For 752 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 The Grand Budapest Hotel
Lowest review score: 25 New Year's Eve
Score distribution:
  1. Negative: 59 out of 752
752 movie reviews
    • 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.
    • 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.
    • 63 Metascore
    • 75 Joe Williams
    World War Z, based on a novel by Max Brooks and directed by Marc Forster ("Quantum of Solace"), has a relatively plausible perspective on mass catastrophe. It deserves comparisons to Steven Soderbergh’s brainy “Contagion.”
    • 60 Metascore
    • 75 Joe Williams
    After watching the trailers, I was expecting torture, but this smart, subversive movie made me laugh. So shoot me.
    • 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.
    • 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.
    • 67 Metascore
    • 75 Joe Williams
    A minor revelation.
    • 69 Metascore
    • 75 Joe Williams
    The rare film that flows from a wellspring of ideas.
    • 61 Metascore
    • 75 Joe Williams
    This vision of a violent future makes Elysium well worth seeing, even as the conventional violence of the thriller finale makes it a missed opportunity.
    • 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.
    • 66 Metascore
    • 75 Joe Williams
    With Whitaker, Daniels and screenwriter Danny Strong pulling the strings, The Butler can take a bow.
    • 81 Metascore
    • 75 Joe Williams
    Until the sci-fi switcheroo, the versatile supporting cast puts Gary in such a ridiculous light that we can’t help laughing at him. Then suddenly this subversive movie challenges us to laugh at our own assumptions.
    • 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.
    • 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.
    • 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.
    • 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.
    • 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.
    • 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.
    • 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.
    • 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.
    • 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.
    • 87 Metascore
    • 75 Joe Williams
    This very male and methodical movie is like the anti-“Gravity,” as the un-moored hero is quietly in control of his options and at peace with his possible failure.
    • 67 Metascore
    • 75 Joe Williams
    On a moral-justice level, we’d like to see this worm squirm a little more over his treatment of ex-colleagues before we let him off the hook to say that everyone else was cheating too.
    • 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
    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.
    • 81 Metascore
    • 75 Joe Williams
    Periodically deviating from its fly-on-the-wall aesthetic, the film does a noticeably better job than the Joan Rivers movie of incorporating old footage and photos to underscore its subject’s importance.
    • 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.
    • 68 Metascore
    • 75 Joe Williams
    If we want a bigger picture, we’ll have to wait for God to green-light “Noah: The Next Generation.”
    • 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.
    • 54 Metascore
    • 75 Joe Williams
    Draft Day isn’t quite a comedy, but it’s got a similar kind of flow that makes it as easily consumable as lite beer.

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