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
96% What We Do In The Shadows (2015) "No deep meaning or social relevance, only welcome diversion from these troubled times-i.e. superbly silly fun. " ‐ Wall Street Journal
Posted Feb 19, 2015
96% Wild Tales (2015) "You never lose interest for a moment, and the images are often striking: Javier Julia did the stylish cinematography. Yet there's little lift from the carryings-on, not much buoyancy in the misanthropy. " ‐ Wall Street Journal
Posted Feb 19, 2015
79% McFarland USA (2015) "If they gave Oscars for overcoming mechanical plotting and perfunctory dialogue, Mr. Costner would be this year's shoo-in. " ‐ Wall Street Journal
Posted Feb 19, 2015
100% Humpback Whales "I've long been a fan of IMAX nature documentaries, but "Humpback Whales," directed by Greg MacGillivray, is something special. " ‐ Wall Street Journal
Posted Feb 12, 2015
74% Kingsman: The Secret Service (2015) "This absurdist mashup of spy-movie genres-especially those with gentleman spies-points up the frenzied pace of change with a frenzy of its own, then runs low on comic resources in the process. " ‐ Wall Street Journal
Posted Feb 12, 2015
25% Jupiter Ascending (2015) "A theatrical feature that, in a rational universe, would never have been put in production, let alone seen the light of day. " ‐ Wall Street Journal
Posted Feb 5, 2015
86% Adieu au langage (Goodbye to Language) (2014) "A film that's stuffed with language, its title notwithstanding. " ‐ Wall Street Journal
Posted Jan 29, 2015
39% Black or White (2015) "Talk about tin ears. "Black or White" comes off as the product of clouded eyes, sour stomachs and addled brains. " ‐ Wall Street Journal
Posted Jan 29, 2015
99% Timbuktu (2015) "The film throbs with humanity, and abounds in extraordinary images ... " ‐ Wall Street Journal
Posted Jan 29, 2015
82% Black Sea (2015) "What makes the old tropes new enough to be frequently exciting ... is Mr. Law's portrayal of a desperate man renewing his lease on life, come what may. " ‐ Wall Street Journal
Posted Jan 22, 2015
90% Mommy (2015) "[It] can be seen as a tribute to maternal devotion, though I saw it for a long time as a study in perilous self-delusion. " ‐ Wall Street Journal
Posted Jan 22, 2015
96% Red Army (2015) "This feature documentary is far more artful than it first lets on; often it's downright droll. " ‐ Wall Street Journal
Posted Jan 22, 2015
89% Still Alice (2015) "A film that benefits from Ms. Moore's lovely performance, yet suffers from glib contrivance and predictable writing. " ‐ Wall Street Journal
Posted Jan 15, 2015
34% Blackhat (2015) "The premise is interesting, and certainly timely, though the film feels assembled from used components. " ‐ Wall Street Journal
Posted Jan 15, 2015
98% Paddington (2015) "He's a bear you care about from the first candy-colored frames of the film, which teems with delightful images in a seamless mélange of live action and computer animation. " ‐ Wall Street Journal
Posted Jan 15, 2015
97% Two Days, One Night (2014) "The premise is as simple as a biblical parable, and as densely packed with significance. " ‐ Wall Street Journal
Posted Jan 8, 2015
98% Song Of The Sea (2014) "Mr. Moore's second feature, "Song of the Sea," amply fulfills the shining promise of the first one. " ‐ Wall Street Journal
Posted Jan 8, 2015
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
52% 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
84% 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
27% 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
86% 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
72% 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
96% 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
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