Tablet

Tablet is not a Tomatometer-approved publication. Reviews from this publication only count toward the Tomatometer when written by the following Tomatometer-approved critic(s): J. Hoberman
Rating Title/Year Author
Zero Motivation (2014) Anna Altman Lavie doesn't shy away from juxtaposing the grave with the absurd. EDIT
Posted Dec 4, 2018
The Death of Stalin (2017) J. Hoberman Even played for comedy, the conditions surrounding, the characters affected by, and the succession struggle that followed Stalin's death are so rich in human drama as to be potentially Shakespearean. EDIT
Posted Mar 8, 2018
Bombshell: The Hedy Lamarr Story (2017) J. Hoberman With all due respect, so far as movies are concerned, the Jewish "Wonder Woman" of 2017 is not Gal Gadot but Hedwig Kiesler. EDIT
Posted Nov 30, 2017
No Home Movie (2015) J. Hoberman A 115-minute film hewed from some 40 hours of footage shot over a period of several months, No Home Movie has a sense of Warholian acceptance. EDIT
Posted Oct 5, 2017
The Kindergarten Teacher (2014) J. Hoberman The internationally acclaimed filmmaker's new 'The Kindergarten Teacher' takes Jewish insularity to terrific extremes. EDIT
Posted Aug 16, 2017
Dark Horse (2015) J. Hoberman The funny, sad Dark Horse adds a creepy loser in love to the director's catalog of misanthropes. EDIT
Posted Aug 16, 2017
The Three Stooges (2012) J. Hoberman The brutish schtick got old a long time ago. EDIT
Posted Aug 16, 2017
The Possession (2012) J. Hoberman By objectifying Jews as exotic others rather than presenting them as subjects, the Raimi production eliminates the precise element that would have been most powerful for a Jewish audience. EDIT
Posted Aug 16, 2017
Lincoln (2012) J. Hoberman Lincoln is an engrossing and even stirring civics lesson that tries, with admirable responsibility if only mixed success, to give voice to black America. EDIT
Posted Aug 15, 2017
Laavor et hakir (2016) J. Hoberman The Wedding Plan is not founded on magic realism so much as cosmic ambiguity. The movie's final scene is fascinating for its sleight of hand. EDIT
Posted May 12, 2017
The Settlers (2016) J. Hoberman [A] compelling, strongly articulated documentary portrait of Israelis and others living adjacent to the state of Israel on the occupied West Bank. EDIT
Posted Mar 7, 2017
Stars (Sterne) (1959) J. Hoberman As a movie, Sterne manages to be both lyrical and monumental. As a statement, it practices a dialectic of unity and isolation. EDIT
Posted Jan 18, 2017
Demon (2015) J. Hoberman Demon, Wrona's third and last feature, a Polish-Israeli co-production, is a supernatural film, as well as a family of melodrama and extremely dark comedy. EDIT
Posted Sep 14, 2016
Parental Guidance (2012) J. Hoberman A strong candidate for the worst movie I've seen all year. EDIT
Posted May 5, 2016
The Guilt Trip (2012) J. Hoberman The Guilt Trip struck me something best viewed on an airplane. EDIT
Posted May 5, 2016
This Is 40 (2012) J. Hoberman This Is 40 is intermittently funny, frequently embarrassing and, at 134 minutes, quite a bit too long. EDIT
Posted May 5, 2016
Footnote (2011) J. Hoberman Everything now in place, Footnote's almost wordless last 15 minutes are exquisitely choreographed. EDIT
Posted May 3, 2016
The Loneliest Planet (2011) J. Hoberman A triumphantly visual movie, The Loneliest Planet develops an interplay between freedom and confinement. EDIT
Posted May 3, 2016
Dark Horse (2011) J. Hoberman An exercise in compassionate misanthropy. EDIT
Posted May 3, 2016
The Dictator (2012) J. Hoberman The problem is that, unlike Ali G, Borat, and Brüno, Aladeen is less a force of nature than a scripted performance. EDIT
Posted May 3, 2016
Eva Hesse (2016) J. Hoberman Hesse's interest was more a matter of process than product. Begleiter's movie picks up the next two sentences to give Hesse the poignant existential credo that serves as her last word. "Life doesn't last; art doesn't last. It doesn't matter." EDIT
Posted Apr 26, 2016
Rabin, the Last Day (2015) J. Hoberman As close as my political beliefs may be to Gitai's and as sympathetic as I am to his analysis, I can't help but mistrust his filmmaking. EDIT
Posted Feb 1, 2016
Room 237 (2012) J. Hoberman Do the Kabbalist readings or wild free associations that Room 237 celebrates improve The Shining? Let's say that they create a parallel text: Lost in the Overlook, in search of the overlooked. EDIT
Posted Dec 31, 2015
Hannah Arendt (2012) J. Hoberman Hannah Arendt is ultimately a pleasure, because Sukowa plays the most forbidding of intellectuals as a fabulous, passionate doll. EDIT
Posted Dec 31, 2015
The Act of Killing (2012) J. Hoberman Once you grasp just what is being enacted on the screen, The Act of Killing becomes something like a candy-colored moral migraine. An existential nausea is inevitable. EDIT
Posted Dec 31, 2015
Inside Llewyn Davis (2013) J. Hoberman Isaac's folk-singing Llewyn Davis may be an arrogant loser and the butt of a cosmic joke but he's something more than a cartoon. So is the movie ... EDIT
Posted Dec 31, 2015
The Last of the Unjust (2013) J. Hoberman The best one can say for this troubling, if intermittently fascinating, mess is that it succeeds in raising questions, moral as well as aesthetic, that it cannot answer. EDIT
Posted Dec 31, 2015
Noah (2014) J. Hoberman The film oscillates between glitzy existential horror and somber showbiz spectacle. EDIT
Posted Dec 31, 2015
Ida (2013) J. Hoberman Ida is not only an evocation of early '60s Poland, the period of Pawlikowski's childhood, but a film that gives the illusion that it could have been made then. EDIT
Posted Dec 31, 2015
Listen Up Philip (2014) J. Hoberman Well-written, strongly acted, and often very funny ... EDIT
Posted Dec 31, 2015
Phoenix (2014) J. Hoberman The movie is fluid, suspenseful, and preposterous-although, more historically than psychologically, and not necessarily in a negative sense. EDIT
Posted Dec 31, 2015
Son of Saul (2015) J. Hoberman Increasingly allegorical but never less than visceral (visceral and thoughtful) ... a film about the aftermath of a miracle and then a series of miracles that, in its brutal tact, compassion, and intelligence, is something of a miracle itself. EDIT
Posted Dec 31, 2015