Joe Morgenstern
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For 1,854 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 Class
Lowest review score: 0 Metroland
Score distribution:
1,854 movie reviews
    • 84 Metascore
    • 100 Joe Morgenstern
    It's one of the best surprises of the holiday season.
    • Wall Street Journal
    • 85 Metascore
    • 100 Joe Morgenstern
    Excites us with words not spoken, passions not played out. A mood story more than a love story, it's all about sustaining a state of exquisite melancholy in the face of desire.
    • Wall Street Journal
    • 85 Metascore
    • 100 Joe Morgenstern
    A magnificent documentary.
    • 83 Metascore
    • 100 Joe Morgenstern
    One of the great films of our time, or any other.
    • Wall Street Journal
    • 69 Metascore
    • 100 Joe Morgenstern
    Essentially a coming-of-age story set in working-class North Carolina in the 1970s. But it's so startlingly original that it transcends the genre. This is a wonderful film, from puckish start to momentous finish.
    • Wall Street Journal
    • 90 Metascore
    • 100 Joe Morgenstern
    Pirandello didn't have a patch on its complexities. Here's a popular entertainment with an eclectic soundtrack raising penetrating questions of identity in astonishing sequences that interweave live action with comic-book art.
    • 88 Metascore
    • 100 Joe Morgenstern
    Casts a spell and then some -- a ringing testament to the power of motion pictures.
    • Wall Street Journal
    • 76 Metascore
    • 100 Joe Morgenstern
    An improbably bountiful subject -- kids on skateboards turning themselves into virtuoso artist-athletes -- has been brought to life in a wonderful, unpretentious documentary.
    • Wall Street Journal
    • 88 Metascore
    • 100 Joe Morgenstern
    Give yourself away to this movie and you'll be glad you did.
    • Wall Street Journal
    • 86 Metascore
    • 100 Joe Morgenstern
    The kind of movie they don't make any more -- a seriously beautiful, deliberately paced drama that meanders for a while at the pace of a summer romance, then explodes with phenomenal force.
    • Wall Street Journal
    • 77 Metascore
    • 100 Joe Morgenstern
    Transcends its star's controversial career and, in the bargain, stands head, shoulders and heart above every other Hollywood movie that we've seen so far this year.
    • Wall Street Journal
    • 78 Metascore
    • 100 Joe Morgenstern
    Magnificent.
    • 86 Metascore
    • 100 Joe Morgenstern
    Beautiful (sometimes sublimely so), daring (sometimes outrageously so), seriously crazed and terrifically funny.
    • Wall Street Journal
    • 92 Metascore
    • 100 Joe Morgenstern
    Against all odds in an era of machine-made spectaculars, Mr. Jackson and his collaborators have created a film epic that lives and breathes.
    • Wall Street Journal
    • 72 Metascore
    • 100 Joe Morgenstern
    Everywhere in Nowhere in Africa, skill and art translate into vivid life.
    • Wall Street Journal
    • 75 Metascore
    • 100 Joe Morgenstern
    Goes from good to great in 90 minutes, and then it's over, except that it's really not, because this small masterwork grows even deeper and more affecting as it takes up permanent residence in your memory.
    • Wall Street Journal
    • 94 Metascore
    • 100 Joe Morgenstern
    It is plainly, though not simply, a masterpiece from an acknowledged master of contemporary animation, and a wonderfully welcoming work of art that's as funny and entertaining as it is brilliant, beautiful and deep.
    • Wall Street Journal
    • 89 Metascore
    • 100 Joe Morgenstern
    Giddily funny in a singularly American idiom, and shot, by Lance Acord, with an eagle eye for cultural absurdities, Ms. Coppola's film is also a meditation on love and longing, shot through with a sensibility that's all the more surprising for being so unfashionably tender.
    • Wall Street Journal
    • 82 Metascore
    • 100 Joe Morgenstern
    This joyous farce is a big, big deal, and Jack Black is nothing less than majestic as a scruffy, irreverent rocker passing himself off as a pedagogue in a private school.
    • Wall Street Journal
    • 81 Metascore
    • 100 Joe Morgenstern
    Just as Aubrey's authority springs from skill and knowledge, so does the film's power. They don't make movies like this any more because few people know how to make them.
    • Wall Street Journal
    • 94 Metascore
    • 100 Joe Morgenstern
    The invisible wizard Peter Jackson makes use of every scene to show us the meaning of magnificence. Never has a filmmaker aimed higher, or achieved more.
    • Wall Street Journal
    • 82 Metascore
    • 100 Joe Morgenstern
    An absolutely thrilling recreation, in documentary style, of a now-legendary story.
    • Wall Street Journal
    • 89 Metascore
    • 100 Joe Morgenstern
    One of those rare collaborations that artists dream of, and that film lovers crave.
    • Wall Street Journal
    • 83 Metascore
    • 100 Joe Morgenstern
    Here's an entertainment to warm the heart of anyone who grew up (or failed to) on the formative joys of action movies.
    • Wall Street Journal
    • 70 Metascore
    • 100 Joe Morgenstern
    Once in a great while a film seems right in every detail. Andre Techine's Strayed ("Les Egares") is such a film.
    • Wall Street Journal
    • 81 Metascore
    • 100 Joe Morgenstern
    Please see this movie, and take any kids old enough to read subtitles. It's one of a kind.
    • Wall Street Journal
    • 67 Metascore
    • 100 Joe Morgenstern
    One of those rare and complex dramas that you can enter, not simply watch.
    • Wall Street Journal
    • 94 Metascore
    • 100 Joe Morgenstern
    Sideways makes you glad about America, about movies, about life.
    • Wall Street Journal
    • 76 Metascore
    • 100 Joe Morgenstern
    Rapturously beautiful, startlingly audacious and often very funny, the film employs many of the techniques that were used so pleasingly in "Amélie."
    • Wall Street Journal
    • 89 Metascore
    • 100 Joe Morgenstern
    An astonishing combination of spectacle, suspense, martial-arts flash, sublime silliness, anti-gravity action and passionate intensity -- before and after everything else, it's a grand love story.
    • Wall Street Journal

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