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
    • 94 Metascore
    • 100 Joe Morgenstern
    Michael Haneke's French-language Amour, a perfect film about intertwined lives, proceeds at its own pace, and breathes so deeply that it takes your own breath away.
    • 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.
    • 77 Metascore
    • 100 Joe Morgenstern
    With a calmness that bespeaks confidence, this small, spellbinding second feature by Hilary Brougher brings together two women, trapped in separate states of denial and distress, who manage to end each other's entrapment.
    • 88 Metascore
    • 100 Joe Morgenstern
    Give yourself away to this movie and you'll be glad you did.
    • Wall Street Journal
    • 81 Metascore
    • 100 Joe Morgenstern
    It's a portrait, by turns chilling, thrilling, mysterious and terrifying, of a woman who refuses to be terrorized.
    • 88 Metascore
    • 100 Joe Morgenstern
    What Mr. Hoffman has done here borders on the miraculous.
    • Wall Street Journal
    • 84 Metascore
    • 100 Joe Morgenstern
    So what's left for the audience to hook into? Only pounding action, elegant style, steady-state suspense, marvelous acting and, despite that droll pooh-poohing every now and then, haunting explorations of youth, age and personal destiny. It's a lot to claim for a sci-fi thriller, but I was blown away by Rian Johnson's Looper.
    • 88 Metascore
    • 100 Joe Morgenstern
    This pitch-dark comedy, which was directed, con brio, by Alejandro G. Iñárritu, sizzles as the camera circles, stalks and swoops. Emmanuel Lubezki’s friction-free cinematography constitutes a virtuoso turn in its own right in a production that’s strewn with superb performances, some of them loud and bold, others subtle and restrained.
    • 83 Metascore
    • 100 Joe Morgenstern
    Zachary Heinzerling's feature-length documentary gathers force slowly, but with such wisdom and calm mastery that I found myself stunned, toward the end, by the beautiful vastness of it all.
    • 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.
    • 76 Metascore
    • 100 Joe Morgenstern
    An improbably bountiful subject -- kids on skateboards turning themselves into virtuoso artist-athletes -- has been brought to life in a wonderful, unpretentious documentary.
    • Wall Street Journal
    • 94 Metascore
    • 100 Joe Morgenstern
    It is plainly, though not simply, a masterpiece from an acknowledged master of contemporary animation, and a wonderfully welcoming work of art that's as funny and entertaining as it is brilliant, beautiful and deep.
    • Wall Street Journal
    • 76 Metascore
    • 100 Joe Morgenstern
    Rapturously beautiful, startlingly audacious and often very funny, the film employs many of the techniques that were used so pleasingly in "Amélie."
    • Wall Street Journal
    • 78 Metascore
    • 100 Joe Morgenstern
    Magnificent.
    • 84 Metascore
    • 100 Joe Morgenstern
    It's one of the best surprises of the holiday season.
    • Wall Street Journal
    • 89 Metascore
    • 100 Joe Morgenstern
    National Gallery isn’t just about a museum full of famous pictures. It’s about the nature of art, and art’s acolytes; about the mystery of what may lie beneath a particular painting’s visible surface; about the business of art at a time when money can be scarce and attention spans can be short.
    • 87 Metascore
    • 100 Joe Morgenstern
    Astonishingly vivid. The illusion of reality is so nearly complete in this magnificent French-language film by the Belgian filmmakers Jean-Pierre and Luc Dardenne that the screen becomes a perfectly transparent window on lives hanging in the balance.
    • Wall Street Journal
    • 90 Metascore
    • 100 Joe Morgenstern
    Pirandello didn't have a patch on its complexities. Here's a popular entertainment with an eclectic soundtrack raising penetrating questions of identity in astonishing sequences that interweave live action with comic-book art.
    • 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.
    • 89 Metascore
    • 100 Joe Morgenstern
    The view taken by Clint Eastwood, directing from Iris Yamashita's exemplary screenplay, is elegiac, but -- and this is remarkable, given the nature of the production and the sweep of his ambition -- not at all didactic. He lets the film speak for itself, and so it does -- of humanity as well as primitive rage and horror on both sides of the battle.
    • Wall Street Journal
    • 92 Metascore
    • 100 Joe Morgenstern
    Daniel Day-Lewis's portrayal is not just the performance of the year -- there will be injustice if he doesn't win an Oscar -- but a creation of awesome proportions.
    • 86 Metascore
    • 100 Joe Morgenstern
    There's no trace of calculation, only artistic ambitions and hopes that have come to fruition in the year's finest film thus far.
    • 75 Metascore
    • 100 Joe Morgenstern
    The writer-director Adrienne Shelly, who died in New York City late last year at the age of 40, took such perishable ingredients as wit, daring, poignancy, whimsy and romance, added passionate feelings plus the constant possibility of joy, decorated her one-of-a-kind production with pastel colors and created something close to perfection.
    • 91 Metascore
    • 100 Joe Morgenstern
    If Timbuktu — a nominee for this year’s foreign-film Oscar — were politically astute and nothing more, it would still serve a valuable purpose. But the film throbs with humanity, and abounds in extraordinary images.
    • 89 Metascore
    • 100 Joe Morgenstern
    An astonishing combination of spectacle, suspense, martial-arts flash, sublime silliness, anti-gravity action and passionate intensity -- before and after everything else, it's a grand love story.
    • Wall Street Journal
    • 81 Metascore
    • 100 Joe Morgenstern
    Please see this movie, and take any kids old enough to read subtitles. It's one of a kind.
    • Wall Street Journal
    • 88 Metascore
    • 100 Joe Morgenstern
    Casts a spell and then some -- a ringing testament to the power of motion pictures.
    • Wall Street Journal
    • 86 Metascore
    • 100 Joe Morgenstern
    A thrillingly funny and casually profound film.
    • 60 Metascore
    • 100 Joe Morgenstern
    Elegantly crafted and filled with flawless performances, this mysteriously charged drama comes alive in its very first frames.
    • 81 Metascore
    • 100 Joe Morgenstern
    Tom Hardy, the actor who plays him, is by turns spellbinding, seductive, heartbreaking, explosive and flat-out thrilling. At a time when the studios are spending vast sums of money on a bigger-is-better aesthetic, here's a chamber piece with the impact of high drama.

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