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:
1218

Listing Of All Reviews & Articles

Showing 51 - 100 of 1218
Rating T-Meter Title | Year Add Date
48% Maleficent (2014) " Suffocatingly elaborate yet insufficiently bewitching." — Wall Street Journal
Posted May 29, 2014
33% A Million Ways to Die in the West (2014) " Some of it sputters, settling for smiles instead of laughs, and much of it flounders while the slapdash script searches, at exhausting length, for ever more common denominators in toilet humor." — Wall Street Journal
Posted May 29, 2014
97% We Are the Best! (2014) " It's a being-of-age story, in Swedish with English subtitles, the age being early adolescence, when kids with throbbing hearts and incompletely wired brains are full of passion and blithe illogic." — Wall Street Journal
Posted May 29, 2014
25% Pearl Harbor (2001) " Pearl Harbor is a blockheaded, hollow-hearted industrial enterprise." — Wall Street Journal
Posted May 28, 2014
42% Words And Pictures (2014) " In the end, the only question of consequence that the story poses is whether superior acting can prevail over inferior writing. The answer lies not in the stars." — Wall Street Journal
Posted May 22, 2014
86% Cold in July (2014) " One of those movies that arrives every now and then with no fanfare but a canny sense of how to grab our attention and hold it in a tightening grip." — Wall Street Journal
Posted May 22, 2014
91% X-Men: Days of Future Past (2014) " Everything is of a piece, and it's dazzling." — Wall Street Journal
Posted May 22, 2014
—— Sarraounia (1986) " [A] fascinating dramatic film ..." — Wall Street Journal
Posted May 15, 2014
—— El Sheita Elli Fat (Winter of Discontent) " The pace is deliberate, so that the evil of the Mubarak regime's security apparatus can exude fully." — Wall Street Journal
Posted May 15, 2014
100% Bastards " In the end, justice is done." — Wall Street Journal
Posted May 15, 2014
52% Half of a Yellow Sun (2014) " Disappointing, a romance pastiche that muddles the politics of the period beyond comprehension." — Wall Street Journal
Posted May 15, 2014
62% Million Dollar Arm (2014) " "Million Dollar Arm" presents a particularly flagrant case of a true story reprocessed into a feel-good fable that rings false." — Wall Street Journal
Posted May 15, 2014
73% Godzilla (2014) " The more elements the movie piles on, the more diffuse and disjointed it becomes." — Wall Street Journal
Posted May 15, 2014
82% The Double (2014) " It's lifeless, for the most part, a drama suffocated by its schematic style." — Wall Street Journal
Posted May 8, 2014
72% Palo Alto (2014) " It's essentially plotless and slowly paced ... but astutely observed, full of fine performances ..." — Wall Street Journal
Posted May 8, 2014
88% Chef (2014) " Like so much in "Chef," the plot resolution seems contrived and a bit silly. By then, though, we've had plenty of laughs, and generous helpings of warm feelings-the meat and potatoes of real life." — Wall Street Journal
Posted May 8, 2014
46% For Love of the Game (1999) " This guy is earnest, tireless, noble in his devotion to America's pastime and mostly dull as branch water." — Wall Street Journal
Posted May 8, 2014
9% Catwoman (2004) " Catwoman's director, a visual-effects specialist named Pitof, is not contained by the rules of filmmaking. Scenes that make sense? Nonsense. Characters with inner lives? Utterly passe." — Wall Street Journal
Posted May 2, 2014
95% Ida (2014) " Pawel Pawlikowski's "Ida," a compact masterpiece set in Poland in the early 1960s, gets to the heart of its matter with startling swiftness." — Wall Street Journal
Posted May 1, 2014
53% The Amazing Spider-Man 2 (2014) " How bad is this one ...? Amazingly so. Villainy abounds, but the villains are strident contrivances. Spider-Man flies, but does so dutifully, without joy." — Wall Street Journal
Posted May 1, 2014
89% Locke (2014) " Tom Hardy, the actor who plays [Locke], is by turns spellbinding, seductive, heartbreaking, explosive and flat-out thrilling." — Wall Street Journal
Posted Apr 24, 2014
19% Transcendence (2014) " Ambitious to a fault, this cautionary fantasy about artificial intelligence has so much on its muddled mind, and so little sense of dramatic grounding, that it grows ever more preposterous before lurching to a climax that's utterly unfathomable." — Wall Street Journal
Posted Apr 17, 2014
77% Watermark (2014) " Here's a case of images in the service of important ideas, rather than entertainment, yet they could hardly be more powerful, from roaring torrents released by a dam in China to a lyrical helicopter shot of a glistening river in British Columbia." — Wall Street Journal
Posted Apr 17, 2014
54% Fading Gigolo (2014) " "Fading Gigolo" is almost retrograde enough to be daring, but the pace is tentative, the comedy is dull ..." — Wall Street Journal
Posted Apr 17, 2014
66% The Railway Man (2014) " The ghastly realities of the labor camp are undercut by self-consciously stylized storytelling in the British sequences, with their glib formulations of love leading to personal peace and allowing forgiveness." — Wall Street Journal
Posted Apr 10, 2014
86% Joe (2014) " A beautiful film, shot by Tim Orr, that is elevated by Mr. Cage's stirring portrait of a violence-prone man who can't restrain himself from doing good." — Wall Street Journal
Posted Apr 10, 2014
85% Only Lovers Left Alive (2014) " Ms. Swinton and Mr. Hiddleston complement each other so elegantly that languor gives way to a genuinely affecting-and erotic-love story." — Wall Street Journal
Posted Apr 10, 2014
76% 8 Mile (2002) " It's easy to like Jimmy Smith as well as to admire him, because Mr. Mathers lets us in, with no sign of calculation, on the kindness, even tenderness, that Jimmy conceals from most of the people around him." — Wall Street Journal
Posted Apr 7, 2014
79% Island Of Lemurs: Madagascar (2014) " This 3-D IMAX documentary puts its best paw forward with a funny and exuberant title sequence, followed by 40 minutes of phenomenal footage of lemurs in their native habitat of Madagascar." — Wall Street Journal
Posted Apr 3, 2014
55% Breathe In (2014) " The film needs more help than it gets from the script, which turns on facile coincidence and dwindles in originality as it moves toward its climax." — Wall Street Journal
Posted Apr 3, 2014
84% The Unknown Known (2014) " What's so striking is the abstract nature of his discourse; what's so chilling is his dispassion." — Wall Street Journal
Posted Apr 3, 2014
89% Captain America: The Winter Soldier (2014) " What makes "The Winter Soldier" so enjoyable ... and what will make it so profitable, is its emotional bandwidth-all the vivid, nuanced life lived by its characters in between their frenzied escapades." — Wall Street Journal
Posted Apr 3, 2014
86% Under the Skin (2014) " Jonathan Glazer's "Under the Skin" holds you in a state of suspense tinged with dread from the very first image on the screen." — Wall Street Journal
Posted Apr 3, 2014
87% Far From Heaven (2003) " The actors move about this elaborate movie museum in a modified dream state, as if living in the present while rooted in the past. But the strategy doesn't work. It's an imitation of lifelessness." — Wall Street Journal
Posted Apr 1, 2014
98% Jodorowsky's Dune (2014) " A great seminar on creativity." — Wall Street Journal
Posted Mar 27, 2014
77% Noah (2014) " "Noah" can be silly or sublime, but it's never less than fascinating. I was on board from start to finish." — Wall Street Journal
Posted Mar 27, 2014
92% Memento (2000) " I can't remember when a movie has seemed so clever, strangely affecting and slyly funny at the very same time." — Wall Street Journal
Posted Mar 26, 2014
58% Blast from the Past (1999) " Unfortunately Mr. Fraser comes off as a forlorn, outsize Pee Wee Herman." — Wall Street Journal
Posted Mar 21, 2014
75% Nymphomaniac: Volume I (2014) " The movie commits the sin of boredom, partly because Ms. Martin is exceedingly inexpressive ..." — Wall Street Journal
Posted Mar 20, 2014
99% The Missing Picture (2014) " These miniatures magnify their subjects, and ennoble them. The picture is anguishing to see, but it isn't missing anymore." — Wall Street Journal
Posted Mar 20, 2014
41% Divergent (2014) " In all candor, and with all the amity I can muster, "Divergent" is as dauntingly dumb as it is dauntingly long." — Wall Street Journal
Posted Mar 20, 2014
56% The Life Aquatic with Steve Zissou (2004) " Like the jaguar shark, The Life Aquatic is hard to get a hook into." — Wall Street Journal
Posted Mar 17, 2014
89% Le Week-End (2014) " All sorts of talent has been chucked away here by the director's heavy touch and the script's naked contrivance." — Wall Street Journal
Posted Mar 13, 2014
97% Ernest & CĂ©lestine (2014) " The movie advances the art of animation without seeming to try." — Wall Street Journal
Posted Mar 13, 2014
22% Need For Speed (2014) " "Need For Speed" rides roughshod over morality." — Wall Street Journal
Posted Mar 13, 2014
68% The Darjeeling Limited (2007) " The film as a whole operates in Mr. Anderson's patented, semi-precious zone of antic and droll. It's not as if the filmmaker has gone off the rails. He's just not solidly on them." — Wall Street Journal
Posted Mar 12, 2014
98% Elaine Stritch: Shoot Me (2014) " "I Feel Pretty," from "West Side Story," was written for an ingenue, not a grande dame in her ninth decade, but she sings it with delicious irony, self-irony and irrepressible delight." — Wall Street Journal
Posted Mar 6, 2014
41% The Face of Love (2014) " The premise is, at once, too much and not enough. It's too much for these filmmakers to handle." — Wall Street Journal
Posted Mar 6, 2014
92% The Grand Budapest Hotel (2014) " Mr. Anderson's lovely confection ... keeps us smiling, and sometimes laughing out loud. Yet acid lurks in the cake's lowest layers." — Wall Street Journal
Posted Mar 6, 2014
96% The Lunchbox (2014) " For the acting alone, "The Lunchbox" is a sumptuous treat." — Wall Street Journal
Posted Feb 27, 2014
60% Non-Stop (2014) " What holds the movie together, and us in its thrall, is Mr. Neeson's big, often bludgeony presence." — Wall Street Journal
Posted Feb 27, 2014
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