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 0.2 points higher than other critics. (0-100 point scale)

Jonathan Rosenbaum's Scores

  • Movies
  • TV
Average review score: 60
Highest review score: 100 Dolls
Lowest review score: 0 Showgirls
Score distribution:
1,493 movie reviews
    • 50 Metascore
    • 20 Jonathan Rosenbaum
    Full of odd notions and interludes, the movie never really comes together, but fitfully suggests a cross between Boys Town and Greaser's Palace.
    • 65 Metascore
    • 20 Jonathan Rosenbaum
    The glorification of the FBI, the obfuscation about Jim Crow laws, and the absurd melodramatics may all have been well-intentioned, but the understanding about the past and the present of racism that emerges is depressingly thin.
    • 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.
    • 72 Metascore
    • 20 Jonathan Rosenbaum
    Big
    Once again, the overall premise is milked for some mild titillation involving the hero's sexual innocence, making one wonder if the genre's popularity might involve some deeply sublimated form of kiddie porn--arguably the distilled ideological essence of squeaky-clean Reaganism.
    • 42 Metascore
    • 20 Jonathan Rosenbaum
    This is gold-plated navel gazing in the worst 60s style.
    • 38 Metascore
    • 20 Jonathan Rosenbaum
    Tacky in the extreme, this self-congratulatory 1988 film is an exercise in hypocrisy, indulging every form of Christmas exploitation that it pretends to attack, and many of the laughs are forced.
    • 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.
    • 43 Metascore
    • 20 Jonathan Rosenbaum
    An exceptionally feeble entry whose ideas, visual and otherwise, consist of hand-me-downs from 2001, Star Wars, Blade Runner, and Superman III, and whose special effects, despite the hefty budget, look strictly bargain basement.
    • 49 Metascore
    • 10 Jonathan Rosenbaum
    A lot of uninteresting and unpleasant people torture, abuse, and fire guns at a lot of other uninteresting and unpleasant people, in a repulsive, interminable would-be crime thriller.
    • 41 Metascore
    • 10 Jonathan Rosenbaum
    An extravagant waste of resources.
    • 35 Metascore
    • 10 Jonathan Rosenbaum
    Misguided version of one of the Bard's best comedies.
    • 36 Metascore
    • 10 Jonathan Rosenbaum
    Sitting through this barrage of all-purpose insults aimed at obvious targets was an unenlightening chore.
    • 37 Metascore
    • 10 Jonathan Rosenbaum
    Vacuous filmmaking of a very familiar kind.
    • 62 Metascore
    • 10 Jonathan Rosenbaum
    Not even D.W. Griffith, Steven Spielberg, and Stanley Kubrick working together could succeed in making this pandering piece of nonsense work dramatically on any level except the most egregiously phony.
    • 73 Metascore
    • 10 Jonathan Rosenbaum
    If you want to waste a couple of hours, you can surely do much better looking elsewhere.
    • 27 Metascore
    • 10 Jonathan Rosenbaum
    Another piece of phony uplift from producer Jerry Bruckheimer.
    • 56 Metascore
    • 10 Jonathan Rosenbaum
    The talentless but irrepressibly trendy Luc Besson ("Subway," "The Big Blue") dreamed up this idiotic story that seems vaguely inspired by Kubrick's (not Anthony Burgess's) "A Clockwork Orange."
    • 42 Metascore
    • 10 Jonathan Rosenbaum
    Not wishing to spoil the fun -- pretty hard to come by anyway in this 1998 blockbuster's 150 minutes -- I won't tell you the outcome, but I'll wager you can guess.
    • 25 Metascore
    • 10 Jonathan Rosenbaum
    I didn't laugh once.
    • 16 Metascore
    • 10 Jonathan Rosenbaum
    What emerges is oddly ineffectual and uninvolving.
    • 36 Metascore
    • 10 Jonathan Rosenbaum
    Misshapen and obfuscating biopic.
    • 40 Metascore
    • 10 Jonathan Rosenbaum
    X
    It bored me clean out of my wits.
    • 6 Metascore
    • 10 Jonathan Rosenbaum
    The hokey dialogue and witless physical gags keep everything painful and hectoring.
    • 11 Metascore
    • 10 Jonathan Rosenbaum
    The recut American version is truly awful, but a good 75 percent of the awfulness is attributable to Miramax, the film's distributor.
    • 47 Metascore
    • 10 Jonathan Rosenbaum
    If I were a Christian, I'd be appalled to have this primitive and pornographic bloodbath presume to speak for me.
    • 61 Metascore
    • 10 Jonathan Rosenbaum
    This runs a close second to September as his worst feature to date--marginally more bearable only because it's a comedy and a couple of gags are reasonably funny.
    • 23 Metascore
    • 10 Jonathan Rosenbaum
    "Speed" made millions on mindless, empty thrills; this laborious sequel is just as mindless and empty but lacks the thrills.
    • 46 Metascore
    • 10 Jonathan Rosenbaum
    All this is supposed to be as cute as bugs and chock-full of worldly wisdom, but even with lead actors as likable and as resourceful as these, the material made me alternately want to gag and nod off.
    • 35 Metascore
    • 10 Jonathan Rosenbaum
    With a shamelessly cliched script by Amy Holden Jones (based on a novel by Jack Engelhard) that includes a speech plagiarized from Citizen Kane, the results are only for those who can take fare like "Valley of the Dolls" with a straight face and want to see Redford play Jay Gatsby again.
    • 58 Metascore
    • 10 Jonathan Rosenbaum
    Tautly directed by David Slade, this drama probably offers more sadism than anyone could possibly want...The characters are absurd, but if you're up for this sort of thing, then surely you can con yourself into accepting them. Personally, I'd rather have this movie obliterated from my memory.

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