For 817 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 6.3 points higher than other critics. (0-100 point scale)

Joe Williams' Scores

  • Movies
  • TV
Average review score: 66
Highest review score: 100 An Education
Lowest review score: 0 The Divergent Series: Insurgent
Score distribution:
  1. Negative: 67 out of 817
817 movie reviews
    • 57 Metascore
    • 75 Joe Williams
    Bad Words is often very funny, thanks to Bateman’s brick-wall malevolence and screenwriter Andrew Dodge’s inventively rude dialogue.
    • 57 Metascore
    • 50 Joe Williams
    Snark is not art. In the evolutionary spectrum of cinema, Natural Selection is like the duck-billed platypus, pretending to be warm-blooded but more than a little fowl.
    • 57 Metascore
    • 63 Joe Williams
    The double deception of suppressed personality and repressed sexuality could have been the basis for a rewarding character study, but after Albert meets a kindred spirit and dares to dream of a happy ending, her denial and naivete become too much to swallow.
    • 57 Metascore
    • 88 Joe Williams
    An eye-opening primer in cross-species similarity. We learn that apes are violent and territorial but also that they are capable of creativity and tenderness.
    • 57 Metascore
    • 50 Joe Williams
    Although it's stuffed with subplots, gadgets and bad guys, this tinny contraption is half-hearted.
    • 57 Metascore
    • 63 Joe Williams
    Cars 2 is like a gorgeous sports car with a toxic tailpipe, a busted navigation system and a loud stereo that plays only commercials.
    • 57 Metascore
    • 63 Joe Williams
    Toast is lovely to look at, evoking both the gray-green milieu of Midlands life and the sensuality of good food, but it's like a whipped topping with no base.
    • 57 Metascore
    • 75 Joe Williams
    The multiple cameras that shadow Anker and his novice partner provide unprecedented images. But they also raise unintended questions about the vanishing frontier.
    • 57 Metascore
    • 38 Joe Williams
    So stupid and hateful, it needs to have a stake driven through its heart before it can spawn a franchise.
    • 57 Metascore
    • 75 Joe Williams
    Mainstream moviemaking at its most proficient, with a zippy script, comfort-food casting and a breakout performance by a deserving star.
    • 57 Metascore
    • 50 Joe Williams
    Spacey evokes memories of other movies in which he's played a shark, and it's inherently fascinating to hear Aniston talking dirty and to see Farrell with a combover, but nothing in the film is genuinely provocative.
    • 57 Metascore
    • 63 Joe Williams
    Redford is an adequate director, and he keeps things moving at a moderate pace, passing up exits to more spectacular vistas or hotter issues.
    • 57 Metascore
    • 63 Joe Williams
    It's funny but (sorry, ladies) unrealistic that Jake continuously sneaks away from his young wife to canoodle with Jane. Baldwin is a blast, but the role requires him to indulge in indignities such as a naked webcam conversation.
    • 57 Metascore
    • 75 Joe Williams
    A film that aims for the stars and may have found one here on earth.
    • 57 Metascore
    • 63 Joe Williams
    The crescendo of two resonant careers makes the false notes of Unfinished Song forgivable.
    • 57 Metascore
    • 63 Joe Williams
    The Equalizer, loosely based on the TV series of the late ’80s, is a guilty-pleasure platform for Washington’s slow-cooked, kick-butt heroism.
    • 57 Metascore
    • 63 Joe Williams
    The result is only half as hip as hoped. Yes, this Holmes is leaner and meaner, and Watson (Jude Law) is nearly his equal. But there’s still something fussy about the result, as if bobbies had broken up the party at 11:59.
    • 56 Metascore
    • 75 Joe Williams
    In the infidelity drama Leaving, British reserve gets overtaken by French passion, and the subsequent events have the horrific momentum of a slow-motion car crash.
    • 56 Metascore
    • 63 Joe Williams
    With its broad strokes, this invitation to an important discussion is hard to ignore, but the blood and honey on the table is an unpalatable mix.
    • 56 Metascore
    • 75 Joe Williams
    As predictable as a 3-and-0 pitch down the middle, but when it’s baseball season, who wants dark clouds?
    • 56 Metascore
    • 75 Joe Williams
    It may not be original, but Adam could leave a lump in your throat.
    • 56 Metascore
    • 88 Joe Williams
    Notwithstanding the characters’ spiritual camaraderie, Salles’ emphasizes the hard physical labor and loneliness in Sal’s story, including the jittery rigors of the writing process. When he reaches a crossroads choice between down-and-out Dean and his own rising career, Sal senses that except for the words on a typewritten scroll, his life on the road is gone, real gone.
    • 56 Metascore
    • 50 Joe Williams
    The kiddie audience will laugh a few times, but it would take an electron microscope to find an original idea or joke in this entire cartoonish movie.
    • 56 Metascore
    • 63 Joe Williams
    After some overly talky revelations, the cornered writer/directors are forced to shatter their absurd shell game with a final act of violence that spoils the breezy, capering mood that prevailed for much of the movie.
    • 56 Metascore
    • 63 Joe Williams
    It's a little black dress of a movie, an elegant hint of something sensual that is ultimately denied to us.
    • 56 Metascore
    • 63 Joe Williams
    Non-Stop: It is what it is.
    • 56 Metascore
    • 50 Joe Williams
    This shrill caper is more like a blind date between fingernail and chalkboard.
    • 56 Metascore
    • 50 Joe Williams
    Minions is product, pure and simple. Little kids will love it, but grown-ups will feel like they’re being held hostage in a Fisher-Price test laboratory.
    • 56 Metascore
    • 50 Joe Williams
    What it lacks is the human element. Charlie is more of a rat than a rascal, and instead of working hard to build and operate his robots, he's literally going through the motions.
    • 56 Metascore
    • 75 Joe Williams
    Although Steadman’s artwork seems like sloppy pen-and-ink caricature, there’s a method to the madness.

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