For 1,348 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 12.8 points lower than other critics. (0-100 point scale)

Joe Neumaier's Scores

  • Movies
  • TV
Average review score: 49
Highest review score: 100 Chasing Ice
Lowest review score: 0 After Earth
Score distribution:
1348 movie reviews
    • 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
    • 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
    • 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
    • 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
    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
    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
    • 60 Joe Neumaier
    Intimate and intellectual, the film — with a title taken from J.D. Salinger — focuses on the type of person you pass on the street, see in a coffee shop or sit next to on the subway who makes you wonder what life he’s led. One full of melody and muse, it turns out.
    • 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
    • 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.

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