Joe Morgenstern

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For 2,178 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 1.7 points lower than other critics. (0-100 point scale)

Joe Morgenstern's Scores

  • Movies
  • TV
Average review score: 60
Highest review score: 100 Seymour: An Introduction
Lowest review score: 0 In the Heart of the Sea
Score distribution:
2178 movie reviews
    • 83 Metascore
    • 80 Joe Morgenstern
    Red Army is about many things — politics and sport, service and servitude, integrity trumped by money. Most memorably, though, it celebrates a good man living a great life by his own lights.
    • 83 Metascore
    • 90 Joe Morgenstern
    What makes The Flat mesmerizing is its wealth of historical detail. What makes it universal is what it says about families everywhere - that children, being children, don't want to know what their parents are up to, and that grown-ups, being human, don't want to credit troubling facts that conflict with what they need to believe.
    • 83 Metascore
    • 60 Joe Morgenstern
    Watching this surrealist silliness, I would have welcomed the sight of a geezer on a riding mower.
    • 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
    • 83 Metascore
    • 80 Joe Morgenstern
    What's so affecting about him in the film, though, is that he doesn't seem monstrous at all. To the contrary, Iron Mike, having meted out epic suffering in the ring and other venues, seems to be a man who has suffered genuinely, even terribly, in the course of a life that he never believed would last 40 years.
    • 83 Metascore
    • 70 Joe Morgenstern
    This sneaky shocker of a debut feature —sneaky because it’s so good at depicting the sisters’ joyousness before, and even after, darkness descends — was directed by Deniz Gamze Ergüven from a script she wrote with Alice Winocour.
    • 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.
    • 83 Metascore
    • 80 Joe Morgenstern
    Don’t Think Twice really shines as an improv procedural, a film that celebrates, in illuminating detail, the skills and anxieties of this showbiz subgenre.
    • 83 Metascore
    • 90 Joe Morgenstern
    An elegant horror film, starring Johnny Depp and Helena Bonham Carter, that takes pleasure in its own theatricality, gives pleasure with caustic wit, trusts the power of Stephen Sondheim's score and exults in flights of fancy that only a movie can provide.
    • Wall Street Journal
    • 82 Metascore
    • 90 Joe Morgenstern
    Many of the boxing genre’s conventions are observed in the screenplay by Mr. Coogler and Aaron Covington, and the fight sequences are brutally effective.... But the film is full of life and loose humor...and Creed often transcends the genre by playing with movie mythology.
    • 82 Metascore
    • 90 Joe Morgenstern
    What makes the film enthralling is the wisdom and grace with which it addresses the twin subjects of grief and healing, and the quiet beauty of Mohamed Fellag's performance in the title role.
    • 82 Metascore
    • 80 Joe Morgenstern
    Awash in terrific performances.
    • Wall Street Journal
    • 82 Metascore
    • 100 Joe Morgenstern
    Ms. Muylaert’s guiding principle seems to have been fearlessness, and her film, which was shot by Barbara Alvarez, is superb on all counts.
    • 82 Metascore
    • 90 Joe Morgenstern
    It's exciting, stirring, often funny, sometimes lyrical and unusually thoughtful. And, with that one egregious exception, genuinely pleasurable.
    • 82 Metascore
    • 90 Joe Morgenstern
    Thrillers aren't always so thrilling, but Tell No One is -- and absorbing, sometimes perplexing and often stirring as well.
    • 82 Metascore
    • 100 Joe Morgenstern
    Exquisite images, poignant humor, echoes of cinema history and a sense of having watched genuine magic.
    • 82 Metascore
    • 80 Joe Morgenstern
    Gives us the same sort of perverse pleasure that's been a staple of "60 Minutes" over the years -- watching world-class crooks tell world-class lies.
    • Wall Street Journal
    • 82 Metascore
    • 80 Joe Morgenstern
    Duma is not a masterpiece, but its deficits recede into insignificance once you open yourself to the movie's mystery and visual splendor.
    • Wall Street Journal
    • 82 Metascore
    • 90 Joe Morgenstern
    Short Term 12, a low-budget feature only 96 minutes long, is a big deal on a small scale: for what it reveals of Mr. Cretton as a filmmaker — especially as a storyteller, and a director of actors within tautly constructed scenes — and of Ms. Larson's abundant talent.
    • 82 Metascore
    • 70 Joe Morgenstern
    The price of the production's integrity is a leisurely pace -- but it's a worthwhile one. Though Sugar demands patience, it deserves attention.
    • 82 Metascore
    • 80 Joe Morgenstern
    Some of Mr. Loach's earlier feature films have been easier to admire than to enjoy. This one, which won the Palme d'Or at last year's Cannes Film Festival, fairly vibrates with dramatic energy.
    • Wall Street Journal
    • 82 Metascore
    • 80 Joe Morgenstern
    Still, the cynosure of all eyes is honest, articulate Elizabeth, her own woman in an era when women belonged to men, and at the same time full of love. Lizzie is the best, and Keira Knightley does right by her.
    • Wall Street Journal
    • 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
    • 90 Joe Morgenstern
    A magnificent documentary that flies us along with migratory birds on their intercontinental travels, it's the polar opposite -- North Pole, South Pole and all latitudes in between -- of modern feature films that rely on special effects.
    • Wall Street Journal
    • 82 Metascore
    • 100 Joe Morgenstern
    This joyous farce is a big, big deal, and Jack Black is nothing less than majestic as a scruffy, irreverent rocker passing himself off as a pedagogue in a private school.
    • Wall Street Journal
    • 82 Metascore
    • 90 Joe Morgenstern
    Star Trek goes back to the legend's roots with a boldness that brings a fatigued franchise back to life.
    • 82 Metascore
    • 80 Joe Morgenstern
    This immensely pleasurable film is anything but dry. It's a saga of the immigrant experience that captures the snap, crackle and pop of American life, along with the pounding pulse, emotional reticence, volcanic colors and cherished rituals of Indian culture.
    • Wall Street Journal
    • 82 Metascore
    • 100 Joe Morgenstern
    Here's an iffy proposition. If A Hijacking was in English, or if U.S. audiences weren't finicky about reading subtitles, or if life was fair, this brilliant thriller, by the Danish filmmaker Tobias Lindholm, would be playing on multiplex screens throughout the country.
    • Wall Street Journal
    • 82 Metascore
    • 80 Joe Morgenstern
    The Trip is probably too long, but I have to say "probably" because I would have been happy with an additional half-hour of Steve and Rob doing more impressions.
    • 82 Metascore
    • 90 Joe Morgenstern
    The right word for Harry Potter and the Prisoner of Azkaban is wondersful -- as in full of wonders, great and small.
    • Wall Street Journal

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