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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- 78% Loving Vincent (2017) One of the most lunatic labors of love to appear on movie screens this year. And in that sense, a fitting, miraculous tribute to its subject.‐ Entertainment Weekly
Read More | Posted Sep 26, 2017
C- 34% The Only Living Boy in New York (2017) [A] twee, turgid drama set in an uptown fantasyland version of Manhattan.‐ Entertainment Weekly
Read More | Posted Aug 13, 2017
B+ 99% Whose Streets? (2017) Made in an impressionistic style with no narration, [Whose Streets?] is less sharp as an indictment of the media, using clips of clueless talking heads on CNN as a broad brush. It's stronger as a collection of Ferguson voices and figures,‐ Entertainment Weekly
Read More | Posted Aug 11, 2017
C+ 49% The Glass Castle (2017) The Glass Castle unfortunately lives up to its see-through, illusory title.‐ Entertainment Weekly
Read More | Posted Aug 10, 2017
D 21% The Book of Henry (2017) Sometimes a movie comes along to remind us that Hollywood hasn't run out of ideas - even if they're crass, baffling, and ludicrous ones.‐ Entertainment Weekly
Read More | Posted Jun 15, 2017
B 77% Beatriz at Dinner (2017) The movie ultimately belongs to Hayek. Given her most challenging leading role in a film since her Oscar-nominated performance 15 years ago in Frida, the actress creates a complex portrait of a person's emotional unravelling.‐ Entertainment Weekly
Read More | Posted Jun 9, 2017
B 81% Chuck (2017) Schreiber's casting is fitting. He's one of the most underappreciated actors (rewatch Spotlight for an example of how damn great he can be with the tiniest gestures) playing a guy who never got enough respect.‐ Entertainment Weekly
Read More | Posted May 4, 2017
C 33% 3 Generations (2017) [Dellal] way overcranks the "movie" neuroses of her three characters, muffling any human spark.‐ Entertainment Weekly
Read More | Posted May 4, 2017
D 42% Song to Song (2017) In terms of content and meaningfulness, Terrence Malick's Song to Song is the cinematic equivalent of a Trump press conference.‐ Entertainment Weekly
Read More | Posted Mar 11, 2017
A 88% My Scientology Movie (2017) One of the best documentaries of the year.‐ Entertainment Weekly
Read More | Posted Mar 10, 2017
C 38% The Last Word (2017) Sort of an inverse Citizen Kane (in many more ways than one) ...‐ Entertainment Weekly
Read More | Posted Mar 2, 2017
C 89% Land of Mine (Under Sandet) (2017) Land of Mine is essentially bomb porn.‐ Entertainment Weekly
Read More | Posted Feb 9, 2017
C 33% Trumped: Inside the Greatest Political Upset of All Time (2017) The rushed nature of the film basically predetermined its mediocre quality.‐ Entertainment Weekly
Read More | Posted Jan 30, 2017
A 96% The Salesman (Forushande) (2017) Farhadi, who directs all his films in a lucid, easy-to-follow style, carefully laces trip wires of revelation throughout the story.‐ Entertainment Weekly
Read More | Posted Jan 26, 2017
A 94% 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
Read More | Posted Jan 19, 2017
B- 80% Patriots Day (2017) Patriots Day benefits from a robust, concentrated timeline and sheer bat-out-of-hell pacing.‐ Entertainment Weekly
Read More | Posted Dec 22, 2016
B 94% Neruda (2016) A virtual fireworks show about the power of poetry and fame on the world.‐ Entertainment Weekly
Read More | Posted Dec 17, 2016
C 39% 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
Read More | Posted Dec 8, 2016
C- 46% Billy Lynn's Long Halftime Walk (2016) The weirdest and rarest misfire in Lee's illustrious career.‐ Entertainment Weekly
Read More | Posted Nov 10, 2016
B 76% 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
Read More | Posted Oct 24, 2016
A 96% 13th (2016) 13th is a titanic statement by a major American voice. Viewing - right now - should be mandatory.‐ Entertainment Weekly
Read More | 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
Read More | 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
Read More | Posted Sep 20, 2016
C+ 70% 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
Read More | Posted Sep 15, 2016
B 95% 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
Read More | Posted Sep 15, 2016
B 65% 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
Read More | 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
Read More | Posted Aug 17, 2016
B 65% Anthropoid (2016) Though Anthropoid lacks narrative ambition, the film justifies its reason for being thanks to a devastating final half-hour.‐ Entertainment Weekly
Read More | Posted Aug 12, 2016
A- 82% Indignation (2016) Surprisingly potent.‐ Entertainment Weekly
Read More | 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
Read More | 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
Read More | Posted Jul 7, 2016
B 94% 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
Read More | Posted Jun 30, 2016
C 46% 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
Read More | Posted Jun 21, 2016
A- 91% 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
Read More | 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
Read More | 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
Read More | Posted Apr 15, 2016
D 30% Criminal (2016) Criminal's story moves like a fat cow.‐ Entertainment Weekly
Read More | 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
Read More | Posted Apr 1, 2016
C 73% 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
Read More | Posted Mar 16, 2016
C 82% 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
Read More | 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
Read More | Posted Feb 24, 2016
C 91% 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
Read More | 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
Read More | 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
Read More | Posted Feb 9, 2016
A 81% 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
Read More | Posted Dec 3, 2015
D+ 73% Trumbo (2015) How could a movie about a great screenwriter have such a terrible screenplay?‐ Entertainment Weekly
Read More | 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
Read More | 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
Read More | Posted Oct 8, 2015
A- 83% The Walk (2015) The occasional hokum cannot cloud the stunning, incandescent craftsmanship of the movie's third act.‐ Entertainment Weekly
Read More | 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
Read More | Posted Sep 22, 2015