Joe Morgenstern
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For 1,936 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 An Education
Lowest review score: 0 Step Brothers
Score distribution:
1,936 movie reviews
    • 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.
    • 77 Metascore
    • 100 Joe Morgenstern
    Mr. Fukanaga's purpose is to evoke the immigrants' experience, which he does with such eloquence and power as to inspire awe.
    • 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.
    • 76 Metascore
    • 100 Joe Morgenstern
    How long has it been since a movie left you literally speechless?
    • 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.
    • 71 Metascore
    • 100 Joe Morgenstern
    As wish-fulfillments go, this is a movie lover's dream.
    • 83 Metascore
    • 100 Joe Morgenstern
    This film is cunningly crafted in every detail--direction, script, performances, comic timing, special effects--from thunderous start to delicious finish.
    • 79 Metascore
    • 100 Joe Morgenstern
    Genuinely and irresistibly inspirational.
    • 92 Metascore
    • 100 Joe Morgenstern
    The third film of the trilogy turns out to be gorgeously joyous and deeply felt.
    • 79 Metascore
    • 100 Joe Morgenstern
    An absolutely phenomenal film by the Korean director Bong Joon-ho.
    • 85 Metascore
    • 100 Joe Morgenstern
    This tale of an English schoolgirl's hard-won wisdom is thrilling --for the radiance of Carey Mulligan's Jenny, who's wonderfully smart and perilously tender; for the grace of Lone Scherfig's direction, and the brilliance of Nick Hornby's screenplay.
    • 76 Metascore
    • 100 Joe Morgenstern
    The wonder of the film is how good it makes us feel. Greenberg scintillates with intelligence, razor's-edge humor and austere empathy for its struggling lovers.
    • 79 Metascore
    • 100 Joe Morgenstern
    Computer travel may not be the real thing, but IMAX makes this an astonishing trip all the same.
    • 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.
    • 74 Metascore
    • 100 Joe Morgenstern
    A dulcetly crazy, certifiably hilarious and eerily mysterious little comedy.
    • 76 Metascore
    • 100 Joe Morgenstern
    It isn't saying too much, though, to call Mia Hansen-Løve's French-language drama beautiful, profound and, given the gathering tensions of its story, phenomenally full of life.
    • 90 Metascore
    • 100 Joe Morgenstern
    Spectacular for its humanity, austere beauty and heart-stopping urgency.
    • 85 Metascore
    • 100 Joe Morgenstern
    This movie will stir your heart and open your mind. It's a group portrait of practicing patriots.
    • 86 Metascore
    • 100 Joe Morgenstern
    A thrillingly funny and casually profound film.
    • 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.
    • 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.
    • 81 Metascore
    • 100 Joe Morgenstern
    This is a time when urgent issues are often explored in polemic documentaries, as well as a fateful moment when the future of public education is being debated with unprecedented intensity. Waiting for 'Superman' makes an invaluable addition to the debate.
    • 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.
    • 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.
    • 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.
    • 88 Metascore
    • 100 Joe Morgenstern
    No screen portrait of a king has ever been more stirring-heartbreaking at first, then stirring. That's partly due to the screenplay, which contains two of the best-written roles in recent memory, and to Mr. Hooper's superb direction.
    • 81 Metascore
    • 100 Joe Morgenstern
    It's a portrait, by turns chilling, thrilling, mysterious and terrifying, of a woman who refuses to be terrorized.
    • 69 Metascore
    • 100 Joe Morgenstern
    Who knew that Unstoppable would be sensational? Talk about well-kept- and welcome-surprises. Tony Scott's latest thriller turns out to be pure cinema in the classic sense of the term. It's a motion picture about motion, an action symphony that gives new meaning to the notion of a one-track mind.
    • 82 Metascore
    • 100 Joe Morgenstern
    Exquisite images, poignant humor, echoes of cinema history and a sense of having watched genuine magic.
    • 86 Metascore
    • 100 Joe Morgenstern
    More than anything, Of Gods and Men is a drama of character, and warm humanity.

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