For 672 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 7.3 points higher than other critics. (0-100 point scale)

Joe Williams' Scores

  • Movies
Average review score: 66
Highest review score: 100 Her
Lowest review score: 25 Endless Love
Score distribution:
  1. Negative: 51 out of 672
672 movie reviews
    • 74 Metascore
    • 63 Joe Williams
    Like other so-called "mumblecore" movies, including Bronstein's own "Frownland," this is an unnervingly intimate glimpse of dysfunction, with a shaky-cam aesthetic and seemingly improvised dialogue.
    • 75 Metascore
    • 63 Joe Williams
    While the rich people who violated a dead antagonist's wishes seem sleazy (especially when they refuse to be interviewed), transporting world-class artwork five miles to a bigger facility where more people can enjoy it hardly seems like the end of civilization as we know it.
    • 52 Metascore
    • 63 Joe Williams
    It's deliberately difficult to untangle the crossed allegiances of the people that Kelly interviews, and it's melodramatic that he tries to smuggle Ming and a surrendered assassin onto a plane bound for the United States. But dramatizing such a complex situation is a necessary evil.
    • 83 Metascore
    • 63 Joe Williams
    For better or worse, this is a straightforward performance film.
    • 52 Metascore
    • 63 Joe Williams
    With its seductive images and smart dialogue, The City of Your Final Destination has the setting and circumstances for a ripe family drama or a literary love story, yet it never awakens from its siesta.
    • 58 Metascore
    • 63 Joe Williams
    Maybe in his native language, Dujardin is no funnier than Steve Martin's "Pink Panther." But with subtitles, his deadpan delivery is hard to resist.
    • 63 Metascore
    • 63 Joe Williams
    As a diversion, Babies is like a wind-up toy that will tickle anyone with a pulse. As a documentary, it's like a cache of home videos that will frustrate anyone with an inquiring mind.
    • 51 Metascore
    • 63 Joe Williams
    As a testament to traditions that are usually kept hidden from Hollywood, Holy Rollers is a mitzvah. But as a thriller, it's bubkes.
    • 76 Metascore
    • 63 Joe Williams
    The film confirms it's hard to do brain surgery on a battlefield. But it doesn't take a brain surgeon to think it could go deeper.
    • 56 Metascore
    • 63 Joe Williams
    It's a little black dress of a movie, an elegant hint of something sensual that is ultimately denied to us.
    • 64 Metascore
    • 63 Joe Williams
    Like Ernest Borgnine, Philip Seymour Hoffman is an unconventional leading man with an Oscar on his mantle, and his bittersweet Jack Goes Boating has elicited comparisons with "Marty."
    • 79 Metascore
    • 63 Joe Williams
    I Am Love is easy to savor but tough to swallow.
    • 66 Metascore
    • 63 Joe Williams
    A passable popcorn movie, but fans of the first film who expect lightning to strike twice are liable to get burned.
    • 55 Metascore
    • 63 Joe Williams
    The Hefner we meet here is the likable rogue we already know.
    • 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?
    • 30 Metascore
    • 63 Joe Williams
    Between the carefully trained animals and their computer-animated mouths, the movie doesn't have much room for realism; but the 3-D effects are surprisingly effective, and this playful pic earns a pat on the head.
    • 45 Metascore
    • 63 Joe Williams
    As phony as a poodle-skirted waitress at a mall diner, yet it's as sweet as a malt. A vanilla one.
    • 55 Metascore
    • 63 Joe Williams
    Three actors portray the clumsy-but-limber Li in the years of his arduous training, when he is pulled between a teacher who's inspired by Mao and another who's inspired by bootleg videos of Mikhail Baryshnikov.
    • 52 Metascore
    • 63 Joe Williams
    There aren't enough surprises to justify the title, but The Switch produces sufficient light for a late-summer diversion.
    • 51 Metascore
    • 63 Joe Williams
    While it's both too crude and too commercial to be mistaken for journalism, the good news is that the headliners deliver.
    • 65 Metascore
    • 63 Joe Williams
    This homey construct is warm, exactingly crafted and painted with pop-country tones, but it's lacking a deep foundation where the issues that it raises can resonate. For a movie like that, we may have to depend on the Danes.
    • 71 Metascore
    • 63 Joe Williams
    Tangled is lovely to look at, but if you're not a pre-teen girl, you may be distracted by the split ends.
    • 49 Metascore
    • 63 Joe Williams
    It's a triumph of streamlined design, but TRON: Legacy never enters the fourth dimension where it's worth a plugged nickel to humans.
    • 57 Metascore
    • 63 Joe Williams
    A bizarre buffet of buffoonery, brutality and beautiful landscapes.
    • 59 Metascore
    • 63 Joe Williams
    The premise is pure formula.
    • 81 Metascore
    • 63 Joe Williams
    Waiting for Superman raises important questions while wearing a big red heart on its chest, but inconvenient facts are its kryptonite.
    • 55 Metascore
    • 63 Joe Williams
    Successful in small doses, but the full regimen needed more testing.
    • 67 Metascore
    • 63 Joe Williams
    Barney's Version has episodes instead of plot, outbursts instead of wit and alibis instead of growth.
    • 58 Metascore
    • 63 Joe Williams
    The saving grace of Biutiful is Bardem.
    • 66 Metascore
    • 63 Joe Williams
    You would expect an epic with brains and hearts. Instead we settle for sturdy craft, with a stellar cast struggling to breathe life into the cold material.