For 760 reviews, this critic has graded:
  • 60% higher than the average critic
  • 4% same as the average critic
  • 36% lower than the average critic
On average, this critic grades 7.1 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: 25 Hesher
Score distribution:
  1. Negative: 59 out of 760
760 movie reviews
    • 77 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.
    • 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.
    • 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.
    • 48 Metascore
    • 75 Joe Williams
    Despite playing with a stacked deck, The Judge is guilty of exceeding expectations.
    • 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.
    • 56 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.
    • 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.
    • 79 Metascore
    • 75 Joe Williams
    Ultimately what makes Gone Girl so watchable is the three-headed monster of Fincher, Pike and Affleck. The director bathes the B-movie scenario in the queasy-green hues of a morgue, while Affleck flashes his million-dollar smile like a dime-store Dracula and the beautifully inscrutable Pike absorbs the light like a wax mannequin. If it’s true that Nick and Amy were made for each other, they were made in a fiendish lab.
    • 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.
    • 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.
    • 64 Metascore
    • 75 Joe Williams
    The iconic actor may be too gruff for sainthood, but Murray still retains a secret stash of soul.
    • 86 Metascore
    • 75 Joe Williams
    This hand-drawn French import is fresh evidence that you don’t need computers and singing princesses to make a charming animated movie.
    • 60 Metascore
    • 75 Joe Williams
    For better or worse, the whole exercise in lurid leg-pulling goes out with a bang.
    • 60 Metascore
    • 75 Joe Williams
    While the chronological details and social significance of the story Webb reported get shortchanged, Kill the Messenger is a vital reminder that a free press must be free to press the powerful for answers.
    • 56 Metascore
    • 75 Joe Williams
    Although Steadman’s artwork seems like sloppy pen-and-ink caricature, there’s a method to the madness.
    • 69 Metascore
    • 75 Joe Williams
    While director Michael Roskam lays the groundwork for a heist thriller, The Drop is fueled by character, not plot.
    • 52 Metascore
    • 75 Joe Williams
    Within the bloodshot-eye perspective of their other stoner comedies, it’s bluntly funny and ever-so-slightly sweet.
    • 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.
    • 51 Metascore
    • 75 Joe Williams
    You can tell by some loose threads and hurried workmanship that God’s Pocket is a knock-off, but it’s so stuffed with value, it’s an offer you can’t refuse.
    • 74 Metascore
    • 75 Joe Williams
    In a poignant and potentially depressing film, it’s redeeming to see that when they are with their kindred spirits, even the saddest skeletons can dance.
    • 43 Metascore
    • 75 Joe Williams
    Mainstream audiences will note that Hudson has never been better and that the tearjerking taps into something universal. For audiences seeking shelter from superhero carnage, Wish I Was Here is a lovely place to be.
    • 57 Metascore
    • 75 Joe Williams
    A film that aims for the stars and may have found one here on earth.
    • 83 Metascore
    • 75 Joe Williams
    What makes Love Is Strange so special is that the challenges the couple face are more mundane than menacing.
    • 77 Metascore
    • 75 Joe Williams
    Gleeson is great as the troubled, conscientious priest, but until an abruptly shocking finale, his fatalism turns the ticking clock into a congested hourglass.
    • 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.

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