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 How to Train Your Dragon 2
Lowest review score: 0 The Life of David Gale
Score distribution:
2213 movie reviews
    • 95 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.
    • 80 Metascore
    • 90 Joe Morgenstern
    You’d never know Theeb was a debut feature from Mr. Nowar’s confident technique, and I found it astonishing, given the perfection of the performances, that all but one of the actors were Bedouin villagers who had never acted before.
    • 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
    • 82 Metascore
    • 90 Joe Morgenstern
    As a piece of filmmaking, it's stunningly effective.
    • Wall Street Journal
    • 84 Metascore
    • 90 Joe Morgenstern
    Weiner, an extraordinary documentary feature about the disgraced New York politician Anthony Weiner, has it all — the surreal spectacle of contemporary retail politics, the sizzle of media madness and the mysteries of psychodrama.
    • 89 Metascore
    • 90 Joe Morgenstern
    Not since the halcyon days of Archie Bunker and "All in the Family" has so sharp a wit punctured so many balloons.
    • Wall Street Journal
    • 87 Metascore
    • 90 Joe Morgenstern
    Profoundly moving documentary.
    • 71 Metascore
    • 90 Joe Morgenstern
    The result is an enchanting story of love from an idealized past that endures in the mundane present.
    • Wall Street Journal
    • 83 Metascore
    • 90 Joe Morgenstern
    A lot of talent to lavish on a single movie, but the result is uncommonly smart for the genre, and not just smart but tremendously enjoyable.
    • Wall Street Journal
    • 84 Metascore
    • 90 Joe Morgenstern
    A deeply serious and seriously hilarious fable of the lunacy of war.
    • Wall Street Journal
    • 86 Metascore
    • 90 Joe Morgenstern
    Paul Thomas Anderson's remarkable sixth feature addresses, by extension, the all-too-human process of eager seekers falling under the spell of charismatic authority figures, be they gurus, dictators or cult leaders. Or, in the case of this masterly production, a couple of spellbinding actors.
    • 86 Metascore
    • 90 Joe Morgenstern
    Sensationally entertaining.
    • 70 Metascore
    • 90 Joe Morgenstern
    Unstrung Heroes is a revelation. [15 Sep 1995]
    • Wall Street Journal
    • 72 Metascore
    • 90 Joe Morgenstern
    Watching Ahlo mix his explosives is like watching a Cordon Bleu chef whipping up a stupendous soufflé.
    • Wall Street Journal
    • 90 Metascore
    • 90 Joe Morgenstern
    In the entertainment culture that surrounds us, words like "harrowing," "anguishing," "unfathomable" or "horrifying" don't sell movie tickets. Capturing the Friedmans is all of these things and more.
    • Wall Street Journal
    • 69 Metascore
    • 90 Joe Morgenstern
    A startlingly beautiful movie.
    • 58 Metascore
    • 90 Joe Morgenstern
    Pulls you in with smooth assurance, then holds you hostage to extremely creepy developments in the most awesome haunted house since "The Shining."
    • Wall Street Journal
    • 73 Metascore
    • 90 Joe Morgenstern
    Rarely has so scary a thriller been so well made, and never has digital video -- by the English cinematographer Anthony Dod Mantle -- been put to grittier use.
    • Wall Street Journal
    • 75 Metascore
    • 90 Joe Morgenstern
    The new film, shot in vivid hi-def video, is part documentary and part fiction based on interviews; it uses on-camera interviews with workers, some played by themselves and some played by actors, to evoke a past of unimaginable toil, and suffering, in the service of the Communist state.
    • 83 Metascore
    • 90 Joe Morgenstern
    This stop-action animated feature is downright sweet and tender, as well as all the other things we've come to expect from him -- funny, bizarre, graphically stunning and blithely necrophilic.
    • Wall Street Journal
    • 71 Metascore
    • 90 Joe Morgenstern
    Like his (David Gordon Green's) debut feature of three years ago, the exquisite "George Washington," this new one has my heart, and I think it will have yours.
    • 78 Metascore
    • 90 Joe Morgenstern
    There's no better fun for movie lovers than a small, unheralded film that turns out to be terrific -- unless it's a small, unheralded sequel that trumps the original.
    • 73 Metascore
    • 90 Joe Morgenstern
    Ray
    At the center of it all is an incomparable singer brought to life by a sensational actor. With a huge soul to fill, Jamie Foxx has filled it to overflowing.
    • Wall Street Journal

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