James Mottram

James Mottram

Agrees with the Tomatometer 71% of the time.

Publications:
Film4 , Filmstar Magazine , The List , Time Out , Total Film
Total Reviews:
243

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Rating T-Meter Title | Year Add Date
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 80% 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 82% 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 90% 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
4/5 100% 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 61% 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 76% 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 33% 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
54% 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 95% 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 (2014) " 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 68% 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
3/5 96% The Crash Reel (2013) " With some narrative threads suddenly dropped, it's raw-edged and sometimes jarring. But as a reminder of how fragile life is, it's spot-on." — Total Film
Posted Dec 22, 2013
3/5 38% Delivery Man (2013) " Delivery Man has charm to spare." — The List
Posted Dec 9, 2013
3/5 58% Mandela: Long Walk to Freedom (2013) " Elba is full of gravitas and Harris laced with fire, and both crucially add a human touch to a story that threatens to become engulfed by politics. They alone make this worth a watch." — The List
Posted Dec 9, 2013
3/5 64% August: Osage County (2013) " It's hysterical and hard to watch, but grimly compelling nonetheless." — The List
Posted Dec 9, 2013
2/5 38% A Long Way From Home " As dull as a dreary daydream." — Total Film
Posted Dec 4, 2013
4/5 74% Young & Beautiful (Jeune Et Jolie) (2014) " Following the deft In The House, Jeune Et Jolie is another compelling study in youthful rebellion from director François Ozon." — Total Film
Posted Nov 26, 2013
3/5 56% Breakfast With Jonny Wilkinson " A stage-to-screen Brit-com that retains its charm." — Total Film
Posted Nov 20, 2013
2/5 40% FLU (2013) " Not so much World War Z as World War Zzzz." — Total Film
Posted Nov 20, 2013
3/5 55% Dom Hemingway (2014) " Shepard's film is fun but forgettable in the first hour, then disappointing in the final third. But Law's raucous turn keeps you watching." — Total Film
Posted Nov 11, 2013
4/5 92% Nebraska (2013) " It's probably Payne's most poetic work yet, a quiet, subtle study of the highs and lows of family life." — The List
Posted Nov 5, 2013
4/5 85% Seduced And Abandoned " The results are revealing rather than revelatory, but chats with Ryan Gosling and Coppola, Scorsese and Polanski flesh out the fun." — Total Film
Posted Nov 4, 2013
2/5 55% Dom Hemingway (2014) " While there are some undeniably engaging moments - the surreal twists and savage dialogue - the film unveils a soft centre in the final third." — The List
Posted Nov 4, 2013
4/5 94% Milius " While there's a lot of love in the air, the filmmakers don't shirk from addressing his more objectionable side - hard line right-wing politics and a love of guns that, he believes, stalled his studio career." — The List
Posted Nov 1, 2013
3/5 99% Short Term 12 (2013) " As a stepping stone for both Larson and Cretton, it leaves you tantalised as to what they'll do next." — The List
Posted Nov 1, 2013
5/5 97% Gravity (2013) " Like the title suggests, this is an astronaut adventure whose pull is hard to resist. By the time 90 stomach-shrinking minutes have elapsed, you'll feel like you've been bumped around the heavens." — Total Film
Posted Nov 1, 2013
3/5 94% Milius " Old pals Spielberg, Scorsese, Schrader, Lucas and Coppola pay tribute, before the final reel adds genuine poignancy to the life of this unique storyteller." — Total Film
Posted Oct 28, 2013
4/5 80% The Broken Circle Breakdown (2013) " Van Groeningen blends the happiness and tragedy of life like a master alchemist, using music as an emotional life-raft, which is just as well: the bleak final third will test the hardiest of souls." — Total Film
Posted Oct 25, 2013
2/5 60% Jackass Presents: Bad Grandpa (2013) " Most of the gags fall flatter than a Knoxville belly-flop." — Total Film
Posted Oct 24, 2013
3/5 60% Ender's Game (2013) " As blockbusters go, it's a considered, rather than thoughtless, ride." — The List
Posted Oct 24, 2013
4/5 96% Muscle Shoals (2013) " As personal as the film gets, it never becomes overly sentimental or nostalgic; rather, it's a celebratory work alive with simple pleasures." — The List
Posted Oct 22, 2013
3/5 96% Enough Said (2013) " Assured, adult filmmaking from a writer/director who knows her way around the ups and downs of relationships. It's also a fitting tribute to the talent of the gentle, grizzly Gandolfini." — Total Film
Posted Oct 14, 2013
3/5 49% Parkland (2013) " It's competently assembled, and certainly engaging, but it's hard to see what the point of Parkland is." — The List
Posted Oct 8, 2013
4/5 92% Philomena (2013) " Frears directs events in his usual unfussy, unpretentious manner - letting the actors explore the scenes to the max." — The List
Posted Oct 8, 2013
4/5 93% Captain Phillips (2013) " No stranger to solo outings like Cast Away, even amid the grandstanding, Hanks is well-equipped to carry the film, and his showdowns with Abdi are particularly riveting." — The List
Posted Oct 8, 2013
4/5 91% Le Week-End (2014) " An accomplished, bittersweet drama that's more bitter than sweet." — Total Film
Posted Oct 8, 2013
2/5 73% Kelly + Victor " Evans has a feel for mood, but it'd be wrong to mistake atmosphere for psychological depth; Kelly + Victor could've been so much more than what it ultimately achieves." — The List
Posted Sep 26, 2013
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