For 1,250 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 10.7 points lower than other critics. (0-100 point scale)

Joe Neumaier's Scores

  • Movies
  • TV
Average review score: 49
Highest review score: 100 Life Itself
Lowest review score: 0 The Victim
Score distribution:
1,250 movie reviews
    • 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.
    • 66 Metascore
    • 80 Joe Neumaier
    A singularly full-hearted and moving film.
    • 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.
    • 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.
    • 64 Metascore
    • 80 Joe Neumaier
    Fury excels in showing the ground-level, guttural intensity and claustrophobia of battle.
    • 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.
    • 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
    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.
    • 51 Metascore
    • 80 Joe Neumaier
    Gritty, funny, rich adaptation of a Pete Dexter novel.
    • 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.
    • 85 Metascore
    • 80 Joe Neumaier
    Watch Mulligan's face as she goes from weary to awakened, and see it all come together.
    • 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.
    • 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.
    • 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.
    • 74 Metascore
    • 80 Joe Neumaier
    At its best, this beautiful, off-the-cuff comedy-drama recalls John Cassavetes' shaggiest, most honest work.
    • 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.
    • 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.
    • 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.
    • 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.
    • 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.
    • 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.
    • 71 Metascore
    • 80 Joe Neumaier
    What the film doesn’t show enough of is how these people got their positions of power. We get much more of the other side, the legitimate scientists, and too much of a magician who pops up to describe cons and double-talk. But he shows how a bunko artist is a bunko artist, whether on a corner or on CNN.
    • 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.
    • 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.
    • 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.
    • 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.
    • 81 Metascore
    • 80 Joe Neumaier
    Just when we thought Quentin Tarantino had shown us all the cojones he has, in rides Django Unchained.
    • 71 Metascore
    • 80 Joe Neumaier
    The film treats kids' inner lives as more than a fantasy, which is a rare and beautiful thing.
    • 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."
    • 91 Metascore
    • 80 Joe Neumaier
    The film is a mystery uncovered like a detective story, wrapped in a love letter.
    • 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.
    • 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.
    • 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.
    • 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.
    • 81 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.
    • 70 Metascore
    • 80 Joe Neumaier
    There are suggestions to help us sleep more easily, but the point is to wake us up.
    • 69 Metascore
    • 80 Joe Neumaier
    Like Gandolfini, the deep Brooklyn of The Drop is formidable, bona fide and memorable.
    • 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.
    • 71 Metascore
    • 80 Joe Neumaier
    Like Brown, the movie is dynamic and entertaining as hell.
    • 71 Metascore
    • 80 Joe Neumaier
    Drinking Buddies is full of relatable dilemmas, guileless moments of kindness and character-based humor.
    • 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.
    • 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.
    • 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.
    • 78 Metascore
    • 80 Joe Neumaier
    For all the movement in Drive, the quiet, deathly still moments are the ones that count.
    • 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.
    • 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.
    • 59 Metascore
    • 80 Joe Neumaier
    One of the year's most emotionally affecting movies.
    • 57 Metascore
    • 80 Joe Neumaier
    Iron Man 2 sets gold standard for sequels thanks to Robert Downey Jr.'s Stark performance.
    • 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.
    • 81 Metascore
    • 80 Joe Neumaier
    It’s one of the most vibrant, sly romantic comedies this year.
    • 73 Metascore
    • 80 Joe Neumaier
    A wild and unexpected film.
    • 67 Metascore
    • 80 Joe Neumaier
    Most tales come from the inimitable mouth of the man himself, who could make ordering dinner sound like Shakespeare. He had a life to match. Workman covers all of his subject’s years, even if very few of them truly belonged to Welles.
    • 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.
    • 52 Metascore
    • 80 Joe Neumaier
    This great-looking, often spellbinding film also shows Lee’s sometimes pervasive theatricality threatening to chomp into the story. But the swirling strangeness of “Sweet Blood” makes it his most mesmerizing work since the underrated “Bamboozled” (2000) and “25th Hour” (2002).
    • 71 Metascore
    • 80 Joe Neumaier
    Moving, intelligent documentary.
    • 82 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.
    • 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.
    • 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.
    • 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.
    • 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.
    • 73 Metascore
    • 80 Joe Neumaier
    A smart, ardent, profound movie.
    • 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.
    • 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.
    • 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.
    • 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.
    • 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.
    • 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.
    • 83 Metascore
    • 80 Joe Neumaier
    If only this were a media-fueled tall tale and not one poor creature's lifelong nightmare.
    • 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.
    • 55 Metascore
    • 80 Joe Neumaier
    A fast and relentless hostage thriller that never stops.
    • 82 Metascore
    • 80 Joe Neumaier
    After a summer of robots, mutants and explosions, the beautifully honest, grownup Love is Strange is a treat.
    • 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.
    • 52 Metascore
    • 80 Joe Neumaier
    A fast-moving, rock 'em-sock 'em movie that continues the man-vs.-machines series begun 25 years ago.
    • 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.
    • 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.
    • 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.
    • 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.
    • 82 Metascore
    • 80 Joe Neumaier
    Film enthusiasts especially will appreciate this wonky but fascinating documentary about the process of making movies.
    • 47 Metascore
    • 80 Joe Neumaier
    Here, the actor (Di Niro) dials it down and wins us over.
    • 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.
    • 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.
    • 78 Metascore
    • 80 Joe Neumaier
    The way she (Blanchette) anchors this superb dramedy is a thing of beauty.
    • 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.
    • 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.
    • 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.
    • 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.
    • 68 Metascore
    • 80 Joe Neumaier
    Has a mature tapestry of characters, a welcome sense of humor and, most crucially, a lovely Juliette Binoche.
    • 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.
    • 66 Metascore
    • 80 Joe Neumaier
    The actors click into high gear, and Premium Rush delivers.
    • 68 Metascore
    • 80 Joe Neumaier
    Gibney puts mystery back into a story we thought we knew.
    • 67 Metascore
    • 80 Joe Neumaier
    The late King of Pop delivers.
    • 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.
    • 69 Metascore
    • 80 Joe Neumaier
    Intoxicating, and at times maddening, to watch.
    • 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
    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.
    • 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).
    • 81 Metascore
    • 80 Joe Neumaier
    Warm memories of one school under a groove and a moving ending that no screenwriter could improve upon.
    • 82 Metascore
    • 80 Joe Neumaier
    Filled with striking images and the ghosts of lives lived in hardship and war, Incendies is tough but impactful.
    • 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.
    • 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.

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