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 Time Out of Mind
Lowest review score: 0 Hot Tub Time Machine 2
Score distribution:
1347 movie reviews
    • 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.
    • 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.)
    • 67 Metascore
    • 60 Joe Neumaier
    The film isn't easy to watch, but its portrait of perseverance and ecological commitment is enlightening.
    • 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."
    • 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.
    • 77 Metascore
    • 60 Joe Neumaier
    This terrific, full-meal chronicle of the men and their mouths lets us hear from them not only during debates, but also in subsequent interviews, memoirs and articles.
    • 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.
    • 69 Metascore
    • 60 Joe Neumaier
    Through it all, Tatum and Hill are totally winning.
    • 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.
    • 74 Metascore
    • 60 Joe Neumaier
    The shadow of Terrence Malick falls hard across this Texas crime drama, a beautiful-looking prose poem that starts strong but winds up with nowhere to go.
    • 62 Metascore
    • 60 Joe Neumaier
    The movie is filled with fun '50s Americana.
    • 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.
    • 57 Metascore
    • 60 Joe Neumaier
    Writer-director Kari Skogland adapts a beloved Canadian novel gracefully and with plenty of spunk, the same way its main character moves through the world from cradle to grave.
    • 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.
    • 74 Metascore
    • 60 Joe Neumaier
    A gripping, personal examination of a seemingly unresolvable conflict.
    • 40 Metascore
    • 60 Joe Neumaier
    The modern stuff is undeniably fawning. But given the eye-popping visuals, you understand the enthusiasm. Especially if you left your heart, and thousands of dollars in quarters, in an arcade.
    • 60 Metascore
    • 60 Joe Neumaier
    Oddly engrossing, off-kilter drama.
    • 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.
    • 75 Metascore
    • 60 Joe Neumaier
    The movie grips us partly because Bakri’s performance is alternately casual and calculated.
    • 76 Metascore
    • 60 Joe Neumaier
    Jodorowsky turns his own youth into an odd, hypnotic mishmash.
    • 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.
    • 59 Metascore
    • 60 Joe Neumaier
    Often it’s the fighters themselves who best sum up the appeal of “the sweet science.”
    • 57 Metascore
    • 60 Joe Neumaier
    Cahill, who did the equally heady, intriguing drama “Another Earth” (2011), keeps the tone consistent. He makes certain his cast walks a savvy tightrope, keeping things taut.
    • 69 Metascore
    • 60 Joe Neumaier
    Peepli Live may not consistently hit the mark, but it's savvy and humane, which goes a long way.
    • 79 Metascore
    • 60 Joe Neumaier
    Scott Thomas breathes more emotion into Juliette's affectless, haunted demeanor than most actors do with pages of dialogue.
    • 83 Metascore
    • 60 Joe Neumaier
    Intimate and intellectual, the film — with a title taken from J.D. Salinger — focuses on the type of person you pass on the street, see in a coffee shop or sit next to on the subway who makes you wonder what life he’s led. One full of melody and muse, it turns out.
    • 58 Metascore
    • 60 Joe Neumaier
    Once it's high-concept plot kicks in, Gervais' hilariously self-deprecating persona is really all that keeps it grounded.
    • 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.
    • 67 Metascore
    • 60 Joe Neumaier
    Branagh, working from a script by Chris Weitz, gives the film emotional heft. James’ performance — never saccharine, often staunchly independent — makes the story’s more regressive elements float away.
    • 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.
    • 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.
    • 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.
    • 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.
    • 34 Metascore
    • 60 Joe Neumaier
    The Lifeguard is one of those deceptive movies that, to its credit, winds up being about more than just an easy-to-describe tagline. In this case, that line would be: “Woman goes back to hometown, sleeps with high school boy.”
    • 76 Metascore
    • 60 Joe Neumaier
    What's cool and always kicky is seeing a country's irreverent movie trash being treated with such, well, reverence.
    • 66 Metascore
    • 60 Joe Neumaier
    Quiet moments after big decisions are where the power lies in this absorbing French drama.
    • 59 Metascore
    • 60 Joe Neumaier
    At least Leonardo DiCaprio, grounded and sure, has commitment to spare. His portrayal of Hoover is undeniably terrific.
    • 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.
    • 74 Metascore
    • 60 Joe Neumaier
    Important and gripping.
    • 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.”
    • 88 Metascore
    • 60 Joe Neumaier
    The result is a film almost too reliant on its players to push it through.
    • 68 Metascore
    • 60 Joe Neumaier
    The Double belongs to a very specific club. If you’re on its wavelength, it’s a dive into quirky, murky fun. But even if you are, this oddball offering is vague and slippery, a calmer brother to “Brazil” or Orson Welles’ Kafka tale “The Trial.”
    • 84 Metascore
    • 60 Joe Neumaier
    The film features plenty of elements that seem familiar from previous cinematic dystopian visions — class warfare, decrepit living, a feeling of terminal velocity — yet you can’t help but admire director Bong Joon-ho’s high-wire act.
    • 83 Metascore
    • 60 Joe Neumaier
    Watching Ushio Shinohara and his wife Noriko make their art, we’re reminded of how much life is inside even the most abstract of pieces.
    • 51 Metascore
    • 60 Joe Neumaier
    It's about watching two always-fine actors do a lot with very little.
    • 57 Metascore
    • 60 Joe Neumaier
    Hey, isn't summer a good time for a salad?
    • 59 Metascore
    • 60 Joe Neumaier
    A colorful account of the life and art of the recently retired Drew Struzan, whose amazing poster work from the 1970s onward still delights cineastes and casual observers.
    • 56 Metascore
    • 60 Joe Neumaier
    The most pleasant surprise in the movie adaptation of "Watchmen" is the pop-art fusion set off by placing superheroes in a "real" world. The film's biggest challenge – and accomplishment – was making that plausible.
    • 61 Metascore
    • 60 Joe Neumaier
    It never comes to much more than an atmospheric head-scratcher.
    • 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.
    • 67 Metascore
    • 60 Joe Neumaier
    This hard-working film may not be a balm, but it can help.
    • 70 Metascore
    • 60 Joe Neumaier
    You see the spark of 'this is cool!,' but you don't sense a purpose. The underconceived Public Enemies suffers from that lack of drive, though Johnny Depp is so urgent and charismatic as John Dillinger, he provides enough firepower to make the film legit.
    • 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.
    • 59 Metascore
    • 60 Joe Neumaier
    Culminating in a high-scoring, exciting game, "Gunnin'" scores.
    • 56 Metascore
    • 60 Joe Neumaier
    The best twist is how Neeson’s growly presence makes a bumpy ride enjoyable.
    • 43 Metascore
    • 60 Joe Neumaier
    If you're going to pick the werewolf as your favorite monster, there's a lot to appreciate in the shaggy, imperfect but still fun new version of The Wolf Man.
    • 61 Metascore
    • 60 Joe Neumaier
    Dilutes the idea some by giving every four-legged hero a story arc. And there's not enough of the first movie's super-erudite monkeys. Yet the sitcom-style silliness is still there, and it's nice to see that the old "grin or frown as you wave a hand across your face" joke still has cross-generational, and cross-species, appeal.
    • 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.
    • 38 Metascore
    • 60 Joe Neumaier
    Entourage plays like a solid, if slightly too long, episode. But even given the bloat, the cast’s easy camaraderie and a “play it as it lays” atmosphere wins you over.
    • 57 Metascore
    • 60 Joe Neumaier
    This savvy and sensitive company has unapologetically made a movie for (very) young moviegoers.
    • 89 Metascore
    • 60 Joe Neumaier
    Can’t-look-away stuff, though it’s tough to believe your eyes and ears.
    • 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.
    • 53 Metascore
    • 60 Joe Neumaier
    Affleck is playing someone split down the middle, but we're stuck seeing only one side of him.
    • 53 Metascore
    • 60 Joe Neumaier
    If you succumb to The Better Angels, the effect is like falling into a gorgeous photograph, but that also means the narrative in this arthouse film is oblique and sketchy.
    • 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.
    • 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.
    • 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.
    • 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.
    • 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.
    • 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.
    • 66 Metascore
    • 60 Joe Neumaier
    Luckily, Son of Rambow, a comedy that's part kid-buddy flick, part valentine to filmmaking - and full of heart - has both.
    • 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.
    • 68 Metascore
    • 60 Joe Neumaier
    This mellow chronicle of Nat Hentoff is like a tour through New York’s past.
    • 68 Metascore
    • 60 Joe Neumaier
    Finally, a found-footage thriller that merits, and expands on, this irrationally popular format.
    • 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.
    • 58 Metascore
    • 60 Joe Neumaier
    For all its shortcomings, “Gigolo” knows when to turn on the charm.
    • 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.
    • 66 Metascore
    • 60 Joe Neumaier
    Has two aces going for it: Soderbergh's poking at the maze­like holes in American business and Damon's whirling dervish performance.
    • 71 Metascore
    • 60 Joe Neumaier
    Filled with horrific but colorful anecdotes, director Joe Berlinger’s incisive look at the mobster life of Boston career criminal and FBI informant “Whitey” Bulger is essential viewing for fans of lurid, true underworld tales.
    • 53 Metascore
    • 60 Joe Neumaier
    Much like “La Belle Noiseuse,” the 1991 Jacques Rivette film it resembles, this contemplative drama washes over you.
    • 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.
    • 57 Metascore
    • 60 Joe Neumaier
    The cast hits the right notes. Fraser, switching between affable good sport and heroic goofball, clearly doesn't mind this stuff. He realized early on with "George of the Jungle," "Dudley Do-Right" and the "Mummy" movies that his B-movie build and persona is perfect for live-action cartoons.
    • 38 Metascore
    • 60 Joe Neumaier
    The actors make the raucousness feel as easy as the cinematic couples therapy.
    • 44 Metascore
    • 60 Joe Neumaier
    Monument Valley makes an appearance, and there are soulful moments of slow motion. There’s enough heart here to make up for whatever first-timer miscalculations ride along too.
    • 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.
    • 66 Metascore
    • 60 Joe Neumaier
    Ridley and Benjamin have done more than capture Hendrix’s moves and sounds. They’ve captured his spirit.
    • 65 Metascore
    • 60 Joe Neumaier
    The success here is mostly due to nuanced performances and an appreciation for what these kinds of films require.
    • 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.
    • 84 Metascore
    • 60 Joe Neumaier
    The final result somehow undersells a man whose life and death were watershed moments in the gay rights movement.
    • 58 Metascore
    • 60 Joe Neumaier
    The result isn't bland, but it's not exactly Bond either.
    • 57 Metascore
    • 60 Joe Neumaier
    The movie is tense and coiled for its first hour, then becomes routine in its second half.
    • 65 Metascore
    • 60 Joe Neumaier
    As seen in Charlie Victor Romeo (code for “Cockpit Voice Recorder”), the events are almost unbearably gripping.
    • 49 Metascore
    • 60 Joe Neumaier
    With a snappy score made up of American standards and tons of Gallic spice, “Love” wins us over.
    • 46 Metascore
    • 60 Joe Neumaier
    A frenetic, overstuffed but imaginative fantasy.
    • 67 Metascore
    • 60 Joe Neumaier
    Haywire, clean and no-fuss as it is, needs more action scenes to match Carano's game.
    • 80 Metascore
    • 60 Joe Neumaier
    This unhurried, novelistic movie is worth looking into.
    • 67 Metascore
    • 60 Joe Neumaier
    Just when it seemed Hal Hartley was going to be forgotten, along comes the Long Island-based auteur’s terrific new feature. It’s a follow-up to his opus “Henry Fool.”
    • 54 Metascore
    • 60 Joe Neumaier
    Writer-director David Riker's film is tough going, but worth it.
    • 46 Metascore
    • 60 Joe Neumaier
    Kline sinks his old smoothie teeth into the part of Flynn, but is careful not to draw blood too easily. The man’s pathetic nature, after all, doesn’t spring from his movies. (Flynn worked right up to his death, in 1959.) It’s deeper than that, but also more shallow. Walking that knife’s edge is a trick. Kline finds exactly the right path.

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