For 28 reviews, this critic has graded:
  • 53% higher than the average critic
  • 0% same as the average critic
  • 47% 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
Average review score: 61
Highest review score: 100 Drive
Lowest review score: 0 America
Score distribution:
  1. Positive: 17 out of 28
  2. Negative: 7 out of 28
28 movie reviews
    • 71 Metascore
    • 100 James Rocchi
    Ponsoldt, Paul and Winstead make a remarkably effective team for this film's points and purposes, and Smashed burns long after it goes down smoothly.
    • 69 Metascore
    • 100 James Rocchi
    Sightseers homicidal holiday isn't just a pitch-black comedy made with skill, will and brains; it's also another demonstration that Wheatley is, to use an all-too-appropriate phrase, going places.
    • 78 Metascore
    • 100 James Rocchi
    Drive works as a great demonstration of how, when there's true talent behind the camera, entertainment and art are not enemies but allies.
    • 91 Metascore
    • 91 James Rocchi
    Calling Love Is Strange a great gay love story is both precise and inaccurate; I doubt I’ll see a more finely performed and beautifully crafted love story, with or without any mere modifiers, up on the big screen this year.
    • 62 Metascore
    • 83 James Rocchi
    Warm and funny, real and raw, Hello I Must Be Going deserves a hearty welcome from moviegoers looking for an honest and frank comedy that never forgets to help us care about its characters.
    • 84 Metascore
    • 83 James Rocchi
    The quest to be the best is a familiar film story, but if director-writer Chazelle has achieved anything here, it’s a deeply and richly different take on that journey—not only examining the cost of struggle but the reward of it, showing both what it takes to be great and what happens when you don’t have it.
    • 71 Metascore
    • 83 James Rocchi
    The Raid 2 brings the noise, but length, repetition and too much space also make it a slightly reduced echo of its predecessor.
    • 60 Metascore
    • 83 James Rocchi
    It knows how to mock cliché big things, like jokes about set-dressing and music video montages; it’s also wise about small matters, right down to the font and the framing device.
    • 73 Metascore
    • 80 James Rocchi
    Cold in July never actually turns into the film you think it's going to, and even if that means there's a few unanswered questions ricocheting around your head as the credits roll, it also provides real, rich pleasures as it zigzags into the darkness.
    • 79 Metascore
    • 75 James Rocchi
    Two things make The Sessions stand out. One is the level of acting...The other is that, while we all know sex is more than boobs and bits and butts, it also does include those things, and The Sessions does not hide behind euphemism or gentle cutaways, montages or misty light.
    • 56 Metascore
    • 75 James Rocchi
    If there's one thing that wounds On the Road, it's that the film is full of things -- having sex, doing drugs, being free -- that are far more enjoyably experienced by one's self as opposed to watching other people enjoy them on screen.
    • 56 Metascore
    • 75 James Rocchi
    The End of Love is hardly a work of revelation. At the same time, it's surprisingly well-executed, nicely performed and manages to combine a warm and gentle sense of the rhythms of life with a cold and bright-eyed look at the world and its lead's flaws and character.
    • 73 Metascore
    • 75 James Rocchi
    It’s an American film that talks about race with strong feeling, common sense and good humor; it’s an indie screenwriting-directing debut as polished as it is provocative; it’s a satire that also lets its characters be people; it’s a showcase of clever craft and direction as well as whip-smart comedic writing brought to life by a dedicated, charismatic cast that also conveys real ideas and emotion.
    • 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.
    • 77 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.”
    • 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.
    • 75 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.
    • 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.
    • 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.
    • 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."
    • 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.
    • 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.
    • 53 Metascore
    • 30 James Rocchi
    The Amazing Spider-Man 2, is just good enough to make you painfully aware of all the ways it's not good at all.
    • 55 Metascore
    • 25 James Rocchi
    Honoré's made better films, and he'll make better films again; the most damning thing you can say about this one isn't that it feels like Honore doing a third-rate imitation of Francois Ozon ("Potiche," "8 Women"), but rather that it often feels like Honoré doing a third-rate imitation of himself.
    • 30 Metascore
    • 25 James Rocchi
    Nature Calls demonstrates yet again that the real question for any bad script is not "Who wrote this garbage?" but, rather, "Who read this garbage and thought it would make a viable way to spend time?"
    • 65 Metascore
    • 25 James Rocchi
    Muddled, muffled and mixing empty comedy with empty dramatics, The We and the I is an abject failure.
    • 45 Metascore
    • 0 James Rocchi
    A lurid, florid, humid, flaccid and insipid waste of time and money for the audience and for everyone who made it.
    • 14 Metascore
    • 0 James Rocchi
    It would be one thing if D'Souza had an idea, or any idea, he could stick to as a through-line in his project. But America isn't a documentary; it's more like the badly-filmed version of a badly-written, meandering op-ed piece from a paper that lacks fact-checking or proofreading.