For 818 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 4.9 points higher than other critics. (0-100 point scale)

Joe Williams' Scores

  • Movies
  • TV
Average review score: 66
Highest review score: 100 Senna
Lowest review score: 0 The Divergent Series: Insurgent
Score distribution:
  1. Negative: 67 out of 818
818 movie reviews
    • 63 Metascore
    • 75 Joe Williams
    The documentary ends on a hopeful note, as Indians themselves have taken control of their image.
    • 63 Metascore
    • 63 Joe Williams
    Strikes an uneasy compromise between liberty and justice. It marches at an efficient pace, but there's too much collateral damage to believability.
    • 63 Metascore
    • 75 Joe Williams
    Although there's a skeletal story, A Cat in Paris evokes a mood instead of a moral. Like a cat nap, it gives us a brief, refreshing dream with little to remember.
    • 63 Metascore
    • 75 Joe Williams
    Some may scoff when the boys exhibit traits and interests derived from the biological parents they never knew, but The Other Son is such a disarming feat that cynics will get left at the checkpoint.
    • 63 Metascore
    • 50 Joe Williams
    Out of the Furnace is hot air.
    • 63 Metascore
    • 50 Joe Williams
    Second verse, not as good as the first.
    • 63 Metascore
    • 75 Joe Williams
    Even more than most versions of Anna Karenina, this chamber piece is heated by two combustible characters, not by the winds of war and peace.
    • 63 Metascore
    • 63 Joe Williams
    A bait-and-switch comedy. It poses as a naughty "no-mance" about friends who use each other for casual sex, but at the moment of truth it goes limp.
    • 63 Metascore
    • 75 Joe Williams
    Summer Wars has engineered a truce between the familiar and the fantastical.
    • 63 Metascore
    • 88 Joe Williams
    To keep serious cinema from going extinct, this could be sold as "The Hunger Games" cross-bred with "The Lorax," but it's better and more mature than either of those hit movies.
    • 63 Metascore
    • 50 Joe Williams
    Fans of the franchise will greet Les Misérables as a feast for the senses, but the rest of us are left with crumbs.
    • 63 Metascore
    • 50 Joe Williams
    Hot Tub Time Machine isn't a good movie, but like a bubbling bath it keeps pounding at us until our resistance wears down.
    • 63 Metascore
    • 75 Joe Williams
    It’s a measure of the movie’s success that we never stop to question how or when the trickery is employed.
    • 63 Metascore
    • 75 Joe Williams
    With a greater emphasis on sex than violence, Spring Breakers is a more enjoyable guilty pleasure than “Natural Born Killers” and just as acute about our cultural devolution. For all its seeming stupidity, its masterstroke is making us complicit in the corruption of its young stars (who include the director’s own wife).
    • 63 Metascore
    • 63 Joe Williams
    Rio
    Notwithstanding some allusions to "Lady and the Tramp," the characters and their comic high jinks are nothing special, but the the getaway gives us spectacular 3-D images of the city.
    • 63 Metascore
    • 75 Joe Williams
    World War Z, based on a novel by Max Brooks and directed by Marc Forster ("Quantum of Solace"), has a relatively plausible perspective on mass catastrophe. It deserves comparisons to Steven Soderbergh’s brainy “Contagion.”
    • 63 Metascore
    • 63 Joe Williams
    L'amour fou means "crazy love," but we don't learn anything crazy about these devoted lovers.
    • 63 Metascore
    • 50 Joe Williams
    Megamind falls flat.
    • 63 Metascore
    • 63 Joe Williams
    This quasi-horror film has the great director's usual craftsmanship and a stellar cast, but ultimately it's an infuriating trick that makes its most provocative ideas disappear.
    • 62 Metascore
    • 50 Joe Williams
    It's as if there's a missing reel of film that could tie the story together and give it the emotional impact it takes for granted.
    • 62 Metascore
    • 50 Joe Williams
    Judged solely in comparison to its corporate cousins, Iron Man 3 is a defective model. It’s lightweight but slow, padded with cheap jokes to disguise how hollow it is.
    • 62 Metascore
    • 75 Joe Williams
    42
    The inspirational movie named for Robinson’s number is too dignified to throw audiences a curveball, let alone a knockdown pitch, but its solid fundamentals make it a winner.
    • 62 Metascore
    • 63 Joe Williams
    Killer Joe is one of the most repugnant parodies of small-town stupidity that you will ever see, and Friedkin amplifies the shrill obscenities with blaring cartoon and kung-fu footage from his art director's fever dreams.
    • 62 Metascore
    • 75 Joe Williams
    Doggedly indie but unpretentious, Begin Again is one of the best movies I’ve seen about the music industry and the ways it changes people whose paths diverge.
    • 62 Metascore
    • 50 Joe Williams
    Squeezes plenty of color and noise from a thin concept, then runs with it until non-fanatics can’t keep up.
    • 62 Metascore
    • 50 Joe Williams
    Because we don't know or care much about the characters, this Israeli film never fulfills its potential as either an absurdist comedy or a humane drama.
    • 62 Metascore
    • 75 Joe Williams
    Given the stormy milieu, The Yellow Handkerchief could have been a sordid slice of life or a maudlin metaphor. But the unhurried direction of Udayan Prasad and the unafraid choices of the sure-footed cast keep this character-driven drama afloat.
    • 62 Metascore
    • 50 Joe Williams
    Despite the title, My One and Only is irritatingly repetitive.
    • 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.
    • 62 Metascore
    • 63 Joe Williams
    This loony 'toon is dizzy with wonderments, especially in 3-D. The spindly-limbed character design owes more to Charles Addams' family than to Walt Disney's kingdom, while the story and settings evoke James Bond on laughing gas.

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