For 1,784 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 The Story of the Weeping Camel
Lowest review score: 0 Because I Said So
Score distribution:
1,784 movie reviews
    • 51 Metascore
    • 20 Joe Morgenstern
    The Navajos must have sent much more crucial messages at much higher levels during the war, but you'd never know it from this movie. Windtalkers is practically all action and no talk.
    • 41 Metascore
    • 20 Joe Morgenstern
    Young audiences may welcome this movie, but girls, and boys, should want more.
    • 37 Metascore
    • 20 Joe Morgenstern
    A gothic thriller called Cold Creek Manor extrudes an 80-minute idea -- I may be overgenerous here -- into 118 minutes that feel like an eternity.
    • 33 Metascore
    • 20 Joe Morgenstern
    The best thing about a movie as silly as this is that it makes such modest demands on your attention. As the story unfolded with all the energy of California in a Stage 3 alert, I staved off brain death by trying to imagine an alternate version.
    • 36 Metascore
    • 20 Joe Morgenstern
    I wish I'd brought a pair of peas to the screening. Then I could have taken in the glorious scenery without the dumb dialogue, which is delivered in a jangle of accents that makes a mockery of ethnicity.
    • 48 Metascore
    • 20 Joe Morgenstern
    Adam Sandler's 50 First Dates isn't just slovenly and smarmy but creepy.
    • 52 Metascore
    • 20 Joe Morgenstern
    This ripoff, directed by Jerry Zucker, has a few funny moments, but it's a sad sad sad sad example of what Hollywood is currently serving up -- and what audiences are swallowing -- as summer entertainment.
    • 32 Metascore
    • 20 Joe Morgenstern
    An ugly exercise in big-budget carnage.
    • 33 Metascore
    • 20 Joe Morgenstern
    Remarkably joyless, even though Ms. Jolie is a formidable presence with the potential for becoming a witty one.
    • 48 Metascore
    • 20 Joe Morgenstern
    Relevance can't rescue this would-be epic from the swamps of inertia, absurdity and sentimentality.
    • 34 Metascore
    • 20 Joe Morgenstern
    The only entertaining member of the cast is Terence Stamp.
    • 47 Metascore
    • 20 Joe Morgenstern
    Smith is only a rogue computer program, but this morbidly dispiriting movie makes him sound like a prophet.
    • 53 Metascore
    • 20 Joe Morgenstern
    Most of the prime goofiness is given over to Vassili and Konig sharpshooting at each other while the battle rages. The movie's a red elephant.
    • 50 Metascore
    • 20 Joe Morgenstern
    Might have qualified as dumb fun if they hadn't left out the fun.
    • 24 Metascore
    • 20 Joe Morgenstern
    The remake stumbles from a ragged start into a child's garden of worses -- worse than the original in more ways than you could imagine.
    • 44 Metascore
    • 20 Joe Morgenstern
    It's bad enough to make parable a four-letter word.
    • 32 Metascore
    • 20 Joe Morgenstern
    A sudsless soap opera with human misery as a backdrop for romantic banality.
    • 22 Metascore
    • 20 Joe Morgenstern
    Bad can't begin to describe Christmas With the Kranks. It's sub-humbug.
    • 53 Metascore
    • 20 Joe Morgenstern
    A limited movie that can't animate its subject amid all the tricks and glitz. De-Lovely is devoid of life.
    • 39 Metascore
    • 20 Joe Morgenstern
    Disney's National Treasure is supposed to be family-friendly, a PG-rated action adventure free of hard violence and bad language. That's admirable, to be sure, but with a friend like this a family doesn't need sleeping pills.
    • 47 Metascore
    • 20 Joe Morgenstern
    Mr. Sayle's portrait is painfully unfunny, and the movie as a whole is a plodding polemic.
    • 55 Metascore
    • 20 Joe Morgenstern
    Gets to be dislikable in its glib feelgoodness. The movie's many excellent actors do too much acting with too little conviction in scenes that rush through perfunctory setups to deliver pat payoffs.
    • 58 Metascore
    • 20 Joe Morgenstern
    These people -- the filmmakers as well as the cast -- have brought a rare sense of camaraderie to their work. Unfortunately, they forgot to bring a script. They even forgot, in the midst of their joyous self-involvement, to take good pictures of the places they visited.
    • 32 Metascore
    • 20 Joe Morgenstern
    Mr. Scott's idea of making movies is to bludgeon or deafen his audience with every scene. In another line of work he'd be certifiable. [16 Aug 1996, p.A8]
    • 42 Metascore
    • 20 Joe Morgenstern
    The Loss of Sexual Innocence is a work of intransigent anger and barely relieved depression. [28 May 1999]
    • 55 Metascore
    • 20 Joe Morgenstern
    Not to put too fine a point on it, Surviving Picasso is merely the worst movie ever made about a painter; worse movies have been made on other subjects, though none comes immediately to mind. [20 Sep 1996]
    • 39 Metascore
    • 20 Joe Morgenstern
    The movie will surely find an audience, since it speaks to young people's anxieties about marriage and parenting. But what are two particularly engaging performers doing in a dump of a comedy like this?
    • 47 Metascore
    • 20 Joe Morgenstern
    Basically a theme-park version of a tawdry tradition.
    • 52 Metascore
    • 20 Joe Morgenstern
    How do I count the ways this movie goes wrong?
    • 28 Metascore
    • 20 Joe Morgenstern
    I wanted to give this movie a fair shake, though I can't pretend to be an admirer of Ayn Rand's writing. But the movie, the first installment of a projected trilogy, doesn't give the book a fair shake.