For 278 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 higher than other critics. (0-100 point scale)

Kim Morgan's Scores

  • Movies
Average review score: 60
Highest review score: 100 The Count of Monte Cristo
Lowest review score: 0 Eban and Charley
Score distribution:
  1. Negative: 34 out of 278
278 movie reviews
    • 100 Metascore
    • 100 Kim Morgan
    Can a film so expertly capture the odious and bitter that it becomes deliciously, disgustingly beautiful? Yes, if that film is 1957's Sweet Smell of Success.
    • 94 Metascore
    • 83 Kim Morgan
    It's a fascinating look into what Spielberg truly loves, but it's not so much a masterpiece as a nice milestone.
    • 91 Metascore
    • 100 Kim Morgan
    It easily is the most beautiful picture released in America so far this year, perhaps one of the most beautiful films ever made.
    • 90 Metascore
    • 100 Kim Morgan
    No matter how many times you've seen it, you marvel at how terrifying, gorgeous and surreal the jungle, the yellow napalm and, finally, the disturbed face of Martin Sheen lying under a swirling fan appear on the large screen. This is indeed, a dream.
    • 86 Metascore
    • 91 Kim Morgan
    Almodovar loves the human flesh -- indeed, one of his films is titled "Live Flesh" -- and with the quietly subversive Talk to Her, he utilizes it not just as mere decoration but weaves with it textured themes of powerlessness, love and obsession.
    • 85 Metascore
    • 100 Kim Morgan
    Builds into a moment of such gorgeous rocking that you truly lose yourself in some musical otherworld you never dreamed you'd reach in current films.
    • 85 Metascore
    • 91 Kim Morgan
    Aronson's intriguing, complicated and well-filmed documentary will keep you talking for days.
    • 84 Metascore
    • 91 Kim Morgan
    Funny, irreverent and moving, the unconventional Shrek may mock fairy tales, but in the process, creates its own.
    • 83 Metascore
    • 83 Kim Morgan
    You have to experience the thing to understand its simultaneous recklessness and care, its humor and sadness in the name of failure, its playful but dismal take on formulaic Hollywood endings.
    • 83 Metascore
    • 100 Kim Morgan
    One of the purest instances of indie cinema this year. "Pure" meaning that in every aspect of filmmaking and intent this picture is peerless, so truly real, funny, poignant and sexy that it almost feels like a watershed cinematic moment.
    • 83 Metascore
    • 91 Kim Morgan
    A picture so powerfully harrowing, its slight shortcomings are forgettable compared to the entire film's cumulative effect. It's that searing.
    • 82 Metascore
    • 100 Kim Morgan
    Isn't just a horror film, but an American classic. Watch again and reflect for days after -- at your own risk.
    • 82 Metascore
    • 91 Kim Morgan
    Though you get caught up in the criminal element (you really want these people to get away with it), you're also fascinated by who to trust. It's an unusual dance between the awkward and plain that becomes romantic and thrilling -- a subtly impressive feat to say the least.
    • 82 Metascore
    • 83 Kim Morgan
    Doesn't give off the same happy feel of the Indian arranged-marriage movie "Monsoon Wedding." Rather, it poses hard questions and leaves them unanswered.
    • 82 Metascore
    • 100 Kim Morgan
    With its eye-popping color, bold personality and snazzy tunes, Chicago is a breathtaking experience.
    • 81 Metascore
    • 100 Kim Morgan
    She (Cho) can tell a joke, mimic, offer commentary, play cute, play ugly and be so hilariously absurd that tears will run down your cheeks.
    • 81 Metascore
    • 100 Kim Morgan
    Filled with wonderful performances, especially by Hedaya and Walsh, Blood Simple remains a tight, beautifully ugly, neo-noir classic.
    • 80 Metascore
    • 75 Kim Morgan
    A coming-of-age movie that stands apart from the rest.
    • 79 Metascore
    • 100 Kim Morgan
    Daring work of genius.
    • 79 Metascore
    • 83 Kim Morgan
    A vibrant, multicharacter film that entertains, disorients and enlightens.
    • 78 Metascore
    • 91 Kim Morgan
    A profoundly anxious picture that from its first frame holds you, clenched, never able to let go, even after its unresolved coda.
    • 78 Metascore
    • 83 Kim Morgan
    You will be surprised by the film's poignancy when the winner is announced. You may even get choked up. You will care that much.
    • 77 Metascore
    • 83 Kim Morgan
    Panic never lets you forget that Donald Sutherland can be one of America's greatest actors.
    • 77 Metascore
    • 67 Kim Morgan
    Frustrating, tedious and yet often compelling.
    • 77 Metascore
    • 83 Kim Morgan
    The film is still a wonderful lark filled with an ingredient most summer blockbusters lack -- likability.
    • 77 Metascore
    • 83 Kim Morgan
    With understated skill and absolute authenticity, the film builds with enough layers that by its powerful ending, you'll feel as if you have been kicked in the stomach.
    • 77 Metascore
    • 58 Kim Morgan
    Gives just enough to forgive any of its initial flaws and eventually grows on you.
    • 76 Metascore
    • 83 Kim Morgan
    Little spectacle but much bittersweet sensitivity.
    • 76 Metascore
    • 83 Kim Morgan
    Seems deeply influenced by American film noir, the Western fairy tale (in this case, mermaids) and the works of Alfred Hitchcock in particular.
    • 75 Metascore
    • 75 Kim Morgan
    Watching the teachers whip these kids into Wilder recitations is especially intriguing, particularly when their personalities come out during the sometimes-arduous process.
    • 75 Metascore
    • 75 Kim Morgan
    About how women see themselves in terms of bodies, age and careers, but without all the "you go girl" tripe crammed into so many other movies of this ilk.
    • 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.
    • 75 Metascore
    • 100 Kim Morgan
    A witty, frightening, well-acted picture with near-perfect cinematic timing.
    • 75 Metascore
    • 75 Kim Morgan
    A funny, puzzling movie ambiguous enough to be engaging and oddly moving.
    • 74 Metascore
    • 100 Kim Morgan
    It's a remarkable, thoughtful achievement that will make you want to watch it twice. You should.
    • 74 Metascore
    • 91 Kim Morgan
    It's almost numbingly sad, but you won't regret watching -- and you'll surely never forget it.
    • 74 Metascore
    • 83 Kim Morgan
    Appropriate music, lovely cinematography and stellar performances by both a subtly moving Neill and a likable, barrel-chested super-American Warburton.
    • 74 Metascore
    • 83 Kim Morgan
    A lovely film that requires a leisurely sit to think, Shower is not so much a shower as a bath, and a refreshing one at that.
    • 73 Metascore
    • 67 Kim Morgan
    A funny and sometimes substantial movie that in real life would never have a happy ending.
    • 73 Metascore
    • 91 Kim Morgan
    Rich in detail, gorgeously shot and beautifully acted, Les Destinees is, in its quiet, epic way, daring, inventive and refreshingly unusual.
    • 73 Metascore
    • 91 Kim Morgan
    An achievement of accomplished filmmaking and superb acting, L.I.E. puts you in the tough spot of unraveling how you feel about what you've viewed.
    • 73 Metascore
    • 67 Kim Morgan
    An affable, entertaining and poignant experience of the sort not normally afforded by space movies.
    • 72 Metascore
    • 91 Kim Morgan
    Once you lose yourself in Ruiz's stunning achievement -- a wonderfully acted, beautifully realized vision of Proust -- you'll be enchanted.
    • 72 Metascore
    • 83 Kim Morgan
    It's a first love story that goes beyond many simplistic notions as to why people fall for one another. If it weren't true, no one would believe it.
    • 72 Metascore
    • 58 Kim Morgan
    Westfeldt becomes irritating. That's one of the film's points, but it's made a little too well.
    • 72 Metascore
    • 67 Kim Morgan
    An erotic mystery of sorts, the film works because it's laconic rather than talky and its actors are all up for the material.
    • 72 Metascore
    • 75 Kim Morgan
    A family film, but it's a wonder if kids will really enjoy it. The picture is geared for older folks, people who'll be heartened by the message that sometimes, you can return to your passions.
    • 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.
    • 72 Metascore
    • 83 Kim Morgan
    It is aided both by fine performances by Auteuil, Aumont and Depardieu and by wonderful pacing.
    • 71 Metascore
    • 100 Kim Morgan
    Though Michael Winterbottom's Wonderland appears as gritty as they come, it uncommonly has a romantic heart.
    • 71 Metascore
    • 91 Kim Morgan
    A slow burn. A portrait of the mundane humor and horror of everyday life, it scalds nerves you may have never thought existed. And yet the film is funny, almost hilariously at times.
    • 71 Metascore
    • 91 Kim Morgan
    One of the most aggressively ambiguous pictures of the year. There is a certain power to that.
    • 71 Metascore
    • 42 Kim Morgan
    A little movie, fine, but a little movie with little in the way of character composition, cinematic panache or intelligent writing.
    • 71 Metascore
    • 83 Kim Morgan
    Quiet, sexual, disturbing, often beautifully melancholic, Rain, as seen through the eyes of a precocious girl, recalls a parental split-up with sobering accuracy. It reminds us why so many teen-agers go through a sullen phase -- and sometimes never shake it off.
    • 70 Metascore
    • 83 Kim Morgan
    Takes the typical detective-hunting-a-serial-killer story and twists it into a creepy, enigmatic bit of psychological terror that by its final ambiguous scene leaves you truly chilled.
    • 70 Metascore
    • 75 Kim Morgan
    In its own slightly disturbing way, this psychological thriller serves as an absorbing diversion without sapping brain cells -- almost the perfect summer movie for smart people.
    • 70 Metascore
    • 75 Kim Morgan
    Owning Mahowny may at times feel futile in its colorless, disheartening subject matter, but that's the point -- to see how barren Mahowny's life becomes. Hoffman gives the film relevance.
    • 70 Metascore
    • 75 Kim Morgan
    It's not afraid to be funny, tragic and decidedly female.
    • 69 Metascore
    • 58 Kim Morgan
    The film isn't terrible, it's just trying too hard.
    • 69 Metascore
    • 75 Kim Morgan
    It's a shame director Care didn't take more time with his characters, even making the film a bit longer to deepen the connections between them. Still, The Dangerous Lives of Altar Boys is a keen slice of teen angst and peril.
    • 69 Metascore
    • 91 Kim Morgan
    A hilarious, sad and sometimes-inspiring documentary directed by Fenton Bailey and Randy Barbato, the film is an all-out Tammy valentine -- campy, dramatic and, of course, makeup-smeared. And better than any melodrama you'll see this year.
    • 69 Metascore
    • 75 Kim Morgan
    Engrossing and unusual.
    • 69 Metascore
    • 75 Kim Morgan
    It's not an art film. The movie is as mainstream as it gets -- which is just fine; the picture is both great fun and gently satirical.
    • 68 Metascore
    • 58 Kim Morgan
    Eventually becomes tedious.
    • 68 Metascore
    • 83 Kim Morgan
    Not just love, but maybe an escape from a wretched world. We're not sure, but that's what makes Heaven so inexplicably, intriguingly soulful, even in its most remote and architectural instances.
    • 68 Metascore
    • 75 Kim Morgan
    A movie that will wear you out and make you misty even when you don't want to be. It's a gushy, sometimes-maudlin, often-charming movie that highlights the importance of little things.
    • 68 Metascore
    • 67 Kim Morgan
    Manages to be a solid, though not exceptional, heist movie with a good-looking cast and -- maybe -- even better-looking cars.
    • 67 Metascore
    • 67 Kim Morgan
    A film that merges cocaine, Ivy League, college applications, the Asian American experience, dark comedy and high school drama while maintaining a personal tone and likable lead characters is just too impressive to knock.
    • 67 Metascore
    • 83 Kim Morgan
    Intriguingly puts two distinct, strong women together as if to pose the question, just what is a strong woman? By the film's end, that question is tough to answer.
    • 67 Metascore
    • 67 Kim Morgan
    On face value, The Flower of Evil is pure Chabrol, but it lacks the power he brings to human relations and social classes, where often violent, masochistic themes are explored. But that doesn't mean he's done as an artist.
    • 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.
    • 66 Metascore
    • 75 Kim Morgan
    Has many puff-piece moments to it and barely touches the controversy surrounding Tupac's death or that of rival hip-hop impresario Biggie Smalls. But it's engaging nonetheless.
    • 66 Metascore
    • 83 Kim Morgan
    Waddington's wonderfully textured film is an unforced work of naturalism.
    • 66 Metascore
    • 83 Kim Morgan
    The film seems to resonate even for people who aren't Jewish or gay, as there are so many people touched by homosexuality and religion.
    • 65 Metascore
    • 75 Kim Morgan
    You get to know each person just well enough to compare them, allowing you to judge as you like; the film, nicely, refrains from moralizing.
    • 65 Metascore
    • 83 Kim Morgan
    A tough picture to wrap your brain around.
    • 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.
    • 65 Metascore
    • 75 Kim Morgan
    The film is tangled but not chaotic, thoughtful but not terribly deep. Still, it's intimate, entertaining, and most impressive, genuine.
    • 65 Metascore
    • 58 Kim Morgan
    While breezy and fun, the film is also flimsy and sloppy in style and content.
    • 64 Metascore
    • 42 Kim Morgan
    Bad comedy.
    • 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.
    • 64 Metascore
    • 83 Kim Morgan
    If you simply love Vogue magazine, you'll love 8 Women just as much as the cinematically educated. This breezy entertainment often feels like an exquisitely photographed fashion layout come to life.
    • 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.
    • 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.
    • 64 Metascore
    • 83 Kim Morgan
    Every once in a while a picture comes along that captures not just love, but romance in all its fear, yearning, fantasy, eroticism and unexpected epiphanies. German filmmaker Tom Tykwer's The Princess and the Warrior is one such film.
    • 63 Metascore
    • 75 Kim Morgan
    Has its cheesy moments but it's bolstered by interesting performances and a final scene not typical of a mainstream movie. Though no "Fatal Attraction," Unfaithful nevertheless is an interesting and worthy film.
    • 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.
    • 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.
    • 63 Metascore
    • 83 Kim Morgan
    There's more to this movie. Like Pitt at his best, it's pretty, gritty, engrossing and fun.
    • 63 Metascore
    • 50 Kim Morgan
    Understated fun, but not much more.
    • 63 Metascore
    • 67 Kim Morgan
    There's something refreshingly and truly girlish about the picture's musings and epiphanies that makes its R rating baffling.
    • 62 Metascore
    • 50 Kim Morgan
    A sweet, loopy British comedy filled with good actors and funny moments.
    • 62 Metascore
    • 91 Kim Morgan
    It's creepy, but it's not horrifying. Still, the movie has its distorted, haunting moments that will stick with you, and it's stunning to look at.
    • 62 Metascore
    • 67 Kim Morgan
    Exciting, gory, funny and, like much of anime, a bit cheesy.
    • 62 Metascore
    • 91 Kim Morgan
    Finding Forrester achieves a distinct success few Hollywood movies can even dream of: It overwhelms and inspires with understatement.
    • 62 Metascore
    • 50 Kim Morgan
    The film moves too slowly and dispassionately to resonate as it should.
    • 61 Metascore
    • 67 Kim Morgan
    Really a vehicle for Dunst, which would be fine if only the vehicle were more inspired.
    • 61 Metascore
    • 83 Kim Morgan
    The "Citizen Kane" of rat movies makes for a terrific overhaul in this wonderfully entertaining and, yes, touching take on that terribly confused man/child named Willard.
    • 61 Metascore
    • 100 Kim Morgan
    Utterly thrilling and enthralling, a commercial film that paces itself wonderfully, never allowing the action or romance to outweigh its story and characters. For mainstream adventure fare, that's quite an accomplishment.
    • 61 Metascore
    • 67 Kim Morgan
    Plods and frustrates, but forgivably, it is a deeply felt picture.