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 Spectacular Now
Lowest review score: 0 Everly
Score distribution:
1348 movie reviews
    • 54 Metascore
    • 70 Joe Neumaier
    While it stops before sliding too far into the darkness,Observe and Report hits a lot of bull's-eyes by aiming for the gut, not easy belly laugh.
    • 61 Metascore
    • 70 Joe Neumaier
    Though this well-observed, wry drama is determined to be quirky, its most endearing quality, like that of its heroines, is a willingness to wallow in foul moods and come out the other side.
    • 82 Metascore
    • 70 Joe Neumaier
    Once Franco's on his own, everything is played across this terrific actor's deceptively goofy face.
    • 43 Metascore
    • 70 Joe Neumaier
    Hawke - continuing an evolution toward stronger, more intense acting than anyone might've predicted from him 20 years ago - drives the movie. He makes Sal a jangled, edgy presence, his conscience torn several ways.
    • 45 Metascore
    • 70 Joe Neumaier
    The three icons ham it up, do some verbal towel-snapping and have fun, which also describes most of this self-conscious adventure movie.
    • 56 Metascore
    • 70 Joe Neumaier
    While the climactic dinner is a bit too much like a circus audition, Roach -- who helmed the "Austin Powers" movies as well as "Meet the Parents" and "Meet the Fockers" -- knows how to enjoy each sideshow.
    • 76 Metascore
    • 70 Joe Neumaier
    The movie may wear its shagginess on its sleeve, but Stiller knows exactly what he’s doing.
    • 74 Metascore
    • 70 Joe Neumaier
    Makes the most of its format, soaring when its young hero rides on his winged reptilian pal, and full of heart and heroism even when its action is grounded.
    • 83 Metascore
    • 70 Joe Neumaier
    Drag Me to Hell is an eyeball-gouging lesson in how to make a genre flick and live to tell about it.
    • 69 Metascore
    • 60 Joe Neumaier
    The cool cast includes casual drop-ins from Sam Rockwell, Melanie Lynskey and Sam Elliott. The actors give off the feeling that we’ve wandered into the middle of a conversation among friends. This being a Swanberg movie, that’s kind of what is happening, complete with tiny epiphanies and people you want to hear keep talking.
    • 68 Metascore
    • 60 Joe Neumaier
    This is a mother's tale, and in Swinton's expert hands, Eva must ultimately deal with the fallout from an uncomfortable truth: She just never liked her kid.
    • 85 Metascore
    • 60 Joe Neumaier
    Like a more personal, less pretentious version of Alejandro González Iñárritu's "Babel," this spiraling dissection of circumstance, choice and fate is more about thoroughness of vision than tricky storytelling.
    • 75 Metascore
    • 60 Joe Neumaier
    The twists and turns involve a high-level assassination, corrupt cops, squint-inducing violence and plenty of fearlessness.
    • 44 Metascore
    • 60 Joe Neumaier
    Though Bloom feels like he dropped in from another movie, it all spins on screenwriter Thornton's charismatic performance, which also accounts for the survival instinct inside the film.
    • 51 Metascore
    • 60 Joe Neumaier
    Fans of PBS, history and a certain kind of old-fashioned moviemaking may fall in.
    • 83 Metascore
    • 60 Joe Neumaier
    Wiseman films it all without comment, letting the rhythm of the place tell the story.
    • 51 Metascore
    • 60 Joe Neumaier
    Even the youngest viewers, not to mention their parents, will appreciate the buffoonish villainy of the dogcatchers (still useful villains more than half a century after "Lady and the Tramp"), and the movie's nice anti-kill shelter message is as it should be.
    • 71 Metascore
    • 60 Joe Neumaier
    The laughs are what keep the film together, even when the conceit feels been-there-done-that.
    • 73 Metascore
    • 60 Joe Neumaier
    This is a terrific time capsule with a resonant message.
    • 90 Metascore
    • 60 Joe Neumaier
    Amid all the hokey hill stuff, Lawrence's hard eyes and manner draw us in.
    • 82 Metascore
    • 60 Joe Neumaier
    Acclaimed director Nuri Bilge Ceylan's meditative, at times maddening expression of human mystery and barren landscapes is gorgeous to look at, intriguing to think about and, at times, hard to sit through.
    • 61 Metascore
    • 60 Joe Neumaier
    In a film that deliberately recalls 1970's "Five Easy Pieces," Dano's performance as a lost dreamer running from adulthood resonates beautifully.
    • 76 Metascore
    • 60 Joe Neumaier
    His story, like the current release "A Separation," shows a glimpse inside Iran of everyday reversals of fortune, and how easy it is to get caught in the crosshairs of bureaucracy, bad judgment and bad luck.
    • 67 Metascore
    • 60 Joe Neumaier
    Though every frame is great to look at, Bolt's script - by the co-writers of "Mulan" and "Cars" - lacks the wit of its closest Pixar relative, "The Incredibles." Rhino and some goofy pigeons provide the few laughs once the tale goes cross-country.
    • 61 Metascore
    • 60 Joe Neumaier
    Wallace layers on some era-specific meaning to Chenery, who seems to be simply following her lineage, thanks to Lane's quietly dignified performance. Malkovich is more fun, though Laurin isn't as outrageous as the movie thinks he is.
    • 58 Metascore
    • 60 Joe Neumaier
    There are dull spots, as with any other day, yet "Life" aims to be, and occasionally is, like a YouTube-y "Our Town," giving a sense of what it is to be alive on planet Earth.
    • 55 Metascore
    • 60 Joe Neumaier
    Fred Schepisi's sly, stately comedy-drama that will please fans of BBC melodramas. But even on its own merits, its mild manner has sneaky stings.
    • 73 Metascore
    • 60 Joe Neumaier
    This isn't a therapy session on film; it's a visually stark, lively, organically engrossing movie with a very real handle on the mental processes, and interpersonal demands, that come with issues of life and death.
    • 61 Metascore
    • 60 Joe Neumaier
    Utilizing copious film footage of her puckish subject and new interviews with Haring's contemporaries, gallerists and mentors, director Christina Clausen makes her fascinating movie as big-hearted, city-centric and energetic as its subject.
    • 81 Metascore
    • 60 Joe Neumaier
    A pensive and searching drama that explores how deep into the national psyche these murders in the Katyn forest went.