Joe Morgenstern

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For 2,074 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 1.1 points lower than other critics. (0-100 point scale)

Joe Morgenstern's Scores

  • Movies
  • TV
Average review score: 59
Highest review score: 100 Ratatouille
Lowest review score: 0 Speed Racer
Score distribution:
2074 movie reviews
    • 55 Metascore
    • 60 Joe Morgenstern
    Mr. Ritchie is back with more of the same in his second feature, a comedy called "Snatch" that's a sort of lethal pinball machine in which even more picturesque characters bounce from pillage to post.
    • Wall Street Journal
    • 66 Metascore
    • 60 Joe Morgenstern
    Much of the action is interesting, and surprisingly well grounded in science...Yet the script works few variations on its basic idea until the climax, which is crazily out of scale -- the urban-traffic equivalent of a nuclear holocaust.
    • Wall Street Journal
    • 48 Metascore
    • 60 Joe Morgenstern
    It's a movie devoted to showing it, shaking it and selling it with huge zest and self-delight, a movie that raises MTV-style dada to the status of superheated mama, even though, toward the end, it wears awfully thin rather than svelte.
    • Wall Street Journal
    • 60 Metascore
    • 60 Joe Morgenstern
    If Ice Age lacks the fit and finish of top-of-the-line films from Pixar, DreamWorks or Disney, it's still an impressive piece of work for a new feature animation group, and a harbinger of cool cartoons to come.
    • Wall Street Journal
    • 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
    • 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
    • 60 Metascore
    • 60 Joe Morgenstern
    Who knew that one of Billie Holiday's most haunting songs was written in Budapest in the 1930s? I didn't until I saw Gloomy Sunday, a German film, shot in Hungary and directed by Rolf Schubel, that I enjoyed quite a lot, even though it's all over the map in more ways than one.
    • Wall Street Journal
    • 70 Metascore
    • 60 Joe Morgenstern
    I wanted to believe in Bad Santa. At least half of the time I did.
    • Wall Street Journal
    • 58 Metascore
    • 60 Joe Morgenstern
    Simultaneously beguiling and frustrating -- the product of an imagist and dramatist uncomfortably conjoined.
    • Wall Street Journal
    • 72 Metascore
    • 60 Joe Morgenstern
    Eye caviar that doesn't pretend to be much else.
    • 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
    • 55 Metascore
    • 60 Joe Morgenstern
    What's wrong with this picture? Nothing, as long as you don't expect more than a tossed-off goof.
    • Wall Street Journal
    • 50 Metascore
    • 60 Joe Morgenstern
    Any shortfalls in Home on the Range a conventional but perfectly pleasant entertainment, have more to do with the ABC's of storytelling than with the D's of animation.
    • Wall Street Journal
    • 66 Metascore
    • 60 Joe Morgenstern
    A high school comedy that is sharply observed and often terrifically funny, yet oddly misconceived.
    • Wall Street Journal
    • 44 Metascore
    • 60 Joe Morgenstern
    Although mood often substitutes for momentum in Ms. Kalem's film, both of her stars give affecting performances, and there's growth on both sides of the unlikely romance.
    • Wall Street Journal
    • 49 Metascore
    • 60 Joe Morgenstern
    A tatty but good-natured time-passer.
    • Wall Street Journal
    • 67 Metascore
    • 60 Joe Morgenstern
    At its best, Fahrenheit 9/11 is an impressionist burlesque of contemporary American politics that culminates in a somber lament for lives lost in Iraq. But the good stuff -- and there's some extremely good stuff -- keeps getting tainted by Mr. Moore's poison-camera penchant for drawing dark inferences from dubious evidence.
    • Wall Street Journal
    • 90 Metascore
    • 60 Joe Morgenstern
    It's "My Dinner With Andre" for the relationship generation.
    • Wall Street Journal
    • 47 Metascore
    • 60 Joe Morgenstern
    A little humanity can go a long way to make up for a movie's shortcomings, and there's more than a little in Ladder 49, a surprisingly stirring celebration of heroic firefighters.
    • Wall Street Journal
    • 65 Metascore
    • 60 Joe Morgenstern
    It's not a great film, but there's something to be said for a cool-button treatment of a hot-button issue.
    • Wall Street Journal
    • 64 Metascore
    • 60 Joe Morgenstern
    I know this sounds like great fun, and some of it is, but there's nowhere near enough good stuff to fill the 114-minute running time.
    • Wall Street Journal
    • 61 Metascore
    • 60 Joe Morgenstern
    Thus does a book of literary distinction become not-so-grand-Guignol.
    • Wall Street Journal
    • 66 Metascore
    • 60 Joe Morgenstern
    The movie is much too long, but mostly, and sometimes very, entertaining.
    • Wall Street Journal
    • 69 Metascore
    • 60 Joe Morgenstern
    Ting's exploits grow ever more violent and repetitive, but a lot of Ong-Bak is very enjoyable.
    • Wall Street Journal
    • 72 Metascore
    • 60 Joe Morgenstern
    In a film that's carefully crafted but also airless and overcalculated, Mos Def walks away with every scene he's in because we're never sure what his character is up to, and we're never told.
    • Wall Street Journal
    • 63 Metascore
    • 60 Joe Morgenstern
    The director and co-writer, Niels Mueller, has also done his work well, but the film feels insubstantial at 95 minutes, even though -- or maybe because -- it bristles with borrowed ideas and unavoidable associations.
    • Wall Street Journal
    • 55 Metascore
    • 60 Joe Morgenstern
    Glorifies its subject without quite knowing what to make of her. There's no question, though, about Ms. Blanchett in the title role. When she's on screen, the Fourth Estate flourishes.
    • 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
    • 57 Metascore
    • 60 Joe Morgenstern
    A smart entertainment that trades on Mr. Jackson's forceful presence, a cast of extremely likable young actors and lots of basketball action.
    • 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

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