Wesley Morris

Wesley Morris

Agrees with the Tomatometer 73% of the time.

Publications:
Boston Globe , Film Comment Magazine , Grantland , San Francisco Chronicle , San Francisco Examiner
Total Reviews:
2230

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Rating T-Meter Title | Year Add Date
42% This Is Where I Leave You (2014) " This Is Where I Leave You amounts to everything I can't stand about certain American movies. It gathers too many good, smart actors and gives most of them almost nothing interesting to play." — Grantland
Posted Sep 19, 2014
65% A Walk Among the Tombstones (2014) " You expect a thriller from a movie like this, but the further into the case Scudder trudges, the more soundly and unexpectedly Tombstones is able to hit the sweet spot of any good suspense film: the pit of your stomach." — Grantland
Posted Sep 19, 2014
11% No Good Deed (2014) " There should be something more exhilarating about the violent and hopeful epilogue finale than there is." — Grantland
Posted Sep 17, 2014
33% Black and White " This is a tiresome interracial custody dramedy in which white non-guilt righteously dukes it out with black melodrama." — Grantland
Posted Sep 12, 2014
100% Beyond the Lights (2014) " The presentation is, on its surface, absurd, but its worry about what fame does to women is legitimate." — Grantland
Posted Sep 12, 2014
100% Top Five " The mess never coheres, but it sends off you on a high anyway." — Grantland
Posted Sep 12, 2014
33% Cake " The movie is actually smart about the seriousness of grief without being oppressive itself. And [Aniston's] performance is equally intelligent." — Grantland
Posted Sep 11, 2014
100% The Duke Of Burgundy " The Duke of Burgundy is both a vertiginously styled relationship movie and an erotic fable about being in a relationship (the fear of routine, of boredom, of limits)." — Grantland
Posted Sep 11, 2014
100% The Look of Silence " What a combination of misery and uplift this movie is." — Grantland
Posted Sep 11, 2014
0% The Cobbler " A movie like this, in which not a single scene comes together, in which almost nothing makes you laugh or cry or think, reminds you that it's truly a miracle when movies work at all." — Grantland
Posted Sep 11, 2014
39% Tusk (2014) " Weird is all this movie is, when it could have been a lot more." — Grantland
Posted Sep 10, 2014
78% Rosewater (2014) " Stewart is patient and deferential. He has an inspired editor and a good cinematographer. But the film is leaden with earnestness." — Grantland
Posted Sep 10, 2014
70% Love & Mercy " It lurches between two decades and two actors, with no reliable center." — Grantland
Posted Sep 10, 2014
87% The Trip To Italy (2014) " It's that melancholy within each man that saves the film from disposability." — Grantland
Posted Sep 2, 2014
27% As Above/So Below (2014) " Once upon a time, when someone in a horror movie turned a doorknob or drove toward a storm, you got to feel superior and shout, "Don't go in there!" Now it's more like, "Seriously? You're not gonna put down that camera first?"" — Grantland
Posted Sep 2, 2014
71% Jealousy (2014) " There's a casualness at work here that's absorbing because Garrel doesn't make a moment mean more than it ought to." — Grantland
Posted Aug 21, 2014
73% A Will For The Woods (2014) " The movie feels entirely promotional, provoking separate, unanswered questions about green medicine too." — Grantland
Posted Aug 21, 2014
95% The Dog (2014) " There's a brashness to this documentary that sneaks up on you." — Grantland
Posted Aug 21, 2014
20% Into The Storm (2014) " What we've got here is somewhere between Twister and one of those storm-chaser reality shows, except Jan de Bont made Twister." — Grantland
Posted Aug 21, 2014
35% The Giver (2014) " This might be an anti-pharmaceutical, anti-cult, anti-plot, anti-suspense allegory. It could also just be Thanksgiving at your robot-zombie in-laws." — Grantland
Posted Aug 21, 2014
51% Magic in the Moonlight (2014) " The movie's opening hour has a fascinating balance of nonsense and depth... If only Allen could keep that introspection and frippery going." — Grantland
Posted Aug 21, 2014
62% Mood Indigo (2014) " Gondry has such an incomparable understanding of the way in which strange and unexpected sights can tickle you. What he sometimes lacks as a filmmaker is the awareness that he can tickle an audience to death." — Grantland
Posted Aug 21, 2014
67% The Hundred-Foot Journey (2014) " If the movie is high on gastronomy, it also redefines cooking with gas." — Grantland
Posted Aug 21, 2014
71% Dinosaur 13 (2014) " The storytelling raises more logistical and legal questions than it's equipped to answer. But what Miller does have, for anyone unfamiliar with Sue's fate, is a story with a suspenseful climax." — Grantland
Posted Aug 20, 2014
92% Frank (2014) " Things go from cutesy to clever to grim, from the band's country shack to the road, and it takes too long to get everywhere." — Grantland
Posted Aug 20, 2014
20% Let's Be Cops (2014) " Let's be clear: No one should choose this movie. It's a title in search of a plot. It could also have been called Let's Be Funnier, Let's Be Directed, Let's Be 15 to 30 Minutes Shorter, Let's Be 22 Jump Street." — Grantland
Posted Aug 15, 2014
19% Teenage Mutant Ninja Turtles (2014) " Turtles fans might have been looking for their own Avengers. They get Alvin and the Chipmunks on performance enhancers and mass-market pizza instead. In Hollywood, history repeats first as farce, then as marketing." — Grantland
Posted Aug 8, 2014
92% Guardians of the Galaxy (2014) " Gunn appears to remember the high of certain kinds of moviegoing, where when the credits are over, all you want to do is get back in line and enjoy the whole thing again." — Grantland
Posted Aug 1, 2014
9% Marci X (2003) " Marci X, though, is just clueless and sad, seemingly having missed the point that hip-hop is no longer a novelty to be slapped on the cheek with a white glove." — Boston Globe
Posted Jul 29, 2014
60% Hercules (2014) " The point of leaving the Rock behind was to keep Johnson out of stuff like this and to take more risks, like the juiced-up idiot crook he played in Pain & Gain." — Grantland
Posted Jul 25, 2014
66% Lucy (2014) " This movie worries that humanity is wasting its potential, which is a bizarre fear for a movie that has this many nonsensical shootouts. But that's what on Besson's mind: the Big Bang and bang-bang." — Grantland
Posted Jul 25, 2014
58% The Purge: Anarchy (2014) " DeMonaco is more interested in scenarios than in stocking them with human beings. Everybody here is a backstory in a T-shirt." — Grantland
Posted Jul 18, 2014
18% Sex Tape (2014) " It's strange to watch a comedy full of talented people that does not work from the opening scene. It's like eating food and not tasting anything." — Grantland
Posted Jul 18, 2014
99% Boyhood (2014) " To sit with this movie and witness the concentrated passage of time is to watch, in a true, moving way, your life unspool before your eyes, without fanfare or idealism or romance." — Grantland
Posted Jul 16, 2014
82% Begin Again (2014) " The trouble with this movie -- aside from its lack of visual wonder and musical shape -- is that you don't trust its priorities." — Grantland
Posted Jul 16, 2014
27% Deliver Us from Evil (2014) " If you didn't know that Jerry Bruckheimer produced this movie, the boot prints on your eardrums would've clued you in." — Grantland
Posted Jul 16, 2014
97% Life Itself (2014) " It also makes clear that Ebert didn't want to partake in a movie that sweetened who he was. He'd be proud to know that the movie of his life is sugar-free." — Grantland
Posted Jul 16, 2014
79% Land Ho! (2014) " Yes, this is yet another bromance, but for people who remember when that was just called friendship." — Grantland
Posted Jul 15, 2014
90% Dawn Of The Planet Of The Apes (2014) " Dawn of the Planet of the Apes gets to be exciting and to say something about the world instead of merely blowing it up. The apes are among the more intellectually complex characters you're likely to spend time with this summer." — Grantland
Posted Jul 11, 2014
1/4 10% From Justin To Kelly (2003) " What's depressing about From Justin to Kelly, whose title seems to refer to the text messages he sends her, is that it's been made without a lick of love, skill, or, apparently, money." — Boston Globe
Posted Jul 9, 2014
24% Third Person (2014) " It makes sense that these people all seem puzzled. They're pieces." — Grantland
Posted Jul 6, 2014
66% The Rover (2014) " The deadpan irony of the final sequence feels like the punch line of a mournful but very thin joke." — Grantland
Posted Jul 6, 2014
18% Transformers: Age of Extinction (2014) " It barely matters whether this movie is good or bad. Bay is now the sort of filmmaker -- the only one, perhaps -- whose moviemaking goes beyond such binary banality." — Grantland
Posted Jul 6, 2014
95% Snowpiercer (2014) " It's a downbeat spectacle. But very good, unforgettably bizarre, original filmmaking and adventurously explored ideas can leave you feeling high, especially when you don't know quite how it's been pulled off." — Grantland
Posted Jul 6, 2014
24% Tammy (2014) " McCarthy's performance of unself-conscious uncouthness celebrates the freedom to be undignified. And, still, it's being misused." — Grantland
Posted Jul 6, 2014
53% Jersey Boys (2014) " Valli and the Four Seasons' story might well have been true, but as drama, it's thin and occasionally dull." — Grantland
Posted Jun 20, 2014
23% Think Like a Man Too (2014) " We're still being fed ensemble movies with a dozen good actors that don't let them do enough." — Grantland
Posted Jun 20, 2014
92% How to Train Your Dragon 2 (2014) " The entire film is a romance -- visually, parentally, ecologically. It's got the emotional, humorous, exciting sweep you want from a summer movie." — Grantland
Posted Jun 17, 2014
84% 22 Jump Street (2014) " 22 Jump Street has the same writers and directors as the first film. But it's not smart this time as much as it is clever, and that cleverness tips into spottiness and cynical self-congratulation." — Grantland
Posted Jun 13, 2014
86% Night Moves (2014) " The movie is willing to see its ideas all the way through, while not entirely giving up on plot, and Eisenberg is unafraid to take himself where Reichardt needs him to go, which is right under our skin." — Grantland
Posted Jun 11, 2014
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