James Christopher

James Christopher

Agrees with the Tomatometer 69% of the time.

James Christopher'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
99% Finding Nemo (2003) "The tropical pleasure is a beautifully imagined adventure that beguiles children and tickles adults. " ‐ Times [UK]
Posted Jul 29, 2015
25% Blade: Trinity (2004) "I'm a great fan of Blade, the Marvel Comics vampire hunter played by Wesley Snipes... But a third episode, Blade: Trinity, directed by David S. Goyer, is a blood fest too far. " ‐ Times [UK]
Posted Jul 21, 2015
6% Gigli (2003) "Mere words fail to express the awfulness of Martin Brest's Gigli. " ‐ Times [UK]
Posted Jun 22, 2015
91% Million Dollar Baby (2004) "I'd be amazed if Swank failed to punch her way to a serious prize after this feat; she is an extraordinary bundle of ferocity and ice. " ‐ Times [UK]
Posted Feb 27, 2015
86% Chicago (2002) "What makes this more than a film of a great stage show is the way that the action spills seamlessly from the stage sets into real life. Magic. " ‐ Times [UK]
Posted Feb 25, 2015
3/5 75% Crash (2004) "The script is clever, the racial theme is worthy of Newsnight, and the editing just sublime. " ‐ Times [UK]
Posted Feb 23, 2015
4/5 91% The Departed (2006) "Nicholson's unsavoury grin and seedy menace are a joy to behold. " ‐ Times [UK]
Posted Jan 23, 2015
74% Joyeux Noël (Merry Christmas) (2006) "The horror of the war, and the startling dignity of these mud-spattered soldiers, will doubtless thaw stony hearts. But the drama is as conventional as a ham sandwich. " ‐ Times [UK]
Posted Dec 14, 2014
3/5 86% Hellboy II: The Golden Army (Hellboy 2) (2008) "Hellboy II: The Golden Army has the technical brilliance of a Renaissance masterpiece and a brain the size of a pea. " ‐ Times [UK]
Posted Dec 8, 2014
88% Shrek 2 (2004) "All hail the angriest rebel since James Dean. All right, he's green, pot-bellied, and has the social graces of a slug. But in terms of attitude? Peerless. " ‐ Times [UK]
Posted Dec 6, 2014
48% Saw (2014) "James Wan's horror film Saw is full of demented twists and guilty-looking actors, but the scenario is cruel enough to make you squirm. " ‐ Times [UK]
Posted Oct 27, 2014
2/5 41% The Last House on the Left (2009) "A dismal reminder of just how starved Hollywood studios are for good ideas. " ‐ Times [UK]
Posted Jun 12, 2009
2/5 79% The Hangover (2009) "The lads duly lurch from one bewildering crisis to another. " ‐ Times [UK]
Posted Jun 12, 2009
2/5 48% Doghouse (2009) "Jake West's low-budget British movie Doghouse is so jaw-droppingly bonkers that it actually deserves to be seen. " ‐ Times [UK]
Posted Jun 12, 2009
4/5 96% Spartacus (1960) "Douglas is terrific as the iron-jawed slave fuelled by righteous fury. " ‐ Times [UK]
Posted Jun 12, 2009
3/5 80% Max Manus: Man of War (2010) "So this overdue homage to Max Manus: Man of War is a powerful surprise. " ‐ Times [UK]
Posted Jun 5, 2009
4/5 83% Hide (2008) "Marek Losey's thriller The Hide is a macabre gem. It's a crude but enthralling duel with shades of Peter Schaffer's Sleuth. Shades too of Hitchcock's Rope. " ‐ Times [UK]
Posted Jun 5, 2009
2/5 79% Pour elle (Anything for Her) (2008) "Heavy-handed teases do very little for the overcooked melodrama. " ‐ Times [UK]
Posted Jun 5, 2009
2/5 33% Terminator Salvation (2009) "Terminator Salvation looks, sounds and tastes like a 2.50 fairground ride. There is nothing human about it. McG feeds you the sort of thrills that can be had on Clacton pier. " ‐ Times [UK]
Posted Jun 5, 2009
2/5 64% The Imaginarium of Doctor Parnassus (2009) "The Imaginarium of Doctor Parnassus is a film with a huge heart and a dazzling eye, but it does little for the very thing it is trying to celebrate: the imagination. " ‐ Times [UK]
Posted May 22, 2009
4/5 85% Looking for Eric (2010) "Looking for Eric is scathing about the erosion of communal values and the violent, selfish mess of inner-city life. " ‐ Times [UK]
Posted May 18, 2009
4/5 83% Bright Star (2009) "Jane Campion has turned the short and doomed affair between John Keats and Fanny Brawne into an enthralling film that tenderly rips your heart to shreds. " ‐ Times [UK]
Posted May 16, 2009
4/5 98% Up (2009) "It's an unusual, magical film with which to open an art-house festival. " ‐ Times [UK]
Posted May 14, 2009
5/5 95% Star Trek (2009) "J. J. Abrams's thriller Star Trek is the first tent-pole film that has made me sob with pure pleasure. " ‐ Times [UK]
Posted May 8, 2009
4/5 87% Sounds Like Teen Spirit (2009) "The documentary Sounds Like Teen Spirit has a thoroughly dismal premise but it is a remarkable and deeply affecting watch. " ‐ Times [UK]
Posted May 8, 2009
4/5 69% Delta (2009) "Delta is a weird, eerie, and utterly compelling Hungarian gem. A lugubrious piece of genius. " ‐ Times [UK]
Posted May 8, 2009
2/5 90% Coraline (2009) "Technically, it's impeccable. But it's madly out of synch with the 12A certificate. " ‐ Times [UK]
Posted May 8, 2009
3/5 66% The Brothers Bloom (2009) "Mark Ruffalo's elaborate stings are so beautifully conceived that it is difficult to know where real life ends and make-believe begins. " ‐ Times [UK]
Posted May 5, 2009
4/5 65% Is Anybody There? (2009) "It's a tragic farce. There are moments of dramatic pudding when the anxieties and fears that Clarence and Edward share grind in opposite directions. But the magic is in the tiny, immaculate stitches. " ‐ Times [UK]
Posted May 1, 2009
3/5 67% The End "The flesh-crawling thrill is that these stories about armed robberies, ghastly fights, and grisly murders are utterly compelling. " ‐ Times [UK]
Posted May 1, 2009
2/5 38% X-Men Origins - Wolverine (2009) "The novel innovation is that these hairy wolves move in contrary ways. That is the dismal sum of the original thinking. " ‐ Times [UK]
Posted May 1, 2009
4/5 85% Tony Manero (2009) "The brilliance of Tony Manero is that it is so black-hearted. There are no forgivable souls within miles. The squalor is a masterclass in tack. The ghoulish hook is that it is totally compelling. " ‐ Times [UK]
Posted Apr 9, 2009
3/5 43% Race to Witch Mountain (2009) "It's a rattling good chase movie. The young aliens have useful tricks. Johnson is the contractual comic liability. Perfect holiday nonsense. " ‐ Times [UK]
Posted Apr 9, 2009
3/5 86% Fifty Dead Men Walking (2008) "This is an appalling scenario for a film that unspools with the ghastly enthusiasm of a Hollywood thriller. But Sturgess's performance as the feckless hero is absolutely stunning. " ‐ Times [UK]
Posted Apr 9, 2009
3/5 55% 17 Again (2009) "Amusing, wholesome fun for young teenage swooners who will squirm with horror at the adults who ought to know better. " ‐ Times [UK]
Posted Apr 9, 2009
3/5 56% Waveriders (2010) "The sensational footage of surfers barrelling through 50ft waves provides most of the appeal. But Joel Conroy's documentary is full of scrapbook curios. " ‐ Times [UK]
Posted Apr 3, 2009
3/5 70% Religulous (2008) "Maher crucifies the kooks. What he singularly fails to do, though, is engage with anyone sensible. By mocking the loonies he squanders the precious high ground. A real pity. " ‐ Times [UK]
Posted Apr 3, 2009
4/5 83% Kirschblüten - Hanami (Cherry Blossoms) (2008) "Ozu's handling of the frosty schism between awkward parents and their ghastly offspring resulted in a heartbreaking piece of cinema. " ‐ Times [UK]
Posted Apr 3, 2009
1/5 61% Pirate Radio (The Boat That Rocked) (2009) "The rom-com glue that has turned every other Curtis film into box-office gold is absent. This is a listless, sketchy mess. " ‐ Times [UK]
Posted Apr 3, 2009
4/5 85% Tyson (2009) "Toback's split-screen moments, in which the film dissolves from gripping memories into something far closer to stream of consciousness, is pure documentary poetry. Hold tight for a guided tour of Tyson's surreal descent into hell. " ‐ Times [UK]
Posted Mar 27, 2009
3/5 64% Traitor (2008) "The moral maze is not quite as murky as it should be, a suspicion that we may have misjudged the hero whisks the film back into the realms of fiction, and detracts from the issues it raises. " ‐ Times [UK]
Posted Mar 27, 2009
2/5 79% A Summer In Genoa (2009) "Winterbottom tries to make a modern and meaningful parable. He fails quite miserably. " ‐ Times [UK]
Posted Mar 27, 2009
4/5 93% The Damned United (2009) "Anyone who has ever kicked a leather football in anger - when they were brown, permanently sodden and weighed 10lb - will almost certainly love this. " ‐ Times [UK]
Posted Mar 27, 2009
1/5 63% Marley & Me (2008) "There is something wildly odd about a film that measures human happiness with the whims of a dog. " ‐ Times [UK]
Posted Mar 13, 2009
2/5 43% Hush (2009) "The label slapped on the side of Mark Tonderai's low-budget horror movie has absolutely no bearing on the silly contents. " ‐ Times [UK]
Posted Mar 13, 2009
3/5 35% The Burning Plain (2009) "[Arriaga] has an uncanny understanding of damaged human beings. He needs to step away to let them live. " ‐ Times [UK]
Posted Mar 13, 2009
4/5 85% Wendy and Lucy (2008) "Wendy and Lucy is a sweet, slight and beautifully crafted film. " ‐ Times [UK]
Posted Mar 6, 2009
2/5 65% Watchmen (2009) "Snyder's last-ditch attempt to raise the geeky bar by introducing "real" people dressed up as heroes is more adolescent than adult, as is the addition of e nough soft-core 1970s bump and grind to win an 18 certificate. " ‐ Times [UK]
Posted Mar 6, 2009
3/5 69% American Teen (2008) " The documentary curriculum is sex, gossip and self-pity. Not exactly original, but disturbingly true. " ‐ Times [UK]
Posted Mar 6, 2009
3/5 68% The Universe of Keith Haring (2008) "The archive footage reveals a deadpan sense of humour and a surreal and marvellous indifference to the ghastly trappings of fame. " ‐ Times [UK]
Posted Feb 27, 2009
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