For 768 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 An Education
Lowest review score: 25 Marmaduke
Score distribution:
  1. Negative: 61 out of 768
768 movie reviews
    • 74 Metascore
    • 75 Joe Williams
    Because of some sentimental backspin, Affleck doesn't quite hit it out of the park, but he may provoke the green monster of envy in lesser directors.
    • 74 Metascore
    • 75 Joe Williams
    With his actors and crew hewing to the script, the director’s craft is impeccable. His low-light images are suitable for framing, and there’s scarcely a moment of modernity, let alone humor or loose ends, to disrupt the tragic trajectory.
    • 74 Metascore
    • 75 Joe Williams
    Like the recent "Greenberg," Cyrus is not the jokey, polished production you would expect from its Hollywood cast and LA setting, but audiences who are comfortable with discomfort should find it "funny."
    • 74 Metascore
    • 63 Joe Williams
    While it may not be a smorgasbord of red herrings and red meat, Flame and Citron is often chilling.
    • 74 Metascore
    • 88 Joe Williams
    This is epic cinema that begs to be compared to "2001: A Space Odyssey." But unlike Stanley Kubrick's psychedelic joyride, this journey is powered by a human heart.
    • 74 Metascore
    • 75 Joe Williams
    In steering a course between the rock of rude humor and the hard place of perilous drama, How to Train Your Dragon flies high.
    • 74 Metascore
    • 88 Joe Williams
    What makes it special is Eastwood's ability to artfully and concisely tell a story, and Morgan Freeman's wonderfully understated turn as South African President Nelson Mandela.
    • 74 Metascore
    • 38 Joe Williams
    It’s preposterous schlock masquerading as art.
    • 74 Metascore
    • 63 Joe Williams
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    While Green is force-feeding us this hard-boiled hokum, he doesn’t distract us with many memorable images, as he did in his earliest films.
    • 73 Metascore
    • 75 Joe Williams
    We are reminded: War is hell. But at their best, war movies can be cool and beautiful.
    • 73 Metascore
    • 75 Joe Williams
    The world-class mechanic is Brad Bird, who applies the pacing and spatial freedom of a 'toon to a live-action thriller.
    • 73 Metascore
    • 75 Joe Williams
    Arbitrage is never the nail-biting thriller that it could have been.
    • 73 Metascore
    • 50 Joe Williams
    It's a worthy cause and an honorable film, the first full-length Disney cartoon with an African-American heroine. But without a strong story, it's a case of one step forward and two steps back.
    • 73 Metascore
    • 88 Joe Williams
    Many of the people reading this review are doing it on a computer. And all of them are reading it in English. It’s not much of stretch to say that you could credit both of those things to a man named Alan Turing.
    • 73 Metascore
    • 63 Joe Williams
    Built on shaky and blood-soaked ground, but if towering technique is all you want from an action movie, then yippee-ki-yay.
    • 73 Metascore
    • 100 Joe Williams
    Perilous incidents have riveted audiences since Pauline was tied to the railroad tracks, but in the hundred-year history of cinema, few thrillers have been as emotionally compelling as The Impossible.
    • 73 Metascore
    • 63 Joe Williams
    The difference between McKay and Efron is like the difference between a Broadway spectacular and a high school musical.
    • 73 Metascore
    • 88 Joe Williams
    The tonal shifts, the "Amelie"-style voiceover and the punk-retro soundtrack may jar some viewers who expect uninterrupted violins, but Declaration of War is alternative therapy that really works.
    • 73 Metascore
    • 63 Joe Williams
    Cue the folky music and the two eccentric locals who are the only other characters, and Prince Avalanche is a molehill that dreams it’s a mountain when it’s really, really stoned.
    • 73 Metascore
    • 75 Joe Williams
    Whereas many kung-fu movies are a feast that leaves us weary with sensations, the tastefully bittersweet “Grandmaster” puts us in the mood for more.
    • 73 Metascore
    • 75 Joe Williams
    The secret in this case is the jokes, which are ferocious. Marrying a monster flick with an adolescent romance has produced a merry mutant.
    • 73 Metascore
    • 88 Joe Williams
    Although the brazen lovers, bellicose ministers and backstabbing handmaidens are familiar elements, the film is so handsomely mounted that we happily endure the ride until the turning of the screws in the tragic last act.
    • 72 Metascore
    • 75 Joe Williams
    Taking potshots at American Sniper is like shooting fish in a barrel. So why should war-weary Americans see it? Because Eastwood remains a masterful action director, and this may be his last hurrah. Because Cooper is one of our best young actors, and he poured a lifetime of craft into stilling his character’s heartbeat.
    • 72 Metascore
    • 75 Joe Williams
    It's guilty of some sleight-of-hand hokum, but in pulling the rug from under the norm, Magic Mike turns a trick.
    • 72 Metascore
    • 75 Joe Williams
    Post-Dispatch classical music critic Sarah Bryan Miller told me that Gould's music is as divisive today as it was 50 years ago, when the pianist publicly clashed with conductor Leonard Bernstein over the tempo of a performance.
    • 72 Metascore
    • 75 Joe Williams
    This thriller is both skillfully familiar and chillingly strange.
    • 72 Metascore
    • 75 Joe Williams
    Directed by and starring Mathieu Amalric, it’s a deceptively low-key riff on a Hitchcock whodunit. It’s both sexy and inscrutable, a cold-blooded puzzler to the very end.
    • 72 Metascore
    • 88 Joe Williams
    It's not warm and fuzzy, but for kids who comprehended "Coraline" and babysitters who savored "The Corpse Bride," this stop-motion marvel from some of the same animators is like an early Halloween treat.
    • 72 Metascore
    • 63 Joe Williams
    Eccentric enough to get mistaken for an uplifting fantasy, but it's Plaza who belongs in the penthouse.
    • 72 Metascore
    • 88 Joe Williams
    Star Trek Into Darkness offers much of what the fans expect and not much of what they don't. This character-driven vehicle is a supercharged example of cinematic craftsmanship.

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