James White Reviews

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December 17, 2015
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.
December 10, 2015
The experience of watching "James White" is like being shut up in a small, dark, airless room ... a sickroom.
December 4, 2015
It's Abbott who's the revelation, showing off all sorts of previously unseen leading-man potential.
December 3, 2015
An accomplished and compelling film by writer/director Josh Mond, James White is also pretty much a bummer.
December 3, 2015
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.
December 3, 2015
"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.
December 3, 2015
"James White" starts well, descends into cliche and ends in ambiguity, but for about 30 of its 80 minutes, writer-director Josh Mond is on to something.
November 27, 2015
With an intimacy caught in tight close-ups, Abbott and Nixon hold the pared-down script and each other gently. Like grief itself, this film might knock the wind right out of you.
November 26, 2015
Abbott's feral depiction of such fierce loyalty is something close to brilliant.
November 19, 2015
A knockout lead performance by Christopher Abbott and a superb supporting turn by Cynthia Nixon make the propulsive and deeply felt "James White" worth experiencing despite a difficult, at times elliptical story.
November 17, 2015
Was he always this way? Or is it just a reaction to so much sickness and death? The film doesn't say.
November 13, 2015
Writer-director Josh Mond's feature debut is a devastating portrait of the stress of being a caregiver, particularly one so young, that's remarkably free of sentimentality or a typical tearjerker's cues.
Top Critic
November 13, 2015
Mond, making his feature directing debut after producing a slew of intriguing indies, brings intensity to an intimate domestic drama about a feckless New York City slacker who appears to have a fight-or-flight approach to a familial crisis.
November 13, 2015
Josh Mond's debut film is the indie find of the year, filled with scenes that hit like a shot in the heart. Cynthia Nixon digs so deep into her character that you can feel her nerve endings.
November 13, 2015
Built out of strongly acted moments of unflinching honesty, Josh Mond's UWS-set feature debut redeems the indie grief movie -- take that as an endorsement and a warning.
November 13, 2015
Alas for James, sadness is not a jerk license and his bid to seem dark and complicated merely comes across as tiresome self-pity.
November 12, 2015
"James White" doesn't soften its message: You can only avoid facing reality for so long, until it catches up with you. Then it grabs you by the throat.
November 12, 2015
With the camera close on his expressive face, Abbott finds power in explosions of self-destruction and glimpses of vulnerable soul within the character.
November 12, 2015
An honest, moving, and occasionally even funny portrait of what happens when a cripplingly immature young man gets hit with one reality check after another.
November 12, 2015
There's a foggy, drifting quality to Mond's storytelling style that befits this portrait of a young man who is himself adrift in the adult world.
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