Joe Morgenstern
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For 1,924 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 0.7 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 Henry Fool
Score distribution:
1,924 movie reviews
    • 56 Metascore
    • 80 Joe Morgenstern
    Provides a reminder of the power of unadorned drama and language -- whole torrents of eloquent words -- in the service of a nifty idea.
    • Wall Street Journal
    • 74 Metascore
    • 80 Joe Morgenstern
    You can't take your eyes off Ms. Kidman; she has never played a role with more focused energy.
    • Wall Street Journal
    • 81 Metascore
    • 80 Joe Morgenstern
    I laughed myself silly through most of A Mighty Wind, and was pleasantly surprised when it took a turn toward genuine feeling near the end.
    • Wall Street Journal
    • 63 Metascore
    • 80 Joe Morgenstern
    Mr. Franklin has always been easy with quicksilver moods -- and Mr. Washington is terrifically appealing as a fool for love who loses his cool as he learns about fear.
    • Wall Street Journal
    • 81 Metascore
    • 80 Joe Morgenstern
    A droll and affecting debut feature by Tom McCarthy.
    • Wall Street Journal
    • 71 Metascore
    • 80 Joe Morgenstern
    None of this would work, of course, without stylish performances in the leads and Mr. Clooney and Ms. Zeta-Jones do themselves and their dubious characters proud.
    • Wall Street Journal
    • 73 Metascore
    • 80 Joe Morgenstern
    A smart, suspenseful drama, starring Hayden Christensen, that honors its own factual roots as no movie about journalists has done since "All the President's Men."
    • Wall Street Journal
    • 70 Metascore
    • 80 Joe Morgenstern
    The film grows on you too, a later-stage version of "The Big Chill" that starts schematically and ends as a stirring celebration.
    • Wall Street Journal
    • 91 Metascore
    • 80 Joe Morgenstern
    A single seeing isn't enough to take in the eccentric marvels of The Triplets of Belleville, an animated feature by Sylvain Chomet that creates a visual language all its own.
    • Wall Street Journal
    • 66 Metascore
    • 80 Joe Morgenstern
    Diane Keaton has the crucial role, and she makes the most of it.
    • Wall Street Journal
    • 87 Metascore
    • 80 Joe Morgenstern
    Haunting, troubling documentary.
    • Wall Street Journal
    • 73 Metascore
    • 80 Joe Morgenstern
    Clearly Mr. Altman was enthralled by the company's work process, an alchemy through which sweat and muscularity on the rehearsal-room floor become exquisite abstractions on stage. His pleasure is infectious.
    • Wall Street Journal
    • 83 Metascore
    • 80 Joe Morgenstern
    Recreates the Taliban era with chilling details and startling beauty, and follows its terrified heroine on a journey that no child should have to take.
    • Wall Street Journal
    • 73 Metascore
    • 80 Joe Morgenstern
    A singularly strange and affecting comedy.
    • Wall Street Journal
    • 75 Metascore
    • 80 Joe Morgenstern
    Some comedies make you laugh out loud. This one makes you smile inwardly, but often.
    • Wall Street Journal
    • 68 Metascore
    • 80 Joe Morgenstern
    Given the white-on-white color scheme, I didn't expect so many shades of feeling.
    • Wall Street Journal
    • 85 Metascore
    • 80 Joe Morgenstern
    Before and after plot mechanics, a drama of family tension and warmth.
    • 79 Metascore
    • 80 Joe Morgenstern
    News management is the main issue. Control Room shows how coverage is tailored to fit the audience, both by al-Jazeera and its Western counterparts.
    • Wall Street Journal
    • 62 Metascore
    • 80 Joe Morgenstern
    It's a great accomplishment and, at a time when satire is in short supply, a terrific surprise.
    • Wall Street Journal
    • 64 Metascore
    • 80 Joe Morgenstern
    More than a deadpan comedy about oddball losers. This dork has his day, and this story has its touching subtext -- growing pains relieved by unlikely hope.
    • Wall Street Journal
    • 59 Metascore
    • 80 Joe Morgenstern
    A sports movie with a quick wit, uncommon grace and a romantic soul.
    • Wall Street Journal
    • 75 Metascore
    • 80 Joe Morgenstern
    A convincing, entertaining portrait of the revolutionist as a young man.
    • Wall Street Journal
    • 60 Metascore
    • 80 Joe Morgenstern
    His story is instructive, as well as chilling and occasionally hilarious -- a brief, probably foredoomed career during which a would-be Orson Welles, playing shamelessly to the camera, draws from a bottomless cesspool of hubris, bile and rage.
    • Wall Street Journal
    • 78 Metascore
    • 80 Joe Morgenstern
    Why, then, should we be eager to see a story of such incomplete inspiration? Because it's thrilling, and stirring. And because it is truth.
    • Wall Street Journal
    • 74 Metascore
    • 80 Joe Morgenstern
    Has its share of contrivances, some more successful than others, but center stage is occupied by truth, and austere beauty.
    • Wall Street Journal
    • 79 Metascore
    • 80 Joe Morgenstern
    Hotel Rwanda isn't impersonal, even though it only hints at the story's full horror. It's stunning.
    • Wall Street Journal
    • 72 Metascore
    • 80 Joe Morgenstern
    That Mr. Rohmer is an octogenarian just beginning to play with digital technology makes the venture even more intriguing.
    • Wall Street Journal
    • 67 Metascore
    • 80 Joe Morgenstern
    Mr. Stettner has a serious subject here -- how the hurts that women suffer at the hands of men can be internalized more deeply than the victims know -- and his film is graced with a stunning performance by Ms. Channing.
    • Wall Street Journal
    • 76 Metascore
    • 80 Joe Morgenstern
    Tender, funny and smart, Machuca is that rare discovery, an incisive political parable that also succeeds as a drama of sharply drawn individuals.
    • Wall Street Journal
    • 78 Metascore
    • 80 Joe Morgenstern
    Fatih Akin is a filmmaker to be reckoned with. His characters grow and change in a stunning film that pulses with life.

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