For 797 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 6.6 points higher than other critics. (0-100 point scale)

Joe Williams' Scores

  • Movies
  • TV
Average review score: 66
Highest review score: 100 Poetry
Lowest review score: 0 The Divergent Series: Insurgent
Score distribution:
  1. Negative: 65 out of 797
797 movie reviews
    • 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
    • 63 Joe Williams
    Finally the film tips its hand and becomes a bet-the-house warning about climate change.
    • 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.
    • 69 Metascore
    • 63 Joe Williams
    Director Dereck Joubert gleans a valuable thread that connects us to these endangered creatures.
    • 69 Metascore
    • 75 Joe Williams
    The rare film that flows from a wellspring of ideas.
    • 69 Metascore
    • 63 Joe Williams
    There are audiences for movies that amuse us, and arouse us, and scare us, but the career of Todd Solondz ("Storytelling") raises the question: Is there an audience for movies that make us feel icky?
    • 69 Metascore
    • 63 Joe Williams
    The fiery finale is good enough to leave the legions smiling. But when a movie is expected to lift an entire industry, "good enough" shouldn't be good enough.
    • 69 Metascore
    • 75 Joe Williams
    If you root for documentaries with heart, The Other Dream Team is a slam dunk.
    • 69 Metascore
    • 75 Joe Williams
    Indeed, most of the famous faces are surprisingly adept at singing. Even when the actors are not lip-syncing (which seems to be about half the time), the dense, clever lyrics are intelligible.
    • 69 Metascore
    • 75 Joe Williams
    Like a Fishbone show or an LA weather forecast, the dark curtain rises, and there's a promise of more sunshine.
    • 69 Metascore
    • 88 Joe Williams
    Although the story is mournful, the movie is buoyed by a heaven-scented surrealism.
    • 69 Metascore
    • 75 Joe Williams
    Europeans have a taste for both the mechanics of trickery and the machinations of power, and the politically astute Spanish film "Even the Rain" belongs in the same conversation with Francois Truffaut's "Day for Night" and Pedro Almodovar's "Bad Education."
    • 69 Metascore
    • 38 Joe Williams
    This movie is so tone-deaf it would only make sense in Vincent van Gogh’s missing ear.
    • 69 Metascore
    • 75 Joe Williams
    He's not in Mark Wahlberg's league, and 21 Jump Street isn't quite as funny as "The Other Guys," but by lampooning himself here, Tatum has bought himself a grace period to grow in.
    • 69 Metascore
    • 88 Joe Williams
    For a nation at war with its own values, Fair Game is a compelling, pertinent and scrupulously true political thriller in the honorable tradition of "All the President's Men."
    • 69 Metascore
    • 75 Joe Williams
    The edginess here isn't merely facile. Goldthwait's movies, including the under-appreciated "Shakes the Clown," are about reclaiming dignity from the dung heap. And he's found a fitting collaborator.
    • 69 Metascore
    • 75 Joe Williams
    While director Michael Roskam lays the groundwork for a heist thriller, The Drop is fueled by character, not plot.
    • 69 Metascore
    • 88 Joe Williams
    There's a running joke that this epic of also-ran heroism is set in eternally modest Toronto; but its real locale is an alternate universe without parents or the unhip.
    • 68 Metascore
    • 75 Joe Williams
    Unexpectedly poignant.
    • 68 Metascore
    • 75 Joe Williams
    While it's satisfying to see fat cats tamed by science and an enraged public, the movie misses the opportunity to sustain the pressure.
    • 68 Metascore
    • 63 Joe Williams
    Directors John Requa and Glenn Ficarra were weaned on earthy comedies like "Bad Santa," and every moment of mature insight in Crazy, Stupid, Love is answered by a scene of formulaic farce.
    • 68 Metascore
    • 63 Joe Williams
    With its forked tongue planted loosely in cheek, this haunted-house flick is enjoyably retro in both style and substance.
    • 68 Metascore
    • 88 Joe Williams
    Refusing to hold our hands, director Lynne Ramsay ("Morvern Callar") pushes far beyond the boundaries of topical drama into the realm of the surreal.
    • 68 Metascore
    • 50 Joe Williams
    Land Ho! is a tepid little movie that goes almost nowhere, and if I had to sit in that rental car for one more boob joke, I’d rather jump into a volcano.

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