For 1,348 reviews, this critic has graded:
  • 27% higher than the average critic
  • 3% same as the average critic
  • 70% lower than the average critic
On average, this critic grades 12.4 points lower than other critics. (0-100 point scale)

Joe Neumaier's Scores

  • Movies
  • TV
Average review score: 49
Highest review score: 100 The Hunger Games
Lowest review score: 0 Battleship
Score distribution:
1348 movie reviews
    • 83 Metascore
    • 100 Joe Neumaier
    The most gripping based-on-fact film so far this year.
    • 72 Metascore
    • 100 Joe Neumaier
    If you don’t love monkeys already — and really, we all should — then Monkey Kingdom will swing you in the right direction.
    • 92 Metascore
    • 100 Joe Neumaier
    While the vocal performances of Hanks, Allen and company make up a perfect ensemble, and its visual leaps astound, TS3's real power sneaks up on you.
    • 86 Metascore
    • 100 Joe Neumaier
    Director Werner Herzog's latest cinematic mind trip blows you away with its beauty.
    • 72 Metascore
    • 100 Joe Neumaier
    The result is a stunningly nervy sequel that vaporizes any worries that Abrams’ terrific 2009 reboot was a fluke.
    • 94 Metascore
    • 100 Joe Neumaier
    Inside Out is the year’s best film so far. After you see it, you’ll say that’s a no-brainer.
    • 69 Metascore
    • 100 Joe Neumaier
    Most impressive of all, The Avengers makes superhero movies new again - a colossal task indeed.
    • 86 Metascore
    • 100 Joe Neumaier
    Mary's search drives The Tillman Story, and throughout this taut, true epic, we see a smart, sometimes angry, always loving family find their destiny: to speak truth to power, to call wartime myths what they are and to show how the American character is not about blind obedience.
    • 89 Metascore
    • 100 Joe Neumaier
    The battle it documents is both a cornerstone of the past and a reflection of ongoing struggles. DuVernay infuses Selma with that dichotomy, never forgetting how Selma, the place, was a pledge to march ahead.
    • 79 Metascore
    • 100 Joe Neumaier
    Chandor (“All is Lost”) has made a movie that quietly but ferociously immerses us in a time and place, with atmosphere done in minimal yet evocative strokes.
    • 96 Metascore
    • 100 Joe Neumaier
    A thrill ride with a brain.
    • 75 Metascore
    • 100 Joe Neumaier
    The fear, desperation and hope of Time Out of Mind is painfully, hauntingly human.
    • 96 Metascore
    • 100 Joe Neumaier
    McQueen has made a film comparable to “Schindler’s List” — art that may be hard to watch, but which is an essential look at man’s inhumanity to man. It is wrenching, but 12 Years a Slave earns its tears in a way few films ever do.
    • 95 Metascore
    • 100 Joe Neumaier
    A work deeper than its nickname, "The Facebook Movie," hints at - coils around your brain. Weeks after seeing it, moments from it will haunt you.
    • 81 Metascore
    • 100 Joe Neumaier
    Halfway into Blue Valentine, a work so beautifully acted and emotionally honest it is my choice for best movie of the year, there's an amazing flashback scene you hope never ends.
    • 72 Metascore
    • 100 Joe Neumaier
    Zipper captures the erasing of one of New York’s most unique stamps by cartoon businesspeople with dollar signs for eyeballs.
    • 59 Metascore
    • 100 Joe Neumaier
    When you get through it, though, you can’t help but feel uplifted by this tough-skinned movie that can stand with the best muscular wartime dramas in the American movie canon.
    • 87 Metascore
    • 100 Joe Neumaier
    The irony is that Ebert famously lost his actual voice. Yet as the extraordinary documentary Life Itself shows, that couldn’t quiet one of America’s most beloved critics and cultural commentators.
    • 68 Metascore
    • 100 Joe Neumaier
    This summer's best popcorn flick.
    • 88 Metascore
    • 100 Joe Neumaier
    Despite being about a royal family at a critical moment in history, The King's Speech doesn't shout about its many strengths. Rather, it urges you to lean in close, where its intelligence and heart come through loud and clear.
    • 100 Metascore
    • 100 Joe Neumaier
    This bold movie may sound like a stunt, but it’s so much more than that. Linklater is an effortless, genial auteur, and his passions are woven through “Dazed and Confused,” “School of Rock” and the “Before Sunrise” trilogy. Here, his mellow groove becomes an everyday rhythm.
    • 68 Metascore
    • 100 Joe Neumaier
    As important and eye-opening a documentary as you’ll see this year, A Place at the Table makes it impossible to think of hunger as merely another symptom of a shredded social safety net.
    • 83 Metascore
    • 100 Joe Neumaier
    It shows that life is what happens when you're busy making other plans. And how, in case we forget, every age can predict the next.
    • 82 Metascore
    • 100 Joe Neumaier
    The new Star Trek is more than a coat of paint on a space-age wagon train. It's an exciting, stellar-yet-earthy blast that successfully blends the hip and the classic.
    • 57 Metascore
    • 100 Joe Neumaier
    Chimpanzee lets everyone feel like a mini-Jane Goodall.
    • 75 Metascore
    • 100 Joe Neumaier
    This amazingly beautiful, and amazingly frightening, documentary captures the immediacy of what climate change is doing to the Arctic landscape.
    • 83 Metascore
    • 100 Joe Neumaier
    Gyllenhaal is charming and makes unexpected choices in her performance, but this is Bridges' show, and he's as Best Actor-worthy as he's ever been.
    • 81 Metascore
    • 100 Joe Neumaier
    If a documentary can be both alarming and oddly reassuring, it's the gripping splash of cold cinematic water Racing Extinction.
    • 54 Metascore
    • 100 Joe Neumaier
    The story Stiller tells manages to float in a most peculiar, satisfying way.
    • 90 Metascore
    • 100 Joe Neumaier
    Strap in, load up and hang on because Mad Max: Fury Road is a freaky, ballsy, phenomenal ride.
    • 82 Metascore
    • 100 Joe Neumaier
    The focus in James Ponsoldt’s affecting, intelligent drama is a pair of teenagers, and in them is so much complexity and heart that this casually paced gem feels rich in scope. They’re two of the most carefully created figures on screen this year, and yet their normalness takes us by surprise.
    • 77 Metascore
    • 100 Joe Neumaier
    Noah Baumbach’s sensational satirical drama While We’re Young is, finally, a movie for grownups to run out and see.
    • 82 Metascore
    • 100 Joe Neumaier
    One of the best movies of the year.
    • 72 Metascore
    • 100 Joe Neumaier
    Rarely has any film, fictional or documentary, captured the hypnotic effect of voices on the airwaves like this chronicle of Bob Fass.
    • 94 Metascore
    • 100 Joe Neumaier
    Small victories that turn into defeats, long walks to gain little ground, little wounds that get deeper every day - growing old is a war, and movies rarely go there. Michael Haneke's amazing, dignified Amour is the exception.
    • 83 Metascore
    • 100 Joe Neumaier
    An extraordinary, must-see examination of what humans do to killer whales so that these amazing creatures can become one more entertainment.
    • 59 Metascore
    • 100 Joe Neumaier
    Among an excellent cast, Douglas truly is the nexus; he and Stone make this sequel pay off big-time.
    • 79 Metascore
    • 100 Joe Neumaier
    Dawn of the Planet of the Apes is awe-inspiring.
    • 79 Metascore
    • 100 Joe Neumaier
    Fincher is a fearless filmmaker who understands his audience’s intelligence (not to mention their cinematic blood lust). By the end of Gone Girl, we feel like we’ve lived through about four movies, not just one. Good luck letting go of any of them.
    • 62 Metascore
    • 100 Joe Neumaier
    42
    Boseman is watchful, winning and confident, but never saintly. Yet he keeps Robinson’s moral spine aligned with his skill and self-respect, showing how he needed all of those to succeed.
    • 90 Metascore
    • 100 Joe Neumaier
    There’s a great fever-dream quality to David O. Russell’s American Hustle that instantly reels you in.
    • 71 Metascore
    • 100 Joe Neumaier
    Crucial viewing for realists and alarmists both.
    • 77 Metascore
    • 100 Joe Neumaier
    These three films (adapted from David Peace's novels by different directors), each a singularly gripping work, together form a towering and emotionally complex achievement.
    • 86 Metascore
    • 100 Joe Neumaier
    Argo is movie magic. Ben Affleck's third directorial outing, is an entertaining, real-life, race-the-clock thriller that nabs you at the start and never makes a wrong move.
    • 75 Metascore
    • 100 Joe Neumaier
    There’s never a false moment.
    • 68 Metascore
    • 100 Joe Neumaier
    With his rapid-fire delivery and big heart, Rockwell makes Owen his version of “M*A*S*H”’s Hawkeye Pierce, but the film’s layers of well-observed truths go deeper than that.
    • 60 Metascore
    • 100 Joe Neumaier
    This heartbreaking and essential look into the lives of those who put so much into educating other people's children ought to be seen by anyone concerned about the fate of the public school system, and the nation as a whole.
    • 94 Metascore
    • 100 Joe Neumaier
    Delpy and Hawke, who’ve invested this trilogy with the fine shadings of life lived, do extraordinary things with small moments.
    • 68 Metascore
    • 100 Joe Neumaier
    As tough-spirited as fans would hope for - and exciting and thought-provoking in a way few adventure dramas ever are.
    • 82 Metascore
    • 100 Joe Neumaier
    Twisted, tortured, terrifying - and terrific.
    • 85 Metascore
    • 100 Joe Neumaier
    One of the most extraordinary films you’ll see this year.
    • 74 Metascore
    • 80 Joe Neumaier
    One of the best indie films of the year, Humpday is a lighter descendant of "sex lies and videotape," yet burrows just as deep into the male psyche and the human capacity for self-deceit.
    • 86 Metascore
    • 80 Joe Neumaier
    This is crucial work, evidenced by a line on a wall of R.I.P. graffiti that reads simply, "I am next." This film of common folks fighting the seemingly inevitable is just as moving.
    • 87 Metascore
    • 80 Joe Neumaier
    This extraordinary hybrid of a movie lives and breathes the game, yet its achievement is bigger than that. There's a touch of old-fashioned romanticism here, but more crucially there's strategy going on inside Bennett Miller's movie that turns it into something cool and special.
    • 64 Metascore
    • 80 Joe Neumaier
    The gristle inside this movie is one of the things that save it from being simply a series of challenges.
    • 81 Metascore
    • 80 Joe Neumaier
    A memorable, monstrous fable that's consistently gripping.
    • 94 Metascore
    • 80 Joe Neumaier
    Rotates around a rusty little robotic hero who's built, as the movie is, with such emotion, brains and humor that whole universes exist in his whirring tones and binocular eyes.
    • 44 Metascore
    • 80 Joe Neumaier
    Entertaining and smart, with a great, career 2.0 performance from Ashton Kutcher.
    • 79 Metascore
    • 80 Joe Neumaier
    The finished "Ring" cycle, a combination of "myth, science and legend" made to order as Wagner imagined it, was unique to every viewer's eye. The making of it will be spellbinding to everyone.
    • 75 Metascore
    • 80 Joe Neumaier
    There's a wonderfully steely spine inside of Tom McCarthy'sWin Win," but it's hard to see at first because it's inside the doughy, everyman person of Paul Giamatti.
    • 74 Metascore
    • 80 Joe Neumaier
    There's no bells and whistles here, no 3-D or useless grey fluff, just Pooh as he's always been, silly and true.
    • 60 Metascore
    • 80 Joe Neumaier
    There are laughs in Magic Mike XXL.... But the real eye-openers are the moments of sex-positive, woman-positive and emotion-positive contemplation.
    • 62 Metascore
    • 80 Joe Neumaier
    This terrific film certainly contains the spark of discovery.
    • 67 Metascore
    • 80 Joe Neumaier
    Rory Culkin’s turn in the deeply felt and haunting Gabriel is so powerful you can’t look away.
    • 53 Metascore
    • 80 Joe Neumaier
    There are two types of superhero movies: the ones that brood and the ones that swing. The Amazing Spider-Man 2 is proudly the latter, filled with high-energy action.
    • 74 Metascore
    • 80 Joe Neumaier
    The comedy of discomfort that runs through Cyrus is often about several things at once. But the most prevalent emotion in this quirky yet genuine movie is the awkwardness that comes with trying to fit into someone else's life.
    • 82 Metascore
    • 80 Joe Neumaier
    This dramatic thriller finds a spot somewhere between your brain and your stomach, and drills in.
    • 65 Metascore
    • 80 Joe Neumaier
    Entertaining, inventive and old-fashioned in the best way.
    • 65 Metascore
    • 80 Joe Neumaier
    Maguire’s portrayal of Fischer’s volatility, disconnect and inner demons is gripping. It’s his best performance since “Wonder Boys” (2000). Schreiber hardly says anything, yet he’s gloweringly good. He acts with his jowls and brow and swept-back hair, making the sort-of rock-’n’-roll Spassky a polar opposite, but strategic equal, to Fischer. Saarsgaard is also terrific, lending a quiet air of solemnity and thoughtfulness.
    • 75 Metascore
    • 80 Joe Neumaier
    A delirious, manic, push-the-limits comedy of gaudy amorality that tests the audience’s taste. But it’s a gamble that works, since you leave this adrenaline trip wasted, but invigorated.
    • 73 Metascore
    • 80 Joe Neumaier
    Belafonte still finds ways to address injustice - and now we have over 50 years of his example to follow and his music to enjoy.
    • 48 Metascore
    • 80 Joe Neumaier
    Speaking of committed: Duvall, at age 83, nearly steals the show. Always the most inscrutable of the great ’70s actors, Duvall uses his great, unassuming American face to convey pride, confusion, pain and compassion — sometimes all at once.
    • 88 Metascore
    • 80 Joe Neumaier
    A kind of historical detective story made up of haunting montages, including a theater performance featuring a heartbroken musician that's absolutely chilling.
    • 67 Metascore
    • 80 Joe Neumaier
    By the time Barney gets one final, heartbreaking chance to screw things up, this rich, satisfying film has you hooked.
    • 59 Metascore
    • 80 Joe Neumaier
    For the uninitiated, this fun French documentary detailing the camaraderie and division between filmmakers François Truffaut and Jean-Luc Godard reveals a time when "the cinema" was something to get excited about and literally fight over.
    • 76 Metascore
    • 80 Joe Neumaier
    This incredibly moving, touchingly honest and transcendent chronicle of how a handful of people coped after Sept. 11 is not only one of the best distillations of that day, but a monument to humanity lost and gained.
    • 74 Metascore
    • 80 Joe Neumaier
    The first film in a while to have a decent heart while quickening your pulse.
    • 72 Metascore
    • 80 Joe Neumaier
    Every parent in New York should see this movie and then ask why, when solutions exist, our woefully broken school system has yet to be fixed.
    • 77 Metascore
    • 80 Joe Neumaier
    The stories are horrifying, but essential to hear. Kirby Dick’s important documentary puts a personal face to the staggering numbers.
    • 95 Metascore
    • 80 Joe Neumaier
    Together and apart, Hatami and Maadi are magnetic. Hatami, a star in Iranian cinema, lets us see Simin's intelligence and defiant sense of self-worth often with nothing more than a gesture.
    • 60 Metascore
    • 80 Joe Neumaier
    As Richard Kuklinski, the Garden State guy who sleepwalks into an infamously deadly life he was born for, Shannon hits a whole other level.
    • 56 Metascore
    • 80 Joe Neumaier
    Angelina Jolie is so wickedly enchanting in the magical, magnificent Maleficent, you may not notice how transporting this female-driven blockbuster really is.
    • 69 Metascore
    • 80 Joe Neumaier
    The layered, tuned-in adaptation by Michael H. Weber and Scott Neustadter avoids calculated sentiment.
    • 61 Metascore
    • 80 Joe Neumaier
    The American, a movie as coiled as a snake and as still as a sleepy villa, is the rare grownup thriller that knows the link between peace and danger and the tension that comes from both.
    • 80 Metascore
    • 80 Joe Neumaier
    A wonderfully entertaining, beautiful Western drama that lets the quirks of the genre gallop freely as it keeps a tight rein throughout.
    • 65 Metascore
    • 80 Joe Neumaier
    World is grounded, offering up a rare case of well-earned hopefulness.
    • 80 Metascore
    • 80 Joe Neumaier
    This macabre-yet-moving Argentinian drama from director Juan Jose Campanella is nuanced and full of intelligence and emotion; just when you think you have a bead on it, it gently swerves into richer places.
    • 55 Metascore
    • 80 Joe Neumaier
    Pure charisma is sometimes the best special effect. That’s what Denzel Washington and Mark Wahlberg bring to 2 Guns, and after a season full of superhero duds, they deliver a crucial dose of cool.
    • 55 Metascore
    • 80 Joe Neumaier
    Krasinki's soft-sell script, lets the movie's ideas get absorbed without grandstanding or pretension. Its issues go down with a smile and common sense, which turns out to be exactly the right formula.
    • 63 Metascore
    • 80 Joe Neumaier
    Cooper, Torre and Dane DeHaan, as a soldier smitten with a local girl, stand out among a strong cast. With its big ideas on an intimate scale, this is Sayles' best in a decade.
    • 64 Metascore
    • 80 Joe Neumaier
    Intense and, yes, depressing - and earns every minute that it rattles inside your head.
    • 57 Metascore
    • 80 Joe Neumaier
    Downey has a winning take on Holmes: He's always on.
    • 77 Metascore
    • 80 Joe Neumaier
    The strength of Gray’s movie lies in showing the connection between people in a place without rules.
    • 78 Metascore
    • 80 Joe Neumaier
    This is the film that fulfills whatever promise Kristen Stewart has shown for more than a decade.
    • 70 Metascore
    • 80 Joe Neumaier
    Parents, take note: For all its heart, this is a tougher, more morally complex movie than its predecessors. Young kids carrying their miniversions of Cap’s famous shield may be in for a jolt.
    • 72 Metascore
    • 80 Joe Neumaier
    What this rich film does go into — in a lengthy tangent that’s less punchy but important — is the impropriety Jobs trafficked in when he allowed himself and high-ranking Apple-ers to be granted backdated stock options. They got wealthy as their product was being made, amid some scandal, for a pittance in China.
    • 81 Metascore
    • 80 Joe Neumaier
    Beginners is filled with crises of identity, but underneath it all is a beautifully humane, sweet and intelligent movie that knows exactly what it is at every moment.
    • 69 Metascore
    • 80 Joe Neumaier
    This quietly poetic little gem contains many beautiful things, not least of which is leading lady Zoe Kazan, who lets every scene billow and swirl around her effortlessly.
    • 76 Metascore
    • 80 Joe Neumaier
    A charming indie that combines dreamy aspiration with mucky, hilarious reality.
    • 91 Metascore
    • 80 Joe Neumaier
    Ida
    Ida is photographed in gorgeous black-and-white cinematography. A deep focus allows every corner of the simple, serene compositions to be seen clearly. The economy of story and dialogue extends to the running time — at barely 90 minutes, the movie feels full, yet free of excess.