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Joe Morgenstern

Joe Morgenstern
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Rating T-Meter Title | Year Review
48% Godard Mon Amour (Le redoutable) (2018) The result is an entertainment of surprising liveliness.‐ Wall Street Journal
Read More | Posted Apr 19, 2018
34% 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
90% 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
77% 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
93% 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
71% 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
79% 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
92% Love, Simon (2018) With a slight adjustment for gender, the lyrics of a classic Gershwin song could sum up the plot of "Love, Simon."‐ Wall Street Journal
Read More | Posted Mar 15, 2018
49% Tomb Raider (2018) The greatest distinction of "Tomb Raider" may be its trombones. In an unseen orchestra that bleats and blares, an urgent trombone chorus heralds every leap into banality.‐ Wall Street Journal
Read More | Posted Mar 15, 2018
92% Journey's End (2018) Antiwar films don't have to be great to be worthy; this one is very, very good.‐ Wall Street Journal
Read More | Posted Mar 15, 2018
96% The Death of Stalin (2018) It isn't history but free-range fiction, a venomous farce containing nuggets of fact, and if its subjects bear any resemblance to present-day dictators and authoritarian mugs or thugs around the world, then the movie has hit its archetypal target.‐ Wall Street Journal
Read More | Posted Mar 8, 2018
39% A Wrinkle in Time (2018) Disney's version of the Madeleine L'Engle young-adult novel is a magical mystery tour minus the magic and mystery, and a great disappointment, since there were so many reasons to root for the film's success.‐ Wall Street Journal
Read More | Posted Mar 8, 2018
96% Foxtrot (2018) Some of its stylistic flights are self-indulgent, or at least inessential, though none is uninteresting.‐ Wall Street Journal
Read More | Posted Mar 1, 2018
47% Red Sparrow (2018) Events make sense, though parts of the plot are hard to follow, but they don't make you grin with anticipation or gasp with excitement.‐ Wall Street Journal
Read More | Posted Mar 1, 2018
87% Annihilation (2018) The result is daringly original and frequently beautiful, a shimmering treat from a singular intelligence.‐ Wall Street Journal
Read More | Posted Feb 22, 2018
62% The Cured (2018) ... a pretty good notion, though nothing comes of it because the first-time filmmaker, David Freyne, has so many undigested ideas on his plate-guilt, innocence, bigotry, forgiveness, atonement and, if you please, a replaying of IRA strife.‐ Wall Street Journal
Read More | Posted Feb 22, 2018
94% Loveless (Nelyubov) (2018) The filmmakers' purpose is social portraiture with a psychodynamic context.‐ Wall Street Journal
Read More | Posted Feb 15, 2018
96% Black Panther (2018) The movie has a beating heart, and a big one; it's not just sincere, but that rarest of birds in the jungle of mainstream entertainment, a heartfelt epic.‐ Wall Street Journal
Read More | Posted Feb 12, 2018
62% Peter Rabbit (2018) If perfect is the enemy of good, too-muchness is the enemy of enough in entertainment.‐ Wall Street Journal
Read More | Posted Feb 8, 2018
69% Golden Exits (2018) I saw only performers who, with one conspicuous exception, were working hard to ignite a glum drama that declined to combust.‐ Wall Street Journal
Read More | Posted Feb 8, 2018
86% Faithless (2001) It's all the more moving that, after half a lifetime, Ingmar Bergman and Liv Ullmann are still seeking illumination, and expiation, through the public yet intensely personal medium of film.‐ Wall Street Journal
Read More | Posted Feb 5, 2018
15% Sweet November (2001) Reeves gets the cloddishness right. In a regression from his good performance in The Gift, he keeps waving his arms like a cop directing traffic.‐ Wall Street Journal
Read More | Posted Feb 5, 2018
82% A Ciambra (2018) It's a neo-realist study of a kid with special gifts for leadership, daring and friendship. And for stealing everything in sight.‐ Wall Street Journal
Read More | Posted Feb 1, 2018
94% A Fantastic Woman (Una mujer fantástica) (2018) What lifts argument into art is Ms. Vega's performance...‐ Wall Street Journal
Read More | Posted Feb 1, 2018
54% 12 Strong (2018) ... the numbers don't add up; the movie lacks a discernible attitude toward those desperate days in America's history.‐ Wall Street Journal
Read More | Posted Jan 18, 2018
73% Hostiles (2018) This harshly beautiful film is equally about his regeneration during the course of a journey that amounts to a parable of humanity trying to climb out of the pit of endless slaughter and retribution.‐ Wall Street Journal
Read More | Posted Jan 18, 2018
100% Paddington 2 (2018) ''Paddington 2" is "The Godfather Part II" of Peruvian bear movies, a sequel that surpasses the superb original.‐ Wall Street Journal
Read More | Posted Jan 11, 2018
57% The Commuter (2018) The most obvious thing to say about "The Commuter" is that it's a train wreck; many will say that, and they'll be right.‐ Wall Street Journal
Read More | Posted Jan 11, 2018
89% The Insult (L'insulte) (2018) What works gradually, cumulatively and quite brilliantly, though, is a kind of bigger-bang theory that depicts parallel universes of anger and hurt growing out of the gutter kerfuffle.‐ Wall Street Journal
Read More | Posted Jan 11, 2018
98% In Between (2018) ... a fascinating debut feature by Maysaloun Hamoud.‐ Wall Street Journal
Read More | Posted Jan 4, 2018
74% In the Fade (Aus dem Nichts) (2017) Superb as Ms. Kruger is, there's nothing she can do to keep the taut, heartfelt narrative from going off the rails.‐ Wall Street Journal
Read More | Posted Dec 28, 2017
80% Film Stars Don't Die in Liverpool (2017) The fleshing out of the story feels thin, and sometimes nakedly contrived... Yet the film has moments of surprising grace and tenderness.‐ Wall Street Journal
Read More | Posted Dec 28, 2017
78% All the Money in the World (2017) If you're an admirer of Ms. Williams's work, and who isn't, you're in for a surprise as well as a treat.‐ Wall Street Journal
Read More | Posted Dec 22, 2017