For 674 reviews, this critic has graded:
  • 59% higher than the average critic
  • 4% same as the average critic
  • 37% lower than the average critic
On average, this critic grades 7.3 points higher than other critics. (0-100 point scale)

Joe Williams' Scores

  • Movies
Average review score: 66
Highest review score: 100 Django Unchained
Lowest review score: 25 Endless Love
Score distribution:
  1. Negative: 51 out of 674
674 movie reviews
    • 83 Metascore
    • 100 Joe Williams
    Up in the Air may not end up as the best picture -- that will be decided by the Academy -- but it has landed in the middle of the discussion because it's laser-focused and right on time.
    • 85 Metascore
    • 100 Joe Williams
    The combination of a literate script, an adroit cast and an economical style is simple addition that achieves an alchemical feat: the best film of the year.
    • 75 Metascore
    • 100 Joe Williams
    An exciting cloak-and-dagger thriller.
    • 90 Metascore
    • 100 Joe Williams
    Winter's Bone is the best film of the year.
    • 85 Metascore
    • 100 Joe Williams
    The Tree of Life is a religious experience. Overtly. Audaciously. Unashamedly. No film has ever reached as high toward the face of God and, in our commodified future, few are likely to try.
    • 89 Metascore
    • 100 Joe Williams
    Beauty comes to us unexpectedly. That's the message of Poetry, a Korean movie about an aging housemaid that turns out to be one of the best films of the year.
    • 66 Metascore
    • 100 Joe Williams
    Not just a reboot - it's a rejuvenation. From the first image of sensory awakening to the final acceptance of adult responsibility, it pulses with the warm blood of a very human hero.
    • 79 Metascore
    • 100 Joe Williams
    That action is bloody, but Fiennes' choices as director are unassailably apt and artful. Coriolanus is a triumph.
    • 78 Metascore
    • 100 Joe Williams
    The conclusion of Christopher Nolan's superhero trilogy is a hugely ambitious mix of eye candy and brain food. If it doesn't have the haunting aftertaste of the previous serving, that's only because Nolan couldn't clone Heath Ledger. But beefy substitute Tom Hardy is a hell of a villain.
    • 84 Metascore
    • 100 Joe Williams
    The best film of the year and perhaps the purest love story in cinematic history.
    • 81 Metascore
    • 100 Joe Williams
    With a fearless director and his mighty pen freeing a talented cast to attack a vital theme, Django Unchained is damnation unleashed.
    • 79 Metascore
    • 100 Joe Williams
    With such supercharged material under the hood, a magnetic man behind the wheel and a nimble director manning the pits, Senna is simply the greatest sports film I have ever seen.
    • 81 Metascore
    • 100 Joe Williams
    When films are good, actors and directors get a lot of the credit that should go to the screenwriters. In the case of Silver Linings Playbook, which is one of the best films of the year, there is a popcorn bowl of glory to go around.
    • 86 Metascore
    • 100 Joe Williams
    The Master is not a schematic attack on a particular religion. It is a brilliantly conceived and powerfully realized work of art, with complex characters, exquisite images and ambiguously big ideas.
    • 79 Metascore
    • 100 Joe Williams
    It starts as a bittersweet parable about the cruelty of commerce, but the wonder of Searching for Sugar Man will not soon slip away.
    • 73 Metascore
    • 100 Joe Williams
    Perilous incidents have riveted audiences since Pauline was tied to the railroad tracks, but in the hundred-year history of cinema, few thrillers have been as emotionally compelling as The Impossible.
    • 65 Metascore
    • 100 Joe Williams
    With a title taken from an American Indian word for "life out of balance," Godfrey Reggio's wordless documentary lured dreamers into the sacred cave of cinema, where they ingested the serial music of Philip Glass and the time-lapse imagery of cinematographer Ron Fricke.
    • 90 Metascore
    • 100 Joe Williams
    As much as anything, the wildly entertaining ’70s flashback American Hustle is a triumph of style.
    • 90 Metascore
    • 100 Joe Williams
    Her
    Her may be the most technologically astute movie since Stanley Kubrick’s “2001: a Space Odyssey.” And as the friendly ghost in the machine, Samantha is a more inviting companion for the great leap forward than HAL9000 could ever dream of being.
    • 88 Metascore
    • 100 Joe Williams
    After feeding on this sweet buffet, sated cinephiles will want to call the front desk to extend their stay.
    • 74 Metascore
    • 88 Joe Williams
    What makes it special is Eastwood's ability to artfully and concisely tell a story, and Morgan Freeman's wonderfully understated turn as South African President Nelson Mandela.
    • 79 Metascore
    • 88 Joe Williams
    Although Precious is based on a novel, it's an act of truth-telling on behalf of a character in hellish enslavement.
    • 81 Metascore
    • 88 Joe Williams
    The reason District 9 reverberates so loudly is because its moral indignation is cranked to 11.
    • 76 Metascore
    • 88 Joe Williams
    As they build up steam, two powerful actors keep us wondering whether this train is bound for war or peace.
    • 69 Metascore
    • 88 Joe Williams
    With its exploded notions of heroism, torture-rack dramatics and kamikaze gusto, it's a fiendishly entertaining flick.
    • 86 Metascore
    • 88 Joe Williams
    For the many mavens who aren't familiar with Varda, this autobiographical documentary will be puzzling, in the best and most literal sense.
    • 76 Metascore
    • 88 Joe Williams
    A movie that will be discovered, embraced and shared with friends like a favorite record album.
    • 66 Metascore
    • 88 Joe Williams
    By turning a whistle-blower into a tragicomic figure, Soderbergh sustains our interest in a complicated financial scheme and rewards it with a kickback of ghastly laughs.
    • 81 Metascore
    • 88 Joe Williams
    Although it's sly and sardonic, Police, Adjective is as rigorous as a tea ceremony -- or a Stalinist re-education camp.
    • 84 Metascore
    • 88 Joe Williams
    With exquisitely simple images and minimal dialogue, Seraphine is both haunting and humane.