Joshua Rothkopf
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For 693 reviews, this critic has graded:
  • 43% higher than the average critic
  • 3% same as the average critic
  • 54% lower than the average critic
On average, this critic grades 3.1 points higher than other critics. (0-100 point scale)

Joshua Rothkopf's Scores

  • Movies
  • TV
Average review score: 63
Highest review score: 100 Gett: The Trial of Viviane Amsalem
Lowest review score: 20 Antichrist
Score distribution:
  1. Negative: 44 out of 693
693 movie reviews
    • 78 Metascore
    • 100 Joshua Rothkopf
    Drive feels like some kind of masterpiece - it's as pure a version of the essentials as you're likely to see.
    • 95 Metascore
    • 100 Joshua Rothkopf
    The drama it might remind you most of, oddly enough, is "Six Degrees of Separation," also about the snowballing connections between unlikely people. And as in that urban clash, the bedrock of it all is social responsibility, ever crumbling and rebuilding. A total triumph.
    • tbd Metascore
    • 100 Joshua Rothkopf
    Carné's film has never looked more lush.
    • 86 Metascore
    • 100 Joshua Rothkopf
    The true value of the film is universal: These kids study the knotty viral science, pressure doctors into taking daring, inventive steps and make their cause a global emblem.
    • 82 Metascore
    • 100 Joshua Rothkopf
    Paradoxically, this is not a tale about summoning inner strength, but about shedding pride. Sometimes, there's no choice.
    • 81 Metascore
    • 100 Joshua Rothkopf
    No
    The essential thrust here is both knowing and undeniable: No is pitched at the pivot point when the image makers were brazen enough to push ideology to the side. Considering how high the stakes were, it’s amazing they almost didn’t get the gig.
    • 48 Metascore
    • 100 Joshua Rothkopf
    Is Joaquin Phoenix putting us on? After watching the terrifying, near-brilliant exposé I'm Still Here, in which the Oscar nominee's public and private unraveling becomes a sick joke, the question doesn't matter.
    • 74 Metascore
    • 100 Joshua Rothkopf
    It may be time to stop calling Nicolas Roeg's sexed-up sci-fi film that vaguely demeaning term - a cult classic - and start addressing it as what it is: the most intellectually provocative genre film of the 1970s.
    • 79 Metascore
    • 100 Joshua Rothkopf
    It's a hypnotically perverse film, one that redeems your faith in studio smarts (but not, alas, in local law enforcement, tabloid crime reporting or, indeed, marriage).
    • 79 Metascore
    • 100 Joshua Rothkopf
    This is a drama about finding one's self-worth; you simply have to see it.
    • 73 Metascore
    • 100 Joshua Rothkopf
    How perfectly perverse: In a summer crammed with sequels, remakes, '80s nostalgia and the frustrated sense of "What else y'got?" comes the most original nightmare in years.
    • 90 Metascore
    • 100 Joshua Rothkopf
    A dynamite crime comedy and identity meltdown that can rekindle one’s faith in movies.
    • 86 Metascore
    • 100 Joshua Rothkopf
    The best style has a purpose to it, and Russian Ark, in its hypnotic, endless swirl, gets at a deep truth of the post-Soviet psyche, haunted by its legacy of czarist rule and Stalin-era sacrifice. The film is a sad home for ghosts.
    • 82 Metascore
    • 100 Joshua Rothkopf
    Love Is Strange emerges as a total triumph for Sachs and his co-leads, John Lithgow and Alfred Molina, who, despite lengthy filmographies, turn in career-topping work. a sensitive domestic tragedy about the finite nature of any union.
    • 75 Metascore
    • 100 Joshua Rothkopf
    Starring a tough-minded band of scrappy teens who actually do some solving, it's the movie "Super 8" wanted to be - or should have been.
    • 76 Metascore
    • 100 Joshua Rothkopf
    Gilroy, vastly supported by cinematographer and Los Angeles specialist Robert Elswit (Boogie Nights, Magnolia), directs with the verve of a seasoned pro, even though Nightcrawler is his debut.
    • 79 Metascore
    • 100 Joshua Rothkopf
    Frank Pavich’s fun documentary captures an unbowed, exuberant Jodorowsky, who recalls his team of “spiritual warriors” with the camaraderie of a battle-scarred veteran.
    • 87 Metascore
    • 100 Joshua Rothkopf
    Either via clay dolls or fragile flesh, the truth is unmissable—as is Panh’s film itself.
    • 94 Metascore
    • 100 Joshua Rothkopf
    That’s the subtle level this movie operates on, and by the time it arrives at its powerhouse climax, a ruinous argument in a hotel room where all lingering doubts are finally and furiously outed, there’s nowhere left for them to ramble. They’re pinned down and have to improvise, but this glorious movie has infinite space to roam.
    • 82 Metascore
    • 100 Joshua Rothkopf
    Quietly, though, this amuse-bouche of a setup (culled from six episodes of BBC television) blooms into a meal of majestic agony. Coogan and Brydon's competitive bursts of celebrity impressions - Michael Caine comes in for special attention - take on a tone of clingy desperation, as does their jockeying for status in taunts of love, marriage and career.
    • 78 Metascore
    • 100 Joshua Rothkopf
    An aggressively unpleasant man somehow lands a perfect series of gigs in this rudely funny documentary: first as a pounding rock drummer who revolutionized the field; then as a fearless, rage-filled polo player; and finally as an impatient interviewee.
    • 85 Metascore
    • 100 Joshua Rothkopf
    That rarest of art documentaries, one that actually leaves viewers with a better sense of the gifted versus the phony.
    • 92 Metascore
    • 100 Joshua Rothkopf
    But mainly, it’s the film’s folk music that roots in the heart like a faraway lure.
    • 91 Metascore
    • 100 Joshua Rothkopf
    The acting, especially from Menash Noy as an ineffectual attorney, is phenomenal, resulting in a feminist knockout told in inverse.
    • 81 Metascore
    • 100 Joshua Rothkopf
    Blue Valentine has a quiet, resigned wisdom to it.
    • tbd Metascore
    • 100 Joshua Rothkopf
    Shockingly modern and the most politically enlightened (and enlightening) comedy of the 1930s, Leo McCarey's winning quasi-Western is a model of Hollywood broad strokes coalescing into a sophisticated whole.
    • 90 Metascore
    • 100 Joshua Rothkopf
    Why do we care? Because never before have the steps to thugdom, as depressing as that destination may be, been so rigorously detailed, neither romanticized nor negated. Don’t miss.
    • 89 Metascore
    • 100 Joshua Rothkopf
    The film plays like a better episode of "Mad Men," pitch-perfect in its details yet fully lived-in: a universe of rolled-up shirt sleeves, sweat-laden brows and screams that don’t sound canned.
    • 87 Metascore
    • 100 Joshua Rothkopf
    The most gratifying thing about the film is feeling Moodysson’s warmth return to him.
    • 95 Metascore
    • 100 Joshua Rothkopf
    It's a grandly entertaining reminder of everything we used to go to the movies for (and still can't get online): sparkling dialogue, thorny situations, soulful performances, and an unusually open-ended and relevant engagement with a major social issue of the day: how we (dis)connect.

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