For 817 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 5.6 points higher than other critics. (0-100 point scale)

Joe Williams' Scores

  • Movies
  • TV
Average review score: 66
Highest review score: 100 Moonrise Kingdom
Lowest review score: 0 The Divergent Series: Insurgent
Score distribution:
  1. Negative: 67 out of 817
817 movie reviews
    • 69 Metascore
    • 75 Joe Williams
    The edginess here isn't merely facile. Goldthwait's movies, including the under-appreciated "Shakes the Clown," are about reclaiming dignity from the dung heap. And he's found a fitting collaborator.
    • 76 Metascore
    • 75 Joe Williams
    Like psychoanalysis, A Dangerous Method takes its time as it circles an opening to unexplored depths. To reward our patience, Cronenberg gives us some honey-hued eye candy and rich dialogue, but if you're seeking instant gratification, I prescribe "Shame."
    • 42 Metascore
    • 75 Joe Williams
    As a critic who complains about painless and brainless action movies, I hoist a glass of mead to the men and maidens of Ironclad.
    • 79 Metascore
    • 75 Joe Williams
    In one of the most wickedly funny scenes in sci-fi history, Koba uses monkeyshines to bamboozle some gun-toting yahoos and scuttle the peace treaty.
    • 81 Metascore
    • 75 Joe Williams
    Until the sci-fi switcheroo, the versatile supporting cast puts Gary in such a ridiculous light that we can’t help laughing at him. Then suddenly this subversive movie challenges us to laugh at our own assumptions.
    • 66 Metascore
    • 75 Joe Williams
    Succeeds as both advocacy and entertainment by focusing on the family.
    • 55 Metascore
    • 75 Joe Williams
    The movie is best enjoyed as a minor-key operatic, not a coherent story. While Law bellows blasphemous poetry, his director orchestrates a noirish light show with a cockeyed rhythm.
    • 79 Metascore
    • 75 Joe Williams
    With its mix of true-blood romance and full-moon madness, Let Me In should hasten the twilight of the twerpy pretenders.
    • 47 Metascore
    • 75 Joe Williams
    What enriches the recipe is that no one is quite as cagey as they seem. Colin is officially thuggish, but he's a blinkered romantic. Archie is a mama's boy, Meredith is gay, Mal is impotent, and Peanut wears dentures.
    • 94 Metascore
    • 75 Joe Williams
    For modern moviegoers, the earthy Mr. Turner may seem like slowly steeped tea with an unpleasant aftertaste. But while some are impatiently waiting for the paint to dry, astute viewers will see a cinematic landscape bloom.
    • 72 Metascore
    • 75 Joe Williams
    Post-Dispatch classical music critic Sarah Bryan Miller told me that Gould's music is as divisive today as it was 50 years ago, when the pianist publicly clashed with conductor Leonard Bernstein over the tempo of a performance.
    • 72 Metascore
    • 75 Joe Williams
    Taking potshots at American Sniper is like shooting fish in a barrel. So why should war-weary Americans see it? Because Eastwood remains a masterful action director, and this may be his last hurrah. Because Cooper is one of our best young actors, and he poured a lifetime of craft into stilling his character’s heartbeat.
    • 62 Metascore
    • 75 Joe Williams
    42
    The inspirational movie named for Robinson’s number is too dignified to throw audiences a curveball, let alone a knockdown pitch, but its solid fundamentals make it a winner.
    • 81 Metascore
    • 75 Joe Williams
    Two things that the British know that most Americans don't: Michael Sheen is the best actor in the English-speaking world; and soccer is the only football that matters.
    • 68 Metascore
    • 75 Joe Williams
    Sometimes macabre and sometimes manipulative, but the way it speaks to the spirit is miraculous.
    • 72 Metascore
    • 75 Joe Williams
    This thriller is both skillfully familiar and chillingly strange.
    • 74 Metascore
    • 75 Joe Williams
    This deadpan police story produces unexpected chills.
    • 63 Metascore
    • 75 Joe Williams
    Some may scoff when the boys exhibit traits and interests derived from the biological parents they never knew, but The Other Son is such a disarming feat that cynics will get left at the checkpoint.
    • 74 Metascore
    • 75 Joe Williams
    In a poignant and potentially depressing film, it’s redeeming to see that when they are with their kindred spirits, even the saddest skeletons can dance.
    • 48 Metascore
    • 75 Joe Williams
    One man’s mirth is another man’s poison, this critic can only consult his belly as the barometer. On a gut level, Ted 2 is a funny film.
    • 68 Metascore
    • 75 Joe Williams
    While it's satisfying to see fat cats tamed by science and an enraged public, the movie misses the opportunity to sustain the pressure.
    • 71 Metascore
    • 75 Joe Williams
    There will never be another Marilyn Monroe or Elizabeth Taylor, but Hollywood may have found a new Lee Remick in Mary Elizabeth Winstead.
    • 80 Metascore
    • 75 Joe Williams
    Goodbye First Love is like a postcard from a lost Eden, a painfully pure oasis where we're not allowed to linger.
    • 64 Metascore
    • 75 Joe Williams
    Photography — and thus filmmaking — is painting with light. The connection is illuminated in the lovely Renoir, a twilight-years biography of the great French Impressionist.
    • 81 Metascore
    • 75 Joe Williams
    Fortunately, Fish Tank feeds us more than crumbs and leaves us feeling like we've come up for air.
    • 57 Metascore
    • 75 Joe Williams
    Scabrously funny yet essentially gentle, as the main thing that it's probing is our collective ignorance.
    • 66 Metascore
    • 75 Joe Williams
    At its heart, this is a compassionate character study. Robbie’s tenderness toward his son and his remorse for a street fight are the raw ingredients of a ripening consciousness.
    • 65 Metascore
    • 75 Joe Williams
    A genuinely touching and occasionally powerful film, not least because the boys are so disinclined to pity themselves.
    • 81 Metascore
    • 75 Joe Williams
    Periodically deviating from its fly-on-the-wall aesthetic, the film does a noticeably better job than the Joan Rivers movie of incorporating old footage and photos to underscore its subject’s importance.
    • 47 Metascore
    • 75 Joe Williams
    Brazenly funny in its own right - until it turns into a goody two-shoes.

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