For 819 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 4.3 points higher than other critics. (0-100 point scale)

Joe Williams' Scores

  • Movies
  • TV
Average review score: 67
Highest review score: 100 An Education
Lowest review score: 0 The Divergent Series: Insurgent
Score distribution:
  1. Negative: 67 out of 819
819 movie reviews
    • 60 Metascore
    • 75 Joe Williams
    The sharpest parts of the movie hack through the Hollywood jungle with an insider's certitude. But Apatow is so grounded in the comedy circuit that he can't quite capture the emotional wavelength of the life-and-death drama.
    • 60 Metascore
    • 50 Joe Williams
    The mediocre mushy stuff isn’t alleviated by enough action.
    • 60 Metascore
    • 50 Joe Williams
    With stingy portions and plenty of filler, Magic Mike XXL is the worst sausage party ever.
    • 60 Metascore
    • 75 Joe Williams
    With elements of a musical, a melodrama and a multicultural romance, Where Do We Go Now? is as hard to define as the crossroads region where it's set. But even without a clear signal, it sometimes seems miraculous.
    • 60 Metascore
    • 75 Joe Williams
    While the chronological details and social significance of the story Webb reported get shortchanged, Kill the Messenger is a vital reminder that a free press must be free to press the powerful for answers.
    • 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.
    • 60 Metascore
    • 63 Joe Williams
    A tearjerking romance that belongs to another era, when female moviegoers wanted to be transported, not grounded in grim realities.
    • 60 Metascore
    • 88 Joe Williams
    Builds beautifully from a farcical premise that requires a suspension of disbelief to a musical climax that washes away our cynicism in a wave of honest tears.
    • 60 Metascore
    • 75 Joe Williams
    After watching the trailers, I was expecting torture, but this smart, subversive movie made me laugh. So shoot me.
    • 60 Metascore
    • 38 Joe Williams
    Disney’s gimmick of naming movies for its theme-park attractions crashes and burns in Tomorrowland, a here-and-now caper that will confuse children, bore adults and offend anyone who’s ever taken a science class.
    • 60 Metascore
    • 63 Joe Williams
    While the underrated Brosnan is effective as the cold-hearted produce mogul, the character starts as such a sourpuss that after he softens in the Sorrento lemon groves, it’s still hard to root for his inevitable hookup with Ida.
    • 60 Metascore
    • 50 Joe Williams
    A road-trip comedy that somehow renders both promiscuity and racism harmless. While we're soaking up the sunny surroundings, we're getting nowhere.
    • 60 Metascore
    • 63 Joe Williams
    A good and necessary film, but like the man himself it’s not immune to scrutiny.
    • 60 Metascore
    • 50 Joe Williams
    RED
    Red is an insult to our memories and to our intelligence, an unfunny farce whose veteran cast is cashing a retirement check.
    • 60 Metascore
    • 63 Joe Williams
    Happy, Happy has the makings of a Norwegian "Ice Storm," but it goes out with a whimper.
    • 60 Metascore
    • 50 Joe Williams
    A medical drama that pays lip service to the healing power of music but never finds the rhythm.
    • 60 Metascore
    • 75 Joe Williams
    Because the sociopath at the center of this family portrait never asks for forgiveness, The Iceman is truly chilling.
    • 60 Metascore
    • 75 Joe Williams
    Thin Ice resides just slightly south of "Fargo."
    • 59 Metascore
    • 75 Joe Williams
    To its credit, Celeste and Jesse Forever wants to be more than a formulaic farce. It succeeds to the extent that the neighbors keep up with Jones.
    • 59 Metascore
    • 88 Joe Williams
    If you can take it, Unbroken will lift you like the classics of adventure cinema.
    • 59 Metascore
    • 50 Joe Williams
    Back when it was planned as an African-American "Ocean's Eleven," this project might have been edgy, but the script has been whitewashed into a generic caper comedy with pretensions of timeliness.
    • 59 Metascore
    • 63 Joe Williams
    Although this sober film spares us some of the grim, survivalist details, the harrowing adventure from a girl's perspective is so compelling that Julia's simultaneous sleuthing seems like an unnecessary distraction.
    • 59 Metascore
    • 75 Joe Williams
    The larger-than-life actor is as emblematic of his country as Tom Hanks is of ours, and My Afternoons With Margueritte is his "Forrest Gump." Only better.
    • 59 Metascore
    • 50 Joe Williams
    Whose story is this? There’s an old saying that history is written by the winners. The screenplay for The Hobbit: The Battle of the Five Armies must have been written by elves.
    • 59 Metascore
    • 50 Joe Williams
    J. Edgar is the kind of prestige production that apologists will call polished, but even the technical attributes are tinny. In the gay-geezers scenes, Hammer wears terrible old-age makeup, and the entire film is bathed in sepia tones as weak as its convictions.
    • 59 Metascore
    • 50 Joe Williams
    In my old New Jersey public school, the first thing we learned was the smell of baloney.
    • 59 Metascore
    • 63 Joe Williams
    If the world were really coming to an end, we'd spend it with Knightley and tell her tag-along friend that there's not enough food for a 50-year-old virgin.
    • 59 Metascore
    • 50 Joe Williams
    Colin Firth is an Academy Award winner, so perhaps his lack of chemistry with fellow honoree Nicole Kidman is a carefully laid clue that his middle-aged newlywed Eric Lomax is damaged goods. Yet to the drama’s detriment, Lomax is about as poisonous as a week-old crumpet.
    • 59 Metascore
    • 63 Joe Williams
    The premise is pure formula.
    • 59 Metascore
    • 25 Joe Williams
    If you’re a fan of the “Taken” movies and tend to give action-hero Neeson the benefit of the doubt, our advice here is simple: Run away!

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