James White

James White

Agrees with the Tomatometer 77% of the time.

Publications:
Empire Magazine , Empire Magazine Australasia , SFX Magazine , Total Film
Total Reviews:
95

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Rating T-Meter Title | Year Add Date
3.5/5 71% The Boxtrolls (2014) " The critters themselves are part-Jawa, part-Gremlin creations and provide much-needed fun in a tale that's perhaps lighter than previous Laika efforts but still has plenty to offer." — SFX Magazine
Posted Sep 12, 2014
2.5/5 66% Lucy (2014) " The movie's title character may find her brainpower increasing as the running time counts down; chances are you'll feel like your own IQ levels are dropping just as rapidly as you watch it." — SFX Magazine
Posted Aug 22, 2014
3/5 45% Sin City: A Dame to Kill For (2014) " A Dame To Kill For shares some of the downsides of the first, particularly dubious female characterisation. But this retains the gritty, grueling vice-grip on graphic-novel noir that made Sin City so enjoyable." — Empire Magazine
Posted Aug 20, 2014
4/5 90% Dawn Of The Planet Of The Apes (2014) " Confident, assured, muscular and moving in places." — SFX Magazine
Posted Jul 1, 2014
2.5/5 19% Transcendence (2014) " Despite boasting a seemingly ripe filmmaker working with proven actors, the result feels more like a bigger budgeted yet disappointing episode of The Outer Limits." — SFX Magazine
Posted Apr 25, 2014
2/5 20% The Last Days On Mars (2013) " Once danger presents itself and the screaming starts, it all becomes a basic space horror film that plucks tropes from the peg and rarely does anything interesting with them." — SFX Magazine
Posted Apr 14, 2014
2/5 3% The Legend of Hercules (2014) " The film opens on a huge battle in the Greek city of Argos, but it often ends up feeling like the director bought it cheap at the high street namesake." — SFX Magazine
Posted Apr 1, 2014
4/5 85% Bottle Rocket (1996) " This is Anderson still finding his feet, but the steps and swagger are confident." — Total Film
Posted Mar 4, 2014
2.5/5 49% Carrie (2013) " Feels like someone copied a schoolmate's work and added a lot of their own occasionally enlightening but largely unnecessary scribbles." — SFX Magazine
Posted Dec 6, 2013
2/5 48% Black Nativity (2013) " Despite the odd rip-roaring tune and some sturdy performances, this yuletide tale is as memorable as last year's sprouts." — Empire Magazine
Posted Dec 1, 2013
3/5 70% Cloudy with a Chance of Meatballs 2 (2013) " This second helping isn't quite as fully cooked, but it's a fun sequel that dares do a few different things." — SFX Magazine
Posted Oct 25, 2013
2/5 13% R.I.P.D. (2013) " What pours from the screen while you watch this comic book adaptation is seething, unadulterated cynicism." — SFX Magazine
Posted Sep 20, 2013
3/5 38% Insidious: Chapter 2 (2013) " This second chapter might not add much that's new to the mythology, but it's scarily entertaining enough to stand alongside the first." — SFX Magazine
Posted Sep 13, 2013
4/5 93% A Fish Called Wanda (1988) " Cleese's cracking script gives it a solid foundation, but it's the supporting cast who make this movie wanda-ful." — Total Film
Posted Jul 30, 2013
4/5 98% Who Framed Roger Rabbit (1988) " An ingenious blend of hand-drawn animation and live action, spliced with humour that's by turns madcap, surreal and violent, Roger Rabbit demonstrates that it's possible to push the technical boundaries while still cooking up decent characters and plots." — Total Film
Posted Jul 30, 2013
4/5 93% Speed (1994) " The pace was a guaranteed adrenalin-pumper, Dennis Hopper was suitably psycho, and Keanu and Sandra made their careers." — Total Film
Posted Jul 30, 2013
4/5 78% Monsters University (2013) " A worthy addition to the Pixar class of classics." — SFX Magazine
Posted Jul 12, 2013
3.5/5 72% Pacific Rim (2013) " Huge scale entertainment with guts and a heart - even if the brain is sometimes lacking during the more human moments." — SFX Magazine
Posted Jul 8, 2013
3/5 34% The Internship (2013) " A gratuitous spruik for the money-churning web giants but not without moments of wit. The duo rediscover a little of their old magic." — Empire Magazine
Posted Jul 1, 2013
4/5 91% Stand by Me (1986) " Shawshank aside, this is the best non-horror Stephen King adaptation of the bunch." — Total Film
Posted Jun 26, 2013
3/5 74% Ghost (1990) " The pottery scene is still sexy despite numerous spoofs." — Total Film
Posted Jun 25, 2013
2/5 38% Admission (2013) " Occasionally charming but mostly bland fare from Weitz, despite the reliable cast. About A Boy remains the best showcase of his talents." — Empire Magazine
Posted Jun 9, 2013
2/5 16% The Last Exorcism Part II (2013) " A stylistic departure from the shaky aesthetic of the first film. Sadly, most of its nervy shocks and creeping sense of unease go the same way." — Empire Magazine
Posted Jun 2, 2013
3/5 56% Snitch (2013) " While not the balls-out action movie the marketing suggests, this Rock-powered family drama is not without its moments." — Empire Magazine
Posted Apr 1, 2013
3/5 61% John Dies at the End (2013) " Gonzo freakiness in such doses that cult status is practically ensured." — Empire Magazine
Posted Mar 17, 2013
2/5 19% Identity Thief (2013) " Clever premise, witless execution." — Empire Magazine
Posted Mar 17, 2013
4/5 66% Cloud Atlas (2012) " It's not often we're given something that looks so dazzling, features such an impressive, eclectic cast, and which will leave your noggin buzzing with ideas." — SFX Magazine
Posted Mar 8, 2013
3/5 59% Oz the Great and Powerful (2013) " Has a lot to offer if you like your fantasy big, brash and jovial, but with a hint of horror in places." — SFX Magazine
Posted Mar 8, 2013
4.5/5 86% Wreck-it Ralph (2012) " Warm, witty, wacky and wonderful, Wreck-It Ralph deserves to stand alongside the best of Disney, while also feeling like it wouldn't be out of place at Pixar's table." — SFX Magazine
Posted Feb 8, 2013
3.5/5 87% Life of Pi (2012) " An impressive and brave attempt to tackle a book many thought could not be adapted." — SFX Magazine
Posted Dec 17, 2012
4/5 84% Smashed (2012) " The sharp ends in Smashed are here for all to see, and Ponsoldt never shies away from their spiky, thought-provoking effect. Yet he also finds grace and warmth in the story." — Empire Magazine
Posted Dec 10, 2012
3/5 49% The Man With the Iron Fists (2012) " The Man With The Iron Fists definitely isn't the most polished first effort. But if you approach it as a sloppy, OTT martial arts outing, you'll find the fun." — SFX Magazine
Posted Dec 7, 2012
4/5 79% Ruby Sparks (2012) " A sprightly, slightly twisted take on the romcom genre." — SFX Magazine
Posted Oct 15, 2012
3/5 45% Hotel Transylvania (2012) " With a script by that manages to dilute Adam Sandler's baser instincts with a real love for Universal monsters, Hotel Transylvania is no Grown Ups-style torture." — SFX Magazine
Posted Oct 15, 2012
3/5 57% Sparkle (2012) " Some sparkle and plenty of motion." — Empire Magazine
Posted Oct 1, 2012
2/5 31% Resident Evil: Retribution (2012) " More than ever, forgoes real attempts at character and story for lots of repetitive zombie skirmishes." — SFX Magazine
Posted Sep 28, 2012
2.5/5 10% House at the End of the Street (2012) " Like a street shyster looking to make a score with a shell game, the director keeps trying to play with your expectations. Unfortunately, you're likely to end up feeling ripped off." — SFX Magazine
Posted Sep 21, 2012
2/5 51% The Three Stooges (2012) " The mooted Stooges - Sean Penn, Jim Carrey, Benicio del Toro - dodged a bullet judging by this muddle of creaky slapstick and laugh-free plotting." — Empire Magazine
Posted Aug 20, 2012
3/5 30% Total Recall (2012) " A perfectly workmanlike sci-fi action thriller... but there are so many little nods to the original that anyone with a passing awareness of it is reminded all too often of its memorable moments." — SFX Magazine
Posted Aug 3, 2012
2/5 19% Chernobyl Diaries (2012) " A rote run-and-scream wannabe scarefest that fails to deliver more than rudimentary chills." — SFX Magazine
Posted Jun 22, 2012
3/5 53% Think Like a Man (2012) " More certain of its tone than Tyler Perry's melodramatic rom-coms, it's a good-hearted comedy of modern manners that provides a chuckle or two." — Empire Magazine
Posted Jun 19, 2012
2/5 43% American Reunion (2012) " It's occasionally entertaining to have these characters back in our lives, but for the most part this fails to party like it's 1999." — Empire Magazine
Posted Apr 29, 2012
4/5 92% Marvel's The Avengers (2012) " A joyous blend of heroism and humour that raises the stakes even as it maintains a firm grip on what makes the individual heroes tick." — Empire Magazine
Posted Apr 19, 2012
2/5 6% The Devil Inside (2012) " While the Devil might have a claim to hold all the best tunes, on the evidence of this, he really needs a word with his film development department." — SFX Magazine
Posted Mar 2, 2012
2/5 12% The Darkest Hour (2011) " In what might prove to be one of the most egregious examples of concept far outstripping execution, The Darkest Hour ends up as this year's Skyline: aliens+paper-thin screenplay=cinematic snooze." — SFX Magazine
Posted Jan 13, 2012
3/5 68% A Very Harold & Kumar Christmas (2011) " There are a lot of laughs lurking within the shiny 3D wrapping and snow-covered silliness." — Empire Magazine
Posted Dec 5, 2011
2/5 6% Dream House (2011) " This is one property you'd do well to stay away from." — SFX Magazine
Posted Dec 1, 2011
3/5 36% In Time (2011) " For all its flaws, this remains worth some of your hard-earned time." — SFX Magazine
Posted Oct 31, 2011
4/5 84% Contagion (2011) " Contagion's not the feel-good movie of the year, but it's effective, compelling and smart and will have you twitching at every cough you hear for days afterwards." — SFX Magazine
Posted Oct 23, 2011
2.5/5 35% The Thing (2011) " While it doesn't spoil the legacy of John Carpenter's film, it doesn't exactly add much to it either." — SFX Magazine
Posted Oct 19, 2011
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