Joseph Walsh

Joseph Walsh
Tomatometer-approved critic

Movie Reviews Only

T-Meter Title | Year
3/5 37% Seberg (2020) Despite the soap opera script from Anna Waterhouse and Joe Shrapnel, Stewart elevates what's on the page (and there isn't much) to something quite sublime - The Arts Desk EDIT
Read More | Posted Jan 13, 2020
4/5 52% Star Wars: The Rise of Skywalker (2019) Abrams gives the saga one last epic push, delivering grand setpieces, derring-do duels, and a classic tale of good versus evil. - The Skinny EDIT
Read More | Posted Dec 18, 2019
3/5 22% Lucy in the Sky (2019) Without a doubt, Hawley is one to watch. He's one of the most visually daring directors working at the moment. But here, the material runs away with him. - The Arts Desk EDIT
Read More | Posted Dec 9, 2019
3/5 99% Varda by Agnès (2019) The late documentarian's final work is a literal master class: a filmed lecture during which she rambles enjoyably through her greatest hits. - Time Out EDIT
Read More | Posted Nov 22, 2019
4/5 51% 21 Bridges (2019) It's the kind of role Gary Cooper used to play, albeit in a dusty Western town rather than gritty New York. - Time Out EDIT
Read More | Posted Nov 22, 2019
4/5 82% The Report (2019) To call The Report 'urgent' or 'worthy' diminishes its power. It's none of these things - it's angry. Angry that such actions could take place in a modern, democratic, western society - and that's the point. - The Arts Desk EDIT
Read More | Posted Nov 18, 2019
3/5 72% The Aeronauts (2019) The action sequences will knock the wind from your lungs as the protagonists climb higher and higher. - The Arts Desk EDIT
Read More | Posted Nov 8, 2019
3/5 44% The Addams Family (2019) Will it have the timeless quality of the 90s versions? Unlikely. Yet, it's more treat than trick, even if it is Despicable Me in a vampire cape and a pair of devil horns shoved on its head. - The Arts Desk EDIT
Read More | Posted Oct 28, 2019
2/5 40% Maleficent: Mistress of Evil (2019) The plot is overstuffed and under-baked, trying desperately to kindle that spark of Disney magic, that never arrives. - The Arts Desk EDIT
Read More | Posted Oct 20, 2019
2/5 24% The Goldfinch (2019) The overall effect is akin to the porcelain mannequins in a store window at Christmas - pretty, but devoid of emotion. - The Arts Desk EDIT
Read More | Posted Sep 27, 2019
5/5 84% Ad Astra (2019) James Gray takes us on a breath-taking journey, reminding us that even at the edge of the galaxy it is our ability to hope and forgive that defines our humanity. - The Skinny EDIT
Read More | Posted Sep 11, 2019
3/5 94% Babyteeth (2019) Babyteeth is a funny, vibrant and deeply moving piece of work. Its flaws are the flaws of youth, overcompensating for boredom with frenetic hyperactivity. - CineVue EDIT
Read More | Posted Sep 5, 2019
4/5 96% Hail Satan? (2019) Lane is serious about giving the group a voice, highlighting the hypocrisy of religious attitudes in America. - The Arts Desk EDIT
Read More | Posted Aug 26, 2019
4/5 79% Photograph (2019) It's impossible to resist the charms of how gently Batra captures the characters' growing affection for one another. - The Arts Desk EDIT
Read More | Posted Aug 2, 2019
2/5 39% Vita & Virginia (2019) Vita and Virginia is a remarkably chaste and safe film given its wealthy subject matter, although it's a good looking period drama. - CineVue EDIT
Read More | Posted Jul 15, 2019
4/5 53% The Lion King (2019) The big hitters like I Just Can't Wait to be King and the beloved Hakuna Matata still have the same magic, even if the visuals are now in a lower, less-pantomime key. - The Skinny EDIT
Read More | Posted Jul 15, 2019
4/5 81% Sorry Angel (Plaire, aimer et courir vite) (2019) Honoré offers up a love story that lingers in the mind. The intensity of feeling and love between his characters will haunt you long after the credits have faded. - The Skinny EDIT
Read More | Posted Jul 12, 2019
5/5 83% Midsommar (2019) The sound design of Hereditary had your heart pounding with anxiety. Aster employs the same trick here in the opening scenes with significant effect, amplified by Pugh's harrowing howls of grief. - The Arts Desk EDIT
Read More | Posted Jul 4, 2019
3/5 91% Spider-Man: Far From Home (2019) As the final film in this MCU phase, the movie aims to bring audiences into a new era, but via the same concepts as the first Iron Man. It's all just a little lacklustre. - The Skinny EDIT
Read More | Posted Jul 2, 2019
4/5 71% The Flood (2019) An understated, lean film, shorn of flashy camerawork or narrative pyrotechnics. - Time Out EDIT
Read More | Posted Jun 19, 2019
4/5 97% Toy Story 4 (2019) It feels ridiculous that a film about the secret lives of toys could teach us so much about the dynamics of love, materialism, and psychological development, but here we have it. - The Skinny EDIT
Read More | Posted Jun 17, 2019
5/5 91% The Lighthouse (2019) It leaves you dazed, terrified and elated, and it signals Eggers as one of the most exciting directors working today. - Time Out EDIT
Read More | Posted May 28, 2019
3/5 60% Matthias and Maxime (2019) Thankfully, this feature allows Dolan to step away from the enfant terrible image that has been thrust upon him. It's altogether more meditative - calmer, even - and all the better for it. - The Arts Desk EDIT
Read More | Posted May 26, 2019
5/5 85% Once Upon a Time In Hollywood (2019) It's outrageous, brash filmmaking that only Tarantino is capable of pulling off. - The Arts Desk EDIT
Read More | Posted May 24, 2019
4/5 99% Parasite (Gisaengchung) (2019) There are other similarities with his twisted 2013 sci-fi. Joon-Ho's use of contained spaces once again allows the director to navigate his subject matter very effectively. - The Arts Desk EDIT
Read More | Posted May 24, 2019
3/5 94% Rafiki (2019) While the premise of Rafiki is well-worn, the context of the film is not and Kahiu brings fresh zest to a familiar story which is told with spirit. This is partly due to captivating performances by the two newcomers, Samantha Mugatsia and Sheila Munyiva. - CineVue EDIT
Read More | Posted May 23, 2019
5/5 85% Once Upon a Time In Hollywood (2019) Once Upon a Time... in Hollywood's craft is bold, and Tarantino is at his most skilful. - iNews.co.uk EDIT
Read More | Posted May 23, 2019
3/5 57% Aladdin (2019) Will Smith is at his best when he makes the role his own, but he never quite captures the magic that made us fall in love with Genie the first time around. - Time Out EDIT
Read More | Posted May 22, 2019
3/5 89% Diego Maradona (2019) This documentary might be highly entertaining, but you don't feel that Kapadia has gotten under the skin of Maradona to the extent he did with Amy and Senna. - The Arts Desk EDIT
Read More | Posted May 21, 2019
2/5 97% Pain and Glory (Dolor y gloria) (2019) Banderas looks the part and does the best he can with the material provided. - The Arts Desk EDIT
Read More | Posted May 20, 2019
1/5 53% Destination Wedding (2018) While Reeves and Ryder have an undeniable charm, the film soon becomes very monotonous. - The Arts Desk EDIT
Read More | Posted May 11, 2019
3/5 50% Tolkien (2019) This gentle biopic is not without charm, if only they had left out the witless montages of Nazgûl charging the Western Front. - The Arts Desk EDIT
Read More | Posted May 2, 2019
4/5 94% Avengers: Endgame (2019) A truly satisfying and at times surprising watch, Endgame will leave you full of sadness, but also hope for what's to come. - The Skinny EDIT
Read More | Posted Apr 24, 2019
4/5 79% Loro (2019) It's easy to get lost in the Bacchanalian orgies, but at its heart 'Loro' is a fascinating exploration of what happens to a morally vacuous man as he grows old. - Time Out EDIT
Read More | Posted Apr 15, 2019
3/5 47% Dumbo (2019) Despite some pitfalls, Dumbo does have moments of real magic. - The Arts Desk EDIT
Read More | Posted Mar 28, 2019
4/5 80% At Eternity's Gate (2018) A rapturous and honest portrait of a rare and brilliant life. - The Skinny EDIT
Read More | Posted Mar 26, 2019
3/5 55% Fading Gigolo (2014) Whilst dryly humorous and happy to navigate -- sometimes successfully, sometimes not -- Jewish clichés, Fading Gigolo's real charm lies in its warmth. - CineVue EDIT
Read More | Posted Mar 20, 2019
4/5 70% Climax (2019) Cranking up the decibels, and with nausea-inducing camera work, it's a sensual overload that will have your heart pounding. - Time Out EDIT
Read More | Posted Mar 8, 2019
1/5 13% Winter's Tale (2014) A tiresome weepy romance, full of over-boiled mystic hokum. - CineVue EDIT
Read More | Posted Mar 6, 2019
85% What She Said: The Art of Pauline Kael (2019) Garver captures the punchy, populist power of Kael's prose. He also hits all the right notes. - The Arts Desk EDIT
Read More | Posted Feb 20, 2019
77% Who You Think I Am (Celle que vous croyez) (2019) Binoche owns her character and manages to pull off the most laughable of plot twists. - The Arts Desk EDIT
Read More | Posted Feb 20, 2019
90% The Souvenir (2019) Understated and reserved, the film sits with you long after the credits roll. - The Arts Desk EDIT
Read More | Posted Feb 20, 2019
41% The Operative (2019) [A] mind-numbingly dull and witless spy-thriller. - The Arts Desk EDIT
Read More | Posted Feb 20, 2019
99% Varda by Agnès (2019) It's comprehensive and mildly entertaining; recent converts to her work will no doubt enjoy it. - The Arts Desk EDIT
Read More | Posted Feb 20, 2019
33% Elisa & Marcela (2019) Elisa y Marcelia from Spanish director Isabel Coixet will leave audiences underwhelmed. - The Arts Desk EDIT
Read More | Posted Feb 20, 2019
96% 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
78% Mr. Jones (2020) 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
52% 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
5% The Kindness of Strangers (2020) 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 81% 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