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 96% Raya and the Last Dragon (2021) A rollicking adventure filled with colourful characters, exciting action sequences, a fabulous heroine and a timely message for us all. - Stuff.co.nz EDIT
Read More | Posted Mar 3, 2021
4/5 82% The Kid Detective (2020) Writer-director Evan Morgan's feature debut is a fabulous black comedy anchored by a terrific performance by former The OC and Scream 4 star Brody. - Stuff.co.nz EDIT
Read More | Posted Mar 1, 2021
2/5 9% The Girl on the Train (2021) As the narrative twists pick up speed, the plot starts to unravel and we're left with a resolution that seems both stunningly predictable and deeply disappointing. - Stuff.co.nz EDIT
Read More | Posted Mar 1, 2021
3.5/5 70% Never Let Me Go (2010) Flawed but fascinating, the lasting impression of Never Let Me Go is perhaps best summed up by Kathy: "None of us really understand what we've lived through, or feel we've had enough time." - Stuff.co.nz EDIT
Read More | Posted Mar 1, 2021
3/5 98% Billie Eilish: The World's a Little Blurry (2021) Yes, there's a terrific natural arc in charting Eilish's journey from barely-teenage unknown online sensation to sweeping last year's Grammys... [but] it all leaves you with just as many questions as answers. - Stuff.co.nz EDIT
Read More | Posted Feb 26, 2021
1/5 12% Are We There Yet? (2005) Are We There Yet? manages to be utterly tasteless, saccharine and unsatisfying all at once. - Stuff.co.nz EDIT
Read More | Posted Feb 26, 2021
3.5/5 37% Flightplan (2005) Fans of action flicks will lap this up, but for those expecting an adult thriller, the 11th-hour diversion into unexpected territory is unwelcome turbulence, marring what, up until then, had been a slick, smooth and extremely enjoyable ride. - Stuff.co.nz EDIT
Read More | Posted Feb 25, 2021
4.5/5 88% Supernova (2021) Elegant and elegiac, haunting and, at times, harrowing, little-known British writer-director Harry Macqueen's understated drama is a heartwrenching study of love and loss. - Stuff.co.nz EDIT
Read More | Posted Feb 24, 2021
4.5/5 67% Nerve (2016) Just as they did with 2010 "documentary" Catfish, directors Henry Joost and Ariel Schulman delivered another timely and terrifying film six years later. - Stuff.co.nz EDIT
Read More | Posted Feb 24, 2021
3.5/5 80% Pelé (2021) As a tightly focused look on one man's influence and dominance of a global game for more than a decade, Pele is a more than entertaining watch. - Stuff.co.nz EDIT
Read More | Posted Feb 23, 2021
3.5/5 43% Robin Hood (2010) Borrowing heavily both visually and thematically from his earlier projects, Gladiator and Kingdom of Heaven, Scott weaves together a solid tale that emphasises Robin's moral rise and John's travails in the opposite direction. - Stuff.co.nz EDIT
Read More | Posted Feb 22, 2021
2/5 67% Occupation: Rainfall (2020) The result is a tale that drags outside of its admittedly impressive, but same-y set-pieces, that appears to have had more time spent on prosthetics than plot and, criminally, doesn't bring Tem back until an hour in. - Stuff.co.nz EDIT
Read More | Posted Feb 19, 2021
3/5 65% Wrong Turn (2021) A tale that offers plenty of twists and turns, a few genuine frights and an allegory that, while a little heavy-handed, reflects the current divide in modern day America. - Stuff.co.nz EDIT
Read More | Posted Feb 19, 2021
5/5 80% I Care a Lot (2021) Pike may have finally found the role that delivers her the awards success she richly deserves. - Stuff.co.nz EDIT
Read More | Posted Feb 19, 2021
3.5/5 23% Bad Boys II (2003) It still won't impress your granny with its excessive violence, colourful language and repeated unpleasantness, but Bad Boys II is two-and-a-half hours of total Bayhem. - Stuff.co.nz EDIT
Read More | Posted Feb 19, 2021
4/5 83% Happy Happy Joy Joy: The Ren & Stimpy Story (2020) Fascinating and disturbing... If nothing else, Happy Happy Joy Joy will mean you'll never look at Ren & Stimpy the same way again. - Stuff.co.nz EDIT
Read More | Posted Feb 16, 2021
4.5/5 88% The Matrix (1999) Overall, for a complicated scenario, things are pretty tight story wise and the film noir feel adds to the aesthetics. - Stuff.co.nz EDIT
Read More | Posted Feb 16, 2021
2/5 44% Ted 2 (2015) Fans of MacFarlane's style of humour will enjoy the frequent pop-culture segues... but it also recycles far too many ideas from Family Guy. - Stuff.co.nz EDIT
Read More | Posted Feb 16, 2021
4/5 78% The Map of Tiny Perfect Things (2021) There are surprisingly deep meditations on love and loss surrounding the occasional zingers, big gestures and countless cinematic references. - Stuff.co.nz EDIT
Read More | Posted Feb 11, 2021
4.5/5 97% Rocks (2020) Raw, heartbreaking and fresh. - Stuff.co.nz EDIT
Read More | Posted Feb 10, 2021
3.5/5 No Score Yet Daisy Quokka: World's Scariest Animal (2021) To that fabulous list of great Australian characters brought to life by Sam Neill, you can now add Frankie Scales. - Stuff.co.nz EDIT
Read More | Posted Feb 10, 2021
4.5/5 98% Minari (2020) Minari is the kind of evocative and absorbing family drama that is in short supply these days. - Stuff.co.nz EDIT
Read More | Posted Feb 9, 2021
88% News of the World (2020) At the movie's heart though are simply two terrific performances. Zengel is a revelation as the young double-orphan, conveying so much with few words, while Hanks, in his first Western, is as reliable as ever. - Stuff.co.nz EDIT
Read More | Posted Feb 9, 2021
4/5 83% The Book of Life (2014) An unexpected delight for all ages. - Stuff.co.nz EDIT
Read More | Posted Feb 8, 2021
3/5 71% Life in a Day 2020 (2021) The result is a fabulous time-capsule of a particularly turbulent time in human history, a testament to the "art" of film editing - and just a tiny bit disappointing. - Stuff.co.nz EDIT
Read More | Posted Feb 5, 2021
4/5 68% Ammonite (2020) Stars Kate Winslet and Saoirse Ronan are terrific, both apart and together... However, it feels like a film of moments, rather than a truly compelling whole. - Stuff.co.nz EDIT
Read More | Posted Feb 4, 2021
58% Malcolm & Marie (2020) Further proof that Zendaya is one of the finest actors of her generation. - Stuff.co.nz EDIT
Read More | Posted Feb 4, 2021
4/5 100% 76 Days (2020) Filled with raw emotion and selfless acts of humanity, it might lack the social and political punch of [Totally Under Control], but it's still brave, bravura and powerful film-making. - Stuff.co.nz EDIT
Read More | Posted Feb 3, 2021
4.5/5 77% Shadow in the Cloud (2021) Shadow in the Cloud is a cinematic tour-de-force and terrific fun. - Stuff.co.nz EDIT
Read More | Posted Feb 2, 2021
2.5/5 31% The Longest Yard (2005) Populated by one-note stereotypes and reliant on one-dimensional action. - Stuff.co.nz EDIT
Read More | Posted Feb 2, 2021
3.5/5 61% The Light Between Oceans (2016) Director Derek Cianfrance brings the same level of emotional intensity and visual acuity that punctuated his critically-acclaimed 2010 film Blue Valentine. - Stuff.co.nz EDIT
Read More | Posted Feb 1, 2021
1.5/5 16% Get Rich or Die Tryin' (2005) Get Rich's story, inspired by Jackson's life, simply doesn't gel. - Stuff.co.nz EDIT
Read More | Posted Feb 1, 2021
4/5 75% Palmer (2021) [Director Fisher Stevens] has crafted a nuanced and sometimes haunting tale of redemption, prejudice and acceptance. - Stuff.co.nz EDIT
Read More | Posted Jan 29, 2021
4.5/5 92% Another Round (Druk) (2020) Another Round is an intoxicating drama that will make you re-examine your own relationship with "the demon drink". - Stuff.co.nz EDIT
Read More | Posted Jan 27, 2021
3.5/5 77% Summerland (2020) It's a story whose twists you can see coming a mile off, but that doesn't stop Summerland being a deeply satisfying watch. - Stuff.co.nz EDIT
Read More | Posted Jan 27, 2021
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 37% 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 67% 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 67% 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 88% 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 60% 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 92% 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 90% 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