Joe Morgenstern
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For 1,835 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 Fruitvale Station
Lowest review score: 0 Jack Reacher
Score distribution:
1,835 movie reviews
    • 85 Metascore
    • 90 Joe Morgenstern
    This version of Tinker Tailor Soldier Spy turns on the presence of Mr. Oldman, and he is an actor of great experience and accomplishment who has finally found a film that fully deserves him.
    • 76 Metascore
    • 90 Joe Morgenstern
    Almost everything about Cary Fukunaga's version of the Charlotte Brontë romance is understated yet transfixing, mainly-although far from exclusively-because of Mia Wasikowska's presence in the title role.
    • 87 Metascore
    • 90 Joe Morgenstern
    I can't pretend to understand the intricacies of the Buddhist belief system that informs the surreal story, or the fantasy system in which Boonmee, embodying Thailand, recalls his nation's history and shimmering myths. Yet no effort of understanding is needed to be moved by Boonmee's descent into a limestone cave shaped like a womb.
    • 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.
    • 86 Metascore
    • 90 Joe Morgenstern
    Go underground with magic glasses on your nose and you won't regret it.
    • 81 Metascore
    • 90 Joe Morgenstern
    We need 007, even after half a century of his ups and downs in various incarnations, to remind us how deeply pleasurable an action thriller can be. The latest addition to the Bond canon goes beyond thrilling into chilling and enthralling, plus a kind of stirring that has nothing to do with martinis.
    • 84 Metascore
    • 90 Joe Morgenstern
    Beguiling and endearing.
    • 85 Metascore
    • 90 Joe Morgenstern
    A dazzling piece of filmmaking, and much of the dazzle - as well as the anguished darkness - comes from Adam Stone's cinematography, which expresses the swirling state of Curtis's mind with richly varied flavors of light.
    • 79 Metascore
    • 90 Joe Morgenstern
    What's most rewarding, though, is that Mr. Senna speaks extensively and eloquently for himself, and reveals himself to be an eminently human hero. He's thoughtful, even philosophical, about decisions that deprive him of seemingly well-earned victories.
    • 71 Metascore
    • 90 Joe Morgenstern
    A cockeyed comic triumph that flashes between bright and dark like a strobe light of the spirit. And Ms. Theron, as Mavis Gary, a self-styled author rather than a mere writer, succeeds sensationally at something much harder than playing ravaged.
    • 75 Metascore
    • 90 Joe Morgenstern
    Catching Fire is exceptional entertainment, a spectacle with a good mind and a pounding heart.
    • 63 Metascore
    • 90 Joe Morgenstern
    This "Les Mis" does make you feel, intensely and sometimes thrillingly, by honoring the emotional core of its source material.
    • 92 Metascore
    • 90 Joe Morgenstern
    The film's centerpiece is Mr. Isaac's phenomenal performance. He's an actor, first and foremost, who is also a musician.
    • 82 Metascore
    • 90 Joe Morgenstern
    Footnote does function as a character study, an exceptionally rich one.
    • 83 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.
    • 72 Metascore
    • 90 Joe Morgenstern
    A transgenre thriller that glides effortlessly from crisp social commentary through off-kilter comedy to paranoid terror, it's on my short list of the most enjoyable movies in recent memory.
    • 74 Metascore
    • 90 Joe Morgenstern
    What makes it such a singular experience is the convergence of fine acting, moral urgency and a willingness to linger on moments of great intensity.
    • 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.
    • 75 Metascore
    • 90 Joe Morgenstern
    In another sense, though, everything is exactly what it seems, expertly crafted and cleverly compounded for high-dose entertainment.
    • 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.
    • 74 Metascore
    • 90 Joe Morgenstern
    The most striking thing about X-Men: Days of Future Past is its generosity. Huge franchise installments are rarely as enjoyable as this one. They aren't as inventive, richly detailed, surprisingly varied, elegantly crafted or improbably stirring.
    • 73 Metascore
    • 90 Joe Morgenstern
    Yet it's not just the visuals that make the movie what it is, a thrilling, if also punishing, tale of heroic endurance. The Impossible, based on a true story, derives most of its impressive power from two remarkable performances: Naomi Watts as Maria, and Tom Holland as Lucas.
    • 73 Metascore
    • 90 Joe Morgenstern
    With its sumptuous settings, urgent romance and intellectual substance, A Royal Affair is a mind-opener crossed with a bodice-ripper.
    • 80 Metascore
    • 90 Joe Morgenstern
    Ms. Berg's film, which she wrote with Billy McMillin, tells the story with unprecedented clarity. She has a dramatist's eye for what was irretrievably lost-the innocent lives of the children, plus 18 years of three other innocent lives.
    • 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.
    • 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.
    • 80 Metascore
    • 90 Joe Morgenstern
    Room 237, which goes into national distribution this weekend, may be the surpassingly eccentric — and enormously entertaining — film that Kubrick deserves.
    • 81 Metascore
    • 90 Joe Morgenstern
    No
    Like "Argo" or "Zero Dark Thirty," the film dramatizes a fertile subject — in this instance, the language of advertising in modern politics.
    • 82 Metascore
    • 90 Joe Morgenstern
    The silents, as this film suggests, achieved aesthetic marvels before sound came along to set things back for a while.
    • 82 Metascore
    • 90 Joe Morgenstern
    A movie of uns — unforced, unhurried, unpretentious. Though it's sometimes underdramatized, this story of adolescents on the brink of adulthood is refreshingly, and endearingly, unlike the overheated features that have come to define the genre.