For 1,169 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 10.8 points lower than other critics. (0-100 point scale)

Joe Neumaier's Scores

  • Movies
  • TV
Average review score: 49
Highest review score: 100 A Place at the Table
Lowest review score: 0 The Watch
Score distribution:
1,169 movie reviews
    • 60 Metascore
    • 60 Joe Neumaier
    Unfortunately, the fantasy-thriller they're in eventually falls apart, becoming a much sillier, less substantial movie than its lead actors deserve.
    • 56 Metascore
    • 60 Joe Neumaier
    Where the film fails, ironically, is in the central love affair. Danish actor Mads Mikkelsen is undeniably gifted, but his Stravinsky is a blank, stoic presence only comfortable at a piano.
    • 90 Metascore
    • 60 Joe Neumaier
    Amid all the hokey hill stuff, Lawrence's hard eyes and manner draw us in.
    • 85 Metascore
    • 60 Joe Neumaier
    Even after experiencing the film, what they've gone through - and how they deal with it - deliberately remains a mystery.
    • 70 Metascore
    • 60 Joe Neumaier
    This absorbing film isn't an apology or an explanation, but it nonetheless holds plenty of answers - including an amusing dissection of that infamously wiry hair-bear 'fro from the man who wore it.
    • 69 Metascore
    • 60 Joe Neumaier
    Talk about style over substance: The sheer volume of musical, comic-strip and video-game influences, riffs and licks in "Scott Pilgrim vs. the World" can get exhausting, but they also are what lift this romantic coming-of-age tale from this world to someplace totally ... else.
    • 74 Metascore
    • 60 Joe Neumaier
    Their mundane meetings underscore how easily secrets are leaked, but unfortunately, scenes of meetings between Presidents Reagan (Fred Ward) and Mitterrand seem hollow and naive. Kusturica and Canet are strong, though, as is Willem Dafoe as an American intel officer.
    • 67 Metascore
    • 60 Joe Neumaier
    Writer-director Ruba Nadda's film is ultimately like a summertime flirtation that never quite comes to anything.
    • 85 Metascore
    • 60 Joe Neumaier
    Director Samuel Maoz's gripping you-are-there feel does for tanks what "Das Boot" did for submarines, and that chokehold only gets tighter as this taut drama about the 1982 Israeli-Lebanese war goes on.
    • 69 Metascore
    • 60 Joe Neumaier
    Peepli Live may not consistently hit the mark, but it's savvy and humane, which goes a long way.
    • 53 Metascore
    • 60 Joe Neumaier
    Without giving anything away, much of the excruciatingly teased-out tension here echoes the first movie without upping the ante.
    • 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.
    • 63 Metascore
    • 60 Joe Neumaier
    A movie with no clear narrative. It pushes boundaries and feels like one man's fever dream. But all those traits would certainly make Allen Ginsberg happy.
    • 61 Metascore
    • 60 Joe Neumaier
    Based on a true story, the movie's best scenes involve its heroine breaking down barriers by force of will as much as by legal wrangling.
    • 49 Metascore
    • 60 Joe Neumaier
    Bridges is enjoyable as he gives the older Flynn a Zen hero quality, and even breaks through the effects to make his younger-Clu-self oddly engaging.
    • 56 Metascore
    • 60 Joe Neumaier
    The rhythms of this comedy-drama may be familiar, but besides its fratty title, it's surprisingly sophisticated.
    • 39 Metascore
    • 60 Joe Neumaier
    The film awkwardly mixes political, social and medical issues and ends up being less than the sum of its parts.
    • 45 Metascore
    • 60 Joe Neumaier
    Any film as politically specific as Miral needs to be addressed on two levels, as a movie and as, from a certain viewpoint, a polemic. If a viewer can separate one from the other - and some may not - there's an intense, novelistic drama here.
    • 83 Metascore
    • 60 Joe Neumaier
    Wiseman films it all without comment, letting the rhythm of the place tell the story.
    • 61 Metascore
    • 60 Joe Neumaier
    While Lomborg is an engaging though sometimes smug subject, director Ondi Timoner allows a coterie of scientists to spend too much time puncturing Gore than propping up Lomborg - who comes off as charismatic and engaged but, ultimately, merely a contrarian.
    • 58 Metascore
    • 60 Joe Neumaier
    Here, it's all Bardem, and this great actor's careworn face and sensitive presence counts for a lot. He ultimately can't save the soul of Biutiful, but he makes the journey easier.
    • 57 Metascore
    • 60 Joe Neumaier
    Spottiswoode relays this tragic story with respect and sadness. But Michael Donovan's script is stuffed with clichés, and Dupuis is unable to convey the depth of Dallaire's emotions.
    • 42 Metascore
    • 60 Joe Neumaier
    If you're able to think of characters as just air bubbles to get past, then dive in, the excitement's fine.
    • 56 Metascore
    • 60 Joe Neumaier
    Twisty, engaging thriller.
    • 76 Metascore
    • 60 Joe Neumaier
    Without excessive emotion or drama, director Javier Fuentes-León's film - and Mercado's performance - gently captures the power of emotions whose silent rattle is even stronger than reality.
    • 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.
    • 67 Metascore
    • 60 Joe Neumaier
    With action this strong, the script just needs to be serviceable - and that's exactly what it is.
    • 41 Metascore
    • 60 Joe Neumaier
    It appears that turning the John Ford/John Wayne classic "The Searchers" into the church-vs-vampire adventure Priest was not an altogether god-awful idea. As long as we don't get "The Man Who Shot Liberty Valance" as an elegiac zombie drama, this adaptation of a graphic novel has some bite.
    • 74 Metascore
    • 60 Joe Neumaier
    What emerges is a portrait of the "psychic risk," as her father says, of living a creative life - and the intense feeling that entails.
    • 64 Metascore
    • 60 Joe Neumaier
    The good-natured cast helps distract from a barely sketched plot and outrageously cheap production values.
    • 65 Metascore
    • 60 Joe Neumaier
    Kekilli sensitively portrays Umay's conflicted despair, and the relationship with her son is beautifully rendered.
    • 63 Metascore
    • 60 Joe Neumaier
    Rio
    The main reason this gorgeous-looking, sweet-hearted but so-so movie remains grounded is a herky-jerky, cobbled-together story that squawks when it should sing.
    • 67 Metascore
    • 60 Joe Neumaier
    Haywire, clean and no-fuss as it is, needs more action scenes to match Carano's game.
    • 71 Metascore
    • 60 Joe Neumaier
    To use carnival lingo: Thrilling? Not quite; since Levi's film has no clear goal for Stan to reach. Spectacular? Truth be told, those skeptical of Stan's abilities may still walk out as nonbelievers. Fascinating? Absolutely, because if you take time to listen, everyone's life is a three-ring circus.
    • 63 Metascore
    • 60 Joe Neumaier
    This rather elegant movie, like a bold new 'do, is both not what you'd expect and exactly what you feared.
    • 69 Metascore
    • 60 Joe Neumaier
    Riveting, especially since these animals' population has horrifyingly dropped from 450,000 to 20,000 in a half-century.
    • 60 Metascore
    • 60 Joe Neumaier
    Oddly engrossing, off-kilter drama.
    • 72 Metascore
    • 60 Joe Neumaier
    This uneven but often charming movie produced by Spielberg gets so many things right, including its practiced naivete. What's missing, however, is a crucial sense of connection to itself.
    • 71 Metascore
    • 60 Joe Neumaier
    He (Fincher) gives in to its mimicry of an Agatha Christie parlor game. Only instead of Miss Marple, the old-gal crime-solver with piercing blue eyes, we get Lisbeth Salander, pierced goth-girl investigator with raccoon eyes.
    • 48 Metascore
    • 60 Joe Neumaier
    The result ends up like an "SNL" skit: knowingly over-the-top but still fun.
    • 49 Metascore
    • 60 Joe Neumaier
    While not every family film can plant a flag here, the happily offbeat Mars Needs Moms turns out to be a charming, subversive, minor addition to the club.
    • 57 Metascore
    • 60 Joe Neumaier
    This savvy and sensitive company has unapologetically made a movie for (very) young moviegoers.
    • 69 Metascore
    • 60 Joe Neumaier
    More serious-minded than expected, with a unique and savvy point of view.
    • 71 Metascore
    • 60 Joe Neumaier
    Has moments of power that push through a fake-out script.
    • 69 Metascore
    • 60 Joe Neumaier
    All of the actors' vocal performances are spot-on, including McAvoy's gentle Arthur, Nighy's salty GrandSanta and Ashley Jensen's cute stowaway elf Bryony, a chipper little pixie that would make Rudolph's pal Hermey proud.
    • 56 Metascore
    • 60 Joe Neumaier
    Luckily, the cast is comfortable going with the flow. Ribisi is amusingly corrosive, while Jenkins and Rispoli are sweaty, cigar-chomping movie-journalist archetypes.
    • 24 Metascore
    • 60 Joe Neumaier
    Either the "Alvin and the Chipmunks" movies are getting better, or I've accidentally buried my brain for the winter. The third entry in the franchise - Chip-Wrecked - is, dare I say, the charm.
    • 47 Metascore
    • 60 Joe Neumaier
    More mournful than alarmist, Arthus-Bertrand's film goes beyond global warming to look at life out of balance, through a lens darkly.
    • 41 Metascore
    • 60 Joe Neumaier
    If there's a book-loving adventuress or adventurer in your house younger than 10, Journey 2: The Mysterious Island provides a lighthearted break from the death-obsessed "Harry Potter" franchise and other literary but limp adventures like the "Narnia" films and "The Lightning Thief."
    • 49 Metascore
    • 60 Joe Neumaier
    In terms of scares, this old-fashioned Thing is better than most new things.
    • 75 Metascore
    • 60 Joe Neumaier
    Jack Black adds new depths to his slippery comic persona in Bernie, a movie that may not ultimately add up to much, but which is filled with wonderfully odd details of weird Americana.
    • 67 Metascore
    • 60 Joe Neumaier
    Just as precise and self-consciously precious as predicted. Which doesn't mean it hasn't got moments of charming wit buried under all its archness.
    • 72 Metascore
    • 60 Joe Neumaier
    Wong’s visual grandeur is, as ever, all-encompassing.
    • 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.
    • 70 Metascore
    • 60 Joe Neumaier
    Almodovar makes some missteps in his icky mélange of melodrama and mischief, but the end result is playfully devious.
    • 57 Metascore
    • 60 Joe Neumaier
    Though he has a true appreciation for detail, Joffe has the scar-faced Pinkie so scurvy that Rose ought to run the minute she sees him.
    • 53 Metascore
    • 60 Joe Neumaier
    This one could have flown over the cuckoo's nest, or smacked into a glass pane, but instead lands in the middle of the road where quirky and popular meet.
    • 60 Metascore
    • 60 Joe Neumaier
    The whole movie is about piecing together broken parts. It may not always come together, but what it makes, if you look at it the right way, is endearing.
    • 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.
    • 47 Metascore
    • 60 Joe Neumaier
    Despite the ominous feel, this is a mystery about losing or gaining lives and unknown detours.
    • 61 Metascore
    • 60 Joe Neumaier
    The genuinely sweet nature of this sometimes clunky movie is mixed with a little sass, and wins you over.
    • 49 Metascore
    • 60 Joe Neumaier
    Director Malcolm Venville, who made the British gangster flick "44 Inch Chest," has a strong handle on the tone, so even the familiar twists feel fresh.
    • 70 Metascore
    • 60 Joe Neumaier
    Kline, who has done a lot of chewy character roles after several stage ­triumphs, is as sly and leonine as ever. His performance here obliterates that phony accent he used in "French Kiss."
    • 65 Metascore
    • 60 Joe Neumaier
    Peter Mullan and Olivia Colman give such hard-as-nails, lived-in performances in this stark drama directed by Irish actor Paddy Considine ("In America," "Cinderella Man") that it's impossible not to be pulled in.
    • 80 Metascore
    • 60 Joe Neumaier
    Sadly suffers from more than a dollop of boredom. Like the ornate dollhouse that plays a part, "Arrietty" is lovely and well-appointed, but filled with only what you bring to it.
    • 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
    Through it all, Tatum and Hill are totally winning.
    • 69 Metascore
    • 60 Joe Neumaier
    Gorgeously animated and featuring a tapestry of real-looking wonders, Brave is certainly a thing of beauty. But its emotional layers don't yield the same depth.
    • 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.
    • 60 Metascore
    • 60 Joe Neumaier
    Despite a pleasantly laid-back demeanor, you wish it would just get focused.
    • 72 Metascore
    • 60 Joe Neumaier
    Like its antiheroes, this slacker tragedy has moments of calm and originality that are sadly obliterated by a tendency toward the extreme. Still, in a kind of reverse apocalypse, the movie's toughest stretch is its first two-thirds, a navel-gazing, semi-romantic nothing-a-thon that falls away in time for the movie to emerge from the ashes.
    • 65 Metascore
    • 60 Joe Neumaier
    Keshavarz's vision is clear and heartfelt, and everyone has an urgency in their eyes.
    • 72 Metascore
    • 60 Joe Neumaier
    Haroun is achingly conscious of day-to-day decisions that seem small when they're made but can suddenly loom large.
    • 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.
    • 65 Metascore
    • 60 Joe Neumaier
    Director Oliver Schmitz's rhythms take a while to ease into, and admittedly, there is never a bright moment.
    • 54 Metascore
    • 60 Joe Neumaier
    Weithorn, a sitcom vet whose credits include "Ned and Stacey" and "The King of Queens," makes sure even the quiet moments in the unassuming "A Little Help" move things forward. And that every one of Laura's missteps is in the right direction.
    • 32 Metascore
    • 60 Joe Neumaier
    Sometimes a bit of befuddlement is exactly what you need. That's the driving idea behind writer-director Steven Peros' off-kilter, off-the-beaten path comedy, which owes a lot to 1980s indie cinema.
    • 62 Metascore
    • 60 Joe Neumaier
    A streak of "Cinema Paradiso" runs through this Italian dramedy - and while it lacks that film's overflowing emotion, it's filled with its own artfulness and warmth.
    • 56 Metascore
    • 60 Joe Neumaier
    Director Justin Chadwick ("The Other Boleyn Girl") shows admirable restraint bringing this true story to the screen, and Litando does much with glimmers of emotion and wells of dignity.
    • 30 Metascore
    • 60 Joe Neumaier
    Though it's rough around the edges, it is also, undeniably, a nervy, confident debut.
    • 72 Metascore
    • 60 Joe Neumaier
    If one performance could tilt a movie the direction it needs to go, John C. Reilly's expertly left-of-center turn in Terri is it.
    • 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.
    • 57 Metascore
    • 60 Joe Neumaier
    Writer-director Michael Goldbach fills the story with too many distractions, but Dennings, known for "Nick and Nora's Infinite Playlist," is feline and fun.
    • 57 Metascore
    • 60 Joe Neumaier
    Hey, isn't summer a good time for a salad?
    • 44 Metascore
    • 60 Joe Neumaier
    The jokes are hit-and-miss, but the cast is uniformly game, with Labine stealing the show.
    • 55 Metascore
    • 60 Joe Neumaier
    Nonetheless, if you're a Force completist, this is as crucial as a bootleg of 1978's "Star Wars Holiday Special." Which, by the way, was awesome.
    • 55 Metascore
    • 60 Joe Neumaier
    Whether it works is a matter of taste, but the fact that Burton's revisit unearths enough fun while feeling like four films in one is testament to the source's seductive bloodline.
    • 50 Metascore
    • 60 Joe Neumaier
    Like the politicians it skewers, it knows the real winner is the stupidity, stupid.
    • 47 Metascore
    • 60 Joe Neumaier
    As a vampire might say, "Be- vaaare , all who enter here above the age of 7! What lies on the screen ... is not for you !"
    • 61 Metascore
    • 60 Joe Neumaier
    Unfortunately, Elysium devolves. It doesn’t address the ramifications of making everyone healthy for eternity, or what it is on Earth they’re making or digging up that fuels whatever economy is left on the space station. For such a well thought-out premise, there’s not a mention of how capitalism works in this futureworld.
    • 33 Metascore
    • 60 Joe Neumaier
    This thought-provoking but overlong doc wins points for being all-inclusive.
    • 67 Metascore
    • 60 Joe Neumaier
    This hard-working film may not be a balm, but it can help.
    • 55 Metascore
    • 60 Joe Neumaier
    The serious-minded result has many super-cool moments. But when it gets clunky, it’s super-meh.
    • 70 Metascore
    • 60 Joe Neumaier
    It can sometimes be hard to sit through, but another song is coming soon, and anyway, close your eyes and imagine you're on vacation, sipping vino in a piazza, soaking in the street life.
    • 49 Metascore
    • 60 Joe Neumaier
    Carla Gugino has yet to find the right movie that clicks with her spunky outsider appeal, but The Mighty Macs, a gauzy, inspiring true-life drama about a girls' basketball team, at least gets her close and provides a lot of assists.
    • 73 Metascore
    • 60 Joe Neumaier
    Lengthy clips of leaders including Angela Davis and Stokely Carmichael bring us back to emotional moments in this country's history.
    • 59 Metascore
    • 60 Joe Neumaier
    At least Leonardo DiCaprio, grounded and sure, has commitment to spare. His portrayal of Hoover is undeniably terrific.
    • 54 Metascore
    • 60 Joe Neumaier
    Thor: The Dark World may not be thunder from the movie gods, but it is — shock! — an entertaining journey into mystery, action and fun.
    • 59 Metascore
    • 60 Joe Neumaier
    Falls short of being revelatory, yet has a mysterious, sturdy power that grows on you.
    • 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.