Joshua Rothkopf

Joshua Rothkopf

Agrees with the Tomatometer 76% of the time.

Biography:
Senior Film Critic for Time Out New York
Publications:
Chicago Reader , City Pages, Minneapolis/St. Paul , Time Out , Time Out New York , Time Out Sydney
Critics' Group:
Chicago Film Critics Association, New York Film Critics Circle
Total Reviews:
1231
Total QuickRatings:
1

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Rating T-Meter Title | Year Add Date
2/5 20% Transcendence (2014) " It shows little interest in exploring the potentially tricky benefits of a computer-enhanced intellect; it's not even in the enjoyable realm of starkly ridiculous Cold War thrillers like Colossus: The Forbin Project." — Time Out New York
Posted Apr 16, 2014
4/5 58% Fading Gigolo (2014) " If you've missed the fumbling Allen of Broadway Danny Rose, out of his element and only the "beard," that guy is back." — Time Out New York
Posted Apr 15, 2014
4/5 70% A Fragile Trust: Plagiarism, Power And Jayson Blair At The New York Times (2014) " One of the Gray Lady's most embarrassing moments comes to complex life in this tough-minded analysis that explores issues of race, affirmative action and institutional inertia." — Time Out New York
Posted Apr 8, 2014
3/5 30% Perfect Sisters (2014) " There must have been a better way to enter into this promising script than with cheesy kite-flying on the beach and slo-mo waves." — Time Out New York
Posted Apr 8, 2014
4/5 100% Ilo Ilo (2014) " A satisfying beam of compassion." — Time Out New York
Posted Apr 1, 2014
4/5 89% Captain America: The Winter Soldier (2014) " The Marvel faithful will turn up for the action scenes, and the directors, brothers Anthony and Joe Russo, add an uncommon sharpness to sequences of urban warfare -- these Heat-grade bullet volleys have a real ping to them." — Time Out New York
Posted Mar 27, 2014
3/5 83% The Unknown Known (2014) " Regretfully, never once does Morris pin down Rumsfeld on the willful obfuscations he offered in office (and continues to offer now) ..." — Time Out New York
Posted Mar 26, 2014
2/5 41% Divergent (2014) " The first film adapted from Veronica Roth's generically dystopian book series arrives with a sludgy, gray-hued plop." — Time Out New York
Posted Mar 24, 2014
5/5 98% Jodorowsky's Dune (2014) " Pavich's fun documentary captures an unbowed, exuberant Jodorowsky, who recalls his team of "spiritual warriors" with the camaraderie of a battle-scarred veteran." — Time Out New York
Posted Mar 18, 2014
5/5 99% The Missing Picture (2014) " The conceit is tremendously daring, but one with a huge payoff, suggesting an evil that can't be fully processed by young eyes." — Time Out New York
Posted Mar 18, 2014
3/5 90% It Felt Like Love (2014) " The filmmaker has fallen for some of indiedom's worst clichés, including our main character's sad stare out to the ocean, and soft camerawork that's beginning to sound like a Klaxon: Hug me, hug me, hug me." — Time Out New York
Posted Mar 18, 2014
4/5 84% Teenage (2014) " The film makes its point ingeniously." — Time Out New York
Posted Mar 12, 2014
4/5 91% Le Week-End (2014) " Make room for the modest but affecting pleasures of veteran actors tearing into the subject of golden-years resignation." — Time Out New York
Posted Mar 12, 2014
3/5 73% Enemy (2014) " The movie is too literal and compartmentalized to take the psychological plunge it seems to constantly be intimating." — Time Out New York
Posted Mar 12, 2014
3/5 63% Bad Words (2014) " It wobbles in plot developments involving the effortlessly starchy Allison Janney as the contest's "queen bee"; and it splats in the I'm-secretly-hurting conclusion." — Time Out New York
Posted Mar 12, 2014
5/5 92% The Grand Budapest Hotel (2014) " The auteur's style-dramatic zooms, winking symmetry-is balanced against a newfound political context; this one's his To Be or Not to Be." — Time Out New York
Posted Mar 4, 2014
5/5 95% Particle Fever (2014) " Particle Fever is that rare, exhilarating science doc that's neither dumbed down nor drabbed up." — Time Out New York
Posted Mar 4, 2014
2/5 57% Interior. Leather Bar. (2014) " The vagueness feels like a term paper you have to grade." — Time Out New York
Posted Mar 4, 2014
3/5 79% Bethlehem (2014) " Mar'i and Halevi invest deeply, but the film manipulates them to an abrupt end; viewers will undoubtedly supply their own opinions about the cynical game of covert warfare." — Time Out New York
Posted Mar 4, 2014
3/5 48% Stalingrad (2014) " At first, the idea seems ingenious, but inevitably, complexity is sacrificed: The Russians are either jokey-brave or sincere-brave, while a vicious German colonel, usually seen eating or yelling, is your typical pig." — Time Out New York
Posted Feb 26, 2014
3/5 78% Fatal Assistance (2014) " Bill Clinton and Sean Penn don't get off easy in their cameos, yet even the most lefty-loathing Republican will wonder why the doc's inquiry isn't as hard on homegrown forces of corruption, which are legion." — Time Out New York
Posted Feb 26, 2014
1/5 24% Pompeii (2014) " Parmageddon is nigh in this cheesy action melodrama that feels both overheated with plot developments, yet strangely curdled from a lack of histrionics that might have redeemed it as fun trash." — Time Out New York
Posted Feb 21, 2014
3/5 45% In Secret (2014) " It's a moralistic story, one that doesn't quite suit the modern exuberance of Charlie Stratton's cast." — Time Out New York
Posted Feb 18, 2014
3/5 44% Almost Human (2014) " Some of the voluminous attention paid to details ... should have been spent on good old-fashioned shivers." — Time Out New York
Posted Feb 18, 2014
3/5 53% Easy Money: Hard to Kill (2014) " [It] revels in a density of illegal dealings engineered by unusually sympathetic hoods. But something got lost in the expansion." — Time Out New York
Posted Feb 11, 2014
4/5 97% The Last of the Unjust (2014) " Lanzmann's feisty exchanges with Murmelstein, a brilliant talker, become an emotional symbol for the pursuit of slippery truth, while the filmmaker's recently shot footage of Yom Kippur services show a way of life in robust continuation." — Time Out New York
Posted Feb 4, 2014
3/5 45% The Pretty One (2014) " You ... wish Kazan had more to work with." — Time Out New York
Posted Feb 4, 2014
4/5 83% The Lady from Shanghai (1948) " Be warned: This is a film that collects obsessives." — Time Out New York
Posted Jan 28, 2014
2/5 33% Labor Day (2014) " The two leads do what they can with the sentimental material; it's almost a miracle that neither turns red with embarrassment (though this isn't going first on their clip reels)." — Time Out New York
Posted Jan 28, 2014
4/5 100% Concerning Violence " A pulsing, echoing trumpet blast-repeated throughout-and some in-your-face political carnage identify Concerning Violence for what it is: a prickly, passionate call to arms." — Time Out New York
Posted Jan 28, 2014
4/5 100% Life Itself (2014) " Ebert was a sparrer, a happy combatant, and the movies were always a springboard to a conversation. His life's work is well-represented here ..." — Time Out New York
Posted Jan 28, 2014
4/5 100% The Trip To Italy (2014) " We know the recipe now-Winterbottom never departs from it, giving this installment slightly less kick-but the guys have curious appetites they barely understand." — Time Out New York
Posted Jan 24, 2014
4/5 80% The Raid 2 (2014) " Only viewers with zero appreciation for the genre will leave unimpressed; devotees should add approximately six stars to the rating above." — Time Out New York
Posted Jan 24, 2014
5/5 100% The Babadook " Who thinks up a film like The Babadook? Actress-turned-debuting-feature-director Jennifer Kent has the narrative chutzpah to show her entire hand in the pop-up story and then make us squirm as foretold events come true." — Time Out New York
Posted Jan 24, 2014
5/5 100% My Darling Clementine (1946) " If ever there was a gateway drug to the happy addiction of Hollywood oaters, this is it." — Time Out New York
Posted Jan 21, 2014
3/5 68% Visitors (2014) " [Reggio's] formal devices haven't changed in 30 years, and the po-faced presentation, once hypnotically strange and cosmic, now feels like an overused gimmick." — Time Out New York
Posted Jan 21, 2014
5/5 100% Boyhood (2014) " Unshakable, witty and deeply felt, the film will be paying emotional dividends for a long, long time." — Time Out New York
Posted Jan 21, 2014
4/5 77% Infinitely Polar Bear " Ruffalo, a master of rumpled befuddlement, finds his signature role here-it can't be overstated how deftly he eases into the tricky creation, a blue-blooded slacker who aches when the world won't hug him back." — Time Out New York
Posted Jan 21, 2014
5/5 100% Love Is Strange (2014) " It's an essential-and essentially New York-story about limited room, limited time but incalculable attachment." — Time Out New York
Posted Jan 21, 2014
3/5 45% I Origins (2014) " Persuasive sci-fi tech talk, soulful romance and an earnest stab at metaphysics combine in director Mike Cahill's polished second feature." — Time Out New York
Posted Jan 21, 2014
3/5 79% Frank (2014) " If you'll pardon the cleverness, Frank takes time to wrap your own cranium around, faults and all, and that's a wonderful thing." — Time Out New York
Posted Jan 21, 2014
2/5 56% Camp X-Ray " Do these performances outweigh a scenario that feels written by a politically outraged 12-year-old?" — Time Out New York
Posted Jan 21, 2014
4/5 94% Whiplash " Whiplash scrapes the far edge of crazy passion. It never apologizes." — Time Out New York
Posted Jan 21, 2014
3/5 56% Jack Ryan: Shadow Recruit (2014) " Pine is never going to successfully pull off weight-of-the-world anxiety: His expression in Shadow Recruit's first moments, set on 9/11, might be called "aggrieved puppy."" — Time Out New York
Posted Jan 14, 2014
3/5 63% Generation War (2014) " Sure enough, you'll be zipped along in the manner of plotty, decently acted binge-watching. Don't feel guilty for expecting a little more." — Time Out New York
Posted Jan 14, 2014
5/5 —— Il Sorpasso (The Easy Life) (1962) " Yes, the frame is filled with the era's bikini-clad pulchritude, but the fuel here is primo neurosis." — Time Out New York
Posted Jan 8, 2014
3/5 50% Return to Nuke 'Em High (2014) " Even if it weren't a quasi-remake of 1986's anarchic Class of Nuke 'Em High, it would still feel borrowed and shoddy: Back is the cheesy green-goo spouting out of heads as students turn "cretin" from toxic food. " — Time Out New York
Posted Jan 8, 2014
3/5 92% Grzeli nateli dgeebi (In Bloom) (2014) " Girls become women as the nation of Georgia awkwardly tries on its own independence in this sluggish period piece, set in post-Soviet 1992 and alternating earnest emotions and a stunted plot." — Time Out New York
Posted Jan 8, 2014
4/5 98% Blackfish (2013) " A troubling exposé of Sea World's hazardous entertainment trade." — Time Out New York
Posted Jan 1, 2014
5/5 95% Los Angeles Plays Itself (2003) " CalArts professor Thom Andersen poured a lifetime of moviegoing (and his own complex affection for the city he calls home) into this revelatory two-part documentary, a film that trains you to look at things askew." — Time Out New York
Posted Dec 31, 2013
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