Joe Morgenstern
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For 1,829 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 0.5 points lower than other critics. (0-100 point scale)

Joe Morgenstern's Scores

  • Movies
  • TV
Average review score: 59
Highest review score: 100 Lars and the Real Girl
Lowest review score: 0 Because I Said So
Score distribution:
1,829 movie reviews
    • 75 Metascore
    • 90 Joe Morgenstern
    The new film, shot in vivid hi-def video, is part documentary and part fiction based on interviews; it uses on-camera interviews with workers, some played by themselves and some played by actors, to evoke a past of unimaginable toil, and suffering, in the service of the Communist state.
    • 83 Metascore
    • 90 Joe Morgenstern
    Much of the time, though, you're transfixed by the beauty of a spectacle that seems all of a piece. Special effects have been abolished, in effect, since the whole thing is so special.
    • 83 Metascore
    • 90 Joe Morgenstern
    A captivating entertainment for the holiday season and well beyond.
    • 81 Metascore
    • 90 Joe Morgenstern
    Jane Campion has performed her own feat of romantic imagination.
    • 66 Metascore
    • 90 Joe Morgenstern
    The film takes itself frivolously when that's appropriate--some of it is charmingly silly--and seriously when, as is often the case, all sorts of good surprises are unleashed.
    • 83 Metascore
    • 90 Joe Morgenstern
    The best of Up in the Air--meaning most of it--is right up there with the fresh and sophisticated comedies of Hollywood's golden age.
    • 67 Metascore
    • 90 Joe Morgenstern
    A spectacular record of rehearsals for a show that wasn't to be.
    • 73 Metascore
    • 90 Joe Morgenstern
    The immensity encompasses such variety, subtlety and intimacy that you may find yourself yearning for more.
    • 83 Metascore
    • 90 Joe Morgenstern
    Crazy Heart is blessed with so many marvelous moments, lovely lines and vivid characters.
    • 81 Metascore
    • 90 Joe Morgenstern
    It's been a good while since I've seen a movie whose most powerful sequence was both unforeseen and entirely unpredictable as it played out.
    • 81 Metascore
    • 90 Joe Morgenstern
    This wonderfully strange and exquisite little feature was created, especially for young children, to celebrate the book through another kind of illumination that's been falling into disuse--hand-drawn animation.
    • 72 Metascore
    • 90 Joe Morgenstern
    This beautifully strange and affecting comedy, which Agnès Jaoui directed from a screenplay she wrote with her husband, Mr. Bacri, is about men who are weak and insecure, and one woman, Agathe, played superbly by Ms. Jaoui, coming to terms with the price of being strong.
    • 83 Metascore
    • 90 Joe Morgenstern
    Star Trek goes back to the legend's roots with a boldness that brings a fatigued franchise back to life.
    • 66 Metascore
    • 90 Joe Morgenstern
    The actress gets immeasurable help from the writing: Lisbeth's anger is matched by her intelligence and her physical prowess, which enables her to administer as well as absorb pain in megadoses. But none of it would register without Ms. Rapace's singular combination of eerie beauty and feral intensity. She's a movie star unlike any other.
    • 86 Metascore
    • 90 Joe Morgenstern
    Where the film shines is in its vivid and affecting portrait of Tillman himself. Instead of the square-jawed hero memorialized by the army and lionized by the news media, we get to know a man of many gifts for many seasons.
    • 72 Metascore
    • 90 Joe Morgenstern
    Why, then, am I so pleased with Easy A? Because the movie, despite a few flaws, seems to have been made by higher intelligence, and because it catapults Emma Stone into a higher place reserved for American actors who can handle elevated language with casually dazzling aplomb.
    • 74 Metascore
    • 90 Joe Morgenstern
    As a thriller, The Town has what it takes and then some.
    • 83 Metascore
    • 90 Joe Morgenstern
    This one is both demanding and extremely rewarding, because it's really a meditation on violence.
    • 79 Metascore
    • 90 Joe Morgenstern
    While the film handles itself well in the ring, it's brilliant in the arena of a blue-collar family that brutalizes its younger son and best hope for worldly success in the name of sustaining him.
    • 82 Metascore
    • 90 Joe Morgenstern
    It's exciting, stirring, often funny, sometimes lyrical and unusually thoughtful. And, with that one egregious exception, genuinely pleasurable.
    • 81 Metascore
    • 90 Joe Morgenstern
    Here's one vote for the most affecting, anguishing, revealing and prophetic scene of the movie year-and yes, it's all of those things at once in a powerful film that alternates between moments of earlier happiness and later pain.
    • 87 Metascore
    • 90 Joe Morgenstern
    I can't pretend to understand the intricacies of the Buddhist belief system that informs the surreal story, or the fantasy system in which Boonmee, embodying Thailand, recalls his nation's history and shimmering myths. Yet no effort of understanding is needed to be moved by Boonmee's descent into a limestone cave shaped like a womb.
    • 76 Metascore
    • 90 Joe Morgenstern
    Almost everything about Cary Fukunaga's version of the Charlotte Brontë romance is understated yet transfixing, mainly-although far from exclusively-because of Mia Wasikowska's presence in the title role.
    • 86 Metascore
    • 90 Joe Morgenstern
    Go underground with magic glasses on your nose and you won't regret it.
    • 81 Metascore
    • 90 Joe Morgenstern
    In Woody Allen's beguiling and then bedazzling new comedy, nostalgia isn't at all what it used to be - it's smarter, sweeter, fizzier and ever so much funnier.
    • 85 Metascore
    • 90 Joe Morgenstern
    Daring in concept, occasionally daffy in execution and ultimately unforgettable, Mr. Malick's film offers a heartfelt answer to the question of where we humans belong - with each other, on this planet, bound by love.
    • 72 Metascore
    • 90 Joe Morgenstern
    This new film isn't perfect, and may not be a world-changer, but it's certainly a world-pleaser.
    • 85 Metascore
    • 90 Joe Morgenstern
    This is hardly a film to recommend as entertainment. As an act of remembrance, though, it is singular and, in its way, soaring.
    • 68 Metascore
    • 90 Joe Morgenstern
    Judged, though, as the action extravaganza it means to be, Rise of the Planet of the Apes wins high marks for originality, and takes top honors for spectacle.
    • 79 Metascore
    • 90 Joe Morgenstern
    What's most rewarding, though, is that Mr. Senna speaks extensively and eloquently for himself, and reveals himself to be an eminently human hero. He's thoughtful, even philosophical, about decisions that deprive him of seemingly well-earned victories.