S. James Wegg

S. James Wegg
Man's reach should exceed his grasp, or what's heaven for?... I want to be somebody else, but they're all taken.

Agrees with the Tomatometer 82% of the time.

S. James Wegg's reviews (from any publication) always count toward the Tomatometer because this critic is a Tomatometer-approved critic.

Movie Reviews Only

Rating T-Meter Title | Year Review
3.5/5 98%

How to Train Your Dragon (2010)

"With 'real' Harry Potter fighting wizards all over the planet, what fun it is to have animated characters take on the big bad dragons that plagued Vikings for years." ‐ JWR
Posted Jan 17, 2011
4/5 32%

For Colored Girls (2010)

"Director Tyler Perry has taken on a huge task in bringing Ntozake Shange's stage play For Colored Girls Who Have Considered Suicide When the Rainbow Is Enuf to the screen." ‐ JWR
Posted Jan 17, 2011
2/5 No Score Yet

L'Enfant prodige (2010)

"For a production all about classical music, more's the pity the basic details didn't get a scrubbing ..." ‐ JWR
Posted Jan 17, 2011
3/5 75%

Mozart's Sister (2011)

"What does work on all levels is the plot's need for Nannerl to approach the grieving heir to the throne disguised as a man ..." ‐ JWR
Posted Jan 17, 2011
2.5/5 No Score Yet

18 anni dopo (18 Years Later) (2010)

"Nice try, but most of this road movie has been written/seen already." ‐ JWR
Posted Jan 17, 2011
5/5 63%

Mammuth (2011)

"At last, a film to savour on all fronts. Actor GĂ©rard Depardieu gives a master class performance playing Serge Pilardosse." ‐ JWR
Posted Jan 17, 2011
5/5 68%

Babies (2010)

"The baby stars were given the go ahead to improvise every scene. The magic came in the editing suite (Raymond Bertrand, Craig McKay)." ‐ JWR
Posted Jan 2, 2011
2/5 72%

Monsters (2010)

"A script not even a mother could love" ‐ JWR
Posted Jan 2, 2011
5/5 50%

South of the Border (2010)

"Having been conquered, liberated, invaded, beaten, killed and 'Christianized' for centuries, it is cheering to see the collective progress made by most South American countries in mapping their futures by governing themselves." ‐ JWR
Posted Jan 2, 2011
3.5/5 68%

Shutter Island (2010)

"Fortunately, the music chosen to underscore the ever-increasing sense of unease and mystery (artfully selected by Robbie Robertson) is a constant pleasure." ‐ JWR
Posted Jan 2, 2011
4.5/5 71%

Somewhere (2010)

"Dropped on the Hollywood bad boy's doorstep by a suddenly vanishing mom, the forced father-daughter relationship takes stage, demonstrating yet again how inventively creative director/writer Sofia Coppola is." ‐ JWR
Posted Dec 21, 2010
4.5/5 99%

Metropolis (1927)

"Devoted film- and music-lovers alike will enjoy the latest reconstruction (images and sound) of Fritz Lang's truly marvellous tale of mediation over violence." ‐ JWR
Posted Nov 27, 2010
3.5/5 75%

Greenberg (2010)

"From the ever-inventive mind of Noah Baumbach comes a deep comedy that seems to combine elements from his last two films." ‐ JWR
Posted Nov 27, 2010
4.5/5 No Score Yet

The Final Girl (2009)

"From the opening wedding-dress striptease to the magical final-frame reversal, Todd Verow's tale of a woman who 'left' ('but I never said how') is a cinematic gem." ‐ JWR
Posted Nov 14, 2010
3.5/5 72%

Sunshine Cleaning (2009)

"Amy Adams sweeps through the wide-ranging role with zest, enthusiasm and just the right touch of simmering self-anger." ‐ JWR
Posted Nov 14, 2010
4/5 No Score Yet

Stuck! (2009)

"The film only works because of Karen Black. Playing the next-door neighbour whose eye-witness testimony puts Daisy on a fast-track to the gallows, the lonely old woman begins to have doubts about what 'I know I saw.'" ‐ JWR
Posted Nov 7, 2010
3.5/5 No Score Yet

Meotjin haru (My Dear Enemy) (2008)

"The somewhat oddball premise of rekindling a dormant relationship by demanding repayment of a year-old $3,500 I.O.U. works remarkably well for director Lee Yoon-ki." ‐ JWR
Posted Nov 6, 2010
4/5 No Score Yet

Night Watch (2006)

"Raising the dead one trick at a time" ‐ JWR
Posted Nov 6, 2010
4.5/5 94%

Goodbye Solo (2009)

"A marvel of pathos and pace" ‐ JWR
Posted Nov 6, 2010
4/5 83%

The Lion (2008)

"Determinedly shot in grainy black-and-white, with a bass clarinet portraying the unabashedly-queer bookbinder's life, director/writer Santiago Otheguy has crafted a loving portrait that few will have the patience to finish, much less understand." ‐ JWR
Posted Nov 6, 2010
3.5/5 No Score Yet

Graphic Sexual Horror (2009)

"Improving self-esteem the hard way" ‐ JWR
Posted Nov 6, 2010
4/5 No Score Yet

Demented (Le Dernier des fous) (2006)

"The notion of madness being hereditary receives a decidedly-chilly tone in Laurent Achard's take on Timothy Findlay's first novel, The Last of the Crazy People." ‐ JWR
Posted Nov 6, 2010
4/5 No Score Yet

Unsolved Suburbia (2010)

"Director Cheetah Gonzalez (who also co-wrote the screenplay with Jeremy Huntington) has come up with a tasty little Queer Noir film that, er, probes sex, lies and threesomes with gay abandon." ‐ JWR
Posted Nov 5, 2010
4.5/5 No Score Yet

Straight (2007)

"'Caught in a lie' takes on triple meaning in director/writer Nicolas Flessa's terribly-honest, perfectly-paced tale of infidelity, selfishness and emotional despair." ‐ JWR
Posted Sep 22, 2010
4/5 No Score Yet

Men for Sale (Hommes a louer) (2008)

"But almost from the first interview, it was clear that while 'men of the night' may have appeared to be the subject matter, it was their constant companion of drug addiction that was unrelentingly placed under the lens." ‐ JWR
Posted Sep 2, 2010
4/5 60%

The Wild and Wonderful Whites of West Virginia (2009)

"Not surprisingly, music is a key component as the perils, passions and addictions are revealed." ‐ JWR
Posted Jun 28, 2010
4.5/5 32%

My Last Five Girlfriends (2009)

"Director/writer Julian Kemp has totally embraced the notion that life is a merry-go-round and created a quick-paced, whimsical examination of the timeless quest for finding true love." ‐ JWR
Posted Jun 28, 2010
4.5/5 57%

Manson, My Name Is Evil (2009)

"It's been along time since relentless, biting satire found its way to the big screen and skewered its subjects with such impressive skill." ‐ JWR
Posted Apr 23, 2010
4.5/5 91%

Easier with Practice (2009)

"The genre of road-trip-leading-to-self-discovery now has another masterpiece in its cinematic vault." ‐ JWR
Posted Apr 6, 2010
3.5/5 100%

The Big Gay Musical (2009)

"Happily, writer/lyricist Fred M. Caruso's "divine inspiration" found a largely-talented cast, crew and composer and crafted a show-within-a-show songfest that tackles nearly every pink-triangle issue known to queerdom." ‐ JWR
Posted Mar 29, 2010
4/5 74%

De Helaasheid der Dingen (The Misfortunates) (2010)

"It's a Miserable Life" ‐ JWR
Posted Mar 19, 2010
3/5 No Score Yet


"... this cinematic buffet of forms and styles, understandably, can't find its own skin, yet still provides several zany moments of fun and an overall pace that helps the time evaporate." ‐ JWR
Posted Mar 17, 2010
4/5 68%

The Runaways (2010)

"In one of the best sequences of the production, Peggy Lee's "Fever" is summarily rejected unheard as Kim/Joan write the infamous "Cherry Bomb" chart on the spot." ‐ JWR
Posted Mar 17, 2010
4/5 57%

9 (2009)

"Discovering the truth is good for the soul" ‐ JWR
Posted Mar 6, 2010
2/5 No Score Yet

Be Mine (2009)

"Who knew that so many chocolate chip scones would be required to keep the flashback-without-a-payoff narrative going?" ‐ JWR
Posted Mar 4, 2010
4/5 20%

The Red Baron (Der rote Baron) (2008)

"An ambitious young man in his flying machine" ‐ JWR
Posted Mar 4, 2010
4/5 83%

Bright Star (2009)

"Janet Patterson has come up with an exquisite wardrobe for Fanny that magically suits both the biographical back-story and Cornish's fine physique. Let's hope Oscar agrees." ‐ JWR
Posted Feb 25, 2010
4/5 71%

An Englishman in New York (2009)

"Oh yes, John Hurt is Quentin Crisp." ‐ JWR
Posted Feb 25, 2010
4/5 52%

The Men Who Stare at Goats (2009)

"Dancing With Goats" ‐ JWR
Posted Feb 16, 2010
4/5 82%

Two Lovers (2008)

"... it's instructive to view director/co-writer ... James Gray's take on the effects of private infidelity." ‐ JWR
Posted Feb 16, 2010
3/5 89%

The Messenger (2009)

"Hero Without a Cause" ‐ JWR
Posted Feb 10, 2010
4/5 96%

Food, Inc. (2009)

"Living off the fat of corporate farming" ‐ JWR
Posted Feb 10, 2010
3.5/5 90%

District 9 (2009)

"While the ambitious narrative bites off far more than can be satisfactorily chewed and digested, the fantastic ride through what must be a completely fictional world (right?) is worth a view." ‐ JWR
Posted Feb 10, 2010
4/5 92%

Fantastic Mr. Fox (2009)

"A little nonsense now and then is relished by the wisest men." ‐ JWR
Posted Feb 2, 2010
5/5 64%

The Shock Doctrine (2009)

"Pure capitalism unmasked" ‐ JWR
Posted Jan 30, 2010
4/5 91%

Crazy Heart (2009)

"Without an ounce of doubt, Jeff Bridges' portrayal of Bad Blake is superb." ‐ JWR
Posted Jan 25, 2010
4.5/5 91%

Precious: Based on the Novel Push by Sapphire (2009)

"Director Lee Daniels has been blessed with camera-ready material, a talented cast and first-class crew." ‐ JWR
Posted Jan 14, 2010
4/5 95%

Star Trek (2009)

"Thanks for the memories; let's leave it at that" ‐ JWR
Posted Jan 11, 2010
3/5 66%

The Blind Side (2009)

"John Lee Hancock's quasi docu-dramatization of Michael Lewis' book ... scores well in the basics of bringing this inspirational story to the screen but fumbles the chance for greatness due to the preponderance of one-dimensional characters." ‐ JWR
Posted Jan 11, 2010
4.5/5 89%

A Serious Man (2009)

"Finally, a deep, dark comedy that quietly tickles the intellectual, moral and situational funny bone without pandering to easy laughs or overdone bathroom humour ..." ‐ JWR
Posted Jan 7, 2010