For 818 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 4.9 points higher than other critics. (0-100 point scale)

Joe Williams' Scores

  • Movies
  • TV
Average review score: 66
Highest review score: 100 Django Unchained
Lowest review score: 0 The Divergent Series: Insurgent
Score distribution:
  1. Negative: 67 out of 818
818 movie reviews
    • 76 Metascore
    • 88 Joe Williams
    When a place and its people are this stylish, we can't help but be drawn to them.
    • 57 Metascore
    • 88 Joe Williams
    An eye-opening primer in cross-species similarity. We learn that apes are violent and territorial but also that they are capable of creativity and tenderness.
    • 63 Metascore
    • 88 Joe Williams
    To keep serious cinema from going extinct, this could be sold as "The Hunger Games" cross-bred with "The Lorax," but it's better and more mature than either of those hit movies.
    • 66 Metascore
    • 88 Joe Williams
    Do yourself and your kids a favor. On the way to multiplex to see "The Avengers," tell them The Fairy is about an all-powerful superheroine. Someday, they'll find the words to thank you.
    • 72 Metascore
    • 88 Joe Williams
    Among recent documentaries, First Position soars to the head of the class.
    • 82 Metascore
    • 88 Joe Williams
    Until a devastatingly effective finale, Monsieur Lazhar is an exercise in delicacy, carried by Fallag's gentle performance and a fine cast of kid actors.
    • 42 Metascore
    • 88 Joe Williams
    A blast, the best action movie of the summer.
    • 59 Metascore
    • 88 Joe Williams
    At the confluence of altered states and state-sanctioned violence, this drug-fueled thriller is Stone's most successfully provocative picture since "JFK."
    • 43 Metascore
    • 88 Joe Williams
    The richly constructed first hour is so superior to any feat of sci-fi speculation since "Minority Report" that the bland aftertaste of the chase finale is quickly forgotten.
    • 67 Metascore
    • 88 Joe Williams
    Richly photographed and featuring an attractive cast, Farewell, My Queen is a layer cake of royal pleasures, rote protocols and revolutionary politics. For skeptics who thought this story had grown stale, let them eat their words.
    • 72 Metascore
    • 88 Joe Williams
    It's not warm and fuzzy, but for kids who comprehended "Coraline" and babysitters who savored "The Corpse Bride," this stop-motion marvel from some of the same animators is like an early Halloween treat.
    • 80 Metascore
    • 88 Joe Williams
    Although it's a guilty pleasure, The Queen of Versailles is artful enough that both the prosecution and the defense could invoke it when the peasants cry "Off with their heads!"
    • 86 Metascore
    • 88 Joe Williams
    Before it turns into a great escape flick, Argo is an amusing spoof of the movie biz.
    • 69 Metascore
    • 88 Joe Williams
    Although the story is mournful, the movie is buoyed by a heaven-scented surrealism.
    • 76 Metascore
    • 88 Joe Williams
    We can quibble about the punitive punchline of John Gatins' script, but keeping complexity aloft for so long makes Flight a miraculous feat.
    • 81 Metascore
    • 88 Joe Williams
    Ultimately Skyfall is rooted in tradition - and in British soil. A pastoral drive to Bond's boyhood home (in a kind of car that will delight purists) opens the gates to some psychological background, and given the true-love subtext of "Casino Royale," it's not surprising that there's an emotional payoff here.
    • 73 Metascore
    • 88 Joe Williams
    Although the brazen lovers, bellicose ministers and backstabbing handmaidens are familiar elements, the film is so handsomely mounted that we happily endure the ride until the turning of the screws in the tragic last act.
    • 76 Metascore
    • 88 Joe Williams
    The film is so masterfully controlled, we feel like we’ve eavesdropped on something like life.
    • 56 Metascore
    • 88 Joe Williams
    Notwithstanding the characters’ spiritual camaraderie, Salles’ emphasizes the hard physical labor and loneliness in Sal’s story, including the jittery rigors of the writing process. When he reaches a crossroads choice between down-and-out Dean and his own rising career, Sal senses that except for the words on a typewritten scroll, his life on the road is gone, real gone.
    • 72 Metascore
    • 88 Joe Williams
    Star Trek Into Darkness offers much of what the fans expect and not much of what they don't. This character-driven vehicle is a supercharged example of cinematic craftsmanship.
    • 67 Metascore
    • 88 Joe Williams
    A one-joke movie, but it’s a joke whose recurring rimshots grow as loud as our laughter.
    • 82 Metascore
    • 88 Joe Williams
    Director Lindholm is a graduate of the Dogma school, and he is able to maintain tension with a documentary camera technique, virtually no music and minimal on-screen theatrics.
    • 79 Metascore
    • 88 Joe Williams
    It’s not only a fresh and funny spoof of the movie business, it represents a real-life triumph within it.
    • 96 Metascore
    • 88 Joe Williams
    Even as it looks to the heavens, Gravity is bound to earth, where the beauty is in the details.
    • 83 Metascore
    • 88 Joe Williams
    Despite the obvious mismatches involved, this isn’t a simplistic smackdown. Freighted with weighty issues, Captain Phillips is a film worth debating.
    • 48 Metascore
    • 88 Joe Williams
    In its cross-cultural breadth, director Ridley Scott’s smart and violent film merits comparison to Steven Soderbergh’s “Traffic,” but the dialogue delivered by the stellar cast is incomparably McCarthy’s.
    • 77 Metascore
    • 88 Joe Williams
    Iowa-native Gurira has had roles in TV’s “Treme” and “The Walking Dead,” but Mother of George should be the birth of a brilliant film career.
    • 88 Metascore
    • 88 Joe Williams
    I’m pretty sure it would still be one of the best films of the year if the explicit lesbian sex scenes were censored, but it wouldn’t earn a penny in Peoria.
    • 86 Metascore
    • 88 Joe Williams
    A co-star deserving special mention is Nebraska itself, which Payne films in black-and-white to mirror the austerity of life on the de-populated prairie. These corners of the Cornhusker State are as empty as the promise of a sweepstakes prize. In this land of ghosts, one old pioneer tries to grab his stake before he becomes another windblown husk.
    • 75 Metascore
    • 88 Joe Williams
    The most exhilarating film of the year is also the most exhausting.

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