Joe Morgenstern

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For 2,155 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 1.7 points lower than other critics. (0-100 point scale)

Joe Morgenstern's Scores

  • Movies
  • TV
Average review score: 60
Highest review score: 100 The Second Mother
Lowest review score: 0 Jack Reacher
Score distribution:
2155 movie reviews
    • 82 Metascore
    • 90 Joe Morgenstern
    Since you can't read my lips, read my words: See this movie.
    • Wall Street Journal
    • 68 Metascore
    • 90 Joe Morgenstern
    Mr. Tykwer's hands the movie changes almost magically from drama to chase to romance. As it does so its moral weight lessens; by the end there is less than what first engaged the mind. What meets the eye, though, is unforgettable.
    • 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
    • 85 Metascore
    • 90 Joe Morgenstern
    It's astonishing, and moving.
    • Wall Street Journal
    • 88 Metascore
    • 90 Joe Morgenstern
    Vincent is played masterfully by Aurelien Recoing, who gives him a sort of as-if anomie; this haunted hero is so detached that he may not realize he has no real life to be detached from.
    • Wall Street Journal
    • 80 Metascore
    • 90 Joe Morgenstern
    Room 237, which goes into national distribution this weekend, may be the surpassingly eccentric — and enormously entertaining — film that Kubrick deserves.
    • 84 Metascore
    • 90 Joe Morgenstern
    The comedian has had his ups and downs recently, but the film is pure up, a wonderfully genial and inclusive record -- not that the music is devoid of anger or social protest -- of a day-long, freestyle show.
    • Wall Street Journal
    • 86 Metascore
    • 90 Joe Morgenstern
    The explosively combative young hero, Liam (a brilliant performance by Martin Compston), has only the illusion of a fighting chance. Yet Sweet Sixteen is powerful because of the searing honesty with which it strips Liam of his illusions.
    • Wall Street Journal
    • 52 Metascore
    • 90 Joe Morgenstern
    It's classic animation wedded to modern technology -- painted pictures that move in magical splendor.
    • Wall Street Journal
    • 85 Metascore
    • 90 Joe Morgenstern
    Song of the Sea was made primarily, though not exclusively, for young children. Its unhurried pace will serve as an antidote to, or even an inoculation against, the mad rush of most contemporary animation. This is a film made by the other crowd, people who care about helping children to care about the medium of film for the rest of their lives.
    • 83 Metascore
    • 90 Joe Morgenstern
    See The Magdalene Sisters for its own sake; the performances alone are inspirational. But see it too as an example of how powerful a feature film still can be in the hands of an impassioned filmmaker.
    • Wall Street Journal
    • 80 Metascore
    • 90 Joe Morgenstern
    Its true subject is melancholia as a spiritual state, a destroyer of happiness that emerges from its hiding place behind the sun, just like the menacing planet, then holds the heroine, Justine, in its unyielding grip and gives Ms. Dunst the unlikely occasion for a dazzling performance.
    • 72 Metascore
    • 90 Joe Morgenstern
    Finding words for the starring performance is easy. After breaking through as a brilliant comic actor in “The Hangover,” “Silver Linings Playbook” and “American Hustle,” Mr. Cooper turns out to be just as brilliant at intensely dramatic inwardness. In his extraordinarily austere portrayal, Kyle’s silences are eloquent, his impassivity interesting, his inner conflicts implied without a trace of sentimentality.
    • 90 Metascore
    • 90 Joe Morgenstern
    An undersea treasure all the same, and a prodigy of visual energy.
    • Wall Street Journal
    • 77 Metascore
    • 90 Joe Morgenstern
    This comic chronicle of a Peruvian bear’s adventures in London turns out to be a total charmer, made with panache, élan and generous dollops of marmalade.
    • 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
    • 74 Metascore
    • 90 Joe Morgenstern
    Bursting with joy and throbbing with music, Rize has a tragic dimension too. When you see the clown cry, you'll be with him all the way.
    • Wall Street Journal
    • 79 Metascore
    • 90 Joe Morgenstern
    The whole film is unlikely, a joyous story of youth, innocence, sweet earnestness, charming ineptitude and a shaky but productive belief on the hero’s part that he can do anything he pleases.
    • 69 Metascore
    • 90 Joe Morgenstern
    Truly transporting film.
    • Wall Street Journal
    • 83 Metascore
    • 90 Joe Morgenstern
    This one is both demanding and extremely rewarding, because it's really a meditation on violence.
    • 85 Metascore
    • 90 Joe Morgenstern
    A stunning drama about the desperate state of women in Iran.
    • Wall Street Journal
    • 74 Metascore
    • 90 Joe Morgenstern
    Depends on comic timing so precise that it seems weightless and all but effortless. And it depends on performers, of course, who can do a comic turn just as readily as a deft writer can turn a phrase. In that department, Ocean's Eleven is at least 11 times blessed.
    • Wall Street Journal
    • 80 Metascore
    • 90 Joe Morgenstern
    What Ron Howard gets, to a degree that's astonishing in a two-hour film, is the density and complexity, as well as the generous entertainment quotient, of Peter Morgan's screenplay.
    • 84 Metascore
    • 90 Joe Morgenstern
    It’s film as a fugue state, a Buddhist flow, a collection of memory fragments that drift together into a haunting evocation of Lola’s and Laurie’s intertwined lives.
    • 65 Metascore
    • 90 Joe Morgenstern
    Ingeniously scary.
    • Wall Street Journal

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