Joe Morgenstern

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For 2,155 reviews, this critic has graded:
  • 42% higher than the average critic
  • 2% same as the average critic
  • 56% lower than the average critic
On average, this critic grades 1.7 points lower than other critics. (0-100 point scale)

Joe Morgenstern's Scores

  • Movies
  • TV
Average review score: 60
Highest review score: 100 Fruitvale Station
Lowest review score: 0 Jupiter Ascending
Score distribution:
2155 movie reviews
    • 90 Metascore
    • 100 Joe Morgenstern
    Spectacular for its humanity, austere beauty and heart-stopping urgency.
    • 94 Metascore
    • 100 Joe Morgenstern
    The level of invention is so high, and the density of detail is so great, that it’s impossible to absorb everything in a single viewing.
    • 79 Metascore
    • 100 Joe Morgenstern
    I don’t know how Ms. Arnold works the magic she does with her actors, whether amateur or professional — Mr. LaBeouf inhabits his role with sly charm and explosive ferocity — but it’s an expansion of what she started doing more than a decade ago in her remarkable “Wasp.”
    • 82 Metascore
    • 100 Joe Morgenstern
    Here's an iffy proposition. If A Hijacking was in English, or if U.S. audiences weren't finicky about reading subtitles, or if life was fair, this brilliant thriller, by the Danish filmmaker Tobias Lindholm, would be playing on multiplex screens throughout the country.
    • Wall Street Journal
    • 91 Metascore
    • 100 Joe Morgenstern
    Ida
    Pawel Pawlikowski's Ida, a compact masterpiece set in Poland in the early 1960s, gets to the heart of its matter with startling swiftness.
    • 74 Metascore
    • 100 Joe Morgenstern
    A dulcetly crazy, certifiably hilarious and eerily mysterious little comedy.
    • 92 Metascore
    • 100 Joe Morgenstern
    The third film of the trilogy turns out to be gorgeously joyous and deeply felt.
    • 90 Metascore
    • 100 Joe Morgenstern
    The loveliest part of Mad Max: Fury Road is its grungy, quasi-Gothic imagery — the production was designed by Colin Gibson and photographed by John Seale. And the fullest flowering of its images can be found in its muscle cars, muscle trucks, muscle trailers and muscle buggies.
    • 83 Metascore
    • 100 Joe Morgenstern
    Stunning and, in the aggregate, almost overwhelming. This is not a feel-good travelogue, and Mr. Salgado has never pretended to be a cockeyed optimist.
    • 96 Metascore
    • 100 Joe Morgenstern
    Movie audiences have never been presented with anything quite like the intertwined beauty and savagery of 12 Years a Slave.
    • 86 Metascore
    • 100 Joe Morgenstern
    Slumdog Millionaire is the film world's first globalized masterpiece.
    • 87 Metascore
    • 100 Joe Morgenstern
    It's a meditation on mortality, with remarkable resemblances to "Gravity," not to mention echoes of "The Old Man and the Sea." It's admirably crafted, with a wealth of detail that illustrates the sailor's resourcefulness.
    • 75 Metascore
    • 100 Joe Morgenstern
    Through it all -- the free-form conversations, the brilliant set pieces, the preposterous gross-outs, the flawless performances -- Kristen Wiig's forlorn maid of honor, Annie, seeks her own destiny with a wrenchingly cockeyed passion.
    • 81 Metascore
    • 100 Joe Morgenstern
    Only in America, though, could filmmakers illuminate such a dire subject, and the financial debacle that ensued, with the sort of scathing wit, joyous irreverence and brilliant boisterousness that make The Big Short an improbable triumph.
    • 94 Metascore
    • 100 Joe Morgenstern
    Sideways makes you glad about America, about movies, about life.
    • Wall Street Journal
    • 79 Metascore
    • 100 Joe Morgenstern
    An absolutely phenomenal film by the Korean director Bong Joon-ho.
    • 82 Metascore
    • 100 Joe Morgenstern
    Exquisite images, poignant humor, echoes of cinema history and a sense of having watched genuine magic.
    • 82 Metascore
    • 100 Joe Morgenstern
    A splendid war movie. The combat sequences are harrowing -- all the more so for the director's spare, sharp-eyed style -- and the performances are phenomenally fine.
    • Wall Street Journal
    • 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.
    • Wall Street Journal
    • 79 Metascore
    • 100 Joe Morgenstern
    The film forges ahead, in vivid 3-D, with such energy, expertise and thunderous conviction that you readily accept its basic premise — the pell-mell emergence of great intelligence, plus moral awareness, in primitive bodies — and find yourself exactly where the filmmakers want you to be, swinging giddily between sympathy for the apes and the humans in what threatens to become all-out war.
    • 82 Metascore
    • 100 Joe Morgenstern
    Ms. Muylaert’s guiding principle seems to have been fearlessness, and her film, which was shot by Barbara Alvarez, is superb on all counts.
    • 92 Metascore
    • 100 Joe Morgenstern
    Against all odds in an era of machine-made spectaculars, Mr. Jackson and his collaborators have created a film epic that lives and breathes.
    • Wall Street Journal
    • 100 Metascore
    • 100 Joe Morgenstern
    On rare occasions a movie seems to channel the flow of real life. Boyhood is one of those occasions. In its ambition, which is matched by its execution, Richard Linklater's endearing epic is not only rare but unique.
    • 84 Metascore
    • 100 Joe Morgenstern
    I thought "Topsy-Turvy" was perfection, a spirited evocation of the partnership of Gilbert and Sullivan, plus a blithely definitive depiction of the artistic process. Happy-Go-Lucky is perfection too, assuming you go along with its leisurely pace, which I did quite happily.
    • 76 Metascore
    • 100 Joe Morgenstern
    Gleeful and smart, funny and serious, this sequel surpasses the endearing original with gorgeous animation — a dragon Eden, a dragon scourge, an infinitude of dragons — and one stirring human encounter after another.
    • 91 Metascore
    • 100 Joe Morgenstern
    The Israeli journalist Dror Moreh has hit a documentarian's trifecta with The Gatekeepers. It's an exemplary piece of enterprise journalism, a vivid history of the Israeli-Palestinian conflict, and a polemic that's all the more remarkable for the shared experience of the polemicists.
    • 76 Metascore
    • 100 Joe Morgenstern
    It isn't saying too much, though, to call Mia Hansen-Løve's French-language drama beautiful, profound and, given the gathering tensions of its story, phenomenally full of life.
    • 89 Metascore
    • 100 Joe Morgenstern
    Good movies summon up worlds. Son of Saul, a great movie and a debut feature by László Nemes, summons up a world we may think we know from a visual perspective we’ve never encountered — the willed tunnel vision of a Jewish worker in a Nazi death camp.
    • 91 Metascore
    • 100 Joe Morgenstern
    All ups with no downs, it’s a motion picture in the truest sense of the term. I’ve never seen anything quite like it and I loved every one of its 72 minutes.

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