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

J. Hoberman's Scores

  • Movies
  • TV
Average review score: 65
Highest review score: 100 Cowards Bend the Knee or The Blue Hands
Lowest review score: 0 The Nutcracker
Score distribution:
  1. Negative: 74 out of 944
944 movie reviews
    • 59 Metascore
    • 80 J. Hoberman
    A superbly crafted science-fiction fairy tale that's both Grimm and grim.
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    • 80 J. Hoberman
    The Last Bolshevik, considered by some to be Marker's masterpiece.
    • 88 Metascore
    • 80 J. Hoberman
    Alberto Lattuada's tricky-to-parse Mafioso dates from 1962 but, with its abrupt tonal shifts and disturbing existential premise, this nearly forgotten dark comedy could be the most modern (or at least modernist) movie in town.
    • 68 Metascore
    • 80 J. Hoberman
    Almost buoyant in its creepiness and positively bejeweled in its disgust -- the movie can be enjoyably considered as a self-conscious fiction in the convoluted tradition of Raul Ruiz or Brian De Palma's "Raising Cain."
    • 78 Metascore
    • 80 J. Hoberman
    Because everything is funny and nothing provides a punchline, audiences may be too shell-shocked to laugh--you know you're in Maddinville when individual cackles detonate at unexpected intervals.
    • 90 Metascore
    • 80 J. Hoberman
    The most offbeat studio comedy since "Rushmore."
    • 81 Metascore
    • 80 J. Hoberman
    In addition to reporting a scoop, Bartley and O'Briain do an excellent job in deconstructing the Venezuelan TV news footage of blood, chaos, and rival crowds.
    • 79 Metascore
    • 80 J. Hoberman
    This absorbing, significant, and shamelessly entertaining movie not only goes through the looking glass but, no less significantly, turns the mirror back on us.
    • 75 Metascore
    • 80 J. Hoberman
    Elizabeth's most triumphant aspect is Blanchett's transformation from saucy, spirited toe-tapper to iconic Virgin Queen.
    • 63 Metascore
    • 80 J. Hoberman
    A master of smash-mash montage and choreographed chaos, Greengrass is the best action director working today, adroit at producing the sense of everyone converging and everything happening simultaneously.
    • 70 Metascore
    • 80 J. Hoberman
    Sweet, crazy, and tinged with sadness, Michel Gondry's new feature The Science of Sleep is a wondrous concoction.
    • 66 Metascore
    • 80 J. Hoberman
    Basically an experimental psychodrama, Epidemic has a pleasingly slapdash, underground quality that recalls early Fassbinder and Wenders -- although, with its cynical premise and frequent infusions of Wagner, it exudes the prankster snarkiness characteristic of von Trier.
    • 75 Metascore
    • 80 J. Hoberman
    Magnificent and cheesy, the latest and most proudly absurd of Chinese historical spectaculars, Detective Dee is a cinematic comic book for people who are sick of the mode.
    • 62 Metascore
    • 80 J. Hoberman
    From the cast and location to the attitude and premise, many things in The Ice Harvest are inescapably reminiscent of the Coen brothers. But as a director, Ramis is far less flashy and not nearly as pleased with himself. This is one of the most sustained movies of the year, as classic in its structure as "Double Indemnity" or "No Exit."
    • 84 Metascore
    • 80 J. Hoberman
    Maddin has created a fascinating hybrid--this enraptured composition in mist, gauze, and Vaseline is more rhapsody than narrative, less motion picture than shadow play.
    • 75 Metascore
    • 80 J. Hoberman
    The filmmaker gives full vent to his romanticism by staging an End of the Epoch party, with tearful sex workers dancing to "Nights in White Satin," then steps on the mood with yet another farewell fête, commemorating Bastille Day. The prisoners are free - to walk the streets. Ironic, no?
    • 67 Metascore
    • 80 J. Hoberman
    Trust never seems dated and, as a youth film, it may even be usefully pedagogic. [30 July 1991]
    • Village Voice
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    • 80 J. Hoberman
    A 1943 Michael Powell and Emeric Pressburger collaboration so unambiguously satirizing the military mind-set that Prime Minister Winston Churchill tried to have it banned.
    • 70 Metascore
    • 70 J. Hoberman
    A considerably more unsettling tale of one-sided amour fou, reportedly inspired by an actual case of teenage prostitution, Jean-Pierre Améris's Bad Company puts the coy prurience of American high school films in brutal perspective.
    • 73 Metascore
    • 70 J. Hoberman
    While "Robinson Crusoe" was a paean to the practical middle-class virtues that allowed its industrious hero (and the nation he represents) to re-create civilization out of nothingness, Cast Away is a far less triumphalist peek into the nothingness at the heart of civilization.
    • 71 Metascore
    • 70 J. Hoberman
    It's an ostensive crime film at once symmetrical, surprising, and knowingly cinephilic.
    • 79 Metascore
    • 70 J. Hoberman
    Approaching 85, cine-essayist Chris Marker remains as lively, engaged, and provocative as ever--and no less fond of indirection.
    • 77 Metascore
    • 70 J. Hoberman
    Additional substance comes from Dorman's ongoing use of period photos and newsreel footage. In the spirit of the Sholem Aleichem oeuvre, Laughing in the Darkness is a collective family album.
    • 86 Metascore
    • 70 J. Hoberman
    Serious comedy, powered by an enthusiastic cast and full of good-natured innuendo, Lisa Cholodenko's The Kids Are All Right gives adolescent coming-of-age and the battle of the sexes a unique twist.
    • 81 Metascore
    • 70 J. Hoberman
    While never less than fascinating, Katyn alternates between scenes of tremendous power and sequences most kindly described as dutiful. It's as if the artist is never certain whether he is making this movie for himself, his father, or the entire nation.
    • 74 Metascore
    • 70 J. Hoberman
    Absurd as it sounds, Joyce's conviction is not only convincing but contagious. So, too, is her elastic sense of reality - a 90-minute immersion in her world is enough to make you question your own.
    • 60 Metascore
    • 70 J. Hoberman
    Jagged and jokey, filled with glam young people, lyrical Canto-Pop, and narrative non sequiturs, Time and Tide is Tsui's version of neo-new wave.
    • 83 Metascore
    • 70 J. Hoberman
    Avatar is a technological wonder, 15 years percolating in King Cameron's imagination and inarguably the greatest 3-D cavalry western ever made. Too bad that western is "Dances With Wolves."
    • 75 Metascore
    • 70 J. Hoberman
    Methodical, measured, and gently tedious in its comedy, Secret Ballot is a purposefully reductive movie—which may be why it's so successful at lodging itself in the brain.
    • 70 Metascore
    • 70 J. Hoberman
    The mood is less angst-ridden than hypercaffeinated, as Scorsese keeps cranking the velocity-bloodbath in the reggae inferno, exploding skyline pietà, climactic white light of redemption.

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