Jonathan Holland

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For 54 reviews, this critic has graded:
  • 61% higher than the average critic
  • 1% same as the average critic
  • 38% lower than the average critic
On average, this critic grades 4.5 points higher than other critics. (0-100 point scale)

Jonathan Holland's Scores

  • Movies
  • TV
Average review score: 67
Highest review score: 100 The Sea Inside
Lowest review score: 30 L'iceberg
Score distribution:
  1. Positive: 35 out of 54
  2. Negative: 3 out of 54
54 movie reviews
    • 68 Metascore
    • 70 Jonathan Holland
    Raw, intriguing and energetic despite its flaws, the film fades in dramatic power over its final stretch and doesn’t always do justice to the the potential richness of its subject, but until then, it makes for an authentic, distinctive and watchable blend of the tough and the tender.
    • 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.
    • 47 Metascore
    • 60 Jonathan Holland
    A nicely contempo mood, engaging characters energized by solid perfs from a good-looking, high-profile young cast, and genuinely witty scripting are let down only by over-length and some generally turgid tunes.
    • 64 Metascore
    • 60 Jonathan Holland
    This tale of a young linguist seeking to keep a dying language alive is thought-provoking, visually compelling, and hopefully will help to raise awareness about this indirect form of cultural destruction. But its themes are subordinated to surprisingly bland treatment
    • tbd Metascore
    • 60 Jonathan Holland
    Studded with moments of character-driven charm, with sparky 6-year-old Marina Pastor a particular joy to watch.
    • 32 Metascore
    • 60 Jonathan Holland
    Though it slickly offers up drama, black comedy and enjoyable performances in due measure, the picture never develops much bite, though it does bare its fangs.
    • 69 Metascore
    • 60 Jonathan Holland
    There's a nicely rendered sense of aesthetics, whether it’s in the safe pastel shades which fill Bea’s bedroom and which contrast with the high, sharp tones of the fantasy scenes.
    • 61 Metascore
    • 60 Jonathan Holland
    A watchable if none-too-penetrating analysis of the traumatizing effects of a war largely forgotten.
    • 41 Metascore
    • 60 Jonathan Holland
    As homage, the film is visually striking, littered with moments of real cinematographic intelligence, and always watchable, in a nasty sort of way, but as a thriller, its ambitions of intensity are thwarted by a plot which becomes increasingly out-there as the twists and turns pile up.
    • 49 Metascore
    • 50 Jonathan Holland
    A lively, well-packaged but meaningless amusement.
    • 45 Metascore
    • 50 Jonathan Holland
    It’s an impressive backdrop to what’s otherwise a polished period piece without much of a bite to it, hitting all the right notes but doing nothing that feels exciting or out of the ordinary.
    • 52 Metascore
    • 50 Jonathan Holland
    Predictable fare that only occasionally fulfils its intention of being simultaneously heartbreaking and heartening.
    • 57 Metascore
    • 50 Jonathan Holland
    As neatly tailored, clean-cut, and visually appealing as a Savile Row suit. But audiences accustomed to more knowing fare are likely to find its twists and turns outdated while yearning for a little of the rebellious fun that made the genre gleam in the first place.
    • 70 Metascore
    • 50 Jonathan Holland
    The pluses outweigh the minuses: Pic is thought-provoking, visuals are spot-on, and the heavy-duty cast pulls the film round even in its wobblier moments.
    • 51 Metascore
    • 50 Jonathan Holland
    An uneven but exuberantly anarchic comedy homage to the spaghetti Western.
    • 46 Metascore
    • 40 Jonathan Holland
    One of the most unsettling things about Queen is how awkwardly it tackles all this painful, historical material: it’s as though Trueba’s script knows that homage must be paid to it, but it feels shoehorned in.
    • 25 Metascore
    • 40 Jonathan Holland
    The stellar cast can do little to paper over the cracks in an awkward, unevenly-paced script that is composed of a series of sometimes-attractive scenes with little emotional undertow.
    • 60 Metascore
    • 30 Jonathan Holland
    A brave but doomed attempt to revive the art of pure physical comedy, the willfully eccentric, practically dialogue-free, Iceberg sets itself a high standard with an opening 15 minutes of the most delicious slapstick, but thereafter only a few moments of gentle surrealism and the occasional poetic image justify the ride, with only 10% of the pic's potential laughs evident above the surface.
    • 31 Metascore
    • 30 Jonathan Holland
    Cruz’s aces performance apart, very little about this extremely disappointing film feels real, and some of it is risible.
    • 15 Metascore
    • 30 Jonathan Holland
    Though pic boasts decent perfs, potent atmospherics and eye-catching visuals, both psychology and plot are bargain-basement.

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