For 1,826 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 Fruitvale Station
Lowest review score: 0 Compliance
Score distribution:
1,826 movie reviews
    • 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.
    • 32 Metascore
    • 10 Joe Morgenstern
    How could a movie with such likable actors be so deeply dislikable?
    • 45 Metascore
    • 10 Joe Morgenstern
    Downey is undone by a woefully amateurish production that, sadly and ironically, looks like a cheap TV show.
    • 48 Metascore
    • 10 Joe Morgenstern
    Built from an alloy of absurdium and stupidium, with the latter, heavier element dominating the mix.
    • 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.
    • 27 Metascore
    • 10 Joe Morgenstern
    The worst would-be-big-and-Capraesque-but-actually-bloated-and-bloviating-beyond-belief movie of the year.
    • 45 Metascore
    • 10 Joe Morgenstern
    Looks like the deformed spawn of a development process gone awry.
    • 43 Metascore
    • 10 Joe Morgenstern
    Lacks both taste and flavor.
    • 21 Metascore
    • 10 Joe Morgenstern
    Nothing but miscalculation from clumsy start to chaotic finish, an action thriller with a cynical, shriveled soul.
    • 47 Metascore
    • 10 Joe Morgenstern
    Grindingly tedious.
    • 43 Metascore
    • 10 Joe Morgenstern
    Too labored to be romantic and too derivative to be funny.
    • 38 Metascore
    • 10 Joe Morgenstern
    This shabby enterprise gets so many things so wrong that it freezes your face into a cringe.
    • 38 Metascore
    • 10 Joe Morgenstern
    This noirish, sourish thriller left me unmoving as well as unmoved.
    • 48 Metascore
    • 10 Joe Morgenstern
    What they've done here goes beyond gross -- or clumsy, or dumb -- to genuine ugliness, both cutaneous and sub.
    • 27 Metascore
    • 10 Joe Morgenstern
    Sara is supposed to be an adorable screwball with a fatal disease. Ms. Theron certainly gets the adorable right. With a comic style that's close to unerring, she not only deserves better than this junk but the very best.
    • 28 Metascore
    • 10 Joe Morgenstern
    Timeline has negative energy to burn. There's even less of it by the end than at the beginning.
    • 34 Metascore
    • 10 Joe Morgenstern
    Ragging on Town & Country is like shooting a school of fish that's already belly up in a fetid barrel, but the movie's ineptitude is almost incomparable.
    • 43 Metascore
    • 10 Joe Morgenstern
    A gross-out saga that sentient adults should avoid like the plague.
    • 34 Metascore
    • 10 Joe Morgenstern
    I must confess that I was outsmarted by the ending, but by that time my brain had been bludgeoned into a state just north of stupor.
    • 43 Metascore
    • 10 Joe Morgenstern
    The nadir of the movie -- or cheesy zenith -- is Ollie's sodden soliloquy, delivered in the presence of his baby, in which he laments the loss of her mother and his wife. All that's missing are the strains of Ravel's "Pavane For a Dead Princess."