James Mottram

James Mottram
James Mottram's reviews only count toward the Tomatometer when published at the following Tomatometer-approved publication(s): Total Film Film4 Time Out Digital Spy Filmstar Magazine The National (UAE) The List South China Morning Post

Movie Reviews Only

T-Meter Title | Year
2/5 67% The Good Liar (2019) Condon would dearly love to deliver an adult thriller - a Hitchcockian Brief Encounter. But The Good Liar disappears into its own gaping plot holes. - South China Morning Post EDIT
Read More | Posted Nov 7, 2019
2.5/5 43% Midway (2019) Despite the impressive CGI-led battle scenes ... Midway is strangely pedestrian. Characters and dialogue fall flat, lacking the emotional pull you might expect. - South China Morning Post EDIT
Read More | Posted Nov 6, 2019
3.5/5 75% Doctor Sleep (2019) There's something hypnotic about spending another two-and-a-half hours in this world. - South China Morning Post EDIT
Read More | Posted Nov 5, 2019
3/5 71% Terminator: Dark Fate (2019) Dark Fate is more like a nostalgia-blast, reshuffling all-too-familiar tropes than an impressive new direction for the franchise. - South China Morning Post EDIT
Read More | Posted Oct 22, 2019
3/5 68% Zombieland: Double Tap (2019) Zombieland: Double Tap is light on its feet, filled with killer tunes and plenty of inventive, gratuitous slaughtering of the undead. - South China Morning Post EDIT
Read More | Posted Oct 16, 2019
3/5 40% Maleficent: Mistress of Evil (2019) Ronning does his best to distract from a simple-minded script by littering the frame with computer-generated critters. It's like a visit to a riotous flower show on a particularly sunny day. - South China Morning Post EDIT
Read More | Posted Oct 15, 2019
3/5 88% Ready or Not (2019) Not subtle (and might put you off getting hitched), but hits its mark with baseball-bat force. - Total Film EDIT
Read More | Posted Sep 25, 2019
3.5/5 53% The Lion King (2019) While Favreau's polished film will always come a distant second for anyone who fell in love with the original, his version is hugely respectful to the story and has its powerful moments too. - South China Morning Post EDIT
Read More | Posted Sep 18, 2019
4/5 88% Hustlers (2019) Riotously told and enthusiastically performed, Hustlers is hugely entertaining. Edgy, provocative and full of ker-ching. - Total Film EDIT
Read More | Posted Sep 13, 2019
4/5 54% Saturday Fiction (Lan xin da ju yuan) (2019) Saturday Fiction ties itself in knots, but there's something splendid about its mystery. It will keep you watching, guessing and surprised, until the final, violent reel unfolds. - South China Morning Post EDIT
Read More | Posted Sep 5, 2019
4.5/5 69% Joker (2019) Joker touches on the Batman mythology, although in some ways this is the least interesting aspect of the film - certainly when you've got Phoenix going full tilt. - South China Morning Post EDIT
Read More | Posted Sep 1, 2019
4/5 32% A Million Little Pieces (2019) Powered by the magnetic Aaron Taylor-Johnson, it's rough around the edges, but still intoxicating. - Total Film EDIT
Read More | Posted Aug 30, 2019
5/5 84% Ad Astra (2019) Aesthetically, Ad Astra is a thing of beauty. Given a sizeable budget for the first time in his career, Gray puts it all on screen. - South China Morning Post EDIT
Read More | Posted Aug 29, 2019
5/5 84% Ad Astra (2019) Sublime and stupendous. Beautiful, bold and remarkably executed, this is Gray's masterpiece, driven by a career-best turn from Pitt. - Total Film EDIT
Read More | Posted Aug 29, 2019
3.5/5 78% The Truth (La vérité) (2019) The Truth is most assuredly a Koreeda film, with his observations of human behaviour as razor-sharp as ever. - South China Morning Post EDIT
Read More | Posted Aug 28, 2019
3.5/5 79% Scary Stories to Tell in the Dark (2019) While horror for kids doesn't always work ... this one does. Anyone with a fear of spiders, in particular, will find their stomach turned. - South China Morning Post EDIT
Read More | Posted Aug 8, 2019
3/5 67% Fast & Furious Presents: Hobbs & Shaw (2019) [Fast & Furious] fans will get their kicks from another slick addition to this ever-growing franchise. - Metro (UK) EDIT
Read More | Posted Aug 2, 2019
3/5 73% The Angry Birds Movie 2 (2019) A film that deliberately - and wisely - moves away from the confines of the game. - South China Morning Post EDIT
Read More | Posted Aug 1, 2019
3.5/5 67% Fast & Furious Presents: Hobbs & Shaw (2019) It's the closest that the Fast & Furious films have gone into James Bond territory ... though stuntman-turned-director David Leitch rather outdoes 007 when it comes to the action. - South China Morning Post EDIT
Read More | Posted Jul 31, 2019
3/5 67% Fast & Furious Presents: Hobbs & Shaw (2019) This being a Fast & Furious movie, you'd expect the action be top-notch. David Leitch, the supreme stuntman-turned-action-director on John Wick, Atomic Blonde and Deadpool 2, doesn't let us down. - Total Film EDIT
Read More | Posted Jul 31, 2019
4/5 64% Our Time (Nuestro tiempo) (2019) From aerial shots of Mexico City as a plane comes in to land, to the sight of bulls rutting in unusually frosty weather, Our Time has a haunting beauty to it, as it confronts us with the painful, searing truth about the quixotic nature of mankind. - The List EDIT
Read More | Posted Jul 8, 2019
4/5 90% Spider-Man: Far From Home (2019) There's enough pure joy here to keep Marvel fans happy for the rest of the summer. - South China Morning Post EDIT
Read More | Posted Jun 27, 2019
4/5 63% Child's Play (2019) A hugely enjoyable horror comedy that pays tribute to its predecessor but delivers something fresh out the box, too. - South China Morning Post EDIT
Read More | Posted Jun 20, 2019
4.5/5 97% Toy Story 4 (2019) Balancing action, comedy and misty-eyed emotion, this is yet another dazzling showcase of animation from the Pixar stable. - South China Morning Post EDIT
Read More | Posted Jun 17, 2019
2/5 23% Men in Black International (2019) Men in Black: International is so forgettable, by the time you've left your seat you'll feel like you've been zapped by the 'Neuralizer'. - South China Morning Post EDIT
Read More | Posted Jun 12, 2019
2/5 41% Godzilla: King of the Monsters (2019) The film is so dark and foggy, it makes that Game of Thrones episode everyone complained about look like a ray of sunshine. - South China Morning Post EDIT
Read More | Posted May 28, 2019
3/5 96% Thunder Road (2018) Like a one-stop shop, [Jim] Cummings writes, directs, edits, composes the music and, of course, acts. It's an impressive juggling act, although the end result is very mixed. - Metro (UK) EDIT
Read More | Posted May 28, 2019
5/5 99% Parasite (Gisaengchung) (2019) Parasite is bravura filmmaking at its finest. Heavenly. - South China Morning Post EDIT
Read More | Posted May 21, 2019
4.5/5 85% Once Upon a Time In Hollywood (2019) True, the film takes its sweet time; some scenes are overindulged. But the pay-off is explosive - a finale that's both grisly and strangely sad. - South China Morning Post EDIT
Read More | Posted May 21, 2019
4.5/5 79% A Hidden Life (2019) Detailed and authentic, and never overstretching itself, this is a profoundly beautiful movie. - South China Morning Post EDIT
Read More | Posted May 19, 2019
4/5 89% Rocketman (2019) Fletcher stages the musical numbers with real panache, and Egerton is commanding on stage. - South China Morning Post EDIT
Read More | Posted May 16, 2019
4/5 56% The Dead Don't Die (2019) Jarmusch's film, lightweight though it is, is a smartly tooled tribute to both the horror genre and the director's own body of work. - South China Morning Post EDIT
Read More | Posted May 14, 2019
4/5 78% Never Look Away (2019) A film where politics, history, art and love collide into an almost operatic crescendo. - South China Morning Post EDIT
Read More | Posted May 7, 2019
3.5/5 63% Yesterday (2019) The likeable Patel sings Lennon/McCartney's songs with real soul, though the character is a little too morose to warm to. - South China Morning Post EDIT
Read More | Posted May 4, 2019
3.5/5 68% Pokémon Detective Pikachu (2019) Reynolds excels as Pikachu, playing a sort of watered-down version of his wisecracking R-rated Deadpool character. - South China Morning Post EDIT
Read More | Posted May 2, 2019
3/5 50% A Dog's Journey (2019) As it makes its pitch to become the modern-day Lassie, it has old-fashioned charm to spare. - The List EDIT
Read More | Posted May 1, 2019
3/5 45% Girls of the Sun (Les filles du soleil) (2019) It's hard not to be swept up by a film that celebrates the indomitable female spirit with such gusto - and a story that came close to slipping through the cracks. - South China Morning Post EDIT
Read More | Posted Apr 30, 2019
4/5 95% Wallace & Gromit: The Curse of the Were-Rabbit (2005) Peddling a brand of saucy postcard humor that wouldn't offend your granny, as well as the usual Aardman brand of wistful nostalgia, the story is also ripe with references to horror films... The result is close to perfection. - The List EDIT
Read More | Posted Apr 26, 2019
4/5 67% The Mighty Celt (2005) Aside from Elliott's sprightly direction and unsentimental script, The Mighty Celt's chief pleasure is the quality of the performances. - The List EDIT
Read More | Posted Apr 26, 2019
2/5 14% The Dukes of Hazzard (2005) A hollow-but-happy film that has no pretensions above its lowbrow station. - The List EDIT
Read More | Posted Apr 25, 2019
2/5 40% The Island (2005) Two movies rolled into one, the dumb one wins hands down. - The List EDIT
Read More | Posted Apr 25, 2019
3/5 59% Mr. & Mrs. Smith (2005) There's enough good humor to keep the clouds from forming for too long. - The List EDIT
Read More | Posted Apr 24, 2019
3/5 44% The Jacket (2005) The film is energetic. But with a rather conventional love story at its heart -- not particularly convincingly acted by Brody and Knightley -- this is one jacket that doesn't fit. - The List EDIT
Read More | Posted Apr 24, 2019
2/5 38% Sahara (2005) Operating with a machine-tooled efficiency, Sahara seems blithely unaware of its utter predictability. - The List EDIT
Read More | Posted Apr 23, 2019
3/5 69% Criminal (2004) There's nothing stars John C. Reilly and Diego Luna can do to make you forget you're watching the same story. - The List EDIT
Read More | Posted Apr 23, 2019
4/5 78% A Very Long Engagement (2004) With detail crammed into literally every frame, you'd be hard-pressed to find a more imaginative film this year. - The List EDIT
Read More | Posted Apr 23, 2019
4/5 44% Hål i mitt hjärta, Ett (A Hole In My Heart) (2004) Not a film that's easy to enjoy, it's nevertheless one that you won't forget in a hurry. - The List EDIT
Read More | Posted Apr 23, 2019
4/5 99% Ash Is Purest White (2019) If the final act is perhaps too ponderous, it's typical of Jia: this is no ordinary gangster film but one that's filled with poignancy and longing. - The List EDIT
Read More | Posted Apr 23, 2019
3/5 48% Bel Canto (2018) Despite adeptly handling a multilingual scenario, Weitz can't seem to decide what kind of film he wants Bel Canto to be, although the haunting finale still hits home. - The List EDIT
Read More | Posted Apr 23, 2019
1/5 48% The Triumph of Love (2002) This story of false identities set in the grounds of a luxurious (and remarkably empty) stately home feels like a rehearsal for the real thing. - The List EDIT
Read More | Posted Apr 22, 2019