For 1,278 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 10.9 points lower than other critics. (0-100 point scale)

Joe Neumaier's Scores

  • Movies
  • TV
Average review score: 49
Highest review score: 100 Monkey Kingdom
Lowest review score: 0 I'm Still Here
Score distribution:
1,278 movie reviews
    • 74 Metascore
    • 80 Joe Neumaier
    At its best, this beautiful, off-the-cuff comedy-drama recalls John Cassavetes' shaggiest, most honest work.
    • 74 Metascore
    • 80 Joe Neumaier
    Dano, Bello, Howard, Davis and Leo — the last nearly unrecognizable — are equally strong. Villeneuve, whose last film was the Oscar-nominated “Incendies,” uses them all perfectly, and Prisoners works best when it’s not what you thought it was going to be. But even on familiar ground, it’s hard to let go of.
    • 79 Metascore
    • 80 Joe Neumaier
    Oduye, especially, is utterly absorbing. Even in those few moments when the movie follows a slightly more straightforward line than it needs, she is always engagingly, beautifully real.
    • 60 Metascore
    • 80 Joe Neumaier
    This wildly entertaining Bollywood action-comedy, with Indian superstar Shahrukh Khan in two roles, pays homage to such '90s flicks as "Terminator 2: Judgment Day" and "The Matrix," adding whimsy and loads of heart.
    • 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.
    • 79 Metascore
    • 80 Joe Neumaier
    Given the evidence compiled here by director Frank Pavich, there’s reason to believe Jodorowsky’s “Dune” was more influential for never actually existing. It wound up being inhaled, like some ethereal alien spice, by a generation of moviemakers.
    • 51 Metascore
    • 80 Joe Neumaier
    There are great clips and good insight, and it’s all as loose and cool as an Austin night out.
    • 70 Metascore
    • 80 Joe Neumaier
    What the film doesn’t show enough of is how these people got their positions of power. We get much more of the other side, the legitimate scientists, and too much of a magician who pops up to describe cons and double-talk. But he shows how a bunko artist is a bunko artist, whether on a corner or on CNN.
    • 63 Metascore
    • 80 Joe Neumaier
    Like “The Deer Hunter” — from which it swipes its Keystone State milieu, its haunted veterans, and its self-endangerment metaphor — Out of the Furnace gets under your skin.
    • 56 Metascore
    • 80 Joe Neumaier
    It is how the film never loses sight of the closeness of the combatants, turning national intimacy into a tragic casualty.
    • 79 Metascore
    • 80 Joe Neumaier
    It’s hard to imagine the lives behind the voices that are part of the movies. But In a World ..., the debut feature from actress-turned-writer-director Lake Bell, not only gives the people who do movie voice-overs a closeup, it savvily and wittily uses what we hear as a metaphor for what we are.
    • 30 Metascore
    • 80 Joe Neumaier
    Galifianakis, though, is the key here. Able to smash a scene to smithereens with the simplest of lines, the hirsute comic is as unpredictable as ever, yet takes director Todd Phillips’ bait to up the stakes.
    • 81 Metascore
    • 80 Joe Neumaier
    Just when we thought Quentin Tarantino had shown us all the cojones he has, in rides Django Unchained.
    • 71 Metascore
    • 80 Joe Neumaier
    The film treats kids' inner lives as more than a fantasy, which is a rare and beautiful thing.
    • 75 Metascore
    • 80 Joe Neumaier
    Perfect for families and exquisitely shot, this entry from the Disneynature division is even better and fresher than last year's "Earth."
    • 91 Metascore
    • 80 Joe Neumaier
    The film is a mystery uncovered like a detective story, wrapped in a love letter.
    • 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.
    • 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.
    • 74 Metascore
    • 80 Joe Neumaier
    This full, footage-rich documentary shows respect for the social, legal, political, religious and pugilistic battles of the former Cassius Clay.
    • 67 Metascore
    • 80 Joe Neumaier
    Rosewater is not about what isolates us, and part of the film’s terrific achievement is its recognition that staying connected is a daily show of strength.
    • 81 Metascore
    • 80 Joe Neumaier
    Rare is the drama that plumbs the quirky, unsettling depths of human nature like Foxcatcher. Simultaneously understated and grippingly edgy, this is an arresting examination of naivete, mismatched worlds and old-fashioned American oddness.
    • 70 Metascore
    • 80 Joe Neumaier
    There are suggestions to help us sleep more easily, but the point is to wake us up.
    • 69 Metascore
    • 80 Joe Neumaier
    Like Gandolfini, the deep Brooklyn of The Drop is formidable, bona fide and memorable.
    • 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.
    • 66 Metascore
    • 80 Joe Neumaier
    Avengers: Age of Ultron is a kinetic, wicked mix of muscle and magic. Look no further if you want a world of superpowered freaks and geeks. But be aware: It comes at a cost. Vaporized in the parade of action and characters is the wonder and simplicity of its first, superior entry.
    • 71 Metascore
    • 80 Joe Neumaier
    Like Brown, the movie is dynamic and entertaining as hell.
    • 71 Metascore
    • 80 Joe Neumaier
    Drinking Buddies is full of relatable dilemmas, guileless moments of kindness and character-based humor.
    • 77 Metascore
    • 80 Joe Neumaier
    A sweet testament to the power of intelligence to win over adversity - even in a Brooklyn middle school where the majority of students live below the poverty level.
    • 69 Metascore
    • 80 Joe Neumaier
    As a whole, Sam Mendes' film of Revolutionary Road comes close but falls short of capturing Richard Yates' terrific novel.
    • 71 Metascore
    • 80 Joe Neumaier
    A gripping documentary about how unnecesary real estate development can change the soul of New York, brings us inside the lives it touches.

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