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 Mysteries of Lisbon
Lowest review score: 0 The Nutcracker
Score distribution:
  1. Negative: 74 out of 944
944 movie reviews
    • 71 Metascore
    • 80 J. Hoberman
    Mainly, Fix the World is about the beauty of the riff. The Yes Men are funniest when addressing a straight audience, making outlandish claims in favor of the free market and the benefits of unregulated catastrophe--the Black Plague gave us capitalism!
    • 63 Metascore
    • 80 J. Hoberman
    A linguistic stew with a zesty, homemade flavor that belies its carefully researched preparation.
    • 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.
    • 80 Metascore
    • 80 J. Hoberman
    The hyperbole can be predictable and the clichés earnest, but by and large, Charlie is a serious, often illuminating, and unavoidably entertaining account of the creature Downey calls "the most endearing superhero you might ever want to watch."
    • 78 Metascore
    • 80 J. Hoberman
    As crass as it is visionary, Godzilla belongs with--and might well trump--the art films "Hiroshima Mon Amour" and "Dr. Strangelove" as a daring attempt to fashion a terrible poetry from the mind-melting horror of atomic warfare.
    • 66 Metascore
    • 80 J. Hoberman
    Steamboy doesn't have the deep melancholia or the visionary élan of last year's Ghost in the Shell 2: Innocence. Consistent in its graphic invention from first to last, however, it's a sensationally designed piece of work. (The retro stylistics are comparable to Brazil, David Lynch's Dune, and The Iron Giant.)
    • 69 Metascore
    • 80 J. Hoberman
    Our Brand Is Crisis manages to be remarkably suspenseful.
    • 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.
    • 70 Metascore
    • 80 J. Hoberman
    A fascinatingly mean-spirited erotic comedy.
    • 82 Metascore
    • 80 J. Hoberman
    Soberly entertaining documentary.
    • 76 Metascore
    • 80 J. Hoberman
    A deft, old-school psychological thriller (or perhaps horror film) that relies mainly on the power of suggestion and memories of hippie cult crazies.
    • 75 Metascore
    • 80 J. Hoberman
    Not the least remarkable thing about this deadpan, deceptively haphazard ensemble comedy, a movie as much choreographed as directed, is the way that--at the final moment--the mist simply evaporates.
    • 75 Metascore
    • 80 J. Hoberman
    At once shockingly vivid and overwhelmingly antiheroic.
    • 86 Metascore
    • 80 J. Hoberman
    Dazzling dance to the music of time.
    • tbd Metascore
    • 80 J. Hoberman
    Visionaries' heedless montage brought back the sense of crazy possibility that excited me when, as a teenage kid from Queens, I first encountered Mekas's world.
    • 67 Metascore
    • 80 J. Hoberman
    At the heart of the movie are the prolonged, increasingly violent, self-criticism sessions - an escalating, claustrophobic, paranoid reign of terror, staged in near-darkness and shown in close-up.
    • 71 Metascore
    • 80 J. Hoberman
    Made with considerable wit and style, Horn's thoughtful celebration of the era and its most uncanny diva could function as the show's ("East Village USA") supplement.
    • 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.
    • 91 Metascore
    • 80 J. Hoberman
    More fun than any movie about the violent death of a 36-year-old woman has a right to be. It's also as exotic an English-language picture as the season is likely to bring.
    • 64 Metascore
    • 80 J. Hoberman
    Gatlif's latest celebration of gypsy soul, sets a modest sliver of narrative in a fabulous widescreen landscape and surrounds it with a permanent party.
    • 81 Metascore
    • 80 J. Hoberman
    More impressionistic than analytical, A Grin Without a Cat is a grand immersion.
    • 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
    • 80 J. Hoberman
    Milk is so immediate that it's impossible to separate the movie's moment from this one.
    • tbd Metascore
    • 80 J. Hoberman
    it may be the director's quintessential movie. It's an exercise in urban paranoia and mental disintegration that echoes or anticipates everything from "Repulsion" and "Rosemary's Baby" to "Bitter Moon" and "The Pianist."
    • 75 Metascore
    • 80 J. Hoberman
    S21 is understated and unforgettable; in its modest way, this movie is as horrific an exposure to evil as Lanzmann's "Shoah."
    • 76 Metascore
    • 80 J. Hoberman
    Manages to be not only consistently droll but cumulatively poignant and even scary.
    • 70 Metascore
    • 80 J. Hoberman
    To have been in junior high school when rhapsodic fugues of yearning like "Spanish Harlem," "Uptown," or "Be My Baby" first poured from the radio is to have a sensibility, if not a fantasy life, in some way molded by this monster of self-absorption; to see The Agony and the Ecstasy is to be discomfitingly haunted by the specter of that long-ago innocence.
    • 76 Metascore
    • 80 J. Hoberman
    Given the large cast, the international hopscotch, and the tantalizing illusion of depth, the movie's tone is "Frontline" meets John le Carré. Compared to the complacence of something like "The Interpreter," it's a regular brain tickler.
    • 68 Metascore
    • 80 J. Hoberman
    A mysterious, fabulously sad fable.
    • 81 Metascore
    • 80 J. Hoberman
    If Hollywood were truly devoted to telling it like it is, Baker would win a special Oscar. To add to the creepiness, Solondz is (as he made clear in Dollhouse) an extremely sensitive director of kids.

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