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Joe Morgenstern

Joe Morgenstern
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Rating T-Meter Title | Year Review
61%

Race (2016)

"It's a saga of unquenchable spirit and fast-twitch muscles shot in slow-twitch style." ‐Wall Street Journal
Posted Feb 18, 2016
91%

The Witch (2016)

"This phenomenal debut feature by Robert Eggers has a singular style and tone, and its horror flows from the deepest wellsprings of human nature." ‐Wall Street Journal
Posted Feb 18, 2016
23%

Zoolander 2 (2016)

"Some movies keep you in a state of suspense. "Zoolander 2," a dud glitter-bomb of a sequel, eventually leaves you in a state of suspended animation, with eyes glazed over and brain in sleep mode." ‐Wall Street Journal
Posted Feb 11, 2016
78%

Where to Invade Next (2016)

""Where to Invade Next" is documentary filmmaking gone wrong, a churlish polemic that uses the tools of propaganda to construct its world view." ‐Wall Street Journal
Posted Feb 11, 2016
91%

A War (Krigen) (2016)

"Microcosms don't feel micro to those who inhabit them. Such is the case in "A War," a small-scale drama of outsize power." ‐Wall Street Journal
Posted Feb 11, 2016
94%

In The Shadow of Women (2016)

"My only question is why the filmmakers chose to deliver their message so prosaically-so diagnostically-instead of trusting their audience to understand the nuances of the drama." ‐Wall Street Journal
Posted Jan 28, 2016
87%

Kung Fu Panda 3 (2016)

"In Hollywood's franchise game, sequels are seldom the best they can be. This one isn't, but it's pretty, perfectly pleasant and good enough." ‐Wall Street Journal
Posted Jan 28, 2016
63%

The Finest Hours (2016)

"The drama is almost stillborn, thanks to a slow, deadly dull romantic preface, and it's subverted by incessant switching between spectacular struggles on the Atlantic and generic anxieties on shore." ‐Wall Street Journal
Posted Jan 28, 2016
30%

Mojave (2016)

"Like the high desert that provides its main setting, William Monahan's "Mojave" is dry, often windy and full of hot air." ‐Wall Street Journal
Posted Jan 21, 2016
61%

Monster Hunt (2016)

"The film is far from perfect, but it's certainly ambitious, often entertaining and, compared to the feeble competition from new American films of the moment, a singing, dancing, stomping and chomping "Citizen Kane."" ‐Wall Street Journal
Posted Jan 21, 2016
44%

Synchronicity (2016)

"Sententiousness can be enjoyable when it's intentional and dispensed in small doses. "Synchronicity" gets the dosage wrong." ‐Wall Street Journal
Posted Jan 21, 2016
50%

13 Hours: The Secret Soldiers Of Benghazi (2016)

"A relentlessly intense, grotesquely overblown and numbingly long account of extraordinary heroism on the part of six American security operators in the midst of horrific chaos." ‐Wall Street Journal
Posted Jan 14, 2016
71%

A Perfect Day (2016)

"Extremely witty and light on its feet, yet it manages to be thoughtful, even philosophical, in an absurdist way, about the roots of human conflict." ‐Wall Street Journal
Posted Jan 14, 2016
92%

Anomalisa (2015)

"Watching it may make you anxious from start to finish, but that's exactly what it means to do. In an age of endemic anxiety, this peerlessly weird little film finds a new look-and a new sound-for feeling bad." ‐Wall Street Journal
Posted Jan 7, 2016
97%

Chimes at Midnight (1965)

"See it on the big screen if you can; for all of its flaws it's a glory." ‐Wall Street Journal
Posted Jan 7, 2016
25%

Fifty Shades of Grey (2015)

"Fifty Shades of Grey delivers, however ponderously, on its promise of pop transgressiveness." ‐Wall Street Journal
Posted Dec 30, 2015
81%

The Revenant (2015)

"I came out of this would-be epic feeling physically exhausted, psychically mauled and none the better for wear." ‐Wall Street Journal
Posted Dec 23, 2015
75%

The Hateful Eight (2015)

"The Hateful Eight wears out its welcome well before the halfway point, leaving the equivalent of a whole other movie to sit -- and suffer -- through." ‐Wall Street Journal
Posted Dec 23, 2015
61%

Concussion (2015)

"The great strength of Concussion is its star's performance. " ‐Wall Street Journal
Posted Dec 23, 2015
96%

Son of Saul (2015)

"Good movies summon up worlds. "Son of Saul" [is] a great movie ..." ‐Wall Street Journal
Posted Dec 17, 2015
97%

45 Years (2015)

"Less is not only more in "45 Years," Andrew Haigh's study of marriage and memory, it is eloquently and anguishingly more, and what's unspoken is almost deafening." ‐Wall Street Journal
Posted Dec 17, 2015
60%

Sisters (2015)

"Badly directed (by Jason Moore), badly written (by Paula Pell), badly performed and bad news for anyone who cares about the quality of big-screen comedy." ‐Wall Street Journal
Posted Dec 17, 2015
92%

Star Wars: Episode VII - The Force Awakens (2015)

"Just see it. You'll love it." ‐Wall Street Journal
Posted Dec 16, 2015
88%

The Big Short (2015)

"Only in America ... could filmmakers illuminate such a dire subject, and the financial debacle that ensued, with the sort of scathing wit, joyous irreverence and brilliant boisterousness that make "The Big Short" an improbable triumph." ‐Wall Street Journal
Posted Dec 10, 2015
43%

In the Heart of the Sea (2015)

"Sorry to beat a dead whale, since "In the Heart of the Sea" clearly lacks whatever it takes to engage a contemporary audience, but what were they thinking when they put such a ponderous picture into production?" ‐Wall Street Journal
Posted Dec 10, 2015
95%

Hitchcock/Truffaut (2015)

"Use this documentary as an introduction to the book, then use the book, like a Christmas catalog, to order up viewings, or re-viewings, of Hitchcock's deliciously, diabolically deathless films." ‐Wall Street Journal
Posted Dec 3, 2015
91%

The Lady In The Van (2015)

"Wonderfully funny, terribly touching and a vehicle-with comically dilapidated vehicles-for the boundless gifts of Maggie Smith." ‐Wall Street Journal
Posted Dec 3, 2015
73%

Youth (2015)

"From early on my strong desire was for this horribly pretentious phantasmagoria to be over." ‐Wall Street Journal
Posted Dec 3, 2015
77%

The Good Dinosaur (2015)

"As Pixar productions go, this one isn't a groundbreaker, but it's heartfelt and endearing, as well as visually splendiferous, and kids will love it for sure." ‐Wall Street Journal
Posted Nov 25, 2015
69%

The Danish Girl (2015)

"The film... is beautifully visualized and steadfastly interesting, yet I kept wondering why I didn't feel more involved in it." ‐Wall Street Journal
Posted Nov 25, 2015
94%

Creed (2015)

"The film is full of life and loose humor, and Creed often transcends the genre by playing with movie mythology." ‐Wall Street Journal
Posted Nov 25, 2015
94%

Carol (2015)

"Loneliness and longing are at the center of these two women's lives, at least for a while, and they're expressed by nuance and implication in a pair of superb performances, and by a lovely evocation of the period." ‐Wall Street Journal
Posted Nov 19, 2015
98%

Mustang (2015)

"This sneaky shocker of a debut feature -- sneaky because it's so good at depicting the sisters' joyousness before, and even after, darkness descends -- was directed by Deniz Gamze Ergüven from a script she wrote with Alice Winocour." ‐Wall Street Journal
Posted Nov 19, 2015
70%

The Hunger Games: Mockingjay - Part 2 (2015)

"Katniss has remained, in Jennifer Lawrence's portrayal, a vividly vulnerable creature of flesh and blood surrounded by sci-fi extravagance of variable quality." ‐Wall Street Journal
Posted Nov 19, 2015
84%

Mad Hot Ballroom (2005)

"It will sweep you off your feet." ‐Wall Street Journal
Posted Nov 17, 2015
65%

Star Wars: Episode II - Attack of the Clones (2002)

"You can't blame actors, particularly young ones, when the words put in their mouths are almost unspeakable and the direction seems to suck them dry of energy or spontaneity. " ‐Wall Street Journal
Posted Nov 16, 2015
55%

Star Wars: Episode I - The Phantom Menace (1999)

"What I can't comprehend is why the political details had to be so tedious and abstract. Will the kids of our nation and the world truly be titillated by trade wars and the spectacle of a do-nothing Senate?" ‐Wall Street Journal
Posted Nov 16, 2015
79%

Star Wars: Episode III - Revenge of the Sith (2005)

"Episode III mainly is what it is -- the climax of a sometimes grand adventure that's more than the sum of its parts, yet much less than it might have been." ‐Wall Street Journal
Posted Nov 13, 2015
34%

By The Sea (2015)

"What is wrong with these dreary people?" ‐Wall Street Journal
Posted Nov 12, 2015
97%

Theeb (2015)

"A modest classic." ‐Wall Street Journal
Posted Nov 12, 2015
81%

Man Up (2015)

"From start to almost finish, "Man Up", directed by Ben Palmer from a terrific script by Tess Morris, sustains a remarkably high level of verbal invention." ‐Wall Street Journal
Posted Nov 12, 2015
100%

Ingrid Bergman in Her Own Words (Jag är Ingrid) (2015)

""I don't demand much," the film quotes her as saying. "I just want everything." She got a lot, and gave immeasurably more." ‐Wall Street Journal
Posted Nov 12, 2015
19%

Love the Coopers (2015)

"Love the Coopers is a sorry excuse for a Christmas movie, but interesting for how it goes about destroying any vestige of surprise or suspense." ‐Wall Street Journal
Posted Nov 12, 2015
96%

Spotlight (2015)

"It's the year's best movie so far, and a rarity among countless dramatizations that claim to be based on actual events. In this one the events ring consistently-and dramatically-true." ‐Wall Street Journal
Posted Nov 5, 2015
65%

Spectre (2015)

""Spectre" is full of not-good things, and some oppressively bad things that may come to feel like drill bits twirling in your skull." ‐Wall Street Journal
Posted Nov 5, 2015
97%

Brooklyn (2015)

"It summons up a full life in a fable about happiness-pursuing it, achieving it. And bestowing it; the film made me happy too." ‐Wall Street Journal
Posted Nov 5, 2015
51%

The World Is Not Enough (1999)

"Most of all, though, I wondered how much longer people will pay to see a walking, running, driving, diving, punning, smirking, swimming, skiing, shooting, parachuting corpse." ‐Wall Street Journal
Posted Nov 2, 2015
58%

Die Another Day (2002)

"James Bond gets bad news in Die Another Day: They've rescinded his license to kill. The news is worse for us. They've given him license to bore." ‐Wall Street Journal
Posted Nov 2, 2015
57%

Tomorrow Never Dies (1997)

"In the latest James Bond, our hero saves the world from brand-name unawareness. Tomorrow Never Dies is a dramatized trade show; imagine Comdex or the Geneva Automobile Salon with a plot. " ‐Wall Street Journal
Posted Nov 1, 2015
35%

Our Brand is Crisis (2015)

"It's a case study, if nothing else, of starting with a dubious idea and making it downright awful." ‐Wall Street Journal
Posted Oct 29, 2015
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