Joshua Rothkopf

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For 948 reviews, this critic has graded:
  • 47% higher than the average critic
  • 3% same as the average critic
  • 50% lower than the average critic
On average, this critic grades 1.8 points higher than other critics. (0-100 point scale)

Joshua Rothkopf's Scores

  • Movies
  • TV
Average review score: 65
Highest review score: 100 Democrats
Lowest review score: 20 The Canyons
Score distribution:
  1. Negative: 51 out of 948
948 movie reviews
    • 50 Metascore
    • 80 Joshua Rothkopf
    What makes this latest installment such a riot — apart from having more money than usual, thereby allowing the practical special effects to achieve a splattery early–Peter Jackson glee — is its original script by "Brawl in Cell Block 99’s" S. Craig Zahler.
    • 62 Metascore
    • 60 Joshua Rothkopf
    The film works best during its (too-brief) getting-to-know-you section, which balances humor against snarly danger.
    • 76 Metascore
    • 60 Joshua Rothkopf
    If you remember Larry Clark’s downbeat 1995 "Kids," a vastly more adventurous movie, you’ll feel a depressing sense of indie sellout.
    • 46 Metascore
    • 40 Joshua Rothkopf
    The Meg proves only that, at least cinematically speaking, great-white movies may have finally jumped the shark.
    • 85 Metascore
    • 60 Joshua Rothkopf
    The plot takes a timely turn toward homegrown terrorism, and even as cinematographer Alexander Dynan amasses ominous clouds, the film’s break from head-bound matters is a tonic.
    • 59 Metascore
    • 100 Joshua Rothkopf
    The ambition of Under the Silver Lake is worth cherishing. It will either evaporate into nothingness or cohere into something you’ll want to hug for being so wonderfully weird.
    • 72 Metascore
    • 80 Joshua Rothkopf
    RBG
    Finding reciprocity—in the eyes of the law, your partner, your colleagues—is the essence of this documentary, one that comes at a moment that desperately lacks it.
    • 75 Metascore
    • 80 Joshua Rothkopf
    Everyone rises to the occasion of a special project of subtle significance: a comedy about nothing less than the proper way to say goodbye to the past.
    • 48 Metascore
    • 40 Joshua Rothkopf
    Bland, artless and unoriginal, it's a horror sequel as faceless as its mask-wearing killers.
    • 68 Metascore
    • 60 Joshua Rothkopf
    It’s hard to give sibling co-directors Joe and Anthony Russo (makers of the thornier Captain America films) any credit—or blame, really—for steering a product that’s been so corporately fine-tuned. They toggle dutifully between million-dollar quips and Wrestlemania smackdowns, and when they find room for a vista of galactic stillness, it’s not out of any inspired vision so much as the need for air.
    • 89 Metascore
    • 80 Joshua Rothkopf
    The film’s languorous, tangential flow isn’t for everyone, but you’ll be surprised by how easily you can roll with it, especially if you tune into Zama’s cringe-funny frequency.
    • 35 Metascore
    • 40 Joshua Rothkopf
    Truth or Dare ultimately plays like soap-opera trash.
    • 46 Metascore
    • 60 Joshua Rothkopf
    The Broken Tower feels unique as a young man’s tribute to an adventuresome, doomed soul.
    • 69 Metascore
    • 80 Joshua Rothkopf
    A wonderfully crude film (we're talking "Superbad" levels of raunchiness), but one in which the overall vibe is sweet: kids patiently waiting for their parents to grow up already.
    • 71 Metascore
    • 60 Joshua Rothkopf
    Is Gemini on the level of classic L.A. films like Heat or The Player? Hardly. But you sink into its mood, and that’s enough.
    • 48 Metascore
    • 60 Joshua Rothkopf
    Alicia Vikander makes for a scrappy, spunky Lara Croft, even if the overall concept remains less a movie and more of an exercise routine.
    • 53 Metascore
    • 60 Joshua Rothkopf
    No Hollywood film can ever solve the central problem of adapting this book, in that it inevitably does too much of the imagining for you. DuVernay makes a big-hearted go of it, even if she seems slightly dazzled by her own magical mystery tour.
    • 75 Metascore
    • 80 Joshua Rothkopf
    Thoroughbreds plunges you into an ice-cold bath of amorality, but debuting writer-director Cory Finley has such a command of details—the perfectly soigné clothes and hairdos, the lavish Connecticut living rooms and attentive gardening staffs—that you’ll laugh your way through the shivers.
    • 79 Metascore
    • 80 Joshua Rothkopf
    Garland’s creeping pace lulls you on an almost molecular level; he’s made something akin to an end-of-the-world film, but one in which the changes afoot might not be wholly bad, title be damned.
    • 72 Metascore
    • 80 Joshua Rothkopf
    Pfeiffer is nothing short of heartbreaking in a part that requires her to be completely unvarnished.
    • 88 Metascore
    • 80 Joshua Rothkopf
    Handsomely mounted by Creed director Ryan Coogler and starring an enviable slate of black actors that makes cameoing comics godhead Stan Lee almost seem lost, the film is provocative and satisfying in ways that are long overdue, like its ornate, culturally dense production design and the deeper subtexts of honor, compassion and destiny.
    • 71 Metascore
    • 60 Joshua Rothkopf
    There’s pleasure to be had in seeing Brooklyn’s Carroll Gardens expertly used as a backdrop for bougie romantic frustrations. If you miss the JakeWalk, here’s your opportunity to see the bar revived as the perfect place for neurotic conversations; if you ever ambled down Smith Street in your own mess of emotions, you may be feeling this one.
    • 45 Metascore
    • 40 Joshua Rothkopf
    Dramatically inert and flatter than a buzz cut, the movie ends up diminishing their moment of heroism by turning it into a defiantly amateurish piece of junior-high-grade theatrics.
    • 54 Metascore
    • 60 Joshua Rothkopf
    If you want to feel good about a war with no end, this one’s for you.
    • 78 Metascore
    • 80 Joshua Rothkopf
    They get at the essence of Vertigo, haunting us via ghostly transmissions.
    • 49 Metascore
    • 60 Joshua Rothkopf
    Hard-core fans get the loud noises they came for, but true fear vaporizes.
    • 40 Metascore
    • 60 Joshua Rothkopf
    Ex-Glee geeks and those who sing in the shower: Your passable time-waster has arrived.
    • 90 Metascore
    • 100 Joshua Rothkopf
    Deceptively hidden under layers of gorgeous surfaces, Paul Thomas Anderson’s borderline-sick romance waltzes toward a riveting tale of obsession.
    • 83 Metascore
    • 60 Joshua Rothkopf
    Undeniably, The Post feels timely, but there’s a counter-argument to be made that, in our current era of “fake news” and easily swayed public opinion, it’s actually a dinosaur of a film—and not Jurassic Park. Thank God for the owners, it ultimately says, who sometimes do the right thing. That’s a perfectly fine idea, but our times could use something sharper.
    • 72 Metascore
    • 80 Joshua Rothkopf
    David Scarpa’s nail-biter of a screenplay—based on John Pearson’s 1995 account Painfully Rich, adapted with a free dramatic license—amps up the tension with phoned-in demands and impulsive raids by knuckleheaded local police, yet it never loses the bitter, fascinating taste of imperious wealth.

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