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 The Three Burials of Melquiades Estrada
Lowest review score: 0 The Ladies Man
Score distribution:
1,493 movie reviews
    • 90 Metascore
    • 90 Jonathan Rosenbaum
    Thoroughly researched, unobtrusively upholstered, this beautifully assured entertainment about Victorian England is a string of delights.
    • 72 Metascore
    • 90 Jonathan Rosenbaum
    A lot more imaginative and entertaining than one might have thought possible, a feast for the eye and mind.
    • 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.
    • 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.
    • 82 Metascore
    • 90 Jonathan Rosenbaum
    Beautifully structured and emotionally wrenching.
    • 80 Metascore
    • 90 Jonathan Rosenbaum
    Crichton keeps the laughs coming with infectious energy.
    • 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.
    • 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.
    • 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.
    • 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.
    • 70 Metascore
    • 90 Jonathan Rosenbaum
    A fascinating humanist experiment and investigation in its own right, full of warmth and humor as well as mystery.
    • 88 Metascore
    • 90 Jonathan Rosenbaum
    A genuine rarity: a sex comedy with brains.
    • 73 Metascore
    • 90 Jonathan Rosenbaum
    This deserves to be seen and cherished for at least a couple of reasons: first for Joanne Woodward's exquisitely multilayered and nuanced performance as India Bridge, a frustrated, well-to-do WASP Kansas City housewife and mother during the 30s and 40s; and second for screenwriter Ruth Prawer Jhabvala's retention of much of the episodic, short-chapter form of the books.
    • 72 Metascore
    • 90 Jonathan Rosenbaum
    This is absorbing throughout--not just a history lesson but, as always with Rohmer, a story about individuals
    • 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.
    • 71 Metascore
    • 90 Jonathan Rosenbaum
    Magical, visually exciting, affecting even in its sincere hokeyness, and extremely provocative.
    • 63 Metascore
    • 90 Jonathan Rosenbaum
    Despite a few narrative confusions, I found it pure magic.
    • 72 Metascore
    • 90 Jonathan Rosenbaum
    The tragic tale that emerges is full of powerful lessons and impenetrable mysteries
    • 76 Metascore
    • 90 Jonathan Rosenbaum
    You feel it in your nervous system before you get a chance to reflect on its meaning.
    • 75 Metascore
    • 90 Jonathan Rosenbaum
    Pedro Almodovar's 1995 comic melodrama seems in many ways his most mature work, in theme as well as execution.... Almodovar's control over the material and his affection for his characters never falter.
    • 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.
    • 66 Metascore
    • 90 Jonathan Rosenbaum
    Waters builds to a didactic message that he underlines with Disney-esque dream dust (in various colors), as if to protect his sincerity with the disclaimer of self-mockery.
    • 47 Metascore
    • 90 Jonathan Rosenbaum
    Compared with the novel, the movie might seem predictable. But compared with other movies, it stands alone.
    • 78 Metascore
    • 90 Jonathan Rosenbaum
    This sharp, convincing, and utterly contemporary political film calls to mind some of Ken Loach's work, full of passion as well as precision.
    • 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.
    • 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.
    • 71 Metascore
    • 90 Jonathan Rosenbaum
    In one sense, this seemingly melodramatic plot premise is contrived, registering more as myth than as real possibility. Yet thanks to what the movie has in mind and especially what the actors bring to it, it's a lovely myth, one that has the ring of deeply felt truth.
    • 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
    Dumont's film is unfinished in the sense that some paintings are.
    • 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.

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