James Powers

James Powers
James Powers's reviews only count toward the Tomatometer when published at the following Tomatometer-approved publication(s): Hollywood Reporter
Publications: Hollywood Reporter

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T-Meter Title | Year
50% Paris When It Sizzles (1964) The trouble is that Paris When It Sizzles seems constantly on the verge of hilarity but it never gets entirely into it. - Hollywood Reporter EDIT
Read More | Posted Apr 9, 2019
90% The Pink Panther (1963) Alexander Fisher's sound is good. Fernando Carrere's art direction and set decoration by Reginald Allen, Jack Stevens and Arrigo Breschi provide visual elegance to enhance the gags. - Hollywood Reporter EDIT
Read More | Posted Mar 21, 2019
85% Le Procès (The Trial) (1962) Perkins gives one of the best performances of his career in The Trial, aided by an outstanding array of stellar players. - Hollywood Reporter EDIT
Read More | Posted Feb 20, 2019
98% Dr. Strangelove Or How I Learned to Stop Worrying and Love the Bomb (1964) Kubrick has shown before that he is a director of rare gifts. Dr. Strangelove brings them into full realization. - Hollywood Reporter EDIT
Read More | Posted Jan 31, 2019
43% The Prize (1963) Mark Robson's direction gives The Prize tension and humor, and a good deal of interesting characterization. The Prize should be a much discussed and popular attraction. - Hollywood Reporter EDIT
Read More | Posted Dec 26, 2018
100% Mary Poppins (1964) Mary Poppins is a picture that is, more than most, a triumph of many individual contributions. And its special triumph is that it seems to be the work of a single, cohesive intelligence. - Hollywood Reporter EDIT
Read More | Posted Dec 17, 2018
87% The Haunting (1963) When The Haunting digs into the internals of its story, summons its spirits and lets them play havoc with cold reason, it has a power and fervor unmatched by any film ghost stories. - Hollywood Reporter EDIT
Read More | Posted Nov 1, 2018
94% My Fair Lady (1964) One of those rare, rare occasions when everything goes right, when it keeps going right and it moves and takes the spectator along, enchanted and enthralled. - Hollywood Reporter EDIT
Read More | Posted Oct 22, 2018
96% The Fortune Cookie (1966) Matthau, with the role of a lifetime at his hands, seizes it and makes it wonderful. As the incompetent shyster, Matthau snarls, cajoles, is breezy and sniveling by turns. - Hollywood Reporter EDIT
Read More | Posted Oct 22, 2018
95% Giant (1956) Including a fine performance from Elizabeth Taylor, great acting from Rock Hudson and a piercing portrayal from James Dean. Giant stands shoulder-to-shoulder with the great ones. - Hollywood Reporter EDIT
Read More | Posted Oct 10, 2018
91% Lilies of the Field (1963) Lilies of the Field is a funny, sentimental, charming and uplifting film, in which intelligence, imagination and energy are proved again to be beyond the price of any super-budget. - Hollywood Reporter EDIT
Read More | Posted Oct 1, 2018
98% The Hustler (1961) Newman gives a restrained, modulated performance, an unusual one in that character development is sought and achieved with utilization only of voice, gesture, intensity. - Hollywood Reporter EDIT
Read More | Posted Sep 25, 2018
No Score Yet The V.I.P.s (1963) Uneven, trite and uninspired in the dialogue and situations involving the various lovers, brilliantly funny and touching in Miss Rutherford's sequences. The result of this is that Miss Rutherford, doughty, indomitable, makes the picture her own. - Hollywood Reporter EDIT
Read More | Posted Sep 19, 2018
88% The Magnificent Seven (1960) About two-thirds of the film is good, tough, unromantic period western. About one-third is sentimental nonsense and it bushwhacks the remainder... In adding so-called commercial values, a good picture has been sabotaged. - Hollywood Reporter EDIT
Read More | Posted Sep 11, 2018
98% 8 1/2 (1963) Fellini keeps a grasp on his difficult form, creating some penetrating, witty, tragic moments. - Hollywood Reporter EDIT
Read More | Posted Jun 26, 2018
47% King Kong vs. Godzilla (1963) It's a peculiar kind of humor, but it does play. - Hollywood Reporter EDIT
Read More | Posted Jun 26, 2018
70% Le Mans (1971) Le Mans is a class film in every way, attitude, realization, taste. It has visceral emotion but not heart. - Hollywood Reporter EDIT
Read More | Posted Jun 24, 2018
94% The Apartment (1960) All this is quite a load for a comedy, but where else has social comment ever been so effective? Wilder hones his points to a piercing edge... - Hollywood Reporter EDIT
Read More | Posted Jun 18, 2018
25% What a Way to Go! (1964) Hard to define but easy to recommend; the 20th-Fox presentation is a funny musical comedy, or comedy with music, with all the glamour that Hollywood can throw into one film, and a high-powered cast to light the marquee. - Hollywood Reporter EDIT
Read More | Posted May 14, 2018
84% The Sound of Music (1965) It is compounded of taste, excitement, heart and mind, and more than any other individual, the one who put it there and kept it there was Robert Wise. - Hollywood Reporter EDIT
Read More | Posted Mar 2, 2018
96% The Manchurian Candidate (1962) The direction and acting are good, so interest is maintained. Frankeheimer's handling of the early sequences, in which he attempts and succeeds in creating on film the corruption of the mind, is imaginative filmmaking. - Hollywood Reporter EDIT
Read More | Posted Mar 1, 2018
96% Alfie (1966) An amusing, moving and meaningful picture. Although for much of the way it tinkles along with the innocent merriment of a carousel, it dips into reality for its climax, and makes a valid and indelible impression. - Hollywood Reporter EDIT
Read More | Posted Aug 24, 2017
94% The Birds (1963) Hitchcock prolongs his prelude to horror for more than half the film, playing with audience suspense with comedy and romance while he sets his stage. The horror when it comes is a hair-raiser ... - Hollywood Reporter EDIT
Read More | Posted Mar 28, 2017
92% What Ever Happened to Baby Jane? (1962) A lurid melodrama of hate, revenge and murder, a high-class horror film, in the Hitchcock vein, with virtuoso performances from Bette Davis and Joan Crawford, and moments both searing and poignant. - Hollywood Reporter EDIT
Read More | Posted Mar 5, 2017
83% Doctor Zhivago (1965) Despite the grim and brooding background, Zhivago has a surging buoyant spirit that is unquenchable. Doctor Zhivago is more than a masterful motion picture; it is a life experience. - Hollywood Reporter EDIT
Read More | Posted Dec 22, 2016
88% Breakfast at Tiffany's (1961) An unusual love story, glamorous, sophisticated, with more than a touch of the bizarre. - Hollywood Reporter EDIT
Read More | Posted Oct 3, 2015
97% The Ten Commandments (1956) There is no other picture like it. There will be none. If it could be summed up in a word, the word would be sublime. And the man responsible for that, when all is said and done is Cecil B. DeMille. - Hollywood Reporter EDIT
Read More | Posted Apr 7, 2015
95% Who's Afraid of Virginia Woolf? (1966) The greatest credit for the implacable engagement that the film creates for its audience must go to the director, Mike Nichols. Nichols makes a stunning film bow with Virginia Woolf. - Hollywood Reporter EDIT
Read More | Posted Nov 20, 2014
91% To Kill A Mockingbird (1962) To Kill A Mockingbird is a product of American realism, and it is a rare and worthy treasure. - Hollywood Reporter EDIT
Read More | Posted Dec 22, 2008
60% Cleopatra (1963) Power and passion are the twin and intertwined themes of Cleopatra, and they have never burned with greater intensity or amid such opulence as they do in this extraordinary film. - Hollywood Reporter EDIT
Read More | Posted Dec 30, 2003