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Joe Morgenstern

Joe Morgenstern

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Rating T-Meter Title | Year Review
96% Room (2015) "A small container for a host of enthralling ideas about child development, the maternal bond, the nature of reality, the psychic cost of repression and the existential perils, as well as the ineffable joys, of freedom. How do they all fit? " ‐ Wall Street Journal
Posted Oct 15, 2015
91% Bridge of Spies (2015) ""Bridge of Spies" isn't conventionally exciting, and isn't intended to be. Instead, it's satisfying-thoroughly and pleasurably so. " ‐ Wall Street Journal
Posted Oct 15, 2015
91% Beasts of No Nation (2015) "This is a harrowing film to watch. In spite of the vibrant jungle greens and the searing sun, it's as bleak a vision of modern warfare as has ever been put on screen. " ‐ Wall Street Journal
Posted Oct 15, 2015
77% The Assassin (2015) "So ravishingly lovely that tracking the plot is far less important than luxuriating in the images. " ‐ Wall Street Journal
Posted Oct 15, 2015
86% Steve Jobs (2015) "In many ways the film reflects its hero's brilliance. It's a scintillating construction, though one that sometimes feels like a product launch in its own right. " ‐ Wall Street Journal
Posted Oct 8, 2015
81% Victoria (2015) "Sebastian Schipper's Victoria, set in present-day Berlin, is remarkable for at least two reasons. " ‐ Wall Street Journal
Posted Oct 8, 2015
92% The Martian (2015) "What's so stirring about the film is that, before and after everything else, it truly is about being human. " ‐ Wall Street Journal
Posted Oct 1, 2015
85% The Walk (2015) "Then we're finally aloft, with the man on his wire, and Mr. Zemeckis and his colleagues lift their groundbound production into the realm of high art. " ‐ Wall Street Journal
Posted Oct 1, 2015
71% He Named Me Malala (2015) "A surprisingly bright-spirited and profoundly moving portrait of Malala and -- a big and -- the father who named her after a national folk hero of Afghanistan, guided her education in Pakistan's Swat Valley and set her on her fateful path. " ‐ Wall Street Journal
Posted Oct 1, 2015
94% Freaks (1932) "[Boasts] some of the most terrifying scenes ever consigned to film. " ‐ Wall Street Journal
Posted Sep 28, 2015
91% 99 Homes (2015) "A relatively small, tough-minded drama about pitiless people doing unprincipled things, proves to be one of the most interesting, elegantly crafted and --paradoxically, given the dark subject matter -- elating films to come along in recent memory. " ‐ Wall Street Journal
Posted Sep 24, 2015
92% Prophet's Prey (2015) "As horror upon horror unfolds in Prophet's Prey, Amy Berg's shocking documentary about the mad polygamist Warren Jeffs and his followers, one may marvel, in horror, at the elaborate forms that deviancy can take. " ‐ Wall Street Journal
Posted Sep 24, 2015
60% The Intern (2015) "This clumsy comedy, written and directed by Nancy Meyers, turns an implausible but intriguing premise into a tale of generational collision that reflects dimly on old and young alike. " ‐ Wall Street Journal
Posted Sep 24, 2015
72% Everest (2015) "If this oft-told tale of courage and folly is seen as a summit to be achieved, the script not only never makes it to base camp but seldom rises above sea level. " ‐ Wall Street Journal
Posted Sep 17, 2015
93% Breathe (2015) "I can tell you that Ms. Laurent's direction is astute and economical, that both of the film's young stars give fine performances, and that "Breathe" is a very good title for a film that ever so gradually takes your breath away. " ‐ Wall Street Journal
Posted Sep 17, 2015
75% Black Mass (2015) ""Black Mass" isn't pretty, but it certainly is strong. " ‐ Wall Street Journal
Posted Sep 17, 2015
78% Z For Zachariah (2015) "[A] daringly spare film, directed by Craig Zobel from a fine screenplay by Nissar Modi. " ‐ Wall Street Journal
Posted Aug 27, 2015
96% The Second Mother (Que Horas Ela Volta?) (2015) "Ms. Muylaert's guiding principle seems to have been fearlessness, and her film, which was shot by Barbara Alvarez, is superb on all counts. " ‐ Wall Street Journal
Posted Aug 27, 2015
94% Rosenwald (2015) "This stirring documentary evokes a vision of American comity from a past that speaks to the present. " ‐ Wall Street Journal
Posted Aug 27, 2015
46% No Escape (2015) "I won't make a case for No Escape being a good film; the first half is pretty good and the second half ranges from pretty bad to truly awful. " ‐ Wall Street Journal
Posted Aug 27, 2015
100% Top Spin (2015) "It's hard to imagine a film more formulaic than "Top Spin," but the formula is irresistible. " ‐ Wall Street Journal
Posted Aug 20, 2015
39% She's Funny That Way (2015) "Even the cinematography is ill-advised, since it's literally off-color; warm tones meant to evoke romantic feelings come off as a jaundiced homage to Woody Allen, from whom many of this film's tropes have been not-so-piquantly purloined. " ‐ Wall Street Journal
Posted Aug 20, 2015
66% Learning To Drive (2015) "Wears out its welcome, and energy, through unswerving conformity to its dramatic scheme. " ‐ Wall Street Journal
Posted Aug 20, 2015
76% People Places Things (2015) "An off-kilter romantic comedy in which everything turns out the way you might have hoped it would if you hadn't been kept in a state of happy suspense along the way. " ‐ Wall Street Journal
Posted Aug 13, 2015
82% Mistress America (2015) "Ms. Kirke is skillful and appealing as Tracy, but Ms. Gerwig's performance is a comic diamond, and not in the rough. Her timing is flawless, her delivery is droll. " ‐ Wall Street Journal
Posted Aug 13, 2015
88% Straight Outta Compton (2015) "An explosively entertaining biopic about the hip-hop group that brought gangsta rap into the mainstream of popular culture in the 1980s. " ‐ Wall Street Journal
Posted Aug 13, 2015
64% Ricki And The Flash (2015) "There are fleeting moments of real fun. Still, it's hard not to wonder why so much in the movie went so wrong. " ‐ Wall Street Journal
Posted Aug 6, 2015
99% Shaun the Sheep Movie (2015) "Anyone who doesn't have a grand time watching 'Shaun the Sheep Movie' is suffering from a fractured funny bone that needs to be reset. " ‐ Wall Street Journal
Posted Aug 6, 2015
93% The Gift (2015) "One of the many gifts conferred by The Gift is the unaccustomed pleasure of feeling like putty in the hands of a first-rate storyteller. " ‐ Wall Street Journal
Posted Aug 6, 2015
94% Best Of Enemies (2015) "A must-view film for our media-besotted age ... " ‐ Wall Street Journal
Posted Jul 30, 2015
98% Phoenix (2015) "Beautiful and mysteriously powerful from beginning to end. " ‐ Wall Street Journal
Posted Jul 30, 2015
96% Listen To Me Marlon (2015) "Although movies about celebrities are often fatuous and superfluous, that's anything but the case with Stevan Riley's "Listen to Me Marlon." " ‐ Wall Street Journal
Posted Jul 30, 2015
93% Mission: Impossible Rogue Nation (2015) "At the age of 53 Mr. Cruise continues to give his all to these films, and his all in this latest episode is more than enough. " ‐ Wall Street Journal
Posted Jul 30, 2015
60% Southpaw (2015) "It's a win for Mr. Gyllenhaal, while the movie loses out to its clich├ęs. " ‐ Wall Street Journal
Posted Jul 23, 2015
96% The Look of Silence (2015) "In a way, I wish I'd never seen "The Look of Silence," because now I won't be able to forget it. But that's the point ... " ‐ Wall Street Journal
Posted Jul 23, 2015
58% Samba (2015) "As would-be crowd pleasers go, "Samba" tries to please multiple crowds with negligible success. " ‐ Wall Street Journal
Posted Jul 23, 2015
85% Trainwreck (2015) "The movie veers sharply off track toward the end. Still, the sum of its most memorable parts is great fun. " ‐ Wall Street Journal
Posted Jul 16, 2015
80% Ant-Man (2015) "A film that will surely be popular, given Marvel's marketing might, but one that's woefully short on coherence and originality. " ‐ Wall Street Journal
Posted Jul 16, 2015
87% Mr. Holmes (2015) "The movie, directed by Bill Condon, provides a showcase for Mr. McKellen, who in real life is 76; watching every moment of his performance is pure pleasure. " ‐ Wall Street Journal
Posted Jul 16, 2015
42% Irrational Man (2015) "It's a Woody Allen film that the next one will make us forget. " ‐ Wall Street Journal
Posted Jul 16, 2015
44% Daredevil (2003) "It isn't a great film, or even a greatly original one. Still, it has many grace notes, and interesting oddities. " ‐ Wall Street Journal
Posted Jul 14, 2015
57% Blade II (2002) "No one seems to be having much fun, with the possible exception of Kris Kristofferson, who is back as Blade's venerable human sidekick, Whistler. The film finds few variations on the themes of run, kick, chomp and gulp. " ‐ Wall Street Journal
Posted Jul 14, 2015
10% Elektra (2005) "The movie's dominant visual tone is bronzed grunge, and its emotional tone is depressive. " ‐ Wall Street Journal
Posted Jul 14, 2015
96% Tangerine (2015) "The film is clearly not for everyone; sometimes it wasn't for me. But it's steadfastly nonjudgmental and wonderfully tender toward two searchers for new versions of old-fashioned love. " ‐ Wall Street Journal
Posted Jul 9, 2015
55% Minions (2015) "The begoggled, capsule-shaped, banana-colored scamps who stole the show in two installments of the popular Despicable Me franchise deserved something better than this indifferently animated, catch-as-catch-can venture in comedic chaos. " ‐ Wall Street Journal
Posted Jul 9, 2015
90% Cartel Land (2015) "Although the film has its shortcomings and simplifications, it's a bleakly persuasive view of a decades-long combat that respects no boundaries, and seems to hold no prospect of surcease. " ‐ Wall Street Journal
Posted Jul 9, 2015
96% Amy (2015) "One of Mr. Kapadia's most inspired strokes in this valuable documentary is to put her lyrics on screen as she sings them, so we can see for ourselves the essential elements of her songs as they reflected, and intertwined with, her tumultuous life. " ‐ Wall Street Journal
Posted Jul 2, 2015
62% Magic Mike XXL (2015) "However discursive-and repetitive-the movie may be, it delivers the fantasy goods of formidable male bodies in motion, and ups the fantasy ante by making the men as sensitive, self-doubting and nurturing as they are virile. " ‐ Wall Street Journal
Posted Jul 2, 2015
25% Terminator Genisys (2015) ""Terminator Genisys" plays like the worst of all outcomes. " ‐ Wall Street Journal
Posted Jul 1, 2015
46% Ted 2 (2015) "Some films aspire to high insanity. "Ted 2" aims low and hits the target, but also manages, in its scattershot way, to be gleefully resonant with our fevered times. " ‐ Wall Street Journal
Posted Jun 25, 2015
35% Max (2015) "This fine and welcome piece of family entertainment ... gets to a sweet spot by way of a smart premise, patriotic undertones and a coming-of-age story that's downright stirring. " ‐ Wall Street Journal
Posted Jun 25, 2015
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