Joshua Rothkopf
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For 642 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 2.9 points higher than other critics. (0-100 point scale)

Joshua Rothkopf's Scores

  • Movies
  • TV
Average review score: 62
Highest review score: 100 Sightseers
Lowest review score: 20 Red Lights
Score distribution:
  1. Negative: 43 out of 642
642 movie reviews
    • 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.
    • 92 Metascore
    • 100 Joshua Rothkopf
    But mainly, it’s the film’s folk music that roots in the heart like a faraway lure.
    • 95 Metascore
    • 100 Joshua Rothkopf
    The details are gripping, presented with respect for an audience's intelligence.
    • 82 Metascore
    • 100 Joshua Rothkopf
    The tunes, flooding every frame, remain perfect.
    • 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.
    • 75 Metascore
    • 100 Joshua Rothkopf
    Rare is the profile that captures so much oddness with so little judgment. You owe yourself a chance to be challenged.
    • 81 Metascore
    • 100 Joshua Rothkopf
    The beauty of this movie, both a nostalgic romp and a futuristic scream, is its stubborn insistence on getting all the trapped-in-amber details right.
    • 86 Metascore
    • 100 Joshua Rothkopf
    Defiantly intellectual, complex and true to the shifting winds of real-world governance, Lincoln is not the movie that this election season has earned-but one that a more perfect union can aspire to.
    • 68 Metascore
    • 100 Joshua Rothkopf
    Like the wood-grained farmhouse itself — a beautiful piece of production design by Julie Berghoff — The Conjuring has an analog solidity that makes the terror to come almost unbearable.
    • 87 Metascore
    • 100 Joshua Rothkopf
    Redford, already a giant, has never been more suggestive. His character’s misadventure — might be a kind of cosmic penance. It’s the salvation of the moviegoing year.
    • 79 Metascore
    • 100 Joshua Rothkopf
    This is a drama about finding one's self-worth; you simply have to see it.
    • 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.
    • 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.
    • 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.
    • 78 Metascore
    • 100 Joshua Rothkopf
    It’s real Streetcar Named Desire territory as the fights pile up, and if you think that doesn’t sound entertaining, know that it is, in a hypnotically catastrophic way.
    • 91 Metascore
    • 100 Joshua Rothkopf
    Polley has gone further into the thorny subject of forgiveness than any of her peers. Her movies ache with ethical quandary; Stories We Tell aches the most.
    • 90 Metascore
    • 100 Joshua Rothkopf
    A dynamite crime comedy and identity meltdown that can rekindle one’s faith in movies.
    • 82 Metascore
    • 100 Joshua Rothkopf
    Rarely leaning on the weepy families back home, this briskly paced triumph maintains a clear focus on human costs, with hope slipping away onboard while lives hang on the burp of a fax machine.
    • 69 Metascore
    • 100 Joshua Rothkopf
    Wheatley, underplaying his stylishness, goes for a subtle national satire about geeks gone wild, and that’s the fun here: On as mild-mannered a vacation as two Brits might devise, a killer comes along—and, after a while, is politely welcomed in, the kettle simmering.
    • 100 Metascore
    • 100 Joshua Rothkopf
    Voyage to Italy is the kind of movie that makes those unhappily in love feel understood. And even if that’s not you (congratulations), it’s still possible to groove on Rossellini’s stranger-in-a-strange-land psychodrama.
    • 84 Metascore
    • 100 Joshua Rothkopf
    Sprung from a 1982 French graphic novel and bearing its era’s trickle-down tensions, Snowpiercer is a headlong rush into conceptual lunacy — but you’ll love it anyway.
    • 87 Metascore
    • 100 Joshua Rothkopf
    The most gratifying thing about the film is feeling Moodysson’s warmth return to him.
    • 87 Metascore
    • 100 Joshua Rothkopf
    Either via clay dolls or fragile flesh, the truth is unmissable—as is Panh’s film itself.
    • 88 Metascore
    • 100 Joshua Rothkopf
    The auteur’s style — dramatic zooms, winking symmetry — is balanced against a newfound political context; this one’s his "To Be or Not to Be."
    • 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.
    • 100 Metascore
    • 100 Joshua Rothkopf
    Unshakable, witty and deeply felt, the film will be paying emotional dividends for a long, long time.
    • 84 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.
    • 88 Metascore
    • 100 Joshua Rothkopf
    On purely formal grounds (the ones on which the genre lives or dies), Kent is a natural. She favors crisp compositions and unfussy editing, transforming the banal house itself into a subtle, shadowy threat.
    • 87 Metascore
    • 100 Joshua Rothkopf
    Particle Fever is that rare, exhilarating science doc that’s neither dumbed down nor drabbed up.
    • 97 Metascore
    • 100 Joshua Rothkopf
    A superior work of confrontational boldness, it might be the movie Oppenheimer wanted to make in the first place.