Joe Morgenstern
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For 1,867 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 0.5 points lower than other critics. (0-100 point scale)

Joe Morgenstern's Scores

  • Movies
  • TV
Average review score: 59
Highest review score: 100 The Kids Are All Right
Lowest review score: 0 Repo Men
Score distribution:
1,867 movie reviews
    • 33 Metascore
    • 10 Joe Morgenstern
    Everyone in the film seems to be in solitary, thanks to Mr. Duchovny's stultifying style. If there was a single moment of spontaneity, it escaped me. Ditto for frivolity, though bogus poetry abounds.
    • Wall Street Journal
    • 43 Metascore
    • 10 Joe Morgenstern
    The production can best be described by several f-words. It is frenetic, frazzled and febrile. It is also feeble -- almost touchingly so, if you think of what bottomless insecurity must have prompted so much bombast.
    • Wall Street Journal
    • 45 Metascore
    • 10 Joe Morgenstern
    An abomination.
    • Wall Street Journal
    • 36 Metascore
    • 10 Joe Morgenstern
    This cloying piece of claptrap sets a high-water mark for pomposity, condescension, false profundity and true turgidity -- no small accomplishment for the man whose last two features were the deadly duo "Signs" and "The Village."
    • Wall Street Journal
    • 37 Metascore
    • 10 Joe Morgenstern
    What a botch. All the King's Men, a remake of Robert Rossen's classic 1949 film about the rise and fall of a Southern demagogue, has no center, no coherence, no soul and no shame.
    • Wall Street Journal
    • 45 Metascore
    • 10 Joe Morgenstern
    Mr. Brooks manages to be deeply loathsome -- no small feat for a film that's shallowly amateurish.
    • 40 Metascore
    • 10 Joe Morgenstern
    Why, beating the audience about the ears, eyes and brain with essentially the same sequence of events from eight characters' points of view, none of which adds much more than deafening hysteria and identically dreadful music. The filmmakers seem to have missed the point that each re-enactment in "Rashomon" provides new and conflicting information. It makes you wonder if they studied the wrong movie. Maybe they rented "Rush Hour," or a video on Rosh Hashanah.
    • 36 Metascore
    • 10 Joe Morgenstern
    What Happens in Vegas... should have stayed in development -- forever. This ramshackle -- and occasionally repulsive -- farce doesn't even deliver on the minimal promise of its title; most of it takes place in Manhattan.
    • 34 Metascore
    • 10 Joe Morgenstern
    The Happening makes you wonder whether Mr. Shyamalan's own switch may have been flipped. How else to explain his film's befuddling infelicities, insistent banalities, shambling pace and pervasive ineptitude?
    • 47 Metascore
    • 10 Joe Morgenstern
    Joyless and airless suspense thriller.
    • 37 Metascore
    • 10 Joe Morgenstern
    Given the importance of that subject, the real mystery of Mr. Lee's movie is why it's so diffuse, dispirited, emotionally distanced and dramatically inert.
    • 38 Metascore
    • 10 Joe Morgenstern
    Wayne Kramer's interlocking saga of immigration in 21st-century America definitely crosses over, from workaday mediocrity to distinctive dreadfulness.
    • 40 Metascore
    • 10 Joe Morgenstern
    What's never explained is why anyone would do such a dumb remake of Robert Wise's 1951 sci-fi classic.
    • 36 Metascore
    • 10 Joe Morgenstern
    Mr. Smith's latest film is about nothing less than life and death, sin and atonement, and it takes the soggy cake for multiple layers of sentimentality topped by indigestible grandiosity.
    • 29 Metascore
    • 10 Joe Morgenstern
    It's unfunny at best and borderline-amateur at worst, notwithstanding the desperate efforts of Renée Zellweger.
    • 43 Metascore
    • 10 Joe Morgenstern
    Whatever one may think of the overall style--I think it's ludicrous--Mr. Fuqua clearly wanted his film to be operatic, and so it is, in a tone-deaf way.
    • 40 Metascore
    • 10 Joe Morgenstern
    Adds up to one numbingly unfunny comedy.
    • Wall Street Journal
    • 32 Metascore
    • 10 Joe Morgenstern
    How could a movie with such likable actors be so deeply dislikable?
    • Wall Street Journal
    • 45 Metascore
    • 10 Joe Morgenstern
    Downey is undone by a woefully amateurish production that, sadly and ironically, looks like a cheap TV show.
    • Wall Street Journal
    • 48 Metascore
    • 10 Joe Morgenstern
    Built from an alloy of absurdium and stupidium, with the latter, heavier element dominating the mix.
    • Wall Street Journal
    • 50 Metascore
    • 10 Joe Morgenstern
    My Homo sapiens brain was boggled by the movie's clumsiness, while my heart was chilled by the chance that otherwise mature members of my species might mistake this disjointed botch for summer entertainment.
    • Wall Street Journal
    • 27 Metascore
    • 10 Joe Morgenstern
    The worst would-be-big-and-Capraesque-but-actually-bloated-and-bloviating-beyond-belief movie of the year.
    • Wall Street Journal
    • 45 Metascore
    • 10 Joe Morgenstern
    Looks like the deformed spawn of a development process gone awry.
    • Wall Street Journal
    • 43 Metascore
    • 10 Joe Morgenstern
    Lacks both taste and flavor.
    • Wall Street Journal
    • 21 Metascore
    • 10 Joe Morgenstern
    Nothing but miscalculation from clumsy start to chaotic finish, an action thriller with a cynical, shriveled soul.
    • Wall Street Journal
    • 47 Metascore
    • 10 Joe Morgenstern
    Grindingly tedious.
    • Wall Street Journal
    • 43 Metascore
    • 10 Joe Morgenstern
    Too labored to be romantic and too derivative to be funny.
    • Wall Street Journal
    • 38 Metascore
    • 10 Joe Morgenstern
    This shabby enterprise gets so many things so wrong that it freezes your face into a cringe.
    • Wall Street Journal
    • 38 Metascore
    • 10 Joe Morgenstern
    This noirish, sourish thriller left me unmoving as well as unmoved.
    • Wall Street Journal
    • 48 Metascore
    • 10 Joe Morgenstern
    What they've done here goes beyond gross -- or clumsy, or dumb -- to genuine ugliness, both cutaneous and sub.
    • Wall Street Journal

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