Joe Morgenstern
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For 1,924 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

  • Movies
  • TV
Average review score: 59
Highest review score: 100 The Dangerous Lives of Altar Boys
Lowest review score: 0 Henry Fool
Score distribution:
1,924 movie reviews
    • 77 Metascore
    • 90 Joe Morgenstern
    A handsome, absorbing debut feature by the fiction and television writer Henry Bromell.
    • Wall Street Journal
    • 84 Metascore
    • 90 Joe Morgenstern
    A magnificent concert film of Latino jazz.
    • Wall Street Journal
    • 85 Metascore
    • 90 Joe Morgenstern
    It's astonishing, and moving.
    • Wall Street Journal
    • 75 Metascore
    • 90 Joe Morgenstern
    A thrillingly, thoroughly wonderful film.
    • Wall Street Journal
    • 79 Metascore
    • 90 Joe Morgenstern
    A stunning drama that's distinguished by a magnificent performance; the most powerful scenes are those that play, as recollection or confession, on Lena Endre's lovely face.
    • Wall Street Journal
    • 62 Metascore
    • 90 Joe Morgenstern
    The team's (Merchant-Ivory) best adaptation yet of a Henry James novel.
    • Wall Street Journal
    • 77 Metascore
    • 90 Joe Morgenstern
    Proves to be a remarkably lean and incisive film about the fateful power of sexuality.
    • Wall Street Journal
    • 85 Metascore
    • 90 Joe Morgenstern
    A stunning drama about the desperate state of women in Iran.
    • Wall Street Journal
    • 88 Metascore
    • 90 Joe Morgenstern
    Vincent is played masterfully by Aurelien Recoing, who gives him a sort of as-if anomie; this haunted hero is so detached that he may not realize he has no real life to be detached from.
    • Wall Street Journal
    • 83 Metascore
    • 90 Joe Morgenstern
    See The Magdalene Sisters for its own sake; the performances alone are inspirational. But see it too as an example of how powerful a feature film still can be in the hands of an impassioned filmmaker.
    • Wall Street Journal
    • 54 Metascore
    • 90 Joe Morgenstern
    The good news about Claude Lelouch's And Now Ladies and Gentlemen -- there's no bad news -- is that the man who made the sublimely superficial "A Man and a Woman" almost four decades ago has grown in wisdom and artistry, but hasn't lost his love of glossy surfaces.
    • Wall Street Journal
    • 76 Metascore
    • 90 Joe Morgenstern
    This portrait of a failing marriage is one of the summer's great discoveries, and a marvel of mercurial intimacy.
    • Wall Street Journal
    • 71 Metascore
    • 90 Joe Morgenstern
    Like his (David Gordon Green's) debut feature of three years ago, the exquisite "George Washington," this new one has my heart, and I think it will have yours.
    • 78 Metascore
    • 90 Joe Morgenstern
    Who doesn't need what this movie has to give?
    • Wall Street Journal
    • 85 Metascore
    • 90 Joe Morgenstern
    A marvelous story.
    • Wall Street Journal
    • 75 Metascore
    • 90 Joe Morgenstern
    A smart, funny and strangely touching film.
    • Wall Street Journal
    • 83 Metascore
    • 90 Joe Morgenstern
    I loved this movie, and I wish it could be seen by all those kids who turn out every weekend for shoddy studio comedies that show them who they'd like to be. Raising Victor Vargas shows young lovers as they are.
    • Wall Street Journal
    • 84 Metascore
    • 90 Joe Morgenstern
    A deeply serious and seriously hilarious fable of the lunacy of war.
    • Wall Street Journal
    • 90 Metascore
    • 90 Joe Morgenstern
    Whatever thematic clarity the added footage may confer is prosaic or didactic and intrusive; this stuff hit the cutting-room floor the first time around for good reason.
    • Wall Street Journal
    • 84 Metascore
    • 90 Joe Morgenstern
    Terrifically funny and remarkably wise, a comedy that speaks volumes, without a polemical word, about the tension between rigid politics of any stripe and the imperatives of life and love.
    • Wall Street Journal
    • 63 Metascore
    • 90 Joe Morgenstern
    Meticulously crafted and beautifully performed.
    • Wall Street Journal
    • 77 Metascore
    • 90 Joe Morgenstern
    This is a woman's work in the best sense -- empathetic, inferentially erotic and delicately intuitive, as well as fiercely intelligent.
    • Wall Street Journal
    • 78 Metascore
    • 90 Joe Morgenstern
    (Morton's) character here is emotionally mute -- though Morvern speaks, she can't or won't reveal what's in her heart -- and her performance is brilliant from start to finish.
    • Wall Street Journal
    • 68 Metascore
    • 90 Joe Morgenstern
    Mr. Tykwer's hands the movie changes almost magically from drama to chase to romance. As it does so its moral weight lessens; by the end there is less than what first engaged the mind. What meets the eye, though, is unforgettable.
    • Wall Street Journal
    • 58 Metascore
    • 90 Joe Morgenstern
    Pulls you in with smooth assurance, then holds you hostage to extremely creepy developments in the most awesome haunted house since "The Shining."
    • Wall Street Journal
    • 71 Metascore
    • 90 Joe Morgenstern
    The result is an enchanting story of love from an idealized past that endures in the mundane present.
    • Wall Street Journal
    • 86 Metascore
    • 90 Joe Morgenstern
    The explosively combative young hero, Liam (a brilliant performance by Martin Compston), has only the illusion of a fighting chance. Yet Sweet Sixteen is powerful because of the searing honesty with which it strips Liam of his illusions.
    • Wall Street Journal
    • 79 Metascore
    • 90 Joe Morgenstern
    Now the movie can be seen for what it was all along, remarkable by any standards.
    • Wall Street Journal
    • 75 Metascore
    • 90 Joe Morgenstern
    Better than a feelgood movie, it's a feelgreat movie -- genuinely clever, affecting when you least expect it to be and funny from start to finish.
    • Wall Street Journal
    • 90 Metascore
    • 90 Joe Morgenstern
    A wickedly astute and beautiful comedy of manners-cum-murder mystery, it's too dense, and occasionally confusing, to grasp fully the first time around. How lucky, then, that it's also too much fun to see just once.
    • Wall Street Journal

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