Joe Gross

Joe Gross

Agrees with the Tomatometer 83% of the time.

Joe Gross's reviews only count toward the Tomatometer when published at the following Tomatometer-approved publication(s): Austin American-Statesman

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Rating T-Meter Title | Year Review
B- 49% Tomorrowland (2015) "Tomorrowland looks fantastic, and we spend far too little time there. " ‐ Austin American-Statesman
Posted May 21, 2015
B 67% Pitch Perfect 2 (2015) "Pitch Perfect 2 has the same obstacles that all sequels face: How do you make essentially the same movie, but not? The answer is as traditional as four-part harmony: Road trip, duh! " ‐ Austin American-Statesman
Posted May 14, 2015
A- 98% Mad Max: Fury Road (2015) "To paraphrase James Ellroy, Fury Road rules, all other summer blockbusters drool. " ‐ Austin American-Statesman
Posted May 14, 2015
B- 74% Avengers: Age of Ultron (2015) "Whedon is still Whedon, and the grace notes -- the snappy patter, the team dynamics, the "man, that was cool" moments -- go a long way. " ‐ Austin American-Statesman
Posted Apr 30, 2015
C+ 54% The Age of Adaline (2015) "A supernatural romance that thinks itself far more profound than it actually is. " ‐ Austin American-Statesman
Posted Apr 23, 2015
B- 49% True Story (2015) "To watch "True Story" is to think, "Wait, this insane thing really happened, right?" But, sadly, it is also to think, "Boy, do these two deserve each other." " ‐ Austin American-Statesman
Posted Apr 16, 2015
B- 81% Furious 7 (2015) "I have never once, not ever, been genuinely disappointed in a The Fast and the Furious movie. It is, by far, the most satisfying franchise in American action cinema... That being said, something is very slightly off in Furious 7. " ‐ Austin American-Statesman
Posted Apr 3, 2015
98% Kurt Cobain: Montage Of Heck (2015) "It's a striking portrait of a pivotal figure. " ‐ Austin American-Statesman
Posted Mar 27, 2015
92% Ex Machina (2015) "A sleek, good-looking meditation on the nature of artificial intelligence, on what happens when we create robots that can pass for human. " ‐ Austin American-Statesman
Posted Mar 27, 2015
93% The Look of Silence (2015) "How the survivors have kept from going mad is extraordinary, and Adi's calm in the face of true evil is a wonder to behold. " ‐ Austin American-Statesman
Posted Mar 27, 2015
A- 87% Kumiko, the Treasure Hunter (2015) "Kumiko, the Treasure Hunter, a cool and ambitious slice of weird from Austin's own Zellner brothers, works best as pure fairy tale, a quest to find a fortune that the audiences knows doesn't actually exist. " ‐ Austin American-Statesman
Posted Mar 26, 2015
D 29% Get Hard (2015) "Will Ferrell has built his film career on being an everyman or a naïf devoid of self-consciousness. In Etan Cohen's Get Hard, Ferrell goes with the latter, but adds a patina of ultra-rich entitlement. " ‐ Austin American-Statesman
Posted Mar 26, 2015
82% Love & Mercy (2015) "The period detail, especially in the '60s scenes is sharp and the other Beach Boys, minimal though their roles are, look spot-on (kudos especially to Jake Abel, who both looks exactly like Mike Love and handles an unenviable part with precision). " ‐ Austin American-Statesman
Posted Mar 17, 2015
B- 61% Maps to the Stars (2015) "You may be feeling not so charitable about the dream factory. If so, boy howdy, does David Cronenberg have a movie for you. " ‐ Austin American-Statesman
Posted Feb 26, 2015
D+ 25% Jupiter Ascending (2015) "Is there now enough evidence to support the idea that [The Matrix's] pop brilliance, its kinetic-yet-smartly-allegorical storytelling, was an anomaly? " ‐ Austin American-Statesman
Posted Feb 6, 2015
73% American Sniper (2015) "American Sniper often has a sorrowful immediacy. But director Clint Eastwood's film also bears the weight of a decade spent warring in the Middle East, considering the long, painful view of a generation sacrificed for goals that aren't always clear-cut. " ‐ Austin American-Statesman
Posted Jan 15, 2015
73% Inherent Vice (2015) "Inherent Vice doesn't seem like a stoner movie in the sense that, say, Up in Smoke is as much as the blue cloud itself. " ‐ Austin American-Statesman
Posted Jan 8, 2015
A- 88% Foxcatcher (2014) "Ruffalo, well-known as an actor's actor, will get the critical praise, but Tatum is just as strong, moving with the skill of a trained dancer. " ‐ Austin American-Statesman
Posted Dec 18, 2014
C+ 61% The Hobbit: The Battle of the Five Armies (2014) "To put it as politely as possible, there simply isn't enough material there to sustain three good features. " ‐ Austin American-Statesman
Posted Dec 18, 2014
98% The Babadook (2014) "It's rare that you get a good, new movie monster. " ‐ Austin American-Statesman
Posted Dec 4, 2014
B+ 79% The Theory of Everything (2014) "Directed by James Marsh, the biopic The Theory of Everything reminds us that Hawking was once a vibrant, able-bodied young man who careened around early '60s Cambridge on his bicycle. " ‐ Austin American-Statesman
Posted Nov 21, 2014
B 65% The Hunger Games: Mockingjay - Part 1 (2014) "Part 1 is the rare adaptation that also solves a bunch of its source material's problems... But frustratingly, Part 1 is very much that: a preface to a final confrontation. " ‐ Austin American-Statesman
Posted Nov 20, 2014
C- 40% 21 Years: Richard Linklater (2014) "The massively frustrating 21 Years: Richard Linklater is a perfect example of the difference between a great subject and a great (or even a good) documentary. " ‐ Austin American-Statesman
Posted Nov 14, 2014
B- 77% Rosewater (2014) "While very much a movie made by a first-timer with a modest, $10 million budget, Rosewater is also thoughtful, straightforward and occasionally very funny, with lines and delivery that are pure Stewart. " ‐ Austin American-Statesman
Posted Nov 14, 2014
A- 92% Force Majeure (2014) "Writer/director Ruben Östlund delivers utterly on an ingeniously simple premise, one that is all the more agonizing and hilarious for its elegance. " ‐ Austin American-Statesman
Posted Nov 6, 2014
C+ 72% Interstellar (2014) "Interstellar tries to ground its corn-pone mush in quantum theory and paper over its planet-sized plot holes with enormous vistas and the most egregious use of Dylan Thomas ever committed to screen. " ‐ Austin American-Statesman
Posted Nov 6, 2014
A- 95% Whiplash (2014) "Whiplash is a gripping look at the complicated dynamic between talented students and the abusive teachers who make them thrive (or prey on them, depending on your feelings about this sort of thing). " ‐ Austin American-Statesman
Posted Oct 30, 2014
B- 75% ABCs of Death 2 (2014) "The batting average is higher than the first film, but nothing is quite as extreme. " ‐ Austin American-Statesman
Posted Oct 30, 2014
95% Nightcrawler (2014) "[Gyllenhall] is hypnotic and electrifying as the skull-like Louis Bloom, a strange man in need of steady work who hurls himself into the high-speed, extremely competitive world of "nightcrawlers." " ‐ Austin American-Statesman
Posted Oct 30, 2014
A 93% Birdman (2014) "There are many things by which one should be amazed in Alejandro G. Iñárritu's Birdman, so let's start with the most obvious: Iñárritu and Oscar-winning cinematographer Emmanuel Lubezki have constructed Birdman to look like one continuous, two-hour take. " ‐ Austin American-Statesman
Posted Oct 23, 2014
B- 85% John Wick (2014) "Go for Reeves as a killing machine, stay for the blood spray and gnarly action, smartly and calmly photographed by Jonathan Sela. " ‐ Austin American-Statesman
Posted Oct 23, 2014
C 77% 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- 77% 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- 95% 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+ 89% 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 43% Frank Miller's 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
75% 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- 80% 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+ 88% 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 98% 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 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+ 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
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