For 705 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 7.1 points higher than other critics. (0-100 point scale)

Joe Williams' Scores

  • Movies
Average review score: 66
Highest review score: 100 The Amazing Spider-Man
Lowest review score: 25 New Year's Eve
Score distribution:
  1. Negative: 54 out of 705
705 movie reviews
    • 74 Metascore
    • 75 Joe Williams
    Like "Gone, Baby, Gone," the French film Polisse succeeds by shifting the focus from the victims to the vigilant protectors.
    • 80 Metascore
    • 75 Joe Williams
    Like a train, I Wish is slow to build momentum, then it carries us away in a wondrous rush.
    • 68 Metascore
    • 75 Joe Williams
    If we want a bigger picture, we’ll have to wait for God to green-light “Noah: The Next Generation.”
    • 51 Metascore
    • 75 Joe Williams
    96 Minutes is a mere introduction to Sociology 101, but it's brisk enough to rustle the reading list and keep the conversation alive.
    • 62 Metascore
    • 75 Joe Williams
    42
    The inspirational movie named for Robinson’s number is too dignified to throw audiences a curveball, let alone a knockdown pitch, but its solid fundamentals make it a winner.
    • 60 Metascore
    • 75 Joe Williams
    With elements of a musical, a melodrama and a multicultural romance, Where Do We Go Now? is as hard to define as the crossroads region where it's set. But even without a clear signal, it sometimes seems miraculous.
    • 71 Metascore
    • 75 Joe Williams
    Notwithstanding its storytelling stumbles, Sleepwalk With Me points in a positive direction for this likable comedian's career.
    • 55 Metascore
    • 75 Joe Williams
    Sticks to the syllabus of a decidedly minor movie, but its humanities faculty is first-rate.
    • 79 Metascore
    • 75 Joe Williams
    Few mainstream movies, let alone disability dramas, are so frank about sexual mechanics, yet notwithstanding the nudity, The Sessions isn't voyeuristic or sleazy.
    • 66 Metascore
    • 75 Joe Williams
    The campus comedy Pitch Perfect harmonizes high-end performance with low-brow spoofery. It's like a National Lampoon parody where the targets write the jokes.
    • 63 Metascore
    • 75 Joe Williams
    Although there's a skeletal story, A Cat in Paris evokes a mood instead of a moral. Like a cat nap, it gives us a brief, refreshing dream with little to remember.
    • 60 Metascore
    • 75 Joe Williams
    After watching the trailers, I was expecting torture, but this smart, subversive movie made me laugh. So shoot me.
    • 74 Metascore
    • 75 Joe Williams
    How could you not marvel at a movie that includes a revisionist explanation of the JFK assassination, a football stadium floating over the White House and the sight of Richard Nixon firing a .45 at a villain in a Christ-figure pose?
    • 79 Metascore
    • 75 Joe Williams
    In one of the most wickedly funny scenes in sci-fi history, Koba uses monkeyshines to bamboozle some gun-toting yahoos and scuttle the peace treaty.
    • 73 Metascore
    • 75 Joe Williams
    Arbitrage is never the nail-biting thriller that it could have been.
    • 81 Metascore
    • 75 Joe Williams
    Until the sci-fi switcheroo, the versatile supporting cast puts Gary in such a ridiculous light that we can’t help laughing at him. Then suddenly this subversive movie challenges us to laugh at our own assumptions.
    • 59 Metascore
    • 75 Joe Williams
    To its credit, Celeste and Jesse Forever wants to be more than a formulaic farce. It succeeds to the extent that the neighbors keep up with Jones.
    • 87 Metascore
    • 75 Joe Williams
    This very male and methodical movie is like the anti-“Gravity,” as the un-moored hero is quietly in control of his options and at peace with his possible failure.
    • 69 Metascore
    • 75 Joe Williams
    If you root for documentaries with heart, The Other Dream Team is a slam dunk.
    • 71 Metascore
    • 75 Joe Williams
    There will never be another Marilyn Monroe or Elizabeth Taylor, but Hollywood may have found a new Lee Remick in Mary Elizabeth Winstead.
    • 63 Metascore
    • 75 Joe Williams
    Some may scoff when the boys exhibit traits and interests derived from the biological parents they never knew, but The Other Son is such a disarming feat that cynics will get left at the checkpoint.
    • 45 Metascore
    • 75 Joe Williams
    In telling a true story about hapless thugs who are the embodiment of Michael Bay fans, the director has made the most fiendishly enjoyable movie of his career.
    • 82 Metascore
    • 75 Joe Williams
    Gerwig makes us want to believe that in a city where anything is possible, Francis Ha has the last laugh.
    • 53 Metascore
    • 75 Joe Williams
    Some of the themes and the hallucinatory special effects are reminiscent of Cronenberg’s “Naked Lunch,” and there are cheeky allusions to “Dawn of the Dead” and even “Eyes Wide Shut,” but a viewer with an open mind might say that this midnight-style movie is more enjoyable than any of them.
    • 63 Metascore
    • 75 Joe Williams
    With a greater emphasis on sex than violence, Spring Breakers is a more enjoyable guilty pleasure than “Natural Born Killers” and just as acute about our cultural devolution. For all its seeming stupidity, its masterstroke is making us complicit in the corruption of its young stars (who include the director’s own wife).
    • 60 Metascore
    • 75 Joe Williams
    Because the sociopath at the center of this family portrait never asks for forgiveness, The Iceman is truly chilling.
    • 66 Metascore
    • 75 Joe Williams
    The several allusions to Thomas Mann’s forbidden-love novel “Death in Venice” are apt, but Yossi is also a standalone film and an extraordinary sequel.
    • 49 Metascore
    • 75 Joe Williams
    This thriller about the game-changing website Wikileaks is as smart about cyberspace as “The Social Network,” but there’s a glitch when it shifts the focus from felonious leaders to the misdemeanors of the man who exposed them.
    • 66 Metascore
    • 75 Joe Williams
    With Whitaker, Daniels and screenwriter Danny Strong pulling the strings, The Butler can take a bow.
    • 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.