Joe McGovern

Agrees with the Tomatometer 68% of the time.

Publications:
Entertainment Weekly , Matinee Magazine , Premiere Magazine , Slant Magazine , Village Voice
Total Reviews:
208
Total QuickRatings:
1
Location:
New York City

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Rating T-Meter Title | Year Add Date
A 96% Love Is Strange (2014) " Sachs takes an impeccably balanced approach to the film." — Entertainment Weekly
Posted Aug 13, 2014
D+ 70% What If (2014) " An unctuous rom-com that runs its characters through every plastic cliché of a pre-Oscar McConaughey vehicle, ultimately causing us to root against the vacuous couple and their predetermined happy ending." — Entertainment Weekly
Posted Aug 7, 2014
C 8% America (2014) " There's no doubt that D'Souza loves America, but he loves it much in the same way that we all do: According to a map of his own design." — Entertainment Weekly
Posted Aug 7, 2014
A- 88% The Kill Team (2014) " A military platoon bent on murdering Afghan civilians for pleasure is the target of this chillingly frank documentary." — Entertainment Weekly
Posted Jul 31, 2014
B 36% Child Of God (2014) " [Franco] should get credit for ... possessing the willpower to make a movie that virtually no one is going to see." — Entertainment Weekly
Posted Jul 30, 2014
C- 17% And So It Goes (2014) " [A] depressingly monotonous Rob Reiner-directed comedy starring Michael Douglas and Diane Keaton." — Entertainment Weekly
Posted Jul 25, 2014
C- 57% The Purge: Anarchy (2014) " For most of the film, returning writer-director James DeMonaco favors gore and shock inserts of music over the edgy, nasty parody for which the material seems ready made." — Entertainment Weekly
Posted Jul 18, 2014
C+ 71% A Coffee in Berlin (2014) " Director Jan Ole Gerster lacks the confidence to set his main character genuinely adrift, instead caging him in scenes of cloying seriocomedy." — Entertainment Weekly
Posted Jun 20, 2014
B 94% CODE BLACK (2014) " Despite occasional platitudes from director and doctor Ryan McGarry, the film makes an angry, urgent plea for reform to a health-care system that's still critically infirm." — Entertainment Weekly
Posted Jun 20, 2014
C+ 91% Venus in Fur (2014) " What is surprising is how little Polanski juices the material with his usual devilish touch." — Entertainment Weekly
Posted Jun 19, 2014
B 92% How to Train Your Dragon 2 (2014) " The flight path needs straightening, but this is still a franchise that knows how to fly." — Entertainment Weekly
Posted Jun 11, 2014
D 12% Walk Of Shame (2014) " Though replete with plot holes and lapses in logic as wide and ugly as the L.A. Freeway, Walk of Shame doesn't have the moxie to go anywhere ludicrous or dangerous with its premise." — Entertainment Weekly
Posted May 2, 2014
2/4 50% The White Countess (2005) " Like being stuck behind an old man on the highway." — Slant Magazine
Posted Dec 19, 2005
3/4 85% The Three Burials of Melquiades Estrada (2006) " Jones carries Pete's weight of grief but without betraying the character's emotional impenetrability or slack conscience." — Slant Magazine
Posted Dec 14, 2005
4/4 89% Cache (Hidden) (2005) " A mind-blowing modern allegory in the exceedingly persuasive guise of an art house thriller." — Slant Magazine
Posted Oct 8, 2005
3/4 81% Me and You and Everyone We Know (2005) " As in The Center of the World, July's focus is on people's deformed longing for human connection." — Slant Magazine
Posted Jun 14, 2005
2.5/4 83% Up and Down (Horem Pádem) (Loop the Loop) (2004) " Played so broadly as to be mocking." — Slant Magazine
Posted Feb 23, 2005
1.5/4 83% In Good Company (2004) " Paul Weitz warms over the cold truth of corporate globalization in this sub-Ephron gloss on the white-middle-class-in-peril." — Slant Magazine
Posted Dec 31, 2004
3/4 90% Kinsey (2004) " In a post-November 2nd world, Kinsey is just what we need." — Slant Magazine
Posted Nov 11, 2004
2/4 81% The Bourne Supremacy (2004) " So oppressively identified with its predecessor's look, sound, and design that Doug Liman warrants a co-director credit." — Slant Magazine
Posted Jul 21, 2004
1.5/4 43% The Clearing (2004) " The Clearing needed the firm hand of a Hollywood insubordinate, not a sycophant." — Slant Magazine
Posted Jul 3, 2004
2.5/4 33% The Intended (2004) " If Wolfgang Peterson had any guts, she would have been offered Helen of Troy." — Slant Magazine
Posted Jun 25, 2004
31% Breakin' All the Rules (2004) " Crudely embraces reverse ethnic stereotypes." — Village Voice
Posted May 13, 2004
2.5/4 46% Close Your Eyes (Doctor Sleep) (2002) " For Visnjic, who is sometimes associated with George Clooney because of the ER hand-off, this is his Out of Sight." — Slant Magazine
Posted Apr 21, 2004
2/4 56% The Blonds (Los Rubios) (2003) " Magnanimous yet slapdash, The Blonds records Carri's effort to satiate her-and her nation's-parentless identity." — Slant Magazine
Posted Apr 5, 2004
2/4 54% Home on the Range (2004) " There is a noticeable stench in the air when the movie makes a reference to Billy Bob Thornton's performance in Sling Blade. It's stale ink." — Slant Magazine
Posted Mar 30, 2004
1.5/4 17% Laws of Attraction (2004) " Julianne Moore currently essays maybe the most obnoxious white woman in a Hollywood movie since Erin Brockovich." — Slant Magazine
Posted Mar 30, 2004
2/4 40% The Reckoning (2004) " Scottish director Paul McGuigan is fast approaching Baz Luhrmann status in the wasteland of stylistic braggadocio." — Slant Magazine
Posted Mar 4, 2004
1.5/4 22% Taking Lives (2004) " There's a reason why the poster for Taking Lives is better than the movie itself-those lips ain't made for talking. " — Slant Magazine
Posted Mar 2, 2004
1/4 46% Eurotrip (2003) " Represents the latest pestilence from DreamWorks's subterranean id-grinder." — Slant Magazine
Posted Feb 20, 2004
8% Kangaroo Jack (2003) " Producer Jerry Bruckheimer has an unparalleled knack for assembling Z-grade talent, particularly when operating in family-fun mode." — Village Voice
Posted Jan 18, 2003
87% Chicago (2002) " Chicago represents something of an artifact from a dark and dangerous era, reconstructed with lots of zest and little depth." — Premiere Magazine
Posted Jan 1, 2003
90% Guizi lai le (Devils on the Doorstep) (2000) " Rich in shadowy metaphor and as sharp as a samurai sword, Jiang Wen's Devils on the Doorstep is a wartime farce in the alternately comic and gut-wrenching style of Joseph Heller or Kurt Vonnegut." — Premiere Magazine
Posted Dec 20, 2002
82% Drumline (2002) " The band scenes are downright gladiatorial in their visceral impact and energy...edited with the tightness of a snare drum and photographed with the geometrical majesty of a Busby Berkeley musical." — Premiere Magazine
Posted Dec 14, 2002
1.5/4 3% Half Past Dead (2002) " [Seagal's] strenuous attempt at a change in expression could very well clinch him this year's Razzie." — Premiere Magazine
Posted Nov 20, 2002
short 84% Gremlins (1984) " A ringing reminder of Joe Dante's unerring wit and cinematic significance." — Matinee Magazine
Posted Oct 19, 2002
95% Monsoon Wedding (2002) " Anglosized Indian director Mira Nair pilfers every lame ceremonial cliché through the ages." — Matinee Magazine
Posted Oct 10, 2002
B+ 71% 10 (1979) Matinee Magazine
Posted Oct 8, 2002
B+ 88% The Son (2003) " Olivier Gourmet's touching performance is an act of meticulousness that you will either catch out of the corner of your eye, or not at all." — Matinee Magazine
Posted Sep 29, 2002
C+ 84% L' Ora di Religione (Il Sorriso di Mia Madre) (The Religion Hour) (My Mother's Smile) (2002) " Contains about a half-dozen intellectually stimulating moments of discourse but is drowned out by Bellocchio's reluctance to carry through all the way with any of them." — Matinee Magazine
Posted Sep 29, 2002
20% O Princípio da Incerteza (The Uncertainty Principle) (2002) " A porn film without the sex scenes." — Matinee Magazine
Posted Sep 29, 2002
B 89% Russian Ark (2002) " As the voyage progresses towards its tremendous conclusion, it becomes tempting to ignore the subtitles so that your eyes can fully comprehend the suspended opulence." — Matinee Magazine
Posted Sep 26, 2002
87% Ten (2003) " An artistic expression that could easily have been bitter and threatening to the point of impatience, yet comes off as not only fluid and honest, but even a little lovely." — Matinee Magazine
Posted Sep 26, 2002
84% Kissing Jessica Stein (2002) " Westfeldt characterizes Jessica Stein with ample neurosis yet never draws her as a pathetic figure." — Matinee Magazine
Posted Sep 24, 2002
C 81% The Good Girl (2002) " Rides a standard trajectory with meager little surprise in the details." — Matinee Magazine
Posted Sep 4, 2002
18% National Lampoon's Van Wilder (Party Liaison) (2002) " The sight gags and poop jokes are mercifully unsafe and unhinged, and many composed with the kind of primordial, dank wit reminiscent of old John Waters." — Matinee Magazine
Posted Aug 25, 2002
63% We Were Soldiers (2002) " Instilled with every awful cliché and stereotype available--and even invents anachronistic ways to perpetuate new ones." — Matinee Magazine
Posted Aug 24, 2002
F 53% Storytelling (2002) " Solondz hates himself so deeply and single-mindedly that contempt is the only sensibility he is able to express." — Matinee Magazine
Posted Aug 11, 2002
D 38% Full Frontal (2002) " A Hollywood satire made by people who clearly hate movies but love Hollywood." — Matinee Magazine
Posted Aug 11, 2002
C+ 92% The Kid Stays in the Picture (2002) " Evans's "brass knuckles in the balls" personality is simply too hollow for any lasting profundity to stick." — Matinee Magazine
Posted Aug 5, 2002
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