Wesley Morris

Wesley Morris
Tomatometer-approved critic

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T-Meter Title | Year
79% The Amazing Johnathan Documentary (2019) Watching Berman persist is fascinating, embarrassing and undignified, like a politician on "Dancing With the Stars." Why, I wondered, is he doing this? - New York Times EDIT
Read More | Posted Aug 15, 2019
67% Fast & Furious Presents: Hobbs & Shaw (2019) The filmmakers so want to maintain the joshing between Johnson and Statham that the movie's ostensible action label and the lust Shaw fears Hobbs has for his sister feel like pretexts for the romantic comedy "Hobbs & Shaw" virtually is. - New York Times EDIT
Read More | Posted Aug 1, 2019
75% Halston (2019) The pictures, footage, biography, news and gossip are the opposite of a Halston dress - unruly, busy, fussed over. But they come at you with an energy that feels substantial. - New York Times EDIT
Read More | Posted May 23, 2019
95% Buddy (2019) The movie is warm, observant, mildly philosophical and deeply curious about the daily and inner lives of both the people and their four-legged assistants. - New York Times EDIT
Read More | Posted Mar 19, 2019
100% Babylon (2019) The movie is more interested in what feels real than what seems right. - New York Times EDIT
Read More | Posted Mar 7, 2019
88% To Dust (2019) You can see what this movie is after, something cockeyed but sincere, something in the neighborhood of Paul Mazursky, Elaine May or Alexander Payne. But the writing and filmmaking just aren't quick enough. - New York Times EDIT
Read More | Posted Feb 7, 2019
100% War Don Don (2010) [An] extremely well-made documentary. - Boston Globe EDIT
Read More | Posted Feb 4, 2019
20% Serenity (2019) Instead of a caper with Kate Hudson, McConaughey has got a mess written and directed by Steven Knight. - New York Times EDIT
Read More | Posted Jan 24, 2019
79% Fyre Fraud (2019) It has arguments to make about the insecurities of millennials and the perniciousness of social media. And the arguments don't feel like blather. - New York Times EDIT
Read More | Posted Jan 16, 2019
91% Fyre (2019) "Fyre" hurls the swindle at its center like a bowling ball. - New York Times EDIT
Read More | Posted Jan 16, 2019
46% Second Act (2018) This is Jenny from the blah. - New York Times EDIT
Read More | Posted Dec 19, 2018
65% Aquaman (2018) It's just two and a half years of - sorry, two and a half hours - of oceanic screen savers and hair that won't stop undulating so we know when we're underwater. - New York Times EDIT
Read More | Posted Dec 19, 2018
58% The House That Jack Built (2018) It fails to make depravity an experience that either stimulates or appalls. If I wanted to leave von Trier's movie, it wasn't because I was nauseous. - New York Times EDIT
Read More | Posted Dec 13, 2018
No Score Yet Martyr (2018) The characters are sketches filled in by good acting. Khaled's not telling a story about them so much as tapping, obliquely, into an oppressive national mood... - New York Times EDIT
Read More | Posted Dec 13, 2018
99% Amazing Grace (2019) You get both the most lovely gaze a professional camera's ever laid upon Aretha Franklin and some of the mightiest singing she's ever laid on you. - New York Times EDIT
Read More | Posted Dec 5, 2018
91% The Charmer (Charmoren) (2018) It's impressive that Alami can put all this across - romance, suspense and, in the moving final act, a kind of tragedy - and maintain the movie's nimbleness. But he's a natural storyteller. - New York Times EDIT
Read More | Posted Dec 4, 2018
89% John McEnroe: In the Realm of Perfection (L'empire de la perfection) (2018) The guy's wildly temperamental tennis would never be my first choice for such an acutely cinematic undertaking. But Mr. Faraut knows what he's doing. - New York Times EDIT
Read More | Posted Aug 21, 2018
80% Mamma Mia! Here We Go Again (2018) Ms. Streep's near total absence leaves a hole Cher is expected to fill. It's too little, way too late, of course, and because it's Cher, it's also too much. - New York Times EDIT
Read More | Posted Jul 17, 2018
89% Whitney (2018) "Whitney" is too funereal to be a party, too sad, strange and dismaying to cheer. Yet, in its grim, guilt-inducing way, the film works, even on the occasions when it's working against itself. - New York Times EDIT
Read More | Posted Jul 5, 2018
92% Saving Brinton (2018) The movie's hands-off approach does often amount to something poignant. - New York Times EDIT
Read More | Posted May 17, 2018
87% Grace Jones: Bloodlight and Bami (2018) The documentary is a feat of portraiture and a restoration of humanity. It's got the uncanny, the sublime, and, in many spots, a combination of both. - New York Times EDIT
Read More | Posted Apr 12, 2018
91% Mountains May Depart (Shan he gu ren) (2016) Another breakthrough by a director who has never stopped pushing either himself or his idea of what a Chinese movie can do and be. - Grantland EDIT
Read More | Posted Oct 24, 2016
71% My King (Mon roi) (2016) As a director, Maïwenn is at her best with ensembles, using actors as instruments and harmonizing tones. - Grantland EDIT
Read More | Posted Aug 16, 2016
94% Carol (2015) This is a slender movie that Haynes gives plenty of antique atmosphere. - Grantland EDIT
Read More | Posted Aug 16, 2016
70% A Tale of Love and Darkness (2016) Is this like a parody of European filmmaking? - Grantland EDIT
Read More | Posted Aug 16, 2016
15% The Sea of Trees (2016) You know, artistically, that the news is going to be bad in the opening minutes when Van Sant feels compelled to provide a shot of the keys McConaughey's character leaves in the ignition. There are almost two hours left of that kind of filmmaking. - Grantland EDIT
Read More | Posted Aug 16, 2016
91% The Wiz Live! (2015) It was progressive and inclusive, on the one hand, and deeply natural, on the other. - New York Times EDIT
Read More | Posted Dec 4, 2015
92% Aristide and the Endless Revolution (2005) The movie is rich with powerful supporting imagery, cogent conspiratorial information, and damning C-Span congressional footage. - Boston Globe EDIT
Read More | Posted Nov 23, 2015
60% The Intern (2015) There's not much here story-wise. But when Meyers wants to write an involving scene with characters thinking and feeling the way humans think and feel, you want to applaud. - Grantland EDIT
Read More | Posted Sep 25, 2015
79% Time Out Of Mind (2015) The writer and director, Oren Moverman, makes homelessness harshly immersive. - Grantland EDIT
Read More | Posted Sep 23, 2015
73% Everest (2015) The toggling between the base and various points along the way to the summit becomes stressful, then heartbreaking. - Grantland EDIT
Read More | Posted Sep 18, 2015
92% Sicario (2015) Villeneuve and screenwriter Taylor Sheridan aren't selling more than a tautological action movie with the dread and body count of a horror film. - Grantland EDIT
Read More | Posted Sep 18, 2015
73% Black Mass (2015) The acting here is much stronger and more soulful than I would have expected, and not only from Depp. - Grantland EDIT
Read More | Posted Sep 18, 2015
18% The Perfect Guy (2015) I love Sanaa Lathan, except when she has to play dumb. And, boy, does The Perfect Guy need her to be dumb. - Grantland EDIT
Read More | Posted Sep 15, 2015
66% Digging For Fire (2015) The movie has been dedicated to Paul Mazursky, the great radiologist of American social interplay who died last year. But Swanberg is still murmuring where Mazursky could speechify, gesticulate, and shout, sometimes in the same sequence. - Grantland EDIT
Read More | Posted Sep 11, 2015
67% The Visit (2015) It was fun watching this with a gasping and screaming audience. For horror-goers, the comparative competence must hit the spot. But there's nothing new here -- and what I sensed for 94 minutes was compromise. - Grantland EDIT
Read More | Posted Sep 11, 2015
47% No Escape (2015) No Escape is bare-bones, shameless, and too obnoxious to stay suspenseful for long. - Grantland EDIT
Read More | Posted Sep 4, 2015
16% The Transporter Refueled (2015) There aren't enough showpiece numbers for Skrein, at least not of the quality that Jason Statham has had. - Grantland EDIT
Read More | Posted Sep 4, 2015
38% We Are Your Friends (2015) It's as if a Michael Lewis story or a 1980s Paul Schrader movie were intercepted by studio marketing execs who said, "You should turn Saturday Night Fever into a commercial for SunnyD." - Grantland EDIT
Read More | Posted Aug 28, 2015
79% Z For Zachariah (2015) Z for Zachariah has the tasteful dullness of a movie too afraid to make a choice in any direction. - Grantland EDIT
Read More | Posted Aug 28, 2015
91% Grandma (2015) The best thing here is Harden, who gets the most strongly written part, with the highest degree of difficulty. - Grantland EDIT
Read More | Posted Aug 26, 2015
44% She's Funny That Way (2015) The whole movie is tantrums and meltdowns and pitiful nostalgia... And yet every once in a while, something funny will happen. - Grantland EDIT
Read More | Posted Aug 26, 2015
15% Sinister 2 (2015) There comes a point when you have to say no to these horror sequels. There's no skill or idea visible anywhere, just the sound of money being sucked from your pockets. - Grantland EDIT
Read More | Posted Aug 26, 2015
82% Mistress America (2015) With Gerwig, you worry that she seems to be winging it -- until you realize that she also knows how to fly. - Grantland EDIT
Read More | Posted Aug 21, 2015
43% American Ultra (2015) The movie has the sleepy vibe of some of those scuzzy '90s crime thrillers. It aspires to Natural Born Killers, but has barely enough competence to get close to something like Feeling Minnesota. - Grantland EDIT
Read More | Posted Aug 21, 2015
67% The Man From U.N.C.L.E. (2015) Exactly no one was asking for this. So it's a surprise to discover that the bar for this movie is low enough to conga under. - Grantland EDIT
Read More | Posted Aug 18, 2015
88% Straight Outta Compton (2015) Straight Outta Compton is so beholden to the appeasement of so many artists and legacies and estates that none of it coheres as a movie. - Grantland EDIT
Read More | Posted Aug 14, 2015
94% The Diary Of A Teenage Girl (2015) Heller's empathy and, let's be honest, her denial of prurience appears to free Powley from embarrassment. She's seizing this part, not shrinking from it. - Grantland EDIT
Read More | Posted Aug 13, 2015
92% The Gift (2015) Officially, this is a blank-from-hell movie. But Edgerton has remixed the formula. - Grantland EDIT
Read More | Posted Aug 13, 2015
65% Ricki And The Flash (2015) The film, which Diablo Cody wrote and Jonathan Demme directed, is a work of bulk-size bogusness. Barely a single scene is convincing. - Grantland EDIT
Read More | Posted Aug 7, 2015