James Mottram
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For 74 reviews, this critic has graded:
  • 56% higher than the average critic
  • 8% same as the average critic
  • 36% lower than the average critic
On average, this critic grades 8 points higher than other critics. (0-100 point scale)

James Mottram's Scores

  • Movies
  • TV
Average review score: 67
Highest review score: 100 Gravity
Lowest review score: 20 Mortdecai
Score distribution:
  1. Positive: 36 out of 74
  2. Negative: 1 out of 74
74 movie reviews
    • 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.
    • 73 Metascore
    • 80 James Mottram
    A finely etched character study, with Cumberbatch on towering form. Set coordinates for the Oscars.
    • 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.
    • 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.
    • 69 Metascore
    • 60 James Mottram
    With Hill on co-scripting duties with Scott Pilgrim scribe Michael Bacall, 21 Jump Street was always going to live or die by its gags. Fortunately, it boasts that sweet-yet-dirty comedy that Hill revels in.
    • 63 Metascore
    • 60 James Mottram
    Reversing his "Take Shelter" role, Michael Shannon convinces as her grounded husband and "Mad Men's" John Slattery offers good support as a fellow vet. But this is Cardellini's film, and she dominates with a terrific, tough-minded turn.
    • 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.
    • 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."
    • 60 Metascore
    • 60 James Mottram
    Cool cast, hip directors, but a movie that's less than the sum of both. Like its title character, Jeff is gentle, warm but a little forgettable.
    • 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.
    • 54 Metascore
    • 60 James Mottram
    Childminders rejoice: the formulaic but family-friendly series is back and it's business as usual.
    • 71 Metascore
    • 60 James Mottram
    Two fine performances - particularly from an unhinged Winstead - almost elevate Smashed to greatness. But an under-worked script leaves you feeling groggy and bleary-eyed by the end.
    • 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.
    • 40 Metascore
    • 60 James Mottram
    Typified by Penn's blustery performance, Gangster Squad is sleek, stylish but superficial. Easy on the eye, even easier on the brain, it doesn't last long in the memory.
    • 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.
    • 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.
    • 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.
    • 26 Metascore
    • 60 James Mottram
    Depending on taste, you’ll be left either barfing or laughing.
    • 37 Metascore
    • 60 James Mottram
    It’s no "Drive," and even hardcore fans will struggle to love a film that’s as mad as a bag of prawn crackers, but as an exercise in style, it has many moments to savour.
    • 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.
    • 78 Metascore
    • 60 James Mottram
    Assured, adult filmmaking from a writer/director who knows her way around the ups and downs of relationships.
    • 59 Metascore
    • 60 James Mottram
    [A] memorable, conventional account of a true maverick.
    • 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.
    • 75 Metascore
    • 60 James Mottram
    Quillévéré’s elliptical plot isn’t always spot-on, skipping years to a near maddening degree. But treading a fine line between poetry and realism, it’s still heartfelt and harrowing.
    • 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.
    • 71 Metascore
    • 60 James Mottram
    It’s wildly melodramatic, typified by the ear-assaulting score. But there’s something compelling about Dolan’s supreme self-confidence, even when misplaced. He takes risks – and that’s attractive.
    • 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.

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