Joseph Walsh

Joseph Walsh
Tomatometer-approved critic

Movie Reviews Only

T-Meter Title | Year
4/5 97% The Reason I Jump (2021) For some it will be a leap too far, but there's no doubting the sincerity of this beautifully constructed documentary. - The Arts Desk EDIT
Read More | Posted Jun 22, 2021
4/5 93% Ordinary Love (2020) Don't expect dramatic fireworks - very little happens narratively - but prepare for this quiet film to tiptoe into your heart. - Time Out EDIT
Read More | Posted Feb 20, 2021
3/5 83% Pinocchio (2020) The result is a bizarre fairytale extravaganza, and Garonne should be credited for the thoughtful way he has brought his vision to life. - Time Out EDIT
Read More | Posted Feb 3, 2021
4/5 98% One Night in Miami (2020) The rage, passion and eloquence with which Cooke and Malcolm spar is gripping. - The Arts Desk EDIT
Read More | Posted Jan 15, 2021
4/5 98% Ma Rainey's Black Bottom (2020) Wolfe has crafted an impressive film. - The Arts Desk EDIT
Read More | Posted Dec 18, 2020
3/5 92% Another Round (Druk) (2020) Mikkelsen proves that even when soused in booze, his acting skills remain top-notch. - The Arts Desk EDIT
Read More | Posted Nov 29, 2020
4/5 99% Wolfwalkers (2020) It's a spellbinding tale that shows that Cartoon Saloon are one of the best working in animation today, rivalling anything the House of Mouse puts out. - The Arts Desk EDIT
Read More | Posted Nov 25, 2020
3/5 69% Ammonite (2020) Lee's film is exceptionally crafted, and, like the windswept moors of Yorkshire, he instils a harsh beauty into the Dorset coastline, a refreshing departure from the typical rolling green hills and sunny beaches. - The Arts Desk EDIT
Read More | Posted Nov 25, 2020
5/5 94% Nomadland (2021) Zhao has created such a powerfully intimate film, made with rare empathy and beauty, one that invites you to sit by the campfire and listen to the stories of these quiet heroes. - The Arts Desk EDIT
Read More | Posted Nov 25, 2020
3/5 48% The Witches (2020) The magic of Dahl's material is lost, creating a generic Sunday afternoon family flick that children are unlikely to remember in the same way as the Nineties classic, and which parents are likely to doze off to. - The Arts Desk EDIT
Read More | Posted Nov 25, 2020
4/5 90% Luxor (2020) Durra worries little about fancy film work, and instead proves to be a master at creating atmosphere. - The Arts Desk EDIT
Read More | Posted Nov 25, 2020
4/5 97% Billie (2020) [Erskine] reverently takes Holiday down from the pedestal that recent culture has placed her on, to remind us what a rebel she was. - The Arts Desk EDIT
Read More | Posted Nov 25, 2020
4/5 92% Leap of Faith (2019) What makes Philippe's documentary captivating is hearing about the film straight from the source. - The Arts Desk EDIT
Read More | Posted Nov 25, 2020
3/5 80% Cordelia (2019) There's a nightmarish quality to the world. Fantasy and dreams slip deliriously back and forth. - The Arts Desk EDIT
Read More | Posted Oct 23, 2020
4/5 95% David Attenborough: A Life on Our Planet (2020) Despite these sad and ugly sights, this remains a beautifully polished documentary, slickly produced and full of jaw-dropping photography, only heightened by the archive black and white footage from Attenborough's earliest forays into television. - The Arts Desk EDIT
Read More | Posted Oct 8, 2020
4/5 100% Max Richter's Sleep (2020) If there was ever a balm for these confusing times, then it's Max Richter's Sleep, a lullaby of a documentary. - The Arts Desk EDIT
Read More | Posted Oct 7, 2020
4/5 64% The Devil All the Time (2020) Despite these troubling narrative weaknesses, the performances are still remarkable and Campos has a gift for using the horrific to make a potent point. - The Arts Desk EDIT
Read More | Posted Oct 7, 2020
4/5 91% Enola Holmes (2020) Fleabag director, Harry Bradbeer has crafted a charming adventure. - The Arts Desk EDIT
Read More | Posted Oct 7, 2020
5/5 89% The Trial of the Chicago 7 (2020) Sorkin has long demonstrated his ability to translate political theory into thrilling drama (just look at The West Wing), but here he elevates his game to new heights. - The Arts Desk EDIT
Read More | Posted Oct 6, 2020
3/5 73% Mulan (2020) It's thrilling action, but there's a strong sense it would all probably look better on a cinema screen. - The Arts Desk EDIT
Read More | Posted Sep 5, 2020
2/5 35% The New Mutants (2020) An eerie sense of déjà vu reveals how little originality New Mutants actually possesses. - The Arts Desk EDIT
Read More | Posted Sep 3, 2020
4/5 70% Tenet (2020) Beneath the highly polished spy-thriller aesthetic lies a head-spinning, temporally warped plot, laced with concepts and conceits that will delight and baffle in equal measures. - The Arts Desk EDIT
Read More | Posted Aug 26, 2020
2/5 57% Random Acts of Violence (2020) It never becomes scary enough to be a real horror, despite the violence. - The Arts Desk EDIT
Read More | Posted Aug 21, 2020
3/5 61% Project Power (2020) Nice idea, well-enough executed, but far from original. - The Arts Desk EDIT
Read More | Posted Aug 17, 2020
3/5 72% An American Pickle (2020) American Pickle might be hoisted by its own silliness, but it's full of cracking one-liners, a fun concept, and Rogen holds it all together. - The Arts Desk EDIT
Read More | Posted Aug 9, 2020
2/5 21% Infamous (2020) Tackles the perils of social media like a parent trying to navigate TikTok. - The Arts Desk EDIT
Read More | Posted Jul 30, 2020
4/5 91% Clemency (2019) Here we have a raw, unforgiving film. - The Arts Desk EDIT
Read More | Posted Jul 16, 2020
4/5 75% The King of Staten Island (2020) While it is near his signature anarchic charm, this comedy-drama shows that even a veteran director/writer/producer like Apatow has room for growth. - iNews.co.uk EDIT
Read More | Posted Jun 26, 2020
4/5 75% The King of Staten Island (2020) Yes, there are clichés and a few problems, but there's an emotional richness and psychological depth here that avoids the usual sentimentality. - The Arts Desk EDIT
Read More | Posted Jun 21, 2020
3/5 60% The Last Full Measure (2020) Even with the stellar cast, it diminishes the overall impact of this remarkable tale of heroism. - The Arts Desk EDIT
Read More | Posted Jun 7, 2020
5/5 94% Women Make Film: A New Road Movie Through Cinema (2018) It's also encouraging to see a documentary that profiles such an expansive array of films that are culturally and racially inclusive. - The Arts Desk EDIT
Read More | Posted May 21, 2020
3/5 85% The County (Héradid) (2019) It's a rousing, naturalistic drama that portrays the tough realities of rural life. - The Arts Desk EDIT
Read More | Posted May 21, 2020
3/5 100% The Atom: A Love Affair (2020) Captured with an odd degree of lightness, [Vicki Lesley] makes an otherwise heavy subject accessible. - The Arts Desk EDIT
Read More | Posted May 19, 2020
4/5 83% The Whistlers (2020) Smart, well structured, and slick, The Whistlers is the film you should make someone watch who has said Romanian cinema isn't for them. - The Arts Desk EDIT
Read More | Posted May 13, 2020
4/5 90% Moffie (2019) Moffie is a tough but rewarding watch that will quicken your pulse and break your heart, showing wars are fought in more places than just the battlefield. - The Arts Desk EDIT
Read More | Posted Apr 24, 2020
3/5 71% Trolls World Tour (2020) At times the delivery feels muted, and the magic of the original isn't there. But, in its best moments, there's still that giddying rollercoaster effect, and enough toe-tapping tunes to keep you grinning. - The Arts Desk EDIT
Read More | Posted Apr 11, 2020
3/5 49% Four Kids and It (2020) The stakes are low and there's just enough slapstick and tomfoolery to keep things entertaining. - The Arts Desk EDIT
Read More | Posted Apr 5, 2020
4/5 94% System Crasher (Systemsprenger) (2019) Fingschied has rejected the typical 'rebel child' clichés and instead given us a film about a child starved of love and security, told with angst and honesty. - The Arts Desk EDIT
Read More | Posted Mar 31, 2020
4/5 97% Toni Morrison: The Pieces I Am (2019) A documentary that brims with love and admiration for Morrison's work and life. - The Arts Desk EDIT
Read More | Posted Mar 15, 2020
4/5 85% Misbehaviour (2020) Misbehaviour is an incredibly satisfying watch and highlights a wonderful moment in British history where a group of heroic women gathered together and said, 'Enough!' - The Arts Desk EDIT
Read More | Posted Mar 12, 2020
3/5 80% True History of the Kelly Gang (2020) A woozy, ethereal film, questioning the slippery nature of truth at its heart. - The Skinny EDIT
Read More | Posted Mar 3, 2020
5/5 96% First Cow (2020) The American Frontier is given a tender twist... - The Arts Desk EDIT
Read More | Posted Mar 2, 2020
2/5 62% The Salt of Tears (Le sel des larmes) (2021) In the end, The Salt of Tears feels like Garrel is parodying his own work, with unintentionally laughable results. - The Arts Desk EDIT
Read More | Posted Mar 2, 2020
4/5 70% Minamata (2020) It's a fitting tribute to both Smith and the victims of an unnecessary tragedy, which detours from standard biopic fare towards something closer to the power of Smith's photographic essays. - The Arts Desk EDIT
Read More | Posted Mar 2, 2020
3/5 60% Siberia (2021) Watching on, you're left unsure whether to laugh or cry, leaving you in a state of nervous excitement for much of the film. - The Arts Desk EDIT
Read More | Posted Mar 2, 2020
5/5 99% Never Rarely Sometimes Always (2020) The reason for the film's title becomes devastatingly clear but, to feel its full force, is best viewed cold. - The Arts Desk EDIT
Read More | Posted Mar 2, 2020
4/5 72% My Salinger Year (2021) Philippe Falardeau's gentle adaptation is full of charm and intelligence. - The Arts Desk EDIT
Read More | Posted Mar 1, 2020
3/5 79% Birds of Prey (And the Fantabulous Emancipation of One Harley Quinn) (2020) Behind the gore and brutality, Birds of Prey is a smart-talking break-up film. - The Arts Desk EDIT
Read More | Posted Feb 7, 2020
3/5 77% Richard Jewell (2019) Nevertheless, whether or not you agree with Eastwood's politics, he's a director of undoubted skill who is tackling the mythos of America like no other. - The Arts Desk EDIT
Read More | Posted Feb 3, 2020
3/5 35% 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