October 3, 1932 |
|Occupation||Author, journalist, film historian, film critic|
|Alma mater||Lehigh University|
|Notable award(s)||Pulitzer Prize for film criticism|
|Spouse(s)||Piper Laurie (1962–82; 1 child; divorced)|
Morgenstern graduated from Lehigh University in 1953. His first journalism experience was as news clerk at the New York Times. He then became foreign correspondent for the Times, based in Switzerland and France.
Beginning in 1965 until 1983 Morgenstern was film critic for Newsweek. During this time, his most famous review was when he initially panned Bonnie and Clyde and then reconsidered his opinion seriously enough to retract it in the next issue. That proved a golden marketing opportunity for Warner Brothers to attract interest in the film by noting it made a major film critic change his mind about its virtues. From 1983 to 1988 he wrote a column for the Los Angeles Herald Examiner.
Morgenstern, presently based in Santa Monica, California, has written movie reviews for the Wall Street Journal since May 1995. His movie reviews appear each Friday in the "Weekend & Leisure" section of the newspaper, and he covers the movie industry in a column which appears every other Saturday. He also writes movie reviews for CNBC.
Morgenstern's writings have appeared in The New Yorker, The New York Times Magazine, Newsweek, Rolling Stone, Esquire, the Columbia Journalism Review and the Los Angeles Times Magazine. He has written several scripts for television.
He is renowned for his use of vocabulary and humor.
He received a Pulitzer Prize for Criticism in 2005, making him only the third film critic to win a Pulitzer for criticism, after Roger Ebert of the Chicago Sun-Times and Stephen Hunter of The Washington Post.
- imdb.com/name/nm0605156/bio Internet Movie Database, page for Joe Morgenstern, accessed 18 Sept. 2009
- http://topics.wsj.com/person/m/joe-morgenstern/1451 Wall Street Journal website, accessed 18 Sept. 2009
- Harris, Mark. Pictures at a Revolution: Five Films and the Birth of a New Hollywood. Penguin Press, 2008, p. 341-2.
- http://www.nyfcc.com/members.php?member=20 New York Film Critics Circle, Joe Morgenstern spotlight, accessed 18 Sept. 2009
- http://online.wsj.com/article/SB115887849571770606.html?mod=hps_us_at_glance_wj "About Joe Morgenstern" sidebar on the WSJ website, accessed 22 Sept. 2006
- NY Film Critics Circle
- Wall Street Journal
- Bio on Pulitzer Prize Site
- "Joe Morgenstern '53: Pulitzer winner is essayist at heart" from the Lehigh University Alumni Bulletin
- Joe Morgenstern at the Internet Movie Database