Jonathan Holland

Jonathan Holland

Agrees with the Tomatometer 85% of the time.

Jonathan Holland's reviews only count toward the Tomatometer when published at the following Tomatometer-approved publication(s): Hollywood Reporter, Variety

Movie Reviews Only

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Rating T-Meter Title | Year Review

Maquinaria Panamericana (2016)

"Although fundamentally a political satire on Mexico, the film's lack of specific focus means it could just as well be about reactions to the global crisis, about what happens when the social safety blanket is suddenly and cruelly withdrawn." ‐ Hollywood Reporter
Posted Aug 4, 2016
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Barash (2015)

"There's still a freshness of observation and a sparky sense of wonder about its protagonists which means that Michal Vinik's debut feature retains the keen edge of authentic experience." ‐ Hollywood Reporter
Posted Jul 1, 2016

Ma ma (2016)

"Cruz's aces performance apart, very little about this extremely disappointing film feels real, and some of it is risible." ‐ Hollywood Reporter
Posted May 17, 2016

Truman (2015)

"A clean-lined, sensitively-written and beautifully played two-hander that tackles complex issues in a refreshingly straightforward, downbeat way." ‐ Hollywood Reporter
Posted Apr 28, 2016

My Big Night (Mi Gran Noche) (2016)

"My Big Night doesn't want you to get serious. It wants you to sit back and enjoy the ride, and mostly you will, if overblown kitsch, hammerhead subtlety and gags are your thing." ‐ Hollywood Reporter
Posted Apr 11, 2016

The Young And Prodigious T.S. Spivet (2015)

"The quirky charm, visual wit and melancholy undertow of Reif Larsen's The Selected Works of T.S. Spivet translate joyously to the screen in Jean-Pierre Jeunet's The Young and Prodigious T.S. Spite." ‐ Hollywood Reporter
Posted Jan 1, 2016
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Les démons (The Demons) (2015)

"The doubts, fears, and yes, horrors of life beneath the comfortable surface of a Montreal suburb are subjected to the quizzical, pained gaze of a sensitive 10-year-old in Philippe Lesage's laconic, unsettling The Demons." ‐ Hollywood Reporter
Posted Dec 7, 2015

Sand Dollars (Dolares de Arena) (2015)

"Playing out against a dreamy Caribbean backdrop, Sand Dollars is indeed about dreams, unpicking those of a gracefully aging lady and her young lover with a trembling delicacy and attentiveness." ‐ Hollywood Reporter
Posted Nov 3, 2015

Flowers (Loreak) (2015)

"Emotionally precise, subtle and quietly gripping." ‐ Hollywood Reporter
Posted Oct 27, 2015

I Touched All Your Stuff (2015)

"[The film] is strangely compelling without ever really resolving into anything, its offbeat story and its offbeat treatment combining to provide an entertaining ninety minutes which strive to come across as deeper than it actually is." ‐ Hollywood Reporter
Posted Aug 24, 2015

Marshland (La isla mínima) (2014)

"Visually and atmospherically, Marshland is suffused with an eerie oppressiveness, entirely at odds with the region's reputation for light-hearted alegria." ‐ Hollywood Reporter
Posted Aug 13, 2015

The Film Critic (2015)

"As the film's heart, the bearded, bearlike Spregelburd delivers a quiet, unemphatic performance, at its best when at its clumsiest and most stone-faced, magnificently tragic and hilarious for one brief, complex moment." ‐ Hollywood Reporter
Posted May 14, 2015
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9 Mois Ferme (2014)

"A disposable, crowd-pleasing black comedy which gets its laughs from cartoonishly puncturing the pomposities of the French legal system, 9 Month Stretch has no higher ambitions than to raise a laugh, and mostly it succeeds." ‐ Hollywood Reporter
Posted Mar 31, 2015

The Last Days (2014)

"A high-profile Spanish project that's uneven on every level except technique, the watchable but forgettable "The Last Days" finds helmers Alex and David Pastor failing to deliver on the promise of their 2009 English-language debut, "Carriers."" ‐ Variety
Posted Mar 5, 2015

[REC] 4: Apocalypse (2015)

"As an above-average adrenaline-driven roller-coaster ride, which offsets its multiple cliches with raw, controlled energy, it works." ‐ Hollywood Reporter
Posted Dec 9, 2014

10,000 Km (2015)

"A well-crafted, tightly controlled and emotionally probing X-ray of the attempts of one couple to use tech to keep their relationship alive across a continent and an ocean." ‐ Hollywood Reporter
Posted Nov 5, 2014

Autómata (2014)

"The overwrought, uncontrolled sci-fi thriller Automata is a disappointing example of a film that lacks the imagination to follow persuasively through on its engaging initial premise." ‐ Hollywood Reporter
Posted Oct 6, 2014

Rage (2014)

"A heightened, cartoonishly violent tale of fatherly retribution that's totally implausible but nonetheless fun." ‐ Hollywood Reporter
Posted Jul 7, 2014

Witching and Bitching (2014)

"Alex de la Iglesia has experimented with various genres down the years, but the shamelessly crowd-pleasing Witching and Bitching is a return to what he does best -- pure mayhem." ‐ Hollywood Reporter
Posted Jun 9, 2014

Anna (2014)

"A slick and mostly rewarding mystery whose action is divided up between the outer and inner worlds." ‐ Hollywood Reporter
Posted Jun 4, 2014

Wrinkles (2014)

"The subject of old age gets the kind of attention it deserves but is too rarely afforded in the affecting Wrinkles." ‐ Variety
Posted Nov 12, 2013

El artista y la modelo (The Artist and the Model) (2013)

"An exquisitely crafted miniature about the creative rebirth of an aging sculptor, Fernando Trueba's The Artist and the Model brings the same craft and care to its subject as its titular artist does to his own work." ‐ Variety
Posted Aug 2, 2013

I'm So Excited! (2013)

"A hugely entertaining, feelgood celebration of human sexuality that unfolds as a cathartic experience for characters, auds and helmer alike." ‐ Variety
Posted Jun 24, 2013

Here and There (2013)

"A quietly devastating exploration of the cruel paradox that, in order to feed their loved ones, emigrants have to leave them behind." ‐ Variety
Posted May 22, 2012

Madrid, 1987 (2012)

"A perceptive, ultra-wordy stab at catching the zeitgeist at a time of change in Spain, David Trueba's two-hander nonetheless feels like a working-out of social and personal themes that hasn't quite achieved the full leap from page to film." ‐ Variety
Posted Jan 24, 2012

La chispa de la vida (As Luck Would Have It) (2013)

"Though it slickly offers up drama, black comedy and enjoyable perfs in due measure, the pic never develops much bite, though it does bare its fangs." ‐ Variety
Posted Jan 20, 2012
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La Cara Oculta (2012)

"The pic's thrills remain consecutive rather than cumulative, and fail to resonate." ‐ Variety
Posted Oct 4, 2011
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No Rest for the Wicked (2012)

"Film noir and contempo Spain make a near-perfect match in the explosive No Rest for the Wicked." ‐ Variety
Posted Oct 4, 2011

Even the Rain (Meme La Pluie) (2011)

"A powerful, richly layered indictment of the plight of Latin America's dispossessed that cunningly parallels the Spanish conquest of the Americas with the 20th-century spread of capitalism, Iciar Bollain's fifth feature is her most ambitious and best." ‐ Variety
Posted Sep 10, 2010

The Secret in Their Eyes (El Secreto de Sus Ojos) (2010)

"A deeply rewarding throwback to the unself-conscious days when cinema still strove to be magical." ‐ Variety
Posted Mar 3, 2010

Beyond a Reasonable Doubt (2009)

"Noisy and excessive where the original was hushed and restrained, and wholly devoid of mystique..." ‐ Variety
Posted Sep 2, 2009

Broken Embraces (2009)

"Held together by the extraordinary force of Almodovar's cinematic personality." ‐ Variety
Posted Mar 18, 2009

The Devil's Backbone (El Espinazo del diablo) (2001)

"Though it fails in its final reels to capitalize on its early promise, pic is still stylish, accomplished and tremendously enjoyable fare." ‐ Variety
Posted Oct 17, 2008

Todo sobre mi madre (All About My Mother) (1999)

"An emotionally satisfying and brilliantly played take on the ups and (mostly) downs of a group of less-than-typical female friends." ‐ Variety
Posted Aug 12, 2008

Elsa & Fred (2008)

"A tardy romance between two aging lovebirds, Elsa & Fred is predictable fare that only occasionally fulfils its intention of being simultaneously heartbreaking and heartening." ‐ Variety
Posted Jun 4, 2008

The Oxford Murders (2010)

"A polished but verbose whodunit that's surprisingly buttoned-down given helmer Alex de la Inglesia's rep for comicbook wackiness." ‐ Variety
Posted May 21, 2008

Alice et Martin (2000)

"An involving love story between two emotionally damaged outsiders." ‐ Variety
Posted Mar 3, 2008

Los Cronocrímenes (Timecrimes) (2007)

"The latest in a line of effective, low-budget genre items out of Spain, Nacho Vigalondo's feature debut shows that good cinematic time travelers can be done on a shoestring with the right script." ‐ Variety
Posted Jan 30, 2008
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Barcelona (un mapa) (2007)

"The result remains firmly theatrical, despite helmer's best efforts, but its deftness of touch and sheer humanity make it surprisingly accessible fare." ‐ Variety
Posted Oct 31, 2007

Flawless (2008)

"Period detail is lovingly rendered (it's a nice touch to have people smoking in the cinema), while the technology is wonderfully '60s." ‐ Variety
Posted Oct 3, 2007

En la Ciudad de Sylvia (In the City of Sylvia) (2007)

"An airy, ultra-Gallic delight whose apparent weightlessness is anchored by real substance." ‐ Variety
Posted Sep 17, 2007
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La Influencia (2007)

"Dramatically wobbly and sometimes unconvincing, this potent and disturbing item still exerts a powerful pull, particularly in its later stages." ‐ Variety
Posted May 24, 2007
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Solitary Fragments (La Soledad) (2007)

"A leisurely but rewardingly intense dual narrative that delicately unpicks the secret lives of women." ‐ Variety
Posted May 21, 2007

XXY (2007)

"Pic has more in common with standard child/parent conflict dramas than it would probably care to admit, but its sensitive treatment of an equally sensitive theme elevates it into something memorable." ‐ Variety
Posted May 20, 2007

Blessed by Fire (Iluminados por el fuego) (2007)

"Illuminated by Fire is a watchable if none-too-penetrating analysis of the traumatizing effects of a war largely forgotten." ‐ Variety
Posted Mar 21, 2007
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Women in the Park ()

"Overall treatment is flat, with nobody speaking above a mutter. Helmer Felipe Vega has previously shown he can transmit subtle dramatic registers, but his desire to convey emotional truths mostly sacrifices any sense of drama." ‐ Variety
Posted Jan 30, 2007
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De Profundis (2007)

"A deceptively simple and lyrical labor of love about freedom, passion and loss." ‐ Variety
Posted Jan 30, 2007

Delirious (2007)

"A high-energy rags-to-riches satire about a deranged New York paparazzo and a wannabe thesp, Delirious is hilarious." ‐ Variety
Posted Jan 26, 2007
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Summer Rain (El camino de los ingleses) (2006)

"A technically classy mood piece that ultimately falls victim to stylistic excesses." ‐ Variety
Posted Dec 29, 2006

Family Law (2006)

"A deft, witty and emotionally rewarding study of a thirtysomething man in his roles as father and son." ‐ Variety
Posted Dec 29, 2006
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