For 1,500 reviews, this critic has graded:
  • 51% higher than the average critic
  • 2% same as the average critic
  • 47% lower than the average critic
On average, this critic grades 0.8 points higher than other critics. (0-100 point scale)

Wesley Morris' Scores

  • Movies
Average review score: 60
Highest review score: 100 Tarnation
Lowest review score: 0 P2
Score distribution:
1,500 movie reviews
    • 89 Metascore
    • 100 Wesley Morris
    Ferguson's film is a clear-sighted counterpoint to the former secretary of defense's impression. As the title suggests, it's a seemingly infinite mess.
    • 92 Metascore
    • 100 Wesley Morris
    There Will Be Blood" is anti-state of the art. It's the work of an analog filmmaker railing against an increasingly digitized world. In that sense, the movie is idiosyncratic, too: vintage visionary stuff.
    • 85 Metascore
    • 100 Wesley Morris
    With impeccable skill, Akin has made a film roiling with cruelty but guided by tough political optimism. No, we can't all get along, but some us of are trying.
    • 84 Metascore
    • 100 Wesley Morris
    This is the most significant feature about poor black life since Charles Burnett's 1977 "Killer of Sheep."
    • 84 Metascore
    • 100 Wesley Morris
    By nearly every measure, Milk is a beautifully made, far less conventional movie biography than most.
    • 92 Metascore
    • 100 Wesley Morris
    I was much more disheartened leaving the movie the first time I saw it than I was the second. Its richness resides in its apparent objectivity. Without sacrificing a sense of hope, Cantet suggests that the school system is just like a certain vexing grammatical tense: imperfect but still fighting against irrelevance.
    • 83 Metascore
    • 100 Wesley Morris
    Takes one man, his children, their spouses and babies, his ex-wife, his girlfriend, her daughter, and his friends and turns it all into a masterpiece about the strange power of food - to heal, unite, exasperate.
    • 87 Metascore
    • 100 Wesley Morris
    Both a staggering realist thriller and a jeremiad.
    • 86 Metascore
    • 100 Wesley Morris
    The movie is also more extraordinary than a mere scenic slideshow.
    • 79 Metascore
    • 100 Wesley Morris
    This movie catalogs a wealth of human ugliness. It’s even been made to look ugly, presumably to underscore the horror movie that is Precious’s life.
    • 82 Metascore
    • 100 Wesley Morris
    The ends remain loose in The White Ribbon.’ But that lack of closure is thrilling. Haneke lays his movie and its mysteries at our feet, leaving us to ask, “What in tarnation?’’
    • 81 Metascore
    • 100 Wesley Morris
    The usual emphasis in a detective film is upended so that procedure, thrillingly, is more important than action. In its own way, this is one of the most intense cop movies you'll see.
    • 85 Metascore
    • 100 Wesley Morris
    Setting aside, just for a moment, his general loathsomeness, there is a case to be made for a less apparent aspect of Benito Mussolini: He was once really hot.
    • 88 Metascore
    • 100 Wesley Morris
    The result is a masterpiece of investigative nonfiction moviemaking - a scathing, outrageous, depressing, comical, horrifying report on what and who brought on the crisis.
    • 89 Metascore
    • 100 Wesley Morris
    This is a movie whose power comes from the alignment both of Mija's discovery with ours and of a tremendous writer and director with his star.
    • 54 Metascore
    • 100 Wesley Morris
    In an age in which it feels as if seemingly pure intimacy no longer exists, this film thrives on nothing but intimate moments.
    • 86 Metascore
    • 100 Wesley Morris
    The immediacy and caprice of violence in The Interrupters are just as strong as in nearly every documentary I've seen about the wars in Iraq and Afghanistan.
    • 55 Metascore
    • 100 Wesley Morris
    3
    It's a funny, fearless, suspenseful sex comedy that, in drawing on science and philosophy and art and death, risks accusations of pretentiousness. But, even in its romantic idealism, the movie proceeds according to recognizable rhythms of how some people live.
    • 81 Metascore
    • 100 Wesley Morris
    One of the truest, most beautiful movies ever made about two strangers.
    • 95 Metascore
    • 100 Wesley Morris
    This is a trenchant emotional thriller that you watch in dread, awe, and amazing aggravation. It's entirely predicated upon the outcome of bad decisions - and it is not a comedy. The situation that unfolds approaches the absurdity of farce but denies the relief and release of humor. It's a tragic farce. No option or choice is to be envied.
    • 74 Metascore
    • 100 Wesley Morris
    The entire movie is pitched at a scream. But the screaming is more Janis Joplin, Axl Rose, or Mary J. Blige than Jamie Lee Curtis. All the tears I shed were hard-earned. So were all the laughing and clapping and eye-covering. In each case, it was involuntary.
    • 84 Metascore
    • 100 Wesley Morris
    Moonrise Kingdom is Anderson's seventh movie, and it's the first since "Rushmore" that works from the opening shot to the final image.
    • 86 Metascore
    • 100 Wesley Morris
    Nothing as big and strange and right as The Master should feel as effortless as it does. That's not the same as saying that it's light. It's actually heavy. It weighs more than any American film from this or last year. It's the sort of movie that young men aspiring to write the Great American Novel never actually write.
    • 86 Metascore
    • 100 Wesley Morris
    We're now far enough from that era that seeing it all again feels like a slap to the face in the same way that watching certain moments in the civil rights epic "Eyes on the Prize" chills your bones. This doesn't have that series' stately magnitude. It's smaller and crasser, but it's comparatively galvanic.
    • 66 Metascore
    • 88 Wesley Morris
    Her face is as much a part of her comedic form as her observations are. It's an amazing slapstick instrument, creating a scrapbook of living mug shots.
    • 64 Metascore
    • 88 Wesley Morris
    Like so much Iranian cinema, Blackboards is a work of lyrical propaganda. But its metaphors are opaque enough to avoid didacticism, and the film succeeds as an emotionally accessible, almost mystical work.
    • 72 Metascore
    • 88 Wesley Morris
    Moore's roving essay feels even more urgent now than it did when the jury had to make up an award to honor it at the Cannes film festival in May.
    • 77 Metascore
    • 88 Wesley Morris
    That commendable sense of balance, which Dolgin and Franco use to approach this family reunion, ultimately makes the finished product devastating.
    • 72 Metascore
    • 88 Wesley Morris
    In ''Trials,'' Hitchens is almost endearing, stalking Kissinger from one event to the next like a bleary-eyed Michael Moore.
    • 61 Metascore
    • 88 Wesley Morris
    Proves acutely subtle. But its question of what we forgive art in the face of atrocity and immorality is one for the ages.