For 38 reviews, this critic has graded:
  • 42% higher than the average critic
  • 7% same as the average critic
  • 51% lower than the average critic
On average, this critic grades 11.2 points lower than other critics. (0-100 point scale)

James White's Scores

  • Movies
  • TV
Average review score: 53
Highest review score: 80 The Nice Guys
Lowest review score: 20 Vampires Suck
Score distribution:
  1. Positive: 5 out of 38
  2. Negative: 2 out of 38
38 movie reviews
    • 35 Metascore
    • 60 James White
    Unpacking classic fiction that has already been adapted a few times, once to critical acclaim, is no easy task. Yet while it’s not completely up to the challenge, The Turning at least offers up enough moody chills and a lead in Mackenzie Davis it’s not hard to root for as the craziness builds.
    • 35 Metascore
    • 40 James White
    The Kitchen flits through scenes, coming across as its own trailer rather than a full movie. And it makes disappointing use of its great components, wasting three chewy, thoughtful core performances.
    • 60 Metascore
    • 40 James White
    As a mindless summer horror diversion, Crawl is watchable if rarely all that thrilling. The movie’s far from toothless, yet often substitutes easy scares for any real substance, and suffers for that.
    • 44 Metascore
    • 40 James White
    Crossbreeding superhero tropes with horror staples was an idea laden with promise. Brightburn is enlivened by trademark James Gunn black comedy, but hamstrung by sketchy writing and a botched sense of dread.
    • 67 Metascore
    • 60 James White
    If it sometimes lapses into genre clichés, Upgrade still delivers on the action front. Just turn your phone off before you go into the cinema, lest it gets ideas.
    • 42 Metascore
    • 40 James White
    Hardly likely to convince anyone that remakes are worthwhile, Overboard ekes out laughs but fails to add the romance to the comedy. We’d leave this one in the water.
    • 49 Metascore
    • 40 James White
    Slick and solid in moments, Den Of Thieves disappoints with its reliance on easy plotting and gruff, overcooked acting. One for Butler completists only.
    • 69 Metascore
    • 40 James White
    Silly and aimed squarely at the younger crowd, Captain Underpants has enough spirit to be entertaining. Just don’t expect it to work all the time.
    • 59 Metascore
    • 60 James White
    By driving back to the core homespun wisdom of Cars, the third film is a course correct from the second. But this is still not vintage Pixar.
    • 66 Metascore
    • 60 James White
    This is Mel Gibson back to doing what he once did best, just older and grumpier. The movie has problems but delivers when it needs to.
    • 40 Metascore
    • 40 James White
    Fitfully funny but failing to really build to much of anything, The Boss is mostly a bust. Even its main character would have a hard time buying it.
    • 70 Metascore
    • 80 James White
    Quick on its wits and fast with its fists, this is Black firmly back doing what he does best. And nobody out there does it better.
    • 21 Metascore
    • 20 James White
    Cheap and cheerless, Norm’s appeal melts faster than the polar ice. With characters so completely devoid of charm or entertainment value, even David Attenborough would call for a cull of this lot.
    • 34 Metascore
    • 40 James White
    A joyless and pointless remake. The new take on Bodhi and co. squanders a potentially enjoyable premise and rarely delivers, except on the occasional stunt.
    • 47 Metascore
    • 60 James White
    Max
    The truly effective emotional arc is handed to the furry member of the cast.
    • 26 Metascore
    • 40 James White
    Elba's reunites with Luther director Sam Miller to lesser effect in a workaday home-invasion thriller.
    • 46 Metascore
    • 60 James White
    A Dame To Kill For shares some of the downsides of the first, particularly dubious female characterisation. But this retains the gritty, gruelling vice-grip on graphic-novel noir that made Sin City so enjoyable.
    • 48 Metascore
    • 40 James White
    Despite the odd rip-roaring tune and some sturdy performances, this yuletide tale is as memorable as last year's sprouts.
    • 48 Metascore
    • 40 James White
    Occasionally charming but mostly bland fare from Weitz, despite the reliable cast. About A Boy remains the best showcase of his talents.
    • 35 Metascore
    • 40 James White
    A stylistic departure from the shaky aesthetic of the first film. Sadly, most of its nervy shocks and creeping sense of unease go the same way.
    • 51 Metascore
    • 60 James White
    While not the balls-out action movie the marketing suggests, this Rock-powered family drama is not with its moments.
    • 53 Metascore
    • 60 James White
    Gonzo freakiness in such doses that cult status is practically ensured.
    • 35 Metascore
    • 40 James White
    Clever premise, witless execution.
    • 71 Metascore
    • 80 James White
    The sharp ends in Smashed are here for all to see, and Ponsoldt never shies away from their spiky, thought-provoking effect. Yet he also finds grace and warmth in the story.
    • 49 Metascore
    • 40 James White
    The first couple of servings back in the day were fresh and fruity, but the franchise has been left on the shelf a little too long. It's occasionally entertaining to have these characters back in our lives, but for the most part this fails to party like it's 1999.
    • 69 Metascore
    • 80 James White
    The Avengers have been assembled and, for the most part, they fit together superbly. A joyous blend of heroism and humour that raises the stakes even as it maintains a firm grip on what makes the individual heroes tick.
    • 58 Metascore
    • 60 James White
    There have been far, far worse remakes out there. Harmless, feel-good fun.
    • 56 Metascore
    • 60 James White
    Rocky with robots? It's not quite in Balboa's weight class, but Real Steel at least has some heft. There's barely a story beat among the beat-downs that you won't expect, and sometimes the saccharine gets in the way of the spectacle, but on the whole this is enjoyable family entertainment.
    • 36 Metascore
    • 60 James White
    Brand fan? You'll likely enjoy his antics. But Russellophobics would be better off seeking out the original.
    • 63 Metascore
    • 80 James White
    A solid thriller with McConaughey doing what he does best.

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