Joe Gross

Joe Gross

Agrees with the Tomatometer 81% of the time.

Publications:
Austin American-Statesman
Total Reviews:
87

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Rating T-Meter Title | Year Review
C 74% St. Vincent (2014) " On the whole, St. Vincent is a jumble of twee, American independent film clichés that felt finished by the time Garden State left theaters. " ‐ Austin American-Statesman
Posted Oct 16, 2014
B- 81% Fury (2014) " Tank combat and a lot of blood: That's about it to Fury. There's nothing wrong with that, but there are moments where Fury seems to be reaching for gravitas, a weight that the script never quite delivers. " ‐ Austin American-Statesman
Posted Oct 16, 2014
A- 97% 20,000 Days on Earth (2014) " Visual artists and first-time feature directors Iain Forsyth and Jane Pollard have given 20,000 Days a potent mix of the raw and the cooked. " ‐ Austin American-Statesman
Posted Oct 2, 2014
A 88% Gone Girl (2014) " Gone Girl is the thriller of the year, a master-class in pacing and tension from one of the great American directors. " ‐ Austin American-Statesman
Posted Oct 2, 2014
4/5 39% Tusk (2014) " Even if Smith is preaching to the converted, it's nice to hear his goofy voice once more. " ‐ Austin American-Statesman
Posted Sep 18, 2014
C+ 88% The Drop (2014) " Where did this frustrating movie go wrong? There are multiple possible choke points. " ‐ Austin American-Statesman
Posted Sep 11, 2014
A- 100% No No: A Dockumentary (2014) " They absolutely, positively don't make 'em like that anymore. " ‐ Austin American-Statesman
Posted Sep 4, 2014
D 7% The Identical (2014) " There is a powerful movie to be made about Elvis and Jesse, about survivor's guilt and fame.The Identical isn't it. " ‐ Austin American-Statesman
Posted Sep 4, 2014
B 44% Sin City: A Dame to Kill For (2014) " The images on-screen hewing ever more closely to Miller's original comics. Streets have rarely looked so mean, yet so removed from reality. " ‐ Austin American-Statesman
Posted Aug 21, 2014
70% Ragnarok (2014) " An old school Hollywood style action adventure from a country not exactly known for them, director Mikkel Sandemose has packed Ragnarok with good-natured cinematic nods to Raiders of the Lost Ark, Jurassic Park and Alien. " ‐ Austin American-Statesman
Posted Aug 18, 2014
C- 33% The Expendables 3 (2014) " The Expendables 3 doesn't pretend it's anything other than a vector for action sequences and banter between beefy guys... But it also tries to change the formula enough to make viewers be mildly disappointed that they tried at all. " ‐ Austin American-Statesman
Posted Aug 14, 2014
B- 79% Get On Up (2014) " The movie is strongest when focusing on the co-dependent-before-that-was-a-term relationship between Byrd and Brown. Byrd worships Brown, but even he has his limits; Brown needs to be worshipped but believes in little but himself. " ‐ Austin American-Statesman
Posted Jul 31, 2014
B- 91% Guardians of the Galaxy (2014) " For the most part, director and co-writer James Gunn delivers a solid action/comedy/ CGI spaceship combo, but far too much time is spent describing action and explaining motivations in the most leaden fashion possible. " ‐ Austin American-Statesman
Posted Jul 31, 2014
B+ 91% A Most Wanted Man (2014) " It's in color, but it feel black-and-white, as washed-out as its hero is burnt-out. " ‐ Austin American-Statesman
Posted Jul 24, 2014
B 66% Lucy (2014) " Jammed with far-out-dude gobbledygook about brain capacity and violent Asian mobsters, Lucy is easily the summer's most gaga super-powered caper. " ‐ Austin American-Statesman
Posted Jul 24, 2014
A 99% Boyhood (2014) " Boyhood is a monumental achievement of guts, nerve and thoughtful craft, one of the sharpest films about Texas and Texans ever made and easily one of the year's most important movies. " ‐ Austin American-Statesman
Posted Jul 17, 2014
A- 90% Dawn Of The Planet Of The Apes (2014) " It's mildly thrilling to report that "Dawn" is the rare franchise sequel that darkens and complicates the story's universe without seeming like a retread. " ‐ Austin American-Statesman
Posted Jul 10, 2014
D 24% Tammy (2014) " It's closer to full-goofball than heart-of-gold character sketch, so when it tries for poignant, the shift is awkward and uncomfortable. " ‐ Austin American-Statesman
Posted Jul 6, 2014
C+ 18% Transformers: Age of Extinction (2014) " Go for the robot punching if you like, but don't expect anything more than meets the eye. " ‐ Austin American-Statesman
Posted Jun 26, 2014
A- 95% Snowpiercer (2014) " Snowpiercer balances class metaphor, a nice hunk of comic book strangeness and often-ingeniously choreographed action in equal measure. " ‐ Austin American-Statesman
Posted Jun 26, 2014
B 59% Hellion (2014) " The relationship between Hollis, Jacob and Wes, their fragile interdependence, is the movie's tough heart. " ‐ Austin American-Statesman
Posted Jun 26, 2014
B 86% Borgman (2014) " Borgman stays compelling through sheer strangeness, gorgeous photography and sharp performances. " ‐ Austin American-Statesman
Posted Jun 20, 2014
B+ 84% 22 Jump Street (2014) " With Lord and Miller reminding everyone that they might be America's best comedy directors, 22 Jump Street succeeds by bro-hugging its own absence of originality or innovation and partying with it at spring break. " ‐ Austin American-Statesman
Posted Jun 13, 2014
B+ 90% Live Die Repeat: Edge of Tomorrow (2014) " It feels straight out of a thumb-worn, 1959 issue of Galaxy Magazine, an enjoyably pulpy hunk of military science-fiction with a premise that's part Groundhog Day and part Starship Troopers. " ‐ Austin American-Statesman
Posted Jun 5, 2014
B+ 92% X-Men: Days of Future Past (2014) " Make no mistake: This one is for serious X-Men movie geeks. It does smart stuff with B-listers, papers over a few continuity burps and delivers a multivalent climax and denouement that pretty much defines "fan service." " ‐ Austin American-Statesman
Posted May 22, 2014
B- 73% Godzilla (2014) " Edwards has made The Third Man of monster movies. " ‐ Austin American-Statesman
Posted May 15, 2014
A 98% Jodorowsky's Dune (2014) " Jodorowsky's vision of Dune still exists from whence it sprang: the realm of dreams, where its visionary power is still pure potential energy. " ‐ Austin American-Statesman
Posted May 8, 2014
C+ 73% Neighbors (2014) " Neighbors works best when you approach it like those sort of self-important "we're gonna rage!" frat parties you went to in college: occasionally diverting, largely incomprehensible, sometimes kind of vile and far less interesting than it thinks it is. " ‐ Austin American-Statesman
Posted May 8, 2014
B- 53% The Amazing Spider-Man 2 (2014) " For every small grace moment, with Garfield or Stone making doe eyes or Spider-Man reminding you he's the hero of the people, there are too many scenes of characters explaining the action or dwelling on the past. " ‐ Austin American-Statesman
Posted May 1, 2014
A- 86% Under the Skin (2014) " Johansson cuts a fascinatingly distant figure. " ‐ Austin American-Statesman
Posted Apr 17, 2014
B+ 86% Joe (2014) " Ultimately, the plot feels second to a well-executed, beautifully shot look at various struggles around class, opportunity and crushing rural poverty. " ‐ Austin American-Statesman
Posted Apr 10, 2014
B+ 89% Captain America: The Winter Soldier (2014) " Winter Soldier fares best when the characters get to breathe a bit. Evans is both a solid team player and a terrific solo act, playing well off of both Mackie and Johansson and going a bit deeper when required. " ‐ Austin American-Statesman
Posted Apr 3, 2014
B- 96% The Lunchbox (2014) " Do not attempt to see The Lunchbox on an empty stomach. To do so is simply torture. " ‐ Austin American-Statesman
Posted Mar 27, 2014
B- 41% Divergent (2014) " Woodley does a perfectly solid job as Tris (though she certainly doesn't have Lawrence's steady charisma), while James is all eyebrows, jawline and piercing eyes. " ‐ Austin American-Statesman
Posted Mar 20, 2014
C 48% RoboCop (2014) " Over and over, the remake... moves right up to the edge of saying something powerful and pulls back at the last second, taking refuge in sub-formulaic dialogue and video-game action. " ‐ Austin American-Statesman
Posted Feb 12, 2014
A- 96% The LEGO Movie (2014) " Written and directed with confident, comedic fire by Phil Lord and Christopher Miller, The Lego Movie careens with a joyous wit and energy more family movies could use. " ‐ Austin American-Statesman
Posted Feb 7, 2014
C+ 31% The Monuments Men (2014) " Murray, John Goodman, and Bob Balaban, normally hardcore professionals, seem uncharacteristically unsure of their characters, all of whom seem to have indistinguishable motivations. " ‐ Austin American-Statesman
Posted Feb 7, 2014
B 77% The Invisible Woman (2013) " Gorgeous and painterly from its opening frames and directed with a sure hand by its star Ralph Fiennes. " ‐ Austin American-Statesman
Posted Jan 23, 2014
C+ 17% Ride Along (2014) " Ride Along is a not particularly good, reasonably crowd-pleasing comedy designed as a vehicle for Kevin Hart first and Ice Cube second. " ‐ Austin American-Statesman
Posted Jan 16, 2014
A 94% Her (2013) " Her is a gorgeous fable about the way technological innovation is always a crapshoot and about the way such inadvertently violent changes can poke at the human heart. Jonze navigates such tricky spaces with a warmth he's never before shown. " ‐ Austin American-Statesman
Posted Jan 9, 2014
C 77% The Wolf of Wall Street (2013) " As Johnny Rotten famously asked, ever get the feeling you've been cheated? " ‐ Austin American-Statesman
Posted Dec 26, 2013
A 94% Inside Llewyn Davis (2013) " The music, supervised by Marcus Mumford and T Bone Burnett, is uniformly elegant and moving. " ‐ Austin American-Statesman
Posted Dec 26, 2013
C- 50% The Secret Life Of Walter Mitty (2013) " This is Mitty as emotionally bruised hipster who has been knocked around a bit, not as a quietly desperate, distracted man. Thurber's story is about secret longings; this movie reveals them all. " ‐ Austin American-Statesman
Posted Dec 26, 2013
B 80% Saving Mr. Banks (2013) " At its best, Saving Mr. Banks is classic Disney, if not quite a Disney classic. " ‐ Austin American-Statesman
Posted Dec 19, 2013
B 74% The Hobbit: The Desolation Of Smaug (2013) " Peter Jackson improves markedly upon The Hobbit: An Unexpected Journey. There is far more questing and far less talking about questing. " ‐ Austin American-Statesman
Posted Dec 12, 2013
A- 88% The Punk Singer (2013) " The Punk Singer shows you that even the toughest, most heroic artists sometimes need a break, but the battle is always worth getting up and fighting again. " ‐ Austin American-Statesman
Posted Dec 5, 2013
B+ 89% The Hunger Games: Catching Fire (2013) " [Jennifer Lawrence's] skill set is wide: She might be the best on-screen crier in the business, but her Katniss is steely and vulnerable, her sexiness somehow self-deprecating. You absolutely want to follow her into battle. " ‐ Austin American-Statesman
Posted Nov 21, 2013
B 93% Dallas Buyers Club (2013) " McConaughey and Leto are hypnotic to watch, and none of the above should take away from Woodroof's accomplishment. But one chooses the difficulty of one's dive, and Vallée has chosen a very difficult one indeed. " ‐ Austin American-Statesman
Posted Nov 14, 2013
A- 91% Blue Is The Warmest Color (2013) " Blue is also one of the season's most emotionally engaging and complicated movies; it is to the credit of everyone involved that, ultimately, the sex scenes are the least interesting thing about the film. " ‐ Austin American-Statesman
Posted Oct 31, 2013
A 97% 12 Years a Slave (2013) " There are moments that are less crushing than others, but there is no free-floating hope here, only that which Northup can make. " ‐ Austin American-Statesman
Posted Oct 31, 2013
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