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
    • 68 Metascore
    • 75 Joe Williams
    Unexpectedly poignant.
    • 66 Metascore
    • 75 Joe Williams
    Streep is astonishing, conveying Child's gusto, her quavering voice, even her height.
    • 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.
    • 60 Metascore
    • 75 Joe Williams
    The sharpest parts of the movie hack through the Hollywood jungle with an insider's certitude. But Apatow is so grounded in the comedy circuit that he can't quite capture the emotional wavelength of the life-and-death drama.
    • 68 Metascore
    • 75 Joe Williams
    Sometimes macabre and sometimes manipulative, but the way it speaks to the spirit is miraculous.
    • 78 Metascore
    • 75 Joe Williams
    Of all the films to come out the conflict, Afghan Star is the most provocative, because its message that people are essentially the same is a dubious, double-edge sword.
    • 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.
    • 77 Metascore
    • 75 Joe Williams
    Just when this black-and-white, microbudget movie seems poised to spring an indictment of the Dickensian social order, it ends, but in a redemptive ray of color.
    • 83 Metascore
    • 75 Joe Williams
    It's often obscenely funny, but it tickles more than it stings.
    • 56 Metascore
    • 75 Joe Williams
    It may not be original, but Adam could leave a lump in your throat.
    • 76 Metascore
    • 75 Joe Williams
    Of course, there's a kind of reverse snobbery in touting cheap movies over polished ones. But if Not Quite Hollywood is not quite convincing, it is quite entertaining.
    • 62 Metascore
    • 75 Joe Williams
    A director whose breakthrough was the story of a madman's last stand has exceeded that feat with the story of an angry man's next step.
    • 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.
    • 83 Metascore
    • 75 Joe Williams
    Titanic technical achievement.
    • 68 Metascore
    • 75 Joe Williams
    What Barrymore brings is good-natured, girl-powered subversion, a sense of when to flaunt clich├ęs and when to flip them over the rails.
    • 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.
    • 66 Metascore
    • 75 Joe Williams
    Succeeds as both advocacy and entertainment by focusing on the family.
    • 55 Metascore
    • 75 Joe Williams
    While Walt and El Grupo is less than a penetrating analysis, it's more than a Mickey Mouse advertisement.
    • 81 Metascore
    • 75 Joe Williams
    What animates this dramatically constrained film are the lively words and the vitality of nature. An image of butterflies blooming in a bedroom is Keats' worldview in miniature.
    • 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.
    • 67 Metascore
    • 75 Joe Williams
    This stylish film reminds us that great images endure after bodies and buildings crumble.
    • 82 Metascore
    • 75 Joe Williams
    The kind of working-class, character-driven drama that few American directors would dare to make. It's tough and unsentimental, with a documentary aesthetic that belies the craft of the calibrated tension.
    • 54 Metascore
    • 75 Joe Williams
    This jam-packed picture is too zippily scripted and edited to get stuck in message mode, yet the stellar cast achieves a rare harmonic convergence.
    • 77 Metascore
    • 75 Joe Williams
    The Messenger is the debut film of writer and director Oren Moverman, but it's worldly wise, with two well-rounded characters.
    • 30 Metascore
    • 75 Joe Williams
    More benevolent than Bill Maher's snarky flick "Religulous" and a heaven-sent affirmation of our common humanity.
    • 62 Metascore
    • 75 Joe Williams
    Ultimately, William Kunstler: Disturbing the Universe is a defense, not a prosecution, and the principal witness remains a shining star.
    • 76 Metascore
    • 75 Joe Williams
    Broken Embraces is stylish and sly, an engaging exercise that gives us less than meets the eye.
    • 73 Metascore
    • 75 Joe Williams
    We are reminded: War is hell. But at their best, war movies can be cool and beautiful.
    • 77 Metascore
    • 75 Joe Williams
    In a movie of murky surfaces and deep loneliness, the redemptive surprise of A Single Man is how it becomes a clear endorsement of the Buddy System.
    • 83 Metascore
    • 75 Joe Williams
    What makes this low-key movie memorable are the pitch-perfect performances.