For 818 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 4.9 points higher than other critics. (0-100 point scale)

Joe Williams' Scores

  • Movies
  • TV
Average review score: 66
Highest review score: 100 The Grand Budapest Hotel
Lowest review score: 0 The Divergent Series: Insurgent
Score distribution:
  1. Negative: 67 out of 818
818 movie reviews
    • 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
    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.
    • 76 Metascore
    • 75 Joe Williams
    Sorry, partisans, but there’s nothing obvious about Obvious Child.
    • 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
    Gilroy vividly evokes both the LA exteriors and newsroom interiors, and the action sequences are fraught with tension.
    • 76 Metascore
    • 63 Joe Williams
    The ingredients are in place for a potent finale, but “Catching Fire” is watered down.
    • 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
    • 88 Joe Williams
    He’s like a globe-trotting Richard Linklater. And with Winterbottom’s first-ever sequel, his “Trip” films now rival Linklater’s “Before” series in charting how a twosome evolves over time. Plus, they’re bloody hilarious.
    • 43 Metascore
    • 63 Joe Williams
    Reilly is very funny as the sarcastic mentor, and director Paul Weitz strikes a loopy tone in the scenes at the freak encampment.
    • 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
    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
    • 38 Joe Williams
    Spy
    With the overlong, limp and lazy Spy, Feig has lost his mojo.
    • 75 Metascore
    • 88 Joe Williams
    An evolutionary leap forward, a visually exquisite film that doesn't ignore the truths of pollution and predatory survival.
    • 75 Metascore
    • 88 Joe Williams
    The most exhilarating film of the year is also the most exhausting.
    • 75 Metascore
    • 88 Joe Williams
    Co-directors Andrew Droz Palermo and Tracy Droz Tragos let the painful stories emerge naturally, without prodding questions or talking-head experts who place the boys’ grim lives in the larger context of the post-industrial economy.
    • 75 Metascore
    • 88 Joe Williams
    One part personal mystery and one part art-appreciation class.
    • 75 Metascore
    • 75 Joe Williams
    The macabre comedic undertones are reminiscent of a Coen brothers film like "Blood Simple." But a more apt comparison is to an obscure Canadian bank-heist flick called "The Silent Partner," in which teller Elliot Gould pockets some loot from thief Christopher Plummer. Both movies imitate an American idiom with a provincial accent.

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