Christopher James

Christopher James
Tomatometer-approved critic

Movie Reviews Only

T-Meter Title | Year
2.5/4 58% Frankie (2019) Fans of Isabelle Huppert and Ira Sachs should find themselves spending a pleasant afternoon with Frankie. - AwardsCircuit.com EDIT
Read More | Posted Oct 22, 2019
3.5/4 93% Honey Boy (2019) Honey Boy rises above expectations and delivers a moving and magical experience. - AwardsCircuit.com EDIT
Read More | Posted Oct 22, 2019
4/4 100% Seven Samurai (Shichinin no Samurai) (1956) Our popular culture owes so much to this Kurosawa masterpiece. What we lack today is the boldness and confidence to trust the characters and world we've set in action. - AwardsCircuit.com EDIT
Read More | Posted Oct 1, 2019
2.5/4 80% Good Boys (2019) The film finds sweetness within its characters and features a compelling message. - AwardsCircuit.com EDIT
Read More | Posted Aug 16, 2019
3.5/4 93% Wild Rose (2019) Wild Rose is as wily as its titular character. This tale of a Glasgow born country (not country-western) singer and ex-convict can't help but have a bit of an unexpected edge. - AwardsCircuit.com EDIT
Read More | Posted Jul 17, 2019
1/4 83% Crawl (2019) The movie looks and feels like a rejected animatronic segment of the Universal Studios Backlot tour. - AwardsCircuit.com EDIT
Read More | Posted Jul 17, 2019
3.5/4 91% The Biggest Little Farm (2019) The Biggest Little Farm works best when it explores the way animals and plants work together to thrive. - AwardsCircuit.com EDIT
Read More | Posted May 10, 2019
3.5/4 No Score Yet Hello, Dolly! 50th Anniversary Presented By TCM (2019) It would be reductive to say it's all a big show. There's a beating heart to the project that's just as big as the Harmonia Gardens Restaurant. - AwardsCircuit.com EDIT
Read More | Posted Apr 16, 2019
3.5/4 96% Hail Satan? (2019) This terrific documentary captures the spirit of a movement. Furthermore, it re-contextualizes what it means to be a practicing Satanist in 2019. - AwardsCircuit.com EDIT
Read More | Posted Apr 16, 2019
1.5/4 30% Red Joan (2019) The woman the writers based the character of Joan on deserves better than this handsomely made, yet stiff and inert drama. - AwardsCircuit.com EDIT
Read More | Posted Apr 15, 2019
2/4 63% The Bad Seed (1956) While revolutionary at the time, the dramatics in the movie miss their mark by today standards. - AwardsCircuit.com EDIT
Read More | Posted Apr 15, 2019
4/4 93% A Woman Under the Influence (1975) The filmmaking represents the raw power independent [cinema] can have. - AwardsCircuit.com EDIT
Read More | Posted Apr 15, 2019
4/4 94% A Raisin in the Sun (1961) The themes and words that rang through Broadway cut like a thousand knives in the movie adaptation as well. - AwardsCircuit.com EDIT
Read More | Posted Apr 15, 2019
2.5/4 82% Goodbye, Mr. Chips (1939) The basic heart behind "Goodbye Mr. Chips" really resonates. We need teachers who care about their students and care about the institution of learning. - AwardsCircuit.com EDIT
Read More | Posted Apr 15, 2019
4/4 100% Day for Night (1973) Somehow, in taking us behind the curtain of how movie magic is made, Truffaut gives us even more magic. Sometimes the process is just as interesting as the product. - AwardsCircuit.com EDIT
Read More | Posted Apr 15, 2019
3.5/4 99% Apollo 11 (2019) Apollo 11 doesn't just take us to the moon, it transports us to 1969 and greater contextualizes the national fascination and hunger for exploration. - AwardsCircuit.com EDIT
Read More | Posted Mar 4, 2019
2/4 27% Rent Live (2019) However, for reasons both outside of and within its control, Rent Live misses the mark. The earnest nature shines through, but the craftsmanship does not. - AwardsCircuit.com EDIT
Read More | Posted Jan 28, 2019
3.5/4 91% Fyre (2019) Fyre succeeds at being both insatiably entertaining while also conscious of the larger impact of the festival. - AwardsCircuit.com EDIT
Read More | Posted Jan 25, 2019
2.5/4 79% Fyre Fraud (2019) Overall, Fyre Fraud works better as a longform journalistic piece. It's sprawling and detailed at the same time. - AwardsCircuit.com EDIT
Read More | Posted Jan 25, 2019
3.5/4 85% Dumplin' (2018) It's fun, warms your heart and leaves you with a smile on your face. - AwardsCircuit.com EDIT
Read More | Posted Dec 7, 2018
1/4 47% A Christmas Prince: The Royal Wedding (2018) It's not just that the movie is poorly made, written and acted. That was a given. What's most criminal is that the movie has no fun. - AwardsCircuit.com EDIT
Read More | Posted Dec 3, 2018
2/4 75% The Princess Switch (2018) It's a mess, but it's a jolly fun mess. - AwardsCircuit.com EDIT
Read More | Posted Dec 3, 2018
3/4 64% The Christmas Chronicles (2018) The Christmas Chronicles fares better than one might expect. It hits every Christmas trope under the tree, but does so with great glee and charm. - AwardsCircuit.com EDIT
Read More | Posted Dec 3, 2018
2.5/4 74% El Angel (El ángel) (2018) The film is well done in establishing its mood. However, it never succeeds in keeping the characters interesting. - AwardsCircuit.com EDIT
Read More | Posted Nov 16, 2018
2.5/4 59% The Grinch (2018) For all that makes The Grinch redundant, there's enough that still warms the heart. - AwardsCircuit.com EDIT
Read More | Posted Nov 16, 2018
4/4 99% Shoplifters (Manbiki kazoku) (2018) The film feels like a nice, warm hug. Its energy and empathy are infectious. Kore-eda manages to tell both a compelling narrative and a slice of life human story all in one. - AwardsCircuit.com EDIT
Read More | Posted Nov 16, 2018
1/4 70% The Great Pretender (2018) The Great Pretenders fails at every genre it pretends to be. - AwardsCircuit.com EDIT
Read More | Posted Nov 16, 2018
1/4 71% Relaxer (2019) It's a thoroughly unpleasant experience that, at best, is somewhat humorous as a sketch. At worst, it's an endless trudge through the mind of toxic, irresponsible man-children. - AwardsCircuit.com EDIT
Read More | Posted Nov 16, 2018
3/4 92% They'll Love Me When I'm Dead (2018) This comes off better than Welles' supposed masterpiece. It gives great context into the film business in the 70s and Welles' struggle to find his place within it. - AwardsCircuit.com EDIT
Read More | Posted Nov 7, 2018
3/4 No Score Yet Out of Iraq (2016) Nayyef and Btoo's story is engrossing, both as they are falling in love and when they are struggling to be reunited. - AwardsCircuit.com EDIT
Read More | Posted Nov 3, 2018
3.5/4 80% Political Animals (2016) We champion the recent marriage equality act, but it's right to focus on the long, painstaking road that got us to this point in time. - AwardsCircuit.com EDIT
Read More | Posted Nov 3, 2018
1.5/4 No Score Yet The Sweet Life (2016) For as formula as the film appears to be, it doesn't seem to decide on the tone until the final moments. - AwardsCircuit.com EDIT
Read More | Posted Nov 3, 2018
3/4 73% Wiener-Dog (2016) [Todd Solondz] classified the film as a "comedy about despair." No one could have summed up the film in such an apt manner. - AwardsCircuit.com EDIT
Read More | Posted Nov 3, 2018
2.5/4 37% Mike and Dave Need Wedding Dates (2016) One could do worse than sit through an agreeable enough dumb comedy with such talented actors. - AwardsCircuit.com EDIT
Read More | Posted Nov 3, 2018
3/4 88% Florence Foster Jenkins (2016) For as great as Meryl is, Florence Foster Jenkins once again illustrates how Streep's game is raised when she is with the right people. - AwardsCircuit.com EDIT
Read More | Posted Nov 3, 2018
2/4 72% Buster's Mal Heart (2017) It's a film brimming with ideas and possibilities. Yet, it isn't reigned in by any of them. - AwardsCircuit.com EDIT
Read More | Posted Nov 3, 2018
3/4 44% It's Only the End of the World (Juste la fin du monde) (2016) It remains an interesting and arresting film whose sound and fury may cloud some very good work. - AwardsCircuit.com EDIT
Read More | Posted Nov 3, 2018
2/4 36% The Most Hated Woman In America (2017) The Most Hated Woman in America has bite. It just doesn't land each of its targets. - AwardsCircuit.com EDIT
Read More | Posted Nov 3, 2018
1.5/4 18% Queen of the Desert (2017) Everything is inert - the editing, the images, the direction. - AwardsCircuit.com EDIT
Read More | Posted Nov 3, 2018
3.5/4 80% Colossal (2017) Even as an irresponsible drunk, Hathaway remains not only root-able, but someone to empathize with. - AwardsCircuit.com EDIT
Read More | Posted Nov 3, 2018
3.5/4 97% Your Name. (Kimi No Na Wa.) (2017) There's a beautiful story that shines through. The film leads with comedy but then pulsates with adventure and tension in the second half. - AwardsCircuit.com EDIT
Read More | Posted Nov 3, 2018
3.5/4 67% The Fate of the Furious (2017) How many franchises in their eighth entry up the ante not just in explosions and cars, but also in how it defines its core thesis and the makeup of the audience it services? - AwardsCircuit.com EDIT
Read More | Posted Nov 3, 2018
2.5/4 84% The Lovers (2017) Much like the worn-out marriage at its center, the film is so comfortable, it's hard to find its pulse. - AwardsCircuit.com EDIT
Read More | Posted Nov 3, 2018
3/4 74% The Wizard of Lies (2017) It's a film that heads down an interesting path with incredibly talented people, only to fail to go the extra mile in exploring these characters. - AwardsCircuit.com EDIT
Read More | Posted Nov 3, 2018
2.5/4 74% Beatriz at Dinner (2017) Hayek's performance is only as strong as the forces she goes up against. - AwardsCircuit.com EDIT
Read More | Posted Nov 2, 2018
4/4 80% The Keeping Hours (2016) The film is a moving and emotional journey, and even manages a jump scare or two for healthy measure. - AwardsCircuit.com EDIT
Read More | Posted Nov 2, 2018
3.5/4 100% Bill Nye: Science Guy (2017) As a documentary, directors David Alvarado and Jason Sussberg manage to create a film that zips along. There's enough ground to cover that it always feels interesting. - AwardsCircuit.com EDIT
Read More | Posted Nov 2, 2018
3.5/4 95% Becks (2018) The film wears its identity on its sleeve without making it the sole focus of the feature. Instead, the film acts as a lovely and complicated portrait of arrested development. - AwardsCircuit.com EDIT
Read More | Posted Nov 2, 2018
3/4 92% And Then I Go (2018) It's a novel pursuit that only further underlines the problem with bullying and the need for children to talk through their feelings. - AwardsCircuit.com EDIT
Read More | Posted Nov 2, 2018
2.5/4 No Score Yet Thank You for Coming (2018) Overall, the documentary doesn't amount to much more than a slightly involving personal story. - AwardsCircuit.com EDIT
Read More | Posted Nov 2, 2018