For 104 reviews, this critic has graded:
  • 52% higher than the average critic
  • 4% same as the average critic
  • 44% lower than the average critic
On average, this critic grades 2.9 points higher than other critics. (0-100 point scale)

Jean Oppenheimer's Scores

  • Movies
Average review score: 62
Highest review score: 100 Beauty and the Beast (re-release)
Lowest review score: 0 Superbabies: Baby Geniuses 2
Score distribution:
  1. Positive: 54 out of 104
  2. Negative: 11 out of 104
104 movie reviews
    • 92 Metascore
    • 100 Jean Oppenheimer
    So enchanting it takes your breath away.
    • 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.
    • 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."
    • 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
    • 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
    • 78 Metascore
    • 90 Jean Oppenheimer
    It's the best thing Wong has done in years--perhaps ever.
    • 76 Metascore
    • 90 Jean Oppenheimer
    It is that rare find: a film that is as emotionally truthful as it is satisfying.
    • 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.
    • 76 Metascore
    • 80 Jean Oppenheimer
    Though we know the story's final outcome, the trial scene and its aftermath are no less shocking and affecting.
    • 75 Metascore
    • 80 Jean Oppenheimer
    Both actors are marvelous, and the film, low-key but heartfelt, is a gem.
    • 75 Metascore
    • 80 Jean Oppenheimer
    Rich in story, character, and design, The Cider House Rules is obviously a collaborative effort, but above all it is a triumph for director Hallström.
    • 75 Metascore
    • 80 Jean Oppenheimer
    A character study, the film succeeds in large measure due to the kinetically charged performance of Romain Duris.
    • 75 Metascore
    • 80 Jean Oppenheimer
    A disarmingly funny, clear-eyed, and affectionate memory piece.
    • 75 Metascore
    • 80 Jean Oppenheimer
    The charismatic Jamal has the spirit of a young Antoine Doinel, and Winterbottom shoots him to evoke the memory of Truffaut's young hero.
    • 74 Metascore
    • 80 Jean Oppenheimer
    Sly and corrosively funny political black comedy.
    • 74 Metascore
    • 90 Jean Oppenheimer
    The acting is remarkable across the board, undoubtedly a combination of a strong script, gifted actors and exceptional direction.
    • 72 Metascore
    • 90 Jean Oppenheimer
    Pure joy to watch -- and an invaluable documentary record of a bygone era.
    • 72 Metascore
    • 70 Jean Oppenheimer
    That the film is good rather than great proves a disappointment, but just finding a good film these days is rare, especially a big studio picture.