Joe Gross

Joe Gross

Agrees with the Tomatometer 82% of the time.

Publications:
Austin American-Statesman
Total Reviews:
74

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Rating T-Meter Title | Year Add Date
B+ 90% 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 57% 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- 91% 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 23% 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+ 17% 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- 94% 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 85% Borgman (2014) " Borgman stays compelling through sheer strangeness, gorgeous photography and sharp performances." — Austin American-Statesman
Posted Jun 20, 2014
B+ 85% 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% 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- 74% Godzilla (2014) " Edwards has made The Third Man of monster movies." — Austin American-Statesman
Posted May 15, 2014
A 99% 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 49% 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+ 32% 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 76% 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 79% 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
B 96% Enough Said (2013) " Both Gandolfini and Louis-Dreyfus do strong work, but it's virtually impossible not to look at anything other than Gandolfini when he's on screen." — Austin American-Statesman
Posted Sep 26, 2013
C 35% Salinger (2013) " Holden would avert his eyes in mortification at such corniness. So should we." — Austin American-Statesman
Posted Sep 19, 2013
B 67% I Declare War (2013) " I Declare War works best not as a Lord of the Flies riff but as a solid look at how close middle-school emotions are to the surface and how imaginary wars become real-life conflicts in the space of a too-harsh word." — Austin American-Statesman
Posted Aug 29, 2013
B+ 86% Computer Chess (2013) " Computer Chess is packed with characters both specific to the tournament and familiar to anyone who has ever attended any sort of convention. You will recognize everyone's haircut from your 1981 yearbooks." — Austin American-Statesman
Posted Aug 22, 2013
B+ 93% Fruitvale Station (2013) " Fruitvale Station shows us the last day of a young man, whose life was like a lot of young men's, who was shot in the back by public servants, his face against a cold subway platform." — Austin American-Statesman
Posted Jul 25, 2013
C+ 69% The Wolverine (2013) " Oh, Wolverine. Why, oh, why, in the name of all that is awesome and pointy, don't your movies work?" — Austin American-Statesman
Posted Jul 25, 2013
B+ 87% What Maisie Knew (2013) " Both Moore and Coogan are note-perfect." — Austin American-Statesman
Posted Jul 11, 2013
B+ 72% Pacific Rim (2013) " It's actually a weird relief to see a summer actioner with the nerve to just say, "This is how this fantasy world works, take it or leave it, we have monsters to punch." It makes Pacific Rim the summer's most authentically comic booky movie/" — Austin American-Statesman
Posted Jul 11, 2013
B+ 94% A Band Called Death (2013) " More than anything else, the movie is about family -- how we support them and they support us, what we sacrifice for them, how they inspire us and hold us back, what we tell them and what we leave out." — Austin American-Statesman
Posted Jun 27, 2013
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