James Mottram

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For 138 reviews, this critic has graded:
  • 62% higher than the average critic
  • 5% same as the average critic
  • 33% lower than the average critic
On average, this critic grades 6.1 points higher than other critics. (0-100 point scale)

James Mottram's Scores

  • Movies
  • TV
Average review score: 68
Highest review score: 100 Looper
Lowest review score: 20 Mortdecai
Score distribution:
  1. Positive: 68 out of 138
  2. Negative: 2 out of 138
138 movie reviews
    • 81 Metascore
    • 60 James Mottram
    One of the strangest films you’ll see this (or any) year, it unsettles, bores, elates and amuses in equal measure. Not for everyone, but there’s plenty to chew on.
    • 38 Metascore
    • 60 James Mottram
    Fresh cast, fresh ideas and full-on action gives Taylor’s reboot momentum, even if an overloaded script threatens to topple it at times. Doesn’t touch Cameron’s two movies, of course.
    • 64 Metascore
    • 60 James Mottram
    A valiant effort that never quite scales the dizzy emotional heights required, running out of oxygen in the final act. Visually, though, it’s stunning.
    • 27 Metascore
    • 40 James Mottram
    Ponderous, pretentious and, most damning of all, just not much fun.
    • 54 Metascore
    • 40 James Mottram
    Most of the gags fall flatter than a Knoxville belly-flop.
    • 31 Metascore
    • 40 James Mottram
    Mostly, this is empty, ugly and pretentious.
    • 38 Metascore
    • 40 James Mottram
    True, Hendricks has fun with her role as a good girl with a bad streak, while Shauna Cross and Johnny Rosenthal’s script fires off a few zingers. But with Thornton surprisingly disengaged and the robbery plot formulaic, it’s a limp dick of a sequel.
    • 36 Metascore
    • 40 James Mottram
    Disappointingly limp, with precious few belly laughs, despite a try-hard attitude.
    • 40 Metascore
    • 40 James Mottram
    Flu
    The result? Not so much "World War Z" as World War Zzzz.
    • 39 Metascore
    • 40 James Mottram
    A genuine disappointment, given the talent involved, and a rare misstep for Penn, who can’t save this moribund vanity project from flatlining.
    • 47 Metascore
    • 40 James Mottram
    Luchini’s excellent, but this is guilty of gross tonal uncertainty.
    • 55 Metascore
    • 40 James Mottram
    But for the most part it’s Neanderthal compared to the Pixar stable.
    • 49 Metascore
    • 40 James Mottram
    You'd think Greta Gerwig's bones were hurting, so achingly hip is this irritating New York indie.
    • 39 Metascore
    • 40 James Mottram
    A few lowbrow laughs… but far too many one-note characters, performances, and plot points to make them worth showing up for.
    • 56 Metascore
    • 40 James Mottram
    A nifty lift-off and a tense first hour lead us, disappointingly, to a very bumpy landing. While Neeson and co. do their best, the script just doesn’t deliver where it really matters.
    • 39 Metascore
    • 40 James Mottram
    The cars are hot, the action is decent, but the characters and plot need a serious tune-up.
    • 36 Metascore
    • 20 James Mottram
    Jones and Oldman are on autopilot, while Costner grizzles like a sore-headed bear. Only Gal Gadot, as Reynolds’ widow, has any cred in this utter pap.
    • 27 Metascore
    • 20 James Mottram
    Charmless, mirthless and witless, this waste of time is another black mark on Depp’s card, while his co-stars fare little better. Even low expectations won’t help you here.

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