Joshua Rothkopf

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For 869 reviews, this critic has graded:
  • 45% higher than the average critic
  • 3% same as the average critic
  • 52% lower than the average critic
On average, this critic grades 2 points higher than other critics. (0-100 point scale)

Joshua Rothkopf's Scores

  • Movies
  • TV
Average review score: 64
Highest review score: 100 Heaven Knows What
Lowest review score: 20 Red Lights
Score distribution:
  1. Negative: 50 out of 869
869 movie reviews
    • 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.
    • 100 Metascore
    • 100 Joshua Rothkopf
    Unshakable, witty and deeply felt, the film will be paying emotional dividends for a long, long time.
    • 99 Metascore
    • 100 Joshua Rothkopf
    Moonlight takes the pain of growing up and turns it into hardened scars and private caresses. This film is, without a doubt, the reason we go to the movies: to understand, to come closer, to ache, hopefully with another.
    • 98 Metascore
    • 100 Joshua Rothkopf
    Call Me by Your Name has a choking emotional intensity that will be apparent to anyone who’s ever dared to reach out to another.
    • 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.
    • 96 Metascore
    • 100 Joshua Rothkopf
    To say Lonergan has evolved further with his third feature would be an understatement: He toggles between his new plot’s years with the relaxed mastery of Boyhood’s Richard Linklater. Plus, he’s finally got a complex central performance that anchors his ambitions to cinema’s all-time great brooders.
    • 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.
    • 96 Metascore
    • 80 Joshua Rothkopf
    Cuarón, a magician who brought personality to the Harry Potter series, is after pure, near-experimental spectacle.
    • 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.
    • 95 Metascore
    • 100 Joshua Rothkopf
    Masterfully addressing the American racial divide, past and present, director Raoul Peck’s six-years-in-the-making documentary, I Am Not Your Negro, is a galvanizing, ominous film, thrumming with a sense of history repeating itself.
    • 95 Metascore
    • 100 Joshua Rothkopf
    The details are gripping, presented with respect for an audience's intelligence.
    • 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.
    • 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.
    • 94 Metascore
    • 100 Joshua Rothkopf
    Though it runs an epic five-and-a-half hours (it was made for French TV), Carlos books like no film since "Goodfellas." You will not be bored, ever.
    • 94 Metascore
    • 80 Joshua Rothkopf
    It's not an easy sit; we're never let off the hook with golden-hued memories or belated bits of wisdom. Maybe this is love after all.
    • 92 Metascore
    • 100 Joshua Rothkopf
    But mainly, it’s the film’s folk music that roots in the heart like a faraway lure.
    • 92 Metascore
    • 80 Joshua Rothkopf
    Clearly, Pixar’s genius for adventurous storytelling continues unabated.
    • 92 Metascore
    • 100 Joshua Rothkopf
    A superior work of confrontational boldness, it might be the movie Oppenheimer wanted to make in the first place.
    • 91 Metascore
    • 80 Joshua Rothkopf
    Watching the first hour of I Was Born, But… (unspooling with a bright, new piano score by Donald Sosin) might remind you of a subdued “Our Gang” skit, and not unpleasantly.
    • 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.
    • 91 Metascore
    • 80 Joshua Rothkopf
    You'll be arguing with your friends about the ethics of secrecy and defense for hours; that's what makes these exit interviews so essential. They come late to the spy game, but are welcome regardless.
    • 90 Metascore
    • 100 Joshua Rothkopf
    Again, Granik has foregrounded a bold woman, expertly balanced between fearlessness and Ree's own private nervousness.
    • 90 Metascore
    • 100 Joshua Rothkopf
    The acting, especially from Menash Noy as an ineffectual attorney, is phenomenal, resulting in a feminist knockout told in inverse.
    • 90 Metascore
    • 100 Joshua Rothkopf
    Thus comes My Perestroika's most sophisticated idea: Day-to-day family struggles have a way of trumping even the most profound political change. Don't miss this.
    • 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.
    • 90 Metascore
    • 100 Joshua Rothkopf
    A dynamite crime comedy and identity meltdown that can rekindle one’s faith in movies.
    • 89 Metascore
    • 100 Joshua Rothkopf
    We are in the presence of a new classic.
    • 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.
    • 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.
    • 88 Metascore
    • 80 Joshua Rothkopf
    The Arbor's pummeling second half begins with the collapse of its celebrity subject; the following spirals of self-destruction make you suspect that some childhoods are simply too hard to escape. Tough, worthy stuff.

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