For 757 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 points higher than other critics. (0-100 point scale)

Joe Williams' Scores

  • Movies
  • TV
Average review score: 66
Highest review score: 100 Boyhood
Lowest review score: 25 New Year's Eve
Score distribution:
  1. Negative: 59 out of 757
757 movie reviews
    • 68 Metascore
    • 75 Joe Williams
    While it's satisfying to see fat cats tamed by science and an enraged public, the movie misses the opportunity to sustain the pressure.
    • 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.
    • 82 Metascore
    • 75 Joe Williams
    Footnote is faintly comic, and director Joseph Cedar mines dark humor from the humiliations of identity checks and pecking orders.
    • 74 Metascore
    • 75 Joe Williams
    While the big-headed, spindly puppets don't evoke enough emotion to make the movie a must-see, Burton's 3-D design team pours its heart into the monochrome surroundings, from the suburban décor to Victor's laboratory to the carnival midway.
    • 60 Metascore
    • 75 Joe Williams
    Thin Ice resides just slightly south of "Fargo."
    • 64 Metascore
    • 75 Joe Williams
    This is rich material that Moretti mines for both superficial absurdity and deep pathos.
    • 80 Metascore
    • 75 Joe Williams
    Goodbye First Love is like a postcard from a lost Eden, a painfully pure oasis where we're not allowed to linger.
    • 72 Metascore
    • 75 Joe Williams
    As opposed to the "gentlemen's clubs" in sinful cities like Las Vegas, the Crazy Horse attracts couples.
    • 82 Metascore
    • 75 Joe Williams
    Marley is thus a valuable history project but not a definitive or analytical one. For that, we await a film that's less "One Love" and more "Stir It Up."
    • 77 Metascore
    • 75 Joe Williams
    Mostly the movie is about process and perspective. Through the documentary lens, Richter's enigmatic paintings speak to us.
    • 72 Metascore
    • 75 Joe Williams
    This thriller is both skillfully familiar and chillingly strange.
    • 57 Metascore
    • 75 Joe Williams
    It's the kind of movie that inspires word-of-mouth recommendations by speaking the international language of culture clash.
    • 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
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    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.
    • 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.
    • 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.

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