For 1,157 reviews, this critic has graded:
  • 26% higher than the average critic
  • 2% same as the average critic
  • 72% lower than the average critic
On average, this critic grades 10.5 points lower than other critics. (0-100 point scale)

Joe Neumaier's Scores

  • Movies
Average review score: 49
Highest review score: 100 The King's Speech
Lowest review score: 0 88 Minutes
Score distribution:
1,157 movie reviews
    • 73 Metascore
    • 80 Joe Neumaier
    A smart, ardent, profound movie.
    • 71 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).
    • 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.
    • 51 Metascore
    • 80 Joe Neumaier
    Gritty, funny, rich adaptation of a Pete Dexter novel.
    • 76 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.
    • 69 Metascore
    • 80 Joe Neumaier
    The layered, tuned-in adaptation by Michael H. Weber and Scott Neustadter avoids calculated sentiment.
    • 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.
    • 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.
    • 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.
    • 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.
    • 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.
    • 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.
    • 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.
    • 61 Metascore
    • 70 Joe Neumaier
    Too bad its wide net ultimately results in diminishing returns.
    • 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.
    • 45 Metascore
    • 70 Joe Neumaier
    The three icons ham it up, do some verbal towel-snapping and have fun, which also describes most of this self-conscious adventure movie.
    • 58 Metascore
    • 70 Joe Neumaier
    Norton, too, keeps us guessing, though his pseudo-tough-guy line readings (and cornrowed hair) are initially distracting. But his scenes with De Niro -- who fills every twitch or glance with Jack's long-buried guilt -- are the guts of the movie.
    • 69 Metascore
    • 70 Joe Neumaier
    The Company Men recalls 1946's great post-World War II drama "The Best Years of Our Lives," and the reason isn't simply its trio of protagonists.
    • 82 Metascore
    • 70 Joe Neumaier
    Once Franco's on his own, everything is played across this terrific actor's deceptively goofy face.
    • 57 Metascore
    • 70 Joe Neumaier
    This often-witty baby-of-"Broadcast News" tries hard to be liked, like the TV fluff it's built around. The news is that, often, it succeeds.
    • 65 Metascore
    • 70 Joe Neumaier
    A slow, solid movie that, like Rita, sneaks up on you with its intelligence and pluck.
    • 57 Metascore
    • 70 Joe Neumaier
    The film ends up wrestling itself into a corner, though it's saved by a corrosive central performance from Ryan Gosling and a disconcertingly hypnotic feel.
    • 83 Metascore
    • 60 Joe Neumaier
    Avatar clears the hurdle in terms of being optical candy. Its story, though, is pure cheese.
    • 43 Metascore
    • 60 Joe Neumaier
    If you're going to pick the werewolf as your favorite monster, there's a lot to appreciate in the shaggy, imperfect but still fun new version of The Wolf Man.
    • 82 Metascore
    • 60 Joe Neumaier
    Haneke's superb cast provide beautifully measured hints at the disconnect between the ribbon's symbolism and the entire town's unspoken atrocities.
    • 73 Metascore
    • 60 Joe Neumaier
    Part of the problem with "P&F" is that Tiana and Naveen's connection feels superficial.