Wesley Morris
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For 1,825 reviews, this critic has graded:
  • 51% higher than the average critic
  • 3% same as the average critic
  • 46% lower than the average critic
On average, this critic grades 0.2 points higher than other critics. (0-100 point scale)

Wesley Morris' Scores

  • Movies
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Average review score: 60
Highest review score: 100 How to Survive a Plague
Lowest review score: 0 Saving Silverman
Score distribution:
1,825 movie reviews
    • 61 Metascore
    • 75 Wesley Morris
    Wonderfully deranged.
    • 67 Metascore
    • 75 Wesley Morris
    Suffice it to say that Chris Smith's Home Movie is the most bananas episode of ''Cribs'' ever. The film is Smith's ballad of the wacky homeowner.
    • 69 Metascore
    • 75 Wesley Morris
    Documentary filmmaker Liz Garbus spent three years shooting two teenagers living in a Maryland juvenile detention center. The completed film is called Girlhood and it feels as much a work in progress as its two troubled subjects do.
    • 73 Metascore
    • 75 Wesley Morris
    At its most effective, the movie is a chastening, sobering, and thorough work of film journalism, however shortsighted.
    • 66 Metascore
    • 75 Wesley Morris
    It's debatable whether watching Huffman get dressed, take hormones, and learn to use a more feminine diction could sustain an entire movie, but the character is certainly a creation more original than a lot of the film itself.
    • 61 Metascore
    • 75 Wesley Morris
    Cannon actually is funny -- not to mention funny-looking. Plastic surgery has left her physically absurd, like a vaguely glamorous R. Crumb cartoon.
    • 84 Metascore
    • 75 Wesley Morris
    The film has sprung from the mind of the Frenchman Leos Carax and ought to be seen to be believed, on the largest screen you can find, and probably sober, too, since it becomes its own narcotic.
    • 73 Metascore
    • 75 Wesley Morris
    This intriguing story, like many tales of mid-20th-century American art, is fueled by testosterone.
    • 81 Metascore
    • 75 Wesley Morris
    Priceless.
    • 53 Metascore
    • 75 Wesley Morris
    The actor's (McConaughey) lovable exuberance is exactly what this heartsick movie needs.
    • 66 Metascore
    • 75 Wesley Morris
    This is extreme comedy, and it's amazing how director Jeff Tremaine, who along with Spike Jonze has been affiliated with this troupe from its outset, creates an environment where self-inflicted torture is uncontrollably funny without being morally offensive.
    • 66 Metascore
    • 75 Wesley Morris
    The movie is like an extra-strength episode of MTV's ''Diary,'' which is like ''A&E Biography'' in the first person. Only ''Resurrection'' has a subject who's been dead for six years.
    • 84 Metascore
    • 75 Wesley Morris
    The Oceanic Preservation Society doesn't change the world so much as call attention to something so very wrong with it. And in doing so, The Cove culminates with an image of political agitation that might be one of the most oddly effective public service announcements you'll see.
    • 73 Metascore
    • 75 Wesley Morris
    The film spends its first half explaining the song -- famously and vividly about the cycle of Southern lynching. Its better second half-hour unmasks its composer as a compassionate Jewish guy from the Bronx.
    • 70 Metascore
    • 75 Wesley Morris
    Very much a genre picture, relying on notions of suspense, surprise, and comeuppance. Indeed, at the center of this movie is a question of whether what we're seeing is really to be believed.
    • 82 Metascore
    • 75 Wesley Morris
    Rachel Weisz has become an exquisite camera artist. In a single shot, she can open up a whole movie. The Deep Blue Sea has a scene like that.
    • 65 Metascore
    • 75 Wesley Morris
    It's hard to blame Telfair for letting his celebrity go to his head. If I were on the cover of Sports Illustrated in the 12th grade, there'd be no living with me either.
    • 70 Metascore
    • 75 Wesley Morris
    The only thing missing from The Hoax might be a couple of songs. It's that breezy and fleet a movie.
    • 51 Metascore
    • 75 Wesley Morris
    While most of the scenes in Tony Stone’s peculiar Middle Ages art project look like a homemade educational reenactment, the film is actually more involving than it should be.
    • 63 Metascore
    • 75 Wesley Morris
    Rio
    Makes the surprising and seemingly inarguable assertion that, if we're not all Brazilian, then, at the very least, Brazil is a state of mind.
    • 59 Metascore
    • 75 Wesley Morris
    A collection of arbitrary sketches, bits and improvs jammed into a locker room-style variety show masquerading as some semblance of a narrative.
    • 72 Metascore
    • 75 Wesley Morris
    The movie feels exhaustive in its loaded 90-something minutes, showing and telling us much while leaving the meaning of the tangles and twists in this family open to interpretation. For once, the tip of the iceberg is enough.
    • 68 Metascore
    • 75 Wesley Morris
    This movie could have been a nagging, preachy headache had either man exhibited a tendency for self-righteousness. But both are friendly, almost humble about their mischief.
    • 59 Metascore
    • 75 Wesley Morris
    Smoothly made and smart enough. It's not going for too much, but I laughed a lot.
    • 71 Metascore
    • 75 Wesley Morris
    Angry and tragic, Carandiru is finally, in its own way, uplifting.
    • 68 Metascore
    • 75 Wesley Morris
    Vigalondo is only partially capable of building suspense (the film's latter stages contain one knot too many); his achievement owes more to his imagination than his pop craftsmanship.
    • 45 Metascore
    • 75 Wesley Morris
    A screwball comedy that made me wish I were 13 again, because this is precisely the kind of movie I would have gone nuts for in the ninth grade.
    • 80 Metascore
    • 75 Wesley Morris
    The whole thing is as subtle as a watermelon in a bowl of Cheerios but necessary, nonetheless.
    • 55 Metascore
    • 75 Wesley Morris
    In this era of Apatow and Ferrell and Rogen and Wilson, of men monopolizing movie comedy, Baby Mama feels absurdly momentous, and even political. Fey and Poehler aren't just taking back control of their bodies. They're taking back control of their profession.
    • 61 Metascore
    • 75 Wesley Morris
    In Mamet's understanding, straight white maleness is the most powerful weapon such men have. It can also be illusory, which is why the last scenes of Edmond are so touching.
    • 76 Metascore
    • 75 Wesley Morris
    Swift, brutal, lurid, often overheated, and occasionally comical, but it’s also a serious, well acted, and unromantic exploration of the rise and demise of a terrorist gang whose radicalism ultimately reached beyond the young men and women who set it in motion.
    • 74 Metascore
    • 75 Wesley Morris
    Zeiger's movie is a timely salute to the risky and brave men and women who had the temerity not only to think for themselves but to speak their minds.
    • 52 Metascore
    • 75 Wesley Morris
    The movie's inevitabilities (the humiliating loss, the ebb and flow of camaraderie, the triumphant finale) have deep resonance.
    • 64 Metascore
    • 75 Wesley Morris
    Loach makes a working metaphor of the old ant-and-grasshopper story, but the film's images are what echo the loudest.
    • 80 Metascore
    • 75 Wesley Morris
    As ambitious as this may be, however, the movie's objectives tax its energy even as the girls' plight tears at your heart.
    • 81 Metascore
    • 75 Wesley Morris
    This is a patient, simmering movie. It's contemplative but without his usual smitten indulgences.
    • 60 Metascore
    • 75 Wesley Morris
    Garlin's movie is beautiful in its own way. It also suggests that David's show would still be brilliant without the aggravation. I'm not saying that David should renounce misanthropy. But maybe he could curb less of Garlin's apparent enthusiasm for people.
    • 63 Metascore
    • 75 Wesley Morris
    Assassination reminds you that Penn can be very funny.
    • 82 Metascore
    • 75 Wesley Morris
    The historical scope of this story, as well as Loach's interest in absolute fairness, seems to have drained some of the life from its telling.
    • 76 Metascore
    • 75 Wesley Morris
    A delightful road movie.
    • 38 Metascore
    • 75 Wesley Morris
    Bay's movie is also a confident mega-production that feels it doesn't need to lean on its visual frills if it has Smith and Lawrence -- it's a natural-born buddy flick.
    • 53 Metascore
    • 75 Wesley Morris
    This is one beautifully drawn, frequently lifelike piece of anime.
    • 76 Metascore
    • 75 Wesley Morris
    A dashing fusion of the literary and the cinematic.
    • 75 Metascore
    • 75 Wesley Morris
    The sight of Adams gliding and beaming and chirping in this movie - a self-mocking cartoon that transforms into an inspired live-action musical farce - is just about the happiest time I've had watching an actor do anything all year.
    • 75 Metascore
    • 75 Wesley Morris
    An alt-country paean to libidinal mothers and the little girls who clean up the mess.
    • 56 Metascore
    • 75 Wesley Morris
    Effortlessly entertaining romantic comedy.
    • 23 Metascore
    • 75 Wesley Morris
    What's special about the movie is how totally it believes in itself as a musical. The tunes, co-written by Sandler and a bunch of his pals, take on rock opera and traditional Jewish folk music with boyish exuberance.
    • 64 Metascore
    • 75 Wesley Morris
    A finely coiffed, cream-cheese "8 1/2" remix with Gere, a Marcello Mastroianni for Oprah Winfrey times.
    • San Francisco Examiner
    • 47 Metascore
    • 75 Wesley Morris
    Like Schumacher, director Gregor Schnitzler is more preoccupied with his characters' looks than their behavior. You might not buy the ideas. But you'll definitely want the T-shirt.
    • 66 Metascore
    • 75 Wesley Morris
    This third installment is the loudest, dopiest, and least inventive of the three. But what the movie...lacks in intelligence it makes up for in sheer doom.
    • 81 Metascore
    • 75 Wesley Morris
    Il Divo is showboat moviemaking, but the opulence is of a piece with the film's damning assessment of the durable Italian elder statesman Giulio Andreotti.
    • 80 Metascore
    • 75 Wesley Morris
    Tokyo Sonata, in so many senses, is about an allergic reaction to the very idea of what it means to be Japanese. The characters misplace their belief in etiquette, politesse, dignity, and propriety - or they struggle to maintain it.
    • 46 Metascore
    • 75 Wesley Morris
    It's been animated by the same company that made "Despicable Me,'' which is to say you don't know whether to watch The Lorax or lick it.
    • 52 Metascore
    • 75 Wesley Morris
    The emphasis here is less on cuteness and romance and more on the "Raiders of the Lost Ark"-style adventure.
    • 68 Metascore
    • 75 Wesley Morris
    The musician is candid about his own demons and gives the filmmakers access to his wife, two very different daughters, and, for a nicely done montage, his family photographs.
    • 45 Metascore
    • 75 Wesley Morris
    A perversely enjoyable, occasionally harrowing adaptation of José Saramago's 1995 disaster allegory.
    • 65 Metascore
    • 75 Wesley Morris
    Leconte's writing is tight and nimble, and while the tests of the duo's friendship are facile, under the circumstances, they make sense. The bond between Francois and Bruno approximates the real thing; Leconte seems to be arguing that you can grow a flower from fake soil.
    • 85 Metascore
    • 75 Wesley Morris
    It's a startling, speedy, gracefully executed indictment.
    • 62 Metascore
    • 75 Wesley Morris
    Expanded, Major Dundee is still a mess of great scenes sprinkled among some fairly monotonous action.
    • 36 Metascore
    • 75 Wesley Morris
    This is a disarming and, in its own way, delightful vehicle for its star and executive producer, the comedian and actress Mo'Nique. Who could hate this movie?
    • 52 Metascore
    • 75 Wesley Morris
    The Protector is about 84 minutes long, and only four of those minutes are devoted to plot.
    • 71 Metascore
    • 75 Wesley Morris
    The title is Portuguese for "send a bullet" and the clever American tag line is "the rich steal from the poor; the poor steal the rich."
    • 71 Metascore
    • 75 Wesley Morris
    Ripe, ferociously acted comic drama.
    • 73 Metascore
    • 75 Wesley Morris
    It's intriguing. To be honest, though, there is less to it all than meets the eye.
    • 63 Metascore
    • 75 Wesley Morris
    This is moviemaking that honors the craftsmanship of its subject.
    • 73 Metascore
    • 75 Wesley Morris
    The film is actually a major artistic breakthrough for Araki, a onetime bad boy of independent filmmaking. Its psychological intelligence, attention to emotional currents, and humanity are surprises.
    • 68 Metascore
    • 75 Wesley Morris
    As amusing as it is, the comedy here consists mostly of predictable potshots.
    • 71 Metascore
    • 75 Wesley Morris
    The film is often at odds with itself as a sincere work of romantic comedy, as Wilder's sometimes were, too. Nonetheless, it's determined to keep Clooney's considerable comedic skills front and center. He's never been looser, sexier, or more antic.
    • 72 Metascore
    • 75 Wesley Morris
    The director has concocted a tragedy that actually feels tragic.
    • 66 Metascore
    • 75 Wesley Morris
    The movie is always entertaining and frequently smart about the new ground one girl will break to humiliate another.
    • 55 Metascore
    • 75 Wesley Morris
    Ben Stiller is like a guy on the 1919 White Sox. He's rigged to lose. His comedy is the stuff of failure, and sometimes it's pleasurable watching him flit around in funny get-ups, only to have a pretty costar put him down.
    • 57 Metascore
    • 75 Wesley Morris
    Streep is in movie star mode, and she’s irresistible. But Baldwin achieves something not many men have been able to with Streep: You notice him.
    • 65 Metascore
    • 75 Wesley Morris
    Deceptively keen as both a paranoid political thriller and a caveat against the trustworthiness of your friends and neighbors.
    • 45 Metascore
    • 75 Wesley Morris
    Into the Blue is as much a mesmerizing aquatic expedition as it is a reasonably suspenseful action adventure.
    • 75 Metascore
    • 75 Wesley Morris
    What remains of the book's psychological underpinnings -- there are enough here to leave a permanent dent in the couch of any Freud-loving shrink
    • San Francisco Examiner
    • 65 Metascore
    • 75 Wesley Morris
    At the heart of most of these encounters is talk about the nature of relationships -- cousins, twins, and peers. Mostly, though, Jarmusch displays an unexpected interest in the ironies and banalities of fame.
    • 80 Metascore
    • 75 Wesley Morris
    This is an easy movie to spoil. It's rather plotless. But things happen in precisely the way that life happens.
    • 61 Metascore
    • 75 Wesley Morris
    Spirited, madly educational docu-quickie.
    • San Francisco Examiner
    • 64 Metascore
    • 75 Wesley Morris
    The film's insistence on the men's innocence is matter of fact. But it's also an urgent corrective to the suspicious eye the movies so often cast on Arabs and Islam.
    • 56 Metascore
    • 75 Wesley Morris
    The movie is corny enough to remind you that boxing rings are square.
    • 85 Metascore
    • 75 Wesley Morris
    Debbie gets away with being such a cauldron of extremes because the airy-voiced Mann is extremely good at playing them. She happens to be Apatow's wife (the kids in the movie are theirs), and with the possible exception of Téa Leoni , it's hard to imagine who else could get away with this combination of needling and affection.
    • 67 Metascore
    • 75 Wesley Morris
    It's as much a satire as a mystery, a film as much about art as it is about faith.
    • 66 Metascore
    • 75 Wesley Morris
    They're not looking to say anything grand. What they do say - and what we see - is smart and true.
    • 71 Metascore
    • 75 Wesley Morris
    Stirs excitement about exploration of all kinds.
    • 65 Metascore
    • 75 Wesley Morris
    The movie is seriously sexy and seriously entertaining.
    • 74 Metascore
    • 75 Wesley Morris
    Seemingly limitless access is what makes the movie interesting.
    • 54 Metascore
    • 75 Wesley Morris
    Busch combines French absurdist theater and American performance art with a drag queen's flamboyant wit.
    • 73 Metascore
    • 75 Wesley Morris
    Demonstrates an idiosyncratic human touch. Kon is unafraid of the unseemly and unsightly. People are captured as they really might be.
    • 60 Metascore
    • 75 Wesley Morris
    Overnight is about all kinds of in-the-moment emotional rawness.
    • 71 Metascore
    • 75 Wesley Morris
    Everyone Else is not about hurricanes and earthquakes and knives in the back. It's about private, emotional phenomena: the tiny tremors and imperceptible shifts that bring a couple closer together or drive them apart, almost without their noticing.
    • 79 Metascore
    • 75 Wesley Morris
    The movie's assemblage of audio interviews poured mostly over astounding race footage is fit for a shrine.
    • 69 Metascore
    • 75 Wesley Morris
    Octubre is a quick, quiet movie that distills Lima, Peru, to a downtrodden version of its more dynamic current self.
    • 53 Metascore
    • 75 Wesley Morris
    Korine is finding his way toward artistic greatness by searching his soul. It's possible that the man in the mirror is him.
    • 70 Metascore
    • 75 Wesley Morris
    Where the average Japanese horror flick is petulant and nasty, Pulse is dolorous, shivery, and surreal.
    • 65 Metascore
    • 75 Wesley Morris
    The performance often errs on the side of cartoon, but it's laced with flashes of remorse and chagrin, with sincerity. When Carrey tries to do "dramatic acting'' the life always goes of out him.
    • 58 Metascore
    • 75 Wesley Morris
    The journey is not very exciting, but the destinations are inspired.
    • 65 Metascore
    • 75 Wesley Morris
    For a film about the power of speech, it's the quiet moments of rapture that say everything.
    • 64 Metascore
    • 75 Wesley Morris
    The remake isn't openly nostalgic. In a sense, this is another sexy vampire movie. But Farrell does something special with the sexuality: It's simultaneously omnivorous, dangerous, and a hoot.
    • 63 Metascore
    • 75 Wesley Morris
    If there's true magic to be found in the proceedings, it's in Garai's dexterous performance.
    • 53 Metascore
    • 75 Wesley Morris
    A skillfully managed fairy tale about a mouse, a rat, and fairy tales in general.

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