For 674 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 7.3 points higher than other critics. (0-100 point scale)

Joe Williams' Scores

  • Movies
Average review score: 66
Highest review score: 100 Winter's Bone
Lowest review score: 25 Endless Love
Score distribution:
  1. Negative: 51 out of 674
674 movie reviews
    • 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.
    • 72 Metascore
    • 75 Joe Williams
    This affable comedy is a healthy alternative to tearjerkers.
    • 72 Metascore
    • 75 Joe Williams
    Such a disarming homage to the cinema of the Reagan era that even grouchy gremlins might feel like it's morning in America. But be forewarned that if this movie is exposed to sunlight, you'll notice the puppet strings.
    • 72 Metascore
    • 75 Joe Williams
    While the PG-13 approach to the most brutally sustained war the world has ever known makes it suitable for mature children, some cynical adults may resent the tug of the reins. Me, I cried like a grandmother.
    • 72 Metascore
    • 88 Joe Williams
    Among recent documentaries, First Position soars to the head of the class.
    • 72 Metascore
    • 75 Joe Williams
    As opposed to the "gentlemen's clubs" in sinful cities like Las Vegas, the Crazy Horse attracts couples.
    • 72 Metascore
    • 63 Joe Williams
    In skewering the neuroses of New York bohemians, Durham has left us too little to care about.
    • 72 Metascore
    • 75 Joe Williams
    It's not exactly aiming for the moon, but in a marketplace where surpassed expectations are as rare as unicorns, Despicable Me is delightful.
    • 71 Metascore
    • 75 Joe Williams
    Unlike the benchmark sports documentary "Hoop Dreams," Undefeated doesn't have a deep penetration of poverty and race in its playbook, but it does have enough heart to make substantial forward progress.
    • 71 Metascore
    • 75 Joe Williams
    There will never be another Marilyn Monroe or Elizabeth Taylor, but Hollywood may have found a new Lee Remick in Mary Elizabeth Winstead.
    • 71 Metascore
    • 63 Joe Williams
    The plot is murky, the acting is melodramatic and the movie is way too long, but the target audience will salivate over the inventively choreographed set-pieces.
    • 71 Metascore
    • 75 Joe Williams
    The most mesmerizing parts of the movie make up a tutorial about how the Muppets are made and moved.
    • 71 Metascore
    • 63 Joe Williams
    Tangled is lovely to look at, but if you're not a pre-teen girl, you may be distracted by the split ends.
    • 71 Metascore
    • 88 Joe Williams
    Clear-eyed, fearless and ferociously funny, Young Adult is mature filmmaking.
    • 71 Metascore
    • 75 Joe Williams
    Notwithstanding its storytelling stumbles, Sleepwalk With Me points in a positive direction for this likable comedian's career.
    • 71 Metascore
    • 63 Joe Williams
    To their credit, the creative team has retained the handmade look and unruly spirit of Maurice Sendak's bedtime fable; to their discredit, they haven't added enough narrative or emotional dimension to make it an effective movie.
    • 71 Metascore
    • 75 Joe Williams
    Here’s a toast to the cast and crew: Drinking Buddies is a three-dimensional movie that doesn’t require beer goggles.
    • 70 Metascore
    • 63 Joe Williams
    There's little that's new in the retelling, except mellowed musings on Environmentalism 2.0.
    • 70 Metascore
    • 75 Joe Williams
    Turturro, who previously directed a musical called "Romance and Cigarettes," lingers on the sensual movements of the performers and the character faces of the onlookers.
    • 70 Metascore
    • 63 Joe Williams
    With his glorified Frisbee and good-guy smile, Evans is engaging, but “The Winter Soldier” might be stronger with a little less Captain and a little more America.
    • 70 Metascore
    • 88 Joe Williams
    Near the two-minute warning, Big Fan becomes chillingly unpredictable.
    • 70 Metascore
    • 75 Joe Williams
    While Banderas' dark intensity overshadows the potential poignancy of the story, Almodovar is such a skilled surgeon that he extracts a juicy nugget of pleasure from a purely distasteful premise.
    • 70 Metascore
    • 88 Joe Williams
    Although the story is mournful, the movie is buoyed by a heaven-scented surrealism.
    • 70 Metascore
    • 88 Joe Williams
    To ensure customer loyalty, Hollywood should promote more movies about workaday life in the provinces, but until there's a new wave of midcoast comedies, Cedar Rapids is the big kahuna.
    • 69 Metascore
    • 88 Joe Williams
    With its exploded notions of heroism, torture-rack dramatics and kamikaze gusto, it's a fiendishly entertaining flick.
    • 69 Metascore
    • 88 Joe Williams
    May be too sterile and stylized to elicit real tears, but it's got brains and heart to spare.
    • 69 Metascore
    • 75 Joe Williams
    Just misses living up to its name.
    • 69 Metascore
    • 63 Joe Williams
    We're left with an impression of a vivacious pioneer; but warm shouldn't have to mean fuzzy.
    • 69 Metascore
    • 63 Joe Williams
    What's most conspicuously missing from this ensemble is some input from the advertisers who subsidize Wintour's tyranny, and the readers who are seduced into buying her beautiful four-pound paperweights.