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

Rating T-Meter Title | Year Review
3/5 90%

Barbershop: The Next Cut (2016)

"It's refreshing to encounter a sequel that leans deeper into sociopolitical realities, not further away." ‐ Time Out
Posted Apr 15, 2016
2/5 22%

The Boss (2016)

"Even though The Boss is co-written by McCarthy and her husband, director Ben Falcone (who should know his wife's strengths better), the film often strands its title character in shrill one-note caricature, mostly unchallenged." ‐ Time Out
Posted Apr 10, 2016
3/5 53%

Demolition (2016)

"Director Jean-Marc Vallée doesn't seem to mind when his movies become sun-dappled insta-redemption stories so long as there's a bravura central turn holding it all down." ‐ Time Out
Posted Apr 8, 2016
5/5 49%

Hardcore Henry (2016)

"If action movies are meant to be stunning, Hardcore Henry can proudly take its place among the giants. Even better, it lets you stand with them." ‐ Time Out
Posted Apr 8, 2016
5/5 87%

Everybody Wants Some!! (2016)

"It's Linklater in a nostalgic mood-but also his most deeply felt piece of growing up." ‐ Time Out
Posted Apr 1, 2016
2/5 27%

Batman v Superman: Dawn of Justice (2016)

"If there's any justice, dawning or otherwise, at the multiplex, audiences will reject Zack Snyder's lumbering, dead-on-arrival superhero mélange, a $250 million tombstone for a genre in dire need of a break." ‐ Time Out
Posted Mar 22, 2016
4/5 84%

Midnight Special (2016)

"Little here feels like science or fiction but sci-fi is exactly what this is, from the heart and out of this world." ‐ Time Out
Posted Mar 17, 2016
3/5 90%

10 Cloverfield Lane (2016)

"Producer J.J. Abrams, a brilliant marketer, has to eventually open his "mystery box," and the intelligence plummets. Never mind that. Go anyway and watch the arrival of the mighty Winstead, who'd do fine in a Room of her own." ‐ Time Out
Posted Mar 10, 2016
4/5 68%

Whiskey Tango Foxtrot (2016)

"By the time Fey is able to say the words, "This is not about you," the comedy owns the feminism it always had. The war scenes are only so-so, but it wins a bigger battle." ‐ Time Out
Posted Mar 1, 2016
2/5 61%

Race (2016)

"Race is the most timid, lackadaisical movie that could have been made out of potentially classic material." ‐ Time Out
Posted Feb 19, 2016
3/5 52%

Risen (2016)

"It's not often that faith-based films, competing in the same marketplace that rewards action, embrace the deeper, more difficult idea of meeting hate with love, but Risen tries." ‐ Time Out
Posted Feb 19, 2016
4/5 85%

Hail, Caesar! (2016)

"Hail, Caesar! weds the backstage Hollywood shenanigans of Barton Fink to a more manic pace. It doesn't seem new for them, yet as super polished, mannered, slightly surreal comedies go, the movie feels as rare as a unicorn." ‐ Time Out
Posted Feb 2, 2016
4/5 98%

Love & Friendship (2016)

"Finally, a Jane Austen movie that's fresh and deliciously rotten at the same time." ‐ Time Out
Posted Jan 29, 2016
3/5 51%

13 Hours: The Secret Soldiers Of Benghazi (2016)

"The final word on this incident will require a more thoughtful filmmaker. But hopefully, that artist will possess at least half of Bay's punishing, peerless craft." ‐ Time Out
Posted Jan 20, 2016
2/5 15%

Ride Along 2 (2016)

"Eddie Murphy, please come back and show these clowns how it's done." ‐ Time Out
Posted Jan 14, 2016
4/5 94%

In The Shadow of Women (2016)

"The sturdy elements of '60s-era French romantic drama -- crummy (yet charming) apartments, horrible breakup scenes and a relaxed sense of time -- come together in this beautifully realized black-and-white throwback." ‐ Time Out
Posted Jan 13, 2016
4/5 78%

Where to Invade Next (2016)

"The people and policies he comes to know will shock all viewers, not just the Moore faithful, who have come to settle for less." ‐ Time Out
Posted Dec 22, 2015
3/5 61%

Concussion (2015)

"Even though the NFL is shown as being uncaring, there's a deeper story here about racism and post-9/11 America clinging to its Sunday traditions that's barely explored." ‐ Time Out
Posted Dec 22, 2015
4/5 75%

The Hateful Eight (2015)

"Composer Ennio Morricone's seesawing score sometimes brings to mind Tarantino fave Sergio Leone, but the real ancestor here is John Carpenter's 1982 The Thing, another thriller percolating with close-quarters paranoia and Hawksian gab." ‐ Time Out
Posted Dec 18, 2015
5/5 92%

Star Wars: Episode VII - The Force Awakens (2015)

"The rollicking, space-opera spirit of George Lucas's original trilogy (you can safely forget the second trio of cynical, tricked-up prequels) emanates from every frame of J.J. Abrams euphoric sequel." ‐ Time Out
Posted Dec 15, 2015
4/5 88%

The Big Short (2015)

"McKay's zaniness has a precedent: Like Stanley Kubrick's Dr. Strangelove, The Big Short is a gleeful tumble toward the apocalypse, except in this case, it actually happened." ‐ Time Out
Posted Dec 8, 2015
3/5 11%

Dixieland (2015)

"Striding right up to the unkempt front lawn of white-trashploitation (and occasionally trespassing), Hank Bedford's indie feature debut marshals a pungent Mississippi stink at the expense of a deeper dimension." ‐ Time Out
Posted Dec 8, 2015
4/5 95%

Hitchcock/Truffaut (2015)

"For all his bankability, Hitch was underappreciated until this study came along. Jones vibes off that idea, turning Truffaut's enthusiasm into an honorable act of reclamation." ‐ Time Out
Posted Dec 3, 2015
3/5 77%

The Good Dinosaur (2015)

"Sun-dappled streams, swaying trees and an almost palpable sense of weather shock with their photorealism-if this is what animation has become, the computers have won." ‐ Time Out
Posted Nov 23, 2015
4/5 93%

Janis: Little Girl Blue (2015)

"Amy Berg's deeply sympathetic documentary on Janis Joplin -- a singer whose shredded wail tapped reservoirs of pain -- gets so much right, it feels like a major act of cultural excavation. " ‐ Time Out
Posted Nov 23, 2015
4/5 94%

Creed (2015)

"Stallone has not only taken a risk on Coogler but submitted to a personal sea change. And when those trumpets do blare, a new actor emerges." ‐ Time Out
Posted Nov 23, 2015
3/5 66%

The Night Before (2015)

"While The Night Before sometimes strains to be bad -- some of the lesser gags deploy dick picks and the ever-grinning James Franco -- the movie scores when it savors its fully-baked camaraderie" ‐ Time Out
Posted Nov 17, 2015

Very Semi-Serious (2015)

"Warm and frequently hilarious." ‐ Time Out
Posted Nov 16, 2015
5/5 100%

Democrats (2015)

"It's a scrappy, absorbing tribute to the pragmatic value of compromise, carefully proffered in pursuit of a greater good. America's candidates would do well to take a page out of this doc's book." ‐ Time Out
Posted Nov 16, 2015
2/5 44%

The 33 (2015)

"If we could unearth these guys from their living tomb, how hard is it to find nonwhite actors to play real people? ... Miner story, major fail." ‐ Time Out
Posted Nov 13, 2015
5/5 97%

Johnny Guitar (1954)

"It's not just Joan's campiness -- her line readings take on an almost incantatory quality -- but the way the whole thing feels like a stealth therapy session for smart actors trapped in horse-opera stereotypes." ‐ Time Out
Posted Nov 13, 2015
4/5 91%

James White (2015)

"Built out of strongly acted moments of unflinching honesty, Josh Mond's UWS-set feature debut redeems the indie grief movie -- take that as an endorsement and a warning." ‐ Time Out
Posted Nov 13, 2015
3/5 34%

By The Sea (2015)

"Until more A-listers start directing psychodramas featuring ample French dialogue, By the Sea is a welcome, if half-successful, tide change." ‐ Time Out
Posted Nov 13, 2015
4/5 92%

The Martian (2015)

"Bringing optimism, nerd-itude and a touch of crazy to his character's solo ordeal -- at one point, scraggly Watney calls himself a "space pirate" -- Damon is the key to the movie's exuberance." ‐ Time Out
Posted Nov 5, 2015
3/5 87%

The Peanuts Movie (2015)

"Any yardage gained by staying true to Charles M. Schulz's gentle, somewhat whitewashed vision of small-town childhood is offset by one too many head-bonking 3-D action sequences and a batch of truly dire pop tunes. (Good grief, Flo Rida.)" ‐ Time Out
Posted Nov 5, 2015
3/5 74%

Trumbo (2015)

""Daddy, what's a Communist?" a young girl on a pony asks her famous screenwriter father. You should brace yourself for this kind of exchange in Jay Roach's earnest if too-soft biopic." ‐ Time Out
Posted Nov 4, 2015
5/5 97%

Brooklyn (2015)

"Its beating heart is 21-year-old Saoirse Ronan, once the bright-eyed teen from Atonement but now, on evidence here, the most quietly expressive actor of her generation." ‐ Time Out
Posted Nov 4, 2015
1/5 13%

Paranormal Activity: The Ghost Dimension (2015)

"Such a tepid failure that it triggers catcalls from paying audiences." ‐ Time Out
Posted Oct 25, 2015
3/5 52%

I Smile Back (2015)

"Not your everyday lunge for artistic seriousness, Silverman's Laney is a performance of muted shades: We watch the furtive gulps of wine and raiding of secret stashes of coke and pills, and sense that this is a woman long used to hiding in plain sight." ‐ Time Out
Posted Oct 20, 2015
4/5 97%

Heart of a Dog (2015)

"The movie isn't falsely deep or sophomoric, but you do have to roll with some of its more lovably pretentious moments: Anderson is the kind of cosmopolitan artist who thinks nothing of giving her dog piano lessons or concert recitals." ‐ Time Out
Posted Oct 20, 2015

Almost Holy (Crocodile Gennadiy) (2016)

"Steve Hoover's outraged documentary follows pastor Gennadiy Mokhnenko, a furiously committed intervener who drags drug-addicted kids into clinics and confronts the pharmacists who sell them codeine." ‐ Time Out
Posted Oct 12, 2015
4/5 91%

Bridge of Spies (2015)

"Hanks has never seemed more like a modern Jimmy Stewart, drink in hand, just looking to get home to his bed, as the script leans into its cavalcade of slightly bizarre negotiations with Eastern European goons." ‐ Time Out
Posted Oct 4, 2015
2/5 54%

Hotel Transylvania 2 (2015)

"So much attention has been paid to crafting a relentless string of in-jokes meant for ancient horror fans that the storyline limps from tired blood." ‐ Time Out
Posted Sep 28, 2015
3/5 84%

The Walk (2015)

"Ultimately there's enough daredevil verve here to offset the pedestrian comedy undergirding it." ‐ Time Out
Posted Sep 26, 2015
4/5 87%

Drunk Stoned Brilliant Dead: The Story of the National Lampoon (2015)

"Douglas Tirola's upbeat doc on National Lampoon already feels essential for celebrating a hard-fought moment of American comic subversion. " ‐ Time Out
Posted Sep 24, 2015
4/5 78%

Time Out Of Mind (2015)

"Gere uses the opportunity to strip himself entirely of artifice, and it's a marvel of antitechnique." ‐ Time Out
Posted Sep 8, 2015
4/5 93%

The Black Panthers: Vanguard Of The Revolution (2015)

"Loaded with the militant images that grabbed worldwide media attention in the late '60s, Nelson's doc strikes an intelligent balance between funk-scored pride and a more universal story of activism threatened by in-fighting and accidental celebrity. " ‐ Time Out
Posted Sep 2, 2015
3/5 79%

Z For Zachariah (2015)

"Did the movie version really require the wholesale addition of Captain Kirk? Chris Pine, as a swarthy traveler, turns the happy duo into a tense threesome, and suddenly we're having Sparksian conversations in the breakfast nook over coffee." ‐ Time Out
Posted Aug 27, 2015
3/5 92%

Queen of Earth (2015)

"An open wound, Moss is terrific, yet Queen of Earth feels a touch brittle and precious, like the swirly pink-hued script Perry employs for his end credits." ‐ Time Out
Posted Aug 27, 2015
3/5 92%

Grandma (2015)

"Director Paul Weitz's original story wobbles between satisfying moments of Elle's lefty defiance (she's shocked that Sage knows X-Men's Mystique but not The Feminine Mystique), and gestures that are depressingly obvious." ‐ Time Out
Posted Aug 27, 2015