Caryn James

Caryn James
Tomatometer-approved critic

Movie Reviews Only

T-Meter Title | Year
51% The Sun Is Also a Star (2019) Even by generic standards, The Sun Is Also a Star is simply misbegotten. - Hollywood Reporter EDIT
Read More | Posted May 15, 2019
4/5 99% Booksmart (2019) A female buddy film in the guise of a high-school partying movie, Booksmart is endlessly funny and outrageous, yet always grounded by its realistic central relationship. - BBC.com EDIT
Read More | Posted May 10, 2019
No Score Yet Two/One (2019) Two/One escapes the pretentious tone it might have carried thanks to the self-assured way he grounds characters in the vivid, precise, beautifully shot details of their lives. - Hollywood Reporter EDIT
Read More | Posted May 8, 2019
100% Blow the Man Down (2019) This atmospheric, expertly crafted little New England noir has droll dialogue, a female empowerment theme and a sly use of crime elements. - Hollywood Reporter EDIT
Read More | Posted May 8, 2019
3/5 80% Long Shot (2019) The least you can expect from a romantic comedy is that old-timey quality: it leaves you smiling. Sometimes that is enough. - BBC.com EDIT
Read More | Posted May 2, 2019
57% American Woman (2019) The film is lively and detailed enough so it is never boring, but it never takes off dramatically or realizes its intriguing possibilities either. - Hollywood Reporter EDIT
Read More | Posted May 1, 2019
93% What's My Name: Muhammad Ali (2019) An idealized but vivid and fascinating portrait of a career. - Hollywood Reporter EDIT
Read More | Posted Apr 29, 2019
67% Swallow (2019) The idea is cartoonish in its essence but the pic is shot and played with such straight-faced realism that Swallow becomes utterly ridiculous. - Hollywood Reporter EDIT
Read More | Posted Apr 29, 2019
50% Dreamland (2019) While Dreamland doesn't entirely overcome its familiar trajectory, the film is so stunning in every other way that its narrative shortcoming hardly matters. - Hollywood Reporter EDIT
Read More | Posted Apr 29, 2019
100% Leftover Women (2019) Erratic though it is, Leftover Women makes one important point. It reveals how much at least some parts of society still expect women to accommodate what's best for men. - Hollywood Reporter EDIT
Read More | Posted Apr 28, 2019
100% After Parkland (2019) Intimate, sensitively made and moving. - Hollywood Reporter EDIT
Read More | Posted Apr 27, 2019
100% The Seer and the Unseen (2019) Savvy, appealing and meticulously made. - Hollywood Reporter EDIT
Read More | Posted Apr 15, 2019
No Score Yet When I'm a Moth (2019) Earnest, pretentious and pointless. - Hollywood Reporter EDIT
Read More | Posted Apr 15, 2019
53% The Best of Enemies (2019) [W]hile it lacks the ambition to turn its obvious plot into a film that feels new, it also avoids the pitfalls of moral smugness and stereotyping. - Hollywood Reporter EDIT
Read More | Posted Apr 4, 2019
No Score Yet 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
100% 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
54% 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
100% Well Groomed (2019) An amusing trifle. - Hollywood Reporter EDIT
Read More | Posted Mar 11, 2019
100% The River and the Wall (2019) Visually stunning and politically sharp. - Hollywood Reporter EDIT
Read More | Posted Mar 10, 2019
82% 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
71% 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 28% 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
92% 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
75% 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 80% 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 83% 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 61% 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
41% 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 65% 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