Joshua Rothkopf

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For 966 reviews, this critic has graded:
  • 47% higher than the average critic
  • 3% same as the average critic
  • 50% lower than the average critic
On average, this critic grades 1.9 points higher than other critics. (0-100 point scale)

Joshua Rothkopf's Scores

  • Movies
  • TV
Average review score: 65
Highest review score: 100 We Need to Talk About Kevin
Lowest review score: 20 Red Lights
Score distribution:
  1. Negative: 52 out of 966
966 movie reviews
    • 62 Metascore
    • 80 Joshua Rothkopf
    Parents will feel heard by this movie in a way that few other films have tried. Everyone else should go for the kid, who's a rocket taking off. You want to be able to say you were there when it happened.
    • 88 Metascore
    • 100 Joshua Rothkopf
    It’s a lot of plot for one sitting, but Widows will remind you of how massively entertaining crime movies can be, especially when they’re animated by the spirit of cool-headed capability, on and offscreen.
    • 65 Metascore
    • 80 Joshua Rothkopf
    A punk call-to-arms about being yourself, this Joan Jett documentary vibrates with attitude and a true spirit of independence.
    • 35 Metascore
    • 40 Joshua Rothkopf
    Entertainingly, Hardy lets himself get jerked around, Evil Dead–style, but he’s never enough of a jerk—so much for that journo-snoop backstory—and Venom isn’t vicious enough to justify its own existence.
    • 87 Metascore
    • 80 Joshua Rothkopf
    How filmmaker Robert Greene got an entire town to ham it up remains a mystery, but his gift for inviting self-interrogation (also on display in his equally fascinating Kate Plays Christine, a 2016 hybrid about an actor’s plunge into the life of a suicidal newscaster) marks him as an innovator who may become a future Errol Morris.
    • 91 Metascore
    • 80 Joshua Rothkopf
    What makes The Favourite work are its women—who rule, both literally within the movie and outwardly, dominating our enjoyment.
    • 74 Metascore
    • 80 Joshua Rothkopf
    The subtle pleasure of watching Tyrel comes from raising an eyebrow at every inferred (implied?) slight.
    • 69 Metascore
    • 80 Joshua Rothkopf
    What makes Moore’s latest so ferocious—and pound for pound his most effective piece of journalism—is the way it pivots to a meaty central subject that isn’t Trump but has prescient echoes.
    • 82 Metascore
    • 60 Joshua Rothkopf
    Cosmatos needs you to be charitable toward his performances. Or, barring that, he needs you to be stoned. Many will oblige: Mandy is an instant midnight mood, graced by a thickly menacing synth score by composer Jóhann Jóhannsson (Sicario), whose recent death from a drug overdose robs us of not only a singular talent but also an obvious superfan of Vangelis.
    • 67 Metascore
    • 60 Joshua Rothkopf
    Once A Simple Favor hits the first of several I-can’t-believe-they-went there moments (there are a few too many), it loses some of its lure, and Feig never quite regains tonal control. But you won’t be bored by this.
    • 84 Metascore
    • 80 Joshua Rothkopf
    Let those who come to the theater counting American flags get incensed over nothing. They’ll miss something more provocative: a moment when the nation pursued excellence and, in turn, was celebrated for how smart it could be, and how big it could dream.
    • 68 Metascore
    • 80 Joshua Rothkopf
    What elevates Halloween beyond mere fan service is the presence of Jamie Lee Curtis, whose willowy Laurie Strode has been converted, Sarah Connor–style, into a shotgun-toting shut-in with more than a hint of crazy about her.
    • 48 Metascore
    • 60 Joshua Rothkopf
    Were it not for the hard-R violence and a generous amount of computerized splatter, The Predator would play like a slightly naughtier Independence Day or Armageddon, sci-fi movies that had their squareness dirtied up by pop-culture-riffing jokesters hired to polish up a draft or two.
    • 77 Metascore
    • 100 Joshua Rothkopf
    It’s only hours afterward that Guadagnino’s film will cohere for you and yield its buried treasures: the bonds of secret sorority, the strength of a line of dancers moving like a single organism, the present rippling with the muscle memory of the past. It’s so good, it’s scary.
    • 88 Metascore
    • 80 Joshua Rothkopf
    Calling the new A Star Is Born a “valentine” from its star, Lady Gaga, to her fans sounds a bit coy and delicate, so let’s call it what it really is: a hot French kiss (with full-on tongue), filled with passion, tears and a staggering amount of chutzpah.
    • 52 Metascore
    • 60 Joshua Rothkopf
    Amazingly, the remake—by Danish director Michael Noer—is nearly as long and equally as depressing. But he’s made a slightly more exciting movie.
    • 27 Metascore
    • 20 Joshua Rothkopf
    Stuffed with lifeless gags, this cringeworthy puppet provocation is too pleased with its own naughtiness.
    • 51 Metascore
    • 80 Joshua Rothkopf
    What makes this latest installment such a riot — apart from having more money than usual, thereby allowing the practical special effects to achieve a splattery early–Peter Jackson glee — is its original script by "Brawl in Cell Block 99’s" S. Craig Zahler.
    • 63 Metascore
    • 60 Joshua Rothkopf
    The film works best during its (too-brief) getting-to-know-you section, which balances humor against snarly danger.
    • 75 Metascore
    • 60 Joshua Rothkopf
    If you remember Larry Clark’s downbeat 1995 "Kids," a vastly more adventurous movie, you’ll feel a depressing sense of indie sellout.
    • 46 Metascore
    • 40 Joshua Rothkopf
    The Meg proves only that, at least cinematically speaking, great-white movies may have finally jumped the shark.
    • 85 Metascore
    • 60 Joshua Rothkopf
    The plot takes a timely turn toward homegrown terrorism, and even as cinematographer Alexander Dynan amasses ominous clouds, the film’s break from head-bound matters is a tonic.
    • 59 Metascore
    • 100 Joshua Rothkopf
    The ambition of Under the Silver Lake is worth cherishing. It will either evaporate into nothingness or cohere into something you’ll want to hug for being so wonderfully weird.
    • 72 Metascore
    • 80 Joshua Rothkopf
    RBG
    Finding reciprocity—in the eyes of the law, your partner, your colleagues—is the essence of this documentary, one that comes at a moment that desperately lacks it.
    • 75 Metascore
    • 80 Joshua Rothkopf
    Everyone rises to the occasion of a special project of subtle significance: a comedy about nothing less than the proper way to say goodbye to the past.
    • 48 Metascore
    • 40 Joshua Rothkopf
    Bland, artless and unoriginal, it's a horror sequel as faceless as its mask-wearing killers.
    • 68 Metascore
    • 60 Joshua Rothkopf
    It’s hard to give sibling co-directors Joe and Anthony Russo (makers of the thornier Captain America films) any credit—or blame, really—for steering a product that’s been so corporately fine-tuned. They toggle dutifully between million-dollar quips and Wrestlemania smackdowns, and when they find room for a vista of galactic stillness, it’s not out of any inspired vision so much as the need for air.
    • 89 Metascore
    • 80 Joshua Rothkopf
    The film’s languorous, tangential flow isn’t for everyone, but you’ll be surprised by how easily you can roll with it, especially if you tune into Zama’s cringe-funny frequency.
    • 35 Metascore
    • 40 Joshua Rothkopf
    Truth or Dare ultimately plays like soap-opera trash.
    • 46 Metascore
    • 60 Joshua Rothkopf
    The Broken Tower feels unique as a young man’s tribute to an adventuresome, doomed soul.

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