Joanne Kaufman

Joanne Kaufman

Agrees with the Tomatometer 75% of the time.

Biography:
Wall Street Journal film critic.
Publications:
People Magazine , Wall Street Journal
Total Reviews:
71

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Rating T-Meter Title | Year Add Date
73% Fried Green Tomatoes (1991) " The script plods. Tandy looks as though she'd rather be elsewhere. The desire is understandable." — People Magazine
Posted Jun 2, 2014
95% Hero (2004) " As they move through the martial-arts sequences, the performers leave the impression that the laws of gravity are subject to amendment. The rules of love and war -- all's fair -- are, Hero makes clear, immutable." — Wall Street Journal
Posted Mar 18, 2014
25% Wicker Park (2004) " Wicker Park is built on such a goofy premise that your average soap-opera scriptwriter would laugh it out of a story meeting." — Wall Street Journal
Posted Mar 18, 2014
72% Forrest Gump (1994) " America's loss of innocence as filtered through the eyes of an innocent -- that's the theme of this plodding, heavy-handed parable." — People Magazine
Posted Jan 7, 2014
75% Crash (2004) " Ultimately, Crash succeeds in spite of itself. Its color war starts to feel obvious and schematic. Its coincidences and cliches become like a pileup on the 405 freeway, but there it is -- you find yourself rubbernecking and can't manage to look away." — Wall Street Journal
Posted Jan 6, 2014
63% Extract (2009) " Mr. Judge has done better, more pointed work before, notably in the cult-favorite workplace comedy Office Space." — Wall Street Journal
Posted Sep 3, 2009
87% Amreeka (2009) " Most important, Mr. Dabis knows that home -- what a fraught place! -- is, in equal measures, where the hurt is and where the heart is." — Wall Street Journal
Posted Sep 3, 2009
7% All About Steve (2009) " A head-banging excuse for a comedy." — Wall Street Journal
Posted Sep 3, 2009
84% The September Issue (2009) " The September Issue is old news, all the more so given the recent recession-driven transformation of the magazine landscape." — Wall Street Journal
Posted Aug 28, 2009
48% Taking Woodstock (2009) " Taking Woodstock is hardly a bad trip; just a very inconsequential one." — Wall Street Journal
Posted Aug 28, 2009
8% Post Grad (2009) " Post Grad delivers a murky message about love, work, family and Eskimo Pies." — Wall Street Journal
Posted Aug 21, 2009
58% Art & Copy (2009) " It all sounds rather grandiose, but it's hardly a surprising view from folks accustomed to thinking big." — Wall Street Journal
Posted Aug 21, 2009
68% My One and Only (2009) " Despite some clichéd set-pieces, the unassuming My One and Only keeps its balance and momentum." — Wall Street Journal
Posted Aug 21, 2009
88% Inglourious Basterds (2009) " All the trademark Tarantino flourishes are here -- the joyous splaying of gore; the self-referential dialogue; the artful artificiality and the juxtaposition of humor and violence -- but they don't add up to much." — Wall Street Journal
Posted Aug 21, 2009
90% District 9 (2009) " There's a wonderfully sly, farcical verve to these early moments, but it dissipates when the script, with its strains of E.T. and The Fly, moves into high sci-fi gear." — Wall Street Journal
Posted Aug 14, 2009
92% Ponyo (2009) " If the plot of Ponyo is small as a minnow, its themes -- the relationship between parent and child, between the young and the elderly, between friends, between man and nature -- are large and fully realized." — Wall Street Journal
Posted Aug 14, 2009
37% The Time Traveler's Wife (2009) " The movie moves at such an agonizingly stately pace that by the end, side effects be damned, Henry's time-traveling gene starts to look mighty appealing." — Wall Street Journal
Posted Aug 14, 2009
94% In the Loop (2009) " In the Loop is a confusingly plotted satire -- plan on being out of the loop -- that starts off at such a frantic pace and at so high a pitch that it really doesn't have anywhere to go." — Wall Street Journal
Posted Jul 24, 2009
30% The Answer Man (Arlen Faber) (2009) " Its crackly sarcasm and smart talk turn out to be simply coating for a soft, icky, center." — Wall Street Journal
Posted Jul 24, 2009
13% The Ugly Truth (2009) " The Ugly Truth wants to have it both ways, reveling in a misogyny it claims to deplore." — Wall Street Journal
Posted Jul 24, 2009
100% Ballet Shoes (2008) " [A] pleasant if uninspired adaptation of Noel Streatfeild's children's classic." — Wall Street Journal
Posted Aug 29, 2008
96% Trouble the Water (2008) " Filmmakers Tia Lessin and Carl Deal have fashioned a deeply moving story of resilience and redemption." — Wall Street Journal
Posted Aug 29, 2008
63% Traitor (2008) " Promising premise devolves into a by-the-numbers espionage thriller." — Wall Street Journal
Posted Aug 29, 2008
62% Hamlet 2 (2008) " Not since Death of a Salesman has failure been quite so entertaining." — Wall Street Journal
Posted Aug 22, 2008
41% The Rocker (2008) " The Rocker has the requisite vomit, the view of some very unfortunate hind quarters and the suds. It's also got a vein of sweetness and charm." — Wall Street Journal
Posted Aug 22, 2008
41% The House Bunny (2008) " House Bunny's Legally Blonde roots show." — Wall Street Journal
Posted Aug 22, 2008
83% Tropic Thunder (2008) " A gleeful, bumptious send-up of big-budget movies, big Hollywood egos." — Wall Street Journal
Posted Aug 15, 2008
81% Vicky Cristina Barcelona (2008) " A bittersweet meditation on art and passion and on love in its many guises." — Wall Street Journal
Posted Aug 15, 2008
18% Star Wars: The Clone Wars (2008) " Visually busy and visually forgettable, with a less than engaging story line, and characters who look like anime figures and move like the denizens of Geppetto's workshop, Wars will appeal only to the most tolerant, galactically minded children." — Wall Street Journal
Posted Aug 15, 2008
47% My Blueberry Nights (2007) " Alternately precious and vapid, the movie attempts to wrest metaphors from a jar of house keys, and eternal verities from pastry. Slice the pie how you will, it's still half-baked." — Wall Street Journal
Posted Apr 4, 2008
25% Sex and Death 101 (2007) " Neither particularly dark nor even remotely funny." — Wall Street Journal
Posted Apr 4, 2008
86% Shine a Light (2008) " Some may argue that Shine a Light could have used more such flavoring. Stones' fans won't be among them." — Wall Street Journal
Posted Apr 4, 2008
52% Leatherheads (2008) " There's a jaunty score by Randy Newman, and Clooney, as always, has charm to burn, but here, he's off his game." — Wall Street Journal
Posted Apr 4, 2008
82% Hors de Prix (Priceless) (2006) " Tawdry? Not for a minute. Credit a subtle and souffle-light script." — Wall Street Journal
Posted Mar 28, 2008
36% 21 (2008) " A none-too-winning blend of the unsettling and the unsurprising." — Wall Street Journal
Posted Mar 28, 2008
65% Stop-Loss (2008) " Swamped by clichés, continuity problems, stock characters and very good intentions." — Wall Street Journal
Posted Mar 28, 2008
41% Dedication (2007) " You can see where all this is going -- author meets illustrator, crazy person meets sane person, withholding person meets giving person -- but there isn't one interesting thing about the journey." — Wall Street Journal
Posted Aug 24, 2007
34% The Nanny Diaries (2007) " A clever, satiric novel turned dull-witted movie." — Wall Street Journal
Posted Aug 24, 2007
59% Resurrecting the Champ (2007) " The movie itself -- which deals (not very interestingly) with the issue of journalistic integrity and (very predictably) with father-son relationships -- doesn't pack much of a wallop." — Wall Street Journal
Posted Aug 24, 2007
19% The Invasion (2007) " Except for one terrifically adroit sequence in a subway, there is nothing understated about The Invasion." — Wall Street Journal
Posted Aug 16, 2007
61% Death at a Funeral (2007) " 'Wrong' is the operative word with Death at a Funeral, which in the first very funny 30 minutes shows its hand and then, unfortunately, continues to wave that hand frantically for the next hour." — Wall Street Journal
Posted Aug 16, 2007
88% Superbad (2007) " What's most memorable, most striking about Superbad is the canny evocation of male friendship in all its richness and complexity." — Wall Street Journal
Posted Aug 16, 2007
57% Becoming Jane (2007) " Austen comes off here more as stenographer than writer." — Wall Street Journal
Posted Aug 9, 2007
18% Rush Hour 3 (2007) " Jackie Chan and Chris Tucker have been through a lot together... Are they tired? Perhaps not, but their antics and action sequences certainly are." — Wall Street Journal
Posted Aug 9, 2007
76% Stardust (2007) " Immensely winning and visually arresting." — Wall Street Journal
Posted Aug 9, 2007
82% Talk to Me (2007) " Its dialogue, equal parts uptight honky and jumping jive seems, particularly in the early stretches, to have been generated by a computer." — Wall Street Journal
Posted Jul 27, 2007
60% Arctic Tale (2007) " Makes the mistake of anthropomorphizing its subjects and substitutes pallid whimsy for reportage." — Wall Street Journal
Posted Jul 26, 2007
41% No Reservations (2007) " It would have been nice to have some heat in the kitchen." — Wall Street Journal
Posted Jul 26, 2007
90% The Simpsons Movie (2007) " Hurray for Homer. Long may he rave." — Wall Street Journal
Posted Jul 26, 2007
91% Hairspray (2007) " The movie is a throwback to MGM musicals of the '50s. But it's a giddy, unselfconscious throwback. That in itself is refreshing." — Wall Street Journal
Posted Jul 20, 2007
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