For 1,816 reviews, this critic has graded:
  • 41% higher than the average critic
  • 2% same as the average critic
  • 57% lower than the average critic
On average, this critic grades 0.3 points lower than other critics. (0-100 point scale)

Joe Morgenstern's Scores

  • Movies
Average review score: 59
Highest review score: 100 United 93
Lowest review score: 0 Domino
Score distribution:
1,816 movie reviews
    • 85 Metascore
    • 100 Joe Morgenstern
    This tale of an English schoolgirl's hard-won wisdom is thrilling --for the radiance of Carey Mulligan's Jenny, who's wonderfully smart and perilously tender; for the grace of Lone Scherfig's direction, and the brilliance of Nick Hornby's screenplay.
    • 94 Metascore
    • 100 Joe Morgenstern
    A first-rate action thriller, a vivid evocation of urban warfare in Iraq, a penetrating study of heroism and a showcase for austere technique, terse writing and a trio of brilliant performances. Most of all, though, it’s an instant classic that demonstrates, in a brutally hot and dusty laboratory setting, how the drug of war hooks its victims and why they can’t kick the habit.
    • 79 Metascore
    • 100 Joe Morgenstern
    Genuinely and irresistibly inspirational.
    • 97 Metascore
    • 100 Joe Morgenstern
    Elegantly crafted, brilliantly acted film.
    • 71 Metascore
    • 100 Joe Morgenstern
    As wish-fulfillments go, this is a movie lover's dream.
    • 98 Metascore
    • 100 Joe Morgenstern
    The result of the intricate interplay is a fairy tale for adults that is violent, sometimes shocking, yet utterly engrossing. And eerily instructive; it deepens our emotional understanding of fascism, and of rigid ideology's dire consequences.
    • 94 Metascore
    • 100 Joe Morgenstern
    Sideways makes you glad about America, about movies, about life.
    • 92 Metascore
    • 100 Joe Morgenstern
    Daniel Day-Lewis's portrayal is not just the performance of the year -- there will be injustice if he doesn't win an Oscar -- but a creation of awesome proportions.
    • 92 Metascore
    • 100 Joe Morgenstern
    The Class is clearly a microcosm of contemporary France, beset by social and economic tensions. More than that, though, it's a saga of education's struggles in many parts of the modern world. If only the film were pure fiction.
    • 91 Metascore
    • 100 Joe Morgenstern
    If watching movie violence is cathartic, then this film amounts to heavy therapy. It's much more than that, however. This is the best film the Coen brothers have done since their glory days of "Fargo" and "The Big Lebowski," maybe the best they've done, period.
    • 83 Metascore
    • 100 Joe Morgenstern
    This film is cunningly crafted in every detail--direction, script, performances, comic timing, special effects--from thunderous start to delicious finish.
    • 86 Metascore
    • 100 Joe Morgenstern
    Slumdog Millionaire is the film world's first globalized masterpiece.
    • 86 Metascore
    • 100 Joe Morgenstern
    The screenplay, by William Monahan, is simply sensational. Scenes play brilliantly. Feelings flow like molten lava. The dialogue overflows with edgy wit and acidulous arias of imprecation.
    • 92 Metascore
    • 100 Joe Morgenstern
    The movie has done what those who've cherished the book might have thought impossible -- intensified its singular beauty by roving as free and fearlessly as Bauby's mind did.
    • 94 Metascore
    • 100 Joe Morgenstern
    The first half hour of WALL-E is essentially wordless, and left me speechless. This magnificent animated feature from Pixar starts on such a high plane of aspiration, and achievement, that you wonder whether the wonder can be sustained. But yes, it can.
    • 89 Metascore
    • 100 Joe Morgenstern
    Rather than dwell on the darkness and squalor, von Donnersmarck has fashioned a genuinely thrilling tale, leavened with sly humor, that works ingenious variations on the theme of cat and mouse, speaks to current concerns about personal privacy and illuminates the timeless conflict between totalitarianism and art.
    • 91 Metascore
    • 100 Joe Morgenstern
    An absolute stunner, a feature-length animated documentary, from Israel, in which the force of moving drawings amplifies eerily powerful accounts of war, shaky remembrance and rock-solid repression.
    • 96 Metascore
    • 100 Joe Morgenstern
    The characters are irresistible -- why would anyone want to resist a hero who so gallantly transcends his rattiness? -- the animation is astonishing and the film, a fantasy version of a foodie rhapsody, sustains a level of joyous invention that hasn't been seen in family entertainment since "The Incredibles."
    • 89 Metascore
    • 100 Joe Morgenstern
    James Marsh's documentary raises the bar for the genre to skyscraper height.
    • 88 Metascore
    • 100 Joe Morgenstern
    Once proves to be as smart and funny as it is sweet; it swirls with ambiguity and conflict beneath a simple surface. In all of 88 minutes, Mr. Carney's singular fable follows its guy and girl through a week of musical and emotional growth that could suffice for a lifetime.
    • 79 Metascore
    • 100 Joe Morgenstern
    The gadgetry is absolutely dazzling, the action is mostly exhilarating, the comedy is scintillating and the whole enormous enterprise, spawned by Marvel comics, throbs with dramatic energy because the man inside the shiny red robotic rig is a daring choice for an action hero, and an inspired one.
    • 87 Metascore
    • 100 Joe Morgenstern
    Brokeback Mountain aspires to an epic sweep and achieves it, though with singular intimacy and grace.
    • 77 Metascore
    • 100 Joe Morgenstern
    Mr. Fukanaga's purpose is to evoke the immigrants' experience, which he does with such eloquence and power as to inspire awe.
    • 89 Metascore
    • 100 Joe Morgenstern
    The view taken by Clint Eastwood, directing from Iris Yamashita's exemplary screenplay, is elegiac, but -- and this is remarkable, given the nature of the production and the sweep of his ambition -- not at all didactic. He lets the film speak for itself, and so it does -- of humanity as well as primitive rage and horror on both sides of the battle.
    • 70 Metascore
    • 100 Joe Morgenstern
    Benjamin Button is all of a visionary piece, and it's a soul-filling vision.
    • 94 Metascore
    • 100 Joe Morgenstern
    The invisible wizard Peter Jackson makes use of every scene to show us the meaning of magnificence. Never has a filmmaker aimed higher, or achieved more.
    • 89 Metascore
    • 100 Joe Morgenstern
    An astonishing combination of spectacle, suspense, martial-arts flash, sublime silliness, anti-gravity action and passionate intensity -- before and after everything else, it's a grand love story.
    • 90 Metascore
    • 100 Joe Morgenstern
    Quite remarkably, though, its clear-eyed view of an unprecedented American tragedy leaves us with emotions that audiences of those earlier days would readily recognize -- love of country, bottomless grief, an appreciation of life's preciousness and fragility. A film that can do this and also teach is to be cherished. And seen. It's time.
    • 85 Metascore
    • 100 Joe Morgenstern
    A singular achievement -- romantic, sensuous, intelligent and finally shattering in its sweep and thematic complexity.
    • 88 Metascore
    • 100 Joe Morgenstern
    What Mr. Hoffman has done here borders on the miraculous.