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

J. Hoberman's Scores

  • Movies
  • TV
Average review score: 65
Highest review score: 100 Mysteries of Lisbon
Lowest review score: 0 A Hole in My Heart
Score distribution:
  1. Negative: 74 out of 944
944 movie reviews
    • 84 Metascore
    • 90 J. Hoberman
    A supremely intelligent pastiche.
    • 78 Metascore
    • 90 J. Hoberman
    Blind Shaft means to leave the viewer dazed, and it does.
    • 79 Metascore
    • 90 J. Hoberman
    A fairy tale that presents love as a case of mutual enchantment, Two Family House is not only uniformly well acted, superbly designed, lovingly lit, and sensitively scored, it's as romantic as it is funny.
    • 87 Metascore
    • 90 J. Hoberman
    Fateless has a remarkable absence of sentimentality. The movie is obviously artistic, but there are no cheap or superfluous effects. It's almost mystically translucent.
    • 79 Metascore
    • 90 J. Hoberman
    As chilly a spectacle as you're likely to see. It's like watching a comeback in an empty stadium.
    • 99 Metascore
    • 90 J. Hoberman
    It's here that Melville fully achieved his notion of the sublime, applying "Le Samouraï's" "empty" compositions and near theatrical blocking, as well as its methodical suspense, cosmic fatalism, and sense of grim solitude, to a subject far closer to his heart, namely his own World War II experiences.
    • 77 Metascore
    • 90 J. Hoberman
    As fascinating as it is discomfiting and as intelligent as it is primal. From first shot to last, France's foremost bad girl has made an extremely good movie -- and maybe even a great one.
    • 87 Metascore
    • 90 J. Hoberman
    No matter what your opinion of McNamara, The Fog of War is a chastening experience.
    • 90 Metascore
    • 90 J. Hoberman
    Not only Mike Leigh's strongest film since "Naked" but a true show-making epic.
    • 75 Metascore
    • 90 J. Hoberman
    Drawing on interviews with SLA co-founder Russ Little and amazing TV news footage, Robert Stone illuminates this fantastic narrative as vividly as it has ever been.
    • 70 Metascore
    • 90 J. Hoberman
    The lovability quotient is as high as the altitude.
    • 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.
    • 81 Metascore
    • 90 J. Hoberman
    Thrilling and ludicrous. The movie feels entirely instinctual. The rest is silencio.
    • 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.
    • 81 Metascore
    • 90 J. Hoberman
    Claire Denis's strongest movie in the decade since "Beau Travail," her tense, convulsive White Material is a portrait of change and a thing of terrible beauty.
    • 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
    Scorches the screen like a prairie fire.
    • 82 Metascore
    • 90 J. Hoberman
    A rhapsodic movie directed with considerable formal intelligence and brooding power from an original screenplay by Steve Knight, Eastern Promises is very much a companion to "A History of Violence."
    • 78 Metascore
    • 90 J. Hoberman
    A highly entertaining adaptation of French dandy Jules-Amédée Barbey d'Aurevilly's mid-19th-century novel Une vieille maîtresse.
    • 72 Metascore
    • 90 J. Hoberman
    If you can forget the world-historic significance of the mass revolution that overthrew Europe's oldest absolute monarchy -- or rather, subsume it in the mysteries of personality -- The Lady and the Duke is the stuff of human interest.
    • 85 Metascore
    • 90 J. Hoberman
    Offside is blatantly metaphoric and powerfully concrete, deceptively simple and highly sophisticated in its formal intelligence.
    • 75 Metascore
    • 90 J. Hoberman
    The Duel is the most successful literary adaptation I've seen since Pascal Ferran's 2006 "Lady Chatterley."
    • 82 Metascore
    • 90 J. Hoberman
    Abbas Kiarostami's Certified Copy is exactly that: The Iranian modernist's first feature to be shot in the West is a flawless riff on our indigenous art cinema.
    • Village Voice
    • 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.
    • 80 Metascore
    • 90 J. Hoberman
    Trembling throughout on the verge of a tearful breakdown, but far too dignified to allow her character to choke up, Williams delivers a sensationally nuanced performance that, were it not so resolutely undramatic, would constitute an aria of stoical misery.
    • 66 Metascore
    • 90 J. Hoberman
    Naomi Watts is a tremendous movie actress. She need only sidle on camera and glance over the terrain to claim the scene. What's her secret? Like the great Isabelle Huppert, Watts doesn't radiate feelings so much as she absorbs them.
    • 99 Metascore
    • 90 J. Hoberman
    Rich in detail, vivid in characterization, leisurely in exposition, this 207-minute epic is bravura filmmaking -- a brilliant yet facile synthesis of Hollywood pictorialism, Soviet montage, and Japanese theatricality that could be a B western transposed to Mars.
    • Village Voice
    • 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.
    • 82 Metascore
    • 90 J. Hoberman
    As straightforward in narrative as it is gut-wrenching in effect, A Simple Plan is a sort of slow-motion skid down an icy blacktop— it's a movie you watch with a mounting sense of dread...[It's] an extremely credible thriller and an affecting brother-story.
    • 90 Metascore
    • 90 J. Hoberman
    Clever, engaging, and cannily faux populist.

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