Joe Morgenstern

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For 2,213 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 2.1 points lower than other critics. (0-100 point scale)

Joe Morgenstern's Scores

  • Movies
  • TV
Average review score: 60
Highest review score: 100 Hitchcock/Truffaut
Lowest review score: 0 The Comedian
Score distribution:
2213 movie reviews
    • 84 Metascore
    • 90 Joe Morgenstern
    Beguiling and endearing.
    • 84 Metascore
    • 90 Joe Morgenstern
    A magnificent concert film of Latino jazz.
    • Wall Street Journal
    • 84 Metascore
    • 100 Joe Morgenstern
    It's one of the best surprises of the holiday season.
    • Wall Street Journal
    • 84 Metascore
    • 80 Joe Morgenstern
    More than acting, though, Penn's performance is a marvelous act of empathy in a movie that, for all its surprisingly conventional style, measures up to its stirring subject.
    • 84 Metascore
    • 90 Joe Morgenstern
    A deeply serious and seriously hilarious fable of the lunacy of war.
    • Wall Street Journal
    • 84 Metascore
    • 70 Joe Morgenstern
    Yet dramatic energy is in short supply. The actors move about this elaborate movie museum in a modified dream state, as if living in the present while rooted in the past. But the strategy doesn't work. It's an imitation of lifelessness.
    • Wall Street Journal
    • 84 Metascore
    • 90 Joe Morgenstern
    It’s film as a fugue state, a Buddhist flow, a collection of memory fragments that drift together into a haunting evocation of Lola’s and Laurie’s intertwined lives.
    • 84 Metascore
    • 80 Joe Morgenstern
    This autobiographical meditation is seductively funny, as well as deliciously strange, and hauntingly beautiful, as well as stream-of-consciousness cockeyed.
    • 84 Metascore
    • 40 Joe Morgenstern
    If this death-obsessed drama is a classic, then give me potboiling life.
    • Wall Street Journal
    • 84 Metascore
    • 100 Joe Morgenstern
    So what's left for the audience to hook into? Only pounding action, elegant style, steady-state suspense, marvelous acting and, despite that droll pooh-poohing every now and then, haunting explorations of youth, age and personal destiny. It's a lot to claim for a sci-fi thriller, but I was blown away by Rian Johnson's Looper.
    • 84 Metascore
    • 70 Joe Morgenstern
    A quietly transfixing drama.
    • 84 Metascore
    • 80 Joe Morgenstern
    The first and last things to be said in this limited space about Kubo and the Two Strings are that it’s a showcase for some of the most startlingly beautiful animation in recent — and not so recent — memory.
    • 84 Metascore
    • 90 Joe Morgenstern
    This beguiling fable, with its darkly distinctive look, does DreamWorks proud.
    • Wall Street Journal
    • 84 Metascore
    • 90 Joe Morgenstern
    A remarkable though sometimes frustrating film.
    • Wall Street Journal
    • 84 Metascore
    • 80 Joe Morgenstern
    This ostensibly simple film evokes whole lives in 96 minutes, and does so with sparse dialogue.
    • 84 Metascore
    • 80 Joe Morgenstern
    It's hard to say if Volver is a great film -- hard because every woman and girl in it is so damned endearing (the men are either impediments or bystanders to the real business of life) -- but safe to say it's right up there with Mr. Almodóvar's best.
    • Wall Street Journal
    • 84 Metascore
    • 80 Joe Morgenstern
    The Square stands as a valuable document of a tormented time, an anatomy of a revolutionary movement doomed by a paucity of viable institutions, and by the movement's failure to advance a coherent agenda. (It's all the more heartbreaking when a speaker at one of the protests cries fervently, "We will fill the world with poetry.")
    • 84 Metascore
    • 90 Joe Morgenstern
    There are mysteries here, not the least of them being how such a modest little movie can evoke such profound feelings.
    • 84 Metascore
    • 100 Joe Morgenstern
    Rarely has a contemporary movie taken in so much life and revealed it with such depth of feeling.
    • 84 Metascore
    • 80 Joe Morgenstern
    This is not a drama of shadings, but of ever-increasing intensity.
    • 84 Metascore
    • 100 Joe Morgenstern
    I thought "Topsy-Turvy" was perfection, a spirited evocation of the partnership of Gilbert and Sullivan, plus a blithely definitive depiction of the artistic process. Happy-Go-Lucky is perfection too, assuming you go along with its leisurely pace, which I did quite happily.
    • 84 Metascore
    • 90 Joe Morgenstern
    Get Out starts with a great title and a promising idea — a black man’s fear as he walks at night down a street in an affluent white suburb. Then it delivers on that promise with explosive brilliance.
    • 84 Metascore
    • 90 Joe Morgenstern
    The comedian has had his ups and downs recently, but the film is pure up, a wonderfully genial and inclusive record -- not that the music is devoid of anger or social protest -- of a day-long, freestyle show.
    • Wall Street Journal
    • 84 Metascore
    • 90 Joe Morgenstern
    Ever since the movie made a brief appearance late last year to qualify for Oscar consideration, Mr. Caine's performance has been hailed as the best of his career, and surely that's true.
    • Wall Street Journal
    • 84 Metascore
    • 90 Joe Morgenstern
    Weiner, an extraordinary documentary feature about the disgraced New York politician Anthony Weiner, has it all — the surreal spectacle of contemporary retail politics, the sizzle of media madness and the mysteries of psychodrama.
    • 84 Metascore
    • 90 Joe Morgenstern
    This classic tale of a little guy taking on giants benefits from being essentially true, and from accomplished filmmaking, but most of all from the beautiful vitality of Mr. McConaughey's performance.
    • 84 Metascore
    • 90 Joe Morgenstern
    A documentary of stunning immediacy and marvelous images.
    • Wall Street Journal
    • 84 Metascore
    • 70 Joe Morgenstern
    The film makes its case graphically, to say the least, yet muddies its bloody waters with an excess of artifice and a dearth of facts.
    • 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
    • 84 Metascore
    • 100 Joe Morgenstern
    Right makes might in Takashi Miike's excellent-and exceedingly violent-remake of a 1966 Japanese classic by Eiichi Kudo.

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