James Lattimer Movie Reviews & Previews - Rotten Tomatoes

James Lattimer

James Lattimer
James Lattimer's reviews only count toward the Tomatometer when published at the following Tomatometer-approved publication(s): Slant Magazine, Cinema Scope

Movie Reviews Only

Rating T-Meter Title | Year Review
75% Scarred Hearts (2016) Nonetheless, the filmmaker's skill for the visual and the corporeal can't mask the sense of slight clumsiness that mars the opening half of this nearly two-and-half hour film. ‐ Slant Magazine
Read More | Posted Nov 21, 2017
No Score Yet Marija (2016) Any sense of being immersed in real life is quickly dispelled by the artificiality of the dialogue and its often overemphatic delivery.‐ Cinema Scope
Read More | Posted Nov 14, 2017
100% The Road to Mandalay (2016) [Road to Mandalay] ends up instead as the oddly frustrating work of a director who clearly knows what he's doing but not what he actually wants to do.‐ Cinema Scope
Read More | Posted Nov 14, 2017
86% Soul on a String (2017) When you're given so much time to look at the scenery, it helps when it's worth looking at.‐ Cinema Scope
Read More | Posted Nov 14, 2017
No Score Yet Godless (Bezbog) (2016) There's nothing unusual about a debut feature suffering from formal hesitancy or thematic bluntness...But then that's the downside of the spotlight: it also highlights every single imperfection.‐ Cinema Scope
Read More | Posted Nov 14, 2017
No Score Yet Home (2016) Growing up can indeed be murder, but rendering this experience as literally and as stridently as it is here is both obvious and implausible.‐ Cinema Scope
Read More | Posted Nov 14, 2017
90% Apprentice (2017) Given its complete lack of non-essential components, there's nothing to anchor Apprentice in the mind once the plot has run its course.‐ Cinema Scope
Read More | Posted Nov 14, 2017
94% Western (2017) The heart of Western ultimately resides in a wonderfully open question: when a set of interrelated concepts are strung together to form a phrase, is that the same thing as a statement?‐ Cinema Scope
Read More | Posted Nov 14, 2017
No Score Yet Scaffolding (2017) Scaffolding shuns moments of easy drama, but the film is still incapable of crafting more complicated ones to replace them, as Yair remains too beholden to the script's muted twists and turns to devote much attention to ambiguity or atmosphere. ‐ Cinema Scope
Read More | Posted Nov 14, 2017
86% Makala (2017) The quest narrative and the predictable setbacks it contains ultimately tighten their grip on the film, to such an extent that Kabwita's individual fate soon feels like just another vehicle for the same eminently valid point made countless times before.‐ Cinema Scope
Read More | Posted Nov 14, 2017
57% The Motive (El autor) (2017) Watching The Motive is akin to hearing an artist expound at length on the tedious specifics of their process, a feeling made all the more wearying by the blinkered nature of said approach.‐ Cinema Scope
Read More | Posted Nov 14, 2017
95% The Florida Project (2017) As in many of Sean Baker's films, The Florida Project's final destination doesn't quite captivate as much as the journey taken to get there.‐ Cinema Scope
Read More | Posted Nov 14, 2017
No Score Yet The Garden (Sommerhäuser) (2017) The only element of The Garden worth marvelling at is the amount of money seemingly lavished on its production design.‐ Cinema Scope
Read More | Posted Nov 14, 2017
42% Madame Hyde (2017) It's hard to keep up with all the competing elements that Mrs. Hyde throws into the mix.‐ Slant Magazine
Read More | Posted Aug 14, 2017
80% Mrs. Fang (2017) As always in Wang's work, Mrs. Fang evinces an unobtrusive structuralism and ability to distill insight from seemingly innocuous occurrences.‐ Slant Magazine
Read More | Posted Aug 14, 2017
2/4 97% After the Storm (Umi yori mo mada fukaku) (2017) The stock character types that Hirokazu Kore-eda employs across the board are pretty much open books from the start.‐ Slant Magazine
Read More | Posted Mar 13, 2017
2.5/4 71% Who's Crazy? (2017) Thomas White's is a bizarre, undisciplined romp through snowbound Belgian vistas and '60s signifiers alike.‐ Slant Magazine
Read More | Posted Mar 6, 2017
1/4 11% The Sea of Trees (2016) There's little here to suggest that the film is anything more than a hastily cobbled-together studio star vehicle.‐ Slant Magazine
Read More | Posted Aug 16, 2016
1/4 28% Warcraft (2016) The first major misfire of the summer blockbuster season lumbers into view in the form of Warcraft.‐ Slant Magazine
Read More | Posted May 29, 2016
2.5/4 82% Chevalier (2016) Athina Rachel Tsangari's obvious skill can't hide the fact that her concept is one-note.‐ Slant Magazine
Read More | Posted May 22, 2016
2.5/4 80% Sunset Song (2016) Terence Davies's sheer talent for creating sensuous images conveniently masks how little of this feeling actually emerges from the plot these images illustrate. ‐ Slant Magazine
Read More | Posted May 9, 2016
2/4 No Score Yet The Blue Hour (Onthakan) (2015) An initially intriguing attempt to splice together a gay romance and a horror film that ultimately shows little flair for either genre. ‐ Slant Magazine
Read More | Posted Apr 3, 2016
3/4 93% Notfilm (2015) Ross Lipman's gloriously egalitarian approach to culture means that his complex argumentation never becomes inaccessible.‐ Slant Magazine
Read More | Posted Mar 28, 2016
2/4 97% Krisha (2016) It rams home the main character's relentless downward spiral though an incessant parade of grandstanding stylistic flourishes.‐ Slant Magazine
Read More | Posted Mar 13, 2016
3/4 93% River of Grass (1995) Kelly Reichardt's film is a wry, appealingly raggedy look at the impossibility of conjuring up excitement from boredom. ‐ Slant Magazine
Read More | Posted Mar 7, 2016
97% Cemetery of Splendor (2016) Weerasethakul's films have always been marked by their great tenderness, unobtrusive rigor, and desire to splice the straightforward with the cryptic, with Cemetery of Splendor one of the purest, most focused expressions of these concerns. ‐ Slant Magazine
Read More | Posted Feb 29, 2016
2/4 98% Mustang (2015) The film punctuates the sisters' confinement with various episodes united by their contrivance.‐ Slant Magazine
Read More | Posted Nov 16, 2015
2/4 92% Breathe (2015) Aside from the innate understanding of female friendship dynamics, it's hard to see exactly what else Mélanie Laurent brings to this overly familiar story.‐ Slant Magazine
Read More | Posted Sep 7, 2015
4/4 98% Phoenix (2015) Christian Petzold never luxuriates in all this film history, but rather channels the artifice and affect it embodies into new insights. ‐ Slant Magazine
Read More | Posted Jul 19, 2015
2/4 96% The Look of Silence (2015) If The Look of Silence still remains a gripping, vital, consequential documentary, it's in spite of its approach rather than because of it.‐ Slant Magazine
Read More | Posted Jul 13, 2015
2/4 83% 10,000 Km (2015) It ends up feeling like an unsatisfying cautionary tale on how much detachment is too much detachment.‐ Slant Magazine
Read More | Posted Jun 27, 2015
93% Sicario (2015) The one saving grace of Sicario is the considerable talent of cinematographer Roger Deakins, who continually finds new, striking images to couch all the action in.‐ Slant Magazine
Read More | Posted May 21, 2015
3.5/4 89% Amour Fou (2015) Jessica Hausner is less interested in historical revisionism than mining this real-life tragedy for its existential thrust.‐ Slant Magazine
Read More | Posted Mar 15, 2015
2.5/4 No Score Yet Mercuriales (2014) By the time the film has started explicitly referencing its own dreamlike, fairy-tale atmosphere, the air has well and truly gone out of this meticulously prepared soufflé.‐ Slant Magazine
Read More | Posted Mar 14, 2015
2.5/4 No Score Yet Los Hongos (2014) It crafts its meandering, unobtrusively utopian worldview in such all-enveloping fashion that it feels almost incongruous once actual violence does rear its head.‐ Slant Magazine
Read More | Posted Mar 14, 2015
4/4 94% Hard to be a God (2015) The film is willfully and easily distracted by petty arguments, tables of rotten food, and a seemingly endless cascade of bodily fluids.‐ Slant Magazine
Read More | Posted Jan 25, 2015
2.5/4 96% Girlhood (2015) Girlhood is so keyed to the minutiae of its teenage protagonists' lives, it's as if the film can't stop itself from behaving like they do. ‐ Slant Magazine
Read More | Posted Jan 25, 2015
3/4 79% R100 (2015) The set pieces follow their own insane, unstoppable logic, with each new twist yielding its own outré surprises.‐ Slant Magazine
Read More | Posted Jan 17, 2015
3.5/4 95% National Gallery (2014) In the style of an ambling, yet entirely focused visitor, the film continually circles back to pictures, protagonists, and situations to furnish them with new meanings, alter their perception, or even directly challenge their previous presentation.‐ Slant Magazine
Read More | Posted Nov 2, 2014
1.5/4 45% The Better Angels (2014) Even taking into consideration the fact the A.J. Edwards edited To the Wonder, it's hard to recall a film so immensely and reductively in thrall to the work of another director.‐ Slant Magazine
Read More | Posted Oct 28, 2014
2.5/4 71% Beloved Sisters (2015) It blossoms into a breezily utopian depiction of a ménage á trois whose entirely matter-of-fact presentation sets up an intriguing dissonance with the prim period setting.‐ Slant Magazine
Read More | Posted Sep 15, 2014
100% Club Sándwich (Club Sandwich) (2013) As each of his running gags peters out into tidy resolution and the tired old tropes of the coming-of-age story rear their head, the overriding impression is that a bit of shit-shovelling might do Eimbcke the world of good.‐ House Next Door
Read More | Posted Jun 16, 2014
No Score Yet Tir (2013) While it feels churlish to criticize such a topical, heartfelt endeavour, it's also hard not to groan at a film whose final message is underlined by its protagonist literally shovelling shit.‐ House Next Door
Read More | Posted Jun 16, 2014
No Score Yet Arraianos (2012) It's only toward the end of the film, as one of the old women is seen sitting at a sewing machine in a modern house, that you realise just how far out of space and time it's transported you.‐ House Next Door
Read More | Posted Jun 16, 2014
No Score Yet Coast of Death (2015) Quite apart from the sheer visual joy generated by Patiño's images, his injections of gentle humour in the voiceover anecdotes and lithe shifts in focus give the film a sense of forward motion and flow that thankfully never lets up.‐ House Next Door
Read More | Posted Jun 16, 2014
No Score Yet Double Play: James Benning And Richard Linklater (2014) Even if some of the Linklater film montages verge on YouTube fan videos, there's no denying the considerable skill involved in capturing such a natural-seeming conversation and then having its cadences dictate its structure.‐ House Next Door
Read More | Posted Jun 16, 2014