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 78% 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 80% 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 86% 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 85% 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 87% 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 70% 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 24% 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 51% 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 84% 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 46% 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 84% 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 16% 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 16% The Gunman (2015) "It's crass, clumsy and sometimes shockingly bad. " ‐ The List
Posted Mar 16, 2015
4/5 84% 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 "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 72% Suite Fran├žaise "Be sure to pack a hanky. " ‐ The List
Posted Mar 9, 2015
2/5 56% 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 "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
4/5 100% 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 0% 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 "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 74% 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
6.2/10 83% In Fear (2014) "For all the intense, arm-gripping fun, an all-too-familiar denouement means that, much like their car, it runs out of gas late on. " ‐ IGN Movies
Posted Jan 5, 2015
4/5 100% Ilo Ilo (2014) "A gem. " ‐ Total Film
Posted Jan 4, 2015
3/5 72% Big Eyes (2014) "It refreshes to see Burton tackle more personal fare, but Big Eyes doesn't quite cut it. This is never as amusing, dramatic or emotional as it should be. " ‐ Total Film
Posted Dec 22, 2014
3/5 51% Unbroken (2014) "A rollicking adventure about the indefatigability of the human spirit that falls some way short of its cinematic inspiration David Lean. " ‐ The List
Posted Dec 22, 2014
2/5 29% Dumb and Dumber To (2014) "The gags are pelted ferociously by the Farrellys, a relentless onslaught of crude puns and sick-trigger sight gags. Some hit. Most miss. " ‐ Total Film
Posted Dec 18, 2014
2/5 35% Horrible Bosses 2 (2014) "Horrible Bosses 2 passes the time, but that's about it. " ‐ The List
Posted Nov 24, 2014
4/5 88% Winter Sleep (2014) "An intimate epic, Winter Sleep is right up there with the Turkish director's best. " ‐ Total Film
Posted Nov 21, 2014
4/5 82% The Homesman (2014) "A film that puts a fresh, female spin on the western. " ‐ Total Film
Posted Nov 21, 2014
4/5 80% Get On Up (2014) "Boseman - who played baseball legend Jackie Robinson in '42 - does everything right. " ‐ The List
Posted Nov 17, 2014
3/5 64% David Bowie Is Happening Now (2014) "This peek into the elaborate world of a unique cultural icon hits enough high notes. " ‐ The List
Posted Nov 17, 2014
4/5 65% The Hunger Games: Mockingjay - Part 1 (2014) "Mockingjay merits the split - it perhaps even gives some balance and rhythm to a story that might've felt rushed were the events crammed into a single movie. " ‐ The List
Posted Nov 17, 2014
4/5 89% The Imitation Game (2014) "A finely etched character study, with Cumberbatch on towering form. Set coordinates for the Oscars. " ‐ Total Film
Posted Nov 10, 2014
3/5 69% Laggies (2014) "It's hardly explosive or revelatory, and hinges on more contrivances than it should, but there's a rambling, ambling charm to the film, as if Shelton is channelling early John Hughes. " ‐ The List
Posted Nov 3, 2014
3/5 69% Laggies (2014) "Profits from the cast's amiable chemistry amid the A-B storytelling. Just don't expect it to define a generation. " ‐ Total Film
Posted Nov 3, 2014
2/5 42% Night Train To Lisbon (2013) "The back-and-forth narrative saps the story of tension, while Irons bumbles around like a dippy Dumbledore. " ‐ Total Film
Posted Oct 22, 2014
4/5 77% Fury (2014) "'That's better than good,' says Pitt, slugging on some whisky he's saved. Same goes for Fury. " ‐ The List
Posted Oct 15, 2014
4/5 96% Nosferatu: Phantom der Nacht (Nosferatu the Vampyre) (1979) "Madness and death hang over Herzog's Wagner-scored vision like a black cloud, while Kinski adds much poignancy to Dracula, the lonely immortal. " ‐ Total Film
Posted Oct 14, 2014
5/5 98% Eyes Without a Face (1962) "The influence of Georges Franju's horror classic Eyes Without A Face looms large, more than half a century since its release. " ‐ Total Film
Posted Oct 14, 2014
3/5 73% Palo Alto (2014) "With a distinct visual sensibility, Gia proves she's one more Coppola to watch. " ‐ Total Film
Posted Oct 13, 2014
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