For 1,169 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 10.8 points lower than other critics. (0-100 point scale)

Joe Neumaier's Scores

  • Movies
  • TV
Average review score: 49
Highest review score: 100 Blue Valentine
Lowest review score: 0 Ender's Game
Score distribution:
1,169 movie reviews
    • 100 Metascore
    • 100 Joe Neumaier
    This bold movie may sound like a stunt, but it’s so much more than that. Linklater is an effortless, genial auteur, and his passions are woven through “Dazed and Confused,” “School of Rock” and the “Before Sunrise” trilogy. Here, his mellow groove becomes an everyday rhythm.
    • 97 Metascore
    • 100 Joe Neumaier
    McQueen has made a film comparable to “Schindler’s List” — art that may be hard to watch, but which is an essential look at man’s inhumanity to man. It is wrenching, but 12 Years a Slave earns its tears in a way few films ever do.
    • 96 Metascore
    • 100 Joe Neumaier
    A thrill ride with a brain.
    • 95 Metascore
    • 100 Joe Neumaier
    A work deeper than its nickname, "The Facebook Movie," hints at - coils around your brain. Weeks after seeing it, moments from it will haunt you.
    • 95 Metascore
    • 80 Joe Neumaier
    What finally sticks in the mind about "ZDT" is its precision. What the film says about getting information from terrorism suspects in an era of high-tech surveillance depends on your point of view. What is unquestionable is how powerful its full scope is.
    • 95 Metascore
    • 80 Joe Neumaier
    Together and apart, Hatami and Maadi are magnetic. Hatami, a star in Iranian cinema, lets us see Simin's intelligence and defiant sense of self-worth often with nothing more than a gesture.
    • 94 Metascore
    • 100 Joe Neumaier
    Delpy and Hawke, who’ve invested this trilogy with the fine shadings of life lived, do extraordinary things with small moments.
    • 94 Metascore
    • 80 Joe Neumaier
    Rotates around a rusty little robotic hero who's built, as the movie is, with such emotion, brains and humor that whole universes exist in his whirring tones and binocular eyes.
    • 94 Metascore
    • 100 Joe Neumaier
    Small victories that turn into defeats, long walks to gain little ground, little wounds that get deeper every day - growing old is a war, and movies rarely go there. Michael Haneke's amazing, dignified Amour is the exception.
    • 92 Metascore
    • 100 Joe Neumaier
    While the vocal performances of Hanks, Allen and company make up a perfect ensemble, and its visual leaps astound, TS3's real power sneaks up on you.
    • 91 Metascore
    • 80 Joe Neumaier
    The film is a mystery uncovered like a detective story, wrapped in a love letter.
    • 91 Metascore
    • 60 Joe Neumaier
    A fascinating and informative, if sometimes stodgy, documentary about the most secret wing of Israel's anti-espionage unit.
    • 90 Metascore
    • 60 Joe Neumaier
    Amid all the hokey hill stuff, Lawrence's hard eyes and manner draw us in.
    • 90 Metascore
    • 100 Joe Neumaier
    There’s a great fever-dream quality to David O. Russell’s American Hustle that instantly reels you in.
    • 89 Metascore
    • 60 Joe Neumaier
    Can’t-look-away stuff, though it’s tough to believe your eyes and ears.
    • 89 Metascore
    • 80 Joe Neumaier
    History has made his midair stroll meaningful, but the film shows how even then, everyone - from Petit to his accomplices to the cops who were waiting for him atop the North Tower - recognized the stunt's crazy poetry.
    • 89 Metascore
    • 80 Joe Neumaier
    Ida
    Ida is photographed in gorgeous black-and-white cinematography. A deep focus allows every corner of the simple, serene compositions to be seen clearly. The economy of story and dialogue extends to the running time — at barely 90 minutes, the movie feels full, yet free of excess.
    • 88 Metascore
    • 80 Joe Neumaier
    A kind of historical detective story made up of haunting montages, including a theater performance featuring a heartbroken musician that's absolutely chilling.
    • 88 Metascore
    • 80 Joe Neumaier
    Ferguson doesn't aim to entertain; he wants answers, and talks to many of the enabling weasels.
    • 88 Metascore
    • 100 Joe Neumaier
    Despite being about a royal family at a critical moment in history, The King's Speech doesn't shout about its many strengths. Rather, it urges you to lean in close, where its intelligence and heart come through loud and clear.
    • 88 Metascore
    • 60 Joe Neumaier
    The result is a film almost too reliant on its players to push it through.
    • 87 Metascore
    • 100 Joe Neumaier
    The irony is that Ebert famously lost his actual voice. Yet as the extraordinary documentary Life Itself shows, that couldn’t quiet one of America’s most beloved critics and cultural commentators.
    • 87 Metascore
    • 80 Joe Neumaier
    This extraordinary hybrid of a movie lives and breathes the game, yet its achievement is bigger than that. There's a touch of old-fashioned romanticism here, but more crucially there's strategy going on inside Bennett Miller's movie that turns it into something cool and special.
    • 86 Metascore
    • 80 Joe Neumaier
    The history lesson in Steven Spielberg's austere, engrossing Lincoln is less about the revered President himself but his method for justice.
    • 86 Metascore
    • 100 Joe Neumaier
    Mary's search drives The Tillman Story, and throughout this taut, true epic, we see a smart, sometimes angry, always loving family find their destiny: to speak truth to power, to call wartime myths what they are and to show how the American character is not about blind obedience.
    • 86 Metascore
    • 80 Joe Neumaier
    Capturing family on film — the real rhythms of family, with all the annoyances, awkwardness and affection — is tough. Tougher still is wrestling a story around the murky emotional waters of Midwestern relatives. Yet one needn’t be cut from that cloth to see the hilarious beauty, and the beautiful honesty, in Nebraska.
    • 86 Metascore
    • 100 Joe Neumaier
    Director Werner Herzog's latest cinematic mind trip blows you away with its beauty.
    • 86 Metascore
    • 80 Joe Neumaier
    Quiet, soulful and wrenching.
    • 86 Metascore
    • 100 Joe Neumaier
    Argo is movie magic. Ben Affleck's third directorial outing, is an entertaining, real-life, race-the-clock thriller that nabs you at the start and never makes a wrong move.
    • 86 Metascore
    • 80 Joe Neumaier
    This superb, cerebral film about unchecked belief is a fictionalized and cutting drama hinging on the origins of Scientology. Scratch around a bit, though, and its wider indictments become clear.
    • 86 Metascore
    • 60 Joe Neumaier
    Trippy in the right way, and wholly enchanting.
    • 86 Metascore
    • 80 Joe Neumaier
    This is crucial work, evidenced by a line on a wall of R.I.P. graffiti that reads simply, "I am next." This film of common folks fighting the seemingly inevitable is just as moving.
    • 86 Metascore
    • 40 Joe Neumaier
    Winds up feeling like a form of emotional tourism. The images recall Terrence Malick, but the film fills "atmosphere" into dry narrative holes where a story should reside.
    • 85 Metascore
    • 60 Joe Neumaier
    Like a more personal, less pretentious version of Alejandro González Iñárritu's "Babel," this spiraling dissection of circumstance, choice and fate is more about thoroughness of vision than tricky storytelling.
    • 85 Metascore
    • 60 Joe Neumaier
    Director Samuel Maoz's gripping you-are-there feel does for tanks what "Das Boot" did for submarines, and that chokehold only gets tighter as this taut drama about the 1982 Israeli-Lebanese war goes on.
    • 85 Metascore
    • 80 Joe Neumaier
    Watch Mulligan's face as she goes from weary to awakened, and see it all come together.
    • 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.
    • 85 Metascore
    • 60 Joe Neumaier
    Even after experiencing the film, what they've gone through - and how they deal with it - deliberately remains a mystery.
    • 85 Metascore
    • 80 Joe Neumaier
    Like so much in this astounding, consistently beautiful and challenging movie, the answer depends on what you bring to it. Think of it as the Ultimate Anti-Summer-Blockbuster.
    • 85 Metascore
    • 100 Joe Neumaier
    One of the most extraordinary films you’ll see this year.
    • 84 Metascore
    • 60 Joe Neumaier
    Director Lee Chang-dong's soulful, affecting film is as quiet as a tomb and has a disturbing, critical underside that's hard to shake off.
    • 84 Metascore
    • 60 Joe Neumaier
    The final result somehow undersells a man whose life and death were watershed moments in the gay rights movement.
    • 84 Metascore
    • 80 Joe Neumaier
    Gordon-Levitt is flinty, and Willis, on his A-game, is fiery. Together, they take us on a helluva trip.
    • 84 Metascore
    • 80 Joe Neumaier
    Payne's observational humor and attention to detail yield something emotionally epic. Everything from beachfront jogs to hospital confessions reveals layers of humanity and absurdity.
    • 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.
    • 84 Metascore
    • 80 Joe Neumaier
    If Woodroof is the movie’s guts, Rayon is its heart, and Leto (TV’s “My So-Called Life,” “Alexander”) is stunningly perfect, even when the story veers ever so slightly into expected territory.
    • 83 Metascore
    • 60 Joe Neumaier
    Wiseman films it all without comment, letting the rhythm of the place tell the story.
    • 83 Metascore
    • 100 Joe Neumaier
    Gyllenhaal is charming and makes unexpected choices in her performance, but this is Bridges' show, and he's as Best Actor-worthy as he's ever been.
    • 83 Metascore
    • 60 Joe Neumaier
    Avatar clears the hurdle in terms of being optical candy. Its story, though, is pure cheese.
    • 83 Metascore
    • 100 Joe Neumaier
    The new Star Trek is more than a coat of paint on a space-age wagon train. It's an exciting, stellar-yet-earthy blast that successfully blends the hip and the classic.
    • 83 Metascore
    • 80 Joe Neumaier
    After a summer of robots, mutants and explosions, the beautifully honest, grownup Love is Strange is a treat.
    • 83 Metascore
    • 100 Joe Neumaier
    An extraordinary, must-see examination of what humans do to killer whales so that these amazing creatures can become one more entertainment.
    • 83 Metascore
    • 80 Joe Neumaier
    Falarde, in adapting a play, has a sweet, humanistic approach reminiscent of Bill Forsyth's '80s dramedies that lets "Lazhar's" protagonist and his class shine.
    • 83 Metascore
    • 80 Joe Neumaier
    If only this were a media-fueled tall tale and not one poor creature's lifelong nightmare.
    • 83 Metascore
    • 60 Joe Neumaier
    The movie’s spell is solid, even if it doesn’t soar to the heights it could.
    • 83 Metascore
    • 100 Joe Neumaier
    The most gripping based-on-fact film so far this year.
    • 83 Metascore
    • 70 Joe Neumaier
    Drag Me to Hell is an eyeball-gouging lesson in how to make a genre flick and live to tell about it.
    • 83 Metascore
    • 100 Joe Neumaier
    It shows that life is what happens when you're busy making other plans. And how, in case we forget, every age can predict the next.
    • 83 Metascore
    • 40 Joe Neumaier
    Filmmakers Tia Lessin and Carl Deal utilize the footage Kim and Scott Roberts had taken throughout the disaster, showing how residents suffered, survived and came together to help when official assistance let them down.
    • 82 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.
    • 82 Metascore
    • 80 Joe Neumaier
    Film enthusiasts especially will appreciate this wonky but fascinating documentary about the process of making movies.
    • 82 Metascore
    • 70 Joe Neumaier
    Once Franco's on his own, everything is played across this terrific actor's deceptively goofy face.
    • 82 Metascore
    • 80 Joe Neumaier
    Filled with striking images and the ghosts of lives lived in hardship and war, Incendies is tough but impactful.
    • 82 Metascore
    • 80 Joe Neumaier
    Short Term 12 wraps up with one of the most touchingly memorable last moments of any film this year. Despite a title that’s hard to recall, this brief but resonant movie sticks with you.
    • 82 Metascore
    • 60 Joe Neumaier
    A thoughtful drama about guys who have a moment in the big time before returning home to an odd reflected glory.
    • 82 Metascore
    • 40 Joe Neumaier
    Aiming for lightness but landing with a thud, Frances Ha is a well-meaning blunder. Director Noah Baumbach’s ode to Brooklyn twentysomething life is a flibbertigibbet fable that, like a self-absorbed flirt you meet at a party, grates on the nerves despite being easy on the eyes.
    • 82 Metascore
    • 60 Joe Neumaier
    An emotionally devastating drama that isn't for the squeamish.
    • 82 Metascore
    • 100 Joe Neumaier
    The focus in James Ponsoldt’s affecting, intelligent drama is a pair of teenagers, and in them is so much complexity and heart that this casually paced gem feels rich in scope. They’re two of the most carefully created figures on screen this year, and yet their normalness takes us by surprise.
    • 82 Metascore
    • 60 Joe Neumaier
    Haneke's superb cast provide beautifully measured hints at the disconnect between the ribbon's symbolism and the entire town's unspoken atrocities.
    • 82 Metascore
    • 80 Joe Neumaier
    This brisk but full documentary about students at a Bronx high school taking a class that promotes literacy and poetry slams is, like its subjects, multifaceted, sometimes sad but ultimately inspiring.
    • 82 Metascore
    • 80 Joe Neumaier
    Director Joe Berlinger mixes archival footage, concert scenes, interviews and present-day reunions to meld a harmonious, fair-minded, energetic and enlightening portrait of one masterpiece's moment in time.
    • 82 Metascore
    • 100 Joe Neumaier
    Twisted, tortured, terrifying - and terrific.
    • 82 Metascore
    • 20 Joe Neumaier
    The result is a dull, high-minded soap opera.
    • 82 Metascore
    • 40 Joe Neumaier
    Has moments of honesty, but more often the barren landscape - both outside and inside - drains the emotions out of the film.
    • 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.
    • 81 Metascore
    • 80 Joe Neumaier
    This macabre-yet-moving Argentinian drama from director Juan Jose Campanella is nuanced and full of intelligence and emotion; just when you think you have a bead on it, it gently swerves into richer places.
    • 81 Metascore
    • 100 Joe Neumaier
    Halfway into Blue Valentine, a work so beautifully acted and emotionally honest it is my choice for best movie of the year, there's an amazing flashback scene you hope never ends.
    • 81 Metascore
    • 60 Joe Neumaier
    A pensive and searching drama that explores how deep into the national psyche these murders in the Katyn forest went.
    • 81 Metascore
    • 80 Joe Neumaier
    Beginners is filled with crises of identity, but underneath it all is a beautifully humane, sweet and intelligent movie that knows exactly what it is at every moment.
    • 81 Metascore
    • 80 Joe Neumaier
    Arnold generally steers clear of cinematic melodrama, and Jarvis infuses the entire film with the sort of kinetic spirit that heralds a new talent.
    • 81 Metascore
    • 40 Joe Neumaier
    No
    The result was remarkable, but the story of it, while true to the moment, needed — ironically — much more dynamism.
    • 81 Metascore
    • 80 Joe Neumaier
    Just when we thought Quentin Tarantino had shown us all the cojones he has, in rides Django Unchained.
    • 81 Metascore
    • 80 Joe Neumaier
    Though a notch below "Royale," Skyfall follows that reboot's lead, making a now 50-year-old icon as cool as when he began.
    • 81 Metascore
    • 80 Joe Neumaier
    Warm memories of one school under a groove and a moving ending that no screenwriter could improve upon.
    • 81 Metascore
    • 60 Joe Neumaier
    Upstream Color is weird, but it’s worth the time.
    • 81 Metascore
    • 80 Joe Neumaier
    As in "Purple Rose," the film works best when tweaking the disparate worlds thrown together, though "Midnight" is frothier, and so Wilson shines.
    • 81 Metascore
    • 80 Joe Neumaier
    A memorable, monstrous fable that's consistently gripping.
    • 80 Metascore
    • 20 Joe Neumaier
    Like a worst-case-scenario, indie-movie cliché, Wendy and Lucy throws every bone it can at the screen.
    • 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.
    • 80 Metascore
    • 60 Joe Neumaier
    This unhurried, novelistic movie is worth looking into.
    • 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.
    • 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.)
    • 80 Metascore
    • 80 Joe Neumaier
    A wonderfully entertaining, beautiful Western drama that lets the quirks of the genre gallop freely as it keeps a tight rein throughout.
    • 80 Metascore
    • 80 Joe Neumaier
    Entertaining, smart and snappy, this terrific doc, a Sundance favorite, digs into the country's use of steroids and how it affects sports, pop culture and the self-image of young men.
    • 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.
    • 80 Metascore
    • 40 Joe Neumaier
    Fans of Dario Argento and Mario Bava will appreciate the references. Even for newcomers, there are minor chords to enjoy. If only there were less screaming.
    • 80 Metascore
    • 60 Joe Neumaier
    Director Kiyoshi Kurosawa is better known for horror films; this is a movie where the horror is internalized, and hideously truthful.
    • 80 Metascore
    • 40 Joe Neumaier
    Certainly, the West Memphis 3 deserve more chances to detail how the justice system went nightmarishly awry. But take this as ultimately more personal journal than investigation.
    • 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.
    • 79 Metascore
    • 80 Joe Neumaier
    The deliberate pace Mungiu employs in this incredible work is so engrossing and quietly heartbreaking that its philosophical ending may come as a shock.