For 819 reviews, this critic has graded:
  • 60% higher than the average critic
  • 4% same as the average critic
  • 36% lower than the average critic
On average, this critic grades 4 points higher than other critics. (0-100 point scale)

Joe Williams' Scores

  • Movies
  • TV
Average review score: 67
Highest review score: 100 An Education
Lowest review score: 0 The Divergent Series: Insurgent
Score distribution:
  1. Negative: 67 out of 819
819 movie reviews
    • 32 Metascore
    • 50 Joe Williams
    If Repo Men could have sustained its ghoulish humor, it might have been a guilty pleasure.
    • 44 Metascore
    • 50 Joe Williams
    Although the ratio of comedy to drama becomes increasingly weighted toward tearjerking, few of the emotional moments are realistic or effective.
    • 61 Metascore
    • 50 Joe Williams
    OK, the musical ode to Doby the shark elicits a grin, but the low-percentage script is loaded with buckshot, not harpoons, and Anchorman 2 ends up sinking.
    • 61 Metascore
    • 50 Joe Williams
    How you feel about Fast & Furious 6 is a matter of perspective. While a middle-age egghead might note that a series that started out as a harmless cars-and-girls fantasy has devolved into a full-blown assault on human intelligence.
    • 47 Metascore
    • 50 Joe Williams
    Written, directed and acted by Hollywood pros, Heaven Is For Real is a polished little movie with a hopeful message, but when it literalizes the divine mysteries, it opens the door to a Doubting Thomas.
    • 42 Metascore
    • 50 Joe Williams
    One small step for action movies, one giant leap into the abyss of mindlessness.
    • 63 Metascore
    • 50 Joe Williams
    Out of the Furnace is hot air.
    • 53 Metascore
    • 50 Joe Williams
    As a sex-education comedy, Hysteria is flaccid, forced and unfunny.
    • 41 Metascore
    • 50 Joe Williams
    Kevin Hart hits the vicinity of humor with a few of his drive-by wisecracks, but the movie itself has nothing under the hood.
    • 40 Metascore
    • 50 Joe Williams
    The clichéd script doesn't develop the secondary characters or the critical theme of the mutants' alienation.
    • 66 Metascore
    • 50 Joe Williams
    The delivery pouch for Premium Rush promises a white-hot thriller from the bike-messenger subculture. But what's inside the package seems like a lukewarm action-comedy from the pile of scripts that Matthew Broderick rejected after "Ferris Bueller's Day Off."
    • 45 Metascore
    • 50 Joe Williams
    There's nothing cinematic about this turgid tearjerker except the slumming presence of movie star Harrison Ford.
    • 44 Metascore
    • 50 Joe Williams
    It's clear that Phillips is betting heavily on funnymen Jeong and Galifianakis to hide his creative bankruptcy.
    • 52 Metascore
    • 50 Joe Williams
    A handsome movie with a handsome leading man. Christian Bale is widely considered the finest actor of his generation. Yet here he’s adrift in the bulrushes. This might be the most indifferent performance of Bale’s career.
    • 59 Metascore
    • 50 Joe Williams
    J. Edgar is the kind of prestige production that apologists will call polished, but even the technical attributes are tinny. In the gay-geezers scenes, Hammer wears terrible old-age makeup, and the entire film is bathed in sepia tones as weak as its convictions.
    • 47 Metascore
    • 50 Joe Williams
    The special effects remain good, but the jokes are creaky, the sentiments are forced and the pop-historical lessons are obligatory.
    • 39 Metascore
    • 50 Joe Williams
    This movie, which was made by an animation studio in Spain, isn't trying to make a social statement; it speaks in the international language of lightweight comedy.
    • 60 Metascore
    • 50 Joe Williams
    A medical drama that pays lip service to the healing power of music but never finds the rhythm.
    • 53 Metascore
    • 50 Joe Williams
    The Big Year puts the focus on people who aren't inherently interesting - or funny.
    • 51 Metascore
    • 50 Joe Williams
    Starved of sufficient comedy or drama, The Age of Adaline is a pipsqueak.
    • 56 Metascore
    • 50 Joe Williams
    Minions is product, pure and simple. Little kids will love it, but grown-ups will feel like they’re being held hostage in a Fisher-Price test laboratory.
    • 51 Metascore
    • 50 Joe Williams
    The most grievous sins here are sins of omission.
    • 63 Metascore
    • 50 Joe Williams
    Hot Tub Time Machine isn't a good movie, but like a bubbling bath it keeps pounding at us until our resistance wears down.
    • 76 Metascore
    • 50 Joe Williams
    Lovely to look at, and Vikander does nothing to derail her inevitable ascension to the A-list. But as a story, it evokes a word that no battlefield nurse would ever apply to her experiences: sterile.
    • 40 Metascore
    • 50 Joe Williams
    The setting and offbeat tone may remind some viewers of another recent comedy, but whereas “The Descendants” was a substantive meal, Aloha is a pu pu platter.
    • 43 Metascore
    • 50 Joe Williams
    Has a welcome message of personal growth and racial tolerance. And it's ably made, with evocative Memphis locations. But in the final sermon, it proffers some plot twists that are supposed to be miraculous but may strike a doubting Thomas as lame.
    • 61 Metascore
    • 50 Joe Williams
    In getting so many of the Midwestern details wrong, worldly director Bahrani (“Chop Shop”) teaches an inadvertent lesson to aspiring filmmakers who want to follow his footsteps to the festival circuit: Grow where you’re planted.
    • 41 Metascore
    • 50 Joe Williams
    To stand out in a crowded marketplace, a sequel can’t just kick ass — it has to blow minds.
    • 55 Metascore
    • 50 Joe Williams
    Instead of entertaining us, director Robert Redford offers us a handsome history lesson that's as dry as a hardtack biscuit.
    • 45 Metascore
    • 50 Joe Williams
    The few Jewish characters are cartoonishly evil, but even the Palestinians are sketchily dramatized or, in the case of a terrorist, clumsily legitimized.

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