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 13.1 points lower than other critics. (0-100 point scale)

Joe Neumaier's Scores

  • Movies
  • TV
Average review score: 49
Highest review score: 100 Crazy Heart
Lowest review score: 0 The Watch
Score distribution:
1348 movie reviews
    • 64 Metascore
    • 80 Joe Neumaier
    Intense and, yes, depressing - and earns every minute that it rattles inside your head.
    • 57 Metascore
    • 80 Joe Neumaier
    Downey has a winning take on Holmes: He's always on.
    • 77 Metascore
    • 80 Joe Neumaier
    The strength of Gray’s movie lies in showing the connection between people in a place without rules.
    • 78 Metascore
    • 80 Joe Neumaier
    This is the film that fulfills whatever promise Kristen Stewart has shown for more than a decade.
    • 70 Metascore
    • 80 Joe Neumaier
    Parents, take note: For all its heart, this is a tougher, more morally complex movie than its predecessors. Young kids carrying their miniversions of Cap’s famous shield may be in for a jolt.
    • 72 Metascore
    • 80 Joe Neumaier
    What this rich film does go into — in a lengthy tangent that’s less punchy but important — is the impropriety Jobs trafficked in when he allowed himself and high-ranking Apple-ers to be granted backdated stock options. They got wealthy as their product was being made, amid some scandal, for a pittance in China.
    • 81 Metascore
    • 80 Joe Neumaier
    Beginners is filled with crises of identity, but underneath it all is a beautifully humane, sweet and intelligent movie that knows exactly what it is at every moment.
    • 69 Metascore
    • 80 Joe Neumaier
    This quietly poetic little gem contains many beautiful things, not least of which is leading lady Zoe Kazan, who lets every scene billow and swirl around her effortlessly.
    • 76 Metascore
    • 80 Joe Neumaier
    A charming indie that combines dreamy aspiration with mucky, hilarious reality.
    • 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.
    • 80 Metascore
    • 80 Joe Neumaier
    To capture the artistic process in this way is extraordinary, and in many ways unprecedented. The scenes are not shot in documentary style, but flow with bits of inspiration, conflict and nuance. We see and listen to some of the era’s greatest songs being made.
    • 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.
    • 51 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.

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