For 818 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 4.8 points higher than other critics. (0-100 point scale)

Joe Williams' Scores

  • Movies
  • TV
Average review score: 66
Highest review score: 100 Searching for Sugar Man
Lowest review score: 0 The Divergent Series: Insurgent
Score distribution:
  1. Negative: 67 out of 818
818 movie reviews
    • 59 Metascore
    • 75 Joe Williams
    Apatow still hasn't set the table for a meaty drama, but making us laugh is a piece of cake.
    • 63 Metascore
    • 75 Joe Williams
    World War Z, based on a novel by Max Brooks and directed by Marc Forster ("Quantum of Solace"), has a relatively plausible perspective on mass catastrophe. It deserves comparisons to Steven Soderbergh’s brainy “Contagion.”
    • 72 Metascore
    • 75 Joe Williams
    As opposed to the "gentlemen's clubs" in sinful cities like Las Vegas, the Crazy Horse attracts couples.
    • 66 Metascore
    • 75 Joe Williams
    Age of Ultron has self-aware laughs, grandiose themes and the best effects that money can buy. But at this point, it will take true vision to plot the umpteen sequels without getting trapped in a time loop.
    • 38 Metascore
    • 75 Joe Williams
    Although the choice of interviewees skews the movie in a New Age-y direction, there's less pseudoscience and more heart than in the kindred documentary "What the Bleep Do We Know?"
    • 66 Metascore
    • 75 Joe Williams
    It's got a grown-up artfulness, but Winter in Wartime could become a lot of boys' favorite movie.
    • 60 Metascore
    • 75 Joe Williams
    A high-wire act that could crash if the actors were out of sync, but under this big top, the never-better Segel keeps everyone aloft.
    • 74 Metascore
    • 75 Joe Williams
    The first half of the film dusts off some kitschy picket-fence footage and alarmist news reports to invoke an era when homosexual acts were illegal in 49 states, and gays were subjected to arrest, electroshock and sterilization.
    • 61 Metascore
    • 75 Joe Williams
    When a man whose wife was killed by cultists invites us to laugh at life's absurdities, the particulars are almost incidental.
    • 53 Metascore
    • 75 Joe Williams
    He might be guilty of showboating, but De Niro's knockout performance is a declaration that the star of "Raging Bull" isn't ready to hang up his gloves.
    • 55 Metascore
    • 75 Joe Williams
    The Great Gatsby is both swooningly romantic and giddily energetic.
    • 81 Metascore
    • 75 Joe Williams
    What animates this dramatically constrained film are the lively words and the vitality of nature. An image of butterflies blooming in a bedroom is Keats' worldview in miniature.
    • 71 Metascore
    • 75 Joe Williams
    Notwithstanding its storytelling stumbles, Sleepwalk With Me points in a positive direction for this likable comedian's career.
    • 76 Metascore
    • 75 Joe Williams
    With a child’s perspective on war, Lore deserves comparisons with “Empire of the Sun” and “Hope and Glory,” and with a feisty female protagonist it stands virtually alone.
    • 54 Metascore
    • 75 Joe Williams
    Draft Day isn’t quite a comedy, but it’s got a similar kind of flow that makes it as easily consumable as lite beer.
    • 76 Metascore
    • 75 Joe Williams
    Jenison, who had never painted a thing in his life, does indeed produce a beautiful work, but we should never forget that Penn and Teller are professional bamboozlers, and their attempt to re-frame the definition of genius might be nothing but smoke and mirrors.
    • 69 Metascore
    • 75 Joe Williams
    This showcase for Wiig is sufficiently absurd to make real-world parallels laughable.
    • 55 Metascore
    • 75 Joe Williams
    While Black is painfully effective as the dork who drops slangy kudos on his new BFF, Marsden is a revelation.
    • 62 Metascore
    • 75 Joe Williams
    A director whose breakthrough was the story of a madman's last stand has exceeded that feat with the story of an angry man's next step.
    • 71 Metascore
    • 75 Joe Williams
    It’s Belgian actor Schoenaerts who will leave the target audience atwitter. Seemingly incapable of cracking a smile, he fits securely in the stoic-farmer tradition that stretches from John Wayne in “The Quiet Man” to Russell Crowe in “The Water Diviner.”
    • 86 Metascore
    • 75 Joe Williams
    This hand-drawn French import is fresh evidence that you don’t need computers and singing princesses to make a charming animated movie.
    • 64 Metascore
    • 75 Joe Williams
    The iconic actor may be too gruff for sainthood, but Murray still retains a secret stash of soul.
    • 64 Metascore
    • 75 Joe Williams
    With stately surroundings and hissable villains, director Amma Assante imbues the finale with such dramatic resonance that Belle becomes a ringing proclamation of human dignity.
    • 72 Metascore
    • 75 Joe Williams
    While the PG-13 approach to the most brutally sustained war the world has ever known makes it suitable for mature children, some cynical adults may resent the tug of the reins. Me, I cried like a grandmother.
    • 71 Metascore
    • 75 Joe Williams
    Unlike the benchmark sports documentary "Hoop Dreams," Undefeated doesn't have a deep penetration of poverty and race in its playbook, but it does have enough heart to make substantial forward progress.
    • 56 Metascore
    • 75 Joe Williams
    As predictable as a 3-and-0 pitch down the middle, but when it’s baseball season, who wants dark clouds?
    • 77 Metascore
    • 75 Joe Williams
    In recording the timeless traditions of Jewry, he created a new one: the identity crisis that rides on the back of laughter.
    • 73 Metascore
    • 75 Joe Williams
    The world-class mechanic is Brad Bird, who applies the pacing and spatial freedom of a 'toon to a live-action thriller.

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