Joshua Rothkopf

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For 829 reviews, this critic has graded:
  • 44% higher than the average critic
  • 3% same as the average critic
  • 53% 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: 63
Highest review score: 100 Russian Ark
Lowest review score: 20 Knucklehead
Score distribution:
  1. Negative: 50 out of 829
829 movie reviews
    • 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.
    • 82 Metascore
    • 100 Joshua Rothkopf
    Quietly, though, this amuse-bouche of a setup (culled from six episodes of BBC television) blooms into a meal of majestic agony. Coogan and Brydon's competitive bursts of celebrity impressions - Michael Caine comes in for special attention - take on a tone of clingy desperation, as does their jockeying for status in taunts of love, marriage and career.
    • 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.
    • 85 Metascore
    • 100 Joshua Rothkopf
    That rarest of art documentaries, one that actually leaves viewers with a better sense of the gifted versus the phony.
    • 81 Metascore
    • 100 Joshua Rothkopf
    The rollicking, space-opera spirit of George Lucas’s original trilogy (you can safely forget the second trio of cynical, tricked-up prequels) emanates from every frame of J.J. Abrams' euphoric sequel. It’s also got an infusion of modern-day humor that sometimes steers the movie this close to self-parody—but never sarcastically, nor at the expense of a terrific time.
    • 92 Metascore
    • 100 Joshua Rothkopf
    But mainly, it’s the film’s folk music that roots in the heart like a faraway lure.
    • 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.
    • 81 Metascore
    • 100 Joshua Rothkopf
    Blue Valentine has a quiet, resigned wisdom to it.
    • tbd Metascore
    • 100 Joshua Rothkopf
    Shockingly modern and the most politically enlightened (and enlightening) comedy of the 1930s, Leo McCarey's winning quasi-Western is a model of Hollywood broad strokes coalescing into a sophisticated whole.
    • 75 Metascore
    • 100 Joshua Rothkopf
    As gritty as Heaven Knows What often feels, it’s leavened by empathy and poetic moments: desperate kisses, a passed-out couch nap lit by slanting sunbeams, the beautifully eerie synth music of Tomita. This isn’t an easy watch, but it validates every risk we want our most emboldened filmmakers to take.
    • 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.
    • 64 Metascore
    • 100 Joshua Rothkopf
    If you can stomach the fear, go. Confident hands created this film. Its nightmare lingers for weeks.
    • 69 Metascore
    • 100 Joshua Rothkopf
    The movie is a coming-of-age story, but whose age is coming? That's the profound question we're left with, in a stellar adaptation that balances gore with black humor, ethical quandary, hope and—yes—plenty of brains.
    • 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.
    • 87 Metascore
    • 100 Joshua Rothkopf
    The most gratifying thing about the film is feeling Moodysson’s warmth return to him.
    • 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.
    • 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.
    • 79 Metascore
    • 100 Joshua Rothkopf
    Phenomenally sad yet exhilarating.
    • 83 Metascore
    • 100 Joshua Rothkopf
    There’s a quiet fury to Johnny Guitar, best embodied by Mercedes McCambridge’s vicious Emma, who wants to drive Vienna out of town. It’s a film that climaxes with a gunfight between two women, while the men hide behind tree stumps.
    • 87 Metascore
    • 100 Joshua Rothkopf
    The final Harry Potter movie, above all others, supplies Radcliffe with the gravitas of not just an epic story come to completion, but some real dramatic heft. Not so bad for a Hogwarts dropout.
    • 79 Metascore
    • 100 Joshua Rothkopf
    In lesser hands, this could have easily been some seriously detestable John Wayne jingoism. But via Fiennes, the film is a spiky and complex counterweight to Hollywood sentiment and indie cynicism alike.
    • 90 Metascore
    • 100 Joshua Rothkopf
    Again, Granik has foregrounded a bold woman, expertly balanced between fearlessness and Ree's own private nervousness.
    • tbd Metascore
    • 100 Joshua Rothkopf
    Of all the things to be nostalgic about, warfare would seem the least likely candidate, but that's the unusual perspective of this one-of-a-kind 1943 landmark - maybe the most wonderfully British movie ever made.
    • 72 Metascore
    • 100 Joshua Rothkopf
    Amer could exist only as a movie, not as a novel or a pop song. If you give it a whirl, you won't simply get drunk on its immediacy; you may throw out plot and character altogether.
    • 79 Metascore
    • 100 Joshua Rothkopf
    See this film immediately.
    • 51 Metascore
    • 80 Joshua Rothkopf
    Phillips goes too far sometimes (border-jail breakout?), but his new direction is promising.
    • 87 Metascore
    • 80 Joshua Rothkopf
    The story is a little slight compared to the grand romantic ache of Pride and Prejudice, but Beckinsale and Stillman do their inspiration proud: Finally, a Jane Austen movie that's fresh and deliciously rotten at the same time.
    • 75 Metascore
    • 80 Joshua Rothkopf
    This isn’t a straight documentary — part of what makes the film so suggestive is the idea that we’re seeing a double performance pitted against our own prurient interests. As for the movie’s final scene, you won't witness something as confrontational all year: a yowl from beyond the grave. It’s a small piece of revenge for a lost soul.
    • 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.
    • 75 Metascore
    • 80 Joshua Rothkopf
    By movie’s end, you see flocks of umbrella-adorned commuters in a different light; and what’s often viewed as Japanese humility becomes a doorway to something huge and eternal. Bring the kids.

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