James Mottram

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For 176 reviews, this critic has graded:
  • 64% higher than the average critic
  • 4% same as the average critic
  • 32% lower than the average critic
On average, this critic grades 5.3 points higher than other critics. (0-100 point scale)

James Mottram's Scores

  • Movies
  • TV
Average review score: 69
Highest review score: 100 Fantastic Beasts: The Crimes of Grindelwald
Lowest review score: 20 Mortdecai
Score distribution:
  1. Positive: 91 out of 176
  2. Negative: 2 out of 176
176 movie reviews
    • 44 Metascore
    • 40 James Mottram
    The odd spirited turn aside, this is a throwback to the bad old ’90s days of comic-book movies.
    • 47 Metascore
    • 60 James Mottram
    The excessive CGI can be distracting, some performances veer towards caricature, but this is still a big-hearted take on London’s classic.
    • 68 Metascore
    • 80 James Mottram
    Jamie Foxx is on awards-worthy form.
    • 51 Metascore
    • 60 James Mottram
    Ritchie makes a solid return to his wheelhouse with a crime yarn that turns the air so blue you can swim in it.
    • 51 Metascore
    • 40 James Mottram
    A generic cop thriller that rumbles along thanks to a quality cast but ultimately offers nothing fresh.
    • 64 Metascore
    • 60 James Mottram
    Not subtle (and might put you off getting hitched), but hits its mark with baseball-bat force.
    • 26 Metascore
    • 40 James Mottram
    There’s still a thrill seeing Stallone dig out a classic character for one last rumble, but this is formulaic action fare.
    • 79 Metascore
    • 80 James Mottram
    Riotously told and enthusiastically performed, Hustlers is hugely entertaining. Edgy, provocative and full of ker-ching
    • 45 Metascore
    • 80 James Mottram
    Powered by the magnetic Aaron Taylor-Johnson, it’s rough around the edges, but still intoxicating.
    • 80 Metascore
    • 100 James Mottram
    Sublime and stupendous. Beautiful, bold and remarkably executed, this is Gray’s masterpiece, driven by a career-best turn from Pitt.
    • 60 Metascore
    • 60 James Mottram
    Pleasingly silly sequel is a colourful, creative, deliciously daft animation.
    • 60 Metascore
    • 60 James Mottram
    Testosterone, muscles, action, guns and cars… it’s Fast & Furious business as usual. Could be tighter, mind, and the constant dick-measuring gets a little wearying.
    • 48 Metascore
    • 80 James Mottram
    If your humour skews towards the sick and twisted, then this box-fresh Child’s Play will give you one almighty kick.
    • 57 Metascore
    • 80 James Mottram
    Led by some fine performances, this is an impressive and intense example of how to adapt Stephen King.
    • 52 Metascore
    • 100 James Mottram
    Rowling’s universe just got bigger and more complex, but Yates never forgets to sprinkle stardust on top.
    • 49 Metascore
    • 60 James Mottram
    Definitely not Killer Queen, but thanks to a blinding turn from Malek, fans of the band will get their kicks.
    • 60 Metascore
    • 80 James Mottram
    If the film isn’t quite as inventive as the game-changing horror that was Cabin in the Woods (which boasted Joss Whedon as co-scripter), it’s infused with affection and craft.
    • 84 Metascore
    • 80 James Mottram
    Chazelle broadens his horizons with this superbly detailed account of the Moon landing. Gosling and especially Foy are out of this world.
    • 88 Metascore
    • 80 James Mottram
    True, Cooper’s film could do with a tighter edit, especially in the second act, where it has a tendency to drag. But all told, A Star is Born is a big achievement: raw, romantic, tragic, and tumultuous.
    • 75 Metascore
    • 100 James Mottram
    Macdonald leaves no stone unturned in this tremendous look at Houston, one that sheds real light on the singer’s psychology.
    • 61 Metascore
    • 80 James Mottram
    A robust follow-up, which carries the same brooding atmosphere and tension of the original. The young cast additions are also excellent.
    • 88 Metascore
    • 80 James Mottram
    Foster and McKenzie thoroughly convince in the hands of Granik, who moulds a subtle, assured, and often powerful tale.
    • 60 Metascore
    • 60 James Mottram
    If the story doesn’t strain itself in pursuit of originality, it does build to a satisfying conclusion.
    • 49 Metascore
    • 80 James Mottram
    Alongside Sheehan’s charms, it’s Belleville’s intoxicating visuals that truly fire the imagination. India has rarely seemed so seductive.
    • 44 Metascore
    • 60 James Mottram
    Respectable. Boyega adds real bounce and DeKnight delivers spectacle, even if the plot doesn’t strain too far from the original’s crash-bang formula.
    • 46 Metascore
    • 60 James Mottram
    A fun romp with a great comic performance from Oyelowo. Doesn’t linger, but you’ll enjoy it while it lasts.
    • 53 Metascore
    • 60 James Mottram
    Its love-in-later-life insights are well-worn, but with Staunton on song, Richard Loncraine’s film mines genuine feeling.
    • 88 Metascore
    • 80 James Mottram
    Confident, assured and athletic filmmaking. And with Boseman on such dignified, dynamic form, his Infinity War return can’t come soon enough.
    • 65 Metascore
    • 80 James Mottram
    A salty road trip tinged with sadness, sensitively handled by Linklater and his cast. Unfocused in places, but never less than diverting.
    • 65 Metascore
    • 80 James Mottram
    Cooper’s western may be too meditative for some, but its grit, beauty and honesty are too potent to ignore.

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