Joe Morgenstern

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For 2,237 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 2.3 points lower than other critics. (0-100 point scale)

Joe Morgenstern's Scores

  • Movies
  • TV
Average review score: 60
Highest review score: 100 13 Assassins
Lowest review score: 0 The Comedian
Score distribution:
2237 movie reviews
    • 51 Metascore
    • 50 Joe Morgenstern
    Seldom has such a glittering wagon been hitched to such dull stars.
    • 94 Metascore
    • 100 Joe Morgenstern
    In Dunkirk, an astonishing evocation of a crucial event during the first year of World War II, Christopher Nolan has created something new in the annals of war films—an intimate epic.
    • 86 Metascore
    • 80 Joe Morgenstern
    Whether the truth sets anyone free is unknowable at this point, but the city that was being slaughtered silently has been heard, and its suffering has been seen.
    • 82 Metascore
    • 100 Joe Morgenstern
    This improbably magnificent film and Michael Giacchino’s majestic score are a perfect match.
    • 84 Metascore
    • 90 Joe Morgenstern
    There are mysteries here, not the least of them being how such a modest little movie can evoke such profound feelings.
    • 73 Metascore
    • 80 Joe Morgenstern
    Genially aware of itself and terrifically likeable. Only now is this series coming of age.
    • 70 Metascore
    • 80 Joe Morgenstern
    Beguiling, meditative and elegantly photographed documentary.
    • 86 Metascore
    • 90 Joe Morgenstern
    Sensationally entertaining.
    • 77 Metascore
    • 80 Joe Morgenstern
    Ms. Dorfman, bless her open heart, has been captivated by the surfaces of the people she shoots, of how they seem. “I am totally not interested in capturing their souls.”
    • 77 Metascore
    • 100 Joe Morgenstern
    The strength of her film transcends the soldier’s power to seduce. We’re beguiled, as an audience, by seeing this male animal as he is seen, and for better and worse experienced, by a diverse and dynamic group of females. And by seeing, in the end, how The Beguiled gives new and memorable meaning to the notion of a finishing school.
    • 86 Metascore
    • 100 Joe Morgenstern
    It’s hilariously hyperverbal, yet wonderfully heartfelt.
    • 65 Metascore
    • 50 Joe Morgenstern
    The story has the hollow ring of artifice, even though Ms. Hawkins shrinks quite remarkably into the physical aspects of the role and opens up its spiritual dimensions.
    • 74 Metascore
    • 80 Joe Morgenstern
    Lost in Paris is nonsensical by design, a comedy of the absurd that’s always entertaining and occasionally pure.
    • 59 Metascore
    • 40 Joe Morgenstern
    The first film wasn’t bad, though it had its lapses. “Cars 2,” an aberration, was readily forgotten. This one feels like the series, at the end of the road, is running on fumes of nostalgia for its earliest self.
    • 78 Metascore
    • 80 Joe Morgenstern
    Taut, smart, intense and genuinely scary, Trey Edward Shults’s It Comes at Night fulfills the promise, and then some, of the filmmaker’s 2015 debut feature, “Krisha.”
    • 63 Metascore
    • 70 Joe Morgenstern
    Here, it is saying in effect, are old-fashioned conventions that still have life in them, but to appreciate them we need to approach them playfully. That worked for me, from the understated start to the overwrought finish.
    • 34 Metascore
    • 0 Joe Morgenstern
    A movie that goes beyond defying comprehension to being truly incomprehensible.
    • 44 Metascore
    • 40 Joe Morgenstern
    Audacity can’t carry a drama that’s unequal to its subject in almost every respect. ( Brian Cox does what he can, sometimes admirably, to breathe life into the title role.)
    • 76 Metascore
    • 90 Joe Morgenstern
    Caught up in the coils of Princess Diana’s hot lasso, I am bound to tell the truth: Wonder Woman is wonderful, and the Woman herself, as played by Gal Gadot, is the dazzling embodiment of female empowerment. She is also learned, charmingly funny and, for a goddess, touchingly human.
    • 37 Metascore
    • 30 Joe Morgenstern
    The movie is a minor crime, a meandering misdemeanor that’s neither soft-core nor hardcore but no core, with no consistent style and minimal content.
    • 39 Metascore
    • 0 Joe Morgenstern
    This movie is truly unhinged — not crazed, which might be interesting, but devoid of the usual hinges that connect one sequence with another.
    • 60 Metascore
    • 70 Joe Morgenstern
    This Danish-language film about a Copenhagen commune in the mid-1970s pulses with screwy energy and antic confusion.
    • 65 Metascore
    • 70 Joe Morgenstern
    This new “Alien” prequel is mostly a gore fest, which may be great news for gluttons of the genre.
    • 72 Metascore
    • 70 Joe Morgenstern
    The soul of Ms. Burshtein’s film lives in its lovely off-center encounters, since the men Michal meets turn out to be consistently interesting.
    • 41 Metascore
    • 30 Joe Morgenstern
    This latest retelling of the ancient Arthurian myth is a stinker for the ages.
    • 72 Metascore
    • 70 Joe Morgenstern
    Timing being everything in life, Risk could hardly be more of the moment.
    • 67 Metascore
    • 60 Joe Morgenstern
    Guardians of the Galaxy Vol. 2 probably couldn’t, and definitely doesn’t, recapture the sweet and singular silliness of the original, though the new edition from Marvel Studios and Disney has its rewards.
    • 68 Metascore
    • 80 Joe Morgenstern
    An unusually engaging portrait of a legendary chef who can be insufferable, as his most ardent admirers acknowledge, but who is also a brighter-than-life charmer, raging perfectionist, world-class hedonist, self-styled dandy and all-too-human survivor of the highest-end restaurant wars.
    • 70 Metascore
    • 50 Joe Morgenstern
    Unfortunately, the climax comes with more than a half hour to go, and the film, losing its focus on Jane Jacobs, turns its attention to the urban-renewal plague that devastated cities across America.
    • 56 Metascore
    • 70 Joe Morgenstern
    In its agreeably eccentric spirit, Tommy’s Honour evokes the Scottish comedies of Bill Forsyth; here it’s oddballs among the handmade, undimpled golf balls.

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