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
Publications: Stuff.co.nz, Flicks.co.nz

Movie Reviews Only

T-Meter Title | Year
4/5 86% The LEGO Movie 2: The Second Part (2019) Serious undertones aside, The Second Part is also a heck a lot of fun. - Stuff.co.nz EDIT
Read More | Posted Mar 21, 2019
88% Arctic (2019) Worth a big-screen visit just for the frozen vistas. - Stuff.co.nz EDIT
Read More | Posted Mar 19, 2019
94% Wildlife (2018) A slow-burning, but searing portrait of a family and marriage in crisis. - Stuff.co.nz EDIT
Read More | Posted Mar 19, 2019
4.5/5 No Score Yet Daffodils (2019) [Writer Rochelle] Bright, musical directors Steph Brown and Fen Ikner and director David Stubbs have done a fabulous job of reimagining a collection of Kiwi classics. - Stuff.co.nz EDIT
Read More | Posted Mar 14, 2019
4/5 73% Hotel Mumbai (2019) The result is not only thought-provoking, but also two hours of truly harrowing drama. - Stuff.co.nz EDIT
Read More | Posted Mar 13, 2019
4/5 100% Older Than Ireland (2016) Full of brilliantly captured candid moments, Older Than Ireland is a chirpy little charmer. - Stuff.co.nz EDIT
Read More | Posted Mar 7, 2019
4/5 95% If Beale Street Could Talk (2019) The man who eventually won the 2017 Academy Award for best picture proves Moonlight was no fluke with this slow-burning, soulful adaptation of a 1974 novel by American writer James Baldwin. - Stuff.co.nz EDIT
Read More | Posted Mar 6, 2019
2.5/5 55% Greta (2019) File under disappointing. - Stuff.co.nz EDIT
Read More | Posted Feb 28, 2019
3/5 56% Swimming with Men (2018) Swimming with Men works best when focused on the interplay between the team's contrasting characters. - Stuff.co.nz EDIT
Read More | Posted Feb 27, 2019
4.5/5 99% Eighth Grade (2018) Heartwrenching, heartwarming and disquieting in equal measure, Eighth Grade is essential viewing for the parents of today's tweens. - Stuff.co.nz EDIT
Read More | Posted Feb 26, 2019
5/5 99% The Guilty (Den skyldige) (2018) Fans of single-setting thrillers like Buried and Locke should definitely check out this compelling Danish story set in an emergency call centre. - Stuff.co.nz EDIT
Read More | Posted Feb 26, 2019
3/5 No Score Yet Holy Lands (Les terres saintes) (2018) Adapted from her own 2010 critically acclaimed French novel of the same name, Amanda Sthers' (Madame) Holy Lands is an engaging, if not wholly entertaining, drama. - Stuff.co.nz EDIT
Read More | Posted Feb 21, 2019
3.5/5 91% Hal (2018) So while it provides plenty of fascinating titbits for fans of 1970s cinema, Hal just doesn't feel like the definitive take on one of the decade's most-distinctive directorial voices. - Stuff.co.nz EDIT
Read More | Posted Feb 19, 2019
2.5/5 59% Vox Lux (2018) The result is, despite a compelling performance from Portman... a surprisingly inert experience. - Stuff.co.nz EDIT
Read More | Posted Feb 19, 2019
3.5/5 96% Border (Gräns) (2018) A film filled with memorable imagery (and one or two that you really can't unsee), Border might not quite reach the heights of Let the Right One In, but it certainly leaves an impression. - Stuff.co.nz EDIT
Read More | Posted Feb 12, 2019
3.5/5 88% Colette (2018) Knightley in particular makes a welcome return to the spotlight, reminding audiences of why she was once British period dramas' go-to-gal in the likes of Pride and Prejudice, Anna Karenina and The Duchess. - Stuff.co.nz EDIT
Read More | Posted Feb 12, 2019
94% The Eyes of Orson Welles (2018) While providing a fascinating insight into some of Welles' visual inspirations for his movies, it's actually some of the archival footage [director Mark] Cousins has cobbled together that truly impresses. - Stuff.co.nz EDIT
Read More | Posted Feb 11, 2019
3/5 70% Cold Pursuit (2019) Cold Pursuit isn't without its charms.... However, it just doesn't deliver the same thrills and chills as the original Scandinavian story. - Stuff.co.nz EDIT
Read More | Posted Feb 7, 2019
4/5 60% Alita: Battle Angel (2019) Throw in an impressive supporting cast that includes Jennifer Connolly, Mahershala Ali, Jack Earle Hayley and Michelle Rodriguez and the result is an absorbing, entertaining rollercoaster ride that - fingers-crossed - may allow Alita to fight another day. - Stuff.co.nz EDIT
Read More | Posted Feb 7, 2019
5/5 89% Capernaum (Capharnaüm) (2018) [Director Nadine] Labaki captures it all (including some heartbreaking and harrowing decisions) with an unblinking camera which will leave you shaken and stirred. - Stuff.co.nz EDIT
Read More | Posted Feb 5, 2019
4.5/5 97% The Hate U Give (2018) [The Hate U Give] is an engrossing and emotional drama that deserves to be seen by both its target teen audience and older viewers. - Stuff.co.nz EDIT
Read More | Posted Jan 30, 2019
2.5/5 37% Glass (2019) I've always been a Glass half-full fan of Shyamalan, but this drab disappointment has shattered my faith. - Stuff.co.nz EDIT
Read More | Posted Jan 18, 2019
3/5 50% Storm Boy (2019) 2019 Storm Boy's best moments come in revisiting the central tale of a boy and his pelicans, with Tidelands' Finn Little delivering an impressive performance. - Stuff.co.nz EDIT
Read More | Posted Jan 16, 2019
3/5 83% Mission of Honor (2019) Delivering plenty of tears and triumph before tea time (albeit with a nasty true-life sting in its final text summary), Hurricane could just have benefited from a slightly tighter focus. - Stuff.co.nz EDIT
Read More | Posted Jan 3, 2019
91% How to Train Your Dragon: The Hidden World (2019) Rivalled only by the Weta-infused Apes as the best trilogy of the current decade, How to Train Your Dragon completes its triptych with a fitting final flourish. - Stuff.co.nz EDIT
Read More | Posted Jan 3, 2019
3/5 70% The Happy Prince (2018) It's an interesting, more sober counterpoint to 1997's Stephen Fry starring Wilde, but Happy Prince feels like more of a slog than it should be. - Stuff.co.nz EDIT
Read More | Posted Dec 27, 2018
3.5/5 67% Sink or Swim (Le grand bain) (2018) Not quite The Full Monty, but Sink or Swim is no half-baked premise either. - Stuff.co.nz EDIT
Read More | Posted Dec 27, 2018
3.5/5 78% Mary Poppins Returns (2018) Mary Poppins Returns is that rare, often-thought-now-extinct beast - an intergenerational crowdpleaser seemingly specifically designed for grandparents to take their young charges to during the seemingly endless summer school holidays. - Stuff.co.nz EDIT
Read More | Posted Dec 27, 2018
62% Bird Box (2018) After such an amazing, awe-inspiring start, it's disappointing this thriller couldn't have thought a little more outside the box. - Stuff.co.nz EDIT
Read More | Posted Dec 27, 2018
4/5 88% Ralph Breaks the Internet (2018) Director Rich Moore's return to the gaming world he so brilliantly created in 2012's Wreck it Ralph is a sometimes uneven, but ultimately endearing and satisfying sequel. - Stuff.co.nz EDIT
Read More | Posted Dec 21, 2018
4.5/5 93% Bumblebee (2018) [Christina Hodson's script] finds the right balance between propelling the story forward and developing character, while John Cena (Blockers) does well as the human villain of the piece. - Stuff.co.nz EDIT
Read More | Posted Dec 18, 2018
4.5/5 98% Can You Ever Forgive Me? (2018) However, the film belong to both Grant and McCarthy. His performance and character remind one of his seminal 1987 black comedy Withnail and I.... while she is a revelation. - Stuff.co.nz EDIT
Read More | Posted Dec 11, 2018
2/5 44% Second Act (2018) As for J-Lo herself, she tries gamely, but saddled with one of the worst scripts of the year, this definitely feels closer to her work in Maid in Manhattan than Out of Sight. - Stuff.co.nz EDIT
Read More | Posted Dec 6, 2018
2.5/5 No Score Yet Being Rose (2019) Clearly designed as a vehicle for the now 68-year-old former Moonlighting and The Last Picture Show star, Rose's mature drama can't overcome a pile-up of plot contrivances and cliched action. - Stuff.co.nz EDIT
Read More | Posted Dec 5, 2018
4.5/5 72% The Children Act (2018) However, this is a riposte for anyone who thinks that all the great contemporary British drama can only be found on television. - Stuff.co.nz EDIT
Read More | Posted Dec 5, 2018
4/5 81% Fahrenheit 11/9 (2018) This is timely and terrifying documentary film-making. - Stuff.co.nz EDIT
Read More | Posted Dec 5, 2018
3.5/5 80% The Song Keepers (2017) A spirit-lifting treat. - Stuff.co.nz EDIT
Read More | Posted Nov 29, 2018
3/5 100% Working Class Boy (2018) Instead, this feels like a feature-length edition of Who Do You Think You Are? as Barnes revisits his childhood homes and recounts episodes in his life when he witnessed domestic violence, extreme poverty and severe alcoholism. - Stuff.co.nz EDIT
Read More | Posted Nov 29, 2018
3.5/5 34% The Nutcracker and the Four Realms (2018) Ashleigh Powell's adaptation feels like Alice in Wonderland-meets-The-Chronicles-of-Narnia (with a hint of Labyrinth) as a grieving young woman finds empowerment (and herself) in battling fantastic forces. - Stuff.co.nz EDIT
Read More | Posted Nov 29, 2018
4.5/5 91% Lean on Pete (2018) Haigh also does a superb job of creating a sense of space and place, eschewing the usual US cultural landmarks and suburban landscapes for zones of semi-industrial living and dust-hewn backdrops. - Stuff.co.nz EDIT
Read More | Posted Nov 29, 2018
3/5 58% The Grinch (2018) The animation is top-notch and unlikely to cause half as many nightmares as Carrey and company's grotesque prosthetics. - Stuff.co.nz EDIT
Read More | Posted Nov 29, 2018
4/5 99% Shoplifters (Manbiki kazoku) (2018) As with Kore-eda's previous efforts, which also include Like Father, Like Son and After the Storm, Shoplifters is a sumptuous-looking, languidly paced, lovingly created gentle drama that deceptively packs a powerful narrative punch. - Stuff.co.nz EDIT
Read More | Posted Nov 20, 2018
4.5/5 96% Three Identical Strangers (2018) Stunning viewing, this is documentary film-making at its finest. - Stuff.co.nz EDIT
Read More | Posted Nov 20, 2018
3/5 98% Pick of the Litter (2018) It's these captured observations and the occasional unguarded and unfiltered moment that lift Pick of the Litter to a more pedigree status. - Stuff.co.nz EDIT
Read More | Posted Nov 20, 2018
91% The Ballad of Buster Scruggs (2018) Those Coen brothers have once again struck storytelling gold by heading to the outdoors. - Stuff.co.nz EDIT
Read More | Posted Nov 16, 2018
4.5/5 92% The Old Man & the Gun (2018) Thank goodness, then, that, if this is indeed to be his last hurrah, The Old Man and the Gun is a near-perfect send-off. - Stuff.co.nz EDIT
Read More | Posted Nov 13, 2018
3.5/5 No Score Yet Vermilion (2018) While not everything works - an Irish accent occasionally goes awry, some dialogue delivery feels a little off - Vermilion is an absorbing drama illuminated by talent that needs and deserves more moments in the spotlight like this. - Stuff.co.nz EDIT
Read More | Posted Nov 8, 2018
5/5 100% They Shall Not Grow Old (2019) Aimed at creating a soldiers' eye-view of the four-year conflict, the result is a stunning piece of cinema. - Stuff.co.nz EDIT
Read More | Posted Nov 7, 2018
4.5/5 93% Journey's End (2018) A terrific companion piece (and Armistice Day weekend double bill) to Peter Jackson's similarly set documentary They Shall Not Grow Old. - Stuff.co.nz EDIT
Read More | Posted Nov 5, 2018
3/5 No Score Yet Born Racer (2018) So while Born Racer is an excellent primer into the world of IndyCars, unlike say Asif Kapadia's Senna, it falls short of being an essential portrait of a sporting legend. - Stuff.co.nz EDIT
Read More | Posted Oct 25, 2018