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
2/5 43% 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 60% 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 98% 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 97% 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 92% 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
3/5 43% Midway (2019) Steel battleships and raining fire are Midway's primary colors; the movie flaunts its hugeness at every turn. You'll never mistake it for the real thing, but Emmerich's eye for historical detail is scary. - Time Out EDIT
Read More | Posted Nov 6, 2019
3/5 62% Motherless Brooklyn (2019) When brassy Cherry Jones shows up as a Jane Jacobs in all but name, shouting down the builders, you wish Norton would commit to the real-life showdown he'd clearly rather be making. - Time Out EDIT
Read More | Posted Nov 1, 2019
2/5 76% Doctor Sleep (2019) You could call it fan service, if the service is to teach fans that mimicking Stanley Kubrick's chilly elegance -- and even reshooting scenes from the original film with lookalike actors, a crime bordering on sacrilege -- doesn't make your take as scary. - Time Out EDIT
Read More | Posted Oct 30, 2019
3/5 25% Countdown (2019) As proven by Mary Elizabeth Winstead in Final Destination 3 or the spunky Jessica Rothe in Happy Death Day, these fate-driven, high-concept horror flicks can be redeemed by a committed central performance. Countdown's Elizabeth Lail joins their company. - Time Out EDIT
Read More | Posted Oct 26, 2019
3/5 68% Zombieland: Double Tap (2019) Heroically, Double Tap's new actors, rare though they are, save it from being completely brain-dead. - Time Out EDIT
Read More | Posted Oct 16, 2019
5/5 92% Uncut Gems (2019) The film goes deeper than the brothers ever have into a genuine affection for their various schemers, and that makes all the difference. - Time Out EDIT
Read More | Posted Oct 7, 2019
4/5 96% The Irishman (2019) After a while, you adjust, or rather, you get tired of probing the slightly-off evidence of your eyes and the headache it produces. There's a lot of fun to distract you. - Time Out EDIT
Read More | Posted Sep 27, 2019
3/5 81% Abominable (2019) There's comfort to be had in executing on such a durable formula, and -- life lessons accompanied by Coldplay's treacly "Fix You" aside -- Abominable usually resembles the swift adventure it wants to be. - Time Out EDIT
Read More | Posted Sep 25, 2019
4/5 85% Waves (2019) The artistic evolution Shults is undergoing makes him as exciting as anyone at work -- he's as sharp as the young Darren Aronofsky, and his heart is only growing larger. - Time Out EDIT
Read More | Posted Sep 20, 2019
1/5 27% Rambo: Last Blood (2019) Stallone may not be the best custodian of his own legacy. Graying, splotchy and barely intelligible, he turns in a self-negating performance, just as ugly on the inside. - Time Out EDIT
Read More | Posted Sep 20, 2019
3/5 92% Ford v Ferrari (2019) No points for knowing who takes the racing trophy, or for knowing which version of Ford v Ferrari -- the half-smart business fable or the rough-and-ready boys' own adventure -- ultimately wins you over. - Time Out EDIT
Read More | Posted Sep 14, 2019
2/5 24% The Goldfinch (2019) It's terrible when a beloved novel arrives onscreen with a self-important thud, and that's putting it diplomatically in the case of The Goldfinch. - Time Out EDIT
Read More | Posted Sep 11, 2019
4/5 79% Jojo Rabbit (2019) In its precision, Jojo Rabbit may remind you of Wes Anderson's The Grand Budapest Hotel, another comedy in which clownish forces of fascism squared off against love, humor and elegance -- both movies feel like they come from the same universe. - Time Out EDIT
Read More | Posted Sep 11, 2019
3/5 97% Knives Out (2019) Do not expect subtlety; it's the kind of movie that tells you the "game's afoot" twice. - Time Out EDIT
Read More | Posted Sep 9, 2019
3/5 95% A Beautiful Day in the Neighborhood (2019) Hanks, comfortable in his twinkly-eyed wheelhouse, is properly supportive -- it's a supporting role -- while Rhys becomes the movie's little boy, diving into his own daddy issues, hopefully resolving them in time to write the big heroic cover story. - Time Out EDIT
Read More | Posted Sep 8, 2019
3/5 96% The Personal History of David Copperfield (2020) On brightly lit lawns captured by cockeyed Terry Gilliam-esque camera angles, the film comes to fizzy, jaunty life -- nearly all of Iannucci's aggression has been squeezed into storyboarding. - Time Out EDIT
Read More | Posted Sep 6, 2019
4/5 93% Monos (2019) In between these atmospheric moments, something coheres in your head, a nightmarish thought. Is this our future? - Time Out EDIT
Read More | Posted Sep 3, 2019
4/5 63% It Chapter Two (2019) Even as it drifts into narrative indiscipline, you appreciate the movie's attempt to make sense of a troubled, beclowned present. - Time Out EDIT
Read More | Posted Sep 3, 2019
5/5 96% Marriage Story (2019) As he did with the underrated While We're Young, Baumbach is turning his signature comedies of urban dissatisfaction into something more universal. He has earned these scars. - Time Out EDIT
Read More | Posted Aug 29, 2019
3/5 88% Ready or Not (2019) As games go, this one's a little too easy to outfox, but it's worth playing if you need a quick diversion, or if the chess moves of The Favourite felt overly vicious -- Ready or Not is pure checkers. - Time Out EDIT
Read More | Posted Aug 16, 2019
4/5 82% Cold Case Hammarskjöld (2019) One thing is certain: If he's right about this one, he will have earned that pith helmet. - Time Out EDIT
Read More | Posted Aug 16, 2019
4/5 100% Apocalypse Now: Final Cut (2019) Neurotically, Coppola continues to toy with it, getting further away from his original impulses each year. - Time Out EDIT
Read More | Posted Aug 16, 2019
3/5 80% Good Boys (2019) At this point, after Superbad and Booksmart, we've hit upon a formula: dorky, essentially sweet-natured kids getting into R-rated trouble scored to DJ Shadow's "Nobody Speak." - Time Out EDIT
Read More | Posted Aug 9, 2019
3/5 78% Scary Stories to Tell in the Dark (2019) There's a sincere fondness for the power of imagination, one that makes the film more than a nostalgia-delivery device. If only it were scarier. - Time Out EDIT
Read More | Posted Aug 8, 2019
2/5 22% The Kitchen (2019) When featherweight Domhnall Gleeson, as an intense angel of death, is your feminist Irish mob movie's most interesting asset, you need to find Hollywood's witness-protection program immediately. - Time Out EDIT
Read More | Posted Aug 7, 2019
3/5 67% Fast & Furious Presents: Hobbs & Shaw (2019) ...They don't exactly have chemistry so much as a constant stream of simmering insults, many of which sting beautifully. When Statham calls Johnson's Hobbs a "giant tattooed baby," it's like being on the edge of an about-to-explode Krakatoa. - Time Out EDIT
Read More | Posted Jul 31, 2019
3/5 83% Crawl (2019) One day destined to be seen as a stealth metaphor for climate-change denial -- a brutal Florida hurricane plunges a house and its broken family into disaster -- Crawl will, for the time being, serve nicely as a merely okay giant alligator movie. - Time Out EDIT
Read More | Posted Jul 12, 2019
3/5 53% The Lion King (2019) This new Lion King is an invader of the real world, its characters akin to stuffed trophies mounted on the wall. They're lifelike, yes, but somehow not alive. - Time Out EDIT
Read More | Posted Jul 11, 2019
3/5 90% Spider-Man: Far From Home (2019) Almost aware of how thirsty it is, the new movie -- meta, irreverent and nowhere near a bad time -- works best when it plays like a vacation from seriousness. - Time Out EDIT
Read More | Posted Jun 27, 2019
2/5 64% Annabelle Comes Home (2019) When the doll has more vitality than the movie around it, there's a problem. - Time Out EDIT
Read More | Posted Jun 25, 2019
2/5 63% Child's Play (2019) Not helping matters is dead-eyed snark source Aubrey Plaza, somehow less expressive than the doll itself (creepily voiced by Mark Hamill). - Time Out EDIT
Read More | Posted Jun 20, 2019
5/5 83% Midsommar (2019) A savage yet evolved slice of Swedish folk-horror, Ari Aster's hallucinatory follow-up to Hereditary proves him a horror director with no peer. - Time Out EDIT
Read More | Posted Jun 19, 2019
2/5 23% Men in Black International (2019) It won't exactly make you hate movies, full stop, but Men in Black: International imposes such a generic dullness, it will have you seriously examining your entertainment choices. - Time Out EDIT
Read More | Posted Jun 12, 2019
5/5 94% In Fabric (2019) If you haven't yet guessed, Strickland's real terror concerns our addiction to buying things, and In Fabric goes way beyond zombies in a mall. - Time Out EDIT
Read More | Posted Jun 4, 2019
2/5 33% Domino (2019) The creative exhaustion is palpable, a near-total artistic disinterest. You can almost hear the director doing that impatient "get on with it" thing with his hand whenever the actors are emoting. - Time Out EDIT
Read More | Posted Jun 3, 2019
3/5 54% Ma (2019) It's an unusually potent atmosphere for a quickie Blumhouse horror project; you can't say this one is elevated by the presence of Octavia Spencer -- it's more that she allows herself to descend to the crazy-eyed pleasures of being monstrous. - Time Out EDIT
Read More | Posted May 29, 2019
3/5 42% Godzilla: King of the Monsters (2019) If you go to these things to see cities flambéed and flattened, you won't leave disappointed. At the same time -- almost impressively -- director and co-screenwriter Michael Dougherty is savvy enough to make the human drama monster-shaped. - Time Out EDIT
Read More | Posted May 28, 2019
4/5 97% Booksmart (2019) Actor-turned-director Olivia Wilde (shockingly, this is her behind-the-camera feature debut) shows off something rarer than technique or comic timing. She's got loads of compassion and has somehow managed to make a high-school movie without villains. - Time Out EDIT
Read More | Posted May 14, 2019
4/5 89% Arctic (2019) Brazilian director Joe Penna, a former viral YouTube star, seems to relish the chance to stretch out and slow down, training the focus of his almost John Carpenter-esque feature debut (shot in gorgeous Icelandic locations) on small acts of process. - Time Out EDIT
Read More | Posted May 13, 2019
4/5 90% John Wick: Chapter 3 - Parabellum (2019) Director Chad Stahelski is a fight-scene Fosse and Reeves is his Gwen Verdon: Parabellum takes the hall-of-mirrors high style of the second film and pushes it into overdrive. - Time Out EDIT
Read More | Posted May 13, 2019
1/5 14% The Hustle (2019) Actual laughs would have gone a distance, but even still, The Hustle would forever serve as incontrovertible evidence that flipping the script to create opportunities for women can sometimes result in the creation of an accidental Pandora's box. - Time Out EDIT
Read More | Posted May 9, 2019
3/5 81% Long Shot (2019) Eventually, a phoniness takes root in the script (credited to Dan Sterling and The Post's Liz Hannah), which morphs from scoring feminist points against a thinly veiled Fox News to selling out its Charlotte just when she needs her courage the most. - Time Out EDIT
Read More | Posted May 3, 2019