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Joe Gross

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Joe Gross's reviews only count toward the Tomatometer when published at the following Tomatometer-approved publication(s): Austin American-Statesman

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Rating T-Meter Title | Year Review
A 88% Green Room (2016) "This smart, stomach-turning look at what happens when you find yourself way over your head will go down as a well-deserved, punk rock classic. " ‐ Austin American-Statesman
Posted Apr 22, 2016
B+ 94% The Jungle Book (2016) "On the whole, The Jungle Book is remarkably effective, a canny update of a Disney classic utilizing the best digital storytelling the industry has to offer. " ‐ Austin American-Statesman
Posted Apr 15, 2016
D+ 27% Batman v Superman: Dawn of Justice (2016) "I'm not sure what Snyder has against these characters, why he is so determined to make them as distasteful as possible. " ‐ Austin American-Statesman
Posted Mar 24, 2016
No Score Yet Tower "Tower has a very clever conceit, combining archival footage and reenactments that have been rotoscope-animated in the manner of Waking Life. " ‐ Austin American-Statesman
Posted Mar 23, 2016
No Score Yet Thank You, Del: The Story of the Del Close Marathon "Neither entirely a performance film nor a bio-doc about Close, it's a nice introduction to the man and his legacy. " ‐ Austin American-Statesman
Posted Mar 23, 2016
No Score Yet We Are X "We Are X is a sometimes thrilling, not too terribly deep portrait of a band who perform the role of rock n roll messiah about as well as humanly possible. By the end, don't be surprised if you are converted. " ‐ Austin American-Statesman
Posted Mar 23, 2016
No Score Yet Silicon Cowboys "Silicon Cowboys is a fun watch but it struggles to find conflict other than their battle with IBM (which Compaq more or less won) and the ouster of one executive (about which we could have learned a little bit more). " ‐ Austin American-Statesman
Posted Mar 23, 2016
81% Pee-wee's Big Holiday (2016) "While there are fewer prop-based antics than the other films, the gags and punchlines are spot-on. The bowtie is back. " ‐ Austin American-Statesman
Posted Mar 18, 2016
100% Newtown "Anything can happen to anyone at any time, and the aftershocks linger and change and peak and valley and peak again. It never leaves. It will never, ever leave. " ‐ Austin American-Statesman
Posted Mar 15, 2016
83% Midnight Special (2016) "Nichols' restraint is on-point, his pacing measured, his withholding of information wise. That said, it is to his lasting credit that the reveals work, that the coda is pitch perfect, that the haunted melancholy is both familiar and welcome. " ‐ Austin American-Statesman
Posted Mar 15, 2016
B- 88% Everybody Wants Some!! (2016) "[A] very well-acted, well-shot, elegantly edited comedy. " ‐ Austin American-Statesman
Posted Mar 15, 2016
No Score Yet Richard Linklater: dream is destiny "Louis Black and Karen Bernstein's Richard Linklater - dream is destiny is the documentary on Linklater that Linklater nerds have been waiting for. " ‐ Austin American-Statesman
Posted Mar 15, 2016
B+ 95% Hitchcock/Truffaut (2015) "Hitchcock's ability to balance art and entertainment seems almost Shakespearean at times, and this thing will have you watching Shadow of a Doubt or The Birds for the first or the 501st time. Nothing wrong with that. " ‐ Austin American-Statesman
Posted Feb 25, 2016
C+ 68% Touched With Fire (2016) "Touched With Fire leaves audiences right where they started: unsure of how to regard the nature of the movie's very subject. " ‐ Austin American-Statesman
Posted Feb 18, 2016
B- 85% Hail, Caesar! (2016) "An intermittently effective mash note to Hollywood's post-war golden age. " ‐ Austin American-Statesman
Posted Feb 4, 2016
55% Lazer Team (2016) "Rooster Teeth devotees will likely devour it, but there might not be enough meat on the bones for anyone outside of the cult. " ‐ Austin American-Statesman
Posted Jan 28, 2016
B 92% Anomalisa (2015) "Yes, it often feels like a stunt to cover a story of white-dude navel-gaze. But now and then, something beautiful happens, and you are left wondering how Kaufman pulled it off. " ‐ Austin American-Statesman
Posted Jan 14, 2016
B+ 82% The Revenant (2015) "Alejandro Iñárritu's "The Revenant" is a gnarly, pitiless ode to a time and place in America when was life was nasty, brutish and often short. " ‐ Austin American-Statesman
Posted Jan 7, 2016
A 88% The Big Short (2015) "The Big Short practically backflips on this narrative tightrope, remaining engaging while engaging complicated ideas, forcing the viewer to root for genuinely loathsome folks who are only mildly less awful than everyone else. " ‐ Austin American-Statesman
Posted Jan 2, 2016
92% Star Wars: Episode VII - The Force Awakens (2015) "For all of its humor and charm and thrilling dogfights and genuinely teary moments (I'm not made of stone, people), The Force Awakens revels in its derivative nature, in its open-armed embrace of warm nostalgia. " ‐ Austin American-Statesman
Posted Dec 16, 2015
B+ 94% Creed (2015) "As fun, stylish and gripping as the actual fights are, the charms in Creed are found in the interaction between Rocky and Adonis. " ‐ Austin American-Statesman
Posted Nov 24, 2015
B 70% The Hunger Games: Mockingjay - Part 2 (2015) "Is it a satisfying conclusion to the decade's most iconic franchise? Oddly, yes. " ‐ Austin American-Statesman
Posted Nov 19, 2015
54% The Program (2016) "Frears' movie doesn't offer fresh insights on this still-exceptionally weird tale. " ‐ Austin American-Statesman
Posted Nov 13, 2015
C 64% Spectre (2015) "At nearly 2 1/2 hours, what should be epic (this is the reintroduction of Spectre into the Bond mythos, for Fleming's sake!) just seems interminable. " ‐ Austin American-Statesman
Posted Nov 12, 2015
81% Man Up (2015) "Bell is, as she has proven over and over, almost impossible to dislike and it is sweet and charming to see Pegg playing as close to a regular adult as he possibly can. " ‐ Austin American-Statesman
Posted Nov 5, 2015
A- 85% Steve Jobs (2015) "Though the film he stars in is very much a group effort, it is hard to imagine Steve Jobs without the magnetic Fassbender in the starring role. " ‐ Austin American-Statesman
Posted Oct 15, 2015
A- 91% Beasts of No Nation (2015) "This is filmmaking on a powerful, visceral level. From the lithe opening to the emotionally wrenching conclusion, Beasts is an exhausting, brutal journey but compelling and necessary. " ‐ Austin American-Statesman
Posted Oct 15, 2015
C 61% Yakuza Apocalypse (2015) "Too many bizzaro elements begin to eat away at one's attention span. Even if it's the end times, this Apocalypse didn't need every idea at once. " ‐ Austin American-Statesman
Posted Oct 8, 2015
B+ 92% The Martian (2015) "Make no mistake, at 141 minutes, The Martian is a bit of a hike. But it's a tribute to Scott's command, Damon's charisma and Goddard's script that this two-hour-plus movie about a guy by himself on Mars works as well as it does. " ‐ Austin American-Statesman
Posted Oct 1, 2015
100% Raiders!: The Story of the Greatest Fan Film Ever Made "Raiders! is a decent look at the story-behind-the-story. " ‐ Austin American-Statesman
Posted Sep 16, 2015
73% Youth (2015) "[A] highly imaginative, beautifully photographed film. " ‐ Austin American-Statesman
Posted Sep 14, 2015
C+ 64% The Visit (2015) "Shyamalan futzes with tone in jarring ways. " ‐ Austin American-Statesman
Posted Sep 10, 2015
A- 41% We Are Your Friends (2015) "[Minnie is] played with Oscar-worthy emotional precision by 23-year-old British actress Bel Powley. " ‐ Austin American-Statesman
Posted Aug 28, 2015
C+ 91% The End Of The Tour (2015) "I am sympathetic to the uphill climb Segel had to make, but that doesn't make it fun to watch -- nor does it make his choices logical. " ‐ Austin American-Statesman
Posted Aug 13, 2015
B 93% Mission: Impossible Rogue Nation (2015) "It's formula. But Rogue Nation never feels like it is trying to be more or less than exactly what it is: a summer popcorn movie with a few decent twists, more laughs than expected and a lead character who may be feeling his age a bit. " ‐ Austin American-Statesman
Posted Jul 30, 2015
B+ 97% Tangerine (2015) "A caustically funny, richly energetic indie comedy. " ‐ Austin American-Statesman
Posted Jul 23, 2015
C+ 61% Southpaw (2015) "Southpaw is pretty dicey, two or three different movies crammed together. " ‐ Austin American-Statesman
Posted Jul 23, 2015
B 80% Ant-Man (2015) "Tou don't need to know the Avengers from the Justice League to enjoy this weird romp starring Paul Rudd as Scott Lang, a burglar with a heart of gold. " ‐ Austin American-Statesman
Posted Jul 16, 2015
B- 85% Trainwreck (2015) "If you have a taste for essentially the same sex joke over and over, which is pretty much the way Schumer's stand-up works -- as opposed to her much more progressive TV show -- you will enjoy it. If not, you might doze off. " ‐ Austin American-Statesman
Posted Jul 16, 2015
B- 79% Infinitely Polar Bear (2015) "One feels crabby and small for critiquing "Polar Bear" too harshly. This is obviously a deeply personal story over which Forbes wanted complete control, and one can't blame her. But that does not necessarily make for a strong film. " ‐ Austin American-Statesman
Posted Jul 9, 2015
B+ 63% Magic Mike XXL (2015) "Tatum's charm seems second nature, his dancing is stellar and, as the star and producer of the shapeless but exceptionally enjoyable Magic Mike XXL, he delivers on both. " ‐ Austin American-Statesman
Posted Jul 2, 2015
B- 48% Manglehorn (2015) "Pacino delivers some of his subtlest work in years, trading in the hammy bluster that's characterized his post Scent of a Woman career for something more nuanced. " ‐ Austin American-Statesman
Posted Jul 2, 2015
A- 88% Dope (2015) "If you like your comedies scripted rather than seemingly improvised or if you thrill to see stories at war with cliché, Dope is the feel-good, crowd-pleaser of the summer. " ‐ Austin American-Statesman
Posted Jun 18, 2015
D 33% Entourage (2015) "Scenes go on too long, jokes land with a thud, cameos are pointless rather than witty, and, oh yeah, we are reminded that Chase is actually that eternal actor stereotype: an incredibly dull, good-looking guy with a huge head. " ‐ Austin American-Statesman
Posted Jun 4, 2015
B- 50% Tomorrowland (2015) "Tomorrowland looks fantastic, and we spend far too little time there. " ‐ Austin American-Statesman
Posted May 21, 2015
B 66% Pitch Perfect 2 (2015) "Pitch Perfect 2 has the same obstacles that all sequels face: How do you make essentially the same movie, but not? The answer is as traditional as four-part harmony: Road trip, duh! " ‐ Austin American-Statesman
Posted May 14, 2015
A- 97% Mad Max: Fury Road (2015) "To paraphrase James Ellroy, Fury Road rules, all other summer blockbusters drool. " ‐ Austin American-Statesman
Posted May 14, 2015
B- 75% Avengers: Age of Ultron (2015) "Whedon is still Whedon, and the grace notes -- the snappy patter, the team dynamics, the "man, that was cool" moments -- go a long way. " ‐ Austin American-Statesman
Posted Apr 30, 2015
C+ 54% The Age of Adaline (2015) "A supernatural romance that thinks itself far more profound than it actually is. " ‐ Austin American-Statesman
Posted Apr 23, 2015
B- 44% True Story (2015) "To watch "True Story" is to think, "Wait, this insane thing really happened, right?" But, sadly, it is also to think, "Boy, do these two deserve each other." " ‐ Austin American-Statesman
Posted Apr 16, 2015
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