Joe Morgenstern
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For 1,950 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 0.7 points lower than other critics. (0-100 point scale)

Joe Morgenstern's Scores

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  • TV
Average review score: 59
Highest review score: 100 Please Give
Lowest review score: 0 Untraceable
Score distribution:
1,950 movie reviews
    • 59 Metascore
    • 20 Joe Morgenstern
    J. Edgar, with Leonardo DiCaprio in the title role, is at war with itself, and everyone loses...Mr. Eastwood's ponderous direction, a clumsy script by Dustin Lance Black and ghastly slatherings of old-age makeup all conspire to put the story at an emotional and historical distance. It's a partially animated waxworks.
    • 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.
    • Wall Street Journal
    • 51 Metascore
    • 20 Joe Morgenstern
    The narrative core suffers a conspicuous meltdown, though not before Mr. Mann gets to stage a few impressive action sequences, the best and loudest of which concerns a shootout in a curvilinear tunnel. As for the climax, set against a massive torchlight parade through the streets of Jakarta, it’s very elaborate, and terribly dumb.
    • 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?
    • 50 Metascore
    • 20 Joe Morgenstern
    A deeply dreadful movie -- no, a shallowly dreadful movie -- that's too unpleasant and repetitive to be entertaining, even as camp.
    • Wall Street Journal
    • 48 Metascore
    • 20 Joe Morgenstern
    If I could find some facet to praise, I'd be glad to do so, but the production's mediocrity is all-pervasive -- story, character, graphic design, even music -- and it all points to a failure of corporate imagination, or maybe just nerve.
    • Wall Street Journal
    • 59 Metascore
    • 20 Joe Morgenstern
    Breakfast on Pluto, with an impressive cast that includes Liam Neeson and Brendan Gleeson, deploys its whimsy in many ways, all of them cloying.
    • Wall Street Journal
    • 40 Metascore
    • 20 Joe Morgenstern
    The movie drills itself into our skulls, which are all too vulnerable to such an assault, though I must say my brain glazed over and my heart turned adamantine while the stupidities of this action thriller played themselves out.
    • 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]
    • Wall Street Journal
    • 49 Metascore
    • 20 Joe Morgenstern
    A movie's script is its fate, which means this one is doomed.
    • Wall Street Journal
    • 37 Metascore
    • 20 Joe Morgenstern
    Amelia Earhart is still missing.
    • 59 Metascore
    • 20 Joe Morgenstern
    Mr. Pratt’s charm is no match for the crude filmmaking or the stupid plot that keeps him running around in a constant state of artificial animation.
    • 44 Metascore
    • 20 Joe Morgenstern
    It's bad enough to make parable a four-letter word.
    • Wall Street Journal
    • 45 Metascore
    • 20 Joe Morgenstern
    The last thing we need is entertainment that evokes the horror and then trivializes it with cheesy heroics. Never has a movie taken on a subject of greater immediacy, or handled it more ineptly.
    • Wall Street Journal
    • 32 Metascore
    • 20 Joe Morgenstern
    Mr. Rock's opening scene is very funny. After that it's a steep downhill slide.
    • Wall Street Journal
    • 44 Metascore
    • 20 Joe Morgenstern
    What was fresh and surprising in Las Vegas turns rancid and predictable in Bangkok.
    • 58 Metascore
    • 20 Joe Morgenstern
    Rarely has a major motion picture -- and this one is major by virtue of its misplaced ambition as well as its budget -- been afflicted by such flagrant dissonance between subject and style.
    • Wall Street Journal
    • 42 Metascore
    • 20 Joe Morgenstern
    Manages to make its live actors sound -- and even sometimes look -- computer generated. This wan, sluggish comedy wouldn't pass muster as a premium-cable original, but here it is on the big screen.
    • Wall Street Journal
    • 44 Metascore
    • 20 Joe Morgenstern
    Choose to pass this one up.
    • Wall Street Journal
    • 33 Metascore
    • 20 Joe Morgenstern
    The movie's smugness is insufferable.
    • Wall Street Journal
    • 55 Metascore
    • 20 Joe Morgenstern
    The oddest thing about this very odd movie is that it doesn't seem to know what to make of itself.
    • Wall Street Journal
    • 54 Metascore
    • 20 Joe Morgenstern
    Bee Movie isn't a B movie, it's a Z movie, as in dizmal.
    • 22 Metascore
    • 20 Joe Morgenstern
    Bad can't begin to describe Christmas With the Kranks. It's sub-humbug.
    • Wall Street Journal
    • 34 Metascore
    • 20 Joe Morgenstern
    The only entertaining member of the cast is Terence Stamp.
    • Wall Street Journal
    • 46 Metascore
    • 20 Joe Morgenstern
    A deadly earnest and deadly dull psychological thriller.
    • 56 Metascore
    • 20 Joe Morgenstern
    Elegance isn't Zack Snyder's bag; a certain sort of impact is. Watchmen establishes him as Hollywood's reigning master of psychic suffocation.
    • 51 Metascore
    • 20 Joe Morgenstern
    A generally mirthless comedy of manners.
    • Wall Street Journal
    • 52 Metascore
    • 20 Joe Morgenstern
    Motion is in copious supply -- a frenzied shootout at Manhattan's Guggenheim Museum grows interminable -- but the workings of the abstract plot are unfathomable, the characters are unpleasant and a couple of assassinations leave us as cold as the corpses.
    • 54 Metascore
    • 20 Joe Morgenstern
    For better or worse, Woody Allen turns out a movie every year. Last year's "Midnight in Paris" was better than better; that is to say, sublime. To Rome With Love is worse than worse, as inert as its predecessor was inspired.
    • 42 Metascore
    • 20 Joe Morgenstern
    What I don't understand is why this extended piece of idiocy chose to sink its stinky teeth into our 16th president. If an axe-wielding hero was required, George Washington would have been the better choice, with the Redcoats as bloodsuckers.

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