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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
No Score Yet The Motive (El autor) (2017) A high-risk shot at a screen adaptation of a novel within a novel, The Motive is entertaining and buzzes with fun ideas, but as an involving drama, it never gets past the first chapter.‐ Hollywood Reporter
Read More | Posted Sep 11, 2017
No Score Yet Invisible (2017) A compassionate, critical study of teenage loneliness.‐ Hollywood Reporter
Read More | Posted Aug 31, 2017
60% Veronica (Verónica) (2017) Aided by some great child performances, plenty of stylistic chutzpah and a strong sense of place, [Plaza] makes it work, despite the project's overall lack of finesse.‐ Hollywood Reporter
Read More | Posted Aug 29, 2017
62% Kill Me Please (Mate-me por favor) (2017) Anita Rocha da Silveira's debut is free of most of the moral nuances that might make it interesting to an adult viewer.‐ Hollywood Reporter
Read More | Posted Aug 28, 2017
No Score Yet Abracadabra (2017) A brightly colored, eye-catching dark comedy that's inevitably hit-or-miss but never, ever dull ...‐ Hollywood Reporter
Read More | Posted Aug 23, 2017
30% The Queen of Spain (La reina de España) (2017) Queen is the sort of project which marketing teams like to talk about as "classic" while secretly knowing that it's just old-fashioned.‐ Hollywood Reporter
Read More | Posted Aug 15, 2017
No Score Yet Selfie (2016) Small in scale but big in ambition, Victor Garcia Leon's study of the wanderings of a rich kid fallen on hard times is part comedy, part X-ray of post-crisis Spain and part moral yarn about empathy.‐ Hollywood Reporter
Read More | Posted Jul 3, 2017
100% Nobody's Watching (Nadie nos mira) (2017) Pfening delivers a masterful, low-key performance that subtly unpacks the psychology of how immigration can turn lives into lies.‐ Hollywood Reporter
Read More | Posted Jun 19, 2017
No Score Yet Niñato (2017) An intimate and compassionate documentary ... Ninato has much of the freshness of lived experience, but also some of its tedium.‐ Hollywood Reporter
Read More | Posted May 22, 2017
60% Black Snow (Nieve negra) (2017) Narrative confusion and implausibility strike over the final run, and it's that wobbly final stretch that will linger in viewers' minds, making Snow a less chilling experience than it presumably aims to be.‐ Hollywood Reporter
Read More | Posted May 1, 2017
86% Nise: The Heart of Madness (Nise: O Coração da Loucura) (2017) Elegantly [combines] a triumph-over-adversity yarn with a sensitive exploration of the redemptive power of artistic creation.‐ Hollywood Reporter
Read More | Posted Apr 28, 2017
91% The Olive Tree (El olivo) (2016) A deceptively simple drama about a family and its thousand-year-old olive tree that is rooted in the best cinematic soil there is -- emotional truth -- The Olive Tree gets its hooks in early on, and then never lets up. ‐ Hollywood Reporter
Read More | Posted Feb 27, 2017
No Score Yet Born in Syria (Nacido en Siria) (2016) Inevitably it's a potently soul-stirring, guilt-inducing experience which deserves to be seen by as many people as possible - but particularly, perhaps, by those privileged children old enough now to reflect upon it, and later to act.‐ Hollywood Reporter
Read More | Posted Feb 27, 2017
100% Summer 1993 (Estiu 1993) (2017) A thoughtful and moving family portrait.‐ Hollywood Reporter
Read More | Posted Feb 12, 2017
78% Woodpeckers (Carpinteros) (2017) Raw, intriguing and and energetic despite its flaws ...‐ Hollywood Reporter
Read More | Posted Jan 24, 2017
No Score Yet Frágil equilibrio (2016) A clear-sighted first documentary about the socio-economic mess we're making of our world ...‐ Hollywood Reporter
Read More | Posted Jan 22, 2017
50% Family Life (Vida de Familia) (2017) A sharply observed and poignant parable.‐ Hollywood Reporter
Read More | Posted Jan 21, 2017
78% I Dream in Another Language (Sueño en otro idioma) (2017) While it provides plenty of food for thought, for large stretches it's dramatically defunct, with paper-thin characters playing soap opera roles.‐ Hollywood Reporter
Read More | Posted Jan 20, 2017
31% The Hollow Point (2016) An over-the-top, heavily stylized B-movie-ish mash-up of modern Western and bloody thriller.‐ Hollywood Reporter
Read More | Posted Dec 9, 2016
73% Kiki, Love to Love (Kiki, el amor se hace) (2016) If Pedro Almodovar were starting out now, his films wouldn't look so different from Paco Leon's.‐ Hollywood Reporter
Read More | Posted Nov 7, 2016
90% 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
Read More | Posted Aug 4, 2016
No Score Yet Blush (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
Read More | Posted Jul 1, 2016
22% 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
Read More | Posted May 17, 2016
100% Truman (2017) A clean-lined, sensitively-written and beautifully played two-hander that tackles complex issues in a refreshingly straightforward, downbeat way.‐ Hollywood Reporter
Read More | Posted Apr 28, 2016
88% 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
Read More | Posted Apr 11, 2016
80% 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
Read More | Posted Jan 1, 2016
80% 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
Read More | Posted Dec 7, 2015
94% 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
Read More | Posted Nov 3, 2015
79% Flowers (Loreak) (2015) Emotionally precise, subtle and quietly gripping.‐ Hollywood Reporter
Read More | Posted Oct 27, 2015
82% 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
Read More | Posted Aug 24, 2015
90% 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
Read More | Posted Aug 13, 2015
48% 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
Read More | Posted May 14, 2015
No Score Yet 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
Read More | Posted Mar 31, 2015
88% 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
Read More | Posted Mar 5, 2015
78% [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
Read More | Posted Dec 9, 2014
83% 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
Read More | Posted Nov 5, 2014
30% 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
Read More | Posted Oct 6, 2014
13% Rage (2014) A heightened, cartoonishly violent tale of fatherly retribution that's totally implausible but nonetheless fun.‐ Hollywood Reporter
Read More | Posted Jul 7, 2014
82% 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
Read More | Posted Jun 9, 2014
35% Anna (2014) A slick and mostly rewarding mystery whose action is divided up between the outer and inner worlds.‐ Hollywood Reporter
Read More | Posted Jun 4, 2014
96% Wrinkles (2014) The subject of old age gets the kind of attention it deserves but is too rarely afforded in the affecting Wrinkles.‐ Variety
Read More | Posted Nov 12, 2013
69% 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
Read More | Posted Aug 2, 2013
48% 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
Read More | Posted Jun 24, 2013
63% 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
Read More | Posted May 23, 2012
86% 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
Read More | Posted Jan 24, 2012
33% 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
Read More | Posted Jan 21, 2012
No Score Yet La Cara Oculta (2012) The pic's thrills remain consecutive rather than cumulative, and fail to resonate.‐ Variety
Read More | Posted Oct 5, 2011
No Score Yet 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
Read More | Posted Oct 5, 2011
88% 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
Read More | Posted Sep 11, 2010
91% 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
Read More | Posted Mar 3, 2010