Joe Morgenstern

Joe Morgenstern

Agrees with the Tomatometer 80% of the time.

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Rating T-Meter Title | Year Review
67% Deepsea Challenge 3D (2014) " This enthralling documentary, with a few brief moments of fictional re-creation, was made in conjunction with National Geographic Entertainment. " ‐ Wall Street Journal
Posted Aug 7, 2014
68% The Hundred-Foot Journey (2014) " The folk-wisdom level is tolerable, just as the clich├ęs and manipulations are palatable, because the story is full of life, and free of ironic additives. " ‐ Wall Street Journal
Posted Aug 7, 2014
89% Calvary (2014) " It's a film of modest means and great ambition, a darkly comic drama concerned with nothing less than the place of faith, and an embattled Church, in modern life. " ‐ Wall Street Journal
Posted Jul 31, 2014
91% Guardians of the Galaxy (2014) " The people who made this movie must have had a swell time in the process, and it's nice to see a summer epic that takes itself so unseriously. " ‐ Wall Street Journal
Posted Jul 31, 2014
80% Get On Up (2014) " Before and after everything else, "Get On Up" is about the transformative power of performance. " ‐ Wall Street Journal
Posted Jul 31, 2014
9% Marci X (2003) " [it] might better have been called Marci Why. " ‐ Wall Street Journal
Posted Jul 29, 2014
72% The Ring (2002) " Watching The Ring won't kill you, but it could bore you half to death. " ‐ Wall Street Journal
Posted Jul 25, 2014
88% A Most Wanted Man (2014) " I wish I could say that the film gives a great actor a worthy role, but the truth is otherwise. " ‐ Wall Street Journal
Posted Jul 24, 2014
51% Magic in the Moonlight (2014) " Ms. Stone is entrancing, whether Sophie is in or out of her trance state, and so is the movie as a whole. " ‐ Wall Street Journal
Posted Jul 24, 2014
66% Lucy (2014) " It's gleefully bold, visually adventurous, often funny, strikingly concise -- the whole heart-pounding tale is over in 90 minutes -- and 100% entertaining. " ‐ Wall Street Journal
Posted Jul 24, 2014
10% I Dreamed of Africa (2000) " Kim Basinger, as Kuki, is attractive and touching, but she's given one unplayable scene after another. " ‐ Wall Street Journal
Posted Jul 23, 2014
52% I Origins (2014) " Sets up a dialectic between reason and faith and argues it insistently, with eye-rolling earnestness. " ‐ Wall Street Journal
Posted Jul 17, 2014
62% Mood Indigo (2014) " There's so much of so many flavors of cleverness-a surfeit of surfeits-that sensory overload causes aesthetic suffocation. " ‐ Wall Street Journal
Posted Jul 17, 2014
17% Sex Tape (2014) " Instead of soft core, "Sex Tape" offers no core. No narrative core, just a not-bad notion executed execrably; no core of conviction, just two stars trudging joylessly through swamps of mediocrity. " ‐ Wall Street Journal
Posted Jul 17, 2014
80% Land Ho! (2014) " What turns the trip around, though, for the odd couple and for us, is their bond of deep friendship, and the slow thawing of their frozen lives in a chilly climate. " ‐ Wall Street Journal
Posted Jul 15, 2014
25% Fathers' Day (1997) " A movie of implacable unfunniness. " ‐ Wall Street Journal
Posted Jul 14, 2014
71% The Fifth Element (1997) " In this movie and many like it, the only elements that count are impact, impact, impact and impact. The fifth element is gibberish. " ‐ Wall Street Journal
Posted Jul 14, 2014
90% Dawn Of The Planet Of The Apes (2014) " Dawn of the Planet of the Apes is an extremely high-functioning sci-fi thriller about extremely high-functioning apes. Some of it may seem silly in the recounting, or in the trailer, but it doesn't feel silly in the theater. " ‐ Wall Street Journal
Posted Jul 10, 2014
98% Boyhood (2014) " On rare occasions a movie seems to channel the flow of real life. "Boyhood" is one of those occasions. " ‐ Wall Street Journal
Posted Jul 10, 2014
53% Jersey Boys (2014) " Why so cheerless, bordering on grim? Was Mr. Eastwood, a lover of music and a champion of musicians, so seduced by the bleaker aspects of the back story that he neglected the production's grace notes? " ‐ Wall Street Journal
Posted Jun 19, 2014
76% The Last Sentence (2014) " It's a must-see for those who have followed Mr. Troell's career, and a should-see for those who can look past its oddities to its cumulative power. " ‐ Wall Street Journal
Posted Jun 19, 2014
23% Third Person (2014) " The movie is based on a fundamental miscalculation-that our desire to penetrate its mysteries will trump our need for people to care about. " ‐ Wall Street Journal
Posted Jun 19, 2014
11% Batman & Robin (1997) " Of all modern Batmans, George Clooney bears the closest physical resemblance to the comic-book hero, but there isn't much to say about his performance because there isn't much performance to discuss. " ‐ Wall Street Journal
Posted Jun 18, 2014
12% Striptease (1996) " Yet another case of the star's salary being much more interesting, and exuberantly vulgar, than anything the screen reveals. " ‐ Wall Street Journal
Posted Jun 18, 2014
17% Wild Wild West (1999) " Having seen Wild Wild West, a retro-sci-fi Western comedy that tries to get laughs from a double amputee in a steam-powered wheelchair, I must ask: Where's the rest of the movie? The funny part? " ‐ Wall Street Journal
Posted Jun 16, 2014
65% The Rover (2014) " Long on menace, often violent and consistently fascinating. " ‐ Wall Street Journal
Posted Jun 12, 2014
85% 22 Jump Street (2014) " It works well enough, more often than not, though heightened levels of raunch and chaos seem not so much meta as frantic. " ‐ Wall Street Journal
Posted Jun 12, 2014
92% How to Train Your Dragon 2 (2014) " Most sequels get made for commercial reasons, whether or not the world needs them. "How to Train Your Dragon 2" is a movie the world needs. " ‐ Wall Street Journal
Posted Jun 12, 2014
58% The Signal (2014) " It was made with great ingenuity and technical expertise on an exceedingly small budget. What's missing, however, is density, complexity and surprise. " ‐ Wall Street Journal
Posted Jun 12, 2014
39% Armageddon (1998) " How does Armageddon, a movie obsessed with countdowns and countdown clocks, manage to redefine -- downward -- the standard for summer stupidity? Let me count the ways. " ‐ Wall Street Journal
Posted Jun 6, 2014
90% Obvious Child (2014) " The heart of the film lies in what it manages to say, without boldface or italics, about how hard it is for Donna, like so many of her anxious cohort, to make genuine connections, to break free of narcissistic constraints and become a stand-up grown-up. " ‐ Wall Street Journal
Posted Jun 5, 2014
90% Live Die Repeat: Edge of Tomorrow (2014) " It's a rousing spectacle, interspersed with touching moments of really hard trying. " ‐ Wall Street Journal
Posted Jun 5, 2014
81% The Fault In Our Stars (2014) " What leavens the heaviness of the theme is the heroine's wry wit, which Ms. Woodley deploys just as naturally. " ‐ Wall Street Journal
Posted Jun 5, 2014
99% L.A. Confidential (1997) " This 1950s-era crime drama has it all, and does it all with a casual mastery that Hollywood once owned but had seemingly misplaced or lost. " ‐ Wall Street Journal
Posted Jun 4, 2014
93% Eternal Sunshine Of The Spotless Mind (2004) " Eternal Sunshine of the Spotless Mind goes by like a fevered dream of love, but one you remember vividly, with profound pleasure. " ‐ Wall Street Journal
Posted May 30, 2014
85% Night Moves (2014) " "Night Moves" suffers from a lack of mystery and a deficit of motion. " ‐ Wall Street Journal
Posted May 29, 2014
49% 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
85% 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
No Score Yet Sarraounia (1986) " [A] fascinating dramatic film ... " ‐ Wall Street Journal
Posted May 15, 2014
No Score Yet 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
51% 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
74% 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
73% Palo Alto (2014) " It's essentially plotless and slowly paced ... but astutely observed, full of fine performances ... " ‐ Wall Street Journal
Posted May 8, 2014
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