For 674 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 The Master
Lowest review score: 25 Machete Kills
Score distribution:
  1. Negative: 51 out of 674
674 movie reviews
    • 69 Metascore
    • 63 Joe Williams
    The fiery finale is good enough to leave the legions smiling. But when a movie is expected to lift an entire industry, "good enough" shouldn't be good enough.
    • 58 Metascore
    • 63 Joe Williams
    It still has cool creatures and 1960s set design, and the 3-D is the best of the season, but if you try to remember the story or jokes, you'll find that you've been hit by a neuralyzer beam.
    • 60 Metascore
    • 63 Joe Williams
    A tearjerking romance that belongs to another era, when female moviegoers wanted to be transported, not grounded in grim realities.
    • 64 Metascore
    • 63 Joe Williams
    Unfolds like a fable instead of a believable slice of life. Mexican TV and film star Bichir gives a poignant performance, but he's distinctly more European than the cholos and Chicano laborers on the sketchy edges of the hero's plight.
    • 36 Metascore
    • 63 Joe Williams
    Yet notwithstanding its derivative dolefulness and PG-13 timidity, The Art of Getting By is smart and sweet enough to become the favorite film of some Midwestern adolescent who wrongly believes he's already seen the dark side.
    • 61 Metascore
    • 63 Joe Williams
    Trollhunter has a lot of down time as the crew treks to the fjords, but it's also got dryly subversive humor and, eventually, some impressive special effects.
    • 64 Metascore
    • 63 Joe Williams
    A serviceable behind-the-scenes tour documentary with about as much insight as a talk-show monologue.
    • 59 Metascore
    • 63 Joe Williams
    Although this sober film spares us some of the grim, survivalist details, the harrowing adventure from a girl's perspective is so compelling that Julia's simultaneous sleuthing seems like an unnecessary distraction.
    • 63 Metascore
    • 63 Joe Williams
    L'amour fou means "crazy love," but we don't learn anything crazy about these devoted lovers.
    • 59 Metascore
    • 63 Joe Williams
    It's hard to imagine a better movie about corporate-sanctioned sex trafficking than The Whistleblower. But whether you're ready to confront this true story is a trickier question.
    • 49 Metascore
    • 63 Joe Williams
    There's some laughing gas left in the cupboard, but this series may require an infusion of new blood to last until "American Funeral."
    • 56 Metascore
    • 63 Joe Williams
    With its broad strokes, this invitation to an important discussion is hard to ignore, but the blood and honey on the table is an unpalatable mix.
    • 62 Metascore
    • 63 Joe Williams
    There's little that's new, revealing or stylish about this basic-black horror story, but if you've got a Goth sensibility, it might suit you.
    • 62 Metascore
    • 63 Joe Williams
    This loony 'toon is dizzy with wonderments, especially in 3-D. The spindly-limbed character design owes more to Charles Addams' family than to Walt Disney's kingdom, while the story and settings evoke James Bond on laughing gas.
    • 40 Metascore
    • 63 Joe Williams
    Act of Valor is a competently directed action movie, but forcing the audience to wear such narrow goggles is a dereliction of duty.
    • 49 Metascore
    • 63 Joe Williams
    This true story fills a needed niche, spotlighting women's basketball in the era before Title IX promoted equal treatment.
    • 74 Metascore
    • 63 Joe Williams
    Bully is a good start to a necessary conversation, but its loving voice is likely to be drowned out by haters who hide their own wounded hearts behind Internet pseudonyms and broadcast microphones.
    • 64 Metascore
    • 63 Joe Williams
    The movie is an eyeful, especially in 3-D, but even with humans at the helms of the machines, it’s a hollow exercise in homage.
    • 54 Metascore
    • 63 Joe Williams
    Compared to other Marvel characters, Thor is a difficult sell.
    • 43 Metascore
    • 63 Joe Williams
    If you'd pay to see a film called "Hotel Rwanda: Maniac Manager," you might be receptive to this mixed-message movie, but skeptics should keep one eye on the exit.
    • 37 Metascore
    • 63 Joe Williams
    Strange hybrid of science lesson and Saturday-morning cartoon.
    • 75 Metascore
    • 63 Joe Williams
    The ingredients are in place for a potent finale, but “Catching Fire” is watered down.
    • 57 Metascore
    • 63 Joe Williams
    Toast is lovely to look at, evoking both the gray-green milieu of Midlands life and the sensuality of good food, but it's like a whipped topping with no base.
    • 60 Metascore
    • 63 Joe Williams
    Happy, Happy has the makings of a Norwegian "Ice Storm," but it goes out with a whimper.
    • 73 Metascore
    • 63 Joe Williams
    Built on shaky and blood-soaked ground, but if towering technique is all you want from an action movie, then yippee-ki-yay.
    • 45 Metascore
    • 63 Joe Williams
    If your inner amphibian craves a wave, you have the right kind of brain to appreciate the elemental story and scenic backdrops. But advanced mammals might smell something fishy.
    • 44 Metascore
    • 63 Joe Williams
    It’s too cheesy and predictable to be a real miracle, but by Vegas standards, it’s a winner.
    • 58 Metascore
    • 63 Joe Williams
    Despite some gruesome images and the psychotic fervor of Rakes, it's a frustratingly slow boil.
    • 59 Metascore
    • 63 Joe Williams
    If the world were really coming to an end, we'd spend it with Knightley and tell her tag-along friend that there's not enough food for a 50-year-old virgin.
    • 55 Metascore
    • 63 Joe Williams
    There's an alliance of interesting stories fighting for dominance here, but instead of a clear victory, Hyde Park on Hudson is the site of a muddled truce.