Joshua Rothkopf

Joshua Rothkopf

Agrees with the Tomatometer 74% of the time.

Joshua Rothkopf's reviews (from any publication) always count toward the Tomatometer because this critic is a Tomatometer-approved critic.

Movie Reviews Only

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Rating T-Meter Title | Year Review
3/5 19%

American Pastoral (2016)

"It's a remarkably committed effort that takes a few seriously misguided turns along the way, even as its actors lunge at psychological depth with every scene." ‐ Time Out
Posted Oct 22, 2016
3/5 95%

Train to Busan (Bu-san-haeng) (2016)

"Less effectively, the movie has some rather obvious social comeuppances in mind and you'll groan at the contrivances. Just wait a few minutes and you'll get to the next action sequence, in which Yeon is more confident." ‐ Time Out
Posted Oct 22, 2016
3/5 50%

Michael Moore In TrumpLand (2016)

"Moore walks right up to the edge of the stage and asks people why they hate Hillary. It's a ballsy, direct confrontation, one that brings out the best of Moore's blue-collar, guy-from-Flint-Michigan straightforwardness." ‐ Time Out
Posted Oct 22, 2016
1/5 19%

Keeping Up With The Joneses (2016)

"Structured with the kind of obviousness that makes you outwit the screenwriter and then hate movies in general, Greg Mottola's painfully generic suburban spy comedy wastes everybody's time, onscreen and off." ‐ Time Out
Posted Oct 22, 2016
2/5 81%

Christine (2016)

"Hall plays Chubbuck like a slow-motion train wreck. She gives an almost comic performance, alternating between twitchy Kristen Wiig-like dismissals and a furious thousand-yard stare that burns a hole through the lens." ‐ Time Out
Posted Oct 12, 2016
4/5 94%

20th Century Women (2016)

"When 20th Century Women concerns itself with the utterly human question of personal satisfaction, it's huggable: the kind of movie you wish more directors had the courage to grab for." ‐ Time Out
Posted Oct 12, 2016
1/5 51%

The Accountant (2016)

""What is this?" shrieks this film's villain (John Lithgow, bringing on the full, hammy Lithgowness) at an unfortunate moment in the laughably bad The Accountant . You'll know exactly how he feels. " ‐ Time Out
Posted Oct 12, 2016
4/5 51%

Mascots (2016)

"Sometimes Guest's films stray into snobbery against flyover country, but Mascots mostly avoids that. It hides its toxic warfare under a furry guise." ‐ Time Out
Posted Oct 12, 2016
3/5 74%

The Birth of a Nation (2016)

"What you will find is a film that toggles between impressive fury and a kind of made-for-TV blandness that does Nat Turner's 1831 uprising -- still controversial -- no favors. " ‐ Time Out
Posted Oct 5, 2016
5/5 90%

Voyage of Time: The IMAX Experience (2016)

"It's this briefer, 40-minute Brad edit in IMAX, loaded with scientific conjecture and cosmic gorgeousness, that stands a chance of becoming a modern-day classic -- and not just for stoners who relate to the phrase "every particle blazing."" ‐ Time Out
Posted Oct 5, 2016
3/5 33%

Masterminds (2016)

"Hess dives deeply into the ass crack of suburban North Carolina, finding lowbrow caricature courtesy his two wonderfully shameless lead actors, Zach Galifianakis and Kristen Wiig." ‐ Time Out
Posted Sep 30, 2016
3/5 64%

Storks (2016)

"Storks isn't's just too generic for a marketplace that's often a site of genius." ‐ Time Out
Posted Sep 23, 2016
5/5 96%

Jackie (2016)

"Eclipsing her work in Black Swan, Portman flutters like a sail in a brisk wind. She is scattered, tense, wrecked and compellingly defiant in the face of those who would have her act a certain way. " ‐ Time Out
Posted Sep 13, 2016
5/5 99%

Moonlight (2016)

"Moonlight takes the pain of growing up and turns it into hardened scars and private caresses. This film is, without a doubt, the reason we go to the movies: to understand, to come closer, to ache -- hopefully with another." ‐ Time Out
Posted Sep 11, 2016
2/5 63%

Snowden (2016)

"There was always the chance of Snowden's story coming off as an underpowered Bourne movie, but Stone somehow finds ways to make it extra boring." ‐ Time Out
Posted Sep 10, 2016
4/5 63%

The Magnificent Seven (2016)

"A vehicle for wall-to-wall action, and an unambiguously fond farewell to the Obama years." ‐ Time Out
Posted Sep 9, 2016
4/5 94%

Demon (2016)

"Nailing a tricky sense of physical anarchy (as well as some far subtler domestic tensions), Marcin Wrona's Polish import is an eerie, extraordinarily poised piece of horror." ‐ Time Out
Posted Sep 6, 2016
3/5 81%

Author: The JT LeRoy Story (2016)

"Never is Albert confronted with the ramifications of her falsely hijacking a fatal disease, a sexual identity or a social strata that was alien to her." ‐ Time Out
Posted Sep 6, 2016
3/5 87%

Other People (2016)

"Raw, messy and unkempt (as a domestic cancer drama should be), Saturday Night Live writer Chris Kelly's feature debut is also a woe-is-me gay rom-com, a showdown between siblings and-at its best-an out-and-proud minimusical." ‐ Time Out
Posted Sep 6, 2016
3/5 83%

Sully (2016)

"Even as recently as American Sniper, Eastwood has done a much better job than this of shading in the grays of what constitutes heroism, both during and after the fact. Sully is so square, it's a wonder it even gets airborne." ‐ Time Out
Posted Sep 3, 2016
4/5 85%

Kate Plays Christine (2016)

"A documentary Vertigo, Robert Greene's re-creation of a woman who fell to her inner demons -- something of a ghost story -- feels dangerous. It pokes the bear, then slaps it." ‐ Time Out
Posted Aug 25, 2016
2/5 44%

Hands of Stone (2016)

"The movie needs más -- mucho más. As Durán, Edgar Ramírez accesses the playboy arrogance he channeled for Carlos, but he's stranded by a timid script that doesn't give him enough private moments. " ‐ Time Out
Posted Aug 25, 2016
3/5 87%

Don't Breathe (2016)

"Alvarez quiets his movie down to a game of cat and mouse, a luxury in a climate in which horror is all about maximum volume." ‐ Time Out
Posted Aug 25, 2016
2/5 26%

Ben-Hur (2016)

"Just because you're rolling in the chariot doesn't make you Charlton Heston. That's a lesson this weightless, instantly disposable remake of the 1959 sword-and-sandal Oscar winner learns the hard way." ‐ Time Out
Posted Aug 19, 2016
4/5 93%

Lo and Behold, Reveries of the Connected World (2016)

"We want the rambling Werner Herzog to follow his muse into strange corners -- let lesser documentary filmmakers stick to virtues like coherence. " ‐ Time Out
Posted Aug 18, 2016
4/5 89%

Morris from America (2016)

"This is a supremely gentle film, one that doesn't require a catastrophe to capture a momentous sense of growing up." ‐ Time Out
Posted Aug 18, 2016
2/5 60%

War Dogs (2016)

"War Dogs is insufficient with these two characters (or maybe it's these two actors), who are neither hapless and schmucky enough to sustain laughs nor venal enough to get us rooting against them." ‐ Time Out
Posted Aug 16, 2016
3/5 83%

Sausage Party (2016)

"Some of the gags are more cringy than others -- like Craig Robinson's cracka-hating box of grits -- but don't call it empty calories." ‐ Time Out
Posted Aug 12, 2016
4/5 88%

Miss Sharon Jones! (2016)

"Kopple, maker of 1976's still-shocking labor documentary Harlan County U.S.A., is incapable of producing a typical music doc (even if this one has the arc for it)." ‐ Time Out
Posted Jul 20, 2016
3/5 99%

Don't Think Twice (2016)

"Birbiglia continues to mine a scene he knows well, and even though he doesn't strike you as a natural-born filmmaker (some of these scenes are as flatly lensed as the SNL sketches being spoofed), he's evolving as a confrontational dramatist." ‐ Time Out
Posted Jul 20, 2016
3/5 77%

Lights Out (2016)

"Once the film runs out of unusual lighting schemes to exploit (violet-hued goth black lighting, random blasts of car headlights, etc.), it loses power faster than a millennial with a long-overdue electric bill. But that one shadow lady is enough." ‐ Time Out
Posted Jul 20, 2016
3/5 69%

The Infiltrator (2016)

"Composer Chris Hajian breaks out the percolating Jan Hammer synthesizers, and the '80s decadence wafts offscreen like a stink. " ‐ Time Out
Posted Jul 14, 2016
2/5 31%

Equals (2016)

"Equals could be Kristen Stewart's least persuasive performance to date -- and remember, she's played a soldier at Guantanamo and a girl who dates a vampire." ‐ Time Out
Posted Jul 14, 2016
4/5 72%

Ghostbusters (2016)

"Here's a summer movie starring a girl squad proud of its big brains and tacky jumpsuits. You could call that a supernatural event in itself." ‐ Time Out
Posted Jul 10, 2016
3/5 82%

Captain Fantastic (2016)

"Captures something brainy and bullheaded about Mortensen that feels true." ‐ Time Out
Posted Jul 8, 2016
3/5 36%

Mike and Dave Need Wedding Dates (2016)

"You never quite believe these women belong with Devine and Efron's Hollywood-generic douche bags -- it feels like a failure of the script, if not the entire industry. If you don't think about it too hard, you won't hate it." ‐ Time Out
Posted Jul 8, 2016
3/5 47%

Free State of Jones (2016)

"It certainly looks and sounds right, and probably smells right too -- these gunky Mississippi battles and unwashed soldiers feel authentic. The problem, as with McConaughey's performance, is that you always do feel it." ‐ Time Out
Posted Jun 29, 2016
4/5 76%

Wiener-Dog (2016)

"En route to the harshest, most unremittingly bleak film of his career, Solondz unleashes some of his sharpest commentary on human mortality and regret." ‐ Time Out
Posted Jun 24, 2016
3/5 91%

Eat That Question: Frank Zappa in His Own Words (2016)

"His rock music gets a decent airing, but you wish more of the man's perversity came through: his intimidating ego, the way he could exhaust his bandmates." ‐ Time Out
Posted Jun 24, 2016
1/5 67%

Swiss Army Man (2016)

"Back on planet Earth, we're still talking about a ridiculously infantile film, one that flatters itself by intimating a deeper comment about suppressed masculinity and romantic passivity. Nope." ‐ Time Out
Posted Jun 24, 2016
4/5 77%

The Shallows (2016)

"You're gonna need a bigger Blake (and you're going to get one) in Lively's enjoyably trashy shark-survival movie, the definition of summer fun." ‐ Time Out
Posted Jun 24, 2016
5/5 91%

Heaven Can Wait (1943)

"Count German expat Ernst Lubitsch among the directors whose films require a darkened theater and a willing audience to even work -- you just won't get him at home on your flatscreen." ‐ Time Out
Posted Jun 16, 2016
5/5 96%

De Palma (2016)

"It all adds up to an exposure that goes well beyond appraisal, entering into rare realms of frustration, dysfunction, euphoria and cynicism." ‐ Time Out
Posted Jun 8, 2016
4/5 96%

Weiner (2016)

"The narcissism is all up there onscreen, but shame will have to wait for the sequel." ‐ Time Out
Posted May 20, 2016
3/5 63%

High-Rise (2016)

"Fitted three-piece suits, shagadelic furnishings and a Moog-saturated score by Clint Mansell make the whole film feel like a Pink Floyd album cover come to life." ‐ Time Out
Posted May 10, 2016
4/5 79%

The Family Fang (2016)

"The Family Fang goes deep into dysfunction, but even more impressively, it smuggles in the daredevilish art theories of the late Chris Burden and his ilk." ‐ Time Out
Posted Apr 25, 2016
4/5 75%

Sworn Virgin (Vergine giurata) (2016)

"Even though Rohrwacher never quite passes -- she looks too much like Barbra Streisand's Yentl -- the movie is on to a larger point, namely about the fluidity of sexual identity and our universal penchant for self-reinvention" ‐ Time Out
Posted Apr 22, 2016
3/5 76%

Elvis & Nixon (2016)

"A sharper movie would have pushed this bizarre incident into psychological rawness, revealing a shared sense of paranoia. Breezy, comic and disposable, Elvis & Nixon is not that film." ‐ Time Out
Posted Apr 22, 2016
4/5 97%

Sing Street (2016)

"Built out of crowd-pleasing elements as durable as a lacquered, sky-high '80s hairdo, writer-director John Carney's coming-of-age musical is a synth-drenched joy: a tuneful, deeply personal ode to the impulse that forges a high school rock band." ‐ Time Out
Posted Apr 15, 2016
3/5 73%

Miles Ahead (2016)

"Miles Ahead consciously imitates the blaxploitation era of Shaft and Super Fly, a strange strategy that you can't help but smile at. Sometimes it feels hallucinatory, elsewhere it feels silly." ‐ Time Out
Posted Apr 15, 2016
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