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

J. Hoberman's Scores

  • Movies
Average review score: 65
Highest review score: 100 Vera Drake
Lowest review score: 0 A Hole in My Heart
Score distribution:
  1. Negative: 75 out of 944
944 movie reviews
    • 82 Metascore
    • 90 J. Hoberman
    Self-contained, enigmatic, illuminated from within, Huppert banks a performance that pays dividends throughout the film.
    • 86 Metascore
    • 90 J. Hoberman
    Scorches the screen like a prairie fire.
    • 79 Metascore
    • 90 J. Hoberman
    Va Savoir has its own unhurried pace and unpredictable humor. This is the sort of comedy Robert Altman could only dream about.
    • 78 Metascore
    • 90 J. Hoberman
    As mystical as it is gritty, as despairing as it is detached.
    • 61 Metascore
    • 90 J. Hoberman
    Unknown Pleasures suggests a coolly formalist reinvention of neorealism. The film is both distanced and immediate -- a fiction with the force of documentary.
    • 97 Metascore
    • 90 J. Hoberman
    A vivid exercise in hokum that more or less invented the idea of French film noir...and not just for Americans.
    • 87 Metascore
    • 90 J. Hoberman
    As straightforward and plot-driven as any movie about life imitating art imitating life could possibly be.
    • 98 Metascore
    • 90 J. Hoberman
    The greatest of all pulp fantasies.
    • 86 Metascore
    • 90 J. Hoberman
    Ten
    Conceptually rigorous, splendidly economical, and radically Bazinian.
    • 67 Metascore
    • 90 J. Hoberman
    A fierce dance of destruction. Its flame-like, roiling black-and-white inspires trembling and gratitude.
    • 73 Metascore
    • 90 J. Hoberman
    A movie of cutting humor, near-constant talk, and one show-stopping dance routine.
    • 90 Metascore
    • 90 J. Hoberman
    Bloody Sunday doesn't surrender its grip on the viewer even after the action shifts from the streets of Bogside to a local hospital where the weeping masses are still under the guns of the war-painted British soldiers.
    • 81 Metascore
    • 90 J. Hoberman
    Thrilling and ludicrous. The movie feels entirely instinctual. The rest is silencio.
    • 86 Metascore
    • 90 J. Hoberman
    Traffic is not just an ultra-procedural--it's the Big Picture, the Whole Enchilada, complete with a complicated war between two Mexican drug cartels.
    • 62 Metascore
    • 90 J. Hoberman
    A sustained immersion in gorgeously austere street photography and casual portraiture, the images punctuated by bits of black leader and gnomic intertitles, the action propelled by sweetly pulverized music and an effortlessly layered soundtrack of enigmatic conversations. Poetry is really the only word for it.
    • 86 Metascore
    • 90 J. Hoberman
    I can't remember a teenage romance this engagingly offbeat since "Lord Love a Duck."
    • 86 Metascore
    • 90 J. Hoberman
    This lusty, heartfelt movie has a near Brueghelian visual energy and a humanist passion as contagious as its music.
    • 86 Metascore
    • 90 J. Hoberman
    For all its quasi-documentary materialism, The Son is ultimately a Christian allegory of one man's inchoate desire to return good for evil. The movie requires a measure of faith, and like a job well done, it repays that trust.
    • 94 Metascore
    • 90 J. Hoberman
    A very nutty fruitcake, Spirited Away is characterized by wonderfully detailed animation, packed with incident and populated by all manner of comic creatures.
    • 83 Metascore
    • 90 J. Hoberman
    Adaptation's success in engaging the audience in the travails of creating a screenplay is extraordinary.
    • 88 Metascore
    • 90 J. Hoberman
    Keep your "Lara Croft" and your "Shrek": For me, the summer's reigning icons are Enid, Thora Birch's geek goddess in Ghost World, and her action-movie analogue.
    • 84 Metascore
    • 90 J. Hoberman
    A supremely intelligent pastiche.
    • 80 Metascore
    • 90 J. Hoberman
    The video stores are filled with examples of retro-noir and neo-noir, but Christopher Nolan's audacious timebender is something else. Call it meta-noir.
    • 63 Metascore
    • 90 J. Hoberman
    Grounded in Fessenden's handheld camera, stuttering montage rhythms, and time-lapse photography, the engagingly primitive animated special effects contribute to a mood that's sustained through the surprisingly somber conclusion.
    • 89 Metascore
    • 90 J. Hoberman
    As bittersweet a brief encounter as any in American movies since Richard Linklater's equally romantic "Before Sunrise."
    • 87 Metascore
    • 90 J. Hoberman
    No matter what your opinion of McNamara, The Fog of War is a chastening experience.
    • 89 Metascore
    • 90 J. Hoberman
    Wong is sensationally expressive and projects a modern, coolly appraising sexuality. Visually eloquent and often dazzling, the movie is no less terrific. Piccadilly is both evidence of silent cinema at its rudely aborted peak and Wong's frustrated potential to have been among its greatest stars.
    • 78 Metascore
    • 90 J. Hoberman
    Blind Shaft means to leave the viewer dazed, and it does.
    • 89 Metascore
    • 90 J. Hoberman
    It's a baroque and intermittently brilliant brain twister so convoluted that it inevitably deposits the viewer in an alternate universe.