Jonathan Foreman

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For 544 reviews, this critic has graded:
  • 42% higher than the average critic
  • 4% same as the average critic
  • 54% lower than the average critic
On average, this critic grades 6.4 points lower than other critics. (0-100 point scale)

Jonathan Foreman's Scores

  • Movies
  • TV
Average review score: 56
Highest review score: 100 Gosford Park
Lowest review score: 0 The Master of Disguise
Score distribution:
544 movie reviews
    • 93 Metascore
    • 100 Jonathan Foreman
    You have never seen a movie like Crouching Tiger, Hidden Dragon because there has never been a movie like it.
    • New York Post
    • 90 Metascore
    • 100 Jonathan Foreman
    It ranks among Robert Altman's best work ever, and that its many satisfactions derive in large part from a superbly written screenplay by Julian Fellowes that has no equal this year.
    • 82 Metascore
    • 100 Jonathan Foreman
    An extraordinary experience: an original and brilliant combination of comedy, action and sophisticated political comment -- the best American movie of the year thus far.
    • 86 Metascore
    • 100 Jonathan Foreman
    The latest episode of this ongoing masterpiece of reality TV -- which every seven years revisits a group of English people first interviewed as 7-year-olds in 1964 -- is every bit as enthralling as the earlier ones.
    • New York Post
    • 71 Metascore
    • 100 Jonathan Foreman
    Its superb performances, music, photography, dialogue, its rhythms of tone and theme all complement each perfectly.
    • 85 Metascore
    • 100 Jonathan Foreman
    Rapturously elegant and deeply sexy in a deliciously restrained way. One of the most romantic movies I have ever seen, right up there with "Brief Encounter"and "Casablanca."
    • New York Post
    • 90 Metascore
    • 100 Jonathan Foreman
    The breathtaking visual and aural restoration by Coppola and Murch makes the film's original glories even more intense than you remember them.
    • 77 Metascore
    • 100 Jonathan Foreman
    Sheer delight. An ensemble comedy-drama that recalls Robert Altman's best work.
    • 85 Metascore
    • 100 Jonathan Foreman
    Essential viewing not just for those fascinated by adventure, exploration and survival, but for anyone interested in the magic of leadership.
    • 76 Metascore
    • 100 Jonathan Foreman
    It's hard to remember a film that mixes disparate, delicate ingredients with the subtlety and virtuosity of Sofia Coppola's brilliant The Virgin Suicides.
    • 68 Metascore
    • 88 Jonathan Foreman
    A powerful fable about love and addiction that manages to be darkly humorous when it isn't graphic or harrowing in the extreme.
    • 74 Metascore
    • 88 Jonathan Foreman
    East Is East is "The Full Monty" of 2000, a fresh, funny and poignant film filled with sparkling performances.
    • New York Post
    • 72 Metascore
    • 88 Jonathan Foreman
    Gripping, smart and moving, without falling prey to sentimentality, it shows what can be achieved when mainstream filmmakers like Howard and Goldsman are genuinely inspired and determined to be honest.
    • 67 Metascore
    • 88 Jonathan Foreman
    An exhilarating, sweeping epic that begs to be seen on the largest possible screen.
    • 88 Metascore
    • 88 Jonathan Foreman
    Toy Story had a simpler, stronger story and the advantage of being the first of its kind. But it's quickly apparent that TS2 represents a major step forward in computer-animation artistry.
    • 86 Metascore
    • 88 Jonathan Foreman
    Atriumph on almost every level. It is breathtakingly stylish, wonderfully acted and its three interrelated tales of the "war" on drugs are brilliantly structured to form a cohesive, powerful whole.
    • 67 Metascore
    • 88 Jonathan Foreman
    You can tell this is a smart take on Hamlet from the first wordless opening shots.
    • 61 Metascore
    • 88 Jonathan Foreman
    The most effective moments in Taymor's gorgeous, surprisingly romantic Frida are those that evoke the visual world from which Kahlo's work was formed or the paintings themselves, often using clever animation and other special effects.
    • 83 Metascore
    • 88 Jonathan Foreman
    The final result, shaped by the brilliantly nimble, pitch-perfect direction of Spike Jonze, and blessed by superb acting, is an extraordinarily clever comedy that falters only in the last 20 minutes.
    • 58 Metascore
    • 88 Jonathan Foreman
    Vulgar and lewd and raunchy like you wouldn't believe, and absolutely hilarious from beginning to end.
    • New York Post
    • 50 Metascore
    • 88 Jonathan Foreman
    The marvelous Burtonic gothic/nightmare production design -- scenery, weaponry, costumes, etc. constantly pleases the eye without ever distracting you from the plot.
    • 76 Metascore
    • 88 Jonathan Foreman
    A visually stunning film.
    • 80 Metascore
    • 88 Jonathan Foreman
    Magnificent if overlong and oddly structured surfing documentary.
    • 82 Metascore
    • 88 Jonathan Foreman
    This bizarre, original and brilliantly crafted documentary about the Sex Pistols is funny and at times moving -- despite all the ugliness and stupidity it depicts.
    • New York Post
    • 70 Metascore
    • 88 Jonathan Foreman
    Refreshing and surprising, the way independent movies are supposed to be.
    • New York Post
    • 81 Metascore
    • 88 Jonathan Foreman
    May be the creepiest and most original horror film since John Carpenter's classic "Halloween."
    • New York Post
    • 82 Metascore
    • 88 Jonathan Foreman
    For some reason, the people who make modern musicals don't like to let you watch dancers dance -- there are still too few moments when you get to enjoy choreography from a dancer's hands to her feet.
    • 70 Metascore
    • 88 Jonathan Foreman
    An ideal antidote to the big-budget bores that studios put out in late summer, The Tao of Steve is a charming, funny and refreshingly smart Gen-X romantic comedy in the tradition of "When Harry Met Sally" - with the bonus of an engagingly laid-back Southwestern flavor.
    • 54 Metascore
    • 88 Jonathan Foreman
    Lacks the humor and charm that fills the book and makes it so much more than a catalog of suffering.
    • New York Post
    • 61 Metascore
    • 88 Jonathan Foreman
    The movie that deserved to win the Oscar for foreign-language film, and one of the best movies ever made about life behind the Iron Curtain.
    • New York Post
    • 82 Metascore
    • 88 Jonathan Foreman
    Isn't just scary, charming and delightfully unpredictable - it's also smarter and subtler than any new movie out there.
    • 64 Metascore
    • 88 Jonathan Foreman
    Uses the compelling true story of the triumph of the Enigma code-breakers as background for an invented but believable story of love, betrayal and heroism.
    • 71 Metascore
    • 88 Jonathan Foreman
    A remarkable accomplishment. It takes one of the century's vast tragedies...and makes it heart-rendingly real and intimate.
    • New York Post
    • 62 Metascore
    • 88 Jonathan Foreman
    A crowd-pleasing ensemble piece, whose story goes exactly where you want it to.
    • 61 Metascore
    • 88 Jonathan Foreman
    A reminder of just how good Hollywood storytelling can be.
    • New York Post
    • 83 Metascore
    • 88 Jonathan Foreman
    Powerful, provocative and often surprisingly funny, this may be the year's outstanding documentary.
    • 57 Metascore
    • 88 Jonathan Foreman
    A delightful, fresh dark comedy.
    • 83 Metascore
    • 88 Jonathan Foreman
    A terrific work of political and social satire set in a Nebraska high school that has the intelligence of (the less coherent) "Rushmore," while painting a much darker picture of politics and human relationships.
    • New York Post
    • 55 Metascore
    • 88 Jonathan Foreman
    Vastly superior to the small and independent films that have come out during the last six months.
    • New York Post
    • 48 Metascore
    • 88 Jonathan Foreman
    Cheerful, slightly cheesy entertainment that uses the latest special-effects techniques to breathe life into a venerable film tradition.
    • 90 Metascore
    • 88 Jonathan Foreman
    Revels in the sensual pleasure of music while capturing brilliantly the tension that grips any theater company before the curtain goes up.
    • 86 Metascore
    • 88 Jonathan Foreman
    A haunting, superbly made film. But it's also an unrelentingly sad and depressing experience.
    • New York Post
    • 70 Metascore
    • 88 Jonathan Foreman
    An affectionate, often clever and unflaggingly funny satire.
    • New York Post
    • 88 Metascore
    • 88 Jonathan Foreman
    It is not only an amazing technical accomplishment, it's also the wittiest and best-voiced animated movie to come along in years.
    • New York Post
    • 43 Metascore
    • 88 Jonathan Foreman
    It's an even rarer pleasure to see a film that combines exciting action with a smart, well-informed script and vivid yet restrained performances.
    • 82 Metascore
    • 88 Jonathan Foreman
    A stunning achievement, every bit the equal of the classic moun taineering book which inspired it.
    • 69 Metascore
    • 75 Jonathan Foreman
    Far more interesting and intelligent than anything coming out of the studios. It fairly brims with superb performances by a terrific cast - you simply can't take your eyes off the female leads, Edie Falco and Angela Bassett.
    • 68 Metascore
    • 75 Jonathan Foreman
    Longwinded, slow-starting but moving film.
    • 62 Metascore
    • 75 Jonathan Foreman
    It's often hilarious, and there is lots of the zippy, apparently improvised dialogue that made "Swingers" such a pleasure.
    • 59 Metascore
    • 75 Jonathan Foreman
    But it's more than a crowd-pleaser shot at spectacular Rocky mountain locations -- it's almost revolutionary.
    • 71 Metascore
    • 75 Jonathan Foreman
    A clever, funny, extended joke about ruthless directors, method actors and the power of the cinema.
    • 49 Metascore
    • 75 Jonathan Foreman
    Despite many flaws...Romance is unquestionably an important film.
    • 73 Metascore
    • 75 Jonathan Foreman
    Compelling but self-undermining documentary.
    • 58 Metascore
    • 75 Jonathan Foreman
    Visually accomplished and wonderfully acted.
    • 75 Metascore
    • 75 Jonathan Foreman
    Hilarious, acidic Brit comedy.
    • 73 Metascore
    • 75 Jonathan Foreman
    It's clever, cool fun and it looks great.
    • 50 Metascore
    • 75 Jonathan Foreman
    Shaft is what summer action flicks should be... thanks to superior writing, acting and direction.
    • 71 Metascore
    • 75 Jonathan Foreman
    A triumph of intelligent adaptation. It shows again how well the great Victorian storyteller translates to film, and makes enjoyable use of a generally first-rate cast.
    • 70 Metascore
    • 75 Jonathan Foreman
    Downbeat and at times strangely slow-moving despite all its beautifully shot high-speed ambulance rides.
    • New York Post
    • 71 Metascore
    • 75 Jonathan Foreman
    Bowfinger's terrific set-pieces... more than make up for the odd weak moment or thin performance.
    • New York Post
    • 60 Metascore
    • 75 Jonathan Foreman
    It's frightening enough, to be sure, but too often it feels like a well-executed but rote exercise.
    • 68 Metascore
    • 75 Jonathan Foreman
    Powerful, important and refreshingly straightforward documentary.
    • 67 Metascore
    • 75 Jonathan Foreman
    So filled with amusing, idiosyncratic touches and unexpectedly charming characters that you mostly don't mind its excesses.
    • New York Post
    • 74 Metascore
    • 75 Jonathan Foreman
    An unusually well-written and satisfying multilayered drama that conveys the feel of urban India with more vivid accuracy than anything made in the subcontinent in recent years.
    • 65 Metascore
    • 75 Jonathan Foreman
    As a horror movie, even one inspired by the kitschy Hammer horror films of the 1950s, it's disappointing.
    • 81 Metascore
    • 75 Jonathan Foreman
    Crimson Gold has been likened to an Iranian "Taxi Driver," but it's nothing of the sort, though it is powerful in a quiet, minimalist way.
    • 74 Metascore
    • 75 Jonathan Foreman
    The thing that makes Haneke’s Code Unknown so enjoyable and effective is that that he says it in such a wonderfully restrained and light-handed yet suspenseful way.
    • 79 Metascore
    • 75 Jonathan Foreman
    A witty, well-acted, visually gorgeous ensemble drama.
    • 63 Metascore
    • 75 Jonathan Foreman
    The result is a remarkably beguiling documentary, on a number of levels.
    • 72 Metascore
    • 75 Jonathan Foreman
    Culkin is superb - he makes you forget that Igby is a spoiled brat who actually deserves the beating he gets.
    • 64 Metascore
    • 75 Jonathan Foreman
    A poignant, graceful little film.
    • 65 Metascore
    • 75 Jonathan Foreman
    So beautifully made (everything in it is understated except the gorgeous good looks of its stars) and turns out to have such real cumulative power that it is worth holding out to the end.
    • 59 Metascore
    • 75 Jonathan Foreman
    Structurally flawed, occasionally shlocky, but written with unusual intelligence and subtlety.
    • 84 Metascore
    • 75 Jonathan Foreman
    Slight but affecting triptych.
    • 74 Metascore
    • 75 Jonathan Foreman
    An uplifting, crowd-pleasing film in the tradition of "The Full Monty" that could easily win Oscar nominations for both its 11-year-old star, Jamie Bell, and first-time director, Stephen Daldry.
    • New York Post
    • 75 Metascore
    • 75 Jonathan Foreman
    The film is almost worth seeing just for the extraordinary scene in which a stark naked Mortimer has her movie star lover (Dermot Mulroney) deliver an exhaustive critique of her body's flaws.
    • 62 Metascore
    • 75 Jonathan Foreman
    But it is Thurman who stands out, with a marvelous, full-blooded performance, her best in some time, as tragic Charlotte.
    • New York Post
    • 78 Metascore
    • 75 Jonathan Foreman
    Intelligent, moving and often beautifully photographed, Aberdeen boasts superb performances.
    • 73 Metascore
    • 75 Jonathan Foreman
    A sweet, lushly photographed but occasionally slow film.
    • 57 Metascore
    • 75 Jonathan Foreman
    Though Human Stain is sometimes too chaotic and sometimes too neat, it boasts some of the best acting of the year.
    • 62 Metascore
    • 75 Jonathan Foreman
    A real pleasure, a sweet, funny, ensemble comedy...utterly authentic.
    • 63 Metascore
    • 75 Jonathan Foreman
    Essential viewing for anyone who cares about American popular music and its roots.
    • New York Post
    • 69 Metascore
    • 75 Jonathan Foreman
    This oddly cheerful, decreasingly dark comedy actually works and can boast some of the most enjoyable performances of the year.
    • 70 Metascore
    • 75 Jonathan Foreman
    Isn't Allen's finest work by a long shot, but an undeniable part of its fascination is trying to figure out what -- if anything, even unconsciously -- he's trying to say about how he treated Farrow.
    • 77 Metascore
    • 75 Jonathan Foreman
    It's a slow, exhaustive and exhausting process that takes a toll on the viewer, despite the intrinsic power of the underlying material.
    • 67 Metascore
    • 75 Jonathan Foreman
    May well be the first film ever to show people having sex while wearing gas masks.
    • 83 Metascore
    • 75 Jonathan Foreman
    That it is such a powerful and indeed beautiful film is simply extraordinary.
    • 73 Metascore
    • 75 Jonathan Foreman
    Surprisingly charming and even witty match for the best of Hollywood's comic-book adaptations.
    • 73 Metascore
    • 75 Jonathan Foreman
    The smartest movie to come out this year, and it could hardly be better cast.
    • 54 Metascore
    • 75 Jonathan Foreman
    Easily one of the most enjoyable big-budget Hollywood movies to come along in a while, Rock Star is an unexpected pleasure.
    • 75 Metascore
    • 75 Jonathan Foreman
    It's actually the surprisingly compelling plot and the often hilarious dialogue that keep you watching this tale of passion and murder in a Samurai militia unit - not the beautiful scenery or the elegant color palette.
    • New York Post
    • 60 Metascore
    • 75 Jonathan Foreman
    A unique, priceless portrait of the now legendary leader, and of his beautiful country when it was in the grip of a disastrous civil war.
    • 84 Metascore
    • 75 Jonathan Foreman
    A beautifully shot, well-acted movie that manages to make a complicated, real-life story without much drama feel like a thriller.
    • 57 Metascore
    • 75 Jonathan Foreman
    Lighthearted and smart enough to be one of the best Altmanesque ensemble comedies of the last couple of years.
    • 42 Metascore
    • 75 Jonathan Foreman
    A deeply pleasurable, old-fashioned blood-'n'-guts adventure film.
    • New York Post
    • 74 Metascore
    • 75 Jonathan Foreman
    An elegant, quietly comical but slightly constricted period piece whose stately pace is all but offset by several impressive performances.
    • 66 Metascore
    • 75 Jonathan Foreman
    A sometimes glorious, sometimes disastrous folly.
    • 62 Metascore
    • 75 Jonathan Foreman
    A formulaic and predictable movie that combines minimal characterization with some irritating implausibility.
    • 92 Metascore
    • 75 Jonathan Foreman
    Presents an intelligent, profound and at times heartrending slice of Taiwanese middle-class existence - as seen by characters at different stages of life.
    • 66 Metascore
    • 75 Jonathan Foreman
    Warm and charming and often witty, it's as good a romantic comedy as has come out for some time, with an endearing, perfectly pitched central performance that's a four-square triumph for Zellweger.
    • New York Post

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