Jonathan Holland
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For 42 reviews, this critic has graded:
  • 69% higher than the average critic
  • 0% same as the average critic
  • 31% lower than the average critic
On average, this critic grades 7.9 points higher than other critics. (0-100 point scale)

Jonathan Holland's Scores

  • Movies
  • TV
Average review score: 68
Highest review score: 100 The Sea Inside
Lowest review score: 30 L'iceberg
Score distribution:
  1. Positive: 29 out of 42
  2. Negative: 2 out of 42
42 movie reviews
    • 74 Metascore
    • 100 Jonathan Holland
    A dramatic triumph.
    • 81 Metascore
    • 90 Jonathan Holland
    A deeply rewarding throwback to the unself-conscious days when cinema still strove to be magical, The Secrets in their Eyes is simply mesmerizing.
    • 81 Metascore
    • 90 Jonathan Holland
    Superbly orchestrated, visually impressive.
    • 84 Metascore
    • 90 Jonathan Holland
    Peopled with superbly drawn, attractive characters smoothly integrated into a well-turned, low-tricks plotline, Volver may rep Almodovar's most conventional piece to date, but it is also his most reflective, a subdued, sometimes intense and often comic homecoming that celebrates the pueblo and people that shaped his imagination.
    • 71 Metascore
    • 90 Jonathan Holland
    Jaw-dropping, sumptuous visuals, a lush George Fenton score, state-of-the-art technology and some of the oddest creatures ever seen without recourse to artificial stimulants.
    • 51 Metascore
    • 80 Jonathan Holland
    Lightness of touch, vibrant performances and a sharp script are the hallmarks of this delightful femme comedy.
    • 68 Metascore
    • 80 Jonathan Holland
    An all-or-nothing perf from old DiCillo hand Steve Buscemi and a script that leaves no ironical stone unturned make this laugh-out-loud fare.
    • 67 Metascore
    • 80 Jonathan Holland
    A quietly devastating exploration of the cruel paradox that, in order to feed their loved ones, emigrants have to leave them behind.
    • 55 Metascore
    • 80 Jonathan Holland
    Longtime Pedro Almodovar followers who have secretly been hankering for a return to the broad, transgressive comedy of his early work will be thrilled by I’m So Excited, a hugely entertaining, feelgood celebration of human sexuality that unfolds as a cathartic experience for characters, audiences and helmer alike.
    • 64 Metascore
    • 80 Jonathan Holland
    A tough-but-tender movie driven by perfectly modulated performances, an accomplished script and naturalistic dialogue, all at the service of an oft-told message about overcoming circumstances.
    • 78 Metascore
    • 80 Jonathan Holland
    The Aura is far from being simply "Nine Queens2." Leisurely paced, studied, reticent and rural, The Aura is a quieter, richer and better-looking piece that handles its multiple manipulations with the maturity the earlier picture sometimes lacked.
    • 81 Metascore
    • 80 Jonathan Holland
    Although nothing here quite matches the moving, life-in-five-minutes montage in Pixar’s “Up,” one swooping flashback sequence comes very close.
    • 64 Metascore
    • 70 Jonathan Holland
    This loosely-structured pic feels authentic, its underdramatized script resolutely nonjudgmental.
    • 61 Metascore
    • 70 Jonathan Holland
    A perceptive, ultra-wordy stab at catching the zeitgeist at a time of change in Spain, David Trueba's two-hander nonetheless feels like a working-out of social and personal themes that hasn't quite achieved the full leap from page to film.
    • 59 Metascore
    • 70 Jonathan Holland
    Lively, entertaining and well made, pic is thankfully neither mawkish nor grueling, though its refusal to confront some of the harsher realities of its dramatic situation does leave it feeling somewhat bland.
    • 66 Metascore
    • 70 Jonathan Holland
    A solidly-built but somewhat airless debut from the assistant director of "The Motorcycle Diaries."
    • 65 Metascore
    • 70 Jonathan Holland
    A slickly made, intense and powerfully visual take on time-honored problems such as identity and the body's power over the mind.
    • 68 Metascore
    • 70 Jonathan Holland
    Timecrimes welds a B-movie plotline to precision-engineered writing and a down-to-earth style; add an engagingly sloppy, nonplussed hero, who remains unfazed by the time-bending scrape in which he finds himself, and the result is memorably offbeat.
    • 76 Metascore
    • 70 Jonathan Holland
    A restless, rangy and frankly enjoyable genre-juggler that combines melodrama, comedy and more noir-hued darkness than ever before, the picture is held together by the extraordinary force of Almodovar’s cinematic personality.
    • 70 Metascore
    • 70 Jonathan Holland
    A general lack of drama, a low-budget documentary feel and an ultraslim storyline are more than compensated for by a sterling script and performances.
    • 66 Metascore
    • 70 Jonathan Holland
    A deft, witty and emotionally rewarding study of a thirtysomething man in his roles as father and son.
    • 55 Metascore
    • 70 Jonathan Holland
    The surprisingly watchable delight strikes universal chords.
    • 63 Metascore
    • 70 Jonathan Holland
    Taking a seed of an idea and nurturing it into a fable about moral hypocrisy, Bearcub substantiates prolific Spanish helmer Miguel Albaladejo's rep for well-observed, character-based dramas with an offbeat twist and a potent emotional undertow.
    • 67 Metascore
    • 70 Jonathan Holland
    XXY
    Picture has more in common with standard child-parent conflict dramas than it would probably care to admit, but its sensitive treatment of an equally sensitive theme elevates it into something memorable.
    • 52 Metascore
    • 70 Jonathan Holland
    Ambitious script is stranded between entertainment and intellectualism, leaving us with a magnificent folly, thoroughly watchable for its visuals but ultimately hollow.
    • 74 Metascore
    • 70 Jonathan Holland
    Handles the subject of domestic violence with intelligence and compassion.
    • 68 Metascore
    • 70 Jonathan Holland
    Sarah Polley gives a wonderfully searching performance, as a woman in a state of extreme isolation, in The Secret Life of Words, a compellingly claustrophobic drama set mostly aboard an oil rig.
    • 58 Metascore
    • 70 Jonathan Holland
    Showing a stylistic bravura and confidence rare among upcoming Spanish helmers, Ramon Salazar's campy 20 Centimeters is a self-regarding but vastly entertaining sophomore effort that fuses a wide range of influences -- Hollywood musicals, neo-realism and early-Almodovarian kitsch -- into a distinctive, giddy whole.
    • 69 Metascore
    • 70 Jonathan Holland
    Iciar Bollain's fifth feature is her most ambitious and best, driving its big ideas home through a tightly knit Paul Laverty script that only falters over the final reel.
    • 62 Metascore
    • 60 Jonathan Holland
    Somewhat wacky tale, based on real events, is kept anchored in reality through attention to detail and by first-rate central perfs.

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