James Croot

James Croot
James Croot's reviews only count toward the Tomatometer when published at the following Tomatometer-approved publication(s): Stuff.co.nz Flicks.co.nz
Publications: Stuff.co.nz, Flicks.co.nz

Movie Reviews Only

T-Meter Title | Year
100% I Am Patrick Swayze (2019) An engaging and enlightening mix of archival footage, film clips and modern day interviews. - Stuff.co.nz EDIT
Read More | Posted Oct 14, 2019
3/5 88% Hustlers (2019) On the plus side, [Writer-director Lorene Scafaria] isn't afraid to throw the cinematic kitchen sink into proceedings, with clever use of film speed, composition and songs. - Stuff.co.nz EDIT
Read More | Posted Oct 10, 2019
3/5 No Score Yet Mosley (2019) If nothing else, Mosley offers more hope for a future generation of aspiring Kiwi animators that they might not need to travel offshore to pursue a career. - Stuff.co.nz EDIT
Read More | Posted Oct 10, 2019
3.5/5 No Score Yet Central to the Soul (2019) There are no recriminations, only celebrations of the people who have fought to keep community spirit and their halls alive. - Stuff.co.nz EDIT
Read More | Posted Oct 10, 2019
4/5 86% Animals (2019) Animals is also further proof of the filmmaking talents of Australian director Sophie Hyde. - Stuff.co.nz EDIT
Read More | Posted Oct 9, 2019
4/5 84% Dora and the Lost City of Gold (2019) Almost 20 years after the much-loved animated series Dora the Explorer debuted, this live-action update does a terrific job of at being once a homage and a parody. - Stuff.co.nz EDIT
Read More | Posted Oct 1, 2019
2/5 28% UglyDolls (2019) Sadly, the Ugly Dolls animated feature is anything but plush, a combination of dog-eared, deja-vu moments and care-worn plotting that will leave even the most upbeat young moviegoer a little disappointed. - Stuff.co.nz EDIT
Read More | Posted Oct 1, 2019
4.5/5 98% Maiden (2019) Forget tales of drug-addled footballers and former All Black first five-eighths, this is the sporting documentary you need to see right now. - Stuff.co.nz EDIT
Read More | Posted Sep 26, 2019
5/5 86% The Nightingale (2019) One of the most visceral and memorable dramas you'll see on the big screen this year. - Stuff.co.nz EDIT
Read More | Posted Sep 25, 2019
3.5/5 83% Abominable (2019) The girl and her yeti relationship is rather heartwarming and delightful, while also offering plenty of comedic moments. - Stuff.co.nz EDIT
Read More | Posted Sep 24, 2019
4/5 84% Ad Astra (2019) As its name suggests, Ad Astra reaches for the stars, but ends up enhancing just one. - Stuff.co.nz EDIT
Read More | Posted Sep 19, 2019
3/5 73% The Angry Birds Movie 2 (2019) If you're after undemanding fare for primary schoolers in the next few weeks that you might also get a chuckle or two from, then Birds is the word. - Stuff.co.nz EDIT
Read More | Posted Sep 18, 2019
4/5 83% Midsommar (2019) Perhaps only slightly let down by a certain inevitability about the character's fates... Midsommar is nonetheless proof of the emotional and visceral power of a well-made horror movie. - Stuff.co.nz EDIT
Read More | Posted Sep 16, 2019
4/5 85% Downton Abbey (2019) Taking Downton uptown has resulted in an entertaining and satisfying romp. - Stuff.co.nz EDIT
Read More | Posted Sep 12, 2019
3/5 83% High Life (2019) It's true there is a compelling chilliness to the story and, like the best space dramas, it sometimes offers up more questions than answers, but there's an overwhelming feeling of ennui and languidness... that more than slightly frustrates. - Stuff.co.nz EDIT
Read More | Posted Sep 12, 2019
2.5/5 45% Girls of the Sun (Les filles du soleil) (2019) It's a pity, because somewhere amongst the muddled editing and storytelling there's a terrific drama. - Stuff.co.nz EDIT
Read More | Posted Sep 11, 2019
4/5 No Score Yet Take Home Pay (2019) Move over Tainui Kid, Sione's Bolo and Ricky Baker - there's a new Kiwi cinematic comedy king. - Stuff.co.nz EDIT
Read More | Posted Sep 4, 2019
4/5 65% Danger Close (2019) Intense, emotional and, at times, harrowing. - Stuff.co.nz EDIT
Read More | Posted Sep 4, 2019
61% Falling Inn Love (2019) This is a story where pratfalls abound, miscommunications are commonplace and a comedy goat threatens to steal the show. - Stuff.co.nz EDIT
Read More | Posted Aug 29, 2019
3/5 No Score Yet Dan Carter: A Perfect 10 (2019) An engaging if predictable trawl through Dan Carter's rise from country phenomenon just enjoying playing with his mates to double World Cup-winning All Black. - Stuff.co.nz EDIT
Read More | Posted Aug 27, 2019
4/5 100% Weathering with You (2020) An intoxicating mix of sci-fi, teen romance, environmental concerns and gorgeous animation. - Stuff.co.nz EDIT
Read More | Posted Aug 22, 2019
3/5 50% A Dog's Journey (2019) Much of this drama is entertaining and, at times, compelling, even if it won't take a Pekingese long to work out where the plot is going. - Stuff.co.nz EDIT
Read More | Posted Aug 19, 2019
3.5/5 100% 2040 (2019) Expect this uplifting and engaging documentary to become staple and popular classroom viewing over the next few years. - Stuff.co.nz EDIT
Read More | Posted Aug 15, 2019
4/5 88% Diego Maradona (2019) With snippets from chaotic press conferences, post-match celebrations and electrifying onfield action, it's a tactic that delivers delights at every turn. - Stuff.co.nz EDIT
Read More | Posted Aug 14, 2019
3.5/5 79% Late Night (2019) Late Night is a perfectly fine, periodically funny, if a little predictable, comedy. - Stuff.co.nz EDIT
Read More | Posted Aug 6, 2019
74% On the Basis of Sex (2019) Seamlessly shifts between relationship and courtroom drama, but is perhaps so tightly focused that we don't really learn a lot about the woman herself, just the outdatedness of American legislation, some of which still persists today. - Stuff.co.nz EDIT
Read More | Posted Jul 29, 2019
92% Fighting with My Family (2019) A rollicking tale. - Stuff.co.nz EDIT
Read More | Posted Jul 29, 2019
35% Welcome to Marwen (2018) While a sometimes challenging watch, it's certainly an absorbing one. - Stuff.co.nz EDIT
Read More | Posted Jul 29, 2019
2.5/5 91% Support the Girls (2018) [Regina Hall] does fine job of holding the film together but, elsewhere, the story seems to waste talents like Haley Lu Richardson. - Stuff.co.nz EDIT
Read More | Posted Jul 26, 2019
4/5 66% The Public (2019) A confident and compelling social issues drama. - Stuff.co.nz EDIT
Read More | Posted Jul 26, 2019
4.5/5 97% Booksmart (2019) Actor-turned-director Olivia Wilde... has delivered an assured and, at times, audacious debut that delivers way more depth than it's initially simple premise would suggest. - Stuff.co.nz EDIT
Read More | Posted Jul 26, 2019
No Score Yet By the Balls (2019) With its entertaining and enlightening mix of archival footage... [By the Balls] documentary fully deserves to find a large audience. - Stuff.co.nz EDIT
Read More | Posted Jul 24, 2019
4/5 91% The Keeper (Trautmann) (2018) An excellent tribute to one of the most beloved "foreigners" ever to play the beautiful game in England. - Stuff.co.nz EDIT
Read More | Posted Jul 24, 2019
3.5/5 53% The Lion King (2019) Still a story likely to get a big roar of approval from younger audience members. - Stuff.co.nz EDIT
Read More | Posted Jul 17, 2019
2/5 42% Stuber (2019) Stuber does neither its pair of leads or its twin product placements of a particular ride-sharing app and an electric car any favours. - Stuff.co.nz EDIT
Read More | Posted Jul 16, 2019
3/5 82% Crawl (2019) If you look past its obvious flaws though, you certainly can't accuse it of being boring. - Stuff.co.nz EDIT
Read More | Posted Jul 10, 2019
3/5 No Score Yet Camino Skies (2019) But while it won't be an absorbing watch for everyone, there will be some likely to consider it ideal heartwarming viewing for the depths of winter. - Stuff.co.nz EDIT
Read More | Posted Jul 9, 2019
3/5 59% Ophelia (2019) It's just unfortunate that, despite a clever conceit, they can't deliver something truly compelling or, occasionally, even coherent. - Stuff.co.nz EDIT
Read More | Posted Jul 5, 2019
4/5 62% Yesterday (2019) It's hard to come away from the Yesterday experience not smiling. - Stuff.co.nz EDIT
Read More | Posted Jun 27, 2019
5/5 97% Toy Story 4 (2019) This might be just the most emotional experience you'll have in a cinema all year. - Stuff.co.nz EDIT
Read More | Posted Jun 24, 2019
4/5 96% Little Woods (2019) Writer-director Nia DaCosta's debut feature is a bravura and, at times, bleak look at women living on the poverty line in small-town America. - Stuff.co.nz EDIT
Read More | Posted Jun 19, 2019
3.5/5 75% Scotch: A Golden Dream (2018) Throw in some handy consumer advice along the lines of "whisky age isn't everything" and, like the alcohol itself, there's something for everyone in this documentary. - Stuff.co.nz EDIT
Read More | Posted Jun 19, 2019
2.5/5 36% Anna (2019) Besson's script is tonally all over the place. - Stuff.co.nz EDIT
Read More | Posted Jun 19, 2019
90% I Am Mother (2019) Writer-director Grant Sputore does a nice job of ramping up the tension and leaving the viewer guessing as to the eventual outcome. - Stuff.co.nz EDIT
Read More | Posted Jun 17, 2019
95% See You Yesterday (2019) A heady mix of clever plotting, sharp street humour, phat reggae beats and an emotional gut punch to rival recent cinema releases Blackkklansman or Detroit. - Stuff.co.nz EDIT
Read More | Posted Jun 17, 2019
3/5 59% The Secret Life of Pets 2 (2019) Like its predecessor, Pets 2 works best in its witty observations of human and animal behaviour. - Stuff.co.nz EDIT
Read More | Posted Jun 14, 2019
4/5 85% Pavarotti (2019) While Pavarotti is a celebration of the bloke who sold more than 100 million albums and played to audiences in excess of 10 million, it's not just a trawl through his successes - or a hagiography. - Stuff.co.nz EDIT
Read More | Posted Jun 13, 2019
2.5/5 89% Sometimes Always Never (Triple Word Score) (2020) Even Bill Nighy at his enigmatic and eccentric best can't make this familial drama compelling viewing. - Stuff.co.nz EDIT
Read More | Posted Jun 11, 2019
2/5 23% Dark Phoenix (2019) Even the action sequences struggle to raise much excitement, as jazz hands, constipated looks, slo-mo and heavenly choirs dominate proceedings. - Stuff.co.nz EDIT
Read More | Posted Jun 11, 2019
4.5/5 89% Rocketman (2019) [Taron Egerton] is an, at times, mesmeric presence, drawing the audience in and taking them on this sometimes crazy fantasy. - Stuff.co.nz EDIT
Read More | Posted May 29, 2019