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Joe Morgenstern

Joe Morgenstern
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Rating T-Meter Title | Year Review
91% The Red Turtle (La tortue rouge) (2017) Should you see The Red Turtle? Yes, definitely if you're willing to take in the hypnotic images without worrying about the plot (which is almost as simple as it seems) or waiting for a telling piece of dialogue. ‐ Wall Street Journal
Posted Jan 19, 2017
80% The Founder (2017) The Founder" can't decide whether its hero is a good guy who simply sees his main chance and grabs it, or the inherently ruthless -- yet not all that bright -- hustler he reveals himself to be. ‐ Wall Street Journal
Posted Jan 19, 2017
77% Split (2017) The film contends that people are purified by suffering. Having suffered through the screening, I'm still waiting for my purer self to kick in. ‐ Wall Street Journal
Posted Jan 19, 2017
17% The Crash (Jekyll Island) (2017) What is The Crash about? First off, it's about Mr. Rappaport's ability to get his film produced, and hats off to him for that, since it couldn't have made much sense on paper and hasn't grown in coherence on screen. ‐ Wall Street Journal
Posted Jan 12, 2017
75% Reset (Relève: Histoire d'une création) (2017) Even as a profile of a singular artist, though, this soft-focus documentary is missing an essential dimension -- a critical look at the intramural conflict and public controversy that flowed from its hero's reformist role. ‐ Wall Street Journal
Posted Jan 12, 2017
92% Hidden Figures (2017) The film hews closely to the facts in important respects, and evokes the outrages of the Jim Crow era, as well as the feverish competition of the space race, through the fascinating work of its extraordinary heroines. ‐ Wall Street Journal
Posted Jan 5, 2017
32% Live By Night (2017) For all its sporadic philosophizing and belated stabs at romance, Live by Night is cold and inert at its core. ‐ Wall Street Journal
Posted Jan 2, 2017
92% Toni Erdmann (2016) Brilliantly funny and moving. ‐ Wall Street Journal
Posted Jan 2, 2017
89% 20th Century Women (2017) 20th Century Women is something special. ‐ Wall Street Journal
Posted Dec 29, 2016
87% A Monster Calls (2017) This is Mr. Bayona's third feature; it confirms the sensitivity and impressive technique that distinguished his previous film, The Impossible. ‐ Wall Street Journal
Posted Dec 22, 2016
83% Silence (2017) For all the respect that Mr. Scorsese's film demands, and deserves, I couldn't wait for Silence to be over. ‐ Wall Street Journal
Posted Dec 22, 2016
83% Julieta (2016) Of all the plot twists that Julieta ventures and mostly pulls off, the best one is holding out the possibility -- the honest, though far from assured possibility -- of a happy ending. ‐ Wall Street Journal
Posted Dec 21, 2016
31% Passengers (2016) Who knows why Mr. Pratt and Ms. Lawrence signed up for this production; still, they're both pros and they do what they can with the wretched material. ‐ Wall Street Journal
Posted Dec 21, 2016
78% Patriots Day (2017) The best thing about Patriots Day is that it bespeaks cherished values without framing them as messages. ‐ Wall Street Journal
Posted Dec 20, 2016
96% Neruda (2016) A fascinating -- though overlong and sometimes slow -- trackdown fantasy with literary and political resonance. ‐ Wall Street Journal
Posted Dec 15, 2016
95% Fences (2016) It will not come as a news flash that Mr. Washington is a movie star of the first rank... what he does here is both sizzling and subtle, a star performance that does equal justice to the play's poetry and kitchen-sink reality. ‐ Wall Street Journal
Posted Dec 15, 2016
12% Collateral Beauty (2016) What boggles the mind...is the movie's enchantment with its hapless self. In the realm of entertainment, "Collateral Beauty" is death warmed over. ‐ Wall Street Journal
Posted Dec 15, 2016
85% Rogue One: A Star Wars Story (2016) K-2S0 contributes sorely needed humor, but nowhere near enough. ‐ Wall Street Journal
Posted Dec 13, 2016
93% 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
89% 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
95% 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
87% 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
54% 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
73% 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
96% 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
48% 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
94% 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
86% 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
90% 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
93% 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
90% 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
19% 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
83% 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
79% 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
76% 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