Wesley Morris

Wesley Morris

Agrees with the Tomatometer 73% of the time.

Publications:
Boston Globe , Film Comment Magazine , Grantland , San Francisco Chronicle , San Francisco Examiner
Total Reviews:
2158

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Rating T-Meter Title | Year Add Date
82% The Unknown Known (2014) " What emerges is a fascinating portrait of a bygone approach to power, marked by a seemingly contradictory mix of transparency and obfuscation. Rumsfeld embodies that discrepancy." — Grantland
Posted Apr 11, 2014
49% Rio 2 (2014) " Rio 2 has a childish, delicious-looking beauty. It's like watching a box of Froot Loops explode just beyond the tip of your nose. Bring milk." — Grantland
Posted Apr 11, 2014
63% Draft Day (2014) " It's a sign of Costner's enduring stardom that he can skate through a movie this hyperactive and dull, yet still have you like him." — Grantland
Posted Apr 11, 2014
22% Sabotage (2014) " I don't know what Ayer is trying to prove by dunking the camera in spilled guts and having it linger over charred and frozen corpses." — Grantland
Posted Apr 3, 2014
63% Bad Words (2014) " I didn't like anything about the movie before discovering what Guy is up to. I actively hated it after I figured out what was actually going on." — Grantland
Posted Apr 3, 2014
55% Dom Hemingway (2014) " The movie keeps crashing into crude shtick, cliché, and mawkishness." — Grantland
Posted Apr 3, 2014
84% Under the Skin (2014) " Glazer's made an icy thriller of ontological and existential proportions. What does it mean to be human, to be alive? In Johansson he has a star who doesn't fear being a repository of those questions." — Grantland
Posted Apr 3, 2014
89% Captain America: The Winter Soldier (2014) " I had fun. But I could have had more." — Grantland
Posted Apr 3, 2014
40% Cesar Chavez (2014) " With Peña, the question is this: Are the movies brave enough to give him the chance he deserves? He's a wonderful Cesar Chavez." — Grantland
Posted Mar 28, 2014
77% Noah (2014) " Aronofsky and his cowriter, Ari Handel, have whipped up all this strife, and none of it works." — Grantland
Posted Mar 28, 2014
79% Muppets Most Wanted (2014) " Too much of the joy imparted by Muppets Most Wanted has too little to do with the Muppets themselves." — Grantland
Posted Mar 26, 2014
40% Divergent (2014) " The climactic chases, shootouts, and fistfights have been staged, filmed, and edited with insobriety. Visual clarity shouldn't be too much to ask from these movies, even if they fail to achieve ideological coherence." — Grantland
Posted Mar 21, 2014
88% The Wind Rises (2014) " The pastel palette bespeaks a determined, almost demented lightness." — Grantland
Posted Mar 13, 2014
22% Son Of God (2014) " People will always want to spend money for this sort of thing, even if they've already seen it. And in this case, they've literally already seen it." — Grantland
Posted Feb 28, 2014
60% Non-Stop (2014) " Anyone planning to see Non-Stop should probably just go see it. This is one of those near-perfect, peeled-onion, airplane-hijacking thrillers in which each removed layer brings you closer to a single, happy tear." — Grantland
Posted Feb 28, 2014
24% Pompeii (2014) " No matter how much lava is afoot, there's always time to impale one more person with a sword." — Grantland
Posted Feb 21, 2014
70% About Last Night (2014) " his film has the looseness of a movie made of outtakes -- but they mostly work, and they mostly involve Hall and Hart. They're the undercard that takes over the movie." — Grantland
Posted Feb 14, 2014
48% RoboCop (2014) " Padilha is Brazilian, and it's interesting that both RoboCops have been made by men whose non-Hollywood work focused on their respective countries' curdled politics." — Grantland
Posted Feb 14, 2014
15% Endless Love (2014) " This remake has almost nothing to do with Spencer's novel. It's the kind of film you make when you've run out of Nicholas Sparks books." — Grantland
Posted Feb 14, 2014
13% Winter's Tale (2014) " We never come to understand the magic that keeps Farrell looking like a member of My Chemical Romance for 10 decades. We never know why consumption makes women sexy." — Grantland
Posted Feb 14, 2014
97% The Last of the Unjust (2014) " [Lanzmann's] documentary doesn't deserve an audience so much as demand one." — Grantland
Posted Feb 7, 2014
11% The Nut Job (2014) " The whole thing looks like a video game you'd rather not play." — Grantland
Posted Feb 7, 2014
96% The Lego Movie (2014) " I stopped laughing because after 20 minutes, I'd had enough. The conceit gets stale fast." — Grantland
Posted Feb 7, 2014
33% The Monuments Men (2014) " I can't think of another movie that feels as simultaneously rushed and leisurely." — Grantland
Posted Feb 7, 2014
77% Infinitely Polar Bear " The scenes are all playful, but they've got a real emotional edge and all of the children in the movie perform with a comical bitterness: They all feel cheated out of something." — Grantland
Posted Feb 6, 2014
22% That Awkward Moment (2014) " A moderately smart movie would have pushed back against the formula. That Awkward Moment simply mistakes being obnoxious for being clever." — Grantland
Posted Feb 3, 2014
18% Ride Along (2014) " As a comedian [Hart] has been begging for Hollywood's attention for five years. He has it now, but you've got to believe he can do better than this." — Grantland
Posted Feb 3, 2014
39% Paranormal Activity: The Marked Ones (2014) " There's no getting past the nonsense formality of taking that camera everywhere." — Grantland
Posted Jan 17, 2014
89% Frozen (2013) " Frozen reminds you how many animated films rely more on inside jokes. It's modern without being hip, earnest with being sappy." — Grantland
Posted Jan 17, 2014
76% Lone Survivor (2014) " The film's director, Peter Berg, wants to immerse you so deeply that you feel as if your bones are breaking, too. There's a price, of course, for that kind of immersion: It becomes tough to see the movie for the drum-beating." — Grantland
Posted Jan 10, 2014
34% The Internship (2013) " You don't need a heart to like this movie. You need an MBA." — Grantland
Posted Jan 6, 2014
93% Frances Ha (2013) " One of the happiest sights you'll see all summer is a montage of Gerwig running and twirling across Chinatown with David Bowie's "Modern Love" on the soundtrack." — Grantland
Posted Jan 6, 2014
74% The East (2013) " Marling and Batmanglij don't fear or resent entertainment: They make effective thrillers... If they reach a major studio and bigger budget, they could be the right kind of dangerous." — Grantland
Posted Jan 6, 2014
83% This Is the End (2013) " There's wonder here that films with quadruple the effects budget would kill for." — Grantland
Posted Jan 6, 2014
98% Before Midnight (2013) " This is a universal X-ray of bourgeois love, one that in a few decades will get around to something like Amour." — Grantland
Posted Jan 6, 2014
94% Museum Hours (2013) " Amid all the looking and dissection, Cohen demonstrates an understanding of the individual need for increasingly elusive privacy that feels urgent, wistful, and quaint." — Grantland
Posted Jan 6, 2014
20% Girl Most Likely (2013) " Berman and Pulcini -- American Splendor, The Nanny Diaries -- found a tone somewhere between tragedy and nonsense." — Grantland
Posted Jan 6, 2014
85% The Way Way Back (2013) " The film has been complacently concocted for likability even as it gives you very little that's real, structured, or spontaneous enough to enjoy." — Grantland
Posted Jan 6, 2014
86% The Conjuring (2013) " Every hand that reaches into a wardrobe, every nervous trip into that basement just gets on your nerves. Satan needs to get over himself." — Grantland
Posted Jan 6, 2014
58% Riddick (2013) " He's spent the bulk of his career hiding in franchises, hypermasculinizing himself. We can live with this. But this new movie makes you wonder whether Diesel can." — Grantland
Posted Jan 6, 2014
35% Salinger (2013) " The movie has a shallow, paparazzo literalism. It just wants to catch the legendarily reclusive Salinger getting into a Jeep." — Grantland
Posted Jan 6, 2014
65% The Heat (2013) " McCarthy's an actress who needs a foil, and for now Bullock is more than good enough. I just wish these two had found each other 10 years ago." — Grantland
Posted Jan 6, 2014
51% White House Down (2013) " White House Down is terrible. The acting? The effects? The villainy? All bad. The politics are a hot mess." — Grantland
Posted Jan 6, 2014
68% Trance (2013) " Trance is high-order, film noir nonsense that takes Boyle back to the thrillers he made at the start of his career with John Hodge (he wrote Trance, too), like Shallow Grave and Trainspotting, that were preoccupied with the grimy corners of the psyche." — Grantland
Posted Jan 6, 2014
78% 42 (2013) " So 66 years after Robinson became the first black major league baseball player, here we are with 42, which has been made with such reverence for Robinson's importance that Robinson is barely there." — Grantland
Posted Jan 6, 2014
43% The Call (2013) " This is a cleverly made, smartly written, totally satisfying armrest-gripper." — Grantland
Posted Jan 6, 2014
36% The Incredible Burt Wonderstone (2013) " Since every funny moment here involves cynicism, arrogance, heartlessness, and self-destruction, you never believe the movie when it's telling you how nice and contrite these characters are." — Grantland
Posted Jan 6, 2014
56% Snitch (2013) " Snitch runs close to two hours, and it's a credit to Summit Entertainment that they didn't reduce it to 90 minutes of Mexican drug loons trying to run John's truck off the highway." — Grantland
Posted Jan 6, 2014
28% Broken City (2013) " It's a local-government corruption thriller that doesn't care about logic or consistency or the people watching it." — Grantland
Posted Jan 6, 2014
15% Temptation (2013) " Perry's movies have become so thematically grandiose, visually incoherent, and self-defensively bourgeois that the only way to receive them lately is as a cynic." — Grantland
Posted Jan 3, 2014
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