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 Donnie Darko
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
    • 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."
    • 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.
    • 66 Metascore
    • 70 Jean Oppenheimer
    Pak's writing has a simplicity that belies the film's emotional impact.
    • 71 Metascore
    • 70 Jean Oppenheimer
    While too many things about the story don't ring true for the film as a whole to work, there is enough in Next Stop Wonderland to keep the viewer wide awake and entertained.
    • 56 Metascore
    • 70 Jean Oppenheimer
    Despite the idealized portrait of Kelly and the very predictable plot, the film proves engaging, thanks in large measure to Ledger's sympathetic and believable performance.
    • 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.
    • 64 Metascore
    • 70 Jean Oppenheimer
    This latest adventure proves to be a suitably sweet addition to Pooh's cinematic canon.
    • 65 Metascore
    • 70 Jean Oppenheimer
    Explores a wealth of issues and conflicting ideologies.
    • 56 Metascore
    • 70 Jean Oppenheimer
    Sails by on cute dialogue, some funny visual gags, and two enormously likable leads.
    • 67 Metascore
    • 70 Jean Oppenheimer
    Last Days shouldn't be half as engrossing as it turns out to be.
    • 68 Metascore
    • 70 Jean Oppenheimer
    Adding to the film's underlying sense of urgency and unease is composer Robert Miller's haunting score, so reminiscent of Philip Glass' music for "The Fog of War."
    • 75 Metascore
    • 70 Jean Oppenheimer
    A modest, uneventful film, buoyed by fine, albeit low-key, performances and the ring of truth.
    • New Times (L.A.)
    • 53 Metascore
    • 70 Jean Oppenheimer
    Yes, the movie is obvious at time, banging you over the head with its message, and the use of shadows on a wall can seem overly broad. But these are small complaints when compared to the film's many strengths.
    • 62 Metascore
    • 70 Jean Oppenheimer
    Worth the price of admission if only to see the slinky Thurman decked out in a form-fitting, sequined pre-flapper era outfit. The word stunning hardly does her justice.
    • 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.
    • 84 Metascore
    • 70 Jean Oppenheimer
    A spare film, with little dialogue but a lot to say.
    • 74 Metascore
    • 70 Jean Oppenheimer
    The two lead performances are so good it contains more emotional depth than it probably has a right to.
    • 75 Metascore
    • 70 Jean Oppenheimer
    Although frustratingly confusing -- often the viewer can't be sure who is on which side or why -- the film brims with physical grandeur, exquisite costumes, and a captivating performance by Blanchett.
    • 73 Metascore
    • 70 Jean Oppenheimer
    Shot in black and white by the renowned Raoul Coutard, and with a score by Michel Legrand, the film represents an idealized view of reality that will strike some viewers (including this one) as overly sentimental.
    • 75 Metascore
    • 70 Jean Oppenheimer
    Offers both a gentle humor and a sly but unmistakable optimism about what life in Iran might one day be.
    • New Times (L.A.)
    • 46 Metascore
    • 70 Jean Oppenheimer
    Proves a lovely, sweet alternative for audiences fed up with the latest hell-on-wheels action thriller or the newest horror film comedy spoof.
    • 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.
    • 60 Metascore
    • 60 Jean Oppenheimer
    Don Cheadle is wonderful, as always, as the former drug-addict-turned-psychiatrist who worries it's all hopeless but refuses to stop trying. Sounds clichéd, perhaps, but for the most part it works, thanks to piercingly authentic performances.
    • 52 Metascore
    • 60 Jean Oppenheimer
    The film's intent -- contrasting the relatively benign craziness of a group of mental patients with the far greater insanity of war -- is worthy but obvious, while the execution is overly indulgent and at times precious.
    • 56 Metascore
    • 60 Jean Oppenheimer
    The movie lacks the adult humor of such kid flicks as "Shrek" and "Lilo & Stitch," but the target audience at an advance screening was shrieking with joy throughout.
    • 47 Metascore
    • 60 Jean Oppenheimer
    With Joseph Fiennes as the conflicted, frequently self-hating Luther, this historical drama/biopic offers a fairly thorough overview of the period (although it's weak on the "good deeds" angle) but is somewhat dry and weighted with significance.
    • 51 Metascore
    • 60 Jean Oppenheimer
    Does not measure up to its predecessor, but it's child-friendly and lasts only 45 minutes.
    • 47 Metascore
    • 60 Jean Oppenheimer
    Well acted by an unusually likable cast.
    • 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.
    • 65 Metascore
    • 60 Jean Oppenheimer
    A major weakness of A Soldier's Daughter is that it has no real plot.