J. Hoberman

J. Hoberman

Agrees with the Tomatometer 78% of the time.

J. Hoberman's reviews (from any publication) always count toward the Tomatometer because this critic is a Tomatometer-approved critic.

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Rating T-Meter Title | Year Review
100% Cousin Jules (2013) "The framed monotony of this dailiness show is transfixing. " ‐ ARTINFO.com
Posted May 21, 2015
88% The Turin Horse (2012) "This great poem on the end of the world is truly a film for the ages. It can't really be described, but only lived. " ‐ ARTINFO.com
Posted Sep 18, 2014
83% The Devil Probably (Le diable probablement) (1977) "One of the great Robert Bresson's greatest, and least-seen, movies. " ‐ ARTINFO.com
Posted May 22, 2014
90% Alphaville (1965) "No movie, not even Breathless, better exemplifies the syncretic quality of Godard's early genius. " ‐ Village Voice
Posted Apr 1, 2014
60% Salome (1923) "Most of the movie is a big buildup to Salomé's dance, basically an absurd little gavotte despite the presence of a clownishly excited Herod and a squad of capering dwarfs. " ‐ Village Voice
Posted Mar 5, 2014
100% Spring in a Small Town (2007) "Spring is revelatory in a number of ways -- not least in demonstrating how Tian exquisitely refracted a stark contemporary drama through the prism of a double nostalgia. " ‐ Village Voice
Posted Jan 29, 2014
79% 8 Women (8 Femmes) (2002) "For all the tumultuous entrances and flouncing exits, the eight principals manage maybe three laughs among them. " ‐ Village Voice
Posted Dec 9, 2013
72% En la Ciudad de Sylvia (In the City of Sylvia) (2007) "José Luis Guerín's fifth feature puts a dreamily minimalist spin on the Orpheus myth " ‐ Film Comment Magazine
Posted Nov 14, 2013
3.5/5 82% Aftermath (2013) "Predicated on the unraveling of the social fabric, "Aftermath" is a thriller that's meant to stun. " ‐ New York Times
Posted Oct 25, 2013
48% All Is Bright (2013) "You might think you can see where Almost Christmas is heading but it never quite loses its acerbic edge or goes emotionally blooey. " ‐ ARTINFO.com
Posted Oct 7, 2013
69% Newlyweeds (2013) "Newlyweeds is a movie of excellent riffs, understated timing, and memorable performances. " ‐ ARTINFO.com
Posted Sep 23, 2013
100% La Camioneta: The Journey of One American School Bus (2013) "La Camioneta is a poetic, even dreamy, film that ultimately conveys the mystical sense of a transmigrated (mechanical) soul. " ‐ ARTINFO.com
Posted Aug 1, 2013
97% Jaws (1975) "A near Hitchcockian exercise in transference of guilt and making the audience pay for its illicit pleasures. " ‐ Village Voice
Posted Jul 29, 2013
90% Persona (1966) "[A] masterpiece. " ‐ Village Voice
Posted Jul 23, 2013
100% Marketa Lazarová (1967) "A wide-screen black-and-white feast for the eyes. " ‐ Village Voice
Posted Jun 17, 2013
100% Nancy, Please (2013) "The acting is disciplined (particularly impressive in that the characters are uniformly unsympathetic) and the timing is carefully worked out with regards to Paul's slow-motion breakdown. " ‐ ARTINFO.com
Posted May 23, 2013
98% The Wild Bunch (1969) "Arguably the strongest Hollywood movie of the 1960s -- a western that galvanizes the clichés of its dying genre with a shocking jolt of delirious carnage. " ‐ Village Voice
Posted Apr 29, 2013
84% Performance (1970) "The movie is a facile enough pastiche of underground pyrotechnics and Euro-art pretensions, but far more evocative now is the fast, offhand repartee between the principals. " ‐ Village Voice
Posted Mar 25, 2013
89% Sisters of the Gion (Gion no shimai) (1936) "The great Japanese director followed his tough-minded Osaka Elegy with an equally forceful but more subtle analysis of female subjugation. " ‐ Village Voice
Posted Feb 26, 2013
85% Blow-Up (1966) "A prize '60s artifact, Michelangelo Antonioni's what-is-truth? meditation on Swinging London is a movie to appreciate -- if not ponder. " ‐ Village Voice
Posted Feb 4, 2013
88% Starlet (2012) "As its title suggests, "Starlet" is a Hollywood story, albeit one that Hollywood would not be likely to produce. " ‐ ARTINFO.com
Posted Nov 15, 2012
96% The Birds (1963) "Hitch's much misappreciated follow-up to Psycho is arguably the greatest of all disaster films -- a triumph of special effects, as well as the fountainhead of what has become known as gross-out horror. " ‐ Village Voice
Posted Oct 9, 2012
93% Once Upon a Time in Anatolia (2012) " 157-minute police procedural at once sensuous and cerebral, profane and metaphysical, "empty" and abundant, Once Upon a Time in Anatolia is closer to the Antonioni of L'Avventura, and it elevates the 52-year-old director to a new level of achievement. " ‐ Village Voice
Posted Jan 3, 2012
100% Laura (2005) Village Voice
Posted Dec 28, 2011
99% A Separation (2011) "What's fascinating is how the various issues -- religious or practical -- are played out in these two quite different families, yet always come down to irreconcilable differences between rebellious women and their stiff-necked, controlling men. " ‐ Village Voice
Posted Dec 27, 2011
86% The Girl with the Dragon Tattoo (2011) "An altogether leaner, meaner, more high-powered, stylish, and deftly directed affair, though similarly hampered by a too-long narrative fuse. " ‐ Village Voice
Posted Dec 20, 2011
77% War Horse (2011) "Dialogue is superfluous; in its way, War Horse is as much a "silent movie" as The Artist. Every triumph is pounded into your head and punctuated by a dolly-in close-up. " ‐ Village Voice
Posted Dec 20, 2011
83% Tinker Tailor Soldier Spy (2011) "Best known for Let the Right One In, the bleak tween vampire drama remade here as Let Me In, Alfredson is strong on chilly atmospherics. " ‐ Village Voice
Posted Dec 6, 2011
80% Young Adult (2011) "Young Adult might be brushed off as curdled rom-com were it not for two things. The first is the depth of Theron's performance. " ‐ Village Voice
Posted Dec 6, 2011
79% Shame (2011) "Was that an angel of hope riding to work on the Lexington Avenue local? Does the Lord really live in this cold, ethereal New York City? And is anyone even interested? " ‐ Village Voice
Posted Nov 29, 2011
81% House of Pleasures (2011) "Glamorously louche. " ‐ Village Voice
Posted Nov 22, 2011
77% A Dangerous Method (2011) "As cataclysmic as it is, this historically scrupulous science-fiction romance concerning the discovery of the unconscious mind might have been titled War of the Worlds or The Beast From 5,000 Fathoms. " ‐ Village Voice
Posted Nov 22, 2011
96% The Life and Death of Colonel Blimp (1943) "A 1943 Michael Powell and Emeric Pressburger collaboration so unambiguously satirizing the military mind-set that Prime Minister Winston Churchill tried to have it banned. " ‐ Village Voice
Posted Nov 15, 2011
89% The Descendants (2011) "It left me cold. The pathos is as unearned as the protagonist's privilege. " ‐ Village Voice
Posted Nov 15, 2011
43% J. Edgar (2011) "Although hardly flawless, Eastwood's biopic is his richest, most ambitious movie since the Letters From Iwo Jima-Flags of Our Fathers duo, if not Unforgiven. " ‐ Village Voice
Posted Nov 8, 2011
81% The Bride Wore Black (1968) "For all of Truffaut's digressive asides, deadpan gags, and lyrical cinephiliac touches, his slow-starting movie is overly schematic, emotionally shallow, and not so much fun. " ‐ Village Voice
Posted Nov 1, 2011
100% Sometimes a Great Notion (Never Give an Inch) (1971) "A New Hollywood movie suffused in Old Hollywood values. " ‐ Village Voice
Posted Nov 1, 2011
50% The Rum Diary (2011) "The Rum Diary could use a shot of the mania that fueled Terry Gilliam's Fear and Loathing in Las Vegas. As deadpan as he is, Depp could use a crazed Benicio Del Toro to complement his cool. " ‐ Village Voice
Posted Oct 25, 2011
92% Il etait une fois le Havre, son port, ses navires Village Voice
Posted Oct 19, 2011
99% Le Havre (2011) "Le Havre is utopian precisely because it shows everything as it is not. " ‐ Village Voice
Posted Oct 18, 2011
90% Martha Marcy May Marlene (2011) "A deft, old-school psychological thriller (or perhaps horror film) that relies mainly on the power of suggestion and memories of hippie cult crazies. " ‐ Village Voice
Posted Oct 18, 2011
79% Melancholia (2011) "We are alone, and yet Melancholia dares to imagine (and insist we do as well) the one event that might bring us all together. " ‐ Village Voice
Posted Oct 6, 2011
95% Weekend (1967) "This apocalyptic farce-Alice in Wonderland as reconceived by the Marquis de Sade-would mark both the high point and the end of Godard's meteoric career as a popular artist. " ‐ Village Voice
Posted Oct 4, 2011
93% Drive (2011) "The film... has a kind of daredevil control, swerving dangerously close to and abruptly away from self-parody. " ‐ Village Voice
Posted Sep 13, 2011
95% Silent Souls (2011) "At 75 minutes, Silent Souls has the sustained flow of a musical composition. " ‐ Village Voice
Posted Sep 13, 2011
87% Bobby Fischer Against The World (2011) "Garbus handles this decline with tact. The sorry spectacle of the ranting codger never effaces the image of the boy concentrating his entire being over a chessboard. You have to love that kid and pity him. " ‐ Village Voice
Posted Sep 6, 2011
91% The Black Power Mixtape 1967-1975 (2011) "Black nationalism lives and breathes in this remarkably fresh documentary assembled by Göran Hugo Olsson. " ‐ Village Voice
Posted Sep 6, 2011
73% Gainsbourg: A Heroic Life (2011) "Still, for all the 40-year-old filmmaker's interpolated animations and puppets, for the insouciant, slapdash tone that characterizes his graphic novels, and for his protagonist's proclivity for scandal, the movie is too timidly conceived by half. " ‐ Village Voice
Posted Aug 30, 2011
81% Detective Dee and the Mystery of the Phantom Flame (2011) "Magnificent and cheesy, the latest and most proudly absurd of Chinese historical spectaculars, Detective Dee is a cinematic comic book for people who are sick of the mode. " ‐ Village Voice
Posted Aug 30, 2011
100% Battleship Potemkin (1925) "For all Potemkin's rabble-rousing propaganda, Eisenstein's aestheticism is everywhere apparent. " ‐ Village Voice
Posted Aug 29, 2011
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