James Marsh

James Marsh
James Marsh's reviews only count toward the Tomatometer when published at the following Tomatometer-approved publication(s): Screen International South China Morning Post

Movie Reviews Only

T-Meter Title | Year
5/5 97% Avengers: Endgame (2019) Every dazzling, thrilling moment nurtures the narrative, celebrates the characters, and cradles the entire saga carefully towards a beautiful finish. - South China Morning Post EDIT
Read More | Posted Apr 23, 2019
0.5/5 No Score Yet His Lost Name (2019) Frequently mistaking emptiness for poignancy, obfuscation for complexity, His Lost Name is a gruelling ordeal, utterly devoid of meaningful symbolism or subtext. - South China Morning Post EDIT
Read More | Posted Apr 23, 2019
4/5 75% Hotel Mumbai (2019) First-time director Anthony Maras brings a breathless intensity and documentary-like realism to the film, while remaining respectful to those affected by the tragedy. - South China Morning Post EDIT
Read More | Posted Apr 16, 2019
2.5/5 32% The Curse of La Llorona (2019) Beyond a brief yet intriguing prologue in 17th-century Mexico, Chaves and his writers make little effort to develop their antagonist further. - South China Morning Post EDIT
Read More | Posted Apr 16, 2019
3.5/5 No Score Yet Innocent Witness (2019) Kim's deft and sensitive portrayal of the autistic girl ... earns our sympathy organically as the drama unfolds. - South China Morning Post EDIT
Read More | Posted Apr 7, 2019
4/5 No Score Yet Extreme Job (2019) The witty screenplay eventually devolves into a series of anticlimactic scuffles, but along the way Extreme Job does give audiences plenty of finger-licking fun. - South China Morning Post EDIT
Read More | Posted Mar 27, 2019
2.5/5 No Score Yet Hit-and-Run Squad (2019) Despite the motorsports setting and proliferation of high-octane vehicles, the film refuses to shift its procedural plot into anything approaching top gear. - South China Morning Post EDIT
Read More | Posted Mar 20, 2019
3/5 76% The Wandering Earth (2019) This film's success ... may finally have opened the pod bay doors for more Chinese science-fiction films. - South China Morning Post EDIT
Read More | Posted Feb 28, 2019
3/5 No Score Yet Fall In Love At First Kiss (2019) Jelly Lin, the breakout star of Stephen Chow's 2016 holiday hit Mermaid, once again taps into the self-deprecating goofiness that worked so well in that film. - South China Morning Post EDIT
Read More | Posted Feb 27, 2019
3.5/5 71% Kursk (2019) Thomas Vinterberg adapts one of the more controversial accounts of the tragedy, but strikes an even keel between humanising the doomed seamen and demonising the high command who left them to die. - South China Morning Post EDIT
Read More | Posted Feb 20, 2019
2/5 No Score Yet We Make Antiques! (Uso happyaku) (2018) Take encourages his audience to show a greater appreciation for the artistry on display, but the persistent cons and double crossing ultimately prove a tiresome distraction. - South China Morning Post EDIT
Read More | Posted Jan 24, 2019
1/5 No Score Yet Take Point (2018) From the convoluted set-up to its preposterous finale, Kim Byung-woo's political action thriller defies logic and comprehension at every turn. - South China Morning Post EDIT
Read More | Posted Jan 22, 2019
4/5 92% Shadow (2019) A visually ravishing tale of intrigue and deception that stands proudly alongside [Zhang's] past triumphs Hero and House of Flying Daggers. - South China Morning Post EDIT
Read More | Posted Jan 17, 2019
2.5/5 67% Default (Gukgabudo-ui Nal) (2018) Default opts to play things straight, zeroing in on the high-level corruption and plight of the common man with stone-faced sincerity. - South China Morning Post EDIT
Read More | Posted Jan 15, 2019
2.5/5 No Score Yet Ten Years Taiwan (2018) The strong messaging occasionally suffers from less than proficient filmmaking. - South China Morning Post EDIT
Read More | Posted Jan 14, 2019
3.5/5 No Score Yet Every Day a Good Day (Nichinichi Kore Kôjitsu) (2018) Every Day a Good Day portrays the tea ceremony as a women's refuge, an immaculate sanctuary of calm and composure. - South China Morning Post EDIT
Read More | Posted Jan 8, 2019
2/5 67% Swing Kids (2018) An ill-fitting hodgepodge of half-baked ideas and unrealised potential. - South China Morning Post EDIT
Read More | Posted Jan 1, 2019
2.5/5 80% At Eternity's Gate (2018) Dafoe crackles with an electric instability ... but the film itself presents no new information, nor offers any particularly fresh interpretation of Van Gogh or his work. - South China Morning Post EDIT
Read More | Posted Jan 1, 2019
2/5 13% Life Itself (2018) The all-too-tidy web by which Fogelman's ensemble of characters interconnect plays as hackneyed and contrived. - South China Morning Post EDIT
Read More | Posted Dec 5, 2018
3/5 No Score Yet Ten Years Thailand (2018) Ten Years Thailand sees [four] local filmmakers ... consider the future of their country, tackling issues ranging from censorship and diversity, to indoctrination and the environment. - South China Morning Post EDIT
Read More | Posted Dec 3, 2018
3/5 83% Last Letter (2018) Iwai retains his delicate, unhurried style while also shoring up some distinctly Chinese ideals in Last Letter. - South China Morning Post EDIT
Read More | Posted Nov 29, 2018
2/5 No Score Yet More Than Blue (2018) Yet another frustrating melodrama in which the protagonist implausibly keeps their terminal illness hidden from their loved ones. - South China Morning Post EDIT
Read More | Posted Nov 28, 2018
2/5 15% Robin Hood (2018) The competent cast is rendered powerless by a film that refuses to embrace its own inherent campiness. - South China Morning Post EDIT
Read More | Posted Nov 27, 2018
2/5 68% Asako I & II (Netemo sametemo) (2019) Asako I & II perpetually teases at becoming a more insightful meditation on romance and relationships, only for the script to undercut any mounting drama time and again. - South China Morning Post EDIT
Read More | Posted Nov 20, 2018
3/5 No Score Yet Sunny: Tsuyoi Kimochi Tsuyoi Ai (2018) Audiences of a certain age will be swept up by the music, fashion and overall rose-tinted infatuation of that '90s heyday, and for them at least, Sunny will trigger laughter and tears aplenty. - South China Morning Post EDIT
Read More | Posted Nov 20, 2018
4/5 100% Ten Years Japan (2018) Ten Years Japan presents a visually lush collection of cautionary tales that collect the simmering apprehensions and fears of a generation. - South China Morning Post EDIT
Read More | Posted Nov 18, 2018
3/5 67% The Cured (2018) Page, also credited as a producer, is largely pushed to the sidelines, but the shifting power dynamics between Keeley and a menacing Vaughan-Lawlor effectively elevate the material. - South China Morning Post EDIT
Read More | Posted Nov 13, 2018
3.5/5 80% Overlord (2018) Injecting a classic men-on-a-mission adventure with a viscous cocktail of Cronenbergian body horror, Overlord is reanimated, revisionist history at its blood-soaked best. - South China Morning Post EDIT
Read More | Posted Nov 5, 2018
3/5 61% Bohemian Rhapsody (2018) Bohemian Rhapsody is determined to remain an upbeat crowd-pleaser throughout, despite what history tells us. - South China Morning Post EDIT
Read More | Posted Nov 2, 2018
4/5 83% The Quake (Skjelvet) (2018) Blending big-budget disaster-movie thrills with an emotionally grounded story about family and fear, The Quake proves every bit as gripping and visually spectacular as its predecessor. - South China Morning Post EDIT
Read More | Posted Oct 31, 2018
2.5/5 64% Rampant (2018) While slick and polished, Rampant feels reluctant to commit fully to the intriguing originality of its premise. It excels neither as a zombie film, nor a throne-room drama. - South China Morning Post EDIT
Read More | Posted Oct 29, 2018
2.5/5 80% Halloween (2018) Peppered with supporting characters who prove little more than fodder for Myers' rampage, the film is intermittently smart and witty, but rarely frightening. - South China Morning Post EDIT
Read More | Posted Oct 24, 2018
3/5 95% 12 Days (12 Jours) (2018) 12 Days ends with a lingering shot of a tree-lined street enveloped in thick fog. It's an obvious yet effective metaphor ... for the patients' mental conditions. - South China Morning Post EDIT
Read More | Posted Oct 24, 2018
2/5 No Score Yet Café Funiculi Funicula (2018) The first feature from TV director Ayuko Tsukahara, Cafe Funiculi Funicula retains a televisual feel thanks to its episodic structure and limited use of locations. - South China Morning Post EDIT
Read More | Posted Oct 20, 2018
4/5 100% One Cut of the Dead (Kamera o tomeru na!) (2017) Shinichiro Ueda's innovative horror comedy proves there is still nourishment to be sucked from the zombie genre, if it's seasoned with a little heart and brains. - South China Morning Post EDIT
Read More | Posted Oct 20, 2018
5/5 87% First Man (2018) Ryan Gosling is perfectly cast ... but it's the film's impeccable balance of visceral heroics and tender family drama that makes First Man one of the year's best films. - South China Morning Post EDIT
Read More | Posted Oct 8, 2018
2/5 No Score Yet Monstrum (2018) Huh's impatience to unveil his CG creation squanders any opportunity to build tension or palpable fear over the beast's existence. - South China Morning Post EDIT
Read More | Posted Oct 2, 2018
1/5 55% Bel Canto (2018) Not only is Bel Canto a bad film, but Moore is undeniably terrible in it. - South China Morning Post EDIT
Read More | Posted Sep 25, 2018
2.5/5 60% The Extraordinary Journey of the Fakir (2018) Where Puertolas' novel humanised immigrants and asylum seekers, the film too often falls back on broad racial archetypes. - South China Morning Post EDIT
Read More | Posted Sep 25, 2018
1/5 No Score Yet Forever Young (2018) Despite an all-star Chinese cast, writer-director Li Fangfang's ode to Tsinghua University graduates is a lumbering and sluggish ordeal that yields little reward for audiences. - South China Morning Post EDIT
Read More | Posted Sep 20, 2018
2/5 32% The Predator (2018) The Predator is just too damn stupid to survive. - South China Morning Post EDIT
Read More | Posted Sep 17, 2018
3.5/5 72% The Children Act (2018) The impeccable performances ultimately steer The Children Act to a compelling climax. - South China Morning Post EDIT
Read More | Posted Sep 17, 2018
100% Everything or Nothing (2012) Accept no substitutes, Everything of Nothing is the only Bond documentary you will ever need. - ScreenAnarchy EDIT
Read More | Posted Sep 17, 2018
4/5 89% Hereditary (2018) Hereditary terrifies from its first unnerving moments to its bombastic, nerve-shredding finale. This is by far the most affecting and effective horror film of the year. - South China Morning Post EDIT
Read More | Posted Sep 6, 2018
3.5/5 67% Hidden Man (2018) Jiang's complex interweaving narratives recall the best Hollywood crime thrillers. - South China Morning Post EDIT
Read More | Posted Sep 6, 2018
3.5/5 100% The Spy Gone North (2018) Thankfully these moments are countered by some expertly executed sequences of high-stakes espionage, balancing the film's even-handed politics with similarly assured thrills. - South China Morning Post EDIT
Read More | Posted Sep 5, 2018
3.5/5 75% Hindi Medium (2017) The lively musical numbers, broad humour and playful performances ensure that the lecturing remains an extracurricular activity. - South China Morning Post EDIT
Read More | Posted Sep 2, 2018
3/5 79% Believer (2018) Lee's film is slickly executed and packed with larger-than-life performances that, together, conjure a lurid and gleefully amoral world of crime and corruption. - South China Morning Post EDIT
Read More | Posted Sep 2, 2018
2/5 No Score Yet Sakura Guardian in the North (Kita no sakuramori) (2018) The film meanders through a lifetime of inconsequential vignettes, and much like its central character, grasps hopelessly at the fading memories of former glories. - South China Morning Post EDIT
Read More | Posted Aug 22, 2018
2/5 50% Along with the Gods: The Last 49 Days (Singwa hamkke: Ingwa yeon) (2018) Whereas the original was magical and engrossing, its follow-up is at times a thunderous slog. - South China Morning Post EDIT
Read More | Posted Aug 9, 2018