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Morning Glory (2010)


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

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

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

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


Average Rating: 3.3/5
User Ratings: 49,701


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, … More

PG-13 (for some sexual content including dialogue, language and brief drug references)
Directed By:
In Theaters:
Mar 8, 2011
Box Office:
Paramount Studios - Official Site


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Critic Reviews for Morning Glory

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.

Full Review… | November 22, 2010
New Yorker
Top Critic

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

Full Review… | November 11, 2010
Wall Street Journal
Top Critic

Morning Glory is a tart, terrific comedy that gives Harrison Ford his best and funniest role in years.

Full Review… | November 11, 2010
Rolling Stone
Top Critic

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.

Full Review… | November 11, 2010
AV Club
Top Critic

Has moments of sparkle, but the screenplay disappoints and the luminous Rachel McAdams overdoes it.

Full Review… | November 11, 2010
Chicago Sun-Times
Top Critic

McAdams is typically effervescent here, but she can't rescue this weak comedy.

Full Review… | November 11, 2010
Chicago Reader
Top Critic

It's hard not to have fun at this delightful comedy which features strong performances from McAdams, Ford and Keaton.

Full Review… | January 6, 2013
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.

Full Review… | September 26, 2011
American Profile

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

Full Review… | July 14, 2011
Digital Spy

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

Full Review… | June 11, 2011
Film Blather

full review at Movies for the Masses

Full Review… | April 13, 2011
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.

Full Review… | April 8, 2011

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.

Full Review… | April 4, 2011

At worst, it may put you to sleep.

Full Review… | March 2, 2011
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.

Full Review… | January 26, 2011

[A] deeply dislikable comedy of embarrassment...

Full Review… | January 26, 2011

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.

Full Review… | January 24, 2011
Daily Express

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

Full Review… | January 24, 2011

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

Full Review… | January 21, 2011
Daily Mail [UK]

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

Full Review… | January 21, 2011
Daily Mirror [UK]

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

Full Review… | January 20, 2011

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

Full Review… | January 20, 2011
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.

Full Review… | January 20, 2011
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.

Full Review… | January 20, 2011
Financial Times

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

Full Review… | January 20, 2011
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...

Full Review… | January 20, 2011
Radio Times

Audience Reviews for Morning Glory


Average rom-com. Enjoyable because of Harrison Ford.

Wildaly M

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.

Daniel Perry

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.

Julie B

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.

Ken Stachnik

Super Reviewer

Morning Glory Quotes

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)
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.
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]
Mike Pomeroy:
My ass!
– Submitted by Theta S (3 years ago)
Mike Pomeroy:
I'm not saying the word fluffy!
– Submitted by Chris P (3 years ago)
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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