Joe Morgenstern

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For 2,086 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 point lower than other critics. (0-100 point scale)

Joe Morgenstern's Scores

  • Movies
  • TV
Average review score: 59
Highest review score: 100 Lantana
Lowest review score: 0 Just Married
Score distribution:
2086 movie reviews
    • 68 Metascore
    • 100 Joe Morgenstern
    It's a joyous movie, the best one I've seen in a very long time.
    • 85 Metascore
    • 100 Joe Morgenstern
    Kelly Reichardt's marvelous, minimalist epic, amounts to a master class in the power of observation.
    • 86 Metascore
    • 100 Joe Morgenstern
    Beautiful (sometimes sublimely so), daring (sometimes outrageously so), seriously crazed and terrifically funny.
    • Wall Street Journal
    • 89 Metascore
    • 100 Joe Morgenstern
    The story demanded — and deserves — the services of a singular actress. Ms. Cotillard’s international stardom doesn’t hurt, of course, but the invaluable gift she brings to the production is her ability to play a working woman in naturalistic style while giving a transcendent performance.
    • 94 Metascore
    • 100 Joe Morgenstern
    The invisible wizard Peter Jackson makes use of every scene to show us the meaning of magnificence. Never has a filmmaker aimed higher, or achieved more.
    • Wall Street Journal
    • 77 Metascore
    • 100 Joe Morgenstern
    The new production, computer-animated except for a living, breathing boy at the center of the action, isn’t pretty or sweet but utterly stunning, as well as very funny; all those vaudeville antecedents haven’t been forgotten.
    • 92 Metascore
    • 100 Joe Morgenstern
    The movie has done what those who've cherished the book might have thought impossible -- intensified its singular beauty by roving as free and fearlessly as Bauby's mind did.
    • 78 Metascore
    • 100 Joe Morgenstern
    This gorgeous film, always tender and sometimes dark, is a deeply resonant comic drama that's concerned with nothing less than life, death, love, sex, guilt and the urban logic of mortality.
    • 76 Metascore
    • 100 Joe Morgenstern
    Mud
    Jeff Nichols's third feature traffics unerringly in truth, delicious surprise, unadorned beauty and unforced wisdom.
    • 87 Metascore
    • 100 Joe Morgenstern
    Mr. Moodysson's film is little only in physical and financial scale. When measured by the pleasure it confers, We Are the Best! is a big deal that will be winning hearts — and even grownup minds — for a long time to come.
    • 85 Metascore
    • 100 Joe Morgenstern
    At the age of 27 Mr. Coogler seems to have it all, and have it firmly in place a clearsighted take on his subject (no airbrushing of flaws or foibles here, just confident brush strokes by a mature artist); a spare, spontaneous style that can go beyond naturalism into a state of poetic grace, and a gift for getting, or allowing, superb actors to give flawless performances.
    • 91 Metascore
    • 100 Joe Morgenstern
    If watching movie violence is cathartic, then this film amounts to heavy therapy. It's much more than that, however. This is the best film the Coen brothers have done since their glory days of "Fargo" and "The Big Lebowski," maybe the best they've done, period.
    • 88 Metascore
    • 100 Joe Morgenstern
    Inside Job has the added value, as well as the cold comfort, of being furiously interesting and hugely infuriating. It's a scathing examination of the global economic meltdown that began more than two years ago and continues to affect our lives.
    • 83 Metascore
    • 100 Joe Morgenstern
    More than a musical offering, it’s a study in boundless passion, plus a wellspring of wisdom about art and life from a man who sees no dividing line between the one and the other.
    • 94 Metascore
    • 100 Joe Morgenstern
    One of the high points of last month's Telluride Film Festival was, as I wrote at the time, spending 5½ hours in a darkened theater-with one short break around the four-hour mark-to watch Olivier Assayas's shocking and edifying epic.
    • 78 Metascore
    • 100 Joe Morgenstern
    Few actors working today could make emotional sense of such a protean character, but Ryan Gosling does so with calm authority. He's a formidable presence in a film that grabs your gaze and won't let go except for moments when you can't help but look away.
    • 95 Metascore
    • 100 Joe Morgenstern
    This account of Facebook's founder, and of the website's explosive growth, quickly lifts you to a state of exhilaration, and pretty much keeps you there for two hours.
    • 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
    • 69 Metascore
    • 100 Joe Morgenstern
    Essentially a coming-of-age story set in working-class North Carolina in the 1970s. But it's so startlingly original that it transcends the genre. This is a wonderful film, from puckish start to momentous finish.
    • Wall Street Journal
    • 71 Metascore
    • 100 Joe Morgenstern
    As wish-fulfillments go, this is a movie lover's dream.
    • 68 Metascore
    • 100 Joe Morgenstern
    A drama of rare distinction, and wonderfully funny in the bargain.
    • Wall Street Journal
    • 85 Metascore
    • 100 Joe Morgenstern
    This movie will stir your heart and open your mind. It's a group portrait of practicing patriots.
    • 89 Metascore
    • 100 Joe Morgenstern
    James Marsh's documentary raises the bar for the genre to skyscraper height.
    • 67 Metascore
    • 100 Joe Morgenstern
    One of those rare and complex dramas that you can enter, not simply watch.
    • Wall Street Journal
    • 85 Metascore
    • 100 Joe Morgenstern
    A magnificent documentary.
    • 85 Metascore
    • 100 Joe Morgenstern
    Excites us with words not spoken, passions not played out. A mood story more than a love story, it's all about sustaining a state of exquisite melancholy in the face of desire.
    • Wall Street Journal
    • 89 Metascore
    • 100 Joe Morgenstern
    One of those rare collaborations that artists dream of, and that film lovers crave.
    • Wall Street Journal
    • 88 Metascore
    • 100 Joe Morgenstern
    Once proves to be as smart and funny as it is sweet; it swirls with ambiguity and conflict beneath a simple surface. In all of 88 minutes, Mr. Carney's singular fable follows its guy and girl through a week of musical and emotional growth that could suffice for a lifetime.
    • 81 Metascore
    • 100 Joe Morgenstern
    The film doesn't play it safe, so neither will I. Instead, I'll say that it finds Mr. Tarantino perched improbably but securely on the top of a production that's wildly extravagant, ferociously violent, ludicrously lurid and outrageously entertaining, yet also, remarkably, very much about the pernicious lunacy of racism and, yes, slavery's singular horrors.
    • 95 Metascore
    • 100 Joe Morgenstern
    The members of the cast represent ensemble, naturalistic acting at its finest.

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