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Morning Glory Review

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3.5

Dave White Profile

Nonstop demanding cuteness. Just give in. Read full review

2.0

Jen Yamato Profile

The infotainment terrorists have won. Read full review

Other Critics provided by Metacritic.com

Critics scores range from 0 to 100, with higher scores indicating more favorable reviews.

  • 3.0
    57

    out of 100

    Metascore®
    Mixed or average reviews
    based on a weighted average of all
    critic review scores.

  • 30

    out of 100

    Wall Street Journal Joe Morgenstern

    This production is a mess for many reasons, most of them having to do with its frantic efforts to be funny.

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  • 50

    out of 100

    USA Today Scott Bowles

    This just in: Morning Glory can't decide whether to skewer the morning news or wallow in its pap.

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  • 50

    out of 100

    The Hollywood Reporter Kirk Honeycutt

    It merely recycles 1987's "Broadcast News" with only a single reference to YouTube.

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  • 67

    out of 100

    Entertainment Weekly Owen Gleiberman

    Where Broadcast News mourned the trivialization of the nightly news, Morning Glory asks you to learn to stop worrying and love the trivia.

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For Families provided by Common Sense Media

OK for kids 14+

Workplace comedy is winning but predictable; OK for teens.

What Parents Need to Know

Parents need to know that this workplace comedy -- which co-stars Rachel McAdams, Harrison Ford, and Diane Keaton -- is formulaic, but it's also surprisingly earnest and full of heart. Though some of the characters are self-centered and surly, the movie ultimately has positive messages about the value of hard work and authenticity. Expect some making out and a few sexual innuendoes, a fair bit of swearing (including "f--k"), some drinking and cigar smoking, and disheartening bitterness from some of the more hardened characters.

  • Families can talk about the movie's messages about the media itself. What is it saying about the importance of entertainment vs. news? What about morning shows?
  • Is Becky a positive role model? Why or why not? What about the other characters?
  • What keeps Becky going despite all of the setbacks she encounters? Does her attitude work for her?

The good stuff
  • message true3

    Messages: Hard work and heart win over cynicism in this workplace comedy. The main character believes that you can succeed by applying yourself 100 percent to your job. Nevertheless, work is superseded by friendship, family, and love.

  • rolemodels true3

    Role models: Becky is quite ambitious, but she's also unabashedly earnest and well-meaning, and her goals don’t supersede her humanity.

What to watch for
  • violence false1

    Violence: Characters insult and yell at each other; one man does dangerous things (jumping out of planes).

  • sex false2

    Sex: A couple makes out. They're shown kissing and groping each other, with the woman stripped down to her underwear and blouse. Some sexual innuendo. One character mentions a sex website; he also has a foot fetish.

  • language false3

    Language: Fairly frequent use of words like "s--t," “bastard,” “bitch,” "ass," “a--hole,” “butt,” "damn," "crap," "oh my God," "goddamn," and "hell." Also infrequent use of "f--k."

  • consumerism false1

    Consumerism: Products/brands mentioned/with logos shown include Sony, NBC, Apple, Barefoot Contessa, Trump, The Today Show, and more.

  • drugsalcoholtobacco false2

    Drinking, drugs and smoking: One adult character smokes a cigar. He also gets drunk and has a reputation for getting drunk prior to performing tasks he dislikes.

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