Joe Morgenstern

Joe Morgenstern

Agrees with the Tomatometer 80% of the time.

Joe Morgenstern's reviews (from any publication) always count toward the Tomatometer because this critic is a Tomatometer-approved critic.

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Rating T-Meter Title | Year Review
59% Southpaw (2015) "It's a win for Mr. Gyllenhaal, while the movie loses out to its clich├ęs. " ‐ Wall Street Journal
Posted Jul 23, 2015
97% The Look of Silence (2015) "In a way, I wish I'd never seen "The Look of Silence," because now I won't be able to forget it. But that's the point ... " ‐ Wall Street Journal
Posted Jul 23, 2015
62% Samba (2015) "As would-be crowd pleasers go, "Samba" tries to please multiple crowds with negligible success. " ‐ Wall Street Journal
Posted Jul 23, 2015
85% Trainwreck (2015) "The movie veers sharply off track toward the end. Still, the sum of its most memorable parts is great fun. " ‐ Wall Street Journal
Posted Jul 16, 2015
79% Ant-Man (2015) "A film that will surely be popular, given Marvel's marketing might, but one that's woefully short on coherence and originality. " ‐ Wall Street Journal
Posted Jul 16, 2015
87% Mr. Holmes (2015) "The movie, directed by Bill Condon, provides a showcase for Mr. McKellen, who in real life is 76; watching every moment of his performance is pure pleasure. " ‐ Wall Street Journal
Posted Jul 16, 2015
39% Irrational Man (2015) "It's a Woody Allen film that the next one will make us forget. " ‐ Wall Street Journal
Posted Jul 16, 2015
44% Daredevil (2003) "It isn't a great film, or even a greatly original one. Still, it has many grace notes, and interesting oddities. " ‐ Wall Street Journal
Posted Jul 14, 2015
57% Blade II (2002) "No one seems to be having much fun, with the possible exception of Kris Kristofferson, who is back as Blade's venerable human sidekick, Whistler. The film finds few variations on the themes of run, kick, chomp and gulp. " ‐ Wall Street Journal
Posted Jul 14, 2015
10% Elektra (2005) "The movie's dominant visual tone is bronzed grunge, and its emotional tone is depressive. " ‐ Wall Street Journal
Posted Jul 14, 2015
94% Tangerine (2015) "The film is clearly not for everyone; sometimes it wasn't for me. But it's steadfastly nonjudgmental and wonderfully tender toward two searchers for new versions of old-fashioned love. " ‐ Wall Street Journal
Posted Jul 9, 2015
54% Minions (2015) "The begoggled, capsule-shaped, banana-colored scamps who stole the show in two installments of the popular Despicable Me franchise deserved something better than this indifferently animated, catch-as-catch-can venture in comedic chaos. " ‐ Wall Street Journal
Posted Jul 9, 2015
94% Cartel Land (2015) "Although the film has its shortcomings and simplifications, it's a bleakly persuasive view of a decades-long combat that respects no boundaries, and seems to hold no prospect of surcease. " ‐ Wall Street Journal
Posted Jul 9, 2015
97% Amy (2015) "One of Mr. Kapadia's most inspired strokes in this valuable documentary is to put her lyrics on screen as she sings them, so we can see for ourselves the essential elements of her songs as they reflected, and intertwined with, her tumultuous life. " ‐ Wall Street Journal
Posted Jul 2, 2015
64% Magic Mike XXL (2015) "However discursive-and repetitive-the movie may be, it delivers the fantasy goods of formidable male bodies in motion, and ups the fantasy ante by making the men as sensitive, self-doubting and nurturing as they are virile. " ‐ Wall Street Journal
Posted Jul 2, 2015
26% Terminator Genisys (2015) ""Terminator Genisys" plays like the worst of all outcomes. " ‐ Wall Street Journal
Posted Jul 1, 2015
46% Ted 2 (2015) "Some films aspire to high insanity. "Ted 2" aims low and hits the target, but also manages, in its scattershot way, to be gleefully resonant with our fevered times. " ‐ Wall Street Journal
Posted Jun 25, 2015
38% Max (2015) "This fine and welcome piece of family entertainment ... gets to a sweet spot by way of a smart premise, patriotic undertones and a coming-of-age story that's downright stirring. " ‐ Wall Street Journal
Posted Jun 25, 2015
85% The Tribe (2015) "Any expectations of conventional enjoyment must be checked at the door. Nevertheless, the film stands as a singular achievement. " ‐ Wall Street Journal
Posted Jun 25, 2015
89% Dope (2015) "If "Dope" were as earnest as Malcolm seems to be, you might expect it to be a bit of a bore. No worries on that count, though. " ‐ Wall Street Journal
Posted Jun 18, 2015
81% Infinitely Polar Bear (2015) "Mark Ruffalo is yet again a revelation in "Infinitely Polar Bear," and he's not the only one. This is a first feature by Maya Forbes, yet many of its accomplishments put far more experienced filmmakers in the shade. " ‐ Wall Street Journal
Posted Jun 18, 2015
98% Inside Out (2015) "As funny, stirring, unpredictable, exciting and riotously beautiful as it is profound. " ‐ Wall Street Journal
Posted Jun 18, 2015
80% Me and Earl and the Dying Girl (2015) "It's a fresh take on contemporary adolescence as a journey from ironic detachment to openhearted feeling. " ‐ Wall Street Journal
Posted Jun 11, 2015
71% Jurassic World (2015) "Nothing said here will have the slightest bearing on its performance at the box office. All the same, something should be said about the film's cheesiness -- it doesn't even look good, though it sounds grand -- and the shoddiness of its workmanship. " ‐ Wall Street Journal
Posted Jun 11, 2015
90% Love & Mercy (2015) "We're shown so many symptoms that, regardless of which actor is playing the hero, there's little relief from the prevailing grimness, and less sense of a life in full. " ‐ Wall Street Journal
Posted Jun 10, 2015
81% Testament Of Youth (2015) "Tough-minded and sometimes harrowing. " ‐ Wall Street Journal
Posted Jun 10, 2015
32% Entourage (2015) "The jaunty style of a hit TV series has been replaced by huge spasms of false energy and a sense of barely concealed flop sweat. " ‐ Wall Street Journal
Posted Jun 3, 2015
54% Gemma Bovery (2015) "The whole contrivance falls flat in the end. " ‐ Wall Street Journal
Posted May 28, 2015
50% San Andreas (2015) ""San Andreas" changes all too quickly from satisfyingly foolish to dismayingly dumb to genuinely stupid. " ‐ Wall Street Journal
Posted May 28, 2015
19% Aloha (2015) "I've never seen a movie quite like Aloha. That's meant neither as praise nor as a backhanded compliment; it's offered more in the spirit of one hand clapping. " ‐ Wall Street Journal
Posted May 28, 2015
90% Sunshine Superman (2015) "The film, like its subject and everyone who talks about him, is frustratingly short on analysis or insight. " ‐ Wall Street Journal
Posted May 21, 2015
50% Tomorrowland (2015) "For all of its vaulting ambition, its sumptuous eye-feasts and its leapings back and forth in space and time, "Tomorrowland" never comes together as coherent drama in the here and now. " ‐ Wall Street Journal
Posted May 21, 2015
76% Good Kill (2015) "Compelling as the subject may be, its abstract nature would challenge the most skillful of dramatists, and Mr. Niccol's script seldom rises above slogans, argumentation and standard-brand domestic tension. " ‐ Wall Street Journal
Posted May 14, 2015
94% I'll See You in My Dreams (2015) "Carol's life is often good, but Ms. Danner makes her loneliness palpable. " ‐ Wall Street Journal
Posted May 14, 2015
98% Mad Max: Fury Road (2015) "A gleefully violent -- and improbably feminist -- phantasmagoria that turns epic road rage and long stretches of vehicular omnicide into an eye-boggling joy ride. " ‐ Wall Street Journal
Posted May 14, 2015
83% Tangerines (2015) "This remarkable piece of antiwar cinema honors its theme, and the movie medium. " ‐ Wall Street Journal
Posted Apr 16, 2015
81% Dior and I (2015) "The drama of getting new dresses on the runway turns out to be transfixing, while the hero redefines the notion of intense. " ‐ Wall Street Journal
Posted Apr 16, 2015
44% True Story (2015) ""True Story" rings false from start to finish. " ‐ Wall Street Journal
Posted Apr 16, 2015
61% Unfriended (2015) "A movie to be seen, if you can endure it-as a shrewd commercial venture, as an online opus that undoes your self-composure and, last and foremost, as a window on a mode of thinking that equates to a state of being. " ‐ Wall Street Journal
Posted Apr 16, 2015
92% Ex Machina (2015) "Sizzlingly smart and agreeably sententious, Mr. Garland's film transcends some all-too-human imperfections with gorgeous images, astute writing and memorably strong performances. " ‐ Wall Street Journal
Posted Apr 9, 2015
31% The Longest Ride (2015) "Conforms to a timeworn, and shopworn, Sparks formula of troubled protagonists receiving wisdom, or inspiration, or both, from unexpected sources. " ‐ Wall Street Journal
Posted Apr 9, 2015
89% Clouds of Sils Maria (2015) ""Clouds Of Sils Maria" swirls with provocative ideas, but they're talked about more than dramatized ... " ‐ Wall Street Journal
Posted Apr 9, 2015
81% Furious 7 (2015) "The film follows an exceedingly well-traveled road, though the formula-a crew of racer-adventurers who put dual premiums on speed and family values-has been spiked with ever more spectacular, or preposterous, effects. " ‐ Wall Street Journal
Posted Apr 2, 2015
91% White God (2015) "The whole production speaks well for the power of film; it's a serious stunner. " ‐ Wall Street Journal
Posted Apr 2, 2015
87% Lambert & Stamp (2015) "Fans of The Who will find this film a rock Rosetta Stone. Students of the often anarchic creative process will be fascinated. " ‐ Wall Street Journal
Posted Apr 2, 2015
96% The Salt of the Earth (2015) "The film is suffused with his anguish over the state of our species, and our planet. Yet it ends with a change of heart and a turn of events that make a plausible case for hope. " ‐ Wall Street Journal
Posted Mar 26, 2015
18% Serena (2015) "Beating a dead horse barely begins to describe the task of writing about "Serena"; it's more like playing coroner. " ‐ Wall Street Journal
Posted Mar 26, 2015
29% Get Hard (2015) "Funny bits come along every now and then, and the co-stars work desperately hard for their salaries. But the spectacle is depressing for what it says of mainstream studio standards. " ‐ Wall Street Journal
Posted Mar 26, 2015
83% While We're Young (2015) "Putting one's finger on exactly what's wrong with "While We're Young" is a challenge. Best to use several fingers. " ‐ Wall Street Journal
Posted Mar 26, 2015
78% Danny Collins (2015) "Before the action comes a cheerfully coy announcement: "The following is based on a kind of true story a little bit." In fact, the story is not only true, but proves to be a kind of swell idea for a fiction film. " ‐ Wall Street Journal
Posted Mar 19, 2015
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