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
75% Good Kill (2015) "Compelling as the subject may be, its abstract nature would challenge the most skillful of dramatists, and Mr. Niccol's script seldom rises above slogans, argumentation and standard-brand domestic tension. " ‐ Wall Street Journal
Posted May 14, 2015
94% I'll See You in My Dreams (2015) "Carol's life is often good, but Ms. Danner makes her loneliness palpable. " ‐ Wall Street Journal
Posted May 14, 2015
97% Mad Max: Fury Road (2015) "A gleefully violent -- and improbably feminist -- phantasmagoria that turns epic road rage and long stretches of vehicular omnicide into an eye-boggling joy ride. " ‐ Wall Street Journal
Posted May 14, 2015
83% Tangerines (2015) "This remarkable piece of antiwar cinema honors its theme, and the movie medium. " ‐ Wall Street Journal
Posted Apr 16, 2015
81% Dior and I (2015) "The drama of getting new dresses on the runway turns out to be transfixing, while the hero redefines the notion of intense. " ‐ Wall Street Journal
Posted Apr 16, 2015
45% True Story (2015) ""True Story" rings false from start to finish. " ‐ Wall Street Journal
Posted Apr 16, 2015
60% Unfriended (2015) "A movie to be seen, if you can endure it-as a shrewd commercial venture, as an online opus that undoes your self-composure and, last and foremost, as a window on a mode of thinking that equates to a state of being. " ‐ Wall Street Journal
Posted Apr 16, 2015
92% Ex Machina (2015) "Sizzlingly smart and agreeably sententious, Mr. Garland's film transcends some all-too-human imperfections with gorgeous images, astute writing and memorably strong performances. " ‐ Wall Street Journal
Posted Apr 9, 2015
31% The Longest Ride (2015) "Conforms to a timeworn, and shopworn, Sparks formula of troubled protagonists receiving wisdom, or inspiration, or both, from unexpected sources. " ‐ Wall Street Journal
Posted Apr 9, 2015
89% Clouds of Sils Maria (2015) ""Clouds Of Sils Maria" swirls with provocative ideas, but they're talked about more than dramatized ... " ‐ Wall Street Journal
Posted Apr 9, 2015
81% Furious 7 (2015) "The film follows an exceedingly well-traveled road, though the formula-a crew of racer-adventurers who put dual premiums on speed and family values-has been spiked with ever more spectacular, or preposterous, effects. " ‐ Wall Street Journal
Posted Apr 2, 2015
91% White God (2015) "The whole production speaks well for the power of film; it's a serious stunner. " ‐ Wall Street Journal
Posted Apr 2, 2015
87% Lambert & Stamp (2015) "Fans of The Who will find this film a rock Rosetta Stone. Students of the often anarchic creative process will be fascinated. " ‐ Wall Street Journal
Posted Apr 2, 2015
96% The Salt of the Earth (2015) "The film is suffused with his anguish over the state of our species, and our planet. Yet it ends with a change of heart and a turn of events that make a plausible case for hope. " ‐ Wall Street Journal
Posted Mar 26, 2015
18% Serena (2015) "Beating a dead horse barely begins to describe the task of writing about "Serena"; it's more like playing coroner. " ‐ Wall Street Journal
Posted Mar 26, 2015
29% Get Hard (2015) "Funny bits come along every now and then, and the co-stars work desperately hard for their salaries. But the spectacle is depressing for what it says of mainstream studio standards. " ‐ Wall Street Journal
Posted Mar 26, 2015
83% While We're Young (2015) "Putting one's finger on exactly what's wrong with "While We're Young" is a challenge. Best to use several fingers. " ‐ Wall Street Journal
Posted Mar 26, 2015
77% Danny Collins (2015) "Before the action comes a cheerfully coy announcement: "The following is based on a kind of true story a little bit." In fact, the story is not only true, but proves to be a kind of swell idea for a fiction film. " ‐ Wall Street Journal
Posted Mar 19, 2015
30% Insurgent (2015) ""Insurgent" opens new horizons of repetitiveness, dramatic shapelessness, self-seriousness and a generalized oppressiveness ... " ‐ Wall Street Journal
Posted Mar 19, 2015
87% Kumiko, the Treasure Hunter (2015) "What I saw was a case of filmmakers blissed out on their own hermetic concept. " ‐ Wall Street Journal
Posted Mar 19, 2015
100% Seymour: An Introduction (2015) "More than a musical offering, it's a study in boundless passion, plus a wellspring of wisdom about art and life from a man who sees no dividing line between the one and the other. " ‐ Wall Street Journal
Posted Mar 12, 2015
96% It Follows (2015) "One more stylish reminder of how readily we the people can be creeped out. " ‐ Wall Street Journal
Posted Mar 12, 2015
85% Cinderella (2015) "Disney's new live-action version is for the most part beguilingly good, even though it's no replacement for the studio's 1950 animated classic. " ‐ Wall Street Journal
Posted Mar 12, 2015
85% Merchants Of Doubt (2015) "[It] means to make people angry, and to make them think. It will surely do the former. I'd like to think it will do the latter. " ‐ Wall Street Journal
Posted Mar 5, 2015
62% The Second Best Exotic Marigold Hotel (2015) "Much of this sequel is clumsy, and awfully silly, but consistently shallow it is not. " ‐ Wall Street Journal
Posted Mar 5, 2015
30% Chappie (2015) "Sustains a lively tension between A.I.-smart and comic-book-outlandish until the outlandishness turns to frenzy, the action grows familiar and you yearn for a robot break. " ‐ Wall Street Journal
Posted Mar 5, 2015
97% An Honest Liar (2015) "The film deserves to be seen, and admired, for its own revelations, and for its unlikely, yet deeply affecting, transformation into a story of abiding love that, in its own turn, involves a deception. " ‐ Wall Street Journal
Posted Mar 5, 2015
57% Focus (2015) "The film itself comes to feel like a con, thanks to a script that's too clever by two-thirds, and butterfingered in the ways of portraying love. " ‐ Wall Street Journal
Posted Feb 26, 2015
81% Queen and Country (2015) "It has taken John Boorman almost three decades to make the sequel to his much-cherished "Hope and Glory," but "Queen and Country" turns out to be well worth the wait. " ‐ Wall Street Journal
Posted Feb 26, 2015
97% '71 (2015) "Big-screen storytelling stripped to its dramatic and visual essentials, and the result is nothing less than shattering. " ‐ Wall Street Journal
Posted Feb 26, 2015
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
75% 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
88% 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
99% 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
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