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 Beau Travail
Lowest review score: 0 Psycho
Score distribution:
1,493 movie reviews
    • 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.
    • 75 Metascore
    • 80 Jonathan Rosenbaum
    Far and away the funniest comedy in town.
    • 60 Metascore
    • 80 Jonathan Rosenbaum
    Since the virtues of heroism and decency it celebrates are universal, I hope it doesn't get absorbed into the dubious agitprop of American exceptionalism.
    • 85 Metascore
    • 80 Jonathan Rosenbaum
    Jean Gabin wasn't yet 50 when he starred as a big-time, high-style gangster hoping to retire, but he still looks pretty wasted, and this pungent tale about aging and friendship, adapted from a best-selling noir thriller by Albert Simonin, would be hard to imagine without his puffy features.
    • 69 Metascore
    • 80 Jonathan Rosenbaum
    Their gross-out humor is basically sweet tempered, for all its tweaking of PC attitudes, and though this film looks slapdash, its script (by the Farrellys, Ed Decter, and John J. Strauss) is surprisingly well put together.
    • 88 Metascore
    • 80 Jonathan Rosenbaum
    Robert Redford's best and richest directorial effort.
    • 59 Metascore
    • 80 Jonathan Rosenbaum
    If you decide at the outset that this needn't have any recognizable relationship to the world we live in, you might even find it an unadulterated delight.
    • 82 Metascore
    • 80 Jonathan Rosenbaum
    Unfortunately, a conclusion stuffed with so many improbabilities that it left me gaping in disbelief. Prior to that, this is pretty much fun.
    • 86 Metascore
    • 80 Jonathan Rosenbaum
    A powerful piece of social protest, skillfully written, directed, and acted...Hilary Swank as Brandon and Chloe Sevigny as his girlfriend Lana are especially fine.
    • 78 Metascore
    • 80 Jonathan Rosenbaum
    In general, the dogs-as-mirrors theme--the crazy things people do with and in relation to their pets--is what keeps this going, and the laughs are sporadic but genuine.
    • 78 Metascore
    • 80 Jonathan Rosenbaum
    This may have its occasional dull stretches, but in contrast to "Saving Private Ryan" it's the work of a grown-up with something to say about the meaning and consequences of war.
    • 90 Metascore
    • 80 Jonathan Rosenbaum
    This has much of the warmth and feeling for adolescence that Crowe displayed in his first feature ("Say Anything"), though the slick showboating of "Jerry Maguire" isn't entirely absent either.
    • 73 Metascore
    • 80 Jonathan Rosenbaum
    There's something almost wearying as well as exhilarating about the perpetual brilliance of Bosnian-born filmmaker Emir Kusturica.
    • 52 Metascore
    • 80 Jonathan Rosenbaum
    The most underestimated commercial movie of 1987 may not be quite as good as Elaine May's three previous features, but it's still a very funny work by one of this country's greatest comic talents.
    • 68 Metascore
    • 80 Jonathan Rosenbaum
    Especially interesting are the complex relations among the residents of the ghetto.
    • 54 Metascore
    • 80 Jonathan Rosenbaum
    A hokey but highly entertaining tale of corporate greed that should be especially satisfying if you're pissed off at big business.
    • 71 Metascore
    • 80 Jonathan Rosenbaum
    None of the characters emerges as very sympathetic.
    • 85 Metascore
    • 80 Jonathan Rosenbaum
    Notwithstanding its occasional grotesque nods to postmodernist convention, this is highly entertaining Hollywood filmmaking, full of spark and vigor.
    • 85 Metascore
    • 80 Jonathan Rosenbaum
    What mainly registers is the quiet desperation and simple pleasures of ordinary midwestern lives, the fatuous ways that people cover up their emotional and intellectual gaps, and the alternating pointlessness and cuteness of human existence. This may be a masterpiece of sorts, but it left me feeling rotten.
    • 86 Metascore
    • 80 Jonathan Rosenbaum
    The wonderful Richard Farnsworth plays the lead, and he was clearly born for the part...a highly affecting and suggestive spiritual odyssey.
    • 87 Metascore
    • 80 Jonathan Rosenbaum
    For me it felt like a good many weeks at a politically correct summer camp, though the talented actors--including Cecilia Roth, Eloy Azorin, Marisa Paredes, Toni Canto, Antonia San Juan, and Penelope Cruz--certainly seem to enjoy the taste of the characters they're playing.
    • 60 Metascore
    • 80 Jonathan Rosenbaum
    A provocative and stirring climax to the Corleone saga, as well as an autonomous work that sometimes shows Coppola at his near best.
    • 52 Metascore
    • 80 Jonathan Rosenbaum
    I was wooed by its sexy romanticism all the way through to the mysterious and beautiful coda.
    • 69 Metascore
    • 80 Jonathan Rosenbaum
    Allen's movies specialize in contemplating the notion that money can somehow remove vulgarity or produce gentility. Small Time Crooks may conclude quite conventionally that money can't buy you everything, but most of it flirts even more conventionally with the opposite premise.
    • 90 Metascore
    • 80 Jonathan Rosenbaum
    An adroit piece of storytelling from Irish writer-director Neil Jordan that's ultimately less challenging to conventional notions about race and sexuality than it may at first seem... The three leads are first-rate.
    • 76 Metascore
    • 80 Jonathan Rosenbaum
    Based on the real-life exploits of Frank W. Abagnale but played more for myth than believability.
    • 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.
    • 53 Metascore
    • 80 Jonathan Rosenbaum
    This is smooth and at times even sensual -- a well-oiled machine.
    • 74 Metascore
    • 80 Jonathan Rosenbaum
    The film seems a bit studied, but the creepy plot still holds a certain fascination.
    • 69 Metascore
    • 80 Jonathan Rosenbaum
    Very competently mounted and acted (there are also juicy parts for Judy Davis, Tony Shalhoub, and Jon Polito), this is basically a midnight-movie gross-out in Sunday-afternoon art-house clothing--an intriguing novelty that revels in effect while oozing with cryptic signifiers.