For 737 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 Searching for Sugar Man
Lowest review score: 25 Law Abiding Citizen
Score distribution:
  1. Negative: 58 out of 737
737 movie reviews
    • 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.
    • 53 Metascore
    • 75 Joe Williams
    He might be guilty of showboating, but De Niro's knockout performance is a declaration that the star of "Raging Bull" isn't ready to hang up his gloves.
    • 53 Metascore
    • 63 Joe Williams
    A lot of care went into crafting the handsome production but not enough into making the handsome hero come alive.
    • 53 Metascore
    • 63 Joe Williams
    Easy to watch but hard to pin down, like a creature with eight legs going in different directions.
    • 53 Metascore
    • 50 Joe Williams
    As a sex-education comedy, Hysteria is flaccid, forced and unfunny.
    • 53 Metascore
    • 38 Joe Williams
    An utter shipwreck, a would-be adventure with meager rations of magic and a listless crew.
    • 53 Metascore
    • 63 Joe Williams
    The moral lesson that this movie feeds us smells fishy - because it's not in the book. But the backbone story about a guy who inherits some penguins is enough to tickle the kids.
    • 53 Metascore
    • 75 Joe Williams
    Like black coffee that's flung in our face, The Killer Inside Me silences the question of whether it's good or bad. But for darn sure, it's strong.
    • 53 Metascore
    • 75 Joe Williams
    Stays too low to the ground to become an animated classic, but if there's a fairer midwinter's tale, wherefore art thou?
    • 53 Metascore
    • 75 Joe Williams
    It's zippy, and the movie version has both a computerized sheen and handcrafted detailing. Because the details are cribbed from classics, parents can enjoy this 'toon as much as their kids.
    • 53 Metascore
    • 75 Joe Williams
    Some of the themes and the hallucinatory special effects are reminiscent of Cronenberg’s “Naked Lunch,” and there are cheeky allusions to “Dawn of the Dead” and even “Eyes Wide Shut,” but a viewer with an open mind might say that this midnight-style movie is more enjoyable than any of them.
    • 52 Metascore
    • 63 Joe Williams
    A buddy comedy disguised as a political thriller. It’s full of malarkey, but as a campaign of shock and awe, it’s hard to resist.
    • 52 Metascore
    • 63 Joe Williams
    It's deliberately difficult to untangle the crossed allegiances of the people that Kelly interviews, and it's melodramatic that he tries to smuggle Ming and a surrendered assassin onto a plane bound for the United States. But dramatizing such a complex situation is a necessary evil.