James Christopher

James Christopher
Tomatometer-approved critic
Official Websites: timesonline.co.uk

Movie Reviews Only

T-Meter Title | Year
38% The Fast and the Furious: Tokyo Drift (2006) The Fast and Furious: Tokyo Drift is another dismal chapter in a franchise that started promisingly enough with Rob Cohen's rebel-with-too-much-horse-power-but-lots-of-chicks. - Times (UK) EDIT
Read More | Posted Mar 29, 2019
29% Dreamcatcher (2003) Dreamcatcher is a horror, sci-fi fantasy, buddy movie, a military thriller, a mangled crate of X-Files, and a mass of half-baked clichés. - Times (UK) EDIT
Read More | Posted Dec 6, 2018
84% Lilja 4-ever (2003) After making such a brilliant splash with his first two films -- Show Me Love and Together -- the Swedish director Lukas Moodysson seems to dry up in Lilya 4-ever. - Times (UK) EDIT
Read More | Posted Dec 6, 2018
74% His Secret Life (2001) Le Fate Ignoranti is a clever stab at the twilight world of the heterosexual male but it doesn't twist the knife. The premise is quite delicious. - Times (UK) EDIT
Read More | Posted Dec 6, 2018
17% Trapped (2002) Luis Mandoki's movie Trapped is one of the most inept hostage thrillers I've ever seen. - Times (UK) EDIT
Read More | Posted Dec 6, 2018
53% The Notebook (2004) The Notebook is a ghastly piece of oldie slush which is tediously orchestrated by Nick Cassavetes. - Sunday Times (UK) EDIT
Read More | Posted Oct 1, 2018
93% The Lord of the Rings: The Return of the King (2003) The sense of closure is exquisite, but I'm not sure I'm able to forgive Peter Jackson for the three years that he has taken to put it on the screen. The wait has been excruciating. - Times (UK) EDIT
Read More | Posted Feb 27, 2018
94% The Dark Knight (2008) You will feel utterly numb after the screening of The Dark Knight. The film is bleak and brilliant. - Times (UK) EDIT
Read More | Posted May 31, 2017
92% Shakespeare in Love (1998) There is plenty to be thrilled about. - Times (UK) EDIT
Read More | Posted Feb 16, 2016
99% Finding Nemo (2003) The tropical pleasure is a beautifully imagined adventure that beguiles children and tickles adults. - Times (UK) EDIT
Read More | Posted Jul 29, 2015
25% Blade: Trinity (2004) I'm a great fan of Blade, the Marvel Comics vampire hunter played by Wesley Snipes... But a third episode, Blade: Trinity, directed by David S. Goyer, is a blood fest too far. - Times (UK) EDIT
Read More | Posted Jul 21, 2015
6% Gigli (2003) Mere words fail to express the awfulness of Martin Brest's Gigli. - Times (UK) EDIT
Read More | Posted Jun 22, 2015
91% Million Dollar Baby (2004) I'd be amazed if Swank failed to punch her way to a serious prize after this feat; she is an extraordinary bundle of ferocity and ice. - Times (UK) EDIT
Read More | Posted Feb 27, 2015
85% Chicago (2002) What makes this more than a film of a great stage show is the way that the action spills seamlessly from the stage sets into real life. Magic. - Times (UK) EDIT
Read More | Posted Feb 25, 2015
3/5 74% Crash (2004) The script is clever, the racial theme is worthy of Newsnight, and the editing just sublime. - Times (UK) EDIT
Read More | Posted Feb 23, 2015
4/5 91% The Departed (2006) Nicholson's unsavoury grin and seedy menace are a joy to behold. - Times (UK) EDIT
Read More | Posted Jan 23, 2015
74% Joyeux Noël (Merry Christmas) (2006) The horror of the war, and the startling dignity of these mud-spattered soldiers, will doubtless thaw stony hearts. But the drama is as conventional as a ham sandwich. - Times (UK) EDIT
Read More | Posted Dec 14, 2014
3/5 86% Hellboy II: The Golden Army (Hellboy 2) (2008) Hellboy II: The Golden Army has the technical brilliance of a Renaissance masterpiece and a brain the size of a pea. - Times (UK) EDIT
Read More | Posted Dec 8, 2014
89% Shrek 2 (2004) All hail the angriest rebel since James Dean. All right, he's green, pot-bellied, and has the social graces of a slug. But in terms of attitude? Peerless. - Times (UK) EDIT
Read More | Posted Dec 6, 2014
49% Saw (2004) James Wan's horror film Saw is full of demented twists and guilty-looking actors, but the scenario is cruel enough to make you squirm. - Times (UK) EDIT
Read More | Posted Oct 27, 2014
2/5 41% The Last House on the Left (2009) A dismal reminder of just how starved Hollywood studios are for good ideas. - Times (UK) EDIT
Read More | Posted Jun 12, 2009
2/5 78% The Hangover (2009) The lads duly lurch from one bewildering crisis to another. - Times (UK) EDIT
Read More | Posted Jun 12, 2009
2/5 48% Doghouse (2009) Jake West's low-budget British movie Doghouse is so jaw-droppingly bonkers that it actually deserves to be seen. - Times (UK) EDIT
Read More | Posted Jun 12, 2009
4/5 96% Spartacus (1960) Douglas is terrific as the iron-jawed slave fuelled by righteous fury. - Times (UK) EDIT
Read More | Posted Jun 12, 2009
3/5 79% Max Manus: Man of War (2010) So this overdue homage to Max Manus: Man of War is a powerful surprise. - Times (UK) EDIT
Read More | Posted Jun 5, 2009
4/5 83% Hide (2008) Marek Losey's thriller The Hide is a macabre gem. It's a crude but enthralling duel with shades of Peter Schaffer's Sleuth. Shades too of Hitchcock's Rope. - Times (UK) EDIT
Read More | Posted Jun 5, 2009
2/5 80% Pour elle (Anything for Her) (2008) Heavy-handed teases do very little for the overcooked melodrama. - Times (UK) EDIT
Read More | Posted Jun 5, 2009
2/5 33% Terminator Salvation (2009) Terminator Salvation looks, sounds and tastes like a 2.50 fairground ride. There is nothing human about it. McG feeds you the sort of thrills that can be had on Clacton pier. - Times (UK) EDIT
Read More | Posted Jun 5, 2009
2/5 64% The Imaginarium of Doctor Parnassus (2009) The Imaginarium of Doctor Parnassus is a film with a huge heart and a dazzling eye, but it does little for the very thing it is trying to celebrate: the imagination. - Times (UK) EDIT
Read More | Posted May 22, 2009
4/5 85% Looking for Eric (2010) Looking for Eric is scathing about the erosion of communal values and the violent, selfish mess of inner-city life. - Times (UK) EDIT
Read More | Posted May 18, 2009
4/5 82% Bright Star (2009) Jane Campion has turned the short and doomed affair between John Keats and Fanny Brawne into an enthralling film that tenderly rips your heart to shreds. - Times (UK) EDIT
Read More | Posted May 16, 2009
4/5 98% Up (2009) It's an unusual, magical film with which to open an art-house festival. - Times (UK) EDIT
Read More | Posted May 14, 2009
5/5 94% Star Trek (2009) J. J. Abrams's thriller Star Trek is the first tent-pole film that has made me sob with pure pleasure. - Times (UK) EDIT
Read More | Posted May 8, 2009
4/5 87% Sounds Like Teen Spirit (2009) The documentary Sounds Like Teen Spirit has a thoroughly dismal premise but it is a remarkable and deeply affecting watch. - Times (UK) EDIT
Read More | Posted May 8, 2009
4/5 69% Delta (2009) Delta is a weird, eerie, and utterly compelling Hungarian gem. A lugubrious piece of genius. - Times (UK) EDIT
Read More | Posted May 8, 2009
2/5 90% Coraline (2009) Technically, it's impeccable. But it's madly out of synch with the 12A certificate. - Times (UK) EDIT
Read More | Posted May 8, 2009
3/5 68% The Brothers Bloom (2009) Mark Ruffalo's elaborate stings are so beautifully conceived that it is difficult to know where real life ends and make-believe begins. - Times (UK) EDIT
Read More | Posted May 5, 2009
4/5 65% Is Anybody There? (2009) It's a tragic farce. There are moments of dramatic pudding when the anxieties and fears that Clarence and Edward share grind in opposite directions. But the magic is in the tiny, immaculate stitches. - Times (UK) EDIT
Read More | Posted May 1, 2009
3/5 67% The End (2004) The flesh-crawling thrill is that these stories about armed robberies, ghastly fights, and grisly murders are utterly compelling. - Times (UK) EDIT
Read More | Posted May 1, 2009
2/5 37% X-Men Origins - Wolverine (2009) The novel innovation is that these hairy wolves move in contrary ways. That is the dismal sum of the original thinking. - Times (UK) EDIT
Read More | Posted May 1, 2009
4/5 86% Tony Manero (2009) The brilliance of Tony Manero is that it is so black-hearted. There are no forgivable souls within miles. The squalor is a masterclass in tack. The ghoulish hook is that it is totally compelling. - Times (UK) EDIT
Read More | Posted Apr 9, 2009
3/5 42% Race to Witch Mountain (2009) It's a rattling good chase movie. The young aliens have useful tricks. Johnson is the contractual comic liability. Perfect holiday nonsense. - Times (UK) EDIT
Read More | Posted Apr 9, 2009
3/5 83% Fifty Dead Men Walking (2008) This is an appalling scenario for a film that unspools with the ghastly enthusiasm of a Hollywood thriller. But Sturgess's performance as the feckless hero is absolutely stunning. - Times (UK) EDIT
Read More | Posted Apr 9, 2009
3/5 56% 17 Again (2009) Amusing, wholesome fun for young teenage swooners who will squirm with horror at the adults who ought to know better. - Times (UK) EDIT
Read More | Posted Apr 9, 2009
3/5 56% Waveriders (2009) The sensational footage of surfers barrelling through 50ft waves provides most of the appeal. But Joel Conroy's documentary is full of scrapbook curios. - Times (UK) EDIT
Read More | Posted Apr 3, 2009
3/5 69% Religulous (2008) Maher crucifies the kooks. What he singularly fails to do, though, is engage with anyone sensible. By mocking the loonies he squanders the precious high ground. A real pity. - Times (UK) EDIT
Read More | Posted Apr 3, 2009
4/5 80% Kirschblüten - Hanami (Cherry Blossoms) (2008) Ozu's handling of the frosty schism between awkward parents and their ghastly offspring resulted in a heartbreaking piece of cinema. This lovely update is not quite in the same tragi-comic league, but it's authentic enough to prick tears. - Times (UK) EDIT
Read More | Posted Apr 3, 2009
1/5 62% Pirate Radio (The Boat That Rocked) (2009) The rom-com glue that has turned every other Curtis film into box-office gold is absent. This is a listless, sketchy mess. - Times (UK) EDIT
Read More | Posted Apr 3, 2009
4/5 85% Tyson (2009) Toback's split-screen moments, in which the film dissolves from gripping memories into something far closer to stream of consciousness, is pure documentary poetry. Hold tight for a guided tour of Tyson's surreal descent into hell. - Times (UK) EDIT
Read More | Posted Mar 27, 2009
3/5 65% Traitor (2008) The moral maze is not quite as murky as it should be, a suspicion that we may have misjudged the hero whisks the film back into the realms of fiction, and detracts from the issues it raises. - Times (UK) EDIT
Read More | Posted Mar 27, 2009