Whirligig feels too schematic with an ending too pat and tidy." — Globe and Mail
Posted Aug 19, 2011
0/4 —— The Corner Shop " Amateurishness can have its charms. But when it doesn't, it looks very much like this excruciatingly farcical, alleged romantic comedy from Upinder Raisauda." — Globe and Mail
Posted Aug 19, 2011
3/4 80% Familiar Ground " All this sounds terribly "indie," admittedly. But thankfully, Lafleur never lets his movie become an oh-so-precious assemblage of quirky tics." — Globe and Mail
Posted Aug 3, 2011
3/4 —— Eco-Pirate:The Story Of Paul Watson " For all its scenes of distress and slaughter, Eco-Pirate is often very beautiful." — Globe and Mail
Posted Jul 27, 2011
1.5/4 —— Cell 213 (2011) " Cell 213 is hokum, atmospheric hokum to be sure, but hokum all the same." — Globe and Mail
Posted Jun 10, 2011
1.5/4 —— The Bend (2010) " The Bend is one of those rare movies in which the audience knows pretty much what's going to happen over its duration even before its first minute is up and the credits have started to roll." — Globe and Mail
Posted Apr 8, 2011
3/4 80% Littlerock (2011) " Littlerock wins your involvement by its meandering off-handedness and refusal to play up its strangers-in-a-strange-land conceit." — Globe and Mail
Posted Apr 8, 2011
2/4 —— Amazon Falls " For all this intensity, the film is largely an exercise in déjà vu with a whole lot of schadenfreude goin' on." — Globe and Mail
Posted Mar 18, 2011
2.5/4 36% The Butcher, The Chef And The Swordsman (2011) " About the only thing this cinematic whirligig skimps on is coherence, both narrative and aesthetic." — Globe and Mail
Posted Mar 18, 2011
3/4 77% When We Leave (2011) " The whole sad enterprise is watchable because of Kekilli." — Globe and Mail
Posted Mar 18, 2011
2.5/4 64% Justin Bieber: Never Say Never (2011) " Equal parts biopic, concert film and pep rally, the movie's 105 minutes do a good job of conveying the pleasures of pop, courtesy of the very real talents of Justin Bieber." — Globe and Mail
Posted Feb 11, 2011
3/4 82% Life, Above All (2011) " Bernhard Jasper's cinematography, under Oliver Schmitz's direction, is at once funky and elegant while the scrip... is inspiring without resorting to any cheap sentimentality." — Globe and Mail
Posted Sep 14, 2010
1/4 —— If I Knew What You Said " In its fashion, it's a wonderful demonstration of the Oscar Wilde maxim: "All bad poetry springs from genuine feeling." " — Globe and Mail
Posted Aug 13, 2010
3/4 —— Zooey & Adam " This is a little movie that prompts big thoughts." — Globe and Mail
Posted Mar 5, 2010
4/4 97% A Prophet (Un prophete) (2010) " Tremendously watchable cinema." — Globe and Mail
Posted Mar 5, 2010
3/4 100% Last Train Home (2010) " Last Train Home stands as an impressive feature debut from the thirtysomething Lixin Fan and a harbinger of more great documentary cinema." — Globe and Mail
Posted Feb 26, 2010
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