Joshua Rothkopf

Joshua Rothkopf
Tomatometer-approved critic
Biography:
Senior Film Critic for Time Out New York
Official Websites: inthesetimes.com

Movie Reviews Only

T-Meter Title | Year
95% Once Upon a Time in the West (1968) If there had to be a final Western, Once Upon a Time in the West would be it. - Time Out EDIT
Read More | Posted Mar 24, 2020
89% The Five Obstructions (2003) Von Trier's antic documentary The Five Obstructions...comically reveals the Dogmatist at his torturous worst while tapping into appealing depths of insecurity he's never allowed himself. - In These Times EDIT
Read More | Posted Mar 16, 2020
70% Dogville (2003) Dogville's tongue-clucking point-and von Trier makes it broadly-is the hypocrisy of the Good Samaritan, but a less clinical film could have done so more powerfully. - In These Times EDIT
Read More | Posted Mar 16, 2020
95% Lost In Translation (2003) ...its pretty images of Tokyo and oddball intergenerational friendship coalesce into something unexpectedly moving... - In These Times EDIT
Read More | Posted Mar 16, 2020
56% Dallas 362 (2005) Dallas 362 sparked that rarer thrill of prodigious discovery. - In These Times EDIT
Read More | Posted Mar 16, 2020
79% The Saddest Music in the World (2004) ...even Guy Maddin, Canada's homegrown David Lynch, stumbled with his gorgeous but inconsequential comedy, The Saddest Music In The World. - In These Times EDIT
Read More | Posted Mar 16, 2020
32% In the Cut (2003) Meg Ryan is desperately, unpersuasively naked in Jane Campion's ludicrous erotic thriller... - In These Times EDIT
Read More | Posted Mar 16, 2020
77% Goodbye, Dragon Inn (2004) Tsai Ming-liang's stultifying Good Bye, Dragon Inn captures none of the magic of film despite being set in a movie palace on its final day of operations. - In These Times EDIT
Read More | Posted Mar 16, 2020
92% Shattered Glass (2003) What Billy Ray's confident debut lacks in situational dramatics...it more than makes up for in the central performance of young Hayden Christensen... - In These Times EDIT
Read More | Posted Mar 16, 2020
96% The Fog of War: Eleven Lessons from the Life of Robert S. McNamara (2003) [A] mesmerizing portrait of former U.S. Defense Secretary Robert S. McNamara... - In These Times EDIT
Read More | Posted Mar 16, 2020
94% S21: The Khmer Rouge Death Machine (2004) Pahn arrives at a coolly devastating picture of a regime that claimed more than 2 million lives. - In These Times EDIT
Read More | Posted Mar 16, 2020
76% Game Over: Kasparov and the Machine (2004) [It] suffers for its tidy reduction of the conflict to man-vs.-monolith romanticism; it does, however, work surprisingly well as a paranoid thriller, complete with screeching tires and telephoto lenses peeking out of the slate-gray windows... - In These Times EDIT
Read More | Posted Mar 16, 2020
85% The Yes Men (2004) Hilariously, The Yes Men follows a subversive group of well-organized activists posing as guest speakers... - In These Times EDIT
Read More | Posted Mar 16, 2020
75% Manufacturing Consent - Noam Chomsky and the Media (1993) [A] well-intentioned but undeniably dull take... - In These Times EDIT
Read More | Posted Mar 16, 2020
90% The Corporation (2004) Building its indictment carefully, with well-chosen interviews...The Corporation may leave you in a rage. - In These Times EDIT
Read More | Posted Mar 16, 2020
87% 28 Days Later (2003) Twenty-eight Days Later is a zombie flick, which makes it my kind of movie-dare I say, our kind of movie. No cinema zombie ever shambles into view without its agenda. - In These Times EDIT
Read More | Posted Mar 16, 2020
62% Hulk (2003) I ask you: Is this not the correct way, the honorable way, for a studio to spend $150 million of its summer capital? Universal said The Hulk, and Lee heard something else, perhaps a story of dysfunctional families torn apart by ambition. - In These Times EDIT
Read More | Posted Mar 16, 2020
76% 11'09''01 - September 11 (2002) Unified only by its depressing timidity and a surprising lack of relevance, 11'09"01 is a failure. - In These Times EDIT
Read More | Posted Mar 16, 2020
90% Russian Ark (2002) Perhaps no amount of skillful reasoning could have swayed our gatekeepers from their ignorance. But as Kiarostami himself suggested in his dignified statement to the press, the embarrassment is also his, and by extension our own. - In These Times EDIT
Read More | Posted Mar 16, 2020
88% Far From Heaven (2003) When a movie gets it all impeccably, heartbreakingly right, as does Todd Haynes' stunning Far from Heaven, some critics are tempted to gush deepest purple...I'll try to stay anchored to more sensible levels of bliss. - In These Times EDIT
Read More | Posted Mar 16, 2020
91% Adaptation (2002) There's no good reason why this should work-the picture is a schizzy, self-indulgent mess-but magically, it does. - In These Times EDIT
Read More | Posted Mar 16, 2020
78% 25th Hour (2003) Spike Lee's latest-his 20th feature including TV work-is at long last the raging masterpiece many have suspected him capable of. 25th Hour eclipses everything he's done before, including Do the Right Thing... - In These Times EDIT
Read More | Posted Mar 16, 2020
84% Morvern Callar (2002) Morvern Callar isn't just cool, it's downright arctic: Ramsay takes her alienation neat with rarely a chaser of glam. - In These Times EDIT
Read More | Posted Mar 16, 2020
88% The Son (Le Fils) (2003) The Dardennes build drama slowly and deliberately, often perching their handheld cameras right at their subjects' earlobes or on the backs of their necks. It's an odd choice, but one that works improbably well in achieving intimacy. - In These Times EDIT
Read More | Posted Mar 16, 2020
92% Dogtown and Z-Boys (2001) It's made with great authority; director Stacy Peralta, in his younger years, rode ramps with the best of them and was the movement's shrewdest self-promoter. - In These Times EDIT
Read More | Posted Mar 16, 2020
33% Windtalkers (2002) Woo reminds us that wars are fought by people; this is what makes his film great. - In These Times EDIT
Read More | Posted Mar 16, 2020
86% The Sixth Sense (1999) At root, his films are patient vindications of crazy faiths, of ghosts and comic book heroes. Loneliness is his theme, and when blessed with courageous performers, as in The Sixth Sense, he can take us just about anywhere. - In These Times EDIT
Read More | Posted Mar 16, 2020
74% Signs (2002) Signs is a tense experience; even the opening credits lunge at your throat with orchestral shrieks. It may one day reveal itself as a minor classic, a new Invasion of the Body Snatchers for the manufactured scare of its day. - In These Times EDIT
Read More | Posted Mar 16, 2020
95% Bowling for Columbine (2002) Readers of these pages need no introduction to Michael Moore, nor will they require any acrobatics on my part to go see Bowling for Columbine, which is (brace yourselves) pretty terrific. - In These Times EDIT
Read More | Posted Mar 16, 2020
85% Ni na bian ji dian (What Time Is It Over There?) (2001) Throughout, Tsai makes his rhymes work with an almost subliminal grace: from him to her, from clocks to hearts, from an ancient Paris graveyard to the modern passageways of locker-like columbaria... - In These Times EDIT
Read More | Posted Mar 16, 2020
83% Mulholland Drive (2001) With Mulholland Drive, the trance that comes so easily to him is finally charged with the doom of a classic. - In These Times EDIT
Read More | Posted Mar 16, 2020
82% Ocean's Eleven (2001) As we live and breathe, Steven Soderbergh is making the best kid-stuff for adults since Howard Hawks put Cary Grant in a sombrero. It's no small achievement. - In These Times EDIT
Read More | Posted Mar 16, 2020
91% The Lord of the Rings: The Fellowship of the Ring (2001) Jackson is working from obvious passion; he knows the most special of effects are expected of him but deploys his technology smartly. - In These Times EDIT
Read More | Posted Mar 16, 2020
80% The Royal Tenenbaums (2002) If it sounds bittersweet, it is, but like the best family albums, Tenenbaums is split wide with open-heartedness, and equally generous with its triumphs and failures. - In These Times EDIT
Read More | Posted Mar 16, 2020
3% Rollerball (2002) Rollerball is an unbelievable bomb, but one of the most educational-revealing corporate desperation at its vulgar low. - In These Times EDIT
Read More | Posted Mar 16, 2020
90% Together (2001) Moodysson excels at this delicate staging of inappropriateness; his true theme begins to cohere out of the sullen stares of children forced to tap undeveloped reserves of patience as the adults test the limits of liberation. - In These Times EDIT
Read More | Posted Mar 16, 2020
44% Planet of the Apes (2001) No remake would have been deemed complete without a shockaroo ending-and this Apes has its lulu, which I won't disclose-but it leaves behind the stink of arbitrary mystification. - In These Times EDIT
Read More | Posted Mar 16, 2020
93% Memento (2000) Memento would only be half as fun with only one gimmick or the other. Instead, the backward storytelling and the frozen man make for a wonderful pair, combining into something far more redemptive than it sounds. - In These Times EDIT
Read More | Posted Mar 16, 2020
2/5 57% The Hunt (2020) A political football that arrives punctured and sputtering, this toothless class satire - an equal-opportunity offender - shouldn't have pre-enraged anyone. It's hardly the Hollywood takedown the MAGA crowd feared. - Empire Magazine EDIT
Read More | Posted Mar 11, 2020
37% Downhill (2020) Inexplicably, Ferrell is the weakest link, downplaying his character's blooming sense of insecurity despite a celebrated propensity for arialike tantrums. Why wasn't he allowed to go full Step Brothers? - Sight and Sound EDIT
Read More | Posted Mar 5, 2020
3/5 20% Cats (2019) Cats may flop but it will be found by a likeminded audience, maybe the same one that rescued The Greatest Showman. Don't be the sourpuss to tell these people they're wrong. - Time Out EDIT
Read More | Posted Dec 18, 2019
3/5 51% Star Wars: The Rise of Skywalker (2019) It feels like a massive retrenchment -- privately, a rebellion seems to have been fought and lost -- and only the most loyal fans will be happy about it. - Time Out EDIT
Read More | Posted Dec 18, 2019
2/5 38% Black Christmas (2019) It's a movie made for a syllabus, not to entertain. - Time Out EDIT
Read More | Posted Dec 12, 2019
3/5 70% Bombshell (2019) The material is worthy, but this continuing struggle deserves a more nuanced take. - Time Out EDIT
Read More | Posted Dec 9, 2019
4/5 97% The Cave (2019) A profile in courage under fire, The Cave sometimes relieves its enervating tension with occasional MASH-like interludes of levity: a surprise birthday party, some bickering over rice recipes, thoughtful drags on cigarettes. - Time Out EDIT
Read More | Posted Nov 27, 2019
3/5 82% Queen & Slim (2019) Investing their roles with a somber thoughtfulness, the leads do exquisite work, even when the situation pushes them toward bad decisions or stereotypes. - Time Out EDIT
Read More | Posted Nov 27, 2019
5/5 94% Little Women (2019) If this isn't the Little Women you remember, either on page or screen, that's understandable. But it's likely the one you felt, and that's more important. - Time Out EDIT
Read More | Posted Nov 25, 2019
3/5 90% Dark Waters (2019) Of course we all hate insidious environmental destruction; it's valuable to have movies about that. This one works fine enough. But let the other less-talented filmmakers make them. - Time Out EDIT
Read More | Posted Nov 15, 2019
2/5 52% Charlie's Angels (2019) For all of its #MeToo heavy lifting, though, the film still doesn't work, mainly for the same reasons as before: Constructed as symbols (not human beings), these characters have too much spy stuff to do and yet, not quite enough. - Time Out EDIT
Read More | Posted Nov 12, 2019
3/5 62% Final Destination 5 (2011) Among this cast of unluckies, there is no future Jamie Lee Curtis. But you do take the film home with you -- to all your own toys -- and that's what decent horror is supposed to do. - Time Out EDIT
Read More | Posted Nov 7, 2019