For 799 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 6.5 points higher than other critics. (0-100 point scale)

Joe Williams' Scores

  • Movies
  • TV
Average review score: 66
Highest review score: 100 Up in the Air
Lowest review score: 0 The Divergent Series: Insurgent
Score distribution:
  1. Negative: 65 out of 799
799 movie reviews
    • 65 Metascore
    • 75 Joe Williams
    Even if they don't provide much lift, these boots were made for amusement.
    • 77 Metascore
    • 75 Joe Williams
    In recording the timeless traditions of Jewry, he created a new one: the identity crisis that rides on the back of laughter.
    • 76 Metascore
    • 75 Joe Williams
    Perhaps the spookiest thing in this slyly scary movie is the word-for-word way that Patrick's followers regurgitate his pablum.
    • 52 Metascore
    • 75 Joe Williams
    The Women on the 6th Floor shouldn't work, but this efficient flick whisks away our cynicism.
    • 75 Metascore
    • 75 Joe Williams
    The troupe's first film in more than a decade, is a more aggressively absurd antidote to what it calls "a hard, cynical world." Happily, it works.
    • 70 Metascore
    • 75 Joe Williams
    While Banderas' dark intensity overshadows the potential poignancy of the story, Almodovar is such a skilled surgeon that he extracts a juicy nugget of pleasure from a purely distasteful premise.
    • 71 Metascore
    • 75 Joe Williams
    The most mesmerizing parts of the movie make up a tutorial about how the Muppets are made and moved.
    • 70 Metascore
    • 75 Joe Williams
    Turturro, who previously directed a musical called "Romance and Cigarettes," lingers on the sensual movements of the performers and the character faces of the onlookers.
    • 58 Metascore
    • 75 Joe Williams
    It's a comedic dramatization with a looming shadow of the surreal.
    • 73 Metascore
    • 75 Joe Williams
    The world-class mechanic is Brad Bird, who applies the pacing and spatial freedom of a 'toon to a live-action thriller.
    • 72 Metascore
    • 75 Joe Williams
    While the PG-13 approach to the most brutally sustained war the world has ever known makes it suitable for mature children, some cynical adults may resent the tug of the reins. Me, I cried like a grandmother.
    • 61 Metascore
    • 75 Joe Williams
    When a man whose wife was killed by cultists invites us to laugh at life's absurdities, the particulars are almost incidental.
    • 76 Metascore
    • 75 Joe Williams
    Like psychoanalysis, A Dangerous Method takes its time as it circles an opening to unexplored depths. To reward our patience, Cronenberg gives us some honey-hued eye candy and rich dialogue, but if you're seeking instant gratification, I prescribe "Shame."
    • 74 Metascore
    • 75 Joe Williams
    Although Tomboy is as tightly constructed as a short story and as seemingly straightforward as a documentary, the parable about a small fib that grows out of control is so rooted in the rich soil of sexual identity that it entangles us.
    • 61 Metascore
    • 75 Joe Williams
    Rounded, redemptive and refreshingly free of cynicism.
    • 60 Metascore
    • 75 Joe Williams
    Thin Ice resides just slightly south of "Fargo."
    • 69 Metascore
    • 75 Joe Williams
    He's not in Mark Wahlberg's league, and 21 Jump Street isn't quite as funny as "The Other Guys," but by lampooning himself here, Tatum has bought himself a grace period to grow in.
    • 72 Metascore
    • 75 Joe Williams
    As opposed to the "gentlemen's clubs" in sinful cities like Las Vegas, the Crazy Horse attracts couples.
    • 60 Metascore
    • 75 Joe Williams
    A high-wire act that could crash if the actors were out of sync, but under this big top, the never-better Segel keeps everyone aloft.
    • 53 Metascore
    • 75 Joe Williams
    He might be guilty of showboating, but De Niro's knockout performance is a declaration that the star of "Raging Bull" isn't ready to hang up his gloves.
    • 68 Metascore
    • 75 Joe Williams
    While it's satisfying to see fat cats tamed by science and an enraged public, the movie misses the opportunity to sustain the pressure.
    • 71 Metascore
    • 75 Joe Williams
    Unlike the benchmark sports documentary "Hoop Dreams," Undefeated doesn't have a deep penetration of poverty and race in its playbook, but it does have enough heart to make substantial forward progress.
    • 82 Metascore
    • 75 Joe Williams
    Footnote is faintly comic, and director Joseph Cedar mines dark humor from the humiliations of identity checks and pecking orders.
    • 82 Metascore
    • 75 Joe Williams
    Marley is thus a valuable history project but not a definitive or analytical one. For that, we await a film that's less "One Love" and more "Stir It Up."
    • 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.
    • 51 Metascore
    • 75 Joe Williams
    96 Minutes is a mere introduction to Sociology 101, but it's brisk enough to rustle the reading list and keep the conversation alive.
    • 55 Metascore
    • 75 Joe Williams
    May be too light for vampire purists or fans of the original show, but fresh blood is just what the doctor ordered.
    • 62 Metascore
    • 75 Joe Williams
    Lacking beef or sufficient spice, it's nonetheless colorful comfort food.
    • 64 Metascore
    • 75 Joe Williams
    This is rich material that Moretti mines for both superficial absurdity and deep pathos.
    • 58 Metascore
    • 75 Joe Williams
    Too short and undisciplined to be a world-class comedy, but its chutzpah deserves respect.

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