Joe Morgenstern

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For 2,019 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 0.9 points lower than other critics. (0-100 point scale)

Joe Morgenstern's Scores

  • Movies
  • TV
Average review score: 59
Highest review score: 100 The Dangerous Lives of Altar Boys
Lowest review score: 0 The Love Guru
Score distribution:
2019 movie reviews
    • 73 Metascore
    • 90 Joe Morgenstern
    The immensity encompasses such variety, subtlety and intimacy that you may find yourself yearning for more.
    • 83 Metascore
    • 90 Joe Morgenstern
    Crazy Heart is blessed with so many marvelous moments, lovely lines and vivid characters.
    • 81 Metascore
    • 90 Joe Morgenstern
    It's been a good while since I've seen a movie whose most powerful sequence was both unforeseen and entirely unpredictable as it played out.
    • 81 Metascore
    • 90 Joe Morgenstern
    This wonderfully strange and exquisite little feature was created, especially for young children, to celebrate the book through another kind of illumination that's been falling into disuse--hand-drawn animation.
    • 72 Metascore
    • 90 Joe Morgenstern
    This beautifully strange and affecting comedy, which Agnès Jaoui directed from a screenplay she wrote with her husband, Mr. Bacri, is about men who are weak and insecure, and one woman, Agathe, played superbly by Ms. Jaoui, coming to terms with the price of being strong.
    • 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.
    • 66 Metascore
    • 90 Joe Morgenstern
    The actress gets immeasurable help from the writing: Lisbeth's anger is matched by her intelligence and her physical prowess, which enables her to administer as well as absorb pain in megadoses. But none of it would register without Ms. Rapace's singular combination of eerie beauty and feral intensity. She's a movie star unlike any other.
    • 86 Metascore
    • 90 Joe Morgenstern
    Where the film shines is in its vivid and affecting portrait of Tillman himself. Instead of the square-jawed hero memorialized by the army and lionized by the news media, we get to know a man of many gifts for many seasons.
    • 72 Metascore
    • 90 Joe Morgenstern
    Why, then, am I so pleased with Easy A? Because the movie, despite a few flaws, seems to have been made by higher intelligence, and because it catapults Emma Stone into a higher place reserved for American actors who can handle elevated language with casually dazzling aplomb.
    • 74 Metascore
    • 90 Joe Morgenstern
    As a thriller, The Town has what it takes and then some.
    • 83 Metascore
    • 90 Joe Morgenstern
    This one is both demanding and extremely rewarding, because it's really a meditation on violence.
    • 79 Metascore
    • 90 Joe Morgenstern
    While the film handles itself well in the ring, it's brilliant in the arena of a blue-collar family that brutalizes its younger son and best hope for worldly success in the name of sustaining him.
    • 82 Metascore
    • 90 Joe Morgenstern
    It's exciting, stirring, often funny, sometimes lyrical and unusually thoughtful. And, with that one egregious exception, genuinely pleasurable.
    • 81 Metascore
    • 90 Joe Morgenstern
    Here's one vote for the most affecting, anguishing, revealing and prophetic scene of the movie year-and yes, it's all of those things at once in a powerful film that alternates between moments of earlier happiness and later pain.
    • 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.
    • 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.
    • 86 Metascore
    • 90 Joe Morgenstern
    Go underground with magic glasses on your nose and you won't regret it.
    • 81 Metascore
    • 90 Joe Morgenstern
    In Woody Allen's beguiling and then bedazzling new comedy, nostalgia isn't at all what it used to be - it's smarter, sweeter, fizzier and ever so much funnier.
    • 85 Metascore
    • 90 Joe Morgenstern
    Daring in concept, occasionally daffy in execution and ultimately unforgettable, Mr. Malick's film offers a heartfelt answer to the question of where we humans belong - with each other, on this planet, bound by love.
    • 72 Metascore
    • 90 Joe Morgenstern
    This new film isn't perfect, and may not be a world-changer, but it's certainly a world-pleaser.
    • 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.
    • 68 Metascore
    • 90 Joe Morgenstern
    Judged, though, as the action extravaganza it means to be, Rise of the Planet of the Apes wins high marks for originality, and takes top honors for spectacle.
    • 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.
    • 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.
    • 70 Metascore
    • 90 Joe Morgenstern
    Ultimately an original film that forces us, time and again, to reconsider what we think we've just seen, and what we're sure we feel - not only about mere appearance, or fateful gender, but about who, under our skin, we truly are.
    • 80 Metascore
    • 90 Joe Morgenstern
    Its true subject is melancholia as a spiritual state, a destroyer of happiness that emerges from its hiding place behind the sun, just like the menacing planet, then holds the heroine, Justine, in its unyielding grip and gives Ms. Dunst the unlikely occasion for a dazzling performance.
    • 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.
    • 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.
    • 66 Metascore
    • 90 Joe Morgenstern
    It is marvelously funny - a screwball comedy with more layers than a pearl - and visually sumptuous.
    • 82 Metascore
    • 90 Joe Morgenstern
    Footnote does function as a character study, an exceptionally rich one.

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