Joe Morgenstern

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For 2,213 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 2.1 points lower than other critics. (0-100 point scale)

Joe Morgenstern's Scores

  • Movies
  • TV
Average review score: 60
Highest review score: 100 White God
Lowest review score: 0 Eight Crazy Nights
Score distribution:
2213 movie reviews
    • 93 Metascore
    • 100 Joe Morgenstern
    To turn a spotlight fittingly on Spotlight, it’s the year’s best movie so far, and a rarity among countless dramatizations that claim to be based on actual events. In this one the events ring consistently — and dramatically — true.
    • 79 Metascore
    • 100 Joe Morgenstern
    This superb film, by Kent Jones, adds three more layers to the book’s alluvial wisdom: stunning clips from Hitchcock features, audio clips from the original conversations and fascinating comments by contemporary directors.
    • 81 Metascore
    • 100 Joe Morgenstern
    Only in America, though, could filmmakers illuminate such a dire subject, and the financial debacle that ensued, with the sort of scathing wit, joyous irreverence and brilliant boisterousness that make The Big Short an improbable triumph.
    • 81 Metascore
    • 100 Joe Morgenstern
    Rarely have age and shining youth been juxtaposed more affectingly, but that’s only one of many moments of grace in a movie that mines its resonant mythology while moving its story ever forward.
    • 89 Metascore
    • 100 Joe Morgenstern
    Good movies summon up worlds. Son of Saul, a great movie and a debut feature by László Nemes, summons up a world we may think we know from a visual perspective we’ve never encountered — the willed tunnel vision of a Jewish worker in a Nazi death camp.
    • 81 Metascore
    • 100 Joe Morgenstern
    One of the hallmarks of contemporary Danish filmmaking is a seemingly effortless naturalism that springs from superb acting and skillful direction.
    • 83 Metascore
    • 100 Joe Morgenstern
    If the story’s psychodynamics are familiar, Mr. Eggers makes them seem newly discovered. The intensity of his writing and direction, as well as the eerie austerity of Jarin Blaschke’s cinematography, Craig Lathrop’s production design and Mark Korven’s music, all conspire to create a film of exceptional originality.
    • 87 Metascore
    • 100 Joe Morgenstern
    This isn’t only a wise and graceful film but, in its tossed-off way, a great one, with a debut performance — by a young actress named Lou Roy-Lecollinet — that will prove to be unforgettable.
    • 86 Metascore
    • 100 Joe Morgenstern
    What you call Mr. Shults’s first film is spectacular.
    • 77 Metascore
    • 100 Joe Morgenstern
    The new production, computer-animated except for a living, breathing boy at the center of the action, isn’t pretty or sweet but utterly stunning, as well as very funny; all those vaudeville antecedents haven’t been forgotten.
    • 76 Metascore
    • 100 Joe Morgenstern
    Jacques Audiard’s superb drama, which won the top prize at last year’s Cannes Film Festival, rises to the challenge with the power of art and not a scintilla of sentimentality.
    • 90 Metascore
    • 100 Joe Morgenstern
    All ups with no downs, it’s a motion picture in the truest sense of the term. I’ve never seen anything quite like it and I loved every one of its 72 minutes.
    • 80 Metascore
    • 100 Joe Morgenstern
    Gleason is so powerful in its cumulative effect that it should be accompanied by a consumer advisory — something along the lines of “This documentary may cause sudden alterations of mood and attitude.”
    • 88 Metascore
    • 100 Joe Morgenstern
    By turns funny, elegiac and thrilling, it’s a tale of brotherhood and family that takes in the harsh beauty of the land, the elusive nature of right and wrong and the quirky delights of human connections in a time of bewildering change.
    • 79 Metascore
    • 100 Joe Morgenstern
    I don’t know how Ms. Arnold works the magic she does with her actors, whether amateur or professional — Mr. LaBeouf inhabits his role with sly charm and explosive ferocity — but it’s an expansion of what she started doing more than a decade ago in her remarkable “Wasp.”
    • 96 Metascore
    • 100 Joe Morgenstern
    See this film as soon as you can, preferably with someone you love. Kenneth Lonergan’s third feature as a writer-director is a drama of surpassing beauty, and Casey Affleck’s portrayal of the janitor, Lee Chandler, is stripped-back perfection — understated, unaffected, yet stunning in depth and resonance.
    • 93 Metascore
    • 100 Joe Morgenstern
    Damien Chazelle’s musical, consistently daring and occasionally sublime, does what the movies have all but forgotten how to do — sweep us up into a dream of love that’s enhanced in an urgent present by the mythic power of Hollywood’s past.
    • 79 Metascore
    • 100 Joe Morgenstern
    It’s all too seldom that a feature film combines brilliant acting with a spellbinding flow of language.
    • 93 Metascore
    • 100 Joe Morgenstern
    Brilliantly funny and moving comedy.
    • 86 Metascore
    • 100 Joe Morgenstern
    This exquisite animated feature, directed by Michael Dudok de Wit, has no dialogue, only the sounds of water, wind and birds, the occasional strains of Laurent Perez del Mar’s graceful score; and images of a young castaway living out the stages of his life on a desert island after giant storm waves hurl him onto a beach.
    • 85 Metascore
    • 100 Joe Morgenstern
    His new film, in Persian with English subtitles, is of a piece with his best work — tightly focused, rather than broad-gauge brilliant, and another instance of this superb filmmaker turning elusive motivations and the mysteries of personality into gripping drama.
    • 95 Metascore
    • 100 Joe Morgenstern
    The film is unsparing as history and enthralling as biography.
    • 85 Metascore
    • 100 Joe Morgenstern
    Magical is not an oversize word for this exquisite film.
    • 77 Metascore
    • 100 Joe Morgenstern
    The R-rating does represent truth in advertising, and it has conferred a kind of liberation on what strikes me, a violence-averse moviegoer at heart, as the best superhero film to come out of the comic-book world, and I’m not forgetting Tim Burton’s “Batman” or Christopher Nolan’s “The Dark Knight.”
    • 90 Metascore
    • 100 Joe Morgenstern
    Kasper Collin’s splendid documentary feature starts with an event that shook the jazz world.
    • 76 Metascore
    • 100 Joe Morgenstern
    One of the smartest, funniest and most surprising movies I’ve seen in years.
    • 85 Metascore
    • 100 Joe Morgenstern
    The extraordinary cast includes John Travolta, Amy Irving, William Katt and Nancy Allen. Mario Tosi did the elegant cinematography.
    • 86 Metascore
    • 100 Joe Morgenstern
    It’s hilariously hyperverbal, yet wonderfully heartfelt.
    • 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.

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