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James White (2015)

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Critic Consensus: Led by powerfully complementary performances from Christopher Abbott and Cynthia Nixon, James White offers an affecting calling card for debuting writer-director Josh Mond.

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James White (Christopher Abbott) is a troubled twenty-something trying to stay afloat in a frenzied New York City. He retreats further into a self-destructive, hedonistic lifestyle, but as his mother (Cynthia Nixon) battles a serious illness James is forced to take control of his life. As the pressure on him mounts, James must find new reserves of strength or risk imploding completely. The directorial debut of MARTHA MARCY MAY MARLENE producer Josh Mond, JAMES WHITE, which had its world premiere at Sundance Film Festival 2014 where it was the winner of the "Best of Next" Audience Award, is a confident and closely observed debut that explores loss and the deep relationship between a mother and son. Abbott's strong central performance is aided by a stellar supporting cast featuring Cynthia Nixon ("Sex and the City"), Scott "Kid Cudi" Mescudi ("Comedy Bang! Bang!"), and Ron Livingston (DRINKING BUDDIES). Shot on location in New York City with an intimate visual style, JAMES WHITE follows its lead into deep, affecting places while still maintaining its fragile humanity.
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    R (for drug use, some sexuality/nudity, and language.)
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Cast

Christopher Abbott
as James White
Cynthia Nixon
as Gail White
David Call
as Elliot
Rosemary Howard
as Second Nurse
Patrick Murney
as Bartender
Bhavesh Patel
as Dr. Lobo
Jessica Wong
as Jesse (M)
Scott Cohen
as Barry White
Zazie Beetz
as Girl #1
Rachel Brosnahan
as Woman (Ellen)
Betsy Aidem
as Woman #2
David Cale
as Gried Counselor
Richard Topol
as Pharmacist
Rodrigo Lopresti
as Bar Patron #2
Carlos González
as Down Low Guy
Patrick Walsh
as Bar Patron #1
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Critic Reviews for James White

All Critics (66) | Top Critics (26)

Whether you want to spend time with "James White" depends on your tolerance for yet another film about how hard it is for guys who just feel too much.

Full Review… | December 17, 2015
Arizona Republic
Top Critic

The experience of watching "James White" is like being shut up in a small, dark, airless room ... a sickroom.

Full Review… | December 10, 2015
Seattle Times
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It's Abbott who's the revelation, showing off all sorts of previously unseen leading-man potential.

Full Review… | December 4, 2015
BuzzFeed News
Top Critic

An accomplished and compelling film by writer/director Josh Mond, James White is also pretty much a bummer.

Full Review… | December 3, 2015
Philadelphia Inquirer
Top Critic

Abbott contributes a smart, soulful performance, but Nixon keeps threatening to walk away with the movie as the mother, who can't get enough of life and whose physical decay is colored by rage, defiance, and terror.

Full Review… | December 3, 2015
Chicago Reader
Top Critic

"James White" gets up close and personal in often discomfiting ways, but it's never exploitative or glib. It hits the highs, and the rock bottoms, and all the damnable stuff in between.

Full Review… | December 3, 2015
Washington Post
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Audience Reviews for James White

Totally amazing portrait of youth struggling for manhood within the psychological grip of an ill parent with real world expectations.

Lee Van der Voo
Lee Van der Voo
½

James White may not be the most original movie of the year but surely it is lead by stunning performances from Christopher Abbott and Cynthia Nixon that successfully manage to make the audience feel all the pain and suffering that this movie can give.

Tommaso De Marco
Tommaso De Marco
½

That ending.......wtf!? That's it? Either rise or plummet but don't just leave it at a plateau! Would've given it a much better rating if the ending wasn't so lame. :(

Mandi Landell
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