James Rocchi

James Rocchi

Agrees with the Tomatometer 76% of the time.

James Rocchi's reviews (from any publication) always count toward the Tomatometer because this critic is a Tomatometer-approved critic.

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Rating T-Meter Title | Year Review
3.5/5 71% Penguins Of Madagascar (2014) "The Penguins of Madagascar doesn't have the high points of other animated films, they can't match it in one specific area: Sheer, chaotic comedy craziness right out of the classic old-school whack-with-a-frying-pan animation playbook. " ‐ About.com
Posted Nov 26, 2014
2/5 29% The Captive (2014) ""The Captive" bores us with its onscreen mystery while leaving another, more important one unanswered: What exactly happened to director Atom Egoyan? " ‐ TheWrap
Posted Nov 24, 2014
4/5 88% Foxcatcher (2014) "Foxcatcher crystallizes Miller's technique and concerns the way a dip in the temperature turns free-flowing water into hard-edged ice, as great performances and skillful technique transform history and tragedy into strong, striking art. " ‐ About.com
Posted Nov 21, 2014
4/5 100% The Circle (2014) "From its backroom politics to its bedroom activities, "The Circle" has a sincerity and an honesty that shames far more expensive but over-polished dramas; "The Circle" shows you both the happy ending and the incredibly hard work it took to get there. " ‐ TheWrap
Posted Nov 19, 2014
5/5 99% Selma (2015) ""Selma" is one of the best American films of the year - and indeed perhaps the best - precisely because it does not simply show what Dr. King did for America in his day; it also wonders explicitly what we have left undone for America in ours. " ‐ TheWrap
Posted Nov 12, 2014
4/5 65% The Hunger Games: Mockingjay - Part 1 (2014) "Thrilling, heartfelt, and a terrific curtain-raiser for the final battle, Mockingjay Part 1 takes the Hunger Games series to new heights even as it sings in its own voice. " ‐ About.com
Posted Nov 10, 2014
A 90% A Most Violent Year (2015) ""A Most Violent Year" is a slow-burn drama about what kinds of compromises you'll make in order to tell yourself you haven't compromised. " ‐ The Playlist
Posted Nov 7, 2014
2/5 77% St. Vincent (2014) "St. Vincent is the kind of movie that actually ends with a scene where Bill Murray essentially receives a on-screen standing ovation for being Bill Murray. " ‐ About.com
Posted Nov 4, 2014
3.5/5 89% Big Hero 6 (2014) "Your kids will love it. And frankly, they should: Big Hero 6 is zippy, beautifully made, fraught with action and peril but never scary or bloody and features a vocal team of actors so smooth and polished it verges on the criminal. " ‐ About.com
Posted Nov 4, 2014
6/10 41% The Better Angels (2014) "Those who appreciate Mr. Edwards' appropriation of Mr. Malick's approach will find "The Better Angels" lives up to its aspirations; those with no patience for shots of wind on crops will find the film crashes on the sharp-rocked shore of its pretensions. " ‐ TheWrap
Posted Nov 4, 2014
5/5 95% Nightcrawler (2014) "This smart thriller-drama has dark gravity and a sharp-toothed smile, with Jake Gyllenhaal giving one of 2014's best performances in an economic horror film that oozes through the L.A. night. " ‐ About.com
Posted Oct 29, 2014
3/5 36% Before I Go to Sleep (2014) "Before I Go To Sleep's combination of talents on both sides of the camera means that while it may not rocket you to the edge of your seat as quickly and cruelly as the recent Gone Girl, it's hardly a snooze. " ‐ TheWrap
Posted Oct 29, 2014
D 72% Interstellar (2014) "Nolan's "Interstellar" spends hundreds of millions to take the audience on a journey to the farthest parts of the cosmos ... so they can be told sentiments as close, and as cheap, as any of the offerings at your local Hallmark card retailer. " ‐ The Playlist
Posted Oct 27, 2014
7/10 85% John Wick (2014) "Both ludicrous and ludicrously entertaining, "John Wick's" stylish look, B-movie vibe and less-is-more, longer-takes-are-stronger-takes approach to action make it a standout. " ‐ TheWrap
Posted Oct 22, 2014
1.5/5 8% The Best Of Me (2014) ""The Best of Me" to actual romance what pro wrestling is to actual sports: A loud, overdone mix of sweaty clinches and implausible events leading to a conclusion you knew well before the start, never mind before the end. " ‐ TheWrap
Posted Oct 16, 2014
3.5/5 82% The Book of Life (2014) "The Book of Life may be crowded, bumptious, messy and overly ambitious, and yet it's unique and excitingly fresh when it succeeds, with a good heart behind its mustaches, magic and madness. " ‐ About.com
Posted Oct 15, 2014
1.5/5 8% Addicted (2014) ""Addicted" doesn't fail because it wants to provide steamy, soapy melodrama to a mainstream audience; its faults are a function of its judgment, not of its genre ... more Cinemax than cinematic. " ‐ TheWrap
Posted Oct 10, 2014
4/5 77% Fury (2014) "Unflinching, unsentimental and never unconsidered, "Fury"'s rumbling, metal-clad exterior has real humanity, fragile and frightened, captured and caged deep within it. " ‐ TheWrap
Posted Oct 10, 2014
4/10 30% Autómata (2014) ""Autómata" is a movie that's all look and no feel, all sizzle and no steak; while it's remarkably easy to appreciate a film with such nimble visuals, the lead-footed storytelling makes it difficult to care. " ‐ TheWrap
Posted Oct 9, 2014
7/10 88% The Good Lie (2014) "Most of the time, Hollywood applies so much energy to warming your heart, the excess energy turns your brain to mush. The Good Lie works as well as it does precisely because of an intelligence, humanity and restraint we rarely see in Hollywood films. " ‐ TheWrap
Posted Oct 2, 2014
2/10 31% Men, Women & Children (2014) "Reitman clearly wants to get at something human in his films - connection, family, humanity - but he lacks the artistic tools to explore those things; a man stabbing at the stony soil of an archaeological dig with only a Q-tip to uncover its wonders. " ‐ TheWrap
Posted Sep 27, 2014
5.8/10 75% The Boxtrolls (2014) ""The Boxtrolls" is a swing-and-miss for Laika; when you move forward with revolutionary techniques while standing still in terms of your themes, stories and settings, no amount of technical trickery or animation genius can bring the boring to vivid life. " ‐ Film.com
Posted Sep 24, 2014
4.8/10 34% Two Night Stand (2014) " Charming but contrived, more slapdash than sexy and more interested in late-act reversals than real-life relationships, "Two Night Stand" isn't really going to scratch anyone's itchy spots, no matter how far it's willing to go in trying to do so. " ‐ Film.com
Posted Sep 23, 2014
7.6/10 66% Jimi: All Is by My Side (2014) "If you're expecting all of Hendrix's familiar numbers, you'll be disappointed, but you're interested in the human being who made those hits, you'll find your sense of the new rewarded even as your sense of the familiar is let down. " ‐ Film.com
Posted Sep 23, 2014
4.5/5 88% Gone Girl (2014) ""Gone Girl" will earn plenty of loud shouts of applause, awed sounds of surprise, and shocked laughter, but what makes it worthy of them is all the hushed, uneasy conversations it's guaranteed to inspire in the long, unsettled silence to come after. " ‐ TheWrap
Posted Sep 21, 2014
3/5 67% Space Station 76 (2014) ""Space Station 76" stretches every penny, from the curving white walls of the station to the men's wide-collared shirts, but it also demonstrates the kind of talentand determination that no amount of money can buy a filmmaker who doesn't have them. " ‐ TheWrap
Posted Sep 19, 2014
2.5/5 63% The Maze Runner (2014) "A handsomely-made film is ultimately undone by its own too-silly sci-fi storyline and script leaping off the screen and running madly off in all directions. " ‐ About.com
Posted Sep 19, 2014
4.5/5 66% A Walk Among the Tombstones (2014) "A termite-art thriller that burrows in and stays with you, A Walk Among the Tombstones is a story about murder that makes you truly think about life. " ‐ About.com
Posted Sep 18, 2014
3/5 41% This Is Where I Leave You (2014) "While the gathering of the family to mourn the father may be a familiar playbook, Levy's assembled a team who can run it with grace, style and good humor. " ‐ About.com
Posted Sep 18, 2014
1.5/5 89% The Drop (2014) "The most depressing thing about The Drop is how bland, boring and banal it is compared to Roskam's previous film Bullhead; it's essentially every other low-budget crime indie form the past 10 years at once. " ‐ About.com
Posted Sep 11, 2014
4/5 61% The Equalizer (2014) "Willfully empty but wildly entertaining, "The Equalizer" stands out from its peers like a wolf among lapdogs, as Fuqua and Washington bring out the best in each other for the benefit of the audience. " ‐ TheWrap
Posted Sep 7, 2014
8.2/10 90% Wild (2014) "In a time when the desire for 'strong' female characters on-screen can often create perfect-but-plain parts for actresses to play, seeing a complicated female character on-screen here is even better. " ‐ Film.com
Posted Sep 3, 2014
7.5/10 77% Rosewater (2014) ""Rosewater" marks the debut of a director whose brains and guts are the equal or the better of his eye and heart ... " ‐ Film.com
Posted Sep 3, 2014
6.3 93% Birdman (2014) "The easy joke is that while many are touting "Birdman" for Best Picture, it's undoubtedly the front-runner for Most Picture. This is not a film in need of creativity, passion or energy; what it needed was restraint, consideration and direction. " ‐ Film.com
Posted Sep 3, 2014
7.9/10 89% The Imitation Game (2014) "Strong, stirring, triumphant and tragic, The Imitation Game may be about a man who changed the world, but it's also about the world that destroyed a man. " ‐ Film.com
Posted Sep 2, 2014
7.4/10 91% To Be Takei (2014) "While there's pathos and tragedy here, there's also good humor and human strength. " ‐ Film.com
Posted Aug 28, 2014
2.5/5 18% When The Game Stands Tall (2014) "When the Game Stands Tall is an incomplete pass of a Sports-piration film. " ‐ About.com
Posted Aug 22, 2014
.5/5 43% Frank Miller's Sin City: A Dame to Kill For (2014) "Brutal, boneheaded and boring, a glass-bottom boat ride through the sewer of writer-creator Frank Miller's fetishes, Sin City: A Dame to Kill For truly stands on its own clumsy, over-shot feet as potentially the worst film of 2014. " ‐ About.com
Posted Aug 21, 2014
1.5/5 33% The Expendables 3 (2014) "The kind of filmmaking that makes you imagine a Red Bull can in an Ed Hardy shirt being struck by lightning and ascending to the director's chair. " ‐ About.com
Posted Aug 15, 2014
4/5 70% What If (2014) "What if smart, talented people re-invigorated the rom-com with sass, sex, and sarcasm while still keeping the romance and raw emotion? With What if, that hypothetical question has a very real - and very good - answer. " ‐ TheWrap
Posted Aug 7, 2014
1.5/5 22% Into The Storm (2014) "At the climax of "Into the Storm," colossal tornadoes make noise, blow things up, and go around in circles; that's pretty much all the film does, too. " ‐ TheWrap
Posted Aug 7, 2014
3/10 21% Teenage Mutant Ninja Turtles (2014) ""Teenage Mutant Ninja Turtles" is designed to fill a pipeline, a matter of volume more than quality. It's bland, familiar, lazy and drunk on a deadly mix of nostalgia and unthinking adrenaline. " ‐ Film.com
Posted Aug 6, 2014
3.5/5 91% Guardians of the Galaxy (2014) "Part George Lucas and part Chuck Jones, Guardians of the Galaxy has enough scrappy heart and smart humor to make it seem like the best possible kind of product, one where the talent of all involved makes it easy to enjoy their hustle. " ‐ TheWrap
Posted Jul 24, 2014
3/5 66% Lucy (2014) "In America, we call this kind of filmmaking -- designed for airplanes, with a slumming star -- 'cheese,' and just because they'd call it 'brie' in France doesn't make it any less smooth or sinfully satisfying. " ‐ About.com
Posted Jul 23, 2014
0/5 8% America: Imagine the World Without Her (2014) ""America" would be simply annoying if it were just preaching to the choir; what makes it unendurable is the fact that D'Souza and Sullivan can't craft a sermon that would keep even the choir awake, interested, and entertained. " ‐ TheWrap
Posted Jul 17, 2014
3.5/5 17% Sex Tape (2014) "Perhaps the best thing about Sex Tape is that it never gets icky or squicky or squeamish; it talks about sex as if it were something two consenting adults might enjoy as part of their relationship, not just a source of humiliation and 'comedy.' " ‐ About.com
Posted Jul 17, 2014
3/5 44% Planes: Fire And Rescue (2014) "As it is in the merchandising aisle, so it is on the big screen: "Planes: Fire and Rescue" is precisely long, competent, and entertaining enough to be sold, and sold well. " ‐ TheWrap
Posted Jul 17, 2014
4.5/5 90% Dawn Of The Planet Of The Apes (2014) "Smart, strong and as morally intriguing as it is physically propulsive, Dawn of the Planet of the Apes somehow turns what might have been a lazy reboot of yesterday's camp 'classics' into vital, exciting and resonant moviemaking. " ‐ About.com
Posted Jul 9, 2014
0.5/5 18% Transformers: Age of Extinction (2014) "Transformers: Age of Extinction isn't a bad movie; it's the worst possible product of a big Hollywood system drunk on a cocktail of fermented nostalgia and rancid profiteering while driving moviegoing into the ground. " ‐ About.com
Posted Jun 26, 2014
.5/5 53% Jersey Boys (2014) "Jersey Boys looks and feels like a Scorsese movie with a particularly brutal cold -- stuffed-up, slow, tired, muddy-looking, like it was shot through a new Instragram filter called "Diabetic Sunset." " ‐ About.com
Posted Jun 20, 2014
7.4/10 95% Snowpiercer (2014) "If the film has one element that never flags or falters, it's Evans. " ‐ Film.com
Posted Jun 19, 2014
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