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 Zipper: Coney Island's Last Wild Ride
Lowest review score: 0 The Last House on the Left
Score distribution:
1,200 movie reviews
    • 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.
    • 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.
    • 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.
    • 49 Metascore
    • 60 Joe Neumaier
    Director Chen Shi-Zheng's film has a graceful energy, and three strong performances help make this serene drama - and its shocking conclusion - quietly moving.
    • 55 Metascore
    • 60 Joe Neumaier
    In a pleasing contrast to Fey's sharpness, Poehler keeps her performance unpredictable and fuzzy. In this just-add-water comedy, a very funny movie star is born.
    • 70 Metascore
    • 60 Joe Neumaier
    Morris mixes piercing sit-downs with disturbing evidence. Though soldiers, including the notorious Lynndie England, express remorse, it's haunting to hear how several prisoners were "nice guys" or known to be innocent, yet no connection is made between those remarks and the images of torture.
    • 66 Metascore
    • 60 Joe Neumaier
    Luckily, Son of Rambow, a comedy that's part kid-buddy flick, part valentine to filmmaking - and full of heart - has both.
    • 37 Metascore
    • 60 Joe Neumaier
    The cast is generally game for playing cardboard cutouts, with Goodman having the most fun.
    • 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.
    • 61 Metascore
    • 60 Joe Neumaier
    A taut drama that manages to be thoughtful without forgetting it's a creep-out.
    • 57 Metascore
    • 60 Joe Neumaier
    The cast hits the right notes. Fraser, switching between affable good sport and heroic goofball, clearly doesn't mind this stuff. He realized early on with "George of the Jungle," "Dudley Do-Right" and the "Mummy" movies that his B-movie build and persona is perfect for live-action cartoons.
    • 74 Metascore
    • 60 Joe Neumaier
    Every performer is tough and charismatic, especially Honglei Sun, who, as Jamukha, gives so many neck-cracks, guttural howls and conspiratorial smiles he's like a Chinese Marlon Brando.
    • 61 Metascore
    • 60 Joe Neumaier
    Well-acted and grounded in reality, Brick Lane is never overly emotional, even when it deals with the days after 9/11.
    • 59 Metascore
    • 60 Joe Neumaier
    Culminating in a high-scoring, exciting game, "Gunnin'" scores.
    • 71 Metascore
    • 60 Joe Neumaier
    Donald Sutherland's passionate rendition of a speech from Trumbo's 1971 film "Johnny Got His Gun" (based on his novel) is worth the price of admission.
    • 57 Metascore
    • 60 Joe Neumaier
    Writer-director Kari Skogland adapts a beloved Canadian novel gracefully and with plenty of spunk, the same way its main character moves through the world from cradle to grave.
    • 75 Metascore
    • 60 Joe Neumaier
    If Hitchcock had done a coming-of-age drama, it might have resembled this haunting, nervous, sad movie about an early twentysomething.
    • 58 Metascore
    • 60 Joe Neumaier
    The result isn't bland, but it's not exactly Bond either.
    • 70 Metascore
    • 60 Joe Neumaier
    There are two stormy performances from Javier Bardem and Penelope Cruz that elevate Allen's melancholy thoughts on love and relationships.
    • 52 Metascore
    • 60 Joe Neumaier
    It also has another watchable turn from Ice Cube, and, as with his previous films, the rap artist-actor leads by example.
    • 56 Metascore
    • 60 Joe Neumaier
    The most pleasant surprise in the movie adaptation of "Watchmen" is the pop-art fusion set off by placing superheroes in a "real" world. The film's biggest challenge – and accomplishment – was making that plausible.
    • 60 Metascore
    • 60 Joe Neumaier
    Nachmanoff fills the movie with a sense of gripping, '70s-style grittiness that helps undercut the web-of-evil tone.
    • 67 Metascore
    • 60 Joe Neumaier
    Though every frame is great to look at, Bolt's script - by the co-writers of "Mulan" and "Cars" - lacks the wit of its closest Pixar relative, "The Incredibles." Rhino and some goofy pigeons provide the few laughs once the tale goes cross-country.
    • 58 Metascore
    • 60 Joe Neumaier
    Craig, far from James Bond but still swaggering, makes a leathery, craggy commander, and Schreiber - who'll show his full-on action chops this summer in the Hugh Jackman "Wolverine" movie - is tough but sullen. Yet all this old-style moviemaking doesn't always pay off.
    • 58 Metascore
    • 60 Joe Neumaier
    Sports biodramas generally take one of two tacks: gauzily sentimental or scrappy tale of struggle. The Express runs the thin line between the two and, to its benefit, more often than not hits the first mark.
    • 57 Metascore
    • 60 Joe Neumaier
    It's not a lightning show, but "Flash" still shines.

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