Joe Morgenstern
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For 1,921 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 0.6 points lower than other critics. (0-100 point scale)

Joe Morgenstern's Scores

  • Movies
  • TV
Average review score: 59
Highest review score: 100 Ratatouille
Lowest review score: 0 The Last Airbender
Score distribution:
1,921 movie reviews
    • 98 Metascore
    • 100 Joe Morgenstern
    The result of the intricate interplay is a fairy tale for adults that is violent, sometimes shocking, yet utterly engrossing. And eerily instructive; it deepens our emotional understanding of fascism, and of rigid ideology's dire consequences.
    • Wall Street Journal
    • 79 Metascore
    • 100 Joe Morgenstern
    Computer travel may not be the real thing, but IMAX makes this an astonishing trip all the same.
    • 90 Metascore
    • 100 Joe Morgenstern
    Her
    Mr. Jonze approaches perfection in the department of deadpan humor. In other hands, his premise could have been a clever gimmick and little more. But he draws us into Theodore's world, then develops it brilliantly, by playing everything scrupulously straight.
    • 83 Metascore
    • 100 Joe Morgenstern
    This film is cunningly crafted in every detail--direction, script, performances, comic timing, special effects--from thunderous start to delicious finish.
    • 80 Metascore
    • 100 Joe Morgenstern
    The whole production speaks well for the power of film; it’s a serious stunner.
    • 70 Metascore
    • 100 Joe Morgenstern
    Once in a great while a film seems right in every detail. Andre Techine's Strayed ("Les Egares") is such a film.
    • Wall Street Journal
    • 87 Metascore
    • 100 Joe Morgenstern
    Working on a scale that's minuscule by studio standards, the Dardenne brothers have made yet another movie that does what Hollywood used to do - keep us rapt, and leave us grateful.
    • 76 Metascore
    • 100 Joe Morgenstern
    It keeps you fascinated, even enthralled; elicits astonishment, even wonderment, and makes you grateful for the chance to meet someone remarkable.
    • 96 Metascore
    • 100 Joe Morgenstern
    The characters are irresistible -- why would anyone want to resist a hero who so gallantly transcends his rattiness? -- the animation is astonishing and the film, a fantasy version of a foodie rhapsody, sustains a level of joyous invention that hasn't been seen in family entertainment since "The Incredibles."
    • 76 Metascore
    • 100 Joe Morgenstern
    How long has it been since a movie left you literally speechless?
    • 70 Metascore
    • 100 Joe Morgenstern
    It's nothing less than a miracle that the director, Craig Gillespie, and the writer, Nancy Oliver, have been able to make such an endearing, intelligent and tender comedy from a premise that, in other hands, might sustain a five-minute sketch on TV.
    • 70 Metascore
    • 100 Joe Morgenstern
    Benjamin Button is all of a visionary piece, and it's a soul-filling vision.
    • 69 Metascore
    • 100 Joe Morgenstern
    Who knew that Unstoppable would be sensational? Talk about well-kept- and welcome-surprises. Tony Scott's latest thriller turns out to be pure cinema in the classic sense of the term. It's a motion picture about motion, an action symphony that gives new meaning to the notion of a one-track mind.
    • 72 Metascore
    • 100 Joe Morgenstern
    Everywhere in Nowhere in Africa, skill and art translate into vivid life.
    • Wall Street Journal
    • 96 Metascore
    • 100 Joe Morgenstern
    In one form or another, motion pictures have been with us since the middle of the 19th century, but there's never been one like Gravity. What's new in Alfonso Cuarón's 3-D space adventure is the nature of the motion. It's as if the movie medium had been set free to dance in a bedazzling zero-gravity dream sequence.
    • 85 Metascore
    • 100 Joe Morgenstern
    A singular achievement -- romantic, sensuous, intelligent and finally shattering in its sweep and thematic complexity.
    • 81 Metascore
    • 100 Joe Morgenstern
    Just as Aubrey's authority springs from skill and knowledge, so does the film's power. They don't make movies like this any more because few people know how to make them.
    • Wall Street Journal
    • 82 Metascore
    • 100 Joe Morgenstern
    An absolutely thrilling recreation, in documentary style, of a now-legendary story.
    • Wall Street Journal
    • 94 Metascore
    • 100 Joe Morgenstern
    When we peruse this movie, we see a superb evocation of Turner’s latter years, during the first half of the 19th century, and a performance that’s symphonic in the sweep of its eccentricities, vivid in the spectrum of its passions.
    • 87 Metascore
    • 100 Joe Morgenstern
    Brokeback Mountain aspires to an epic sweep and achieves it, though with singular intimacy and grace.
    • Wall Street Journal
    • 81 Metascore
    • 100 Joe Morgenstern
    Everything comes together brilliantly in Silver Linings Playbook - for the film's crazed but uncrazy lovers; for the filmmaker, David O. Russell, and best of all for lucky us.
    • 94 Metascore
    • 100 Joe Morgenstern
    The first half hour of WALL-E is essentially wordless, and left me speechless. This magnificent animated feature from Pixar starts on such a high plane of aspiration, and achievement, that you wonder whether the wonder can be sustained. But yes, it can.
    • 86 Metascore
    • 100 Joe Morgenstern
    More than anything, Of Gods and Men is a drama of character, and warm humanity.
    • 97 Metascore
    • 100 Joe Morgenstern
    Elegantly crafted, brilliantly acted film.
    • 86 Metascore
    • 90 Joe Morgenstern
    What's so remarkable about their decadeslong campaign, though, is how desperation led to inspiration - to the inspired notion that they, as nonscientists, could still take their fate in their own hands.
    • 75 Metascore
    • 90 Joe Morgenstern
    Better than a feelgood movie, it's a feelgreat movie -- genuinely clever, affecting when you least expect it to be and funny from start to finish.
    • Wall Street Journal
    • 85 Metascore
    • 90 Joe Morgenstern
    Mr. Akin's film is so full of life that it leaves you breathless.
    • 80 Metascore
    • 90 Joe Morgenstern
    Operates in an orbit somewhere between Oliver Sacks and Lewis Carroll. I can't remember when a movie has seemed so clever, strangely affecting and slyly funny at the very same time.
    • Wall Street Journal
    • 80 Metascore
    • 90 Joe Morgenstern
    A huge delight.
    • 71 Metascore
    • 90 Joe Morgenstern
    Mr. Luchini gives one of the best performances of the year, in one of the best movies of the year.
    • Wall Street Journal

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