Wall Street Journal

Rating Title | Year Quote Author
1 19%

Transcendence (2014)

"Ambitious to a fault, this cautionary fantasy about artificial intelligence has so much on its muddled mind, and so little sense of dramatic grounding, that it grows ever more preposterous before lurching to a climax that's utterly unfathomable."

Posted Apr 17, 2014

Joe Morgenstern

2 78%

Watermark (2014)

"Here's a case of images in the service of important ideas, rather than entertainment, yet they could hardly be more powerful, from roaring torrents released by a dam in China to a lyrical helicopter shot of a glistening river in British Columbia."

Posted Apr 17, 2014

Joe Morgenstern

3 55%

Fading Gigolo (2014)

""Fading Gigolo" is almost retrograde enough to be daring, but the pace is tentative, the comedy is dull ..."

Posted Apr 17, 2014

Joe Morgenstern

4 98%

Fargo: Season 1 (TV, 2014)

" The 10-part FX series doesn't try to repackage an original piece of art. It is based on a new story, with a splendid new cast of characters. Echoes of the 1996 movie are everywhere. "

Posted Apr 11, 2014

Nancy DeWolf Smith

5 68%

The Railway Man (2014)

"The ghastly realities of the labor camp are undercut by self-consciously stylized storytelling in the British sequences, with their glib formulations of love leading to personal peace and allowing forgiveness."

Posted Apr 10, 2014

Joe Morgenstern

6 84%

Joe (2014)

"A beautiful film, shot by Tim Orr, that is elevated by Mr. Cage's stirring portrait of a violence-prone man who can't restrain himself from doing good."

Posted Apr 10, 2014

Joe Morgenstern

7 87%

Only Lovers Left Alive (2014)

"Ms. Swinton and Mr. Hiddleston complement each other so elegantly that languor gives way to a genuinely affecting-and erotic-love story."

Posted Apr 10, 2014

Joe Morgenstern

8 76%

8 Mile (2002)

"It's easy to like Jimmy Smith as well as to admire him, because Mr. Mathers lets us in, with no sign of calculation, on the kindness, even tenderness, that Jimmy conceals from most of the people around him."

Posted Apr 7, 2014

Joe Morgenstern

9 73%

Island Of Lemurs: Madagascar (2014)

"This 3-D IMAX documentary puts its best paw forward with a funny and exuberant title sequence, followed by 40 minutes of phenomenal footage of lemurs in their native habitat of Madagascar."

Posted Apr 3, 2014

Joe Morgenstern

10 56%

Breathe In (2014)

"The film needs more help than it gets from the script, which turns on facile coincidence and dwindles in originality as it moves toward its climax."

Posted Apr 3, 2014

Joe Morgenstern

11 83%

The Unknown Known (2014)

"What's so striking is the abstract nature of his discourse; what's so chilling is his dispassion."

Posted Apr 3, 2014

Joe Morgenstern

12 89%

Captain America: The Winter Soldier (2014)

"What makes "The Winter Soldier" so enjoyable ... and what will make it so profitable, is its emotional bandwidth-all the vivid, nuanced life lived by its characters in between their frenzied escapades."

Posted Apr 3, 2014

Joe Morgenstern

13 85%

Under the Skin (2014)

"Jonathan Glazer's "Under the Skin" holds you in a state of suspense tinged with dread from the very first image on the screen."

Posted Apr 3, 2014

Joe Morgenstern

14 95%

Call the Midwife: Season 1 (TV, 2012)

" This immensely absorbing drama is worth any trouble it takes to catch up with its singular pleasures. "

Posted Apr 2, 2014

Dorothy Rabinowitz

15 87%

Far From Heaven (2003)

"The actors move about this elaborate movie museum in a modified dream state, as if living in the present while rooted in the past. But the strategy doesn't work. It's an imitation of lifelessness."

Posted Apr 1, 2014

Joe Morgenstern

16 80%

Hide Your Smiling Faces (2014)

"Traces of classic coming-of-age dramas such as Stand by Me and River's Edge are evoked in this lyrical and low-key reflection on sudden mortality and childhood's end."

Posted Mar 31, 2014

Steve Dollar

17 ——

Mr. Selfridge: Season 2 (TV, 2014)

" The reassembling of an enormous cast creates a vortex of engrossing new story lines, plots, dangers and passions. "

Posted Mar 28, 2014

Nancy DeWolf Smith

18 98%

Jodorowsky's Dune (2014)

"A great seminar on creativity."

Posted Mar 27, 2014

Joe Morgenstern

19 77%

Noah (2014)

""Noah" can be silly or sublime, but it's never less than fascinating. I was on board from start to finish."

Posted Mar 27, 2014

Joe Morgenstern

20 92%

Memento (2000)

"I can't remember when a movie has seemed so clever, strangely affecting and slyly funny at the very same time."

Posted Mar 26, 2014

Joe Morgenstern

21 68%

Surviving Jack: Season 1 (TV, 2014)

" There's a strange sense of distance in the picture here of a decade not exactly in the remote past, but there's also something sweetly enticing about its portrayal of relative innocence. "

Posted Mar 21, 2014

Dorothy Rabinowitz

22 58%

Blast from the Past (1999)

"Unfortunately Mr. Fraser comes off as a forlorn, outsize Pee Wee Herman."

Posted Mar 21, 2014

Joe Morgenstern

23 77%

Nymphomaniac: Volume I (2014)

"The movie commits the sin of boredom, partly because Ms. Martin is exceedingly inexpressive ..."

Posted Mar 20, 2014

Joe Morgenstern

24 99%

The Missing Picture (2014)

"These miniatures magnify their subjects, and ennoble them. The picture is anguishing to see, but it isn't missing anymore."

Posted Mar 20, 2014

Joe Morgenstern

25 40%

Divergent (2014)

"In all candor, and with all the amity I can muster, "Divergent" is as dauntingly dumb as it is dauntingly long."

Posted Mar 20, 2014

Joe Morgenstern

26 95%

Hero (2004)

"As they move through the martial-arts sequences, the performers leave the impression that the laws of gravity are subject to amendment. The rules of love and war -- all's fair -- are, Hero makes clear, immutable."

Posted Mar 18, 2014

Joanne Kaufman

27 25%

Wicker Park (2004)

"Wicker Park is built on such a goofy premise that your average soap-opera scriptwriter would laugh it out of a story meeting."

Posted Mar 18, 2014

Joanne Kaufman

28 55%

The Life Aquatic with Steve Zissou (2004)

"Like the jaguar shark, The Life Aquatic is hard to get a hook into."

Posted Mar 17, 2014

Joe Morgenstern

29 61%

Crisis: Season 1 (TV, 2014)

" So far, the show has the elements of a gripping yarn. "

Posted Mar 14, 2014

Nancy DeWolf Smith

30 91%

Le Week-End (2014)

"All sorts of talent has been chucked away here by the director's heavy touch and the script's naked contrivance."

Posted Mar 13, 2014

Joe Morgenstern

31 97%

Ernest & CÚlestine (2014)

"The movie advances the art of animation without seeming to try."

Posted Mar 13, 2014

Joe Morgenstern

32 23%

Need For Speed (2014)

""Need For Speed" rides roughshod over morality."

Posted Mar 13, 2014

Joe Morgenstern

33 68%

The Darjeeling Limited (2007)

"The film as a whole operates in Mr. Anderson's patented, semi-precious zone of antic and droll. It's not as if the filmmaker has gone off the rails. He's just not solidly on them."

Posted Mar 12, 2014

Joe Morgenstern

34 52%

Resurrection: Season 1 (TV, 2014)

" There's plenty of science, DNA hunting, medical testing, enough white coats for 10 hospital dramas. Plenty, too, of altogether engrossing entertainment. "

Posted Mar 7, 2014

Dorothy Rabinowitz

35 98%

Elaine Stritch: Shoot Me (2014)

""I Feel Pretty," from "West Side Story," was written for an ingenue, not a grande dame in her ninth decade, but she sings it with delicious irony, self-irony and irrepressible delight."

Posted Mar 6, 2014

Joe Morgenstern

36 45%

The Face of Love (2014)

"The premise is, at once, too much and not enough. It's too much for these filmmakers to handle."

Posted Mar 6, 2014

Joe Morgenstern

37 92%

The Grand Budapest Hotel (2014)

"Mr. Anderson's lovely confection ... keeps us smiling, and sometimes laughing out loud. Yet acid lurks in the cake's lowest layers."

Posted Mar 6, 2014

Joe Morgenstern

38 29%

Those Who Kill: Season 1 (TV, 2014)

" No other drama on this subject has the asset in this instance of ChloŰ Sevigny. "

Posted Feb 28, 2014

Nancy DeWolf Smith

39 96%

The Lunchbox (2014)

"For the acting alone, "The Lunchbox" is a sumptuous treat."

Posted Feb 27, 2014

Joe Morgenstern

40 60%

Non-Stop (2014)

"What holds the movie together, and us in its thrall, is Mr. Neeson's big, often bludgeony presence."

Posted Feb 27, 2014

Joe Morgenstern

41 78%

Vikings: Season 1 (TV, 2013)

" Such is the power of Vikings that we come to know and even root for them, so enthralling are they and almost everything else here. "

Posted Feb 24, 2014

Nancy DeWolf Smith

42 65%

The Red Road: Season 1 (TV, 2014)

" A six-part saga awash in fashionable gloom...and much of the time a compelling one in its picture of the tensions between the Van Der Veens, members of an Indian tribe, and the blue-collar Jensens, headed by Harold (Martin Henderson), a police officer. "

Posted Feb 24, 2014

Dorothy Rabinowitz

43 97%

The Americans: Season 2 (TV, 2014)

" The new season-suspenseful as ever, more brutal in its violence, perhaps, and more expansive in its reach into history-easily upholds the standard of the first. "

Posted Feb 20, 2014

Dorothy Rabinowitz

44 95%

Child's Pose (2014)

"When the stars are aligned-the writing and direction along with the stars in front of the camera-a movie can put the most appalling characters on display and still make them engrossing."

Posted Feb 20, 2014

Joe Morgenstern

45 45%

In Secret (2014)

"Whatever possessed the people who made this film to believe its ponderous style would appeal to contemporary audiences?"

Posted Feb 20, 2014

Joe Morgenstern

46 11%

Barefoot (2014)

"Out of the mouths of babes comes dribble, as often as wisdom-or, in the case of this movie's infantile heroine, drivel."

Posted Feb 20, 2014

Joe Morgenstern

47 77%

About a Boy: Season 1 (TV, 2014)

" Even if there are not too many creative surprises here, it's a journey that never loses its appeal. "

Posted Feb 14, 2014

Nancy DeWolf Smith

48 51%

Cherish (2002)

"The best way to enjoy Finn Taylor's Cherish -- often the only way -- is to accept this odd little comic drama for what it is, a shamelessly contrived showcase for Robin Tunney."

Posted Feb 13, 2014

Joe Morgenstern

49 97%

The Last of the Unjust (2014)

"The new film may not qualify for masterpiece status, but it's an enthralling portrait of a man-an exceptionally brilliant and articulate man-who personified the courage, complexity and moral ambiguity of his tortured time."

Posted Feb 13, 2014

Joe Morgenstern

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