James Mottram

James Mottram

Agrees with the Tomatometer 72% of the time.

Publications:
Film4 , Filmstar Magazine , The List , Time Out , Total Film
Total Reviews:
270

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Rating T-Meter Title | Year Add Date
3/5 9% A Promise (2014) " Inoffensive as living room wallpaper, though that's hardly a recommendation." — The List
Posted Jul 29, 2014
3/5 57% Mood Indigo (2014) " Gondry-ites will be seduced, but this is as undisciplined as it is inventive." — Total Film
Posted Jul 28, 2014
3/5 90% Nordvest (Northwest) " Noer draws energetic turns from these non-pros, while demonstrating a real grasp of the grimy milieu. Just a pity the plot is so by-the-numbers." — Total Film
Posted Jul 21, 2014
5/5 96% Some Like It Hot (1959) " Brilliant performances, wondrous comic timing and the greatest pay-off line ever written: this one's still red hot." — Total Film
Posted Jul 14, 2014
4/5 95% Grand Central " Hot off Blue Is The Warmest Colour, Seydoux again offers a frank turn, while Rahim and Ménochet add real class." — Total Film
Posted Jul 14, 2014
3/5 78% Seve " However under par it gets, it's impossible not to shed a tear as the final chapter in Ballesteros' oft-magical life unfolds." — Total Film
Posted Jul 11, 2014
3/5 57% Here & Now (Here and Now) " Modest but moving." — Total Film
Posted Jul 11, 2014
4/5 92% How to Train Your Dragon 2 (2014) " Despite the unimaginative title, How To Train Your Dragon 2 arrives full of its predecessor's invention, wit and flair." — The List
Posted Jul 10, 2014
3/5 17% Transformers: Age of Extinction (2014) " Age Of Extinction transforms into a typically bombastic Bay offering. If it's major-league spectacle you want, though, look no further." — Total Film
Posted Jul 1, 2014
1/5 33% A Perfect Plan (Un plan parfait) " There's nothing perfect or planned about Diane Kruger's madcap scheme in this belatedly released 2012 Gallic romcom." — Total Film
Posted Jun 20, 2014
3/5 67% The Young And Prodigious T.S. Spivet " Jeunet fans will surely lap it up, particularly those who loved his 2001 standout movie Amélie, but others may find it all a bit much." — The List
Posted Jun 4, 2014
3/5 74% Oculus (2014) " A good little midnight movie." — The List
Posted Jun 4, 2014
4/5 88% Chef (2014) " Favreau is sometimes too heavy on the schmaltz. But, largely, Chef will leave you hungry for more." — The List
Posted Jun 4, 2014
4/5 93% Fruitvale Station (2013) " It's ragged around the edges, but this remains a stirring tribute to Grant. And coaxed by the assured Coogler, Jordan delivers a performance that will long be remembered." — Total Film
Posted Jun 2, 2014
3/5 68% Jimmy's Hall " All told, it's perhaps best seen as a celebration of a man who stands up for his beliefs - almost like a testament to Loach himself." — Total Film
Posted Jun 1, 2014
3/5 68% Jimmy's Hall " If it proves to be Loach's swan song, it's a graceful note to bow out on." — The List
Posted May 27, 2014
3/5 85% Korengal (2014) " It's absorbing to a point, but adds little to what's gone before." — Total Film
Posted May 26, 2014
4/5 54% Fading Gigolo (2014) " It's tailor-made for Allen; not only is he as funny as he's been in years, he and Turturro make a wonderful double act, lacing a seedy-sounding script with warmth and humour." — Total Film
Posted May 19, 2014
3/5 10% Grace Of Monaco " A political drama, a portrait of a marriage, a Hollywood tale... Grace of Monaco doesn't quite know what it wants to be." — The List
Posted May 14, 2014
5/5 94% Pulp Fiction (1994) " Now where did we put our gold watch?" — Total Film
Posted May 13, 2014
2/5 24% The Canyons (2013) " Largely set to go down as an embarrassing footnote in the careers of both its screenwriter Bret Easton Ellis and director Paul Schrader - unless, by some miracle, it gains cult success for its awfulness." — The List
Posted May 9, 2014
2/5 10% Beverly Hills Cop III (1994) " BHCIII features one great stunt but a dearth of laughs." — Total Film
Posted May 2, 2014
2/5 23% The Other Woman (2014) " A few lowbrow laughs... but far too many one-note characters, performances, and plot points to make them worth showing up for." — Total Film
Posted Apr 27, 2014
3/5 83% Tracks (2014) " Right down to the sunburn and chapped lips, Tracks is an authentic desert drama. A little more psychological insight wouldn't have gone amiss, though." — Total Film
Posted Apr 21, 2014
3/5 83% Tracks (2014) " A film that blends the hallucinogenic beauty and horror of the desert. What's more, it's all true." — The List
Posted Apr 21, 2014
4/5 97% We Are the Best! (2014) " Extracting naturalistic performances from all his young stars, Moodysson seems to revel in these spirited characters. And you should too. It's a delight from start to finish." — The List
Posted Apr 18, 2014
3/5 83% Romeo And Juliet (Broadway Hd) (2014) " OK, it's not Baz Luhrmann-inventive, but Bloom's playful Romeo and Condola Rashad's sweetly virginal Juliet are beautiful to watch." — Total Film
Posted Apr 3, 2014
3/5 81% Tom à la ferme (Tom at the Farm) " There's something compelling about Dolan's supreme self-confidence, even when misplaced. He takes risks - and that's attractive." — Total Film
Posted Mar 31, 2014
3/5 84% The Unknown Known (2014) " Fascinating and frustrating." — Total Film
Posted Mar 17, 2014
2/5 23% Need For Speed (2014) " Cheesy dialogue and predictable plotting make for a derisory experience that even adolescent males - the film's target audience - may spurn." — The List
Posted Mar 13, 2014
3/5 91% Suzanne " Quillévéré's elliptical plot isn't always spot-on, skipping years to a near maddening degree. But treading a fine line between poetry and realism, it's still heartfelt and harrowing." — Total Film
Posted Mar 10, 2014
2/5 23% Need For Speed (2014) " The cars are hot, the action is decent, but the characters and plot need a serious tune-up." — Total Film
Posted Mar 9, 2014
4/5 98% The Rocket (2014) " A coming-of-age fable driven by naturalistic performances and a poignant atmosphere of loss." — The List
Posted Feb 26, 2014
2/5 60% Non-Stop (2014) " A nifty lift-off and a tense first hour lead us, disappointingly, to a very bumpy landing. While Neeson and co. do their best, the script just doesn't deliver where it really matters." — Total Film
Posted Feb 26, 2014
4/5 60% Nymphomaniac: Volume II (2014) " For the most part Nymphomaniac is compelling and achieves exactly what von Trier set out to do: a multi-faceted exploration of sexuality, in all its bizarre, twisted glory." — The List
Posted Feb 14, 2014
4/5 75% Nymphomaniac: Volume I (2014) " For the most part Nymphomaniac is compelling and achieves exactly what von Trier set out to do: a multi-faceted exploration of sexuality, in all its bizarre, twisted glory." — The List
Posted Feb 14, 2014
3/5 70% Love Is In The Air (2014) " It's hardly Working Title-slick, but Sagnier is appealing in her first real romantic role and there's Gallic charm galore." — Total Film
Posted Feb 12, 2014
2/5 32% The Monuments Men (2014) " Even low expectations won't help you here, with a story that's neither amusing nor dramatic." — The List
Posted Feb 11, 2014
2/5 27% Charlie Countryman (2013) " Mostly, this is empty, ugly and pretentious." — Total Film
Posted Feb 10, 2014
4/5 33% Labor Day (2014) " Led by first-rate work from Winslet and Brolin, Labor Day is a skilful, old-fashioned drama from a maturing director. Cynics, however, need not apply." — Total Film
Posted Feb 3, 2014
2/5 4% I, Frankenstein (2014) " He's alive! But you might wish he wasn't after seeing this knuckle-headed fantasy." — Total Film
Posted Feb 1, 2014
4/5 22% That Awkward Moment (2014) " A box-fresh comedy both real and romantic, That Awkward Moment rarely has any of its own. Date night sorted, then..." — Total Film
Posted Jan 27, 2014
5/5 93% The General (1927) " A jaw-plunging blend of physical dexterity and bravura moviemaking." — Total Film
Posted Jan 20, 2014
2/5 27% Charlie Countryman (2013) " Dropping acid must be far more entertaining than watching this pretentious mess ..." — The List
Posted Jan 20, 2014
52% Cuban Fury (2014) " While Cuban Fury is a jolly enough film, you never really feel enough's at stake here." — The List
Posted Jan 16, 2014
5/5 94% Inside Llewyn Davis (2013) " A masterly Coen screenplay - up there with A Serious Man and The Man Who Wasn't There for its portrayal of male neuroses and failure." — The List
Posted Jan 16, 2014
4/5 94% Her (2013) " Raising a host of questions about how we interact with technology and each other, Her is an elegantly constructed piece that seamlessly interweaves drama, design and dialogue." — The List
Posted Jan 16, 2014
4/5 94% In the Heat of the Night (1967) " A film that satisfies equally as police procedural and social commentary." — Total Film
Posted Jan 15, 2014
3/5 38% Delivery Man (2013) " Arriving with the original's charm intact, the laughs may be on the squishy side but a versatile Vaughn is good value here. Fertile family fun." — Total Film
Posted Jan 6, 2014
3/5 66% The Railway Man (2014) " A fascinating life story, The Railway Man is doubtless a better book than a film. Firth and Kidman are not at their best, although Irvine proves his true talent." — Total Film
Posted Dec 30, 2013
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