Joshua Rothkopf
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For 674 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 3.2 points higher than other critics. (0-100 point scale)

Joshua Rothkopf's Scores

  • Movies
  • TV
Average review score: 63
Highest review score: 100 The Look of Silence
Lowest review score: 20 Paradise
Score distribution:
  1. Negative: 44 out of 674
674 movie reviews
    • 74 Metascore
    • 80 Joshua Rothkopf
    The man himself stares into Davis's lens, both confident and scared; for these moments alone, the movie is key.
    • 70 Metascore
    • 80 Joshua Rothkopf
    Walker integrates stranger-on-the-street testimony to further her general vibe of ignorance, thus pinpointing the true target of an agitated doc--our own blithe apathy.
    • 69 Metascore
    • 80 Joshua Rothkopf
    Life During Wartime slices deeply into its characters' weaknesses.
    • 77 Metascore
    • 80 Joshua Rothkopf
    Nature smiles upon Alamar, just as it did on the simple, unfussy charms of "The Black Stallion" some 30 years ago.
    • 61 Metascore
    • 80 Joshua Rothkopf
    Director Nicolas Winding Refn, the prankster of last year's "Bronson," has never reduced his craft to such a sledgehammer of minimalism. Electric guitars drone on the soundtrack, bones crunch, and a mystical religiosity gathers around One-Eye; there's a midnight cult here for those who yearn for one.
    • 83 Metascore
    • 80 Joshua Rothkopf
    The strength of Animal Kingdom is its slow-building fatalism; the criminals' luck runs out, but then finds depressing extension via an out-of-left-field collaborator. It's a movie that has very little faith in authority, not even in Guy Pearce's righteous detective. The only law here is Darwin's.
    • 85 Metascore
    • 80 Joshua Rothkopf
    Very little gets in the way of Lebanon's apocalyptic mood; if it turns its audience even slightly away from barbarism, it might have done its job.
    • 76 Metascore
    • 80 Joshua Rothkopf
    His (Fatih Akin) new movie, an occasionally shouty comedy, is easily his most fun.
    • 79 Metascore
    • 80 Joshua Rothkopf
    The new Let Me In does more than merely preserve the original's mood; it actually improves on it.
    • 51 Metascore
    • 80 Joshua Rothkopf
    Phillips goes too far sometimes (border-jail breakout?), but his new direction is promising.
    • 65 Metascore
    • 80 Joshua Rothkopf
    Sally Hawkins cruises into her new movie the same way she did her breakthrough, "Happy-Go-Lucky."
    • 83 Metascore
    • 80 Joshua Rothkopf
    There's a darker, fanatical side to blindness too-and this is the movie to show it. Leave all judgments behind.
    • 74 Metascore
    • 80 Joshua Rothkopf
    Suleiman can be criticized for failing, ever so slightly, at crafting an overall structure-his latest, based on his dad's diary and other memories, is an autobiographical story of exile and return that skips like a stone over water, fleetly but not so deeply. Still, this is a welcome example of kitsch wedded to serious indictment.
    • 44 Metascore
    • 80 Joshua Rothkopf
    The unexpectedly wonderful thing about this sequel is that it actually improves on the jokes.
    • 63 Metascore
    • 80 Joshua Rothkopf
    Unpacks the man's story with a dramatic flair that might be mistaken for Zoolanderiffic, if it weren't so aptly accessible.
    • 67 Metascore
    • 80 Joshua Rothkopf
    If the movie had a lead actress more delicate or malleable than the strong-cheeked Lawrence-a Natalie Portman, say-it would tip over into sexy-girl-killer celebration; the same goes for Harrelson's salty mentor, who is never too supportive or paternal. Both performers lean into the economies of survival, certain of the savagery that lies ahead, and come up with sharp work.
    • 70 Metascore
    • 80 Joshua Rothkopf
    Though his results are sometimes raw, Dolan seems to be chronicling heartache as he discovers it. Indulge him.
    • 70 Metascore
    • 80 Joshua Rothkopf
    The rush of A-listers combined with apocalyptic dread creates its own kind of dizzy pleasure: Who's going down next on this Poseidon Adventure?
    • 76 Metascore
    • 80 Joshua Rothkopf
    If the movie falls just shy of our highest mark, this is because Cronenberg is tamping down on his usually naturalistic performances - everything feels vaguely mad-scientist-ish.
    • 72 Metascore
    • 80 Joshua Rothkopf
    What's missing, then? There's no fiery central performance in the mix (the horse doesn't count), and once Emily Watson's hardscrabble mom is rotated out of the action, you yearn for an anchor.
    • 80 Metascore
    • 80 Joshua Rothkopf
    It is during Melancholia's second half, after a ruinous conclusion to the wedding, that the real magic happens, with our heroine hardened into a wry, cynical Cassandra - the voice of Von Trier himself.
    • 72 Metascore
    • 80 Joshua Rothkopf
    Charmingly, like a throwback to the pre-Twitter age, here's a horror film that's been made with no reasonable way to discuss it beforehand.
    • 57 Metascore
    • 80 Joshua Rothkopf
    What might have been a long walk off a short pier becomes a valid, vital rethinking of a crime classic.
    • 48 Metascore
    • 80 Joshua Rothkopf
    Deeply irresponsible, this a film that will give parents seizures-and Roger Corman a big old smile.
    • 82 Metascore
    • 80 Joshua Rothkopf
    It's the stuff of melodrama, heightened by Davies's pitch-perfect use of pop songs, like a sad "You Belong to Me," slurred by a misty crowd in a bar.
    • 79 Metascore
    • 80 Joshua Rothkopf
    The movie works on a bedrock level that many ostensible action films forget. Let New Age viewers in your crowd get misty-eyed - there's plenty here for anyone.
    • 48 Metascore
    • 80 Joshua Rothkopf
    Lockout is the kind of manly nonsense no one wants to make anymore.
    • 64 Metascore
    • 80 Joshua Rothkopf
    It's a quietly witty film, much like the dude himself.
    • 65 Metascore
    • 80 Joshua Rothkopf
    Monsters University aces a two-part test—first, appealing to kids with gorgeous, hyperrealistic animation that teases out every pink hair on a beastly art student; then luring in parents with several knowing jokes about strumming your guitar on the quad or playing beer pong.
    • 69 Metascore
    • 80 Joshua Rothkopf
    The action scenes-blissfully easy to follow-are where Whedon makes the giant leap into the big leagues.

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