Joe Morgenstern

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For 2,187 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 Tracks
Lowest review score: 0 Suicide Squad
Score distribution:
2187 movie reviews
    • 90 Metascore
    • 100 Joe Morgenstern
    All ups with no downs, it’s a motion picture in the truest sense of the term. I’ve never seen anything quite like it and I loved every one of its 72 minutes.
    • 95 Metascore
    • 100 Joe Morgenstern
    The film is unsparing as history and enthralling as biography.
    • 78 Metascore
    • 100 Joe Morgenstern
    Foreign films can be as enchanting as ever, and perspective-expanding too. The latest proof is Up and Down, a wonderfully funny, giddily intricate Czech comedy.
    • Wall Street Journal
    • 90 Metascore
    • 100 Joe Morgenstern
    Kasper Collin’s splendid documentary feature starts with an event that shook the jazz world.
    • 85 Metascore
    • 100 Joe Morgenstern
    The screenplay, by William Monahan, is simply sensational. Scenes play brilliantly. Feelings flow like molten lava. The dialogue overflows with edgy wit and acidulous arias of imprecation.
    • Wall Street Journal
    • 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
    • 90 Metascore
    • 100 Joe Morgenstern
    High-energy comedy comes naturally to the filmmaker. He exults in free association, emotional riffs, in the craziness that underlies ostensibly rational behavior. The crosscurrents have crosscurrents in his films, but the current that carries everything along here is announced by the first strains of music from the screen: Duke Ellington's "Jeep's Blues," with one of the most exuberant passages in all of jazz. David O. Russell does buoyancy better than anyone.
    • 92 Metascore
    • 100 Joe Morgenstern
    The Class is clearly a microcosm of contemporary France, beset by social and economic tensions. More than that, though, it's a saga of education's struggles in many parts of the modern world. If only the film were pure fiction.
    • 94 Metascore
    • 100 Joe Morgenstern
    A first-rate action thriller, a vivid evocation of urban warfare in Iraq, a penetrating study of heroism and a showcase for austere technique, terse writing and a trio of brilliant performances. Most of all, though, it’s an instant classic that demonstrates, in a brutally hot and dusty laboratory setting, how the drug of war hooks its victims and why they can’t kick the habit.
    • 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.
    • 70 Metascore
    • 100 Joe Morgenstern
    Shall We Kiss? gives us storytelling as art. Emmanuel Mouret's romantic drama, in French with English subtitles, is expert, intricate, ineffably droll, ultimately provocative and entirely enchanting.
    • 83 Metascore
    • 100 Joe Morgenstern
    If the story’s psychodynamics are familiar, Mr. Eggers makes them seem newly discovered. The intensity of his writing and direction, as well as the eerie austerity of Jarin Blaschke’s cinematography, Craig Lathrop’s production design and Mark Korven’s music, all conspire to create a film of exceptional originality.
    • 78 Metascore
    • 100 Joe Morgenstern
    Cate Blanchett tops anything she's done in the past with her portrait of a fallen woman who's a hoot, a horror, a heartbreaker and a wonder. The mystery of the movie as a whole is that it depicts a bleak world of pervasive rapacity, deceit and self-delusion, yet keeps us rapt with delight.
    • 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.
    • 89 Metascore
    • 100 Joe Morgenstern
    This feature-length documentary, currently entering national release, may be one of the most horrifying films you'll ever see, and one of the most edifying.
    • 83 Metascore
    • 100 Joe Morgenstern
    A phenomenal debut feature with a terrific title, David Michôd's Animal Kingdom is both a study in Darwinian survival-in this case survival of the shrewdest-and a group portrait of ruthless predators in the underworld of Melbourne, Australia.
    • 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.
    • 75 Metascore
    • 100 Joe Morgenstern
    Goes from good to great in 90 minutes, and then it's over, except that it's really not, because this small masterwork grows even deeper and more affecting as it takes up permanent residence in your memory.
    • Wall Street Journal
    • 87 Metascore
    • 100 Joe Morgenstern
    Never before, though, have statistics added up to such electrifying entertainment. After the mostly minor-league productions of recent months, this movie, which was directed by Bennett Miller, renews your belief in the power of movies.
    • 91 Metascore
    • 100 Joe Morgenstern
    An absolute stunner, a feature-length animated documentary, from Israel, in which the force of moving drawings amplifies eerily powerful accounts of war, shaky remembrance and rock-solid repression.
    • 79 Metascore
    • 100 Joe Morgenstern
    Genuinely and irresistibly inspirational.
    • 90 Metascore
    • 100 Joe Morgenstern
    Quite remarkably, though, its clear-eyed view of an unprecedented American tragedy leaves us with emotions that audiences of those earlier days would readily recognize -- love of country, bottomless grief, an appreciation of life's preciousness and fragility. A film that can do this and also teach is to be cherished. And seen. It's time.
    • Wall Street Journal
    • 86 Metascore
    • 100 Joe Morgenstern
    The results are nothing less than sensational.
    • 80 Metascore
    • 100 Joe Morgenstern
    Bergman's Saraband is sublime.
    • 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.
    • 79 Metascore
    • 100 Joe Morgenstern
    The gadgetry is absolutely dazzling, the action is mostly exhilarating, the comedy is scintillating and the whole enormous enterprise, spawned by Marvel comics, throbs with dramatic energy because the man inside the shiny red robotic rig is a daring choice for an action hero, and an inspired one.
    • 84 Metascore
    • 100 Joe Morgenstern
    Rarely has a contemporary movie taken in so much life and revealed it with such depth of feeling.
    • 86 Metascore
    • 100 Joe Morgenstern
    What's extraordinary is what happens at the intersection of Mr. Payne's impeccable direction and Mr. Nelson's brilliant script. The odyssey combines, quite effortlessly, prickly combat between father and son.
    • 76 Metascore
    • 100 Joe Morgenstern
    Mr. Gyllenhaal’s startling portrayal is far from the only distinction in this impeccably crafted feature film. Mr. Gilroy’s directorial debut connects its hero’s tacit madness to the larger craziness of a broadcast medium that teaches vast numbers of viewers to live with a false sense of insecurity.
    • 83 Metascore
    • 100 Joe Morgenstern
    Here's an entertainment to warm the heart of anyone who grew up (or failed to) on the formative joys of action movies.
    • Wall Street Journal

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