Caryn James

Caryn James
Tomatometer-approved critic

Movie Reviews Only

T-Meter Title | Year
No Score Yet Breakthrough (2019) Does a fine, if unexciting, job of walking the line between capturing a lively character from Texas and explaining his research to a general audience. - Hollywood Reporter EDIT
Read More | Posted Mar 22, 2019
4/5 94% Us (2019) The film takes an unexpected, spectacular stylistic turn. - BBC.com EDIT
Read More | Posted Mar 22, 2019
No Score Yet The Garden Left Behind (2019) It's one thing to decide to make a movie about the struggles of the transgender community and violent attacks on it. But it's far harder to turn that message into a film as natural and graceful as The Garden Left Behind. - Hollywood Reporter EDIT
Read More | Posted Mar 19, 2019
52% Five Feet Apart (2019) What starts as a promising film that takes the disease seriously and might even raise awareness about its challenges quickly turns into a romantic melodrama that checks all the familiar boxes. - Hollywood Reporter EDIT
Read More | Posted Mar 14, 2019
No Score Yet Well Groomed (2019) An amusing trifle. - Hollywood Reporter EDIT
Read More | Posted Mar 11, 2019
No Score Yet The River and the Wall (2019) Visually stunning and politically sharp. - Hollywood Reporter EDIT
Read More | Posted Mar 10, 2019
75% Go Back to China (2019) Go Back to China is easy to watch, and at times even easier to roll your eyes at. - Hollywood Reporter EDIT
Read More | Posted Mar 9, 2019
3/5 78% Captain Marvel (2019) Captain Marvel may be good enough to satisfy the series' built-in audience, but might disappoint anyone expecting more. - BBC.com EDIT
Read More | Posted Mar 7, 2019
60% The Hottest August (2019) The Hottest August is ambitious and carefully thought-through, but its scattershot, no-context approach undermines it in the end. - Hollywood Reporter EDIT
Read More | Posted Feb 28, 2019
3/5 26% The Aftermath (2019) The Aftermath arrives as a mildly engaging trifle that might have worked better as a miniseries. - BBC.com EDIT
Read More | Posted Feb 28, 2019
100% Raise Hell: The Life & Times of Molly Ivins (2019) Smart and entertaining, just like its subject. - Hollywood Reporter EDIT
Read More | Posted Jan 29, 2019
93% High Flying Bird (2019) A sharp-minded iPhone-shot look at high-stakes, behind-the-scenes action in the professional basketball world. - Hollywood Reporter EDIT
Read More | Posted Jan 27, 2019
79% Photograph (2019) A quiet charmer. - Hollywood Reporter EDIT
Read More | Posted Jan 27, 2019
100% Toni Morrison: The Pieces I Am (2019) An informative, if unadventurous appreciation of a great writer. - Hollywood Reporter EDIT
Read More | Posted Jan 27, 2019
100% Midnight Traveler (2019) A valuable, first-hand refugees' story. - Hollywood Reporter EDIT
Read More | Posted Jan 27, 2019
87% Shooting the Mafia (2019) Roughly two-thirds of the film feels like a self-indulgent memoir, with all the selective memory autobiographies often bring. - Hollywood Reporter EDIT
Read More | Posted Jan 26, 2019
100% Maiden (2019) A rousing, real-life, feminist adventure tale. - Hollywood Reporter EDIT
Read More | Posted Jan 22, 2019
85% Dumplin' (2018) Dumplin' clings timidly to its YA roots, which are firmly on the unsophisticated side of the spectrum. - Hollywood Reporter EDIT
Read More | Posted Dec 6, 2018
2/5 78% Green Book (2018) Mortensen and Ali are a joy to watch, but Green Book is just a warm bath of clichés. - BBC.com EDIT
Read More | Posted Nov 28, 2018
4/5 79% At Eternity's Gate (2018) Willem Dafoe's magnificent performance captures every bit of the artist's complexity in Julian Schnabel's At Eternity's Gate. - BBC.com EDIT
Read More | Posted Nov 19, 2018
37% Fantastic Beasts: The Crimes of Grindelwald (2018) That the film remains enticing despite its evolving, still-pallid hero speaks to Rowling's storytelling strengths. - Hollywood Reporter EDIT
Read More | Posted Nov 8, 2018
4/5 95% If Beale Street Could Talk (2019) At its best it confirms Jenkins as one of the most talented filmmakers working today. - BBC.com EDIT
Read More | Posted Nov 8, 2018
48% Far and Away (1992) This time the concept of TV-for-a-very-big-screen comes out silly. - New York Times EDIT
Read More | Posted Oct 24, 2018
No Score Yet Maki (2018) An assured, engaging indie. - Hollywood Reporter EDIT
Read More | Posted Oct 24, 2018
4/5 88% High Life (2019) The isolated setting allows her to focus on the essence of human behaviour, on the themes of love, guilt and desire that have propelled her long and stunning career, and that her newest lead actor make so captivating. - BBC.com EDIT
Read More | Posted Oct 19, 2018
No Score Yet ReRun (2018) It seems like an act of immense generosity that Christopher Lloyd has added his warm, affecting presence to ReRun, an otherwise pallid and clumsy contemporary spin on It's a Wonderful Life. - Hollywood Reporter EDIT
Read More | Posted Oct 18, 2018
5/5 96% Roma (2018) High drama is handled by the characters with equanimity, as Cuarón creates glorious, complex images that may, without context, sound precious, but in the film play as realistic details. - BBC.com EDIT
Read More | Posted Oct 10, 2018
56% Hellbound: Hellraiser II (1988) Though the script for ''Hellbound'' is related to the Barker story, the film drops its plot whenever a fake-looking monster walks on the screen. Ogling strange creatures is the film's true reason for being. - New York Times EDIT
Read More | Posted Oct 4, 2018
No Score Yet Women Make Film: A New Road Movie Through Cinema (2018) The film's real value is calling attention to so many underappreciated directors. - Hollywood Reporter EDIT
Read More | Posted Sep 17, 2018
3/5 59% Vox Lux (2018) Vox Lux comes to share Celeste's vapidity rather than reflect it, but it says a lot about Corbet's possibilities that even in the film's most frustrating moments, his daring and imagination shine through. - BBC.com EDIT
Read More | Posted Sep 14, 2018
43% Where Hands Touch (2018) Throughout, Asante raises questions about bravery, conscience and, most of all, identity. - Hollywood Reporter EDIT
Read More | Posted Sep 10, 2018
4/5 63% Peterloo (2019) Peterloo is purest Mike Leigh in the best sense. - BBC.com EDIT
Read More | Posted Sep 6, 2018
88% Reversing Roe (2018) Solid and valuable but familiar. - Hollywood Reporter EDIT
Read More | Posted Sep 3, 2018
4/5 91% Crazy Rich Asians (2018) Wu and Golding play their characters so naturally that the film stays grounded in reality even at its most candy-coloured and fanciful. - BBC.com EDIT
Read More | Posted Aug 15, 2018
3/5 88% Ant-Man and the Wasp (2018) Thankfully, Paul Rudd as Ant-Man is as engaging as ever. He almost single-handedly saves this sequel, which is genial enough but not nearly as much fun as the original. - BBC.com EDIT
Read More | Posted Jul 5, 2018
4/5 93% Sorry to Bother You (2018) Riley shrewdly balances the serious and the comic in a timely film that manages to be both fierce and hugely entertaining. - BBC.com EDIT
Read More | Posted Jul 3, 2018
2/5 69% Ocean's 8 (2018) It also turns out that [Gary Ross's] style, or lack of it, is the uneven Ocean's major liability. - BBC.com EDIT
Read More | Posted Jun 8, 2018
No Score Yet Love Always, Mom (2017) Russo makes a vivid, understated onscreen heroine as she takes viewers through her intense journey over several years. - Hollywood Reporter EDIT
Read More | Posted May 11, 2018
38% Life of the Party (2018) Bland and predictable. - Hollywood Reporter EDIT
Read More | Posted May 10, 2018
85% Avengers: Infinity War (2018) This blockbuster leaves you wildly curious about the sequel, even if you are not an Avengers fanatic. - BBC.com EDIT
Read More | Posted Apr 27, 2018
3/5 42% A Wrinkle in Time (2018) The film's themes of love, family and self-acceptance are powerful enough to resonate with audiences. But the concept and casting shouldn't be the most magical parts of a fantasy film, no matter how enchanting its message is. - BBC.com EDIT
Read More | Posted Apr 26, 2018
80% All These Small Moments (2019) A beautifully accomplished first film. - Hollywood Reporter EDIT
Read More | Posted Apr 26, 2018
100% Egg (2019) Daring and modestly accomplished, lifted by two terrific performances. - Hollywood Reporter EDIT
Read More | Posted Apr 24, 2018
69% Song of Back and Neck (2018) Only the comic parts soar, and they fit uneasily with the pallid romance and half-hearted family drama. - Hollywood Reporter EDIT
Read More | Posted Apr 24, 2018
2/5 47% Red Sparrow (2018) Red Sparrow sounds as if it has a foolproof recipe: sex, spies and Russia. But the only way to make sense of this thudding, clichéd would-be thriller is to think of it as an unintentional comedy. - BBC.com EDIT
Read More | Posted Mar 8, 2018
29% Rage (2009) Think of the film's segments as high-art Webisodes and you see how pertinent Potter is to the topsy-turvy world of filmmaking today, how smoothly she blends the -cutting edge and the mainstream, how underappreciated she has been. - Newsday EDIT
Read More | Posted Feb 7, 2018
84% Orlando (1993) The film's wit and layered sense of history seem richer than ever. - Newsday EDIT
Read More | Posted Feb 7, 2018
51% Yes (2005) The use of poetry suggests depth and history beyond the immediate moment, even when the characters, called only He and She, trade epithets as lovers in the midst of horrifying anger can. - Newsday EDIT
Read More | Posted Feb 7, 2018
86% Inception (2010) This endlessly fascinating swirl of a film could have come only from Nolan, who blends the cerebral twistiness of Memento (his thriller that moves backward in time) with the spectacular action of his Batman megahit, The Dark Knight. - Newsday EDIT
Read More | Posted Feb 7, 2018
63% Salt (2010) In the great tradition of summer popcorn hits, Angelina Jolie's action-spy thriller Salt is stupid but fun. - Newsday EDIT
Read More | Posted Feb 7, 2018