Wall Street Journal

Rating Title | Year Quote Author
1 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

2 88%

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

3 100%

The Honorable Woman: Season 1

" 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

4 90%

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

5 61%

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

6 58%

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

7 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

8 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

9 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

10 ——

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

11 78%

Ray Donovan: Season 2 (TV, 2014)

" It could be the most astounding creation on television now, even in a second season, [the] first five episodes are like tentacles of an octopus that reaches out and drags you in. "

Posted Jul 18, 2014

Nancy DeWolf Smith

12 50%

I Origins (2014)

"Sets up a dialectic between reason and faith and argues it insistently, with eye-rolling earnestness."

Posted Jul 17, 2014

Joe Morgenstern

13 57%

Mood Indigo (2014)

"There's so much of so many flavors of cleverness-a surfeit of surfeits-that sensory overload causes aesthetic suffocation."

Posted Jul 17, 2014

Joe Morgenstern

14 18%

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."

Posted Jul 17, 2014

Joe Morgenstern

15 74%

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."

Posted Jul 15, 2014

Joe Morgenstern

16 25%

Fathers' Day (1997)

"A movie of implacable unfunniness."

Posted Jul 14, 2014

Joe Morgenstern

17 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."

Posted Jul 14, 2014

Joe Morgenstern

18 87%

The Strain: Season 1 (TV, 2014)

" The payoff is a work powered by imaginative energy, intelligence and a skilled cast, all of it adding up to smashing entertainment. "

Posted Jul 11, 2014

Dorothy Rabinowitz

19 56%

Married: Season 1 (TV, 2014)

" Married turns out in succeeding episodes to be an increasingly sturdy comedy-drama of married life-dour, but recognizable, with strong performances from Ms. Greer and Mr. Faxon. "

Posted Jul 11, 2014

Dorothy Rabinowitz

20 85%

Welcome to Sweden: Season 1 (TV, 2014)

" Bruce, in shame, hides his American identity. A sorry image, much like the rest of the eager-to-please comic self on display in the show-not the sort to induce warm laughter. "

Posted Jul 11, 2014

Dorothy Rabinowitz

21 100%

The Sopranos: Season 6 (TV, 2006-2007)

" [The] world so superbly imagined here, filled with stellar performances -- Edie Falco's above all -- is a startling one. Viewers entering it will discover for themselves, by the end of hour one, how hard a place it is to leave. "

Posted Jul 11, 2014

Dorothy Rabinowitz

22 91%

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."

Posted Jul 10, 2014

Joe Morgenstern

23 99%

Boyhood (2014)

"On rare occasions a movie seems to channel the flow of real life. "Boyhood" is one of those occasions."

Posted Jul 10, 2014

Joe Morgenstern

24 99%

A Hard Day's Night (1964)

"The results remain pop perfection."

Posted Jul 7, 2014

John Anderson

25 91%

Venus in Fur (2014)

"The couple's movie-long pas de deux, during which time a reversal of roles takes place and the inner Thomas is exposed to the world (us), is staged with delicious irony and ingenuity by Mr. Polanski"

Posted Jul 7, 2014

John Anderson

26 23%

Tammy (2014)

"The movie's principal intention is to make you laugh at a loser, and revel in scenes from which polite people would instinctively turn away."

Posted Jul 7, 2014

John Anderson

27 49%

Earth to Echo (2014)

"Unlike the very successful Spanish horror thriller [Rec] or even the nausea-inducing Cloverfield, which Echo more closely resembles, this film doesn't maintain a consistent point of view or any logic about what's on screen."

Posted Jul 7, 2014

John Anderson

28 100%

Last Tango in Halifax: Season 2 (TV, 2013)

" Season 2 of Last Tango in Halifax is immeasurably richer and darker-in all the best ways-than Season 1, which is saying a great deal. "

Posted Jun 27, 2014

Dorothy Rabinowitz

29 69%

The Leftovers: Season 1 (TV, 2014)

" The moments of light and wit that emerge in The Leftovers are too few to offset the pervasive grimness that Damon Lindelof and Mr. Perrotta chose for this television venture. "

Posted Jun 27, 2014

Dorothy Rabinowitz

30 64%

The Last Ship: Season 1 (TV, 2014)

" Despite the modernistic themes, this is fairly old fashioned in a good vs. evil kind of way. "

Posted Jun 20, 2014

Nancy DeWolf Smith

31 54%

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?"

Posted Jun 19, 2014

Joe Morgenstern

32 75%

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."

Posted Jun 19, 2014

Joe Morgenstern

33 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."

Posted Jun 19, 2014

Joe Morgenstern

34 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."

Posted Jun 18, 2014

Joe Morgenstern

35 12%

Striptease (1996)

"Yet another case of the star's salary being much more interesting, and exuberantly vulgar, than anything the screen reveals."

Posted Jun 18, 2014

Joe Morgenstern

36 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?"

Posted Jun 16, 2014

Joe Morgenstern

37 83%

The Escape Artist: Season 1 (TV, 2013)

" Out of these elements comes a work of spectacularly sustained tension, drama that never loses its whiff of catastrophe to come or its capacity to induce genuine terror in an audience. "

Posted Jun 13, 2014

Dorothy Rabinowitz

38 65%

The Rover (2014)

"Long on menace, often violent and consistently fascinating."

Posted Jun 12, 2014

Joe Morgenstern

39 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."

Posted Jun 12, 2014

Joe Morgenstern

40 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."

Posted Jun 12, 2014

Joe Morgenstern

41 55%

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."

Posted Jun 12, 2014

Joe Morgenstern

42 83%

Endeavour: Pilot (TV, 2012)

" You don't have to be familiar with the Inspector Morse series in order to enjoy Endeavour. But the experience will be many times richer if you do recognize this new film as a prequel to the old show. "

Posted Jun 10, 2014

Nancy DeWolf Smith

43 23%

Bad Boys II (2003)

"Like our two loose cannons with badges, the movie misses its target at least as often as it hits it. Along the way, as well, it will likely batter a few brain cells into a premature grave."

Posted Jun 6, 2014

Collin Levey

44 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."

Posted Jun 6, 2014

Joe Morgenstern

45 97%

Orange is the New Black: Season 2 (TV, 2014)

" The new [season] can be summed up by Natasha Lyonne's [line] upon Piper's return to Litchfield. "Glad to see you evolving... and getting past the whole 'I'm-the-star-of-my-own-movie-and-everyone-else's' complex." But she is evolving. And so is the show. "

Posted Jun 6, 2014

John Anderson

46 73%

Murder in the First: Season 1

" Among the things one notices about the new Murder in the First is that it's not in his customary New York or Los Angeles but San Francisco and, unlike that city, is as flat as a pancake. "

Posted Jun 6, 2014

John Anderson

47 44%

Power: Season 1 (TV, 2014)

" Everyone seems to be imitating someone they saw in another gangster movie. It would be funny, if it weren't quite so tedious. "

Posted Jun 6, 2014

John Anderson

48 88%

Elena (2014)

"Mysterious and hermetic, this memoir is a collage of home movies, photographs, audio recordings and lyrical narration that reframes a troubled family history through a heartbroken lens."

Posted Jun 5, 2014

Steve Dollar

49 87%

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."

Posted Jun 5, 2014

Joe Morgenstern

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