Joe Morgenstern

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For 2,198 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 2 points lower than other critics. (0-100 point scale)

Joe Morgenstern's Scores

  • Movies
  • TV
Average review score: 60
Highest review score: 100 The Lord of the Rings: The Return of the King
Lowest review score: 0 Just Married
Score distribution:
2198 movie reviews
    • 48 Metascore
    • 60 Joe Morgenstern
    Ms. Judd commands the screen with consistent authority, and Mr. Freeman brings expansive humor to the role of a self-styled wildcard who's still dangerous in court.
    • Wall Street Journal
    • 65 Metascore
    • 60 Joe Morgenstern
    As a piece of summer entertainment, this strenuously upbeat prequel to Pixar's "Monsters, Inc." passes with vibrant colors and will, of course, excel at the box office...But as an offering from Pixar, the studio that set the platinum standard for contemporary animated features, it's an awful disappointment — and one more reason to worry about Pixar's future under Disney ownership.
    • Wall Street Journal
    • 52 Metascore
    • 60 Joe Morgenstern
    Dopamine could do with a bit more of whatever hormone governs pacing, but Mr. Decena is a director with a future. He knows how to connect with his actors.
    • Wall Street Journal
    • 65 Metascore
    • 60 Joe Morgenstern
    Reese Witherspoon is funny and touching as the scrappy Kansan who befriends the bewildered arrivals, and the movie's three Lost Boys, no longer lost or boys, are intensely appealing.
    • 62 Metascore
    • 60 Joe Morgenstern
    The most disturbious part of Disturbia is how engaging this teenage thriller manages to be, even though it's a shameless rip-off of "Rear Window."
    • Wall Street Journal
    • 48 Metascore
    • 60 Joe Morgenstern
    That's what is missing from The Longest Yard most egregiously. Charm has been kept on the bench.
    • Wall Street Journal
    • 46 Metascore
    • 60 Joe Morgenstern
    Something of a shambles -- a shambles about a shambles -- but bound for big success and deservedly so.
    • Wall Street Journal
    • 57 Metascore
    • 60 Joe Morgenstern
    Mr. Attal's real-life problem is his simplistic script, which makes the husband a childish fool and a bit of a bore.
    • Wall Street Journal
    • 67 Metascore
    • 60 Joe Morgenstern
    Taken on its own terms, Bolt the movie certainly makes the cut.
    • 55 Metascore
    • 60 Joe Morgenstern
    The movie reminded me of a relatively new product, the little translucent wafer that you put on your tongue to freshen your breath. One hit of intense flavor and the thing dissolves without a trace.
    • Wall Street Journal
    • 85 Metascore
    • 60 Joe Morgenstern
    Astonishing visually and problematic dramatically.
    • Wall Street Journal
    • 82 Metascore
    • 60 Joe Morgenstern
    Christopher Nolan's latest exploration of the Batman mythology steeps its muddled plot in so much murk that the Joker's maniacal nihilism comes to seem like a recurrent grace note.
    • 72 Metascore
    • 60 Joe Morgenstern
    Your reaction to the film will depend on your tolerance for scatology -- some of this stuff is very funny, although most of it is grindingly, numbingly awful -- and your interest in standup comics.
    • Wall Street Journal
    • 75 Metascore
    • 60 Joe Morgenstern
    Amy the writer has tried to reconcile her gift for whip-smart, razor-sharp comedy sketches with the demands of a feature film. On the whole she hasn’t pulled it off — the movie veers sharply off track toward the end. Still, the sum of its most memorable parts is great fun.
    • 63 Metascore
    • 60 Joe Morgenstern
    Compelling as the subject may be, its abstract nature would challenge the most skillful of dramatists, and Mr. Niccol’s script seldom rises above slogans, argumentation and standard-brand domestic tension.
    • 38 Metascore
    • 60 Joe Morgenstern
    This slapdash farce, arriving three decades after Sellers last inhabited the role, sustains a baseline of good will that often spikes into delight at Mr. Martin's beguiling nonsense.
    • Wall Street Journal
    • 63 Metascore
    • 60 Joe Morgenstern
    Ms. Levy's film gets to say affecting things about the mysteries of identity, and the ironies of ancient enmity. If we can assume, from the nature of the premise, that Joseph and Yacine will soon accept their situation and become friends, we can also assume, from the course of history, that the Israelis and Palestinians will continue to resist doing the same.
    • 65 Metascore
    • 60 Joe Morgenstern
    Puss made his debut in "Shrek 2," then did time in the two decreasingly funny sequels. Now he's got a movie of his own, and not a moment too soon.
    • 65 Metascore
    • 60 Joe Morgenstern
    I Love You Phillip Morris is tragedy, or something close to it, decked out in comedy's clothes.
    • 60 Metascore
    • 60 Joe Morgenstern
    I can't recommend it without reservation, but it's a must-see for those who have followed Mr. Troell's career, and a should-see for those who can look past its oddities to its cumulative power.
    • 63 Metascore
    • 60 Joe Morgenstern
    Against all odds this panoply of punishment is almost thrilling, even though it's raging bull of a different kind.
    • 57 Metascore
    • 60 Joe Morgenstern
    Little by little, though, he (Ledger)and those around him achieve a critical mass -- an extremely light critical mass -- and the plot pops with entertaining complications.
    • 61 Metascore
    • 60 Joe Morgenstern
    Cleverly conceived, skillfully made and performed with unflagging verve, it's a change of pace (slower) and scale (smaller) for Mr. Scott, the director of such pounding epics as "Gladiator" and "Black Hawk Down." Yet this intimate, intricate con about a couple of petty con men selling water filtration systems is also remote and forgettable in the end, a lapidary icicle.
    • Wall Street Journal
    • 49 Metascore
    • 60 Joe Morgenstern
    It's interesting to see how a potent premise -- those among us who behave like aliens probably are -- can sustain, more or less, an erratic, disjointed sequel.
    • Wall Street Journal
    • 56 Metascore
    • 60 Joe Morgenstern
    Most of the film, a debut feature directed by Christophe Barratier, is quite shamelessly formulaic. The Chorus redeems itself, though, with Mr. Jugnot's astute, understated performance.
    • Wall Street Journal
    • 57 Metascore
    • 60 Joe Morgenstern
    The movie snaps sharply to life every now and then, and its unfashionable decency really gets to you.
    • Wall Street Journal
    • 76 Metascore
    • 60 Joe Morgenstern
    Absurdist, but also condescending and self-infatuated; The Royal Tenenbaums is at least three times too clever for its own good.
    • Wall Street Journal
    • 44 Metascore
    • 60 Joe Morgenstern
    To give the film its full due, the people who made it — the writer, John Swetnam, and the director, Steven Quale — got wind of a genuine trend and ran with it. Everyone on screen is busy filming everyone else. It's a shakier-camera version of "The Blair Witch Project" in the era of YouTube.
    • 72 Metascore
    • 60 Joe Morgenstern
    It looks so stylish that thinking about its plot is strictly optional.
    • 52 Metascore
    • 60 Joe Morgenstern
    For all of the care and imagination that have been lavished on the production, which was designed by Arthur Max and photographed by Dariusz Wolski, the film’s impact is best expressed by frequent aerial shots that are visually impressive and emotionally remote.

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