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 Mysteries of Lisbon
Lowest review score: 0 A Hole in My Heart
Score distribution:
  1. Negative: 75 out of 944
944 movie reviews
    • 84 Metascore
    • 100 J. Hoberman
    One of the sweetest, saddest stories Franz Kafka never wrote.
    • 82 Metascore
    • 100 J. Hoberman
    A superbly balanced piece of work, addressing the passion of Irish Republican martyr Bobby Sands.
    • 79 Metascore
    • 100 J. Hoberman
    This may or may not be the greatest instance of college football ever played, but "Brian's Song," J"erry Maguire," and "The Longest Yard" notwithstanding, Rafferty's no-frills annotated replay is the best football movie I've ever seen: A particular day in history becomes a moment out of time.
    • 88 Metascore
    • 100 J. Hoberman
    In every respect, this unclassifiable movie is an amazing accomplishment.
    • 82 Metascore
    • 100 J. Hoberman
    Detailed yet oblique, leisurely but compelling, perfectly cast and irreproachably acted, the movie has a seductively novelistic texture complete with a less-than-omniscient narrator.
    • 81 Metascore
    • 100 J. Hoberman
    Police, Adjective is a deadly serious as well as dryly humorous analysis of bureaucratic procedure and, particularly, the tyranny of language. Images may record reality, but words define it.
    • 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.
    • 80 Metascore
    • 100 J. Hoberman
    Grave, beautiful, austerely comic, and casually metempsychotic, Michelangelo Frammartino's Le Quattro Volte is one of the wiggiest nature documentaries-or almost-documentaries-ever made.
    • 82 Metascore
    • 100 J. Hoberman
    Leisurely and digressive, this generally exhilarating saga ("a storm of misadventures" per Ruiz) variously suggests Victor Hugo, Stendhal, and (thanks in part to the unnatural, emphatic yet uninflected, acting) Mexican telenovelas. The score is richly romantic; the period locations are impeccable.
    • 76 Metascore
    • 100 J. Hoberman
    Cronenberg's film is at once a lucid movie of ideas, a compelling narrative, and a splendidly acted love story.
    • 90 Metascore
    • 90 J. Hoberman
    Not only Mike Leigh's strongest film since "Naked" but a true show-making epic.
    • 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.
    • 73 Metascore
    • 90 J. Hoberman
    An impressively coordinated enterprise that lasts three hours, manages a large cast, and covers a period of 30-odd years while successfully unfolding as a series of scenes from the life of a single character.
    • 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.
    • 93 Metascore
    • 90 J. Hoberman
    One of the best titles in movie history and a cast to match.
    • 80 Metascore
    • 90 J. Hoberman
    A brilliant appreciation of the last great Soviet director, Andrei Tarkovsky.
    • 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.
    • 70 Metascore
    • 90 J. Hoberman
    The lovability quotient is as high as the altitude.
    • 78 Metascore
    • 90 J. Hoberman
    The movie is as eloquently uninflected and filled with quirks as its star.
    • 92 Metascore
    • 90 J. Hoberman
    Although dense with incident and motif, the movie has an effortless flow.
    • 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.
    • 78 Metascore
    • 90 J. Hoberman
    Leisurely yet streamlined film, brilliantly adapted by British filmmaker Terence Davies from Edith Wharton's most powerful novel.
    • 71 Metascore
    • 90 J. Hoberman
    Manages to turn a highly dubious concept into a subtle and deliciously mordant comedy.
    • tbd Metascore
    • 90 J. Hoberman
    More concentrated and svelte than its precursor, Once Upon a Time II also has the benefit of fights staged by Master Yuen Wo-Ping that show Jet Li -- another camera-age hero -- to even greater advantage.
    • 76 Metascore
    • 90 J. Hoberman
    Enriches a deceptively anecdotal plot with a combination of observational camerawork, strong narrative rhythms, and deft characterization.
    • 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.
    • 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.
    • 90 Metascore
    • 90 J. Hoberman
    Clever, engaging, and cannily faux populist.
    • 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.
    • 75 Metascore
    • 90 J. Hoberman
    May not be the movie of the year, but it is a seasonal gift to us all. Sweet and funny, doggedly oddball if bordering precious.