For 1,298 reviews, this critic has graded:
  • 27% higher than the average critic
  • 3% same as the average critic
  • 70% lower than the average critic
On average, this critic grades 10.9 points lower than other critics. (0-100 point scale)

Joe Neumaier's Scores

  • Movies
  • TV
Average review score: 49
Highest review score: 100 Rise of the Planet of the Apes
Lowest review score: 0 The Last House on the Left
Score distribution:
1,298 movie reviews
    • 68 Metascore
    • 60 Joe Neumaier
    This is a mother's tale, and in Swinton's expert hands, Eva must ultimately deal with the fallout from an uncomfortable truth: She just never liked her kid.
    • 85 Metascore
    • 60 Joe Neumaier
    Like a more personal, less pretentious version of Alejandro González Iñárritu's "Babel," this spiraling dissection of circumstance, choice and fate is more about thoroughness of vision than tricky storytelling.
    • 75 Metascore
    • 60 Joe Neumaier
    The twists and turns involve a high-level assassination, corrupt cops, squint-inducing violence and plenty of fearlessness.
    • 44 Metascore
    • 60 Joe Neumaier
    Though Bloom feels like he dropped in from another movie, it all spins on screenwriter Thornton's charismatic performance, which also accounts for the survival instinct inside the film.
    • 51 Metascore
    • 60 Joe Neumaier
    Fans of PBS, history and a certain kind of old-fashioned moviemaking may fall in.
    • 83 Metascore
    • 60 Joe Neumaier
    Wiseman films it all without comment, letting the rhythm of the place tell the story.
    • 51 Metascore
    • 60 Joe Neumaier
    Even the youngest viewers, not to mention their parents, will appreciate the buffoonish villainy of the dogcatchers (still useful villains more than half a century after "Lady and the Tramp"), and the movie's nice anti-kill shelter message is as it should be.
    • 71 Metascore
    • 60 Joe Neumaier
    The laughs are what keep the film together, even when the conceit feels been-there-done-that.
    • 73 Metascore
    • 60 Joe Neumaier
    This is a terrific time capsule with a resonant message.
    • 90 Metascore
    • 60 Joe Neumaier
    Amid all the hokey hill stuff, Lawrence's hard eyes and manner draw us in.
    • 82 Metascore
    • 60 Joe Neumaier
    Acclaimed director Nuri Bilge Ceylan's meditative, at times maddening expression of human mystery and barren landscapes is gorgeous to look at, intriguing to think about and, at times, hard to sit through.
    • 61 Metascore
    • 60 Joe Neumaier
    In a film that deliberately recalls 1970's "Five Easy Pieces," Dano's performance as a lost dreamer running from adulthood resonates beautifully.
    • 76 Metascore
    • 60 Joe Neumaier
    His story, like the current release "A Separation," shows a glimpse inside Iran of everyday reversals of fortune, and how easy it is to get caught in the crosshairs of bureaucracy, bad judgment and bad luck.
    • 67 Metascore
    • 60 Joe Neumaier
    Though every frame is great to look at, Bolt's script - by the co-writers of "Mulan" and "Cars" - lacks the wit of its closest Pixar relative, "The Incredibles." Rhino and some goofy pigeons provide the few laughs once the tale goes cross-country.
    • 61 Metascore
    • 60 Joe Neumaier
    Wallace layers on some era-specific meaning to Chenery, who seems to be simply following her lineage, thanks to Lane's quietly dignified performance. Malkovich is more fun, though Laurin isn't as outrageous as the movie thinks he is.
    • 58 Metascore
    • 60 Joe Neumaier
    There are dull spots, as with any other day, yet "Life" aims to be, and occasionally is, like a YouTube-y "Our Town," giving a sense of what it is to be alive on planet Earth.
    • 55 Metascore
    • 60 Joe Neumaier
    Fred Schepisi's sly, stately comedy-drama that will please fans of BBC melodramas. But even on its own merits, its mild manner has sneaky stings.
    • 73 Metascore
    • 60 Joe Neumaier
    This isn't a therapy session on film; it's a visually stark, lively, organically engrossing movie with a very real handle on the mental processes, and interpersonal demands, that come with issues of life and death.
    • 61 Metascore
    • 60 Joe Neumaier
    Utilizing copious film footage of her puckish subject and new interviews with Haring's contemporaries, gallerists and mentors, director Christina Clausen makes her fascinating movie as big-hearted, city-centric and energetic as its subject.
    • 81 Metascore
    • 60 Joe Neumaier
    A pensive and searching drama that explores how deep into the national psyche these murders in the Katyn forest went.
    • 54 Metascore
    • 60 Joe Neumaier
    More deft than it first appears, director John Crowley's gentle-but-not-sappy drama features another late-day masterpiece-in-miniature from Michael Caine.
    • 55 Metascore
    • 60 Joe Neumaier
    The serious-minded result has many super-cool moments. But when it gets clunky, it’s super-meh.
    • 83 Metascore
    • 60 Joe Neumaier
    Avatar clears the hurdle in terms of being optical candy. Its story, though, is pure cheese.
    • 51 Metascore
    • 60 Joe Neumaier
    What director Andrew Stanton has brought forth from Burroughs' limited, hoary source material is actually kind of fun.
    • 69 Metascore
    • 60 Joe Neumaier
    Giamatti is one of the few guys who could take a joke about a chickpea-sized soul and make a meal of it.
    • 61 Metascore
    • 60 Joe Neumaier
    Writer-director James Mottern's drama has a lived-in feel, but is notable mainly for Michelle Monaghan's glam-less turn as Diane.
    • 63 Metascore
    • 60 Joe Neumaier
    Saldana has a harder lift, as Maggie is striving for something better yet has to often be reactive. In scenes with the adorable Wolodarsky and Aufderheide, she listens and acts intently. But there are too many times when she’s forced to just look worried. Still, Saldana, like so many things in Forbes’ likable but tricky film, does her best in a tough situation.
    • 60 Metascore
    • 60 Joe Neumaier
    Often static and follows a familiar trajectory. Yet it has power, partly because Simmons does a fine job of showing how hurt Henry is that his taste didn't imprint on Gabe beyond grade school; what was their music became, simply, dad's music.
    • 80 Metascore
    • 60 Joe Neumaier
    Lars von Trier's end-of-days drama Melancholia feels as if it's something from another world...but even by his standards this remote yet lovely funereal dirge is in its own orbit.
    • 69 Metascore
    • 60 Joe Neumaier
    Riveting, especially since these animals' population has horrifyingly dropped from 450,000 to 20,000 in a half-century.
    • 58 Metascore
    • 60 Joe Neumaier
    Falls short of being revelatory, yet has a mysterious, sturdy power that grows on you.
    • 60 Metascore
    • 60 Joe Neumaier
    So with a wink, a nudge and a heaping portion of Midwestern charm, Thin Ice reels us in. Comparisons to "Fargo" and other convoluted little capers like "House of Games" are fair, but when taken on its own terms, this quirky drama thrums along in a low-blood-pressure way.
    • 71 Metascore
    • 60 Joe Neumaier
    Winstead and director James Ponsoldt add something gripping and modern to the cinema of recovery, a well-mined genre that can still, it seems, yield thoughtful surprises.
    • 46 Metascore
    • 60 Joe Neumaier
    Director Nick Hamm's movie is sparky and fun, and full of affectionate pokes at the '80s music scene. It's also, in terms of music biopics, probably better than the real thing.
    • 52 Metascore
    • 60 Joe Neumaier
    Real-life geopolitical blunders aside, The Interview generally hits its marks. And every time it does skid into juvenile idiocy — with too much scatological humor, for instance, and an overuse of “you-go-bro!” attitude — it follows it with a stride or two toward uproarious meta-satire.
    • 50 Metascore
    • 60 Joe Neumaier
    Like the politicians it skewers, it knows the real winner is the stupidity, stupid.
    • 74 Metascore
    • 60 Joe Neumaier
    As a wry, knowing narrator guides us in and out of their symphonic affair, there’s no doubt the trip is worth it.
    • 69 Metascore
    • 60 Joe Neumaier
    More serious-minded than expected, with a unique and savvy point of view.
    • 65 Metascore
    • 60 Joe Neumaier
    Owing a debt to Albert Brooks’ early comedies, Red Flag might be too much if it weren’t just right.
    • 65 Metascore
    • 60 Joe Neumaier
    Director Oliver Schmitz's rhythms take a while to ease into, and admittedly, there is never a bright moment.
    • 61 Metascore
    • 60 Joe Neumaier
    Well-acted and grounded in reality, Brick Lane is never overly emotional, even when it deals with the days after 9/11.
    • 58 Metascore
    • 60 Joe Neumaier
    This well-made, elegant doc follows the British actress as she travels and discusses life, art, fashion, sex and death with various friends and collaborators, including novelist Paul Auster and photographer Peter Lindbergh.
    • 78 Metascore
    • 60 Joe Neumaier
    Enough Said doesn’t have the intimacy of Holofcener’s “Walking and Talking” or “Lovely & Amazing,” but it still cuts close the bone. Often so close we have to smile in self-defense.
    • 86 Metascore
    • 60 Joe Neumaier
    Trippy in the right way, and wholly enchanting.
    • 62 Metascore
    • 60 Joe Neumaier
    A little more variation in the script, though, might have yielded something truly great.
    • 84 Metascore
    • 60 Joe Neumaier
    Director Lee Chang-dong's soulful, affecting film is as quiet as a tomb and has a disturbing, critical underside that's hard to shake off.
    • 45 Metascore
    • 60 Joe Neumaier
    Colorful folks and cool stunts abound, but casual viewers may still utter a big "Why?"
    • 69 Metascore
    • 60 Joe Neumaier
    Predestination may have the trippiest, weirdest take yet on the time-travel concept.
    • 55 Metascore
    • 60 Joe Neumaier
    Some of Hyde Park on Hudson feels like lost scenes from "The King's Speech," the 2010 Oscar-winner about King George. It doesn't help that "Hyde's" own rhythms, appealing as they are, are often soporific.
    • 44 Metascore
    • 60 Joe Neumaier
    The jokes are hit-and-miss, but the cast is uniformly game, with Labine stealing the show.
    • 76 Metascore
    • 60 Joe Neumaier
    Australian director Cate Shortland’s straightforward approach to the blinders worn by Hitler Youth creates a disconcerting and eerie film, made even more memorable since it’s seen through the prism of childhood’s end.
    • 69 Metascore
    • 60 Joe Neumaier
    Throughout, Hollyman rings true . She’s heartfelt, freaked-out and never too way out.
    • 82 Metascore
    • 60 Joe Neumaier
    An emotionally devastating drama that isn't for the squeamish.
    • 64 Metascore
    • 60 Joe Neumaier
    It's amazing that in an era of oversharing and reality TV, a doc consisting mostly of cable TV clips and personal reminiscences can be so resonant.
    • 71 Metascore
    • 60 Joe Neumaier
    Even with no wood sprites, witches or spells, there’s plenty of magic in this coming-of-age charmer.
    • 76 Metascore
    • 60 Joe Neumaier
    The result is cool and semi-comical, but also serious.
    • 79 Metascore
    • 60 Joe Neumaier
    His years of success aren't as gripping as Kapadia, and Senna's legend, would have us believe. He had no demons besides fame, and no hurdles besides a recklessness that went with the territory.
    • tbd Metascore
    • 60 Joe Neumaier
    A committed cast and pensive insights into family and self-expression help make this indie drama work.
    • 59 Metascore
    • 60 Joe Neumaier
    It doesn't try too hard, but what The Lie is working at, in its unassuming, amusing way, is a mini-portrait of growing pains in a time of extended adolescence. The truth is, that kind of thing is never easy, no matter what age.
    • 51 Metascore
    • 60 Joe Neumaier
    "2" works harder to land punches, but when it does, it provides the kind of fun it's fan base hopes for. But expectations, and targets, are lower all around.
    • 77 Metascore
    • 60 Joe Neumaier
    Director Andrew Dosunmu’s film is big-hearted and rich, frequently using slow motion to underscore an artful intimacy.
    • 65 Metascore
    • 60 Joe Neumaier
    Peter Mullan and Olivia Colman give such hard-as-nails, lived-in performances in this stark drama directed by Irish actor Paddy Considine ("In America," "Cinderella Man") that it's impossible not to be pulled in.
    • 56 Metascore
    • 60 Joe Neumaier
    The rhythms of this comedy-drama may be familiar, but besides its fratty title, it's surprisingly sophisticated.
    • 72 Metascore
    • 60 Joe Neumaier
    This uneven but often charming movie produced by Spielberg gets so many things right, including its practiced naivete. What's missing, however, is a crucial sense of connection to itself.
    • 57 Metascore
    • 60 Joe Neumaier
    With the combo of Neeson’s natural solemnity and his action chops, “Tombstones” treads compellingly amongst lesser thrillers.
    • 56 Metascore
    • 60 Joe Neumaier
    Twisty, engaging thriller.
    • 61 Metascore
    • 60 Joe Neumaier
    A taut drama that manages to be thoughtful without forgetting it's a creep-out.
    • 69 Metascore
    • 60 Joe Neumaier
    Chronicle is an energetic hodgepodge that tweaks familiar conventions just enough to seem fresh. Forget the X-Men - these are iHeroes.
    • 54 Metascore
    • 60 Joe Neumaier
    Weithorn, a sitcom vet whose credits include "Ned and Stacey" and "The King of Queens," makes sure even the quiet moments in the unassuming "A Little Help" move things forward. And that every one of Laura's missteps is in the right direction.
    • 80 Metascore
    • 60 Joe Neumaier
    Sadly suffers from more than a dollop of boredom. Like the ornate dollhouse that plays a part, "Arrietty" is lovely and well-appointed, but filled with only what you bring to it.
    • 67 Metascore
    • 60 Joe Neumaier
    With action this strong, the script just needs to be serviceable - and that's exactly what it is.
    • 49 Metascore
    • 60 Joe Neumaier
    In terms of scares, this old-fashioned Thing is better than most new things.
    • 78 Metascore
    • 60 Joe Neumaier
    Fascinating and, when you see Afghan versions of Simon Cowell and Co. reacting to tryouts, a reminder of how fame and the thirst for it is the same in any language.
    • 68 Metascore
    • 60 Joe Neumaier
    Plot is not the movie’s strong suit. But stylish set pieces are, including one epic blast-a-thon alongside a pool.
    • 70 Metascore
    • 60 Joe Neumaier
    Even with all the inconvenient truths exposed, Stone's film is still, sadly, inescapably crucial.
    • 85 Metascore
    • 60 Joe Neumaier
    There’s visual poetry here and haunted performances from Mezzogiorno and Timi -- who plays two roles, and is especially gripping as Dalser’s grown son.
    • 64 Metascore
    • 60 Joe Neumaier
    The good-natured cast helps distract from a barely sketched plot and outrageously cheap production values.
    • 70 Metascore
    • 60 Joe Neumaier
    Before going off in conventional directions, "Circus" is terrifically weird, funny and garish. Bozo and Clarabelle it ain't.
    • 53 Metascore
    • 60 Joe Neumaier
    This one could have flown over the cuckoo's nest, or smacked into a glass pane, but instead lands in the middle of the road where quirky and popular meet.
    • 61 Metascore
    • 60 Joe Neumaier
    As narrated by Mickey Rourke and with appearances from Arnold Schwarzenegger and Lou Ferrigno, the movie captures the men who mix “sports, entertainment, art and a way of life” — as the former Governator describes body sculpting. It’s their honesty that looms large.
    • 79 Metascore
    • 60 Joe Neumaier
    It's strange to call a film with so much nudity and simulated sex "old-fashioned," but The Sessions nicely bridges that gulf.
    • 47 Metascore
    • 60 Joe Neumaier
    There are big special effects, of course, but refreshingly, this third (and final?) movie in the franchise is like a pleasant stroll through familiar halls.
    • 53 Metascore
    • 60 Joe Neumaier
    Without giving anything away, much of the excruciatingly teased-out tension here echoes the first movie without upping the ante.
    • 65 Metascore
    • 60 Joe Neumaier
    Kekilli sensitively portrays Umay's conflicted despair, and the relationship with her son is beautifully rendered.
    • 70 Metascore
    • 60 Joe Neumaier
    Almodovar makes some missteps in his icky mélange of melodrama and mischief, but the end result is playfully devious.
    • 36 Metascore
    • 60 Joe Neumaier
    Martin starts at the outrageous accent and spins out from there, and that's fine for this. And there are a few snicker-worthy scenes.
    • 71 Metascore
    • 60 Joe Neumaier
    To use carnival lingo: Thrilling? Not quite; since Levi's film has no clear goal for Stan to reach. Spectacular? Truth be told, those skeptical of Stan's abilities may still walk out as nonbelievers. Fascinating? Absolutely, because if you take time to listen, everyone's life is a three-ring circus.
    • 63 Metascore
    • 60 Joe Neumaier
    This rather elegant movie, like a bold new 'do, is both not what you'd expect and exactly what you feared.
    • 55 Metascore
    • 60 Joe Neumaier
    Filmed — patiently, beautifully — over that same length of time, the film’s day-to-day aches are quiet and lovingly rendered.
    • 51 Metascore
    • 60 Joe Neumaier
    Eisenberg - seemingly in every other movie nowadays - gives his best performance since 2005's "The Squid and the Whale" in a film that dramatizes a fascinating New York story.
    • 56 Metascore
    • 60 Joe Neumaier
    Director Jon S. Baird lets Welsh’s language fill up the room, even when it’s a wee bit hard to fathom.
    • 35 Metascore
    • 60 Joe Neumaier
    The cast is uniformly appealing in out-of-left-field ways, but writer-director Brooks Branch lets the story amble lazily, which -- like Gabriel and almost every character like him you've ever seen -- gets a little tiring.
    • 33 Metascore
    • 60 Joe Neumaier
    This thought-provoking but overlong doc wins points for being all-inclusive.
    • 65 Metascore
    • 60 Joe Neumaier
    While Lucky Them may not be a classic, the actors at least find a cool groove.
    • 53 Metascore
    • 60 Joe Neumaier
    Best of all, we take a trip back to Depression-era New York and grasp its resonance more than 80 years later. Delicious.
    • 74 Metascore
    • 60 Joe Neumaier
    Every performer is tough and charismatic, especially Honglei Sun, who, as Jamukha, gives so many neck-cracks, guttural howls and conspiratorial smiles he's like a Chinese Marlon Brando.
    • 70 Metascore
    • 60 Joe Neumaier
    Harrelson though, is in every scene, and seeing him burn up Rampart is positively arresting.
    • 47 Metascore
    • 60 Joe Neumaier
    Despite the ominous feel, this is a mystery about losing or gaining lives and unknown detours.
    • 35 Metascore
    • 60 Joe Neumaier
    Hey, Michael: It's the robots, stupid. Despite all the mechanical mayhem, none of the Transformers stand out.
    • 70 Metascore
    • 60 Joe Neumaier
    Kline, who has done a lot of chewy character roles after several stage ­triumphs, is as sly and leonine as ever. His performance here obliterates that phony accent he used in "French Kiss."

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