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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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Rating T-Meter Title | Year Review
2.5/5 31% Home Again (2017) It all adds up to the cinematic equivalent of a warm, but slightly moth-eaten blanket.‐ Stuff.co.nz
Read More | Posted Oct 18, 2017
3.5/5 43% The Mountain Between Us (2017) To its credit though, Mountain doesn't end in an obvious place - an extended coda adding more poignancy and emotional depth than what a traditional Hollywood romantic action-drama might have.‐ Stuff.co.nz
Read More | Posted Oct 11, 2017
4.5/5 90% Frantz (2017) At once a blast from the past and thoroughly modern moviemaking.‐ Stuff.co.nz
Read More | Posted Oct 11, 2017
3/5 76% Final Portrait (2017) Giacometti's endless delaying tactics and his prosaic nature means Final Portrait weirdly feels both once over lightly and somewhat slow all at once.‐ Stuff.co.nz
Read More | Posted Oct 4, 2017
4/5 98% Kedi (2017) In the end, it's all fairly light and fluffy fare, but made with care and shot with aplomb, it sums up expertly how these furry Istanbul inhabitants embody the chaos and are part of the soul of that city.‐ Stuff.co.nz
Read More | Posted Oct 4, 2017
4.5/5 91% A Ghost Story (2017) ... A Ghost Story feels like one of the most intimate pieces of moviemaking in years.‐ Stuff.co.nz
Read More | Posted Oct 4, 2017
2.5/5 No Score Yet A Stork's Journey (2017) Diverting, but hardly memorable viewing.‐ Stuff.co.nz
Read More | Posted Sep 28, 2017
3.5/5 No Score Yet The Changeover (2017) ... The Changeover offers the rare sight of a fantasy that feels both distinctly Kiwi and contemporary and that's something to be celebrated and cherished.‐ Stuff.co.nz
Read More | Posted Sep 28, 2017
4/5 87% Captain Underpants: The First Epic Movie (Captain Underpants) (2017) Flatulent, but not fatuous fun.‐ Stuff.co.nz
Read More | Posted Sep 28, 2017
2.5/5 66% Tommy's Honour (2017) ... it all feels a little bit like a sporting episode of Upstairs, Downstairs and comes off as overly twee to really compel.‐ Stuff.co.nz
Read More | Posted Sep 28, 2017
4.5/5 89% Lady Macbeth (2017) [Florence Pugh] delivers one of the truly mesmerising and memorable performances of the year as the compelling, conniving and at times chilling Katherine.‐ Stuff.co.nz
Read More | Posted Sep 28, 2017
4/5 84% Battle of the Sexes (2017) Although, at times, the portentous dialogue threatens to overwhelm the fun factor, Battle succeeds thanks to the charisma and chutzpah of its two leads.‐ Stuff.co.nz
Read More | Posted Sep 21, 2017
3/5 No Score Yet West of Eden (2015) There's a lot to like about this solidly made drama... ‐ Stuff.co.nz
Read More | Posted Sep 6, 2017
3/5 No Score Yet The Free Man (2016) ... while some of their footage is truly breathtaking, the bootcamps and mountain-top descents offer up an overwhelming sense of déjà vu, from both Man on Wire and last year's horrific Point Break remake.‐ Stuff.co.nz
Read More | Posted Sep 6, 2017
4/5 65% 6 Days (2017) A solidly made reminder that the spectre of terrorism has been with us for some time.‐ Stuff.co.nz
Read More | Posted Sep 6, 2017
4/5 No Score Yet My Year With Helen (2017) An entertaining and enlightening watch.‐ Stuff.co.nz
Read More | Posted Aug 31, 2017
4/5 83% Patti Cake$ (2017) This decade's Hustle and Flow, a funnier, female version of 8 Mile, Clerks 2017 - whatever your take on writer-director Geremy Jasper's feature debut, Patti Cake$ is a riff on the old A Star is Born plot unlike any you will have seen (or heard) before.‐ Stuff.co.nz
Read More | Posted Aug 31, 2017
4/5 87% Wind River (2017) ... I'm pleased to report that while Wind River doesn't reach the high water mark of those two superb tales it's still a terrifically atmospheric drama.‐ Stuff.co.nz
Read More | Posted Aug 31, 2017
3.5/5 No Score Yet Seven Rivers Walking (2017) Gorgeous overhead shots of the plains and river beds contrast sharply with weed-choked tributaries and defecating cows as the film-makers highlight the link between the intensification of farming. . .in the area and river degradation.‐ Stuff.co.nz
Read More | Posted Aug 24, 2017
4.5/5 78% The Beguiled (2017) Finally a corset drama that's also a bewitching delight.‐ Stuff.co.nz
Read More | Posted Aug 24, 2017
3.5/5 100% In Between (2017) The trio of leading ladies are all impressive and the script filled with dramatic and satisfying confrontations, but some scenes feel a little too staged to really hit home.‐ Stuff.co.nz
Read More | Posted Aug 24, 2017
3/5 67% The Wall (2017) A kind of Phone Booth-meets-Enemy Mine by way of The Hurt Locker, Doug Liman's single-location drama is notable mainly for a fine acting performance and impressive evocation of space and place.‐ Stuff.co.nz
Read More | Posted Aug 24, 2017
5/5 93% Logan Lucky (2017) Filled with colourful characters, crazy situations, clever camera shots and choice soundtrack cuts, Logan Lucky's beautifully layered plot features more twists and turns than a Nascar race (which admittedly isn't hard).‐ Stuff.co.nz
Read More | Posted Aug 24, 2017
4/5 85% The Trip to Spain (2017) After sampling the cuisines of the Lakes District and the land of La Dolce Vita, Rob Brydon and Steve Coogan are back for a third course of gastronomic delights and competitive celebrity mimicry.‐ Stuff.co.nz
Read More | Posted Aug 16, 2017
3/5 92% A Date for Mad Mary (2016) A Date For Mad Mary feels like an Ireland-set cross between Bridesmaids and Muriel's Wedding.‐ Stuff.co.nz
Read More | Posted Aug 10, 2017
4/5 75% Jasper Jones (2016) Screenwriter Shaun Grant keeps many of the novel's weighty themes, but delivers them with such verve and taut-storytelling that watching it all unfold is a joy.‐ Stuff.co.nz
Read More | Posted Aug 10, 2017
3/5 51% The Dinner (2017) This third cinematic adaptation of Dutch author Herman Koch's cynical 2009 novel feels like it has had a little too much Hollywood gloss added to it.‐ Stuff.co.nz
Read More | Posted Aug 3, 2017
4.5/5 98% The Big Sick (2017) A timeless and timely look at love in all of its complicated forms, The Big Sick also examines parental sacrifice and the immigrant's dilemma of assimilation versus tradition.‐ Stuff.co.nz
Read More | Posted Aug 3, 2017
2.5/5 45% Paris Can Wait (Bonjour Anne) (2017) Before Sunrise/Sunset for baby boomers, your enjoyment of Paris Can Wait will depend on your tolerance for food porn, the French countryside and seemingly charming Gallic men.‐ Stuff.co.nz
Read More | Posted Jul 27, 2017
2.5/5 53% 47 Meters Down (2017) By the end you'll be cheering for the surprisingly under-utilised sharks and marvel even more at just how good The Shallows really was in comparison.‐ Stuff.co.nz
Read More | Posted Jul 20, 2017
4/5 68% The Journey (2017) A very entertaining, enjoyable and engrossing journey.‐ Stuff.co.nz
Read More | Posted Jul 13, 2017
3/5 83% Polina (Polina, danser sa vie) (2017) Diverting, but not essential viewing.‐ Stuff.co.nz
Read More | Posted Jul 13, 2017
3.5/5 20% Diary Of A Wimpy Kid: The Long Haul (2017) While some of set-pieces feel awfully familiar, there's enough memorable moments to keep audiences and in particular primary-aged kids entertained and enthralled.‐ Stuff.co.nz
Read More | Posted Jul 13, 2017
4/5 95% The Love Witch (2016) Anna Biller's bravura slice of burlesque cinema is at once deliciously innovative and delectably old school.‐ Stuff.co.nz
Read More | Posted Jul 12, 2017
5/5 93% War for the Planet of the Apes (2017) Read all the allegories and allusions you want into it, at its heart though War is innovative, intelligent and indelible cinema.‐ Stuff.co.nz
Read More | Posted Jul 12, 2017
2/5 16% The House (2017) It's not without its charms... But, in the end, there's not enough bring-the-house-down moments to warrant gambling 90 minutes of your time by seeing this.‐ Stuff.co.nz
Read More | Posted Jun 29, 2017
2/5 18% The Time of Their Lives (2017) A tale of revelations, rejections and recriminations, Time of their Lives is packed to the gunwales with EastEnders-esque narrative "twists" and now predictable cinematic "senior moments".‐ Stuff.co.nz
Read More | Posted Jun 29, 2017
4/5 76% My Cousin Rachel (2017) Throw in an impressive, imposing Cornish setting, sumptuous costuming and Rael Jones' atmospheric score and the result is a dark thriller that will haunt you for days.‐ Stuff.co.nz
Read More | Posted Jun 29, 2017
4.5/5 60% Despicable Me 3 (2017) I think the genius of these scripts has always been that while they look like candy-coloured explosions of inventiveness and cartoon villainy, they are actually founded on a rock solid core of emotional truth.‐ Stuff.co.nz
Read More | Posted Jun 29, 2017
3.5/5 68% Cars 3 (2017) While it might be a little too serious for some youngsters, there's plenty of action and adventure to keep them entertained.‐ Stuff.co.nz
Read More | Posted Jun 22, 2017
4/5 91% I Am Heath Ledger (2017) They all paint a portrait of a young man who aimed to live every moment to the fullest, but who didn't always have confidence in his own abilities.‐ Stuff.co.nz
Read More | Posted Jun 21, 2017
2.5/5 16% The Mummy (2017) While it is a nice twist to make The Mummy a princess, Sofia Boutella's bringer of destruction feels like a sideshow in her own story.‐ Stuff.co.nz
Read More | Posted Jun 15, 2017
3/5 68% This Beautiful Fantastic (2017) Finlay reminds one of a young Winona Ryder as she winsomely juggles learning to garden with letting her guard down, while the always watchable Andrew Scott once again proves to be a scene-stealer with his kindly cook.‐ Stuff.co.nz
Read More | Posted Jun 15, 2017
3.5/5 93% Hotel Coolgardie (2016) A cross between Kiwi rugby documentary The Ground We Won and an Aussie outback horror film, Hotel Coolgardie is a compelling yet chilling watch.‐ Stuff.co.nz
Read More | Posted Jun 15, 2017
2/5 18% All Eyez on Me (2017) This overlong, overwrought and once-over-lightly dramatisation of the life and death of US rapper Tupac Shakur feels like something cut-and-pasted from biopic-making 101.‐ Stuff.co.nz
Read More | Posted Jun 15, 2017
2/5 20% The Shack (2017) Despite the coolest deity casting since Dogma's Alanis Morrisette, this faith-based fantasy won't win over many non-believers or cinematic admirers.‐ Stuff.co.nz
Read More | Posted Jun 8, 2017
3.5/5 81% Adult Life Skills (2016) Surrounded by a solid supporting cast and making the most of a few memorable lines, Whittaker's skills help lift what would otherwise be just a solid, unspectacular drama.‐ Stuff.co.nz
Read More | Posted Jun 8, 2017
3.5/5 83% Handsome Devil (2017) A charming and charismatic coming-of-age story that's part Dead Poets Society, part Sing Street.‐ Stuff.co.nz
Read More | Posted Jun 1, 2017
2.5/5 19% Absolutely Anything (2017) [It] should have been a lot for fun, [but] sadly it's almost "absolutely anything" but.‐ Stuff.co.nz
Read More | Posted May 8, 2017
3.5/5 58% Middle School: The Worst Years of My Life (2016) An entertaining slice of Disney Channel-esque subversive comedy that will appeal to both tweens and adults.‐ Stuff.co.nz
Read More | Posted Feb 23, 2017