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:
1199

Listing Of All Reviews & Articles

Showing 51 - 100 of 1199
Rating T-Meter Title | Year Add Date
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
80% 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
85% 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
76% 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
54% 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
99% 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 & Célestine (2014) " The movie advances the art of animation without seeming to try." — Wall Street Journal
Posted Mar 13, 2014
23% 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
42% 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
93% Child's Pose (2014) " When the stars are aligned-the writing and direction along with the stars in front of the camera-a movie can put the most appalling characters on display and still make them engrossing." — Wall Street Journal
Posted Feb 20, 2014
41% In Secret (2014) " Whatever possessed the people who made this film to believe its ponderous style would appeal to contemporary audiences?" — Wall Street Journal
Posted Feb 20, 2014
11% Barefoot (2014) " Out of the mouths of babes comes dribble, as often as wisdom-or, in the case of this movie's infantile heroine, drivel." — Wall Street Journal
Posted Feb 20, 2014
51% Cherish (2002) " The best way to enjoy Finn Taylor's Cherish -- often the only way -- is to accept this odd little comic drama for what it is, a shamelessly contrived showcase for Robin Tunney." — Wall Street Journal
Posted Feb 13, 2014
97% The Last of the Unjust (2014) " The new film may not qualify for masterpiece status, but it's an enthralling portrait of a man-an exceptionally brilliant and articulate man-who personified the courage, complexity and moral ambiguity of his tortured time." — Wall Street Journal
Posted Feb 13, 2014
13% Winter's Tale (2014) " A surrealist love story with countless admirers has been reduced by Akiva Goldsman's screen version to a potboiler brimming with treacly preachments." — Wall Street Journal
Posted Feb 13, 2014
49% RoboCop (2014) " An action adventure that's graphics-rich, logic-poor, coherence-challenged and pleasure-impaired." — Wall Street Journal
Posted Feb 13, 2014
87% Chicago (2002) " Rob Marshall's screen version of the near-venerable show looks great, in its razzly-dazzly neo-Fosse way, and sounds good, especially when Renee Zellweger's gorgeous Roxie Hart is singing her heart out." — Wall Street Journal
Posted Feb 12, 2014
92% Shakespeare in Love (1998) " Scene after scene engages us as cheerful groundlings, tosses us jokes, toys with our expectations, then sweeps away the boundaries between film and stage, comedy and tragedy so we're open to the power of language and the feelings behind it." — Wall Street Journal
Posted Feb 11, 2014
93% About a Boy (2002) " About a Boy is better than a feelgood movie, it's a feelgreat movie -- genuinely clever, affecting when you least expect it to be and funny from start to finish." — Wall Street Journal
Posted Feb 10, 2014
91% High Fidelity (2000) " As for Mr. Cusack, there's nothing potential about his stardom any more. He's the self-doubting, self-flagellating, self-ironic soul of "High Fidelity," and he's great." — Wall Street Journal
Posted Feb 10, 2014
32% The Monuments Men (2014) " Alexandre Desplat's intrusive score keeps telling us what mood we should be in. Moods change from moment to moment, though, and not only in the action sequences." — Wall Street Journal
Posted Feb 6, 2014
95% Grzeli nateli dgeebi (In Bloom) (2014) " This adroit and understated coming-of-age film reminded me of the New Wave of Czech films in the 1960s, but with a distinctive poignancy that translates to wisdom." — Wall Street Journal
Posted Feb 6, 2014
96% The LEGO Movie (2014) " The best part is what the movie has to say about conformity -- following the instructions on the box -- versus creativity, i.e. life as a jumble, an inspired improvisation, a joyous hodgepodge." — Wall Street Journal
Posted Feb 6, 2014
33% Labor Day (2014) " The kind of movie that turns clarity into stultification; everything is perfectly clear and almost everything-pie-making excepted-is perfectly lifeless." — Wall Street Journal
Posted Jan 30, 2014
89% Tim's Vermeer (2014) " "Tim's Vermeer," a fascinating documentary by the comic magicians Penn & Teller, has a way of arousing passionate feelings while provoking fresh ideas about the porous border between technology and art." — Wall Street Journal
Posted Jan 30, 2014
99% Gloria (2014) " With someone else in the central role, "Gloria" might have been cloyingly sentimental or downright maudlin. With Ms. García on hand, it's a mostly convincing celebration of unquenchable energy." — Wall Street Journal
Posted Jan 23, 2014
87% Like Father, Like Son (2014) " Follows [a] pattern fairly predictably at first, then transcends it with tenderness, humor and exquisite depth of feeling." — Wall Street Journal
Posted Jan 23, 2014
75% Ransom (1996) " By the time Tom Mullen has turned into an action superhero in a clumsy climax, Ransom has run out of ideas, and we've lost track of what we felt about a father's frantic efforts to save his son." — Wall Street Journal
Posted Jan 22, 2014
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