For 1,347 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 11.3 points lower than other critics. (0-100 point scale)

Joe Neumaier's Scores

  • Movies
  • TV
Average review score: 49
Highest review score: 100 Mad Max: Fury Road
Lowest review score: 0 Pixels
Score distribution:
1347 movie reviews
    • 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.
    • 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
    At least Leonardo DiCaprio, grounded and sure, has commitment to spare. His portrayal of Hoover is undeniably terrific.
    • 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.
    • 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.
    • 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.
    • 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.
    • 70 Metascore
    • 60 Joe Neumaier
    Harrelson though, is in every scene, and seeing him burn up Rampart is positively arresting.
    • 46 Metascore
    • 60 Joe Neumaier
    There is also inspiration in watching her find herself by helping others.
    • 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.
    • 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.
    • 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.
    • 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.
    • 48 Metascore
    • 60 Joe Neumaier
    The result ends up like an "SNL" skit: knowingly over-the-top but still fun.
    • 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.
    • 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.
    • 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.
    • 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.
    • 74 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.

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