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Joe McGovern

Joe McGovern
Joe McGovern's reviews only count toward the Tomatometer when published at the following Tomatometer-approved publication(s): Entertainment Weekly, Premiere Magazine, Village Voice, Slant Magazine

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Rating T-Meter Title | Year Review
A 92% The Red Turtle (La tortue rouge) (2017) It invites us - as in, anyone who's ever felt stranded - to consider our little spot in the world. Lavish with stunning imagery, the experience will ripple into your dreams. ‐ Entertainment Weekly
Posted Jan 19, 2017
B- 79% Patriots Day (2017) Patriots Day benefits from a robust, concentrated timeline and sheer bat-out-of-hell pacing. ‐ Entertainment Weekly
Posted Dec 22, 2016
B 96% Neruda (2016) A virtual fireworks show about the power of poetry and fame on the world. ‐ Entertainment Weekly
Posted Dec 17, 2016
C 38% All We Had (2016) The movie is overloaded with capital-D drama, from Mark Consuelos ludicrous role as a Rita's bad boyfriend to the typical drug and discipline platitudes that face Ruth in high school. ‐ Entertainment Weekly
Posted Dec 8, 2016
C- 44% Billy Lynn's Long Halftime Walk (2016) The weirdest and rarest misfire in Lee's illustrious career. ‐ Entertainment Weekly
Posted Nov 10, 2016
B 77% In a Valley of Violence (2016) Announces itself as an unabashed B-movie from its pre-credits scene ... and never worries itself about being anything deeper than that. ‐ Entertainment Weekly
Posted Oct 24, 2016
A 97% 13th (2016) 13th is a titanic statement by a major American voice. Viewing - right now - should be mandatory. ‐ Entertainment Weekly
Posted Sep 30, 2016
B 77% Goat (2016) Though the movie aims for the gravity and psychological horror of Stanley Kubrick's Full Metal Jacket, the film is essentially the dark flip side of a Seth Rogen comedy ... ‐ Entertainment Weekly
Posted Sep 23, 2016
C+ 92% Queen of Katwe (2016) Nyong'o's gravitas is undercut by a script teeming with wooden platitudes, special lessons learned, and the overbaked dialogue of a Joan Crawford melodrama. ‐ Entertainment Weekly
Posted Sep 20, 2016
C+ 69% Operation Avalanche (2016) Johnson, who's not even 30, is undoubtedly a talent to watch (major studios have already come calling), but Operation Avalanche is a small step rather than a giant leap. ‐ Entertainment Weekly
Posted Sep 15, 2016
B 94% Command and Control (2016) The pace of the drama is riveting, as it jumps back through the decades to place the accident in the context of the nuclear arms race. ‐ Entertainment Weekly
Posted Sep 15, 2016
B 64% A Tale of Love and Darkness (2016) Tonally, the film doesn't quite match with the universality of Oz's shimmering prose. Yet Portman's evocation of this world has a strange, captivating pull. ‐ Entertainment Weekly
Posted Aug 19, 2016
C 25% Ben-Hur (2016) What has the passing of almost six decades given us? A fresh take on Ben-Hur that is more noble, dweeby, and neutered than a Sunday school in South Dakota. ‐ Entertainment Weekly
Posted Aug 17, 2016
B 66% Anthropoid (2016) Though Anthropoid lacks narrative ambition, the film justifies its reason for being thanks to a devastating final half-hour. ‐ Entertainment Weekly
Posted Aug 12, 2016
A- 82% Indignation (2016) Surprisingly potent. ‐ Entertainment Weekly
Posted Jul 28, 2016
B+ 68% Men Go To Battle (2016) Though the film never deeply transcends its basic thesis about the ramshackle lives of frustrated men, the final minutes are improbably touching for how the story eschews uplift in favor of a more honest conclusion. ‐ Entertainment Weekly
Posted Jul 7, 2016
C+ 93% Our Little Sister (Umimachi Diary) (2016) Despite fine intentions and four lovely performances from the female leads, Our Little Sister is simply too light to be felt. ‐ Entertainment Weekly
Posted Jul 7, 2016
B 93% Life, Animated (2016) The Suskinds' humongous hearts are obviously in the right place and their openness is to be admired and encouraged-even if a book, more than a movie, remains the better venue to fairly and honestly tell Owen's extraordinary story. ‐ Entertainment Weekly
Posted Jun 30, 2016
C 47% Free State of Jones (2016) Ross wants to shake up the format ... but like so many directors who have tackled historical social issues before him, he confuses noble, cornball sermonizing for art. ‐ Entertainment Weekly
Posted Jun 21, 2016
A- 90% The Witness (2016) Even if you're familiar with debunked details of her murder, moments in the film have the capacity to startle. ‐ Entertainment Weekly
Posted Jun 1, 2016
B+ 81% Sunset Song (2016) The film takes a false turn in its final act, but there is a certain melancholy enchantment in Davies' golden-hued countryside. ‐ Entertainment Weekly
Posted May 12, 2016
B- 80% Confirmation (2016) Washington's performance is fortifying, especially during the scenes of the Senate testimony, in which the actress speaks in the authentically halting delivery of Hill's nervous voice. ‐ Entertainment Weekly
Posted Apr 15, 2016
D 30% Criminal (2016) Criminal's story moves like a fat cow. ‐ Entertainment Weekly
Posted Apr 14, 2016
B 97% Mapplethorpe: Look at the Pictures (2016) Though an undoubtedly fascinating journey into the artistic mind (and the 1970s and 80s New York City), Look at the Pictures never quite breaks free from the lionizing of Mapplethorpe and appeasing people who already defend him. ‐ Entertainment Weekly
Posted Apr 1, 2016
C 71% Remember (2016) Egoyan, like a Canuck M. Night Shyamalan, can't resist trying to trump his early career success with last-minute twists. ‐ Entertainment Weekly
Posted Mar 16, 2016
C 83% The Wave (Bolgen) (2016) Take away the subtitles and replace the Norwegian actors with Natasha Henstridge and Ian Ziering, and The Wave would be right at home on the Syfy channel. ‐ Entertainment Weekly
Posted Mar 2, 2016
B 80% Eddie The Eagle (2016) A massive vat of hot cocoa with a mountain of whipped cream on top-sweet and warm and made with a mission to satisfy everyone who takes a sip. ‐ Entertainment Weekly
Posted Feb 24, 2016
C 90% A War (Krigen) (2016) Novotny is a striking screen presence; a fresher film would have told the story entirely from her perspective. But instead, we see the one we're used to - and a wobbly one at that. ‐ Entertainment Weekly
Posted Feb 12, 2016
A- 96% Rams (Hrútar) (2016) The film's touching final scene is imbued with the raw truth of a prairie fable told among shepherds over the centuries. ‐ Entertainment Weekly
Posted Feb 9, 2016
C 7% Misconduct (2016) The movie's silly-arty aesthetic is regurgitated Polanski, and there's a shameless script steal from Presumed Innocent. ‐ Entertainment Weekly
Posted Feb 9, 2016
A 80% Chi-Raq (2015) Erupting like a scalding geyser from the ground right beneath our feet, Spike Lee's daring, dizzying, sympathetic, symphonic, vital, vehement Chi-Raq is the most urgently 2015 movie of 2015. ‐ Entertainment Weekly
Posted Dec 3, 2015
D+ 73% Trumbo (2015) How could a movie about a great screenwriter have such a terrible screenplay? ‐ Entertainment Weekly
Posted Nov 6, 2015
C+ 87% The Peanuts Movie (2015) It's a shame to see Charlie Brown, one of our culture's most lovable nonconformists, swing for the big leagues and whiff. ‐ Entertainment Weekly
Posted Nov 4, 2015
C- 27% Pan (2015) Who in the world was crying out for a prequel to Peter Pan? And especially in this lumpy, vanilla form ... ‐ Entertainment Weekly
Posted Oct 8, 2015
A- 84% The Walk (2015) The occasional hokum cannot cloud the stunning, incandescent craftsmanship of the movie's third act. ‐ Entertainment Weekly
Posted Sep 29, 2015
D 26% Captive (2015) The thin story has been stretched like Silly Putty to feature-film length and the result is utterly see-through in its sledgehammer moralizing. ‐ Entertainment Weekly
Posted Sep 22, 2015
B- 33% War Room (2015) It's clear that the film, though proselytizing only at itself, is at least savvy enough to realize that "itself" doesn't necessarily look like Mike Huckabee or Pat Robertson. ‐ Entertainment Weekly
Posted Sep 11, 2015
A 86% Goodnight Mommy (2015) A mad, malevolent adventure through the minds of its three characters and the house they inhabit. ‐ Entertainment Weekly
Posted Sep 3, 2015
B 68% Kahlil Gibran's The Prophet (2015) Gibran's little life lessons have been turned into three-minute haiku by different animators and spread across the film. Each one soars, even if the plot holding them together is frustratingly Disneyish. ‐ Entertainment Weekly
Posted Aug 6, 2015
A- 99% Shaun the Sheep Movie (2015) Even with its stream of visual puns, there's no denying its humongous bleating heart. ‐ Entertainment Weekly
Posted Jul 31, 2015
A 97% Listen To Me Marlon (2015) A wondrously sly, moving, odd portrait-perfectly befitting its subject. ‐ Entertainment Weekly
Posted Jul 30, 2015
B+ 98% Phoenix (2015) The plot is just implausible enough to keep the film from greatness, but director Christian Petzold (Barbara) stirs up a powder-keg metaphor about rebuilding after war. ‐ Entertainment Weekly
Posted Jul 23, 2015
C 40% Strangerland (2015) Kidman's best performances have often been as grieving moms (Dead Calm, The Others, Rabbit Hole) and here she provides the flaccid movie's sole flash of daring and unpredictability. ‐ Entertainment Weekly
Posted Jul 10, 2015
C+ 82% 10,000 Km (2015) It's a decent critique of romance in the digital age -- until you realize how boring it is to watch people break up on Facebook. ‐ Entertainment Weekly
Posted Jul 2, 2015
A- 97% Tangerine (2015) Tangerine is touching for its non-condescending stance toward working girls and the spirit of the sidewalk. ‐ Entertainment Weekly
Posted Jul 2, 2015
C+ 56% Minions (2015) If Minions were a toy, you'd hide its batteries. ‐ Entertainment Weekly
Posted Jun 23, 2015
B 49% Manglehorn (2015) The script would be sharper without subplots about returned love letters and the locksmith's glib son, yet the film is worth it for Pacino, especially in his scenes with a bank teller played by the great Holly Hunter. ‐ Entertainment Weekly
Posted Jun 18, 2015
B+ 88% The Tribe (2015) As an amazing piece of pure cinema, The Tribe needs to be experienced. And talked about. ‐ Entertainment Weekly
Posted Jun 18, 2015
B- 56% Set Fire To The Stars (2015) The film wallows too much in its subject's glumness, but it comes alive whenever TV actor and co-writer Celyn Jones, whose only previous film credit is 2005's Lassie, plays Thomas as a big shaggy dog. ‐ Entertainment Weekly
Posted Jun 13, 2015
C+ 93% I'll See You in My Dreams (2015) The breezy, tender moments between Blythe Danner and Sam Elliott, two great unsung troupers of American acting for 40 years, would make for a blissful short film. ‐ Entertainment Weekly
Posted May 15, 2015