Joe Morgenstern

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For 2,220 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 2.2 points lower than other critics. (0-100 point scale)

Joe Morgenstern's Scores

  • Movies
  • TV
Average review score: 60
Highest review score: 100 A Separation
Lowest review score: 0 A Guy Thing
Score distribution:
2220 movie reviews
    • 82 Metascore
    • 100 Joe Morgenstern
    This improbably magnificent film and Michael Giacchino’s majestic score are a perfect match.
    • 94 Metascore
    • 100 Joe Morgenstern
    In Dunkirk, an astonishing evocation of a crucial event during the first year of World War II, Christopher Nolan has created something new in the annals of war films—an intimate epic.
    • 78 Metascore
    • 100 Joe Morgenstern
    Dramatically relentless and emotionally shattering, it brings news from a turbulent past that casts a baleful light on America’s troubled present.
    • 71 Metascore
    • 90 Joe Morgenstern
    Through exquisite details, evocative music and bold dramatic strokes -- including a tragedy that transcends the melodrama it might have been -- Rain renders this family's life in its full dimensions.
    • Wall Street Journal
    • 78 Metascore
    • 90 Joe Morgenstern
    This film is extraordinary on several counts: its knowledge of an arcane trade (Mr. Cohen ran his family's diamond business after his father died); its fondness for telling good life stories; and, above all, its superb starring performance.
    • Wall Street Journal
    • 72 Metascore
    • 90 Joe Morgenstern
    Mr. Quaid has long been a reliably likable actor, but this time he pitches a perfect performance -- no frills, no tricks, not a single false note -- in a film that's true to its stirring subject, and to the sweetest traditions of the game.
    • Wall Street Journal
    • 77 Metascore
    • 90 Joe Morgenstern
    Directed with such a confident, delicate touch. Nothing is insisted on, yet whole lives are discovered and revealed in vignettes that seem as spontaneous as a laugh or a gasp.
    • Wall Street Journal
    • 78 Metascore
    • 90 Joe Morgenstern
    A thriller with a quietly sensational performance by Tilda Swinton.
    • Wall Street Journal
    • 80 Metascore
    • 90 Joe Morgenstern
    A huge delight.
    • 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
    • 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

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