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Joe McGovern

Joe McGovern

Agrees with the Tomatometer 68% of the time.

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

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Rating T-Meter Title | Year Review
D+ 71% Trumbo (2015) "How could a movie about a great screenwriter have such a terrible screenplay? " ‐ Entertainment Weekly
Posted Nov 6, 2015
C+ 86% 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- 26% 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- 85% 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 24% 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- 35% 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 80% 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 70% 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 (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+ 99% 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 36% 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- 96% 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+ 54% 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+ 87% 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- 55% 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
B 63% Dark Star: HR Giger's World (2015) "The documentary gives short shrift to his movie glory, but enticingly presents the man as a sweet white-haired gargoyle, at rest in Zurich with his cats. " ‐ Entertainment Weekly
Posted May 15, 2015
B- 54% Maggie (2015) "The sight of Schwarzenegger in this small, subdued role makes us root for his survival. That's the power of star wattage at work. Not even the undead can kill it. " ‐ Entertainment Weekly
Posted May 7, 2015
A- 52% Saint Laurent (2015) "The film's overall energy and synth-scored kink is dizzying, especially in scenes of Yves waking up covered in snakes. " ‐ Entertainment Weekly
Posted May 7, 2015
B- 85% Tangerines (2015) "Tangerines, the first Estonian picture nominated for the foreign-film Oscar, has a heart as ripe as the citrus fruit of its title, but its message doesn't yield much juice. " ‐ Entertainment Weekly
Posted Apr 30, 2015
B 77% Felix & Meira (2015) "Giroux mistakes long, wordless scenes of characters gazing at each other for tenderness, but he imaginatively uses gospel music as the forbidden food of love ... " ‐ Entertainment Weekly
Posted Apr 23, 2015
B 85% Cheatin' (2015) "Even at 76 minutes it feels stretched, but Plympton's vivid hand-drawn visuals-one sequence hurls a man through a boxcar, into the sky, underwater, and off a cliff-never lose their electric charge. " ‐ Entertainment Weekly
Posted Apr 3, 2015
B 27% Marfa Girl (2015) "For all his ogling, Clark's naturalistic dialogue is graced with moments of everyday poignancy, and his blue sense of humor, as ever, pokes out ... " ‐ Entertainment Weekly
Posted Mar 25, 2015
A- 89% Jauja (2015) "Even if director Lisandro Alonso meanders a bit, he pulls a rabbit hole out of his hat in the end ... " ‐ Entertainment Weekly
Posted Mar 25, 2015
B 100% Seymour: An Introduction (2015) "Hawke's gaze is too adoring, but the solitary sight of Bernstein putting together his foldout couch/bed in his one-room apartment is as poignant as his recital of the "Moonlight" Sonata. " ‐ Entertainment Weekly
Posted Mar 12, 2015
B- 78% Danny Collins (2015) "A cast of old pros (Christopher Plummer, Annette Bening, Bobby Cannavale, Jennifer Garner) and a touching final scene elevate the material just enough to redeem it. " ‐ Entertainment Weekly
Posted Mar 12, 2015
B+ 96% '71 (2015) "It's only March, but this could be 2015's most invigorating directorial debut. " ‐ Entertainment Weekly
Posted Mar 4, 2015
C 69% The Salvation (2015) "The movie is boringly violent and glum, but as a mute widow with a killer glare, the inimitable Eva Green provides its one shard of campy color. " ‐ Entertainment Weekly
Posted Feb 25, 2015
B 68% All The Wilderness (2015) "A familiar but insightful debut. " ‐ Entertainment Weekly
Posted Feb 19, 2015
B 74% Kingsman: The Secret Service (2015) "Pure fanboy ecstasy- a muscle-flexing spectacle of cartoon violence and cheeky attitude, which announces its cleverness at every turn. " ‐ Entertainment Weekly
Posted Feb 11, 2015
C+ 26% Jupiter Ascending (2015) "Jupiter Ascending's early cleverness dries up quickly, especially when Kunis is offscreen, leaving us with just another incoherent sci-fi spectacle. " ‐ Entertainment Weekly
Posted Feb 6, 2015
C 63% Still Life (2015) "It's so pillow-smothered by tedium that even the uplift of magic realism in the film's final shot seems cold and stiff. " ‐ Entertainment Weekly
Posted Jan 14, 2015
C+ 74% Beloved Sisters (2015) "When an occasional blast of purple dialogue is triggered (such as ''Save me from my passion!''), it only makes you wish for the unintellectual bodice ripper that the movie should have been. " ‐ Entertainment Weekly
Posted Jan 13, 2015
B 65% A Walk Among the Tombstones (2014) "As a throwback to a type of nasty, ugly crime film of yesteryear, A Walk Among the Tombstones cleans up. " ‐ Entertainment Weekly
Posted Jan 6, 2015
B 92% Pride (2014) "In its total inspirational sweep, it earns comparison to the movement it chronicles - as an organized, well-calculated piece of political theater. " ‐ Entertainment Weekly
Posted Jan 5, 2015
A 89% Winter Sleep (2014) "Winter Sleep crackles like a hearth fire-it's a slow but incandescent burn. " ‐ Entertainment Weekly
Posted Dec 31, 2014
B 46% Miss Julie (2014) "Morton, one of the least artificial actresses in the world, charts her character's heartbreak without any of the self-pity normally assigned to ordinary women. " ‐ Entertainment Weekly
Posted Dec 31, 2014
B+ 99% Leviathan (2014) "What emerges is a Putin-offending critique of how the power-abusing state and the power-worshipping church collude to create millions of Jobs. " ‐ Entertainment Weekly
Posted Dec 31, 2014
B 49% Night at the Museum: Secret of the Tomb (2014) "It's kind of fun, unembarrassingly, and not least of all because the people who made it look like they had a good time doing so. " ‐ Entertainment Weekly
Posted Dec 18, 2014
C 51% The Interview (2014) "A dangerous comedy about a dangerous regime shouldn't be safe for suburban dads. " ‐ Entertainment Weekly
Posted Dec 17, 2014
61% Heli (2014) "The film's nihilism serves as a metaphor for the merciless death pit of Mexico's drug war, but not much else. " ‐ Entertainment Weekly
Posted Dec 3, 2014
A- 78% Whitey: United States of America v. James J. Bulger (2014) "With minimal conspiratorial bluster, Berlinger unmasks the compliant faces of evil. " ‐ Entertainment Weekly
Posted Dec 3, 2014
B 93% The Internet's Own Boy: The Story of Aaron Swartz (2014) "Talking (egg)heads reiterate outrage over the Obama Justice Department's witch hunt against him, but Swartz's ex-girlfriend adds heart when she tearfully recalls first seeing the ''end date'' on his Wikipedia page. " ‐ Entertainment Weekly
Posted Dec 3, 2014
C- 48% Earth to Echo (2014) "The mildewed found-footage technique allows some tension to build from offscreen action, but also renders the knockoff John Williams score inexplicable. " ‐ Entertainment Weekly
Posted Dec 3, 2014
A- 100% The King and the Mockingbird (2014) "The film is suffused with a subversive attitude toward the rich and clueless, epitomized by a king at war with a talking bird. " ‐ Entertainment Weekly
Posted Nov 26, 2014
C 82% Bad Turn Worse (2014) "Directors Zeke and Simon Hawkins add air-quote references to Jim Thompson, Steven Soderbergh, and the Coen brothers but are too proud of the movie's twists to make them truly snap. " ‐ Entertainment Weekly
Posted Nov 26, 2014
A 97% National Gallery (2014) "[An] iridescent look at London's premier art institution. " ‐ Entertainment Weekly
Posted Nov 21, 2014
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