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 Review
No Score Yet 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
No Score Yet 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
83% 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
89% Quién te cantará (2018) A smart, moving homage to fandom. - Hollywood Reporter EDIT
Read More | Posted Sep 9, 2018
86% 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
91% 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
80% 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
67% Champions (Campeones) (2018) A comedic slam dunk. - Hollywood Reporter EDIT
Read More | Posted Apr 24, 2018
50% 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
45% 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
63% 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
No Score Yet Amazonas (2016) Packing enough material into its 78 minutes for several soap operas, Amazona leaves you eager to know more. - Hollywood Reporter EDIT
Read More | Posted Jan 31, 2018
No Score Yet Holy Camp! (La llamada) (2017) On paper, it all sounds awful, but the whole project breathes an air of sincerity and vitality that renders large sections of it instantly likable. - Hollywood Reporter EDIT
Read More | Posted Jan 31, 2018
No Score Yet Los Sentidos (2016) A quiet, touching film about unrewarded heroism in adverse conditions, shot through with an attractive mix of celebration and melancholy. - Hollywood Reporter EDIT
Read More | Posted Jan 26, 2018
95% Lots of Kids, a Monkey and a Castle (Muchos hijos, un mono y un castillo) (2017) A celebration of the life of an extraordinary woman with whom most viewers will probably also have fallen in love by the time the credits roll. - Hollywood Reporter EDIT
Read More | Posted Jan 16, 2018
No Score Yet Pikadero (2015) A deft balance of the pessimistic and the playful - Hollywood Reporter EDIT
Read More | Posted Jan 9, 2018
82% Perfectos Desconocidos (2019) Although it's enjoyable to make the acquaintance of the well-played, crowd-pleasing Strangers, the encounter is quickly forgotten. - Hollywood Reporter EDIT
Read More | Posted Dec 8, 2017
40% Gold (Oro) (2017) You wonder how it's possible to extract so little adventure from such a rich mine of raw material. - Hollywood Reporter EDIT
Read More | Posted Dec 1, 2017
55% The Bookshop (2018) Its subversive undercurrent, embodied in fine performances by Emily Mortimer and Bill Nighy, is what makes it really interesting. - Hollywood Reporter EDIT
Read More | Posted Nov 20, 2017
86% Santa & Andrés (2017) Santa is particularly strong on the way that politics gets into people's heads and damages the relationships between them, even when they are far away from the political center. - Hollywood Reporter EDIT
Read More | Posted Nov 6, 2017
No Score Yet Dhogs (2017) Dhogs manages to achieve an interestingly twisted perspective of its own, and is thick with the kind of memorable atmospherics and visuals to suggest that Goteira will soon have more to show. - Hollywood Reporter EDIT
Read More | Posted Oct 31, 2017
100% The Gold Seekers (Los Buscadores) (2017) Although it's entertaining and lively enough, Gold Seekers does lose out by not feeling as focused or as rooted. - Hollywood Reporter EDIT
Read More | Posted Oct 24, 2017
No Score Yet Another Story of the World (Otra historia del mundo) (2017) This is one comedy that deserves to resonate beyond its country of origin. - Hollywood Reporter EDIT
Read More | Posted Oct 23, 2017