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
    • 75 Metascore
    • 90 Jonathan Rosenbaum
    Persuasive, intelligent, and provocative.
    • 72 Metascore
    • 90 Jonathan Rosenbaum
    The film delivers old-fashioned star turns and glittering cameos (Jon Voight and Mickey Rourke are especially good, but Danny DeVito, Mary Kay Place, Danny Glover, Virginia Madsen, Roy Scheider, and Dean Stockwell--not to mention old-Hollywood icon Teresa Wright--also provide considerable pleasure).
    • 71 Metascore
    • 90 Jonathan Rosenbaum
    Responsibility for the ensuing tragedy is so finely calibrated that neither can be comprehensively blamed or exculpated.
    • 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
    The acting is so strong--with Spall a particular standout--that you're carried along as by a tidal wave.
    • 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.
    • 75 Metascore
    • 90 Jonathan Rosenbaum
    There's plenty of wit on the surface, but the pain of paralysis comes through loud and clear.
    • 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.
    • 51 Metascore
    • 90 Jonathan Rosenbaum
    Despite some of the sentimentality that is also Woo's stock-in-trade, I was moved and absorbed throughout.
    • 75 Metascore
    • 90 Jonathan Rosenbaum
    A finely crafted entertainment that works better than most current Hollywood movies.
    • 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).
    • 72 Metascore
    • 80 Jonathan Rosenbaum
    Results are classy entertainment with little to interest women viewers but very shrewdly and cleverly put together, and probably more rewarding in long-range terms if you invest in Fox or Dreamworks than if you actually see the movie.
    • 68 Metascore
    • 80 Jonathan Rosenbaum
    This is a remarkably gripping, suggestive, and inventive piece of storytelling that, like Kubrick's other work, is likely to grow in mystery and intensity over time.
    • 73 Metascore
    • 80 Jonathan Rosenbaum
    This is hilarious, deadly stuff, sparked by the cynical gusto of the two leads as well as the fascinating technical display of how TV "documentary evidence" can be digitally manufactured inside a studio.
    • 76 Metascore
    • 80 Jonathan Rosenbaum
    Often seems more old-fashioned than modern.
    • 79 Metascore
    • 80 Jonathan Rosenbaum
    I can't think of a better portrait of contemporary Paris or the zeitgeist of 2001-'04 than Chris Marker's wise and whimsical 58-minute 2004 video...no one can film people in the street better than Marker or combine images with more grace and finesse.
    • 51 Metascore
    • 80 Jonathan Rosenbaum
    This brisk, free-falling fantasy about the famous collators of German fairy tales, played here as a kind of comedy act by Matt Damon and Heath Ledger, is Terry Gilliam's most entertaining work since the glory days of "Time Bandits," "Brazil," "The Adventures of Baron Munchausen," and "The Fisher King."
    • 90 Metascore
    • 80 Jonathan Rosenbaum
    This outrageous comic fantasy may not sustain its brilliance throughout all of its 112 minutes, but it keeps cooking for so much of that time that I don't have many complaints.
    • 58 Metascore
    • 80 Jonathan Rosenbaum
    A highly entertaining form of ecological agitprop--radical but accessible.
    • 48 Metascore
    • 80 Jonathan Rosenbaum
    Stylish and effective, if slightly overlong, thriller.
    • 70 Metascore
    • 80 Jonathan Rosenbaum
    Gondry is a soft surrealist without much of a sociopolitical agenda, closer to Dr. Seuss than Luis Buñuel,
    • 88 Metascore
    • 80 Jonathan Rosenbaum
    It's hard to deny that Marlon Brando's performance as a dock worker and ex-fighter who finally decides to rat on his gangster brother (Rod Steiger) is pretty terrific.
    • 62 Metascore
    • 80 Jonathan Rosenbaum
    Nevertheless, the cast of mainly unknowns is so good, and Linklater is so adept at playing them off one another, that the two-hour running time never seems overextended.
    • 73 Metascore
    • 80 Jonathan Rosenbaum
    Fresh and edgy; the images of a wasted London and the details of a paramilitary organization in the countryside are both creepy and persuasive.
    • 72 Metascore
    • 80 Jonathan Rosenbaum
    This isn't the supreme masterpiece it might have been, but Nichols's direction is very polished and some of the lines and details are awfully funny.
    • 63 Metascore
    • 80 Jonathan Rosenbaum
    If it speaks with a quieter voice than many of Bogdanovich's early pictures, what it has to say seems substantially more personal and thoughtful.
    • 71 Metascore
    • 80 Jonathan Rosenbaum
    Don't expect any psychological depth here, but the cool wit and fun... are deftly maintained, and Sonnenfeld provides a bountiful supply of both fanciful beasties and ingenious visuals.
    • 75 Metascore
    • 80 Jonathan Rosenbaum
    If you want to know what the Warhol scene was all about, this is even better than the documentaries.
    • 75 Metascore
    • 80 Jonathan Rosenbaum
    The performances are strong (my favorite is Deborah Harry as an older waitress) and the sense of eroded as well as barely articulated lives is palpable.
    • 75 Metascore
    • 80 Jonathan Rosenbaum
    Beautiful and challenging documentary.

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