Jonathan Rosenbaum
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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 0.1 points higher than other critics. (0-100 point scale)

Jonathan Rosenbaum's Scores

  • Movies
  • TV
Average review score: 60
Highest review score: 100 Umberto D (re-release)
Lowest review score: 0 The Heartbreak Kid
Score distribution:
1,493 movie reviews
    • 45 Metascore
    • 30 Jonathan Rosenbaum
    Unfortunately the movie's more interesting and challenging social aspects, which imply more than one "British-Chinese gay experience," are often overtaken by its smarminess--including an aggressively banal score and the way some actors have apparently been encouraged to overwork their eyebrows.
    • 54 Metascore
    • 30 Jonathan Rosenbaum
    Easy to take but even easier to leave alone.
    • 37 Metascore
    • 30 Jonathan Rosenbaum
    The script...and Rob Reiner's direction...bristle with phoniness.
    • 32 Metascore
    • 30 Jonathan Rosenbaum
    The film is far too appreciative of its own jokes to let the audience discover anything on its own.
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    • 30 Jonathan Rosenbaum
    Schwaba's uncertainty as a director is underlined by the almost arbitrary jump cuts, freeze-frames, and sped-up action.
    • 35 Metascore
    • 30 Jonathan Rosenbaum
    Translating Woolrich's pulpy obsessiveness and crazy contrivances into the stuff of light comedy is no easy matter, and the movie gets as far as it does mainly with the help of Lake and Shirley MacLaine.
    • 50 Metascore
    • 30 Jonathan Rosenbaum
    I don't believe in fixing things that aren't broken. Sandra Nettelbeck's wholly accessible "Mostly Martha" (2001) is one of the most delightful comedies of recent years, so the idea of a remake with English instead of German dialogue is already pretty dubious, an insult to the capacities of both audiences and the original filmmakers.
    • 39 Metascore
    • 30 Jonathan Rosenbaum
    Eugene Levy is the only actor who emerges relatively unscathed in such a fetid climate; as for Joan Plowright, I hope she took home a healthy check.
    • 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.
    • 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.
    • 53 Metascore
    • 30 Jonathan Rosenbaum
    Laughless, brainless, styleless, and clueless.
    • 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.
    • 49 Metascore
    • 30 Jonathan Rosenbaum
    A lot of effort appears to have gone into the glitzy period re-creation, but this is mainly a tearjerker.
    • 51 Metascore
    • 30 Jonathan Rosenbaum
    Proves that the Disney people can sell just about anything--including a misogynistic celebration of big business and prostitution.
    • 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.
    • 37 Metascore
    • 20 Jonathan Rosenbaum
    The most obnoxious case of masculine swagger since Andrew Dice Clay, with just a tad of Paul Lynde thrown in for spice, Jim Carrey defies you not to bolt for the exit while playing the title hero in this 1994 comic mystery.
    • 77 Metascore
    • 20 Jonathan Rosenbaum
    None of the characters or ideas is allowed to develop beyond its cardboard profile.
    • 12 Metascore
    • 20 Jonathan Rosenbaum
    Imagine combining bad imitations of the "Ace Ventura" and "Austin Powers" movies and you'll have a rough idea of this feeble Dana Carvey farce.
    • 67 Metascore
    • 20 Jonathan Rosenbaum
    If your idea of a good time is watching a lot of stupid, unpleasant people insult and brutalize one another, this is right up your alley.
    • 65 Metascore
    • 20 Jonathan Rosenbaum
    Mechanical, soulless.
    • 44 Metascore
    • 20 Jonathan Rosenbaum
    Given the audacity, it would be a pleasure to report that the results are hilarious, but most of it isn't even funny, and the sense of "anything goes" hangs heavy over the film as it develops.
    • 18 Metascore
    • 20 Jonathan Rosenbaum
    The unfunniest comedy I can recall seeing in ages.
    • 52 Metascore
    • 20 Jonathan Rosenbaum
    Despite the cast -- Kevin Bacon, Matt Dillon, Neve Campbell, Denise Richards, Daphne Rubin-Vega, Theresa Russell, Robert Wagner, and Bill Murray -- I found it preposterous.
    • 46 Metascore
    • 20 Jonathan Rosenbaum
    David Morse, who plays the driver, gives a relatively sharp and understated performance -- for me the only bearable thing in the movie.
    • 60 Metascore
    • 20 Jonathan Rosenbaum
    An epic about the Irish patriot (Liam Neeson) during the last years of his life (1916-'22), it clearly represents a lot of thought on Jordan's part, yet it's dramatic and cinematic sludge.
    • 44 Metascore
    • 20 Jonathan Rosenbaum
    Overwritten by Billy Crystal and Peter Tolan, overdirected by Joe Roth, overplayed by most of the cast, yet typically undernourished.
    • 43 Metascore
    • 20 Jonathan Rosenbaum
    Alas, the plot eventually takes over, and it's exceptionally ugly and unpleasant.
    • 46 Metascore
    • 20 Jonathan Rosenbaum
    I only laughed once here, at a Treat Williams reaction shot; the rest of the time I was trying to figure out why Allen made this movie.
    • 16 Metascore
    • 20 Jonathan Rosenbaum
    The plot exposition gets laborious in spots, the period flavor is only occasional and approximate, and the direction tends to be clunky, yet the strong secondary cast helps to take up some of the slack.
    • 35 Metascore
    • 20 Jonathan Rosenbaum
    For most of the running time I was mainly confused, as well as mildly nauseated by the gross-out details of a tale that tends to be more slimy than scary.

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