Wall Street Journal

Rating Title | Year Quote Author
1 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

2 98%

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

3 37%

The November Man (2014)

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

Posted Aug 28, 2014

John Anderson

4 69%

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

5 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

6 85%

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

7 39%

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

8 97%

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

9 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

10 32%

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

11 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

12 91%

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

13 100%

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

14 58%

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

15 ——

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

16 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

17 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

18 21%

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

19 59%

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

20 65%

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

21 89%

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

22 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

23 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

24 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

25 9%

Marci X (2003)

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

Posted Jul 29, 2014

Joe Morgenstern

26 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

27 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

28 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

29 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

30 48%

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

31 65%

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

32 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

33 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

34 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

35 ——

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

36 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

37 49%

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

38 63%

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

39 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

40 78%

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

41 25%

Fathers' Day (1997)

"A movie of implacable unfunniness."

Posted Jul 14, 2014

Joe Morgenstern

42 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

43 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

44 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

45 82%

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

46 91%

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

47 90%

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

48 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

49 99%

A Hard Day's Night (1964)

"The results remain pop perfection."

Posted Jul 7, 2014

John Anderson

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