James Mottram

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For 117 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 6.7 points higher than other critics. (0-100 point scale)

James Mottram's Scores

  • Movies
  • TV
Average review score: 68
Highest review score: 100 Rush
Lowest review score: 20 Mortdecai
Score distribution:
  1. Positive: 58 out of 117
  2. Negative: 1 out of 117
117 movie reviews
    • 73 Metascore
    • 80 James Mottram
    The result? An accomplished, bittersweet drama that's more bitter than sweet.
    • 77 Metascore
    • 80 James Mottram
    This is a fine, fitting finale for the movies’ greatest mutant.
    • 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.
    • 73 Metascore
    • 80 James Mottram
    Seydoux again offers a frank turn, while Rahim and Ménochet add real class.
    • 65 Metascore
    • 80 James Mottram
    Loud, lewd, inventive and outrageous, Deadpool is a delight. All credit to Reynolds and co. for having the steel balls to go this far.
    • 88 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.
    • 39 Metascore
    • 80 James Mottram
    It’s a smart gen-gap tale with loveable characters.
    • 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.
    • 64 Metascore
    • 80 James Mottram
    Boasting a fantastic turn from Ethan Hawke, this is bold indie filmmaking. Budreau and his stars deserve a fanfare.
    • 60 Metascore
    • 80 James Mottram
    The resulting drama offers a great showcase for Dyrholm, whose slide towards instability is the film’s core.
    • 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.
    • 64 Metascore
    • 80 James Mottram
    Not the deepest western you’ll ever see, but it sure knows how to pack a punch (and fire off a round). Fans of the genre will get their kicks.
    • 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.
    • 72 Metascore
    • 80 James Mottram
    Cumberbatch fits Doctor Strange like a pair of snap-tight surgical gloves, in yet another MCU triumph. Beautifully designed, brilliantly executed.
    • 37 Metascore
    • 80 James Mottram
    Leaner, meaner, and far superior to 2010's Clash cock-up. From top-grade 3D to a multitude of monsters and a welcome influx of acting talent, this is pure popcorn pleasure.
    • 55 Metascore
    • 80 James Mottram
    Rude, crude and packed with more laughs than Jay’s had lovers (6,004, apparently), Inbetweeners fans will lap this up. All this, and a killer twist at the end.
    • 85 Metascore
    • 80 James Mottram
    As their early fights give way to growing respect, it’s a beautifully calibrated relationship, with small moments gradually building into something much bigger. A gem.
    • 62 Metascore
    • 80 James Mottram
    Funny, twisty and thrilling, this is shellhead’s most entertaining solo flight to date. It’s also an impressive pace-setter for this summer’s barrage of big movies.
    • 65 Metascore
    • 80 James Mottram
    With A+ acting, a solid script and sensitive handling, there’s enough here to move even the hardest of souls.
    • 75 Metascore
    • 80 James Mottram
    True, John Wick: Chapter 2 doesn’t quite hit the heights of the original – partly because the element of surprise when it comes to the fight-work is gone, partly because it lacks the emotional pull of Wick avenging his wife’s memory. But as badass B-movies go, this really gets the blood pumping.
    • 72 Metascore
    • 80 James Mottram
    Utterly assured, breathtakingly executed and riotously funny, this is a delight.
    • 65 Metascore
    • 80 James Mottram
    Both revealing and good-natured, its a very inviting exploration of one of the 20th Centurys major artists.
    • 62 Metascore
    • 80 James Mottram
    While the plot toys with credibility, director Mikkel Nørgaard ( Borgen ) conjures a squalid atmosphere – the stuff of real nightmares. This is so grimly compelling that even if you want to look away, you won’t be able to.
    • 63 Metascore
    • 80 James Mottram
    Ozon keeps the melodrama at bay to deliver a typically subversive study of growing pains. And in Vacth he’s found a real star-in-waiting.
    • 84 Metascore
    • 80 James Mottram
    A surreal head-scratcher that'd make Luis Buñuel smile, it may not be perfectly formed, but there's no denying its fierce originality.
    • 41 Metascore
    • 80 James Mottram
    Hardy is immaculate as Leo, from accent to demeanour. Now on his fourth film with Hardy, Oldman is a pleasure to watch, and even the smallest of roles have been carefully cast, with the likes of Vincent Cassel, Paddy Considine and Clarke all enjoying their moment.
    • 36 Metascore
    • 60 James Mottram
    Valiant, but flawed. Some of the set-pieces are superb, but there isn’t enough meat on the bones to turn this into a classic.
    • 26 Metascore
    • 60 James Mottram
    Depending on taste, you’ll be left either barfing or laughing.

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