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 Russian Ark
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
    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.
    • 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.
    • 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.)
    • 67 Metascore
    • 70 Jean Oppenheimer
    Last Days shouldn't be half as engrossing as it turns out to be.
    • 64 Metascore
    • 70 Jean Oppenheimer
    This latest adventure proves to be a suitably sweet addition to Pooh's cinematic canon.
    • 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.
    • 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.
    • 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.
    • 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."
    • 56 Metascore
    • 70 Jean Oppenheimer
    Sails by on cute dialogue, some funny visual gags, and two enormously likable leads.
    • 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.
    • 65 Metascore
    • 70 Jean Oppenheimer
    Explores a wealth of issues and conflicting ideologies.
    • 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.
    • 42 Metascore
    • 70 Jean Oppenheimer
    Viewers looking for extremely light, romantic entertainment with a guaranteed happy ending could do worse.
    • 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."
    • 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.
    • 62 Metascore
    • 70 Jean Oppenheimer
    Far superior to either "Life Is Beautiful" or "Jakob the Liar."
    • 68 Metascore
    • 70 Jean Oppenheimer
    A bleak, beautiful film.
    • 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.
    • 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.
    • 59 Metascore
    • 60 Jean Oppenheimer
    The film takes an incredibly wrong turn when it shifts to the courtroom trial -- It all but kills any goodwill Silberling has engendered up to this point.
    • New Times (L.A.)
    • 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.
    • 64 Metascore
    • 60 Jean Oppenheimer
    Certainly a terrific sense of urgency underlies the story and Tom's desperation over Claire is palpable, but that may not be enough for viewers who actually like to understand how the riddle is unraveling.
    • 64 Metascore
    • 60 Jean Oppenheimer
    A small story, with fewer lofty ambitions than its lead character, the film runs out of steam at a certain point. Overall, its leisurely pace and lack of overt action will bore some filmgoers, while the movie's final section, during which Ganesh pursues his political aspirations, feels strangely hurried and less satisfying than the rest of the story.
    • New Times (L.A.)
    • 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.
    • 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.
    • 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.
    • 65 Metascore
    • 60 Jean Oppenheimer
    A major weakness of A Soldier's Daughter is that it has no real plot.

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