For 752 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 6.9 points higher than other critics. (0-100 point scale)

Joe Williams' Scores

  • Movies
  • TV
Average review score: 66
Highest review score: 100 The Grand Budapest Hotel
Lowest review score: 25 Endless Love
Score distribution:
  1. Negative: 59 out of 752
752 movie reviews
    • 55 Metascore
    • 63 Joe Williams
    It's pure speculation on the filmmakers' part that Gaelic pagans were adorned with bones, blue mud and Mohawks, but the fire-dancing spectacle is a welcome respite from the beefcake of the journey scenes.
    • 55 Metascore
    • 63 Joe Williams
    Hitchcock is an amusing lark, but the clumsy way it dissects the director is for the birds.
    • 55 Metascore
    • 63 Joe Williams
    There's an alliance of interesting stories fighting for dominance here, but instead of a clear victory, Hyde Park on Hudson is the site of a muddled truce.
    • 55 Metascore
    • 63 Joe Williams
    The Hefner we meet here is the likable rogue we already know.
    • 55 Metascore
    • 75 Joe Williams
    May be too light for vampire purists or fans of the original show, but fresh blood is just what the doctor ordered.
    • 55 Metascore
    • 50 Joe Williams
    Savvy filmgoers will know they are getting a stale product as soon as they see the wrapper: one of those vintage muscle cars that screams “stakeout.”
    • 55 Metascore
    • 63 Joe Williams
    There’s a lot of comic and fantasy potential here, but much of it gets squandered.
    • 55 Metascore
    • 63 Joe Williams
    Three actors portray the clumsy-but-limber Li in the years of his arduous training, when he is pulled between a teacher who's inspired by Mao and another who's inspired by bootleg videos of Mikhail Baryshnikov.
    • 55 Metascore
    • 63 Joe Williams
    Although the outcome is as predetermined as a prix-fixe menu, the storytelling is as smooth as goose-liver pate through a pastry nozzle.
    • 55 Metascore
    • 63 Joe Williams
    Because he's the protagonist of the movie and played by the likable Matt Damon, we keep an open mind, but Promised Land is morally ambiguous to a fault.
    • 55 Metascore
    • 63 Joe Williams
    Successful in small doses, but the full regimen needed more testing.
    • 55 Metascore
    • 50 Joe Williams
    Instead of entertaining us, director Robert Redford offers us a handsome history lesson that's as dry as a hardtack biscuit.
    • 55 Metascore
    • 75 Joe Williams
    Sticks to the syllabus of a decidedly minor movie, but its humanities faculty is first-rate.
    • 55 Metascore
    • 63 Joe Williams
    The spoof of consumerism scores some predictable points, but the tidy ending is a sell-out to the ultimate marketing machine: Hollywood.
    • 55 Metascore
    • 75 Joe Williams
    The Great Gatsby is both swooningly romantic and giddily energetic.
    • 54 Metascore
    • 75 Joe Williams
    This jam-packed picture is too zippily scripted and edited to get stuck in message mode, yet the stellar cast achieves a rare harmonic convergence.
    • 54 Metascore
    • 50 Joe Williams
    The film is constructed from four flimsy vignettes that are artlessly overlapped.
    • 54 Metascore
    • 63 Joe Williams
    Compared to other Marvel characters, Thor is a difficult sell.
    • 54 Metascore
    • 38 Joe Williams
    While the cast includes Luis Guzman (as a buffoonish deputy) and Johnny Knoxville (as a local gun nut), there's no sense that these are real people in a real town, and Schwarzenegger's Sheriff Owens has the weakest backstory of all.
    • 54 Metascore
    • 63 Joe Williams
    Although the characters are three-dimensional, the simultaneous crises and last-act resolutions are a little too neat for a movie about the messiness of life.
    • 54 Metascore
    • 75 Joe Williams
    The simmering rivalry between Di and Fiamma, inflamed by the kind of glimpsed indiscretion that makes adolescent melodramas tick, explodes in a thriller ending that turns an observant coming-of-age story into something resembling "The Lord of the Flies."
    • 54 Metascore
    • 25 Joe Williams
    The worst thing about this multifaceted failure is the two-time Oscar winner behind the camera. Where there ought to be a director, there’s nothing but an empty chair.
    • 54 Metascore
    • 63 Joe Williams
    This movie may be sickly sweet, but it's harmless; and as a handcrafted antidote to a toxic toy story like "G.I.Joe," Paper Heart has healing properties.
    • 54 Metascore
    • 50 Joe Williams
    The questions raised by Oblivion aren’t especially deep, but the movie does answer a puzzler that has troubled humankind for generations: Can Tom Cruise build a concept so big that he himself can’t lift it?
    • 54 Metascore
    • 75 Joe Williams
    Draft Day isn’t quite a comedy, but it’s got a similar kind of flow that makes it as easily consumable as lite beer.
    • 53 Metascore
    • 50 Joe Williams
    Here's a riddle: What's Alice in Wonderland without wonder? It's a beloved character landing in the rubble of wrong-headed revisionism.
    • 53 Metascore
    • 50 Joe Williams
    The Big Year puts the focus on people who aren't inherently interesting - or funny.
    • 53 Metascore
    • 63 Joe Williams
    Michael as a character is defined almost solely by his helplessness and gratitude. He's as lovable as a lost puppy, but a more perceptive movie than The Blind Side would have let us see him from another angle.
    • 53 Metascore
    • 63 Joe Williams
    It's a compelling tale of surf and survival.
    • 53 Metascore
    • 63 Joe Williams
    What the movie crucially lacks is the clockwork complications that produce a payoff.

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