Times of Israel

Times of Israel is not a Tomatometer-approved publication. Reviews from this publication only count toward the Tomatometer® when written by the following Tomatometer-approved critic(s): Jordan Hoffman
Rating Title/Year Author
Wonder Woman 1984 (2020) Jordan Hoffman The plot is bewildering, the character motivations are muddy, and the action sequences - table stakes for this sort of thing - are underwhelming. EDIT
Posted Dec 22, 2020
The King of Staten Island (2020) Jordan Hoffman Despite "looking like an anorexic panda," [Pete Davidson] is a tidal wave of charisma and clever quips. EDIT
Posted Jun 8, 2020
Avengers: Endgame (2019) Jordan Hoffman The 3-hour culmination of 22 chapters in the Marvel Cinematic Universe is worth going back in time and watching again. EDIT
Posted Apr 29, 2019
Ask Dr. Ruth (2019) Jordan Hoffman Most of "Ask Dr. Ruth" is nonstop fun. No one else could look their interviewer in the eye and say "this is a stupid question!" in such a friendly, lovable way. EDIT
Posted Apr 26, 2019
Sunset (2018) Jordan Hoffman Approach as you would an impressionist painting. EDIT
Posted Mar 22, 2019
Untogether (2018) Jordan Hoffman Untogether is a very poorly made film with no real conclusion, and does nothing to dispel the notion that sometimes wealthy people make movies just because they can, not because they should. EDIT
Posted Feb 8, 2019
The Invisibles (2017) Jordan Hoffman Levi is still with us at age 94, and living in Germany. So for her, at least, hope and luck somehow were enough. EDIT
Posted Jan 17, 2019
Who Will Write Our History (2018) Jordan Hoffman It's not easy to thread this type of formalist needle, but Grossman maintains a level of urgency that is (and I hate describing movies about the Holocaust this way) quite entertaining. EDIT
Posted Jan 17, 2019
Adam Sandler: 100% Fresh (2018) Jordan Hoffman [Cements] the fact that Adam Sandler, whether you find him to be one of the comic greats or an immature idiot, is a mensch of the highest order. EDIT
Posted Nov 12, 2018
American Dharma (2018) Jordan Hoffman If anything, we should be thanking Errol Morris, who sat across from Stephen Bannon for days on end listening to his stories - so we didn't have to. EDIT
Posted Oct 18, 2018
The Ballad of Buster Scruggs (2018) Jordan Hoffman Fans of the Coen Brothers' work will be thrilled with "The Ballad of Buster Scruggs," as it offers so many varieties on what they do well. It regularly jumps between moments of loquacious absurdity to dusty existentialism. EDIT
Posted Oct 18, 2018
306 Hollywood (2018) Jordan Hoffman For every moment that feels overdone there are three moments that are genuinely touching. Then comes the coup-de-grâce. EDIT
Posted Sep 28, 2018
Memoir of War (2017) Jordan Hoffman A punch to the gut - but also remarkable for its specificity. EDIT
Posted Aug 21, 2018
Ant-Man and The Wasp (2018) Jordan Hoffman Paul Rudd is neither an aunt nor a WASP but he's fantastic in "Ant-Man and the Wasp." EDIT
Posted Jul 6, 2018
Spiral (2017) Jordan Hoffman I doubt I'll have stronger mixed feelings about a movie this year than Laura Fairrie's documentary "Spiral" EDIT
Posted Jun 29, 2018
Itzhak (2017) Jordan Hoffman An inspiring and upbeat film. EDIT
Posted Jun 5, 2018
Solo: A Star Wars Story (2018) Jordan Hoffman So it turns out Han Solo may have a lot in common with your grandparents. EDIT
Posted May 18, 2018
The 12th Man (2017) Jordan Hoffman The best freedom-fighting reindeer in all of cinema can be found right here in "The 12th Man." EDIT
Posted May 7, 2018
Love, Gilda (2018) Jordan Hoffman There's no doubt that D'Apolito loves Gilda, and as a result, this movie is pointless and anodyne. EDIT
Posted Apr 21, 2018
Hitler's Hollywood (2017) Jordan Hoffman "Hitler's Hollywood" is a nightmare and a warning in the least expected package: a cinema studies crash-course. It's up to us in the audience to learn from it. EDIT
Posted Apr 11, 2018
7 Days in Entebbe (2018) Jordan Hoffman Entebbe would have been far better served to simply tell the story of what happened, not set a stage for political speechifying. Every other movie about Israel does that, you'd think if any story could stay focused on some glory it would be this one. EDIT
Posted Mar 2, 2018
Annihilation (2018) Jordan Hoffman Can a flower be scary? Yes, a flower can be scary. EDIT
Posted Feb 23, 2018
Son of God (2014) Jordan Hoffman The film's low quality, however, is undeniable. The chintzy music over the closing credits, just after Jesus ascends to heaven in a cloud of bundled iMac special effects, is just laughable. EDIT
Posted Feb 1, 2018
Two Trains Runnin' (2016) Jordan Hoffman But for those who don't know about the martyred voter registration activists, this new film is an awakening on two levels. EDIT
Posted Feb 1, 2018
Triple 9 (2016) Jordan Hoffman At the end of the day, stories need to be about characters, not types. While nothing that ought to inspire a letter writing campaign from the ADL,"Triple 9" fails to make it past shorthand. EDIT
Posted Feb 1, 2018
Ben-Hur (2016) Jordan Hoffman The movie isn't really saying anything, and is just cruising on the fumes left over from our associations with a classic. EDIT
Posted Feb 1, 2018
Son of Saul (2015) Jordan Hoffman Perhaps one of the most striking works of art about the Holocaust yet made. EDIT
Posted Feb 1, 2018
Junction 48 (2016) Jordan Hoffman "Junction 48" is something worth checking out - particularly if you are a fan of Arabic hip-hop, which, now that I've seen this movie, I guess I am. EDIT
Posted Feb 1, 2018
Ben-Gurion, Epilogue (2016) Jordan Hoffman It is an often-mocked image, but it is explained here in terms of someone, even in their 80s, looking for change wherever one can find it. It may not be a bad idea to embrace other perspectives no matter where they come from. EDIT
Posted Feb 1, 2018
The Settlers (2016) Jordan Hoffman [Shimon] Dotan's documentary, is a commendable and effective work of propaganda. It gives you just enough of the "other side" to make it seem fair and balanced. EDIT
Posted Feb 1, 2018
Foxtrot (2017) Jordan Hoffman This is very much a universal story. And one shot with grace, confidence, humor and a visual flair that even makes cans of potted meat look beautiful. EDIT
Posted Feb 1, 2018
Disobedience (2017) Jordan Hoffman At first it seems like a typical push-pull between tradition and modernity, but once we dig in with the characters, it has the crackle and sympathy of real life. EDIT
Posted Feb 1, 2018
mother! (2017) Jordan Hoffman When you eventually see this you may hate it, but you can't say it isn't brilliant. EDIT
Posted Feb 1, 2018
Call Me by Your Name (2017) Jordan Hoffman "Call Me By Your Name" can be considered an idealistic film, but that's only natural for something about young people experiencing something wonderful for the first time. EDIT
Posted Feb 1, 2018
The Testament (2017) Jordan Hoffman "The Testament" is that sort of big movie, and concludes with an extra layer of buried poignancy. No, you actually haven't seen this story before. EDIT
Posted Feb 1, 2018
Obvious Child (2014) Jordan Hoffman Beyond the identity politics and humor, Obvious Child goes the extra mile to represent a seldom voiced, moderate position about a hot button topic. EDIT
Posted Jan 3, 2018
A German Life (2016) Jordan Hoffman If we are to Never Forget, we must also try, as difficult as it is, to understand. EDIT
Posted Dec 21, 2017
Star Wars: The Last Jedi (2017) Jordan Hoffman 'The Last Jedi' walks a fine line for fans, creating a solid standalone film that shines within the franchise canon. EDIT
Posted Dec 12, 2017
Phantom Thread (2017) Jordan Hoffman For Daniel Day-Lewis, I dare call it a perfect fit. EDIT
Posted Dec 7, 2017
The Post (2017) Jordan Hoffman There could not be a more timely film. EDIT
Posted Dec 7, 2017
Justice League (2017) Jordan Hoffman The whole world loves these characters, and so much time, effort and money has been hurled at this property. But the story in Justice League is practically non-existent -- and, even more insulting, the big Hollywood special effects look like garbage. EDIT
Posted Nov 15, 2017
Wonder Wheel (2017) Jordan Hoffman A terrific, dark look at nostalgia. EDIT
Posted Oct 13, 2017
No Place on Earth (2012) Jordan Hoffman This film, while hardly being a masterpiece of cinema, has more than its share of gripping moments and emotional revelations. EDIT
Posted Sep 26, 2017
Hannah Arendt (2012) Jordan Hoffman This all may sound all very heavy, but it is important to also point out that Hannah Arendt is also a good movie. EDIT
Posted Sep 26, 2017
Israel: A Home Movie (2013) Jordan Hoffman From a purely aesthetic point of view, Israel: A Home Movie is a cinematic essay. EDIT
Posted Sep 26, 2017
Zaytoun (2012) Jordan Hoffman Spoken plainly, the olives of Zaytoun are bland to the taste. EDIT
Posted Sep 26, 2017
Goldberg & Eisenberg (2013) Jordan Hoffman A low budget film that ably mixes genres is exciting enough, but it is doubly exciting to get an Israeli film that ignores (or, at least, is subtle about) the pervasive security or religious issues that are so common with other cinematic exports. EDIT
Posted Sep 26, 2017
The Green Prince (2014) Jordan Hoffman I suppose the basic truth of this film - that support of terrorism negates all shred of political virtue - is too powerful to ignore. EDIT
Posted Sep 26, 2017
Generation War (2014) Jordan Hoffman While Generation War is propulsive and determined to stay juicy (there's plenty of shooting and schtupping) it offers some surprising restraint when it comes to telling you how exactly to feel. EDIT
Posted Sep 26, 2017
The Monuments Men (2014) Jordan Hoffman My main takeaway from Monuments Men is that sometimes not every nifty true oddity from history needs to be made into a movie. EDIT
Posted Sep 26, 2017