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Jonathan Holland

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

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Rating T-Meter Title | Year Review
84% 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
Read More | Posted May 20, 2007
90% 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
Read More | Posted Mar 21, 2007
No Score Yet 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
Read More | Posted Jan 30, 2007
No Score Yet De Profundis (2007) A deceptively simple and lyrical labor of love about freedom, passion and loss.‐ Variety
Read More | Posted Jan 30, 2007
81% Delirious (2007) A high-energy rags-to-riches satire about a deranged New York paparazzo and a wannabe thesp, Delirious is hilarious.‐ Variety
Read More | Posted Jan 27, 2007
No Score Yet Summer Rain (El camino de los ingleses) (2006) A technically classy mood piece that ultimately falls victim to stylistic excesses.‐ Variety
Read More | Posted Dec 30, 2006
73% Family Law (2006) A deft, witty and emotionally rewarding study of a thirtysomething man in his roles as father and son.‐ Variety
Read More | Posted Dec 29, 2006
30% Goya's Ghosts (2007) Ambitious script is stranded between entertainment and intellectualism, leaving us with a magnificent folly, thoroughly watchable for its visuals but ultimately hollow.‐ Variety
Read More | Posted Nov 13, 2006
44% 20 Centimeters (20 Centimetres) (20 centímetros) (2005) Showing a stylistic bravura and confidence rare among upcoming Spanish helmers, Ramon Salazar's campy 20 Centimeters is a self-regarding but vastly entertaining sophomore effort.‐ Variety
Read More | Posted Nov 9, 2006
50% The Art of Crying (Kunsten at græde i kor) (2006) Refreshingly unconventional pic tackles its taboos with compassion, grace and wit.‐ Variety
Read More | Posted Oct 6, 2006
67% Bosque de sombras (BackWoods) (2008) A decent cast and ok production values get completely lost in The Backwoods, an atmosphere-rich psychological thriller in which psychology and thrills are missing.‐ Variety
Read More | Posted Oct 4, 2006
No Score Yet Alatriste (2006) Its visual flair and some good perfs by well-known contempo Spanish actors cannot redeem an over-episodic, over-busy script with little dramatic undertow.‐ Variety
Read More | Posted Sep 26, 2006
74% Princesas (Princesses) (2005) Fernando Leon de Aranoa confirms his Loach-like ability to convert marginalized subjects into socially committed cinema.‐ Variety
Read More | Posted Aug 25, 2006
43% Reinas (Queens) (2006) Queens is distinguished from a hundred other slick screwballers only by virtue of its theme -- the first mass gay wedding in Spain. Otherwise, it's middle-of-the-road formula fare all the way.‐ Variety
Read More | Posted Aug 25, 2006
69% The Secret Life of Words (2006) Sarah Polley gives a wonderfully searching performance, as a woman in a state of extreme isolation.‐ Variety
Read More | Posted Aug 4, 2006
No Score Yet Ausentes (2005) A slick, derivative, too-obvious psychodrama with a superficially stylish air that's too thin to conceal its lack of substance.‐ Variety
Read More | Posted Jul 18, 2006
92% Volver (2006) Richly evocative.‐ Variety
Read More | Posted Mar 28, 2006
91% Te doy mis ojos (Take My Eyes) (2006) Handles the subject of domestic violence with intelligence and compassion.‐ Variety
Read More | Posted Mar 16, 2006
72% Seres queridos (2006) Combines a deftly-turned script, fine perfs and a feel-good message to mostly delightful effect.‐ Variety
Read More | Posted Jan 20, 2006
No Score Yet 7 Vírgenes (2005) Virgins should snuggle up in plenty of fest beds, with arthouse interest a certainty in Spain-friendly territories.‐ Variety
Read More | Posted Sep 22, 2005
No Score Yet Sud Express (2005) Sud Express is a heartwarming and thought-provoking item.‐ Variety
Read More | Posted Sep 22, 2005
No Score Yet Obaba (2005) A mesmerizing and evocative experience for protagonist and viewer alike.‐ Variety
Read More | Posted Sep 15, 2005
67% Deep Blue (2005) This majestic film has all the hallmarks of Beeb quality workmanship.‐ Variety
Read More | Posted Jun 30, 2005
4% The Bridge of San Luis Rey (2005) The stellar cast can do little to paper over the cracks in an awkward, unevenly-paced script that is composed of a series of sometimes-attractive scenes with little emotional undertow.‐ Variety
Read More | Posted Jun 9, 2005
85% Unconscious (2006) A distinctive, sharp-witted and good-looking period comedy.‐ Variety
Read More | Posted Apr 30, 2005
No Score Yet Longest Penalty in the World (2005) Roberto Santiago's sophomore laffer The Longest Penalty in the World has a nice concept but a weak script.‐ Variety
Read More | Posted Apr 11, 2005
70% Torremolinos 73 (2005) Somewhat wacky tale, based on real events, is kept anchored in reality through attention to detail and by first-rate central perfs.‐ Variety
Read More | Posted Apr 8, 2005
83% Lost Embrace (2005) A general lack of drama, a low-budget docu feel and an ultraslim storyline are more than compensated for by a sterling script and perfs.‐ Variety
Read More | Posted Jan 3, 2005
84% The Sea Inside (Mar Adentro) (The Sea Within) (2004) Absorbing and almost unbearably poignant.‐ Variety
Read More | Posted Dec 29, 2004
4% Darkness (2004) Though pic boasts decent perfs, potent atmospherics and eye-catching visuals, both psychology and plot are bargain-basement.‐ Variety
Read More | Posted Dec 27, 2004
88% Bad Education (2004) Superbly orchestrated, visually impressive pic.‐ Variety
Read More | Posted Nov 3, 2004
45% My Mother Likes Women (A mi madre le gustan las mujeres) (2002) This first Spanish feature helmed by two women sidesteps the over-earnestness or high camp that hallmark so much gay-themed Hispanic cinema, and also provides the best showcase so far for actress-to-watch Leonor Watling.‐ Variety
Read More | Posted May 18, 2004