Jamie Russell

Jamie Russell

Agrees with the Tomatometer 82% of the time.

Jamie Russell's reviews only count toward the Tomatometer when published at the following Tomatometer-approved publication(s): BBC.com, Total Film, Film4, thelondonpaper, Radio Times

Movie Reviews Only

Rating T-Meter Title | Year Review
3/5 86%

The House of the Devil (2009)

"The finale descends into predictable mayhem, but it's the build-up that'll haunt you." ‐ Radio Times
Posted Mar 22, 2010
3/5 34%

The Wolfman (2010)

"A pleasing return to the studio's much-loved Gothic tradition." ‐ Radio Times
Posted Feb 15, 2010
4/5 81%

Okuribito (Departures) (2009)

"Departures's whimsical take on the Japanese funeral industry proves surprisingly funny." ‐ Radio Times
Posted Dec 3, 2009
3/5 61%

Love the Beast (2009)

"Slight but unexpectedly sweet." ‐ Total Film
Posted Nov 12, 2009
3/5 39%

2012 (2009)

"The script is nonsensical and while the actors do their best they are, inevitably, dwarfed by the breathtaking visual effects. Emmerich has outdone himself this time; this is a film that makes Independence Day look modest." ‐ Radio Times
Posted Nov 12, 2009
3/5 63%

Died Young, Stayed Pretty (2009)

"Weird, wacky and full of arresting promo images for bands like Arcade Fire, Teengenerate and Turbonegro." ‐ Total Film
Posted Oct 8, 2009
1/5 29%

Mad, Sad & Bad (2009)

"A British-Asian comedy that may not be mad or sad but is... Well, you've guessed it. another underachieving comedy to file and forget in British cinema's already overstuffed bottom drawer. Yawn." ‐ Total Film
Posted Jul 30, 2009
2/5 22%

Blood: The Last Vampire (2009)

"It's the action that really suffers, the anime's dynamism fizzling out as every samurai duel falls back on fake-looking CG squibs and a blur of fast-cut, see-nothing camera angles." ‐ Total Film
Posted Jul 3, 2009
1/5 8%

Freakdog (Red Mist) (2009)

"Beep, beep, wooooooo...: this moronic medical horror's so awful, you'll be willing yourself to flatline." ‐ Total Film
Posted Jul 2, 2009
3/5 78%

The End of the Line (2009)

"Director Rupert Murray brings the fear with disturbing stats'n'graphics." ‐ Total Film
Posted Jun 11, 2009
4/5 93%

Slepe lásky, (Blind Loves) (2009)

"Tender and moving, this offbeat gem isn't afraid to swap its docu-realism for outlandish fantasy." ‐ Total Film
Posted May 21, 2009

Apollo 13 (1995)

"This is not about the incalculable emptiness of the void. Space here is nothing more than an extension of the western frontier and manifest destiny, a place where men can be brave and women admiring." ‐ Film4
Posted May 9, 2009
4/5 69%

Delta (2009)

"Long, lyrical takes - including a startling shot of a floating funeral procession - and Schubert's 'Death And The Maiden' on the soundtrack remind us that forbidden passion will only end in tears. The Danube's rarely seemed so blue." ‐ Total Film
Posted May 7, 2009

Amarcord (1974)

"Bloated, overblown and essentially empty, Fellini's last hit movie skims over the surface of the lives it depicts, substituting manufactured sentiment for genuine feeling or understanding." ‐ Film4
Posted Apr 27, 2009
2.5/5 59%

Hannah Takes the Stairs (2007)

"Less dazed and confused than mumbling and mundane, this drama focuses on social awkwardness and twentysomething blues. Skipping aimlessly from scene to scene it offers little observations and rewards low expectations." ‐ Film4
Posted Jan 8, 2009
3.5/5 79%

La Zona (2007)

"Latin American middle-class panic needs no translation in this strong thriller about the worries of the wealthy. Fans of JG Ballard's novels will relish it." ‐ Film4
Posted Oct 16, 2008
2.5/5 18%

Mutant Chronicles (2008)

"Rubbish CGI, rubbish acting, rubbish storytelling. Throw in a few mutants and a better-than-it-deserves cast and you get this sci-fi timewaster." ‐ Film4
Posted Oct 9, 2008
4/5 96%

Dead of Night (1945)

"A dead scary horror movie that skimps on the blood but not the goose bumps," ‐ BBC.com
Posted Oct 7, 2008
3/5 73%

Peur(s) du Noir (Fear(s) of the Dark) (2007)

"Arty-smarty and impeccably French, this collection of horror 'toons delivers some short, sharp shocks amid the occasional misfire. It's worth seeing for Burns' section alone. Just repeat, it's only a cartoon..." ‐ Total Film
Posted Oct 2, 2008

Aladdin (1992)

"Grants all three wishes and some more besides with a brilliant turn from Williams' genie and some beautiful animation." ‐ Film4
Posted Sep 1, 2008

Along Came Polly (2004)

"The script just doesn't have enough comic moments to fill its 90-minute running time." ‐ Film4
Posted Aug 11, 2008
4/5 72%

Talladega Nights: The Ballad of Ricky Bobby (2006)

"Showcases Will Ferrell's comedy genius to perfection." ‐ Film4
Posted Jul 31, 2008

William Shakespeare's The Merchant of Venice (2004)

"It's the perfect cinematic vehicle -- or at least it would have been, if Radford's adaptation weren't so unremittingly cloddish." ‐ Film4
Posted Jul 4, 2008
5/5 96%

Ran (1985)

"A landmark of world cinema, this is a rousing, staggering epic and a haunting drama of timeless significance." ‐ Film4
Posted Jul 1, 2008
4/5 87%

The Last King of Scotland (2006)

"Whitaker pulls off a spectacular thespian coup that has Oscar-winner stamped all over it." ‐ Film4
Posted Jun 24, 2008

The Interpreter (2005)

"It's a dumb movie masquerading as smart but failing miserably." ‐ Film4
Posted May 26, 2008
4/5 68%

The Spongebob Squarepants Movie (2004)

"Brilliantly funny, inventive and delirious." ‐ Film4
Posted May 20, 2008
4/5 78%

Charlotte's Web (2006)

"Hides a big heart beneath a small piglet." ‐ Film4
Posted May 12, 2008
3/5 78%

Death Note (Desu nôto) (2007)

"Fiendishly unusual, it's an offbeat time-waster that genre fans will definitely want to make a note of." ‐ BBC.com
Posted Apr 25, 2008
3/5 74%

The Illusionist (2006)

"Never quite the sum of its parts, this would-be intelligent thriller coasts by on strong supporting performances from Giamatti, Sewell and Biel." ‐ Film4
Posted Apr 22, 2008
2/5 20%

Employee of the Month (2006)

"This vapid, laugh-lite romp won't satisfy anyone. Except die-hard Jessica Simpson fans." ‐ Film4
Posted Apr 22, 2008
4/5 76%

Private Property (Nue propriete) (2007)

"Huppert is superb, her lonely heroine both sympathetically vulnerable and yet also slightly culpable for her sons' terribly selfish behaviour." ‐ BBC.com
Posted Apr 18, 2008
2/5 11%

Captain Eager and the Mark of Voth (2008)

"Lacking gags, proper characters or any comprehensible plot, it never rises above a one-joke movie - and that joke's on us. It's humour Jim, but not as we know it." ‐ BBC.com
Posted Apr 17, 2008
3/5 90%

[Rec] (2007)

"[Rec] will definitely jangle the nerves. But it's a movie that's unlikely to last in the memory." ‐ BBC.com
Posted Apr 14, 2008
4/5 77%

Une Vieille Maîtresse (The Last Mistress) (An Old Mistress) (2007)

"A lush and lavish love triangle that has Asia Argento at its tip." ‐ BBC.com
Posted Apr 14, 2008
3/5 64%

The Go Master (2006)

"The rapturous camerawork and Chang Chen's performance as Wu both delight, but there's little insight into what makes a game about white and black pebbles so utterly absorbing." ‐ Total Film
Posted Mar 28, 2008
3/5 25%

Drillbit Taylor (2008)

"It's not Superbad (and definitely not supergood) but this throwaway romp teases out some laughs as its Frat Pack star heads back to the classroom. Drillbit could try harder but it's definitely not a candidate for exclusion." ‐ Total Film
Posted Mar 28, 2008
3/5 69%

The Book of Revelation (2006)

"Shot like a lush, hypnotic waking dream, it's boldly beautiful and plays some half-smart games with sex, power and gender politics." ‐ BBC.com
Posted Mar 28, 2008
4/5 87%

The Orphanage (2007)

"Haunting and heartbreaking, The Orphanage delivers a double whammy of chills both real and supernatural." ‐ BBC.com
Posted Mar 17, 2008
3/5 62%

Diary of the Dead (2007)

"The zombies may be dead but George Romero's taste for social commentary certainly isn't in Diary of the Dead, the latest instalment in his long-running walking corpse series." ‐ BBC.com
Posted Mar 7, 2008
2/5 49%

The Passion of the Christ (2004)

"More sensational than spiritual, this blood-soaked take on the Stations of the Cross retells the Gospels as a horror movie. You can't help asking: where has all the love gone?" ‐ Film4
Posted Mar 5, 2008
3/5 79%

The Bank Job (2008)

"Fun but instantly forgettable, this retro heist movie illuminates a long-forgotten British blag. Despite a smart set-up, its smash 'n' grab raid on '70s nostalgia leaves little to dissect over a post-movie pint." ‐ Total Film
Posted Feb 28, 2008
3/5 71%

w Delta z (2006)

"Although he struggles to make the British-feeling production convince, UK helmer Tom Shankland gets the faux-Fincher nihilism just right." ‐ BBC.com
Posted Feb 21, 2008
2/5 37%

Rambo (Rambo IV) (2008)

"Less a war movie than a turkey shoot in a ketchup factory." ‐ BBC.com
Posted Feb 21, 2008
4/5 92%

The Dead (1987)

"[A] deeply reverent, deeply affecting adaptation." ‐ BBC.com
Posted Feb 5, 2008
4/5 100%

Along the Ridge (Anche libero va bene) (2007)

"Letting the drama gradually unfold, Rossi Stuart proves an adept helmer and captures the anxieties of childhood brilliantly." ‐ BBC.com
Posted Jan 23, 2008
5/5 93%

No Country for Old Men (2007)

"With its sly wit, dark intelligence and tense action sequences this film re-establishes the Coens as two of American cinema's most talented directors. It's also the best adaptation of McCarthy's work to date and an unmissable crime movie." ‐ Film4
Posted Jan 18, 2008
2/5 12%

Aliens vs. Predator: Requiem (AVP 2) (2007)

"Fans deserve better." ‐ BBC.com
Posted Jan 18, 2008
4/5 64%

Dan in Real Life (2007)

"An off-centre rom-com with unlikely stars, this indie drama is neither too funny nor too romantic in its balance of laughs and tenderness. The perfect date movie for middle-aged romantics (and we mean that as a compliment)." ‐ Film4
Posted Jan 10, 2008
4/5 98%

The Lady Vanishes (1938)

"Both a neat comment on Britain's dilemma in the build-up to the impending war with Germany (to appease or not to appease?) and also a cracking piece of entertainment." ‐ BBC.com
Posted Jan 10, 2008