For 1,282 reviews, this critic has graded:
  • 27% higher than the average critic
  • 2% same as the average critic
  • 71% lower than the average critic
On average, this critic grades 10.9 points lower than other critics. (0-100 point scale)

Joe Neumaier's Scores

  • Movies
  • TV
Average review score: 49
Highest review score: 100 Heaven Knows What
Lowest review score: 0 I'm Still Here
Score distribution:
1,282 movie reviews
    • 91 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.
    • 72 Metascore
    • 80 Joe Neumaier
    A twisty Italian thriller that takes some liberties with its now-you-see-'em/now-you-don't plot points, but no matter; the way director Giuseppe Capotondi keeps us guessing is deliciously, maliciously deft.
    • 86 Metascore
    • 80 Joe Neumaier
    Quiet, soulful and wrenching.
    • 75 Metascore
    • 80 Joe Neumaier
    Inside these average American lives are futures far too often passed over or, worse, written off. This terrific film gives the teenagers their due.
    • 50 Metascore
    • 80 Joe Neumaier
    Explaining humor is usually like boiling water — it evaporates. But the funny folks in actor Kevin Pollak’s well-structured doc can actually break down what they do.
    • 66 Metascore
    • 80 Joe Neumaier
    This muscular, red-blooded adventure has a decent heart and the stuff of Saturday afternoon serials running through its veins.
    • 71 Metascore
    • 80 Joe Neumaier
    There could have been more side trips on the road to self-discovery, but the plentiful lessons and derring-'do make Tangled a lock for playground pastimes. And maybe even some knotty parent-kid chats about finding your part in life.
    • 65 Metascore
    • 80 Joe Neumaier
    If you're not in that demographic, don't dismiss it. You'll miss out on a genuinely sweet, perfectly acted, remarkably brave little movie that should make audiences swoon for something they thought was gone - a smart dramedy for grown-ups.
    • 72 Metascore
    • 80 Joe Neumaier
    50/50 pulls no punches in its depiction of living day-to-day with illness. There's pain and fear, no question. But this dramatic comedy is also warm, honest and, most especially, funny.
    • 76 Metascore
    • 80 Joe Neumaier
    A romantic comedy that feels like real life.
    • 79 Metascore
    • 80 Joe Neumaier
    Though the film's setup trudges and its closing is too pat, that hour or so on the raft is something special, and few would dive into the story's soul as Lee does.
    • 78 Metascore
    • 80 Joe Neumaier
    While director Christopher Nolan and star Christian Bale's epic of criminality and all-consuming conviction ultimately falls a bit short - missing, for instance, a villainous face a la Heath Ledger's Joker - their Batman trilogy ends with a suitably thrilling mix of guts and glory.
    • 79 Metascore
    • 80 Joe Neumaier
    The result is the first comic-book movie in a while that actually feels like a classic comic book: fast, furious and flip. Forget about superheroes with love problems and tortured souls.
    • 51 Metascore
    • 80 Joe Neumaier
    While “Lovelace” falters a bit, it remains a memorable, unflinching indictment.
    • 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.
    • 63 Metascore
    • 80 Joe Neumaier
    In Rob Corddry's hilariously manic turn, it has the most memorable showcase for a goofball co-star since Michael Keaton in 1981's "Night Shift."
    • 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.
    • 66 Metascore
    • 80 Joe Neumaier
    A singularly full-hearted and moving film.
    • 58 Metascore
    • 80 Joe Neumaier
    There’s social commentary in all of this, but it takes a back seat to a surprisingly compelling narrative of the two combating teams.
    • 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.
    • 64 Metascore
    • 80 Joe Neumaier
    Fury excels in showing the ground-level, guttural intensity and claustrophobia of battle.
    • 66 Metascore
    • 80 Joe Neumaier
    Director Marc Webb's action-adventure is grounded in a recognizable reality, but is also full of thrills. It's dark and mysterious, but doesn't skimp on fun.
    • 79 Metascore
    • 80 Joe Neumaier
    By far the most rousing, expertly cast movie this year, David O. Russell's movie takes a roundabout way of telling its true story.
    • 72 Metascore
    • 80 Joe Neumaier
    Slow West isn’t a grand epic of that genre. It’s more like “McCabe & Mrs. Miller,” “Dead Man” or the recent “The Homesman,” using familiar signposts to tell a simple, compelling, terrific story.
    • 68 Metascore
    • 80 Joe Neumaier
    The wonkiness is at a minimum and Reich delivers it with tales from his own life, since he’s the son of a dress store owner and a mom who helped in the shop. Essential viewing, no matter how you cut it.
    • 51 Metascore
    • 80 Joe Neumaier
    Gritty, funny, rich adaptation of a Pete Dexter novel.
    • 72 Metascore
    • 80 Joe Neumaier
    Not all of the twists work, but most are self-knowing enough to keep you guessing until its (literally) groundbreaking conclusion.
    • 85 Metascore
    • 80 Joe Neumaier
    Watch Mulligan's face as she goes from weary to awakened, and see it all come together.
    • 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.
    • 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.

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