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 Bus 174
Lowest review score: 0 A Hole in My Heart
Score distribution:
  1. Negative: 74 out of 944
944 movie reviews
    • 59 Metascore
    • 50 J. Hoberman
    A tricksy meta-thriller that, replete with the requisite homage to "Vertigo," sustains its dreamlike glide through a succession of cheesy coincidences and voluptuous cheap effects.
    • 70 Metascore
    • 50 J. Hoberman
    Long before it ends, its leisurely immersion in the Mississippi Delta has turned downright lukewarm and even chilly.
    • 66 Metascore
    • 50 J. Hoberman
    Auto Focus doesn't really go anywhere, but then neither does any form of obsessive-compulsive behavior -- which may be Schrader's point.
    • 66 Metascore
    • 50 J. Hoberman
    This malevolently gleeful satire...is extremely funny, surprisingly well- acted, and boldly designed...at least until its steel-and-chrome soufflé falls apart.
    • 46 Metascore
    • 50 J. Hoberman
    The movie rises to another level whenever its star has a chance to cut loose -- leading the ensemble in a conga line, winning a sack race in slow motion, torching the Whos' Christmas tree while screaming, "Burn baby burn."
    • tbd Metascore
    • 50 J. Hoberman
    Tightly framed and tightly wound, Mary is a claustrophobic, incandescent, nutty 83 minutes with everyone in the cast teetering on the ledge of madness.
    • 75 Metascore
    • 50 J. Hoberman
    Moll's style is low-key and straightforward.
    • 72 Metascore
    • 50 J. Hoberman
    Ace in the Hole is a movie about the fascination of disaster that is itself a fascinating disaster.
    • 58 Metascore
    • 50 J. Hoberman
    The movie turns terminally wearisome and even anti-climactic with the triumph of the brain-lodging "Je T'aime" (which, alone among the movie's numbers, is heard in its original version) and Gainsbourg's descent into alcoholic dissolution.
    • 74 Metascore
    • 50 J. Hoberman
    A bit precious, ultimately wearisome.
    • 62 Metascore
    • 50 J. Hoberman
    Yes, there's something terribly familiar about this historical fantasy. As we now know, and Willmott is well aware, the South actually did win the Civil War.
    • 74 Metascore
    • 50 J. Hoberman
    Touching in its absurdity, the movie is what the French, if they didn't love Gray so much, might term agréablement ridicule.
    • 59 Metascore
    • 50 J. Hoberman
    Rains on its own parade.
    • 64 Metascore
    • 50 J. Hoberman
    Lookin' for sin, American-style? Try Hell House, which documents the cautionary Christian spook-a-rama of the same name.
    • 72 Metascore
    • 50 J. Hoberman
    Another creature of need, if the temperamental opposite of self-contained Brandon, Sissy is equally prepared to push her way into his life or push herself in front of a subway. She's also a performer - and Mulligan's blowsy desperation makes for the movie's best turn.
    • 57 Metascore
    • 50 J. Hoberman
    Less monster than monstrosity—albeit, as superfluous sequels go, not on par with the memorably idiotic "Godfather III."
    • 45 Metascore
    • 50 J. Hoberman
    An affable action hero in search of the planet's arch supervillain, Spurlock is less irritating than his obvious model, Michael Moore, but also less politically astute; assuming the role of a faux-naïf stranger in a strange land, he's more benign and not nearly as funny as unacknowledged analogue Sacha Baron Cohen.
    • 49 Metascore
    • 50 J. Hoberman
    This is the first movie I've ever seen -- porn included -- in which a guy gets coldcocked with a dildo.
    • 72 Metascore
    • 50 J. Hoberman
    Circumspect documentary.
    • 44 Metascore
    • 50 J. Hoberman
    A sweet, dumb pup of a movie, not unlike its eponymous hero, The Wendell Baker Story frisks along sniffing the sidewalk.
    • 65 Metascore
    • 50 J. Hoberman
    To call this story unbelievable is to say the very least. If it's a hoax, Bruce is a fantastic actor (but then, the movie suggests, so are we all). If not, you may wonder less about Bruce's personality than his condition.
    • 64 Metascore
    • 50 J. Hoberman
    Team America is at once grandiose and tacky, elaborate and deflationary.
    • 64 Metascore
    • 50 J. Hoberman
    Lacking any equivalent to the Sadean excess of Ellis's prose, it is also further evacuated of purpose.
    • 67 Metascore
    • 50 J. Hoberman
    Often feels like a mediocre time-waster, and yet it sticks in the mind.
    • 48 Metascore
    • 50 J. Hoberman
    The campaign's latest scare doc takes its title, Bush's Brain, and much of its argument from the portrait of political operative and bogeyman Karl Rove published last year by a pair of Dallas newsmen.
    • 35 Metascore
    • 50 J. Hoberman
    As this movie knows what it is, Scooby-Doo's a relatively painless 85 minutes.
    • 82 Metascore
    • 50 J. Hoberman
    Downfall may be grimly self-important and inescapably trivializing. But we should be grateful that German cinema is more inclined to normalize the nation's history than rewrite it.
    • 24 Metascore
    • 50 J. Hoberman
    Gleefully confrontational in its ludicrous, pulpy tawdriness.
    • 25 Metascore
    • 40 J. Hoberman
    Shot in a style that might be termed Americana gravitas, September Dawn has the ham-fisted lyricism of political ads and pharmaceutical commercials. The schematic script is further burdened with heavy ironies and hackneyed dialogue.
    • 55 Metascore
    • 40 J. Hoberman
    A philosophical gross-out comedy rudely presented from the perspective of a sullen, sexually curious 14-year-old.

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