Jamie Graham

Jamie Graham
Tomatometer-approved critic

Movie Reviews Only

T-Meter Title | Year
3/5 76% Doctor Sleep (2019) Don't overlook this spiritual sequel to The Shining. But don't expect it get close to Kubrick's original, either. - Total Film EDIT
Read More | Posted Oct 31, 2019
5/5 96% The Irishman (2019) This is Scorsese's summation, his twilight masterpiece, his Once Upon A Time In America. - Total Film EDIT
Read More | Posted Oct 14, 2019
2/5 26% Gemini Man (2019) Come for the technical innovations, stay for... hmm. Two Will Smiths for the price of one just ain't worth it. - Total Film EDIT
Read More | Posted Oct 4, 2019
4/5 99% The Farewell (2019) It is heartfelt and beautifully observed, so while everyone on screen is doing their utmost to hold back tears, yours will come unchecked. - Total Film EDIT
Read More | Posted Sep 23, 2019
3/5 63% It Chapter Two (2019) Huge kudos goes to Muschietti for again capturing the essence of King's magnum opus. - Total Film EDIT
Read More | Posted Sep 3, 2019
5/5 90% The Souvenir (2019) Hogg's best film yet is an instant British classic. - Total Film EDIT
Read More | Posted Aug 30, 2019
4/5 97% Toy Story 4 (2019) Toy Story 5 now seems like a rather good idea. - Total Film EDIT
Read More | Posted Jun 13, 2019
85% Once Upon a Time In Hollywood (2019) Once Upon A Time In... Hollywood is actually surprisingly pure of heart, a love letter to both the memory of Tate and to Old Hollywood as times are a changin'. - GQ Magazine [UK] EDIT
Read More | Posted May 23, 2019
99% Parasite (Gisaengchung) (2019) It grips from first frame to last. - Total Film EDIT
Read More | Posted May 23, 2019
98% Portrait of a Lady on Fire (Portrait de la jeune fille en feu) (2019) For all of its composed sumptuousness, Portrait of a Lady on Fire makes for thrilling viewing. - Total Film EDIT
Read More | Posted May 21, 2019
85% Sorry We Missed You (2019) More tense and harrowing than any Hollywood thriller. - Total Film EDIT
Read More | Posted May 18, 2019
4/5 94% Avengers: Endgame (2019) Part of the journey is the end, and this goes out with a bang that'll make you whimper. - Total Film EDIT
Read More | Posted Apr 23, 2019
3/5 47% Dumbo (2019) There are thrills and feels but this reimagination of the delightful animation doesn't take flight often enough. - Total Film EDIT
Read More | Posted Mar 26, 2019
38% Grease 2 (1982) It is, in fact, something of a camp classic, enjoyable on its own terms and boasting a marvellously insouciant performance from Pfeiffer as the leader of the Pink Ladies. - Digital Spy EDIT
Read More | Posted Feb 27, 2019
3/5 82% Instant Family (2018) It's no Parenthood. It's tonally messy. But Instant Family's made with excellent intentions and chunks of it work. - Total Film EDIT
Read More | Posted Feb 5, 2019
4/5 70% Cold Pursuit (2019) This is a rare remake of worth - droll, sleek and not content to settle for being Taken 4. - Total Film EDIT
Read More | Posted Feb 5, 2019
5/5 93% The Old Man & the Gun (2018) Neither too clever for its own good nor simply a nostalgia-trip pastiche aimed only at chin-strumming cinephiles, it is, in a word, fun. - Total Film EDIT
Read More | Posted Dec 5, 2018
4/5 88% Silent Light (Stellet licht) (2007) The sound of silence... Indulging in few words and even fewer edits, Carlos Reygadas lets his luminous images do the talking as he ponders the human condition and more. Some viewers will cry with boredom; true believers will shed tears of pain and joy. - Total Film EDIT
Read More | Posted Dec 2, 2018
3/5 60% Real Steel (2011) With its tale of redemption, reconnection and triumphant underdogs interwoven with seamless effects boasting a palpable physicality, Real Steel does nothing new but does it well. - Total Film EDIT
Read More | Posted Nov 14, 2018
3/5 29% Venom (2018) Fleischer made a better comedy-horror with Zombieland, but Venom's a decent buddy actioner. You might even laugh your head off... - Total Film EDIT
Read More | Posted Oct 3, 2018
5/5 91% Mandy (2018) Cage loses it in a bloody, druggy, superbly crafted revenge thriller. Astonishing. - Total Film EDIT
Read More | Posted Sep 11, 2018
4/5 87% Upgrade (2018) Whannell flaunts his influences while still making a movie good enough to stand tall on its own considerable merits. - Total Film EDIT
Read More | Posted Aug 30, 2018
5/5 97% Mission: Impossible - Fallout (2018) McQuarrie brings grace and grit, and Cruise brings it, period. This quick-witted, fleet-footed franchise shows no sign of flagging. - Total Film EDIT
Read More | Posted Jul 13, 2018
5/5 93% First Reformed (2018) Paul Schrader's best for 20 years. A stunning study of one man's flaws and an apocalyptic vision of mankind's fate. - Total Film EDIT
Read More | Posted Jul 9, 2018
4/5 94% Incredibles 2 (2018) Despite the first Incredibles feeling newer and, ideas-wise, more focused in its tale of dreary domesticity rubbing up against wacky world-saving, this is terrific. - Total Film EDIT
Read More | Posted Jun 21, 2018
3/5 48% Jurassic World: Fallen Kingdom (2018) After a first half that suggests franchise fatigue is setting in, Fallen Kingdom zooms in for some scarily good set-pieces. - Total Film EDIT
Read More | Posted Jun 6, 2018
4/5 70% Solo: A Star Wars Story (2018) Far better than we had any right to expect. Thrilling set-pieces, spine-tingling iconography and a Han/Chewie bromance to savour. - Total Film EDIT
Read More | Posted May 15, 2018
4/5 83% Blockers (2018) Somehow manages to be sweet and progressive, as well as a timely release in the era of #MeToo and #TimesUp. - Total Film EDIT
Read More | Posted Mar 26, 2018
4/5 72% Ready Player One (2018) Spielberg gets his game face on with spectacular results. One extended scene - no spoilers! - is as fun as cinema gets. - Total Film EDIT
Read More | Posted Mar 19, 2018
3/5 52% Tomb Raider (2018) Vikander packs a punch but this Tomb Raider is a long way off the Holy Grail of the first three Indy movies. - Total Film EDIT
Read More | Posted Mar 14, 2018
3/5 75% Mom and Dad (2018) An exploitation movie that, paradoxically, exhibits too much good taste. Still, expect "Saws all!" to become a 2018 catchphrase. - Total Film EDIT
Read More | Posted Feb 27, 2018
3/5 43% Maze Runner: The Death Cure (2018) The spectacle is decent and the relationship dynamics absorb just enough to fill the lengthy run time. - Total Film EDIT
Read More | Posted Jan 23, 2018
4/5 48% Downsizing (2017) No small achievement. Alexander Payne re-confirms his position as one of US cinema's premier filmmakers. - Total Film EDIT
Read More | Posted Jan 23, 2018
5/5 90% Three Billboards Outside Ebbing, Missouri (2017) McDormand is an unstoppable force in a fiercely intelligent, profanely poetic movie that shifts tonal gears at breakneck speed. - Total Film EDIT
Read More | Posted Jan 9, 2018
3/5 30% Pitch Perfect 3 (2017) This last (?) encore feels a little tired, but fans will still feel the urge to raise their lighters/glowing phones. - Total Film EDIT
Read More | Posted Dec 21, 2017
5/5 91% Star Wars: The Last Jedi (2017) An excellent middle chapter bursting with wit, wisdom, emotion, shocks, old-fashioned derring-do, state-of-the-art tech, and stonking set-pieces. - Total Film EDIT
Read More | Posted Dec 12, 2017
4/5 89% Better Watch Out (2017) A Christmas horror-comedy - and one of the best since Gremlins. - Total Film EDIT
Read More | Posted Dec 6, 2017
3/5 85% Wonder (2017) Chbosky traces a rote story arc but works hard to avoid mawkishness, while Julia Roberts and Owen Wilson dial down their star power to serve the story as Auggie's fretful folks. - Total Film EDIT
Read More | Posted Nov 30, 2017
4/5 71% Happy End (2017) The unflinching filmmaker behind Funny Games, Hidden and Amour returns to his decidedly uncuddly pet themes. - Total Film EDIT
Read More | Posted Nov 30, 2017
3/5 62% Kaleidoscope (2017) Face crumpled, eyes darting, Jones captures the wounded humanity at the core of this psychological thriller. - Total Film EDIT
Read More | Posted Nov 6, 2017
5/5 96% The Florida Project (2017) Poverty and poetry, delinquency and deluxe wonder... this child's-eye view of lives on a knife-edge is terrific. - Total Film EDIT
Read More | Posted Nov 6, 2017
4/5 60% Murder On The Orient Express (2017) Shooting in 65mm, Branagh delivers all of the eye-saucering exteriors you'd expect, as mountaintops soar, sunlight glints at the end of tunnels and stations snuggle under a duvet of blue snow. - Total Film EDIT
Read More | Posted Nov 2, 2017
5/5 85% The Shining (1980) The Shining buzzes madness and malevolence from every frame. - Total Film EDIT
Read More | Posted Oct 30, 2017
3/5 52% The Glass Castle (2017) Well-acted, well-made and well-intentioned, but not quite strong enough to gain the awards traction it would desire. - Total Film EDIT
Read More | Posted Oct 3, 2017
3/5 52% Kingsman: The Golden Circle (2017) With less to say for itself and the tics and tropes of the spy genre already upended, this sequel at times runs around and around in circles, even if it often looks golden whilst doing it. - Digital Spy EDIT
Read More | Posted Sep 19, 2017
5/5 100% Close Encounters Of The Third Kind: 40th Anniversary Release (2017) The tension only serves a tale of obsession and sacrifice - qualities easily lost against the wondrous effects and heart-swelling hope. - Total Film EDIT
Read More | Posted Sep 11, 2017
4/5 66% Victoria & Abdul (2017) A royal treat. - Total Film EDIT
Read More | Posted Sep 11, 2017
4/5 83% The Villainess (Ak-Nyeo) (2017) The plotting is tangled, the emotional undertow slight, but the action keeps on coming, including a blistering multi-player sword fight on speeding bikes. - Total Film EDIT
Read More | Posted Sep 11, 2017
4/5 69% mother! (2017) Aronofsky's seventh movie, mother!, is being marketed as a 'psychological thriller' but reveals itself to be his most out-and-out, not to mention outré, horror movie yet. - Digital Spy EDIT
Read More | Posted Sep 6, 2017
4/5 86% It (2017) The real reason IT works is because it takes time with the kids, revelling in their colourful lingo and comradeship as much as their fears. - Total Film EDIT
Read More | Posted Sep 6, 2017