Wall Street Journal

Rating Title | Year Quote Author
1 83%

How to Get Away With Murder: Season 1 (TV, 2014)

" The series manages to maintain a certain melodramatic tension. "

Posted Sep 19, 2014

Dorothy Rabinowitz

2 100%

The Good Wife: Season 6 (TV, 2014-2015)

" The season's premiere episode delivers no answer to the question of Alicia's future in politics. It provides something better -- a ripping specimen of The Good Wife at its best. "

Posted Sep 19, 2014

Dorothy Rabinowitz

3 58%

Madam Secretary: Season 1 (TV, 2014)

" Nothing, it's a safe bet, that this secretary of state won't be able to handle. "

Posted Sep 19, 2014

Dorothy Rabinowitz

4 66%

A Walk Among the Tombstones (2014)

"A not-very-interesting revenge tale that takes a not-at-all-welcome turn into grisly, ugly horror."

Posted Sep 18, 2014

Joe Morgenstern

5 44%

This Is Where I Leave You (2014)

"This is one of those overworked and generally airless comedies with a sitcom premise that can't sustain life."

Posted Sep 18, 2014

Joe Morgenstern

6 82%

Tracks (2014)

"Although I haven't read the book, the movie makes me want to do so by quoting judiciously from what is obviously distinctive writing."

Posted Sep 18, 2014

Joe Morgenstern

7 27%

Lost in Space (1998)

"After seeing Lost in Space, my first impulse was to say that it had been made by a bunch of sorcerers' apprentices who didn't know how to tell a story with their high-tech tools. But why give apprenticeship a bad name?"

Posted Sep 17, 2014

Joe Morgenstern

8 57%

Red Band Society: Season 1 (TV, 2014)

" The new Fox show seems to be that increasingly elusive thing on television, an exhilarating burst of fresh air-even if that air is coming from the general direction of a children's cancer ward. "

Posted Sep 12, 2014

Nancy DeWolf Smith

9 23%

The Mysteries of Laura: Season 1 (TV, 2014)

" Nothing much new here. "

Posted Sep 12, 2014

Nancy DeWolf Smith

10 61%

The Disappearance of Eleanor Rigby (2014)

"At one point late in the turgid tale I found myself wondering what this movie would amount to if its heroine's parents hadn't named her after the Beatles song."

Posted Sep 11, 2014

Joe Morgenstern

11 88%

The Drop (2014)

"Less than top-drawer Lehane but well worth watching all the same."

Posted Sep 11, 2014

Joe Morgenstern

12 88%

The Skeleton Twins (2014)

"It plays to the antic gifts of its stars, two Saturday Night Live luminaries reunited in the roles of troubled twins reunited by near-tragedy, yet it also turns them loose to explore deeper regions of hurt and love."

Posted Sep 11, 2014

Joe Morgenstern

13 58%

Coldwater (2014)

"The film transcends its B-movie template with realistic performances and taut direction, yet never spares the thrills."

Posted Sep 5, 2014

Steve Dollar

14 77%

The Cosmopolitans: Season One (TV, 2014)

" Like the errant offspring of Edith Wharton and Luis Buñuel, he [Stillman] takes artifice to an uncomfortable place, and sees privilege as a gateway to anxiety. When his characters are out of their element, it means trouble. Or, at the very least, unease. "

Posted Sep 2, 2014

John Anderson

15 63%

Life Of Crime (2014)

"There's a pronounced lack of tension in this feature by director Daniel Schechter, who has to deal with a storyline that is, unfortunately, not Mr. Leonard's strongest."

Posted Aug 28, 2014

John Anderson

16 99%

Starred Up (2014)

"Audiences, the less squeamish at least, will benefit from Mr. Mackenzie's ability to wring white-knuckling tension out of Mr. Asser's intelligent story."

Posted Aug 28, 2014

John Anderson

17 35%

The November Man (2014)

"[An] engaging, fast-paced and ultimately ludicrous combo of espionage and mayhem ..."

Posted Aug 28, 2014

John Anderson

18 65%

The Notebook (2014)

"Szasz keeps the kids at such an emotional distance that even their notebook -- in which their father has commanded they commit everything they do, and think - does little to generate much emotional investment."

Posted Aug 28, 2014

John Anderson

19 86%

See You Next Tuesday (2014)

"A black comedy that offers no apologies for its dysfunctional characters and scorched-earth dialogue."

Posted Aug 27, 2014

Steve Dollar

20 86%

The Trip To Italy (2014)

""The Trip to Italy" may not quite measure up to "The Godfather, Part II," the platinum standard for movie sequels, but it's very funny, and slightly serious, all the same."

Posted Aug 21, 2014

Joe Morgenstern

21 37%

If I Stay (2014)

"What works for readers, left free to produce their own versions of fantasy devices, can be gigglesome for audiences confronted with a film's prefab literalism."

Posted Aug 21, 2014

Joe Morgenstern

22 98%

Love Is Strange (2014)

"I didn't know that apartments still sell for pittances in the city's superheated market, but it's only one of many details that don't ring true in a movie that gives you time to wonder about such things in between the plodding plot points."

Posted Aug 21, 2014

Joe Morgenstern

23 92%

Drag Me to Hell (2009)

"O, joy, a horror flick that's smart and funny, as well as cringeworthy for all the right reasons. And up to speed on the mortgage crisis too."

Posted Aug 19, 2014

Joe Morgenstern

24 35%

The Giver (2014)

"For much of the movie, viewers will be asking themselves where the conflict is. And, by extension, the drama."

Posted Aug 18, 2014

John Anderson

25 71%

Dinosaur 13 (2014)

"In his eagerness to create a David-and-Goliath story, and with his distractingly pro-BHI bias, Mr. Miller fails to ask a lot of questions."

Posted Aug 18, 2014

John Anderson

26 92%

Frank (2014)

""Frank" is a genuine original in a summer sea of sameness, and a darkly comedic manifesto against the cultural status quo."

Posted Aug 18, 2014

John Anderson

27 100%

Happy Valley: Season 1 (TV, 2014)

" For all its emotional agony and slow pacing at times, Happy Valley is always moving forward and the fifth episode explodes off the screen. "

Posted Aug 15, 2014

Nancy DeWolf Smith

28 56%

Legends: Season 1 (TV, 2014)

" There's always another legend, which Mr. Bean convincingly inhabits as a Scot, a Serb or whoever it takes to help catch the bad guys before they destroy the world. "

Posted Aug 15, 2014

Nancy DeWolf Smith

29 ——

Heartbreakers: Season 1 (TV, 2014)

" Just when you thought reality television had exhausted all its options, along comes the joyously cheesy Heartbreakers to prove that age cannot wither, nor custom stale, its infinite variety. "

Posted Aug 14, 2014

John Anderson

30 87%

The Knick: Season 1 (TV, 2014)

" This reviewer watched seven hourlong episodes in 24 hours, finding it as addictive as Dr. Thackery (Clive Owen) does his morning injections. "

Posted Aug 8, 2014

John Anderson

31 69%

What If (2014)

"A romantic comedy that's sporadically fixated by the subject of feces and cursed by ceaseless verbiage."

Posted Aug 7, 2014

Joe Morgenstern

32 20%

Into The Storm (2014)

"What's remarkable about this long-belated and low-rent knockoff ... is the velocity of its cheerful idiocy, the blithe vacuity of its narrative downtime between tornado touchdowns."

Posted Aug 7, 2014

Joe Morgenstern

33 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."

Posted Aug 7, 2014

Joe Morgenstern

34 67%

The Hundred-Foot Journey (2014)

"The folk-wisdom level is tolerable, just as the clichés and manipulations are palatable, because the story is full of life, and free of ironic additives."

Posted Aug 7, 2014

Joe Morgenstern

35 90%

Outlander: Season 1 (TV, 2014)

" There has to be something great about a show that keeps you staring at it episode after episode, waiting for attraction to take its course, and then begins to pay off with [an] exchange between Claire and Jamie [about their innocence]. "

Posted Aug 1, 2014

Nancy DeWolf Smith

36 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."

Posted Jul 31, 2014

Joe Morgenstern

37 92%

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."

Posted Jul 31, 2014

Joe Morgenstern

38 78%

Get On Up (2014)

"Before and after everything else, "Get On Up" is about the transformative power of performance."

Posted Jul 31, 2014

Joe Morgenstern

39 9%

Marci X (2003)

"[it] might better have been called Marci Why."

Posted Jul 29, 2014

Joe Morgenstern

40 72%

The Ring (2002)

"Watching The Ring won't kill you, but it could bore you half to death."

Posted Jul 25, 2014

Joe Morgenstern

41 89%

Manhattan: Season 1 (TV, 2014)

" Manhattan has so far-it's early-delivered no sermons about the alleged immorality of the bomb, which doesn't mean there won't be any. "

Posted Jul 25, 2014

Dorothy Rabinowitz

42 89%

The Honorable Woman: Season 1 (TV, 2014-2015)

" The Honorable Woman isn't the sort of series that leaves time for contemplation of its powers. Still, as it careens to its final revelation-packed chapters, it becomes clear how much all that's enthralling about this drama. "

Posted Jul 25, 2014

Dorothy Rabinowitz

43 91%

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."

Posted Jul 24, 2014

Joe Morgenstern

44 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."

Posted Jul 24, 2014

Joe Morgenstern

45 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."

Posted Jul 24, 2014

Joe Morgenstern

46 10%

I Dreamed of Africa (2000)

"Kim Basinger, as Kuki, is attractive and touching, but she's given one unplayable scene after another."

Posted Jul 23, 2014

Joe Morgenstern

47 93%

Boardwalk Empire: Season 1 (TV, 2010)

" Boardwalk Empire has all the makings of a triumph for HBO-the addictive kind. "

Posted Jul 23, 2014

Dorothy Rabinowitz

48 2%

Getaway (2013)

"It's all you can do not to laugh. Oh, go ahead. But be forewarned that there are many miles to go before we get to the end and it will feel like an eternity before any of it makes sense."

Posted Jul 22, 2014

John Anderson

49 ——

The Newburgh Sting ()

"All this is a lot more powerful in the film than it looks in writing here."

Posted Jul 18, 2014

Nancy DeWolf Smith

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