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 96% Little Woods (2019) Writer-director Nia DaCosta's debut feature is a bravura and, at times, bleak look at women living on the poverty line in small-town America. - Stuff.co.nz EDIT
Read More | Posted Jun 19, 2019
3.5/5 75% Scotch: A Golden Dream (2018) Throw in some handy consumer advice along the lines of "whisky age isn't everything" and, like the alcohol itself, there's something for everyone in this documentary. - Stuff.co.nz EDIT
Read More | Posted Jun 19, 2019
2.5/5 No Score Yet Anna (2019) Besson's script is tonally all over the place. - Stuff.co.nz EDIT
Read More | Posted Jun 19, 2019
91% I Am Mother (2019) Writer-director Grant Sputore does a nice job of ramping up the tension and leaving the viewer guessing as to the eventual outcome. - Stuff.co.nz EDIT
Read More | Posted Jun 17, 2019
95% See You Yesterday (2019) A heady mix of clever plotting, sharp street humour, phat reggae beats and an emotional gut punch to rival recent cinema releases Blackkklansman or Detroit. - Stuff.co.nz EDIT
Read More | Posted Jun 17, 2019
3/5 57% The Secret Life of Pets 2 (2019) Like its predecessor, Pets 2 works best in its witty observations of human and animal behaviour. - Stuff.co.nz EDIT
Read More | Posted Jun 14, 2019
4/5 87% Pavarotti (2019) While Pavarotti is a celebration of the bloke who sold more than 100 million albums and played to audiences in excess of 10 million, it's not just a trawl through his successes - or a hagiography. - Stuff.co.nz EDIT
Read More | Posted Jun 13, 2019
2.5/5 86% Sometimes Always Never (Triple Word Score) (2018) Even Bill Nighy at his enigmatic and eccentric best can't make this familial drama compelling viewing. - Stuff.co.nz EDIT
Read More | Posted Jun 11, 2019
2/5 23% Dark Phoenix (2019) Even the action sequences struggle to raise much excitement, as jazz hands, constipated looks, slo-mo and heavenly choirs dominate proceedings. - Stuff.co.nz EDIT
Read More | Posted Jun 11, 2019
4.5/5 89% Rocketman (2019) [Taron Egerton] is an, at times, mesmeric presence, drawing the audience in and taking them on this sometimes crazy fantasy. - Stuff.co.nz EDIT
Read More | Posted May 29, 2019
3/5 100% Asterix: The Secret of the Magic Potion (Astérix - Le secret de la potion magique) (2018) On the plus side though, the story should more than satisfy young Asterix fans and the character names are as memorable as ever. - Stuff.co.nz EDIT
Read More | Posted May 29, 2019
3/5 57% Brightburn (2019) While certainly not a bad movie, I was left feeling disappointed that Brightburn has simply turned out to be a dullish entry in the demonic child genre. - Stuff.co.nz EDIT
Read More | Posted May 23, 2019
3.5/5 57% Aladdin (2019) The result is actually surprisingly restrained and sweet. - Stuff.co.nz EDIT
Read More | Posted May 22, 2019
3.5/5 66% Pokémon Detective Pikachu (2019) This is finally a Pokemon movie worth catching while seated alongside your kids. - Stuff.co.nz EDIT
Read More | Posted May 17, 2019
3.5/5 57% The Hummingbird Project (2019) Although it perhaps eventually over-eggs the contrivances and misfortunes, there's a lot to like about this understated Project. - Stuff.co.nz EDIT
Read More | Posted May 16, 2019
2.5/5 60% War on Everyone (2017) John Michael McDonagh fails to get anywhere near the heights of his hilarious debut The Guard, in this less-than-palatable buddy-cop movie. - Stuff.co.nz EDIT
Read More | Posted May 13, 2019
2.5/5 No Score Yet Brown Boys (2019) A largely self-funded labour of love, this loosely autobiographical dramedy just can't escape the shadows of its clear inspirations. - Stuff.co.nz EDIT
Read More | Posted May 9, 2019
2.5/4 34% Poms (2019) File under forgettable fun. - Stuff.co.nz EDIT
Read More | Posted May 9, 2019
4.5/5 81% Long Shot (2019) A razor-sharp political satire and the best rom-com since 2017's The Big Sick, Long Shot is also a love letter to the early 1990s. - Stuff.co.nz EDIT
Read More | Posted May 6, 2019
3.5/5 27% The Aftermath (2019) A solid, but unspectacular period piece. - Stuff.co.nz EDIT
Read More | Posted May 1, 2019
4/5 44% The Chaperone (2019) It all adds up to a charming, heartbreaking and heartwarming two hours of emotion-inducing entertainment. - Stuff.co.nz EDIT
Read More | Posted May 1, 2019
3.5/5 89% Missing Link (2019) The stop-motion experts behind such subversive delights as Coraline, ParaNorman and Kubo and the Two Strings have come up with another school holiday crowdpleaser, albeit it one that doesn't quite scale the heights of some of their back catalogue. - Stuff.co.nz EDIT
Read More | Posted Apr 23, 2019
2/5 30% The Curse of La Llorona (2019) A movie to make you yearn for the scary movies where a boogeyman (or woman) had the decency to explain their motives. - Stuff.co.nz EDIT
Read More | Posted Apr 23, 2019
3/5 41% Where Hands Touch (2018) Dramatically it's a mixed bag, but Where Hands Touch does offer some moments of magic. - Stuff.co.nz EDIT
Read More | Posted Apr 18, 2019
3/5 34% Wonder Park (2019) Wonder Park is solid, but unspectacular school holiday entertainment. - Stuff.co.nz EDIT
Read More | Posted Apr 17, 2019
26% The Silence (2019) It's a gamble that doesn't exactly pay off. - Stuff.co.nz EDIT
Read More | Posted Apr 15, 2019
3.5/5 46% Little (2019) The duo... deliver two terrific performances and transform this into a fabulous female buddy comedy, even managing to subvert the inevitable musical number and makeover scene. - Stuff.co.nz EDIT
Read More | Posted Apr 12, 2019
2.5/5 57% The House That Jack Built (2018) Over-indulgent, underwhelming and sometimes deeply unpalatable slog unfolds. - Stuff.co.nz EDIT
Read More | Posted Apr 4, 2019
4.5/5 97% Woman at War (Kona fer í stríð) (2019) Woman at War is an absolute peach of a film. - Stuff.co.nz EDIT
Read More | Posted Apr 3, 2019
4/5 100% Vai (2019) Kiwi producers Kerry Warkia and Kiel McNaughton's follow-up to their critically acclaimed debut Waru is perhaps even more audacious. - Stuff.co.nz EDIT
Read More | Posted Apr 3, 2019
93% Room (2015) Larson was a deserved winner of both the Oscar and Golden Globe for best actress as the increasingly-desperate Ma. - Stuff.co.nz EDIT
Read More | Posted Apr 1, 2019
98% Short Term 12 (2013) This look at the staff and clients at a foster care facility compels with its naturalistic approach and delivers believable scenarios and dialogue, while showcasing its young stars. - Stuff.co.nz EDIT
Read More | Posted Apr 1, 2019
64% Unicorn Store (2019) There are plenty of laugh-out-loud moments, some inspired visuals and a terrific turn from Larson amongst the delights. - Stuff.co.nz EDIT
Read More | Posted Apr 1, 2019
3.5/5 55% Five Feet Apart (2019) Throw in a so hip-it-hurts soundtrack and Five Feet has enough charisma and chutzpah to set it apart from your bog-standard, manipulative disease-of-the-week drama that now seems to dominate streaming services. - Stuff.co.nz EDIT
Read More | Posted Mar 29, 2019
4/5 85% 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
89% 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 75% 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 60% Greta (2019) File under disappointing. - Stuff.co.nz EDIT
Read More | Posted Feb 28, 2019
3/5 55% 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 98% 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 25% 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 92% 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 62% 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 87% 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