For 72 reviews, this critic has graded:
  • 61% higher than the average critic
  • 0% same as the average critic
  • 39% lower than the average critic
On average, this critic grades 2 points higher than other critics. (0-100 point scale)

James Rocchi's Scores

  • Movies
  • TV
Average review score: 61
Highest review score: 100 A Most Violent Year
Lowest review score: 0 The Paperboy
Score distribution:
  1. Positive: 40 out of 72
  2. Negative: 13 out of 72
72 movie reviews
    • 76 Metascore
    • 70 James Rocchi
    Unlike the stiff-jawed heroics of the other Marvel films, this feels a little looser and lighter, with Pratt as charming, amoral accidental leader Peter Quill, an earthling among the stars who, as he will tell you, is also known as the roving brigand “Starlord.”
    • 65 Metascore
    • 70 James Rocchi
    It works as well as it does precisely because of an intelligence, humanity and restraint we rarely see in Hollywood films.
    • 53 Metascore
    • 70 James Rocchi
    Attractively made, good-hearted, and more than a little redundant even as it's trying a little too hard, Earth to Echo nonetheless will hit the sweet spot for parents looking for innocent PG-rated entertainment for their kids in a summer full of PG-13 spectacle and mayhem.
    • 62 Metascore
    • 70 James Rocchi
    Gripping, smart and genuinely thrilling, Black Sea elevates itself above most other thrillers by how wisely and well it brings you down to the depths alongside its crew.
    • 68 Metascore
    • 70 James Rocchi
    Both ludicrous and ludicrously entertaining, John Wick's stylish look, B-movie vibe and less-is-more, longer-takes-are-stronger-takes approach to action make it a standout.
    • 52 Metascore
    • 70 James Rocchi
    Unrepentant, uneven and unique, Da Sweet Blood of Jesus proves that Lee can still make a film worthy of the arguments it will most certainly start.
    • 46 Metascore
    • 67 James Rocchi
    Black Rock isn't going to become the sort of classic that "Deliverance" was, but if you like your scares smart, and like them to happen to people you actually care about, then Aselton's island of friendship and fury is a nice place to visit.
    • 76 Metascore
    • 67 James Rocchi
    Obvious Child is well-made and wickedly bold, but I still found myself wishing for a little more subtle maturity on the part of its characters and creators.
    • 58 Metascore
    • 64 James Rocchi
    Murdoch’s film is fraught with ambition and aspiration, but a little thin on talent and technique.
    • 88 Metascore
    • 63 James Rocchi
    This is not a film in need of creativity, passion or energy; what it needed was restraint, consideration and direction. This is not saying that Birdman is awful, or a debacle; there are superb scenes here, as well as excellent performance moments, but they get drowned out in the flood of Iñárritu’s ambition, energy and fantasies.
    • 41 Metascore
    • 60 James Rocchi
    Before I Go To Sleep‘s combination of talents on both sides of the camera means that while it may not rocket you to the edge of your seat as quickly and cruelly as the recent “Gone Girl,” it's hardly a snooze.
    • 45 Metascore
    • 60 James Rocchi
    The action is shot far better than it is in most Marvel movies, with clarity in the framing and a fluid skill to the cutting.
    • 39 Metascore
    • 60 James Rocchi
    While The Barber may be a first-time directorial effort, it’s tense and taut enough to make an impression thanks in no small part to the steadying, strong presence of Glenn.
    • 47 Metascore
    • 60 James Rocchi
    Even with all the teen angst and temporal alterations, the film stays fleet, funny and fast, especially as our leads figure out, through trial and error, how they can take advantage of their new abilities in ways large and small.
    • 53 Metascore
    • 60 James Rocchi
    Mr. Edwards has given his film a strong narrative spine — depicting years in the life of young Abraham Lincoln as his family suffers and strives to succeed in Indiana — with such committed actors bringing life to the tale that the audience can't help but be engaged even as the staid, stark visuals keep viewers at arm's length.
    • 55 Metascore
    • 60 James Rocchi
    There’s nothing in Home that you haven’t seen before, but there’s a lot in it your kids haven’t; as animated sci-fi for small fry, it’s a success whose modest but well-executed ambitions are no small part of its charm.
    • 48 Metascore
    • 60 James Rocchi
    This movie hardly rates as first-class animation, but it gets in, gets the job done, and moves on both swiftly and well.
    • 44 Metascore
    • 60 James Rocchi
    The Love Punch gets by in no small part thanks to the individual charms and collective chemistry between leads Pierce Brosnan and Emma Thompson.
    • 61 Metascore
    • 58 James Rocchi
    The Boxtrolls is a swing-and-miss for Laika; when you move forward with revolutionary techniques while standing still in terms of your themes, stories and settings, no amount of technical trickery or animation genius can bring the boring to vivid life.
    • 81 Metascore
    • 50 James Rocchi
    Top Five is that movie precisely so good and yet still so flawed that you can watch greatness slip out of its ambitious but awkward reach right in front of your eyes.
    • 49 Metascore
    • 50 James Rocchi
    The film's look and feel are far more purposeful and propulsive than the story and script, but even so, Space Station 76 has more than a few laughs inside its brazen bizarreness.
    • 40 Metascore
    • 50 James Rocchi
    With both Garner and Shahedi providing voice-over, the small-town stakes and the big thematic ideas, Butter feels like someone trying to create the lemonade tang and quenching zest of, say, Alexander Payne's "Election."
    • 45 Metascore
    • 48 James Rocchi
    Both Tipton and Teller are better than this material.
    • 61 Metascore
    • 42 James Rocchi
    Sorrentino's very title suggests someone who doesn't have the most well-defined sense of where they ultimately want to wind up; as goes the Talking Heads song, so goes the movie.
    • 36 Metascore
    • 40 James Rocchi
    The Captive is chock full of sealed rooms, kidnappings and abducted prisoners, but what it can never escape is its director's own shadow.
    • 51 Metascore
    • 40 James Rocchi
    It comes across less like an actual documentary you would show to a curious audience than a good-job-everyone piece of internal documentation you’d screen at a company party or to potential outside investors.
    • 40 Metascore
    • 40 James Rocchi
    Delivering boredom when it promises mayhem, Wild Card is a bad bet that doesn’t pay off for either the film’s makers or its audience.
    • 30 Metascore
    • 40 James Rocchi
    Seventh Son tells a story of dragons, witches, ghosts and ogres, but the most fantastic thing about it is the idea that someone thought this lumpy, bumpy and swollen sack of tired tropes and cluttered CGI would attract audiences.
    • 41 Metascore
    • 40 James Rocchi
    It’s too bad that neither the philosophy nor the pyrotechnics on-screen in Chappie can distract you from your own sinking feeling that you’ve seen almost all of this before.
    • 65 Metascore
    • 33 James Rocchi
    Forbes’ script simply cannot make the things she lived through alive for us in anything but the most glib, shallow and contrived way.

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