James Marsh

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

Movie Reviews Only

T-Meter Title | Year
2.5/5 No Score Yet My People, My Country (2019) Under the stewardship of director Chen Kaige, everything from the detonation of China's first atomic bomb to the Shenzhou-11 spacecraft landing is milked for all its patriotic glory. - South China Morning Post EDIT
Read More | Posted Oct 1, 2019
4/5 99% Knives Out (2019) Knives Out works so well because Rian Johnson knows the clichés and tropes of this particular kind of murder mystery inside out, and understands that his audience knows them too. - South China Morning Post EDIT
Read More | Posted Sep 30, 2019
2.5/5 25% Sadako (2019) The balance between old world and new media is awkward and only intermittently successful, but nevertheless drags this lurching, wayward franchise back in the right direction. - South China Morning Post EDIT
Read More | Posted Sep 25, 2019
4/5 77% Jojo Rabbit (2019) Waititi's award-winning adaptation of Christine Leunens' novel Caging Skies is by turns hilarious, horrifying and ultimately heartbreaking. - South China Morning Post EDIT
Read More | Posted Sep 23, 2019
2.5/5 83% Exit (2019) Audiences will have to decide very early on whether to willingly disregard logic and just go with it, or strap in for an exasperating couple of hours. - South China Morning Post EDIT
Read More | Posted Sep 2, 2019
2.5/5 39% Angel Has Fallen (2019) No frills, but not without thrills, Angel Has Fallen is the literal manifestation of Friday night fluff, and that's just fine for its target audience. - South China Morning Post EDIT
Read More | Posted Aug 22, 2019
2/5 60% A Rainy Day in New York (2019) Allen appears to have looked no further than The Catcher in the Rye or MAD Magazine to get a handle on how young people behave, and the results are excruciatingly stilted and phoney. - South China Morning Post EDIT
Read More | Posted Aug 17, 2019
2/5 38% The Divine Fury (2019) A few shadowy ghouls and moments of visual trickery aside, The Divine Fury fails to deliver the scares one would expect from a film dealing with exorcisms. - South China Morning Post EDIT
Read More | Posted Aug 14, 2019
4/5 89% The Third Wife (2019) Nguyen is entrancing in the title role, carrying the full weight of the production on her slight shoulders, as she evolves from naive waif to erudite young mother before our eyes. - South China Morning Post EDIT
Read More | Posted Aug 13, 2019
3.5/5 80% The Odd Family: Zombie on Sale (2019) The film's flagrant disregard for logic in the name of gleeful entertainment is part of its charm. - South China Morning Post EDIT
Read More | Posted Aug 6, 2019
3.5/5 100% Weathering with You (2020) The dazzling animation in Weathering With You again combines almost photorealistic scenery and backgrounds with dazzling splashes of light and colour. - South China Morning Post EDIT
Read More | Posted Aug 6, 2019
3/5 96% Yuli (2018) Ballet fans will be richly rewarded, both by Maria Rovira's emotionally charged choreography, and the archival footage of Acosta's early pivotal performances. - South China Morning Post EDIT
Read More | Posted Jul 31, 2019
3/5 No Score Yet A Long Goodbye (2019) A Long Goodbye presents a sentimental, if not wholly sympathetic, picture of familial responsibilities, and the sacrifices we make for those who made us. - South China Morning Post EDIT
Read More | Posted Jul 3, 2019
2.5/5 28% UglyDolls (2019) Ironically, the film's biggest flaw is a lack of unique imperfections to make it special. - South China Morning Post EDIT
Read More | Posted Jun 25, 2019
3/5 68% Stockholm (2019) The film unfolds as a baffling screwball comedy, and recalls classic heist films such as Dog Day Afternoon, even as it persistently subverts our expectations. - South China Morning Post EDIT
Read More | Posted Jun 18, 2019
3/5 86% Ramen Shop (Ramen teh) (2019) Khoo's film is a lip-smacking home-cooked food tour. - South China Morning Post EDIT
Read More | Posted Jun 11, 2019
2.5/5 23% Dark Phoenix (2019) The lacklustre snoozefest that was X-Men: Apocalypse would have been a sour note upon which to end the franchise, but Dark Phoenix is only marginally better. - South China Morning Post EDIT
Read More | Posted Jun 6, 2019
3.5/5 80% Birthday (Saeng-il) (2019) A story about grief, loss and guilt, and the overwhelming sense of helplessness that threatens to consume those touched by death. - South China Morning Post EDIT
Read More | Posted May 28, 2019
1.5/5 57% Brightburn (2019) With all the kinetic dynamism of a soggy beach towel, Brightburn squanders a potentially intriguing premise in a hastily dashed off series of clichés and half-baked ideas. - South China Morning Post EDIT
Read More | Posted May 23, 2019
3/5 No Score Yet Krasue: Inhuman Kiss (2019) While its subject matter is firmly rooted in traditional Thai mythology, the film does play with the rules, introducing new elements ... that keep the story fresh and interesting. - South China Morning Post EDIT
Read More | Posted May 13, 2019
1/5 14% The Hustle (2019) The Hustle is an exhausting, humourless slog that will leave you feeling robbed. - South China Morning Post EDIT
Read More | Posted May 8, 2019
3.5/5 94% Mard Ko Dard Nahi Hota (2019) The Man Who Feels No Pain instils nothing but giddy joy in its audience, and announces the arrival of an impressive new action talent. - South China Morning Post EDIT
Read More | Posted May 1, 2019
5/5 94% 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 29% 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 86% 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 75% 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 69% The Command (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 95% 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 75% 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 63% 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 14% 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 75% 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 68% 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 81% 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