Morning Glory 2010

Critics score:
56 / 100

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Roger Moore, Orlando Sentinel: Even the fluff feels recycled here. Read more

Kathleen Murphy, MSN Movies: It is what it's about - kissing frogs for ratings, entertainment that panders to the lowest common denominator. Read more

Manohla Dargis, New York Times: McAdams plays her role exceptionally well: as the young actress on the verge of the big time, who can win the boy, tame the beast, flash her panties and make you smile without making you cringe, she is a natural. Read more

David Fear, Time Out: This charmless movie thinks it can soft-sell its date-night love story and its media meta-jabs without people feeling they've been bamboozled on either count. To which we can only say good night, and good luck. Read more

David Edelstein, New York Magazine/Vulture: Morning Glory isn't terrible. It has a lot of craft, a lot of star power, and a fair number of laughs. What irks me is that the filmmakers settle for so little. Read more

Joe Morgenstern, Wall Street Journal: This production is a mess for many reasons, most of them having to do with its frantic efforts to be funny. Read more

Moira MacDonald, Seattle Times: Morning Glory" is undeniably enjoyable as it bounces along in its messy way -- Michell, bless him, keeps the pace snappy -- but you just wish it were a little smarter. Read more

Scott Tobias, AV Club: The message of Morning Glory -- that austere TV journalists could stand to lighten up a bit -- may be dubious, but Michell and his cast sell it persuasively. Read more

Bill Goodykoontz, Arizona Republic: It's a slight movie that makes Broadcast News look like All the President's Men in comparison. Read more

Ty Burr, Boston Globe: The movie's a pleasant and occasionally hilarious ride, even if there's a bait-and-switch at its core. Read more

Amy Nicholson, Boxoffice Magazine: An old-fashioned comedy that respects brains, ambition and, as McAdams' anchor dubs, her "repellent moxie." Read more

J. R. Jones, Chicago Reader: McAdams is typically effervescent here, but she can't rescue this weak comedy. Read more

Michael Phillips, Chicago Tribune: The rom-com equivalent of a glass half-full. Read more

Peter Rainer, Christian Science Monitor: Morning Glory isn't targeting the dumbing down of TV news. It's pandering to the audience that craves the dumbness Read more

Chris Vognar, Dallas Morning News: A Hollywood movie doesn't need to serve as media criticism. But don't serve yesterday's news, pretend to treat it as vital and then turn it into a mere bauble. Read more

Tom Long, Detroit News: Morning Glory is ultimately something of a morning news show version of a morning news show -- perky, jerky, chit-chatty and polished. And eminently, pointedly, forgettable. Read more

Owen Gleiberman, Entertainment Weekly: Ford is still a magnetic hunk of gray-granite movie star, and in Morning Glory, he finds a way to trick up his deadly somber, shifting-quicksand delivery into a shrewd and amusing acting style. Read more

Eric D. Snider, Everyone involved here is operating well below his or her skill level. Read more

Christy Lemire, Associated Press: It's glossy, moves quickly enough and has a few enjoyable personalities. Maybe the intermittent laugh. But afterward you realize it tried to cram a whole lot of vapid stuff into one compact time frame. Read more

Kirk Honeycutt, Hollywood Reporter: It merely recycles 1987's Broadcast News with only a single reference to YouTube. Read more

Kenneth Turan, Los Angeles Times: McAdams' performance is worth the price of admission, but a resolution as satisfying as her work is not to be found. Read more

Rene Rodriguez, Miami Herald: Ford was funnier in Extraordinary Measures than he is here, and that was a movie about terminally ill children. Read more

John Anderson, Newsday: [A] generally woeful comedy. Read more

David Denby, New Yorker: Everything in this movie, written by Aline Brosh McKenna and directed by Roger Michell, seems way off. Read more

Stephen Whitty, Newark Star-Ledger: It's a good enough movie. But it came this close to being great. Read more

Joe Neumaier, New York Daily News: Ford is the most casual he's been since Working Girl. When he and McAdams spar, you can't help but tune in. Read more

Lou Lumenick, New York Post: It includes more than a few clever lines, and boasts a stellar cast, including the underutilized Diane Keaton. Read more

Rex Reed, New York Observer: For the most part, Morning Glory is a delicious movie that will make you jump for joy. Read more

Carrie Rickey, Philadelphia Inquirer: In rhythm, humor and performance, Morning Glory is, at best, sporadic. Read more

James Berardinelli, ReelViews: Despite the conventional manner in which the story is resolved, Morning Glory generates enough entertainment, good will, and genuine laughs to make it hard to dislike. Read more

Roger Ebert, Chicago Sun-Times: Morning Glory is a funny entertainment to begin with, and then Rachel McAdams transforms it. And Harrison Ford transforms himself. Read more

Peter Travers, Rolling Stone: Morning Glory is a tart, terrific comedy that gives Harrison Ford his best and funniest role in years. Read more

Andrew O'Hehir, This is a brash, lightweight backstage comedy that looks lovely, doesn't insult its audience and uses its stars, both young and old, to terrific effect. Read more

Mick LaSalle, San Francisco Chronicle: It's a portrait of a young woman and her world, but both are undercut by one-note, heavy-handed comic acting. Read more

Colin Covert, Minneapolis Star Tribune: It's formula entertainment, admittedly, but there's real pleasure in seeing the equation worked out so cleverly. Read more

Joe Williams, St. Louis Post-Dispatch: Mainstream moviemaking at its most proficient, with a zippy script, comfort-food casting and a breakout performance by a deserving star. Read more

Kate Taylor, Globe and Mail: The movie does show some welcome wit as it satirizes the idiocies of morning TV -- until it starts repeating itself in the second half. Read more

Peter Howell, Toronto Star: It doesn't pay to have a good memory or high standards when appraising Morning Glory, a fitfully amusing broadcast satire that unfortunately invites comparisons to sharper times and pens. Read more

Leah Rozen, TheWrap: Read more

Richard Corliss, TIME Magazine: [McAdams's] Adorability Quotient is off the charts. If being ingratiating is a crime, she'd be shot at sunrise. But this good nature doesn't seem forced. Read more

Scott Bowles, USA Today: This just in: Morning Glory can't decide whether to skewer the morning news or wallow in its pap. Read more

Andrew Barker, Variety: A genially midrange if overlong romantic comedy. Read more

Karina Longworth, Village Voice: The only love Morning Glory truly cares about is the passionate but sexless amour fou between a girl and her work. Read more

Richard Roeper, Chicago Sun-Times: Has moments of sparkle, but the screenplay disappoints and the luminous Rachel McAdams overdoes it. Read more