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 Paul Blart: Mall Cop 2
Score distribution:
1348 movie reviews
    • 70 Metascore
    • 80 Joe Neumaier
    More than just a one-name star of pop culture’s alternative history, Divine’s story — terrorized by bullies, embraced by the outré, where he finds a home — stands for “all the outsiders,” as Waters says (between hilarious anecdotes).
    • 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.
    • 86 Metascore
    • 80 Joe Neumaier
    Capturing family on film — the real rhythms of family, with all the annoyances, awkwardness and affection — is tough. Tougher still is wrestling a story around the murky emotional waters of Midwestern relatives. Yet one needn’t be cut from that cloth to see the hilarious beauty, and the beautiful honesty, in Nebraska.
    • 76 Metascore
    • 80 Joe Neumaier
    The good news is it comes very close, and does it without sacrificing its soul. Despite its sense of been-here-slayed-that, director Francis Lawrence expertly delivers thrills, ideas and spectacle.
    • 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.
    • 65 Metascore
    • 80 Joe Neumaier
    The slick but moving Saving Mr. Banks transcends its corporate pedigree to become a great Disney movie about making a Disney movie.
    • 75 Metascore
    • 80 Joe Neumaier
    A delirious, manic, push-the-limits comedy of gaudy amorality that tests the audience’s taste. But it’s a gamble that works, since you leave this adrenaline trip wasted, but invigorated.
    • 73 Metascore
    • 80 Joe Neumaier
    A smart, ardent, profound movie.
    • 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.
    • 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.
    • 69 Metascore
    • 80 Joe Neumaier
    Intoxicating, and at times maddening, to watch.
    • 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.
    • 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.
    • 51 Metascore
    • 80 Joe Neumaier
    Gritty, funny, rich adaptation of a Pete Dexter novel.
    • 77 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.
    • 66 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.
    • 82 Metascore
    • 80 Joe Neumaier
    After a summer of robots, mutants and explosions, the beautifully honest, grownup Love is Strange is a treat.
    • 69 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.
    • 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.

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