For 1,493 reviews, this critic has graded:
  • 41% higher than the average critic
  • 2% same as the average critic
  • 57% lower than the average critic
On average, this critic grades 0.5 points higher than other critics. (0-100 point scale)

Jonathan Rosenbaum's Scores

  • Movies
Average review score: 60
Highest review score: 100 Beau Travail
Lowest review score: 0 Psycho
Score distribution:
1,493 movie reviews
    • 38 Metascore
    • 30 Jonathan Rosenbaum
    This all-day sucker put me to sleep -- though it's possible I retreated out of self-defense.
    • 33 Metascore
    • 30 Jonathan Rosenbaum
    Suspense is fairly effective until it's stretched to the point of monotony.
    • 68 Metascore
    • 30 Jonathan Rosenbaum
    For me the film creates more embarrassment than sympathy, but at least it's a kind of embarrassment that's instructive.
    • 46 Metascore
    • 30 Jonathan Rosenbaum
    The tricky plot has an interesting payoff, but it's a slow and bumpy ride getting there, and Koepp fares better with special effects than with generating either suspense or interest in the characters.
    • 42 Metascore
    • 30 Jonathan Rosenbaum
    Poorly acted, over-the-top, and generally out-of-control bloodbath.
    • 26 Metascore
    • 30 Jonathan Rosenbaum
    Director Philip Kaufman's usual flair for erotic detail largely deserts him here, and this thriller seems most interested in lingering over battered and bloodied male faces.
    • 68 Metascore
    • 30 Jonathan Rosenbaum
    Its paper-thin characters turned into caricatures by egregious hamming, this 1996 Japanese comedy-drama about shy ballroom dancers is sentimental goo and downright interminable.
    • 40 Metascore
    • 30 Jonathan Rosenbaum
    The truth is that this programmatic Christian parable is pretty unbearable--glib, often myopic, and reeking with sentimentality and self-pity.
    • 36 Metascore
    • 30 Jonathan Rosenbaum
    Another virtual-reality SF movie -- and you're not likely to care.
    • 62 Metascore
    • 30 Jonathan Rosenbaum
    If you're an 11-year-old boy at heart, this is undoubtedly even better than the pile of dinosaur shit in Jurassic Park.
    • 47 Metascore
    • 30 Jonathan Rosenbaum
    This comedy is an ill-fated attempt to remake "Risky Business" (1983) for the 21st century, complete with a wind-chimey score, the hero posing in his underpants, and a cynical happy ending.
    • 71 Metascore
    • 30 Jonathan Rosenbaum
    May be amusing if you feel a pressing need to feel superior to somebody, but the aim is too broad and scattershot to add up to much beyond an acknowledgment of small-town desperation--something Sherwood Anderson and Sinclair Lewis did much better back in the 20s and 30s.
    • 56 Metascore
    • 30 Jonathan Rosenbaum
    This movie feels like it was made by a bank rather than a person.
    • 35 Metascore
    • 30 Jonathan Rosenbaum
    The film itself regresses, starting in the present and winding up with a cautionary ending that evokes the hokiest SF movies of the 50s.
    • 31 Metascore
    • 30 Jonathan Rosenbaum
    With so many dubious elements at play, even the half-good ideas get lost in the shuffle.
    • 32 Metascore
    • 30 Jonathan Rosenbaum
    The film is far too appreciative of its own jokes to let the audience discover anything on its own.
    • 39 Metascore
    • 30 Jonathan Rosenbaum
    Slapdash plot, paper-thin characters, misogynist undertones, and mechanical crosscutting are all soft-core standbys.
    • 57 Metascore
    • 30 Jonathan Rosenbaum
    It's an utter waste of Watts; there's not a trace here of the talent on display in Mulholland Drive, perhaps because the script doesn't bother to give her a character.
    • 73 Metascore
    • 30 Jonathan Rosenbaum
    Insofar as one can distinguish the investigative research from the career move, this Sundance prizewinner is effective muckraking, but it lacks much of a political program apart from the message that we're poisoning ourselves.
    • 28 Metascore
    • 30 Jonathan Rosenbaum
    It has its moments, but not many, and generally speaking it runs neck and neck with Dune as the least successful and least interesting Lynch feature.
    • 41 Metascore
    • 30 Jonathan Rosenbaum
    Part of the idea here was to play in the ambiguous zones where Las Vegas tackiness, LSD hallucinations, Gilliam beasties, and lots of vomit become difficult to separate.
    • 49 Metascore
    • 30 Jonathan Rosenbaum
    More concerned with attitude than character and too moralistic to be much fun.
    • 33 Metascore
    • 30 Jonathan Rosenbaum
    Frantic and unfunny.
    • 56 Metascore
    • 30 Jonathan Rosenbaum
    The result is a dull and campy 97-minute bloodbath offering little distinction between good guys and bad.
    • 59 Metascore
    • 30 Jonathan Rosenbaum
    Bored me for most of its 178 minutes and then infuriated me with its cheap cynicism once it belatedly became interesting--which may be a tribute to writer-director Lars von Trier's gifts as a provocateur.
    • 47 Metascore
    • 30 Jonathan Rosenbaum
    An exceptionally stupid movie.
    • 47 Metascore
    • 30 Jonathan Rosenbaum
    If Sayles had persuaded me he knew anything about Bush, his background, or his entourage that isn't already well-known, I might have felt more like laughing.
    • 65 Metascore
    • 30 Jonathan Rosenbaum
    Awkward storytelling and spotty exposition reduce it to a string of rude shocks--not even the eventual denouement provides a lucid enough account of where this is all coming from.
    • 64 Metascore
    • 30 Jonathan Rosenbaum
    Payne is just as guilty of using her (Ruth) as a figurehead for his ideas--most of them about the stupidity and futility of politics--as are the targets of his satirical abuse.
    • 60 Metascore
    • 30 Jonathan Rosenbaum
    Every effect is so calculated that only the conscious minds of filmmakers and viewers are engaged--and not by very much or for very long.