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 0.4 points higher than other critics. (0-100 point scale)

Wesley Morris' Scores

  • Movies
  • TV
Average review score: 60
Highest review score: 100 Elephant
Lowest review score: 0 House on Haunted Hill
Score distribution:
1,825 movie reviews
    • 45 Metascore
    • 75 Wesley Morris
    Kate Hudson and Matthew McConaughey don't simply star in this movie; they tag-team it out of the Freddie Prinze Jr. --Julia Stiles puppy-love ghetto.
    • 88 Metascore
    • 75 Wesley Morris
    Aspires to the boundlessness of a kid's imagination.
    • 72 Metascore
    • 75 Wesley Morris
    The ballad as it turns out is a duet between a dad and his girl, who'd often rather accentuate the positive than exploit pain, quietly proving that she is her father's daughter.
    • San Francisco Examiner
    • 63 Metascore
    • 75 Wesley Morris
    The Signal is like a Romero zombie movie in which the zombies aren't dead, they're just really temperamental. Evil here is technology-born. Maybe our cellphones and satellite dishes are giving us all the crazy.
    • 75 Metascore
    • 75 Wesley Morris
    If this is an unusually sentimental outing for Jia, it’s also characteristically tinged with woe. He’s just added a touch of sweetness to these otherwise sugarless lives.
    • 42 Metascore
    • 75 Wesley Morris
    There's an unstable genius brewing beneath Mary Katherine's scarlet headband. As "SNL" women go, only Gilda Radner seemed as willing to rib so much of herself for our pleasure.
    • 64 Metascore
    • 75 Wesley Morris
    As formulaic, but occasionally outré multiplex-bound behemoths go, Gladiator is a foaming beast.
    • 70 Metascore
    • 75 Wesley Morris
    A sweetly acted and neatly executed social comedy.
    • 64 Metascore
    • 75 Wesley Morris
    Isn't as trippy, scary, handmade-looking, or environmentally aware as some of Miyazaki's pictures. But it shares their dreaminess. Even at its most ingenious, not even Pixar does that.
    • 78 Metascore
    • 75 Wesley Morris
    Waste Land is just what the film's website says it is: "stirring evidence of the transformative power of art and the alchemy of the human spirit."
    • 64 Metascore
    • 75 Wesley Morris
    Another gorgeous and immensely satisfying reminder that there are few better directors than Téchiné when it comes to capturing the vagaries of the heart.
    • 45 Metascore
    • 75 Wesley Morris
    I've never seen a movie like this. Not on purpose. Daniels isn't saying he's tasteful. He's just saying that his tasteless trash is as deserving of our attention as the tasteful trash we feel like we have to see. The whole thing's a crazy fantasy, like watching a porno dream it can win the Oscar.
    • 67 Metascore
    • 75 Wesley Morris
    A patient, suspenseful exercise in genre craftsmanship
    • 65 Metascore
    • 75 Wesley Morris
    For a studio so clearly willing to take risks with so many of its movies, this particular movie has a whiff of exploitation. Rowling wrote one epic funeral that Warner Bros. requires us to attend twice.
    • 76 Metascore
    • 75 Wesley Morris
    The idea is to share with us that this show happened. But gluttons for these artists and for music festivals in general might wonder, as I have, whether there's any way the filmmakers might share more of the remaining 123 1/2 hours.
    • 70 Metascore
    • 75 Wesley Morris
    The movie shouldn't work, yet it does.
    • 73 Metascore
    • 75 Wesley Morris
    A lot of the credit for what's right with 'The 40-Year-Old Virgin goes to the screenplay, which Carell and Apatow wrote. They like these characters and, when it matters, they dare to give them feelings, none truer than Andy's.
    • 64 Metascore
    • 75 Wesley Morris
    Elf
    The movie sets Ferrell's assaultive and juvenile physical comedy in a less-combative playground, and the result might leave the Ferrell-intolerant exiting the theater on a high.
    • 59 Metascore
    • 75 Wesley Morris
    The endearing and cheeky ensemble works hard, and Ken Scott's script finds ways of wringing irreverence from the apparent good nature of the situation.
    • 75 Metascore
    • 75 Wesley Morris
    What Little Children understands so well, and so poignantly, is a kind of parental existentialism that hits 30- somethings with kids: How does having children make you such a less interesting adult?
    • 81 Metascore
    • 75 Wesley Morris
    This is a movie about the marriage between sound and image, and the sound is wearing the pants in the relationship.
    • 59 Metascore
    • 75 Wesley Morris
    With Dosunmu, African culture thrives in a demographically shifting but historically African-American part of town. If the idea is that Nollywood could work in Manhattan, this is the director who can show us how.
    • 57 Metascore
    • 75 Wesley Morris
    This is an action movie that nods to Hayao Miyazaki and those sleeky dumb European chase thrillers with guys like Harrison Ford and Liam Neeson.
    • 58 Metascore
    • 75 Wesley Morris
    It's also the first apocalypse-minded franchise that's earned its downbeat mood. The action, for starters, is post-Cold War, post-Chernobyl, post-perestroika. Darkness is so much a part of the Russian psyche it must be nice to see a local movie try to put its hand toward the Light.
    • 42 Metascore
    • 75 Wesley Morris
    Fred Claus sells you something you didn't know you wanted: a Vince Vaughn Christmas movie. Vaughn is not the hook. Neither is the holiday. The script, by Dan Fogelman, is smarter than that.
    • 69 Metascore
    • 75 Wesley Morris
    The best thing about Everyday Sunshine: The Story of Fishbone is that it really is the story of Fishbone. It's a hearty, thoughtful, smartly assembled, vaguely complete documentary about a rock band that, even by the standards of out-there musical acts, seemed out there both in the mid-1980s and even now.
    • 75 Metascore
    • 75 Wesley Morris
    This intimate, warmly made family portrait always feels true. The performances are particularly good.
    • 70 Metascore
    • 75 Wesley Morris
    An ecstatic sensory experience so overloaded it hardly matters that the narrative has been placed on a back burner.
    • 81 Metascore
    • 75 Wesley Morris
    Wattstax is a disorienting and ironic moviegoing experience. It's a film about the curative powers of rhythm-and-blues music that sets out to frustrate your sense of rhythm in its insistence on the blues.
    • 54 Metascore
    • 75 Wesley Morris
    It's also a message movie, about as weighty as Lara Flynn Boyle and twice as absurd. But I'd like to report that I had an excellent time.

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