For 752 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 Samsara
Lowest review score: 25 New Year's Eve
Score distribution:
  1. Negative: 59 out of 752
752 movie reviews
    • 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.
    • 72 Metascore
    • 63 Joe Williams
    In skewering the neuroses of New York bohemians, Durham has left us too little to care about.
    • 47 Metascore
    • 63 Joe Williams
    If you haven't seen a wasting disease in real life, you might think Restless is romantic. If you have, you might diagnose it as terminally cute.
    • 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.
    • 57 Metascore
    • 63 Joe Williams
    With its references to other properties in the Marvel universe and to classic tales of redemption, this no-surprises summer movie might appeal to those who've been bitten by radioactive spiders or the Shakespeare bug.
    • 53 Metascore
    • 63 Joe Williams
    It's a compelling tale of surf and survival.
    • 63 Metascore
    • 63 Joe Williams
    Rio
    Notwithstanding some allusions to "Lady and the Tramp," the characters and their comic high jinks are nothing special, but the the getaway gives us spectacular 3-D images of the city.
    • 55 Metascore
    • 63 Joe Williams
    Like an acquaintance couple's baby pictures, Friends With Kids induces coos but isn't as cute as they think.
    • 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.
    • 69 Metascore
    • 63 Joe Williams
    Director Dereck Joubert gleans a valuable thread that connects us to these endangered creatures.
    • 52 Metascore
    • 63 Joe Williams
    It's not a good film, but viewed from a cockeyed angle, it's a great guilty pleasure, and director Bill Condon is in on the joke.
    • 63 Metascore
    • 63 Joe Williams
    A bait-and-switch comedy. It poses as a naughty "no-mance" about friends who use each other for casual sex, but at the moment of truth it goes limp.
    • 65 Metascore
    • 63 Joe Williams
    X-Men: First Class is a mutant movie, half fun and half fearsome. For those who have developed an immunity to fanboy hype, the contradictory traits may seem to weaken rather than strengthen this beast, but readers of the "X-Men" comics will hail an origin story as satisfying as "Thor."
    • 62 Metascore
    • 63 Joe Williams
    It's a credit to the cast and to the worthiness of the idea that this overlong movie works at all. But those of us who already know that racism is bad could use a little more challenge and a little less help.
    • 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.
    • 67 Metascore
    • 63 Joe Williams
    The Hunger Games is dressed as a dark satire of soulless entertainment, but like Katniss' adversaries in the PG-13 hunting scenes, it doesn't have a distinctive identity or go-for-the-throat.
    • 42 Metascore
    • 63 Joe Williams
    Hits most of the markers of a flashback film but not enough of the beats.
    • 53 Metascore
    • 63 Joe Williams
    The moral lesson that this movie feeds us smells fishy - because it's not in the book. But the backbone story about a guy who inherits some penguins is enough to tickle the kids.

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