James Mottram

James Mottram

Agrees with the Tomatometer 73% of the time.

Publications:
Film4 , Filmstar Magazine , The List , Time Out , Total Film
Total Reviews:
265

Listing Of All Reviews & Articles

Showing 51 - 100 of 265
Rating T-Meter Title | Year Add Date
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 59% 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 59% 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 81% 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 48% 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 89% Le Week-End (2014) " An accomplished, bittersweet drama that's more bitter than sweet." — Total Film
Posted Oct 8, 2013
2/5 75% 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
4/5 63% Filth (2014) " Dark, depraved and deeply funny, it sees director Jon S. Baird capturing Welsh's spirit, from its relentless pace to its soaring soundtrack." — Total Film
Posted Sep 24, 2013
4/5 89% Le Week-End (2014) " With Michell anchoring proceedings in his usual unfussy manner, what stands out most is Kureishi's perfectly polished diamond of a script." — The List
Posted Sep 16, 2013
5/5 89% Rush (2013) " Aided by two punchy lead turns, an Oscar-worthy script and stunning in-car footage, Howard's race film delivers top-gear drama. A piston- and heart-pumping triumph." — Total Film
Posted Sep 2, 2013
3/5 86% Bonjour Tristesse (1958) " Contrasting the picture-perfect backdrop, Saul Bass' title sequence and Juliette Gréco's rendition of the title song add to the melancholy." — Total Film
Posted Aug 28, 2013
4/5 92% Gimme The Loot (2013) " Full of ear-pleasing lines and obscure R&B tunes, it's colourful, casual and full of flavour. An unexpected treat." — Total Film
Posted Aug 28, 2013
4/5 87% What Maisie Knew (2013) " Capturing the essence of the source novel, this is a superior adult drama. Harrowing, heartbreaking but utterly compelling." — Total Film
Posted Aug 15, 2013
4/5 85% The Way Way Back (2013) " Crafted with much TLC and sympathy, it's perfectly tailored to the tongue-tied teen in us all." — Total Film
Posted Aug 15, 2013
3/5 50% Pain & Gain (2013) " Like all of Bay's work, it's over-the-top, brash and exhausting to watch. But like the lifestyle its characters aspire to, there's an allure too." — Total Film
Posted Aug 15, 2013
3/5 8% Justin and the Knights of Valour " A sweet-natured film that kids in the 8-12 age bracket will fall for." — The List
Posted Aug 14, 2013
4/5 85% The Way Way Back (2013) " If this is hardly groundbreaking (just swap James' character from Jesse Eisenberg's in the similar theme-park set Adventureland), what works is how Faxon and Rash show the angst isn't all adolescent." — The List
Posted Aug 14, 2013
3/5 29% Kick-Ass 2 (2013) " Kick-Ass 2 doesn't quite have the heart of the original. Just a lot of blood, guts and (very) rude words." — The List
Posted Aug 14, 2013
4/5 50% Looking for Hortense (Cherchez Hortense) " A pleasingly intelligent picture." — Total Film
Posted Jul 30, 2013
4/5 88% Alan Partridge (2014) " Fans of Steve Coogan's enduring middle-aged middle Englander will be gladdened to find that Alan Partridge: Alpha Papa is a resounding success, not tarnishing or diluting the character in any way." — Total Film
Posted Jul 25, 2013
3/5 40% Only God Forgives (2013) " What it lacks is a moral core and characters who are more than just cipher." — Total Film
Posted Jul 18, 2013
3/5 27% Bula Quo! " Fuelled by their energetic tunes, including the annoyingly catchy title track, the story chugs along amiably enough." — The List
Posted Jul 5, 2013
2/5 41% Spike Island " It's hard to see who the film is aimed at, teenagers or nostalgic forty-somethings? There doesn't seem enough for either." — The List
Posted Jun 17, 2013
3/5 36% Summer in February (2014) " It'd take a cold soul not to warm to a film that, for all its conventional approach and picture-postcard visuals, proves poignant in the final act." — The List
Posted Jun 14, 2013
2/5 49% Redemption (2013) " Emerges as a confusing mix of action and arthouse. Sadly, it fails at both." — The List
Posted Jun 10, 2013
4/5 95% Behind the Candelabra (2013) " Amongst the sequins and sass, Soderbergh finds a tenderness that has sometimes been missing in his films." — The List
Posted Jun 5, 2013
3/5 49% No One Lives (2013) " Imagine if Reservoir Dogs' Mr Blonde hooked up with Hannibal Lecter and they went for dinner with the nutter from Wolf Creek." — Total Film
Posted May 29, 2013
4/5 66% The Iceman (2013) " Kneel before Shannon. His primal, powerhouse turn drives this criminal biopic." — Total Film
Posted May 29, 2013
3/5 49% No One Lives (2013) " A survival story, pure and simple, the characterisation is non-existent and the blood flows in rivers. It'll appeal to the gorehounds with a sense of humour ..." — The List
Posted May 29, 2013
2/5 15% The Moth Diaries (2012) " There's no mystery, suspense or intrigue. Worst of all, there are no real scares - though that may be due to the Young Adult market it's trying to tap into." — The List
Posted May 22, 2013
3/5 73% The Stone Roses: Made of Stone (2013) " What emerges is a film of missed opportunities, as if Meadows had a backstage pass but squandered it drinking in the beer tent." — The List
Posted May 17, 2013
4/5 66% The Iceman (2013) " As ultra-efficient as its sociopathic subject, The Iceman knows exactly when to pull the trigger." — The List
Posted May 17, 2013
3/5 68% Fast & Furious 6 (2013) " Gripes aside, F&F6 delivers where it matters: exhilarating, non-stop, jump-out-your-seat action." — Total Film
Posted May 13, 2013
3/5 63% The Liability (2013) " Between Roth and O'Connell, there is an amusing chemistry - though the script lacks the sheer aggression of Sexy Beast or foul-mouthed word play of In Bruges, two other fine examples in this arena, to be ranked alongside either." — The List
Posted May 10, 2013
3/5 48% I'm So Excited! (2013) " Full of fizz, filth and fun, I'm So Excited! is like an '80s retro-blast. Its scattershot comedy may not impress latecomers to Almodóvar's career, but old-school fans will love it." — Total Film
Posted May 3, 2013
4/5 78% Iron Man 3 (2013) " Funny, twisty and thrilling, this is shellhead's most entertaining solo flight to date." — Total Film
Posted Apr 24, 2013
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