Joe Morgenstern

Joe Morgenstern

Agrees with the Tomatometer 80% of the time.

Publications:
Wall Street Journal
Critics' Group:
Los Angeles Film Critics Association
Total Reviews:
1148

Listing Of All Reviews & Articles

Showing 51 - 100 of 1148
Rating T-Meter Title | Year Add Date
18% Ride Along (2014) " Gives shoddiness a bad name." — Wall Street Journal
Posted Jan 16, 2014
100% Journey to the South Pacific (2013) " I'm always delighted by the clarity and monumental proportions of IMAX films; this one lived up to my expectations." — Wall Street Journal
Posted Jan 16, 2014
56% Jack Ryan: Shadow Recruit (2014) " This is moviemaking in a modular mode, an inspiration-free action adventure-with cheesy cinematography-that fills its modest running time by fitting together familiar elements into something reliably, even insistently, not new." — Wall Street Journal
Posted Jan 16, 2014
98% The Rocket (2014) " The characters may be clich├ęs, but the performances are utterly fresh." — Wall Street Journal
Posted Jan 9, 2014
76% Gladiator (2000) " Crowe doesn't use tricks in this role to court our approval. He earns it the old-fashioned way, by daring to be quiet, if not silent, and intensely, implacably strong." — Wall Street Journal
Posted Jan 8, 2014
75% Lone Survivor (2014) " Peter Berg's screen version of Marcus Luttrell's book is remarkably good at dramatizing the notorious 2005 Navy SEAL operation that went horrifically bad. " — Wall Street Journal
Posted Dec 26, 2013
76% The Invisible Woman (2013) " The Invisible Woman gives us a plausible image of the great man in the fullness of his celebrity, and an affecting portrait of the woman who lived much of her life in his shadow." — Wall Street Journal
Posted Dec 26, 2013
64% August: Osage County (2013) " The movie also gives us a chance to see Ms. Roberts in action, and she's marvelous, too, in an austere style that perfectly complements Ms. Streep's volcanism." — Wall Street Journal
Posted Dec 26, 2013
50% The Secret Life Of Walter Mitty (2013) " Sometimes you see failed films and think, well, they tried for this or that but couldn't pull it off. After seeing Ben Stiller's version of the venerable James Thurber story, I don't know what the film was trying for." — Wall Street Journal
Posted Dec 26, 2013
77% The Wolf of Wall Street (2013) " I couldn't buy it, and couldn't wait for the hollow spectacle to end." — Wall Street Journal
Posted Dec 26, 2013
25% Walking With Dinosaurs (2013) " It's unlikely that a dinosaur wrote the script-the Writers Guild of America makes no provision for Cambrian membership-but this animated feature is dimwitted all the same." — Wall Street Journal
Posted Dec 19, 2013
94% The Past (2013) " The layers have layers in Mr. Farhadi's narratives. The title itself is layered with irony; the past is never past, but always shaping the present." — Wall Street Journal
Posted Dec 19, 2013
94% Her (2014) " What gives the film a significant upgrade is Mr. Jonze's gift for understated poetry, with intimations of philosophy. Lyrical flashbacks illuminate the love its hero once had, and lost." — Wall Street Journal
Posted Dec 19, 2013
74% The Hobbit: The Desolation Of Smaug (2013) " The latest lap of their journey is far more focused and much more exciting than the last one." — Wall Street Journal
Posted Dec 12, 2013
93% American Hustle (2013) " High-energy comedy comes naturally to the filmmaker. He exults in free association, emotional riffs, in the craziness that underlies ostensibly rational behavior." — Wall Street Journal
Posted Dec 12, 2013
79% Saving Mr. Banks (2013) " "Saving Mr. Banks" wraps a seduction inside a seduction with enjoyable results. It's a Disney film in every sense of the term." — Wall Street Journal
Posted Dec 12, 2013
56% The Polar Express (2004) " A train wreck of mind-numbing proportions." — Wall Street Journal
Posted Dec 9, 2013
89% Tokyo Godfathers (2003) " In one sense the plot involves returning stolen goods to a thief, but Tokyo Godfathers is really about longing -- for family, for children, for parents and for the lost past." — Wall Street Journal
Posted Dec 9, 2013
79% 8 Women (8 Femmes) (2002) " The cast is the main attraction in Francois Ozon's witty, even touching 8 Women." — Wall Street Journal
Posted Dec 9, 2013
52% Out of the Furnace (2013) " Mr. Bale, ever the brilliantly inward performer, makes Russell sympathetic with small strokes." — Wall Street Journal
Posted Dec 5, 2013
95% Inside Llewyn Davis (2013) " The film's centerpiece is Mr. Isaac's phenomenal performance." — Wall Street Journal
Posted Dec 5, 2013
77% Bad Santa (2003) " I wanted to believe in Bad Santa. At least half of the time I did." — Wall Street Journal
Posted Dec 5, 2013
42% Oldboy (2013) " Why would we want to watch a chronicle of Joe's agonies, and the agonies he gets to inflict on others? Passing it up would be the best revenge." — Wall Street Journal
Posted Dec 2, 2013
58% Mandela: Long Walk to Freedom (2013) " At almost 6 feet 3 inches, [Elba is] too big for physical similitude, but big enough in dramatic presence to measure up to his character's courage and moral stature." — Wall Street Journal
Posted Dec 2, 2013
89% Frozen (2013) " If you thought there was only so much to be done with ice and snow as visual fields, think again along the lines of prismatic crystals, epic storms and fantastical structures built on water's gift for freezing itself into see-through art." — Wall Street Journal
Posted Dec 2, 2013
97% Spirited Away (2001) " Spirited Away has much to say about many worthy things: the life of the spirit, materialist greed, the importance of words, the power of love." — Wall Street Journal
Posted Nov 27, 2013
94% Blancanieves (2013) " Alfonso de Vilallonga's music isn't mere accompaniment, it's a score with rich emotional resonance. The silents, as this film suggests, achieved aesthetic marvels before sound came along to set things back for a while." — Wall Street Journal
Posted Nov 27, 2013
93% Princess Mononoke (Mononoke-hime) (1999) " Some of the images in Princess Mononoke are not just unforgettable, they're almost edible in their vibrantly colored beauty. I haven't taken in animation quite so hungrily since I was a kid watching Disney features for the first few times." — Wall Street Journal
Posted Nov 27, 2013
93% Enchanted (2007) " Like the Cinderella figure she plays in Disney's Enchanted, Amy Adams spreads a contagion of delight. The movie is great fun, but she's enchanting." — Wall Street Journal
Posted Nov 26, 2013
82% Harry Potter and the Chamber of Secrets (2002) " This new Harry Potter has its flaws, but it's better, as well as darker, than the first." — Wall Street Journal
Posted Nov 26, 2013
89% Shrek 2 (2004) " This second edition of DreamWorks's Oscar-winning ogre opus may not match the original for, well, originality, but it honors the prime injunction governing sequels: To thine own characters be true." — Wall Street Journal
Posted Nov 25, 2013
88% Shrek (2001) " The charms of Shrek, which is based on the children's book by William Steig, go far beyond in-jokes for adults." — Wall Street Journal
Posted Nov 25, 2013
84% Bridge to Terabithia (2007) " This screen adaptation of Katherine Paterson's now-classic novel for young readers tells its story with agreeable simplicity in between computer-generated monsters." — Wall Street Journal
Posted Nov 22, 2013
100% Approved for Adoption (2013) " "Approved for Adoption" is tough and tender, a rich resource for anyone who has been adopted, and anyone who plans to adopt." — Wall Street Journal
Posted Nov 21, 2013
92% Philomena (2013) " With ample blame to go around, a piece of fiction comes up short on facts." — Wall Street Journal
Posted Nov 21, 2013
89% The Hunger Games: Catching Fire (2013) " None of it would work -- not the action, the adventure, the political subtext or the humor -- without the strength and beauty that Ms. Lawrence brings to the central role." — Wall Street Journal
Posted Nov 21, 2013
87% Howl's Moving Castle (2005) " What a moveable feast of delights." — Wall Street Journal
Posted Nov 19, 2013
94% The Lord of the Rings: The Return of the King (2003) " Yes, the running time is long, and yes, those many endings in a slow, dreamy coda left me feeling spent -- better spent than I can ever remember." — Wall Street Journal
Posted Nov 19, 2013
91% The Lord of the Rings: The Fellowship of the Ring (2001) " Against all odds in an era of machine-made spectaculars, Mr. Jackson and his collaborators have created a film epic that lives and breathes, that's swept by almost palpable weather (much of it stormy)." — Wall Street Journal
Posted Nov 18, 2013
85% At Berkeley (2013) " "At Berkeley" is the 38th in Mr. Wiseman's series of films about contemporary institutions; as always, he finds symbolic resonance in seemingly random observations." — Wall Street Journal
Posted Nov 14, 2013
92% Nebraska (2013) " By the metrics of the heart, "Nebraska" is as big as it is beautiful." — Wall Street Journal
Posted Nov 14, 2013
83% The Armstrong Lie (2013) " "The Armstrong Lie" is truly singular, a tale of ambition that's almost mad enough to be mythic." — Wall Street Journal
Posted Nov 7, 2013
73% The Motel Life (2013) " It's admirable and even memorable, in its moody fashion, thanks to Roman Vasyanov's richly textured cinematography-he's a shooter to keep our eyes on-and three affecting performances." — Wall Street Journal
Posted Nov 7, 2013
65% Thor: The Dark World (2013) " This action-adventure sequel from Marvel soon turns so dumb and 3-D-murky that it hurts." — Wall Street Journal
Posted Nov 7, 2013
67% How I Live Now (2013) " The production feels tentative and underpopulated: I thought not only of Katniss Everdeen but of the marvelous pandemonium in Danny Boyle's zombie epic "28 Days Later."" — Wall Street Journal
Posted Nov 7, 2013
94% Dallas Buyers Club (2013) " Matthew McConaughey continues to amaze." — Wall Street Journal
Posted Oct 31, 2013
100% The Square (2013) " "The Square" stands as a valuable document of a tormented time, an anatomy of a revolutionary movement doomed by a paucity of viable institutions, and by the movement's failure to advance a coherent agenda." — Wall Street Journal
Posted Oct 31, 2013
60% Ender's Game (2013) " Not only does "Ender's Game" have many scenes in zero gravity, but this zero-sum fiasco has zero drama, zero suspense, zero humor, zero charm and zero appeal." — Wall Street Journal
Posted Oct 31, 2013
85% Spinning Plates (2013) " Joseph Levy's sneakily stirring documentary opens up feelings you would never have expected from the premise-a portrait of three American restaurants." — Wall Street Journal
Posted Oct 24, 2013
90% Blue Is The Warmest Color (2013) " The performances are nothing less than astonishing." — Wall Street Journal
Posted Oct 24, 2013
34% The Counselor (2013) " The cast is all but suffocated by the sententious dialogue of an airless drama." — Wall Street Journal
Posted Oct 24, 2013
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