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

J. Hoberman's Scores

  • Movies
  • TV
Average review score: 65
Highest review score: 100 Momma's Man
Lowest review score: 0 The Nutcracker
Score distribution:
  1. Negative: 74 out of 944
944 movie reviews
    • 86 Metascore
    • 80 J. Hoberman
    This is a movie of blunt juxtapositions-death accompanied by the sound of raucous street musicians-as well as awkward flashbacks. Still, the strategy works.
    • 88 Metascore
    • 80 J. Hoberman
    Barnard makes the psychological mayhem Dunbar endured and inflicted tangible.
    • 67 Metascore
    • 80 J. Hoberman
    At the heart of the movie are the prolonged, increasingly violent, self-criticism sessions - an escalating, claustrophobic, paranoid reign of terror, staged in near-darkness and shown in close-up.
    • 72 Metascore
    • 80 J. Hoberman
    A big-bang demolition derby, J.J. Abrams's much-anticipated, greatly enjoyable Super 8 seems bound for box-office glory.
    • 82 Metascore
    • 80 J. Hoberman
    The verbal jousts are droll and the countryside is splendid, although the food - an endless succession of fussy little presentations - may be an acquired taste.
    • 63 Metascore
    • 80 J. Hoberman
    John Sayles's Amigo aspires more to educate than entertain, but it's no less engrossing for that.
    • 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.
    • 73 Metascore
    • 80 J. Hoberman
    Black nationalism lives and breathes in this remarkably fresh documentary - a standout in last spring's New Directors/New Films - assembled by Göran Hugo Olsson.
    • 76 Metascore
    • 80 J. Hoberman
    The sorry spectacle of the ranting codger never effaces the image of the boy concentrating his entire being over a chessboard. You have to love that kid and pity him.
    • 76 Metascore
    • 80 J. Hoberman
    A deft, old-school psychological thriller (or perhaps horror film) that relies mainly on the power of suggestion and memories of hippie cult crazies.
    • 82 Metascore
    • 80 J. Hoberman
    Le Havre is utopian precisely because it shows everything as it is not.
    • 59 Metascore
    • 80 J. Hoberman
    Although hardly flawless, Eastwood's biopic is his richest, most ambitious movie since the "Letters From Iwo Jima" – "Flags of Our Fathers" duo, if not "Unforgiven."
    • 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?
    • 71 Metascore
    • 80 J. Hoberman
    Young Adult might be brushed off as curdled rom-com were it not for two things. The first is the depth of Theron's performance...The second, less predictable aspect is the utter absence of the corny rehabilitation found in "Juno" and Reitman's glib, downsizing dramedy "Up in the Air."
    • 85 Metascore
    • 80 J. Hoberman
    The latest Tinker Tailor is, in some ways, more explicit regarding various characters' sexual proclivities than was the miniseries. It's also more concise, but what's lost is George's pathos.
    • 95 Metascore
    • 80 J. Hoberman
    What's fascinating is how the various issues - religious or practical - are played out in these two quite different families, yet always come down to irreconcilable differences between rebellious women and their stiff-necked, controlling men.
    • 82 Metascore
    • 80 J. Hoberman
    A 157-minute police procedural at once sensuous and cerebral, profane and metaphysical, "empty" and abundant, Once Upon a Time in Anatolia is closer to the Antonioni of "L'Avventura," and it elevates the 52-year-old director to a new level of achievement.
    • 73 Metascore
    • 70 J. Hoberman
    The emphasis in this surprisingly cheerful film is on the resilience of the living.
    • 49 Metascore
    • 70 J. Hoberman
    Way of the Gun is a self-consciously American odyssey.
    • 60 Metascore
    • 70 J. Hoberman
    It's not the least of Afghan tragedies that this noble warlord would be consigned to the dustbin of history.
    • 64 Metascore
    • 70 J. Hoberman
    Doesn't coddle the audience. But neither does it play fair. The narrative takes several fast turns and stops short with the sudden introduction of new material; the exposition is hurried and lazily predicated on characters' thinking aloud.
    • 65 Metascore
    • 70 J. Hoberman
    Ali
    Filled with vivid cameos and set to an infectious soul beat that effectively covers the underlying hum of calculated precision.
    • 52 Metascore
    • 70 J. Hoberman
    Doesn't dawdle and, despite some eye-rolling dialogue, is a generally amiable time-trip.
    • 50 Metascore
    • 70 J. Hoberman
    The leanest and meanest of Solondz's misanthropic comedies, feasts on the anguish of adolescence and confusion of college -- white suburban-style.
    • 80 Metascore
    • 70 J. Hoberman
    Pawlikowski, whose background is in documentary film, has an eye for the menacingly forlorn and elegantly bleak. Last Resort, which was shot without a script and developed largely in collaboration with the actors, is a kind of verité fantasy.
    • 69 Metascore
    • 70 J. Hoberman
    The movie exudes a cheerful energy--laying out a deck of narrative cards, then reshuffling them in the final 10 minutes.
    • 77 Metascore
    • 70 J. Hoberman
    Steeped in metaphor as it is, Panic offers a more naturalistic analysis of male midlife crisis than the grotesquely overpraised "American Beauty."
    • 70 Metascore
    • 70 J. Hoberman
    The performances are uneven, but the spirit never flags.
    • 76 Metascore
    • 70 J. Hoberman
    Pummeling, jagged, and extremely well-edited film.
    • 47 Metascore
    • 70 J. Hoberman
    At once distanced and heedless, Lies manages to be lighter and less pretentious than any description suggests. The movie's playful aspect can't be denied.