Joe Morgenstern

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For 2,198 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 points lower than other critics. (0-100 point scale)

Joe Morgenstern's Scores

  • Movies
  • TV
Average review score: 60
Highest review score: 100 Father of My Children
Lowest review score: 0 Pain & Gain
Score distribution:
2198 movie reviews
    • 86 Metascore
    • 80 Joe Morgenstern
    As a director, working with actors, she may have drawn on her own experience acting in features and TV; whatever her method, she has come up with a matched pair of terrific performances.
    • 86 Metascore
    • 90 Joe Morgenstern
    I was riveted by the performance of Paulina García, the great Chilean actress who plays Tony’s beleaguered mother. To watch her is to see exactly how less can be more. Instead of acting, she allows her character to reveal her thoughts in words that are all the more powerful for being few, far between and softly spoken.
    • 86 Metascore
    • 100 Joe Morgenstern
    A thrillingly funny and casually profound film.
    • 86 Metascore
    • 90 Joe Morgenstern
    Go underground with magic glasses on your nose and you won't regret it.
    • 86 Metascore
    • 100 Joe Morgenstern
    This exquisite animated feature, directed by Michael Dudok de Wit, has no dialogue, only the sounds of water, wind and birds, the occasional strains of Laurent Perez del Mar’s graceful score; and images of a young castaway living out the stages of his life on a desert island after giant storm waves hurl him onto a beach.
    • 86 Metascore
    • 90 Joe Morgenstern
    What's so remarkable about their decadeslong campaign, though, is how desperation led to inspiration - to the inspired notion that they, as nonscientists, could still take their fate in their own hands.
    • 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
    • 86 Metascore
    • 100 Joe Morgenstern
    More than anything, Of Gods and Men is a drama of character, and warm humanity.
    • 86 Metascore
    • 70 Joe Morgenstern
    Deliver Us From Evil has its flaws. Certain passages are diffuse, others are argumentative, and there's a discomfiting staginess to the climax... Yet the film's concern for the victims, and their families, is one of its strengths.
    • Wall Street Journal
    • 86 Metascore
    • 100 Joe Morgenstern
    The results are nothing less than sensational.
    • 86 Metascore
    • 100 Joe Morgenstern
    Beautiful (sometimes sublimely so), daring (sometimes outrageously so), seriously crazed and terrifically funny.
    • Wall Street Journal
    • 86 Metascore
    • 90 Joe Morgenstern
    Paul Thomas Anderson's remarkable sixth feature addresses, by extension, the all-too-human process of eager seekers falling under the spell of charismatic authority figures, be they gurus, dictators or cult leaders. Or, in the case of this masterly production, a couple of spellbinding actors.
    • 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
    • 86 Metascore
    • 100 Joe Morgenstern
    This tale of forbidden friendship between a bear and a mouse is so winning that audiences will cherish it as the classic it's sure to become.
    • 86 Metascore
    • 100 Joe Morgenstern
    There's no trace of calculation, only artistic ambitions and hopes that have come to fruition in the year's finest film thus far.
    • 86 Metascore
    • 90 Joe Morgenstern
    What Mr. Hou has done is borrow power and some gentle intimations of a state of grace from one of the most enchanting images in movie history.
    • 85 Metascore
    • 100 Joe Morgenstern
    His new film, in Persian with English subtitles, is of a piece with his best work — tightly focused, rather than broad-gauge brilliant, and another instance of this superb filmmaker turning elusive motivations and the mysteries of personality into gripping drama.
    • 85 Metascore
    • 60 Joe Morgenstern
    Astonishing visually and problematic dramatically.
    • Wall Street Journal
    • 85 Metascore
    • 90 Joe Morgenstern
    This is hardly a film to recommend as entertainment. As an act of remembrance, though, it is singular and, in its way, soaring.
    • 85 Metascore
    • 90 Joe Morgenstern
    Song of the Sea was made primarily, though not exclusively, for young children. Its unhurried pace will serve as an antidote to, or even an inoculation against, the mad rush of most contemporary animation. This is a film made by the other crowd, people who care about helping children to care about the medium of film for the rest of their lives.
    • 85 Metascore
    • 90 Joe Morgenstern
    Mr. Akin's film is so full of life that it leaves you breathless.
    • 85 Metascore
    • 80 Joe Morgenstern
    I can't begin to count the ways in which The Savages pleased me, but the very best of them is the way Tamara Jenkins's comedy stays tough while sneakily turning tender.
    • 85 Metascore
    • 100 Joe Morgenstern
    Never before, not even in the claustrophobic submarine epic "Das Boot," has a physical point of view so completely dictated a philosophical point of view.
    • 85 Metascore
    • 90 Joe Morgenstern
    A marvelous story.
    • Wall Street Journal
    • 85 Metascore
    • 80 Joe Morgenstern
    The film is clearly not for everyone; sometimes it wasn’t for me. But it’s steadfastly nonjudgmental and wonderfully tender toward two searchers for new versions of old-fashioned love.
    • 85 Metascore
    • 80 Joe Morgenstern
    This faux-documentary is droll, aerosol-thin and ultrameta.
    • 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
    • 70 Joe Morgenstern
    The delicately subversive Mr. Panahi makes his subjects perfectly clear -- the stupidity of authority, and the hypocrisy of discrimination. Offside is surprisingly entertaining, and edifying to boot.
    • Wall Street Journal
    • 85 Metascore
    • 90 Joe Morgenstern
    Judd Apatow's high-density, high-intensity comedy of bad (and good) manners is a cause for celebration -- the laugh lines are smart, and they come faster than you can process them.
    • 85 Metascore
    • 80 Joe Morgenstern
    A cry of anguish for the youngest victims of every war.
    • Wall Street Journal

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