For 1,160 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 10.7 points lower than other critics. (0-100 point scale)

Joe Neumaier's Scores

  • Movies
  • TV
Average review score: 49
Highest review score: 100 Crazy Heart
Lowest review score: 0 Battle: Los Angeles
Score distribution:
1,160 movie reviews
    • 67 Metascore
    • 60 Joe Neumaier
    Haywire, clean and no-fuss as it is, needs more action scenes to match Carano's game.
    • 35 Metascore
    • 60 Joe Neumaier
    This quirky indie has an off-kilter, shaggy appeal and a filling story.
    • 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
    The genuinely sweet nature of this sometimes clunky movie is mixed with a little sass, and wins you over.
    • 63 Metascore
    • 60 Joe Neumaier
    A cool documentary that pivots adroitly between viewpoints and ambitions.
    • 63 Metascore
    • 60 Joe Neumaier
    Johnson's feel for the rhythms of reconnection are steady, and she and her fine actors make Return one of only a handful of films to honestly address what to many is heartbreaking reality.
    • 80 Metascore
    • 60 Joe Neumaier
    This quiet drama is not for everyone. It may not even be for fans of Hungarian auteur Bela Tarr, whose spare, naturalistic films can be, well, trying. (The director has said that "Horse" will be his final film.)
    • 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."
    • 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.
    • 74 Metascore
    • 60 Joe Neumaier
    Important and gripping.
    • 65 Metascore
    • 60 Joe Neumaier
    As shown in this disarming and intimate documentary named after their band, the oddness of actually being sought-after was something neither was prepared for.
    • 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.
    • 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.
    • 51 Metascore
    • 60 Joe Neumaier
    What director Andrew Stanton has brought forth from Burroughs' limited, hoary source material is actually kind of fun.
    • 77 Metascore
    • 60 Joe Neumaier
    An extraordinary morsel of a movie, and yes, you'll want sushi afterward. But it won't taste like Jiro's.
    • 69 Metascore
    • 60 Joe Neumaier
    Through it all, Tatum and Hill are totally winning.
    • 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.
    • 73 Metascore
    • 60 Joe Neumaier
    The special effects here are wiry martial artists grunting their way through fight after fight. It's exhausting but exhilarating.
    • 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.
    • 56 Metascore
    • 60 Joe Neumaier
    There's just some great imitations of what remains an acquired taste.
    • 64 Metascore
    • 60 Joe Neumaier
    Affectionate but also winking (the "Star Wars"-riff title gives away its lack of objectivity), with a good history of how far fandom has come, "A Fan's Hope" is really for those who've turned to the far side, but is ready to turn on a tractor beam for everyone else.
    • 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.
    • 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.
    • 64 Metascore
    • 60 Joe Neumaier
    Oasis also takes aim at the bottled-water industry, entertainingly calling in psychologists to break down our fears of what is - or isn't - contaminating what we drink.
    • 72 Metascore
    • 60 Joe Neumaier
    Their devotion to their art is admirable, and the film gets under the skin, if never really in our blood.
    • 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.
    • 45 Metascore
    • 60 Joe Neumaier
    A well-done, conscientious and funny little film that recalls "Clueless," only with more heart.
    • 60 Metascore
    • 60 Joe Neumaier
    Yoichi Sai's movie may be a bit tough for young viewers, but it is gentle and illuminating.
    • 66 Metascore
    • 60 Joe Neumaier
    Clayman, who co-directed with filmmaker friends, is fascinating company.
    • 35 Metascore
    • 60 Joe Neumaier
    The actor (Garcia), whose banked anger has been a secret weapon since "The Untouchables" 25 years ago, paints a fascinating portrait of a man moved by fate.
    • 46 Metascore
    • 60 Joe Neumaier
    Is it all valid? Perhaps. Should the film's questions be addressed? Absolutely.
    • 42 Metascore
    • 60 Joe Neumaier
    As the team gets in shape, a hot new ringer is brought in and the fallen son redeems himself - and director Steve Rash's movie wins us over.
    • 66 Metascore
    • 60 Joe Neumaier
    Abe's day-to-day trials may eventually seem like cheap daytime TV, but Gelber and Solondz know how to nail the uncomfortably funny optimism shadowing American desperation.
    • 45 Metascore
    • 60 Joe Neumaier
    Peace, Love and Misunderstanding has a place for everybody in its heart-of-gold band.
    • 66 Metascore
    • 60 Joe Neumaier
    The faces and voices are endlessly compelling as they talk about what inspires them to lay down beats and recall the early days in New York. Ice-T, disentangled from acting, makes himself a fine focal point.
    • 75 Metascore
    • 60 Joe Neumaier
    This trip through the seminal performance artist's (often literal) body of work is sometimes too cozy, yet Abramovic might argue that objectivity is impossible if truth is the destination.
    • 55 Metascore
    • 60 Joe Neumaier
    Quirky, but infinitely more interesting than big-budget Hollywood cousins.
    • 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.
    • 49 Metascore
    • 60 Joe Neumaier
    Its hard sell wears you down and draws you in, even as you know you're being manipulated.
    • 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.
    • 50 Metascore
    • 60 Joe Neumaier
    Like the politicians it skewers, it knows the real winner is the stupidity, stupid.
    • 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.
    • 67 Metascore
    • 60 Joe Neumaier
    No one conveys late-life elegy and cool intellectual cunning like Langella.
    • 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.
    • 50 Metascore
    • 60 Joe Neumaier
    The boat rides and picnics we're privy to are an enjoyable way to get to a bittersweet conclusion. Yet it's hard not to feel like we've taken this trip before.
    • 55 Metascore
    • 60 Joe Neumaier
    This gorgeous-looking documentary is crying out to be remade as a family film feature.
    • 67 Metascore
    • 60 Joe Neumaier
    As this strong, moving documentary shows, for those who came to the U.S., reconnecting to their culture and blood relatives can result in a generation of young people who feel "somewhere between" Chinese and American. They're never fully one or the other, but in the best cases can feel part of both.
    • 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.
    • 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.
    • 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.
    • 73 Metascore
    • 60 Joe Neumaier
    Though it teeters at times on the edge between potboiler and melodrama, Arbitrage benefits from a notable lack of sympathy for Gere's Gordon Gekko-like Miller. Rather than seeming pat, Jarecki's straightforward cynicism is pointed and purposeful.
    • 58 Metascore
    • 60 Joe Neumaier
    Trouble With the Curve is easily digestible in chunks – if it were a CBS show, it'd be called "Postseason With Morrie" - and it has an affectionate view of grubby motels, greasy diners and small-town scoreboards.
    • 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 !"
    • 45 Metascore
    • 60 Joe Neumaier
    Though too much of this of-the-people, for-the-people chronicle is by necessity gummed up by clunky captions and explanations, it is an effective, and heartfelt, clarion call.
    • 48 Metascore
    • 60 Joe Neumaier
    Like its subject, the movie is not as calculating as it seems.
    • 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.
    • 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.
    • 76 Metascore
    • 60 Joe Neumaier
    Writer-director Julia Loktev sustains the tension for long, Antonioni-esque passages that portend something momentous. The film delivers in unexpected ways, and then ponders what it means.
    • 63 Metascore
    • 60 Joe Neumaier
    This beautifully photographed drama is well-played throughout with great conscience without becoming heavy-handed.
    • 58 Metascore
    • 60 Joe Neumaier
    Toscanini plays a role in the tale, as does Einstein and a young Zubin Mehta. If director Josh Aronson tries to follow a few too many strands of the story, it's only because there's so many tantalizing ones.
    • 67 Metascore
    • 60 Joe Neumaier
    It's been a long, not always linear path to the opening of the new tower, planned for 2014. Yet, as one observer says here, the project has helped heal New York in a very New York way - acrimonious, messy and loud.
    • 73 Metascore
    • 60 Joe Neumaier
    Fearless nonfiction filmmaker Alex Gibney ("Taxi to the Dark Side," "Client 9: The Rise and Fall of Eliot Spitzer") details a history of horrific abuse by Catholic clergy in this tough-to-watch documentary.
    • 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.
    • 91 Metascore
    • 60 Joe Neumaier
    A fascinating and informative, if sometimes stodgy, documentary about the most secret wing of Israel's anti-espionage unit.
    • 60 Metascore
    • 60 Joe Neumaier
    This crisp, involving South African drama comes at you in waves, changing course and tone expertly.
    • 45 Metascore
    • 60 Joe Neumaier
    Colorful folks and cool stunts abound, but casual viewers may still utter a big "Why?"
    • 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.
    • 48 Metascore
    • 60 Joe Neumaier
    Yelling is a prosaic look at a hard life. Like Sweetness, the movie finds its way by instinct.
    • 52 Metascore
    • 60 Joe Neumaier
    Writer-director David Riker's film is tough going, but worth it.
    • 54 Metascore
    • 60 Joe Neumaier
    Movies like this, from "Diner" to "Beautiful Girls" to "Garden State," have a standard trajectory, and this film's no different. But it has a nuance and a rumpled comfort with itself, which turns Fairhaven into an inviting place to visit.
    • 71 Metascore
    • 60 Joe Neumaier
    The politician who almost pathologically asked the question "How'm I doin'?" clearly never needed a view outside his own. Which is as New York as it gets.
    • 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.
    • 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.
    • 39 Metascore
    • 60 Joe Neumaier
    Before it devolves into typical American-style action, there’s an intriguing, European-style complexity to Dead Man Down.
    • 33 Metascore
    • 60 Joe Neumaier
    Nothing terribly special here, but perfectly played and a spiritual cousin to such early ’90s indies as “Naked in New York” and “Ed’s Next Move.”
    • 63 Metascore
    • 60 Joe Neumaier
    So often not in his element — his turn in “Oz the Great and Powerful” is evidence of that — Franco is in freako mode here, and walks a line between spaced-out caricature and just plain Out There.
    • 71 Metascore
    • 60 Joe Neumaier
    Even with no wood sprites, witches or spells, there’s plenty of magic in this coming-of-age charmer.
    • 68 Metascore
    • 60 Joe Neumaier
    The poetry in The Place Beyond the Pines can be elusive, but also easy to get lost in.
    • 80 Metascore
    • 60 Joe Neumaier
    What Room 237 is really about is how movies inspire passion. Which is a great thing, even if it comes out in wack-job ways.
    • 81 Metascore
    • 60 Joe Neumaier
    Upstream Color is weird, but it’s worth the time.
    • 57 Metascore
    • 60 Joe Neumaier
    Atmosphere is three-fourths of the game in a horror film, and The Lords of Salem has it in spades. It’s not too much to say that until this culty-witchy throwback chiller turns too bloody, it shows how far a little style can go.
    • 73 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.
    • 45 Metascore
    • 60 Joe Neumaier
    Wahlberg and Johnson are the saving graces of an in-your-face movie.
    • 70 Metascore
    • 60 Joe Neumaier
    As a look at how we got from there to here, “Evocateur” is one for the time capsule.
    • 53 Metascore
    • 60 Joe Neumaier
    Weixler is a delight, and director Tom Gammill captures the right level of deadpan to pull this off.
    • 55 Metascore
    • 60 Joe Neumaier
    The serious-minded result has many super-cool moments. But when it gets clunky, it’s super-meh.
    • 56 Metascore
    • 60 Joe Neumaier
    A fascinating, alternate-universe look at the dawn of the music-sharing phenom — once a cause of concern in the industry, yet now a footnote to our all-digital music marketplace.
    • 74 Metascore
    • 60 Joe Neumaier
    A gripping, personal examination of a seemingly unresolvable conflict.
    • 56 Metascore
    • 60 Joe Neumaier
    Some may still be surprised at this fun, well-informed chronicle of what was happening in the U.S. as lighted floors, boogie shoes and Saturday night fevers were the rage.
    • 41 Metascore
    • 60 Joe Neumaier
    Director Cathryne Czubek’s well-researched, incredibly lively chronicle of the way guns are marketed to, coveted by, and portrayed with women is a vital glimpse into a cultural phenomenon.
    • 58 Metascore
    • 60 Joe Neumaier
    Families who have already raced to “Monsters University” and “Despicable Me 2” will find Turbo an acceptable third-place finisher. A sort-of escargot-meets-“Cars” adventure, it has some sharp vocal turns and remains fun even when its inventiveness runs out of gas.
    • 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.
    • 89 Metascore
    • 60 Joe Neumaier
    Can’t-look-away stuff, though it’s tough to believe your eyes and ears.
    • 49 Metascore
    • 60 Joe Neumaier
    Think you know all about comedy? This thorough, funny and thoroughly funny chronicle of the Catskills Mountains resorts — that is, the Borscht belt — will still teach you a thing or two.
    • 68 Metascore
    • 60 Joe Neumaier
    Finally, a found-footage thriller that merits, and expands on, this irrationally popular format.
    • 53 Metascore
    • 60 Joe Neumaier
    Much like “La Belle Noiseuse,” the 1991 Jacques Rivette film it resembles, this contemplative drama washes over you.
    • 58 Metascore
    • 60 Joe Neumaier
    Filmed over six years, “Ashes” is joyous and uplifting, full of spirit, memorable athletes (including Olympian Adrien Niyonshuti) and remarkable achievements, both big and small.
    • 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.
    • 60 Metascore
    • 60 Joe Neumaier
    The film winds up as a chronicle of uneasy forgiveness.