James Mottram
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For 77 reviews, this critic has graded:
  • 57% higher than the average critic
  • 7% same as the average critic
  • 36% lower than the average critic
On average, this critic grades 7.6 points higher than other critics. (0-100 point scale)

James Mottram's Scores

  • Movies
  • TV
Average review score: 67
Highest review score: 100 Maps to the Stars
Lowest review score: 20 Mortdecai
Score distribution:
  1. Positive: 37 out of 77
  2. Negative: 1 out of 77
77 movie reviews
    • 96 Metascore
    • 100 James Mottram
    A stunning space saga that takes off for new technical frontiers without leaving its humanity behind.
    • 75 Metascore
    • 100 James Mottram
    Utterly gripping. Aided by two punchy lead turns, an Oscar-worthy script and stunning in-car footage, Howard’s race film delivers top-gear drama. A piston- and heart-pumping triumph.
    • 67 Metascore
    • 100 James Mottram
    Detractors may carp that Cronenberg is showing us nothing new, but Maps is so flawless in its execution, it vividly refreshes the subject matter. Never overcooking the setting, it’s a story right in his wheelhouse; a very human look at characters barely clinging to their humanity.
    • 84 Metascore
    • 100 James Mottram
    The best sci-fi movie since "Moon." The best time-travel yarn since "12 Monkeys." And one of the best films of 2012. You'll immediately want to see it again.
    • 89 Metascore
    • 80 James Mottram
    Powerful drama, driven by a powerhouse performance, Selma is this year’s Lincoln. For Oyelowo and DuVernay, it’s a career changer.
    • 66 Metascore
    • 80 James Mottram
    Smartly executed, endlessly quotable and machine-gun quick, this is one of the funniest films of 2013. Accessible for Partridge novices and hugely rewarding for the faithful.
    • 64 Metascore
    • 80 James Mottram
    Loud, intense, violent, relentless, Fury doesn’t stop until the credits roll, thanks to Ayer’s cracking direction and a committed cast. The best WW2 movie in some time.
    • 59 Metascore
    • 80 James Mottram
    Injecting fun and fairground thrills back into the spy movie, Kingsman is a blast. Firth is sensational, Jackson rules and newcomer Egerton surprises. Mission accomplished for Matthew Vaughn.
    • 60 Metascore
    • 80 James Mottram
    Kneel before shannon. His primal, powerhouse turn drives this criminal biopic. the film won’t win any prizes for originality, but its star proves he’s a real man of steel.
    • 79 Metascore
    • 80 James Mottram
    MacKay is marvellous, delivering lines with a Lear-like intensity, in what becomes a fascinating meditation on myth and madness.
    • 69 Metascore
    • 80 James Mottram
    Denis’ sparse story delivers details on a need-to-know basis, right up to the finale. Strong on atmos, thanks to Tindersticks’ score, it’ll chill you to the core.
    • 81 Metascore
    • 80 James Mottram
    The finale, as Ai's Twitter tirades lead to a serious human-rights breach, will make your blood boil.
    • 73 Metascore
    • 80 James Mottram
    Even if it lacks a stand-out turn it's still a grippingly authentic slice of life.
    • 68 Metascore
    • 80 James Mottram
    If the Collette/Carell reunion suggests Little Miss Sunshine, it’s not quite that crowd-pleasing. But, crafted with much TLC and sympathy, it’s perfectly tailored to the tongue-tied teen in us all.
    • 74 Metascore
    • 80 James Mottram
    Capturing the essence of the source novel, this is a superior adult drama. Harrowing, heartbreaking but utterly compelling.
    • 67 Metascore
    • 80 James Mottram
    Loving and lavish, Kenneth Branagh’s take will please traditionalists more than revisionists, but there’s enough here to enchant both young and old.
    • 67 Metascore
    • 80 James Mottram
    Smart, literate and romantic, it's this year's (500) Days Of Summer, but with a few more shadows. Like Calvin, you'll find it hard to resist Ms Sparks.
    • 73 Metascore
    • 80 James Mottram
    A finely etched character study, with Cumberbatch on towering form. Set coordinates for the Oscars.
    • 73 Metascore
    • 80 James Mottram
    Dolan never flinches across this bold, brassy piece; it’s confidently directed, stylishly shot, passionately acted and evocatively scored.
    • 77 Metascore
    • 80 James Mottram
    Maverick director James Toback (Fingers) and Alec Baldwin front this frequently hilarious insider doc.
    • 56 Metascore
    • 80 James Mottram
    With McAvoy acting as if his life depends on it, Filth is the Irvine Welsh film we’ve been waiting years for. Tastier than a deep-fried Mars Bar.
    • 46 Metascore
    • 80 James Mottram
    Not as groundbreaking as the original, nor as expansive as all the best sequels are. But with some excellent cast additions, and Miller on murky form, this still sizzles to the touch.
    • 73 Metascore
    • 80 James Mottram
    The result? An accomplished, bittersweet drama that's more bitter than sweet.
    • 81 Metascore
    • 80 James Mottram
    Full of ear-pleasing lines and obscure R&B tunes, it’s colourful, casual and full of flavour. An unexpected treat.
    • 87 Metascore
    • 80 James Mottram
    Bleak but beautiful, this terrific chamber drama confirms Ceylan as one of world cinema’s leading lights. The bum-numbing length may intimidate, but there’s more than enough quality to offset it.
    • 68 Metascore
    • 80 James Mottram
    On form as both director and actor, Jones crafts a mournful but moving hymn to the western. The feminist subtext, meanwhile, brings a fresh slant to the old genre.
    • 81 Metascore
    • 80 James Mottram
    If not quite on a par with PTA’s best, this is still a richly intoxicating brew of humour, violence and melancholy.
    • 50 Metascore
    • 80 James Mottram
    A superior thriller, with Cruise and McQuarrie slotting together like a bullet in a clip. Like Reacher on the firing range, the aim isn't always true – but the misses are fractional.
    • 36 Metascore
    • 80 James Mottram
    Gormican’s script is the film’s big strength; the dialogue fizzes while the set-pieces pay off handsomely.
    • 58 Metascore
    • 80 James Mottram
    To The Wonder doesn’t quite live up to the sky-high expectations set by his earlier films. But it’s still a brave, soul-stirring and sensitive work.

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