Joe Morgenstern

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For 2,213 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 2.1 points lower than other critics. (0-100 point scale)

Joe Morgenstern's Scores

  • Movies
  • TV
Average review score: 60
Highest review score: 100 Waiting for 'Superman'
Lowest review score: 0 Before I Go to Sleep
Score distribution:
2213 movie reviews
    • 83 Metascore
    • 90 Joe Morgenstern
    The most elegantly crafted and confidently directed of all his (Cronenberg's) films, it's a calm, chilling portrait of a blighted soul and, just as calmly but quite stunningly, an evocation of the thought processes behind the blight.
    • Wall Street Journal
    • 90 Metascore
    • 90 Joe Morgenstern
    An undersea treasure all the same, and a prodigy of visual energy.
    • Wall Street Journal
    • 80 Metascore
    • 90 Joe Morgenstern
    Operates in an orbit somewhere between Oliver Sacks and Lewis Carroll. I can't remember when a movie has seemed so clever, strangely affecting and slyly funny at the very same time.
    • Wall Street Journal
    • 80 Metascore
    • 90 Joe Morgenstern
    Seduces us with its leisurely pace and felicitous details into believing that something miraculous is afoot in a mundane rural community.
    • Wall Street Journal
    • 82 Metascore
    • 90 Joe Morgenstern
    A magnificent documentary that flies us along with migratory birds on their intercontinental travels, it's the polar opposite -- North Pole, South Pole and all latitudes in between -- of modern feature films that rely on special effects.
    • Wall Street Journal
    • 87 Metascore
    • 90 Joe Morgenstern
    It is, simply and stirringly, a kind of beau ideal of education, a vision of how the process can work at its best.
    • Wall Street Journal
    • 70 Metascore
    • 90 Joe Morgenstern
    Pieces of April would deserve your attention and respect even if all these colorful threads didn't come together into a luminous whole. But they do, beautifully and unaffectedly, because what's been on Mr. Hedges's mind is not just a comedy of alienation but a drama of acceptance and reconciliation.
    • Wall Street Journal
    • 70 Metascore
    • 90 Joe Morgenstern
    Calmly, almost serenely, Mr. Van Sant and his superb cinematographer, Harris Savides, reveal a vision of contemporary American youth quite unlike any other.
    • Wall Street Journal
    • 70 Metascore
    • 90 Joe Morgenstern
    Mr. Penn has been praised lavishly for his work in "Mystic River," in a role that was no reach for him at all, but this is one of the stand-out performances of his career, layered and exquisitely nuanced. And, remarkably, he's only one-third of a stellar ensemble.
    • Wall Street Journal
    • 76 Metascore
    • 90 Joe Morgenstern
    Magic suffuses this film -- performances that approach perfection, or achieve it, moments of exceptional grace as a troubled family plays out a contemporary version of a classic immigration saga, healing itself in the process.
    • Wall Street Journal
    • 74 Metascore
    • 90 Joe Morgenstern
    The energy is genuine, and the level of invention is remarkable, sustained as it is by Mr. Baseman's genially garish art, Timothy Bjoerklund's direction from a script by Bill and Cherie Steinkellner, and Nathan Lane's madly passionate performance as the canine who was famously born on the wrong end of a leash.
    • Wall Street Journal
    • 82 Metascore
    • 90 Joe Morgenstern
    A film that asks its audience to invest serious thought, and in return, bestows serious pleasure.
    • Wall Street Journal
    • 72 Metascore
    • 90 Joe Morgenstern
    A perfect fit in the category of instant classic, and, not incidentally, fits the profile of super-profitability. Bursting the bonds of its genre, Hellboy fills the screen with gorgeous imagery, vertiginous action and a surprising depth of feeling.
    • Wall Street Journal
    • 85 Metascore
    • 90 Joe Morgenstern
    This beautiful -- and beautifully controlled -- film is also an object lesson in how to hypnotize an audience.
    • Wall Street Journal
    • 82 Metascore
    • 90 Joe Morgenstern
    Deeply affecting.
    • Wall Street Journal
    • 75 Metascore
    • 90 Joe Morgenstern
    There's an old-Hollywood feel to the movie's solid showmanship and unabashed sophistication. These days it's feature-length 'toons, sporting the newest-fangled technology, that take kids and adults alike back to the movies' good old days.
    • Wall Street Journal
    • 82 Metascore
    • 90 Joe Morgenstern
    The right word for Harry Potter and the Prisoner of Azkaban is wondersful -- as in full of wonders, great and small.
    • Wall Street Journal
    • 53 Metascore
    • 90 Joe Morgenstern
    A lovely surprise. Ripe with feeling and lush with physical beauty, it's a love story that swings confidently between age and youth, and, like the young Tiger Woods of old, avoids every trap along the way.
    • Wall Street Journal
    • 83 Metascore
    • 90 Joe Morgenstern
    A lot of talent to lavish on a single movie, but the result is uncommonly smart for the genre, and not just smart but tremendously enjoyable.
    • Wall Street Journal
    • 80 Metascore
    • 90 Joe Morgenstern
    Every sport, and every sports film, must have its superman. The role is filled here by Laird Hamilton, who, we are told -- and, more astonishingly, shown -- took "the single most significant ride in surfing history." Seeing is believing.
    • Wall Street Journal
    • 87 Metascore
    • 90 Joe Morgenstern
    A remarkable -- and harrowing -- debut feature that makes you think there's hope after all for the future of independent films.
    • Wall Street Journal
    • 76 Metascore
    • 90 Joe Morgenstern
    Shrewdly reconceived, powerfully acted and hugely entertaining.
    • Wall Street Journal
    • 71 Metascore
    • 90 Joe Morgenstern
    Mr. Luchini gives one of the best performances of the year, in one of the best movies of the year.
    • Wall Street Journal
    • 83 Metascore
    • 90 Joe Morgenstern
    As an evocation of English working-class life half a century ago, it feels utterly authentic, and is ennobled -- not too strong a word, I think -- by Imelda Staunton's performance in the title role.
    • Wall Street Journal
    • 73 Metascore
    • 90 Joe Morgenstern
    Ray
    At the center of it all is an incomparable singer brought to life by a sensational actor. With a huge soul to fill, Jamie Foxx has filled it to overflowing.
    • Wall Street Journal
    • 79 Metascore
    • 90 Joe Morgenstern
    Liam Neeson has never had a richer character to play on screen -- including his landmark role in "Schindler's List" -- and has never displayed such formidable energy and virtuosity.
    • Wall Street Journal
    • 62 Metascore
    • 90 Joe Morgenstern
    When movie lovers are looking back on the best of 2001, they will still be marveling at the beauty, intelligence and seemingly effortless mastery of Ms. Blanchett's performance.
    • Wall Street Journal
    • 69 Metascore
    • 90 Joe Morgenstern
    Truly transporting film.
    • Wall Street Journal
    • 88 Metascore
    • 90 Joe Morgenstern
    Apart from a singer named You who plays Keiko, the members of the cast are non-professionals. You may find that hard to believe when you see this astonishing film, as I hope you will.
    • Wall Street Journal
    • 82 Metascore
    • 90 Joe Morgenstern
    As a piece of filmmaking, it's stunningly effective.
    • Wall Street Journal

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