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

J. Hoberman's Scores

  • Movies
  • TV
Average review score: 65
Highest review score: 100 Before Sunset
Lowest review score: 0 A Hole in My Heart
Score distribution:
  1. Negative: 74 out of 944
944 movie reviews
    • 77 Metascore
    • 80 J. Hoberman
    Alamar provides a nearly hypnotic immersion in the brilliantly aqua, impossibly tranquil Caribbean--a Paradise Regained not just for Natan, but for everyone
    • 84 Metascore
    • 80 J. Hoberman
    May be pumped-up, but it's rarely boring
    • 69 Metascore
    • 80 J. Hoberman
    The surface blandness does not efface, and might even amplify, its disturbing qualities. Never Let Me Go is not a movie about death but, more painfully, about the consciousness of death.
    • 81 Metascore
    • 80 J. Hoberman
    As usual, Jia's people tend toward the opaque--one of the movie's most enthusiastic conversations is conducted with ringtones. But his compositions have their own eloquence. Everything's despoiled and yet--as rendered in cinematographer Yu Lik-wai's rich, impossibly crisp HD images--everything is beautiful.
    • 75 Metascore
    • 80 J. Hoberman
    An action film at once baroque and austere, hypnotic and opaque.
    • 81 Metascore
    • 80 J. Hoberman
    Paranoid, hysterical, and programmatically subjective, the movie is in every sense a psychological thriller. Although the payoff is ambiguous, the experience remains in the mind. It's an absolutely restrained and truly frightening movie.
    • 82 Metascore
    • 80 J. Hoberman
    The filmmaker might be accused of preaching to the choir were the story not so compelling and the performances so strong.
    • 71 Metascore
    • 80 J. Hoberman
    Warmhearted but unsentimental, touching but not mawkish, clever but never cute, Divan is almost miraculously modest.
    • 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.
    • 73 Metascore
    • 80 J. Hoberman
    The movie is ultimately about the philosopher's personality -- if you loved "Lingua Franca" (and what lumpen academoid did not?), you'll certainly dig Derrida.
    • 70 Metascore
    • 80 J. Hoberman
    A near-irresistible button-pusher that's agile enough to hold a mirror to its own aspirations: The Sundance prize-winning filmmaker and her prize discovery, Michelle Rodriguez, merge in the image of a self-invented amateur boxer.
    • 78 Metascore
    • 80 J. Hoberman
    The Power of Nightmares is essentially polemical. As partisan filmmaking it is often brilliant and sometimes hilarious-a superior version of "Syriana" (which also prudently subtracts Israel and the Palestinians from the Middle East equation).
    • 73 Metascore
    • 80 J. Hoberman
    Downey, who, having grasped that he's playing a cartoon character, delivers the most animated performance. (Midway through 2006, this supporting turn is the performance to beat in what seems the year's American movie to beat.)
    • 80 Metascore
    • 80 J. Hoberman
    This is not so much a love story (and even less a story about love) than it is a movie of passionate loveliness.
    • 66 Metascore
    • 80 J. Hoberman
    A cut above last season's best studio offerings. The performances are well turned out. The morality is stylishly gray. The attitude is almost fashionable.
    • 64 Metascore
    • 80 J. Hoberman
    A bracingly no-nonsense, highly professional policier—as proudly old-fashioned as its curmudgeon hero.
    • 88 Metascore
    • 80 J. Hoberman
    A well-wrought, enjoyably amusing inspirational drama that successfully humanizes, even as it pokes fun at, the House of Windsor.
    • 86 Metascore
    • 80 J. Hoberman
    This is a movie of blunt juxtapositions-death accompanied by the sound of raucous street musicians-as well as awkward flashbacks. Still, the strategy works.
    • 81 Metascore
    • 80 J. Hoberman
    In every way a sunny film. Supremely affirmative, it ends with the funniest, sexiest close-up of the year.
    • 76 Metascore
    • 80 J. Hoberman
    Demme, who works a clever permutation on the original ending, is more than capable of doing the thriller thing--even with material that will strike a good percentage of his audience as familiar. As an intelligent genre flick, the movie plays to his strengths. His direction of actors has never been better.
    • 94 Metascore
    • 80 J. Hoberman
    In short, this Krakatoa is at once exhausting and riveting. It's a technological marvel, and for those not with the program, a bit of a bore.
    • 55 Metascore
    • 80 J. Hoberman
    The Eagle is full of action and fleet of foot-it's a movie of smoky, lowering battlefields and trippy, space-bending flashbacks, pausing only for admiring location shots of Scotland's wild, craggy vistas.
    • 77 Metascore
    • 80 J. Hoberman
    Too touchy-feely for some hardcore Godardians, Notre Musique is the most lucid of the master's recent films.
    • 88 Metascore
    • 80 J. Hoberman
    Barnard makes the psychological mayhem Dunbar endured and inflicted tangible.
    • 82 Metascore
    • 80 J. Hoberman
    Tender, cruel, and very funny, Baumbach's fourth feature turns family history into a sort of urban myth.
    • 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.
    • 71 Metascore
    • 80 J. Hoberman
    Young Adult might be brushed off as curdled rom-com were it not for two things. The first is the depth of Theron's performance...The second, less predictable aspect is the utter absence of the corny rehabilitation found in "Juno" and Reitman's glib, downsizing dramedy "Up in the Air."
    • 88 Metascore
    • 80 J. Hoberman
    There's not much sense that the system can be voted out-not least because Barack Obama, shown campaigning on the crisis and elected in part to change the game, recruited his economic advisers from those who enabled the disaster.
    • tbd Metascore
    • 80 J. Hoberman
    Thanks to his mastery of montage, Buñuel naturalizes Dalí's images into a duplicitous rhythm of normality and outrage. The film suggests instances of sex and violence far more extreme than any actually represented while contriving effronteries so offhanded you can't believe you've actually seen them.
    • 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.

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