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
Publications: Hollywood Reporter, Variety

Movie Reviews Only

T-Meter Title | Year
100% The Chambermaid (La camarista) (2019) The Chambermaid's quietness, subtlety and modesty of style always keep it dramatically engaging. - Hollywood Reporter EDIT
Read More | Posted Jun 17, 2019
No Score Yet Love Me Not (2019) Bravely stepping into the shoes of Salome adaptations from the high-art likes of Richard Strauss, Lindsay Kemp and, of course, Oscar Wilde, Love Me Not is dark but playful, and above all clear-eyed in its view of the perversions of war. - Hollywood Reporter EDIT
Read More | Posted Jun 13, 2019
No Score Yet The Fourth Kingdom (2019) Coming vividly through the cleverness of The Fourth Kingdom are its compassionately portrayed people, and after the film is over they are what the viewer will remember. - Hollywood Reporter EDIT
Read More | Posted Jun 3, 2019
100% The Son (El hijo) (2019) Disturbing in the best sense of the word, though sometimes let down by attention to detail, The Son deserves at the least to be adopted by horror fests. - Hollywood Reporter EDIT
Read More | Posted May 29, 2019
80% El Niño (2015) The makers of El Nino have carefully studied what goes into making a good thriller, and with this expansive, action-filled and socially aware take on a teenager's involvement in international drug smuggling, they've made it. - Hollywood Reporter EDIT
Read More | Posted May 24, 2019
100% Buñuel in the Labyrinth of the Turtles (Buñuel en el laberinto de las tortugas) (2019) Bunuel is above all a good story elegantly told, transcending its obviously niche appeal and showing that Spanish animation, following last year's multiple award-winning Another Day of Life, is looking healthy. - Hollywood Reporter EDIT
Read More | Posted May 2, 2019
No Score Yet The Days to Come (Los días que vendrán) (2019) An involving item with an attractively grungy homemade feel that, given its status between fact and fiction, rings true from first frame to last. - Hollywood Reporter EDIT
Read More | Posted May 2, 2019
No Score Yet The Invocation of Enver Simaku (2019) The Invocation of Enver Simaku is at best wonderfully distinctive and at worst pretentious, but its ambition means that it's never dull. - Hollywood Reporter EDIT
Read More | Posted Apr 29, 2019
90% Pain and Glory (Dolor y Gloria) (2019) Indeed watching the film, which is more about pain than glory, sometimes feels a little too much like a couple of hours in the company of your ailing, aged aunt: You feel her pain, but you wish she wouldn't go on about it so much. - Hollywood Reporter EDIT
Read More | Posted Mar 21, 2019
No Score Yet Fireflies (Luciérnagas) (2018) Fireflies is rich in food for thought, opening up unexplored parallels between its characters... - Hollywood Reporter EDIT
Read More | Posted Mar 12, 2019
No Score Yet The Projectionist (El proyeccionista) (2019) Cabral pulls together various strands, including rural drama, road movie and noir, to create something distinctive and thoughtful that satisfyingly darkens and intensifies as things proceed. - Hollywood Reporter EDIT
Read More | Posted Mar 7, 2019
80% Stockholm (2013) An unsettling, minimalist meditation on the hidden dangers of teen romance, which signals its director as someone who's already marked out his own distinctive style. - Hollywood Reporter EDIT
Read More | Posted Feb 26, 2019
71% Mirage (Durante la tormenta) (2018) Mirage has a great deal of satisfying complexity but little depth, and its dazzling, intricate machinery is always visible. But it still makes for a fun ride on a highly calibrated roller coaster. - Hollywood Reporter EDIT
Read More | Posted Jan 29, 2019
No Score Yet Sad Hill Unearthed (Desenterrando Sad Hill) (2018) One of those projects that finds a story in a movie history footnote, Sad Hill Unearthed works that story up into a tale of gentle thoughtfulness and emotion. - Hollywood Reporter EDIT
Read More | Posted Jan 28, 2019
100% Between Two Waters (Entre dos aguas) (2018) Waters is compelling for the simple reason that it feels true, real and human. - Hollywood Reporter EDIT
Read More | Posted Dec 27, 2018
100% The Wolf House (La casa lobo) (2018) The deeply uncanny pic makes for an unsettling viewing experience, a creative tour de force whose endlessly fascinating visuals are deliberately seductive and repellent in equal measure. - Hollywood Reporter EDIT
Read More | Posted Dec 10, 2018
No Score Yet Still Recording (2018) Tough viewing, but required. - Hollywood Reporter EDIT
Read More | Posted Dec 7, 2018
83% The Hidden City (2018) Has the rare and impressive virtue of slightly rearranging our perspective as we emerge afterwards, blinking. - Hollywood Reporter EDIT
Read More | Posted Nov 29, 2018
No Score Yet Dying to Tell (Morir para contar) (2018) Grueling but enlightening. - Hollywood Reporter EDIT
Read More | Posted Nov 28, 2018
No Score Yet Notes for a Heist Movie (Apuntes para una película de atracos) (2018) Although Leon Siminiani is probably not the kind of director to attempt a Spanish remake of Ocean's Eleven, Notes for a Heist Movie does make for a distinctive and engaging contribution to the genre. - Hollywood Reporter EDIT
Read More | Posted Nov 20, 2018
100% Journey to a Mother's Room (Viaje al cuarto de una madre) (2018) Fine performances by Lola Duenas and Ana Duenas as the mutually needy mother/daughter tandem largely redeem Celia Rico Clavellino's debut from its overwrought, over-careful air. - Hollywood Reporter EDIT
Read More | Posted Oct 30, 2018
No Score Yet A Son of Man (2018) The decision not to use a script, presumably in the interests of authenticity, inevitably leads to sacrifices in other areas, such as interesting psychology or any sense of dramatic momentum. - Hollywood Reporter EDIT
Read More | Posted Oct 30, 2018
No Score Yet ...And Suddenly the Dawn (...Y de Pronto el Amanecer) (2017) An intriguing and ambitious labor of love. - Hollywood Reporter EDIT
Read More | Posted Oct 29, 2018
80% Alpha, The Right to Kill (2018) High-impact but shallow. - Hollywood Reporter EDIT
Read More | Posted Sep 25, 2018
91% The Realm (El reino) (2018) Part thriller, part moral skewering and sadly part realistic portrayal, Kingdom is guided by a terrific performance from the reliable Antonio de la Torre at the center of some fine ensemble work. - Hollywood Reporter EDIT
Read More | Posted Sep 25, 2018
83% Quién te cantará (2018) A smart, moving homage to fandom. - Hollywood Reporter EDIT
Read More | Posted Sep 9, 2018
92% Belmonte (2018) Quiet, subtle and slightly exasperating. - Hollywood Reporter EDIT
Read More | Posted Sep 8, 2018
No Score Yet El pacto (2018) The Pact... is elegant, very atmospheric and cleverly worked out, but, given its subject, it surprisingly fails to deliver the emotional connections that could have taken it to the next level. - Hollywood Reporter EDIT
Read More | Posted Aug 27, 2018
No Score Yet Purgatory (Purgatorio) (2014) Chaplin is strong in a demanding role, but even she can find little to do during several of the film's overstretched sequences, with the creeps building up nicely around and inside her but too little of substance being built up. - Hollywood Reporter EDIT
Read More | Posted Aug 21, 2018
No Score Yet Joel (2018) Sorin's adoption drama is the latest in a long line of low-key, powerful and engaging items from the veteran Argentine director. - Hollywood Reporter EDIT
Read More | Posted Jul 28, 2018
100% Casi 40 (2018) Stripped back but very involving, deceptively simple, and bristling with sweet moments of recognition, Almost 40 is grown-up cinema that would slip nicely into edgier festival slots. - Hollywood Reporter EDIT
Read More | Posted Jul 23, 2018
100% Formentera Lady (2018) Warmhearted and refreshingly unpretentious. - Hollywood Reporter EDIT
Read More | Posted Jul 21, 2018
No Score Yet Petitet (2017) As bouncy and engaging as its protagonist. - Hollywood Reporter EDIT
Read More | Posted Jul 11, 2018
100% The Little Match Girl (La vendedora de fósforos) (2017) The script is full of pleasurable little twists and turns, handled with an agility and freshness that prevent proceedings from ever feeling contrived. - Hollywood Reporter EDIT
Read More | Posted Jun 29, 2018
100% Walking Distance (Distancias cortas) (2015) The issue of how Fede actually got this way is never broached by a script which seems over-determined to keep it simple all round, but which is nonetheless often effective and unfailingly respectful of its unusual hero and his special problems. - Hollywood Reporter EDIT
Read More | Posted Jun 27, 2018
No Score Yet Camarón: Flamenco y Revolución (2018) Flawed but fascinating. - Hollywood Reporter EDIT
Read More | Posted Jun 5, 2018
No Score Yet The Divide (La grieta) (2017) A punchy, touching protest. - Hollywood Reporter EDIT
Read More | Posted May 31, 2018
92% Another Day of Life (2017) A punchy, spectacular hagiographic hybrid. - Hollywood Reporter EDIT
Read More | Posted May 12, 2018
94% Petra (2018) An intense, cunningly structured and rewarding item about a woman's search for her father that should keep both the Rosales faithful happy and more general audiences (should it get the chance) intrigued. - Hollywood Reporter EDIT
Read More | Posted May 10, 2018
86% Sergio and Sergei (2017) The film's noble satirical intentions and upbeat air are able to carry it through its wobblier sections, which are probably intrinsic to an outre, ambitious project like this. - Hollywood Reporter EDIT
Read More | Posted Apr 30, 2018
100% My Own Place (Casa propia) (2018) A deceptively simple contempo tale. - Hollywood Reporter EDIT
Read More | Posted Apr 30, 2018
70% Champions (Campeones) (2018) A comedic slam dunk. - Hollywood Reporter EDIT
Read More | Posted Apr 24, 2018
55% The Warning (El aviso) (2018) Slickly packaged but unsatisfying. - Hollywood Reporter EDIT
Read More | Posted Mar 30, 2018
100% One Hundred Days of Solitude (2018) Aims at reconsideration of our relationship with nature and our place in it and, despite going overboard on the grandiose drone images, mainly does so in a winningly down-to-earth, unpretentious way. - Hollywood Reporter EDIT
Read More | Posted Mar 28, 2018
42% The Laws of Thermodynamics (Las Leyes de la Termodinámica) (2018) Despite its initial promise, Laws fails to take imaginative flight. - Hollywood Reporter EDIT
Read More | Posted Mar 15, 2018
67% The Skin of the Wolf (Bajo la piel de lobo) (2017) Skin plays out with the clarity, simplicity, rawness and grim poetry of a folk tale, tackling on the way some pretty elemental themes, but it's a tale as told by a very dull speaker. - Hollywood Reporter EDIT
Read More | Posted Mar 15, 2018
94% Sunday's Illness (La enfermedad del domingo) (2018) Slow but never ponderous, clear in its outlines but never simplistic, and elegantly crafted without being stifling. - Hollywood Reporter EDIT
Read More | Posted Feb 26, 2018
No Score Yet Thirty Souls (Trinta Lumes) (2017) Fascinating but diffuse. - Hollywood Reporter EDIT
Read More | Posted Feb 21, 2018
71% Handia (2017) Technically superb, Giant is hobbled by a script that plods earnestly along like the giant at its center, and like him it starts to limp soon after mid-point. - Hollywood Reporter EDIT
Read More | Posted Feb 9, 2018
92% Life and Nothing More (La Vida y Nada Más) (2018) [Antonio Mendez] Esparza has done terrific work with his cast of non-pros, and several exchanges - particularly those between Regina and Robert - drip with an engaging realism that can only have been the result of guided improvisation. - Hollywood Reporter EDIT
Read More | Posted Feb 8, 2018