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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
2/5 39% 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
3.5/5 90% On Body and Soul (A Teströl és Lélekröl) (2017) A blend of the corporeal and the cerebral, Hungarian writer-director Ildikó Enyedi's first film in 18 years is a mysterious, poetic and sometimes baffling piece.‐ South China Morning Post
Read More | Posted Aug 15, 2017
3.5/5 67% Annabelle: Creation (2017) Mixing minimal CGI with plenty of in-camera visuals (furniture flying, demonic creatures, fingers snapping), it's a horror cauldron that simmers away nicely, before bubbling fiercely.‐ South China Morning Post
Read More | Posted Aug 8, 2017
2/5 51% Valerian and the City of a Thousand Planets (2017) Valerian and the City of a Thousand Planets is a visual banquet that leaves you feeling sick.‐ South China Morning Post
Read More | Posted Jul 26, 2017
3/5 43% Sweet Dreams (Fai bei sogni) (2016) The film is more a series of isolated high points than a united whole, but it has bags of charm.‐ South China Morning Post
Read More | Posted Jul 18, 2017
4.5/5 93% Dunkirk (2017) No war film you've seen before - from Das Boot to Saving Private Ryan to The Thin Red Line - comes close to what Nolan has created here.‐ South China Morning Post
Read More | Posted Jul 17, 2017
3/5 66% The Unknown Girl (La fille inconnue) (2017) Even if the end result is not quite as punchy as earlier films, a minor Dardenne work is still something that demands your attention.‐ South China Morning Post
Read More | Posted Jul 11, 2017
3.5/5 93% War for the Planet of the Apes (2017) It's refreshing to see a blockbuster that - until the end at least - isn't all about carnage and mayhem.‐ South China Morning Post
Read More | Posted Jul 10, 2017
4/5 77% Wiener-Dog (2016) Todd Solondz is back to his savage best with Wiener-Dog, an episodic movie following the life of a little dachshund.‐ South China Morning Post
Read More | Posted Jul 7, 2017
4/5 92% Spider-Man: Homecoming (2017) For sheer fun, Spider-Man: Homecoming is hard to beat.‐ South China Morning Post
Read More | Posted Jul 3, 2017
4/5 92% Spider-Man: Homecoming (2017) Against the odds, Homecoming breathes new life into the character.‐ The List
Read More | Posted Jun 30, 2017
3/5 15% Transformers: The Last Knight (2017) The film is, of course, aimed squarely at 13-year-old boys, and with that in mind, it fills its purpose.‐ South China Morning Post
Read More | Posted Jun 20, 2017
3/5 48% Churchill (2017) [Cox gives] a star turn, even if it doesn't quite have the film it deserves to accompany it.‐ The National (UAE)
Read More | Posted Jun 7, 2017
4/5 53% City of Tiny Lights (2016) A film noir with a difference, Pete Travis' City of Tiny Lights is an intoxicating brew: dark and dangerous, but also achingly romantic.‐ The National (UAE)
Read More | Posted Jun 2, 2017
4/5 73% The Sense Of An Ending (2017) It's a richly thought-provoking attempt to bring Barnes' story to life.‐ South China Morning Post
Read More | Posted May 30, 2017
3/5 63% The Dancer (La danseuse) (2016) The staging of Fuller's work (notably her Serpentine Dance) is beguiling, even if some patchy editing has been used to switch between the actors and their body doubles. ‐ South China Morning Post
Read More | Posted May 23, 2017
3.5/5 29% Pirates of the Caribbean: Dead Men Tell No Tales (2017) With incoming co-directors, fresh faces, surprise cameos and a rollicking script, this fifth instalment sparkles like pirate booty.‐ South China Morning Post
Read More | Posted May 22, 2017
4/5 96% Graduation (Bacalaureat) (2017) A striking drama that rigorously deals with themes of corruption and moral decline.‐ South China Morning Post
Read More | Posted May 16, 2017
2/5 11% Spark: A Space Tail (2017) Spark: A Space Tail is a real mishmash of a movie.‐ The National (UAE)
Read More | Posted May 12, 2017
3/5 28% King Arthur: Legend Of The Sword (2017) Hunnam is eminently watchable as the Excalibur-wielding Arthur, here revealed to be born in very humble surroundings. Likewise Law ... gives a menacing turn as the evil King Vortigern.‐ South China Morning Post
Read More | Posted May 11, 2017
3/5 80% Personal Shopper (2017) Stewart is placed in far scarier circumstances than in the vampire-driven Twilight franchise that made her name.‐ South China Morning Post
Read More | Posted May 9, 2017
4/5 71% Alien: Covenant (2017) 'Alien' fans will revel in the terror.‐ South China Morning Post
Read More | Posted May 6, 2017
2/5 31% From the Land of the Moon (Mal de pierres) (2017) Cotillard does what's required, and she dovetails well with actor-turned-director Garcia. But this is substandard material for both.‐ South China Morning Post
Read More | Posted May 1, 2017
3/5 70% Gifted (2017) It's predictable but pleasurable enough - an inoffensive charmer that doesn't outstay its welcome.‐ South China Morning Post
Read More | Posted May 1, 2017
4/5 96% Paterson (2016) Delivered with humour and pathos, this is a literary film in more ways than one. ... Those who find pleasure in the written word will discover much to enjoy here.‐ South China Morning Post
Read More | Posted Apr 30, 2017
3/5 82% Guardians of the Galaxy Vol. 2 (2017) From the obligatory Stan Lee cameo to the also-obligatory post-credits sequences, Marvel knows its audience.‐ South China Morning Post
Read More | Posted Apr 24, 2017
4/5 88% Their Finest (2017) Funny, tender and touching, this is a well-crafted story with plenty to offer.‐ Total Film
Read More | Posted Apr 19, 2017
4/5 100% Things to Come (L'avenir) (2016) Huppert's subtle portrait of a woman trying to stem the flow of a life crisis remains engaging, humorous and powerful until the very end.‐ South China Morning Post
Read More | Posted Apr 18, 2017
3.5/5 66% The Fate of the Furious (2017) The Fate of the Furious is an engrossing, lightning-paced fairground ride.‐ South China Morning Post
Read More | Posted Apr 10, 2017
4/5 97% Hell or High Water (2016) It's a dirty, sweaty, violent, tragic tale, but vigorously realised.‐ South China Morning Post
Read More | Posted Apr 5, 2017
3/5 37% Smurfs: The Lost Village (2017) As for the voice talent, Homeland's Mandy Patinkin is the standout, as Papa Smurf -- his warm tones are perfect to play the aged patriarchal figure.‐ The National (UAE)
Read More | Posted Apr 3, 2017
3/5 83% A United Kingdom (2017) Amma Asante's third film is a tastefully made true-life story, based around a forgotten romance that caused familial, national and international strife.‐ South China Morning Post
Read More | Posted Apr 3, 2017
3.5/5 45% Ghost in the Shell (2017) Purely for a visual standpoint, Ghost in the Shell is a thing of absolute beauty.‐ South China Morning Post
Read More | Posted Mar 28, 2017
3/5 20% Collide (2017) While a dyed-blonde Jones does gamely with another thinly-sketched role, the real fun of [the film] is watching Kingsley and Hopkins deliver two of the more off-kilter performances of their careers.‐ The National (UAE)
Read More | Posted Mar 24, 2017
3/5 67% Life (2017) Heart-pounding tension spoilt by jarring plot holes.‐ South China Morning Post
Read More | Posted Mar 22, 2017
4/5 71% Beauty and the Beast (2017) Under Condon's watchful eye, a whole new generation of children will fall in love with Belle and her Beast.‐ South China Morning Post
Read More | Posted Mar 13, 2017
2/5 45% It's Only the End of the World (Juste la fin du monde) (2016) It's Only the End of the World is a familial drama with emotions pitched to hysterical levels, and it's quite a trial to spend 97 minutes in its presence.‐ South China Morning Post
Read More | Posted Mar 10, 2017
3.5/5 76% Kong: Skull Island (2017) Director Jordan Vogt-Roberts strikes a fine balance between action, drama and humour.‐ South China Morning Post
Read More | Posted Mar 7, 2017
4/5 90% Elle (2016) A textured, nimble work, Elle will leave you gasping at its brilliantly bad behaviour.‐ South China Morning Post
Read More | Posted Mar 6, 2017
4/5 78% T2 Trainspotting (2017) If the first film tapped into the chemical generation, T2 deals with our addiction to nostalgia. ... A marvellous sequel.‐ South China Morning Post
Read More | Posted Feb 28, 2017
4.5/5 92% Toni Erdmann (2016) Ade, in only her third film as director, blends familial drama, comedy of embarrassment and a social critique of sexism in the workplace into a unique comic cauldron.‐ South China Morning Post
Read More | Posted Feb 28, 2017
3/5 27% Fist Fight (2017) Cult status beckons.‐ The National (UAE)
Read More | Posted Feb 23, 2017
4/5 96% Manchester by the Sea (2016) Adopting a jigsaw-like structure, as past memories impinge on the present, Lonergan layers his characters with an enviable emotional complexity.‐ South China Morning Post
Read More | Posted Feb 19, 2017
4/5 93% Logan (2017) Logan is full of juicy surprises. But what impresses most is how, for once, this is a comic-book film that has the guts to wrap things up.‐ Total Film
Read More | Posted Feb 17, 2017
3.5/5 89% John Wick: Chapter 2 (2017) If you enjoy relentless bouts of gun-fu and Reeves at his taciturn best, then this is the follow-up for you.‐ South China Morning Post
Read More | Posted Feb 6, 2017
4/5 90% The Lego Batman Movie (2017) With the upcoming Justice League film alluded to, you're left wishing its director Zack Snyder was using Lego bricks and not humans.‐ South China Morning Post
Read More | Posted Feb 4, 2017
4.5/5 92% I, Daniel Blake (2017) Frank, unsentimental but fuelled by good nature and an earthy humour, the film reminds you of Loach's great works in the early '90s like Raining Stones and Ladybird, Ladybird.‐ South China Morning Post
Read More | Posted Feb 3, 2017
3/5 93% Swallows and Amazons (2017) This is the sort of nostalgic, dreamlike family film parents and grandparents will find -- perhaps more so than their offspring -- perfectly pleasant viewing.‐ The National (UAE)
Read More | Posted Jan 25, 2017
4/5 78% 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
Read More | Posted Jan 23, 2017
4/5 88% 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
Read More | Posted Jan 23, 2017