Joseph Walsh

Joseph Walsh
Tomatometer-approved critic

movie Reviews Only

T-Meter Title | Year Review
83% By the Grace of God (Grâce à Dieu) (2019) As a study in modern masculinity it is moving, but there's a nagging sense that Ozon was not the best director for the subject matter. - The Arts Desk EDIT
Read More | Posted Feb 19, 2019
79% Mr. Jones (2019) With a magnificent performance by Norton and a deliciously ripe turn from Peter Sarsgaard as Walter Duranty, Holland has unearthed a too-little-known story and presents it beautifully. - The Arts Desk EDIT
Read More | Posted Feb 19, 2019
22% The Golden Glove (Der Goldene Handschuh) (2019) Comparisons to The House that Jack Built are inevitable but, however morally bankrupt Von Trier's film was, at least it was attempting to say something. - The Arts Desk EDIT
Read More | Posted Feb 19, 2019
7% The Kindness of Strangers (2019) The themes in Strangers are writ-large across the screen - be kinder to one another. And that's it really. - The Arts Desk EDIT
Read More | Posted Feb 19, 2019
4/5 77% Mid90s (2018) Jonah Hill's made a time capsule of a film and infused it with real heart and passion. If this is his debut, it will be great to see what's next. - The Skinny EDIT
Read More | Posted Feb 14, 2019
4/5 98% Can You Ever Forgive Me? (2018) Heller delicately balances whip-smart acerbic wit and tragedy, as we are plunged into the inner life of a troubled writer... a melancholic, smart, cautionary tale. - The Skinny EDIT
Read More | Posted Feb 6, 2019
3/5 65% Velvet Buzzsaw (2019) It certainly doesn't have the psychological impact of Nightcrawler, but it's all good fun. - The Arts Desk EDIT
Read More | Posted Feb 1, 2019
2/5 71% El alma de las moscas (The Soul of Flies) (2013) Burely's The Soul of Flies shows a great deal of promise for a first-time director, but as a feature in its own right, its enjoyable elements are jarringly disparate and fail to make for a successful whole. - CineVue EDIT
Read More | Posted Jan 29, 2019
5/5 82% Quatermass and the Pit (Five Million Years to Earth)(The Mind Benders) (1967) The mixture of classic horror and sci-fi blends extraordinarily well -- think Edgar Allen Poe meets H.G. Wells, dipped in 1960s psychedelia. - CineVue EDIT
Read More | Posted Jan 25, 2019
4/5 97% Spider-Man: Into the Spider-Verse (2018) Every beguiling frame is full of originality. - The Arts Desk EDIT
Read More | Posted Dec 11, 2018
2/5 82% Goon (2012) A tiresome montage of violence peppered with clichéd sentiment, as unforgettable as it is irritating. - CineVue EDIT
Read More | Posted Dec 5, 2018
2/5 93% 50/50 (2011) Its generic format and predictable narrative arc relegates the film to being a 'solid' date movie, at best a middling drama-comedy that will more than likely be quickly forgotten. - CineVue EDIT
Read More | Posted Dec 4, 2018
4/5 100% We Were Here (2011) A must-see, and not just for its subject matter. This potent documentary is a brave statement by those involved in its making, released in a time when public attitudes to homosexuality and the AIDS virus are still loaded with fear and ignorance. - CineVue EDIT
Read More | Posted Dec 4, 2018
3/5 41% Straw Dogs (2011) The 'remake factor' aside, with Straw Dogs Lurie has created an enjoyable but flawed film. Audiences who are unfamiliar with the original will certainly be entertained. - CineVue EDIT
Read More | Posted Dec 4, 2018
3/5 37% Fantastic Beasts: The Crimes of Grindelwald (2018) Mischief not quite managed. - The Arts Desk EDIT
Read More | Posted Nov 16, 2018
4/5 81% Overlord (2018) Don't be fooled by its B-movie trappings: Amid all the carnage, Overlord has more to say than you might think. - Time Out EDIT
Read More | Posted Nov 8, 2018
2/5 29% Venom (2018) Incoherent plotting, tired tropes, lacklustre special effects and a shameful waste of a stellar cast. - The Skinny EDIT
Read More | Posted Oct 4, 2018
4/5 41% Little White Lies (2012) A pleasurable and, at times, compelling experience. - CineVue EDIT
Read More | Posted Aug 29, 2018
1/5 73% Carmen 3d (2011) The real issue with Carmen 3D is the 3D. - CineVue EDIT
Read More | Posted Aug 29, 2018
3/5 No Score Yet Terry (2011) Nevern's consistent and unpretentious commitment to authenticity has enabled a five-hundred pound project to achieve a level of accuracy and illumination that many productions with a budget in excess of fifty-million have failed to. - CineVue EDIT
Read More | Posted Aug 29, 2018
2/5 67% Forget Me Not (2011) Forget Me Not is overly simplistic, corny and a cheap attempt to appeal to young, modern Londoners. - CineVue EDIT
Read More | Posted Aug 29, 2018
4/5 85% Beginners (2011) Moving and intelligent, with a truly great cast. - CineVue EDIT
Read More | Posted Aug 29, 2018
4/5 85% La princesse de Montpensier (The Princess of Montpensier) (2011) The Princess of Montpensier could easily have become a tedious film; however with the backdrop of the war there is plenty of action to keep you entertained. - CineVue EDIT
Read More | Posted Aug 29, 2018
4/5 99% A Separation (2011) The complexity of the characters is wonderful; as a viewer you in one scene enraged at their actions then following a plot twist in the next scene you are wholeheartedly sympathizing with them. - CineVue EDIT
Read More | Posted Aug 29, 2018
4/5 83% Potiche (2011) I guarantee that you will enjoy this camp, funny and political film that uses its seventies setting to engage the viewer in equality issues that are still relevant today. - CineVue EDIT
Read More | Posted Aug 29, 2018
4/5 83% Red Dog (2011) For some the sentimentalism will be too much to stomach, but ultimately director Kriv Stenders strikes the right balance. - CineVue EDIT
Read More | Posted Aug 29, 2018
3/5 20% The Art of Getting By (2011) The film takes elements of the genre and makes them its own and, more importantly, it does it well. - CineVue EDIT
Read More | Posted Aug 29, 2018
5/5 80% The Skin I Live In (2011) The Skin I Live In is a definite must-see, as all its elements harmoniously blend to create a cinematic masterpiece that stands out not just this year, but over the course of the past decade. - CineVue EDIT
Read More | Posted Aug 29, 2018
4/5 94% The Guard (2011) A superbly crafted comedy that gives a hilarious angle on Irish culture, in particular its taste for inappropriate humour. - CineVue EDIT
Read More | Posted Aug 29, 2018
4/5 88% Post Mortem (2012) Despite how uncomfortable this film can potentially make its audience, it achieves that which all arthouse films of a strong calibre aim for - it makes you think. - CineVue EDIT
Read More | Posted Aug 29, 2018
5/5 83% Tinker Tailor Soldier Spy (2011) Tinker Tailor Soldier Spy is a wonderfully stylised piece that accepts the importance of visual aesthetics without losing any substance in terms of plot or narrative action. - CineVue EDIT
Read More | Posted Aug 29, 2018
3/5 61% The Awakening (2012) The performances are fantastic, especially Staunton who is perfectly cast. - CineVue EDIT
Read More | Posted Aug 29, 2018
4/5 92% Into The Abyss (2011) Into the Abyss is a hugely powerful film, shot with elegance and sensitivity to both victims and perpetrators. - CineVue EDIT
Read More | Posted Aug 29, 2018
3/5 80% The Deep Blue Sea (2012) It's incredibly well shot, with lingering long shots allowing the cast (who are well known for their theatre as well as film work) to demonstrate how talented they are. - CineVue EDIT
Read More | Posted Aug 29, 2018
3/5 75% The Help (2011) The film has its moments of twee sentimentalism, but also resonates with a clear sense of poignancy, and is told in an accessible and hugely pleasurable way. - CineVue EDIT
Read More | Posted Aug 29, 2018
4/5 87% Miss Bala (2012) Once again, world cinema has demonstrated that a big budget and a well-known cast are not necessarily what is needed to make great cinema. - CineVue EDIT
Read More | Posted Aug 29, 2018
2/5 No Score Yet Schlafkrankheit (Sleeping Sickness) (2011) Sleeping Sickness is ultimately a dull film hiding under the pretence of arthouse cinema. - CineVue EDIT
Read More | Posted Aug 29, 2018
3/5 No Score Yet The Monster of Nix (2011) Rosto's fantasy is an entertaining piece that shows early signs of a promising animator and imaginative storyteller. - CineVue EDIT
Read More | Posted Aug 29, 2018
3/5 85% Mysteries of Lisbon (2011) One also can't help but be impressed by the sheer effort it must have taken for Ruiz to engage with this amount of material Branco's novel has thrown at him. - CineVue EDIT
Read More | Posted Aug 29, 2018
4/5 81% Las Acacias (2012) Las Acacias speaks quietly but powerfully, the perfect argument for the universal language of cinema. - CineVue EDIT
Read More | Posted Aug 29, 2018
3/5 86% Romantics Anonymous (2011) The concept of a romantic comedy tinted with melancholy works very well within the context of quirky French cinema. - CineVue EDIT
Read More | Posted Aug 29, 2018
2/5 6% Dream House (2011) One can sense that this was a production riddled with problems, most apparent in the extremely poor dialogue and script. - CineVue EDIT
Read More | Posted Aug 29, 2018
4/5 65% Resistance (2011) A film that will leave you with a haunting sadness, harrowing yet beautiful. - CineVue EDIT
Read More | Posted Aug 29, 2018
2/5 27% Seeking Justice (2012) Shockingly - in a film claiming to be a suspenseful thriller - there is barely a single moment that can even vaguely be described in such terms. - CineVue EDIT
Read More | Posted Aug 29, 2018
1/5 80% Haywire (2012) The action is admittedly enjoyable at times, but your eyes and ears become perpetually distracted by the dull story and weak lead performances. - CineVue EDIT
Read More | Posted Aug 29, 2018
3/5 76% War Horse (2011) War Horse is a highly emotive, undeniably sentimental film, but for those who have been raised on Spielberg's canon, this sentimentality is something to be relished and enjoyed. - CineVue EDIT
Read More | Posted Aug 29, 2018
2/5 94% Tatsumi (2012) Ultimately, it's disappointing that a film with so many positive elements falls so flat. - CineVue EDIT
Read More | Posted Aug 29, 2018
3/5 94% A Useful Life (2011) An intriguing film that raises some interesting issues about the future of exhibition in the digital, mainstream-centric age, whilst not completely working as a piece of dramatic cinema in its own right. - CineVue EDIT
Read More | Posted Aug 29, 2018
3/5 88% Margin Call (2011) Chandor is at times fortunate to have such a talented cast, all of whom provide strong performances. - CineVue EDIT
Read More | Posted Aug 29, 2018
2/5 97% Project Nim (2011) If Disney started up a documentary division the they would probably have a similar tone to the hackneyed, tired, saccharin approach that Marsh has taken to tell what is actually a profoundly disturbing story. - CineVue EDIT
Read More | Posted Aug 29, 2018