Christopher James

Christopher James
Tomatometer-approved critic

Movie Reviews Only

T-Meter Title | Year
3.5/4 99% Apollo 11 (2019) Apollo 11 doesn't just take us to the moon, it transports us to 1969 and greater contextualizes the national fascination and hunger for exploration. - AwardsCircuit.com EDIT
Read More | Posted Mar 4, 2019
2/4 27% Rent Live (2019) However, for reasons both outside of and within its control, Rent Live misses the mark. The earnest nature shines through, but the craftsmanship does not. - AwardsCircuit.com EDIT
Read More | Posted Jan 28, 2019
3.5/4 91% Fyre (2019) Fyre succeeds at being both insatiably entertaining while also conscious of the larger impact of the festival. - AwardsCircuit.com EDIT
Read More | Posted Jan 25, 2019
2.5/4 77% Fyre Fraud (2019) Overall, Fyre Fraud works better as a longform journalistic piece. It's sprawling and detailed at the same time. - AwardsCircuit.com EDIT
Read More | Posted Jan 25, 2019
3.5/4 85% Dumplin' (2018) It's fun, warms your heart and leaves you with a smile on your face. - AwardsCircuit.com EDIT
Read More | Posted Dec 7, 2018
1/4 47% A Christmas Prince: The Royal Wedding (2018) It's not just that the movie is poorly made, written and acted. That was a given. What's most criminal is that the movie has no fun. - AwardsCircuit.com EDIT
Read More | Posted Dec 3, 2018
2/4 82% The Princess Switch (2018) It's a mess, but it's a jolly fun mess. - AwardsCircuit.com EDIT
Read More | Posted Dec 3, 2018
3/4 69% The Christmas Chronicles (2018) The Christmas Chronicles fares better than one might expect. It hits every Christmas trope under the tree, but does so with great glee and charm. - AwardsCircuit.com EDIT
Read More | Posted Dec 3, 2018
2.5/4 73% El Angel (El ángel) (2018) The film is well done in establishing its mood. However, it never succeeds in keeping the characters interesting. - AwardsCircuit.com EDIT
Read More | Posted Nov 16, 2018
2.5/4 58% The Grinch (2018) For all that makes The Grinch redundant, there's enough that still warms the heart. - AwardsCircuit.com EDIT
Read More | Posted Nov 16, 2018
4/4 99% Shoplifters (Manbiki kazoku) (2018) The film feels like a nice, warm hug. Its energy and empathy are infectious. Kore-eda manages to tell both a compelling narrative and a slice of life human story all in one. - AwardsCircuit.com EDIT
Read More | Posted Nov 16, 2018
1/4 67% The Great Pretender (2018) The Great Pretenders fails at every genre it pretends to be. - AwardsCircuit.com EDIT
Read More | Posted Nov 16, 2018
1/4 64% Relaxer (2019) It's a thoroughly unpleasant experience that, at best, is somewhat humorous as a sketch. At worst, it's an endless trudge through the mind of toxic, irresponsible man-children. - AwardsCircuit.com EDIT
Read More | Posted Nov 16, 2018
3/4 92% They'll Love Me When I'm Dead (2018) This comes off better than Welles' supposed masterpiece. It gives great context into the film business in the 70s and Welles' struggle to find his place within it. - AwardsCircuit.com EDIT
Read More | Posted Nov 7, 2018
3/4 No Score Yet Out of Iraq (2016) Nayyef and Btoo's story is engrossing, both as they are falling in love and when they are struggling to be reunited. - AwardsCircuit.com EDIT
Read More | Posted Nov 3, 2018
3.5/4 80% Political Animals (2016) We champion the recent marriage equality act, but it's right to focus on the long, painstaking road that got us to this point in time. - AwardsCircuit.com EDIT
Read More | Posted Nov 3, 2018
1.5/4 No Score Yet The Sweet Life (2016) For as formula as the film appears to be, it doesn't seem to decide on the tone until the final moments. - AwardsCircuit.com EDIT
Read More | Posted Nov 3, 2018
3/4 74% Wiener-Dog (2016) [Todd Solondz] classified the film as a "comedy about despair." No one could have summed up the film in such an apt manner. - AwardsCircuit.com EDIT
Read More | Posted Nov 3, 2018
2.5/4 36% Mike and Dave Need Wedding Dates (2016) One could do worse than sit through an agreeable enough dumb comedy with such talented actors. - AwardsCircuit.com EDIT
Read More | Posted Nov 3, 2018
3/4 87% Florence Foster Jenkins (2016) For as great as Meryl is, Florence Foster Jenkins once again illustrates how Streep's game is raised when she is with the right people. - AwardsCircuit.com EDIT
Read More | Posted Nov 3, 2018
2/4 71% Buster's Mal Heart (2017) It's a film brimming with ideas and possibilities. Yet, it isn't reigned in by any of them. - AwardsCircuit.com EDIT
Read More | Posted Nov 3, 2018
3/4 45% It's Only the End of the World (Juste la fin du monde) (2016) It remains an interesting and arresting film whose sound and fury may cloud some very good work. - AwardsCircuit.com EDIT
Read More | Posted Nov 3, 2018
2/4 40% The Most Hated Woman In America (2017) The Most Hated Woman in America has bite. It just doesn't land each of its targets. - AwardsCircuit.com EDIT
Read More | Posted Nov 3, 2018
1.5/4 18% Queen of the Desert (2017) Everything is inert - the editing, the images, the direction. - AwardsCircuit.com EDIT
Read More | Posted Nov 3, 2018
3.5/4 80% Colossal (2017) Even as an irresponsible drunk, Hathaway remains not only root-able, but someone to empathize with. - AwardsCircuit.com EDIT
Read More | Posted Nov 3, 2018
3.5/4 97% Your Name. (Kimi No Na Wa.) (2017) There's a beautiful story that shines through. The film leads with comedy but then pulsates with adventure and tension in the second half. - AwardsCircuit.com EDIT
Read More | Posted Nov 3, 2018
3.5/4 68% The Fate of the Furious (2017) How many franchises in their eighth entry up the ante not just in explosions and cars, but also in how it defines its core thesis and the makeup of the audience it services? - AwardsCircuit.com EDIT
Read More | Posted Nov 3, 2018
2.5/4 84% The Lovers (2017) Much like the worn-out marriage at its center, the film is so comfortable, it's hard to find its pulse. - AwardsCircuit.com EDIT
Read More | Posted Nov 3, 2018
3/4 74% The Wizard of Lies (2017) It's a film that heads down an interesting path with incredibly talented people, only to fail to go the extra mile in exploring these characters. - AwardsCircuit.com EDIT
Read More | Posted Nov 3, 2018
2.5/4 74% Beatriz at Dinner (2017) Hayek's performance is only as strong as the forces she goes up against. - AwardsCircuit.com EDIT
Read More | Posted Nov 2, 2018
4/4 No Score Yet The Keeping Hours (2016) The film is a moving and emotional journey, and even manages a jump scare or two for healthy measure. - AwardsCircuit.com EDIT
Read More | Posted Nov 2, 2018
3.5/4 100% Bill Nye: Science Guy (2017) As a documentary, directors David Alvarado and Jason Sussberg manage to create a film that zips along. There's enough ground to cover that it always feels interesting. - AwardsCircuit.com EDIT
Read More | Posted Nov 2, 2018
3.5/4 95% Becks (2018) The film wears its identity on its sleeve without making it the sole focus of the feature. Instead, the film acts as a lovely and complicated portrait of arrested development. - AwardsCircuit.com EDIT
Read More | Posted Nov 2, 2018
3/4 91% And Then I Go (2018) It's a novel pursuit that only further underlines the problem with bullying and the need for children to talk through their feelings. - AwardsCircuit.com EDIT
Read More | Posted Nov 2, 2018
2.5/4 No Score Yet Thank You for Coming (2018) Overall, the documentary doesn't amount to much more than a slightly involving personal story. - AwardsCircuit.com EDIT
Read More | Posted Nov 2, 2018
3.5/4 No Score Yet Monkey Business: The Adventures of Curious George's Creators (2017) Curious George Documentary is a Fascinating Bit of Monkey Business - AwardsCircuit.com EDIT
Read More | Posted Nov 2, 2018
3.5/4 No Score Yet Dalya's Other Country (2017) It's empowering and wonderful to watch Dalya's perception of femininity change over the course of four years. - AwardsCircuit.com EDIT
Read More | Posted Nov 2, 2018
3/4 37% The Female Brain (2018) The film isn't quite the sum of its really great parts. This doesn't keep it from being a fun ride throughout though. - AwardsCircuit.com EDIT
Read More | Posted Nov 2, 2018
3/4 100% Catching Feelings (2018) Catching Feelings manages to work due to its cultural specificity, and winds up being an agreeable and entertaining night at the movies. - AwardsCircuit.com EDIT
Read More | Posted Nov 2, 2018
2/4 No Score Yet Village People (2017) It fails to achieve its early promise, falling apart near the end. A lot of fun may be had along the way, but the end result leaves room for improvement. - AwardsCircuit.com EDIT
Read More | Posted Nov 2, 2018
2/4 No Score Yet Story of a Girl (2017) It's not easy making a successful teenage coming of age film. Yet, Story of a Girl goes through as many ups and downs as an actual teenager. - AwardsCircuit.com EDIT
Read More | Posted Nov 2, 2018
2/4 No Score Yet 20 Weeks (2018) Opening up the couple's life and taking a more straightforward approach to the material could have made the film immensely more impactful. - AwardsCircuit.com EDIT
Read More | Posted Nov 2, 2018
1.5/4 71% Moss (2018) The film seems more like a languid cinematography reel than a fleshed out narrative film. - AwardsCircuit.com EDIT
Read More | Posted Nov 2, 2018
3.5/4 91% A Ghost Story (2017) The flaws & uneven nature don't betray the strong core that Lowery has constructed. ... What makes the film work is its meditation on the relationship between the dead & time. - AwardsCircuit.com EDIT
Read More | Posted Nov 2, 2018
3/4 89% Tour De Pharmacy (2017) There are enough zany sight gags and fun performances to keep Tour de Pharmacy moving at a brisk and hilarious pace. - AwardsCircuit.com EDIT
Read More | Posted Nov 2, 2018
3/4 74% Landline (2017) "Landline" doesn't do much to reinvent the mold or these cliches. However, with a strong voice like Gillian Robespierre, these familiar elements [seem] fresh - AwardsCircuit.com EDIT
Read More | Posted Nov 2, 2018
4/4 90% Girls Trip (2017) Despite a generic title and a somewhat formulaic plot, "Girls Trip" emerges as the best raunchy comedy since "Bridesmaids." - AwardsCircuit.com EDIT
Read More | Posted Nov 1, 2018
3/4 83% Patti Cake$ (2017) Despite being as rote and cliche as many other indie films before it, the talented performers sell the words with such flair, the film comes alive. - AwardsCircuit.com EDIT
Read More | Posted Nov 1, 2018
1.5/4 84% Beach Rats (2017) Beach Rats feels as substantive as a grainy mirror selfie on a hook up app. There's beauty shrouded by a whole lot of nonsense. - AwardsCircuit.com EDIT
Read More | Posted Nov 1, 2018
3/4 33% Home Again (2017) "Home Again" feels like comfort food, specifically low fat vanilla bean ice cream from Whole Foods. Yes, the film is that white, frothy and delightful. - AwardsCircuit.com EDIT
Read More | Posted Nov 1, 2018