Joe Morgenstern

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For 2,098 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 1.1 points lower than other critics. (0-100 point scale)

Joe Morgenstern's Scores

  • Movies
  • TV
Average review score: 60
Highest review score: 100 Mr. Turner
Lowest review score: 0 Killer Joe
Score distribution:
2098 movie reviews
    • 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
    • 68 Metascore
    • 90 Joe Morgenstern
    The Wave, Scandinavia’s first-ever disaster film, is the polar opposite of a disaster. It’s a triumph of modest means, a tribute to the power of storytelling on a human scale.
    • 92 Metascore
    • 90 Joe Morgenstern
    The film's centerpiece is Mr. Isaac's phenomenal performance. He's an actor, first and foremost, who is also a musician.
    • 76 Metascore
    • 90 Joe Morgenstern
    This is filmmaking of a high order, even though the production's scale is modest and the climax is not without its facile contrivances.
    • 85 Metascore
    • 90 Joe Morgenstern
    Judd Apatow's high-density, high-intensity comedy of bad (and good) manners is a cause for celebration -- the laugh lines are smart, and they come faster than you can process them.
    • 77 Metascore
    • 90 Joe Morgenstern
    You may know Mr. Edgerton as the actor who played the cocksure SEAL squadron commander in “Zero Dark Thirty,” and Tom Buchanan in “The Great Gatsby.” Who knew, though, that his debut feature would be so stylishly crafted, intricately psychological and genuinely thrilling?
    • 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
    • 84 Metascore
    • 90 Joe Morgenstern
    Beguiling and endearing.
    • 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
    • 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
    • 83 Metascore
    • 90 Joe Morgenstern
    I loved this movie, and I wish it could be seen by all those kids who turn out every weekend for shoddy studio comedies that show them who they'd like to be. Raising Victor Vargas shows young lovers as they are.
    • Wall Street Journal
    • 85 Metascore
    • 90 Joe Morgenstern
    A dazzling piece of filmmaking, and much of the dazzle - as well as the anguished darkness - comes from Adam Stone's cinematography, which expresses the swirling state of Curtis's mind with richly varied flavors of light.
    • 81 Metascore
    • 90 Joe Morgenstern
    Jane Campion has performed her own feat of romantic imagination.
    • 71 Metascore
    • 90 Joe Morgenstern
    It's a stirring portrait of a singular artist, a gorgeously photographed album of his buildings, and, perhaps most importantly, a film that manages to demystify the way he works without diminishing it.
    • Wall Street Journal
    • 77 Metascore
    • 90 Joe Morgenstern
    The other remarkable aspect of Mr. Schipper’s film centers on the title character, who is played by an extraordinary Spanish actress named Laia Costa. She’s full of energy, and effortless grace.
    • 78 Metascore
    • 90 Joe Morgenstern
    A thrilling -- and harrowing, and beautiful -- celebration of the unpredictability of life.
    • Wall Street Journal
    • 75 Metascore
    • 90 Joe Morgenstern
    Andrew Garfield's phenomenal performance makes room for the many and various pieces of Jack's personality, whether or not they're securely fastened together.

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