For 672 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 Law Abiding Citizen
Score distribution:
  1. Negative: 51 out of 672
672 movie reviews
    • 47 Metascore
    • 50 Joe Williams
    Red 2 is not just a bad movie, it’s bad karma. And the target audience of adult moviegoers who respect the names in its once-vital cast have a bull’s-eye on their collective cranium.
    • 60 Metascore
    • 50 Joe Williams
    The mediocre mushy stuff isn’t alleviated by enough action.
    • 55 Metascore
    • 50 Joe Williams
    Savvy filmgoers will know they are getting a stale product as soon as they see the wrapper: one of those vintage muscle cars that screams “stakeout.”
    • 44 Metascore
    • 50 Joe Williams
    We're the Millers is nothing but stems and seeds, with less buzz than a bag of oregano.
    • 41 Metascore
    • 50 Joe Williams
    To stand out in a crowded marketplace, a sequel can’t just kick ass — it has to blow minds.
    • 51 Metascore
    • 50 Joe Williams
    Closed Circuit is not a tense thriller about the new era of surveillance — it's a tepid thriller about the old notion that no leader can be trusted.
    • 49 Metascore
    • 50 Joe Williams
    Spurlock teases the baby sitter contingent with a brief scene where a scientist discusses the neuro-chemical appeal of pop music, but thereafter the film is aimed squarely at face-value fans of the Pre-Fab Five.
    • 51 Metascore
    • 50 Joe Williams
    The most grievous sins here are sins of omission.
    • 41 Metascore
    • 50 Joe Williams
    Shakespeare’s play evokes the poetry of undying love, but this Romeo and Juliet is prosaic.
    • 51 Metascore
    • 50 Joe Williams
    Ender’s Game is a blandly sanitized spectacle.
    • 44 Metascore
    • 50 Joe Williams
    It requires a mild suspension of disbelief to accept that slacker David would suddenly intervene in so many lives, pretending to be a good Samaritan.
    • 63 Metascore
    • 50 Joe Williams
    Out of the Furnace is hot air.
    • 66 Metascore
    • 50 Joe Williams
    We were promised desolation, but “The Hobbit” just keeps dragon on.
    • 61 Metascore
    • 50 Joe Williams
    OK, the musical ode to Doby the shark elicits a grin, but the low-percentage script is loaded with buckshot, not harpoons, and Anchorman 2 ends up sinking.
    • 41 Metascore
    • 50 Joe Williams
    Kevin Hart hits the vicinity of humor with a few of his drive-by wisecracks, but the movie itself has nothing under the hood.
    • 37 Metascore
    • 50 Joe Williams
    Although it’s superficially grungy, this true story isn’t much more substantive than something that star Vanessa Hudgens might have made for the Disney Channel and considerably less shocking than her career gambit in “Spring Breakers.”
    • 52 Metascore
    • 50 Joe Williams
    A faithful remake of RoboCop would be timely. Instead, the producers of this new version have retreated back to the lab, concocting a creaky hybrid of “Frankenstein” and “Call of Duty.”
    • 61 Metascore
    • 50 Joe Williams
    The way that Muppets Most Wanted grabs for the green is criminal.
    • 41 Metascore
    • 50 Joe Williams
    This is an extremely gory flick, with autopsy scenes to complement Schwarzenegger’s usual shoot-first sensibilities. After 30 years, it’s pointless to complain about the collateral damage in his movies, but here Schwarzenegger is taking vigilante justice to dark new levels that can only be reached via plot holes big enough for a Hummer.
    • 46 Metascore
    • 50 Joe Williams
    Written, directed and acted by Hollywood pros, Heaven Is For Real is a polished little movie with a hopeful message, but when it literalizes the divine mysteries, it opens the door to a Doubting Thomas.
    • 39 Metascore
    • 38 Joe Williams
    Offers about as much flava as a Dr. Pepper commercial and about as much drama as a “Sesame Street” rerun.
    • 34 Metascore
    • 38 Joe Williams
    This amateurish action flick is so lacking in personality or punch, it ought to be titled "V for Video Store Discount Bin."
    • 19 Metascore
    • 38 Joe Williams
    Old Dogs is so oafish, when it tosses us a biscuit, it feels like we've been smacked with a newspaper.
    • 55 Metascore
    • 38 Joe Williams
    Here most of the punishment is inflicted on the audience, which gets nailed to a cross of boredom.
    • 39 Metascore
    • 38 Joe Williams
    In the new Clash of the Titans, the effects are computerized, the hero is questionable and, instead of an owl, we get a turkey.
    • 33 Metascore
    • 38 Joe Williams
    Sadly, The Last Song is badly out of tune with real filmmaking.
    • 44 Metascore
    • 38 Joe Williams
    Whether you're betting on action or laughs, this is a lose-lose scenario.
    • 23 Metascore
    • 38 Joe Williams
    The message that needs to be posted at the theater door is "No trespassing."
    • 43 Metascore
    • 38 Joe Williams
    A bland family-feud potboiler with no sign of the cook.
    • 30 Metascore
    • 38 Joe Williams
    Nobody escapes unscathed, except, of course, for Sandler, who co-wrote the infantile screenplay.
    • 20 Metascore
    • 38 Joe Williams
    A toxic potion that will put children to sleep and kill his (M. Night Shyamalan) career.
    • 37 Metascore
    • 38 Joe Williams
    It's more like a shelved episode of "Touched by An Angel." The sappy script is a disservice to the naturally effervescent Efron, whose character is so mopey he makes Robert Pattinson seem like a song-and-dance man.
    • 53 Metascore
    • 38 Joe Williams
    An utter shipwreck, a would-be adventure with meager rations of magic and a listless crew.
    • 27 Metascore
    • 38 Joe Williams
    If instead of story and characters, your movie wish list includes projectile vomiting and erection gags, this lump of coal has your name on it.
    • 36 Metascore
    • 38 Joe Williams
    The cheap, indifferent, teen-alien thriller I Am Number Four delivers none of the spectacle of a competent sci-fi film, none of the emotion of an effective teen romance and none of the giggles of a kitsch fiasco.
    • 45 Metascore
    • 38 Joe Williams
    Like the middle-aged dads in this flaccid fiasco, Hall Pass is a decade behind the curve of what's happening.
    • 29 Metascore
    • 38 Joe Williams
    Such a sorrowful attempt to resurrect the marketing magic of "Twilight" that it ought to be titled "Career Eclipse."
    • 41 Metascore
    • 38 Joe Williams
    Hop
    It's supposed to be sweet, but Hop is a headache waiting to happen.
    • 27 Metascore
    • 38 Joe Williams
    Given the creator and the cast, "Morgans" is as drearily predictable as a plague of locusts.
    • 45 Metascore
    • 38 Joe Williams
    On Stranger Tides has the fishy smell of something washed ashore and sold as new. But this shipwreck isn't worth a wooden doubloon.
    • 39 Metascore
    • 38 Joe Williams
    The spectacular collapse of Green Lantern is bound to be blamed on Reynolds, but the villainy has its origins in an injustice league of TV-trained screenwriters and tin-hearted studio suits.
    • 46 Metascore
    • 38 Joe Williams
    For anyone expecting the second coming of Clouseau, Johnny English Reborn is a karmic catastrophe.
    • 50 Metascore
    • 38 Joe Williams
    The best thing you could say about Happy Feet Two is that it doesn't have any product placements or potty jokes. Other than that, this charmless Antarctic cartoon is what it looks like when hell freezes over.
    • 48 Metascore
    • 38 Joe Williams
    As in the first "Sherlock Holmes" movie, there are plenty of pratfalls and bare-knuckle brawls but no sleuthing for us to share.
    • 41 Metascore
    • 38 Joe Williams
    Anyone old enough to have read Jules Verne or seen the way his work was successfully adapted in the past will suffer worse than the kids in the audience who just came to laugh.
    • 31 Metascore
    • 38 Joe Williams
    In matters of personal taste, there is no right or wrong, so if erasing brain cells is your idea of a good time, That's My Boy could be your cup of turpentine.
    • 49 Metascore
    • 38 Joe Williams
    With this unfunny fourth installment, the "Ice Age" franchise has skidded so far into kiddie land that adults who tread there risk extinction.
    • 20 Metascore
    • 38 Joe Williams
    Where the original play "La Ronde" was a social satire about the transmission of venereal disease, 30 Beats is a sickly stepchild.
    • 48 Metascore
    • 38 Joe Williams
    Kids are too smart to fall for it, and any grown-up who thinks that The Odd Life of Timothy Green is funny or heartwarming has a head made out of cabbage.
    • 40 Metascore
    • 38 Joe Williams
    Loud, incoherent and unfunny, Here Comes the Boom is the sound of American culture imploding.
    • 31 Metascore
    • 38 Joe Williams
    This world is divided between the makers and the takers, and after just a few minutes of Red Dawn, you'll realize there's not much more you can take.
    • 54 Metascore
    • 38 Joe Williams
    While the cast includes Luis Guzman (as a buffoonish deputy) and Johnny Knoxville (as a local gun nut), there's no sense that these are real people in a real town, and Schwarzenegger's Sheriff Owens has the weakest backstory of all.
    • 41 Metascore
    • 38 Joe Williams
    Dare we say it? Even the acting is atrocious, with pop-eyed Pacino chewing the scenery like a geezer gumming his oatmeal.
    • 35 Metascore
    • 38 Joe Williams
    Suffering through this felonious farce could only inspire a prison riot.
    • 28 Metascore
    • 38 Joe Williams
    It’s nearly tragic to see America’s Greatest Living Actor on the guest list for The Big Wedding, the latest limp comedy about seniors behaving badly.
    • 52 Metascore
    • 38 Joe Williams
    Comedies about privileged princesses and unsuitable suitors come in all colors, but Peeples is only palatable on a double bill with pink antacid.
    • 30 Metascore
    • 38 Joe Williams
    The good news is that Ed Helms doesn’t wake up in a Tijuana brothel with an amputated leg and a donkey in the room. The bad news is that you’ll wish he had.
    • 55 Metascore
    • 38 Joe Williams
    A soulless, overblown bore.
    • 74 Metascore
    • 38 Joe Williams
    It’s preposterous schlock masquerading as art.
    • 48 Metascore
    • 38 Joe Williams
    In trying to lift this lame schtick, De Niro, Douglas, Freeman and Kline are stand-up guys, but Last Vegas is a case of erectile dysfunction.
    • 36 Metascore
    • 38 Joe Williams
    This dead-on-arrival ’toon is some of the worst p.r. for rodents since bubonic plague hit medieval Europe.
    • 47 Metascore
    • 38 Joe Williams
    In Secret is so stifled, it makes “Les Misérables” look like “Amélie.”
    • 34 Metascore
    • 25 Joe Williams
    A vigilante/torture-porn potpourri, is particularly toxic because it's scented with phony importance.
    • 30 Metascore
    • 25 Joe Williams
    "Beverly Hills Chihuahua," we owe you an apology. Among talking-dog movies, Marmaduke is the runt of the litter.
    • 49 Metascore
    • 25 Joe Williams
    Even by the sloppy, soulless standards of hit man movies, The Mechanic is a mess.
    • 45 Metascore
    • 25 Joe Williams
    For the rest of his life, Spencer Susser can brag to the other ditch diggers that he persuaded two of the best young actors in Hollywood to star in one of the worst movies ever made.
    • 22 Metascore
    • 25 Joe Williams
    The sanitized setting and sappy script are so littered with cardboard characters and crass product placements that you'll mourn for the muggers and porno theaters that De Niro cursed in "Taxi Driver."
    • 30 Metascore
    • 25 Joe Williams
    Formulaic serial-killer crapola.
    • 33 Metascore
    • 25 Joe Williams
    Surprise — this bad dream is for real.
    • 41 Metascore
    • 25 Joe Williams
    When a celebrity chef like Rodriguez is just going through the motions, we can smell that the grindhouse fad is way past its expiration date. It's time to put a fork in it.
    • 30 Metascore
    • 25 Joe Williams
    This stinker is only good for endless laughs.