Joshua Rothkopf

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For 913 reviews, this critic has graded:
  • 46% higher than the average critic
  • 3% same as the average critic
  • 51% lower than the average critic
On average, this critic grades 2.2 points higher than other critics. (0-100 point scale)

Joshua Rothkopf's Scores

  • Movies
  • TV
Average review score: 65
Highest review score: 100 Star Wars: Episode VIII - The Last Jedi
Lowest review score: 20 The Equalizer
Score distribution:
  1. Negative: 51 out of 913
913 movie reviews
    • 72 Metascore
    • 100 Joshua Rothkopf
    An epic, often funny testament to creative fearlessness.
    • 96 Metascore
    • 100 Joshua Rothkopf
    Too few films take on the art of arguing as a subject; we could certainly use more of them, but until then, Lumet’s window into strained civic duty will continue to serve mightily.
    • 76 Metascore
    • 100 Joshua Rothkopf
    The pleasures are right in your face, beginning with the million-dollar idea of turning NYC into a walled-off prison where criminals run free. Even born-and-raised New Yorkers (of which Carpenter was decidedly not) could smile at that histrionic setup; it’s an outsider’s joke made funny by our willingness to be entertained.
    • 96 Metascore
    • 100 Joshua Rothkopf
    Much of the movie’s revolutionary impact should be credited to the city itself: The Dakota looms menacingly, every bit the Gothic pile as any Transylvanian vampire’s mansion.
    • 85 Metascore
    • 100 Joshua Rothkopf
    As brightly alive a movie as the season will offer.
    • 77 Metascore
    • 100 Joshua Rothkopf
    To watch Bigelow’s expertly calibrated chaos during the riots’ escalation – nothing short of block-by-block guerilla warfare – is to witness something depressingly familiar to anyone who has seen the videos of today’s police brutality, of violently botched arrests and furious community responses, and worried that it would never get better.
    • 75 Metascore
    • 100 Joshua Rothkopf
    This one’s a crucible of sweaty pre-natal panic, weird knocks at the door, mind games and ultimately, a roaring, miniature apocalypse set inside a single claustrophobic living room. If that already sounds like your home, it's time to go and give it a try.
    • 79 Metascore
    • 100 Joshua Rothkopf
    Co-writers, co-directors and brothers Alex and Andrew J. Smith—who outdo The Revenant for sincerity, depth and gorgeousness—mount their tale with enough confidence to cut away from the action.
    • 91 Metascore
    • 100 Joshua Rothkopf
    A film about the importance of cultural history and truth (two things deeply under siege these days), Wiseman’s epic Ex Libris might make you cry with happiness; it’s the good fight being fought. Movies aren’t usually a public benefit, much less an essential one. Here’s the exception.
    • 97 Metascore
    • 100 Joshua Rothkopf
    As for that famous last line, “Well, nobody’s perfect,” it’s best left uncontextualized for those who haven’t seen it. It’s Hollywood’s subtlest moment of compassion, a wink and a hug at the same time, and the reason why the movie will always be immortal.
    • 92 Metascore
    • 100 Joshua Rothkopf
    Indie wunderkind Sean Baker continues his celebration of communities on the margins, in a movie that vibrates with compassion and energy.
    • 66 Metascore
    • 100 Joshua Rothkopf
    It plays like one of Linklater’s most intimate gifts, an adult rumination on the tricky subject of patriotism.
    • 77 Metascore
    • 100 Joshua Rothkopf
    Destroyed yet defiant, Robbie walks the emotional tightrope of the most fabulously, tragically American film of the year.
    • 85 Metascore
    • 100 Joshua Rothkopf
    A triumph of comic irreverence and dramatic purpose, Episode VIII dazzles like the sci-fi saga hasn't in decades.
    • 91 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.
    • 57 Metascore
    • 80 Joshua Rothkopf
    A darkly stylish horror film.
    • 64 Metascore
    • 80 Joshua Rothkopf
    And then, Robert Duvall appears—or, should I say, insinuates himself out of the muck. Cagily, his character wends his way into the story, played by the one American actor who might best understand the limits of bluster. “It’s foolish to ask for luxuries in times like these,” he mutters in the Duvall twang, the weather and indignity beaten into him, and The Road suddenly feels major.
    • 68 Metascore
    • 80 Joshua Rothkopf
    Marcia Gay Harden is the picture’s treasure; watching her swell with concern at her daughter’s choices, you understand how hard it is to let go.
    • 92 Metascore
    • 80 Joshua Rothkopf
    Clearly, Pixar’s genius for adventurous storytelling continues unabated.
    • 71 Metascore
    • 80 Joshua Rothkopf
    Refn has somehow found his way to an authentic English hard-man drama, anchored in a dynamite performance, even as it celebrates thug life.
    • 81 Metascore
    • 80 Joshua Rothkopf
    Hardly the heady stuff of "Frost/Nixon"--or then again, maybe exactly the same thing. This one’s more rude and fun.
    • 67 Metascore
    • 80 Joshua Rothkopf
    Michael Jackson was obviously shooting for the moon right before his death, as you can tell from these stunning bits of concert spectacle.
    • 77 Metascore
    • 80 Joshua Rothkopf
    The movie does an uncommonly sensitive job probing the psychologies of blocked men, less so the urges of a widow who needs more than comforting words.
    • 82 Metascore
    • 80 Joshua Rothkopf
    The White Ribbon comes dangerously--wonderfully?--close to playing like an evil-kid flick.
    • 61 Metascore
    • 80 Joshua Rothkopf
    Given the dreck we’ve seen this summer, it’s nice to be reminded of the virtues of clean storytelling and cultural curiosity.
    • 82 Metascore
    • 80 Joshua Rothkopf
    Ajami is Israel’s submission to the Oscars, and like the gritty "City of God" before it, it takes harrowing, tricky circumstances and illuminates them with Scorsesian snap.
    • 71 Metascore
    • 80 Joshua Rothkopf
    His own worst enemy, Finkelstein has both trouble and tragic writ large on his brow.
    • 75 Metascore
    • 80 Joshua Rothkopf
    Despite the unsubtlety of the movie’s stance, a dizzyingly complex portrait emerges: that of pissed-off museum neighbors, arrogant critics and even the NAACP’s dignified Julian Bond, articulating a racial component.
    • 69 Metascore
    • 80 Joshua Rothkopf
    When you have an actor as suggestive as Kazan, swallowing up the lens with allure and complexity, your writer-director becomes superfluous.
    • 81 Metascore
    • 80 Joshua Rothkopf
    The movie isn’t quite suitable for the extremely young, but its apocalyptic tint may be catnip for smart preteens. They’ll breathe in the chilly air of a mysterious forest--the way forests should be.

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