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 5.6 points higher than other critics. (0-100 point scale)

Joe Williams' Scores

  • Movies
  • TV
Average review score: 66
Highest review score: 100 The Dark Knight Rises
Lowest review score: 0 The Divergent Series: Insurgent
Score distribution:
  1. Negative: 67 out of 817
817 movie reviews
    • 80 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.
    • 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.
    • 79 Metascore
    • 100 Joe Williams
    With such supercharged material under the hood, a magnetic man behind the wheel and a nimble director manning the pits, Senna is simply the greatest sports film I have ever seen.
    • 79 Metascore
    • 75 Joe Williams
    It’s an enigmatic and austere film from a region where political, sexual and religious repression are as stifling as the sooty air.
    • 79 Metascore
    • 75 Joe Williams
    Most biographical docs contain a montage of old footage, but this one is especially haunting. As Campbell watches home movies, he has to ask Kim to identify the people on screen, including his ex-wives, his children and his younger self.
    • 79 Metascore
    • 75 Joe Williams
    Few mainstream movies, let alone disability dramas, are so frank about sexual mechanics, yet notwithstanding the nudity, The Sessions isn't voyeuristic or sleazy.
    • 79 Metascore
    • 75 Joe Williams
    One one level, Pride is as fake as a lip-sync revue, yet the emotions it arouses are real.
    • 79 Metascore
    • 88 Joe Williams
    Although Precious is based on a novel, it's an act of truth-telling on behalf of a character in hellish enslavement.
    • 79 Metascore
    • 63 Joe Williams
    The most provocative thing in Joan Rivers: A Piece of Work is the moment during the opening credits when we glimpse the comedy legend without makeup.
    • 79 Metascore
    • 100 Joe Williams
    That action is bloody, but Fiennes' choices as director are unassailably apt and artful. Coriolanus is a triumph.
    • 79 Metascore
    • 75 Joe Williams
    Ultimately what makes Gone Girl so watchable is the three-headed monster of Fincher, Pike and Affleck. The director bathes the B-movie scenario in the queasy-green hues of a morgue, while Affleck flashes his million-dollar smile like a dime-store Dracula and the beautifully inscrutable Pike absorbs the light like a wax mannequin. If it’s true that Nick and Amy were made for each other, they were made in a fiendish lab.
    • 79 Metascore
    • 63 Joe Williams
    Although the characters don’t lapse into stereotypes, neither are they sufficiently funny or fierce to engage us in the issues they raise.
    • 79 Metascore
    • 88 Joe Williams
    With a mad captain at the helm, this documentary version of Jodorowsky’s “Dune” is probably more entertaining than what Hollywood would have done to it, with a clearer message: Our lives are like sands though an hourglass, so dream the impossible dream.
    • 79 Metascore
    • 88 Joe Williams
    It’s not only a fresh and funny spoof of the movie business, it represents a real-life triumph within it.
    • 79 Metascore
    • 75 Joe Williams
    In one of the most wickedly funny scenes in sci-fi history, Koba uses monkeyshines to bamboozle some gun-toting yahoos and scuttle the peace treaty.
    • 79 Metascore
    • 75 Joe Williams
    With its mix of true-blood romance and full-moon madness, Let Me In should hasten the twilight of the twerpy pretenders.
    • 79 Metascore
    • 63 Joe Williams
    I Am Love is easy to savor but tough to swallow.
    • 79 Metascore
    • 100 Joe Williams
    It starts as a bittersweet parable about the cruelty of commerce, but the wonder of Searching for Sugar Man will not soon slip away.
    • 78 Metascore
    • 75 Joe Williams
    As Refn is riffing on thriller cliches, he gets solid support from the ensemble. Brooks, a comedic standout since the '70s, makes a sympathetic villain, and Gosling stokes the young-Brando comparisons - instead of settling for Richard Gere.
    • 78 Metascore
    • 75 Joe Williams
    As the wife to a wolf of Wall Street, Blanchett shows us a lost sheep both before and after the slaughter. It’s not a pretty picture, but it’s twitching with life.
    • 78 Metascore
    • 100 Joe Williams
    The conclusion of Christopher Nolan's superhero trilogy is a hugely ambitious mix of eye candy and brain food. If it doesn't have the haunting aftertaste of the previous serving, that's only because Nolan couldn't clone Heath Ledger. But beefy substitute Tom Hardy is a hell of a villain.
    • 78 Metascore
    • 75 Joe Williams
    Like its neo-noir kin across the pond, The Guard is violent, profane and funny. But McDonagh is interested in more than mockery.
    • 78 Metascore
    • 88 Joe Williams
    With a stellar cast and seductive look, Ex Machina is a sleek contraption for capturing our imagination.
    • 78 Metascore
    • 63 Joe Williams
    Whether on stage or the screen, Much Ado About Nothing is a pleasure that passes like a midsummer night’s dream.
    • 78 Metascore
    • 75 Joe Williams
    While we await the definitive documentary about the glut of garbage, Waste Land reduces this global catastrophe to touchingly human scale.

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