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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 63%

Sleeping with Other People (2015)

"Neither romantic nor comic enough to be a great romcom, but still date-night worthy." ‐Total Film
Posted Dec 5, 2016
4/5 67%

Jet Trash (2016)

"Alongside Sheehan's charms, it's Belleville's intoxicating visuals that truly fire the imagination. India has rarely seemed so seductive." ‐Total Film
Posted Dec 5, 2016
3/5 63%

Snowden (2016)

"Stone's heart is in the right place." ‐Total Film
Posted Dec 5, 2016
4/5 72%

The Birth of a Nation (2016)

"An impressive directorial debut - and acting turn - from Parker that deserves to be seen, despite the PR firestorm." ‐Total Film
Posted Dec 5, 2016
3/5 65%

Elser (13 Minutes) (2015)

"As a testament to a forgotten wartime hero, it's a credible, well-crafted portrait." South China Morning Post
Posted Dec 4, 2016
3/5 59%

The Light Between Oceans (2016)

"It's an intriguing moral dilemma, even while stretching the boundaries of credibility." South China Morning Post
Posted Nov 30, 2016
2/5 23%

Bad Santa 2 (2016)

"The intent is there, but Bad Santa 2 is a tired sequel that lacks the first film's festive freshness." ‐Total Film
Posted Nov 28, 2016
3/5 89%

A United Kingdom (2017)

"Oyelowo and Pike capture their characters' courage, but never the romance that kept their belief burning." ‐Total Film
Posted Nov 21, 2016
3/5 44%

Dog Eat Dog (2016)

"Schrader has fun, wallowing in the lurid detail and bloody violence." ‐Total Film
Posted Nov 16, 2016
4/5 82%

Indignation (2016)

"Writer-producer James Schamus' elegant directorial debut." ‐Total Film
Posted Nov 16, 2016
4/5 75%

Fantastic Beasts and Where to Find Them (2016)

"Redmayne is superb in the lead, and there's real emotion, comedy and romance in his blossoming friendships." South China Morning Post
Posted Nov 15, 2016
3/5 53%

Lolo (2016)

"Julie Delpy, who co-wrote the script with Eugenie Grandval, directs with the minimum of fuss, keeping the farce fast and funny." South China Morning Post
Posted Nov 15, 2016
3/5 98%

The Wailing (Goksung) (2016)

"The Wailing isn't quite dynamic enough to truly terrorise, but ... there are ferocious moments that puncture the stillness." South China Morning Post
Posted Nov 2, 2016
3/5 75%

Trolls (2016)

"DreamWorks has arguably produced its strangest animation yet with Trolls, a bright-and-breezy sing-a-long fairy-tale cartoon musical." South China Morning Post
Posted Nov 1, 2016
2/5 No Score Yet

Dartmoor Killing (2015)

"Solemn flashbacks sink the plot." ‐Total Film
Posted Oct 31, 2016
3/5 No Score Yet

NG83 When We Were B Boys (2016)

"If Shane Meadows had made Breakdance: The Movie, it might've looked like this amusing account of how Nottingham rivals The Assassinators and Rock City Crew busted out the big moves." ‐Total Film
Posted Oct 27, 2016
4/5 91%

Doctor Strange (2016)

"The engrossing 3D visuals are superbly conceived, like Inception times 1,000, as buildings start to fold in on themselves, kaleidoscope-style." South China Morning Post
Posted Oct 25, 2016
4/5 100%

Apprentice (2016)

"A tightly controlled prison drama that has little interest in the clichés that usually afflict this well-worn genre." South China Morning Post
Posted Oct 24, 2016
4/5 91%

Doctor Strange (2016)

"Cumberbatch fits Doctor Strange like a pair of snap-tight surgical gloves, in yet another MCU triumph. Beautifully designed, brilliantly executed." ‐Total Film
Posted Oct 24, 2016
3/5 38%

Jack Reacher: Never Go Back (2016)

"It's entertaining enough, even boasting the odd moment of dry wit, and the rooftop finale amid a New Orleans Halloween parade is arresting." South China Morning Post
Posted Oct 19, 2016
3/5 92%

Queen of Katwe (2016)

"Rarely makes an unpredictable move. But it has warmth, a lively sense of pace, and a fine breakout turn from Madina Nalwanga ..." ‐Total Film
Posted Oct 19, 2016
3/5 84%

Maggie's Plan (2016)

"Rebecca Miller's New York-set comedy-of-manners is far removed from the traumas of her earlier works." South China Morning Post
Posted Oct 17, 2016
2/5 7%

Cell (2016)

"Unlike recent zombie efforts such as The Girl with All the Gifts and Train to Busan, Williams' work offers little in the way of originality." South China Morning Post
Posted Oct 10, 2016
3/5 89%

Blood Father (2016)

"Jean-François Richet elevates the predictable action with swagger, while a grizzled Gibson gives us glimpses of his glory days" ‐Total Film
Posted Oct 4, 2016
3/5 44%

The Girl on the Train (2016)

"Fortunately, Blunt keeps the film anchored. Playing drunk convincingly is no mean feat, but she cracks it, maintaining our sympathy for a character who has gradually slipped towards becoming a functioning alcoholic." ‐Total Film
Posted Oct 3, 2016
4/5 69%

Urban Hymn (2015)

"It's heavy-handed, but with such fine performances from the youngsters, aided by the ever-reliable Shirley Henderson, that it's hard not to get sucked into this tragic tale." ‐Total Film
Posted Sep 27, 2016
2/5 90%

Courted (L'hermine) (2015)

"Luchini's excellent, but this is guilty of gross tonal uncertainty." ‐Total Film
Posted Sep 27, 2016
4/5 96%

De Palma (2016)

"The man himself is the sole interviewee -- a risky strategy but one that pays off here; whether dissing his Obsession star Cliff Robertson or conceding mistakes on The Bonfire of the Vanities, he's illuminating, hilarious company." ‐Total Film
Posted Sep 27, 2016
3/5 83%

Imperium (2016)

"Radcliffe, with shaven head, is solid." ‐Total Film
Posted Sep 27, 2016
2/5 54%

The Purge: Election Year (2016)

"A franchise that's run its course, the satire feels limp and the anger muted." South China Morning Post
Posted Sep 27, 2016
3/5 84%

Deepwater Horizon (2016)

"Not only are the visual effects spectacular, Berg truly captures the mounting horror of being engulfed in a disaster like that." South China Morning Post
Posted Sep 26, 2016
2/5 46%

Knight of Cups (2016)

"A new direction is needed or Malick's aura will surely evaporate." South China Morning Post
Posted Sep 20, 2016
3/5 36%

Blair Witch (2016)

"Ultimately, it pays off with a nerve-shredding finale every bit as shiver-inducing and despairing as the original." South China Morning Post
Posted Sep 19, 2016
3/5 33%

Equals (2016)

"To his credit, Doremus is a subtle director, who prefers exploring human feeling to mechanical action." South China Morning Post
Posted Sep 19, 2016
4/5 85%

Sully (2016)

"With a white-haired Hanks on rock-solid form, it's a finely etched portrait of an ultra-modest hero." South China Morning Post
Posted Sep 14, 2016
4/5 79%

Julieta (2016)

"Call it All About Her Daughter if you like, but this tale of a mother and her fractured relationship with her offspring is up there with Almodóvar's best." South China Morning Post
Posted Sep 9, 2016
3/5 87%

Florence Foster Jenkins (2016)

"Unsurprisingly, Streep hits all the right - or should that be wrong? - notes, with a marvellously tragi-comic turn." South China Morning Post
Posted Sep 4, 2016
4/5 59%

War Dogs (2016)

"Direct and full of energy, you'll laugh and feel guilty for doing so." South China Morning Post
Posted Aug 30, 2016
3/5 65%

Nerve (2016)

"Joost and Schulman manage to weld this hi-tech story into one about the fragility of pubescent friendships and that very Hollywood theme of being true to yourself." South China Morning Post
Posted Aug 29, 2016
3/5 92%

The Seventh Fire (2016)

"Uplifting it isn't, but there's poetry to be found in these desperate lives, and Riccobono never judges or sensationalises his subjects. Sensitive, if slightly unfocused." ‐Total Film
Posted Aug 18, 2016
4/5 84%

Victoria (2015)

"What's really remarkable is how you'll forget this is a one-take wonder as the characters and story takes hold. Brilliantly engineered, coolly executed, Victoria is a triumph." South China Morning Post
Posted Aug 16, 2016
4/5 90%

Barbershop: The Next Cut (2016)

"The barbs are scissor-sharp, making this a threequel that delivers what you want while throwing in some surprises." ‐Total Film
Posted Aug 15, 2016
1/5 16%

Gods Of Egypt (2016)

"It's penned by the screenwriters behind the hopeless Dracula Untold and The Last Witch Hunter, who must be really good in pitch meetings because this is utter nonsense." ‐Total Film
Posted Aug 15, 2016
4/5 75%

The BFG (2016)

"Playing the BFG, via motion capture technology, Mark Rylance inhabits the giant with real humanity and warmth, his own soul shining through the digital makeover." South China Morning Post
Posted Aug 9, 2016
3/5 78%

The Shallows (2016)

"For those looking for some unpretentious midnight-movie thrills, Collet-Serra's film works on the most basic primal level." South China Morning Post
Posted Aug 2, 2016
4/5 88%

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 13%

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 84%

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 93%

Fire at Sea (Fuocoammare) (2016)

"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
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