Wall Street Journal

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Rating Title/Year Author
Joseph Pulitzer: Voice of the People (2018) John Anderson By definition hagiographic. But it's not afraid to acknowledge Pulitzer's talent for making enemies on the level of a Teddy Roosevelt. Or that he was a somewhat obnoxious personality. EDIT
Posted Apr 15, 2019
Isha Ovedet (2018) Joe Morgenstern An understated polemic that becomes an affecting drama. EDIT
Posted Apr 12, 2019
Hellboy (2019) Joe Morgenstern No one needed another Hellboy, let alone a wretched contraption whose single-word title suggests that it's an original, rather than the cynical enterprise it proves to be. EDIT
Posted Apr 12, 2019
Dogman (2018) Joe Morgenstern Instead of sentimentalizing his character, Mr. Fonte gives a superbly austere performance, with comic dimensions, in which Marcello becomes a haunted, and haunting, enigma. EDIT
Posted Apr 12, 2019
Little (2019) Joe Morgenstern Instead of seeing the world through a child's eyes, little Jordan continues to see it through the filter of big Jordan's psyche. Worse than a disappointment, that's a betrayal of the original premise. EDIT
Posted Apr 12, 2019
Shazam! (2019) Joe Morgenstern What "Shazam!" lacks most obviously is gravitas. And grimness. Also bleakness, darkness and relentless self-seriousness. In other words, it's terrific fun. EDIT
Posted Apr 4, 2019
Peterloo (2018) Joe Morgenstern This is historical re-creation on an epic scale. Yet it's a down-to-earth epic, with a density of detail that's stirring in its humanity and frightening in its clarity about miscalculations on both sides. EDIT
Posted Apr 4, 2019
Mighty Joe Young (1998) Joe Morgenstern In a holiday movie season like this one, you take your pleasures where you find them. EDIT
Posted Apr 2, 2019
Hurlyburly (1998) Joe Morgenstern Sean Penn gives another remarkable performance. EDIT
Posted Apr 2, 2019
The Thin Red Line (1998) Joe Morgenstern stunning images couldn't make Days of Heaven a coherent dramatic whole, and they can't do it for The Thin Red Line. EDIT
Posted Apr 2, 2019
Patch Adams (1998) Joe Morgenstern Like too many of Mr. Williams's recent movies, Patch Adams wastes the genius of a peerless clown. EDIT
Posted Apr 2, 2019
The Theory of Flight (1998) Joe Morgenstern Unprincipled in its naked contrivance. EDIT
Posted Apr 2, 2019
A Civil Action (1998) Joe Morgenstern There's much to enjoy in A Civil Action. EDIT
Posted Apr 1, 2019
Stepmom (1998) Joe Morgenstern A disjointed hybrid of domestic comedy and mortal illness that might have been written by a support group of lobotomy survivors. EDIT
Posted Apr 1, 2019
American Dreamz (2006) Joe Morgenstern Don't be offended, none of this really means anything, it's just a goof about a lot of dumb stuff going down around us. EDIT
Posted Apr 1, 2019
I, Robot (2004) Joe Morgenstern This sci-fi action adventure, loosely based on the writing of Isaac Asimov, is impressive for Patrick Tatopoulos's production design but depressive for the juiceless story. EDIT
Posted Mar 31, 2019
The Cell (2000) Joe Morgenstern The deeper the movie goes into its characters' heads, the more it finds shallow, familiar scenes of sexual domination and submission EDIT
Posted Mar 31, 2019
Burlesque (2010) Joe Morgenstern It's impossible to know if [Christina Aguilera's] actually acting, since the music-video cutting rhythms don't give her time to sustain so much as a compound sentence, not that the script provides any. EDIT
Posted Mar 28, 2019
Tigerland (2019) John Anderson Nimbly negotiating its geography and parallel narratives, Tigerland is, on the one hand, a wildlife film by a filmmaker from outside that genre. The genre certainly benefits. EDIT
Posted Mar 28, 2019
Diane (2018) Joe Morgenstern The movie is populated by people we seldom see in mainstream films, so seldom that we may not remember the pleasure we've been missing. EDIT
Posted Mar 28, 2019
The Brink (2019) Joe Morgenstern What "The Brink" does best is show the missionary zeal that sustains this eccentric warrior. EDIT
Posted Mar 28, 2019
Dumbo (2019) Joe Morgenstern It's astounding that Tim Burton and his colleagues could have created such a downer from a long-beloved source of delight. EDIT
Posted Mar 28, 2019
() Dorothy Rabinowitz This endlessly enchanting film is never better than when it's delivering instruction on the comparative strengths of the contenders. EDIT
Posted Mar 22, 2019
Us (2019) Joe Morgenstern It's compulsory seeing for everyone who loves the horror genre, the movie medium and the notion of saying sage things about contemporary life without straying from entertainment's twisty path. EDIT
Posted Mar 21, 2019
Hotel Mumbai (2018) Joe Morgenstern It's always unfair to ask a film to be something it isn't: Hotel Mumbai was meant to be an action thriller, and that's what it is, for better or -- mostly -- worse. EDIT
Posted Mar 21, 2019
The Inventor: Out for Blood in Silicon Valley (2019) John Anderson The Inventor has an ethereal atmosphere, enhanced in no small way by Will Bates's music, and conforms to Mr. Gibney's usual M.O. EDIT
Posted Mar 15, 2019
The Mustang (2019) Joe Morgenstern This debut feature by Laure de Clermont-Tonnerre opens strong, grows even stronger and, avoiding almost every trap, fulfills its abundant promise. EDIT
Posted Mar 14, 2019
Ash Is Purest White (2018) Joe Morgenstern No one makes movies like Mr. Jia does. He's a dramatist with the eye of a documentarian and the instincts of a historian, even a geographer. But he's also a romantic poet, and his heroine... is driven by love as far as it can take her. EDIT
Posted Mar 14, 2019
Transit (2018) Joe Morgenstern Provocative, even startling, and more edifying than you might expect. EDIT
Posted Mar 8, 2019
Captain Marvel (2019) Joe Morgenstern This woman is a candidate for genuine heroism. Yet there's a fundamental dissonance between the depth of her plight and the shallow disorganization of the script... EDIT
Posted Mar 7, 2019
Woman at War (2018) Joe Morgenstern Whenever you start thinking that the movie is one thing or the other, Mr. Erlingsson switches tones blithely, keeping you wondering what the next development will be. The result isn't perfect, but it's joyously audacious. EDIT
Posted Mar 1, 2019
Apollo 11 (2019) Joe Morgenstern In contrast to the astonishing vistas, the film's style is nothing fancy, and that's meant as high praise. EDIT
Posted Mar 1, 2019
How to Train Your Dragon: The Hidden World (2019) Joe Morgenstern The film feels like it's flying on empty... This is clearly the end of the franchise, one that gave great pleasure and stayed on too long. EDIT
Posted Feb 26, 2019
Pájaros de verano (2018) Joe Morgenstern Harrowing in its repetitive violence, but never less than fascinating as a piece of ethnology, with magic-realist dimensions, that amounts to an origin story of the Latin American drug trade. It's an extraordinarily accomplished piece of filmmaking. EDIT
Posted Feb 15, 2019
Alita: Battle Angel (2019) Joe Morgenstern I loved watching this sci-fi spectacle's moving parts. I just couldn't get past its brain. EDIT
Posted Feb 15, 2019
Cold Pursuit (2019) Joe Morgenstern The stupidity lacks smarts in the script department, and the joke, such as it is, wears thin, then turns sour. EDIT
Posted Feb 8, 2019
The LEGO Movie 2: The Second Part (2019) Joe Morgenstern A hugely ambitious sequel, joyous and genuinely complex, that's charged with dramatic and musical energy to the very last frame. EDIT
Posted Feb 8, 2019
Never Look Away (2018) Joe Morgenstern Rich as the film may be in aesthetic considerations -- very rich indeed -- it's the startling arc of Kurt's life story that sustains the dramatic narrative. EDIT
Posted Feb 8, 2019
Miss Bala (2019) Joe Morgenstern The film is calculation impure and simple. It's a box-ticking exercise in female jeopardy, survival and empowerment, oppressively efficient in its relentless way but unrelieved by emotional resonance. EDIT
Posted Feb 1, 2019
Daughter of Mine (2018) Joe Morgenstern Asks big questions and answers them fully, vividly and affectingly, without a trace of sentimentality. EDIT
Posted Feb 1, 2019
Arctic (2018) Joe Morgenstern "Arctic" is a lesson in lessness, coolly observed and warmly felt. EDIT
Posted Feb 1, 2019
The Kid Who Would Be King (2019) Joe Morgenstern It's a charming notion, worked out zestfully by the writer-director, Joe Cornish, until the charm falls victim to familiar CGI Halloweenery. EDIT
Posted Jan 25, 2019
The Invisibles (2017) Joe Morgenstern Documentaries with dramatized re-creations are an elusive genre. Can the re-created passages do justice to the factual or historical material? The answer is yes in the case of The Invisibles. EDIT
Posted Jan 25, 2019
Breslin and Hamill: Deadline Artists (2018) Dorothy Rabinowitz Comes with a heavenly supply of gossip, a treasury of revered observations on life -- mainly wisecracks -- and a delectably detailed view of the larger world of print journalism in which its subjects thrived. EDIT
Posted Jan 25, 2019
Fyre (2019) John Anderson [An] elegantly constructed takedown. EDIT
Posted Jan 18, 2019
Fyre Fraud (2019) John Anderson Fyre Fraud, which had been planned as a series, feels unfocused and rushed. EDIT
Posted Jan 18, 2019
Glass (2019) Joe Morgenstern The concept is intriguing but the emotional payoff is negligible, the surprise ending is feeble and the whole enterprise resembles a recycling bin. EDIT
Posted Jan 18, 2019
The Upside (2018) Joe Morgenstern What's needed between the two is electricity, and spontaneous warmth, not chemistry by the numbers in a movie so addicted to milking that it should have been set in a dairy. EDIT
Posted Jan 11, 2019
The First Wives Club (1996) Joe Morgenstern Yet the real genius of this saga of sisterhood ascendant is its, um, marriage of revenge fantasy and exuberant spirit. EDIT
Posted Jan 8, 2019
USS Indianapolis: The Final Chapter (2019) John Anderson It remains a haunting episode in American naval history, one that this PBS special does considerable justice -- especially in the tragedy/irony/indignation department. EDIT
Posted Jan 4, 2019