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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
4.5/5 95% The Florida Project (2017) A film not for the faint-hearted, easily-offended or frequently irritated by "kids these days", Florida is nonetheless a vibrant and vital slice of modern American cinema.‐ Stuff.co.nz
Read More | Posted Dec 11, 2017
2/5 44% The Star (2017) Yes, while it aims to combine celebrity voices, memorable music and Christian values, The Prince of Egypt this ain't.‐ Stuff.co.nz
Read More | Posted Dec 6, 2017
3.5/5 77% Borg vs McEnroe (Borg McEnroe) (2017) In the end, Borg vs McEnroe feels like an excellent primer for those born too late to remember the pair in their pomp and an interesting character study for those who were gripped by their contrasting styles.‐ Stuff.co.nz
Read More | Posted Dec 6, 2017
4/5 98% In This Corner of the World (Kono sekai no katasumi ni) (2017) ... a little gem that deserves to find a global audience.‐ Stuff.co.nz
Read More | Posted Dec 6, 2017
4/5 80% The Man Who Invented Christmas (2017) Based on historian Les Standiford's book of the same name, The Man Who Invented Christmas benefits mostly from some smart casting and lively pacing from director Nalluri (Miss Pettigrew Lives for a Day).‐ Stuff.co.nz
Read More | Posted Nov 29, 2017
3.5/5 93% The Disaster Artist (2017) ... as actor Paul Scheer said at The Disaster Artist's Toronto Film Festival premiere, "it's the perfect prequel for those who've never seen The Room and the perfect sequel for those who have".‐ Stuff.co.nz
Read More | Posted Nov 27, 2017
4/5 No Score Yet Kiwi Christmas (2017) Yes, there will be humbugs who suggest the plotting is a touch predictable, the action overly knockabout, the tale too twee, but this perfectly pitched, magnificently paced film is a delight for audiences of all ages.‐ Stuff.co.nz
Read More | Posted Nov 22, 2017
2.5/5 No Score Yet The Stolen (2017) ... The Stolen does have the look of a high-class revenge movie, just one that's sadly let down by predictable plotting and overwrought and off-kilter final act.‐ Stuff.co.nz
Read More | Posted Nov 21, 2017
5/5 79% The Killing of a Sacred Deer (2017) At once almost surgically precise and gleefully messy, The Killing of a Sacred Deer is certainly not a film you can easily forget - and nor should you wish to.‐ Stuff.co.nz
Read More | Posted Nov 15, 2017
3.5/5 87% Professor Marston & The Wonder Women (2017) The second Wonder Woman origin story to hit cinemas this year might not have the same action chops as Patty Jenkins' blockbuster, but it certainly delivers on thought-provoking adult entertainment.‐ Stuff.co.nz
Read More | Posted Nov 13, 2017
2.5/5 47% My Little Pony: The Movie (2017) ... undemanding fare for under-sixes and bronies alike.‐ Stuff.co.nz
Read More | Posted Nov 8, 2017
4.5/5 83% Guardians of the Galaxy Vol. 2 (2017) So just when the familial schmaltz threatens to overwhelm proceedings, there's always a dated pop reference or scatological gag to leaven the mood. ‐ Stuff.co.nz
Read More | Posted Nov 6, 2017
3/5 45% Ghost in the Shell (2017) Ghost in the Shell reminds one of another adaptation with whizzy visuals and an ass-kicking leading lady battling an evil corporation while wearing a series of eye-popping outfits - Resident Evil.‐ Stuff.co.nz
Read More | Posted Nov 6, 2017
2/5 34% Jigsaw (2017) ... like its seven successors, this latest instalment of the horror franchise offers up the usual diet of gruesome visuals delivered with grim and grimy elan.‐ Stuff.co.nz
Read More | Posted Nov 1, 2017
3/5 29% A Bad Moms Christmas (2017) ... Christine Baranski's Ruth (Amy's controlling Mom), Cheryl Hines's Sandy (Kiki's clingy Mom) and Susan Sarandon's Isis (Hahn's feckless Mom) nevertheless get all the best lines and deliver plenty of hearty laughs.‐ Stuff.co.nz
Read More | Posted Nov 1, 2017
3.5/5 75% The Son of Bigfoot (2017) ... Son of Bigfoot contains plenty of memorable characters and dialogue.‐ Stuff.co.nz
Read More | Posted Oct 26, 2017
4.5/5 75% Una (2017) Those of you who think television has monopoly on thought-provoking, quality adult drama should check out Benedict Andrews' cinematic debut.‐ Stuff.co.nz
Read More | Posted Oct 25, 2017
2/5 10% Tulip Fever (2017) ... Tulip Fever is simply a blooming disaster.‐ Stuff.co.nz
Read More | Posted Oct 25, 2017
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 41% 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 77% Final Portrait (2018) 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 90% 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 86% 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 67% 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 86% 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 60% 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 82% 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 88% 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 (2018) 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 84% 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 47% 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 46% 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 54% 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 84% Polina (Polina, danser sa vie) (2017) Diverting, but not essential viewing.‐ Stuff.co.nz
Read More | Posted Jul 13, 2017