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 4.5 points higher than other critics. (0-100 point scale)

Joe Williams' Scores

  • Movies
  • TV
Average review score: 67
Highest review score: 100 The Amazing Spider-Man
Lowest review score: 0 The Divergent Series: Insurgent
Score distribution:
  1. Negative: 67 out of 819
819 movie reviews
    • 59 Metascore
    • 88 Joe Williams
    At the confluence of altered states and state-sanctioned violence, this drug-fueled thriller is Stone's most successfully provocative picture since "JFK."
    • 59 Metascore
    • 63 Joe Williams
    Surviving Progress reiterates arguments made in movies such as "An Inconvenient Truth" and "Inside Job," it marshals minds such as Jane Goodall and Stephen Hawking, and it utilizes artful imagery reminiscent of films such as "Koyaanisqatsi" and "Up the Yangtze."
    • 59 Metascore
    • 50 Joe Williams
    Rooted in empty materialism, but it never evokes the heady rush of a guilty pleasure or the precipitous payback of a thriller.
    • 59 Metascore
    • 75 Joe Williams
    But even without world-class smarts or amusing mutations, the next generation of “Jurassic” is an enjoyable ride.
    • 59 Metascore
    • 88 Joe Williams
    It's a wholly successful sequel - audacious, entertaining and bracingly pertinent.
    • 59 Metascore
    • 63 Joe Williams
    It's hard to imagine a better movie about corporate-sanctioned sex trafficking than The Whistleblower. But whether you're ready to confront this true story is a trickier question.
    • 59 Metascore
    • 63 Joe Williams
    Unfortunately, producers (including James) went for the easy layup, showing so much on-court action instead of trying to hustle for insights about sports and society.
    • 59 Metascore
    • 75 Joe Williams
    Neither as magic nor as trippy as the culture quake that it documents, but it's a valuable flashback and a pleasurable contact high.
    • 19 Metascore
    • 38 Joe Williams
    Old Dogs is so oafish, when it tosses us a biscuit, it feels like we've been smacked with a newspaper.
    • 59 Metascore
    • 75 Joe Williams
    Apatow still hasn't set the table for a meaty drama, but making us laugh is a piece of cake.
    • 58 Metascore
    • 63 Joe Williams
    Maybe in his native language, Dujardin is no funnier than Steve Martin's "Pink Panther." But with subtitles, his deadpan delivery is hard to resist.
    • 58 Metascore
    • 63 Joe Williams
    A family flick that punches the right buttons like a trained seal.
    • 58 Metascore
    • 88 Joe Williams
    For those who appreciate fiery dialogue delivered by fine actors, August: Osage County is heaven-sent.
    • 58 Metascore
    • 63 Joe Williams
    The rapid dialogue is dry and mannered, like a David Mamet play, there's virtually no story and Cronenberg's visual scheme is cold and claustrophobic.
    • 58 Metascore
    • 50 Joe Williams
    Footloose poses as a bold update, but it's shockingly out of step with the times.
    • 58 Metascore
    • 63 Joe Williams
    Be forewarned: The 100-Year-Old Man is edgier than its title would lead you to believe. Bad guys are bludgeoned, blown up and even crushed by an elephant, and the two duffers take a lassez-faire attitude toward disposing of them.
    • 58 Metascore
    • 63 Joe Williams
    It's a calculated crowd-pleaser that skims over the surface of the era like a cruise-ship production of "American Graffiti."
    • 58 Metascore
    • 63 Joe Williams
    Like a taxidermied owl, Stoker is lovely to look at, but in the end it’s hard to give a hoot.
    • 58 Metascore
    • 50 Joe Williams
    Everything about Trouble With the Curve is as streamlined and hollow as a Wiffle Ball bat.
    • 58 Metascore
    • 63 Joe Williams
    It's no classic, but Shrek Forever After is a pleasant reminder that every time a cash register rings, this ogre turns angelic.
    • 58 Metascore
    • 63 Joe Williams
    The saving grace of Biutiful is Bardem.
    • 58 Metascore
    • 75 Joe Williams
    Too short and undisciplined to be a world-class comedy, but its chutzpah deserves respect.
    • 58 Metascore
    • 75 Joe Williams
    It's a comedic dramatization with a looming shadow of the surreal.
    • 58 Metascore
    • 63 Joe Williams
    The lesson of this likable little movie is that it’s never too late to reclaim your integrity.
    • 58 Metascore
    • 63 Joe Williams
    It still has cool creatures and 1960s set design, and the 3-D is the best of the season, but if you try to remember the story or jokes, you'll find that you've been hit by a neuralyzer beam.
    • 58 Metascore
    • 63 Joe Williams
    Despite some gruesome images and the psychotic fervor of Rakes, it's a frustratingly slow boil.
    • 58 Metascore
    • 38 Joe Williams
    Kingsman is like a high-speed collision between a Jaguar and a jaywalking soccer hooligan. It’s ridiculously out of balance, and when you’re stuck in the middle, it doesn’t seem so funny.
    • 58 Metascore
    • 75 Joe Williams
    At nearly three hours long, "An Unexpected Journey" has moments when the caravan seems both overstuffed and out of balance, but it's such a scenic trip that only a stubborn homebody could complain.
    • 58 Metascore
    • 63 Joe Williams
    Fading Gigolo is like two different movies on an awkward blind date at a jazz club. While Allen charms us with a parody of “Broadway Danny Rose,” Turturro is off-key in his lounge-lizard riff on “The Piano.”
    • 58 Metascore
    • 88 Joe Williams
    This meta movie even has fun with faulty translations between French and English. To paraphrase Gemma as she conjugates verbs on the treadmill, “J’ai adorée.”

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