For 1,234 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 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 The Tillman Story
Lowest review score: 0 Taken 3
Score distribution:
1,234 movie reviews
    • 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.
    • 64 Metascore
    • 60 Joe Neumaier
    Farahani — seen in “Body of Lies” and “Chicken With Plums” — is equally vibrant in a performance, and a film, that dares us to listen.
    • 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.
    • 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.
    • 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.
    • 73 Metascore
    • 60 Joe Neumaier
    Wong’s visual grandeur is, as ever, all-encompassing.
    • 72 Metascore
    • 60 Joe Neumaier
    Pieced together, these behind-the-scenes moments are a thrill for history buffs. From the moon landing to the resignations, this is raw Nixon.
    • 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.”
    • 57 Metascore
    • 60 Joe Neumaier
    This frisky late-’50s-set French comedy about a competitive typing contest hunts and pecks a bit for fun after its story gets rolling, but it’s visually vibrant throughout.
    • 74 Metascore
    • 60 Joe Neumaier
    Director Megumi Sasaki's film feels like a cozy visit with neighbors whose insights are priceless.
    • tbd Metascore
    • 60 Joe Neumaier
    A committed cast and pensive insights into family and self-expression help make this indie drama work.
    • 77 Metascore
    • 60 Joe Neumaier
    Director Andrew Dosunmu’s film is big-hearted and rich, frequently using slow motion to underscore an artful intimacy.
    • 78 Metascore
    • 60 Joe Neumaier
    Enough Said doesn’t have the intimacy of Holofcener’s “Walking and Talking” or “Lovely & Amazing,” but it still cuts close the bone. Often so close we have to smile in self-defense.
    • 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.
    • 61 Metascore
    • 60 Joe Neumaier
    As narrated by Mickey Rourke and with appearances from Arnold Schwarzenegger and Lou Ferrigno, the movie captures the men who mix “sports, entertainment, art and a way of life” — as the former Governator describes body sculpting. It’s their honesty that looms large.
    • 53 Metascore
    • 60 Joe Neumaier
    Best of all, we take a trip back to Depression-era New York and grasp its resonance more than 80 years later. Delicious.
    • 63 Metascore
    • 60 Joe Neumaier
    Interviews with survivors fill us in on the personalities of the lost, but the background of K2, with archival footage from 1954, is equally gripping.
    • 61 Metascore
    • 60 Joe Neumaier
    Michael Starrbury’s astute script draws us in slowly, depicting the realities of Mister and Pete’s lives in progressive reveals.
    • 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.
    • 55 Metascore
    • 60 Joe Neumaier
    Sex is plentiful, but the lust is for paydays. This is territory covered far more vibrantly in “Margin Call,” yet director Costa-Gavras (“Z,” “Missing”) still has good, old-fashioned indignation to count on.
    • 70 Metascore
    • 60 Joe Neumaier
    A look into one of the most invisible, and crucial, of cinematic disciplines. Using the seminal casting director Marion Dougherty as a subject, the film walks us through the intricacies of casting, with insight from Woody Allen, Martin Scorsese, Robert Redford and others.
    • 52 Metascore
    • 60 Joe Neumaier
    The fights are strong (though the 49-year-old director’s are slo-mo), and the surface is calm. Say “Whoa!” if you like, but it’s cool.
    • 54 Metascore
    • 60 Joe Neumaier
    Thor: The Dark World may not be thunder from the movie gods, but it is — shock! — an entertaining journey into mystery, action and fun.
    • 64 Metascore
    • 60 Joe Neumaier
    Andrew Cohn and Davy Rothbart’s doc, exec-produced by Steve Buscemi and Stanley Tucci, is one more sad, serious eulogy for a way of life.
    • 60 Metascore
    • 60 Joe Neumaier
    Director Mike Newell’s rich take on the story is a fine introduction for new viewers.

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