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 4.9 points higher than other critics. (0-100 point scale)

J. Hoberman's Scores

  • Movies
  • TV
Average review score: 65
Highest review score: 100 Crimson Gold
Lowest review score: 0 The Nutcracker
Score distribution:
  1. Negative: 74 out of 944
944 movie reviews
    • 38 Metascore
    • 60 J. Hoberman
    Certainly Sandler's most ambitious work. It's not just a bid for respectability but a genuine allegory.
    • 57 Metascore
    • 60 J. Hoberman
    Has the grace to send the audience out with a piece of Waters-written rap.
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    • 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.
    • 52 Metascore
    • 60 J. Hoberman
    Hopefully ambitious yet hopelessly lightweight.
    • 78 Metascore
    • 60 J. Hoberman
    A pleasant time-passer.
    • 57 Metascore
    • 60 J. Hoberman
    Infectious city symphony.
    • 56 Metascore
    • 60 J. Hoberman
    As consistently funny as it is smartly tooled.
    • 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.
    • 53 Metascore
    • 60 J. Hoberman
    Dern and Macy give doughty performances in schematic roles, but glasses or no, these have to be two of the least Semitic-looking actors in American movies.
    • 69 Metascore
    • 60 J. Hoberman
    The movie is not unintelligent but it is insipid
    • 78 Metascore
    • 60 J. Hoberman
    Single-minded, sometimes harrowing.
    • 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.
    • 73 Metascore
    • 60 J. Hoberman
    A movie more to be prescribed than recommended.
    • 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.
    • 73 Metascore
    • 60 J. Hoberman
    A jaggedly impressionistic reverie.
    • 67 Metascore
    • 60 J. Hoberman
    A tense and engrossing political thriller.
    • 84 Metascore
    • 60 J. Hoberman
    Elaborate exercise in frustration.
    • 78 Metascore
    • 60 J. Hoberman
    Morris, who more or less invented the ironic documentary, seems to struggle here for an appropriate tone even as he allows Leuchter more than enough rope to hang himself.
    • 63 Metascore
    • 60 J. Hoberman
    A humorously death-haunted psychodrama.
    • 69 Metascore
    • 60 J. Hoberman
    In its compassionate absurdism and underlying dark humor, the movie seeks to reestablish contact with the Czech new wave.
    • 77 Metascore
    • 60 J. Hoberman
    Fond, funny documentary.
    • 69 Metascore
    • 60 J. Hoberman
    The art direction is impeccable, but this is a pop-up book that I was impatient to slam.
    • 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.
    • 55 Metascore
    • 60 J. Hoberman
    Like any self-respecting Ferrara film, 'R Xmas has its intimations of hellfire, yet it's a weirdly benign Christmas fable -- something like "Miracle on 134th Street."
    • 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.
    • 64 Metascore
    • 60 J. Hoberman
    Historical forces and famous ghosts jostle past each other in this evocation of mid-1930s New York like harried commuters at Grand Central Station.
    • 72 Metascore
    • 60 J. Hoberman
    Filled with bird sounds, Vertical Ray is almost surreal in its paradise imagery -- the movie is a sultry, harmoniously expressionistic riot of pale greens and deep yellows.
    • 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.
    • 56 Metascore
    • 60 J. Hoberman
    In its post-Vietnam cynicism, Buffalo Soldiers feels almost avant-garde.

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