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Morning Glory

Comedy . Drama . Romance

When hard-working TV producer Becky Fuller 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.  Unfortunately, Pomeroy refuses to cover morning show staples like celebrity gossip, weather, fashion and crafts – let alone work with his new co-host, Colleen Peck, a former beauty queen and longtime morning show personality who is more than happy covering morning "news." As Mike and Colleen clash, first behind the scenes and then on the air, Becky's blossoming love affair with fellow producer, Adam Bennett begins to unravel – and soon Becky is struggling to save her relationship, her reputation, her job and ultimately, the show itself.

Actors: Jeff Hiller , Vanessa Aspillaga , Noah Bean , Jack Davidson , Arden Myrin , 50 Cent , Diane Keaton , Jeff Goldblum , Patrick Wilson , Harrison Ford , Rachel McAdams
Directors: Roger Michell
Country: USA
Release: 2010-11-10
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  • Roger Ebert

    Comedies open every week. This is the kind I like best. It grows from human nature and is about how people do their jobs and live their lives.

    Chicago Sun-Times Full Review
  • Staff (Not credited)

    Every one of its cues might be tele-prompted, but this is an assured, likable comedy. Ford is as good as he's been in ages, but the stand-out is McAdams. If there were any justice, the movie would send her stellar.

    Empire Full Review
  • Amy Nicholson

    Ford is hilarious and brooding, deeply wrinkled and deeply intimidating. He's got the best lines, courtesy of screenwriter Aline Brosh McKenna (of the repellent "27 Dresses" and the much better "The Devil Wears Prada").

    Boxoffice Magazine Full Review
  • Stephanie Zacharek

    Breezy and enjoyable.

    Movieline Full Review
  • Scott Tobias

    Patrick Wilson rounds out the cast as McAdams' love interest, but his presence seems necessary only to classify Morning Glory as a romantic comedy. The heart of the movie is really McAdams' wonderfully contentious relationship with Ford.

    The A.V. Club Full Review
  • Marc Mohan

    Rather like a four-hour episode of "Today": painless enough, leavening superficiality with substance, allowing you to watch and still do the laundry without missing anything vital.

    Portland Oregonian Full Review
  • Lawrence Toppman

    The acting is so exact and the timing so crisp that it delivers precisely the satisfaction you'd anticipate.

    Charlotte Observer Full Review
  • James Berardinelli

    The film is at its best when it is at its most goofy, at times coming close to the laugh-aloud outrageousness of Will Ferrell's "Anchorman."

    ReelViews Full Review
  • Rex Reed

    Some of the on-camera bitchery between Mr. Ford and Ms. Keaton is laugh-out-loud witty. For the most part, Morning Glory is a delicious movie that will make you jump for joy.

    New York Observer Full Review
  • Joe Williams

    Mainstream moviemaking at its most proficient, with a zippy script, comfort-food casting and a breakout performance by a deserving star.

    St. Louis Post-Dispatch Full Review
  • Joe Neumaier

    This often-witty baby-of-"Broadcast News" tries hard to be liked, like the TV fluff it's built around. The news is that, often, it succeeds.

    New York Daily News Full Review
  • 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. Full Review
  • Steve Persall

    Only a spunky cast prevents the film from being as tedious as a test pattern.

    Tampa Bay Times Full Review
  • 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.

    Entertainment Weekly Full Review
  • Peter Travers

    A tart, terrific comedy that gives Harrison Ford his best and funniest role in years.

    Rolling Stone Full Review
  • Lou Lumenick

    It includes more than a few clever lines, and boasts a stellar cast, including the underutilized Diane Keaton.

    New York Post Full Review
  • Carrie Rickey

    In rhythm, humor and performance, Morning Glory is, at best, sporadic.

    Philadelphia Inquirer Full Review
  • Ty Burr

    Morning Glory is itself a work of extreme fluff, a lightweight bauble about the morning-show wars that floats on the updrafts of character comedy until it charmingly self-destructs in the final act.

    Boston Globe Full Review
  • Michael Phillips

    If the romantic comedy Morning Glory clicks with audiences, the McAdams factor surely will be the reason why.

    Chicago Tribune Full Review
  • Richard Corliss

    Morning Glory is a cut above most other recent light fare, but not a prime cut.

    Time Full Review
  • Kenneth Turan

    Rachel McAdams gives the kind of performance we go to the movies for. The rest of the film isn't always up to her level, but it does provide genial entertainment until it runs out of steam.

    Los Angeles Times Full Review
  • Manohla Dargis

    A passably amusing romantic comedy with a laugh-strewn script that's almost undone by the hard sell of an enterprise that drills every emotional beat into your head.

    The New York Times Full Review
  • J.R. Jones

    McAdams is typically effervescent here, but she can't rescue this weak comedy from a wooden Ford, whose stick-up-the-ass character is unimaginatively goosed by screenwriter Aline Brosh McKenna.

    Chicago Reader Full Review
  • Kimberley Jones

    Morning Glory had the capacity to be a smarter, tarter picture, though it's not bad as is: well-acted and ingratiating, with at least one howlingly funny sequence.

    Austin Chronicle Full Review
  • Ann Hornaday

    Even Mary Tyler Moore's sunny but vulnerable Mary Richards or Tina Fey's Liz Lemon seem more fleshily real than Becky.

    Washington Post Full Review
  • Kate Taylor

    Yes, it's "The Devil Wears Prada," redux.

    The Globe and Mail (Toronto) Full Review
  • Rene Rodriguez

    Someone apparently forgot to tell Harrison Ford he was starring in a comedy when he was cast in Morning Glory.

    Miami Herald Full Review
  • Mick LaSalle

    Roger Michell directs it as though it were an uproarious comedy, but the laughs are light, and the story's real appeal lies in its behind-the-scenes look at the manners and politics of morning television.

    San Francisco Chronicle Full Review
  • Scott Bowles

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

    USA Today Full Review
  • Karina Longworth

    The only love Morning Glory truly cares about is the passionate but sexless amour fou between a girl and her work.

    Village Voice Full Review
  • Roger Moore

    A barely serviceable romantic comedy.

    Orlando Sentinel Full Review
  • Kirk Honeycutt

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

    The Hollywood Reporter Full Review
  • Andrew Barker

    A genially midrange if overlong romantic comedy.

    Variety Full Review
  • Peter Rainer

    Morning Glory isn't targeting the dumbing down of TV news. It's pandering to the audience that craves the dumbness.

    Christian Science Monitor Full Review
  • David Fear

    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.

    Time Out New York Full Review
  • Bill Goodykoontz

    It's a slight movie that makes "Broadcast News" look like "All the President's Men" in comparison.

    Arizona Republic Full Review
  • Joe Morgenstern

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

    Wall Street Journal Full Review
  • David Denby

    Morning Glory has a depressed, rancid air. [22 Nov. 2010, p. 141]

    The New Yorker Full Review
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