For 721 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 7 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 Jersey Boys
Score distribution:
  1. Negative: 55 out of 721
721 movie reviews
    • 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.
    • 52 Metascore
    • 63 Joe Williams
    With its seductive images and smart dialogue, The City of Your Final Destination has the setting and circumstances for a ripe family drama or a literary love story, yet it never awakens from its siesta.
    • 52 Metascore
    • 63 Joe Williams
    There aren't enough surprises to justify the title, but The Switch produces sufficient light for a late-summer diversion.
    • 52 Metascore
    • 63 Joe Williams
    For real balance, the debate needs fiercely leftist truth-tellers in tri-corner hats, calling themselves the Organic Chai Tea Party.
    • 52 Metascore
    • 75 Joe Williams
    The Women on the 6th Floor shouldn't work, but this efficient flick whisks away our cynicism.
    • 52 Metascore
    • 63 Joe Williams
    It's not a good film, but viewed from a cockeyed angle, it's a great guilty pleasure, and director Bill Condon is in on the joke.
    • 52 Metascore
    • 50 Joe Williams
    The most rewarding way to watch Water for Elephants is to focus on the sideshow of costumes and craftsmanship, because the romance in the center ring smells like trained animals going through the motions.
    • 52 Metascore
    • 63 Joe Williams
    It’s admirable, but Monuments Men just poses on a porous foundation like a statue.
    • 52 Metascore
    • 75 Joe Williams
    In the roll call of visually distinctive ’toons, Epic looms large.
    • 52 Metascore
    • 88 Joe Williams
    The action is contained within a coherent dramatic structure and the puzzle-box paranoia of spy-agency protocol.
    • 52 Metascore
    • 38 Joe Williams
    Comedies about privileged princesses and unsuitable suitors come in all colors, but Peeples is only palatable on a double bill with pink antacid.
    • 52 Metascore
    • 75 Joe Williams
    With Labor Day, director Jason Reitman turns a Nicholas Sparks scenario into an Alfred Hitchcock creep-show.