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

J. Hoberman's Scores

  • Movies
  • TV
Average review score: 65
Highest review score: 100 There Will Be Blood
Lowest review score: 0 A Hole in My Heart
Score distribution:
  1. Negative: 74 out of 944
944 movie reviews
    • 54 Metascore
    • 60 J. Hoberman
    Broad but thin and more bleak than uproarious--a humorously downsized homage to foundational '70s classics like "Dirty Harry" and, especially, "Taxi Driver."
    • 56 Metascore
    • 60 J. Hoberman
    As consistently funny as it is smartly tooled.
    • 70 Metascore
    • 60 J. Hoberman
    With very few strong characters and a great many middle shots, Pulse sometimes plods--it's the price of Kurosawa's restraint and his indifference to structure.
    • tbd Metascore
    • 60 J. Hoberman
    For a disposable entertainment, Shockproof has an intensity that sticks to the mind--yours, mine, or Richard Hamilton's.
    • 71 Metascore
    • 60 J. Hoberman
    Syndromes and a Century, which was commissioned by the New Crowned Hope festival to commemorate the 250th anniversary of Mozart's birth, is a movie of long serene takes and gentle absurdities.
    • 57 Metascore
    • 60 J. Hoberman
    Has the grace to send the audience out with a piece of Waters-written rap.
    • 57 Metascore
    • 60 J. Hoberman
    Infectious city symphony.
    • 71 Metascore
    • 60 J. Hoberman
    Murray's performance is successfully skewed, but in the De Niro oeuvre, Mad Dog is one more doughy characterization flecked with raisins. [16 Mar 1993]
    • Village Voice
    • 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.
    • 52 Metascore
    • 60 J. Hoberman
    Consistently wacky and sometimes nearly surreal.
    • 77 Metascore
    • 60 J. Hoberman
    An enjoyably glib and refreshingly terse exercise in big beat and constant motion.
    • 56 Metascore
    • 60 J. Hoberman
    Waters's far-from-phallocratic sexual democracy is not so much hilarious as goofy and more rousing than arousing.
    • 69 Metascore
    • 60 J. Hoberman
    Fun and smart, but undeniably thin, the first installment of Tarantino's action epic is a fanboy fever dream. The clichés are out in maximum force, tempting any critic fool enough to go one-on-one with the master. (The prize: a Ph.D. in Tarantinology.)
    • 77 Metascore
    • 60 J. Hoberman
    Certainly a testament to Fuller's tenacity, but recent raves notwithstanding, it's no masterpiece...The Big Red One isn't even Fuller's greatest war film. Of those, I'd rank it fourth -- but that's not half bad.
    • 72 Metascore
    • 60 J. Hoberman
    Cost well over $100 million, and the money is up there for the gawking. Illuminated by the orange flames of hell, the vast New York City set looks great. The least engaging aspect of the movie is its script -- which passed through the hands of three separate writers and perhaps even producer Harvey Weinstein.
    • 78 Metascore
    • 60 J. Hoberman
    A pleasant time-passer.
    • 84 Metascore
    • 60 J. Hoberman
    Elaborate exercise in frustration.
    • 54 Metascore
    • 60 J. Hoberman
    Short, sweet, and hardly ever cloying, The Treatment is largely dependent for its success on the quality of its performances--most surprisingly, Eigeman's.
    • 69 Metascore
    • 60 J. Hoberman
    Acerbic, moody, and provocatively slight, it's a movie of apparent non sequiturs and privileged moments. [21 Oct 1997]
    • Village Voice
    • 63 Metascore
    • 60 J. Hoberman
    A grimly suggestive and unexpectedly tender bedroom farce, Billy Wilder's Kiss Me, Stupid is a true film maudit.
    • 70 Metascore
    • 60 J. Hoberman
    A first-person doc assembled largely from footage taken in the course of the five features they made, being madmen together.
    • 68 Metascore
    • 60 J. Hoberman
    Overlong and a bit tiresome but it's actually about something.
    • 70 Metascore
    • 60 J. Hoberman
    The Syrian Bride has no particular visual style, but it exudes affection, for its characters and their culture as well as the unprepossessing beauty of the scrubby terrain that holds them in thrall. Like all wedding films, it's essentially a comedy, albeit a sad one.
    • 69 Metascore
    • 60 J. Hoberman
    The movie is not unintelligent but it is insipid
    • 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.
    • 65 Metascore
    • 60 J. Hoberman
    This first feature is shot "first person" and is first and foremost a concept -- at least as interesting to think about as to actually watch.
    • 71 Metascore
    • 60 J. Hoberman
    Funny for about half an hour, Pleasantville thereafter becomes an increasingly lugubrious, ultimately exasperating mix of technological wonder and ideological idiocy.
    • 48 Metascore
    • 60 J. Hoberman
    A ridiculous soft-core kung-fu porn film about a ridiculous hard-core one, Orgazmo is the kind of movie that improves according to the lateness of the hour.
    • 63 Metascore
    • 60 J. Hoberman
    A documentary to make the stones weep -- as shameful as it is scary.
    • 57 Metascore
    • 60 J. Hoberman
    Late in the day, Code 46 bursts its chemical chains to become a convincingly irrational love story.

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