Jean Oppenheimer
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For 144 reviews, this critic has graded:
  • 52% higher than the average critic
  • 3% same as the average critic
  • 45% lower than the average critic
On average, this critic grades 3.8 points higher than other critics. (0-100 point scale)

Jean Oppenheimer's Scores

  • Movies
  • TV
Average review score: 63
Highest review score: 100 Good Night, and Good Luck.
Lowest review score: 0 Superbabies: Baby Geniuses 2
Score distribution:
  1. Positive: 81 out of 144
  2. Negative: 14 out of 144
144 movie reviews
    • 92 Metascore
    • 100 Jean Oppenheimer
    So enchanting it takes your breath away.
    • 89 Metascore
    • 90 Jean Oppenheimer
    Despite its two-and-a-half hour running time, the movie flies by, so absorbing are its story, songs and stars.
    • 88 Metascore
    • 80 Jean Oppenheimer
    A beautiful but depressing film.
    • 87 Metascore
    • 70 Jean Oppenheimer
    Be forewarned: Scenes of the protagonist learning to swallow the drug pellets will make many viewers queasy. Rarely has the power of suggestion been so unsettling.
    • 87 Metascore
    • 60 Jean Oppenheimer
    Viewers still need a window into a character's soul if they are to connect on a deep emotional level. And that is missing here.
    • 86 Metascore
    • 100 Jean Oppenheimer
    Turns out to be more than simply a near-miracle of filmmaking, however; it is also an astonishing work of art, a historical epic that drifts through one's consciousness like a reverie.
    • 85 Metascore
    • 80 Jean Oppenheimer
    An extraordinary film from a born filmmaker.
    • 84 Metascore
    • 70 Jean Oppenheimer
    When all is said and done, Far from Heaven proves an easier film to appreciate than to emotionally embrace. It fails the test of being, in the descriptive phrase of Pauline Kael, "compulsively watchable."
    • 84 Metascore
    • 100 Jean Oppenheimer
    Tanovic describes it as "a very serious film with a sense of humor." It is an apt description for a very remarkable film, one of the best of the year.
    • 84 Metascore
    • 70 Jean Oppenheimer
    A spare film, with little dialogue but a lot to say.
    • 83 Metascore
    • 90 Jean Oppenheimer
    A film of tremendous complexity and depth, a galvanic force that sends the mind reeling.
    • 83 Metascore
    • 90 Jean Oppenheimer
    While Sollett provided cast members with a detailed breakdown of the story--a kind of narrative guide--he wanted them to improvise their own dialogue based on how they would react to a similar situation in their own lives....The result is quite extraordinary.
    • 82 Metascore
    • 70 Jean Oppenheimer
    Nothing, however, can diminish the sense of horror we feel at what happened that day in September, while Macdonald's revelations and the candid comments he elicits more than make up for the film's less successful elements.
    • 81 Metascore
    • 80 Jean Oppenheimer
    Thanks to the performances and McCarthy's understated script and direction, the film walked off with both the Audience Award at the Sundance Film Festival and the Waldo Salt Screenwriting Award.
    • 81 Metascore
    • 60 Jean Oppenheimer
    Devotees of the comedienne presumably will think they have died and gone to heaven, while Cho virgins may laugh aloud a half-dozen times but probably won't become converts.
    • 80 Metascore
    • 80 Jean Oppenheimer
    A beautiful film from Iran explores beauty both physical and spiritual.
    • 80 Metascore
    • 70 Jean Oppenheimer
    The story itself is absolutely amazing, and the sense of outrage it evokes is universal, but director Noyce faces a difficult task in that once the story is set in motion there is very little action, other than walking shots of the girls, and almost no dialogue.
    • 80 Metascore
    • 90 Jean Oppenheimer
    But in a calculated move that pays off handsomely, the picture's remarkable power is reserved for the end, when the intertwining themes coalesce in an extraordinarily satisfying and stirring way.
    • 80 Metascore
    • 100 Jean Oppenheimer
    A riveting movie that's as entertaining as it is socially and politically important.
    • 79 Metascore
    • 90 Jean Oppenheimer
    Emotionally gripping from start to finish, the movie presents an electrifying and unforgettable look at life in a place that God has all but forgotten.
    • 79 Metascore
    • 80 Jean Oppenheimer
    Cheadle, always a fine actor, is outstanding here--an almost willfully naive yet uncommonly decent man who sees civilization crashing and burning around him yet who, almost against his own better judgment, refuses to give in to it.
    • 79 Metascore
    • 90 Jean Oppenheimer
    This engaging film proves a total pleasure, suitable for moviegoers who like their films a bit old-fashioned but still mainstream.
    • 79 Metascore
    • 80 Jean Oppenheimer
    Fascinating and engrossing on every conceivable level
    • 79 Metascore
    • 80 Jean Oppenheimer
    Huppert has never looked more beautiful. Despite her severe expression and lack of makeup, her face communicates enormous character. She proves absolutely spellbinding.
    • New Times (L.A.)
    • 78 Metascore
    • 80 Jean Oppenheimer
    The film proves unrelentingly grim -- and equally engrossing.
    • 78 Metascore
    • 90 Jean Oppenheimer
    It's the best thing Wong has done in years--perhaps ever.
    • 77 Metascore
    • 80 Jean Oppenheimer
    Pulsates with music, dance, color and laughter, but also glows with quiet moments of drama.
    • 76 Metascore
    • 90 Jean Oppenheimer
    It is that rare find: a film that is as emotionally truthful as it is satisfying.
    • 76 Metascore
    • 70 Jean Oppenheimer
    Demy's films are often described in terms of music; this one is more like a tango in which one person leads and refuses to forfeit the position.
    • 76 Metascore
    • 50 Jean Oppenheimer
    As an actress, she (July) is annoying as hell, with a quirkiness so labored, she seems to be begging for our affection. As a director she is much better.

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