For 1,209 reviews, this critic has graded:
  • 27% higher than the average critic
  • 2% same as the average critic
  • 71% lower than the average critic
On average, this critic grades 10.5 points lower than other critics. (0-100 point scale)

Joe Neumaier's Scores

  • Movies
  • TV
Average review score: 49
Highest review score: 100 Blue Valentine
Lowest review score: 0 I Love You, Beth Cooper
Score distribution:
1,209 movie reviews
    • 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.
    • 71 Metascore
    • 80 Joe Neumaier
    A gripping documentary about how unnecesary real estate development can change the soul of New York, brings us inside the lives it touches.
    • 68 Metascore
    • 80 Joe Neumaier
    Emphasizing the importance of new media, Stelter is ready to bring the paper back to the future, though this terrific tale of an establishment in transition ultimately plays like "All the President's Men," with the intrigue coming from inside the building.
    • 76 Metascore
    • 80 Joe Neumaier
    Even those who never joined the cult of A Tribe Called Quest will find this clear-eyed chronicle of their career irresistible.
    • 83 Metascore
    • 80 Joe Neumaier
    If only this were a media-fueled tall tale and not one poor creature's lifelong nightmare.
    • 74 Metascore
    • 80 Joe Neumaier
    There's no bells and whistles here, no 3-D or useless grey fluff, just Pooh as he's always been, silly and true.
    • 66 Metascore
    • 80 Joe Neumaier
    This muscular, red-blooded adventure has a decent heart and the stuff of Saturday afternoon serials running through its veins.
    • 86 Metascore
    • 80 Joe Neumaier
    This is crucial work, evidenced by a line on a wall of R.I.P. graffiti that reads simply, "I am next." This film of common folks fighting the seemingly inevitable is just as moving.
    • 63 Metascore
    • 80 Joe Neumaier
    Cooper, Torre and Dane DeHaan, as a soldier smitten with a local girl, stand out among a strong cast. With its big ideas on an intimate scale, this is Sayles' best in a decade.
    • 76 Metascore
    • 80 Joe Neumaier
    This incredibly moving, touchingly honest and transcendent chronicle of how a handful of people coped after Sept. 11 is not only one of the best distillations of that day, but a monument to humanity lost and gained.
    • 78 Metascore
    • 80 Joe Neumaier
    For all the movement in Drive, the quiet, deathly still moments are the ones that count.
    • 87 Metascore
    • 80 Joe Neumaier
    This extraordinary hybrid of a movie lives and breathes the game, yet its achievement is bigger than that. There's a touch of old-fashioned romanticism here, but more crucially there's strategy going on inside Bennett Miller's movie that turns it into something cool and special.
    • 81 Metascore
    • 80 Joe Neumaier
    Warm memories of one school under a groove and a moving ending that no screenwriter could improve upon.
    • 72 Metascore
    • 80 Joe Neumaier
    50/50 pulls no punches in its depiction of living day-to-day with illness. There's pain and fear, no question. But this dramatic comedy is also warm, honest and, most especially, funny.
    • 82 Metascore
    • 80 Joe Neumaier
    This brisk but full documentary about students at a Bronx high school taking a class that promotes literacy and poetry slams is, like its subjects, multifaceted, sometimes sad but ultimately inspiring.
    • 60 Metascore
    • 80 Joe Neumaier
    This wildly entertaining Bollywood action-comedy, with Indian superstar Shahrukh Khan in two roles, pays homage to such '90s flicks as "Terminator 2: Judgment Day" and "The Matrix," adding whimsy and loads of heart.
    • 84 Metascore
    • 80 Joe Neumaier
    Payne's observational humor and attention to detail yield something emotionally epic. Everything from beachfront jogs to hospital confessions reveals layers of humanity and absurdity.
    • 65 Metascore
    • 80 Joe Neumaier
    When Marilyn Monroe appears, things stop. She is, as portrayed by Michelle Williams, a strange and beautiful alien: Unpredictable, odd, magnetic.
    • 79 Metascore
    • 80 Joe Neumaier
    Here, in his best performance since "Spider," Fiennes plays the snarling, entitled general Caius Martius Coriolanus, whose bloody brow and bald head are stained with what's left of his soldiers.
    • 71 Metascore
    • 80 Joe Neumaier
    Young Adult may at times be stuck between emotional gears, but that's by design. Like its heroine, the movie refuses to pick up after itself.
    • 56 Metascore
    • 80 Joe Neumaier
    It is how the film never loses sight of the closeness of the combatants, turning national intimacy into a tragic casualty.
    • 95 Metascore
    • 80 Joe Neumaier
    Together and apart, Hatami and Maadi are magnetic. Hatami, a star in Iranian cinema, lets us see Simin's intelligence and defiant sense of self-worth often with nothing more than a gesture.
    • 79 Metascore
    • 80 Joe Neumaier
    Oduye, especially, is utterly absorbing. Even in those few moments when the movie follows a slightly more straightforward line than it needs, she is always engagingly, beautifully real.
    • 73 Metascore
    • 80 Joe Neumaier
    Belafonte still finds ways to address injustice - and now we have over 50 years of his example to follow and his music to enjoy.
    • 64 Metascore
    • 80 Joe Neumaier
    The gristle inside this movie is one of the things that save it from being simply a series of challenges.
    • 72 Metascore
    • 80 Joe Neumaier
    Not all of the twists work, but most are self-knowing enough to keep you guessing until its (literally) groundbreaking conclusion.
    • 83 Metascore
    • 80 Joe Neumaier
    Falarde, in adapting a play, has a sweet, humanistic approach reminiscent of Bill Forsyth's '80s dramedies that lets "Lazhar's" protagonist and his class shine.
    • 82 Metascore
    • 80 Joe Neumaier
    Director Joe Berlinger mixes archival footage, concert scenes, interviews and present-day reunions to meld a harmonious, fair-minded, energetic and enlightening portrait of one masterpiece's moment in time.
    • 65 Metascore
    • 80 Joe Neumaier
    We are left, after all the propulsive action, with great turns by Theron and Rapace, and a tightly wound turn by Fassbender, whose eerie, poetically impish mechanical man might have burst from Bradbury's conscience.
    • 59 Metascore
    • 80 Joe Neumaier
    One of the year's most emotionally affecting movies.
    • 66 Metascore
    • 80 Joe Neumaier
    Director Marc Webb's action-adventure is grounded in a recognizable reality, but is also full of thrills. It's dark and mysterious, but doesn't skimp on fun.
    • 59 Metascore
    • 80 Joe Neumaier
    Stone relies on his leads to guide us into this hyper-charged inferno, and they fit his juiced-up approach like James Woods and Woody Harrelson did in Stone's equally hopped-up "Salvador" and "Natural Born Killers." He gets us high on what they're selling before it goes south.
    • 78 Metascore
    • 80 Joe Neumaier
    While director Christopher Nolan and star Christian Bale's epic of criminality and all-consuming conviction ultimately falls a bit short - missing, for instance, a villainous face a la Heath Ledger's Joker - their Batman trilogy ends with a suitably thrilling mix of guts and glory.
    • 79 Metascore
    • 80 Joe Neumaier
    The finished "Ring" cycle, a combination of "myth, science and legend" made to order as Wagner imagined it, was unique to every viewer's eye. The making of it will be spellbinding to everyone.
    • 65 Metascore
    • 80 Joe Neumaier
    If you're not in that demographic, don't dismiss it. You'll miss out on a genuinely sweet, perfectly acted, remarkably brave little movie that should make audiences swoon for something they thought was gone - a smart dramedy for grown-ups.
    • 66 Metascore
    • 80 Joe Neumaier
    The actors click into high gear, and Premium Rush delivers.
    • 82 Metascore
    • 80 Joe Neumaier
    Film enthusiasts especially will appreciate this wonky but fascinating documentary about the process of making movies.
    • 68 Metascore
    • 80 Joe Neumaier
    What the movie captures overall looks like a scene from a sci-fi, postapocalyptic nightmare.
    • 86 Metascore
    • 80 Joe Neumaier
    This superb, cerebral film about unchecked belief is a fictionalized and cutting drama hinging on the origins of Scientology. Scratch around a bit, though, and its wider indictments become clear.
    • 73 Metascore
    • 80 Joe Neumaier
    A wild and unexpected film.
    • 84 Metascore
    • 80 Joe Neumaier
    Gordon-Levitt is flinty, and Willis, on his A-game, is fiery. Together, they take us on a helluva trip.
    • 77 Metascore
    • 80 Joe Neumaier
    A sweet testament to the power of intelligence to win over adversity - even in a Brooklyn middle school where the majority of students live below the poverty level.
    • 81 Metascore
    • 80 Joe Neumaier
    Though a notch below "Royale," Skyfall follows that reboot's lead, making a now 50-year-old icon as cool as when he began.
    • 86 Metascore
    • 80 Joe Neumaier
    The history lesson in Steven Spielberg's austere, engrossing Lincoln is less about the revered President himself but his method for justice.
    • 79 Metascore
    • 80 Joe Neumaier
    Though the film's setup trudges and its closing is too pat, that hour or so on the raft is something special, and few would dive into the story's soul as Lee does.
    • 95 Metascore
    • 80 Joe Neumaier
    What finally sticks in the mind about "ZDT" is its precision. What the film says about getting information from terrorism suspects in an era of high-tech surveillance depends on your point of view. What is unquestionable is how powerful its full scope is.
    • 81 Metascore
    • 80 Joe Neumaier
    Just when we thought Quentin Tarantino had shown us all the cojones he has, in rides Django Unchained.
    • 55 Metascore
    • 80 Joe Neumaier
    Krasinki's soft-sell script, lets the movie's ideas get absorbed without grandstanding or pretension. Its issues go down with a smile and common sense, which turns out to be exactly the right formula.
    • 75 Metascore
    • 80 Joe Neumaier
    The movie respects a viewer’s intelligence, which should also serve as a warning; don’t be lulled into a stupor. Keeping sharp will allow all the fun and menace in this terrific thriller to seep into your head.
    • 79 Metascore
    • 80 Joe Neumaier
    The deliberate pace Mungiu employs in this incredible work is so engrossing and quietly heartbreaking that its philosophical ending may come as a shock.
    • 61 Metascore
    • 80 Joe Neumaier
    A frisky, feisty heist flick with brains and charisma, the movie may make a few errors, but they’re forgotten in the blink of an eye thanks to all the twists, turns and close shaves.
    • 62 Metascore
    • 80 Joe Neumaier
    This terrific film certainly contains the spark of discovery.
    • 62 Metascore
    • 80 Joe Neumaier
    It sharply fuses the humor and heart of the earlier films with a satisfyingly heavy-metal strength — and a darkness that’s more than earned.
    • 60 Metascore
    • 80 Joe Neumaier
    As Richard Kuklinski, the Garden State guy who sleepwalks into an infamously deadly life he was born for, Shannon hits a whole other level.
    • 91 Metascore
    • 80 Joe Neumaier
    The film is a mystery uncovered like a detective story, wrapped in a love letter.
    • 30 Metascore
    • 80 Joe Neumaier
    Galifianakis, though, is the key here. Able to smash a scene to smithereens with the simplest of lines, the hirsute comic is as unpredictable as ever, yet takes director Todd Phillips’ bait to up the stakes.
    • 68 Metascore
    • 80 Joe Neumaier
    As the cracklingly cool The East shows, they’re the real deal. It’s not easy to make a thriller where brains and guts are so clearly in cahoots.
    • 78 Metascore
    • 80 Joe Neumaier
    The way she (Blanchette) anchors this superb dramedy is a thing of beauty.
    • 55 Metascore
    • 80 Joe Neumaier
    Pure charisma is sometimes the best special effect. That’s what Denzel Washington and Mark Wahlberg bring to 2 Guns, and after a season full of superhero duds, they deliver a crucial dose of cool.
    • 51 Metascore
    • 80 Joe Neumaier
    While “Lovelace” falters a bit, it remains a memorable, unflinching indictment.
    • 79 Metascore
    • 80 Joe Neumaier
    It’s hard to imagine the lives behind the voices that are part of the movies. But In a World ..., the debut feature from actress-turned-writer-director Lake Bell, not only gives the people who do movie voice-overs a closeup, it savvily and wittily uses what we hear as a metaphor for what we are.
    • 66 Metascore
    • 80 Joe Neumaier
    A singularly full-hearted and moving film.
    • 44 Metascore
    • 80 Joe Neumaier
    Entertaining and smart, with a great, career 2.0 performance from Ashton Kutcher.
    • 74 Metascore
    • 80 Joe Neumaier
    This full, footage-rich documentary shows respect for the social, legal, political, religious and pugilistic battles of the former Cassius Clay.
    • 71 Metascore
    • 80 Joe Neumaier
    Drinking Buddies is full of relatable dilemmas, guileless moments of kindness and character-based humor.
    • 82 Metascore
    • 80 Joe Neumaier
    Short Term 12 wraps up with one of the most touchingly memorable last moments of any film this year. Despite a title that’s hard to recall, this brief but resonant movie sticks with you.
    • 58 Metascore
    • 80 Joe Neumaier
    There’s social commentary in all of this, but it takes a back seat to a surprisingly compelling narrative of the two combating teams.
    • 74 Metascore
    • 80 Joe Neumaier
    Dano, Bello, Howard, Davis and Leo — the last nearly unrecognizable — are equally strong. Villeneuve, whose last film was the Oscar-nominated “Incendies,” uses them all perfectly, and Prisoners works best when it’s not what you thought it was going to be. But even on familiar ground, it’s hard to let go of.
    • 68 Metascore
    • 80 Joe Neumaier
    The wonkiness is at a minimum and Reich delivers it with tales from his own life, since he’s the son of a dress store owner and a mom who helped in the shop. Essential viewing, no matter how you cut it.
    • 70 Metascore
    • 80 Joe Neumaier
    More than just a one-name star of pop culture’s alternative history, Divine’s story — terrorized by bullies, embraced by the outré, where he finds a home — stands for “all the outsiders,” as Waters says (between hilarious anecdotes).
    • 84 Metascore
    • 80 Joe Neumaier
    If Woodroof is the movie’s guts, Rayon is its heart, and Leto (TV’s “My So-Called Life,” “Alexander”) is stunningly perfect, even when the story veers ever so slightly into expected territory.
    • 86 Metascore
    • 80 Joe Neumaier
    Capturing family on film — the real rhythms of family, with all the annoyances, awkwardness and affection — is tough. Tougher still is wrestling a story around the murky emotional waters of Midwestern relatives. Yet one needn’t be cut from that cloth to see the hilarious beauty, and the beautiful honesty, in Nebraska.
    • 75 Metascore
    • 80 Joe Neumaier
    The good news is it comes very close, and does it without sacrificing its soul. Despite its sense of been-here-slayed-that, director Francis Lawrence expertly delivers thrills, ideas and spectacle.
    • 63 Metascore
    • 80 Joe Neumaier
    Like “The Deer Hunter” — from which it swipes its Keystone State milieu, its haunted veterans, and its self-endangerment metaphor — Out of the Furnace gets under your skin.
    • 65 Metascore
    • 80 Joe Neumaier
    The slick but moving Saving Mr. Banks transcends its corporate pedigree to become a great Disney movie about making a Disney movie.
    • 75 Metascore
    • 80 Joe Neumaier
    A delirious, manic, push-the-limits comedy of gaudy amorality that tests the audience’s taste. But it’s a gamble that works, since you leave this adrenaline trip wasted, but invigorated.
    • 73 Metascore
    • 80 Joe Neumaier
    A smart, ardent, profound movie.
    • 79 Metascore
    • 80 Joe Neumaier
    Given the evidence compiled here by director Frank Pavich, there’s reason to believe Jodorowsky’s “Dune” was more influential for never actually existing. It wound up being inhaled, like some ethereal alien spice, by a generation of moviemakers.
    • 70 Metascore
    • 80 Joe Neumaier
    Parents, take note: For all its heart, this is a tougher, more morally complex movie than its predecessors. Young kids carrying their miniversions of Cap’s famous shield may be in for a jolt.
    • 69 Metascore
    • 80 Joe Neumaier
    Intoxicating, and at times maddening, to watch.
    • 53 Metascore
    • 80 Joe Neumaier
    There are two types of superhero movies: the ones that brood and the ones that swing. The Amazing Spider-Man 2 is proudly the latter, filled with high-energy action.
    • 55 Metascore
    • 80 Joe Neumaier
    This engrossing documentary winds up being about nothing less than making one of Shakespeare’s greatest works come alive through hard work — and the spark that happens within an acting company.
    • 90 Metascore
    • 80 Joe Neumaier
    Ida
    Ida is photographed in gorgeous black-and-white cinematography. A deep focus allows every corner of the simple, serene compositions to be seen clearly. The economy of story and dialogue extends to the running time — at barely 90 minutes, the movie feels full, yet free of excess.
    • 51 Metascore
    • 80 Joe Neumaier
    Gritty, funny, rich adaptation of a Pete Dexter novel.
    • 77 Metascore
    • 80 Joe Neumaier
    The strength of Gray’s movie lies in showing the connection between people in a place without rules.
    • 56 Metascore
    • 80 Joe Neumaier
    Angelina Jolie is so wickedly enchanting in the magical, magnificent Maleficent, you may not notice how transporting this female-driven blockbuster really is.
    • 69 Metascore
    • 80 Joe Neumaier
    The layered, tuned-in adaptation by Michael H. Weber and Scott Neustadter avoids calculated sentiment.
    • 71 Metascore
    • 80 Joe Neumaier
    Like Brown, the movie is dynamic and entertaining as hell.
    • 75 Metascore
    • 80 Joe Neumaier
    Inside these average American lives are futures far too often passed over or, worse, written off. This terrific film gives the teenagers their due.
    • 66 Metascore
    • 80 Joe Neumaier
    To sing the praises of the movie but not give away the revelations is difficult. Let’s just say this: The less you know about what happens in this funny, tasty twisteroo, the better.
    • 83 Metascore
    • 80 Joe Neumaier
    After a summer of robots, mutants and explosions, the beautifully honest, grownup Love is Strange is a treat.
    • 68 Metascore
    • 80 Joe Neumaier
    Like Gandolfini, the deep Brooklyn of The Drop is formidable, bona fide and memorable.
    • 64 Metascore
    • 80 Joe Neumaier
    Murray is always a delight, but his films with kids (“Meatballs,” “Rushmore,” “The Royal Tenenbaums”) give his unencumbered playfulness even more room to roam.
    • 48 Metascore
    • 80 Joe Neumaier
    Speaking of committed: Duvall, at age 83, nearly steals the show. Always the most inscrutable of the great ’70s actors, Duvall uses his great, unassuming American face to convey pride, confusion, pain and compassion — sometimes all at once.
    • 64 Metascore
    • 80 Joe Neumaier
    Fury excels in showing the ground-level, guttural intensity and claustrophobia of battle.
    • 72 Metascore
    • 80 Joe Neumaier
    Watching politics and the people in it can be disheartening and depressing. Here’s an antidote: This energizing, uplifting, sharp documentary from director Kevin Gordon.
    • 51 Metascore
    • 80 Joe Neumaier
    There are great clips and good insight, and it’s all as loose and cool as an Austin night out.
    • 66 Metascore
    • 80 Joe Neumaier
    Rosewater is not about what isolates us, and part of the film’s terrific achievement is its recognition that staying connected is a daily show of strength.
    • 82 Metascore
    • 80 Joe Neumaier
    Rare is the drama that plumbs the quirky, unsettling depths of human nature like Foxcatcher. Simultaneously understated and grippingly edgy, this is an arresting examination of naivete, mismatched worlds and old-fashioned American oddness.
    • 81 Metascore
    • 80 Joe Neumaier
    It’s one of the most vibrant, sly romantic comedies this year.

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