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% 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
31% 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
56% 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
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
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
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
39% 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
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