For 1,173 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 Chimpanzee
Lowest review score: 0 About Cherry
Score distribution:
1,173 movie reviews
    • 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.
    • 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.
    • 75 Metascore
    • 60 Joe Neumaier
    The twists and turns involve a high-level assassination, corrupt cops, squint-inducing violence and plenty of fearlessness.
    • 61 Metascore
    • 60 Joe Neumaier
    It's a shame neither actress can truly "go for the jugular," as Alan says at one point. This is a work that would allow for it.
    • 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.
    • 68 Metascore
    • 60 Joe Neumaier
    This is a mother's tale, and in Swinton's expert hands, Eva must ultimately deal with the fallout from an uncomfortable truth: She just never liked her kid.
    • 55 Metascore
    • 60 Joe Neumaier
    Without pushing too heavily, Green makes the parallels between Enrique and Michael's situations genuine.
    • 70 Metascore
    • 60 Joe Neumaier
    Before going off in conventional directions, "Circus" is terrifically weird, funny and garish. Bozo and Clarabelle it ain't.
    • 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.
    • 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.
    • 56 Metascore
    • 60 Joe Neumaier
    There's just some great imitations of what remains an acquired taste.
    • 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.
    • 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.
    • 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.
    • 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.
    • 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.
    • 58 Metascore
    • 60 Joe Neumaier
    This well-made, elegant doc follows the British actress as she travels and discusses life, art, fashion, sex and death with various friends and collaborators, including novelist Paul Auster and photographer Peter Lindbergh.
    • 59 Metascore
    • 60 Joe Neumaier
    It doesn't try too hard, but what The Lie is working at, in its unassuming, amusing way, is a mini-portrait of growing pains in a time of extended adolescence. The truth is, that kind of thing is never easy, no matter what age.
    • 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.
    • 35 Metascore
    • 60 Joe Neumaier
    This quirky indie has an off-kilter, shaggy appeal and a filling story.
    • 70 Metascore
    • 60 Joe Neumaier
    Harrelson though, is in every scene, and seeing him burn up Rampart is positively arresting.
    • 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.
    • 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.
    • 44 Metascore
    • 60 Joe Neumaier
    There is also inspiration in watching her find herself by helping others.
    • 82 Metascore
    • 60 Joe Neumaier
    Acclaimed director Nuri Bilge Ceylan's meditative, at times maddening expression of human mystery and barren landscapes is gorgeous to look at, intriguing to think about and, at times, hard to sit through.
    • 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.
    • 76 Metascore
    • 60 Joe Neumaier
    His story, like the current release "A Separation," shows a glimpse inside Iran of everyday reversals of fortune, and how easy it is to get caught in the crosshairs of bureaucracy, bad judgment and bad luck.
    • 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.
    • 45 Metascore
    • 60 Joe Neumaier
    A well-done, conscientious and funny little film that recalls "Clueless," only with more heart.
    • 67 Metascore
    • 60 Joe Neumaier
    Despite some tough-to-take moments, this challenging, smart movie is worth the trip.
    • 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.
    • 63 Metascore
    • 60 Joe Neumaier
    A cool documentary that pivots adroitly between viewpoints and ambitions.
    • 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.)
    • 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.
    • 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.
    • 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.
    • 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.
    • 74 Metascore
    • 60 Joe Neumaier
    Important and gripping.
    • 45 Metascore
    • 60 Joe Neumaier
    Peace, Love and Misunderstanding has a place for everybody in its heart-of-gold band.
    • 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.
    • 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.
    • 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.
    • 49 Metascore
    • 60 Joe Neumaier
    Its hard sell wears you down and draws you in, even as you know you're being manipulated.
    • 60 Metascore
    • 60 Joe Neumaier
    Yoichi Sai's movie may be a bit tough for young viewers, but it is gentle and illuminating.
    • 53 Metascore
    • 60 Joe Neumaier
    Where Sissy Spacek seemed otherworldly and haunted in De Palma’s film, Moretz (“Hugo,” “Kick-Ass”) is sadder. She’s a terrific young actress.
    • 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.
    • 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.
    • 67 Metascore
    • 60 Joe Neumaier
    No one conveys late-life elegy and cool intellectual cunning like Langella.
    • 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.
    • 66 Metascore
    • 60 Joe Neumaier
    Clayman, who co-directed with filmmaker friends, is fascinating company.
    • 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.
    • 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.
    • 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.
    • 74 Metascore
    • 60 Joe Neumaier
    The movie sometimes has the feel of an Olympic sprinter running in place. There’s so much energy expended to get to one spot. Constant searches beget more searches. It all gets exhausting.
    • 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.
    • 55 Metascore
    • 60 Joe Neumaier
    Quirky, but infinitely more interesting than big-budget Hollywood cousins.
    • 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.
    • 70 Metascore
    • 60 Joe Neumaier
    As a look at how we got from there to here, “Evocateur” is one for the time capsule.
    • 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.
    • 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.
    • 39 Metascore
    • 60 Joe Neumaier
    Before it devolves into typical American-style action, there’s an intriguing, European-style complexity to Dead Man Down.
    • 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.
    • 55 Metascore
    • 60 Joe Neumaier
    This gorgeous-looking documentary is crying out to be remade as a family film feature.
    • 57 Metascore
    • 60 Joe Neumaier
    The movie is tense and coiled for its first hour, then becomes routine in its second half.
    • 75 Metascore
    • 60 Joe Neumaier
    Howard, whose previous tales of men in professional peril include the topnotch “Apollo 13” as well as “Backdraft” and “Cinderella Man,” works with cinematographer Anthony Dod Mantle to create a style in the racing scenes that makes the most of every angle. By the time the final lap of Rush starts, we’re up for the ride.
    • 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.
    • 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.
    • 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.
    • 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.
    • 57 Metascore
    • 60 Joe Neumaier
    Branagh, taking advantage of his experience helming 2011’s “Thor,” shows an allegiance to the genre he’s working in; both as director as co-star, he pours on the menace.
    • 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.
    • 63 Metascore
    • 60 Joe Neumaier
    This beautifully photographed drama is well-played throughout with great conscience without becoming heavy-handed.
    • 45 Metascore
    • 60 Joe Neumaier
    Wahlberg and Johnson are the saving graces of an in-your-face movie.
    • 68 Metascore
    • 60 Joe Neumaier
    The poetry in The Place Beyond the Pines can be elusive, but also easy to get lost in.
    • 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.
    • 45 Metascore
    • 60 Joe Neumaier
    Colorful folks and cool stunts abound, but casual viewers may still utter a big "Why?"
    • 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.
    • 49 Metascore
    • 60 Joe Neumaier
    Leave it to Spike Lee to deliver one of the strangest, most off-putting movies for the Thanksgiving holiday.
    • 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.
    • 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.
    • 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.
    • 81 Metascore
    • 60 Joe Neumaier
    Upstream Color is weird, but it’s worth the time.
    • 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.
    • 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.
    • 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.
    • 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.
    • 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.
    • 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.
    • 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.
    • 61 Metascore
    • 60 Joe Neumaier
    This time the movie really is — as the old theme song promises — sensational, celebrational and Muppetational.
    • 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.
    • 62 Metascore
    • 60 Joe Neumaier
    It’s playful, stable and sexy, thanks to a cast that knows how to find the sweet spots.
    • 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.