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 Senna
Lowest review score: 0 The Divergent Series: Insurgent
Score distribution:
  1. Negative: 67 out of 817
817 movie reviews
    • 82 Metascore
    • 88 Joe Williams
    The Illusionist has surprises up its sleeve that are unusually nuanced for an animated movie.
    • 80 Metascore
    • 88 Joe Williams
    This humane movie is an ode to joy, albeit of the mature sort.
    • 80 Metascore
    • 88 Joe Williams
    You might expect a cartoon about a man and his dog to be strictly for kids, but My Dog Tulip, based on a memoir by J.R. Ackerley, has a psychological richness and anatomical explicitness that is very grown-up.
    • 70 Metascore
    • 88 Joe Williams
    To ensure customer loyalty, Hollywood should promote more movies about workaday life in the provinces, but until there's a new wave of midcoast comedies, Cedar Rapids is the big kahuna.
    • 75 Metascore
    • 88 Joe Williams
    Rango is iconic like a spaghetti Western, smart like a '70s conspiracy thriller and lively like a Coen brothers comedy.
    • 60 Metascore
    • 88 Joe Williams
    Builds beautifully from a farcical premise that requires a suspension of disbelief to a musical climax that washes away our cynicism in a wave of honest tears.
    • 86 Metascore
    • 88 Joe Williams
    Imagine an opulent movie palace that was 30,000 years old, with posters preserved on the curving walls and the bones of the Stone Age patrons peacefully sleeping in the fairy dust. That's essentially what archeologists found in a French canyon in 1994 and what Werner Herzog brings back to life in the extraordinary documentary Cave of Forgotten Dreams.
    • 65 Metascore
    • 88 Joe Williams
    Ferrell's dryly understated performance is a shorthand for an alcoholic's denial and repressed rage, and as Nick grows increasingly desperate for a drink, he keeps his anger stashed like a last beer for emergencies.
    • 75 Metascore
    • 88 Joe Williams
    Kristen Wiig is the best sketch comic alive, and Bridesmaids should finally make her a movie star.
    • 85 Metascore
    • 88 Joe Williams
    Notwithstanding exquisite images that evoke Terrence Malick's "Days of Heaven," city-slicker audiences may find themselves getting saddle sore. But those with the courage to explore uncharted territory will be rewarded with a rough gem of a movie.
    • 77 Metascore
    • 88 Joe Williams
    An artfully observant and unexpectedly moving documentary.
    • 76 Metascore
    • 88 Joe Williams
    As an homage to an influential director, Submarine blows "Super 8" out of the water.
    • 76 Metascore
    • 88 Joe Williams
    Beautifully but simply wrought by director Cindy Meehl, this deft documentary is a poignant reappraisal of what it means to be human.
    • 82 Metascore
    • 88 Joe Williams
    When the two men compare impersonations of Michael Caine or Sean Connery, Brydon's version is always slightly better - and Coogan knows it.
    • 85 Metascore
    • 88 Joe Williams
    Both arduous and artful, City of Life and Death is the best imaginable movie about the genocidal siege that's now called the Rape of Nanking. Anything more explicit would be unwatchable; anything more contemplative would be a betrayal of the sustained suffering.
    • 87 Metascore
    • 88 Joe Williams
    Like the previous seven movies, Harry Potter and the Deathly Hallows: Part 2 obliviates the line between art and craft, but the witchcraft conjured for this satisfying finale is uniquely generous.
    • 66 Metascore
    • 88 Joe Williams
    The best kind of comic-book movie. It's stylish and spectacular, yet it's rooted in history and human emotions. It's smart yet it's funny. It's wise yet it kicks ass when it has to. Just like the U.S. of A.
    • 83 Metascore
    • 88 Joe Williams
    There's so much higher intelligence in Project Nim that simply digesting it feels like evolutionary progress.
    • 87 Metascore
    • 88 Joe Williams
    Although you don't have to be a sports fan to enjoy it, Moneyball is one of the best baseball movies imaginable.
    • 80 Metascore
    • 88 Joe Williams
    An art-history lesson and a spiritual exercise disguised as a movie.
    • 85 Metascore
    • 88 Joe Williams
    Shannon's powerfully imploded performance ignites one of the best films of the year.
    • 84 Metascore
    • 88 Joe Williams
    An Oscar-ready collaboration between a great director and a star at the peak of his powers, but at its heart is a message in a bottle reading: "Trapped in paradise. Please send help."
    • 83 Metascore
    • 88 Joe Williams
    For cinematic sojourners, Hugo is a trip to the moon.
    • 65 Metascore
    • 88 Joe Williams
    The performance is both an eerie imitation and a touching revelation. Oscar voters who overlooked Williams for her camouflage roles in "Brokeback Mountain," "Wendy and Lucy" and "Blue Valentine" should now throw diamonds at her feet.
    • 71 Metascore
    • 88 Joe Williams
    Clear-eyed, fearless and ferociously funny, Young Adult is mature filmmaking.
    • 89 Metascore
    • 88 Joe Williams
    May be too cute to qualify as high art, but it's highly entertaining.
    • 52 Metascore
    • 88 Joe Williams
    The action is contained within a coherent dramatic structure and the puzzle-box paranoia of spy-agency protocol.
    • 95 Metascore
    • 88 Joe Williams
    Although it's slow to unfold, this courtroom drama is so timelessly humane and even-handed it feels like it came from the dockets of Solomon - by way of Sidney Lumet.
    • 73 Metascore
    • 88 Joe Williams
    The tonal shifts, the "Amelie"-style voiceover and the punk-retro soundtrack may jar some viewers who expect uninterrupted violins, but Declaration of War is alternative therapy that really works.
    • 68 Metascore
    • 88 Joe Williams
    Refusing to hold our hands, director Lynne Ramsay ("Morvern Callar") pushes far beyond the boundaries of topical drama into the realm of the surreal.

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