Joshua Rothkopf

Select another critic »
For 895 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 Some Like It Hot
Lowest review score: 20 The Tempest
Score distribution:
  1. Negative: 51 out of 895
895 movie reviews
    • 72 Metascore
    • 80 Joshua Rothkopf
    A movie that could terrify parents while charming them with its compassion.
    • 66 Metascore
    • 80 Joshua Rothkopf
    Another Earth is a movie you take home and write your own ending to.
    • 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.
    • 44 Metascore
    • 80 Joshua Rothkopf
    All of this is way smarter than it needs to be - and it's only the prologue to the main event, which explodes the film into awkwardness but a weird kind of triumph, too.
    • 73 Metascore
    • 80 Joshua Rothkopf
    The pieces here are wonderful, even if the documentary fails to make any kind of overall analytical point.
    • 76 Metascore
    • 80 Joshua Rothkopf
    If this profile is marred slightly by thematic tidiness and a willingness to overglorify the champion's rise (Fischer didn't even write his best-seller, Bobby Fischer Teaches Chess), it still supplies a cracked, conflicted genius trapped in his ceaseless endgame.
    • 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?
    • 74 Metascore
    • 80 Joshua Rothkopf
    Into the Abyss is too self-admiring of its own loose ends to come to the indictment that would put it in the company of "The Thin Blue Line," but these personalities stay in your head - which is the whole point.
    • 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.
    • 89 Metascore
    • 80 Joshua Rothkopf
    A fascinating experiment is about to happen, and who doesn't want to be part of a little fun? That rarest of birds - a b&w silent film - is set to swoop into multiplexes. Trust us, it won't bite.
    • 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.
    • 56 Metascore
    • 80 Joshua Rothkopf
    Occasionally, the movie italicizes its points with heavy musical drones, but its tone is remarkably even and concentrated: It makes sense that Jolie excels at stewarding the scenes she usually tears apart onscreen: two people struggling in an emotional death grip, the camera up close.
    • 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.
    • 83 Metascore
    • 80 Joshua Rothkopf
    This isn't the kind of doc to explain everything (or anything, really)-it does honor its subject, though, and that's plenty.
    • 61 Metascore
    • 80 Joshua Rothkopf
    It's here, in a keenly captured Forest Hills, Queens, land of low-lit bars and manicured lawns, that Roadie soars as a gently comic drama about living the dream - or trying to.
    • 80 Metascore
    • 80 Joshua Rothkopf
    There's a wild, "Miami Blues"–like dreaminess to the movie that's addictive. If anything, it shows up exactly what "Little Miss Sunshine" lacked: plenty of ammo.
    • 67 Metascore
    • 80 Joshua Rothkopf
    There's still tremendous vitality here, and Wheatley's avoidance of yet another Guy Ritchie gabfest is a pleasure in itself.
    • 63 Metascore
    • 80 Joshua Rothkopf
    Return is almost too underdramatized to seem like a piece of today's zoomy entertainment, but its anxieties-the bare cupboards, the vague sense of purposelessness-are at the heart of the American experience for many. It's what indie filmmaking ought to be.
    • 64 Metascore
    • 80 Joshua Rothkopf
    Brace yourself and go see it.
    • 71 Metascore
    • 80 Joshua Rothkopf
    Moments like these turn the documentary Undefeated into a far greater thing than a real-life "The Blind Side" - it's diving deeply into knotty matters of patience and parenting, along with plenty of unfixables as well.
    • 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
    Cedar's idiosyncratically brilliant script also has a moral question at its heart: Is lying to spare someone's feelings ever justified? Surely the Talmud has a thing or two to say about that.
    • 77 Metascore
    • 80 Joshua Rothkopf
    You will see the man toiling and revising - killing off half-good ideas, struggling for clarity - and it's a routine well worth demystifying.
    • 68 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.
    • 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.
    • 48 Metascore
    • 80 Joshua Rothkopf
    Lockout is the kind of manly nonsense no one wants to make anymore.
    • 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.
    • tbd Metascore
    • 80 Joshua Rothkopf
    If you know nothing of the concentrated work of France's Robert Bresson, it's almost a crime to start here - like launching yourself, on the "expert" level, into the most boring, baguette-laden video game ever.
    • 69 Metascore
    • 80 Joshua Rothkopf
    The action scenes-blissfully easy to follow-are where Whedon makes the giant leap into the big leagues.
    • 87 Metascore
    • 80 Joshua Rothkopf
    Rarely do movies-never mind foreign ones, of any nationality - explore an honest-to-God ethical quandary. Elena, in its concentrated austerity, often resembles a lost chapter of Krzysztof Kieslowski's Ten Commandments–themed Decalogue.

Top Trailers