For 757 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 Boyhood
Lowest review score: 25 New Year's Eve
Score distribution:
  1. Negative: 59 out of 757
757 movie reviews
    • 82 Metascore
    • 63 Joe Williams
    There’s much to appreciate here. Like “The Perks of Being a Wallflower,” which had a stronger sense of its place in the world, this coming-of-age movie should appeal to smart, sensitive young people who haven’t been exposed to the better examples of the genre.
    • 82 Metascore
    • 75 Joe Williams
    Although the film has elements of a puzzler by Michelangelo Antonioni and a psychodrama by Ingmar Bergman, it never becomes compellingly intellectual or unnervingly emotional.
    • 82 Metascore
    • 75 Joe Williams
    Footnote is faintly comic, and director Joseph Cedar mines dark humor from the humiliations of identity checks and pecking orders.
    • 82 Metascore
    • 75 Joe Williams
    Marley is thus a valuable history project but not a definitive or analytical one. For that, we await a film that's less "One Love" and more "Stir It Up."
    • 82 Metascore
    • 88 Joe Williams
    If you don’t know the true story, we won’t spoil it for you except to say that it’s not the expected outcome. But if you’re willing to be thrown for a loop, you’re in good hands with this medal-worthy cast and crew.
    • 82 Metascore
    • 75 Joe Williams
    The kind of working-class, character-driven drama that few American directors would dare to make. It's tough and unsentimental, with a documentary aesthetic that belies the craft of the calibrated tension.
    • 81 Metascore
    • 75 Joe Williams
    Two things that the British know that most Americans don't: Michael Sheen is the best actor in the English-speaking world; and soccer is the only football that matters.
    • 81 Metascore
    • 75 Joe Williams
    Although it has some memorably disquieting scenes, this story of long-delayed justice is sustained by its melancholy more than its thrills.
    • 81 Metascore
    • 88 Joe Williams
    It's true that the movie is both emotionally violent and sexually explicit. Yet these scenes from a marriage are crafted with such attention to detail and overarching honesty that Blue Valentine touches the heart.
    • 81 Metascore
    • 75 Joe Williams
    What animates this dramatically constrained film are the lively words and the vitality of nature. An image of butterflies blooming in a bedroom is Keats' worldview in miniature.
    • 81 Metascore
    • 88 Joe Williams
    Anyone suggesting that an Italian film could rival the style and grandeur of "The Godfather" might end up sleeping with the fishes. But Il Divo delivers.
    • 81 Metascore
    • 75 Joe Williams
    Fortunately, Fish Tank feeds us more than crumbs and leaves us feeling like we've come up for air.
    • 81 Metascore
    • 88 Joe Williams
    Although it's sly and sardonic, Police, Adjective is as rigorous as a tea ceremony -- or a Stalinist re-education camp.
    • 81 Metascore
    • 100 Joe Williams
    With a fearless director and his mighty pen freeing a talented cast to attack a vital theme, Django Unchained is damnation unleashed.
    • 81 Metascore
    • 88 Joe Williams
    Ultimately Skyfall is rooted in tradition - and in British soil. A pastoral drive to Bond's boyhood home (in a kind of car that will delight purists) opens the gates to some psychological background, and given the true-love subtext of "Casino Royale," it's not surprising that there's an emotional payoff here.
    • 81 Metascore
    • 75 Joe Williams
    A fanciful French cousin to Allen's "Zelig" and "The Purple Rose of Cairo," yet the fulfilled wish for a better life is high-concept absurdity without high-anxiety guffaws.
    • 81 Metascore
    • 75 Joe Williams
    Until the sci-fi switcheroo, the versatile supporting cast puts Gary in such a ridiculous light that we can’t help laughing at him. Then suddenly this subversive movie challenges us to laugh at our own assumptions.
    • 81 Metascore
    • 88 Joe Williams
    The reason District 9 reverberates so loudly is because its moral indignation is cranked to 11.
    • 81 Metascore
    • 100 Joe Williams
    When films are good, actors and directors get a lot of the credit that should go to the screenwriters. In the case of Silver Linings Playbook, which is one of the best films of the year, there is a popcorn bowl of glory to go around.
    • 81 Metascore
    • 75 Joe Williams
    Periodically deviating from its fly-on-the-wall aesthetic, the film does a noticeably better job than the Joan Rivers movie of incorporating old footage and photos to underscore its subject’s importance.
    • 81 Metascore
    • 63 Joe Williams
    Waiting for Superman raises important questions while wearing a big red heart on its chest, but inconvenient facts are its kryptonite.
    • 80 Metascore
    • 63 Joe Williams
    Like a newborn planet, Melancholia is magnetically beautiful, but it's also an unformed mass of hot air.
    • 80 Metascore
    • 88 Joe Williams
    Although it's a guilty pleasure, The Queen of Versailles is artful enough that both the prosecution and the defense could invoke it when the peasants cry "Off with their heads!"
    • 80 Metascore
    • 88 Joe Williams
    True Grit is just a couple bloody gunfights removed from an old-fashioned Disney yarn. Yet it's still unmistakably a Coen brothers movie, from the stray weirdness of a bearskin-clad dentist to the bulls-eye delights of the dialogue.
    • 80 Metascore
    • 75 Joe Williams
    Like a train, I Wish is slow to build momentum, then it carries us away in a wondrous rush.
    • 80 Metascore
    • 88 Joe Williams
    You might expect a cartoon about a man and his dog to be strictly for kids, but My Dog Tulip, based on a memoir by J.R. Ackerley, has a psychological richness and anatomical explicitness that is very grown-up.
    • 80 Metascore
    • 88 Joe Williams
    An art-history lesson and a spiritual exercise disguised as a movie.
    • 80 Metascore
    • 75 Joe Williams
    Goodbye First Love is like a postcard from a lost Eden, a painfully pure oasis where we're not allowed to linger.
    • 80 Metascore
    • 88 Joe Williams
    This humane movie is an ode to joy, albeit of the mature sort.
    • 80 Metascore
    • 75 Joe Williams
    If you require a plot, look elsewhere.

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