Wall Street Journal

Rating Title | Year Quote Author
1 60%

The Last Stand (2013)

"The movie isn't about eloquence, it's about giving Mr. Schwarzenegger a chance to take on new enemies that include advancing age."

Posted Jan 17, 2013

Joe Morgenstern

2 63%

The Carrie Diaries: Season 1 (TV, 2013)

" This is a different series, one whose good start has to do with its capacity to be affecting. "

Posted Jan 14, 2013

Dorothy Rabinowitz

3 61%

Banshee: Season 1 (TV, 2013)

" Its smartness comes shining through despite the claptrap; its story, littered with intriguingly repellent characters, like Kai Proctor (Ulrich Thomsen), local evil tycoon, grows ever more enticing. "

Posted Jan 10, 2013

Dorothy Rabinowitz

4 79%

Quartet (2013)

"Mr. Hoffman's direction is impeccable, John de Borman's camera bathes the story in warm radiance, and the end credits are not to be missed, since they reveal who's really who in the supporting cast."

Posted Jan 10, 2013

Joe Morgenstern

5 32%

Gangster Squad (2013)

"There's only so much style can do to spiff up shriveled substance."

Posted Jan 10, 2013

Joe Morgenstern

6 98%

56 Up (2013)

""56 Up" reminds us that change is ceaseless and often dramatic, bringing growth we could never have dreamed of as little kids."

Posted Jan 10, 2013

Joe Morgenstern

7 100%

Birders: The Central Park Effect (2013)

"Bird watchers will find affirmation and even explanation for their avocation. People who can't tell a towhee from a titmouse will still wonder at the beauty of it all."

Posted Jan 9, 2013

Nancy DeWolf Smith

8 38%

Deception: Season 1 (TV, 2013)

" Deception establishes its noir setup effortlessly "

Posted Jan 7, 2013

Sohrab Ahmari

9 78%

Downton Abbey: Season 3 (TV, 2012)

" Downton has returned with all its powers intact, not least its power to mesmerize its armies of devoted fans. "

Posted Jan 6, 2013

Sohrab Ahmari

10 ——

Portlandia: Season 3 (TV, 2012-2013)

" Portlandia is bellyachingly funny. "

Posted Jan 3, 2013

Sohrab Ahmari

11 88%

Django Unchained (2012)

"Wildly extravagant, ferociously violent, ludicrously lurid and outrageously entertaining, yet also, remarkably, very much about the pernicious lunacy of racism and, yes, slavery's singular horrors."

Posted Dec 27, 2012

Joe Morgenstern

12 81%

The Impossible (2012)

"A thrilling, if also punishing, tale of heroic endurance."

Posted Dec 21, 2012

Joe Morgenstern

13 44%

On the Road (2012)

"It's neither the first nor the best road trip that Mr. Salles has brought to the screen."

Posted Dec 21, 2012

Joe Morgenstern

14 93%

Amour (2012)

"Amour might seem hardly the stuff of entertainment, yet the reason it has been acclaimed isn't mysterious. Confronting death, it studies life, closely and lovingly."

Posted Dec 21, 2012

Joe Morgenstern

15 38%

The Guilt Trip (2012)

"Andrew [Rogen], who has invented an organic cleaning compound, pitches it to retailers in a succession of meetings across the country that have no grounding in any known reality."

Posted Dec 21, 2012

Joe Morgenstern

16 61%

Jack Reacher (2012)

"This movie is a turkey gone rancid."

Posted Dec 21, 2012

Joe Morgenstern

17 93%

Zero Dark Thirty (2013)

"What it does in the course of telling a seminal story of our time is what contemporary films so rarely do, serve as brilliant provocation."

Posted Dec 20, 2012

Joe Morgenstern

18 65%

The Hobbit: An Unexpected Journey (2012)

"An overlong adventure enlivened by wonders."

Posted Dec 13, 2012

Joe Morgenstern

19 100%

Convento (2012)

"Against the sacred and time-tossed setting, the artist's creations cast an uncanny spell: Inanimate yet alive, abandoned as scrap or carrion, yet newly born."

Posted Dec 12, 2012

Steve Dollar

20 82%

De rouille et d'os (Rust and Bone) (2012)

"Why are certain films less than the sum of their appealing parts?"

Posted Dec 6, 2012

Joe Morgenstern

21 36%

Hyde Park on Hudson (2012)

"A small film that, for all its considerable charm, miniaturizes its hero in the process of humanizing him."

Posted Dec 6, 2012

Joe Morgenstern

22 75%

Killing Them Softly (2012)

"The film, for all its visual felicities, comes to life only sporadically."

Posted Nov 29, 2012

Joe Morgenstern

23 93%

The Central Park Five (2012)

"Watching "The Central Park Five" is a deeply affecting experience."

Posted Nov 29, 2012

Joe Morgenstern

24 98%

Wings of Desire (1987)

"A fantasy that... goes right in spite of its solemn style."

Posted Nov 27, 2012

Joe Morgenstern

25 74%

Rise of the Guardians (2012)

"The script seems to have been written by committee, with members lobbying for each major character, and the action, set in vast environments all over the map, spreads itself so thin that a surfeit of motion vitiates emotion."

Posted Nov 22, 2012

Joe Morgenstern

26 87%

Life of Pi (2012)

"Mr. Lee's film is stronger as a visual experience-especially in 3-D-than an emotional one, but it has a final plot twist that may also change what you thought you knew about the ancient art of storytelling."

Posted Nov 22, 2012

Joe Morgenstern

27 62%

Hitchcock (2012)

""Hitchcock" rings false from start to finish."

Posted Nov 22, 2012

Joe Morgenstern

28 88%

Crossfire Hurricane ()

"What Mr. Morgen is after is something true to the Stones as they once existed -- as the anti-Beatles, the antiheroes of the British Invasion and an entity that bespoke hedonism, nihilism and narrow escapes."

Posted Nov 16, 2012

John Anderson

29 63%

Anna Karenina (2012)

"The ropes and curtains and ladders of this "Anna Karenina" serve mainly as distractions. And they're solutions to a part of the problem that doesn't exist."

Posted Nov 15, 2012

Joe Morgenstern

30 92%

Silver Linings Playbook (2012)

"Everything comes together brilliantly in "Silver Linings Playbook"-for the film's crazed but uncrazy lovers; for the filmmaker, David O. Russell, and best of all for lucky us."

Posted Nov 15, 2012

Joe Morgenstern

31 89%

A Royal Affair (2012)

"With its sumptuous settings, urgent romance and intellectual substance, A Royal Affair is a mind-opener crossed with a bodice-ripper."

Posted Nov 8, 2012

Joe Morgenstern

32 92%

Skyfall (2012)

"The movie's smartest suit is emotional intelligence: Skyfall keeps us caring, intensely, for a hero who, by any rational measure, is a vestige of a vanished era."

Posted Nov 8, 2012

Joe Morgenstern

33 90%

Lincoln (2012)

"The portrait of Lincoln transcends conventional judgments; it's a complete creation, perfect on its own terms."

Posted Nov 8, 2012

Joe Morgenstern

34 65%

This Must Be The Place (2012)

"Bizarre can be good when it's done deftly. In this case, however, it's done ponderously and sententiously."

Posted Nov 1, 2012

Joe Morgenstern

35 86%

Wreck-it Ralph (2012)

"It's a lovely pretext for dazzling visuals, yet the production is diminished by the clumsiness of an 8-bit script."

Posted Nov 1, 2012

Joe Morgenstern

36 78%

Flight (2012)

"Shameless, though effective, melodrama."

Posted Nov 1, 2012

Joe Morgenstern

37 80%

The Other Son (2012)

"Transcends its switched-at-birth premise to a degree that's surprising, considering that the well-worn plot militates against surprise."

Posted Oct 25, 2012

Joe Morgenstern

38 70%

The Loneliest Planet (2012)

"Though the film moves as slowly as its hikers, it demands, and deserves, to be watched closely."

Posted Oct 25, 2012

Joe Morgenstern

39 66%

Cloud Atlas (2012)

"It plays like a gargantuan trailer for a movie still to be made (one that, given the same ratio, would be 86 hours long)."

Posted Oct 25, 2012

Joe Morgenstern

40 12%

Alex Cross (2012)

"The opening scene of "Alex Cross" serves notice of what's to come by taking us down into a Detroit sewer."

Posted Oct 18, 2012

Joe Morgenstern

41 84%

The Flat (2012)

"Goes from intriguing to astonishing by way of unfathomable."

Posted Oct 18, 2012

Joe Morgenstern

42 94%

The Sessions (2012)

""The Sessions" is admirable, and often enjoyable, yet self-limiting in concept. It's exactly about what it sets out to be about-no less but no more."

Posted Oct 18, 2012

Joe Morgenstern

43 83%

Seven Psychopaths (2012)

"The violence wears you down. Like one of its nutso characters, "Seven Psychopaths" has a death wish."

Posted Oct 11, 2012

Joe Morgenstern

44 96%

Argo (2012)

""Argo" exults in what a movie can do when its story has a compelling core."

Posted Oct 11, 2012

Joe Morgenstern

45 92%

Nashville: Season 1 (TV, 2012-2013)

" Nashville introduces so many characters that watching the first episode of this ABC drama feels like being on the spinning teacup ride at Disneyland. "

Posted Oct 10, 2012

Nancy DeWolf Smith

46 47%

Chicago Fire: Season 1 (TV, 2012-2013)

" It's always useful, of course, in a drama series to have a plot handy. There didn't seem to be anything like one for the first two episodes. "

Posted Oct 10, 2012

Dorothy Rabinowitz

47 57%

Upstairs Downstairs: Season 2 (TV, 1972-1973)

" No sooner has "Upstairs" veered toward farce than it redeems itself, again and again. "

Posted Oct 7, 2012

Nancy DeWolf Smith

48 33%

Butter (2012)

"The film grows increasingly mirthful as the characters come into focus, and the casting is the key: Ms. Garner, who also helped produce the film, has a gift for catty roles ..."

Posted Oct 4, 2012

John Anderson

49 95%

Sister (2012)

"A work of precocious depth by Ursula Meier ("Home"), who's nervy enough to enlist the Alps as a metaphor, and inject a story of family dysfunction with just enough politics to make it a parable."

Posted Oct 4, 2012

John Anderson

50 94%

The House I Live In (2012)

"A very potent movie."

Posted Oct 4, 2012

John Anderson

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