Jonathan Rosenbaum

Jonathan Rosenbaum

Agrees with the Tomatometer 72% of the time.

Chicago Reader , Film Comment Magazine , Orlando Weekly
Critics' Group:
National Society of Film Critics
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—— Mélo (1986) " Resnais invests the original meaning of "melodrama" (drama with music) with exceptional beauty and power, cutting and moving his camera with impeccable dramatic logic to give their performances maximum voltage." — Chicago Reader
Posted Apr 24, 2014
94% Belle Epoque (The Age of Beauty) (1992) " It's fairly inoffensive and intermittently charming." — Chicago Reader
Posted Apr 3, 2014
83% Ice " The mood is terrorized and often brutal, but the behavioral observations and some of the tenderness periodically call to mind early Cassavetes." — Chicago Reader
Posted Mar 20, 2014
55% The Life Aquatic with Steve Zissou (2004) " Noah Baumbach collaborated on the arch script, whose bittersweet weirdness leaves a residue even as the narrative disintegrates." — Chicago Reader
Posted Mar 17, 2014
84% Bottle Rocket (1996) " Wes Anderson's 1996 first feature (before Rushmore and The Royal Tenenbaums) is fresh, character driven, often funny, and unfashionably upbeat (as well as offbeat)." — Chicago Reader
Posted Mar 4, 2014
94% Dark Days (2000) " The lives of these people inside their shacks are full of surprises as well as grim confirmations, but the things we don't know about them also significantly shape our experience of the film." — Chicago Reader
Posted Mar 3, 2014
80% 4 (Chetyre) (2006) " This 2004 debut feature by Russian director Ilya Khrzanovsky is puzzling, intriguing, and often compelling, apparently set in the present but magical and futuristic in tone." — Chicago Reader
Posted Nov 5, 2013
91% Nobody's Fool (1994) " For better and for worse, it's still a Hollywood movie (and a white boys' movie to boot), but one with a more alert eye and feeling for American life than most of its competitors." — Chicago Reader
Posted Oct 29, 2013
89% Russian Ark (2002) " Part pageant and museum tour, part theme-park ride and historical meditation." — Chicago Reader
Posted Oct 24, 2013
47% My Fellow Americans (1996) " An appalling piece of junk." — Chicago Reader
Posted Oct 22, 2013
87% 28 Days Later (2003) " Danny Boyle's purposeful direction and Mark Tildesley's imaginative and resourceful production design keep this fresh and edgy; the images of a wasted London and the details of a paramilitary organization in the countryside are both creepy and persuasive." — Chicago Reader
Posted Oct 6, 2013
50% Thunderbolt (1929) " Probably the most underrated of Josef von Sternberg's sound pictures." — Chicago Reader
Posted Oct 3, 2013
—— Eadweard Muybridge, Zoopraxographer " One of the best essay films ever made on a cinematic subject." — Chicago Reader
Posted Sep 26, 2013
85% Yaaba (1989) " The locations are attractive, the performances are natural, and the details about local folkways are interesting, but the plot is a bit dull in spots." — Chicago Reader
Posted Sep 12, 2013
67% Floundering (1994) " This first feature by independent producer Peter McCarthy is fairly lightweight, but the cast and low-rent production credits have a certain charm." — Chicago Reader
Posted Aug 26, 2013
100% Abraham Lincoln (1930) " Working with the sort of mythic material later associated with John Ford, Griffith gives us a primordial Lincoln, perfectly incarnated by Walter Huston, and a dreamlike sense of destiny that his camera fully articulates." — Chicago Reader
Posted Aug 19, 2013
94% Spider-Man 2 (2004) " Alfred Molina makes a more baroque supervillain than Willem Dafoe's Green Goblin, but the other stars seem happy to be giving us more of the same. Sam Raimi's direction, on the other hand, is even more fluent and well paced." — Chicago Reader
Posted Aug 5, 2013
69% Cliffhanger (1993) " It's hard to think of a movie my feelings have been more divided on." — Chicago Reader
Posted Aug 2, 2013
85% The Secret Garden (1993) " Screenwriter Caroline Thompson and director Agnieszka Holland have turned Frances Hodgson Burnett's rather gothic 1911 children's book into an evocative, beautifully realized picture." — Chicago Reader
Posted Aug 1, 2013
85% Presumed Innocent (1990) " A top-notch courtroom drama that will keep you guessing if you haven't read the book; even if you have, it is still a very well crafted story." — Chicago Reader
Posted Jul 31, 2013
92% Parenthood (1989) " This movie has its share of laughs, but it's also Ron Howard's most personal film, and clearly his most ambitious." — Chicago Reader
Posted Jul 31, 2013
89% The Bridges of Madison County (1995) " Despite all his craft and sincerity, [Eastwood] and screenwriter Richard LaGravenese can't quite turn Robert James Waller's cardboard best-seller into flesh and bone." — Chicago Reader
Posted Jul 31, 2013
93% Speed (1994) " The deft arabesques of cinematographer Andrzej Bartkowiak juice up the suspense, and if you're not too put off by the sheer ridiculousness of the story you won't be bored." — Chicago Reader
Posted Jul 30, 2013
95% In the Line of Fire (1993) " If you don't care about such motivations, this is a pretty good thriller, though not one you're likely to remember for very long." — Chicago Reader
Posted Jul 30, 2013
96% What's Love Got To Do With It? (1993) " As a powerhouse showcase for the acting talents of Angela Bassett and Laurence Fishburne and as a potent portrayal of wife beating and the emotions that surround it, it's quite a show." — Chicago Reader
Posted Jul 29, 2013
20% För Att Inte Tala Om Alla Dessa Kvinnor (All These Women) (Now About These Women) (1964) " One of the rarest things in contemporary cinema -- an underrated Ingmar Bergman film." — Chicago Reader
Posted Jul 22, 2013
64% A Rage in Harlem (1991) " A delightful rendering of a Chester Himes novel with a 50s setting." — Chicago Reader
Posted Jul 1, 2013
74% Ghost (1990) " There's something offensive about the movie's chintzy view of death and the way it periodically flirts with promising conceits only to back away from them in as cowardly a manner as possible." — Chicago Reader
Posted Jun 25, 2013
—— Passing Through (1977) " Original and thoughtful, this is a very special first feature, with a feeling for the music that's boldly translated into film style. " — Chicago Reader
Posted Jun 6, 2013
0% Wagons East! (1994) " A stridently unfunny western comedy that is equally lame in its writing and direction." — Chicago Reader
Posted May 22, 2013
35% Young Einstein (1988) " It has the charm and advantage of a genuine visual style of its own, both laconic and witty, as well as a likably dopey plot and cast of characters." — Chicago Reader
Posted May 21, 2013
25% Taking Care of Business (1990) " This is a pretty stupid comedy in spots, with holes wide enough to drive trucks through, and director Arthur Hiller is as clunky as ever, but the cast is so funny and likable that they almost bring it off in spite of itself." — Chicago Reader
Posted May 21, 2013
5% Cocktail (1988) " Very, very stupid." — Chicago Reader
Posted May 21, 2013
31% For Queen & Country (1989) " Effective radical agitprop, relentless in its anger, this film is more outspoken about contemporary racism in England than any other feature that comes to mind." — Chicago Reader
Posted May 21, 2013
40% Newsies (1992) " A Disney musical with an undistinguished score, fair to middling choreography, and clunky direction that still manages to be entertaining in spots because of its story." — Chicago Reader
Posted May 20, 2013
22% Color of Night (1994) " The plot gets so convoluted and farfetched that you still may be scratching your head after the denouement, but you probably won't be bored." — Chicago Reader
Posted May 17, 2013
83% What's Up, Tiger Lily? (1966) " Arguably Woody Allen's funniest movie." — Chicago Reader
Posted May 10, 2013
29% Hurry Sundown (1967) " The last of Preminger's overblown adaptations of best-sellers, this may have a lot more juice than sustenance, but at least Preminger keeps the juices flowing. " — Chicago Reader
Posted May 8, 2013
98% One False Move (1992) " There's plenty to be impressed by while watching this 1992 noirish thriller, cowritten by Tom Epperson and directed by Carl Franklin, but not a great deal of aftertaste." — Chicago Reader
Posted May 6, 2013
95% The Return (Vozvrashcheniye) (2003) " Beautifully structured and emotionally wrenching." — Chicago Reader
Posted Mar 27, 2013
93% Matewan (1987) " If Sayles's bite were as lethal as his bark, he might have given this a harder edge and a stronger conclusion. But the performances are uniformly fine." — Chicago Reader
Posted Mar 22, 2013
100% Bab el hadid (Cairo Station) (The Iron Gate) (1958) " The adroit interweaving of various miniplots around the station is matched by a heady mix of moods and genres: at various junctures this movie becomes a musical, a slasher film, a neorealist drama, a comedy, and a horror film." — Chicago Reader
Posted Mar 18, 2013
85% The Devil Probably (Le diable probablement) (1977) " Not a masterwork perhaps, but certainly the work of a master, and, judging from the work of many of his young French disciples (including Leos Carax), one of his most influential features." — Chicago Reader
Posted Mar 5, 2013
100% Un condamné à mort s'est échappé ou Le vent souffle où il veut (A Man Escaped) (1957) " The best of all prison-escape movies, it reconstructs the very notion of freedom through offscreen sounds and defines salvation in terms of painstakingly patient and meticulous effort." — Chicago Reader
Posted Mar 5, 2013
78% Lonesome (1928) " Lonesome, Paul Fejos's exquisite, poetic 1928 masterpiece about love and estrangement in the big city, deserves to be ranked with The Crowd as well as Sunrise, though it's not nearly as well-known as either." — Chicago Reader
Posted Feb 27, 2013
54% Secret Beyond the Door... (1949) " Probably the most psychoanalytically oriented of his features, and because it's Lang, the murkiness is mainly a strength." — Chicago Reader
Posted Feb 25, 2013
—— Tong nien wang shi (A Time to Live and a Time to Die) (1985) Chicago Reader
Posted Jan 22, 2013
—— Dirty Money Chicago Reader
Posted Jan 22, 2013
3/4 —— Alone. Life Wastes Andy Hardy Chicago Reader
Posted Jan 22, 2013
98% Ladri di Biciclette (The Bicycle Thief) (Bicycle Thieves) (1949) " The work of screenwriter Cesare Zavattini, director Vittorio De Sica, the nonprofessional actors, and many others is so charged with a common purpose that there's no point in even trying to separate their achievements." — Chicago Reader
Posted Jan 14, 2013
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