Joe Morgenstern

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For 2,086 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 1 point lower than other critics. (0-100 point scale)

Joe Morgenstern's Scores

  • Movies
  • TV
Average review score: 59
Highest review score: 100 Eternal Sunshine of the Spotless Mind
Lowest review score: 0 Perfect Stranger
Score distribution:
2086 movie reviews
    • 90 Metascore
    • 60 Joe Morgenstern
    It's "My Dinner With Andre" for the relationship generation.
    • Wall Street Journal
    • 88 Metascore
    • 50 Joe Morgenstern
    Up
    I'm still left, though, with an unshakable sense of Up being rushed and sketchy, a collection of lovely storyboards that coalesced incompletely or not at all.
    • 85 Metascore
    • 60 Joe Morgenstern
    Astonishing visually and problematic dramatically.
    • Wall Street Journal
    • 84 Metascore
    • 50 Joe Morgenstern
    Bloated adaptation of P.D. James's thoughtful, compact novel.
    • Wall Street Journal
    • 84 Metascore
    • 40 Joe Morgenstern
    If this death-obsessed drama is a classic, then give me potboiling life.
    • Wall Street Journal
    • 84 Metascore
    • 60 Joe Morgenstern
    Needlessly long, visually drab and not just a foreign-language film, with English subtitles, but a film that's ostensibly foreign to our experience. That said, there are compelling reasons to see it.
    • Wall Street Journal
    • 83 Metascore
    • 60 Joe Morgenstern
    For all its rich trappings, A Little Princess is impoverished at the core. [18 May 1995, p.A14]
    • Wall Street Journal
    • 83 Metascore
    • 50 Joe Morgenstern
    Visually Hugo is a marvel, but dramatically it's a clockwork lemon.
    • 83 Metascore
    • 60 Joe Morgenstern
    The Lego Film has a specialness all its own. There's never been a hodgepodge quite like it.
    • 83 Metascore
    • 60 Joe Morgenstern
    It Follows finally loses track of itself in a silly climax. All the same, it’s one more stylish reminder of how readily we the people can be creeped out.
    • 82 Metascore
    • 40 Joe Morgenstern
    The absence of any nuance in the father's character bespeaks the filmmaker's unwillingness to trust his audience. Making the movie may have been therapeutic for him, but I can't say the same about watching it.
    • 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.
    • 82 Metascore
    • 50 Joe Morgenstern
    What's on screen, though, is a peculiar clutter of gentle sentiment, awkward dialogue, shaky contrivance — especially the resolution of Joey's feelings — and monotonous performances from a supporting cast that includes Marisa Tomei and Darren Burrows.
    • 81 Metascore
    • 50 Joe Morgenstern
    This peculiarly predictable picture has been calculated, or miscalculated, to set up certain expectations, fulfill them, and then do the same thing again, thereby giving us a chance to see what's coming and, at least in theory, be shocked when it actually comes.
    • Wall Street Journal
    • 81 Metascore
    • 60 Joe Morgenstern
    Watching this surrealist silliness, I would have welcomed the sight of a geezer on a riding mower.
    • Wall Street Journal
    • 81 Metascore
    • 50 Joe Morgenstern
    The movie comes on like a put-on--next to nothing happens for an excruciatingly long time--and ends as a fascinating dialectic between following one's conscience or following the law.
    • 81 Metascore
    • 50 Joe Morgenstern
    After two flat-out triumphs in a row, "All About My Mother" in 1999 and last year's breathtaking "Talk To Her," Pedro Almodóvar hasn't done it again. Yet lesser Almodóvar -- in this instance "Bad Education" -- is better than most of the movies we see.
    • Wall Street Journal
    • 80 Metascore
    • 50 Joe Morgenstern
    Both Mr. Dano and Mr. Cusack, by contrast, find as many notes as they can in portraying their troubled character, though they’re clearly limited by the schematic writing and insistent direction.
    • 80 Metascore
    • 50 Joe Morgenstern
    Remaking a cherished movie is not, to borrow a fancy phrase from the dialogue, malum in se - wrong in itself - but there are always losses along with the changes and gains.
    • 80 Metascore
    • 50 Joe Morgenstern
    Coraline is distinguished, if you can call it that, by a creepiness so deep as to seem perverse, and the film finally succumbs to terminal deficits in dramatic energy, narrative coherence and plain old heart.
    • 80 Metascore
    • 60 Joe Morgenstern
    Mike Leigh's latest film preserves the mystery of why another marriage has flourished over decades. That's not the stated subject of Another Year, but it's at the center of this enjoyable though insistently schematic comedy.
    • 80 Metascore
    • 60 Joe Morgenstern
    Though his movie wraps challenging ideas and ingenious visual conceits in a futurist film-noir style, it's pretentious, didactic and intentionally but mercilessly bleak in ways that classic noir never was.
    • Wall Street Journal
    • 78 Metascore
    • 60 Joe Morgenstern
    For those who’ve lived with the series for more than a decade, this fateful pause may heighten the suspense. For a Muggle like me, the storm does gather slowly.
    • 78 Metascore
    • 50 Joe Morgenstern
    The film feels self-obsessed, an intriguing drama that slowly devolves into a bleak meditation on the absence of dramatics.
    • Wall Street Journal
    • 78 Metascore
    • 60 Joe Morgenstern
    This, too, is a mood piece, sometimes surreal and dominated by Chow's lovelorn sadness. But it's hard to find an emotional or narrative handle to hang on to, since the filmmaker keeps reaching for dramatic energy that keeps eluding him.
    • Wall Street Journal
    • 77 Metascore
    • 50 Joe Morgenstern
    You never lose interest for a moment, and the images are often striking: Javier Julia did the stylish cinematography. Yet there’s little lift from the carryings-on, not much buoyancy in the misanthropy.
    • 77 Metascore
    • 40 Joe Morgenstern
    Youth may be wasted on the young in this muddled movie. But age is equally wasted on the aging.
    • 77 Metascore
    • 60 Joe Morgenstern
    A powerful drama, albeit a flawed one with a clumsy, didactic script.
    • Wall Street Journal
    • 76 Metascore
    • 60 Joe Morgenstern
    There's no shortage of felicitous lines or interesting performances, yet the movie, like the amusement park of its title, feels constructed from familiar parts.
    • 76 Metascore
    • 50 Joe Morgenstern
    Mr. Coogan, lavishly talented as a comic, and a comic actor, is fairly monotonous in the mostly serious role he wrote for himself. That leaves Ms. Dench to carry the picture, which she does, up to a point, with her usual delicacy and grace.

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