For 797 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 6.6 points higher than other critics. (0-100 point scale)

Joe Williams' Scores

  • Movies
  • TV
Average review score: 66
Highest review score: 100 Up in the Air
Lowest review score: 0 The Divergent Series: Insurgent
Score distribution:
  1. Negative: 65 out of 797
797 movie reviews
    • 57 Metascore
    • 75 Joe Williams
    The multiple cameras that shadow Anker and his novice partner provide unprecedented images. But they also raise unintended questions about the vanishing frontier.
    • 68 Metascore
    • 75 Joe Williams
    Unexpectedly poignant.
    • 72 Metascore
    • 75 Joe Williams
    Such a disarming homage to the cinema of the Reagan era that even grouchy gremlins might feel like it's morning in America. But be forewarned that if this movie is exposed to sunlight, you'll notice the puppet strings.
    • 72 Metascore
    • 75 Joe Williams
    It's guilty of some sleight-of-hand hokum, but in pulling the rug from under the norm, Magic Mike turns a trick.
    • 64 Metascore
    • 75 Joe Williams
    Although it doesn’t make a lick of sense as a stand-alone story, Mockingjay — Part 1 is the first “Hunger Games” movie with meat on its bones.
    • 61 Metascore
    • 75 Joe Williams
    The surprisingly rich documentary Best Worst Movie views the phenomenon from a unique perspective.
    • 58 Metascore
    • 75 Joe Williams
    Too short and undisciplined to be a world-class comedy, but its chutzpah deserves respect.
    • 56 Metascore
    • 75 Joe Williams
    It may not be original, but Adam could leave a lump in your throat.
    • 72 Metascore
    • 75 Joe Williams
    Directed by and starring Mathieu Amalric, it’s a deceptively low-key riff on a Hitchcock whodunit. It’s both sexy and inscrutable, a cold-blooded puzzler to the very end.
    • 82 Metascore
    • 75 Joe Williams
    The kind of working-class, character-driven drama that few American directors would dare to make. It's tough and unsentimental, with a documentary aesthetic that belies the craft of the calibrated tension.
    • 82 Metascore
    • 75 Joe Williams
    What makes Love Is Strange so special is that the challenges the couple face are more mundane than menacing.
    • 79 Metascore
    • 75 Joe Williams
    Most biographical docs contain a montage of old footage, but this one is especially haunting. As Campbell watches home movies, he has to ask Kim to identify the people on screen, including his ex-wives, his children and his younger self.
    • 66 Metascore
    • 75 Joe Williams
    The beauty of October Country, beside its artful images, is how it compresses the windblown fortunes of working-class America into the fallen leaves of one forlorn family.
    • 69 Metascore
    • 75 Joe Williams
    Europeans have a taste for both the mechanics of trickery and the machinations of power, and the politically astute Spanish film "Even the Rain" belongs in the same conversation with Francois Truffaut's "Day for Night" and Pedro Almodovar's "Bad Education."
    • 76 Metascore
    • 75 Joe Williams
    While the wilderness vistas are starkly beautiful, there’s no tangible sense of Strayed’s ultimate goal. (Why Oregon?) And the flashbacks, which include scenes of sexual misadventure and heroin use, are too brief to provide answers.
    • 65 Metascore
    • 75 Joe Williams
    Because VanDyke wasn’t embedded with the American media, Point and Shoot has some priceless front-line footage, including a chilling scene where he must decide if he’s willing to kill for someone else’s cause. But without a rigorous editor, it’s “How I Spent My Summer Vacation.”
    • 77 Metascore
    • 75 Joe Williams
    Mostly the movie is about process and perspective. Through the documentary lens, Richter's enigmatic paintings speak to us.
    • 77 Metascore
    • 75 Joe Williams
    In a movie of murky surfaces and deep loneliness, the redemptive surprise of A Single Man is how it becomes a clear endorsement of the Buddy System.
    • 54 Metascore
    • 75 Joe Williams
    This jam-packed picture is too zippily scripted and edited to get stuck in message mode, yet the stellar cast achieves a rare harmonic convergence.
    • 73 Metascore
    • 75 Joe Williams
    We are reminded: War is hell. But at their best, war movies can be cool and beautiful.
    • 82 Metascore
    • 75 Joe Williams
    Although the film has elements of a puzzler by Michelangelo Antonioni and a psychodrama by Ingmar Bergman, it never becomes compellingly intellectual or unnervingly emotional.
    • 59 Metascore
    • 75 Joe Williams
    The larger-than-life actor is as emblematic of his country as Tom Hanks is of ours, and My Afternoons With Margueritte is his "Forrest Gump." Only better.
    • 74 Metascore
    • 75 Joe Williams
    Like "Gone, Baby, Gone," the French film Polisse succeeds by shifting the focus from the victims to the vigilant protectors.
    • 76 Metascore
    • 75 Joe Williams
    Cunningham's answers to pointed questions about romantic love and religious faith are so open-hearted, we understand that he's bigger than just New York.
    • 65 Metascore
    • 75 Joe Williams
    The real stars here are Scott's behind-the-curtain crew, who fill every frame with tech-savvy details and take the sets to another dimension with immersive 3-D imagery.
    • 68 Metascore
    • 75 Joe Williams
    Given the turbulent water of world affairs and sea changes in the media, a follow-up a year from now might be titled "Gray Lady Down" if the Times does not chart a new course.
    • 68 Metascore
    • 75 Joe Williams
    It's faint praise to say that this is the best of the "Planet of the Apes" movies, because the evolution of special effects and makeup was predictable. But the unexpected strength of the film is its heart.
    • 62 Metascore
    • 75 Joe Williams
    Lacking beef or sufficient spice, it's nonetheless colorful comfort food.
    • 66 Metascore
    • 75 Joe Williams
    Paul Simon and a Parisian orangutan tell us the same thing: It's all happening at the zoo.
    • 64 Metascore
    • 75 Joe Williams
    This is rich material that Moretti mines for both superficial absurdity and deep pathos.

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