For 944 reviews, this critic has graded:
  • 38% higher than the average critic
  • 3% same as the average critic
  • 59% lower than the average critic
On average, this critic grades 4.3 points higher than other critics. (0-100 point scale)

J. Hoberman's Scores

  • Movies
  • TV
Average review score: 65
Highest review score: 100 Tarnation
Lowest review score: 0 A Hole in My Heart
Score distribution:
  1. Negative: 74 out of 944
944 movie reviews
    • 68 Metascore
    • 60 J. Hoberman
    The movie's bold visual and psychological patterns, as well as its heavy immersion in the natural world, imbue Malli's journey with a folktale quality.
    • 73 Metascore
    • 60 J. Hoberman
    A jaggedly impressionistic reverie.
    • 53 Metascore
    • 60 J. Hoberman
    Although a marked improvement over Algrant's nightmarishly whimsical debut, "Naked in New York," People I Know is perfumed less by the sweet smell of success than the musty aroma of the Miramax vault.
    • 64 Metascore
    • 60 J. Hoberman
    Steadily building in intensity from sluggish interest to mild excitement, Cold Weather is a slight movie with a long, circuitous fuse-and that's the point.
    • 61 Metascore
    • 60 J. Hoberman
    Single-dad sitcom is not Sir Ridley's forte but, anachronistically evoking the ring-a-ding-ding ambience of "Auto Focus" and "Catch Me If You Can," his mise-en-scène is as impeccable as Roy's pad.
    • 64 Metascore
    • 60 J. Hoberman
    An effectively involving journalism-cum-conspiracy yarn with a bang-bang opening and a frantic closer.
    • 47 Metascore
    • 60 J. Hoberman
    A movie of many stupid pet tricks and one basic joke: As in the original, Elle's intelligence is consistently -- if understandably -- underestimated.
    • 58 Metascore
    • 60 J. Hoberman
    Despite its cheesy blood and thunder and ludicrous "Sunshine Makers" metaphysics, this is the funniest apocalypse I've seen since George Romero's "Land of the Dead."
    • 65 Metascore
    • 60 J. Hoberman
    About halfway through I began to imagine it as it might have been directed by Douglas Sirk as a vehicle for Jane Wyman and Rock Hudson.
    • 67 Metascore
    • 60 J. Hoberman
    A movie as laconic as its hero, Ghost Dog is nonetheless diminished by its most un-Zen-like attachment to this underlying sentimentality.
    • 73 Metascore
    • 60 J. Hoberman
    Totally convincing in a physically demanding role, Collette carries the movie on her shoulders -- and that weight is what it's all about.
    • 72 Metascore
    • 60 J. Hoberman
    Visually more coherent than "American Beauty," but despite the burnished mahogany of Conrad Hall's cinematography, Mendes still doesn't quite know how to fill a frame. Like the Hanks character, he's a slow study: The action is stilted and the tabloid energy embalmed.
    • 68 Metascore
    • 60 J. Hoberman
    Although not as radically defamiliarizing as Jim Jarmusch's avant-western "Dead Man," Jesse James has the feel of an attic ransacked for abandoned knickknacks.
    • tbd Metascore
    • 60 J. Hoberman
    A film of considerable ambition and period piquance.
    • 52 Metascore
    • 60 J. Hoberman
    Hopefully ambitious yet hopelessly lightweight.
    • 73 Metascore
    • 60 J. Hoberman
    A big fat war movie and a tender love story. Indeed, Cold Mountain is something of an uneasy struggle between the two modes.
    • 69 Metascore
    • 60 J. Hoberman
    A fable for our reality-TV reality, Nina Davenport's Operation Filmmaker is as much virus as video documentary. This essentially comic tale maps a contagion of mutual exploitation that seems to have burnished the careers of everyone involved.
    • 64 Metascore
    • 60 J. Hoberman
    The digital animation is far more evident here than in "The Phantom Menace."
    • 77 Metascore
    • 60 J. Hoberman
    One leaves with barely a clue as to how this group was able to orchestrate a successful string of terror bombings.
    • 65 Metascore
    • 60 J. Hoberman
    A graceful, charming, and sometimes witty confection -- at least for its first hour.
    • 69 Metascore
    • 60 J. Hoberman
    However authentically chaotic, Chicago 10 is insufficiently frenzied.
    • 72 Metascore
    • 60 J. Hoberman
    An unusually rich music doc.
    • 53 Metascore
    • 60 J. Hoberman
    Flawed but engrossing thriller. Highly atmospheric, it gets its charge by dramatizing religious millennialism in a region that is the world epicenter of irrationality.
    • 68 Metascore
    • 60 J. Hoberman
    Certainly not as incredulous or mocking as it might have been. If anything, the mood is apprehensive. But it's depressing that--Carter aside--the filmmakers failed to find even one liberal believer.
    • 63 Metascore
    • 60 J. Hoberman
    A humorously death-haunted psychodrama.
    • 86 Metascore
    • 60 J. Hoberman
    Neither a debacle nor a bore, The Departed works but only up to a point, and never emotionally--even if the director does contrive to supply his version of a happy ending.
    • 73 Metascore
    • 60 J. Hoberman
    In a sense, Millennium Mambo is a mildly prurient portrait of Shu moving, drinking, smoking, and changing clothes -- it's analogous to one of Andy Warhol's Edie Sedgwick films, but without the existential drama. Who really cares what costume this poor girl will wear to all tomorrow's parties?
    • tbd Metascore
    • 60 J. Hoberman
    Enigmatic from the get-go, The Fall of Otrar builds to a series of spectacular battle scenes, but the mood is never less than sardonic.
    • 77 Metascore
    • 60 J. Hoberman
    Fond, funny documentary.
    • 78 Metascore
    • 60 J. Hoberman
    Single-minded, sometimes harrowing.

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