For 284 reviews, this critic has graded:
  • 56% higher than the average critic
  • 1% same as the average critic
  • 43% lower than the average critic
On average, this critic grades 1.3 points lower than other critics. (0-100 point scale)

Kim Morgan's Scores

  • Movies
  • TV
Average review score: 60
Highest review score: 100 Blood Simple
Lowest review score: 0 Eban and Charley
Score distribution:
  1. Negative: 35 out of 284
284 movie reviews
    • 63 Metascore
    • 58 Kim Morgan
    It's an odd, overly long picture, filled with too many pauses but dotted with just enough funky band sequences to keep you interested.
    • Portland Oregonian
    • 44 Metascore
    • 58 Kim Morgan
    An unsteady mixture of treacle and dark comedy that never feels as "dark" as it pretends. Though well-intentioned, it's not terribly compelling.
    • 46 Metascore
    • 58 Kim Morgan
    It's still trite and a little too cutesy for its own good. Gay or straight, the cliches remain, but not to a stultifying degree.
    • 34 Metascore
    • 58 Kim Morgan
    'N Sync is bouncy, harmless fun. And so is this stupid movie.
    • 51 Metascore
    • 58 Kim Morgan
    Though filled with charm and led by three likable characters, the picture spreads its plot points and whimsy so thinly that we can never just relax.
    • 50 Metascore
    • 58 Kim Morgan
    Good, but, sadly, not good enough. Well-acted, beautifully shot and splendidly costumed, it's superior to the original in its looks, but not as potent or meaningful in its story line.
    • 47 Metascore
    • 58 Kim Morgan
    Terrific musical numbers and interesting premise.
    • 49 Metascore
    • 58 Kim Morgan
    A movie that drags.
    • 57 Metascore
    • 58 Kim Morgan
    So what will happen? Sadly, some overacting and a bad "And Justice For All"-style speech at the end.
    • 47 Metascore
    • 58 Kim Morgan
    Though exploring, among other things, fallibility, homosexuality, injustice and loss, the picture seems afraid to really make any kind of strong statement, whether political or psychological.
    • 64 Metascore
    • 58 Kim Morgan
    Marshall does such a good job re-creating the otherworldly energy of a temple of youth that the rest of the picture feels strained and sometimes trite. Nevertheless, parts can be absorbing, reflective and touching.
    • 39 Metascore
    • 58 Kim Morgan
    Though no classic, the concept is a clever one.
    • Portland Oregonian
    • 55 Metascore
    • 58 Kim Morgan
    Sometimes complicated, sometimes incredibly simple, the film explicates or fawns over the human condition with occasional charm and poignancy but too often it's just cloying.
    • 72 Metascore
    • 58 Kim Morgan
    Westfeldt becomes irritating. That's one of the film's points, but it's made a little too well.
    • 65 Metascore
    • 58 Kim Morgan
    The performances are uniformly fine, with Perez showing a heavy amount of presence and complexity. It's no wonder the film works best when fixed on his face.
    • 60 Metascore
    • 58 Kim Morgan
    It's an interesting effort (particularly for JFK conspiracy nuts), and Barry's cold-fish act makes the experience worthwhile.
    • 63 Metascore
    • 58 Kim Morgan
    There are many merits to the picture -- it's wonderfully shot and boasts a beautiful performance by Eul-Boom, who acts in gestures of subtle dignity and compassion. But it's questionable how we're to take actor Seung-Ho.
    • 64 Metascore
    • 58 Kim Morgan
    Manages to feel both obvious and oblique: You feel the need to watch it twice but wonder if you would actually be up for it. It moves like a breezy techno-thriller but tangles itself with duplicities and metaphors. You get it, and then you don't get it, and then you wonder if you even care.
    • 52 Metascore
    • 58 Kim Morgan
    Needing the gristle of its title, the film should have been angrier.
    • 52 Metascore
    • 58 Kim Morgan
    Although amateurish, often poorly acted and containing dialogue and narration that comes off as pretentious and embarrassing, it's worth watching for the environment it envelops you in.
    • Portland Oregonian
    • 34 Metascore
    • 58 Kim Morgan
    Basic essentially is a fun movie, surprise ending and all. To take it too seriously is to miss the point. Travolta is charming, his performance recapturing the old charisma.
    • 54 Metascore
    • 58 Kim Morgan
    The film isn't so much a demanding character study as it is a lot of pretty parts pushed together.
    • 55 Metascore
    • 58 Kim Morgan
    Judging by the beautiful photography of Salvatore Totino, Howard knows what a Western should look like. But the thrills suggested by the trailers, in which the picture is presented almost like a frightening supernatural horror story, are nowhere to be seen.
    • 41 Metascore
    • 58 Kim Morgan
    Amusing, funny (intentionally and unintentionally -- it's dubbed, so many lines come out ludicrous) and, by the ending, exciting.
    • Portland Oregonian
    • 52 Metascore
    • 58 Kim Morgan
    Does at least come bearing two gifts: the rolling beauty of Tuscany and the understated elegance of actress Diane Lane. The rest of the film is fit fodder for the Oxygen Network.
    • 69 Metascore
    • 58 Kim Morgan
    The film isn't terrible, it's just trying too hard.
    • Portland Oregonian
    • 58 Metascore
    • 58 Kim Morgan
    The dialogue is clipped and theatrical, and, aside from Harvey Keitel's German officer, accents are abandoned, which may distract viewers. For me it worked fine.
    • Portland Oregonian
    • 61 Metascore
    • 58 Kim Morgan
    It's a stylish work, seeping with brilliant animation and potentially interesting characters that didn't need so much time to establish themselves. It's worthwhile, but it's a good thing there's a television show to refer to.
    • 55 Metascore
    • 58 Kim Morgan
    Singleton just may be challenging us to laugh at the film or with it and then feel extremely uneasy for doing so. If so, that's admirable; if not, he's made a very strange soap opera.
    • 68 Metascore
    • 58 Kim Morgan
    Eventually becomes tedious.
    • Portland Oregonian
    • 77 Metascore
    • 58 Kim Morgan
    Gives just enough to forgive any of its initial flaws and eventually grows on you.
    • 65 Metascore
    • 58 Kim Morgan
    While breezy and fun, the film is also flimsy and sloppy in style and content.
    • 35 Metascore
    • 58 Kim Morgan
    The script is atypically bland for Heckerling.
    • 51 Metascore
    • 58 Kim Morgan
    Though The Hard Word feels flimsy at times, its breeziness and humor, along with Pearce's performance, make it infinitely more amusing than it's got any right to be. You get the feeling that these actors had fun making this film, and that fun is contagious.
    • 45 Metascore
    • 50 Kim Morgan
    The film is weighed down by the decision of director David Atkins to throw too much into the mix. The result is a serious problem of consistency.
    • 62 Metascore
    • 50 Kim Morgan
    A sweet, loopy British comedy filled with good actors and funny moments.
    • 72 Metascore
    • 50 Kim Morgan
    Crowe understands what's interesting about Nash: He's not a feel-good figure. It's a pity the same can't be said for Howard.
    • 64 Metascore
    • 50 Kim Morgan
    The story sounds horrifying, but the film takes some unfortunate twists and never presents us with a multifaceted character in Paxton. Paxton just doesn't play the nice-but-nuts role with a modicum of terror.
    • 55 Metascore
    • 50 Kim Morgan
    Though not terrible, and blessed with some nice performances, this Irish-eyes-are-smiling-despite-the-rain-and-nasty-nuns story is Hallmark Hall of Fame material.
    • Portland Oregonian
    • 60 Metascore
    • 50 Kim Morgan
    Really, we'd rather just watch a good documentary about the subject. And as the camera flings around, we occasionally forget about what could help the teens and think more about what could help the director: How about a tripod?
    • 35 Metascore
    • 50 Kim Morgan
    A flawed fable but an intriguing one nonetheless. It's "Splash" gone existential. How many films can you name like that?
    • Portland Oregonian
    • 62 Metascore
    • 50 Kim Morgan
    Pablo Berger's subtle satire Torremolinos 73 is almost there. Almost.
    • 35 Metascore
    • 50 Kim Morgan
    A tepid disappointment that contains one mediocre chase scene and a lot of wasted talent.
    • Portland Oregonian
    • 58 Metascore
    • 50 Kim Morgan
    This film might've worked better as a comedy.
    • 45 Metascore
    • 50 Kim Morgan
    Too sugary to be funny or offensive or even offensively funny, though any kind of funny would be welcome here.
    • Portland Oregonian
    • 63 Metascore
    • 50 Kim Morgan
    Understated fun, but not much more.
    • 43 Metascore
    • 50 Kim Morgan
    This film disappointingly feels like a sometimes brilliantly acted, often gorgeously filmed re-enactment of the television show "Unsolved Mysteries."
    • 51 Metascore
    • 50 Kim Morgan
    Two-thirds of the way through, it falls apart into TV-movie-of-the-week land, even with the rhapsodic Nastassja Kinski in the lead.
    • 54 Metascore
    • 50 Kim Morgan
    With little cohesion and no respect for the editing process, Old School often feels like someone threw film clips on the floor and strung them together willy-nilly.
    • 49 Metascore
    • 50 Kim Morgan
    Though the acting in "Sidewalks" is uniformly fine, particularly among the female cast, it's hard to glimpse any meaningful vision, sly insights or cinematic flair.
    • 56 Metascore
    • 50 Kim Morgan
    Another Bond film that turns out to be an unspectacular spectacle, at times winking and fun but too often plodding and hackneyed. That said, as usual Brosnan is terrific, walking through dunderhead moments and a tedious plot with grace.
    • 44 Metascore
    • 50 Kim Morgan
    An unfortunate example of a small picture that feels small.
    • Portland Oregonian
    • 30 Metascore
    • 50 Kim Morgan
    If you've recently watched that great skateboarding documentary "Dogtown and Z-Boys," Grind will play like a soft-pedaled Afterschool Special.
    • 67 Metascore
    • 50 Kim Morgan
    A slight, smartly dressed bit of melodrama that thinks it's gritty when it's really a bit of puff.
    • 35 Metascore
    • 50 Kim Morgan
    Hollow, frequently boring picture.
    • Portland Oregonian
    • 62 Metascore
    • 50 Kim Morgan
    The film moves too slowly and dispassionately to resonate as it should.
    • 49 Metascore
    • 50 Kim Morgan
    But with a potentially fascinating study of ethics, of how cheating rich boys become cheating rich men while humble souls do more good in the world, The Emperor's Club doesn't take the audience anywhere smart.
    • 58 Metascore
    • 50 Kim Morgan
    May
    On paper, it sounds like the start of a good film. Too bad McKee made such a lackluster thing of it. Though the horror comes from an interesting place, it's frequently forced, negating much of the humor and pathos the film attempts to instill.
    • 45 Metascore
    • 50 Kim Morgan
    It's merely a by-the-numbers coming-of-age film
    • 46 Metascore
    • 50 Kim Morgan
    Jas some nice moments, a great soundtrack and some wonderful works by the dark-even-while-light Ricci.
    • 39 Metascore
    • 50 Kim Morgan
    The film strives to be poetic, but it exposes nothing especially moving or relevant. Rather, the engaging leads wander around like actors lost in an ill-fated exercise in subtext.
    • 42 Metascore
    • 50 Kim Morgan
    A slick disappointment -- though there's much unintentional humor to be enjoyed.
    • 36 Metascore
    • 50 Kim Morgan
    So what is the picture saying? With its uneven tone, flat direction (on bad-looking digital video) and varied performances, very little.
    • 49 Metascore
    • 50 Kim Morgan
    Works as pure escapist entertainment, but it's on the cusp of being smarter -- making it all the more frustrating.
    • Portland Oregonian
    • 48 Metascore
    • 50 Kim Morgan
    So action-packed from start to finish that the final result is grating rather than thrilling.
    • Portland Oregonian
    • 51 Metascore
    • 50 Kim Morgan
    Scattered and silly. If it evokes any strong feelings from you, it will probably be hunger -- the food all looks so good.
    • 31 Metascore
    • 50 Kim Morgan
    Short on both life and laughs.
    • 42 Metascore
    • 50 Kim Morgan
    You can't just rework a beloved Christmas classic, set it in reverse and expect it to run smoothly.
    • Portland Oregonian
    • 55 Metascore
    • 50 Kim Morgan
    Written and edited by Sayles, "Casa" is certainly the artist's baby, but he crams too much into a relatively brief running time. Worse, though it should be longer, we're not especially unhappy that it isn't, for being around these women gets tedious.
    • 58 Metascore
    • 50 Kim Morgan
    This is not a movie about actors. It's a movie about racing, chasing, chicks and adrenaline -- just what many theatergoers are dying for in a summer dominated by a sweet ogre and a dumbed-down historical tragedy.
    • 51 Metascore
    • 50 Kim Morgan
    Gallo makes some fatal mistakes in his direction. As Griffin talks, he adds sound effects that are distracting and annoying. It's actually an insult to the comic -- as if his jokes aren't clever enough on their own.
    • 43 Metascore
    • 50 Kim Morgan
    If not for the race sequences and the intriguing presence of Caviezel, who made this film before "The Passion of the Christ" and who one hopes will take on even more roles befitting his peculiar sad-eyed charisma, the film would amount to a well-intentioned snooze.
    • 61 Metascore
    • 50 Kim Morgan
    Blue Crush, which might appear exciting in an "Endless Summer"/"Where the Boys Are" kind of way, actually is really boring.
    • 31 Metascore
    • 50 Kim Morgan
    Poor special effects, a silly looking werewolf and clunky comic writing help to spoil what should have been a fun B-movie.
    • 43 Metascore
    • 50 Kim Morgan
    Bullock maintains a luster and comic naturalness that most actresses couldn't pull off in such mediocrity.
    • 24 Metascore
    • 50 Kim Morgan
    Though it's enjoyable, you can't help but feel the squandered situations and talent, flattened by mediocre writing and direction. Scoff if you will, but the gifted Sandler and his audience deserve better.
    • 55 Metascore
    • 50 Kim Morgan
    So strained in its "charm" and "pluck" that you grow weary by minute 15, hoping that the teens whose lives it depicts will stop being so darn peppy or sweetly confused or irritatingly dramatic.
    • 48 Metascore
    • 50 Kim Morgan
    Peter Segal's film, a predictable, choppy affair at best, boasts an understated, likable performance by Sandler, but here we never feel, as we did with the original, invested in the outcome of the final game, or convinced of the redeemability of the movie's sordid protagonist.
    • 38 Metascore
    • 50 Kim Morgan
    Kassovitz can't control the ridiculous script and messy tone. And though it's not exactly hard to watch Berry run around in a hospital robe (Cruz and Berry: That's one good-looking mental ward), it's not particularly profound.
    • 38 Metascore
    • 42 Kim Morgan
    Though it's debatable whether Sandler is squandered or just supremely annoying here, the film's flaws aren't entirely his fault.
    • 33 Metascore
    • 42 Kim Morgan
    If the movie wasn't about an actor but instead about an insurance salesman or a plumber who looked like James Gandolfini, it might come off better. But then, who says a plumber would care either?
    • 30 Metascore
    • 42 Kim Morgan
    The film wears out its welcome by the halfway mark, becoming a silly spectacle.
    • 39 Metascore
    • 42 Kim Morgan
    Sometimes funny but mostly stupid film directed by Adam Shankman might have worked had it been made on TV by Norman Lear in the 1970s.
    • 30 Metascore
    • 42 Kim Morgan
    In The Tuxedo, ridiculously, Chan's just a suit. A suit walking Jennifer Love Hewitt's breasts around. Chan deserves better.
    • Portland Oregonian
    • 55 Metascore
    • 42 Kim Morgan
    It's nice that Demme reveres the Hollywood classic, the French cinema and the glamour of his actors. But nice is all The Truth About Charlie is -- a nice mess.
    • Portland Oregonian
    • 75 Metascore
    • 42 Kim Morgan
    The picture is pinched and predictable. Even with the immensely talented Steve Zahn, an actor who's known to steal scenes and, sometimes, save pictures, the movie is a yawn.
    • 38 Metascore
    • 42 Kim Morgan
    The best thing about 2 Fast 2 Furious is Tyrese (terrific in Singleton's "Baby Boy"), whose charisma, looks and charm supply the picture with much-needed spark. It's too bad he's stuck in this spotty video game.
    • 39 Metascore
    • 42 Kim Morgan
    Its cool, glib observations, delivered by good-looking creative people who live like the cast of "Friends" gone cynical, becomes forced and often stupid. The film goes off the track enough to make for an interesting train wreck.
    • Portland Oregonian
    • 39 Metascore
    • 42 Kim Morgan
    Limps shallowly along.
    • Portland Oregonian
    • 42 Metascore
    • 42 Kim Morgan
    Never maintains the spark necessary to sustain a feature film.
    • 43 Metascore
    • 42 Kim Morgan
    Quite simply, the "Tomb Raider" series has been flat-out boring, even with the talented and fun Jolie -- who needs to take off those harnesses and get back to real movies. She deserves better.
    • 49 Metascore
    • 42 Kim Morgan
    The clothes are worth it; nothing else is.
    • Portland Oregonian
    • 55 Metascore
    • 42 Kim Morgan
    Accuracy and realism are terrific, but if your film becomes boring, and your dialogue isn't smart, then you need to use more poetic license.
    • 54 Metascore
    • 42 Kim Morgan
    Somewhere along the way, Stephen Herek's Rock Star decided to become a dippy, cliche-ridden drama and, worse, an odd indictment of metal music. Joy.
    • 38 Metascore
    • 42 Kim Morgan
    Not that Chan isn't lovable; he is. But he's making it harder to feel warm and fuzzy about him with films like The Medallion. It's OK to age, but Chan needs to broaden his horizons. He is a trained singer. Where's that musical he's always dreamed of making?
    • 60 Metascore
    • 42 Kim Morgan
    All guts, no glory and, worse, bad story.
    • Portland Oregonian
    • 53 Metascore
    • 42 Kim Morgan
    Plot, comedy and characterization? It's absolutely anemic.
    • 64 Metascore
    • 42 Kim Morgan
    Bad comedy.
    • Portland Oregonian
    • 57 Metascore
    • 42 Kim Morgan
    Goes overboard in its presentation of supposed reality.
    • 40 Metascore
    • 42 Kim Morgan
    Feels more TV movie-of-the-week than Oscar contender.
    • Portland Oregonian

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