For 789 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 6.8 points higher than other critics. (0-100 point scale)

Joe Williams' Scores

  • Movies
  • TV
Average review score: 66
Highest review score: 100 Citizenfour
Lowest review score: 0 The Divergent Series: Insurgent
Score distribution:
  1. Negative: 64 out of 789
789 movie reviews
    • 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.
    • 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.
    • 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.
    • 60 Metascore
    • 75 Joe Williams
    For better or worse, the whole exercise in lurid leg-pulling goes out with a bang.
    • 51 Metascore
    • 75 Joe Williams
    You can tell by some loose threads and hurried workmanship that God’s Pocket is a knock-off, but it’s so stuffed with value, it’s an offer you can’t refuse.
    • 77 Metascore
    • 75 Joe Williams
    As an exercise in craft, it's surprisingly successful, thanks to the strong cast and the vivid depiction of a modern leader's security apparatus. But as a political statement or personal drama, The Ghost Writer is nearly invisible.
    • 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.
    • 45 Metascore
    • 75 Joe Williams
    A textured and unexpectedly entertaining drama about the human toll when racial assumptions crash.
    • 83 Metascore
    • 75 Joe Williams
    What makes this low-key movie memorable are the pitch-perfect performances.
    • 76 Metascore
    • 75 Joe Williams
    Broken Embraces is stylish and sly, an engaging exercise that gives us less than meets the eye.
    • 57 Metascore
    • 75 Joe Williams
    Bad Words is often very funny, thanks to Bateman’s brick-wall malevolence and screenwriter Andrew Dodge’s inventively rude dialogue.
    • 61 Metascore
    • 75 Joe Williams
    In place of a rousing adventure, Blackthorn is a haunting ode.

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