For 720 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 Silver Linings Playbook
Lowest review score: 25 Endless Love
Score distribution:
  1. Negative: 55 out of 720
720 movie reviews
    • 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
    • 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.
    • 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
    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
    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.
    • 76 Metascore
    • 75 Joe Williams
    Jenison, who had never painted a thing in his life, does indeed produce a beautiful work, but we should never forget that Penn and Teller are professional bamboozlers, and their attempt to re-frame the definition of genius might be nothing but smoke and mirrors.
    • 76 Metascore
    • 100 Joe Williams
    Surrender, earthlings. It’s the Guardians’ world and you’ll be happy to live in it.
    • 76 Metascore
    • 75 Joe Williams
    Like psychoanalysis, A Dangerous Method takes its time as it circles an opening to unexplored depths. To reward our patience, Cronenberg gives us some honey-hued eye candy and rich dialogue, but if you're seeking instant gratification, I prescribe "Shame."
    • 76 Metascore
    • 88 Joe Williams
    As an homage to an influential director, Submarine blows "Super 8" out of the water.
    • 76 Metascore
    • 75 Joe Williams
    Like "The Squid and the Whale," this character study pushes the definition of comedy to the breaking point, and unlike the far less successful "Margot at the Wedding," it leaves us faintly smiling after the workout.
    • 76 Metascore
    • 75 Joe Williams
    This Swedish sensation is a magic trick that jolts the murder-mystery genre back to life.
    • 75 Metascore
    • 88 Joe Williams
    Rango is iconic like a spaghetti Western, smart like a '70s conspiracy thriller and lively like a Coen brothers comedy.
    • 75 Metascore
    • 63 Joe Williams
    Although this Swedish vehicle is thoughtfully engineered and has some vivid streaks of color, it could use a jump start to escape the vanilla ice.
    • 75 Metascore
    • 63 Joe Williams
    While the rich people who violated a dead antagonist's wishes seem sleazy (especially when they refuse to be interviewed), transporting world-class artwork five miles to a bigger facility where more people can enjoy it hardly seems like the end of civilization as we know it.
    • 75 Metascore
    • 100 Joe Williams
    An exciting cloak-and-dagger thriller.
    • 75 Metascore
    • 75 Joe Williams
    After we hear the hit parade that poured from rural Alabama and meet the men who led it to the top of the charts, we realize that Muscle Shoals could call itself Hitsville, USA.
    • 75 Metascore
    • 88 Joe Williams
    Kristen Wiig is the best sketch comic alive, and Bridesmaids should finally make her a movie star.
    • 75 Metascore
    • 75 Joe Williams
    Sorry, partisans, but there’s nothing obvious about Obvious Child.
    • 75 Metascore
    • 75 Joe Williams
    The troupe's first film in more than a decade, is a more aggressively absurd antidote to what it calls "a hard, cynical world." Happily, it works.
    • 75 Metascore
    • 88 Joe Williams
    An evolutionary leap forward, a visually exquisite film that doesn't ignore the truths of pollution and predatory survival.