For 818 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 5.6 points higher than other critics. (0-100 point scale)

Joe Williams' Scores

  • Movies
  • TV
Average review score: 66
Highest review score: 100 Moonrise Kingdom
Lowest review score: 0 The Divergent Series: Insurgent
Score distribution:
  1. Negative: 67 out of 818
818 movie reviews
    • 64 Metascore
    • 63 Joe Williams
    The Road has the signposts of an important film, but it lacks the diversions of an inviting trip.
    • 67 Metascore
    • 63 Joe Williams
    Barney's Version has episodes instead of plot, outbursts instead of wit and alibis instead of growth.
    • 61 Metascore
    • 63 Joe Williams
    There’s plenty of talk about sex — even from Brandy’s supportive mom (Connie Britton), who offers her lubricant — but not much nudity or consequence. In The To Do List, sex is just another dubious achievement to outgrow.
    • 55 Metascore
    • 63 Joe Williams
    It's pure speculation on the filmmakers' part that Gaelic pagans were adorned with bones, blue mud and Mohawks, but the fire-dancing spectacle is a welcome respite from the beefcake of the journey scenes.
    • 61 Metascore
    • 63 Joe Williams
    Moore's voice is weak and fuzzy, directed at a choir that should already know the words by heart.
    • 55 Metascore
    • 63 Joe Williams
    Because he's the protagonist of the movie and played by the likable Matt Damon, we keep an open mind, but Promised Land is morally ambiguous to a fault.
    • 65 Metascore
    • 63 Joe Williams
    Obviously a labor love, and its very existence in a godforsaken marketplace is a minor miracle.
    • 65 Metascore
    • 63 Joe Williams
    Chartered to provide both sides of every debate, CNN has positioned itself as the middle ground for discussions of current events. But without a knowledgeable teacher (or filmmaker) to lead such discussions into new territory, they devolve into noisy bull sessions.
    • 58 Metascore
    • 63 Joe Williams
    It's no classic, but Shrek Forever After is a pleasant reminder that every time a cash register rings, this ogre turns angelic.
    • 55 Metascore
    • 63 Joe Williams
    It’s amusing fluff, but from an Oscar-winning dramatist, this return to comedy is a bit of a letdown.
    • 57 Metascore
    • 63 Joe Williams
    Redford is an adequate director, and he keeps things moving at a moderate pace, passing up exits to more spectacular vistas or hotter issues.
    • 57 Metascore
    • 63 Joe Williams
    The result is only half as hip as hoped. Yes, this Holmes is leaner and meaner, and Watson (Jude Law) is nearly his equal. But there’s still something fussy about the result, as if bobbies had broken up the party at 11:59.
    • 66 Metascore
    • 63 Joe Williams
    By the time the meta-movie and cute-dog subplots collide in the desert, this high-concept vehicle has run out of gas. Movies about the filmmaking process may never get old, but self-referential hit men smell like yesterday's fish story.
    • 65 Metascore
    • 63 Joe Williams
    Johnny Depp, Jude Law and Colin Farrell do yeoman work on behalf of their late friend and, as usual, Gilliam's film is a feast for the eyes. But all the king's men can't corral the horses running roughshod over basics like plot and character.
    • 84 Metascore
    • 63 Joe Williams
    If what you seek from a samurai film is the friction between communal duty and personal honor, join the orderly queue to see 13 Assassins. But if what you seek is action, spend the talky first hour at a sushi bar before barging into the theater for the bloody good finale.
    • 66 Metascore
    • 63 Joe Williams
    A passable popcorn movie, but fans of the first film who expect lightning to strike twice are liable to get burned.
    • 70 Metascore
    • 63 Joe Williams
    There's little that's new in the retelling, except mellowed musings on Environmentalism 2.0.
    • 50 Metascore
    • 63 Joe Williams
    Elles is provocative company, but it leaves us feeling hustled.
    • 59 Metascore
    • 63 Joe Williams
    Surviving Progress reiterates arguments made in movies such as "An Inconvenient Truth" and "Inside Job," it marshals minds such as Jane Goodall and Stephen Hawking, and it utilizes artful imagery reminiscent of films such as "Koyaanisqatsi" and "Up the Yangtze."
    • 59 Metascore
    • 63 Joe Williams
    If the world were really coming to an end, we'd spend it with Knightley and tell her tag-along friend that there's not enough food for a 50-year-old virgin.
    • 69 Metascore
    • 63 Joe Williams
    We're left with an impression of a vivacious pioneer; but warm shouldn't have to mean fuzzy.
    • 60 Metascore
    • 63 Joe Williams
    While the underrated Brosnan is effective as the cold-hearted produce mogul, the character starts as such a sourpuss that after he softens in the Sorrento lemon groves, it’s still hard to root for his inevitable hookup with Ida.
    • 72 Metascore
    • 63 Joe Williams
    Eccentric enough to get mistaken for an uplifting fantasy, but it's Plaza who belongs in the penthouse.
    • 69 Metascore
    • 63 Joe Williams
    There are audiences for movies that amuse us, and arouse us, and scare us, but the career of Todd Solondz ("Storytelling") raises the question: Is there an audience for movies that make us feel icky?
    • 65 Metascore
    • 63 Joe Williams
    X-Men: First Class is a mutant movie, half fun and half fearsome. For those who have developed an immunity to fanboy hype, the contradictory traits may seem to weaken rather than strengthen this beast, but readers of the "X-Men" comics will hail an origin story as satisfying as "Thor."
    • 43 Metascore
    • 63 Joe Williams
    Reilly is very funny as the sarcastic mentor, and director Paul Weitz strikes a loopy tone in the scenes at the freak encampment.
    • 51 Metascore
    • 63 Joe Williams
    As a testament to traditions that are usually kept hidden from Hollywood, Holy Rollers is a mitzvah. But as a thriller, it's bubkes.
    • 62 Metascore
    • 63 Joe Williams
    This loony 'toon is dizzy with wonderments, especially in 3-D. The spindly-limbed character design owes more to Charles Addams' family than to Walt Disney's kingdom, while the story and settings evoke James Bond on laughing gas.
    • 55 Metascore
    • 63 Joe Williams
    Successful in small doses, but the full regimen needed more testing.
    • 59 Metascore
    • 63 Joe Williams
    Unfortunately, producers (including James) went for the easy layup, showing so much on-court action instead of trying to hustle for insights about sports and society.

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