James Mottram

James Mottram

Agrees with the Tomatometer 74% of the time.

James Mottram's reviews only count toward the Tomatometer when published at the following Tomatometer-approved publication(s): Film4, Filmstar Magazine, The List, Time Out, Total Film

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Rating T-Meter Title | Year Review
4/5 90% Straight Outta Compton (2015) "Punchy, provocative and packed with attitude. " ‐ The List
Posted Aug 24, 2015
1/5 13% Absolutely Anything "Bar the occasional faint-smile-raising line, just about every gag, set-piece or quip meets with dead-eyed, stony silence. " ‐ The List
Posted Aug 12, 2015
1/5 9% Fantastic Four (2015) "Trank's origin story brings nothing new to the party, apart from a rather muted, real-world aesthetic that counters the colourful worlds dreamed up by Stan Lee and Jack Kirby in the original Marvel comics. " ‐ Total Film
Posted Aug 6, 2015
2/5 9% Fantastic Four (2015) "What goes wrong? Lack of humour, for starters. Dry and drab, Trank's film sacrifices the primary-colour aesthetics of the comics for a gritty 'real-world' environment. " ‐ The List
Posted Aug 6, 2015
4/5 81% A Royal Night Out "For a story that could so easily have got it wrong, A Royal Night Out seems to hit the right notes time and again. Bright, breezy and charming to the last, there's not an ounce of cynicism here. " ‐ The National
Posted Jul 23, 2015
3/5 54% Minions (2015) "Too many Minions can lead to overkill. " ‐ The National
Posted Jul 16, 2015
4/5 75% Kingsman: The Secret Service (2015) "A rollickingly old-fashioned caper from Matthew Vaughn. " ‐ The National
Posted Jul 13, 2015
4/5 96% The Salt of the Earth (2015) "Despite lacking any nods towards Salgado's artistic influences, The Salt of the Earth leaves you both traumatised and tantalised; his work can be difficult to take in at times, but there is no doubt you're left wanting more. " ‐ The List
Posted Jul 13, 2015
3/5 46% Ted 2 (2015) "True, the novelty factor of the original has disappeared. But if you're looking for a shamelessly puerile comedy, you won't find anything lewder or louder this summer. " ‐ The List
Posted Jul 6, 2015
3/5 26% Terminator Genisys (2015) "The ending has one WTF moment that lacks credibility, even in this logic-defying loopy universe. But by then, you'll have most likely given in - and just accepted this as the barmiest Terminator yet. " ‐ Total Film
Posted Jun 30, 2015
3/5 65% Magic Mike XXL (2015) "Making good on its XXL, the Magic Mike sequel delivers what you'd want in a follow-up about male strippers: more flesh, more abs, more dances, the phworr factor cranked up to eleven. " ‐ Total Film
Posted Jun 29, 2015
3/5 54% Minions (2015) "The film has rather lost the sweetness of its predecessors. " ‐ The List
Posted Jun 23, 2015
4/5 91% Slow West (2015) "Slow West is too irreverent to be instantly iconic or truly heartbreaking, undermining its most potentially poignant moment in amusingly emphatic style. That's not to say that it isn't striking or stirring. " ‐ The List
Posted Jun 22, 2015
4/5 39% She's Funny That Way (2015) "The dialogue rattles along at a tremendous pace, with the gags feeling organic and largely sophisticated. " ‐ The List
Posted Jun 22, 2015
5/5 97% Amy (2015) "Punchy, provocative and just plain sad, whether you're a fan of Winehouse's music or not, Amy is a film you'll be thinking about for days after. " ‐ The List
Posted Jun 17, 2015
2/5 7% Accidental Love (2015) "It's not hard to see why Russell washed his hands of the unfinished cut; it would've been better left as the mysterious movie we never saw than the half-baked one we're lumbered with now. " ‐ The List
Posted Jun 15, 2015
3/5 32% Entourage (2015) "For once, more of the same is no criticism: it's exactly what fans of the show would want, even if newcomers will be left unmoved. " ‐ The List
Posted Jun 15, 2015
4/5 71% Jurassic World (2015) "Jurassic World is a fiendishly crafted blockbuster: old-fashioned thrills, heroism and romance, locked inside a smart, self-aware shell. " ‐ Total Film
Posted Jun 10, 2015
3/5 71% Gascoigne "It feels like a missed opportunity. " ‐ The List
Posted Jun 8, 2015
4/5 77% Danny Collins (2015) "A story about soul-searching, it should appeal to folks old enough to remember the 60s, and to those who wish they could have been there. " ‐ The List
Posted May 25, 2015
4/5 87% Moomins On The Riviera (Muumit Rivieralla) "Sneakily satirising our fascination with celebrity culture, it's a crafty story that doesn't outstay its welcome. " ‐ The List
Posted May 18, 2015
3/5 89% Clouds of Sils Maria (2015) "Not the promised insider's peek but Assayas and Binoche are still a potent combo ... " ‐ Total Film
Posted May 11, 2015
4/5 81% A Royal Night Out "A charming blend of whimsy and romance, Julian Jarrold's new film is a beauty. " ‐ The List
Posted May 11, 2015
4/5 86% Top Five (2014) "Top Five is packed full of zingers even if, at first glance, the familiar tale of a comic-turned- actor desperately seeking credibility promises to be an indulgent 102 minutes. " ‐ Total Film
Posted May 7, 2015
2/5 84% I Am Big Bird: The Caroll Spinney Story (2015) "The problem with I Am Big Bird is simply that Spinney's story may be heartwarming but it entirely lacks drama. " ‐ The List
Posted Apr 27, 2015
4/5 84% Far From the Madding Crowd (2015) "For all the bucolic beauty and ravishing romance, we're reminded that violence is never far from the surface - and Vinterberg captures the brewing tragedy magnificently. " ‐ The List
Posted Apr 27, 2015
3/5 91% A Pigeon Sat on a Branch Reflecting on Existence (2015) "Logic and cohesion don't really apply here - Andersson's bizarre world just wouldn't allow it. " ‐ Total Film
Posted Apr 20, 2015
4/5 69% The Salvation (2015) "One of the most exciting cowboy movies to clip-clop onto screens in a while. " ‐ Total Film
Posted Apr 13, 2015
4/5 26% Child 44 (2015) "Hardy is immaculate as Leo, from accent to demeanour. Now on his fourth film with Hardy, Oldman is a pleasure to watch, and even the smallest of roles have been carefully cast ... " ‐ Total Film
Posted Apr 13, 2015
2/5 52% Woman in Gold (2015) "Curtis' film stumbles in its digressions, lacking clear direction, along with the emotional impact it so desperately needs. " ‐ The List
Posted Apr 6, 2015
3/5 75% Good Kill (2015) "Hawke is on fine form - angry, volatile and confused. But for all Niccol's grappling with moral complexities he misses the target, veering into an overwhelmingly melodramatic subplot ... " ‐ The List
Posted Apr 6, 2015
4/5 85% Cinderella (2015) "There are times, particularly when the bland Madden is on screen, that the wholesomeness gets a bit much. But kids will likely have a ball. " ‐ Total Film
Posted Mar 24, 2015
3/5 36% The Face Of An Angel (2015) "You can sense the director's struggle here, wrestling with how to take on such a story. Like Thomas, you suspect he started out with a very different film in mind; the problem is, what he's ended up with is a mixed bag. " ‐ The List
Posted Mar 23, 2015
4/5 85% Cinderella (2015) "The result is a pleasant surprise, and just goes to show: if it ain't broke, don't fix it. " ‐ The List
Posted Mar 23, 2015
2/5 17% The Gunman (2015) "A genuine disappointment, given the talent involved, and a rare misstep for Penn, who can't save this moribund vanity project. " ‐ Total Film
Posted Mar 16, 2015
2/5 17% The Gunman (2015) "It's crass, clumsy and sometimes shockingly bad. " ‐ The List
Posted Mar 16, 2015
4/5 85% Cinderella (2015) "Cinderella is a balmy but beautiful take on both the 1950 cartoon and the original Charles Perrault fairy tale. " ‐ The National
Posted Mar 11, 2015
4/5 100% A Brilliant Young Mind (2015) "With A+ acting, a solid script and sensitive handling, there's enough here to move even the hardest of souls. " ‐ Total Film
Posted Mar 9, 2015
3/5 76% Suite Fran├žaise "Be sure to pack a hanky. " ‐ The List
Posted Mar 9, 2015
2/5 57% Focus (2015) "One of those empty, know-it-all tales about grifters working scams, and each other, wrapped around an equally vapid love story. " ‐ The List
Posted Feb 25, 2015
4/5 100% A Brilliant Young Mind (2015) "This British tale of the difficulties of adolescence and adulthood is a sweet rather than saccharine tale, quietly told and lent emotional heft by a cast led by Asa Butterfield. " ‐ The List
Posted Feb 24, 2015
4/5 87% Mr. Holmes (2015) "Granted, the unhurried pace will frustrate some, while those looking for a really brain-teasing mystery will also be disappointed. But if you like the idea of a meditative, melancholic Holmes, this is for you. " ‐ The List
Posted Feb 13, 2015
4/5 93% The Diary Of A Teenage Girl (2015) "Heller captures the era well, and her cast are never less than convincing. Insightful and important, this diary is well worth a peek. " ‐ The List
Posted Feb 13, 2015
2/5 7% Queen of the Desert "Much of the problem with Queen of the Desert lies in its casting. Nicole Kidman, as Bell, may fare better than she did as Grace Kelly in the risible Grace of Monaco, but she hardly looks desert-hardened. " ‐ The List
Posted Feb 13, 2015
2/5 0% Down Dog "There's almost nothing cinematic about Down Dog, which might've felt more at home in a television slot. " ‐ The List
Posted Feb 9, 2015
4/5 99% Selma (2015) "A daunting challenge for any actor, Oyelowo rises to the task, in a film that eschews the traditional biopic approach. " ‐ Total Film
Posted Feb 2, 2015
3/5 88% The Turning (2015) "With each episode produced by its own individual creative team, the lack of continuity can disorientate. But it's this daring mix of styles that gives The Turning its creative energy and distinct off-kilter flavour. " ‐ Total Film
Posted Jan 26, 2015
4/5 73% Inherent Vice (2015) "A richly intoxicating brew of humour, violence and melancholy. " ‐ Total Film
Posted Jan 26, 2015
4/5 75% Kingsman: The Secret Service (2015) "Injecting fun and fairground thrills back into the spy movie, Kingsman is a blast. Firth is sensational, Jackson rules and newcomer Egerton surprises. " ‐ Total Film
Posted Jan 8, 2015
2/5 9% Taken 3 (2015) "Seven years on, and with three episodes of The Expendables leaving the geri-action flick well and truly spent, Taken 3 feels as dozy as a pensioner in the midday sun. " ‐ The List
Posted Jan 6, 2015
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