Joshua Rothkopf

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For 842 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 2.2 points higher than other critics. (0-100 point scale)

Joshua Rothkopf's Scores

  • Movies
  • TV
Average review score: 63
Highest review score: 100 The Life and Death of Colonel Blimp (1945)
Lowest review score: 20 I Melt with You
Score distribution:
  1. Negative: 50 out of 842
842 movie reviews
    • 78 Metascore
    • 100 Joshua Rothkopf
    It’s real Streetcar Named Desire territory as the fights pile up, and if you think that doesn’t sound entertaining, know that it is, in a hypnotically catastrophic way.
    • 84 Metascore
    • 100 Joshua Rothkopf
    A classically structured rampage that bears serious comparison to the definitive greats of Akira Kurosawa, 13 Assassins will floor connoisseurs of action, mood and the dignity of a pissed-off scowl.
    • 84 Metascore
    • 100 Joshua Rothkopf
    Sprung from a 1982 French graphic novel and bearing its era’s trickle-down tensions, Snowpiercer is a headlong rush into conceptual lunacy — but you’ll love it anyway.
    • 74 Metascore
    • 100 Joshua Rothkopf
    You must see Oklahoma City, if only to know the enemy. They’re not stuck at the airport.
    • 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.
    • 86 Metascore
    • 100 Joshua Rothkopf
    Director Showalter does a beautiful job of twining Nanjiani and Romano’s similar slump — you smile at what a perfect almost-father and son they already are — and he steers Hunter to a rapprochement of uncommon complexity and grace. And we thought we were watching a Judd Apatow film.
    • 71 Metascore
    • 100 Joshua Rothkopf
    Sly and suggestive, Lourdes is a cosmic black comedy that bumps up against the metaphysical.
    • 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.
    • 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.
    • 78 Metascore
    • 100 Joshua Rothkopf
    Drive feels like some kind of masterpiece - it's as pure a version of the essentials as you're likely to see.
    • 81 Metascore
    • 100 Joshua Rothkopf
    [Russ] Meyer could never make a psychodrama as sophisticated as Biller has now.
    • 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.
    • 83 Metascore
    • 100 Joshua Rothkopf
    It's more like confession, the director still seething and replaying Vertigo in his head, lost in the curves of his career. De Palma is a public therapy session that upturns all expectations.
    • tbd Metascore
    • 100 Joshua Rothkopf
    Carné's film has never looked more lush.
    • 86 Metascore
    • 100 Joshua Rothkopf
    The true value of the film is universal: These kids study the knotty viral science, pressure doctors into taking daring, inventive steps and make their cause a global emblem.
    • 82 Metascore
    • 100 Joshua Rothkopf
    Paradoxically, this is not a tale about summoning inner strength, but about shedding pride. Sometimes, there's no choice.
    • 81 Metascore
    • 100 Joshua Rothkopf
    No
    The essential thrust here is both knowing and undeniable: No is pitched at the pivot point when the image makers were brazen enough to push ideology to the side. Considering how high the stakes were, it’s amazing they almost didn’t get the gig.
    • 48 Metascore
    • 100 Joshua Rothkopf
    Is Joaquin Phoenix putting us on? After watching the terrifying, near-brilliant exposé I'm Still Here, in which the Oscar nominee's public and private unraveling becomes a sick joke, the question doesn't matter.
    • 81 Metascore
    • 100 Joshua Rothkopf
    It may be time to stop calling Nicolas Roeg's sexed-up sci-fi film that vaguely demeaning term - a cult classic - and start addressing it as what it is: the most intellectually provocative genre film of the 1970s.
    • 79 Metascore
    • 100 Joshua Rothkopf
    It's a hypnotically perverse film, one that redeems your faith in studio smarts (but not, alas, in local law enforcement, tabloid crime reporting or, indeed, marriage).
    • 77 Metascore
    • 100 Joshua Rothkopf
    The film isn’t heavy on earth science, yet these orange-tinted tide pools and shuddering protomammals indicate a strain of serious research. The world is a miracle and a gift in the movie’s eyes; it would be no small thing if audiences left with the same sense of wonderment.
    • 79 Metascore
    • 100 Joshua Rothkopf
    This is a drama about finding one's self-worth; you simply have to see it.
    • 73 Metascore
    • 100 Joshua Rothkopf
    How perfectly perverse: In a summer crammed with sequels, remakes, '80s nostalgia and the frustrated sense of "What else y'got?" comes the most original nightmare in years.
    • 90 Metascore
    • 100 Joshua Rothkopf
    A dynamite crime comedy and identity meltdown that can rekindle one’s faith in movies.
    • 86 Metascore
    • 100 Joshua Rothkopf
    The best style has a purpose to it, and Russian Ark, in its hypnotic, endless swirl, gets at a deep truth of the post-Soviet psyche, haunted by its legacy of czarist rule and Stalin-era sacrifice. The film is a sad home for ghosts.
    • 79 Metascore
    • 100 Joshua Rothkopf
    Scorsese has hit the rare heights of Ingmar Bergman and Carl Theodor Dreyer, artists who found in religion a battleground that often left the strongest in tatters, compromised and ruined. It’s a movie desperately needed at a moment when bluster must yield to self-reflection.
    • 82 Metascore
    • 100 Joshua Rothkopf
    Love Is Strange emerges as a total triumph for Sachs and his co-leads, John Lithgow and Alfred Molina, who, despite lengthy filmographies, turn in career-topping work. a sensitive domestic tragedy about the finite nature of any union.
    • 83 Metascore
    • 100 Joshua Rothkopf
    A hilarious, deeply relaxed comedy about male bonding, Richard Linklater’s baseball-minded latest ranks right up there with his masterpieces.
    • 75 Metascore
    • 100 Joshua Rothkopf
    Starring a tough-minded band of scrappy teens who actually do some solving, it's the movie "Super 8" wanted to be - or should have been.
    • 81 Metascore
    • 100 Joshua Rothkopf
    Jackie pummels you with grandeur, with its epic visions of the funeral and that terrible moment in the convertible (all of it rendered in pitch-perfect detail and a subtle 16-millimeter shudder). Yet the film's lasting impact is dazzlingly intellectual: Just as JFK himself turned politics into image-making, his wife continued his work when no one else could.

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