Joe Morgenstern
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For 1,921 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 0.6 points lower than other critics. (0-100 point scale)

Joe Morgenstern's Scores

  • Movies
  • TV
Average review score: 59
Highest review score: 100 The Way, Way Back
Lowest review score: 0 Life or Something Like It
Score distribution:
1,921 movie reviews
    • 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
    • 90 Joe Morgenstern
    A handsome, absorbing debut feature by the fiction and television writer Henry Bromell.
    • Wall Street Journal
    • 77 Metascore
    • 70 Joe Morgenstern
    Watching the actors and gorgeous trappings is an adventure in cognitive dissonance. I didn't believe a single minute in almost three hours, but enjoyed being there all the same.
    • Wall Street Journal
    • 77 Metascore
    • 70 Joe Morgenstern
    The essence of this inventive though erratic animated feature is joyous music and eye-popping motion.
    • Wall Street Journal
    • 77 Metascore
    • 80 Joe Morgenstern
    One of the film's best moments of deliciousness comes with the revelation that Yoshikazu, rather than his father, made the sushi that won the Michelin inspectors over; so much for working humbly in the old man's shadow.
    • 77 Metascore
    • 90 Joe Morgenstern
    This comic chronicle of a Peruvian bear’s adventures in London turns out to be a total charmer, made with panache, élan and generous dollops of marmalade.
    • 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
    • 77 Metascore
    • 70 Joe Morgenstern
    Several startling depictions of the artist at work make you forget, if only temporarily, the serious shortcomings of the script.
    • Wall Street Journal
    • 77 Metascore
    • 80 Joe Morgenstern
    Beautiful images can be a distraction in a serious documentary, but that's hardly the case here. They draw us in so we can better understand the hurtling changes that endanger the future of Cambodia and, by extension, much of the developing world.
    • 77 Metascore
    • 80 Joe Morgenstern
    Straightforward in form but surprisingly intricate.
    • 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
    • 77 Metascore
    • 80 Joe Morgenstern
    Looks like Weimar decadence and feels like down-home friendship.
    • Wall Street Journal
    • 77 Metascore
    • 90 Joe Morgenstern
    One of the best of the genre. If it doesn't serve oysters, per se, this submarine wonder offers marvels in abundance.
    • 77 Metascore
    • 100 Joe Morgenstern
    Mr. Fukanaga's purpose is to evoke the immigrants' experience, which he does with such eloquence and power as to inspire awe.
    • 77 Metascore
    • 80 Joe Morgenstern
    It's a film of modest means and great ambition, a darkly comic drama concerned with nothing less than the place of faith, and an embattled Church, in modern life.
    • 77 Metascore
    • 80 Joe Morgenstern
    Growth is the film's subtext, and finally its subject. Never has a line of dialogue been more freighted with symbolism, or more grounded in literal reality, than when Barbu says, ever so quietly, "Mother, please unlock me."
    • 77 Metascore
    • 90 Joe Morgenstern
    Proves to be a remarkably lean and incisive film about the fateful power of sexuality.
    • Wall Street Journal
    • 77 Metascore
    • 80 Joe Morgenstern
    Value has been added as well -- the most thrilling car chase ever committed to film, a sequence that also shows, by cutting to the psychosexual chase, why fans embraced the tawdry genre in the first place.
    • Wall Street Journal
    • 77 Metascore
    • 80 Joe Morgenstern
    What works best is what's readily accessible, the startling power of performers who understand the drama all too well.
    • 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
    • 80 Joe Morgenstern
    Clark Terry the teacher sometimes talks like a trumpet, even though he's dealing with a pianist—"daddle-leedle-daddle-loodle" is how he wants Justin to play one phrase. Clark Terry the man personifies generosity, and it's lovely to behold.
    • 77 Metascore
    • 70 Joe Morgenstern
    I admired the leisure and intensity of this morality tale.
    • Wall Street Journal
    • 77 Metascore
    • 100 Joe Morgenstern
    With a calmness that bespeaks confidence, this small, spellbinding second feature by Hilary Brougher brings together two women, trapped in separate states of denial and distress, who manage to end each other's entrapment.
    • 77 Metascore
    • 60 Joe Morgenstern
    A powerful drama, albeit a flawed one with a clumsy, didactic script.
    • 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
    • 77 Metascore
    • 90 Joe Morgenstern
    Nair's movie, far from being paste, is a string of small, exquisite gems.
    • Wall Street Journal
    • 76 Metascore
    • 80 Joe Morgenstern
    Mr. Almodóvar's love of movies informs every frame of this beautiful film.
    • 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
    • 100 Joe Morgenstern
    How long has it been since a movie left you literally speechless?
    • 76 Metascore
    • 90 Joe Morgenstern
    The greatest fascination is watching these three people when they're planted firmly inside the frame, talking at cross-purposes while trying to perceive one another in the reflected light of their needs and risky assumptions.

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