Jonathan Rosenbaum

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For 1,506 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 1.9 points lower than other critics. (0-100 point scale)

Jonathan Rosenbaum's Scores

  • Movies
  • TV
Average review score: 60
Highest review score: 100 2001: A Space Odyssey
Lowest review score: 0 Bratz
Score distribution:
1506 movie reviews
    • 84 Metascore
    • 80 Jonathan Rosenbaum
    The movie is dominated by Maddin's usual black-and-white photography, silent-movie syntax, and deadpan melodrama.
    • 86 Metascore
    • 80 Jonathan Rosenbaum
    Charting the ruthlessness of an ambitious bimbo telecaster in Little Hope, New Hampshire, this staccato black comedy sustains its brilliant exposition and narration until the plot turns to premeditated murder, complete with hapless and semicoherent teenage accomplices.
    • 70 Metascore
    • 80 Jonathan Rosenbaum
    There's an undeniable formal elegance in the way Ferrara, who coauthored the script with Zoe Lund, frames and holds certain shots, and Keitel certainly gives his all in this 1992 entry in the Raging Bull redemptive sweepstakes.
    • 68 Metascore
    • 80 Jonathan Rosenbaum
    Especially interesting are the complex relations among the residents of the ghetto.
    • 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.
    • 46 Metascore
    • 80 Jonathan Rosenbaum
    A powerful Christian parable, painful but illuminating, about crime and redemption.
    • 37 Metascore
    • 80 Jonathan Rosenbaum
    There aren't many movies that deal with middle-aged women, and this one manages to do so with a fair amount of wit and heart.
    • 81 Metascore
    • 80 Jonathan Rosenbaum
    The film's warmth and sympathy are underlined by some intelligence.
    • 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.
    • 78 Metascore
    • 80 Jonathan Rosenbaum
    Miraculously, De Niro and Grodin turn this sow's ear into a plausible vehicle for a buddy movie, and thanks to both of them, this movie springs to life.
    • 65 Metascore
    • 80 Jonathan Rosenbaum
    Brilliantly conceived and competently executed.
    • 93 Metascore
    • 80 Jonathan Rosenbaum
    Spielberg does an uncommonly good job both of holding our interest over 185 minutes and of showing more of the nuts and bolts of the Holocaust than we usually get from fiction films. Despite some characteristic simplifications, he's generally scrupulous about both his source and the historical record.
    • 80 Metascore
    • 80 Jonathan Rosenbaum
    Reputed to be sentimental crowd pleaser, for better and for worse.
    • 85 Metascore
    • 80 Jonathan Rosenbaum
    The results are high-spirited, with nice ensemble work from Almodovar's team of regulars, but the playlike structure (originally derived from Cocteau's The Human Voice but drastically reworked) is disappointingly conventional.
    • 84 Metascore
    • 80 Jonathan Rosenbaum
    Striking for its performances -- especially Anthony LaPaglia.
    • 63 Metascore
    • 80 Jonathan Rosenbaum
    Starting off as a low-key psychological drama, this suddenly turns into a murder mystery that's resolved awkwardly and ambiguously, but the fascination of the characters and milieu remains.
    • 56 Metascore
    • 80 Jonathan Rosenbaum
    This is a worthy successor to Chinatown - full of ecological and geological insights into Los Angeles history that recall Raymond Chandler and Ross MacDonald and give a view of southern California that could have been conceived only by a native.
    • 76 Metascore
    • 80 Jonathan Rosenbaum
    Equally impressive is Duncan's stylish handling of decor, dialogue, narrative ellipsis, and pacing, all of which call to mind the Hollywood master Ernst Lubitsch.
    • 81 Metascore
    • 80 Jonathan Rosenbaum
    Quirky and nuanced, this movie has a lot to say about sibling rivalry and the current music scene.
    • 69 Metascore
    • 80 Jonathan Rosenbaum
    This is effective as straight-ahead, action-packed storytelling, losing some of its energy only in the final stretch.
    • 58 Metascore
    • 80 Jonathan Rosenbaum
    Starting with its romantic and inappropriate title, this is an old-fashioned melodrama, the same movie about police corruption and a cultural crisis of morality that Lumet has been making since the 70s, starting with "Serpico".
    • 65 Metascore
    • 80 Jonathan Rosenbaum
    There's something a mite pathetic about our culture still clinging to 007, but it's hard to deny that this is one of the most entertaining entries in the Bond cycle, which started with "Dr. No" (1962).
    • 77 Metascore
    • 80 Jonathan Rosenbaum
    Leisurely pacing of this kind is likely to register as a form of respect for the viewer's intelligence and observation.
    • 85 Metascore
    • 80 Jonathan Rosenbaum
    Notwithstanding its occasional grotesque nods to postmodernist convention, this is highly entertaining Hollywood filmmaking, full of spark and vigor.
    • 60 Metascore
    • 80 Jonathan Rosenbaum
    This is the first feature I've seen by writer-director Dominique Deruddere, and I hope it won't be the last.
    • 52 Metascore
    • 80 Jonathan Rosenbaum
    Amiably unvarnished... Much more successful than most other films that deal with daily life in the projects.
    • 79 Metascore
    • 80 Jonathan Rosenbaum
    Enhanced by Jason Staczek's superb score, this is characteristically intense and, unlike most of Maddin's silent-movie models, frenetically edited.
    • 71 Metascore
    • 80 Jonathan Rosenbaum
    Haneke is still a masterful director, and his authority carries this well-acted and attractively shot account of a family from an unnamed city trying to survive in the sticks after an unspecified catastrophe.
    • 67 Metascore
    • 80 Jonathan Rosenbaum
    This David Cronenberg masterpiece (1991) breaks every rule in adapting a literary classic - maybe On Naked Lunch would be a more accurate title - but justifies every transgression with its artistry and audacity.

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