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 6.2 points higher than other critics. (0-100 point scale)

Joe Williams' Scores

  • Movies
  • TV
Average review score: 66
Highest review score: 100 The Master
Lowest review score: 0 The Divergent Series: Insurgent
Score distribution:
  1. Negative: 67 out of 817
817 movie reviews
    • 62 Metascore
    • 75 Joe Williams
    Lacking beef or sufficient spice, it's nonetheless colorful comfort food.
    • 66 Metascore
    • 75 Joe Williams
    Paul Simon and a Parisian orangutan tell us the same thing: It's all happening at the zoo.
    • 64 Metascore
    • 75 Joe Williams
    This is rich material that Moretti mines for both superficial absurdity and deep pathos.
    • 73 Metascore
    • 75 Joe Williams
    The secret in this case is the jokes, which are ferocious. Marrying a monster flick with an adolescent romance has produced a merry mutant.
    • 60 Metascore
    • 75 Joe Williams
    Because the sociopath at the center of this family portrait never asks for forgiveness, The Iceman is truly chilling.
    • 58 Metascore
    • 75 Joe Williams
    At nearly three hours long, "An Unexpected Journey" has moments when the caravan seems both overstuffed and out of balance, but it's such a scenic trip that only a stubborn homebody could complain.
    • 69 Metascore
    • 75 Joe Williams
    Like a Fishbone show or an LA weather forecast, the dark curtain rises, and there's a promise of more sunshine.
    • 54 Metascore
    • 75 Joe Williams
    The simmering rivalry between Di and Fiamma, inflamed by the kind of glimpsed indiscretion that makes adolescent melodramas tick, explodes in a thriller ending that turns an observant coming-of-age story into something resembling "The Lord of the Flies."
    • 66 Metascore
    • 75 Joe Williams
    With Whitaker, Daniels and screenwriter Danny Strong pulling the strings, The Butler can take a bow.
    • 53 Metascore
    • 75 Joe Williams
    It's zippy, and the movie version has both a computerized sheen and handcrafted detailing. Because the details are cribbed from classics, parents can enjoy this 'toon as much as their kids.
    • 50 Metascore
    • 75 Joe Williams
    The libido and bloodlust flowing from the pint-size Page is the funniest thing in the movie, but elsewhere, the mix of the goofy and ghastly is hard to digest.
    • 65 Metascore
    • 75 Joe Williams
    This melodrama about spousal abuse and honor killings might be too grim to bear, but Kekilli keeps it centered.
    • 84 Metascore
    • 75 Joe Williams
    While Looper lacks the heft of a classic, this wayback machine is worth taking for a spin.
    • 55 Metascore
    • 75 Joe Williams
    Taiwanese director Ang Lee sees the '60s through a rose-colored telephoto lens, but his sympathetic spirit extends the generous message of the hippie era like a passed joint.
    • 61 Metascore
    • 75 Joe Williams
    Rounded, redemptive and refreshingly free of cynicism.
    • 78 Metascore
    • 75 Joe Williams
    As Refn is riffing on thriller cliches, he gets solid support from the ensemble. Brooks, a comedic standout since the '70s, makes a sympathetic villain, and Gosling stokes the young-Brando comparisons - instead of settling for Richard Gere.
    • 68 Metascore
    • 75 Joe Williams
    Im Sang-soo has crafted an erotic thriller whose cool beauty speaks for itself.
    • 79 Metascore
    • 75 Joe Williams
    Ultimately what makes Gone Girl so watchable is the three-headed monster of Fincher, Pike and Affleck. The director bathes the B-movie scenario in the queasy-green hues of a morgue, while Affleck flashes his million-dollar smile like a dime-store Dracula and the beautifully inscrutable Pike absorbs the light like a wax mannequin. If it’s true that Nick and Amy were made for each other, they were made in a fiendish lab.
    • 42 Metascore
    • 75 Joe Williams
    Yet so much about The Lovely Bones is so skillfully orchestrated, from the chillingly methodical villainy to the thrillingly paced manhunt, we can accept that we're in the hands of a higher power.
    • 61 Metascore
    • 75 Joe Williams
    This vision of a violent future makes Elysium well worth seeing, even as the conventional violence of the thriller finale makes it a missed opportunity.
    • 74 Metascore
    • 75 Joe Williams
    With his actors and crew hewing to the script, the director’s craft is impeccable. His low-light images are suitable for framing, and there’s scarcely a moment of modernity, let alone humor or loose ends, to disrupt the tragic trajectory.
    • 71 Metascore
    • 75 Joe Williams
    Here’s a toast to the cast and crew: Drinking Buddies is a three-dimensional movie that doesn’t require beer goggles.
    • 59 Metascore
    • 75 Joe Williams
    To its credit, Celeste and Jesse Forever wants to be more than a formulaic farce. It succeeds to the extent that the neighbors keep up with Jones.
    • 78 Metascore
    • 75 Joe Williams
    As the wife to a wolf of Wall Street, Blanchett shows us a lost sheep both before and after the slaughter. It’s not a pretty picture, but it’s twitching with life.
    • 73 Metascore
    • 75 Joe Williams
    Whereas many kung-fu movies are a feast that leaves us weary with sensations, the tastefully bittersweet “Grandmaster” puts us in the mood for more.
    • 74 Metascore
    • 75 Joe Williams
    There are three sides to most love stories: his, hers and the truth. But on London's Fleet Street, the three sides are his, hers and the tabloids'.
    • 62 Metascore
    • 75 Joe Williams
    Doggedly indie but unpretentious, Begin Again is one of the best movies I’ve seen about the music industry and the ways it changes people whose paths diverge.
    • 78 Metascore
    • 75 Joe Williams
    While we await the definitive documentary about the glut of garbage, Waste Land reduces this global catastrophe to touchingly human scale.
    • 79 Metascore
    • 75 Joe Williams
    It’s an enigmatic and austere film from a region where political, sexual and religious repression are as stifling as the sooty air.
    • 78 Metascore
    • 75 Joe Williams
    Like its neo-noir kin across the pond, The Guard is violent, profane and funny. But McDonagh is interested in more than mockery.

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