Wesley Morris

Wesley Morris

Agrees with the Tomatometer 72% of the time.

Wesley Morris'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
68% Pitch Perfect 2 (2015) "There's no interest in surprising us even a little bit. " ‐ Grantland
Posted May 14, 2015
6% Hot Pursuit (2015) "The dueling accents are meant to be part of some mounting joke, in which each woman sounds like an idiot to the other. It's not funny. Neither is most of the movie, which throws these two at a wall of gags and hopes they stick. " ‐ Grantland
Posted May 8, 2015
84% Far From the Madding Crowd (2015) "Only with a final flourish in the last pages does the tragedy relent. This movie, though, doesn't leave time to savor the peculiarity of what's transpired. Hardy convinced with the warmth of his writing. Vinterberg lacks a cinematic equivalent. " ‐ Grantland
Posted May 6, 2015
70% Welcome to Me (2015) "Shira Piven has directed this movie with a deft but perfectly zany touch. " ‐ Grantland
Posted May 6, 2015
74% Avengers: Age of Ultron (2015) "World-saving is no longer a surprise to these characters. It's work. Grunt work. For them. For us. " ‐ Grantland
Posted May 1, 2015
62% Unfriended (2015) "You feel some mild critique of lives lived through web applications. What you don't feel is sustained visceral fright. " ‐ Grantland
Posted Apr 24, 2015
49% True Story (2015) "What's the opposite of stealing a movie? Putting it back? Looking the other way? Laziness? Whatever it is, that's where I am with James Franco. " ‐ Grantland
Posted Apr 24, 2015
98% About Elly (2015) "This is the fourth of [Farhadi's] six movies, and by this point he's begun to perfect the art of withholding and is close to mastering emotional suspense. " ‐ Grantland
Posted Apr 24, 2015
54% The Age of Adaline (2015) "This is a film that needs Amy Adams's twinkle or Sandra Bullock's nervous stammering. It needs a star with life. " ‐ Grantland
Posted Apr 24, 2015
92% Ex Machina (2015) "The writer and director, Alex Garland, keeps the movie so full of doomy atmosphere that expecting the worst sort of becomes a treat. But gradually the hypnosis wears off, the mystique dissipates, and banalities take over. " ‐ Grantland
Posted Apr 10, 2015
89% Clouds of Sils Maria (2015) "The movie, which Olivier Assayas wrote and directed, is a world of wonders, most of them cerebrally twisty and emotionally hallucinogenic. " ‐ Grantland
Posted Apr 10, 2015
28% The Longest Ride (2015) "The Longest Ride has as much bull as the 10 previous Sparks adaptations. This is one of the few you can ride for longer than eight seconds. " ‐ Grantland
Posted Apr 10, 2015
92% White God (2015) "The obviousness of the message -- follow the right leader -- would be more tolerable in a less badly acted, less shoddy-looking film. " ‐ Grantland
Posted Apr 9, 2015
86% La Sapienza (2015) "This kind of formalism needs to do more than walk through classical wonders. It should want to create cinema that can stand near or beside them. This movie defensively consecrates what's already there. You don't need a film to do that. " ‐ Grantland
Posted Apr 9, 2015
52% Woman in Gold (2015) "Sometimes you know a movie is going to work in about the first three scenes. This one really works. " ‐ Grantland
Posted Apr 9, 2015
42% Effie Gray (2015) "It's deadly dull, clogged with all kinds of string and piano music and sunk by a perplexingly lifeless performance by Dakota Fanning as Gray. " ‐ Grantland
Posted Apr 9, 2015
18% Serena (2015) "Absolutely nothing works. No one seems to understand the place or the people. And the only thing gleaned from the lumber industry is that you can build an entire movie from performances made of wood. " ‐ Grantland
Posted Apr 9, 2015
82% Furious 7 (2015) "Who would have thought that a series addicted to the high of movement could also summon a solemnity that leaves you moved? " ‐ Grantland
Posted Apr 3, 2015
29% Get Hard (2015) "Get Hard turns out to be a far cry from something like Trading Places or even the clever first half of the class-insurrection comedy of Tower Heist. " ‐ Grantland
Posted Mar 27, 2015
78% Danny Collins (2015) "There's a kind of modest American comedy that's so keenly done that you don't bother resisting. All the details feel exactly right for that particular story and those characters. It just works. Right away, you can tell that Danny Collins is working. " ‐ Grantland
Posted Mar 27, 2015
31% Insurgent (2015) "I appreciate the attempt to try to make this world -- an obliterated, totalitarian Chicago -- as watchable as possible. But there's too much to keep straight. " ‐ Grantland
Posted Mar 23, 2015
16% The Gunman (2015) "I object to The Gunman because it's unconvincing and incoherent. " ‐ Grantland
Posted Mar 23, 2015
63% The Second Best Exotic Marigold Hotel (2015) "The whole movie is caught somewhere between apology and entitlement. " ‐ Grantland
Posted Mar 20, 2015
96% It Follows (2015) "Most of it evokes the attacks on lust that flourished in Alfred Hitchcock's Psycho and The Birds and that were rampant in the high school nightmare movies of the 1970s and 1980s. " ‐ Grantland
Posted Mar 20, 2015
11% Unfinished Business (2015) "The movie gets dumber and more desperate as it goes. " ‐ Grantland
Posted Mar 20, 2015
61% Run All Night (2015) "With all due respect for Harris's ability to overact even while underacting, and given the hour-plus of citywide demolition, the stakes for the action here are awfully low. " ‐ Grantland
Posted Mar 13, 2015
84% Cinderella (2015) "I'm all for confection, but this movie takes that too far. Cinderella and the prince look like they belong on a wedding cake. " ‐ Grantland
Posted Mar 13, 2015
56% Focus (2015) "[For Smith,] Focus isn't a full return to brilliance but a welcome stop, hopefully, on the way there. " ‐ Grantland
Posted Feb 27, 2015
78% The SpongeBob Movie: Sponge Out of Water (2015) "I never know what I want from commercial animated entertainment, but I do know that I like being able to suspect that -- by the standards of the competition -- its makers might be outlaws and lunatics. " ‐ Grantland
Posted Feb 20, 2015
60% The Last 5 Years (2015) "It's bland, earnest, and receptive, and in order to capture it, the director Richard LaGravenese thinks he needs more crane shots than Citizen Kane. " ‐ Grantland
Posted Feb 20, 2015
74% Kingsman: The Secret Service (2015) "Any sense of triumph is purely at the level of stuntcraft. The rest feels less than the sum of the moving parts. " ‐ Grantland
Posted Feb 20, 2015
79% McFarland USA (2015) "You fall for the kids playing the runners because Caro lets their souls come through in the bus rides and the race sequences and the shameless scenes of cabbage picking. " ‐ Grantland
Posted Feb 20, 2015
14% Hot Tub Time Machine 2 (2015) "Corddry, Robinson, Duke, and Scott have their partisans in the audience, but they're not actors who can carry a movie, even when it's split four ways -- not when their default settings tend to be some variation on "big baby" and "obnoxious jerk. " ‐ Grantland
Posted Feb 20, 2015
25% Fifty Shades of Grey (2015) "The film doesn't culminate in anything. It's a bunch of scenes that end before any kind of satisfying conclusion. " ‐ Grantland
Posted Feb 13, 2015
25% Jupiter Ascending (2015) "Upon exiting, my wearied delight with Jupiter Ascending coexisted with pure bafflement. But I exited knowing that I'd seen a movie no other filmmaker could have made. " ‐ Grantland
Posted Feb 6, 2015
13% Seventh Son (2015) "Sometimes you get halfway through a movie and you can't believe that what you're seeing made its way from Los Angeles or someone's Los Angeles computer to where you're sitting. " ‐ Grantland
Posted Feb 6, 2015
34% Blackhat (2015) "It has a decent ludicrousness and Mann's one-of-a-kind talent for using digital photography and naturalistic light to complicate and invigorate anonymous spaces. " ‐ Grantland
Posted Jan 16, 2015
9% Taken 3 (2015) "A movie that thinks the way to earn our knuckle-biting is to be as dull as hell for 35 minutes, then send a giant shipping container hurtling along the interstate. But you yawn through that, too. " ‐ Grantland
Posted Jan 16, 2015
28% The Wedding Ringer (2015) "The Wedding Ringer feels spat out for people who love Katherine Heigl movies but wish that Eddie Murphy were in her role instead. " ‐ Grantland
Posted Jan 16, 2015
97% Keep On Keepin' On (2014) "[A] moving, observant documentary about the relationship between the ailing 93-year-old legend and master trumpeter Clark Terry and Justin Kauflin, a blind pianist Terry successfully mentored. " ‐ Grantland
Posted Jan 12, 2015
46% The Gambler (2014) "The dialogue never leaves the surface and the running across Los Angeles that happens in the last sequence is supposed to thrill you, but it's such a cliché that your embarrassment extends to the crew member who has to follow with the camera. " ‐ Grantland
Posted Jan 9, 2015
99% Selma (2015) "This is a film about work: the work at hand, the work it takes to do the work, and, for an audience in 2015, the question of whether the work worked. " ‐ Grantland
Posted Jan 9, 2015
90% A Most Violent Year (2015) "The movie runs just over two hours, and Chandor keeps the movie almost antiseptically tight. He's proving to be a smart director whose skill is growing astronomically in three movies. " ‐ Grantland
Posted Jan 8, 2015
53% The Interview (2014) "What's wrong with The Interview is that it doesn't know how to be the singeing comedy it wants. " ‐ Grantland
Posted Jan 6, 2015
89% Big Hero 6 (2014) "It's easier to like this movie because of the casual, low stakes of the enterprise. " ‐ Grantland
Posted Jan 5, 2015
96% National Gallery (2014) "Sitting there with something like National Gallery, it's not the rush of time you feel. It's the rush of applied skill. " ‐ Grantland
Posted Jan 4, 2015
95% Whiplash (2014) "The movie swings - physically, musically, psychologically, racially. " ‐ Grantland
Posted Jan 4, 2015
72% Big Eyes (2014) "Burton might need to get further from blockbuster bloat in order to regain his formal mastery of kitsch. Right now his sense of comic portraiture is too easily mistakable for splatter painting. " ‐ Grantland
Posted Dec 29, 2014
71% Into the Woods (2014) "The movie is a watchable, tuneful contraption. " ‐ Grantland
Posted Dec 29, 2014
73% American Sniper (2015) "This movie is drowning in duty -- to say nothing of hoary storytelling devices and one embarrassing scene after the next for Sienna Miller as Mrs. Kyle. " ‐ Grantland
Posted Dec 24, 2014
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