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

Jonathan Rosenbaum's Scores

  • Movies
Average review score: 60
Highest review score: 100 The Discreet Charm of the Bourgeoisie
Lowest review score: 0 The Heartbreak Kid
Score distribution:
1,493 movie reviews
    • 71 Metascore
    • 90 Jonathan Rosenbaum
    Responsibility for the ensuing tragedy is so finely calibrated that neither can be comprehensively blamed or exculpated.
    • 83 Metascore
    • 90 Jonathan Rosenbaum
    I was floored by Cronenberg's mastery of the material. Fiennes gives one of his finest performances; Miranda Richardson, playing at least three characters in the protagonist's twisted vision, is no less impressive.
    • 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.
    • 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.
    • 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.
    • 84 Metascore
    • 90 Jonathan Rosenbaum
    The narrative, capped by a brief bad dream and the capture of a mouse, isn't always legible, but it feeds into a monumental, luminous visual style like no other.
    • 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.
    • 91 Metascore
    • 90 Jonathan Rosenbaum
    Exciting not as ethnography but as storytelling, as drama, and as filmmaking.
    • 80 Metascore
    • 90 Jonathan Rosenbaum
    A witty, canny meditation on the power of pop culture in general and the rationalizations of cinephilia and film criticism in particular.
    • 63 Metascore
    • 90 Jonathan Rosenbaum
    Despite a few narrative confusions, I found it pure magic.
    • 77 Metascore
    • 90 Jonathan Rosenbaum
    Richard Linklater goes Hollywood (1995) -- triumphantly and with an overall intelligence, sweetness, and romantic simplicity that reminds me of wartime weepies like The Clock.
    • 77 Metascore
    • 90 Jonathan Rosenbaum
    The style is so eclectic that it may take some getting used to, but Van Sant, working from his own story for the first time, brings such lyrical focus to his characters and his poetry that almost everything works.
    • 77 Metascore
    • 90 Jonathan Rosenbaum
    A quantum leap in ambition from "Hard Eight" and "Boogie Nights" and is, to my mind, much more interesting.
    • 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.
    • 88 Metascore
    • 90 Jonathan Rosenbaum
    Classic genre movies may be a scarce commodity, but this gutsy crime thriller and female buddy movie qualifies in spades.
    • 86 Metascore
    • 90 Jonathan Rosenbaum
    This erotically charged drama may not be quite as great as the original, but it's an amazing and beautiful work just the same.
    • 82 Metascore
    • 90 Jonathan Rosenbaum
    Something of a tour de force, this adaptation of Joe Simpson's nonfiction book about his climbing the 21,000-foot Siula Grande mountain in Peru, breaking a leg, and eventually making it back alive is remarkable simply because the story seems unfilmable.
    • 90 Metascore
    • 90 Jonathan Rosenbaum
    Powerful and haunting.
    • 74 Metascore
    • 90 Jonathan Rosenbaum
    One hell of a movie.
    • 93 Metascore
    • 90 Jonathan Rosenbaum
    The first Ang Lee film I've seen that I've liked without qualification.
    • 85 Metascore
    • 90 Jonathan Rosenbaum
    The results are masterful, admirably unsentimental, and never boring, if also a little stodgy.
    • 82 Metascore
    • 90 Jonathan Rosenbaum
    Exciting and innovative feature.
    • 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.
    • 92 Metascore
    • 90 Jonathan Rosenbaum
    Yang seems to miss nothing as he interweaves shifting viewpoints and poignant emotional refrains.
    • 78 Metascore
    • 90 Jonathan Rosenbaum
    This may not have gotten much publicity, but it's a lot more engaging than most movies that have; Forster alone makes it unforgettable.
    • 88 Metascore
    • 90 Jonathan Rosenbaum
    If, like me, you've been wondering how Terry Zwigoff, the brilliant documentary filmmaker who made "Crumb," would negotiate his shift to fiction filmmaking, here's your answer: brilliantly.
    • 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.
    • 82 Metascore
    • 90 Jonathan Rosenbaum
    The results are skillful, highly affecting, and ultimately more than a little pernicious.
    • 83 Metascore
    • 90 Jonathan Rosenbaum
    Much of the film's potency derives from its personal edge -- the passion for precise period decor, the title dedicating the film to Leigh's parents (a doctor and midwife), and even the childlike classification of many characters as either good souls or villains.
    • 79 Metascore
    • 90 Jonathan Rosenbaum
    The conceit gets a little out of hand after one of the angels falls in love with the trapeze artist and decides to become human; but prior to this, Wings of Desire is one of Wenders's most stunning achievements.