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James Mottram

James Mottram

Agrees with the Tomatometer 77% of the time.

James Mottram's reviews only count toward the Tomatometer when published at the following Tomatometer-approved publication(s): Film4, Filmstar Magazine, South China Morning Post, The List, The National (UAE), Time Out, Total Film

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Rating T-Meter Title | Year Review
4/5 87% Born To Be Blue (2016) "The result is a cool, crucial indie of the sort that now feels all too rare. " ‐ The List
Posted Jul 28, 2016
2/5 12% Ice Age: Collision Course (2016) "A knockabout adventure that has all the zaniness of a Looney Tunes cartoon and none of the charm. " ‐ South China Morning Post
Posted Jul 25, 2016
3/5 73% Ghostbusters (2016) "This oestrogen-packed incarnation of New York's finest ghost hunters turns out to be an affectionate homage to the 1984 original, never straying too far from its source. " ‐ South China Morning Post
Posted Jul 19, 2016
4/5 83% Star Trek Beyond (2016) "A hugely enjoyable romp. Alien hordes, Enterprise annihilation, ass-kicking females, emotional goodbyes ... this one has it all. " ‐ South China Morning Post
Posted Jul 17, 2016
4/5 100% Fire at Sea (Fuocoammare) "Never preaching, Rosi leaves it for us to soak up these revelations. The result is sometimes wayward but peppered with images that sear the brain. " ‐ South China Morning Post
Posted Jul 4, 2016
4/5 95% Eye In The Sky (2016) "This tale is intriguingly structured and expertly executed, and wholeheartedly embraces the moral complexities of one of the most divisive issues of modern military combat. " ‐ South China Morning Post
Posted Jun 28, 2016
4/5 91% The Handmaiden (Ah-ga-ssi) (2016) "Billed by some as a lurid lesbian potboiler when it premiered in Cannes, The Handmaiden is much more lavish than this reductive description suggests. " ‐ South China Morning Post
Posted Jun 28, 2016
4/5 74% The Secret Life of Pets (2016) "From cats squeezing themselves into random receptacles to dogs chasing aimless balls, the delight of Pets is in the YouTube-inspired detail. " ‐ South China Morning Post
Posted Jun 26, 2016
2/5 32% Independence Day: Resurgence (2016) "Crucially, Resurgence lacks the heart-pounding tension of the original. The first film, after all, showed we could beat the aliens. There isn't much here to suggest we won't do it again. " ‐ South China Morning Post
Posted Jun 21, 2016
4/5 89% A Bigger Splash (2016) "Luca Guadagnino is expert at conjuring a pungent, sexually decadent atmosphere - a ringmaster in full control of his circus. " ‐ South China Morning Post
Posted Jun 14, 2016
3/5 80% The Conjuring 2 (2016) "The script lacks the religious or philosophical depth [of The Exorcist]. But there's nerve-tingling tension aplenty, expertly choreographed by Wan, right up until the grand cliffhanger finale. " ‐ South China Morning Post
Posted Jun 8, 2016
2/5 29% Warcraft (2016) "Warcraft: The Beginning is less a complex immersive digital experience than a simplified sub-Lord of the Rings tale, pitching humans against a race of Orcs. " ‐ South China Morning Post
Posted Jun 5, 2016
3/5 59% Me Before You (2016) "It's hard to hold back the tears for a story that has the courage of its convictions. " ‐ The List
Posted May 31, 2016
4/5 91% The Nice Guys (2016) "For a knockabout farce, The Nice Guys scores high on the charts. " ‐ Total Film
Posted May 31, 2016
2/5 39% Teenage Mutant Ninja Turtles: Out of the Shadows (2016) "This second live-action film [is] a blend of kinetic violence, bizarre aliens and actors the calibre of Laura Linney wondering what on earth they've got themselves into. " ‐ South China Morning Post
Posted May 30, 2016
4/5 30% Alice Through the Looking Glass (2016) "Here's a rarity: a summer sequel that's far better than its predecessor. " ‐ The List
Posted May 23, 2016
4/5 75% My King (Mon roi) (2016) "Mon Roi feasts on an energy that lifts it above the usual boy-meets-girl tale. ... For Maïwenn, injecting real urgency into an age-old subject, it's a real feather in her cap. " ‐ South China Morning Post
Posted May 17, 2016
3/5 69% A Hologram for the King (2016) "If you're looking for an adult maturation story, told with real panache, you could do a whole lot worse. " ‐ The List
Posted May 16, 2016
97% Heart of a Dog (2015) "It's a melancholic delight. " ‐ The List
Posted May 16, 2016
3.5/5 90% The Lobster (2016) "Darkly funny, it's a perfect example of world-building. ... Set in a dystopian near future, it's the ultimate Bridget Jones nightmare: singletons are being singled out. " ‐ South China Morning Post
Posted May 11, 2016
4/5 87% Everybody Wants Some!! (2016) "Some will balk at the macho sexism that runs rife, but Linklater perfectly captures the lust for life that accompanies those early college days. It's magical. " ‐ The List
Posted May 9, 2016
3/5 70% Our Kind of Traitor (2016) "This is contemporary - not Cold War - le Carré, but no less compelling for that. " ‐ The List
Posted May 9, 2016
4/5 91% Mia Madre (2016) "Nanni Moretti returns with ... one of the most quietly personal films of his distinguished career. ... By the end, you won't know whether your tears are those of laughter or of sorrow. " ‐ South China Morning Post
Posted May 4, 2016
4/5 61% Race (2016) "As a way of melding sport and politics, biopic and historical document, Race is an impressive achievement - and one to be savoured. " ‐ South China Morning Post
Posted May 1, 2016
4/5 98% Mustang (2015) "The story of five orphaned sisters as they teeter on the brink of adulthood, Mustang is a tale pregnant with conflict and one that, despite its languid, naturalistic style, bristles with tension. " ‐ South China Morning Post
Posted Apr 26, 2016
4/5 90% Captain America: Civil War (2016) "Unlike Avengers: Age of Ultron, this is leaner and more low-key. Captain America: Civil War is less about citywide destruction or alien hordes being repelled than it is mistrust and internal divisions. " ‐ South China Morning Post
Posted Apr 23, 2016
2.5/5 48% Hardcore Henry (2016) "He fights, he stabs, he shoots, he gouges ... there isn't a means of murder Henry doesn't try in this excessive orgy of Looney Tunes cartoon violence. " ‐ South China Morning Post
Posted Apr 19, 2016
2.5/5 61% The Dressmaker (2016) "With Myrtle inexplicably running up haute couture outfits for the locals as part of her unclear scheme, the film is as superficial as a catwalk parade. " ‐ South China Morning Post
Posted Apr 18, 2016
4/5 96% Marguerite (2016) "Frot is particularly telling in what might also be called Marguerite's last act - her voice both heartfelt and horrendous as comedy gives way to tragedy. The result is quietly heartbreaking. " ‐ South China Morning Post
Posted Apr 18, 2016
3/5 51% Bastille Day "Never mind Elba, this might be Watkins' 007 calling card. " ‐ The List
Posted Apr 18, 2016
4/5 94% The Jungle Book (2016) "Boasting stunning photorealistic CGI, the 3-D visual effects are nothing short of incredible. Right down to the droplets of water nestling in the animals' fur, every detail is perfect. " ‐ The National (UAE)
Posted Apr 14, 2016
3/5 53% Demolition (2016) "Credit Vallée - one of the best actors' directors working in Hollywood - for going out on a limb here, depicting the unusual ways inner turmoil can manifest itself. " ‐ South China Morning Post
Posted Apr 11, 2016
95% Eye In The Sky (2016) "Mirren and Rickman are outstanding, and Hood complements them by juggling theme and pace with aplomb. The result is as thought-provoking as it is nerve-shredding. " ‐ The List
Posted Apr 11, 2016
4/5 60% Life (2015) "DeHaan captures Dean's essence impressively, while Pattinson delivers his best work since David Cronenberg's Cosmopolis. " ‐ South China Morning Post
Posted Apr 11, 2016
1/5 31% Criminal (2016) "Nothing short of an unmitigated disaster. " ‐ The List
Posted Apr 11, 2016
5/5 92% Anomalisa (2015) "It's a film therapists could spend years analysing on the couch. [Kaufman] has, once again, succinctly captured that very modern problem of how we live. Sheer genius. " ‐ South China Morning Post
Posted Apr 6, 2016
4/5 73% Youth (2015) "This being Sorrentino, the film has an almost symphonic feel; images and music are perfectly choreographed. ... It's a perfect cinematic cocktail -- dizzying and dazzling. " ‐ South China Morning Post
Posted Apr 6, 2016
4/5 97% Brooklyn (2015) "Brooklyn is an old-fashioned, beautifully measured story about family, independence and the pain of separation. " ‐ South China Morning Post
Posted Apr 6, 2016
4/5 94% Room (2015) "Abrahamson is never less than sensitive in his handling, never close to exploitation. It's a tough film, not easy to watch but equally hard to take your eyes off. " ‐ South China Morning Post
Posted Apr 6, 2016
3/5 69% Miss You Already (2015) "By the end, even the hardest of hearts will find it difficult to hold back the tears. " ‐ South China Morning Post
Posted Apr 6, 2016
3/5 23% Zoolander 2 (2016) "It's always a pleasure to see Stiller and Wilson inhabit these characters, goofing off with guest stars that range from Sting to Marc Jacobs. " ‐ South China Morning Post
Posted Apr 6, 2016
3/5 68% The Danish Girl (2015) "Vikander ... brings real empathy to her role as Gerda -- a woman who supports Lili through her traumatic and painful journey. " ‐ South China Morning Post
Posted Apr 6, 2016
4.5/5 96% Spotlight (2015) "Forensically written and directed with restraint, it's a film of huge social importance -- never sensationalistic, always spot on. " ‐ South China Morning Post
Posted Apr 6, 2016
4/5 94% Carol (2015) "The torment is captured well enough in the faces of the actors, their characters locked inside an indifferent, inhospitable world. " ‐ South China Morning Post
Posted Apr 6, 2016
4/5 88% The Big Short (2015) "It's a fine feat of screenwriting, particularly given its 'heroes' are bankers about to get rich on public misery. ... This is one Hollywood film that doesn't come up short. " ‐ South China Morning Post
Posted Apr 6, 2016
2/5 11% Dirty Grandpa (2016) "Keen to follow the Judd Apatow formula -- crude gags plus big-hearted sentiment -- Dirty Grandpa winds up losing the courage of its gross-out convictions. Offensive in all the wrong ways. " ‐ South China Morning Post
Posted Apr 6, 2016
4/5 86% Steve Jobs (2015) "Revitalising the tired notion of a biopic, this three-act miracle is unquestionably the best-written movie of the past year. " ‐ South China Morning Post
Posted Apr 6, 2016
4/5 89% Dheepan (2016) "Comparisons to Martin Scorsese's Taxi Driver are obvious but valid: the shocking finale will leave you stunned. " ‐ South China Morning Post
Posted Apr 6, 2016
3/5 61% Joy (2015) "It's just another likeable Russell-Lawrence knockabout. " ‐ South China Morning Post
Posted Apr 6, 2016
3/5 95% The Little Prince (2016) "Even if the kids are left wanting more, purists will doubtless be pleased with Mark Osborne's reverential take on Antoine de Saint-Exupery's 1943 tale. " ‐ South China Morning Post
Posted Apr 6, 2016
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