For 817 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 5.6 points higher than other critics. (0-100 point scale)

Joe Williams' Scores

  • Movies
  • TV
Average review score: 66
Highest review score: 100 The Master
Lowest review score: 0 The Divergent Series: Insurgent
Score distribution:
  1. Negative: 67 out of 817
817 movie reviews
    • 82 Metascore
    • 75 Joe Williams
    What makes Love Is Strange so special is that the challenges the couple face are more mundane than menacing.
    • 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.
    • 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.
    • 65 Metascore
    • 75 Joe Williams
    A genuinely touching and occasionally powerful film, not least because the boys are so disinclined to pity themselves.
    • 48 Metascore
    • 75 Joe Williams
    Despite playing with a stacked deck, The Judge is guilty of exceeding expectations.
    • 79 Metascore
    • 75 Joe Williams
    One one level, Pride is as fake as a lip-sync revue, yet the emotions it arouses are real.
    • 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.
    • 64 Metascore
    • 75 Joe Williams
    The iconic actor may be too gruff for sainthood, but Murray still retains a secret stash of soul.
    • 72 Metascore
    • 75 Joe Williams
    Directed by and starring Mathieu Amalric, it’s a deceptively low-key riff on a Hitchcock whodunit. It’s both sexy and inscrutable, a cold-blooded puzzler to the very end.
    • 79 Metascore
    • 75 Joe Williams
    Most biographical docs contain a montage of old footage, but this one is especially haunting. As Campbell watches home movies, he has to ask Kim to identify the people on screen, including his ex-wives, his children and his younger self.
    • 64 Metascore
    • 75 Joe Williams
    Although it doesn’t make a lick of sense as a stand-alone story, Mockingjay — Part 1 is the first “Hunger Games” movie with meat on its bones.
    • 76 Metascore
    • 75 Joe Williams
    While the wilderness vistas are starkly beautiful, there’s no tangible sense of Strayed’s ultimate goal. (Why Oregon?) And the flashbacks, which include scenes of sexual misadventure and heroin use, are too brief to provide answers.
    • 65 Metascore
    • 75 Joe Williams
    Because VanDyke wasn’t embedded with the American media, Point and Shoot has some priceless front-line footage, including a chilling scene where he must decide if he’s willing to kill for someone else’s cause. But without a rigorous editor, it’s “How I Spent My Summer Vacation.”
    • 52 Metascore
    • 75 Joe Williams
    Within the bloodshot-eye perspective of their other stoner comedies, it’s bluntly funny and ever-so-slightly sweet.
    • 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.
    • 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
    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.
    • 45 Metascore
    • 75 Joe Williams
    A textured and unexpectedly entertaining drama about the human toll when racial assumptions crash.
    • 67 Metascore
    • 75 Joe Williams
    An entertaining tour of Tinseltown served with poisoned popcorn.
    • 62 Metascore
    • 75 Joe Williams
    The documentary offers undercooked subplots about Gruber’s mostly Hispanic staff and his romance with a health-conscious Catholic acupuncturist, but Deli Man is best when it sticks to the menu.
    • 83 Metascore
    • 75 Joe Williams
    The movie is more of a character study than a biography, as Bernstein dispenses his gentle wit and wisdom for the camera and for an elite class of student.
    • 50 Metascore
    • 75 Joe Williams
    While the movie sometimes seems like faux Fincher, the symbiotic acting, artful imagery and punchline ending turn True Story into credible entertainment.
    • 72 Metascore
    • 75 Joe Williams
    Monkey Kingdom tugs our heartstrings to the top of the trees. With a lot of patience, and perhaps a little trickery, directors Mark Linfield and Alastair Fothergill have produced a simian “Cinderella.”
    • 66 Metascore
    • 75 Joe Williams
    Age of Ultron has self-aware laughs, grandiose themes and the best effects that money can buy. But at this point, it will take true vision to plot the umpteen sequels without getting trapped in a time loop.
    • 69 Metascore
    • 75 Joe Williams
    This showcase for Wiig is sufficiently absurd to make real-world parallels laughable.
    • 55 Metascore
    • 75 Joe Williams
    While Black is painfully effective as the dork who drops slangy kudos on his new BFF, Marsden is a revelation.
    • 71 Metascore
    • 75 Joe Williams
    It’s Belgian actor Schoenaerts who will leave the target audience atwitter. Seemingly incapable of cracking a smile, he fits securely in the stoic-farmer tradition that stretches from John Wayne in “The Quiet Man” to Russell Crowe in “The Water Diviner.”
    • 66 Metascore
    • 75 Joe Williams
    In the context of confounded expectations, director Maxime Giroux may have intended the what’s-next ending to be ironic.
    • 59 Metascore
    • 75 Joe Williams
    But even without world-class smarts or amusing mutations, the next generation of “Jurassic” is an enjoyable ride.
    • 48 Metascore
    • 75 Joe Williams
    One man’s mirth is another man’s poison, this critic can only consult his belly as the barometer. On a gut level, Ted 2 is a funny film.

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