James Mottram

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For 98 reviews, this critic has graded:
  • 60% higher than the average critic
  • 7% same as the average critic
  • 33% lower than the average critic
On average, this critic grades 7.3 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: 49 out of 98
  2. Negative: 1 out of 98
98 movie reviews
    • 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.
    • 67 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.
    • 67 Metascore
    • 60 James Mottram
    It’s absorbing to a point, but adds little to what’s gone before.
    • 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.
    • 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.
    • 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.
    • 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.
    • 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.
    • 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.
    • 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.
    • 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.
    • 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.
    • 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.
    • 49 Metascore
    • 40 James Mottram
    You'd think Greta Gerwig's bones were hurting, so achingly hip is this irritating New York indie.
    • 55 Metascore
    • 40 James Mottram
    But for the most part it’s Neanderthal compared to the Pixar stable.
    • 54 Metascore
    • 40 James Mottram
    Most of the gags fall flatter than a Knoxville belly-flop.
    • 40 Metascore
    • 40 James Mottram
    Flu
    The result? Not so much "World War Z" as World War Zzzz.

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