For 721 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 Django Unchained
Lowest review score: 25 Marmaduke
Score distribution:
  1. Negative: 55 out of 721
721 movie reviews
    • 73 Metascore
    • 75 Joe Williams
    Arbitrage is never the nail-biting thriller that it could have been.
    • 71 Metascore
    • 75 Joe Williams
    Notwithstanding its storytelling stumbles, Sleepwalk With Me points in a positive direction for this likable comedian's career.
    • 84 Metascore
    • 75 Joe Williams
    While Looper lacks the heft of a classic, this wayback machine is worth taking for a spin.
    • 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.
    • 55 Metascore
    • 75 Joe Williams
    Sticks to the syllabus of a decidedly minor movie, but its humanities faculty is first-rate.
    • 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.
    • 69 Metascore
    • 75 Joe Williams
    If you root for documentaries with heart, The Other Dream Team is a slam dunk.
    • 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.
    • 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.
    • 63 Metascore
    • 75 Joe Williams
    Even more than most versions of Anna Karenina, this chamber piece is heated by two combustible characters, not by the winds of war and peace.
    • 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.
    • 58 Metascore
    • 75 Joe Williams
    At nearly three hours long, "An Unexpected Journey" has moments when the caravan seems both overstuffed and out of balance, but it's such a scenic trip that only a stubborn homebody could complain.
    • 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.
    • 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.
    • 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.
    • 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.
    • 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).
    • 79 Metascore
    • 75 Joe Williams
    It’s an enigmatic and austere film from a region where political, sexual and religious repression are as stifling as the sooty air.
    • 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.
    • 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.
    • 64 Metascore
    • 75 Joe Williams
    Photography — and thus filmmaking — is painting with light. The connection is illuminated in the lovely Renoir, a twilight-years biography of the great French Impressionist.
    • 66 Metascore
    • 75 Joe Williams
    At its heart, this is a compassionate character study. Robbie’s tenderness toward his son and his remorse for a street fight are the raw ingredients of a ripening consciousness.
    • 55 Metascore
    • 75 Joe Williams
    The Great Gatsby is both swooningly romantic and giddily energetic.
    • 60 Metascore
    • 75 Joe Williams
    Because the sociopath at the center of this family portrait never asks for forgiveness, The Iceman is truly chilling.
    • 52 Metascore
    • 75 Joe Williams
    In the roll call of visually distinctive ’toons, Epic looms large.
    • 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.
    • 61 Metascore
    • 75 Joe Williams
    A bit undernourished to fit into the crown of a comedy classic. But the sharp wit, soft-focus cinematography and slow-motion lyricism lift it into the realm of this summer’s nicest surprises.
    • 76 Metascore
    • 75 Joe Williams
    Gibney is as dramatic a storyteller as the Hollywood directors with whom he competes for our attention, and he employs a big bag of tricks.
    • 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.”
    • 60 Metascore
    • 75 Joe Williams
    After watching the trailers, I was expecting torture, but this smart, subversive movie made me laugh. So shoot me.