For 46 reviews, this critic has graded:
  • 54% higher than the average critic
  • 2% same as the average critic
  • 44% lower than the average critic
On average, this critic grades 1.6 points higher than other critics. (0-100 point scale)

James Rocchi's Scores

  • Movies
  • TV
Average review score: 61
Highest review score: 100 Drive
Lowest review score: 0 America
Score distribution:
  1. Positive: 28 out of 46
  2. Negative: 11 out of 46
46 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.
    • 83 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.
    • 79 Metascore
    • 90 James Rocchi
    Not only brutal but also brutally funny, Gone Girl mixes top-notch suspenseful storytelling with the kind of razor-edged wit that slashes so quick and clean you're still watching the blade go past before you notice you're bleeding.
    • 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.
    • 87 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.
    • 75 Metascore
    • 81 James Rocchi
    Heartfelt and haunting, sympathetic while still aware of the limits of sympathy, Wild incorporates beautiful direction, smart writing and brave acting.
    • 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.
    • 59 Metascore
    • 80 James Rocchi
    Perhaps the best thing about What If, the new romantic comedy from director Michael Dowse (“Goon”), is that for all of its banter and batted eyes, from its awkward introductions to its inevitable climactic declarations of love, everyone in it feels like a real human being.
    • 57 Metascore
    • 80 James Rocchi
    Willfully empty but wildly entertaining, The Equalizer stands out from its peers like a wolf among lapdogs, as Fuqua and Washington bring out the best in each other for the benefit of the audience.
    • 64 Metascore
    • 80 James Rocchi
    This isn't disposable popcorn entertainment, or a winking “war” film like “Inglourious Basterds.” Ayer's aim here is a film that will stick, and stick with you. And he achieves it.
    • 71 Metascore
    • 78 James Rocchi
    Strong, stirring, triumphant and tragic, The Imitation Game may be about a man who changed the world, but it’s also about the world that destroyed a man.
    • 66 Metascore
    • 76 James Rocchi
    A closer, richer examination of a slice of time as specific as it is short.
    • 68 Metascore
    • 75 James Rocchi
    The humor and drama don’t neutralize each other; in what’s perhaps Stewart’s most successful achievement as a director, the changes in tone work in a harmony, not at cross-purposes.
    • 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.
    • 78 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.
    • 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.
    • 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.
    • 58 Metascore
    • 64 James Rocchi
    Murdoch’s film is fraught with ambition and aspiration, but a little thin on talent and technique.
    • 86 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.
    • 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.