For 1,162 reviews, this critic has graded:
  • 26% higher than the average critic
  • 2% same as the average critic
  • 72% lower than the average critic
On average, this critic grades 10.7 points lower than other critics. (0-100 point scale)

Joe Neumaier's Scores

  • Movies
  • TV
Average review score: 49
Highest review score: 100 42
Lowest review score: 0 Filth and Wisdom
Score distribution:
1,162 movie reviews
    • 82 Metascore
    • 100 Joe Neumaier
    Twisted, tortured, terrifying - and terrific.
    • 92 Metascore
    • 100 Joe Neumaier
    While the vocal performances of Hanks, Allen and company make up a perfect ensemble, and its visual leaps astound, TS3's real power sneaks up on you.
    • 83 Metascore
    • 100 Joe Neumaier
    Gyllenhaal is charming and makes unexpected choices in her performance, but this is Bridges' show, and he's as Best Actor-worthy as he's ever been.
    • 77 Metascore
    • 100 Joe Neumaier
    These three films (adapted from David Peace's novels by different directors), each a singularly gripping work, together form a towering and emotionally complex achievement.
    • 83 Metascore
    • 100 Joe Neumaier
    The new Star Trek is more than a coat of paint on a space-age wagon train. It's an exciting, stellar-yet-earthy blast that successfully blends the hip and the classic.
    • 86 Metascore
    • 100 Joe Neumaier
    Mary's search drives The Tillman Story, and throughout this taut, true epic, we see a smart, sometimes angry, always loving family find their destiny: to speak truth to power, to call wartime myths what they are and to show how the American character is not about blind obedience.
    • 59 Metascore
    • 100 Joe Neumaier
    Among an excellent cast, Douglas truly is the nexus; he and Stone make this sequel pay off big-time.
    • 95 Metascore
    • 100 Joe Neumaier
    A work deeper than its nickname, "The Facebook Movie," hints at - coils around your brain. Weeks after seeing it, moments from it will haunt you.
    • 88 Metascore
    • 100 Joe Neumaier
    Despite being about a royal family at a critical moment in history, The King's Speech doesn't shout about its many strengths. Rather, it urges you to lean in close, where its intelligence and heart come through loud and clear.
    • 81 Metascore
    • 100 Joe Neumaier
    Halfway into Blue Valentine, a work so beautifully acted and emotionally honest it is my choice for best movie of the year, there's an amazing flashback scene you hope never ends.
    • 86 Metascore
    • 100 Joe Neumaier
    Director Werner Herzog's latest cinematic mind trip blows you away with its beauty.
    • 68 Metascore
    • 100 Joe Neumaier
    This summer's best popcorn flick.
    • 60 Metascore
    • 100 Joe Neumaier
    This heartbreaking and essential look into the lives of those who put so much into educating other people's children ought to be seen by anyone concerned about the fate of the public school system, and the nation as a whole.
    • 67 Metascore
    • 100 Joe Neumaier
    As tough-spirited as fans would hope for - and exciting and thought-provoking in a way few adventure dramas ever are.
    • 57 Metascore
    • 100 Joe Neumaier
    Chimpanzee lets everyone feel like a mini-Jane Goodall.
    • 69 Metascore
    • 100 Joe Neumaier
    Most impressive of all, The Avengers makes superhero movies new again - a colossal task indeed.
    • 72 Metascore
    • 100 Joe Neumaier
    Rarely has any film, fictional or documentary, captured the hypnotic effect of voices on the airwaves like this chronicle of Bob Fass.
    • 86 Metascore
    • 100 Joe Neumaier
    Argo is movie magic. Ben Affleck's third directorial outing, is an entertaining, real-life, race-the-clock thriller that nabs you at the start and never makes a wrong move.
    • 75 Metascore
    • 100 Joe Neumaier
    This amazingly beautiful, and amazingly frightening, documentary captures the immediacy of what climate change is doing to the Arctic landscape.
    • 71 Metascore
    • 100 Joe Neumaier
    Crucial viewing for realists and alarmists both.
    • 94 Metascore
    • 100 Joe Neumaier
    Small victories that turn into defeats, long walks to gain little ground, little wounds that get deeper every day - growing old is a war, and movies rarely go there. Michael Haneke's amazing, dignified Amour is the exception.
    • 83 Metascore
    • 100 Joe Neumaier
    It shows that life is what happens when you're busy making other plans. And how, in case we forget, every age can predict the next.
    • 68 Metascore
    • 100 Joe Neumaier
    As important and eye-opening a documentary as you’ll see this year, A Place at the Table makes it impossible to think of hunger as merely another symptom of a shredded social safety net.
    • 62 Metascore
    • 100 Joe Neumaier
    42
    Boseman is watchful, winning and confident, but never saintly. Yet he keeps Robinson’s moral spine aligned with his skill and self-respect, showing how he needed all of those to succeed.
    • 72 Metascore
    • 100 Joe Neumaier
    The result is a stunningly nervy sequel that vaporizes any worries that Abrams’ terrific 2009 reboot was a fluke.
    • 94 Metascore
    • 100 Joe Neumaier
    Delpy and Hawke, who’ve invested this trilogy with the fine shadings of life lived, do extraordinary things with small moments.
    • 68 Metascore
    • 100 Joe Neumaier
    With his rapid-fire delivery and big heart, Rockwell makes Owen his version of “M*A*S*H”’s Hawkeye Pierce, but the film’s layers of well-observed truths go deeper than that.
    • 85 Metascore
    • 100 Joe Neumaier
    One of the most extraordinary films you’ll see this year.
    • 83 Metascore
    • 100 Joe Neumaier
    An extraordinary, must-see examination of what humans do to killer whales so that these amazing creatures can become one more entertainment.
    • 82 Metascore
    • 100 Joe Neumaier
    The focus in James Ponsoldt’s affecting, intelligent drama is a pair of teenagers, and in them is so much complexity and heart that this casually paced gem feels rich in scope. They’re two of the most carefully created figures on screen this year, and yet their normalness takes us by surprise.
    • 72 Metascore
    • 100 Joe Neumaier
    Zipper captures the erasing of one of New York’s most unique stamps by cartoon businesspeople with dollar signs for eyeballs.
    • 83 Metascore
    • 100 Joe Neumaier
    The most gripping based-on-fact film so far this year.
    • 96 Metascore
    • 100 Joe Neumaier
    A thrill ride with a brain.
    • 97 Metascore
    • 100 Joe Neumaier
    McQueen has made a film comparable to “Schindler’s List” — art that may be hard to watch, but which is an essential look at man’s inhumanity to man. It is wrenching, but 12 Years a Slave earns its tears in a way few films ever do.
    • 90 Metascore
    • 100 Joe Neumaier
    There’s a great fever-dream quality to David O. Russell’s American Hustle that instantly reels you in.
    • 54 Metascore
    • 100 Joe Neumaier
    The story Stiller tells manages to float in a most peculiar, satisfying way.
    • 87 Metascore
    • 100 Joe Neumaier
    The irony is that Ebert famously lost his actual voice. Yet as the extraordinary documentary Life Itself shows, that couldn’t quiet one of America’s most beloved critics and cultural commentators.
    • 79 Metascore
    • 100 Joe Neumaier
    Dawn of the Planet of the Apes is awe-inspiring.
    • 100 Metascore
    • 100 Joe Neumaier
    This bold movie may sound like a stunt, but it’s so much more than that. Linklater is an effortless, genial auteur, and his passions are woven through “Dazed and Confused,” “School of Rock” and the “Before Sunrise” trilogy. Here, his mellow groove becomes an everyday rhythm.
    • 79 Metascore
    • 80 Joe Neumaier
    The result is the first comic-book movie in a while that actually feels like a classic comic book: fast, furious and flip. Forget about superheroes with love problems and tortured souls.
    • 65 Metascore
    • 80 Joe Neumaier
    Entertaining, inventive and old-fashioned in the best way.
    • 80 Metascore
    • 80 Joe Neumaier
    Entertaining, smart and snappy, this terrific doc, a Sundance favorite, digs into the country's use of steroids and how it affects sports, pop culture and the self-image of young men.
    • 94 Metascore
    • 80 Joe Neumaier
    Rotates around a rusty little robotic hero who's built, as the movie is, with such emotion, brains and humor that whole universes exist in his whirring tones and binocular eyes.
    • 78 Metascore
    • 80 Joe Neumaier
    It was a true media circus, and despite Polanski's work before and since, the film shows how it will forever be his first association in the public consciousness. In the U.S., at least.
    • 89 Metascore
    • 80 Joe Neumaier
    History has made his midair stroll meaningful, but the film shows how even then, everyone - from Petit to his accomplices to the cops who were waiting for him atop the North Tower - recognized the stunt's crazy poetry.
    • 56 Metascore
    • 80 Joe Neumaier
    What he does do finally in this funny, refreshing movie is assert how unrestrained religiosity could guarantee the "end days" many of his subjects admit to looking forward to.
    • 52 Metascore
    • 80 Joe Neumaier
    A fast-moving, rock 'em-sock 'em movie that continues the man-vs.-machines series begun 25 years ago.
    • 56 Metascore
    • 80 Joe Neumaier
    W.
    A measured and thoughtful meditation on a leader who, this terrific movie believes, inadvertently made the world as roiling as his soul.
    • 69 Metascore
    • 80 Joe Neumaier
    As a whole, Sam Mendes' film of Revolutionary Road comes close but falls short of capturing Richard Yates' terrific novel.
    • 70 Metascore
    • 80 Joe Neumaier
    Benjamin never questions his fate and ­never actually gets to enjoy being a kid. At least there's a thoughtful middle part, where the enigmatic Blanchett comes alive and Benjamin seems haunted by life -- someone we recognize, and not just a vessel tossed about by time.
    • 69 Metascore
    • 80 Joe Neumaier
    This is a role that the Julia Roberts of 1999 couldn't have played, and that's fine. The one we have here is much better.
    • 81 Metascore
    • 80 Joe Neumaier
    A memorable, monstrous fable that's consistently gripping.
    • 76 Metascore
    • 80 Joe Neumaier
    A romantic comedy that feels like real life.
    • 71 Metascore
    • 80 Joe Neumaier
    The film treats kids' inner lives as more than a fantasy, which is a rare and beautiful thing.
    • 55 Metascore
    • 80 Joe Neumaier
    A fast and relentless hostage thriller that never stops.
    • 74 Metascore
    • 80 Joe Neumaier
    One of the best indie films of the year, Humpday is a lighter descendant of "sex lies and videotape," yet burrows just as deep into the male psyche and the human capacity for self-deceit.
    • 64 Metascore
    • 80 Joe Neumaier
    Intense and, yes, depressing - and earns every minute that it rattles inside your head.
    • 57 Metascore
    • 80 Joe Neumaier
    Downey has a winning take on Holmes: He's always on.
    • 68 Metascore
    • 80 Joe Neumaier
    Has a mature tapestry of characters, a welcome sense of humor and, most crucially, a lovely Juliette Binoche.
    • 85 Metascore
    • 80 Joe Neumaier
    Watch Mulligan's face as she goes from weary to awakened, and see it all come together.
    • 67 Metascore
    • 80 Joe Neumaier
    The late King of Pop delivers.
    • 63 Metascore
    • 80 Joe Neumaier
    The cast is strong, and Damon is a dependable center for all this, a classic American good guy wanting to know what's rotten and why.
    • 47 Metascore
    • 80 Joe Neumaier
    Here, the actor (Di Niro) dials it down and wins us over.
    • 81 Metascore
    • 80 Joe Neumaier
    Arnold generally steers clear of cinematic melodrama, and Jarvis infuses the entire film with the sort of kinetic spirit that heralds a new talent.
    • 74 Metascore
    • 80 Joe Neumaier
    At its best, this beautiful, off-the-cuff comedy-drama recalls John Cassavetes' shaggiest, most honest work.
    • 69 Metascore
    • 80 Joe Neumaier
    This quietly poetic little gem contains many beautiful things, not least of which is leading lady Zoe Kazan, who lets every scene billow and swirl around her effortlessly.
    • 63 Metascore
    • 80 Joe Neumaier
    In Rob Corddry's hilariously manic turn, it has the most memorable showcase for a goofball co-star since Michael Keaton in 1981's "Night Shift."
    • 81 Metascore
    • 80 Joe Neumaier
    This macabre-yet-moving Argentinian drama from director Juan Jose Campanella is nuanced and full of intelligence and emotion; just when you think you have a bead on it, it gently swerves into richer places.
    • 75 Metascore
    • 80 Joe Neumaier
    Perfect for families and exquisitely shot, this entry from the Disneynature division is even better and fresher than last year's "Earth."
    • 57 Metascore
    • 80 Joe Neumaier
    Iron Man 2 sets gold standard for sequels thanks to Robert Downey Jr.'s Stark performance.
    • 74 Metascore
    • 80 Joe Neumaier
    The comedy of discomfort that runs through Cyrus is often about several things at once. But the most prevalent emotion in this quirky yet genuine movie is the awkwardness that comes with trying to fit into someone else's life.
    • 59 Metascore
    • 80 Joe Neumaier
    For the uninitiated, this fun French documentary detailing the camaraderie and division between filmmakers François Truffaut and Jean-Luc Godard reveals a time when "the cinema" was something to get excited about and literally fight over.
    • 72 Metascore
    • 80 Joe Neumaier
    Every parent in New York should see this movie and then ask why, when solutions exist, our woefully broken school system has yet to be fixed.
    • 65 Metascore
    • 80 Joe Neumaier
    Fast-moving, exciting and contains more twists than a tunnel under Checkpoint Charlie.
    • 49 Metascore
    • 80 Joe Neumaier
    To eavesdrop on Bernardo Bertolucci, Stephen Frears, Ken Loach and John Sayles, as they talk politics; David Lynch and Todd Haynes, discussing inspiration; and Catherine Breillat, Agnès Varda, Richard Linklater and Liliana Cavani as they riff on controversy and aspiration, even for a little while, is a real treat.
    • 70 Metascore
    • 80 Joe Neumaier
    There are suggestions to help us sleep more easily, but the point is to wake us up.
    • 71 Metascore
    • 80 Joe Neumaier
    Moving, intelligent documentary.
    • 88 Metascore
    • 80 Joe Neumaier
    A kind of historical detective story made up of haunting montages, including a theater performance featuring a heartbroken musician that's absolutely chilling.
    • 61 Metascore
    • 80 Joe Neumaier
    The American, a movie as coiled as a snake and as still as a sleepy villa, is the rare grownup thriller that knows the link between peace and danger and the tension that comes from both.
    • 74 Metascore
    • 80 Joe Neumaier
    Affleck keeps the film as fluid as the "Mystic River," and never forgets that Renner is his ace in the hole. The "Hurt Locker" star charges up every scene he's in with feral power, and is rewarded with one of the most exciting sequences seen in any action movie this decade.
    • 88 Metascore
    • 80 Joe Neumaier
    Ferguson doesn't aim to entertain; he wants answers, and talks to many of the enabling weasels.
    • 71 Metascore
    • 80 Joe Neumaier
    There could have been more side trips on the road to self-discovery, but the plentiful lessons and derring-'do make Tangled a lock for playground pastimes. And maybe even some knotty parent-kid chats about finding your part in life.
    • 79 Metascore
    • 80 Joe Neumaier
    By far the most rousing, expertly cast movie this year, David O. Russell's movie takes a roundabout way of telling its true story.
    • 68 Metascore
    • 80 Joe Neumaier
    Gibney puts mystery back into a story we thought we knew.
    • 80 Metascore
    • 80 Joe Neumaier
    A wonderfully entertaining, beautiful Western drama that lets the quirks of the genre gallop freely as it keeps a tight rein throughout.
    • 67 Metascore
    • 80 Joe Neumaier
    By the time Barney gets one final, heartbreaking chance to screw things up, this rich, satisfying film has you hooked.
    • 66 Metascore
    • 80 Joe Neumaier
    The man-versus-the-natural world story is in Weir's wheelhouse, and Harris and Farrell get into a scene-stealing duel. Worth the trek.
    • 86 Metascore
    • 80 Joe Neumaier
    Quiet, soulful and wrenching.
    • 75 Metascore
    • 80 Joe Neumaier
    There's a wonderfully steely spine inside of Tom McCarthy'sWin Win," but it's hard to see at first because it's inside the doughy, everyman person of Paul Giamatti.
    • 74 Metascore
    • 80 Joe Neumaier
    The first film in a while to have a decent heart while quickening your pulse.
    • 65 Metascore
    • 80 Joe Neumaier
    World is grounded, offering up a rare case of well-earned hopefulness.
    • 72 Metascore
    • 80 Joe Neumaier
    A twisty Italian thriller that takes some liberties with its now-you-see-'em/now-you-don't plot points, but no matter; the way director Giuseppe Capotondi keeps us guessing is deliciously, maliciously deft.
    • 82 Metascore
    • 80 Joe Neumaier
    Filled with striking images and the ghosts of lives lived in hardship and war, Incendies is tough but impactful.
    • 64 Metascore
    • 80 Joe Neumaier
    Murphy also reveals one more gem when she interviews the New York couple who gave their friend Nell Harper Lee a financial gift in the '50s that allowed her to quit her job and finish the book, an act of generosity that is also one more kindness surrounding this most humane of artworks.
    • 81 Metascore
    • 80 Joe Neumaier
    As in "Purple Rose," the film works best when tweaking the disparate worlds thrown together, though "Midnight" is frothier, and so Wilson shines.
    • 67 Metascore
    • 80 Joe Neumaier
    Kung Fu Panda 2 plunks down squarely in the spot marked for "chop-socky action with heart."
    • 85 Metascore
    • 80 Joe Neumaier
    Like so much in this astounding, consistently beautiful and challenging movie, the answer depends on what you bring to it. Think of it as the Ultimate Anti-Summer-Blockbuster.
    • 81 Metascore
    • 80 Joe Neumaier
    Beginners is filled with crises of identity, but underneath it all is a beautifully humane, sweet and intelligent movie that knows exactly what it is at every moment.
    • 76 Metascore
    • 80 Joe Neumaier
    A charming indie that combines dreamy aspiration with mucky, hilarious reality.
    • 37 Metascore
    • 80 Joe Neumaier
    A young Aussie actress who seems as all-American as a Magic 8 ball, successfully walks the tightrope from precocious to exuberant, never once falling into obnoxiousness. That could describe this crackerjack of a kids' movie as well.