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
99% Leviathan (2014) "The movie expands, breathtakingly, into mordant humor, impenetrable mystery, ferocious satire and classic tragedy. " ‐ Wall Street Journal
Posted Jan 1, 2015
90% A Most Violent Year (2015) "Mr. Chandor gives Mr. Isaac everything he needs for a tour de force performance, and the actor makes the most of what he gets. " ‐ Wall Street Journal
Posted Jan 1, 2015
72% Big Eyes (2014) "I watched wide-eyed with dismay while the film turned as lifeless as the paintings. " ‐ Wall Street Journal
Posted Dec 25, 2014
51% Unbroken (2014) "A tale of endurance, "Unbroken" takes endurance to sit through. " ‐ Wall Street Journal
Posted Dec 25, 2014
99% Selma (2015) "At its best, Ava DuVernay's biographical film honors Dr. King's legacy by dramatizing the racist brutality that spurred him and his colleagues to action. " ‐ Wall Street Journal
Posted Dec 25, 2014
73% American Sniper (2015) "Mr. Eastwood's film lets this good and anguished man speak for himself, and discover himself, at his own pace. " ‐ Wall Street Journal
Posted Dec 25, 2014
53% The Interview (2014) "The remarkably dismal quality is emblematic of the mind-set that brought the movie, and its attendant crises, into being. " ‐ Wall Street Journal
Posted Dec 19, 2014
27% Annie (2014) "Where to begin in describing the awfulness of "Annie"? " ‐ Wall Street Journal
Posted Dec 18, 2014
98% Mr. Turner (2014) "Any expectations of reverential biography are quickly dispelled by Mr. Leigh's sharp, scintillating script and Mr. Spall's uncanny daring. " ‐ Wall Street Journal
Posted Dec 18, 2014
61% The Hobbit: The Battle of the Five Armies (2014) "The pleasure is intense, and mixed with awe. There is majesty here, and not just because we're in the presence of magnificently regal madness. " ‐ Wall Street Journal
Posted Dec 18, 2014
84% In Bruges (2008) "I never expected to be moved by In Bruges, but I was. " ‐ Wall Street Journal
Posted Dec 14, 2014
40% Lake Placid (1999) "The whole movie's a giant croc. " ‐ Wall Street Journal
Posted Dec 13, 2014
87% The Blair Witch Project (1999) "The scariest shots, from someone's little Hi-8 camcorder, document the students losing their bearings, giving way to panic and finally falling victim, though off screen, to some ineffably, unphotographably evil presence. " ‐ Wall Street Journal
Posted Dec 13, 2014
74% Eyes Wide Shut (1999) "Eyes Wide Shut feels overblown, unresolved; in a better world it would not be the last work of an illustrious career. But this world is good enough to have given us all of Stanley Kubrick's films, and for that film lovers must give thanks. " ‐ Wall Street Journal
Posted Dec 13, 2014
83% Zero Motivation (2014) "Here's a nice surprise, a zestful, slightly autobiographical debut feature from Israel, written and directed by a woman, Talya Lavie, that takes satirical aim at the passions, frustrations and sexual politics of women in the army. " ‐ Wall Street Journal
Posted Dec 11, 2014
73% Inherent Vice (2015) "Since most of Paul Thomas Anderson's Inherent Vice was meant to be impenetrable, the best approach, as you watch it drift by, is to savor the dreamy images and druggy jokes and forget about penetrating the plot. " ‐ Wall Street Journal
Posted Dec 11, 2014
28% Exodus: Gods and Kings (2014) "For all of the care and imagination that have been lavished on the production... the film's impact is best expressed by frequent aerial shots that are visually impressive and emotionally remote. " ‐ Wall Street Journal
Posted Dec 11, 2014
87% Top Five (2014) "Mr. Rock has made a pyrotechnic pinwheel of a personal comedy, and he's had the wisdom to share it with a strong co-star. While he sends sparks flying every which way, Rosario Dawson keeps the story grounded in calm intelligence and classic romance. " ‐ Wall Street Journal
Posted Dec 11, 2014
90% Wild (2014) "Ms. Witherspoon carries the whole movie. And she does so with unflagging intensity and remarkable verve ... " ‐ Wall Street Journal
Posted Dec 4, 2014
54% Pioneer (2014) "In a cast that includes Wes Bentley, Stephen Lang and Jonathan LaPaglia, it's Mr. Hennie who makes "Pioneer" worth watching ... " ‐ Wall Street Journal
Posted Dec 4, 2014
89% The Imitation Game (2014) "It's a marvelous story about science and humanity, plus a great performance by Benedict Cumberbatch, plus first-rate filmmaking and cinematography, minus a script that muddles its source material to the point of betraying it. " ‐ Wall Street Journal
Posted Nov 26, 2014
98% The Babadook (2014) "A small film that packs a horribly big punch. " ‐ Wall Street Journal
Posted Nov 26, 2014
71% Penguins Of Madagascar (2014) "These penguins really are cute, the animation is consistently appealing, and the movie is obviously bound for megamoolah at the box office. " ‐ Wall Street Journal
Posted Nov 26, 2014
65% The Hunger Games: Mockingjay - Part 1 (2014) ""Mockingjay" is a rare bird in its genre, an action adventure with an interesting mind and a resonant spirit. " ‐ Wall Street Journal
Posted Nov 20, 2014
96% National Gallery (2014) "Mr. Wiseman's film, like the institution it examines, enhances the art of seeing, the pleasure of understanding. " ‐ Wall Street Journal
Posted Nov 20, 2014
95% A Girl Walks Home Alone at Night (2014) "Just when you think you've seen it all-I never really think so, but sometimes it can feel that way-along comes something completely new, or at least something so intriguingly bizarre as to seem completely new. " ‐ Wall Street Journal
Posted Nov 20, 2014
88% Foxcatcher (2014) "In more ways than one, "Foxcatcher" is a movie-an enthralling enigma of a movie-about control. " ‐ Wall Street Journal
Posted Nov 13, 2014
77% Rosewater (2014) "A persuasive production despite its limited budget ... " ‐ Wall Street Journal
Posted Nov 13, 2014
82% The Homesman (2014) "Everyone has a favorite Tommy Lee Jones performance. Until now I didn't have my least favorite, but "The Homesman" provides it, and is ruined by it. " ‐ Wall Street Journal
Posted Nov 13, 2014
72% Interstellar (2014) "Christopher Nolan's 168-minute odyssey through the space-time continuum is stuffed with stuff of bewildering wrongness. " ‐ Wall Street Journal
Posted Nov 6, 2014
79% The Theory of Everything (2014) "On one side is Mr. Redmayne's remarkable presence. On the other is Ms. Jones, whose lovely freshness and calm intelligence complement everything her co-star does. " ‐ Wall Street Journal
Posted Nov 6, 2014
41% Horns (2014) "What in the world is Mr. Radcliffe doing to himself in his post-Harry Potter movie career? Movies are supposed to be entertaining, and directors are supposed to protect their actors, not expose them to derision. " ‐ Wall Street Journal
Posted Oct 30, 2014
36% Before I Go to Sleep (2014) "At the moment "Before I Go To Sleep" looks like this year's grand-prize winner for Most Befuddling Narrative Structure. " ‐ Wall Street Journal
Posted Oct 30, 2014
95% Nightcrawler (2014) "Dan Gilroy's "Nightcrawler" is a dark dream of a thriller, full of evil that floats like a toxic cloud across an already tainted city. " ‐ Wall Street Journal
Posted Oct 30, 2014
93% Birdman (2014) "There's no question that the film gets at various flavors of modern madness with an intensity that can be punishing, but never less than fascinating. " ‐ Wall Street Journal
Posted Oct 16, 2014
31% Men, Women & Children (2014) "So depressing and pretentious that you may wonder how it got that way. " ‐ Wall Street Journal
Posted Oct 2, 2014
97% Keep On Keepin' On (2014) "Quietly stirring ... " ‐ Wall Street Journal
Posted Oct 2, 2014
92% Pride (2014) "Endearing... " ‐ Wall Street Journal
Posted Oct 2, 2014
88% The Good Lie (2014) "In substance as well as style, "The Good Lie" amounts to two films joined together; the first is very good, the second good enough. " ‐ Wall Street Journal
Posted Oct 2, 2014
88% Gone Girl (2014) "[Pike is] a star presence here from her very first scene; it's even rewarding, given her expressive voice, to hear her reading from Amy's diary entries. " ‐ Wall Street Journal
Posted Sep 25, 2014
82% The Two Faces of January (2014) "All the pieces would seem to be in place for an effective film, but the direction is zestless, the pace is more often laggardly than leisurely, and the lead performances are surprisingly lifeless ... " ‐ Wall Street Journal
Posted Sep 25, 2014
61% The Equalizer (2014) "The whole movie turns into a slaughterhouse. The question isn't who wants it-box office action is assured-but who needs it? " ‐ Wall Street Journal
Posted Sep 25, 2014
66% A Walk Among the Tombstones (2014) "A not-very-interesting revenge tale that takes a not-at-all-welcome turn into grisly, ugly horror. " ‐ Wall Street Journal
Posted Sep 18, 2014
41% This Is Where I Leave You (2014) "This is one of those overworked and generally airless comedies with a sitcom premise that can't sustain life. " ‐ Wall Street Journal
Posted Sep 18, 2014
81% Tracks (2014) "Although I haven't read the book, the movie makes me want to do so by quoting judiciously from what is obviously distinctive writing. " ‐ Wall Street Journal
Posted Sep 18, 2014
27% Lost in Space (1998) "After seeing Lost in Space, my first impulse was to say that it had been made by a bunch of sorcerers' apprentices who didn't know how to tell a story with their high-tech tools. But why give apprenticeship a bad name? " ‐ Wall Street Journal
Posted Sep 17, 2014
62% The Disappearance of Eleanor Rigby (2014) "At one point late in the turgid tale I found myself wondering what this movie would amount to if its heroine's parents hadn't named her after the Beatles song. " ‐ Wall Street Journal
Posted Sep 11, 2014
89% The Drop (2014) "Less than top-drawer Lehane but well worth watching all the same. " ‐ Wall Street Journal
Posted Sep 11, 2014
87% The Skeleton Twins (2014) "It plays to the antic gifts of its stars, two Saturday Night Live luminaries reunited in the roles of troubled twins reunited by near-tragedy, yet it also turns them loose to explore deeper regions of hurt and love. " ‐ Wall Street Journal
Posted Sep 11, 2014
86% The Trip To Italy (2014) ""The Trip to Italy" may not quite measure up to "The Godfather, Part II," the platinum standard for movie sequels, but it's very funny, and slightly serious, all the same. " ‐ Wall Street Journal
Posted Aug 21, 2014
36% If I Stay (2014) "What works for readers, left free to produce their own versions of fantasy devices, can be gigglesome for audiences confronted with a film's prefab literalism. " ‐ Wall Street Journal
Posted Aug 21, 2014
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