For 9 reviews, this critic has graded:
  • 66% higher than the average critic
  • 0% same as the average critic
  • 34% lower than the average critic
On average, this critic grades 3.4 points higher than other critics. (0-100 point scale)

Joe Holleman's Scores

  • Movies
  • TV
Average review score: 64
Highest review score: 88 Restrepo
Lowest review score: 38 Ted
Score distribution:
  1. Positive: 6 out of 9
  2. Negative: 1 out of 9
9 movie reviews
    • 85 Metascore
    • 88 Joe Holleman
    If you're looking for a political message, either for or against U.S. involvement in Afghanistan, this is not your movie. The directors were satisfied with telling us about a group of courageous, honorable young soldiers - a salute these men richly deserve.
    • 69 Metascore
    • 75 Joe Holleman
    Most of the credit for this successful effort goes to Miller, who simply pointed a camera at Levitch for hours and stayed out of the way. This laid-back direction helps Miller avoid that self-conscious "documentary" seriousness, edgy shots and editing that tells the audience that this is all so very important. [18 Dec 1998, p.E3]
    • St. Louis Post-Dispatch
    • 52 Metascore
    • 75 Joe Holleman
    This 19th Bond film has all of the required scenes, lines, gags and gadgets to keep Bond fans pleased - as well as a few new twists to update and energize it. [19 Dec 1997, p.E3]
    • St. Louis Post-Dispatch
    • 56 Metascore
    • 75 Joe Holleman
    Depp shows again that he truly understands Thompson by delivering a nuanced performance that is remarkably different, but subliminally similar, from the wonderfully outrageous turn he provided in "Fear and Loathing in Las Vegas."
    • 45 Metascore
    • 63 Joe Holleman
    More damaging is Lurie's conspicuous "red state" rant, as he makes sure that every prominent guy in this film - save for the screenwriter and the black sheriff - fits all of the Southern stereotypes. That doesn't make it a bad movie, just one that is something less than Peckinpah's original.
    • 59 Metascore
    • 63 Joe Holleman
    With a deadly slow beginning and an unnecessary overload of special effects, this sequel is incredibly average, doubling the number of explosions and cinematic tricks, but cutting back on story, plot and characters. [24 May 2000, p.E4]
    • St. Louis Post-Dispatch
    • 51 Metascore
    • 50 Joe Holleman
    All that complexity backfires at about the midpoint, leaving viewers with a standard yarn about a popular guy who makes a grossly insensitive wager after his trophy girlfriend drops him. After that, it is all a case of "been there, done that." [29 Jan 1999,p. E3]
    • St. Louis Post-Dispatch
    • 50 Metascore
    • 50 Joe Holleman
    It would have been nice if Cowboys & Aliens had come come up with the right equation to balance originality and homage. But in the end, it all turned into trigonometry.
    • 62 Metascore
    • 38 Joe Holleman
    Ted does not only break before it ends. It snaps back so violently that it very well may knock out of your mind any recollection that the movie is fairly entertaining for about 30 minutes.

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