James Luxford

James Luxford
James Luxford's reviews only count toward the Tomatometer when published at the following Tomatometer-approved publication(s): Little White Lies Metro (UK) Radio Times The National (UAE)

Movie Reviews Only

T-Meter Title | Year
3/5 57% The Secret Life of Pets 2 (2019) While more episodic in nature than its predecessor, The Secret Life of Pets 2 is a cuddly family adventure that will make younger tails wag. - Radio Times EDIT
Read More | Posted May 26, 2019
2/5 No Score Yet Alright Now (2018) For something delivered off-the-cuff, Songbird feels very formulaic, wasting the efforts of a talented cast on a story that goes nowhere fast. - Radio Times EDIT
Read More | Posted May 10, 2019
3/5 66% Pokémon Detective Pikachu (2019) A gem in the admittedly patchy history of video-game films, Pokemon Detective Pikachu's fun moments far outweigh the flaws. - Radio Times EDIT
Read More | Posted May 10, 2019
3/5 51% Destination Wedding (2018) Nevertheless, Destination Wedding is an entertaining exercise in misanthropy that will delight those with no love for the average romantic comedy. - Radio Times EDIT
Read More | Posted May 10, 2019
2/5 No Score Yet The Corrupted (2019) Rather than a coherent conspiracy thriller, The Corrupted is several unrelated ideas jammed awkwardly together, and soaked in blood. - Radio Times EDIT
Read More | Posted May 10, 2019
2/5 No Score Yet Wheely (2019) Wheely is a laborious proposition that only very young viewers will enjoy. - Radio Times EDIT
Read More | Posted Apr 18, 2019
4/5 80% Mid90s (2018) With its short running time, mid90s feels more rushed than it should, but it also packs an emotional punch, telling a coming-of-age story that feels honest and authentic. - Radio Times EDIT
Read More | Posted Apr 14, 2019
4/5 91% Electric Boogaloo: The Wild, Untold Story of Cannon Films (2012) While the documentary's scattershot approach makes it less examination, more vivid highlight reel, there is no denying Electric Boogaloo's abiding fodness for its subject matter. - CineVue EDIT
Read More | Posted Apr 5, 2019
3/5 78% The Connection (2015) Style and star power make for a fine example of a crime thriller that fits in nicely within the crowd, even if fails to stand out from it. - CineVue EDIT
Read More | Posted Apr 5, 2019
3/5 66% Pitch Perfect 2 (2015) Banks smartly sticks with what works: sarcastic humour, more than a dash of slapstick and big songs. - CineVue EDIT
Read More | Posted Apr 5, 2019
4/5 89% Lambert & Stamp (2015) Absolutely essential viewing for aficionados of the band, and a captivating couple of hours for everyone else. - CineVue EDIT
Read More | Posted Apr 5, 2019
3/5 63% MI-5 (Spooks: The Greater Good) (2015) Will provide a satisfying experience for all who see it, but perhaps more so with ardent fans of the series. The aesthetic, tone and performances result in a package that sits alongside similar Hollywood fare comfortably. - CineVue EDIT
Read More | Posted Apr 4, 2019
4/5 96% Dark Horse (2016) The picture is as textbook an underdog story as anything to have come out of Hollywood, and yet it's the sincerity of the principles who tell the story that make it so uniquely compelling. - CineVue EDIT
Read More | Posted Apr 4, 2019
3/5 81% The SpongeBob Movie: Sponge Out of Water (2015) The energy, colours and simple humour cross over into the longer format with ease, sticking by its silliness throughout and appealing squarely to fans of the series. - CineVue EDIT
Read More | Posted Apr 4, 2019
2/5 28% Get Hard (2015) Instead of lampooning racial difference or satirising white collar crime, it opts for the easiest, most crowd pleasing humour, and hammers the screen with jokes that get old almost as soon as you hear them. - CineVue EDIT
Read More | Posted Apr 4, 2019
3/5 100% Eaten by Lions (2018) With a supporting cast filled with recognisable names such as Johnny Vegas and Asim Chaudhry, this is a pleasant seaside trip with its heart in the right place. - Radio Times EDIT
Read More | Posted Mar 29, 2019
4/5 76% Don't Worry, He Won't Get Far on Foot (2018) An endearingly honest, darkly comic account of one man overcoming his past. - Metro (UK) EDIT
Read More | Posted Jan 8, 2019
3/5 37% Johnny English Strikes Again (2018) The plot is ludicrous, and talks about the internet like a confused grandmother trying to send an email, but if you're looking for Mr Bean-like laughs you've come to the right place. - Metro (UK) EDIT
Read More | Posted Jan 8, 2019
5/5 89% A Star Is Born (2018) Filled with great music, a captivating romance, and fine performances, A Star Is Born is ... an enthralling meditation on how the entertainment industry makes casualties of so many of its stars - Metro (UK) EDIT
Read More | Posted Jan 8, 2019
2/5 23% The Happytime Murders (2018) In the end, The Happytime Murders offers what's in the trailer, and very little else. - Metro (UK) EDIT
Read More | Posted Jan 8, 2019
3/5 80% The Festival (2018) It takes a little while to get going, but once it does The Festival is a funny take on a British summer institution. - Metro (UK) EDIT
Read More | Posted Jan 8, 2019
2/5 47% Jurassic World: Fallen Kingdom (2018) Characters are barely developed, their motivations seem flimsy, and the film's third act (set in a cavernous private mansion) is plain ridiculous. - Metro (UK) EDIT
Read More | Posted Jan 8, 2019
3/5 27% Breaking In (2018) Quick, disposable entertainment that leaves you wanting to see Union given a meatier action role. - Metro (UK) EDIT
Read More | Posted Jan 8, 2019
3/5 27% Sherlock Gnomes (2018) A pleasant if unremarkable family film that will do just enough to keep young fans happy. - Metro (UK) EDIT
Read More | Posted Jan 8, 2019
4/5 82% Journeyman (2017) A moving tale of love and conflict, told by two wonderful British actors. - Metro (UK) EDIT
Read More | Posted Jan 8, 2019
3/3 67% Wonderstruck (2017) Wonderstruck is absolutely gorgeous, but doesn't have the substance to back that up. - Metro (UK) EDIT
Read More | Posted Jan 8, 2019
2/5 28% Proud Mary (2018) The idea of Henson as a cool action hero is something most movie fans can get excited for, but she needed a much better film than this. - Metro (UK) EDIT
Read More | Posted Jan 8, 2019
2/5 45% Mary Magdalene (2019) A well-constructed drama, but one that will inform rather than inspire. - Metro (UK) EDIT
Read More | Posted Jan 8, 2019
1/5 63% Peter Rabbit (2018) A 24 carrot flop - Metro (UK) EDIT
Read More | Posted Jan 8, 2019
4/5 89% You Were Never Really Here (2018) The dark heart of Lynne Ramsay's latest may be too brutal for some, but You Were Never Really Here is a terrific piece of film making - Metro (UK) EDIT
Read More | Posted Jan 8, 2019
2/5 30% Wonder Wheel (2017) If matters outside of film making mean this is one of (Allen's) final movies, it's a flat note to go out on. - Metro (UK) EDIT
Read More | Posted Jan 8, 2019
4/5 89% I, Tonya (2018) A delightfully acerbic look into a poisoned American Dream, where adulation is worth going to prison for. - Metro (UK) EDIT
Read More | Posted Jan 8, 2019
5/5 99% Lady Bird (2017) Lady Bird is a film that describes the joys, mistakes and dramas of teenage years more eloquently than anything you might see this year. - Metro (UK) EDIT
Read More | Posted Jan 8, 2019
3/5 61% Operation Finale (2018) The committed leads make Operation Finale worth watching, even though it never really gets to the core of its complicated moral debate. - Radio Times EDIT
Read More | Posted Jan 8, 2019
2/5 52% Mowgli: Legend of the Jungle (2018) Stripped of comedy and song, the film sits in a dour netherworld - too dark and scary for young viewers, too simplistic for adults. - Radio Times EDIT
Read More | Posted Jan 8, 2019
4/5 59% The Front Runner (2018) The Front Runner succeeds in creating a sense of the machinations of a political campaign, and the journalistic monster that seems to constantly threaten to consume it. - Radio Times EDIT
Read More | Posted Jan 8, 2019
3/5 65% Aquaman (2018) After the sombre slogs of Batman v Superman: Dawn of Justice and Justice League, it's refreshing to see a hero that doesn't take himself so seriously. - Radio Times EDIT
Read More | Posted Jan 3, 2019
2/5 29% Venom (2018) The action is solid, and the character well realised. So why doesn't Venom work as it should? It's all down to balance. - Radio Times EDIT
Read More | Posted Oct 4, 2018
4/5 83% Deadpool 2 (2018) In a year where we have a superhero movie every other month, here's someone to point out the sillier aspects of the superhero craze. - Metro (UK) EDIT
Read More | Posted May 15, 2018
3/5 69% Wildling (2018) As a late-night scary movie, Wildling has enough to hold the attention for 90 minutes and is entertaining for the most part. - Radio Times EDIT
Read More | Posted Apr 20, 2018
2/5 19% The Titan (2018) The Titan raises some interesting questions about the world we live in. However, with no depth or spectacle, it fails to provide any answers. - Radio Times EDIT
Read More | Posted Apr 12, 2018
3/5 72% Ready Player One (2018) There's a lot to like about Ready Player One and, at times, it shows glimmers of the kind of fantasy adventure that made the words "A Steven Spielberg Film" so sacred to movie fans in the 80s. - Radio Times EDIT
Read More | Posted Mar 23, 2018
4/5 93% Journey's End (2018) Brittle, angry and disillusioned, it's a stunning portrayal of what Stanhope's experience has done to him. It's a revelation from an actor who is clearly capable of a lot more than what we have seen of him. - Metro (UK) EDIT
Read More | Posted Feb 23, 2018
3/5 33% Home Again (2017) It's pretty fluffy stuff, however the good-natured tone makes it all easy to swallow, as you begin to care about this unconventional family. Key to this empathy is Witherspoon. - Radio Times EDIT
Read More | Posted Dec 26, 2017
3/5 72% Happy Death Day (2017) Although it's gleefully superficial, Happy Death Day never removes its tongue from its cheek, and is all the better for it. - Radio Times EDIT
Read More | Posted Dec 21, 2017
2/5 15% Geostorm (2017) Don't be fooled by the title, this is a trashy popcorn movie dressed up as a climate-change fable. - Radio Times EDIT
Read More | Posted Dec 21, 2017
3/5 91% Brawl in Cell Block 99 (2017) If you have the stomach, there's a revelatory performance from Vaughn beneath all the bloodshed. A master class in controlled rage, he's the beating heart of the story and the reason it is so affecting. - Radio Times EDIT
Read More | Posted Dec 21, 2017
3/5 87% Grace Jones: Bloodlight and Bami (2018) More vindication than revelation, Bloodlight and Bami is a feature-length display of artistry and a reminder of why Jones has been so enduring a figure for so long. - Radio Times EDIT
Read More | Posted Dec 21, 2017
2/5 30% A Bad Moms Christmas (2017) A hollow film that feels rushed and insincere, A Bad Moms Christmas is far from the festive satire it purports to be. - Radio Times EDIT
Read More | Posted Dec 21, 2017
4/5 79% All the Money in the World (2017) What happens on screen may never outlive what happened off it, but for around two hours Scott's thrilling ride will make you forget the headlines. - Metro (UK) EDIT
Read More | Posted Dec 19, 2017