For 1,282 reviews, this critic has graded:
  • 27% higher than the average critic
  • 2% same as the average critic
  • 71% 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 Selma
Lowest review score: 0 Only God Forgives
Score distribution:
1,282 movie reviews
    • 69 Metascore
    • 60 Joe Neumaier
    Chronicle is an energetic hodgepodge that tweaks familiar conventions just enough to seem fresh. Forget the X-Men - these are iHeroes.
    • 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.
    • 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.
    • 67 Metascore
    • 60 Joe Neumaier
    With action this strong, the script just needs to be serviceable - and that's exactly what it is.
    • 49 Metascore
    • 60 Joe Neumaier
    In terms of scares, this old-fashioned Thing is better than most new things.
    • 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.
    • 68 Metascore
    • 60 Joe Neumaier
    Plot is not the movie’s strong suit. But stylish set pieces are, including one epic blast-a-thon alongside a pool.
    • 70 Metascore
    • 60 Joe Neumaier
    Even with all the inconvenient truths exposed, Stone's film is still, sadly, inescapably crucial.
    • 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.
    • 64 Metascore
    • 60 Joe Neumaier
    The good-natured cast helps distract from a barely sketched plot and outrageously cheap production values.
    • 70 Metascore
    • 60 Joe Neumaier
    Before going off in conventional directions, "Circus" is terrifically weird, funny and garish. Bozo and Clarabelle it ain't.
    • 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.
    • 61 Metascore
    • 60 Joe Neumaier
    As narrated by Mickey Rourke and with appearances from Arnold Schwarzenegger and Lou Ferrigno, the movie captures the men who mix “sports, entertainment, art and a way of life” — as the former Governator describes body sculpting. It’s their honesty that looms large.
    • 79 Metascore
    • 60 Joe Neumaier
    It's strange to call a film with so much nudity and simulated sex "old-fashioned," but The Sessions nicely bridges that gulf.
    • 47 Metascore
    • 60 Joe Neumaier
    There are big special effects, of course, but refreshingly, this third (and final?) movie in the franchise is like a pleasant stroll through familiar halls.
    • 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.
    • 65 Metascore
    • 60 Joe Neumaier
    Kekilli sensitively portrays Umay's conflicted despair, and the relationship with her son is beautifully rendered.
    • 70 Metascore
    • 60 Joe Neumaier
    Almodovar makes some missteps in his icky mélange of melodrama and mischief, but the end result is playfully devious.
    • 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.
    • 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.
    • 55 Metascore
    • 60 Joe Neumaier
    Filmed — patiently, beautifully — over that same length of time, the film’s day-to-day aches are quiet and lovingly rendered.
    • 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.
    • 56 Metascore
    • 60 Joe Neumaier
    Director Jon S. Baird lets Welsh’s language fill up the room, even when it’s a wee bit hard to fathom.
    • 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.
    • 33 Metascore
    • 60 Joe Neumaier
    This thought-provoking but overlong doc wins points for being all-inclusive.
    • 65 Metascore
    • 60 Joe Neumaier
    While Lucky Them may not be a classic, the actors at least find a cool groove.
    • 53 Metascore
    • 60 Joe Neumaier
    Best of all, we take a trip back to Depression-era New York and grasp its resonance more than 80 years later. Delicious.
    • 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.
    • 70 Metascore
    • 60 Joe Neumaier
    Harrelson though, is in every scene, and seeing him burn up Rampart is positively arresting.
    • 47 Metascore
    • 60 Joe Neumaier
    Despite the ominous feel, this is a mystery about losing or gaining lives and unknown detours.
    • 35 Metascore
    • 60 Joe Neumaier
    Hey, Michael: It's the robots, stupid. Despite all the mechanical mayhem, none of the Transformers stand out.
    • 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."
    • 78 Metascore
    • 60 Joe Neumaier
    This exquisitely acted, genuinely creepy minimalist drama does spin its wheels a bit before a cool conclusion. But the movie has a spark of creativity not seen in “Chappie” or “Eva,” two of the recent robots-among-us flicks.
    • 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.
    • 47 Metascore
    • 60 Joe Neumaier
    It’s never laugh-out-loud funny or inside-track smart, but in a summer full of bombastic failures, a lack of pretense is enough.
    • 55 Metascore
    • 60 Joe Neumaier
    Like a dime-store holiday card, this Christmas Carol is well-crafted but artless, detailed but lacking soul.
    • 67 Metascore
    • 60 Joe Neumaier
    Despite some tough-to-take moments, this challenging, smart movie is worth the trip.
    • 43 Metascore
    • 60 Joe Neumaier
    Grace, especially, gives a turn that could be a twerpy cousin to Tom Cruise's character in "Magnolia"; Fischer's dead-eyed responses to this Mensa-member/player who think he's book jacket-hot are priceless.
    • 67 Metascore
    • 60 Joe Neumaier
    No one conveys late-life elegy and cool intellectual cunning like Langella.
    • 45 Metascore
    • 60 Joe Neumaier
    A racial melodrama that, until it stumbles into obvious and maudlin territory, is a thoughtful work thanks to Octavia Spencer, Anthony Mackie and especially Kevin Costner.
    • 43 Metascore
    • 60 Joe Neumaier
    360
    The reason director Fernando Meirelles' intimate drama 360 succeeds where other adaptations of Arthur Schnitzler's 1897 sexual circle-back play "La Ronde" haven't is, ironically, because it puts less emphasis on body heat and more on intellectual coolness.
    • 68 Metascore
    • 60 Joe Neumaier
    Director Craig Zobel's indie, based on real cases, has a sharp psychological point and a can't-look-away quality even as it turns horrifically dark.
    • 45 Metascore
    • 60 Joe Neumaier
    Wahlberg and Johnson are the saving graces of an in-your-face movie.
    • 60 Metascore
    • 60 Joe Neumaier
    Yoichi Sai's movie may be a bit tough for young viewers, but it is gentle and illuminating.
    • 64 Metascore
    • 60 Joe Neumaier
    While McNairy and Mendelsohn are solid but almost too showy, Liotta, Jenkins, Sam Shepard and a chewy supporting cast beautifully fill in the blanks. Killing Them Softly adds each of its characters to a punchy, prosaic tale that believes in America, one way or another.
    • 73 Metascore
    • 60 Joe Neumaier
    Overlong but ambitious, Woo proves he's as good at tactical maneuvers as he is at close-quarters combat.
    • 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
    Writer Sarah Koskoff's nuanced script and director Todd Louiso's ("Love, Liza") delicate tone follow indie terrain, but go the right way.
    • 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.
    • 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.
    • 35 Metascore
    • 60 Joe Neumaier
    This quirky indie has an off-kilter, shaggy appeal and a filling story.
    • 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.
    • 52 Metascore
    • 60 Joe Neumaier
    There’s great repartee between its cast of this “based on a true [but forgotten] story” of World War II. Yet the film overall isn’t colorful enough.
    • 53 Metascore
    • 60 Joe Neumaier
    This eerily unsettling indie takes a few pleasantly unexpected turns before winding up in a traditional place. But if you think it isn’t worth the time, you have another think coming.
    • 91 Metascore
    • 60 Joe Neumaier
    A fascinating and informative, if sometimes stodgy, documentary about the most secret wing of Israel's anti-espionage unit.
    • 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.
    • 50 Metascore
    • 60 Joe Neumaier
    This all feels like an homage to Gilliam’s “Brazil,” though Zero Theorem also has shadows of “12 Monkeys” and other films in the onetime Monty Python animator’s cinematic carnival.
    • 80 Metascore
    • 60 Joe Neumaier
    Though it’s more testimonial exhibit than movie, “Unjust” remains a crucial document.
    • 70 Metascore
    • 60 Joe Neumaier
    A look into one of the most invisible, and crucial, of cinematic disciplines. Using the seminal casting director Marion Dougherty as a subject, the film walks us through the intricacies of casting, with insight from Woody Allen, Martin Scorsese, Robert Redford and others.
    • 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.
    • 60 Metascore
    • 60 Joe Neumaier
    This crisp, involving South African drama comes at you in waves, changing course and tone expertly.
    • 52 Metascore
    • 60 Joe Neumaier
    The fights are strong (though the 49-year-old director’s are slo-mo), and the surface is calm. Say “Whoa!” if you like, but it’s cool.
    • 72 Metascore
    • 60 Joe Neumaier
    Rather than go for big ideas, the movie cozies up to small wonders. Instead of an ah-ha moment, we get a sigh of familiarity. Still, in this biopic about Hawking, there’s one explosion that blows your mind: Eddie Redmayne’s performance. Redmayne as Hawking, if the stars align, should be an Oscar lock.
    • 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.
    • 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.
    • 48 Metascore
    • 60 Joe Neumaier
    Like its subject, the movie is not as calculating as it seems.
    • 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.
    • 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.
    • 63 Metascore
    • 60 Joe Neumaier
    Interviews with survivors fill us in on the personalities of the lost, but the background of K2, with archival footage from 1954, is equally gripping.
    • 76 Metascore
    • 60 Joe Neumaier
    And always there’s Wojtowicz himself, who died in 2006. His patter and persona must be seen to be believed. This guy was a piece of work, and so is The Dog.
    • 65 Metascore
    • 60 Joe Neumaier
    While the film becomes slightly redundant, the anger and strife its characters cannot overcome is awful, poetic and, frankly, astonishing.
    • 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.
    • 83 Metascore
    • 60 Joe Neumaier
    The movie’s spell is solid, even if it doesn’t soar to the heights it could.
    • 73 Metascore
    • 60 Joe Neumaier
    Part of the problem with "P&F" is that Tiana and Naveen's connection feels superficial.
    • 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.
    • 60 Metascore
    • 60 Joe Neumaier
    The film winds up as a chronicle of uneasy forgiveness.
    • 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
    Any movie with food as a motif runs the risk of pouring on the metaphor, and that happens here, too.
    • 74 Metascore
    • 60 Joe Neumaier
    Joe
    Joe and director David Gordon Green find a middle ground between the old, vulnerable Cage and the one that seemed to eat that other guy. Good to have him back.
    • 55 Metascore
    • 60 Joe Neumaier
    Without pushing too heavily, Green makes the parallels between Enrique and Michael's situations genuine.
    • 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.
    • 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.
    • 77 Metascore
    • 60 Joe Neumaier
    Saulnier accomplishes something rare here. He has an ability to convey depth of feeling and ominousness without tricks or even musical cues.
    • 68 Metascore
    • 60 Joe Neumaier
    Director Tiller Russell sometimes get sidetracked — a dangerous thing in a story that already has a lot of twists, turns and off-ramps. But it’s a story you have to hear, from the guys who lived it and may never live it down.
    • 72 Metascore
    • 60 Joe Neumaier
    Pieced together, these behind-the-scenes moments are a thrill for history buffs. From the moon landing to the resignations, this is raw Nixon.
    • 56 Metascore
    • 60 Joe Neumaier
    There's just some great imitations of what remains an acquired taste.
    • 64 Metascore
    • 60 Joe Neumaier
    Because it's so rooted in real life, the drama Good Kill is even more terrifying than “The Purge,” Ethan Hawke’s horror film from two years ago.
    • 68 Metascore
    • 60 Joe Neumaier
    Scenes of Favreau at the grill bantering with Leguizamo and Cannavale could almost sustain an entire movie.
    • 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.
    • 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.
    • 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.
    • 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.
    • 39 Metascore
    • 60 Joe Neumaier
    Before it devolves into typical American-style action, there’s an intriguing, European-style complexity to Dead Man Down.
    • 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.
    • 49 Metascore
    • 60 Joe Neumaier
    Leave it to Spike Lee to deliver one of the strangest, most off-putting movies for the Thanksgiving holiday.
    • 56 Metascore
    • 60 Joe Neumaier
    The movie covers all the bases, but doesn’t advance the story.
    • 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.
    • 58 Metascore
    • 60 Joe Neumaier
    The modern, gritty Western Frontera takes a lot of the clichés and delicately upends them to tell a tale about undocumented immigrants.
    • 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.

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