For 1,314 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 11.2 points lower than other critics. (0-100 point scale)

Joe Neumaier's Scores

  • Movies
  • TV
Average review score: 49
Highest review score: 100 Heaven Knows What
Lowest review score: 0 I'm Still Here
Score distribution:
1,314 movie reviews
    • 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.
    • 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.
    • 88 Metascore
    • 80 Joe Neumaier
    Ferguson doesn't aim to entertain; he wants answers, and talks to many of the enabling weasels.
    • 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.
    • 67 Metascore
    • 80 Joe Neumaier
    Kung Fu Panda 2 plunks down squarely in the spot marked for "chop-socky action with heart."
    • 68 Metascore
    • 80 Joe Neumaier
    What the movie captures overall looks like a scene from a sci-fi, postapocalyptic nightmare.
    • 65 Metascore
    • 80 Joe Neumaier
    Fast-moving, exciting and contains more twists than a tunnel under Checkpoint Charlie.
    • 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.
    • 58 Metascore
    • 70 Joe Neumaier
    Norton, too, keeps us guessing, though his pseudo-tough-guy line readings (and cornrowed hair) are initially distracting. But his scenes with De Niro -- who fills every twitch or glance with Jack's long-buried guilt -- are the guts of the movie.
    • 64 Metascore
    • 70 Joe Neumaier
    The result is a paper-thin alliance between the old-school Cal and the new-media Della. Crowe, husky and whisky-voiced, is warm amidst all the plot mechanics, and McAdams, perky and efficient, is a smart foil for him.
    • 68 Metascore
    • 70 Joe Neumaier
    Directing the film of Doubt, Shanley is able to put an even finer point on his Tony-and Pulitzer-winning play about suspicion and guilt at a Bronx Catholic grade school in 1964.
    • 61 Metascore
    • 70 Joe Neumaier
    Too bad its wide net ultimately results in diminishing returns.
    • 57 Metascore
    • 70 Joe Neumaier
    The film ends up wrestling itself into a corner, though it's saved by a corrosive central performance from Ryan Gosling and a disconcertingly hypnotic feel.
    • 57 Metascore
    • 70 Joe Neumaier
    This often-witty baby-of-"Broadcast News" tries hard to be liked, like the TV fluff it's built around. The news is that, often, it succeeds.
    • 74 Metascore
    • 70 Joe Neumaier
    Freeman is so in-tune with the former South African president's persona you can't take your eyes off him.
    • 69 Metascore
    • 70 Joe Neumaier
    The Company Men recalls 1946's great post-World War II drama "The Best Years of Our Lives," and the reason isn't simply its trio of protagonists.
    • 65 Metascore
    • 70 Joe Neumaier
    A slow, solid movie that, like Rita, sneaks up on you with its intelligence and pluck.
    • 54 Metascore
    • 70 Joe Neumaier
    While it stops before sliding too far into the darkness,Observe and Report hits a lot of bull's-eyes by aiming for the gut, not easy belly laugh.
    • 61 Metascore
    • 70 Joe Neumaier
    Though this well-observed, wry drama is determined to be quirky, its most endearing quality, like that of its heroines, is a willingness to wallow in foul moods and come out the other side.
    • 82 Metascore
    • 70 Joe Neumaier
    Once Franco's on his own, everything is played across this terrific actor's deceptively goofy face.
    • 43 Metascore
    • 70 Joe Neumaier
    Hawke - continuing an evolution toward stronger, more intense acting than anyone might've predicted from him 20 years ago - drives the movie. He makes Sal a jangled, edgy presence, his conscience torn several ways.
    • 45 Metascore
    • 70 Joe Neumaier
    The three icons ham it up, do some verbal towel-snapping and have fun, which also describes most of this self-conscious adventure movie.
    • 56 Metascore
    • 70 Joe Neumaier
    While the climactic dinner is a bit too much like a circus audition, Roach -- who helmed the "Austin Powers" movies as well as "Meet the Parents" and "Meet the Fockers" -- knows how to enjoy each sideshow.
    • 76 Metascore
    • 70 Joe Neumaier
    The movie may wear its shagginess on its sleeve, but Stiller knows exactly what he’s doing.
    • 74 Metascore
    • 70 Joe Neumaier
    Makes the most of its format, soaring when its young hero rides on his winged reptilian pal, and full of heart and heroism even when its action is grounded.
    • 83 Metascore
    • 70 Joe Neumaier
    Drag Me to Hell is an eyeball-gouging lesson in how to make a genre flick and live to tell about it.
    • 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.
    • 64 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.

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