James Marsh

James Marsh
Tomatometer-approved critic

Movie Reviews Only

T-Meter Title | Year
3.5/5 85% Undine (2020) Beer embodies the mysterious and enigmatic waif perfectly, while Rogowski is equally wonderful as the out-of-his-depth would-be prince charming. - South China Morning Post EDIT
Read More | Posted May 12, 2021
3.5/5 63% Those Who Wish Me Dead (2021) Jolie is in excellent form as the loose cannon with nothing to live for. - South China Morning Post EDIT
Read More | Posted May 6, 2021
3/5 80% Cliff Walkers (2021) Zhang Yimou's Cliff Walkers bursts at the seams with lavish visuals and a slew of exhilarating action sequences, as one might expect from the director of Hero and House of Flying Daggers. - South China Morning Post EDIT
Read More | Posted Apr 29, 2021
2/5 No Score Yet Seobok (2021) Despite having all the elements of a hi-tech thrill ride, Seobok falls well wide of the mark - not even its superstar pairing of heartthrobs Gong and Park can save it. - South China Morning Post EDIT
Read More | Posted Apr 28, 2021
3/5 64% Minamata (2020) Depp is in his element and wholly at ease as Smith's strung-out stringer. Better still is the impressive Japanese ensemble that surrounds him. - South China Morning Post EDIT
Read More | Posted Apr 19, 2021
3/5 67% Night in Paradise (2020) Melding ... the gangland revenge thriller and the terminal illness romance, the film offers precious few surprises, but fans of either genre should gain ample sustenance from this tear-stained, blood-splattered odyssey. - South China Morning Post EDIT
Read More | Posted Apr 13, 2021
3.5/5 55% Mortal Kombat (2021) Fans of the long-running Mortal Kombat video game franchise finally have cause for celebration. - South China Morning Post EDIT
Read More | Posted Apr 8, 2021
3.5/5 No Score Yet Hi, Mom (2021) Full credit to Jia, who has pulled off a major cinematic victory with Hi, Mom, which she caps with a climactic revelation that will ensure there isn't a dry eye in the house. - South China Morning Post EDIT
Read More | Posted Apr 5, 2021
3.5/5 75% Godzilla vs. Kong (2021) The film hews closer to Toho's 60-year-long franchise than earlier instalments of the Monsterverse, venturing deeper into sci-fi territory ... while tagging more beloved kaiju characters into the mix. - South China Morning Post EDIT
Read More | Posted Mar 24, 2021
3.5/5 85% Our Friend (2020) Our Friend operates at a level of unabashed earnestness that is almost Ill-advised in these cynical times, but those willing to invite it in stand to reap the rewards of its power and poignancy. - South China Morning Post EDIT
Read More | Posted Mar 23, 2021
3/5 55% The Vault (2021) The movie aims high and inevitably falls short, working better as a chronicle of Spain's sporting success than the caper at hand. Still, modest rewards can be gleaned from its ballsy enthusiasm. - South China Morning Post EDIT
Read More | Posted Mar 3, 2021
3/5 89% Run (2020) Chaganty fully commits to delivering breathless thrills and outrageous revelations, rather than lecturing us about the real-world implications. - South China Morning Post EDIT
Read More | Posted Mar 2, 2021
3/5 60% Detective Chinatown 3 (2020) While a relatively low bar, artistically speaking, Detective Chinatown 3 may be considered the best entry in the series to-date. - South China Morning Post EDIT
Read More | Posted Feb 23, 2021
2.5/5 46% Monster Hunter (2020) The film's overall visual aesthetic is a confused and derivative hodgepodge, and audience enjoyment will depend upon their affection for the over-saturated genre. - South China Morning Post EDIT
Read More | Posted Feb 22, 2021
2.5/5 72% Space Sweepers (2021) Space Sweepers feels more like an exhaustive box-ticking exercise designed by committee than the bold realisation of a coherent cinematic vision. - South China Morning Post EDIT
Read More | Posted Feb 5, 2021
4/5 88% The Dig (2021) A visually striking and impressively layered meditation on the fleeting nature of human life and the profound longevity of our accomplishments. - South China Morning Post EDIT
Read More | Posted Feb 1, 2021
2.5/5 36% Outside the Wire (2021) Outside the Wire repeatedly pushes the central irony of pairing an emotionally detached human with a compassionate killing machine without drawing any meaningful conclusions from their contrasting personalities. - South China Morning Post EDIT
Read More | Posted Jan 21, 2021
3/5 75% Pieces of a Woman (2020) Mundruczó delivers a bravura 22-minute home birth sequence, shot in a single unbroken take of breathless intensity. ... It is an exceptional technical achievement. - South China Morning Post EDIT
Read More | Posted Jan 9, 2021
3.5/5 92% The White Tiger (2020) In his first lead role, Adarsh Gourav proves a magnetic screen presence as Balram, dancing a fine line between diligent servant and scheming opportunist. - South China Morning Post EDIT
Read More | Posted Jan 7, 2021
3.5/5 100% The Call (Kol) (2020) Putting logic and realism firmly on hold, The Call spins its audacious premise into a hugely effective and entertaining game of time-displaced cat and mouse. - South China Morning Post EDIT
Read More | Posted Nov 30, 2020
3/5 83% Freaky (2020) When Freaky plays to its strengths and embraces its best self it does prove consistently provocative, hilarious, and outrageously grotesque. - South China Morning Post EDIT
Read More | Posted Nov 12, 2020
2/5 57% Come Play (2020) At every turn, Come Play feels wildly derivative, repeatedly evoking the past successes of more accomplished horror films. - South China Morning Post EDIT
Read More | Posted Oct 29, 2020
3.5/5 88% The Eight Hundred (2020) As bombastic and melodramatic as one might expect it to be, The Eight Hundred is also relentlessly thrilling, and exquisitely photographed on huge, practical sets. - South China Morning Post EDIT
Read More | Posted Oct 28, 2020
1.5/5 26% The Doorman (2020) From the ground floor up, The Doorman feels flimsy and cheap, and one can't imagine the lone action heroine subgenre dying much harder. - South China Morning Post EDIT
Read More | Posted Oct 22, 2020
1/5 29% The War with Grandpa (2020) One suspects that everyone involved in this humourless husk of family entertainment might have preferred the film itself be quietly banished to the attic. - South China Morning Post EDIT
Read More | Posted Oct 21, 2020
3/5 39% Honest Thief (2020) A tight, coherent and efficient thriller, peppered with enough moments of pithy dialogue and ancillary character quirks to elevate it above Neeson's more humdrum offerings. - South China Morning Post EDIT
Read More | Posted Oct 6, 2020
3/5 82% Go Back to China (2020) This well-meaning, if somewhat clumsy drama is bolstered by a charming central turn from YouTuber Anna Akana, and Richard Ng Yiu-hon as her deeply conflicted father. - South China Morning Post EDIT
Read More | Posted Sep 29, 2020
2/5 70% Rogue (2020) Rogue is an animal attack movie - think Predator on the plains, or Alien with a lion - but without the budget, shrewd characterisation, or proficient effects work to get the job done right. - South China Morning Post EDIT
Read More | Posted Sep 29, 2020
2/5 68% Get the Hell Out (Tao Chu Li Fa Yuan) (2020) First-time director Wang I-fan ... approaches the material with all the subtlety of a coked-up paparazzo. What emerges is 90 exhausting minutes of hysteria, yielding little insight and only occasional laughs. - South China Morning Post EDIT
Read More | Posted Sep 14, 2020
2.5/5 29% Antebellum (2020) When Antebellum ventures into exploitation territory, it threatens to undercut the positive non-violent messaging of the #BlackLivesMatter movement. - South China Morning Post EDIT
Read More | Posted Sep 10, 2020
2.5/5 No Score Yet Crazy Awesome Teachers (Guru-Guru Gokil) (2020) The film's real highlight is Mufti. ... [She] provides a welcome counterbalance to Marten's playful extrovert, and offsets her character's authority with a tenderness that grounds their burgeoning romance. - South China Morning Post EDIT
Read More | Posted Aug 18, 2020
2/5 21% The Grudge (2020) Pesce's film lacks anything discernibly Shimizu-esque. Individual moments of tension materialise, only to be undercut by noisy jump scares or needlessly flashy visuals. - South China Morning Post EDIT
Read More | Posted Aug 13, 2020
3.5/5 100% Raat Akeli Hai (2020) A compelling murder mystery with a strong social conscience that will keep audiences guessing until the final frame. - South China Morning Post EDIT
Read More | Posted Aug 6, 2020
2.5/5 53% Train to Busan Presents: Peninsula (2020) Where its predecessor was propelled by a breathless immediacy, Peninsula's prominent action too often feels weightless and cartoonlike. - South China Morning Post EDIT
Read More | Posted Aug 3, 2020
2.5/5 67% Romance Doll (2020) Although [the film's climax] is presented as a grand romantic gesture, the reality is decidedly more creepy. - South China Morning Post EDIT
Read More | Posted Jul 28, 2020
4/5 91% The Weasels' Tale (El cuento de las comadrejas) (2019) An ageing starlet of cinema's golden age is targeted by a pair of opportunistic property developers in Juan José Campanella's riotously entertaining caper, a loving evocation of Sunset Boulevard and classic Ealing comedies. - South China Morning Post EDIT
Read More | Posted Jul 9, 2020
3/5 82% Light of My life (2019) It's familiar territory for Affleck, a master of understated mumbling, but the real revelation here is Pniowsky, who ... more than holds her own opposite her Oscar-winning co-star. - South China Morning Post EDIT
Read More | Posted Jul 8, 2020
3/5 81% Wet Season (2019) Despite the strong central performances, the lead actors are given insufficient time to explore the implications of their actions. - South China Morning Post EDIT
Read More | Posted Jun 1, 2020
2/5 No Score Yet Kakou No Futari (2019) Arai and his performers fail spectacularly to conjure anything remotely arousing during the numerous, lengthy sex scenes. - South China Morning Post EDIT
Read More | Posted May 19, 2020
1/5 No Score Yet Tootsies & the Fake (2019) A meandering parade of histrionic high jinks. - South China Morning Post EDIT
Read More | Posted May 12, 2020
3.5/5 97% The Half of It (2020) Despite its slightly unbalanced narrative, The Half of It ultimately succeeds, in large part thanks to the authenticity of its three young leads, even when their surroundings don't always ring true. - South China Morning Post EDIT
Read More | Posted May 12, 2020
4/5 No Score Yet Tora-san, Wish You Were Here (2019) For audiences as-yet uninitiated into the delights of the Tora-san saga, the film offers a perfect entry point, recapturing the series' gentle tone while offering a taste of what previous episodes have to offer. - South China Morning Post EDIT
Read More | Posted May 5, 2020
3/5 100% The Forest of Love (2019) The Forest of Love offers a dizzying kaleidoscope of outrageous imagery and tangled flashbacks that will reward attentive viewers but may just as easily prove insufferable to the uninitiated or ill-prepared. - South China Morning Post EDIT
Read More | Posted Apr 29, 2020
3/5 69% Time to Hunt (2020) Within the sweaty, blood-smeared constraints of Yoon's hugely contrived narrative, though, the film does succeed as a slice of high-calibre, testosterone-fuelled escapism. - South China Morning Post EDIT
Read More | Posted Apr 29, 2020
4/5 81% Tigertail (2020) Yang's unfussy direction jumps back and forth effortlessly between four different time periods, sparking waves of nostalgia as it weaves a tangle of repressed familial ties with assured clarity. - South China Morning Post EDIT
Read More | Posted Apr 16, 2020
3.5/5 93% A Sun (2019) This epic two-and-a-half hour examination of unaddressed grief and unspoken expectations is punctuated by suicides, pregnancies and gangland violence. - South China Morning Post EDIT
Read More | Posted Apr 9, 2020
2.5/5 17% Dead Kids (2019) Characters are drawn in broad strokes to serve the plot, rather than pose challenging ethical dilemmas for the audience. - South China Morning Post EDIT
Read More | Posted Apr 9, 2020
3/5 No Score Yet Happy Old Year (2019) Chutimon is remarkable in the lead role, sparking joy in the audience even though her character is unlikeable to the point of sociopathic in her actions. - South China Morning Post EDIT
Read More | Posted Mar 24, 2020
3/5 100% 4x4 (2019) One of the most inventive and claustrophobic single-location thrillers in recent memory. - South China Morning Post EDIT
Read More | Posted Mar 10, 2020
2/5 44% The Battle of Jangsari (2019) Formulaic to a fault, The Battle of Jangsari rolls out a procession of war movie clichés with regimented efficiency, but without a glimmer of individuality or invention. - South China Morning Post EDIT
Read More | Posted Mar 10, 2020