For 943 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 There Will Be Blood
Lowest review score: 0 A Hole in My Heart
Score distribution:
  1. Negative: 75 out of 943
943 movie reviews
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    • 80 J. Hoberman
    Gets better as it goes along, building up to a prolonged shipboard finale.
    • 70 Metascore
    • 80 J. Hoberman
    Cure has a generic resemblance to "Seven," but it's far more oblique, and that much more troubling.
    • 47 Metascore
    • 80 J. Hoberman
    If nothing else, Brother confirms Kitano's stature as the most original purveyor of on-screen mayhem since Sam Peckinpah.
    • 58 Metascore
    • 80 J. Hoberman
    Inoffensively glib and innocuously arty.
    • 77 Metascore
    • 80 J. Hoberman
    Confidently absurd.
    • tbd Metascore
    • 80 J. Hoberman
    The Last Bolshevik, considered by some to be Marker's masterpiece.
    • 81 Metascore
    • 80 J. Hoberman
    If the carefully planted romantic intrigue is serenely slow to ripen, the process is never less than intriguing.
    • 75 Metascore
    • 80 J. Hoberman
    Elizabeth's most triumphant aspect is Blanchett's transformation from saucy, spirited toe-tapper to iconic Virgin Queen.
    • 68 Metascore
    • 80 J. Hoberman
    Almost buoyant in its creepiness and positively bejeweled in its disgust -- the movie can be enjoyably considered as a self-conscious fiction in the convoluted tradition of Raul Ruiz or Brian De Palma's "Raising Cain."
    • 82 Metascore
    • 80 J. Hoberman
    Kosashvili's camera is restrained, the better to render Late Marriage superbly brash, raunchy, and confrontational.
    • 85 Metascore
    • 80 J. Hoberman
    Panahi is a maestro of anxiety. Whatever its political significance, this is a dark, sustained, and wrenching film.
    • 98 Metascore
    • 80 J. Hoberman
    Casually racist and inordinately sexist, Pépé le Moko is best enjoyed for its offhand surrealism.
    • 73 Metascore
    • 80 J. Hoberman
    An entertainingly raffish action-comedy.
    • 54 Metascore
    • 80 J. Hoberman
    Superbly shot around Prague -- From Hell is even more stylish than gruesome -- it has the lush decrepitude of an autumn compost heap or an old Hammer werewolf flick.
    • 75 Metascore
    • 80 J. Hoberman
    An action film at once baroque and austere, hypnotic and opaque.
    • 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.
    • 69 Metascore
    • 80 J. Hoberman
    Has marked affinities to "Ghost World" and "Donnie Darko." It's more amorphous and less sharply drawn than either but has an acute sense of guilty secrets and secret places.
    • 77 Metascore
    • 80 J. Hoberman
    The movie's best moments evoke the thrill of doing something new. Pollock convincingly retails the beauty and originality of the painter's best work -- it may not be an intellectual adventure, but it does represent one.
    • 84 Metascore
    • 80 J. Hoberman
    Maddin has created a fascinating hybrid--this enraptured composition in mist, gauze, and Vaseline is more rhapsody than narrative, less motion picture than shadow play.
    • 86 Metascore
    • 80 J. Hoberman
    Dazzling dance to the music of time.
    • 73 Metascore
    • 80 J. Hoberman
    Becalmed or bobbing along, they remain balseros -- but then, as this engrossing documentary suggests, so are we all.
    • 90 Metascore
    • 80 J. Hoberman
    Nothing can redeem the movie's final 40 minutes. That may not be an ultimate horror, but it is a real one.
    • 65 Metascore
    • 80 J. Hoberman
    There isn't a bankable Hollywood director with a flintier sense of aesthetic integrity.
    • 84 Metascore
    • 80 J. Hoberman
    May be pumped-up, but it's rarely boring
    • 73 Metascore
    • 80 J. Hoberman
    This fastidiously hyperreal neo-noir suggests a sadder but wiser remake of the Coens' rambunctious debut, "Blood Simple."
    • 63 Metascore
    • 80 J. Hoberman
    The unnecessarily emphatic ending suggests that Secretary's makers are a bit anxious to demonstrate they've whipped a potentially grotesque, spanks-for-the-memories scenario into the season's most romantic love story -- which is, in fact, what they've done.
    • 85 Metascore
    • 80 J. Hoberman
    Remarkably unassuming, genuinely playful, and superbly executed, The Iron Giant towers over the cartoon landscape.
    • 90 Metascore
    • 80 J. Hoberman
    Panoramic yet cozy, enthusiastically glib.
    • 76 Metascore
    • 80 J. Hoberman
    A notably confident and achieved debut.
    • 77 Metascore
    • 80 J. Hoberman
    A funny, relationship-driven ensemble piece that takes the chill out of the Danish winter with a snuggly blanket of humanism.