Wall Street Journal

Rating Title | Year Quote Author
1 97%

The Iron Giant (1999)

"Lest all of this sound gravely symbolic, be assured that the film is, before anything else, deliciously funny and deeply affecting. And beautiful, oh so beautiful, as a work of coherent art."

Posted Aug 4, 2013

Joe Morgenstern

2 93%

Out of Sight (1998)

"[A] now-classic romantic comedy -- with plenty of action and suspense."

Posted Aug 4, 2013

Joe Morgenstern

3 91%

Harry Potter and the Prisoner of Azkaban (2004)

"The right word for Harry Potter and the Prisoner of Azkaban is wondersful -- as in full of wonders, great and small."

Posted Aug 3, 2013

Joe Morgenstern

4 92%

Saving Private Ryan (1998)

"Dramatic lapses notwithstanding, Saving Private Ryan goes beyond technical dazzlement to put a new, indelibly terrible face on war."

Posted Aug 2, 2013

Joe Morgenstern

5 91%

Face/Off (1997)

"[A] gorgeously shot, repetitively violent, occasionally repellent, sometimes silly and consistently trashy fantasy."

Posted Aug 2, 2013

Joe Morgenstern

6 ——

Jack Irish: Bad Debts (2013)

"[The film] benefits from Mr. Pearce's and Ms. Dusseldorp's understated and good-humored performances; the larger cast of characters, especially Jack's shady racetrack partners, provide additional comic relief."

Posted Aug 2, 2013

Sohrab Ahmari

7 80%

Europa Report (2013)

""Europa Report" goes ploddingly where bolder films have gone before."

Posted Aug 1, 2013

Joe Morgenstern

8 64%

2 Guns (2013)

"Mr. Kormákur stages a succession of action sequences that are satisfying in their own right and might be better still if they were part of a coherent whole."

Posted Aug 1, 2013

Joe Morgenstern

9 92%

The Spectacular Now (2013)

""The Spectacular Now," which was directed by James Ponsoldt, is a movie of uns-unforced, unhurried, unpretentious."

Posted Aug 1, 2013

Joe Morgenstern

10 95%

Apollo 13 (1995)

"The film succeeds brilliantly at organizing great gobs of information into powerful drama."

Posted Jul 30, 2013

Joe Morgenstern

11 92%

Our Nixon (2013)

"This highly personal view of the Nixon years is, for obvious reasons, a sad and wrenching one-a film that is nonetheless filled with spirit, humor and a bountiful sense of irony."

Posted Jul 26, 2013

Dorothy Rabinowitz

12 95%

The Act Of Killing (2013)

"[It] may be one of the most horrifying films you'll ever see, and one of the most edifying."

Posted Jul 25, 2013

Joe Morgenstern

13 91%

Blue Jasmine (2013)

"The movie's observations about economic disparity are cloaked in zestful comedy that's broad or stiletto-sharp."

Posted Jul 25, 2013

Joe Morgenstern

14 90%

The Bridge (FX): Season 1 (TV, 2013)

" [A] dark but artful and sophisticated drama. "

Posted Jul 18, 2013

Nancy DeWolf Smith

15 42%

Red 2 (2013)

"Any movie that gives Helen Mirren a chance to shoot really big guns, wear an ermine astrakhan and channel Bette Davis as Queen Elizabeth can't be all bad, and "Red 2" isn't, though it comes close."

Posted Jul 18, 2013

Joe Morgenstern

16 40%

Only God Forgives (2013)

"Nicolas Winding Refn's excruciatingly-though definitively-pretentious exercise in ritual violence gives chiaroscuro a bad name."

Posted Jul 18, 2013

Joe Morgenstern

17 98%

Blackfish (2013)

"After watching "Blackfish," you come away with a sense of orcas' singular intelligence, to be sure, even their astonishing playfulness, but most of all their glorious power, and the majesty of their existence in their natural habitat."

Posted Jul 18, 2013

Joe Morgenstern

18 86%

The Conjuring (2013)

"This saga of demonic possession deploys the full audio firepower of modern multiplexes, and does so with brain-battering frequency, like a ghostbusting version of a Japanese Taiko drum ensemble."

Posted Jul 18, 2013

Joe Morgenstern

19 96%

The Crash Reel (2013)

"In its picture of the family constellation lies all of the film's strength, all testimony to its ambition, its capacity to fascinate with a revelation, an unexpected digression from the drama's main focus."

Posted Jul 12, 2013

Dorothy Rabinowitz

20 72%

Pacific Rim (2013)

"My head is still ringing, and hurting, from long stretches of this aliens vs. robots extravaganza that are no better than the worst brain-pounders of the genre."

Posted Jul 11, 2013

Joe Morgenstern

21 93%

The Hunt (2013)

"This is filmmaking of a high order, even though the production's scale is modest and the climax is not without its facile contrivances."

Posted Jul 11, 2013

Joe Morgenstern

22 94%

Fruitvale Station (2013)

"At a time when the multiplexes are crowded with coarse comedy and inept spectacle, here's a homegrown movie that honors its subject and the medium."

Posted Jul 11, 2013

Joe Morgenstern

23 85%

The Way Way Back (2013)

"The film is bursting with life-and blissful silliness ..."

Posted Jul 4, 2013

Joe Morgenstern

24 89%

Orange is the New Black: Season 1 (TV, 2013)

" The performances by the likes of Mr. Biggs, Ms. Mulgrew and, especially, Ms. Schilling are so convincing, and the dialogue so sharp, that none of this feels like prurience for its own sake. "

Posted Jul 3, 2013

Sohrab Ahmari

25 76%

Ray Donovan: Season 1 (TV, 2013)

" Everything about this hard-bitten and buoyant tale, larded with touches of The Sopranos, reflects its own high confidence, and it's well deserved. "

Posted Jun 27, 2013

Dorothy Rabinowitz

26 87%

The Attack (2013)

"Remarkably accomplished and self-confident."

Posted Jun 27, 2013

Joe Morgenstern

27 47%

I'm So Excited! (2013)

"Some of it qualifies as first-class hilarity, and all of the acting is superb."

Posted Jun 27, 2013

Joe Morgenstern

28 65%

The Heat (2013)

"One wonders ... what the future holds for Ms. McCarthy's career if every new film is going to exploit her more shamelessly than the previous one."

Posted Jun 27, 2013

Joe Morgenstern

29 51%

White House Down (2013)

""White House Down" is solidly within its genre. In a deeper sense, though, it bespeaks a fatigue that's hard to distinguish from brain death."

Posted Jun 27, 2013

Joe Morgenstern

30 50%

The Battle of Pussy Willow Creek (2013)

"In some ways, its comic license is no more a betrayal of history than some of the liberties taken by Steven Spielberg and "Lincoln.""

Posted Jun 25, 2013

Steve Dollar

31 95%

A Hijacking (2013)

"This feature film shows how much tension, telling detail and sheer dramatic expertise can be squeezed into a running time of less than two hours."

Posted Jun 20, 2013

Joe Morgenstern

32 60%

The Bling Ring (2013)

"Is this anthropology, or simply entropy? It's partly the former and lots of the latter, with precious little insight."

Posted Jun 20, 2013

Joe Morgenstern

33 78%

Monsters University (2013)

"It's an awful disappointment-and one more reason to worry about Pixar's future under Disney ownership."

Posted Jun 20, 2013

Joe Morgenstern

34 67%

World War Z (2013)

"This enjoyable shambles of a sci-fi thriller, directed by Marc Forster in impressive 3-D, stands on its own as a powerful vision of planetary chaos."

Posted Jun 20, 2013

Joe Morgenstern

35 56%

Man of Steel (2013)

"What seals the movie's doom ... is its surrender to the lower power of coarsegrained action and computer-generated images of inexplicable banality."

Posted Jun 13, 2013

Joe Morgenstern

36 84%

Much Ado About Nothing (2013)

"The joyous spirit of the play has been preserved in this modest, homegrown production."

Posted Jun 6, 2013

Joe Morgenstern

37 71%

Wish You Were Here (2013)

"Even a drug-sniffing police dog gives a vivid performance."

Posted Jun 6, 2013

Joe Morgenstern

38 34%

The Internship (2013)

"The director, Shawn Levy, and the writers, Mr. Vaughn and Jared Stern, have dreamed up a feel-good comedy that plays like a demo reel of déjà views."

Posted Jun 6, 2013

Joe Morgenstern

39 6%

Gigli (2003)

"More stupefying follies may come, but it's impossible to imagine how they'll beat this one for staggering idiocy, fatuousness or pretension."

Posted Jun 5, 2013

Joe Morgenstern

40 89%

Deceptive Practice: The Mysteries and Mentors of Ricky Jay (2013)

"The larger subjects, eloquently evoked, are the sources of his knowledge and inspiration, and the singular tradition within which he works and flourishes."

Posted May 30, 2013

Joe Morgenstern

41 74%

The East (2013)

"The whole movie has the smugness of a cult. At one and the same time it's devoid of reality and insufferably full of itself."

Posted May 30, 2013

Joe Morgenstern

42 11%

After Earth (2013)

"Is "After Earth" the worst movie ever made?"

Posted May 30, 2013

Joe Morgenstern

43 69%

Graceland: Season 1 (TV, 2013)

" Government agents loll around the beach, exchanging the kind of banter for which television writers would, in a just world, be sent to some quiet place to reflect on their idiocy. "

Posted May 30, 2013

Dorothy Rabinowitz

44 67%

The Killing: Season 3 (TV, 2013)

" The new Killing appears to have taken a sharp turn from the kind of emotional life that enriched the last season. "Who killed Rosie?" Itself a mystery of considerable power, and one that the latest chapter of The Killing will have to go some way to equal. "

Posted May 30, 2013

Dorothy Rabinowitz

45 3%

fear dot com (FeardotCom) (2002)

"The scariest thing about Feardotcom is that the movie ever got made."

Posted May 29, 2013

Collin Levey

46 3%

Speed 2 - Cruise Control (1997)

"Speed 2 is frantic action, tinny dialogue, perfunctory characterization and tried-and-false plot pilferings."

Posted May 28, 2013

Joe Morgenstern

47 95%

Behind the Candelabra (2013)

"The glitter and kitsch, and jaw-dropping performances by Michael Douglas as the middle-age Liberace and Matt Damon as his much younger boy-toy Scott Thorson, make this a wild ride without compare."

Posted May 24, 2013

Nancy DeWolf Smith

48 98%

Before Midnight (2013)

"It's a wildly uneven enterprise, overall."

Posted May 24, 2013

John Anderson

49 42%

The English Teacher (2013)

"A screwball comedy that could have been screwier, "The English Teacher" is as interesting for its cast as its content."

Posted May 24, 2013

John Anderson

50 93%

We Steal Secrets: The Story Of Wikileaks (2013)

"How do you make this a motion picture? Some might call it sleight-of-hand, but it's something Mr. Gibney has proved himself adept at time and time again ..."

Posted May 24, 2013

John Anderson

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