James Mottram

James Mottram

Agrees with the Tomatometer 72% of the time.

Publications:
Film4 , Filmstar Magazine , The List , Time Out , Total Film
Total Reviews:
278

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Rating T-Meter Title | Year Add Date
3/5 65% The Hundred-Foot Journey (2014) " This rather picaresque tale of an Indian family opening a restaurant in rural France never really indulges our senses." — The List
Posted Sep 1, 2014
3/5 65% Kvinden i buret (The Keeper of Lost Causes) " Only the hardiest of souls will make it through the film without wincing, retching or squirming." — The List
Posted Aug 26, 2014
4/5 65% Kvinden i buret (The Keeper of Lost Causes) " This is so grimly compelling that even if you want to look away, you won't be able to." — Total Film
Posted Aug 25, 2014
3/5 85% Night Moves (2014) " Frustrating. Measured and masterful to begin with, Night Moves is let down by a second half that never capitalises on the promise of the first." — Total Film
Posted Aug 25, 2014
4/5 45% Sin City: A Dame to Kill For (2014) " Not as groundbreaking as the original, nor as expansive as all the best sequels are. But with some excellent cast additions, and Miller on murky form, this still sizzles to the touch." — Total Film
Posted Aug 20, 2014
2/5 23% Hector And The Search For Happiness (2014) " Mildly entertaining at best, don't expect it to contribute to your own quest for contentment." — The List
Posted Aug 11, 2014
3/5 53% Blood Ties (2014) " Wade through all the flares and flare-ups and you'll be rewarded: the ending is absolutely killer." — Total Film
Posted Aug 11, 2014
4/5 71% The Inbetweeners Movie 2 " Puerile, pleasurable and perfectly executed." — Total Film
Posted Aug 7, 2014
3/5 13% A Promise (2014) " Inoffensive as living room wallpaper, though that's hardly a recommendation." — The List
Posted Jul 29, 2014
3/5 63% 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 18% 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 24% 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 22% 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 22% 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 28% 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
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