James Croot

James Croot
James Croot's reviews only count toward the Tomatometer® when published at the following Tomatometer-approved publication(s): Stuff.co.nz Flicks.co.nz
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Movie Reviews Only

T-Meter Title | Year
4/5 90% Belushi (2020) [Sn] engaging and enlightening documentary. - Stuff.co.nz EDIT
Read More | Posted Jan 25, 2021
3/5 75% The Rental (2020) A tale built on people's prejudices, misconceptions and misunderstandings (including the audiences'), The Rental may not reinvent the genre or rock your world, but it's well worth checking out. - Stuff.co.nz EDIT
Read More | Posted Jan 25, 2021
2.5/5 36% Outside the Wire (2021) A by-the-numbers Stealth-meets-Training Day plod. - Stuff.co.nz EDIT
Read More | Posted Jan 21, 2021
3/5 No Score Yet The Elfkins: Baking A Difference (Die Heinzels: Rückkehr der Heinzelmännchen) (2020) A kind of Ratatouille-meets-The Shoemaker and the Elves, by way of The Smurfs, this knockabout German animated adventure's appeal feels somewhat limited to the under-eights. - Stuff.co.nz EDIT
Read More | Posted Jan 20, 2021
3.5/5 79% Dredd (2012) Among all the pyrotechnics and bullet-filled mayhem, Urban (Star Trek, Priest) is a striking presence, seemingly all business, but still managing to generate more emotion and pathos within a helmet than Stallone did without. - Stuff.co.nz EDIT
Read More | Posted Jan 19, 2021
3.5/5 62% Penguin Bloom (2021) The film-making is solid, rather than spectacular... [Naomi Watts] at least delivers a performance that keeps you engaged in her plight. - Stuff.co.nz EDIT
Read More | Posted Jan 14, 2021
3/5 60% Spread Your Wings (Donne-moi des ailes) (2019) [Showcasing] impressive vistas and aerial photography, it can't lift the air of slightly plodding predictability, something not helped by sketchily written support characters. - Stuff.co.nz EDIT
Read More | Posted Jan 13, 2021
4.5/5 90% The Dig (2021) Who knew that nearly two hours of watching soil being moved around could produce one of the most riveting dramas of recent years? - Stuff.co.nz EDIT
Read More | Posted Jan 13, 2021
3.5/5 56% Dreambuilders (2020) Not everyone will be a fan of the chunky animation style and admittedly the rendering isn't always seamless, but there's enough laughs, intrigue and innovation to ensure the slim running-time flies by. - Stuff.co.nz EDIT
Read More | Posted Jan 12, 2021
4.5/5 87% Untouchable (2019) It's the heartfelt, detailed and damning testimony from former colleagues, aspiring film industry workers and investigating journalists that really stays with you. - Stuff.co.nz EDIT
Read More | Posted Jan 12, 2021
3/5 79% The Informant! (2009) This film is a intriguing case study of a troubled mind that just lacks a little clarity of vision. - Stuff.co.nz EDIT
Read More | Posted Jan 11, 2021
98% One Night in Miami (2020) [Regina King] deserves kudos for crafting some effective, innovative fight scenes (there's some clever framing on display) and ensuring a movie about four men "shooting the breeze" is never anything less than riveting. - Stuff.co.nz EDIT
Read More | Posted Jan 11, 2021
4.5/5 90% The Witch (2016) Filled with memorable imagery, from the cleverly shot, heart-stopping game of peek-a-boo to the stunning final few moments, The Witch is a haunting must see. - Stuff.co.nz EDIT
Read More | Posted Jan 11, 2021
4/5 91% How to Train Your Dragon 2 (2014) An engaging and entertaining way to while away a couple of hours during the summer school holidays. - Stuff.co.nz EDIT
Read More | Posted Jan 7, 2021
5/5 91% Promising Young Woman (2020) In just the first week, 2021 has delivered us one of the movies of the year. - Stuff.co.nz EDIT
Read More | Posted Jan 6, 2021
4.5/5 80% Layer Cake (2005) As well as a marvellous scenario that boasts more twists and turns than a rollercoaster, Vaughn has also assembled a terrific cast. - Stuff.co.nz EDIT
Read More | Posted Jan 5, 2021
3/5 71% Ottolenghi and the Cakes of Versailles (2020) Enlightening, erudite, but ultimately a little too ethereal. - Stuff.co.nz EDIT
Read More | Posted Jan 4, 2021
3/5 73% A Call to Spy (2020) If the overall story lacks a little in its tension-building and execution, there are some delights in the details. - Stuff.co.nz EDIT
Read More | Posted Jan 4, 2021
No Score Yet Shaun the Sheep: The Farmer's Llamas (2015) Filled with memorable moments, plenty of visual invention and physical humour, The Farmer's Llamas, made immediately after the peerless first Shaun the Sheep movie, is another solid slice of Aardman entertainment. - Stuff.co.nz EDIT
Read More | Posted Jan 4, 2021
96% Soul (2020) Delivering one of his finest performances in years, [Jamie Foxx] takes Docter and co-writer-director Kemp Powers'... excellent script and crafts an endearingly flawed character who feels like one of the most human Pixar have brought to life. - Stuff.co.nz EDIT
Read More | Posted Jan 4, 2021
77% Pieces of a Woman (2020) The emotionally exhausting half-hour sequence is truly stunning in its execution and in capturing Kirby's raw, uninhibited performance. - Stuff.co.nz EDIT
Read More | Posted Jan 4, 2021
4/5 81% Mr. Peabody & Sherman (2014) The film boasts a high joke hit rate, unafraid to throw in pre-schooler friendly posterior humour alongside an endless array of puns. - Stuff.co.nz EDIT
Read More | Posted Jan 4, 2021
4.5/5 84% The Way I See It (2020) The result is a rare look into what goes on behind the gates, an opportunity to see two Commanders in Chief not only in their public prime, but also as husbands and fathers, and a fascinating study of the power of photography. - Stuff.co.nz EDIT
Read More | Posted Dec 29, 2020
2/5 12% Yogi Bear (2010) Lazily plotted and tiredly predictable, the film reminds me of one of that other Yogi's most famous phrases: "It's deja vu all over again." - Stuff.co.nz EDIT
Read More | Posted Dec 28, 2020
4/5 96% Argo (2012) Students of history will find plenty to carp about, which does slightly spoil the overall effect, but as a searing slice of entertainment Argo is hard to fault. - Stuff.co.nz EDIT
Read More | Posted Dec 28, 2020
3/5 77% The Croods: A New Age (2020) This Croods' sequel might not be the follow-up fans of the original were hoping for, but it certainly will provide solid, if unspectacular, school holiday entertainment. - Stuff.co.nz EDIT
Read More | Posted Dec 22, 2020
3.5/5 59% Dreamland (2019) Composer Patrick Higgins' dissonant soundtrack also won't be for everyone, but as Dreamland builds towards its predictable finale, the visuals and Robbie ensure it's a ride that's never dull. - Stuff.co.nz EDIT
Read More | Posted Dec 22, 2020
4/5 92% Sylvie's Love (2020) Achingly romantic, sumptuously staged mid-20th century drama featuring a fabulous performance from Thor: Ragnarok's breakout star Tessa Thompson. - Stuff.co.nz EDIT
Read More | Posted Dec 22, 2020
4/5 73% Suffragette (2015) Mulligan delivers a powerful, nuanced performance as a reluctant "heroine" and compelling audience guide to an important moment and movement in British history. - Stuff.co.nz EDIT
Read More | Posted Dec 21, 2020
3.5/5 75% The Cat's Meow (2001) While it may be slow, it is lifted by the playwright's attention to atmosphere, the script and the obligatory charleston. - Stuff.co.nz EDIT
Read More | Posted Dec 21, 2020
3.5/5 89% Words on Bathroom Walls (2020) Based on the novel of the same name by Julia Walton, Words on Bathroom Walls is a superior "teen disease of the week movie" that tries not to pull many punches with its depiction of schizophrenia. - Stuff.co.nz EDIT
Read More | Posted Dec 17, 2020
3.5/5 81% I'm Your Woman (2020) If anything, I'm Your Woman is simply more evidence that Brosnahan is an actor (and a terrific one) to watch and someone we're going to be seeing a whole lot more of. - Stuff.co.nz EDIT
Read More | Posted Dec 17, 2020
4/5 31% Blithe Spirit (2020) If you enjoy a well-executed and acted broad comedy, then this will be just the tonic you need to put you in the holiday spirit. - Stuff.co.nz EDIT
Read More | Posted Dec 16, 2020
3/5 75% Audrey (2020) Yes, Audrey Hepburn packed a lot into her 63 years on this planet, as Helena Coan's fascinating, but flawed documentary demonstrates. - Stuff.co.nz EDIT
Read More | Posted Dec 16, 2020
4.5/5 99% Wolfwalkers (2020) One of the best animated movies of the year. - Stuff.co.nz EDIT
Read More | Posted Dec 15, 2020
100% Crackerjack (2002) More subtle than his stand-up or television act, Crackerjack is an adult comedy, like Waking Ned Devine, that even your grandmother can appreciate the somewhat risque humour of. - Stuff.co.nz EDIT
Read More | Posted Dec 15, 2020
1.5/5 11% Fool's Gold (2008) Making Nicolas Cage's National Treasure hunter seem like a rocket scientist in comparison, McConaughey's Ben seems to have trouble walking and talking at the same time. - Stuff.co.nz EDIT
Read More | Posted Dec 14, 2020
3.5/5 71% The End of the Storm (2020) Its conciseness, slick editing, clever use of comic-book style sequences make it superior to Amazon's drawn-out All or Nothing looks at Manchester City and Tottenham. - Stuff.co.nz EDIT
Read More | Posted Dec 10, 2020
4/5 49% The Witches (2020) Spencer's performance is the heart and soul of this fabulous film. - Stuff.co.nz EDIT
Read More | Posted Dec 9, 2020
3/5 65% Jay & Silent Bob Reboot (2019) Scattershot, self-indulgent and sometimes sloppy it may be, but this Reboot is certainly never derivative or dull. - Stuff.co.nz EDIT
Read More | Posted Dec 8, 2020
4/5 91% The Sapphires (2013) A mix of drama and dance, triumph and tragedy, it will take a hard-of-heart audience member not to be swept up by the story. - Stuff.co.nz EDIT
Read More | Posted Dec 7, 2020
4/5 64% We Bought a Zoo (2011) While many will accuse his adaptation of the real-life British story of the Mees' takeover of Dartmoor Zoological Park as being manipulative and formulaic, there's something warm and uplifting about Crowe's tale of moving on after tragedy. - Stuff.co.nz EDIT
Read More | Posted Dec 7, 2020
3.5/5 86% Misbehaviour (2020) If you're a fan of crowdpleasing, character-driven, based-on-real-life British period dramas featuring fab costume and production design, then Misbehaviour will be exactly the end of 2020 treat you've been waiting virtually all year for. - Stuff.co.nz EDIT
Read More | Posted Dec 3, 2020
4.5/5 67% Hard Candy (2006) Nelson's taut, smart script and believable dialogue keeps the tension crackling throughout the 103-minute running time, changing gears just when you think you've got it all figured out. - Stuff.co.nz EDIT
Read More | Posted Dec 2, 2020
2.5/5 48% Black Beauty (2020) Aas retained original author Anna Sewell's episodic trawl through owners kind and mean, but reframed things so that it's more a kind of gee-geed up Nicholas Sparks-meets-A Dog's Purpose. - Stuff.co.nz EDIT
Read More | Posted Dec 1, 2020
4.5/5 86% The Aviator (2004) At the epicentre of this movie maelstrom is an assured and adroit performance by Leonardo DiCaprio. - Stuff.co.nz EDIT
Read More | Posted Dec 1, 2020
2.5/5 50% The Comeback Trail (2020) Part of its problem comes from overfamiliarity. This is the kind of movie De Niro has made a few times now. - Stuff.co.nz EDIT
Read More | Posted Nov 30, 2020
4.5/5 83% Happiest Season (2020) Smart, sassy, sensitive and sensationally good. - Stuff.co.nz EDIT
Read More | Posted Nov 30, 2020
100% Folklore: The Long Pond Studio Sessions (2020) Having her beam into your home in such an engaging, illuminating and seemingly unfiltered way seems like the perfect end-of-a-difficult-year gift for Swifties everywhere. - Stuff.co.nz EDIT
Read More | Posted Nov 30, 2020
4/5 78% Uncle Frank (2020) Ball is clearly back in the groove with this polished, perfectly paced, if a little predictable, period drama. - Stuff.co.nz EDIT
Read More | Posted Nov 24, 2020