For 819 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 4 points higher than other critics. (0-100 point scale)

Joe Williams' Scores

  • Movies
  • TV
Average review score: 67
Highest review score: 100 Up in the Air
Lowest review score: 0 The Divergent Series: Insurgent
Score distribution:
  1. Negative: 67 out of 819
819 movie reviews
    • 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.
    • 59 Metascore
    • 88 Joe Williams
    If you can take it, Unbroken will lift you like the classics of adventure cinema.
    • 52 Metascore
    • 75 Joe Williams
    Within the bloodshot-eye perspective of their other stoner comedies, it’s bluntly funny and ever-so-slightly sweet.
    • 81 Metascore
    • 88 Joe Williams
    If you don’t know the true story, we won’t spoil it for you except to say that it’s not the expected outcome. But if you’re willing to be thrown for a loop, you’re in good hands with this medal-worthy cast and crew.
    • 47 Metascore
    • 50 Joe Williams
    The special effects remain good, but the jokes are creaky, the sentiments are forced and the pop-historical lessons are obligatory.
    • 59 Metascore
    • 50 Joe Williams
    Whose story is this? There’s an old saying that history is written by the winners. The screenplay for The Hobbit: The Battle of the Five Armies must have been written by elves.
    • 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.”
    • 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.
    • 52 Metascore
    • 50 Joe Williams
    A handsome movie with a handsome leading man. Christian Bale is widely considered the finest actor of his generation. Yet here he’s adrift in the bulrushes. This might be the most indifferent performance of Bale’s career.
    • 88 Metascore
    • 100 Joe Williams
    The message of the movie is as clear as Siberian ice: Whether you’re a Tea Partier, an Occupier or just an ordinary Joe, you might be the next citizen who’s stranded in limbo.
    • 40 Metascore
    • 50 Joe Williams
    Further proof that likable actors have to take an occasional sick day.
    • 72 Metascore
    • 88 Joe Williams
    A brainy bio that exerts a gravitational pull on the heartstrings.
    • 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.
    • 74 Metascore
    • 88 Joe Williams
    This is epic cinema that begs to be compared to "2001: A Space Odyssey." But unlike Stanley Kubrick's psychedelic joyride, this journey is powered by a human heart.
    • 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.
    • 76 Metascore
    • 88 Joe Williams
    Gilroy vividly evokes both the LA exteriors and newsroom interiors, and the action sequences are fraught with tension.
    • 73 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
    • 63 Joe Williams
    Although the characters don’t lapse into stereotypes, neither are they sufficiently funny or fierce to engage us in the issues they raise.
    • 68 Metascore
    • 38 Joe Williams
    Sorry, Keanu, but you stole my time and you murdered my brain cells. By the sacred oath of WHOA, there will be blood, and this time it’s personal.
    • 64 Metascore
    • 75 Joe Williams
    The iconic actor may be too gruff for sainthood, but Murray still retains a secret stash of soul.
    • 29 Metascore
    • 25 Joe Williams
    Sparks would be delighted if this movie were compared to his other story about reunited lovers, but compared to “The Notebook,” The Best of Me is the coffee-stained outline of a sales pitch for sleeping pills.
    • 38 Metascore
    • 50 Joe Williams
    There’s a good movie to be made about the alienating effects of modern technology. In 2013, a little-seen indie called “Disconnect,” starring Jason Bateman, came closer than this well-intentioned failure, which has virtually no heart, humor, sense of place or central point of view. In trying to be a big, important movie, Men, Women & Children is about none of the above.
    • 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.
    • 79 Metascore
    • 75 Joe Williams
    One one level, Pride is as fake as a lip-sync revue, yet the emotions it arouses are real.
    • 48 Metascore
    • 75 Joe Williams
    Despite playing with a stacked deck, The Judge is guilty of exceeding expectations.
    • 65 Metascore
    • 75 Joe Williams
    A genuinely touching and occasionally powerful film, not least because the boys are so disinclined to pity themselves.
    • 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.
    • 37 Metascore
    • 38 Joe Williams
    Annabelle is so lazily coat-tailing on Roman Polanski, they should have called it “Rosemary’s Barbie.”
    • 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.
    • 57 Metascore
    • 63 Joe Williams
    The Equalizer, loosely based on the TV series of the late ’80s, is a guilty-pleasure platform for Washington’s slow-cooked, kick-butt heroism.

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