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James Mottram

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

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Rating T-Meter Title | Year Review
4/5 82% T2 Trainspotting (2017) Far from destroying its predecessor's legacy, T2 builds on it with characters that are older, sadder and definitely not wiser. Heroin chic is making a comeback. ‐ The List
Posted Jan 23, 2017
4/5 86% Christine (2016) It's Rebecca Hall that arguably deserves the greatest praise; she practically devours her role in a way she's rarely, if ever, been allowed to do on screen before. ‐ Total Film
Posted Jan 23, 2017
4/5 65% Danny Says (2016) Muso heaven. ‐ Total Film
Posted Jan 23, 2017
4/5 81% The Founder (2017) You will never look at a Big Mac quite the same way again. ‐ The National (UAE)
Posted Jan 20, 2017
2/5 42% xXx: Return of Xander Cage (2017) [A] chaotic, stunt-heavy and decidedly silly reprise of the action franchise MIA since 2005. ‐ South China Morning Post
Posted Jan 19, 2017
4/5 75% Split (2017) It's a sensational performance (or performances) from McAvoy, switching between many of these oddballs as they struggle to become the dominant force inside their host. ‐ South China Morning Post
Posted Jan 16, 2017
2/5 No Score Yet Slack Bay (2016) You might call it Cannibal Holocaust meets Jacques Tati, though really most descriptions don't get to grips with Slack Bay, a period crime caper with outré performances and bizarre humour. ‐ South China Morning Post
Posted Jan 10, 2017
3.5/5 60% Desierto (2016) Desierto is a brutal, relentless and pared-back survival thriller bursting with primal energy. ‐ South China Morning Post
Posted Jan 9, 2017
4/5 82% Les Cowboys (2016) Less a treatise on extremism than an exploration of western fears and prejudices, this is potent and provocative - and packs a skin-prickling finale. ‐ Total Film
Posted Jan 3, 2017
3/5 57% Poor Cow (1967) As a portrait of a struggling mum it's spot-on. ‐ Total Film
Posted Jan 3, 2017
4/5 76% Keanu (2016) Side-splitting stuff from Key and Peele, and little Keanu's a star. But the finale is by no means purr-fect. ‐ Total Film
Posted Jan 2, 2017
1/5 No Score Yet Breaking the Bank (2014) It's a flat farce, offering cheap gags about erectile dysfunction and trouser-swapping. The Big Short proved humour could make economics accessible, but this is tasteless. ‐ Total Film
Posted Jan 2, 2017
2/5 0% Cabin Fever (2016) Amid all the screaming adolescents and mangy dogs, there's little sense why we needed a remake. Surely the target demographic is capable of tracking the original down? ‐ Total Film
Posted Jan 2, 2017
2/5 9% God's Not Dead 2 (2016) Its core values are undermined by some amateur-hour acting, poor production values, and director Harold Cronk ensures it's all as subtle as being whacked over the head with a King James Bible. ‐ Total Film
Posted Jan 2, 2017
4/5 86% Heaven Knows What (2015) The Safdies pull off this episodic plunge into a scuzz-nik world with brash, bracing immediacy: but it's Holmes' innate charisma that keeps you there. ‐ Total Film
Posted Jan 2, 2017
3/5 32% Desert Dancer (2015) With robotic depictions of Iran's 'morality police', the political subtext is strictly one-dimensional. But with ace choreographer Akram Khan on board, the dancing is powerful. ‐ Total Film
Posted Jan 2, 2017
3/5 73% Miles Ahead (2016) Meandering like a jazz riff, Miles Ahead is a curio that doesn't quite come off. But credit Cheadle, both in front and behind camera, for refusing to play the easy notes. ‐ Total Film
Posted Jan 2, 2017
4/5 66% Nasty Baby (2015) Veering off in a totally unexpected direction, it features a key role played by House Of Cards' Reg E. Cathey as a local crazy... but to say more would ruin the pleasures this barbed comedy has to offer. ‐ Total Film
Posted Jan 2, 2017
3/5 79% Time Out Of Mind (2015) A tough watch, sluggishly paced, but youll be fighting off the tears by the end. ‐ Total Film
Posted Jan 2, 2017
3/5 62% Truth (2015) Cumbersomely scripted and scored ... about as subtle as a Sun headline. ‐ Total Film
Posted Jan 2, 2017
4/5 100% The Propaganda Game (2015) Endlessly intriguing. ‐ Total Film
Posted Jan 2, 2017
4/5 81% The Assassin (2015) Hou puts the art in martial arts with this ravishing but strangely authentic actioner. Some will baulk at the pacing and plotting, but this needs to be seen. ‐ Total Film
Posted Jan 2, 2017
3/5 92% Queen of Earth (2015) Both actresses are fantastic, yet the film suffocates, over-egging the pudding in the final act. ‐ Total Film
Posted Jan 2, 2017
4/5 79% The Commune (Kollektivet) (2015) The resulting drama offers a great showcase for Dyrholm, whose slide towards instability is the film's core. ‐ Total Film
Posted Jan 1, 2017
4/5 77% Wiener-Dog (2016) Spot-on Solondz, full of his trademark bite and bile. Dog lovers beware, though: this one's not for you. ‐ Total Film
Posted Jan 1, 2017
3/5 72% Valley Of Love (2016) For all its undoubted curiosity value, this Valley runs dry too quickly. ‐ Total Film
Posted Jan 1, 2017
3/5 33% Kids in Love (2016) Messy for sure, and the boho backdrop will alienate/irritate, but Foggin adeptly captures the flush of first love. ‐ Total Film
Posted Jan 1, 2017
3/5 28% Mechanic: Resurrection (2016) Enjoyable enough but no more, please. ‐ Total Film
Posted Jan 1, 2017
3.5/5 75% A Street Cat Named Bob (2016) Depending on your feeling towards felines, this is the sort of film that you'll either find dangerously mawkish or utterly charming. ‐ South China Morning Post
Posted Jan 1, 2017
3/5 13% Despite The Falling Snow (2016) While it struggles to find rhythm, you can't fault Sarif's ambitions. ‐ Total Film
Posted Dec 30, 2016
4/5 59% Eisenstein In Guanajuato (2016) Beautiful and bold, rebellious and riotous, its sexual frankness puts E.L. James in the shade. ‐ Total Film
Posted Dec 30, 2016
4/5 81% The Daughter (2017) Subtle and skilled, this simmers for long periods until its highly satisfying finale. ‐ Total Film
Posted Dec 30, 2016
4/5 100% El Sur (The South) (1988) Artfully made, tender and touching. ‐ Total Film
Posted Dec 28, 2016
4/5 100% Sour Grapes (2016) The result is a sparkling, cheeky delight. ‐ Total Film
Posted Dec 28, 2016
4/5 90% The Clan (El Clan) (2016) It's an increasingly bizarre story, but Trapero keeps you engrossed with a well-crafted script and terrific performances. ‐ Total Film
Posted Dec 28, 2016
5/5 83% The Man Who Fell to Earth (1976) Conveying a (sur) real sense of what sex, religion and TV would look like through alien eyes, it's ambitious, artful and unique. ‐ Total Film
Posted Dec 28, 2016
4/5 88% The Blue Room (2014) Amalric jigsaws the pieces, conjuring a taut, tense air of Chabrol as he does. ‐ Total Film
Posted Dec 28, 2016
3/5 31% Mojave (2016) Monahan adeptly captures an air of faded, stinking decadence -- but after an unforeseen murder, the third act never really materialises. ‐ Total Film
Posted Dec 28, 2016
2/5 30% My Big Fat Greek Wedding 2 (2016) With the original cast back, and Vardalos scripting again, it doesn't stray far from the 'overbearing family' formula that dominated the original. ‐ Total Film
Posted Dec 28, 2016
4/5 40% Why Him? (2016) A smart gen-gap tale with loveable characters. ‐ Total Film
Posted Dec 27, 2016
4/5 56% Jason Bourne (2016) Jason Bourne is a superior summer blockbuster -- bursting with brawn and brains. ‐ The National (UAE)
Posted Dec 20, 2016
2/5 36% The Legend of Tarzan (2016) Maybe it's churlish to be so harsh about what is, after all, a jungle fantasy. But with such a surfeit CGI, the film is more hollow than heroic. ‐ The National (UAE)
Posted Dec 20, 2016
3/5 51% Genius (2016) Any film that takes literature this seriously deserves some credit. ‐ The National (UAE)
Posted Dec 20, 2016
2.5/5 17% Assassin's Creed (2016) The back story, with the pursuit of the Apple, is vague and frustrating; the back-and-forth between present and past hampers the film's fluidity; and the characterisation is weak. ‐ South China Morning Post
Posted Dec 19, 2016
2/5 31% Passengers (2016) Space travel has never seemed so soporific as it does in Passengers, Morten Tyldum's slick but empty vessel of a movie. ‐ South China Morning Post
Posted Dec 19, 2016
4/5 71% Sing (2016) Avoiding the usual schmaltz that accompanies most modern-day cartoons, Sing is funny, warm and touching. And you'll definitely want to burst into song. ‐ South China Morning Post
Posted Dec 19, 2016
3/5 90% Uncle Howard (2016) Brookner captures his uncle's unique spirit and courage. ‐ Total Film
Posted Dec 14, 2016
4/5 85% Rogue One: A Star Wars Story (2016) While the principal characters are new, Edwards ensures there are enough significant nods to the Star Wars universe to enchant fans. ‐ South China Morning Post
Posted Dec 13, 2016
3/5 70% Café Society (2016) Fortunately, even in its most insipid moments, Café Society is gorgeous to look at. ‐ The National (UAE)
Posted Dec 13, 2016
4/5 97% Hunt for the Wilderpeople (2016) Hunt for the Wilderpeople might just be Waititi's most triumphant moment to date. ‐ The National (UAE)
Posted Dec 12, 2016