For 777 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 6.8 points higher than other critics. (0-100 point scale)

Joe Williams' Scores

  • Movies
  • TV
Average review score: 66
Highest review score: 100 Up in the Air
Lowest review score: 0 The Divergent Series: Insurgent
Score distribution:
  1. Negative: 64 out of 777
777 movie reviews
    • 30 Metascore
    • 75 Joe Williams
    More benevolent than Bill Maher's snarky flick "Religulous" and a heaven-sent affirmation of our common humanity.
    • 52 Metascore
    • 75 Joe Williams
    Within the bloodshot-eye perspective of their other stoner comedies, it’s bluntly funny and ever-so-slightly sweet.
    • 65 Metascore
    • 75 Joe Williams
    Although it starts slowly, the accumulated tension and thematic resonance leaves us breathless.
    • 69 Metascore
    • 75 Joe Williams
    The rare film that flows from a wellspring of ideas.
    • 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.
    • 76 Metascore
    • 75 Joe Williams
    Perhaps the spookiest thing in this slyly scary movie is the word-for-word way that Patrick's followers regurgitate his pablum.
    • 76 Metascore
    • 75 Joe Williams
    Like "The Squid and the Whale," this character study pushes the definition of comedy to the breaking point, and unlike the far less successful "Margot at the Wedding," it leaves us faintly smiling after the workout.
    • 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.
    • 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.
    • 53 Metascore
    • 75 Joe Williams
    Like black coffee that's flung in our face, The Killer Inside Me silences the question of whether it's good or bad. But for darn sure, it's strong.
    • 63 Metascore
    • 75 Joe Williams
    With a greater emphasis on sex than violence, Spring Breakers is a more enjoyable guilty pleasure than “Natural Born Killers” and just as acute about our cultural devolution. For all its seeming stupidity, its masterstroke is making us complicit in the corruption of its young stars (who include the director’s own wife).
    • 45 Metascore
    • 75 Joe Williams
    In telling a true story about hapless thugs who are the embodiment of Michael Bay fans, the director has made the most fiendishly enjoyable movie of his career.
    • 52 Metascore
    • 75 Joe Williams
    The Women on the 6th Floor shouldn't work, but this efficient flick whisks away our cynicism.
    • 66 Metascore
    • 75 Joe Williams
    Streep is astonishing, conveying Child's gusto, her quavering voice, even her height.
    • 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.
    • 76 Metascore
    • 75 Joe Williams
    Like psychoanalysis, A Dangerous Method takes its time as it circles an opening to unexplored depths. To reward our patience, Cronenberg gives us some honey-hued eye candy and rich dialogue, but if you're seeking instant gratification, I prescribe "Shame."
    • 42 Metascore
    • 75 Joe Williams
    As a critic who complains about painless and brainless action movies, I hoist a glass of mead to the men and maidens of Ironclad.
    • 79 Metascore
    • 75 Joe Williams
    In one of the most wickedly funny scenes in sci-fi history, Koba uses monkeyshines to bamboozle some gun-toting yahoos and scuttle the peace treaty.
    • 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.
    • 66 Metascore
    • 75 Joe Williams
    Succeeds as both advocacy and entertainment by focusing on the family.
    • 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.
    • 79 Metascore
    • 75 Joe Williams
    With its mix of true-blood romance and full-moon madness, Let Me In should hasten the twilight of the twerpy pretenders.
    • 47 Metascore
    • 75 Joe Williams
    What enriches the recipe is that no one is quite as cagey as they seem. Colin is officially thuggish, but he's a blinkered romantic. Archie is a mama's boy, Meredith is gay, Mal is impotent, and Peanut wears dentures.
    • 94 Metascore
    • 75 Joe Williams
    For modern moviegoers, the earthy Mr. Turner may seem like slowly steeped tea with an unpleasant aftertaste. But while some are impatiently waiting for the paint to dry, astute viewers will see a cinematic landscape bloom.
    • 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
    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.
    • 62 Metascore
    • 75 Joe Williams
    42
    The inspirational movie named for Robinson’s number is too dignified to throw audiences a curveball, let alone a knockdown pitch, but its solid fundamentals make it a winner.
    • 81 Metascore
    • 75 Joe Williams
    Two things that the British know that most Americans don't: Michael Sheen is the best actor in the English-speaking world; and soccer is the only football that matters.
    • 68 Metascore
    • 75 Joe Williams
    Sometimes macabre and sometimes manipulative, but the way it speaks to the spirit is miraculous.
    • 72 Metascore
    • 75 Joe Williams
    This thriller is both skillfully familiar and chillingly strange.

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