James Mottram

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For 114 reviews, this critic has graded:
  • 61% higher than the average critic
  • 6% 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 Maps to the Stars
Lowest review score: 20 Mortdecai
Score distribution:
  1. Positive: 57 out of 114
  2. Negative: 1 out of 114
114 movie reviews
    • 59 Metascore
    • 60 James Mottram
    [A] memorable, conventional account of a true maverick.
    • 48 Metascore
    • 60 James Mottram
    Guilty of being slavishly loyal, Taylor’s film never quite translates into the cinematic equivalent of Hawkins’ page-turner. Blunt, though, is excellent.
    • 55 Metascore
    • 60 James Mottram
    Full of fizz, filth and fun, I’m So Excited! is like an ’80s retro-blast. Its scattershot comedy may not impress latecomers to Almodóvar’s career, but old-school fans will love it.
    • 45 Metascore
    • 60 James Mottram
    Like all of Bay’s work, it’s over-the-top, brash and exhausting to watch. But like the lifestyle its characters aspire to, there’s an allure too.
    • 42 Metascore
    • 60 James Mottram
    A competent rather than classic follow-up. If the action feels generic at times, the addition of Watts, more Winslet and the strength of Woodley are worth watching.
    • 58 Metascore
    • 60 James Mottram
    Joseph Gordon-Levitt is credible as the former NSA contractor, but Stone gets side-tracked by his relationship with Lindsay Mills (Shailene Woodley) and Rhys Ifans’ leering CIA suit.
    • 67 Metascore
    • 60 James Mottram
    It’s absorbing to a point, but adds little to what’s gone before.
    • 66 Metascore
    • 60 James Mottram
    Uplifting it isn’t, but there’s poetry to be found in these desperate lives, and Riccobono never judges or sensationalises his subjects. Sensitive, if slightly unfocused.
    • 62 Metascore
    • 60 James Mottram
    Adams is as watchable as ever as Margaret, backed by fine support, but the problem lies with Waltz. He’s more caricature than character, and Burton proves unable to harness his energy as well as Tarantino did.
    • 54 Metascore
    • 60 James Mottram
    It’s not groundbreaking, but the impressionistic approach at least strives for more than your standard-issue bio.
    • 49 Metascore
    • 60 James Mottram
    Sagnier is appealing in her first real romantic role and there’s Gallic charm galore.
    • 48 Metascore
    • 60 James Mottram
    Loyal to the novel, but welcoming enough for newbies, Divergent does a decent if not jawdropping job of bringing its dystopian world to life.
    • 78 Metascore
    • 60 James Mottram
    Not the promised insider’s peek but Assayas and Binoche are still a potent combo, nailing the fragility of an actress facing the ageing process.
    • 54 Metascore
    • 60 James Mottram
    Childminders rejoice: the formulaic but family-friendly series is back and it's business as usual.
    • 64 Metascore
    • 60 James Mottram
    Meandering like a jazz riff, Miles Ahead is a curio that doesn't quite come off. But credit Cheadle, both in front and behind camera, for refusing to play the easy notes.
    • 64 Metascore
    • 60 James Mottram
    The home stretch is drenched in sticky-sweet sentiment, but Murray’s fans will rejoice at the chance to see their idol in full-on grouch mode.
    • 49 Metascore
    • 60 James Mottram
    With robotic depictions of Iran's 'morality police', the political subtext is strictly one-dimensional. But with ace choreographer Akram Khan on board, the dancing is powerful.
    • 34 Metascore
    • 60 James Mottram
    More Blue Steel than Magnum, this is a perfectly serviceable sequel, but dogged by repetition, it lacks the original's speed and sizzle.
    • 60 Metascore
    • 60 James Mottram
    Packed tight, Jacobs’ straightforward sequel may boast less up top than the Soderbergh-directed original, but still bulges where it counts.
    • 55 Metascore
    • 60 James Mottram
    A grand folly that makes the Wachowskis’ "The Matrix" trilogy look prosaic, Cloud Atlas is a fascinating if flawed work that will leave you gasping one minute and gagging the next.
    • 73 Metascore
    • 60 James Mottram
    While there’s sweetness, the big, sweeping emotions you hope for never quite arrive.
    • 78 Metascore
    • 60 James Mottram
    Assured, adult filmmaking from a writer/director who knows her way around the ups and downs of relationships.
    • 35 Metascore
    • 60 James Mottram
    With a wraparound narrative that never really strikes a balance between past and present, all that axe-flinging, ice-casting action makes a modest impact.
    • 61 Metascore
    • 60 James Mottram
    Another silly but sturdy instalment that’s as well-oiled as The Rock’s muscles. If the ‘Letty in London’ story doesn’t exactly have that new-car smell, this is still the fastest soap opera on wheels.
    • 55 Metascore
    • 60 James Mottram
    With Yakin's all-action plot operating like clockwork, an on-song Statham proves anything but expendable in a genre he dominates. Predictable, sure, but equally pleasurable.
    • 55 Metascore
    • 60 James Mottram
    Shepard’s film is fun but forgettable in the first hour, then disappointing in the final third. But Law’s raucous turn keeps you watching.
    • 56 Metascore
    • 60 James Mottram
    It may lose its way on occasions, but thanks to a committed cast and a script that captures the Kerouac vibe, Salles' adaptation never ends up on the road to nowhere.
    • 73 Metascore
    • 60 James Mottram
    What emerges is a touching study (in more ways than one) of the trials, terrors and triumphs of living with physical disability.
    • 58 Metascore
    • 60 James Mottram
    Outrageous, outlandish and overboard, The Dictator will satisfy Cohen's army of fans. But it never feels as funny, full-on or fresh as "Borat" and "Brüno."

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