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Morning Glory (2010)

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55

Average Rating: 6/10
Reviews Counted: 170
Fresh: 94 | Rotten: 76

It's lifted by affable performances from its impeccable cast, and it's often charming -- but Morning Glory is also inconsistent and derivative.

42

Average Rating: 5.8/10
Critic Reviews: 43
Fresh: 18 | Rotten: 25

It's lifted by affable performances from its impeccable cast, and it's often charming -- but Morning Glory is also inconsistent and derivative.

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51

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Average Rating: 3.3/5
User Ratings: 49,678

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Movie Info

A new romantic comedy set in the hilarious and dysfunctional world of morning television. When hard-working TV producer Becky Fuller (McAdams) is fired from a local news program, her career begins to look as bleak as her hapless love life. Stumbling into a job at "Daybreak" (the last-place national morning news show), Becky decides to revitalize the show by bringing on legendary TV anchor Mike Pomeroy (Ford). Unfortunately, Pomeroy refuses to cover morning show staples like celebrity gossip,

PG-13,

Comedy

Mar 8, 2011

$31.0M

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All Critics (172) | Top Critics (44) | Fresh (94) | Rotten (76) | DVD (7)

Everything in this movie, written by Aline Brosh McKenna and directed by Roger Michell, seems way off.

November 22, 2010 Full Review Source: New Yorker
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This production is a mess for many reasons, most of them having to do with its frantic efforts to be funny.

November 11, 2010 Full Review Source: Wall Street Journal
Wall Street Journal
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Morning Glory is a tart, terrific comedy that gives Harrison Ford his best and funniest role in years.

November 11, 2010 Full Review Source: Rolling Stone
Rolling Stone
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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.

November 11, 2010 Full Review Source: AV Club
AV Club
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Has moments of sparkle, but the screenplay disappoints and the luminous Rachel McAdams overdoes it.

November 11, 2010 Full Review Source: Chicago Sun-Times
Chicago Sun-Times
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McAdams is typically effervescent here, but she can't rescue this weak comedy.

November 11, 2010 Full Review Source: Chicago Reader
Chicago Reader
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It's hard not to have fun at this delightful comedy which features strong performances from McAdams, Ford and Keaton.

January 6, 2013 Full Review Source: Big Hollywood
Big Hollywood

Watching McAdams juggle all the pieces provides much of the laughs, but both Keaton and Ford get some positively hilarious traction as Colleen and Mike clash on the air and compete for the spotlight.

September 26, 2011 Full Review Source: American Profile
American Profile

Behind the frivolity of this rom-com also lurks a serious theme about the importance of proper old-school journalism.

July 14, 2011 Full Review Source: Digital Spy
Digital Spy

It's entirely appropriate that Morning Glory ultimately turns into a celebration of quaffable, formulaic fluff.

June 11, 2011 Full Review Source: Film Blather
Film Blather

full review at Movies for the Masses

April 13, 2011 Full Review Source: Movies for the Masses
Movies for the Masses

You don't watch stuff like Morning Glory for intelligent commentary on modern life and everyone involved is aware of it ... while there's been good, sometimes funny drama about the collision of news and entertainment never has it been so pointless.

April 8, 2011 Full Review Source: ComingSoon.net
ComingSoon.net

Ford is a snarling cartoon version of his grim political thriller self played for laughs. And McAdams is no Mary Tyler Moore but she's just this side of being that appealing.

April 4, 2011 Full Review Source: Movies.com
Movies.com

At worst, it may put you to sleep.

March 2, 2011 Full Review Source: Movie Metropolis
Movie Metropolis

Sit-com style zany comedy that won't exactly change your life, but has the odd good joke and proves Rachel McAdams well capable of carrying a film, even opposite Harrison Ford and Diana Keaton.

January 26, 2011 Full Review Source: Film4
Film4

[A] deeply dislikable comedy of embarrassment...

January 26, 2011 Full Review Source: Guardian
Guardian

A bizarre celebration of dumbing down that fails to work as satire, comedy or romance. The characters are one-note and a good cast is wasted.

January 24, 2011 Full Review Source: Daily Express
Daily Express

Basically a self-serving justification for the prominence of fluffy entertainment over sharply written and intelligently crafted stories.

January 24, 2011 Full Review Source: Scotsman

Presumably, we are meant to find this cute, rather than intensely depressing.

January 21, 2011 Full Review Source: Daily Mail [UK]
Daily Mail [UK]

A film that ambles along agreeably and features fine performances from co-stars Diane Keaton and Rachel McAdams.

January 21, 2011 Full Review Source: Daily Mirror [UK]
Daily Mirror [UK]

Harrison Ford gives an under-par performance in this disappointing TV-studio-set romantic comedy.

January 20, 2011 Full Review Source: Guardian | Comment (1)
Guardian

Morning Glory stays firmly on the launchpad, doing increasingly desperate run-ups, but collapsing in a gawky heap whenever it tries to take off.

January 20, 2011 Full Review Source: Daily Telegraph
Daily Telegraph

Morning Glory would have been more amusing if it wasn't so contrived. And if Harrison Ford hadn't become so entrenched in playing the grumpy old man he was in Extraordinary Measures last year.

January 20, 2011 Full Review Source: Birmingham Post
Birmingham Post

Rachel McAdams, a once fetching actress, runs about as if "Fetch!" is the only cry coming from behind the camera. Fetch the joke; fetch the funny line-reading. Wave your arms about.

January 20, 2011 Full Review Source: Financial Times | Comment (1)
Financial Times

A vehicle for an effortless performer, but void of conviction.

January 20, 2011 Full Review Source: Little White Lies
Little White Lies

Michell's seamless, steady direction lets McAdams's energy shine through and allows Ford and his fellow news anchor Diane Keaton to craft beautifully timed comedic performances...

January 20, 2011 Full Review Source: Radio Times
Radio Times

Audience Reviews for Morning Glory

Average rom-com. Enjoyable because of Harrison Ford.
December 25, 2013
Raajay

Super Reviewer

Rachel McAdams shines as the frazzled, determined and adorable up-and-coming TV producer, but the movie just doesn't pay her back. Between its plot (The Devil Wears Prada-esque), its feuding anchor dynamic (a watered-down Anchorman) and its cringe-worthy love scenes, all that's left is the cloying happy ending. There is a very good movie hidden in here somewhere, but it's just too formulaic and it grates by the end.
November 24, 2013
danperry17

Super Reviewer

In the end, it's a rom com. You want it to be about an empowered young woman working her way up the ladder to professional success. You will be disappointed.
June 24, 2013
Julie

Super Reviewer

I liked it, didn't love it. One of the better not-totally-generic-but-still-totally predictable rom-com in recent years.
March 17, 2012
kenstachnik

Super Reviewer

    1. Becky Fuller: Look, my radar for that kind of thing is so bad. I mean, I don't know if a man's interested in me until he's naked.
    – Submitted by Hanna K (3 years ago)
    1. Becky Fuller: I will have you know that this show is very important to a lot of people, including, but not limited, to me! My ass on the line here.
    2. Mike Pomeroy: Actually, your ass is irrelevant. You're just a footnote. It's my ass. My reputation. My integrity. [pats his buttocks with both hands]
    3. Mike Pomeroy: My ass!
    – Submitted by Theta S (3 years ago)
    1. Mike Pomeroy: I'm not saying the word fluffy!
    – Submitted by Chris P (3 years ago)
    1. Mike Pomeroy: You know what I've noticed, people only say "lighten up" when they're gonna stick their fist up your ass.
    – Submitted by Chris P (3 years ago)
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