Joe Morgenstern
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For 1,916 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 0.4 points lower than other critics. (0-100 point scale)

Joe Morgenstern's Scores

  • Movies
  • TV
Average review score: 59
Highest review score: 100 There Will Be Blood
Lowest review score: 0 Henry Fool
Score distribution:
1,916 movie reviews
    • 83 Metascore
    • 90 Joe Morgenstern
    What makes The Flat mesmerizing is its wealth of historical detail. What makes it universal is what it says about families everywhere - that children, being children, don't want to know what their parents are up to, and that grown-ups, being human, don't want to credit troubling facts that conflict with what they need to believe.
    • 82 Metascore
    • 90 Joe Morgenstern
    The silents, as this film suggests, achieved aesthetic marvels before sound came along to set things back for a while.
    • 80 Metascore
    • 90 Joe Morgenstern
    Ms. Berg's film, which she wrote with Billy McMillin, tells the story with unprecedented clarity. She has a dramatist's eye for what was irretrievably lost-the innocent lives of the children, plus 18 years of three other innocent lives.
    • 82 Metascore
    • 90 Joe Morgenstern
    A film that asks its audience to invest serious thought, and in return, bestows serious pleasure.
    • Wall Street Journal
    • 77 Metascore
    • 90 Joe Morgenstern
    This is a woman's work in the best sense -- empathetic, inferentially erotic and delicately intuitive, as well as fiercely intelligent.
    • Wall Street Journal
    • 66 Metascore
    • 90 Joe Morgenstern
    It is marvelously funny - a screwball comedy with more layers than a pearl - and visually sumptuous.
    • 90 Metascore
    • 90 Joe Morgenstern
    Whatever thematic clarity the added footage may confer is prosaic or didactic and intrusive; this stuff hit the cutting-room floor the first time around for good reason.
    • Wall Street Journal
    • 90 Metascore
    • 90 Joe Morgenstern
    A dazzlingly smart and entertaining animated feature by Marjane Satrapi and Vincent Paronnaud, looks like a black-and-white graphic novel come to life.
    • 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.
    • 81 Metascore
    • 90 Joe Morgenstern
    We need 007, even after half a century of his ups and downs in various incarnations, to remind us how deeply pleasurable an action thriller can be. The latest addition to the Bond canon goes beyond thrilling into chilling and enthralling, plus a kind of stirring that has nothing to do with martinis.
    • 82 Metascore
    • 90 Joe Morgenstern
    Footnote does function as a character study, an exceptionally rich one.
    • 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.
    • 78 Metascore
    • 90 Joe Morgenstern
    Who doesn't need what this movie has to give?
    • Wall Street Journal
    • 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.
    • 79 Metascore
    • 90 Joe Morgenstern
    Philippe Claudel gives his heroine unusual depth, which Kristin Scott Thomas reveals with unusual passion.
    • 79 Metascore
    • 90 Joe Morgenstern
    A stunning drama that's distinguished by a magnificent performance; the most powerful scenes are those that play, as recollection or confession, on Lena Endre's lovely face.
    • Wall Street Journal
    • 78 Metascore
    • 90 Joe Morgenstern
    This film is extraordinary on several counts: its knowledge of an arcane trade (Mr. Cohen ran his family's diamond business after his father died); its fondness for telling good life stories; and, above all, its superb starring performance.
    • Wall Street Journal
    • 73 Metascore
    • 90 Joe Morgenstern
    With its sumptuous settings, urgent romance and intellectual substance, A Royal Affair is a mind-opener crossed with a bodice-ripper.
    • 81 Metascore
    • 90 Joe Morgenstern
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    Like "Argo" or "Zero Dark Thirty," the film dramatizes a fertile subject — in this instance, the language of advertising in modern politics.
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    • 90 Joe Morgenstern
    I’ve long been a fan of IMAX nature documentaries, but Humpback Whales, directed by Greg MacGillivray, is something special.
    • 77 Metascore
    • 90 Joe Morgenstern
    Proves to be a remarkably lean and incisive film about the fateful power of sexuality.
    • Wall Street Journal
    • 76 Metascore
    • 90 Joe Morgenstern
    The greatest fascination is watching these three people when they're planted firmly inside the frame, talking at cross-purposes while trying to perceive one another in the reflected light of their needs and risky assumptions.
    • 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
    • 73 Metascore
    • 90 Joe Morgenstern
    Yet it's not just the visuals that make the movie what it is, a thrilling, if also punishing, tale of heroic endurance. The Impossible, based on a true story, derives most of its impressive power from two remarkable performances: Naomi Watts as Maria, and Tom Holland as Lucas.
    • 59 Metascore
    • 90 Joe Morgenstern
    Movies as strong and provocative as this one are a special pleasure.
    • Wall Street Journal
    • 94 Metascore
    • 90 Joe Morgenstern
    A delicately poetic, essentially plotless vision, unblinking but not unhopeful, of life in Watts, where little but the ghetto's name recognition had changed a decade after the riots.
    • Wall Street Journal
    • 76 Metascore
    • 90 Joe Morgenstern
    A drama of uncommon moral complexity, unexpected humor, convincing transformations (for good and bad) and, best of all, vibrant, unpredictable energy. In a movie landscape littered with dead souls, here's a live one.
    • Wall Street Journal
    • 80 Metascore
    • 90 Joe Morgenstern
    A moveable feast of delights.
    • 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
    • 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

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