For 723 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 The Mechanic
Score distribution:
  1. Negative: 55 out of 723
723 movie reviews
    • 60 Metascore
    • 75 Joe Williams
    Because the sociopath at the center of this family portrait never asks for forgiveness, The Iceman is truly chilling.
    • 66 Metascore
    • 75 Joe Williams
    The several allusions to Thomas Mann’s forbidden-love novel “Death in Venice” are apt, but Yossi is also a standalone film and an extraordinary sequel.
    • 49 Metascore
    • 75 Joe Williams
    This thriller about the game-changing website Wikileaks is as smart about cyberspace as “The Social Network,” but there’s a glitch when it shifts the focus from felonious leaders to the misdemeanors of the man who exposed them.
    • 66 Metascore
    • 75 Joe Williams
    With Whitaker, Daniels and screenwriter Danny Strong pulling the strings, The Butler can take a bow.
    • 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.
    • 78 Metascore
    • 75 Joe Williams
    As the wife to a wolf of Wall Street, Blanchett shows us a lost sheep both before and after the slaughter. It’s not a pretty picture, but it’s twitching with life.
    • 79 Metascore
    • 75 Joe Williams
    It’s an enigmatic and austere film from a region where political, sexual and religious repression are as stifling as the sooty air.
    • 68 Metascore
    • 75 Joe Williams
    Aiming for a middle path between drama and comedy, The Way Way Back is so overloaded with jokes that it could sink in the water hazard, but on the final scorecard, sure enough, it’s in the hole.
    • 61 Metascore
    • 75 Joe Williams
    A bit undernourished to fit into the crown of a comedy classic. But the sharp wit, soft-focus cinematography and slow-motion lyricism lift it into the realm of this summer’s nicest surprises.
    • 66 Metascore
    • 75 Joe Williams
    At its heart, this is a compassionate character study. Robbie’s tenderness toward his son and his remorse for a street fight are the raw ingredients of a ripening consciousness.
    • 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.
    • 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.
    • 40 Metascore
    • 75 Joe Williams
    This documentary reconstructing the life of the ultimate cult author is like a three-act thriller, and the character at the center of the story is a mute man of mystery. Salinger would have recognized the irony, even as he hated the film for invading his privacy.
    • 64 Metascore
    • 75 Joe Williams
    Photography — and thus filmmaking — is painting with light. The connection is illuminated in the lovely Renoir, a twilight-years biography of the great French Impressionist.
    • 67 Metascore
    • 75 Joe Williams
    A minor revelation.
    • 82 Metascore
    • 75 Joe Williams
    Because Short Term 12 is a small movie about a challenging subject, you may have to accept my word that actress Brie Larson and director Destin Cretton are bright discoveries, but it shouldn’t be long before the wider world can see these talents with the naked eye.
    • 64 Metascore
    • 75 Joe Williams
    Afghanistan-born Atiq Rahimi has powerfully adapted his own acclaimed novel, but the film is unlikely to play in the Middle Eastern countries to which this plea for sexual equality seems directed.
    • 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.
    • 71 Metascore
    • 75 Joe Williams
    The sharp writing and tag-team antics lift 22 Jump Street to a high level.
    • 69 Metascore
    • 75 Joe Williams
    The rare film that flows from a wellspring of ideas.
    • 52 Metascore
    • 75 Joe Williams
    With Labor Day, director Jason Reitman turns a Nicholas Sparks scenario into an Alfred Hitchcock creep-show.
    • 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
    • 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.
    • 55 Metascore
    • 75 Joe Williams
    The movie is best enjoyed as a minor-key operatic, not a coherent story. While Law bellows blasphemous poetry, his director orchestrates a noirish light show with a cockeyed rhythm.
    • 64 Metascore
    • 75 Joe Williams
    With stately surroundings and hissable villains, director Amma Assante imbues the finale with such dramatic resonance that Belle becomes a ringing proclamation of human dignity.
    • 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.
    • 57 Metascore
    • 75 Joe Williams
    As predictable as a 3-and-0 pitch down the middle, but when it’s baseball season, who wants dark clouds?
    • 63 Metascore
    • 75 Joe Williams
    It’s a measure of the movie’s success that we never stop to question how or when the trickery is employed.
    • 57 Metascore
    • 75 Joe Williams
    Bad Words is often very funny, thanks to Bateman’s brick-wall malevolence and screenwriter Andrew Dodge’s inventively rude dialogue.
    • 62 Metascore
    • 75 Joe Williams
    Doggedly indie but unpretentious, Begin Again is one of the best movies I’ve seen about the music industry and the ways it changes people whose paths diverge.