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

J. Hoberman's Scores

  • Movies
  • TV
Average review score: 65
Highest review score: 100 The Fast Runner (Atanarjuat)
Lowest review score: 0 A Hole in My Heart
Score distribution:
  1. Negative: 74 out of 944
944 movie reviews
    • 100 Metascore
    • 100 J. Hoberman
    To cut to the chase, Robert Bresson's heart-breaking and magnificent Au Hasard Balthazar (1966) -- the story of a donkey's life and death in rural France -- is the supreme masterpiece by one of the greatest of 20th-century filmmakers.
    • 100 Metascore
    • 100 J. Hoberman
    The Leopard is the greatest film of its kind made since World War II—its only rivals are Kubrick's "Barry Lyndon" and Visconti's own "Senso."
    • 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
    • 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.
    • 98 Metascore
    • 100 J. Hoberman
    Literally and figuratively marvelous, a rich, daring mix of fantasy and politics.
    • 98 Metascore
    • 90 J. Hoberman
    The greatest of all pulp fantasies.
    • 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.
    • 97 Metascore
    • 100 J. Hoberman
    Romanian writer-director Cristian Mungiu's brilliantly discomfiting second feature is one long premonition of disaster.
    • 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.
    • 94 Metascore
    • 100 J. Hoberman
    Killer of Sheep is an urban pastoral--an episodic series of scenes that are sweet, sardonic, deeply sad, and very funny.
    • 94 Metascore
    • 90 J. Hoberman
    Jack and Miles are male archetypes, as well as the two most fully realized comic creations in recent American movies.
    • 93 Metascore
    • 90 J. Hoberman
    One of the best titles in movie history and a cast to match.
    • 92 Metascore
    • 90 J. Hoberman
    Although dense with incident and motif, the movie has an effortless flow.
    • 92 Metascore
    • 100 J. Hoberman
    Directed by anyone else, Masculine Feminine--one of three movies that Godard made in his peak year, 1966--would be a masterpiece. For the young JLG it's business as usual.
    • 92 Metascore
    • 100 J. Hoberman
    This is truly a work of symphonic aspirations and masterful execution.
    • 91 Metascore
    • 90 J. Hoberman
    This has to be the most richly entertaining movie anyone has ever made on the subject of female genital mutilation.
    • 91 Metascore
    • 100 J. Hoberman
    So elemental in its means yet so cosmic in its drama, it could herald a rebirth of cinema.
    • 91 Metascore
    • 100 J. Hoberman
    The year's most ingenious and original animated feature.
    • 91 Metascore
    • 100 J. Hoberman
    A movie so tactile in its cinematography, inventive in its camera placement, and sensuous in its editing that the purposefully oblique and languid narrative is all but eclipsed.
    • 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.
    • 90 Metascore
    • 100 J. Hoberman
    Watkins restages history in its own ruins, uses the media as a frame, and even so, manages to imbue his narrative with amazing presence. No less than the event it chronicles, La Commune is a triumph of spontaneous action.
    • 90 Metascore
    • 90 J. Hoberman
    Not only Mike Leigh's strongest film since "Naked" but a true show-making epic.
    • 90 Metascore
    • 100 J. Hoberman
    Summer sequelitis is upon us, but the season is unlikely to bring anything more remarkable than Richard Linklater's sweet, smart, and deeply romantic Before Sunset.
    • 90 Metascore
    • 90 J. Hoberman
    Clever, engaging, and cannily faux populist.
    • 89 Metascore
    • 90 J. Hoberman
    As bittersweet a brief encounter as any in American movies since Richard Linklater's equally romantic "Before Sunrise."
    • 89 Metascore
    • 90 J. Hoberman
    Indeed, the man who invented Borat is a masterful improviser, brilliant comedian, courageous political satirist, and genuinely experimental film artist. Borat makes you laugh but Baron Cohen forces you to think.
    • 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.
    • 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.
    • 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.