For 752 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 6.9 points higher than other critics. (0-100 point scale)

Joe Williams' Scores

  • Movies
  • TV
Average review score: 66
Highest review score: 100 Samsara
Lowest review score: 25 New Year's Eve
Score distribution:
  1. Negative: 59 out of 752
752 movie reviews
    • 61 Metascore
    • 75 Joe Williams
    The surprisingly rich documentary Best Worst Movie views the phenomenon from a unique perspective.
    • 74 Metascore
    • 75 Joe Williams
    Like the recent "Greenberg," Cyrus is not the jokey, polished production you would expect from its Hollywood cast and LA setting, but audiences who are comfortable with discomfort should find it "funny."
    • 74 Metascore
    • 75 Joe Williams
    The first half of the film dusts off some kitschy picket-fence footage and alarmist news reports to invoke an era when homosexual acts were illegal in 49 states, and gays were subjected to arrest, electroshock and sterilization.
    • 74 Metascore
    • 75 Joe Williams
    When the smoke clears, heady Farewell stands tall among the movies that view the Cold War at close range.
    • 57 Metascore
    • 75 Joe Williams
    The multiple cameras that shadow Anker and his novice partner provide unprecedented images. But they also raise unintended questions about the vanishing frontier.
    • 65 Metascore
    • 75 Joe Williams
    Ondine is dipped in whimsy and might have drifted out to sea, but it's bounded on four sides by love stories -- between a father and a daughter, a man and a mermaid, an actor and his co-star, and a director and his country.
    • 74 Metascore
    • 75 Joe Williams
    Because of some sentimental backspin, Affleck doesn't quite hit it out of the park, but he may provoke the green monster of envy in lesser directors.
    • 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.
    • 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.
    • 76 Metascore
    • 75 Joe Williams
    This true story does a great service by honoring the memory of 22 brave men and women and by dramatizing the internal debates within the French population. But in staying true to life, it sacrifices some of the pacing and clarity of a conventional thriller.
    • 61 Metascore
    • 75 Joe Williams
    The story is sustained by the stubborn love between the siblings and by the conviction of the two fine actors who portray them.
    • 65 Metascore
    • 75 Joe Williams
    Harry Potter and the Deathly Hallows: Part 1 is slower and stranger than any of the previous films, simultaneously raising hopes for a haunting finale while dimming hopes for a magical one.
    • 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.
    • 57 Metascore
    • 75 Joe Williams
    Mainstream moviemaking at its most proficient, with a zippy script, comfort-food casting and a breakout performance by a deserving star.
    • 56 Metascore
    • 75 Joe Williams
    In the infidelity drama Leaving, British reserve gets overtaken by French passion, and the subsequent events have the horrific momentum of a slow-motion car crash.
    • 64 Metascore
    • 75 Joe Williams
    It's a tart trifle, but in the madding crowd of year-end movies, Tamara Drewe rocks.
    • 65 Metascore
    • 75 Joe Williams
    Even with a large cast, groovy clothes and cool pop songs, Hawkins holds our attention with a combination of modesty and moral strength.
    • 63 Metascore
    • 75 Joe Williams
    Summer Wars has engineered a truce between the familiar and the fantastical.
    • 53 Metascore
    • 75 Joe Williams
    Stays too low to the ground to become an animated classic, but if there's a fairer midwinter's tale, wherefore art thou?
    • 66 Metascore
    • 75 Joe Williams
    Paul Simon and a Parisian orangutan tell us the same thing: It's all happening at the zoo.
    • 68 Metascore
    • 75 Joe Williams
    Im Sang-soo has crafted an erotic thriller whose cool beauty speaks for itself.
    • 69 Metascore
    • 75 Joe Williams
    Europeans have a taste for both the mechanics of trickery and the machinations of power, and the politically astute Spanish film "Even the Rain" belongs in the same conversation with Francois Truffaut's "Day for Night" and Pedro Almodovar's "Bad Education."
    • 57 Metascore
    • 75 Joe Williams
    Scabrously funny yet essentially gentle, as the main thing that it's probing is our collective ignorance.
    • 82 Metascore
    • 75 Joe Williams
    Although the film has elements of a puzzler by Michelangelo Antonioni and a psychodrama by Ingmar Bergman, it never becomes compellingly intellectual or unnervingly emotional.
    • 76 Metascore
    • 75 Joe Williams
    Cunningham's answers to pointed questions about romantic love and religious faith are so open-hearted, we understand that he's bigger than just New York.
    • 66 Metascore
    • 75 Joe Williams
    A good nature film - and a great technical achievement.
    • 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.
    • 38 Metascore
    • 75 Joe Williams
    Although the choice of interviewees skews the movie in a New Age-y direction, there's less pseudoscience and more heart than in the kindred documentary "What the Bleep Do We Know?"
    • 66 Metascore
    • 75 Joe Williams
    It's got a grown-up artfulness, but Winter in Wartime could become a lot of boys' favorite movie.

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