For 819 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 4.3 points higher than other critics. (0-100 point scale)

Joe Williams' Scores

  • Movies
  • TV
Average review score: 67
Highest review score: 100 The Grand Budapest Hotel
Lowest review score: 0 The Divergent Series: Insurgent
Score distribution:
  1. Negative: 67 out of 819
819 movie reviews
    • 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.
    • 66 Metascore
    • 75 Joe Williams
    Although there are gentle detour discussions about advertising in classrooms and school buses, Spurlock's ironic approach can't convince us that ads are toxic. Indeed, when he visits sprawling Sao Paolo, Brazil, where all outdoor advertising has been banned, it seems as sterile as Stalingrad.
    • 70 Metascore
    • 75 Joe Williams
    While Banderas' dark intensity overshadows the potential poignancy of the story, Almodovar is such a skilled surgeon that he extracts a juicy nugget of pleasure from a purely distasteful premise.
    • 76 Metascore
    • 75 Joe Williams
    Of course, there's a kind of reverse snobbery in touting cheap movies over polished ones. But if Not Quite Hollywood is not quite convincing, it is quite entertaining.
    • 72 Metascore
    • 75 Joe Williams
    This affable comedy is a healthy alternative to tearjerkers.
    • 75 Metascore
    • 75 Joe Williams
    The troupe's first film in more than a decade, is a more aggressively absurd antidote to what it calls "a hard, cynical world." Happily, it works.
    • 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.
    • 76 Metascore
    • 75 Joe Williams
    This Swedish sensation is a magic trick that jolts the murder-mystery genre back to life.
    • 50 Metascore
    • 75 Joe Williams
    While the movie sometimes seems like faux Fincher, the symbiotic acting, artful imagery and punchline ending turn True Story into credible entertainment.
    • 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."
    • 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.
    • 72 Metascore
    • 75 Joe Williams
    Monkey Kingdom tugs our heartstrings to the top of the trees. With a lot of patience, and perhaps a little trickery, directors Mark Linfield and Alastair Fothergill have produced a simian “Cinderella.”
    • 66 Metascore
    • 75 Joe Williams
    In the context of confounded expectations, director Maxime Giroux may have intended the what’s-next ending to be ironic.
    • 74 Metascore
    • 75 Joe Williams
    Although Tomboy is as tightly constructed as a short story and as seemingly straightforward as a documentary, the parable about a small fib that grows out of control is so rooted in the rich soil of sexual identity that it entangles us.
    • 66 Metascore
    • 75 Joe Williams
    A good nature film - and a great technical achievement.
    • 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.
    • 62 Metascore
    • 75 Joe Williams
    The documentary offers undercooked subplots about Gruber’s mostly Hispanic staff and his romance with a health-conscious Catholic acupuncturist, but Deli Man is best when it sticks to the menu.
    • 59 Metascore
    • 75 Joe Williams
    But even without world-class smarts or amusing mutations, the next generation of “Jurassic” is an enjoyable ride.
    • 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?
    • 77 Metascore
    • 75 Joe Williams
    The Messenger is the debut film of writer and director Oren Moverman, but it's worldly wise, with two well-rounded characters.
    • 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.

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