Jonathan Rosenbaum

Jonathan Rosenbaum

Agrees with the Tomatometer 73% of the time.

Jonathan Rosenbaum'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% Tong nien wang shi (A Time to Live and a Time to Die) (1985) Chicago Reader
Posted Jan 22, 2013
No Score Yet Dirty Money Chicago Reader
Posted Jan 22, 2013
3/4 No Score Yet Alone. Life Wastes Andy Hardy Chicago Reader
Posted Jan 22, 2013
98% The Bicycle Thief (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
79% The City of Lost Children (La Cité des Enfants Perdus) (1995) "The emotions seem almost as manufactured as the sets. " ‐ Chicago Reader
Posted Dec 7, 2012
86% A Midnight Clear (1992) "This fable about the futility of the war benefits not only from fine performances but an intelligent and literate offscreen narration that enhances the movie's conceptual integrity. " ‐ Chicago Reader
Posted Dec 4, 2012
0% All I Want for Christmas (1991) "This 1991 feature is not for diabetics or connoisseurs of real people, but everyone else should have a ball. " ‐ Chicago Reader
Posted Dec 3, 2012
100% The Witches (1990) "A minor but very enjoyable Nicolas Roeg fairy tale. " ‐ Chicago Reader
Posted Nov 26, 2012
51% The World Is Not Enough (1999) "This keeps one reasonably amused, titillated, and brain-dead for a little over two hours. " ‐ Chicago Reader
Posted Oct 23, 2012
87% A Dry White Season (1989) "The relentless plot is effectively set up and expertly pursued, and Hugh Masekela makes some striking contributions to Dave Grusin's musical score. " ‐ Chicago Reader
Posted Oct 7, 2012
94% Lorenzo's Oil (1992) "If any movie of recent years deserves to be called "inspirational"--a much-abused term that one hesitates to revive apart from exceptional circumstances--this one certainly does. " ‐ Chicago Reader
Posted Oct 7, 2012
75% Daisies (2012) "My favorite Czech film, and surely one of the most exhilarating stylistic and psychedelic eruptions of the 60s, this madcap and aggressive feminist farce by Vera Chytilova explodes in any number of directions. " ‐ Chicago Reader
Posted Oct 4, 2012
94% 35 Up (1991) "There's certainly plenty of food for thought here, but most of it is served raw rather than cooked -- most of the significance of the development of faces, physiques, aspirations, and attitudes over three decades is left to the subjects themselves. " ‐ Chicago Reader
Posted Aug 14, 2012
90% In the Mood for Love (2001) " Director Wong Kar-wai, Hong Kong's most romantic filmmaker, is known for his excesses, and in that sense the film's spareness represents a bold departure. " ‐ Chicago Reader
Posted Aug 14, 2012
79% Manon des Sources (Manon of the Spring) (Jean de Florette II ) (1986) "Berri also remains a boringly uninteresting director, dotting every i and crossing every t with nothing much on his mind but platitude. " ‐ Chicago Reader
Posted Aug 14, 2012
2/4 90% Three Colors: White (Trzy kolory: Bialy) (Trois Couleurs: Blanc) (1994) "he love that figures centrally in White appears more as a postulate than as a realized fact. To achieve something more durable and persuasive, real characters are required, not allegorical stick figures. " ‐ Chicago Reader
Posted Aug 9, 2012
100% Three Colors: Red (Trois couleurs: Rouge) (1994) "The third and best feature of Krzysztof Kieslowski's highly ambitious Three Colors trilogy. " ‐ Chicago Reader
Posted Aug 8, 2012
96% Flirting (1992) "Not only worthy of its fine predecessor, this tender, perceptive, and gorgeously acted memory piece may even surpass it in subtlety, feeling, and depth of characterization. " ‐ Chicago Reader
Posted Aug 8, 2012
76% Someone to Watch over Me (1987) "Even though the movie doesn't leave much of a residue, it looks terrific while you're watching it: Manhattan has seldom appeared as glitzy or as glamorous. " ‐ Chicago Reader
Posted Jun 3, 2012
92% La demoiselle d'honneur (The Bridesmaid) (2004) "This 2004 French feature seems concerned not so much with the psychopathology of everyday life as with psychopaths who lurk behind the everyday. " ‐ Chicago Reader
Posted May 17, 2012
80% Fight Club (1999) "This is American self-absorption at its finest. " ‐ Chicago Reader
Posted May 11, 2012
73% Tombstone (1993) "A lot of care and attention were obviously devoted to selecting locations, designing sets, and grooming handlebar mustaches. Much less attention went to making one believe that any of the events took place circa 1879. " ‐ Chicago Reader
Posted May 10, 2012
49% Fear and Loathing in Las Vegas (1998) "It's certainly distinctive, looking at times like Richard Lester put through a postmodernist blender. " ‐ Chicago Reader
Posted May 2, 2012
81% The General (1998) "I can no longer stomach the premise in so many Anglo-American crime pictures that mavericks are admirable simply because they're mavericks " ‐ Chicago Reader
Posted May 1, 2012
90% Guys and Dolls (1955) "Conceivably the best picture Sam Goldwyn ever produced. " ‐ Chicago Reader
Posted Apr 30, 2012
40% Road House (1989) "Eventually it mutates into a paranoid revenge plot that might be called Walking Short. " ‐ Chicago Reader
Posted Apr 30, 2012
45% Holy Smoke (2000) "All sorts of questions go unanswered, and there's little of the density found in Campion's early work; this is mainly smoke, not fire. " ‐ Chicago Reader
Posted Apr 27, 2012
85% Crna macka, beli macor (Black Cat, White Cat) (1999) "As with some of Fellini's late works, the energy and inventiveness, not to mention the juicy vulgarity, are so consistent in Black Cat, White Cat that you feel you can slice into the material at almost any point. " ‐ Chicago Reader
Posted Apr 10, 2012
78% Muriel's Wedding (1995) "This movie only shows true tact and understanding when it comes to flattering the audience; everyone on-screen is strictly up for grabs. " ‐ Chicago Reader
Posted Apr 9, 2012
88% Seven Brides for Seven Brothers (1954) "A profoundly sexist and eminently hummable 1954 CinemaScope musical with some terrific athletic Michael Kidd choreography and some better-than-average direction by Stanley Donen. " ‐ Chicago Reader
Posted Apr 9, 2012
96% The Wedding Banquet (Xi yan) (1993) "A very adroit and entertaining social comedy. " ‐ Chicago Reader
Posted Apr 4, 2012
100% Wagon Master (1950) "This may be the closest Ford ever got to making a musical. " ‐ DVD Beaver
Posted Apr 3, 2012
29% Max My Love (Max Mon Amour) (1996) "Max Mon Amour isn't as good as [Nagisa Oshima's other] movies, but then what else is? " ‐ Chicago Reader
Posted Apr 3, 2012
89% Ornette: Made in America (2012) "This ambitious and affectionate effort to capture an elusive subject is undoubtedly worth a look. " ‐ Chicago Reader
Posted Mar 27, 2012
100% The Cool World (1964) "It certainly had a visceral impact when it first appeared, helped enormously by Baird Bryant's cinematography and Dizzy Gillespie's score. " ‐ Chicago Reader
Posted Mar 27, 2012
93% The Connection (2007) "The film retains the same beatnik wit that the play effectively distilled, as well as a few scary shocks. " ‐ Chicago Reader
Posted Mar 27, 2012
55% Jamaica Inn (1939) "By common consent, one of Alfred Hitchcock's poorest and least personal works, though it has some compensations. " ‐ Chicago Reader
Posted Mar 20, 2012
100% The Ring (1927) "Probably the most visually sophisticated of Alfred Hitchcock's silent pictures and certainly one of the best. " ‐ Chicago Reader
Posted Mar 20, 2012
50% Number Seventeen (Number 17) (1932) "A peculiar and neglected early Hitchcock stage adaptation. " ‐ Chicago Reader
Posted Mar 20, 2012
57% Heaven's Gate (1980) "The longer version is impressive as long as the characters and settings remain in long shot; only when the camera gets closer do the problems start. " ‐ Chicago Reader
Posted Mar 2, 2012
97% The Crying Game (1992) "This thriller gives you an entertaining run for your money and some offbeat frissons along the way. " ‐ Chicago Reader
Posted Feb 13, 2012
96% Sideways (2004) "Payne does know how to capture two kinds of male menopause. But I can't say he ever surprised me. " ‐ Chicago Reader
Posted Feb 13, 2012
95% Twelve O'Clock High (1949) "Sincere, square, and interminable. " ‐ Chicago Reader
Posted Feb 10, 2012
100% Alfie (1966) "For all its implicit misogyny, the original 1966 film version of Bill Naughton's play remains durable because of Michael Caine's career-defining performance as the cockney ladies' man. " ‐ Chicago Reader
Posted Feb 10, 2012
97% La Grande illusion (Grand Illusion) (2012) "It's still one of the key humanist expressions to be found in movies: sad, funny, exalting, and glorious. " ‐ Chicago Reader
Posted Feb 8, 2012
10% Woo (1998) "This Manhattan-based romantic comedy might be fun if it didn't hit you over the head with a sledgehammer every few minutes. " ‐ Chicago Reader
Posted Feb 8, 2012
11% Alex & Emma (2003) "The actors make this fun if you can overlook the ludicrous view of Jeremy Leven's screenplay concerning how novels are written and what publishers generally pay for them. " ‐ Chicago Reader
Posted Feb 8, 2012
75% A Single Girl (2000) "A stunning demonstration of moral and existential suspense in relation to duration, much like Agnes Varda's 1961 Cleo From 5 to 7. " ‐ Chicago Reader
Posted Feb 7, 2012
73% The Prince of Tides (1991) "The results may seem overripe and dated in spots, but she coaxes a fine performance out of Nolte, and the other actors (herself included) acquit themselves honorably. " ‐ Chicago Reader
Posted Feb 3, 2012
50% The Alamo (1960) "Interminable. " ‐ Chicago Reader
Posted Jan 31, 2012
78% The Moment of Truth (1965) "Francesco Rosi's 1965 feature is widely (and plausibly) considered the best movie about bullfighting, in part because of its irony and finesse in capturing how the sport springs from and plays against the social reality of Spain. " ‐ Chicago Reader
Posted Jan 23, 2012
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