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Joe Morgenstern

Joe Morgenstern
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Rating T-Meter Title | Year Review
99% Get Out (2017) A memorable horror flick if ever there was one, Get Out starts with a great title and a promising idea -- a black man's fear as he walks at night down a street in an affluent white suburb. Then it delivers on that promise with explosive brilliance.‐ Wall Street Journal
Read More | Posted Feb 23, 2017
35% The Great Wall (2017) [It] isn't a bad idea for a fantasy, but the computer-generated monsters, like the film as a whole, are numbingly repetitive, and devoid of any power to move, scare or stir us.‐ Wall Street Journal
Read More | Posted Feb 16, 2017
42% A Cure For Wellness (2017) A Cure for Wellness [has] a swell title for a godawful gothic horror flick.‐ Wall Street Journal
Read More | Posted Feb 16, 2017
98% Kedi (2017) Kedi, an enchanting documentary by Ceyda Torun, operates on three levels, and we're not speaking metaphorically here.‐ Wall Street Journal
Read More | Posted Feb 9, 2017
90% The Lego Batman Movie (2017) An animated sendup of comic-book epics that vanquishes solemnity with the power of supersilliness.‐ Wall Street Journal
Read More | Posted Feb 9, 2017
83% A United Kingdom (2017) You might wish this extraordinary story had been told with more verve or flair. Yet it is an extraordinary story, solidly based on historical events, one in which love and idealism are confronted by racism on both sides of the color line.‐ Wall Street Journal
Read More | Posted Feb 9, 2017
88% Land of Mine (Under Sandet) (2017) An act of expiation, Land of Mine is honorable, harrowing and stirring.‐ Wall Street Journal
Read More | Posted Feb 9, 2017
17% The Space Between Us (2017) Every once in a while a movie proves to be truly inexplicable. Not because of the plot, or why the characters do what they do, but because of an ineffable idiocy that can't be explained by conventional lapses of judgment, ambition or competence.‐ Wall Street Journal
Read More | Posted Feb 3, 2017
98% I Am Not Your Negro (2017) It's an evocation of a passionate soul in a tumultuous era, a film that uses Baldwin's spoken words, and his notes for an unfinished book, to illuminate the struggle for civil rights.‐ Wall Street Journal
Read More | Posted Feb 2, 2017
25% The Comedian (2017) Why did Mr. De Niro do it, and why would anyone pay money to see it?‐ Wall Street Journal
Read More | Posted Feb 2, 2017
30% A Dog's Purpose (2017) "A Dog's Purpose" left me cherishing my borderline-venerable Skeezix; longing to see Scamp and Fluff and Sukoshi and Sally, the dear departed dogs of my life; and wishing I could have been reincarnated as a better master than I was.‐ Wall Street Journal
Read More | Posted Jan 29, 2017
97% The Salesman (Forushande) (2017) Tightly focused, rather than broad-gauge brilliant, and another instance of this superb filmmaker turning elusive motivations and the mysteries of personality into gripping drama.‐ Wall Street Journal
Read More | Posted Jan 26, 2017
43% Gold (2017) The cleverness, such as it is, concerns a couple of twists that I didn't see coming, but the director, Stephen Gaghan, and the writers, Patrick Massett and John Zinman, don't give us much reason to care about what's to come. ‐ Wall Street Journal
Read More | Posted Jan 26, 2017
94% 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
Read More | Posted Jan 19, 2017
84% 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
Read More | Posted Jan 19, 2017
75% 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
Read More | 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
Read More | Posted Jan 12, 2017
71% 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
Read More | 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
Read More | Posted Jan 5, 2017
34% 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
Read More | Posted Jan 2, 2017
92% Toni Erdmann (2016) Brilliantly funny and moving.‐ Wall Street Journal
Read More | Posted Jan 2, 2017
89% 20th Century Women (2017) 20th Century Women is something special.‐ Wall Street Journal
Read More | 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
Read More | Posted Dec 22, 2016
85% 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
Read More | 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
Read More | 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
Read More | Posted Dec 21, 2016
81% Patriots Day (2017) The best thing about Patriots Day is that it bespeaks cherished values without framing them as messages.‐ Wall Street Journal
Read More | Posted Dec 20, 2016
94% Neruda (2016) A fascinating -- though overlong and sometimes slow -- trackdown fantasy with literary and political resonance.‐ Wall Street Journal
Read More | Posted Dec 15, 2016
93% 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
Read More | Posted Dec 15, 2016
13% 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
Read More | 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
Read More | Posted Dec 13, 2016
92% 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
Read More | 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
Read More | 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
Read More | Posted Dec 1, 2016
96% 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
Read More | Posted Nov 23, 2016
85% 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
Read More | Posted Nov 23, 2016
55% 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
Read More | 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
Read More | 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
Read More | Posted Nov 17, 2016
49% 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
Read More | 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
Read More | Posted Nov 10, 2016
89% Loving (2016) Loving honors its subject, its audience and the movie medium.‐ Wall Street Journal
Read More | 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
Read More | 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
Read More | Posted Nov 3, 2016
92% 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
Read More | Posted Nov 3, 2016
94% 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
Read More | 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
Read More | 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
Read More | Posted Oct 27, 2016
84% 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
Read More | 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
Read More | Posted Sep 29, 2016