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

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  • TV
Average review score: 60
Highest review score: 100 Glengarry Glen Ross
Lowest review score: 0 Bamboozled
Score distribution:
1,493 movie reviews
    • 89 Metascore
    • 100 Jonathan Rosenbaum
    A Chayefsky movie isn't hard to identify, but I think it's safe to say that these days a Charlie Kaufman movie is even more recognizable.
    • 81 Metascore
    • 100 Jonathan Rosenbaum
    Watts and Harring even turn out to be the hottest Hollywood couple of 2001. The plot slides along agreeably as a tantalizing mystery before becoming almost completely inexplicable, though no less thrilling, in the closing stretches--but that's what Lynch is famous for. It looks great too.
    • 61 Metascore
    • 100 Jonathan Rosenbaum
    Jarmusch has said that the film's odd, generally slow rhythm -- hypnotic if you're captivated by it, as I am, and probably unendurable if you're not--was influenced by classical Japanese period movies by Kenji Mizoguchi and Akira Kurosawa.
    • 93 Metascore
    • 100 Jonathan Rosenbaum
    Zwigoff not only presents a complex human being and the range of his art but also guides us through a profound and unsettling consideration of what it means to be an American artist. Essential viewing.
    • 77 Metascore
    • 100 Jonathan Rosenbaum
    A clarion call for freedom and collective action both hopeful and energizing, it qualifies as a generational statement as Rebel Without a Cause did in the 50s, but without the defeatism and masochism. Not to be missed.
    • 86 Metascore
    • 100 Jonathan Rosenbaum
    Mesmerizing.
    • 77 Metascore
    • 100 Jonathan Rosenbaum
    Alain Resnais' 2006 adaptation of a British play by Alan Ayckbourn is a world apart from his earlier Ayckbourn adaptation, "Smoking/No Smoking"; that film tried to be as "English" as possible. But this time Resnais looks for precise French equivalents to British culture, and what emerges is one of his most personal works, intermittently recalling the melancholy "Muriel" and "Providence."
    • 75 Metascore
    • 100 Jonathan Rosenbaum
    Writer Petr Jarchovsky and director Jan Hrebejk collaborated on the formidable "Up and Down" (2004), and this 2006 feature, which takes its title from a Robert Graves poem, is equally impressive for its mastery, intelligence, and ambition in juggling intricate plot strands and memorable characters.
    • 64 Metascore
    • 90 Jonathan Rosenbaum
    Action-adventure pictures have a lamentable tendency toward mindlessness, but Edward Zwick's epic story has numerous virtues apart from suspense and spectacle.
    • 80 Metascore
    • 90 Jonathan Rosenbaum
    The film is both wise and tender in its treatment of relationships -- between birds, between people, and between birds and people.
    • 75 Metascore
    • 90 Jonathan Rosenbaum
    Unprecedented in its intellectual ambition, this is endlessly stimulating; it probably tries for too much, but it shames many other contemporary essays that try for too little.
    • 84 Metascore
    • 90 Jonathan Rosenbaum
    It's a welcome throwback to the carefully crafted family films of the studio era. The scenery is lovely, and the cast is entirely worthy of the enterprise (including the regal and athletic star).
    • 82 Metascore
    • 90 Jonathan Rosenbaum
    Cronenberg's follow-up to "A History of Violence" -- starring the same lead, Viggo Mortensen, in a very different part -- lacks the theoretical dimension of its predecessor, but it's no less masterful in its fluid storytelling and shocking choreography of violence.
    • 78 Metascore
    • 90 Jonathan Rosenbaum
    This poses some tricky moral questions, and its troubling ambiguities rank a cut above the dubious uplift of "Schindler's List."
    • 75 Metascore
    • 90 Jonathan Rosenbaum
    This is a powerful story and a splendid spectacle.
    • 72 Metascore
    • 90 Jonathan Rosenbaum
    A lot more imaginative and entertaining than one might have thought possible, a feast for the eye and mind.
    • 68 Metascore
    • 90 Jonathan Rosenbaum
    It's Tykwer's most assured picture to date, and like much of Kieslowski's best work it qualifies simultaneously as engrossing narrative and philosophical parable.
    • 75 Metascore
    • 90 Jonathan Rosenbaum
    A finely crafted entertainment that works better than most current Hollywood movies.
    • 76 Metascore
    • 90 Jonathan Rosenbaum
    You feel it in your nervous system before you get a chance to reflect on its meaning.
    • 78 Metascore
    • 90 Jonathan Rosenbaum
    The cast as a whole is astonishing--especially Gillian Anderson as Lily and Dan Aykroyd in his finest role to date.
    • 72 Metascore
    • 90 Jonathan Rosenbaum
    This is absorbing throughout--not just a history lesson but, as always with Rohmer, a story about individuals
    • 75 Metascore
    • 90 Jonathan Rosenbaum
    Persuasive, intelligent, and provocative.
    • 72 Metascore
    • 90 Jonathan Rosenbaum
    The tragic tale that emerges is full of powerful lessons and impenetrable mysteries
    • 71 Metascore
    • 90 Jonathan Rosenbaum
    Magical, visually exciting, affecting even in its sincere hokeyness, and extremely provocative.
    • 75 Metascore
    • 90 Jonathan Rosenbaum
    Warren Beatty sounds off angrily and shrewdly about politics, delivering what is possibly his best film and certainly his funniest and livliest.
    • 89 Metascore
    • 90 Jonathan Rosenbaum
    This remarkable British silent (1929) is special in many ways.
    • 86 Metascore
    • 90 Jonathan Rosenbaum
    An astonishing tour de force--especially for Irons, whose sense of nuance is so refined that one can tell in a matter of seconds which twin he is playing in a particular scene.
    • 69 Metascore
    • 90 Jonathan Rosenbaum
    This offbeat and unpredictable comedy-thriller throws so many curveballs, one right after another, that I doubt I've had more fun at an American movie this year.
    • 77 Metascore
    • 90 Jonathan Rosenbaum
    Dumont's film is unfinished in the sense that some paintings are.
    • 73 Metascore
    • 90 Jonathan Rosenbaum
    The movie evokes Howard Hawks (in spirit if not to the letter) with its tight focus on a snug, obsessive world of insiders and camp followers where the exchanges between buddies and sexes have a euphoric stylishness and a giddy sense of ritual.