For 1,234 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 A Most Violent Year
Lowest review score: 0 I'm Still Here
Score distribution:
1,234 movie reviews
    • 48 Metascore
    • 60 Joe Neumaier
    As a misanthropic guy in a dead-end job, Matthew Broderick is more engaging than when he has to be perky.
    • 85 Metascore
    • 60 Joe Neumaier
    There’s visual poetry here and haunted performances from Mezzogiorno and Timi -- who plays two roles, and is especially gripping as Dalser’s grown son.
    • 63 Metascore
    • 60 Joe Neumaier
    That truthfulness, along with the movie's emotional honesty and narrative polish, help tag this NY-grown indie as one to seek out.
    • 70 Metascore
    • 60 Joe Neumaier
    Watch for a cameo by young animator Tim Burton.
    • 70 Metascore
    • 60 Joe Neumaier
    The scope of director Peter Chan's military drama is impressive, though this sometimes-rousing depiction of strategy and loyalty in mid-1800s China pales next to recent, similar historical epics like "Red Cliff" and "Mongol."
    • 56 Metascore
    • 60 Joe Neumaier
    The trouble is, too much of director Shawn Levy's '80s-ish lark is filled with noise, when it really needed more quietly silly stuff.
    • 59 Metascore
    • 60 Joe Neumaier
    Though there's too much movie-style self-deception, Sheridan is excellent, and his scenes with the consistently engaging, criminally underemployed Campbell Scott are subtle and serene.
    • 55 Metascore
    • 60 Joe Neumaier
    Here's a rough-and-tumble British drama that, despite a strong spine, ought to be more like its title character: quiet and deadly -- and less showy.
    • 53 Metascore
    • 60 Joe Neumaier
    The problem with Russell Crowe's new take on the legend is that it has one muddy boot in history and the other in fantasy. The middling result is far from a bull's-eye.
    • 35 Metascore
    • 60 Joe Neumaier
    The cast is uniformly appealing in out-of-left-field ways, but writer-director Brooks Branch lets the story amble lazily, which -- like Gabriel and almost every character like him you've ever seen -- gets a little tiring.
    • 51 Metascore
    • 60 Joe Neumaier
    Eisenberg - seemingly in every other movie nowadays - gives his best performance since 2005's "The Squid and the Whale" in a film that dramatizes a fascinating New York story.
    • 69 Metascore
    • 60 Joe Neumaier
    Michael Douglas in Solitary Man, has all the tools of the man who plays him at his disposal. At times in this often engaging, occasionally meandering movie, that's enough to score.
    • 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.
    • 79 Metascore
    • 60 Joe Neumaier
    If you're looking for an incisive portrait of self-generated stardom, you won't do better than this.
    • 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.
    • 46 Metascore
    • 60 Joe Neumaier
    A frenetic, overstuffed but imaginative fantasy.
    • 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.
    • 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
    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.
    • 69 Metascore
    • 60 Joe Neumaier
    Peepli Live may not consistently hit the mark, but it's savvy and humane, which goes a long way.
    • 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.
    • 56 Metascore
    • 60 Joe Neumaier
    The rhythms of this comedy-drama may be familiar, but besides its fratty title, it's surprisingly sophisticated.
    • 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.
    • 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.
    • 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.
    • 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.
    • 83 Metascore
    • 60 Joe Neumaier
    Wiseman films it all without comment, letting the rhythm of the place tell the story.
    • 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.
    • 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.
    • 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.
    • 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.
    • 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.
    • 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.
    • 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.
    • 67 Metascore
    • 60 Joe Neumaier
    With action this strong, the script just needs to be serviceable - and that's exactly what it is.
    • 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.
    • 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.
    • 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.
    • 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.
    • 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.
    • 56 Metascore
    • 60 Joe Neumaier
    Twisty, engaging thriller.
    • 69 Metascore
    • 60 Joe Neumaier
    Riveting, especially since these animals' population has horrifyingly dropped from 450,000 to 20,000 in a half-century.
    • 69 Metascore
    • 60 Joe Neumaier
    More serious-minded than expected, with a unique and savvy point of view.
    • 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.
    • 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.
    • 47 Metascore
    • 60 Joe Neumaier
    Despite the ominous feel, this is a mystery about losing or gaining lives and unknown detours.
    • 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.
    • 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.
    • 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."
    • 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.
    • 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.
    • 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.
    • 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.
    • 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.
    • 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
    Oddly engrossing, off-kilter drama.
    • 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.
    • 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.
    • 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.
    • 57 Metascore
    • 60 Joe Neumaier
    Hey, isn't summer a good time for a salad?
    • 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.
    • 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
    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.
    • 67 Metascore
    • 60 Joe Neumaier
    This hard-working film may not be a balm, but it can help.
    • 57 Metascore
    • 60 Joe Neumaier
    This savvy and sensitive company has unapologetically made a movie for (very) young moviegoers.
    • 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.
    • 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
    Falls short of being revelatory, yet has a mysterious, sturdy power that grows on you.
    • 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.
    • 75 Metascore
    • 60 Joe Neumaier
    The twists and turns involve a high-level assassination, corrupt cops, squint-inducing violence and plenty of fearlessness.
    • 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.
    • 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.
    • 55 Metascore
    • 60 Joe Neumaier
    Without pushing too heavily, Green makes the parallels between Enrique and Michael's situations genuine.
    • 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.
    • 70 Metascore
    • 60 Joe Neumaier
    Before going off in conventional directions, "Circus" is terrifically weird, funny and garish. Bozo and Clarabelle it ain't.
    • 33 Metascore
    • 60 Joe Neumaier
    This thought-provoking but overlong doc wins points for being all-inclusive.
    • 60 Metascore
    • 60 Joe Neumaier
    Despite a pleasantly laid-back demeanor, you wish it would just get focused.
    • 65 Metascore
    • 60 Joe Neumaier
    Keshavarz's vision is clear and heartfelt, and everyone has an urgency in their eyes.
    • 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.
    • 44 Metascore
    • 60 Joe Neumaier
    The jokes are hit-and-miss, but the cast is uniformly game, with Labine stealing the show.
    • 71 Metascore
    • 60 Joe Neumaier
    Has moments of power that push through a fake-out script.
    • 58 Metascore
    • 60 Joe Neumaier
    To see these children of waitresses, salon workers and fathers on disability burdened because they stepped up is humanizing and heartbreaking.
    • 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.
    • 49 Metascore
    • 60 Joe Neumaier
    Though Lorenz Knauer's film is as thoughtful as his subject - with a break for interviews with Pierce Brosnan and Goodall's fellow UN Goodwill Ambassador Angelina Jolie - the study of chimps is given short shrift.
    • 57 Metascore
    • 60 Joe Neumaier
    Transporting as it is, this doc leaves a bad taste in your mouth, if just for the ill will it drudges up.
    • 64 Metascore
    • 60 Joe Neumaier
    Parents should know that the ending makes the last moments of this family-friendly documentary as tough as "Bambi." But the lessons about friendship are gigantic, indeed.
    • 61 Metascore
    • 60 Joe Neumaier
    Director Mateo Gill's autumnal movie has elements of other late-era Westerns in its blood, but it isn't easily pigeonholed. There are shootouts and standoffs, as well as great scenes like one between the grizzled, perfectly cast Shepard and Rea discussing the cost of criminality and the changing morals of old men.
    • 69 Metascore
    • 60 Joe Neumaier
    There's as much social history of L.A.'s racial divide as there is appreciation for the band's big, genre-crossing sound. It all comes together for a rollicking chronicle of verve and nerve.
    • 49 Metascore
    • 60 Joe Neumaier
    In terms of scares, this old-fashioned Thing is better than most new things.
    • 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.
    • 70 Metascore
    • 60 Joe Neumaier
    Almodovar makes some missteps in his icky mélange of melodrama and mischief, but the end result is playfully devious.
    • 67 Metascore
    • 60 Joe Neumaier
    One of the many beautiful things about this affecting, informative doc is the opportunity it gives to see the American college sports world through different eyes.
    • 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.
    • 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.
    • 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.

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