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 Looper
Lowest review score: 20 Criminal
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.
    • 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.
    • 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.
    • 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
    • 60 James Mottram
    If the story doesn’t strain itself in pursuit of originality, it does build to a satisfying conclusion.
    • 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.
    • 57 Metascore
    • 60 James Mottram
    Loaded with flashbacks, it’s unevenly mounted but kept watchable by the lively script and classy cast.
    • 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.
    • 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.
    • 66 Metascore
    • 60 James Mottram
    Say what you like about director Justin Lin’s lack of subtlety (or understanding of the laws of physics), but he knows how to kick-start an action movie.
    • 28 Metascore
    • 60 James Mottram
    All hot wheels and dick jokes, it’s fun but forgettable.
    • 27 Metascore
    • 60 James Mottram
    LaBeouf is committed, and it’s fun seeing him go toe-to-toe with Gary Oldman (as his boss). But amid Montiel’s jigsaw-like structure lurk some generic revelations. Disappointing.
    • 33 Metascore
    • 60 James Mottram
    The 'dual roles' conceit doesn’t quite work, despite Ferguson's best efforts. But, while it struggles to find rhythm, you can't fault Sarif's ambitions.
    • 53 Metascore
    • 60 James Mottram
    Fascinating story, flawed telling.
    • 50 Metascore
    • 60 James Mottram
    There’s Fassbender’s charisma, an unhinged Sean Harris and Tom Rowland music.
    • 58 Metascore
    • 60 James Mottram
    Joseph Gordon-Levitt is credible as the former NSA contractor, but Stone gets side-tracked by his relationship with Lindsay Mills (Shailene Woodley) and Rhys Ifans’ leering CIA suit.
    • 49 Metascore
    • 60 James Mottram
    With robotic depictions of Iran's 'morality police', the political subtext is strictly one-dimensional. But with ace choreographer Akram Khan on board, the dancing is powerful.
    • 64 Metascore
    • 60 James Mottram
    Meandering like a jazz riff, Miles Ahead is a curio that doesn't quite come off. But credit Cheadle, both in front and behind camera, for refusing to play the easy notes.
    • 36 Metascore
    • 60 James Mottram
    Valiant, but flawed. Some of the set-pieces are superb, but there isn’t enough meat on the bones to turn this into a classic.

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