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 The Triplets of Belleville
Lowest review score: 0 The Nutcracker
Score distribution:
  1. Negative: 75 out of 944
944 movie reviews
    • 86 Metascore
    • 40 J. Hoberman
    Bland and nasty, American Beauty has the slightly stale feel of a family sitcom conceived under the spell of "Married . . . With Children."
    • 86 Metascore
    • 70 J. Hoberman
    Everything is edged with desperation. However arduous Last Train Home may have been to shoot, it was infinitely more arduous to live.
    • 86 Metascore
    • 100 J. Hoberman
    Flight of the Red Balloon is in a class by itself. In its unexpected rhythms and visual surprises, its structural innovations and experimental perfs, its creative misunderstandings and its outré syntheses, this is a movie of genius.
    • 85 Metascore
    • 70 J. Hoberman
    Suffers from over-explanation. The movie maintains tremendous momentum through the Szpilman family's deportation. The second half is another story.
    • 85 Metascore
    • 70 J. Hoberman
    City of Life and Death is far more convincing as a spectacle of mass atrocity than a drama of individual conscience.
    • 85 Metascore
    • 100 J. Hoberman
    Not just the year's most impressive first feature but also the strongest new movie of any kind I've seen in 2010.
    • 85 Metascore
    • 90 J. Hoberman
    A wondrously perverse movie that not only evokes a lost moment in time but circles around an unrepresentable subject. Mood is the operative word. A love story far more cerebral than it is emotional.
    • 85 Metascore
    • 90 J. Hoberman
    Offside is blatantly metaphoric and powerfully concrete, deceptively simple and highly sophisticated in its formal intelligence.
    • 85 Metascore
    • 100 J. Hoberman
    Ultimate geezerfest and rock-doc holy grail.
    • 85 Metascore
    • 80 J. Hoberman
    The latest Tinker Tailor is, in some ways, more explicit regarding various characters' sexual proclivities than was the miniseries. It's also more concise, but what's lost is George's pathos.
    • 85 Metascore
    • 90 J. Hoberman
    From first shot to last, Dworkin's movie is a continuously absorbing, sometimes revelatory, frequently moving experience; as documentary filmmaking it's not only amazingly intimate but also characterized by an unexpected lyricism.
    • 85 Metascore
    • 80 J. Hoberman
    One may not realize how truly sad this movie is until the forlorn final moments, when Payne resists an inspirational closer, and, with exquisite tact, averts his eyes.
    • 85 Metascore
    • 80 J. Hoberman
    The most compelling Wiseman epic of recent years -- reminiscent of his hellish 1975 masterpiece, "Welfare," in its open-ended articulation of chaotic, violent, luckless lives.
    • 85 Metascore
    • 90 J. Hoberman
    Though he successfully humanizes Hirohito, who is shown happily shedding his divinity, Sokurov doesn't entirely exonerate him. He contrives a shock ending that, as measured as everything else in this engrossing, supremely assured movie, acknowledges one last blood sacrifice on the emperor's altar.
    • 85 Metascore
    • 80 J. Hoberman
    Remarkably unassuming, genuinely playful, and superbly executed, The Iron Giant towers over the cartoon landscape.
    • 85 Metascore
    • 80 J. Hoberman
    Spare yet tactile, a mysterious mixture of lightness and gravity, Alexander Sokurov's Alexandra is founded on contradiction. Musing on war in general and the Russian occupation of Chechnya in particular, this is a movie in which combat is never shown.
    • 85 Metascore
    • 70 J. Hoberman
    Gross-out horror is never far from comedy and The Host, Bong Joon-ho's giddy creature feature, has an anarchic mess factor worthy of a pile of old "Mad" magazines.
    • 85 Metascore
    • 80 J. Hoberman
    Cinematic as it is, Meek's Cutoff has an uncanny theatricality. The scenes alternating between windswept emptiness and the dark void could be played on a barren stage. For all its detailed authenticity, this minimalist "Wagon Train" is less naturalistic than existential.
    • 85 Metascore
    • 80 J. Hoberman
    Panahi is a maestro of anxiety. Whatever its political significance, this is a dark, sustained, and wrenching film.
    • 84 Metascore
    • 90 J. Hoberman
    A heady plum pudding of a movie--studded with outsized performances and drenched in cinematic brio. The concoction is over-rich, yet irresistible.
    • 84 Metascore
    • 80 J. Hoberman
    In the course of this clanging, spectral memoir, all of the artist's previous movies--from his underground mock epic "Tales from the Gimli Hospital" through his faux–Soviet silent "The Heart of the World" to his period spectacular "The Saddest Music in the World"--come to mind.
    • 84 Metascore
    • 70 J. Hoberman
    Shot on city streets but unfolds in the world of the movies--in a Godardian touch that anticipates Godard, the Ventura character is identified by the cops as "an old pal of Pierrot le Fou." The new titles are flavorsome, and the restoration is up to Rialto's previous high standards.
    • 84 Metascore
    • 90 J. Hoberman
    It's a measure of Cuarón's directorial chops that Children of Men functions equally well as fantasy and thriller. Like Spielberg's "War of the Worlds" and the Wachowski Brothers' "V for Vendetta" (and more consistently than either), the movie attempts to fuse contemporary life with pulp mythology.
    • 84 Metascore
    • 70 J. Hoberman
    This may not be Kaurismäki's masterpiece, but it is a movie of sustained stylistic integrity -- and it has the power to make you laugh.
    • 84 Metascore
    • 80 J. Hoberman
    Milk is so immediate that it's impossible to separate the movie's moment from this one.
    • 84 Metascore
    • 60 J. Hoberman
    Elaborate exercise in frustration.
    • 84 Metascore
    • 90 J. Hoberman
    A supremely intelligent pastiche.
    • 84 Metascore
    • 70 J. Hoberman
    A mordant battlefield allegory with an absurdist edge.
    • 84 Metascore
    • 70 J. Hoberman
    Thoughtfully orchestrated and filled with visual wit.
    • 84 Metascore
    • 70 J. Hoberman
    An urban crime thriller of considerable gravitas.