Joseph Walsh

Joseph Walsh
Tomatometer-approved critic

Movie Reviews Only

T-Meter Title | Year
5/5 82% 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
3/5 100% 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 41% 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 82% 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 90% 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 69% 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 94% 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 53% 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
4/5 100% 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 87% 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 95% 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 51% 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 83% 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 54% 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 71% 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
93% What She Said: The Art of Pauline Kael (2018) 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
75% 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
40% The Operative (2019) [A] mind-numbingly dull and witless spy-thriller. - The Arts Desk EDIT
Read More | Posted Feb 20, 2019
98% 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
93% 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 (2019) 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
46% 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
7% The Kindness of Strangers (2019) 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
4/5 98% Can You Ever Forgive Me? (2018) Heller delicately balances whip-smart acerbic wit and tragedy, as we are plunged into the inner life of a troubled writer... a melancholic, smart, cautionary tale. - The Skinny EDIT
Read More | Posted Feb 6, 2019
3/5 63% Velvet Buzzsaw (2019) It certainly doesn't have the psychological impact of Nightcrawler, but it's all good fun. - The Arts Desk EDIT
Read More | Posted Feb 1, 2019
2/5 71% El alma de las moscas (The Soul of Flies) (2013) Burely's The Soul of Flies shows a great deal of promise for a first-time director, but as a feature in its own right, its enjoyable elements are jarringly disparate and fail to make for a successful whole. - CineVue EDIT
Read More | Posted Jan 29, 2019
5/5 86% Quatermass and the Pit (Five Million Years to Earth)(The Mind Benders) (1967) The mixture of classic horror and sci-fi blends extraordinarily well -- think Edgar Allen Poe meets H.G. Wells, dipped in 1960s psychedelia. - CineVue EDIT
Read More | Posted Jan 25, 2019
4/5 97% Spider-Man: Into the Spider-Verse (2018) Every beguiling frame is full of originality. - The Arts Desk EDIT
Read More | Posted Dec 11, 2018
2/5 82% Goon (2012) A tiresome montage of violence peppered with clichéd sentiment, as unforgettable as it is irritating. - CineVue EDIT
Read More | Posted Dec 5, 2018
2/5 93% 50/50 (2011) Its generic format and predictable narrative arc relegates the film to being a 'solid' date movie, at best a middling drama-comedy that will more than likely be quickly forgotten. - CineVue EDIT
Read More | Posted Dec 4, 2018
4/5 100% We Were Here (2011) A must-see, and not just for its subject matter. This potent documentary is a brave statement by those involved in its making, released in a time when public attitudes to homosexuality and the AIDS virus are still loaded with fear and ignorance. - CineVue EDIT
Read More | Posted Dec 4, 2018
3/5 41% Straw Dogs (2011) The 'remake factor' aside, with Straw Dogs Lurie has created an enjoyable but flawed film. Audiences who are unfamiliar with the original will certainly be entertained. - CineVue EDIT
Read More | Posted Dec 4, 2018
3/5 37% Fantastic Beasts: The Crimes of Grindelwald (2018) Mischief not quite managed. - The Arts Desk EDIT
Read More | Posted Nov 16, 2018