For 58 reviews, this critic has graded:
  • 60% higher than the average critic
  • 5% same as the average critic
  • 35% 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
Average review score: 66
Highest review score: 100 Gravity
Lowest review score: 40 Charlie Countryman
Score distribution:
  1. Positive: 25 out of 58
  2. Negative: 0 out of 58
58 movie reviews
    • 84 Metascore
    • 100 James Mottram
    The best sci-fi movie since "Moon." The best time-travel yarn since "12 Monkeys." And one of the best films of 2012. You'll immediately want to see it again.
    • 75 Metascore
    • 100 James Mottram
    Utterly gripping. Aided by two punchy lead turns, an Oscar-worthy script and stunning in-car footage, Howard’s race film delivers top-gear drama. A piston- and heart-pumping triumph.
    • 96 Metascore
    • 100 James Mottram
    A stunning space saga that takes off for new technical frontiers without leaving its humanity behind.
    • 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.
    • 81 Metascore
    • 80 James Mottram
    The finale, as Ai's Twitter tirades lead to a serious human-rights breach, will make your blood boil.
    • 73 Metascore
    • 80 James Mottram
    Even if it lacks a stand-out turn it's still a grippingly authentic slice of life.
    • 67 Metascore
    • 80 James Mottram
    Smart, literate and romantic, it's this year's (500) Days Of Summer, but with a few more shadows. Like Calvin, you'll find it hard to resist Ms Sparks.
    • 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.
    • 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.
    • 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
    Utterly assured, breathtakingly executed and riotously funny, this is a delight.
    • 73 Metascore
    • 80 James Mottram
    Dolan never flinches across this bold, brassy piece; it’s confidently directed, stylishly shot, passionately acted and evocatively scored.
    • 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.
    • 60 Metascore
    • 80 James Mottram
    Kneel before shannon. His primal, powerhouse turn drives this criminal biopic. the film won’t win any prizes for originality, but its star proves he’s a real man of steel.
    • 66 Metascore
    • 80 James Mottram
    Smartly executed, endlessly quotable and machine-gun quick, this is one of the funniest films of 2013. Accessible for Partridge novices and hugely rewarding for the faithful.
    • 68 Metascore
    • 80 James Mottram
    If the Collette/Carell reunion suggests Little Miss Sunshine, it’s not quite that crowd-pleasing. But, crafted with much TLC and sympathy, it’s perfectly tailored to the tongue-tied teen in us all.
    • 74 Metascore
    • 80 James Mottram
    Capturing the essence of the source novel, this is a superior adult drama. Harrowing, heartbreaking but utterly compelling.
    • 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.
    • 56 Metascore
    • 80 James Mottram
    With McAvoy acting as if his life depends on it, Filth is the Irvine Welsh film we’ve been waiting years for. Tastier than a deep-fried Mars Bar.
    • 73 Metascore
    • 80 James Mottram
    The result? An accomplished, bittersweet drama that's more bitter than sweet.
    • 77 Metascore
    • 80 James Mottram
    Maverick director James Toback (Fingers) and Alec Baldwin front this frequently hilarious insider doc.
    • 36 Metascore
    • 80 James Mottram
    Gormican’s script is the film’s big strength; the dialogue fizzes while the set-pieces pay off handsomely.
    • 69 Metascore
    • 80 James Mottram
    Denis’ sparse story delivers details on a need-to-know basis, right up to the finale. Strong on atmos, thanks to Tindersticks’ score, it’ll chill you to the core.
    • 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.
    • 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.
    • 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.
    • 79 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.
    • 67 Metascore
    • 60 James Mottram
    It’s absorbing to a point, but adds little to what’s gone before.
    • 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.
    • 31 Metascore
    • 40 James Mottram
    Mostly, this is empty, ugly and pretentious.
    • 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.
    • 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.