James Mottram

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For 161 reviews, this critic has graded:
  • 63% higher than the average critic
  • 4% same as the average critic
  • 33% lower than the average critic
On average, this critic grades 5.9 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 Criminal
Score distribution:
  1. Positive: 84 out of 161
  2. Negative: 2 out of 161
161 movie reviews
    • 53 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.
    • 77 Metascore
    • 80 James Mottram
    The cumulative effect is overwhelming. Poetically shot by a dozen DoPs, including Christopher Doyle, a powerful portrait of horror, hope and humanity emerges.
    • 57 Metascore
    • 60 James Mottram
    Loaded with flashbacks, it’s unevenly mounted but kept watchable by the lively script and classy cast.
    • 72 Metascore
    • 100 James Mottram
    Stunning fights and creepy CG come wrapped inside a blade-sharp story, as the swordsman vows to hunt the killers of a young girl’s parents. Truly epic.
    • 68 Metascore
    • 80 James Mottram
    Whether or not you’re a fan of Wonder Woman, this tale of her creation is rich, evocative and enlightening.
    • 71 Metascore
    • 80 James Mottram
    A superb satirical swipe at the worst excesses of the social media generation.
    • 62 Metascore
    • 80 James Mottram
    An animated film like no other, Loving Vincent is a staggering visual achievement.
    • 54 Metascore
    • 80 James Mottram
    An engrossing biopic. More than just another author/creation story, Curtis’ film has things to say about celebrity, wartime and family.
    • 45 Metascore
    • 60 James Mottram
    From the generic title to the formulaic plot (stolen plutonium, highest bidder etc.), you can imagine the rest. But director Michael Cuesta (Kill the Messenger) injects vitality where it’s needed.
    • 75 Metascore
    • 80 James Mottram
    Aronofsky’s maternal horror is the most out-there studio movie of the year. You won’t believe your eyes.
    • 51 Metascore
    • 60 James Mottram
    The farcical third act, wrapped up too neatly by director Lucia Aniello, softens the blows. More edges needed.
    • 70 Metascore
    • 60 James Mottram
    Despite winning work from the lead, it’s a tame, feelgood effort from writer-director Hannes Holm. Academy bait.
    • 78 Metascore
    • 60 James Mottram
    While director Ceyda Torun lets the focus meander too much, it’ll leave you, ahem, feline good.
    • 66 Metascore
    • 60 James Mottram
    With recriminations turning to compassion, the film sings when these French titans share the screen, Deneuve’s loose cannon a mixture of hedonism and terror. If only the other scenes were as compelling.
    • 75 Metascore
    • 60 James Mottram
    An intriguing insight into Lynch’s genius, intimately crafted and leaving you wanting more.

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