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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
3/5 67% The Touch (1971) A surgical dissection of a volatile affair, between free-spirited archaeologist Elliott Gould and married woman Bibi Andersson, it's an unsettling, sometimes ugly experience.‐ Total Film
Read More | Posted Feb 21, 2018
3/5 80% Finding Your Feet (2018) Its love-in-later-life insights are well-worn, but with Staunton on song, Richard Loncraine's film mines genuine feeling.‐ Total Film
Read More | Posted Feb 21, 2018
3.5/5 97% Black Panther (2018) Hi-tech gadgets, jungle combat, vehicle chases, ready-made quips, casino hookups - there's something very James Bond-esque about Black Panther.‐ South China Morning Post
Read More | Posted Feb 6, 2018
4/5 88% The Post (2018) Spielberg injects real urgency into the film, which feels utterly relevant as we move into Donald Trump's second year in office.‐ South China Morning Post
Read More | Posted Jan 30, 2018
3.5/5 51% Downsizing (2017) A smart, thought-provoking miniature piece.‐ South China Morning Post
Read More | Posted Jan 23, 2018
4/5 75% Last Flag Flying (2017) A salty road trip tinged with sadness, sensitively handled by Linklater and his cast. Unfocused in places, but never less than diverting.‐ Total Film
Read More | Posted Jan 23, 2018
3/5 43% Maze Runner: The Death Cure (2018) Ball's enthusiasm for James Dashner's series of books shines through - perhaps slightly too much, with the final act taking a little too long to find closure.‐ South China Morning Post
Read More | Posted Jan 21, 2018
1.5/5 32% Pitch Perfect 3 (2017) The film has a bigger budget than the previous outings - glitzy European locations, star cameos and so on - but none of the charm.‐ South China Morning Post
Read More | Posted Jan 14, 2018
3/5 87% Have a Nice Day (Hao Ji Le) (2018) Have a Nice Day is a welcome change from the primary colours that dominate most Hollywood animations. It marks Liu out as a filmmaker of distinction, if not originality.‐ South China Morning Post
Read More | Posted Jan 10, 2018
1.5/5 58% The Commuter (2018) There are some fine actors aboard The Commuter ... but they're obliterated amid the carriage carnage and cheap lines. This film is expensive-looking trash.‐ South China Morning Post
Read More | Posted Jan 8, 2018
4/5 86% Darkest Hour (2017) Grappling with Churchill's inner humanity and steely resolve, Oldman has offered a portrayal for the ages.‐ South China Morning Post
Read More | Posted Jan 2, 2018
2/5 0% Renegades (2017) Largely gung-ho nonsense, but it's always a pleasure to see J.K. Simmons in ball-busting mode, barking words like "simpletons!" at his men.‐ Total Film
Read More | Posted Jan 2, 2018
4/5 73% Hostiles (2018) Cooper's western may be too meditative for some, but its grit, beauty and honesty are too potent to ignore.‐ Total Film
Read More | Posted Jan 2, 2018
3/5 55% The Greatest Showman (2017) It is a brisk finger-snap of a film that glitters momentarily, then is gone.‐ South China Morning Post
Read More | Posted Dec 20, 2017
3/5 76% Jumanji: Welcome to the Jungle (2017) The spirited sequel Jumanji: Welcome to the Jungle is a smartly engineered family film with plenty to make you smile.‐ South China Morning Post
Read More | Posted Dec 18, 2017
4/5 91% Star Wars: The Last Jedi (2017) This is an emotional ride all right, an incident-packed epic that introduces new characters, reacquaints us with old friends, answers some questions and raises some more.‐ South China Morning Post
Read More | Posted Dec 12, 2017
4/5 93% Human Flow (2017) A powerful portrait of horror, hope and humanity emerges.‐ Total Film
Read More | Posted Dec 6, 2017
3/5 46% The Dinner (2017) It's unevenly mounted but kept watchable by the lively script and classy cast.‐ Total Film
Read More | Posted Dec 6, 2017
5/5 85% Blade of the Immortal (Mugen no jûnin) (2017) Truly epic.‐ Total Film
Read More | Posted Dec 6, 2017
97% Ethel & Ernest (2016) Directed by Roger Mainwood, who has worked on many Briggs adaptations, the hand-drawn animation is as tender and gentle as the characters and their simple yet beautiful love story.‐ South China Morning Post
Read More | Posted Dec 6, 2017
2.5/5 58% Murder On The Orient Express (2017) The tension of the Christie novel ... never really emerges in a film that seems dazzled by the refined costumes, the train's luxury trappings and far too much CGI.‐ South China Morning Post
Read More | Posted Nov 26, 2017
4/5 90% The Other Side of Hope (Toivon tuolla puolen) (2017) For all its quirky touches, the narrative doesn't spare its ire when it comes to the plight of refugees and the treatment many endure. This is a film bursting with humanity.‐ South China Morning Post
Read More | Posted Nov 20, 2017
3/5 40% Justice League (2017) Justice League, for all its flaws, is a vast improvement on the lumbering Batman v Superman.‐ South China Morning Post
Read More | Posted Nov 14, 2017
4/5 85% Ingrid Goes West (2017) A superb satirical swipe at the worst excesses of the social media generation. Deserves a lot of 'likes'.‐ Total Film
Read More | Posted Nov 14, 2017
4/5 100% Sicilian Ghost story (2016) It's as poetic as mafia movies get, with its symbolic gestures towards fairy tale ... An unmissable film.‐ South China Morning Post
Read More | Posted Nov 14, 2017
3/5 50% The Glass Castle (2017) Harrelson cuts deep into his character, leaving a deep, dark impression.‐ South China Morning Post
Read More | Posted Nov 13, 2017
4/5 84% Loving Vincent (2017) It's impossible not to be swept up by the artistic achievements on show. Van Gogh's distinct brush strokes, lovingly recreated frame by frame, bring this animation vividly alive.‐ South China Morning Post
Read More | Posted Nov 7, 2017
99% Get Out (2017) Jordan Peele's Get Out is one of the more intriguing and provocative horror movies to come out of Hollywood in recent years.‐ The National (UAE)
Read More | Posted Nov 6, 2017
4/5 87% Professor Marston & The Wonder Women (2017) Whether or not you're a fan of Wonder Woman, this tale of her creation is rich, evocative and enlightening.‐ Total Film
Read More | Posted Nov 6, 2017
2.5/5 93% Logan Lucky (2017) Only Craig's turn really leaves an impression, and you're left with the feeling that, for all its brio, Logan Lucky doesn't amount to a hill of beans, as they say in those parts.‐ South China Morning Post
Read More | Posted Nov 6, 2017
3/5 98% Dina (2017) A diverting - if hardly life-changing - doc.‐ Total Film
Read More | Posted Oct 23, 2017
3/5 No Score Yet Access All Areas (2017) A group of kids head off to the 'Isle of Sound' music festival to cut loose and give their parents the shakes in this mildly entertaining romp.‐ Total Film
Read More | Posted Oct 23, 2017
3/5 100% I Am Not a Witch (2017) Aesthetically brave, narratively chaotic, this casts a singular spell.‐ Total Film
Read More | Posted Oct 23, 2017
4/5 92% Brawl in Cell Block 99 (2017) Aided by an astounding Vaughn, Zahler's ultra-violent genre mash-up is bloody terrific.‐ Total Film
Read More | Posted Oct 23, 2017
4/5 92% Thor: Ragnarok (2017) With its heart powered by Led Zeppelin's Immigrant Song, this is superhero rock 'n' roll with lashings of Waititi-led comedy.‐ South China Morning Post
Read More | Posted Oct 19, 2017
3/5 88% Only the Brave (2017) When the fires start raging, the director stages the action with real confidence. Even if the patriotism is poured on like kerosene, this one burns with intensity.‐ South China Morning Post
Read More | Posted Oct 15, 2017
2/5 7% The Snowman (2017) ... fritters away a cast headed by Michael Fassbender and Rebecca Ferguson.‐ The List
Read More | Posted Oct 13, 2017
2/5 50% The Glass Castle (2017) Maybe she's weighed down by the big hair but [Brie] Larson is left with the least interesting role.‐ Metro (UK)
Read More | Posted Oct 11, 2017
2/5 41% The Mountain Between Us (2017) The final act is mushy without ever really earning the right to be, and Elba and Winslet - despite a steamy love scene - have zero chemistry.‐ South China Morning Post
Read More | Posted Oct 3, 2017
4/5 64% Goodbye Christopher Robin (2017) It's a competent and credible work, even dipping into fantasy with a couple of subtle animated moments that bring alive the enchanting illustrations featured in the Pooh books.‐ The List
Read More | Posted Oct 3, 2017
4.5/5 87% Blade Runner 2049 (2017) This is really Villeneuve's film: he surpasses even his own 2016 sci-fi Arrival with this stunning visual masterpiece.‐ South China Morning Post
Read More | Posted Oct 3, 2017
2.5/5 52% Kingsman: The Golden Circle (2017) With Harry afflicted by amnesia, it is as if the same brain fog has fallen upon Vaughn and his co-writer Jane Goldman. They have forgotten what made the first film great.‐ South China Morning Post
Read More | Posted Sep 20, 2017
82% The Trip to Spain (2017) The razor-sharp comedy sees both Coogan and Brydon play exaggerated versions of themselves as they travel to various gourmet eateries.‐ The National (UAE)
Read More | Posted Sep 19, 2017
3/5 34% American Assassin (2017) Cuesta injects vitality where it's needed.‐ Total Film
Read More | Posted Sep 13, 2017
4/5 66% Victoria & Abdul (2017) It's surprisingly effective.‐ The List
Read More | Posted Sep 12, 2017
4/5 69% mother! (2017) Aronofsky's maternal horror is the most out-there studio movie of the year. You won't believe your eyes.‐ Total Film
Read More | Posted Sep 12, 2017
3/5 80% An Inconvenient Sequel: Truth To Power (2017) A stinging rebuttal to all the deniers and detractors who tried to discredit the original Davis Guggenheim-directed film.‐ South China Morning Post
Read More | Posted Sep 11, 2017
4/5 86% American Made (2017) This is one of the more enjoyable Cruise outings in a while, at least for those who prefer to see him sacrifice his indestructible alpha-male persona.‐ South China Morning Post
Read More | Posted Sep 4, 2017
3/5 74% The Limehouse Golem (2017) Lacking any real scares, its ghoulish terror feels muted; but Medina's depiction of Victorian London-- particularly the music hall scene -- is amply atmospheric.‐ The List
Read More | Posted Sep 1, 2017
2/5 40% The Hitman's Bodyguard (2017) A buddy film that borrows heavily from the much-better Midnight Run (1988), The Hitman's Bodyguard is foul-mouthed and foul-tempered but rarely raises a pulse or smile. ‐ South China Morning Post
Read More | Posted Aug 16, 2017