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
    • 79 Metascore
    • 60 James Mottram
    Not the promised insider’s peek but Assayas and Binoche are still a potent combo, nailing the fragility of an actress facing the ageing process.
    • 81 Metascore
    • 80 James Mottram
    Funny, foul-mouthed and frighteningly on-the-money, Top Five is relentlessly amusing even while it’s super-indulgent and selfabsorbed. Rock on.
    • 81 Metascore
    • 60 James Mottram
    One of the strangest films you’ll see this (or any) year, it unsettles, bores, elates and amuses in equal measure. Not for everyone, but there’s plenty to chew on.
    • 64 Metascore
    • 80 James Mottram
    Not the deepest western you’ll ever see, but it sure knows how to pack a punch (and fire off a round). Fans of the genre will get their kicks.
    • 41 Metascore
    • 80 James Mottram
    Hardy is immaculate as Leo, from accent to demeanour. Now on his fourth film with Hardy, Oldman is a pleasure to watch, and even the smallest of roles have been carefully cast, with the likes of Vincent Cassel, Paddy Considine and Clarke all enjoying their moment.
    • 42 Metascore
    • 60 James Mottram
    A competent rather than classic follow-up. If the action feels generic at times, the addition of Watts, more Winslet and the strength of Woodley are worth watching.
    • 67 Metascore
    • 80 James Mottram
    Loving and lavish, Kenneth Branagh’s take will please traditionalists more than revisionists, but there’s enough here to enchant both young and old.
    • 39 Metascore
    • 40 James Mottram
    A genuine disappointment, given the talent involved, and a rare misstep for Penn, who can’t save this moribund vanity project from flatlining.
    • 67 Metascore
    • 100 James Mottram
    Detractors may carp that Cronenberg is showing us nothing new, but Maps is so flawless in its execution, it vividly refreshes the subject matter. Never overcooking the setting, it’s a story right in his wheelhouse; a very human look at characters barely clinging to their humanity.
    • 27 Metascore
    • 20 James Mottram
    Charmless, mirthless and witless, this waste of time is another black mark on Depp’s card, while his co-stars fare little better. Even low expectations won’t help you here.
    • 81 Metascore
    • 80 James Mottram
    Powerful drama, driven by a powerhouse performance, Selma is this year’s Lincoln. For Oyelowo and DuVernay, it’s a career changer.
    • 81 Metascore
    • 80 James Mottram
    If not quite on a par with PTA’s best, this is still a richly intoxicating brew of humour, violence and melancholy.
    • 68 Metascore
    • 80 James Mottram
    On form as both director and actor, Jones crafts a mournful but moving hymn to the western. The feminist subtext, meanwhile, brings a fresh slant to the old genre.
    • 88 Metascore
    • 80 James Mottram
    Bleak but beautiful, this terrific chamber drama confirms Ceylan as one of world cinema’s leading lights. The bum-numbing length may intimidate, but there’s more than enough quality to offset it.
    • 64 Metascore
    • 60 James Mottram
    The home stretch is drenched in sticky-sweet sentiment, but Murray’s fans will rejoice at the chance to see their idol in full-on grouch mode.
    • 36 Metascore
    • 40 James Mottram
    Disappointingly limp, with precious few belly laughs, despite a try-hard attitude.
    • 73 Metascore
    • 80 James Mottram
    A finely etched character study, with Cumberbatch on towering form. Set coordinates for the Oscars.
    • 60 Metascore
    • 80 James Mottram
    Injecting fun and fairground thrills back into the spy movie, Kingsman is a blast. Firth is sensational, Jackson rules and newcomer Egerton surprises. Mission accomplished for Matthew Vaughn.
    • 62 Metascore
    • 60 James Mottram
    Adams is as watchable as ever as Margaret, backed by fine support, but the problem lies with Waltz. He’s more caricature than character, and Burton proves unable to harness his energy as well as Tarantino did.
    • 64 Metascore
    • 80 James Mottram
    Loud, intense, violent, relentless, Fury doesn’t stop until the credits roll, thanks to Ayer’s cracking direction and a committed cast. The best WW2 movie in some time.
    • 79 Metascore
    • 80 James Mottram
    MacKay is marvellous, delivering lines with a Lear-like intensity, in what becomes a fascinating meditation on myth and madness.
    • 55 Metascore
    • 80 James Mottram
    Rude, crude and packed with more laughs than Jay’s had lovers (6,004, apparently), Inbetweeners fans will lap this up. All this, and a killer twist at the end.
    • 46 Metascore
    • 80 James Mottram
    Not as groundbreaking as the original, nor as expansive as all the best sequels are. But with some excellent cast additions, and Miller on murky form, this still sizzles to the touch.
    • 67 Metascore
    • 60 James Mottram
    It’s absorbing to a point, but adds little to what’s gone before.
    • 39 Metascore
    • 40 James Mottram
    A few lowbrow laughs… but far too many one-note characters, performances, and plot points to make them worth showing up for.
    • 85 Metascore
    • 80 James Mottram
    As their early fights give way to growing respect, it’s a beautifully calibrated relationship, with small moments gradually building into something much bigger. A gem.
    • 48 Metascore
    • 60 James Mottram
    Loyal to the novel, but welcoming enough for newbies, Divergent does a decent if not jawdropping job of bringing its dystopian world to life.
    • 63 Metascore
    • 80 James Mottram
    Ozon keeps the melodrama at bay to deliver a typically subversive study of growing pains. And in Vacth he’s found a real star-in-waiting.
    • 67 Metascore
    • 60 James Mottram
    It’s wildly melodramatic, typified by the ear-assaulting score. But there’s something compelling about Dolan’s supreme self-confidence, even when misplaced. He takes risks – and that’s attractive.

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