For 1,278 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 Blue Valentine
Lowest review score: 0 Hot Tub Time Machine 2
Score distribution:
1,278 movie reviews
    • 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.
    • 67 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.
    • 81 Metascore
    • 80 Joe Neumaier
    It’s one of the most vibrant, sly romantic comedies this year.
    • 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.
    • 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).
    • 77 Metascore
    • 80 Joe Neumaier
    The stories are horrifying, but essential to hear. Kirby Dick’s important documentary puts a personal face to the staggering numbers.
    • 70 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.
    • 36 Metascore
    • 80 Joe Neumaier
    The atmosphere surrounding them both is enveloping. While the story falls a bit into melodrama, that can’t chop away at the solid drama the stars and director build beautifully.
    • 79 Metascore
    • 80 Joe Neumaier
    This is the film that fulfills whatever promise Kristen Stewart has shown for more than a decade.
    • 50 Metascore
    • 80 Joe Neumaier
    Explaining humor is usually like boiling water — it evaporates. But the funny folks in actor Kevin Pollak’s well-structured doc can actually break down what they do.
    • 66 Metascore
    • 80 Joe Neumaier
    Avengers: Age of Ultron is a kinetic, wicked mix of muscle and magic. Look no further if you want a world of superpowered freaks and geeks. But be aware: It comes at a cost. Vaporized in the parade of action and characters is the wonder and simplicity of its first, superior entry.
    • 72 Metascore
    • 80 Joe Neumaier
    Slow West isn’t a grand epic of that genre. It’s more like “McCabe & Mrs. Miller,” “Dead Man” or the recent “The Homesman,” using familiar signposts to tell a simple, compelling, terrific story.
    • 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.
    • 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.
    • 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.
    • 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.
    • 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.
    • 61 Metascore
    • 70 Joe Neumaier
    Too bad its wide net ultimately results in diminishing returns.
    • 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.
    • 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.
    • 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.
    • 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.
    • 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.
    • 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.
    • 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.
    • 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.
    • 82 Metascore
    • 70 Joe Neumaier
    Once Franco's on his own, everything is played across this terrific actor's deceptively goofy face.
    • 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.
    • 65 Metascore
    • 70 Joe Neumaier
    A slow, solid movie that, like Rita, sneaks up on you with its intelligence and pluck.
    • 49 Metascore
    • 60 Joe Neumaier
    Director Chen Shi-Zheng's film has a graceful energy, and three strong performances help make this serene drama - and its shocking conclusion - quietly moving.
    • 55 Metascore
    • 60 Joe Neumaier
    In a pleasing contrast to Fey's sharpness, Poehler keeps her performance unpredictable and fuzzy. In this just-add-water comedy, a very funny movie star is born.
    • 70 Metascore
    • 60 Joe Neumaier
    Morris mixes piercing sit-downs with disturbing evidence. Though soldiers, including the notorious Lynndie England, express remorse, it's haunting to hear how several prisoners were "nice guys" or known to be innocent, yet no connection is made between those remarks and the images of torture.
    • 66 Metascore
    • 60 Joe Neumaier
    Luckily, Son of Rambow, a comedy that's part kid-buddy flick, part valentine to filmmaking - and full of heart - has both.
    • 37 Metascore
    • 60 Joe Neumaier
    The cast is generally game for playing cardboard cutouts, with Goodman having the most fun.
    • 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.
    • 61 Metascore
    • 60 Joe Neumaier
    A taut drama that manages to be thoughtful without forgetting it's a creep-out.
    • 57 Metascore
    • 60 Joe Neumaier
    The cast hits the right notes. Fraser, switching between affable good sport and heroic goofball, clearly doesn't mind this stuff. He realized early on with "George of the Jungle," "Dudley Do-Right" and the "Mummy" movies that his B-movie build and persona is perfect for live-action cartoons.
    • 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.
    • 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.
    • 59 Metascore
    • 60 Joe Neumaier
    Culminating in a high-scoring, exciting game, "Gunnin'" scores.
    • 71 Metascore
    • 60 Joe Neumaier
    Donald Sutherland's passionate rendition of a speech from Trumbo's 1971 film "Johnny Got His Gun" (based on his novel) is worth the price of admission.
    • 57 Metascore
    • 60 Joe Neumaier
    Writer-director Kari Skogland adapts a beloved Canadian novel gracefully and with plenty of spunk, the same way its main character moves through the world from cradle to grave.
    • 75 Metascore
    • 60 Joe Neumaier
    If Hitchcock had done a coming-of-age drama, it might have resembled this haunting, nervous, sad movie about an early twentysomething.
    • 58 Metascore
    • 60 Joe Neumaier
    The result isn't bland, but it's not exactly Bond either.
    • 70 Metascore
    • 60 Joe Neumaier
    There are two stormy performances from Javier Bardem and Penelope Cruz that elevate Allen's melancholy thoughts on love and relationships.
    • 52 Metascore
    • 60 Joe Neumaier
    It also has another watchable turn from Ice Cube, and, as with his previous films, the rap artist-actor leads by example.
    • 56 Metascore
    • 60 Joe Neumaier
    The most pleasant surprise in the movie adaptation of "Watchmen" is the pop-art fusion set off by placing superheroes in a "real" world. The film's biggest challenge – and accomplishment – was making that plausible.
    • 60 Metascore
    • 60 Joe Neumaier
    Nachmanoff fills the movie with a sense of gripping, '70s-style grittiness that helps undercut the web-of-evil tone.
    • 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.
    • 58 Metascore
    • 60 Joe Neumaier
    Craig, far from James Bond but still swaggering, makes a leathery, craggy commander, and Schreiber - who'll show his full-on action chops this summer in the Hugh Jackman "Wolverine" movie - is tough but sullen. Yet all this old-style moviemaking doesn't always pay off.
    • 58 Metascore
    • 60 Joe Neumaier
    Sports biodramas generally take one of two tacks: gauzily sentimental or scrappy tale of struggle. The Express runs the thin line between the two and, to its benefit, more often than not hits the first mark.
    • 57 Metascore
    • 60 Joe Neumaier
    It's not a lightning show, but "Flash" still shines.
    • 69 Metascore
    • 60 Joe Neumaier
    Only in its final scenes do the usual WKW themes emerge in full bloom, but purists shouldn't miss it.
    • 51 Metascore
    • 60 Joe Neumaier
    With witty throwaway bits and Cavanagh's fast delivery, "Scot" gets away with a third-act dip into hearts and platitudes. Otherwise, it's refreshingly snarky and quick.
    • 79 Metascore
    • 60 Joe Neumaier
    Scott Thomas breathes more emotion into Juliette's affectless, haunted demeanor than most actors do with pages of dialogue.
    • 67 Metascore
    • 60 Joe Neumaier
    Hoffman, Morton and Jon Brion's aching score somehow capture the all-too-human need to get things right. If you're in a certain frame of mind, those moments make up for all the stagecraft.
    • 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.
    • 61 Metascore
    • 60 Joe Neumaier
    Dilutes the idea some by giving every four-legged hero a story arc. And there's not enough of the first movie's super-erudite monkeys. Yet the sitcom-style silliness is still there, and it's nice to see that the old "grin or frown as you wave a hand across your face" joke still has cross-generational, and cross-species, appeal.
    • 63 Metascore
    • 60 Joe Neumaier
    This domestic drama from the producers of "Once" could be about the pair from that gentle romance - a decade later.
    • 84 Metascore
    • 60 Joe Neumaier
    The final result somehow undersells a man whose life and death were watershed moments in the gay rights movement.
    • 82 Metascore
    • 60 Joe Neumaier
    An emotionally devastating drama that isn't for the squeamish.
    • 64 Metascore
    • 60 Joe Neumaier
    A fairly gripping cautionary tale.
    • 44 Metascore
    • 60 Joe Neumaier
    With musical numbers and fight scenes as big as its heart, director Nikhil Advani's action-comedy really does sample it all.
    • 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.
    • 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.
    • 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.
    • 80 Metascore
    • 60 Joe Neumaier
    This unhurried, novelistic movie is worth looking into.
    • 80 Metascore
    • 60 Joe Neumaier
    Director Kiyoshi Kurosawa is better known for horror films; this is a movie where the horror is internalized, and hideously truthful.
    • 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.
    • 76 Metascore
    • 60 Joe Neumaier
    Adventureland has the structure of a Tilt-a-Whirl ride: It goes where you expect, and may fill you with dread.
    • 82 Metascore
    • 60 Joe Neumaier
    A thoughtful drama about guys who have a moment in the big time before returning home to an odd reflected glory.
    • 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.
    • 72 Metascore
    • 60 Joe Neumaier
    As a virtual tour of what Earth Day is about, kids ought to be entranced. If it helps them get greener, even better.
    • 78 Metascore
    • 60 Joe Neumaier
    A quiet, oddly serene movie with a curious soul.
    • 55 Metascore
    • 60 Joe Neumaier
    Something of a traffic jam--even with his usual restraint, Lee couldn't recount a key moment of the '60s without a blurry parade of personalities--and also lullingly dull.
    • 39 Metascore
    • 60 Joe Neumaier
    Whether the young ensemble attains it remains to be seen. The standouts, though, are Naughton, Pennie and Perez De Tagle.
    • 50 Metascore
    • 60 Joe Neumaier
    Director Nimrod Antal’s grungy gang-of-thieves pic is tough and, for this genre, surprisingly ethical.
    • 70 Metascore
    • 60 Joe Neumaier
    You see the spark of 'this is cool!,' but you don't sense a purpose. The underconceived Public Enemies suffers from that lack of drive, though Johnny Depp is so urgent and charismatic as John Dillinger, he provides enough firepower to make the film legit.
    • 35 Metascore
    • 60 Joe Neumaier
    Hey, Michael: It's the robots, stupid. Despite all the mechanical mayhem, none of the Transformers stand out.
    • 54 Metascore
    • 60 Joe Neumaier
    For the first time since "The Nutty Professor," Eddie Murphy successfully mixes his adult and kid-film personas -- imagine that.
    • 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.
    • 73 Metascore
    • 60 Joe Neumaier
    The action-comedy Zombieland works because it's played with an emphasis on the living, not the undead.
    • 66 Metascore
    • 60 Joe Neumaier
    Has two aces going for it: Soderbergh's poking at the maze­like holes in American business and Damon's whirling dervish performance.
    • 86 Metascore
    • 60 Joe Neumaier
    Trippy in the right way, and wholly enchanting.
    • 73 Metascore
    • 60 Joe Neumaier
    Part of the problem with "P&F" is that Tiana and Naveen's connection feels superficial.
    • 39 Metascore
    • 60 Joe Neumaier
    Challenging and thoughtful, but is also, like its characters, a prisoner of its own anger.
    • 76 Metascore
    • 60 Joe Neumaier
    What's cool and always kicky is seeing a country's irreverent movie trash being treated with such, well, reverence.
    • 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.
    • 70 Metascore
    • 60 Joe Neumaier
    Even with all the inconvenient truths exposed, Stone's film is still, sadly, inescapably crucial.
    • 57 Metascore
    • 60 Joe Neumaier
    Sturgess is solid and Kingsley predictably sneaky, but the atmosphere -- scurries through the Catholic/Protestant border, tense stand-offs, spontaneous riots -- is what's genuinely gripping.
    • 62 Metascore
    • 60 Joe Neumaier
    The movie is filled with fun '50s Americana.
    • 58 Metascore
    • 60 Joe Neumaier
    Once it's high-concept plot kicks in, Gervais' hilariously self-deprecating persona is really all that keeps it grounded.
    • 83 Metascore
    • 60 Joe Neumaier
    Avatar clears the hurdle in terms of being optical candy. Its story, though, is pure cheese.
    • 69 Metascore
    • 60 Joe Neumaier
    A snapshot of several New York eras that coincide with the Internet's growing pains, We Live in Public focuses on entrepreneur, party-thrower and dot.com bubble participant Josh Harris.
    • 51 Metascore
    • 60 Joe Neumaier
    It's about watching two always-fine actors do a lot with very little.

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