For 789 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 6.8 points higher than other critics. (0-100 point scale)

Joe Williams' Scores

  • Movies
  • TV
Average review score: 66
Highest review score: 100 The Impossible
Lowest review score: 0 The Divergent Series: Insurgent
Score distribution:
  1. Negative: 64 out of 789
789 movie reviews
    • 77 Metascore
    • 75 Joe Williams
    In recording the timeless traditions of Jewry, he created a new one: the identity crisis that rides on the back of laughter.
    • 77 Metascore
    • 75 Joe Williams
    As an exercise in craft, it's surprisingly successful, thanks to the strong cast and the vivid depiction of a modern leader's security apparatus. But as a political statement or personal drama, The Ghost Writer is nearly invisible.
    • 77 Metascore
    • 75 Joe Williams
    In a movie of murky surfaces and deep loneliness, the redemptive surprise of A Single Man is how it becomes a clear endorsement of the Buddy System.
    • 77 Metascore
    • 75 Joe Williams
    The Messenger is the debut film of writer and director Oren Moverman, but it's worldly wise, with two well-rounded characters.
    • 77 Metascore
    • 75 Joe Williams
    Gleeson is great as the troubled, conscientious priest, but until an abruptly shocking finale, his fatalism turns the ticking clock into a congested hourglass.
    • 77 Metascore
    • 75 Joe Williams
    Mostly the movie is about process and perspective. Through the documentary lens, Richter's enigmatic paintings speak to us.
    • 77 Metascore
    • 75 Joe Williams
    Just when this black-and-white, microbudget movie seems poised to spring an indictment of the Dickensian social order, it ends, but in a redemptive ray of color.
    • 77 Metascore
    • 50 Joe Williams
    Duvall is a powerful actor, and this folksy fable could have been a career-capping feat, but the movie is toothless and slow.
    • 77 Metascore
    • 75 Joe Williams
    The Immigrant is not unlike a Prohibition-era “Taxi Driver,” with Cotillard as the apprentice hooker, Phoenix as the sweet-talking pimp and Jeremy Renner (playing the theater’s magician, Orlando) as the would-be savior.
    • 77 Metascore
    • 88 Joe Williams
    An artfully observant and unexpectedly moving documentary.
    • 76 Metascore
    • 75 Joe Williams
    Cunningham's answers to pointed questions about romantic love and religious faith are so open-hearted, we understand that he's bigger than just New York.
    • 76 Metascore
    • 75 Joe Williams
    Broken Embraces is stylish and sly, an engaging exercise that gives us less than meets the eye.
    • 76 Metascore
    • 88 Joe Williams
    The film is so masterfully controlled, we feel like we’ve eavesdropped on something like life.
    • 76 Metascore
    • 88 Joe Williams
    When a place and its people are this stylish, we can't help but be drawn to them.
    • 76 Metascore
    • 75 Joe Williams
    With a child’s perspective on war, Lore deserves comparisons with “Empire of the Sun” and “Hope and Glory,” and with a feisty female protagonist it stands virtually alone.
    • 76 Metascore
    • 75 Joe Williams
    This true story does a great service by honoring the memory of 22 brave men and women and by dramatizing the internal debates within the French population. But in staying true to life, it sacrifices some of the pacing and clarity of a conventional thriller.
    • 76 Metascore
    • 75 Joe Williams
    These wars being fought in our name may be dirty, but this courageous film reminds us that as long as we have a free press, they don’t have to be secret.
    • 76 Metascore
    • 88 Joe Williams
    Beautifully but simply wrought by director Cindy Meehl, this deft documentary is a poignant reappraisal of what it means to be human.
    • 76 Metascore
    • 88 Joe Williams
    We can quibble about the punitive punchline of John Gatins' script, but keeping complexity aloft for so long makes Flight a miraculous feat.
    • 76 Metascore
    • 63 Joe Williams
    The film confirms it's hard to do brain surgery on a battlefield. But it doesn't take a brain surgeon to think it could go deeper.
    • 76 Metascore
    • 88 Joe Williams
    Soul Power is both a funk-tastic time capsule and a timeless celebration of the human spirit.
    • 76 Metascore
    • 75 Joe Williams
    Perhaps the spookiest thing in this slyly scary movie is the word-for-word way that Patrick's followers regurgitate his pablum.
    • 76 Metascore
    • 75 Joe Williams
    Gibney is as dramatic a storyteller as the Hollywood directors with whom he competes for our attention, and he employs a big bag of tricks.
    • 76 Metascore
    • 88 Joe Williams
    As they build up steam, two powerful actors keep us wondering whether this train is bound for war or peace.
    • 76 Metascore
    • 75 Joe Williams
    Margin Call has a spectacular cast, and the 24-hour cycle of events gives the movie the compressed dramatic effect of a fine play.
    • 76 Metascore
    • 88 Joe Williams
    Only an artist at the midpoint between the maypole and maturity could concoct a comedy as potent as While We’re Young.
    • 76 Metascore
    • 88 Joe Williams
    A movie that will be discovered, embraced and shared with friends like a favorite record album.
    • 76 Metascore
    • 75 Joe Williams
    The debut creation of director Ritesh Batra, it’s a lovely little film from a place where the little things linger.
    • 76 Metascore
    • 75 Joe Williams
    While the wilderness vistas are starkly beautiful, there’s no tangible sense of Strayed’s ultimate goal. (Why Oregon?) And the flashbacks, which include scenes of sexual misadventure and heroin use, are too brief to provide answers.
    • 76 Metascore
    • 75 Joe Williams
    Of course, there's a kind of reverse snobbery in touting cheap movies over polished ones. But if Not Quite Hollywood is not quite convincing, it is quite entertaining.

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