Caryn James

Caryn James
Tomatometer-approved critic

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T-Meter Title | Year
33% Superintelligence (2019) McCarthy can make Carol likable and relatable but even someone as talented as she is can't make this earnest do-gooder interesting. - Hollywood Reporter EDIT
Read More | Posted Nov 25, 2020
5/5 98% Ma Rainey's Black Bottom (2020) Wolfe finds the right balance between letting Wilson's trademark monologues flow and shooting them in a cinematic way. - BBC.com EDIT
Read More | Posted Nov 20, 2020
No Score Yet Baby God (2020) Scattershot and sometimes mystifying in its objectives, pedestrian at best. - Hollywood Reporter EDIT
Read More | Posted Nov 18, 2020
No Score Yet Duty Free (2020) A son's warm, socially relevant love letter to his mom. - Hollywood Reporter EDIT
Read More | Posted Nov 17, 2020
73% A Call to Spy (2020) Telling her story on screen, along with those of other undersung heroines, is a more dynamic living tribute than any building could be. - BBC.com EDIT
Read More | Posted Nov 4, 2020
No Score Yet The Road Up (2020) There are many aspects of Cara, including placement, but the film wisely focuses on the most dynamic. - Hollywood Reporter EDIT
Read More | Posted Oct 20, 2020
2/5 40% Rebecca (2020) The film sleepwalks through scenes meant to be tense. - BBC.com EDIT
Read More | Posted Oct 15, 2020
No Score Yet Nasrin (2020) A good enough film, but an extraordinary up-close document. - Hollywood Reporter EDIT
Read More | Posted Oct 14, 2020
4/5 86% On The Rocks (2020) Each scene is compact and feels lived in, without any urgent narrative drive. That elegant surface makes it seem like a trifle, but there are layers beneath. - BBC.com EDIT
Read More | Posted Sep 26, 2020
4/5 97% Nomadland (2020) McDormand's commanding, deeply empathetic performance holds the film together. - BBC.com EDIT
Read More | Posted Sep 17, 2020
5/5 68% Ammonite (2020) The contained, potent performance is one of Winslet's best. - BBC.com EDIT
Read More | Posted Sep 11, 2020
No Score Yet The Violent Heart (2020) Astute direction and acting wasted on a trite story. - Hollywood Reporter EDIT
Read More | Posted Sep 9, 2020
77% I Am Greta (2020) A close-up, behind-the-headlines portrait of a passionately committed, media-savvy young woman. - Hollywood Reporter EDIT
Read More | Posted Sep 4, 2020
61% Chemical Hearts (2020) Writer and director Richard Tanne takes what sounds like a terrible idea and transforms it into a sleek, well-played romance that largely makes the cliches believable. - Hollywood Reporter EDIT
Read More | Posted Aug 20, 2020
100% Shine Your Eyes (Cidade Pássaro) (2020) A debut feature shimmering with confidence and talent. - Hollywood Reporter EDIT
Read More | Posted Jul 24, 2020
94% Jimmy Carter: Rock & Roll President (2020) As joyful and buoyant as its music. - Hollywood Reporter EDIT
Read More | Posted Jun 22, 2020
100% 9to5: The Story of A Movement (2020) Energetic, informative and bracing. - Hollywood Reporter EDIT
Read More | Posted Jun 19, 2020
5/5 93% Da 5 Bloods (2020) The film's very existence is bracing. It is a condemnation of the past, a call for change, and a rich work of art worth watching over and over again. - BBC.com EDIT
Read More | Posted Jun 10, 2020
57% The Rat Pack (1998) Despite some high moments, it desperately lacks the charismatic charge that would have explained it all. Viewers can fill in the gaps in this pedestrian movie, but they really shouldn't have to. - New York Times EDIT
Read More | Posted Apr 29, 2020
71% Tomboy (2020) Smoothly made and often engaging, although its point is never clearly defined. - Hollywood Reporter EDIT
Read More | Posted Mar 19, 2020
14% The Nutcracker Prince (1990) The new, animated Nutcracker Prince brings together Tchaikovsky's music, E. T. A. Hoffman's story and a few glib modern touches to create a muddled and bland version, which isn't the kind of difference it needs. - New York Times EDIT
Read More | Posted Mar 11, 2020
3/5 56% The Hunt (2020) The Hunt is a smart satire that uses genre tropes to explore volatile social issues. - BBC.com EDIT
Read More | Posted Mar 11, 2020
86% Rodgers & Hammerstein's Cinderella (1997) Often charming and sometimes ordinary, this is a cobbled-together ''Cinderella'' for the moment, not the ages. - New York Times EDIT
Read More | Posted Feb 27, 2020
87% Emma. (2020) A largely faithful and unchallenging adaptation, beautifully staged and sharply acted by a cast adept at balancing wit and romance. - Hollywood Reporter EDIT
Read More | Posted Feb 3, 2020
5/5 89% 1917 (2020) Director Sam Mendes [personalizes] the experience through two young British soldiers sent on a harrowing, high-stakes, night-long mission, he creates a film that is tense, exhilarating and profoundly moving. - BBC.com EDIT
Read More | Posted Dec 27, 2019
5/5 95% Little Women (2019) Without sacrificing any of the story's period charm or authenticity, [Gerwig] adds a contemporary feel that can appeal to the book's devoted fans and its sceptics alike. - BBC.com EDIT
Read More | Posted Dec 17, 2019
4/5 68% Bombshell (2019) Bombshell won't be the last #MeToo film, but it speaks astutely to this moment. - BBC.com EDIT
Read More | Posted Dec 9, 2019
95% The Apollo (2019) Williams does a terrific job of layering decades of iconic music through the film. - BBC.com EDIT
Read More | Posted Nov 21, 2019
89% Jane Austen's Emma (1996) It is understated and sly, loaded with a sense that even a society as well-ordered as Emma's leaves plenty of room for comic misjudgments and happy endings. - New York Times EDIT
Read More | Posted Nov 18, 2019
5/5 82% Queen & Slim (2019) Queen & Slim taps into a current of social outrage and depicts it with vehemence, sympathy and two true artists' visions melded into one. - BBC.com EDIT
Read More | Posted Nov 15, 2019
62% The Lion King II: Simba's Pride (1998) It's disappointing that this girls-are-strong theme doesn't play out as smartly as it should, but that's the one weakness in this sleek, joyful, entertaining film. - New York Times EDIT
Read More | Posted Nov 12, 2019
71% He Dreams of Giants (2019) Trying to address an audience of Gilliam fans, and also offer a Gilliam primer for everyone else, He Dreams of Giants is unlikely to satisfy either group. - Hollywood Reporter EDIT
Read More | Posted Nov 11, 2019
3/5 39% Maleficent: Mistress of Evil (2019) Until then, though, Maleficent: Mistress of Evil swoops you along with ease. Like so many Disney films, it is a commercial calculation with a just a splash of magic. - BBC.com EDIT
Read More | Posted Oct 15, 2019
4/5 96% The Irishman (2019) Scorsese knows his audience and reputation so well that the film constantly plays with, and defies, expectations. - BBC.com EDIT
Read More | Posted Sep 27, 2019
100% Nightjohn (1996) Mr. [Charles] Burnett never sacrifices drama or emotions for the sake of neat themes and lessons, and his exquisitely real touch is matched by a superb cast. - New York Times EDIT
Read More | Posted Sep 27, 2019
4/5 95% A Beautiful Day in the Neighborhood (2019) With clear-eyed rigour, Heller, Hanks and Rhys put aside cheap sentiment and earn this film's authentic heartfelt emotion. - BBC.com EDIT
Read More | Posted Sep 12, 2019
3/5 97% Knives Out (2019) Best to remember that those old movies Johnson embraces were really not that great, and to bring lowered expectations to his entertaining but scattershot update. - BBC.com EDIT
Read More | Posted Sep 11, 2019
3/5 84% Downton Abbey (2019) The film is delightful fun, even though the plot is obvious almost to the point of stupidity, and there are few surprises for the well-known characters, some of whom are handed unnecessary subplots to give everyone some screen time. - BBC.com EDIT
Read More | Posted Sep 9, 2019
3/5 24% The Goldfinch (2019) John Crowley's adaptation of Donna Tartt's novel is beautifully photographed and eloquently told, but too emotionally muted for its own good. - BBC.com EDIT
Read More | Posted Sep 9, 2019
50% The Giant (2019) Well-directed but hollow and tiresome. - Hollywood Reporter EDIT
Read More | Posted Sep 8, 2019
4/5 92% The Personal History of David Copperfield (2020) What's missing, and what makes this adaptation an enjoyable romp rather than a great film, is Dickens's narrative pull. Iannucci is better at shaping scenes than he is at telling a story, so the film is a bit up and down. - BBC.com EDIT
Read More | Posted Sep 6, 2019
97% The Cave (2019) A stirring, tough, beautifully made documentary. - Hollywood Reporter EDIT
Read More | Posted Sep 5, 2019
43% The Art of Racing in the Rain (2019) Watchable but flat, with only occasional flashes of wit and feeling. - Hollywood Reporter EDIT
Read More | Posted Aug 5, 2019
23% Otherhood (2019) A banal, by-the-numbers waste of three first-rate actresses. - Hollywood Reporter EDIT
Read More | Posted Aug 2, 2019
4/5 52% The Lion King (2019) But if the new Lion King is not as seamless as the earlier versions, it is full of adventure and is just as sweetly engaging. - BBC.com EDIT
Read More | Posted Jul 15, 2019
4/5 63% Yesterday (2019) Danny Boyle's apparently simple style actually relies on a complicated balance of sweetness, naturalness, and big, bright settings. - BBC.com EDIT
Read More | Posted Jun 25, 2019
No Score Yet Blowing Up Right Now (2019) Painless and pleasant enough to watch, but there's nothing to set this comedy above a gazillion other, fresher works streaming all around us. - Hollywood Reporter EDIT
Read More | Posted Jun 17, 2019
92% Rolling Thunder Revue: A Bob Dylan Story By Martin Scorsese (2019) Full of eye-opening musical performances, the film also sparkles with tongue-in-cheek humor, and features contemporary interviews that are often far from what they seem. - Hollywood Reporter EDIT
Read More | Posted Jun 11, 2019
2/5 22% Dark Phoenix (2019) It's hard to be engaged when the characters themselves seem so detached. - BBC.com EDIT
Read More | Posted Jun 7, 2019
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