Jonathan Curiel
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For 91 reviews, this critic has graded:
  • 74% higher than the average critic
  • 4% same as the average critic
  • 22% lower than the average critic
On average, this critic grades 20.2 points higher than other critics. (0-100 point scale)

Jonathan Curiel's Scores

  • Movies
  • TV
Average review score: 80
Highest review score: 100 Enron: The Smartest Guys in the Room
Lowest review score: 0 September Tapes
Score distribution:
  1. Positive: 76 out of 91
  2. Negative: 2 out of 91
91 movie reviews
    • 91 Metascore
    • 75 Jonathan Curiel
    Not always pleasant to watch.
    • 91 Metascore
    • 100 Jonathan Curiel
    The best movie of 2008? The most revealing war film ever made? The greatest animated feature to come out of Israel? All these descriptions could apply to Waltz With Bashir.
    • 86 Metascore
    • 100 Jonathan Curiel
    Ghobadi infuses his movie with a humor that can almost be called Seinfeldian, and it's this mix of laughter with tears that gives Marooned in Iraq its big impact.
    • 86 Metascore
    • 75 Jonathan Curiel
    Gets its punch from simple scenes and conversations.
    • 86 Metascore
    • 100 Jonathan Curiel
    Ten
    A minimalist film, Ten looks and feels like a documentary. At the end, there is no big denouement, but a profound realization that the people we see on camera are all aching for answers -- and struggling to come to terms with their lives.
    • 85 Metascore
    • 100 Jonathan Curiel
    Funny, riveting look at the music scene that ruled Manchester, England, from 1976 to 1992.
    • 84 Metascore
    • 75 Jonathan Curiel
    A minimalist drama that takes its mood from Turkey's wintry terrain and the uneasy relationship between two bullheaded cousins.
    • 82 Metascore
    • 100 Jonathan Curiel
    More than worthwhile.
    • 82 Metascore
    • 75 Jonathan Curiel
    A gripping look at the immigrant experience, with small moments as important - and visually arresting - as any on the baseball diamond.
    • 82 Metascore
    • 75 Jonathan Curiel
    The story of an amazing life.
    • 81 Metascore
    • 100 Jonathan Curiel
    An engrossing tale of class differences that reveals tiny details of one man’s descent into hell.
    • 81 Metascore
    • 100 Jonathan Curiel
    Weeping Camel essentially lets native people tell their own unforgettable story.
    • 80 Metascore
    • 100 Jonathan Curiel
    A breathtaking story of defiance and triumph that has to be considered one of the year's most sublime films.
    • 79 Metascore
    • 100 Jonathan Curiel
    One of the year’s most significant films.
    • 78 Metascore
    • 100 Jonathan Curiel
    The experiences of this family from Fairfield will resonate with moviegoers around the country.
    • 78 Metascore
    • 100 Jonathan Curiel
    A documentary that is as thoughtful and inspiring as the music it celebrates.
    • 78 Metascore
    • 100 Jonathan Curiel
    From the standpoint of humanizing Sudan's continuing refugee problem, Lost Boys is a gem. It doesn't preach. It doesn't prettify.
    • 78 Metascore
    • 100 Jonathan Curiel
    A remarkable documentary.
    • 78 Metascore
    • 100 Jonathan Curiel
    A riveting works of humanism.
    • 77 Metascore
    • 75 Jonathan Curiel
    A "Rocky"-like tale of determination and long odds that will appeal even to those who are turned off by most rap music.
    • 76 Metascore
    • 100 Jonathan Curiel
    Serbis has the feel of a documentary, but a documentary can't accomplish what Serbis does: Take us to a corner of the world where sex and regret are so intimately entwined.
    • 76 Metascore
    • 100 Jonathan Curiel
    A sensitively wrought work.
    • 75 Metascore
    • 100 Jonathan Curiel
    A small gem.
    • 75 Metascore
    • 75 Jonathan Curiel
    For filmgoers who like dramas that are spare yet evocative, that focus on the subtleties of relationships, and that feature foreign settings completely off the beaten path, Deserted Station will be a masterpiece.
    • 75 Metascore
    • 75 Jonathan Curiel
    By humanizing an immigrant/refugee crisis that is not abating, Winterbottom does a cinematic service that happens to be damn interesting, too.
    • 74 Metascore
    • 75 Jonathan Curiel
    Romantic and even silly -- a combination that makes Divine Intervention an almost irresistible work of art.
    • 74 Metascore
    • 75 Jonathan Curiel
    An artful look at religious hypocrisy, interfamily dynamics and the way people wrestle with personal history long after the original events are over.
    • 74 Metascore
    • 100 Jonathan Curiel
    Sparrows is a kind of cinematic fable. At times funny, sad, poignant and suspenseful, Sparrows is a showcase for Majidi's masterful storytelling - and Naji's superb acting.
    • 73 Metascore
    • 100 Jonathan Curiel
    Exceptional.
    • 73 Metascore
    • 75 Jonathan Curiel
    Has two main flaws: the emphasis it puts on German bassist Alexander Hacke, the film's ostensible narrator, who shows up in too many scenes, and the fact that it doesn't identify many of the film's performers until the very end. Even so, Crossing the Bridge is satisfying to watch.
    • 73 Metascore
    • 100 Jonathan Curiel
    Full of drama, poignancy and some heartbreaking moments.
    • 73 Metascore
    • 75 Jonathan Curiel
    Somehow, it all works -- even if Miller relies on a plot that meanders a bit and loses some of its luster.
    • 72 Metascore
    • 75 Jonathan Curiel
    So many twists and turns, it seems like fiction.
    • 71 Metascore
    • 50 Jonathan Curiel
    Too self-indulgent.
    • 71 Metascore
    • 75 Jonathan Curiel
    There is no rage here or Michael Moore-like bluster. Instead, Deadline is a straightforward, compassionate look at a volatile subject.
    • 71 Metascore
    • 100 Jonathan Curiel
    A wonderful French offering whose jumping-off point is a bullfight.
    • 71 Metascore
    • 100 Jonathan Curiel
    A bittersweet film that tells the story of Palestinian life as eloquently as anything ever done.
    • 70 Metascore
    • 75 Jonathan Curiel
    For those who've never before heard fado, Fados will be a revelation - a window into a music that (like blues music) can be poetic, heartbreaking, melodramatic and redemptive, all at the same time.
    • 70 Metascore
    • 75 Jonathan Curiel
    An unabashed paean to Kerry's character at a time in the presidential election when Kerry's character is being questioned. It's also a riveting film.
    • 69 Metascore
    • 75 Jonathan Curiel
    Director Hiner Saleem has created a magical movie that veers, even within scenes, from love story to tragedy to comic relief.
    • 68 Metascore
    • 75 Jonathan Curiel
    Thought-provoking, insightful and entertaining.
    • 67 Metascore
    • 75 Jonathan Curiel
    More than just a nostalgia trip.
    • 67 Metascore
    • 100 Jonathan Curiel
    Dramatic, funny, fun, silly, musical, stylish, romantic and redemptive -- a film worth telling your friends and neighbors about.
    • 66 Metascore
    • 100 Jonathan Curiel
    A special film.
    • 66 Metascore
    • 100 Jonathan Curiel
    A must-see for anyone still coming to terms with the chaos in Iraq.
    • 66 Metascore
    • 75 Jonathan Curiel
    Timeless and tragic.
    • 65 Metascore
    • 100 Jonathan Curiel
    Potent.
    • 65 Metascore
    • 100 Jonathan Curiel
    One of 2005's must-see documentaries.
    • 65 Metascore
    • 100 Jonathan Curiel
    Sweet, funny, sad and profound -- the sort of film that becomes more remarkable when you realize it's based on someone's real life.
    • 65 Metascore
    • 75 Jonathan Curiel
    With this film, we see the Zinn who has changed thousands of lives with his work.
    • 64 Metascore
    • 100 Jonathan Curiel
    A powerful new documentary that addresses the issue of "hypocritical" male politicians.
    • 64 Metascore
    • 100 Jonathan Curiel
    So original, so funny, so alive with drama, intrigue, mystery and colors that you want to see it again and again.
    • 64 Metascore
    • 100 Jonathan Curiel
    An intense, powerful film.
    • 64 Metascore
    • 100 Jonathan Curiel
    A larger-than-life resonance.
    • 64 Metascore
    • 100 Jonathan Curiel
    AKA
    An unforgettable film.
    • 63 Metascore
    • 75 Jonathan Curiel
    These aren't the marching band songs of your father's or mother's generation but a musical expression that is modern and exciting to watch.
    • 62 Metascore
    • 75 Jonathan Curiel
    The movie is an ideal blend of character study, deceptively simple plot twists, inspired acting, and travelogue.
    • 61 Metascore
    • 75 Jonathan Curiel
    Straddles the line between dark comedy and deep drama.
    • 61 Metascore
    • 75 Jonathan Curiel
    A silly, snarling romp -- a fun (if you're in the mood for it), sometimes scary look at the life of a socially awkward man whose best friend is a white rodent he names Socrates.
    • 60 Metascore
    • 50 Jonathan Curiel
    Instead of a balanced film that explains the zeitgeist that is the X Games, we get a cinematic postcard that's superficial and unrealized.
    • 60 Metascore
    • 50 Jonathan Curiel
    Occasionally, this film is funny and cute. When the family's little girl narrates, it reaches a level of humor that is ironic and endearing.
    • 60 Metascore
    • 75 Jonathan Curiel
    A thorough indictment of the Bush administration's focus on Iraq.
    • 59 Metascore
    • 50 Jonathan Curiel
    Too predictable and too self-conscious to reach a level of high drama.
    • 59 Metascore
    • 100 Jonathan Curiel
    A beautiful film.
    • 58 Metascore
    • 50 Jonathan Curiel
    Serious and absurd (mostly, it's a drama) but never finds a good rhythm. The movie flounders in a way that calls too much attention to itself -- and is hurt by jarring and unbelievable plot twists.
    • 57 Metascore
    • 75 Jonathan Curiel
    Doueiri sprinkles Lila Says with moments of humor and violence -- a mix that keeps the film fresh and unpredictable.
    • 57 Metascore
    • 75 Jonathan Curiel
    Thought-provoking.
    • 57 Metascore
    • 75 Jonathan Curiel
    Works more often than it doesn't.
    • 56 Metascore
    • 75 Jonathan Curiel
    An ideal movie for an ideal time in America.
    • 55 Metascore
    • 100 Jonathan Curiel
    Through a simple story line, dramatic acting and National Geographic-like shots of the city's rough and pristine edges -- creates cinematic magic.
    • 55 Metascore
    • 50 Jonathan Curiel
    A sometimes interesting remake that doesn't compare to the brilliant original.
    • 54 Metascore
    • 75 Jonathan Curiel
    A touching, sophisticated film that almost seems like a documentary in the way it captures an Italian immigrant family on the brink of major changes.
    • 53 Metascore
    • 50 Jonathan Curiel
    A silly, cross-cultural shoot-'em-up -- the sort of movie that will work for those with some time to kill (no pun intended).
    • 52 Metascore
    • 75 Jonathan Curiel
    The plot twists in Little Secrets sustain the movie when it gets a bit too schmaltzy. This excess of cuteness and sentimentality won't be a flaw to moviegoers in the mood for it.
    • 51 Metascore
    • 50 Jonathan Curiel
    Mostly meets expectations.
    • 51 Metascore
    • 50 Jonathan Curiel
    It's all so cute -- except that Weber wants this to be a thoughtful film.
    • 51 Metascore
    • 50 Jonathan Curiel
    A pedestrian film that provides little more than a superficial treat.
    • 49 Metascore
    • 100 Jonathan Curiel
    An important new documentary that cites countless examples of self-censorship, under-reporting of serious issues, and -- worse than this -- deliberate neglect and outright conflicts of interest.
    • 48 Metascore
    • 75 Jonathan Curiel
    The most compelling reason to see this movie is the profile we get of the horrors of war.
    • 48 Metascore
    • 100 Jonathan Curiel
    The film is a damning look at a key Bush operative.
    • 48 Metascore
    • 25 Jonathan Curiel
    Bluntly speaking, Ju-On is anything but frightening. Ridiculous. Unbelievable. Unintentionally funny. It might as well be a parody of a horror film.
    • 47 Metascore
    • 75 Jonathan Curiel
    Damning.
    • 45 Metascore
    • 75 Jonathan Curiel
    There's a certain formulaic and familiar quality about Sweet Home Alabama, but it doesn't matter.
    • 44 Metascore
    • 75 Jonathan Curiel
    More important is to be in a silly mood yourself. Without that - without a complete suspension of disbelief - Chandni Chowk to China is a drag to sit through.
    • 43 Metascore
    • 50 Jonathan Curiel
    Rough around the edges, it's still a formidable movie.
    • 41 Metascore
    • 75 Jonathan Curiel
    Memorable enough.
    • 36 Metascore
    • 50 Jonathan Curiel
    A disjointed movie with uneven acting and too many scenes that defy belief.
    • 35 Metascore
    • 50 Jonathan Curiel
    The jokes are sophomoric, stereotypes are sprinkled everywhere and the acting ranges from bad to bodacious.
    • 33 Metascore
    • 75 Jonathan Curiel
    A fun bit of escapism that's even tender in spots.
    • 32 Metascore
    • 0 Jonathan Curiel
    The most disingenuous film of the year. A sham. Pathetic. Embarrassing. The people behind this movie, which was made in Afghanistan, should be ashamed of themselves.
    • 30 Metascore
    • 75 Jonathan Curiel
    Marks Chan's full arrival as an actor. Take away the violence - - and there's plenty of it for those who crave Chan's physical pyrotechnics -- and he's still an immense pleasure to watch onscreen.