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 Moonrise Kingdom
Lowest review score: 0 The Divergent Series: Insurgent
Score distribution:
  1. Negative: 64 out of 789
789 movie reviews
    • 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.
    • 82 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.
    • 59 Metascore
    • 63 Joe Williams
    It's hard to imagine a better movie about corporate-sanctioned sex trafficking than The Whistleblower. But whether you're ready to confront this true story is a trickier question.
    • 62 Metascore
    • 63 Joe Williams
    Killer Joe is one of the most repugnant parodies of small-town stupidity that you will ever see, and Friedkin amplifies the shrill obscenities with blaring cartoon and kung-fu footage from his art director's fever dreams.
    • 75 Metascore
    • 63 Joe Williams
    Although this Swedish vehicle is thoughtfully engineered and has some vivid streaks of color, it could use a jump start to escape the vanilla ice.
    • 58 Metascore
    • 63 Joe Williams
    A family flick that punches the right buttons like a trained seal.
    • 50 Metascore
    • 63 Joe Williams
    Call it "On the Lakefront." Or "Pretty-Good Fellas."
    • 64 Metascore
    • 63 Joe Williams
    The movie is an eyeful, especially in 3-D, but even with humans at the helms of the machines, it’s a hollow exercise in homage.
    • 68 Metascore
    • 63 Joe Williams
    With its forked tongue planted loosely in cheek, this haunted-house flick is enjoyably retro in both style and substance.
    • 75 Metascore
    • 63 Joe Williams
    The ingredients are in place for a potent finale, but “Catching Fire” is watered down.
    • 56 Metascore
    • 63 Joe Williams
    With its broad strokes, this invitation to an important discussion is hard to ignore, but the blood and honey on the table is an unpalatable mix.
    • 52 Metascore
    • 63 Joe Williams
    It's not a good film, but viewed from a cockeyed angle, it's a great guilty pleasure, and director Bill Condon is in on the joke.
    • 44 Metascore
    • 63 Joe Williams
    It’s too cheesy and predictable to be a real miracle, but by Vegas standards, it’s a winner.
    • 47 Metascore
    • 63 Joe Williams
    What's finest about Everybody's Fine is to watch a good fella groping hopefully toward old age.
    • 63 Metascore
    • 63 Joe Williams
    L'amour fou means "crazy love," but we don't learn anything crazy about these devoted lovers.
    • 65 Metascore
    • 63 Joe Williams
    It's not quite infectious, but some of the high notes manage to drown out some of the guttural lows.
    • 70 Metascore
    • 63 Joe Williams
    With his glorified Frisbee and good-guy smile, Evans is engaging, but “The Winter Soldier” might be stronger with a little less Captain and a little more America.
    • 81 Metascore
    • 63 Joe Williams
    Waiting for Superman raises important questions while wearing a big red heart on its chest, but inconvenient facts are its kryptonite.
    • 66 Metascore
    • 63 Joe Williams
    Two incompatible movies duke it out in Bandslam. Although it's the wimpy teen musical that prevails, it's the misfit coming-of-age story that leaves an impression.

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