For 1,200 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 10.6 points lower than other critics. (0-100 point scale)

Joe Neumaier's Scores

  • Movies
  • TV
Average review score: 49
Highest review score: 100 Trashed
Lowest review score: 0 47 Ronin
Score distribution:
1,200 movie reviews
    • 53 Metascore
    • 80 Joe Neumaier
    There are two types of superhero movies: the ones that brood and the ones that swing. The Amazing Spider-Man 2 is proudly the latter, filled with high-energy action.
    • 55 Metascore
    • 80 Joe Neumaier
    This engrossing documentary winds up being about nothing less than making one of Shakespeare’s greatest works come alive through hard work — and the spark that happens within an acting company.
    • 89 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.
    • 51 Metascore
    • 80 Joe Neumaier
    Gritty, funny, rich adaptation of a Pete Dexter novel.
    • 76 Metascore
    • 80 Joe Neumaier
    The strength of Gray’s movie lies in showing the connection between people in a place without rules.
    • 56 Metascore
    • 80 Joe Neumaier
    Angelina Jolie is so wickedly enchanting in the magical, magnificent Maleficent, you may not notice how transporting this female-driven blockbuster really is.
    • 69 Metascore
    • 80 Joe Neumaier
    The layered, tuned-in adaptation by Michael H. Weber and Scott Neustadter avoids calculated sentiment.
    • 71 Metascore
    • 80 Joe Neumaier
    Like Brown, the movie is dynamic and entertaining as hell.
    • 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.
    • 65 Metascore
    • 80 Joe Neumaier
    To sing the praises of the movie but not give away the revelations is difficult. Let’s just say this: The less you know about what happens in this funny, tasty twisteroo, the better.
    • 83 Metascore
    • 80 Joe Neumaier
    After a summer of robots, mutants and explosions, the beautifully honest, grownup Love is Strange is a treat.
    • 68 Metascore
    • 80 Joe Neumaier
    Like Gandolfini, the deep Brooklyn of The Drop is formidable, bona fide and memorable.
    • 64 Metascore
    • 80 Joe Neumaier
    Murray is always a delight, but his films with kids (“Meatballs,” “Rushmore,” “The Royal Tenenbaums”) give his unencumbered playfulness even more room to roam.
    • 48 Metascore
    • 80 Joe Neumaier
    Speaking of committed: Duvall, at age 83, nearly steals the show. Always the most inscrutable of the great ’70s actors, Duvall uses his great, unassuming American face to convey pride, confusion, pain and compassion — sometimes all at once.
    • 64 Metascore
    • 80 Joe Neumaier
    Fury excels in showing the ground-level, guttural intensity and claustrophobia of battle.
    • 72 Metascore
    • 80 Joe Neumaier
    Watching politics and the people in it can be disheartening and depressing. Here’s an antidote: This energizing, uplifting, sharp documentary from director Kevin Gordon.
    • 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.
    • 66 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.
    • 82 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.
    • 68 Metascore
    • 70 Joe Neumaier
    Directing the film of Doubt, Shanley is able to put an even finer point on his Tony-and Pulitzer-winning play about suspicion and guilt at a Bronx Catholic grade school in 1964.
    • 64 Metascore
    • 70 Joe Neumaier
    The result is a paper-thin alliance between the old-school Cal and the new-media Della. Crowe, husky and whisky-voiced, is warm amidst all the plot mechanics, and McAdams, perky and efficient, is a smart foil for him.
    • 61 Metascore
    • 70 Joe Neumaier
    Though this well-observed, wry drama is determined to be quirky, its most endearing quality, like that of its heroines, is a willingness to wallow in foul moods and come out the other side.
    • 54 Metascore
    • 70 Joe Neumaier
    While it stops before sliding too far into the darkness,Observe and Report hits a lot of bull's-eyes by aiming for the gut, not easy belly laugh.
    • 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.
    • 61 Metascore
    • 70 Joe Neumaier
    Too bad its wide net ultimately results in diminishing returns.
    • 74 Metascore
    • 70 Joe Neumaier
    Freeman is so in-tune with the former South African president's persona you can't take your eyes off him.
    • 43 Metascore
    • 70 Joe Neumaier
    Hawke - continuing an evolution toward stronger, more intense acting than anyone might've predicted from him 20 years ago - drives the movie. He makes Sal a jangled, edgy presence, his conscience torn several ways.
    • 76 Metascore
    • 70 Joe Neumaier
    The movie may wear its shagginess on its sleeve, but Stiller knows exactly what he’s doing.
    • 74 Metascore
    • 70 Joe Neumaier
    Makes the most of its format, soaring when its young hero rides on his winged reptilian pal, and full of heart and heroism even when its action is grounded.
    • 56 Metascore
    • 70 Joe Neumaier
    While the climactic dinner is a bit too much like a circus audition, Roach -- who helmed the "Austin Powers" movies as well as "Meet the Parents" and "Meet the Fockers" -- knows how to enjoy each sideshow.

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