For 713 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 Silver Linings Playbook
Lowest review score: 25 Marmaduke
Score distribution:
  1. Negative: 55 out of 713
713 movie reviews
    • 85 Metascore
    • 88 Joe Williams
    Notwithstanding exquisite images that evoke Terrence Malick's "Days of Heaven," city-slicker audiences may find themselves getting saddle sore. But those with the courage to explore uncharted territory will be rewarded with a rough gem of a movie.
    • 84 Metascore
    • 50 Joe Williams
    There are a few beguiling moments in Holy Motors, particularly a martial-arts sequence and an erotic dance while Mr. Oscar is dressed in a motion-capture body suit, but the road between those moments is so strewn with stalled ideas that audiences who care about character and plot are liable to take the exit to a movie that makes sense.
    • 84 Metascore
    • 88 Joe Williams
    It sustains a palpable fatalism in such recurring details as a whirring buzz saw and the cry of a loon, while the static camera and lack of musical cues enable some unforeseeable plot twists.
    • 84 Metascore
    • 100 Joe Williams
    The best film of the year and perhaps the purest love story in cinematic history.
    • 84 Metascore
    • 88 Joe Williams
    With exquisitely simple images and minimal dialogue, Seraphine is both haunting and humane.
    • 84 Metascore
    • 75 Joe Williams
    While Looper lacks the heft of a classic, this wayback machine is worth taking for a spin.
    • 84 Metascore
    • 88 Joe Williams
    An Oscar-ready collaboration between a great director and a star at the peak of his powers, but at its heart is a message in a bottle reading: "Trapped in paradise. Please send help."
    • 83 Metascore
    • 75 Joe Williams
    What makes this low-key movie memorable are the pitch-perfect performances.
    • 83 Metascore
    • 75 Joe Williams
    Titanic technical achievement.
    • 83 Metascore
    • 75 Joe Williams
    It's often obscenely funny, but it tickles more than it stings.
    • 83 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.
    • 83 Metascore
    • 88 Joe Williams
    There's so much higher intelligence in Project Nim that simply digesting it feels like evolutionary progress.
    • 83 Metascore
    • 63 Joe Williams
    Typically lovely to look at, with big-eyed young people espousing high ideals amid natural splendor. But outside of their bubble, a prickly history looms, and Miyazaki’s dubious attitude toward the wartime role of his hero makes the movie a mixed blessing.
    • 83 Metascore
    • 63 Joe Williams
    For better or worse, this is a straightforward performance film.
    • 83 Metascore
    • 88 Joe Williams
    Hogancamp's alliance with director Jeff Malmberg in this artful and poignant film marks a victory in the war against the self.
    • 83 Metascore
    • 88 Joe Williams
    For cinematic sojourners, Hugo is a trip to the moon.
    • 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.
    • 83 Metascore
    • 88 Joe Williams
    Garcia’s performance, which won the best actress award at last year’s Berlin International Film Festival, is a marvel of self-effacing artistry.
    • 83 Metascore
    • 100 Joe Williams
    Up in the Air may not end up as the best picture -- that will be decided by the Academy -- but it has landed in the middle of the discussion because it's laser-focused and right on time.
    • 83 Metascore
    • 63 Joe Williams
    The Holocaust must never be forgotten, but like many well-intentioned documentaries, The Flat derives more power from the implicit strength of the subject than from the explicit choices of the director.
    • 82 Metascore
    • 88 Joe Williams
    Ajami is neither a puzzle nor a polemic. It's an admirably even-handed portrait of life in an occupied ghetto that is bounded by checkpoints. Everyone we meet is a more or less honorably motivated victim of circumstance. That the circumstances were inscribed centuries ago makes Ajami a tragedy of biblical proportions.
    • 82 Metascore
    • 88 Joe Williams
    The Illusionist has surprises up its sleeve that are unusually nuanced for an animated movie.
    • 82 Metascore
    • 63 Joe Williams
    Canadian director Denis Villaneuve knows how to stoke a hot debate about the legacy of violence. But in this case, where there's smoke, there's not enough air.
    • 82 Metascore
    • 75 Joe Williams
    Because Short Term 12 is a small movie about a challenging subject, you may have to accept my word that actress Brie Larson and director Destin Cretton are bright discoveries, but it shouldn’t be long before the wider world can see these talents with the naked eye.
    • 82 Metascore
    • 75 Joe Williams
    Gerwig makes us want to believe that in a city where anything is possible, Francis Ha has the last laugh.
    • 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.
    • 82 Metascore
    • 88 Joe Williams
    When the two men compare impersonations of Michael Caine or Sean Connery, Brydon's version is always slightly better - and Coogan knows it.
    • 82 Metascore
    • 63 Joe Williams
    There’s much to appreciate here. Like “The Perks of Being a Wallflower,” which had a stronger sense of its place in the world, this coming-of-age movie should appeal to smart, sensitive young people who haven’t been exposed to the better examples of the genre.
    • 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.
    • 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.