For 19 reviews, this critic has graded:
  • 36% higher than the average critic
  • 10% same as the average critic
  • 54% lower than the average critic
On average, this critic grades 2.6 points higher than other critics. (0-100 point scale)

Joe Lipsett's Scores

  • Movies
  • TV
Average review score: 67
Highest review score: 100 One Night in Miami
Lowest review score: 0 Blumhouse's Fantasy Island
Score distribution:
  1. Positive: 11 out of 19
  2. Negative: 1 out of 19
19 movie reviews
    • 59 Metascore
    • 50 Joe Lipsett
    Despite great direction by Mortensen, who also delivers a strong performance alongside Henriksen and (briefly) Linney, Falling is a repetitive and exhausting exercise that never gets around to unpacking why the audience should care about its ailing patriarch character. It’s too long and too one note for too little pay-off.
    • 81 Metascore
    • 100 Joe Lipsett
    Regina King’s directorial debut is a quiet and contemplative film, filled with powerful mediations on race, responsibility, and revolution that are both timely and entertaining
    • 69 Metascore
    • 67 Joe Lipsett
    Pieces of a Woman offers a superb performance by Vanessa Kirby, and the most unnerving opening of any film in 2020, but the familiar examination of marital disintegration struggles to sustain interest or justify its lengthy runtime.
    • 97 Metascore
    • 100 Joe Lipsett
    Nomadland is a gorgeous, lyrical film featuring another standout lead performance by Frances McDormand. Chloé Zhao’s latest is a testament to the beauty of the American Midwest and the value of living an unorthodox life.
    • 93 Metascore
    • 91 Joe Lipsett
    It is as much a celebration of song and contemporary dance as it is a call to action about the need to embrace our humanity and connect with others. Quite simply: it’s a joy.
    • tbd Metascore
    • 75 Joe Lipsett
    The Pool is easily one of the best single location, high concept thrillers of the year. While its social commentary on abortion feels a tad old-fashioned, the action sequences and the escalating threats make for a great time at the movies.
    • 22 Metascore
    • 0 Joe Lipsett
    Ultimately Fantasy Island’s four-for-the-price-of-one narrative and its excruciating hour-and-50-minute runtime doom it. The film is visually bland, lacks charismatic characters or interesting backstories, and long overstays its welcome with an egregiously protracted third act that feels interminable.
    • 48 Metascore
    • 75 Joe Lipsett
    Underwater is a solid creature feature that isn’t afraid to acknowledge its sub-genre predecessors. Kristen Stewart shines amidst a mostly likable cast, anchoring a film that moves at a relatively brisk clip, particularly in its bombastic opening and closing sequences.
    • 41 Metascore
    • 42 Joe Lipsett
    Sadly, The Grudge is an underwhelming entry in the long dormant franchise. This cursed production — delayed from release last year — hardly feels worth the wait, and is certainly not worth the price of admission.
    • 55 Metascore
    • 67 Joe Lipsett
    Despite failing to offer much in the way of freshness or originality, fans of the original will still find this new adventure a suitable companion piece. If nothing else, Double Tap should help to raise the public awareness of Zoey Deutch’s greatness, which is reason enough for the film’s existence.
    • 80 Metascore
    • 58 Joe Lipsett
    In spite of sensational direction from Trey Edward Shults and raw, emotive performances by Kelvin Harrison, Jr. and Taylor Russell, the polarizing two narrative halves of Waves don’t gel to produce a satisfying whole.
    • 81 Metascore
    • 67 Joe Lipsett
    Ford v Ferrari is a classic Hollywood underdog film about friendship and overcoming obstacles. Mangold’s direction is serviceable, but unspectacular, while Bale is a dynamic presence.
    • 94 Metascore
    • 91 Joe Lipsett
    Johansson and Driver both give strong performances, while the use of supporting characters for comedic levity is smartly executed. While the content of the film isn’t happy per se, audiences will find much to like.
    • 69 Metascore
    • 50 Joe Lipsett
    The Death of Dick Long offers its share of amusing dark comedy, but the film leans too much on Alabama stereotypes and inherently stupid character decisions to advance the plot.
    • 58 Metascore
    • 83 Joe Lipsett
    Waititi’s witty script and colorful supporting role as Adolf Hitler are the obvious comedic highlights of Jojo Rabbit. But the film only works because it manages to nail its balance of tones.
    • 83 Metascore
    • 91 Joe Lipsett
    The Lighthouse is a stunning sophomore effort for Eggers, featuring two exceptional performances by Dafoe and Pattinson and a stunning visual and aural aesthetic.
    • 64 Metascore
    • 58 Joe Lipsett
    The film is less effective, unfortunately, at trusting its audience to remain invested in Cedar Creek’s drama, which results in two grating subplots that become the A-plot in the draggy third act.

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