Joe Gross

Joe Gross

Agrees with the Tomatometer 82% of the time.

Austin American-Statesman
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Rating T-Meter Title | Year Add Date
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 45% 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- 92% 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 25% 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+ 91% 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- 95% 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 76% 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+ 18% 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 VallĂ©e 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
B- 29% Machete Kills (2013) " "Machete kills," U.S. President Rathcock says during, um, Machete Kills. "That's what he does." So, no false advertising here, folks." — Austin American-Statesman
Posted Oct 10, 2013
B+ 56% Escape From Tomorrow (2013) " Escape from Tomorrow is a genuinely surprising, extremely uneven, downright experimental little movie that's bound to be buzzy in film and intellectual property circles because of how it was made as much as what it's about." — Austin American-Statesman
Posted Oct 10, 2013
C+ 48% Parkland (2013) " JFK conspiracy advocates are invited to hold their letters; Parkland isn't really about all that, which is both a strength and a weakness. In contrast to, say, the phantasmagorical JFK, it is impossible to tell where history stops and Parkland begins." — Austin American-Statesman
Posted Oct 3, 2013
B+ 89% Rush (2013) " Howard gives an epic, swinging story an appropriately epic, swinging treatment. You will likely race home afterward." — Austin American-Statesman
Posted Sep 26, 2013
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