For 719 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 Silver Linings Playbook
Lowest review score: 25 Marmaduke
Score distribution:
  1. Negative: 55 out of 719
719 movie reviews
    • 79 Metascore
    • 63 Joe Williams
    The most provocative thing in Joan Rivers: A Piece of Work is the moment during the opening credits when we glimpse the comedy legend without makeup.
    • 74 Metascore
    • 63 Joe Williams
    Christopher Nolan's "Memento" was a movie-lover's dream come true, a puzzle that was engaging both intellectually and emotionally. But his Inception is a wake-up call, a blaring reminder that cheap tricks can't compensate for personal investment.
    • 79 Metascore
    • 63 Joe Williams
    I Am Love is easy to savor but tough to swallow.
    • 65 Metascore
    • 63 Joe Williams
    Salt goes down easy, but it's lacking both nourishment and flavor.
    • 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.
    • 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.
    • 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.
    • 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.
    • 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.
    • 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?
    • 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.
    • 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.
    • 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.
    • 59 Metascore
    • 63 Joe Williams
    The premise is pure formula.
    • 57 Metascore
    • 63 Joe Williams
    A bizarre buffet of buffoonery, brutality and beautiful landscapes.
    • 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."
    • 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.
    • 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.
    • 72 Metascore
    • 63 Joe Williams
    In skewering the neuroses of New York bohemians, Durham has left us too little to care about.
    • 55 Metascore
    • 63 Joe Williams
    Successful in small doses, but the full regimen needed more testing.
    • 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.
    • 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.
    • 58 Metascore
    • 63 Joe Williams
    The saving grace of Biutiful is Bardem.
    • 67 Metascore
    • 63 Joe Williams
    Barney's Version has episodes instead of plot, outbursts instead of wit and alibis instead of growth.
    • 55 Metascore
    • 63 Joe Williams
    It's pure speculation on the filmmakers' part that Gaelic pagans were adorned with bones, blue mud and Mohawks, but the fire-dancing spectacle is a welcome respite from the beefcake of the journey scenes.
    • 56 Metascore
    • 63 Joe Williams
    On a minute-to-minute level, it's an engaging mystery, the kind that rewards our participation with eye candy and adrenaline shots. But when we pull back for an overview, we see that it's flat and that pieces are missing.
    • 42 Metascore
    • 63 Joe Williams
    Hits most of the markers of a flashback film but not enough of the beats.
    • 69 Metascore
    • 63 Joe Williams
    Director Dereck Joubert gleans a valuable thread that connects us to these endangered creatures.
    • 63 Metascore
    • 63 Joe Williams
    Strikes an uneasy compromise between liberty and justice. It marches at an efficient pace, but there's too much collateral damage to believability.