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Joe Morgenstern

Joe Morgenstern
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Rating T-Meter Title | Year Review
98% Eighth Grade (2018) Poignantly funny, wrenchingly wise and meltingly beautiful, "Eighth Grade" is a not-so-small miracle of independent filmmaking.‐ Wall Street Journal
Read More | Posted Jul 12, 2018
49% Skyscraper (2018) The movie is great, outlandish fun because the star makes it so; he's a soft soul in an action-hard body.‐ Wall Street Journal
Read More | Posted Jul 12, 2018
83% Under the Tree (Undir trénu) (2018) You know about good things and small packages; this is a dark and startling thing in a brightly wrapped package, and the brightness is all the more misleading because the action takes place during Iceland's radiant summer.‐ Wall Street Journal
Read More | Posted Jul 6, 2018
88% Whitney (2018) Kevin Macdonald's "Whitney" is a documentary chronicle of Whitney Houston's life; it's tough-minded, unsparing and far superior to the biopic and the nonfiction film that preceded it.‐ Wall Street Journal
Read More | Posted Jul 6, 2018
87% Ant-Man and the Wasp (2018) Unlike the unaccountably dull "Ant-Man" feature that came and went three years ago, this one tangles us up cheerfully, almost instantly, in its high-tech bedazzlements and witty beguilements, never loosening its grip.‐ Wall Street Journal
Read More | Posted Jul 6, 2018
95% Three Identical Strangers (2018) Good films always raise compelling questions, whether the format is fiction or documentary fact.‐ Wall Street Journal
Read More | Posted Jun 28, 2018
100% Leave No Trace (2018) The director, Debra Granik, made a stunning feature eight years ago: "Winter's Bone,"... Here's another stunner, and another revelation in the calmly radiant person of Thomasin Harcourt McKenzie.‐ Wall Street Journal
Read More | Posted Jun 28, 2018
71% The King (2018) With an insistence that borders almost comically on obsession, [director Eugene Jarecki] forces the singer's life into a larger theory of national decline-the American dream is dead, and Elvis is the emblem of its passing.‐ Wall Street Journal
Read More | Posted Jun 28, 2018
51% Jurassic World: Fallen Kingdom (2018) The scattershot quality is crazy-making, but still entertaining if you keep your expectations in check.‐ Wall Street Journal
Read More | Posted Jun 21, 2018
54% Tag (2018) For all its repetitiveness and frantic silliness-the impurity of its absurdity-"Tag" ends up being good fun, with an unexpectedly sweet spirit that stays with you.‐ Wall Street Journal
Read More | Posted Jun 14, 2018
94% Incredibles 2 (2018) Disney/Pixar's "Incredibles 2" is a great-looking sequel about the importance of family, and the potential for revenue.‐ Wall Street Journal
Read More | Posted Jun 14, 2018
89% Hereditary (2018) Here's a haunted-houses movie for the ages.‐ Wall Street Journal
Read More | Posted Jun 8, 2018
99% Won't You Be My Neighbor? (2018) This beautiful film celebrates a deeply good man with a great gift for repairing.‐ Wall Street Journal
Read More | Posted Jun 8, 2018
85% Mountain (2018) "Mountain,"... reminds us that mountains "restore our wonder; more than ever we need their wildness."‐ Wall Street Journal
Read More | Posted May 25, 2018
100% Summer 1993 (Estiu 1993) (2018) Some creatures are able to grow new limbs. Frida, given more than half a chance after demanding it, achieves something no less remarkable. She grows new joy and hope.‐ Wall Street Journal
Read More | Posted May 25, 2018
71% Solo: A Star Wars Story (2018) But the neutral news about "Solo" is exactly that, its dramatic neutrality. Time ticks by at a drifty pace while lots of action of no great consequence grinds on.‐ Wall Street Journal
Read More | Posted May 23, 2018
53% Book Club (2018) The special appeal is watching four stars who have given us immeasurable pleasure in the past and are at it again.‐ Wall Street Journal
Read More | Posted May 17, 2018
82% Deadpool 2 (2018) It's overstuffed, and essentially empty.‐ Wall Street Journal
Read More | Posted May 17, 2018
94% First Reformed (2018) First Reformed has its steeple in the clouds and its foundation on solid ground.‐ Wall Street Journal
Read More | Posted May 17, 2018
94% Beast (2018) Beast plays with its lovers deftly, then pitilessly.‐ Wall Street Journal
Read More | Posted May 10, 2018
90% The Guardians (Les Gardiennes) (2018) Imagine devoting several years, as Mr. Beauvois did, to making a reflective, bucolic feature that is organized around the themes of community and evolving culture. It's all too subtle for words, but perfect for moving pictures.‐ Wall Street Journal
Read More | Posted May 8, 2018
87% Tully (2018) Mr. Reitman has recaptured the delicate directorial touch he misplaced after Young Adult, while Ms. Cody's multi-edged sword of a script sends its characters down the damnedest surprising paths.‐ Wall Street Journal
Read More | Posted May 3, 2018
93% RBG (2018) What makes the film valuable is its focus on Justice Ginsburg as a champion of women's rights.‐ Wall Street Journal
Read More | Posted May 3, 2018
95% Zama (2018) The reason to see it is what happens as Zama inexorably loses his mind. Delusions seize him, apparitions come and go.‐ Wall Street Journal
Read More | Posted Apr 26, 2018
86% Let the Sunshine In (Un beau soleil intérieur) (2018) But the film's fascination lies less in its portraits of grievously flawed men than in its presentation of the heroine as a riddle for us to solve.‐ Wall Street Journal
Read More | Posted Apr 26, 2018
83% Avengers: Infinity War (2018) What's on screen now, however, is table-setting for events to come, a groaning board of superheroes, a superabundance of undifferentiated superpowers, and an ending that's more exciting than anything that precedes it.‐ Wall Street Journal
Read More | Posted Apr 25, 2018
55% Godard Mon Amour (Le redoutable) (2018) The result is an entertainment of surprising liveliness.‐ Wall Street Journal
Read More | Posted Apr 19, 2018
32% I Feel Pretty (2018) At third blush, after I thought about what I'd seen, the premise never had a chance of working out well in the hands of filmmakers whose take on their subject is sitcom-deep.‐ Wall Street Journal
Read More | Posted Apr 19, 2018
92% Lean on Pete (2018) The words in his new film are pungent in themselves, but they're given greater power by Mr. Plummer's remarkable performance.‐ Wall Street Journal
Read More | Posted Apr 12, 2018
97% The Rider (2018) It's a rare treat to be so affected by-and connected to-a movie hero of so few words, and such vivid ones. ‐ Wall Street Journal
Read More | Posted Apr 12, 2018
95% A Quiet Place (2018) It may not make the masterpiece cut, but this taut horror thriller is enormously entertaining, because it's organized around a terrific idea-the necessity of absolute silence.‐ Wall Street Journal
Read More | Posted Apr 5, 2018
80% Chappaquiddick (2018) But small lapses, together with the confusions and glib evasions of a production that is neither fact nor fiction, raise the larger question of what the film is, and ultimately becomes.‐ Wall Street Journal
Read More | Posted Apr 5, 2018
92% 2001: A Space Odyssey (1968) Aa whimsical space operetta, then frantically inflates itself again for a surreal climax in which the imagery is just obscure enough to be annoying, just precise enough to be banal.‐ Newsweek
Read More | Posted Apr 5, 2018
48% Cruel Intentions (1999) You've got to see it (no, no, that's a figure of speech) to believe the goofiness of French aristocrats recast as pansexual degenerates from a private school on Manhattan's Upper East Side.‐ Wall Street Journal
Read More | Posted Apr 4, 2018
77% Lock, Stock and Two Smoking Barrels (1999) A n inverse cost-to-quality ratio seems to have been operating in "Lock, Stock and Two Smoking Barrels," Guy Ritchie's debut feature about four cocky young men coming up against major thugs in London's East End.‐ Wall Street Journal
Read More | Posted Apr 4, 2018
69% Analyze This (1999) Apart from some quick, deft strokes every now and then, the director's comic style is as broad as the movie is shallow.‐ Wall Street Journal
Read More | Posted Apr 4, 2018
40% Illuminata (1999) Those who share the movie's love of acting will find much to enjoy, though mainly in discrete tableaux.‐ Wall Street Journal
Read More | Posted Apr 4, 2018
71% Dick (1999) t's Watergate as seen through the eyes of two teenage girls, played with implacable good cheer by Kirsten Dunst and Michelle Williams.‐ Wall Street Journal
Read More | Posted Apr 4, 2018
70% The Thomas Crown Affair (1999) Still, this techno-fiscal romance has its rewards.‐ Wall Street Journal
Read More | Posted Apr 4, 2018
96% The Straight Story (1999) As far as I can see, [David Lynch] simply spotted a great story and embraced it. So will you.‐ Wall Street Journal
Read More | Posted Apr 4, 2018
28% The Story of Us (1999) If you see this shrill, clumsy comedy... you may wonder if the movie could have been saved by another director (instead of Rob Reiner) working with other writers (instead of Alan Zweibel and Jessie Nelson).‐ Wall Street Journal
Read More | Posted Apr 4, 2018
35% What a Girl Wants (2003) What a Girl Wants plays like a TV cartoon, not even a sitcom, and makes little sense on its own terms.‐ Wall Street Journal
Read More | Posted Apr 4, 2018
77% The Good Thief (2003) The problems stem from ragged storytelling, a surfeit of silly epigrams and a jangle of accents and cultures that leaves you wondering where Mr. Nolte's strangulated crook fits in.‐ Wall Street Journal
Read More | Posted Apr 4, 2018
34% Levity (2003) wish I could find some enthusiasm for this film, which was given a wonderfully austere look by the cinematographer Roger Deakins... For all its seriousness, though, Levity struck me as pretentious and intractably lifeless.‐ Wall Street Journal
Read More | Posted Apr 4, 2018
71% Phone Booth (2003) Phone Booth is thrilling on many counts...‐ Wall Street Journal
Read More | Posted Apr 4, 2018
96% Monsters, Inc. (2001) The uses of enchantment haven't changed; kids still need, maybe more than ever, the special comfort of fabulous threats they can control.‐ Wall Street Journal
Read More | Posted Apr 4, 2018
73% Ready Player One (2018) Haptics weren't needed to feel the emotional pull of his best films; they aimed for the heart and hit much more often than they missed. "Ready Player One" aims for the adrenal gland.‐ Wall Street Journal
Read More | Posted Mar 29, 2018
70% Back to Burgundy (Ce qui nous lie) (2018) As far as winemaking is concerned, Back to Burgundy is rich in vistas of the fabled côtes; stuffed with oenophile info... and studded with casual tastings of wines that most of us can only dream of.‐ Wall Street Journal
Read More | Posted Mar 29, 2018
80% Unsane (2018) A succession of misadventures and misunderstandings, without which there would be no plot, land Sawyer in a psychiatric hospital, which is just as clearly the worst possible place for someone who keeps insisting on her sanity.‐ Wall Street Journal
Read More | Posted Mar 22, 2018
90% Isle of Dogs (2018) Wes Anderson's joyous stop-motion feature looks and sounds like nothing we've encountered before, including his previous stop-motion feature, "Fantastic Mr. Fox," which was pretty wonderful too.‐ Wall Street Journal
Read More | Posted Mar 22, 2018