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 Cave of Forgotten Dreams
Lowest review score: 0 Dumb and Dumber To
Score distribution:
1347 movie reviews
    • 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.
    • 66 Metascore
    • 60 Joe Neumaier
    Abe's day-to-day trials may eventually seem like cheap daytime TV, but Gelber and Solondz know how to nail the uncomfortably funny optimism shadowing American desperation.
    • 54 Metascore
    • 60 Joe Neumaier
    Stone, last seen in “The Amazing Spider-Man 2,” is served best. Gliding through the film in sailor-girl outfits that evoke film stars of the 1920s, Stone’s big kewpie eyes and long-limbed gamine appeal fit in this era of silent films.
    • 69 Metascore
    • 60 Joe Neumaier
    Michael Douglas in Solitary Man, has all the tools of the man who plays him at his disposal. At times in this often engaging, occasionally meandering movie, that's enough to score.
    • 74 Metascore
    • 60 Joe Neumaier
    When the grade-school kids are Israelis and Palestinians, the initially reluctant, moving duets they finally perform make you feel like, yes, dancing.
    • 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.
    • 58 Metascore
    • 60 Joe Neumaier
    Sports biodramas generally take one of two tacks: gauzily sentimental or scrappy tale of struggle. The Express runs the thin line between the two and, to its benefit, more often than not hits the first mark.
    • 73 Metascore
    • 60 Joe Neumaier
    The action-comedy Zombieland works because it's played with an emphasis on the living, not the undead.
    • 39 Metascore
    • 60 Joe Neumaier
    Sean Penn’s bad side makes for good action-drama in The Gunman. There’s a grubby, redemptive quality that makes this tough-minded flick feel like the son of “Serpico” and “Salvador.”
    • 68 Metascore
    • 60 Joe Neumaier
    The poetry in The Place Beyond the Pines can be elusive, but also easy to get lost in.
    • 63 Metascore
    • 60 Joe Neumaier
    The movie winds up being a real standup flick, if you know what I mean.
    • 64 Metascore
    • 60 Joe Neumaier
    Friends of Shep discuss his often unorthodox business sense, especially in the music biz, as well as his general decency. The guy’s tale is full of funny anecdotes and celeb privilege, but short on pretension.
    • 59 Metascore
    • 60 Joe Neumaier
    There’s a lot left unsaid in director Anja Marquardt’s chilly yet intimate and thought-provoking indie drama. But what should be said loud and clear is that actress Brooke Bloom is riveting. Emanating everyday grace and real depth, she plays a sex surrogate handling several needy and emotionally wounded clients.
    • 60 Metascore
    • 60 Joe Neumaier
    Despite a pleasantly laid-back demeanor, you wish it would just get focused.
    • 49 Metascore
    • 60 Joe Neumaier
    Carla Gugino has yet to find the right movie that clicks with her spunky outsider appeal, but The Mighty Macs, a gauzy, inspiring true-life drama about a girls' basketball team, at least gets her close and provides a lot of assists.
    • 61 Metascore
    • 60 Joe Neumaier
    This time the movie really is — as the old theme song promises — sensational, celebrational and Muppetational.
    • 66 Metascore
    • 60 Joe Neumaier
    Clayman, who co-directed with filmmaker friends, is fascinating company.
    • 62 Metascore
    • 60 Joe Neumaier
    Marie is middle-aged and at a crossroads in All the Light in the Sky, a movie that feels the same way — listless and searching and on its way toward something good.
    • 56 Metascore
    • 60 Joe Neumaier
    Some may still be surprised at this fun, well-informed chronicle of what was happening in the U.S. as lighted floors, boogie shoes and Saturday night fevers were the rage.
    • 76 Metascore
    • 60 Joe Neumaier
    There’s politics involved, along with personal stories, extraordinary tense standoffs and down-and-dirty drug business.
    • 52 Metascore
    • 60 Joe Neumaier
    This sweet, offhanded but lovingly observed remembrance is a real kick. It takes us back to the way things used to be, especially for 13-year-old guys, and specifically in the arcade rooms of 1985, filled with upright video games with glowing screens and big-haired girls in neon.
    • 61 Metascore
    • 60 Joe Neumaier
    Director Mateo Gill's autumnal movie has elements of other late-era Westerns in its blood, but it isn't easily pigeonholed. There are shootouts and standoffs, as well as great scenes like one between the grizzled, perfectly cast Shepard and Rea discussing the cost of criminality and the changing morals of old men.
    • 55 Metascore
    • 60 Joe Neumaier
    Something of a traffic jam--even with his usual restraint, Lee couldn't recount a key moment of the '60s without a blurry parade of personalities--and also lullingly dull.
    • 69 Metascore
    • 60 Joe Neumaier
    There's as much social history of L.A.'s racial divide as there is appreciation for the band's big, genre-crossing sound. It all comes together for a rollicking chronicle of verve and nerve.
    • 54 Metascore
    • 60 Joe Neumaier
    For the first time since "The Nutty Professor," Eddie Murphy successfully mixes his adult and kid-film personas -- imagine that.
    • 60 Metascore
    • 60 Joe Neumaier
    For all the obviousness on the surface, and despite some forced last-act havoc, Breathe In works like a piece of chamber music. It goes up to the edge of emotion, circles it, then backs away. But the notes not hit seem as powerful as the ones that are.
    • 41 Metascore
    • 60 Joe Neumaier
    Director Cathryne Czubek’s well-researched, incredibly lively chronicle of the way guns are marketed to, coveted by, and portrayed with women is a vital glimpse into a cultural phenomenon.
    • 57 Metascore
    • 60 Joe Neumaier
    Sturgess is solid and Kingsley predictably sneaky, but the atmosphere -- scurries through the Catholic/Protestant border, tense stand-offs, spontaneous riots -- is what's genuinely gripping.
    • 66 Metascore
    • 60 Joe Neumaier
    Most of the young men interviewed by Berg will be seen, and heard, by many audiences for the first time. Their voices are hard to forget.
    • 76 Metascore
    • 60 Joe Neumaier
    Laughter may be the best medicine, but in Obvious Child, it’s also a helluva cure for dealing with a serious topic.

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