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 Digital Spy SFX Magazine Filmstar Magazine The National (UAE) The List South China Morning Post

Movie Reviews Only

T-Meter Title | Year
4.5/5 97% The Suicide Squad (2021) Gunn's relentlessly entertaining film just doesn't stop moving. - South China Morning Post EDIT
Read More | Posted Jul 28, 2021
3.5/5 50% Old (2021) That's what you get with Shyamalan: the unforgettable mixed with the mundane. - South China Morning Post EDIT
Read More | Posted Jul 27, 2021
3.5/5 64% Jungle Cruise (2021) Jungle Cruise is a summer ride that will have you yearning for a theme park day-out once more. - South China Morning Post EDIT
Read More | Posted Jul 27, 2021
3/5 95% Memoria (2021) In the first film he has shot outside his native Thailand, Apichatpong makes fine use of the Colombian landscape and Amazonian mythology to build his story. - South China Morning Post EDIT
Read More | Posted Jul 15, 2021
4/5 100% A Hero (2021) Using the prison as a metaphor for Rahim's own impossible situation, this is an absorbing dissection of Iranian society. You'll come away enriched and with much to think about. - South China Morning Post EDIT
Read More | Posted Jul 15, 2021
3/5 100% The Year of the Everlasting Storm (2021) As is customary with portmanteau films, the overall result is mixed, but this blend of personal docs and narratives leaves something for most tastes. - South China Morning Post EDIT
Read More | Posted Jul 15, 2021
4/5 100% Drive My Car (2021) Holding his emotions in check quite superbly, [Nishijima] is a perfect vehicle for the film's subtle exploration of the debilitating forces that grief can unleash. - South China Morning Post EDIT
Read More | Posted Jul 15, 2021
4/5 86% The French Dispatch (2021) Even by Anderson's standards, this has to be the most ambitious film he's ever produced. - South China Morning Post EDIT
Read More | Posted Jul 12, 2021
2.5/5 29% The Lost Prince (Le prince oublié) (2020) The Lost Prince almost feels like the Hollywood movie [Michel Hazanavicius] never made. It's bright, colourful, expensive-looking and - sad to say - a tad predictable. - South China Morning Post EDIT
Read More | Posted Jun 30, 2021
4.5/5 81% Black Widow (2021) A fitting and often fabulous sign-off for one of the Avengers' most memorable heroes. - South China Morning Post EDIT
Read More | Posted Jun 29, 2021
3.5/5 91% Luca (2021) A hugely pleasurable film to spend time with; at times, it's as rejuvenating as luxuriating in the Mediterranean sunshine. - South China Morning Post EDIT
Read More | Posted Jun 16, 2021
3.5/5 25% The Hitman's Wife's Bodyguard (2021) As dumb and throwaway as it feels, it's a fun-filled improvement on the original - like an A-List Looney Tunes cartoon that revels in its own high-octane wham-bam violence. - South China Morning Post EDIT
Read More | Posted Jun 15, 2021
3/5 56% The Conjuring: The Devil Made Me Do It (2021) All the films in The Conjuring universe are snappily efficient, and this one is no different - with plenty of squirm-inducing, watch-from-behind-your-hands moments. - South China Morning Post EDIT
Read More | Posted Jun 2, 2021
4/5 95% In the Heights (2021) It's a riot of colour, music, wordplay and dance - a film that bursts with joy. - South China Morning Post EDIT
Read More | Posted Jun 2, 2021
3.5/5 74% Cruella (2021) Stone's transition from wide-eyed innocent to the beastly Cruella is not exactly subtle, but she's still fun to watch in pantomime mode. - South China Morning Post EDIT
Read More | Posted May 26, 2021
4/5 91% A Quiet Place Part II (2021) Krasinski, who has lost none of his talent for suspense, once again conjures a lean, mean thriller. - South China Morning Post EDIT
Read More | Posted May 18, 2021
3.5/5 67% Peter Rabbit 2: The Runaway (2021) It's all very silly, but much more charming than its predecessor. Even Beatrix Potter might approve. - South China Morning Post EDIT
Read More | Posted May 18, 2021
3/5 68% Army Of The Dead (2021) Army of the Dead is a thoroughly entertaining shoot 'em up. - South China Morning Post EDIT
Read More | Posted May 11, 2021
4/5 98% There Is No Evil (Sheytan vojud nadarad) (2020) Debating the death penalty is just part of a complex web spun by Rasoulof, who pointedly explores the psychological stain carrying out such orders can leave on a soul. - South China Morning Post EDIT
Read More | Posted Apr 27, 2021
3/5 90% Promising Young Woman (2020) It's a deceptively sly work, a study of victimhood and grief that isn't really a "rape revenge" film at all. - South China Morning Post EDIT
Read More | Posted Apr 20, 2021
4/5 98% The Father (2021) There's something deeply compassionate and humane at its core. It won't fail to move you. - South China Morning Post EDIT
Read More | Posted Apr 5, 2021
3/5 35% Six Minutes to Midnight (2021) Goddard does a fair job here of keeping the cogs turning and the tension brewing, albeit on a moderate budget which occasionally gets the better of the film. - South China Morning Post EDIT
Read More | Posted Mar 23, 2021
4/5 95% Wheel of Fortune and Fantasy (2021) Delicately written and deeply thought-provoking, Hamaguchi's anthology feels like it's been adapted from a novel, such is the exquisite nature of the characterisation. - South China Morning Post EDIT
Read More | Posted Mar 17, 2021
3/5 21% Stardust (2020) If you compare Stardust to Bohemian Rhapsody or Rocketman ... then this David Bowie drama is like a rare groove B-side. - South China Morning Post EDIT
Read More | Posted Mar 16, 2021
3/5 86% Introduction (2021) A character study and sly family portrait, the film doesn't really reveal its intentions until late on, with Hong deliberately sidestepping audience expectations. - South China Morning Post EDIT
Read More | Posted Mar 2, 2021
3.5/5 94% Raya and the Last Dragon (2021) Awkwafina's rat-a-tat-tat patter (something of an equivalent to Robin Williams' Genie in Aladdin) brings the story alive, adding another memorable character to the Disney canon. - South China Morning Post EDIT
Read More | Posted Mar 1, 2021
4/5 74% The World to Come (2020) Boasting fiercely committed performances, subtle direction and painterly design,The World to Come is brimful of passion and pain. - Total Film EDIT
Read More | Posted Feb 19, 2021
4/5 91% Enola Holmes (2020) With plenty of conspiracies and clue-solving in a brisk and engaging story, all cut to Daniel Pemberton's rousing score, it's a hugely entertaining romp that will bring out the sleuth in you. - Total Film EDIT
Read More | Posted Feb 14, 2021
4.5/5 75% The Mauritanian (2021) A long, exhausting but ultimately exhilarating watch, fleshed out with excellent performances and a director who offers a measured and absorbing account of Slahi's fate. - South China Morning Post EDIT
Read More | Posted Jan 14, 2021
4/5 88% News of the World (2020) What results is not a film that offers up too many surprises, but one that reveres and respects the western genre. - South China Morning Post EDIT
Read More | Posted Jan 11, 2021
4/5 59% Wonder Woman 1984 (2020) Wonder Woman 1984 again showcases just why Wonder Woman is the brightest spark in the recent DC movies. - South China Morning Post EDIT
Read More | Posted Dec 15, 2020
3/5 50% The Midnight Sky (2020) There are thrilling moments ... but the ensemble cast are all left a little underfed by the script. What results is something more solidly entertaining than spectacular. - South China Morning Post EDIT
Read More | Posted Dec 9, 2020
4/5 77% The Croods: A New Age (2020) Here's a good example of a sequel you probably didn't know you wanted, but now it's here you'll be rather pleased that it is. - South China Morning Post EDIT
Read More | Posted Dec 7, 2020
4/5 55% The Prom (2020) What The Prom does very well is lampoon actors for vanity and willingness to bandwagon-hop - albeit in an affectionate way that never feels spiteful. - South China Morning Post EDIT
Read More | Posted Dec 1, 2020
4/5 98% Ma Rainey's Black Bottom (2020) It's a combustible performance, full of anger and rage; even without his death, it would be right up there with the best of Boseman's career. - South China Morning Post EDIT
Read More | Posted Nov 21, 2020
3/5 77% Military Wives (2020) You won't be surprised one jot by the entirely predictable plotting or outcome ... But the mix of realism, song, humour and warmth still make this a touching experience. - South China Morning Post EDIT
Read More | Posted Nov 11, 2020
3.5/5 25% Hillbilly Elegy (2020) It's a terrifically captivating performance from Close, and one that - awards bait or not - more than merits her winning that long overdue Oscar. - South China Morning Post EDIT
Read More | Posted Nov 10, 2020
4.5/5 82% Mank (2020) For Fincher, Mank is a triumph - right alongside Fight Club and Zodiac as the best of his career. - South China Morning Post EDIT
Read More | Posted Nov 6, 2020
3/5 48% The Craft: Legacy (2020) The audience the new film is aimed at - teenage girls - should be spellbound. - South China Morning Post EDIT
Read More | Posted Oct 30, 2020
3.5/5 48% The Witches (2020) Dahl's own dark sensibilities are kept intact. Additionally, it's pleasing to see an unhinged Hathaway reunite with Tucci, all those years after The Devil Wears Prada. - South China Morning Post EDIT
Read More | Posted Oct 21, 2020
4.5/5 95% Soul (2020) A hugely inventive tale about living life to the full that never, ever feels saccharine. - South China Morning Post EDIT
Read More | Posted Oct 11, 2020
4/5 100% The Duke (2021) It's a gentle, old-fashioned tale of working-class rogues that's been perfectly engineered for a cosy night at the pictures. - iNews.co.uk EDIT
Read More | Posted Oct 6, 2020
4.5/5 89% The Trial of the Chicago 7 (2020) This is a powerful broadside from one of Hollywood's most talented writers that you won't want to miss. - South China Morning Post EDIT
Read More | Posted Sep 24, 2020
5/5 94% Nomadland (2021) Nomadland is every bit as powerful [as The Rider]: an ode to pioneer spirit and a lament for the communities and lives that were decimated after the financial recession of 2008. - South China Morning Post EDIT
Read More | Posted Sep 11, 2020
4/5 100% Wife of a Spy (Supai no tsuma) (2020) Wife of a Spy may be too old-fashioned or ponderous for some tastes, but this is undeniably a cultured and considered work. - South China Morning Post EDIT
Read More | Posted Sep 10, 2020
3.5/5 95% The Disciple (2020) Featuring some beguiling interludes of Hindustani music, The Disciple is a challenging and complex tale of personal growth and self-realisation. - South China Morning Post EDIT
Read More | Posted Sep 4, 2020
4/5 73% Mulan (2020) Caro's take is one of the most beautiful films you'll see all year. - South China Morning Post EDIT
Read More | Posted Sep 3, 2020
1.5/5 35% The New Mutants (2020) This baffling tale comes off like a supernatural Breakfast Club, with mild doses of horror and even a same-sex romance subplot that feels entirely cynical. - South China Morning Post EDIT
Read More | Posted Aug 31, 2020
5/5 70% Tenet (2020) Happily, Tenet exceeds our already sky-high expectations. - South China Morning Post EDIT
Read More | Posted Aug 21, 2020
3.5/5 48% Unhinged (2020) Imposing and utterly compelling, Crowe never wavers in his portrayal of pure evil, offering up one of his best turns in years. - South China Morning Post EDIT
Read More | Posted Jul 30, 2020