For 717 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 7.2 points higher than other critics. (0-100 point scale)

Joe Williams' Scores

  • Movies
Average review score: 66
Highest review score: 100 Searching for Sugar Man
Lowest review score: 25 After Earth
Score distribution:
  1. Negative: 55 out of 717
717 movie reviews
    • 100 Metascore
    • 100 Joe Williams
    The film would be incalculably different if the lead role had been divided between two or three young actors for a conventional shoot. But Linklater’s patience allows us to see a thoughtful personality being formed both on and off the screen.
    • 96 Metascore
    • 88 Joe Williams
    Even as it looks to the heavens, Gravity is bound to earth, where the beauty is in the details.
    • 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.
    • 92 Metascore
    • 88 Joe Williams
    It's a well-earned curtain call for some of the most beloved characters in one of the best-sustained feats of recent cinema.
    • 90 Metascore
    • 100 Joe Williams
    Winter's Bone is the best film of the year.
    • 90 Metascore
    • 100 Joe Williams
    Her
    Her may be the most technologically astute movie since Stanley Kubrick’s “2001: a Space Odyssey.” And as the friendly ghost in the machine, Samantha is a more inviting companion for the great leap forward than HAL9000 could ever dream of being.
    • 90 Metascore
    • 100 Joe Williams
    As much as anything, the wildly entertaining ’70s flashback American Hustle is a triumph of style.
    • 89 Metascore
    • 88 Joe Williams
    A miniaturist's masterpiece, the ebb and flow of familial love distilled to its essence.
    • 89 Metascore
    • 100 Joe Williams
    Beauty comes to us unexpectedly. That's the message of Poetry, a Korean movie about an aging housemaid that turns out to be one of the best films of the year.
    • 89 Metascore
    • 88 Joe Williams
    May be too cute to qualify as high art, but it's highly entertaining.
    • 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.
    • 88 Metascore
    • 88 Joe Williams
    The King's Speech is the epitome of prestige cinema, an impeccably crafted and emotionally compelling drama that deserves the many laurels it surely will receive.
    • 88 Metascore
    • 100 Joe Williams
    After feeding on this sweet buffet, sated cinephiles will want to call the front desk to extend their stay.
    • 87 Metascore
    • 88 Joe Williams
    Directed by Steve James, whose “Hoop Dreams” Ebert hailed as the best film of the 1990s, it’s the kind of documentary the dying man wanted — honest, humane and inclusive.
    • 87 Metascore
    • 75 Joe Williams
    This very male and methodical movie is like the anti-“Gravity,” as the un-moored hero is quietly in control of his options and at peace with his possible failure.
    • 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.
    • 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.
    • 86 Metascore
    • 50 Joe Williams
    For his complex portrayal, Day-Lewis is likely to have roses thrown at his feet, but for the dreadful film in which he's enslaved, emancipated onlookers will reach for the grapes of wrath.
    • 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.
    • 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.
    • 86 Metascore
    • 88 Joe Williams
    For the many mavens who aren't familiar with Varda, this autobiographical documentary will be puzzling, in the best and most literal sense.
    • 86 Metascore
    • 88 Joe Williams
    Before it turns into a great escape flick, Argo is an amusing spoof of the movie biz.
    • 86 Metascore
    • 100 Joe Williams
    The Master is not a schematic attack on a particular religion. It is a brilliantly conceived and powerfully realized work of art, with complex characters, exquisite images and ambiguously big ideas.
    • 86 Metascore
    • 75 Joe Williams
    This hand-drawn French import is fresh evidence that you don’t need computers and singing princesses to make a charming animated movie.
    • 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.
    • 85 Metascore
    • 88 Joe Williams
    For a public that's been bullied by the tastemakers, the mystery is a gift. Once we exit this fun house, the only giant left to obey is ourselves.
    • 85 Metascore
    • 100 Joe Williams
    The combination of a literate script, an adroit cast and an economical style is simple addition that achieves an alchemical feat: the best film of the year.
    • 85 Metascore
    • 88 Joe Williams
    Vincere, which translates as the battle cry "Win!" is like invisible ink on the ledger of war, a secret record of love and loss.
    • 85 Metascore
    • 88 Joe Williams
    Shannon's powerfully imploded performance ignites one of the best films of the year.
    • 85 Metascore
    • 100 Joe Williams
    The Tree of Life is a religious experience. Overtly. Audaciously. Unashamedly. No film has ever reached as high toward the face of God and, in our commodified future, few are likely to try.