Joshua Rothkopf

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For 843 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 2.2 points higher than other critics. (0-100 point scale)

Joshua Rothkopf's Scores

  • Movies
  • TV
Average review score: 63
Highest review score: 100 Blue Valentine
Lowest review score: 20 Pompeii
Score distribution:
  1. Negative: 50 out of 843
843 movie reviews
    • 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.
    • 76 Metascore
    • 80 Joshua Rothkopf
    The movie works beautifully by bringing forward the delicate subject of guilt via passivity.
    • 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.
    • 76 Metascore
    • 80 Joshua Rothkopf
    Midnight Special is a movie worth believing in. It's an alternative to the assembly line that turns hot young directors into purveyors of the latest shade of superhero spandex. Little here feels like science or fiction but sci-fi is exactly what this is, from the heart and out of this world.
    • 77 Metascore
    • 80 Joshua Rothkopf
    Blessed with an improbable-but-true story that functions on many ironic levels, this clever documentary ultimately conveys more about the complex American character - shifting between intimacy and criminality - than a whole shelf of fiction films.
    • 76 Metascore
    • 80 Joshua Rothkopf
    Dirty Wars leaves some deeper questions unexplored, mainly the philosophical struggle between security and secrecy, but makes up grandly with raw data and one correspondent’s passion.
    • 56 Metascore
    • 80 Joshua Rothkopf
    Director Samantha Grant scores an interview with Blair himself, whose too-little-too-late admissions (along with his reemergence as a postguilt life coach) might drive your crowd to hisses.
    • 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.
    • 64 Metascore
    • 80 Joshua Rothkopf
    One of [Moore's] more hopeful and celebratory efforts.
    • 60 Metascore
    • 80 Joshua Rothkopf
    It turns out it’s okay to cross streams: Here’s a summer movie starring a girl squad proud of its big brains and tacky jumpsuits. You could call that a supernatural event in itself.
    • 69 Metascore
    • 80 Joshua Rothkopf
    Life During Wartime slices deeply into its characters' weaknesses.
    • 72 Metascore
    • 80 Joshua Rothkopf
    At its best (which is often), director James Marsh’s affecting biopic of the cosmos-rattling astrophysicist Stephen Hawking plays deftly against schmaltz.
    • 72 Metascore
    • 80 Joshua Rothkopf
    Crawford has produced an inspiring primer, sure to remind viewers that the power has always been in their hands.
    • 86 Metascore
    • 80 Joshua Rothkopf
    Provocatively, the film suggests that winning small battles was victory enough; Saigon natives, also interviewed, were left behind to endure death camps.
    • 87 Metascore
    • 80 Joshua Rothkopf
    Unusually moving (not only to stray film critics in your crowd), director Steve James's keen profile of the late, great Roger Ebert works both as a compact appreciation of the reviewer's vast public impact, as well as an unflinching peak into a cancer patient's final months, fraught with pain, hope and constant treatment.
    • 71 Metascore
    • 80 Joshua Rothkopf
    His own worst enemy, Finkelstein has both trouble and tragic writ large on his brow.
    • 55 Metascore
    • 80 Joshua Rothkopf
    Mainly, it’s a fun and boisterous countdown to the big meal.
    • 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.
    • 71 Metascore
    • 80 Joshua Rothkopf
    This is still one of his (Berlinger) most ambitious films, vibrating with the same municipal unease as "Chinatown."
    • 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.
    • 79 Metascore
    • 80 Joshua Rothkopf
    Like an updated The Commitments in rouge (liberally applied), Sing Street nails the details.
    • 83 Metascore
    • 80 Joshua Rothkopf
    Cynthia Nixon commits wholly to her role’s maternal patience and scattered mental decay, but it’s Abbott who really dominates James White.
    • 81 Metascore
    • 80 Joshua Rothkopf
    When a Hollywood comedy turns the crime of the century into a lark, you know a huge gamble has been chanced and won.
    • 76 Metascore
    • 80 Joshua Rothkopf
    It’s a ruined community grappling with belated ethics; that’s the real story here.
    • 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.
    • 71 Metascore
    • 80 Joshua Rothkopf
    Fantastical is what we get: Cameraman is filled with Cardiff's achingly beautiful work.
    • 83 Metascore
    • 80 Joshua Rothkopf
    If you’re even remotely a fan, you need to see this.
    • 81 Metascore
    • 80 Joshua Rothkopf
    The plot’s tired blood is jumped up considerably by style; all in all, it's an intoxicating blend of eerie horror and ’80s pop, made by an artist to keep an eye on.
    • 77 Metascore
    • 80 Joshua Rothkopf
    The film plays like a Trump-state "Big Lebowski," as Ruth and Tony’s amateur sleuthing teases out a much deeper conviction, perfectly stated by its main character.
    • 76 Metascore
    • 80 Joshua Rothkopf
    His (Fatih Akin) new movie, an occasionally shouty comedy, is easily his most fun.

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