Joe Morgenstern Movie Reviews & Previews - Rotten Tomatoes

Joe Morgenstern

Joe Morgenstern
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Rating T-Meter Title | Year Review
96%

La La Land (2016)

"I'm hoping that La La Land will be a hit for the ages, for all ages. It's a film that re-enacts, with rare originality, a classic role for the movie medium -- escapist entertainment in troubled times." ‐Wall Street Journal
Posted Dec 8, 2016
87%

Jackie (2016)

"The real question is what Jackie as a whole adds up to, and the returns are mixed." ‐Wall Street Journal
Posted Dec 1, 2016
100%

Things to Come (L'avenir) (2016)

"Will she change? Will she throttle back, come on down, open up? She's a cerebral handful, but we're rooting for her every strut of the way." ‐Wall Street Journal
Posted Dec 1, 2016
96%

Moana (2016)

"[Moana] is beautiful in more ways than I can tell, thanks to the brilliance of more animators than I could count. " ‐Wall Street Journal
Posted Nov 23, 2016
82%

Lion (2016)

"Mr. Patel's commanding presence is complemented by many others... Kidman has done fine work in her career, but nothing that quite matches the hypnotic story Sue tells of a vision she had when she was 12." ‐Wall Street Journal
Posted Nov 23, 2016
56%

Rules Don't Apply (2016)

"[It's] a rousing entertainment with eye candy in abundance. Rules Don't Apply is witty and weird by turns. " ‐Wall Street Journal
Posted Nov 23, 2016
74%

Fantastic Beasts and Where to Find Them (2016)

"Extravagant creatures of digital descent can't sustain a story that does little more than set the scene for a long string of sequels." ‐Wall Street Journal
Posted Nov 17, 2016
97%

Manchester by the Sea (2016)

"Manchester by the Sea is formula-free and one of a kind, with only as much resolution as the steely grip of the past will allow." ‐Wall Street Journal
Posted Nov 17, 2016
50%

Almost Christmas (2016)

"The film's energy can be relentless, but the feelings are real, and they're wrapped in a dysfunctional-family package that's so venerable and endearing as to seem a little bit new." ‐Wall Street Journal
Posted Nov 10, 2016
93%

Arrival (2016)

"What's remarkable about Arrival is its contemplative core -- and, of course, Ms. Adams's star performance, which is no less impassioned for being self-effacing." ‐Wall Street Journal
Posted Nov 10, 2016
89%

Loving (2016)

"Loving honors its subject, its audience and the movie medium." ‐Wall Street Journal
Posted Nov 3, 2016
87%

Hacksaw Ridge (2016)

"Impassioned patriotism and religious conviction constitute the core of Hacksaw Ridge, a stirring -- and surpassingly violent -- dramatization of the life of Desmond T. Doss, the first conscientious objector to receive the Medal of Honor." ‐Wall Street Journal
Posted Nov 3, 2016
91%

Doctor Strange (2016)

"For a long while Doctor Strange works both sides of the spiritual street with spectacular success. Then the film becomes what it was sending up so delightfully." ‐Wall Street Journal
Posted Nov 3, 2016
94%

The Eagle Huntress (2016)

"Otto Bell's The Eagle Huntress is everything you could ask for in a documentary, and more. It's the more that distracts from time to time, but not enough to spoil our pleasure." ‐Wall Street Journal
Posted Nov 3, 2016
93%

Fire at Sea (Fuocoammare) (2016)

"Fire at Sea is a shining example of journalism fueled by outrage and shaped by free-ranging curiosity." ‐Wall Street Journal
Posted Oct 27, 2016
89%

Into the Inferno (2016)

"In the documentary realm there's nothing more pleasurable than top-drawer Werner Herzog." ‐Wall Street Journal
Posted Oct 27, 2016
20%

Inferno (2016)

"More of the same, though less fun than the last installment, unless you thrill to incoherence." ‐Wall Street Journal
Posted Oct 27, 2016
84%

Deepwater Horizon (2016)

"It's ultimately a genre film with all that implies, meaning omissions, simplifications, conventional heroics, dramatic banalities and, given the narrative's limited scope, little sense of the event's complex causes or its environmental cost." ‐Wall Street Journal
Posted Sep 29, 2016
81%

American Honey (2016)

"Just when you think you know what's going to happen, the film serves up one more surprise." ‐Wall Street Journal
Posted Sep 29, 2016
92%

Queen of Katwe (2016)

"The film as a whole conveys a strong sense of discovery, and humanity." ‐Wall Street Journal
Posted Sep 22, 2016
76%

The Lovers And The Despot (2016)

"Sometimes a convoluted plot can be a pleasure to untangle." ‐Wall Street Journal
Posted Sep 22, 2016
63%

Storks (2016)

"The whole movie seems to be on fast-forward, with crushingly brainless dialogue, hollow imagery and no way of slowing down the febrile action or making sense of the chaotic plot." ‐Wall Street Journal
Posted Sep 22, 2016
63%

The Magnificent Seven (2016)

"[Fuqua] deals in constant commotion, repetitive confrontations, stylized formations, laser-like scowls (or, in the case of one young woman in town, a fixed glower), and violence that's both aestheticized and anesthetized." ‐Wall Street Journal
Posted Sep 22, 2016
95%

The Beatles: Eight Days a Week - The Touring Years (2016)

"Don't expect trenchant analysis or deep insights into the group's creative process. Do revel, however, in the gleeful tumult and the gorgeous music." ‐Wall Street Journal
Posted Sep 15, 2016
61%

Snowden (2016)

"[Joseph Gordon-Levitt delivers] an interestingly inward performance. Outwardly, however, there's almost no suspense, which, given the narrative possibilities, is a remarkably dubious achievement." ‐Wall Street Journal
Posted Sep 15, 2016
77%

Bridget Jones's Baby (2016)

"Of all the performances in a patchy production, only one achieves perfection. We get to see it through the modern medical miracle of ultrasound." ‐Wall Street Journal
Posted Sep 15, 2016
85%

Sully (2016)

"Sully remains an impressive achievement, a portrait of a good man whose heroism lay in having the right stuff and knowing how to use it during a small eternity of looming chaos and unprecedented peril." ‐Wall Street Journal
Posted Sep 8, 2016
82%

Jerry Maguire (1996)

"It's hard to believe that this frantic, self-congratulatory affair was written and directed by Mr. Crowe, the man who did Say Anything and Singles, two films notable for their modesty and tact." ‐Wall Street Journal
Posted Aug 24, 2016
93%

Lo and Behold, Reveries of the Connected World (2016)

"Mr. Herzog's film may not be a model of organization, but I loved every meandering minute." ‐Wall Street Journal
Posted Aug 18, 2016
98%

Hell or High Water (2016)

"A film with the sort of sweeping grandeur that today's filmmakers rarely aspire to, let alone fulfill." ‐Wall Street Journal
Posted Aug 18, 2016
97%

Kubo and the Two Strings (2016)

"The first and last things to be said in this limited space about Kubo and the Two Strings are that it's a showcase for some of the most startlingly beautiful animation in recent -- and not so recent -- memory." ‐Wall Street Journal
Posted Aug 18, 2016
87%

Florence Foster Jenkins (2016)

"The movie is a pleaser, for the most part, even though the attitude it takes toward its subject is often problematic. " ‐Wall Street Journal
Posted Aug 11, 2016
66%

Anthropoid (2016)

"An hour of plodding preparations does lead to guerrilla action, then to a long shootout in a church, but by then anyone watching will have realized that "Anthropoid" is the code name for a snore." ‐Wall Street Journal
Posted Aug 11, 2016
86%

Pete's Dragon (2016)

"Elliott breathes fire, and the film around him breathes humanity." ‐Wall Street Journal
Posted Aug 11, 2016
93%

The Little Prince (2016)

"Mr. Osborne has done himself proud. What's essential in his film is the singular beauty of the first half." ‐Wall Street Journal
Posted Aug 4, 2016
98%

Little Men (2016)

"A touching, sometimes wrenching drama in which two schoolboys try to remain best friends while their parents struggle with a commercial dispute that threatens to tear both families apart." ‐Wall Street Journal
Posted Aug 4, 2016
26%

Suicide Squad (2016)

"Suicide Squad amounts to an all-out attack on the whole idea of entertainment." ‐Wall Street Journal
Posted Aug 4, 2016
56%

Jason Bourne (2016)

"Bourne used to be an anguished amnesiac. Now he remembers who he is, but this fourth episode of the franchise forgot to make him human." ‐Wall Street Journal
Posted Jul 28, 2016
96%

Gleason (2016)

""Gleason" is so powerful in its cumulative effect that it should be accompanied by a consumer advisory-something along the lines of "This documentary may cause sudden alterations of mood and attitude."" ‐Wall Street Journal
Posted Jul 28, 2016
82%

Indignation (2016)

""Indignation" is very much the sort of venture Mr. Schamus has often championed as a producer-ambitious and provocative, a must-see for anyone who cares about independent film." ‐Wall Street Journal
Posted Jul 28, 2016
99%

Don't Think Twice (2016)

""Don't Think Twice" really shines as an improv procedural, a film that celebrates, in illuminating detail, the skills and anxieties of this showbiz subgenre." ‐Wall Street Journal
Posted Jul 21, 2016
77%

Lights Out (2016)

"Awfully inept ..." ‐Wall Street Journal
Posted Jul 21, 2016
84%

Star Trek Beyond (2016)

""Star Trek Beyond" is better than not-bad. By any earthly standard it's good." ‐Wall Street Journal
Posted Jul 21, 2016
70%

Café Society (2016)

"The whole film feels charmingly insubstantial, just as it's meant to, with beautiful settings, amusing people and, for philosophical context, a classic Woody Allen one-liner." ‐Wall Street Journal
Posted Jul 14, 2016
93%

Our Little Sister (Umimachi Diary) (2016)

"Our Little Sister often feels Chekhovian, a movie attuned to the passage of time and the changing of seasons. As I watched it, though, I also thought, in a general way, of Thornton Wilder, [whose plays] are suffused with love and kindness." ‐Wall Street Journal
Posted Jul 14, 2016
73%

Ghostbusters (2016)

"How will the reboot be remembered a couple of decades down the line? Not as beloved, or beloathed; more likely as beliked, if it's remembered at all." ‐Wall Street Journal
Posted Jul 14, 2016
69%

The Infiltrator (2016)

"The drug of choice here is acting, and the highs in this hurtling, often violent thriller are doubly intense, since two of its stars play flamboyant double roles." ‐Wall Street Journal
Posted Jul 14, 2016
89%

Zero Days (2016)

"You'll want to see "Zero Days"-just not when you're counting on a good night's sleep a few hours later." ‐Wall Street Journal
Posted Jul 7, 2016
82%

Captain Fantastic (2016)

"It's a tremendously accomplished and enjoyable film about a singular household." ‐Wall Street Journal
Posted Jul 7, 2016
74%

The Secret Life of Pets (2016)

"A movie in which things happen from one second to the next with no particular logic, to no discernible effect." ‐Wall Street Journal
Posted Jul 7, 2016
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