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 An Education
Lowest review score: 0 The Divergent Series: Insurgent
Score distribution:
  1. Negative: 67 out of 819
819 movie reviews
    • 62 Metascore
    • 63 Joe Williams
    It's a credit to the cast and to the worthiness of the idea that this overlong movie works at all. But those of us who already know that racism is bad could use a little more challenge and a little less help.
    • 37 Metascore
    • 63 Joe Williams
    Strange hybrid of science lesson and Saturday-morning cartoon.
    • 74 Metascore
    • 63 Joe Williams
    Joe
    While Green is force-feeding us this hard-boiled hokum, he doesn’t distract us with many memorable images, as he did in his earliest films.
    • 39 Metascore
    • 63 Joe Williams
    The best excuse for watching The Gunman is Penn. His first mainstream leading role in a decade is worthy of comparisons to Matt Damon in the “Bourne” movies; yet it’s also disappointingly shorn of the humor and humanity of which this great actor is capable.
    • 50 Metascore
    • 63 Joe Williams
    Hit and Run isn't a catastrophe, but it leaves loose ends and a more adventurous map by the side of the winding road.
    • 73 Metascore
    • 63 Joe Williams
    The difference between McKay and Efron is like the difference between a Broadway spectacular and a high school musical.
    • 58 Metascore
    • 63 Joe Williams
    This topsy-turvy flick is fitfully funny, but more often it's just odd, like the first draft of a "Twilight Zone" episode that's missing its moral.
    • 71 Metascore
    • 63 Joe Williams
    The plot is murky, the acting is melodramatic and the movie is way too long, but the target audience will salivate over the inventively choreographed set-pieces.
    • 66 Metascore
    • 63 Joe Williams
    A colorful indictment of corporate infestation, but it's missing a prescription.
    • 43 Metascore
    • 63 Joe Williams
    If you'd pay to see a film called "Hotel Rwanda: Maniac Manager," you might be receptive to this mixed-message movie, but skeptics should keep one eye on the exit.
    • 52 Metascore
    • 63 Joe Williams
    With its seductive images and smart dialogue, The City of Your Final Destination has the setting and circumstances for a ripe family drama or a literary love story, yet it never awakens from its siesta.
    • 55 Metascore
    • 63 Joe Williams
    Like an acquaintance couple's baby pictures, Friends With Kids induces coos but isn't as cute as they think.
    • 49 Metascore
    • 63 Joe Williams
    This true story fills a needed niche, spotlighting women's basketball in the era before Title IX promoted equal treatment.
    • 61 Metascore
    • 63 Joe Williams
    Penn has created a colorful tour guide, but in This Must Be the Place, there's no there there.
    • 60 Metascore
    • 63 Joe Williams
    Happy, Happy has the makings of a Norwegian "Ice Storm," but it goes out with a whimper.
    • 62 Metascore
    • 63 Joe Williams
    There's little that's new, revealing or stylish about this basic-black horror story, but if you've got a Goth sensibility, it might suit you.
    • 47 Metascore
    • 63 Joe Williams
    If you haven't seen a wasting disease in real life, you might think Restless is romantic. If you have, you might diagnose it as terminally cute.
    • 57 Metascore
    • 63 Joe Williams
    Toast is lovely to look at, evoking both the gray-green milieu of Midlands life and the sensuality of good food, but it's like a whipped topping with no base.
    • 80 Metascore
    • 63 Joe Williams
    Canadian director Denis Villaneuve knows how to stoke a hot debate about the legacy of violence. But in this case, where there's smoke, there's not enough air.
    • 54 Metascore
    • 63 Joe Williams
    Compared to other Marvel characters, Thor is a difficult sell.
    • 53 Metascore
    • 63 Joe Williams
    It's a compelling tale of surf and survival.
    • 53 Metascore
    • 63 Joe Williams
    Easy to watch but hard to pin down, like a creature with eight legs going in different directions.
    • 55 Metascore
    • 63 Joe Williams
    There’s a lot of comic and fantasy potential here, but much of it gets squandered.
    • 65 Metascore
    • 63 Joe Williams
    The Bay is better than a shallow exercise, but crabby horror fans may have preferred that Levinson took a real plunge.
    • 48 Metascore
    • 63 Joe Williams
    This true-ish story adds a romantic subplot to the prosecution of Japanese war criminals by American general Douglas MacArthur, but neither the love nor the war are completely baked.
    • 74 Metascore
    • 63 Joe Williams
    Christopher Nolan's "Memento" was a movie-lover's dream come true, a puzzle that was engaging both intellectually and emotionally. But his Inception is a wake-up call, a blaring reminder that cheap tricks can't compensate for personal investment.
    • 55 Metascore
    • 63 Joe Williams
    Home delivers like a mailman on Valentine’s Day. But when we scratch beneath the sugary surface, there’s something tart inside that’s difficult to digest.
    • 80 Metascore
    • 63 Joe Williams
    Like a newborn planet, Melancholia is magnetically beautiful, but it's also an unformed mass of hot air.
    • 53 Metascore
    • 63 Joe Williams
    The moral lesson that this movie feeds us smells fishy - because it's not in the book. But the backbone story about a guy who inherits some penguins is enough to tickle the kids.
    • 56 Metascore
    • 63 Joe Williams
    Non-Stop: It is what it is.

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