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 The Child
Lowest review score: 0 The Astronaut Farmer
Score distribution:
1,493 movie reviews
    • 90 Metascore
    • 90 Jonathan Rosenbaum
    A stunning achievement in epic cinema.
    • 91 Metascore
    • 90 Jonathan Rosenbaum
    The acting is so strong--with Spall a particular standout--that you're carried along as by a tidal wave.
    • 85 Metascore
    • 90 Jonathan Rosenbaum
    The results are masterful, admirably unsentimental, and never boring, if also a little stodgy.
    • 90 Metascore
    • 90 Jonathan Rosenbaum
    Better in certain ways than the original "Apocalypse Now," though the flaws are also magnified.
    • 82 Metascore
    • 90 Jonathan Rosenbaum
    Exciting and innovative feature.
    • 84 Metascore
    • 90 Jonathan Rosenbaum
    Perhaps the most remarkable thing here is Thornton's nuanced performance, but the film has other rare virtues: all the characters are fully and richly fleshed out (with some unexpected turns by John Ritter and singer Dwight Yoakam), and the story's construction is carefully measured.
    • 67 Metascore
    • 90 Jonathan Rosenbaum
    What Brooks manages to do with them as they struggle mightily to connect with one another is funny, painful, beautiful, and basically truthful--a triumph for everyone involved.
    • 75 Metascore
    • 90 Jonathan Rosenbaum
    This is a powerful story and a splendid spectacle.
    • 59 Metascore
    • 90 Jonathan Rosenbaum
    Neil LaBute delivers his most interesting and powerful film to date, though it's also his most unpleasant and disturbing.
    • 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.
    • 86 Metascore
    • 90 Jonathan Rosenbaum
    I'm not prone to like socially deterministic films of this kind, yet Loach is so masterful at squeezing nuance and truth out of the form that I was completely won over.
    • 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.
    • 88 Metascore
    • 90 Jonathan Rosenbaum
    A genuine rarity: a sex comedy with brains.
    • 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.
    • 81 Metascore
    • 90 Jonathan Rosenbaum
    It's virtually guaranteed to make us squirm.
    • 74 Metascore
    • 90 Jonathan Rosenbaum
    One hell of a movie.
    • 90 Metascore
    • 90 Jonathan Rosenbaum
    There are even more characters of interest here than in "Nashville."
    • 86 Metascore
    • 90 Jonathan Rosenbaum
    Ten
    The film offers a fascinating glimpse of the Iranian urban middle class, and though it eschews most of the pleasures of composition and landscape found in other Kiarostami films, it's never less than riveting.
    • 72 Metascore
    • 90 Jonathan Rosenbaum
    This is better than good, it's wonderful: if facial expressions can be compared to colors, Gedeck works with an unusually broad palette, constantly surprising us, and she helps her costars shine.
    • 75 Metascore
    • 90 Jonathan Rosenbaum
    Persuasive, intelligent, and provocative.
    • 90 Metascore
    • 90 Jonathan Rosenbaum
    Powerful and haunting.
    • 80 Metascore
    • 90 Jonathan Rosenbaum
    Gripping...compelling.
    • 84 Metascore
    • 90 Jonathan Rosenbaum
    Caine has already been cited as a likely Oscar nominee for his performance, which is clearly one of the most nuanced to date from this first-rate actor, and Fraser is funny and effective as a foil to the old pro.
    • 77 Metascore
    • 90 Jonathan Rosenbaum
    A quantum leap in ambition from "Hard Eight" and "Boogie Nights" and is, to my mind, much more interesting.
    • 86 Metascore
    • 90 Jonathan Rosenbaum
    To my knowledge there's no one anywhere making films with such a sharp sense of contemporary working-class life -- but for the Dardennes it's only the starting point of a spiritual and profoundly ethical odyssey.
    • 86 Metascore
    • 90 Jonathan Rosenbaum
    A brilliant satirical diagnosis of what's most screwed up about life in this country, especially when it comes to sexual frustration and kiddie porn.
    • 75 Metascore
    • 90 Jonathan Rosenbaum
    Their calm assurance -- Hallyday as a grizzled icon, Rochefort as a melancholy mensch -- is a pleasure to behold.
    • 93 Metascore
    • 90 Jonathan Rosenbaum
    The first Ang Lee film I've seen that I've liked without qualification.
    • 79 Metascore
    • 90 Jonathan Rosenbaum
    He doesn't lose his stylistic identity either: in addition to the very Mamet-like delivery of unfinished sentences, his command of rhythm and flow remains flawless throughout.
    • 67 Metascore
    • 90 Jonathan Rosenbaum
    The film persuades us to think long and hard about what prison means, and Lee has shaped it like a poem that builds into an epic lament, especially in a beautiful and tragic closing that risks absurdity to achieve the sublime.