Joe Williams

Joe Williams

Agrees with the Tomatometer 75% of the time.

Biography:
I am the film critic for the daily St. Louis Post-Dispatch
Favorites:
It's a Wonderful Life, Quadrophenia, Lost in America, The Graduate, Days of Heaven, The Heartbreak Kid, Apocalypse Now, Gangs of New York, Love with the Proper Stranger, The Party, Lolita, Dr. Strangelove, Memento, Waking Life, Amelie
Publications:
St. Louis Post-Dispatch
Total Reviews:
887
Total QuickRatings:
24
Location:
St. Louis, MO

Listing Of All Reviews & Articles

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Rating T-Meter Title | Year Add Date
1.5/4 16% And So It Goes (2014) " If cranking out this kind of mediocre, head-scratching blarney is the only option available to Hollywood veterans like Reiner, we have some friendly advice: Open a haberdashery." — St. Louis Post-Dispatch
Posted Jul 24, 2014
2.5/4 60% Lucy (2014) " With such an empty core, it's hard to love "Lucy," but it's also hard to change the channel when it promises wisdom with just a spoonful of Vitameatavegamin." — St. Louis Post-Dispatch
Posted Jul 24, 2014
3.5/4 50% I Origins (2014) " "I Origins" has the genetic markers of a formulaic supernatural thriller, and it's marred by some muddy metaphysics and fuzzy science, but the beauty is in the details." — St. Louis Post-Dispatch
Posted Jul 24, 2014
3.5/4 91% Venus in Fur (2014) " "Venus in Fur" is a stellar achievement." — St. Louis Post-Dispatch
Posted Jul 17, 2014
3/4 39% Wish I Was Here (2014) " For audiences seeking shelter from superhero carnage, "Wish I Was Here" is a lovely place to be." — St. Louis Post-Dispatch
Posted Jul 17, 2014
2.5/4 44% Planes: Fire And Rescue (2014) " Without the kindling of character development, "Planes: Fire and Rescue" is no smoldering success, but if Disney's flight plan is to share Pixar's airspace, it's getting warmer." — St. Louis Post-Dispatch
Posted Jul 17, 2014
3/4 91% Dawn Of The Planet Of The Apes (2014) " The most metaphorically and morally evolved film of the bunch." — St. Louis Post-Dispatch
Posted Jul 10, 2014
3/4 97% Life Itself (2014) " "Life Itself" completes the circular conversation between the movies, the man and the masses." — St. Louis Post-Dispatch
Posted Jul 10, 2014
3/4 81% Begin Again (2014) " Doggedly indie but unpretentious, "Begin Again" is one of the best movies I've seen about the music industry and the ways it changes people whose paths diverge." — St. Louis Post-Dispatch
Posted Jul 2, 2014
1.5/4 23% Tammy (2014) " McCarthy and first-time director Falcone must have assumed that tossing a drunk and a dunce into a Cadillac would negate the need for a motive or even a script." — St. Louis Post-Dispatch
Posted Jul 1, 2014
2/4 17% Transformers: Age of Extinction (2014) " In an homage to such "cinema of cruelty" classics as Andy Warhol's real-time "Sleep," Bay allows the film to run for almost three hours and abandons all pretense of a plot." — St. Louis Post-Dispatch
Posted Jun 26, 2014
2.5/4 85% Ivory Tower (2014) " "Ivory Tower" makes a persuasive case that the gravest epidemic that's spreading from college campuses isn't student-loan debt but attention-deficit disorder." — St. Louis Post-Dispatch
Posted Jun 26, 2014
3/4 87% Obvious Child (2014) " Sorry, partisans, but there's nothing obvious about "Obvious Child."" — St. Louis Post-Dispatch
Posted Jun 26, 2014
1/4 54% Jersey Boys (2014) " The worst thing about this multifaceted failure is the two-time Oscar winner behind the camera. Where there ought to be a director, there's nothing but an empty chair." — St. Louis Post-Dispatch
Posted Jun 19, 2014
2.5/4 55% Citizen Koch (2014) " Most of the movie is a backgrounder on the Citizens United case, in which a deeply divided Supreme Court opened the door to truckloads of campaign cash from tycoons and corporations." — St. Louis Post-Dispatch
Posted Jun 19, 2014
3.5/4 65% The Rover (2014) " A sterling example of the new Australian noir." — St. Louis Post-Dispatch
Posted Jun 19, 2014
2.5/4 —— Spanish Lake (2014) " This is a fascinating story ... But as a movie, "Spanish Lake" misses the opportunity to include other voices." — St. Louis Post-Dispatch
Posted Jun 12, 2014
3/4 85% 22 Jump Street (2014) " A self-aware sequel has to hop over hurdles to keep from swallowing its own tail, but the sharp writing and tag-team antics lift "22 Jump Street" to a high level." — St. Louis Post-Dispatch
Posted Jun 12, 2014
1.5/4 80% The Fault In Our Stars (2014) " In its totality, "The Fault in Our Stars" is as noxious as chemotherapy." — St. Louis Post-Dispatch
Posted Jun 5, 2014
2.5/4 43% Words And Pictures (2014) " The movie looks like it was made for broadcast television, the place where words and pictures go to die." — St. Louis Post-Dispatch
Posted Jun 5, 2014
2/4 90% Edge of Tomorrow (2014) " "Edge of Tomorrow" has neither an edge nor a vision of tomorrow that matters today." — St. Louis Post-Dispatch
Posted Jun 5, 2014
3/4 63% For No Good Reason (2014) " Giving an overlooked luminary his due is reason enough for "For No Good Reason."" — St. Louis Post-Dispatch
Posted May 29, 2014
2/4 33% A Million Ways to Die in the West (2014) " 'Round these parts, when a movie promises a million laughs but only delivers a dozen chuckles, that's a hanging offense." — St. Louis Post-Dispatch
Posted May 29, 2014
3/4 92% X-Men: Days of Future Past (2014) " Some sequels have such a complicated back story they should come with printed footnotes. The latest sequel in the "X-Men" series requires an encyclopedia that can be read in a fun-house mirror." — St. Louis Post-Dispatch
Posted May 22, 2014
3.5/4 88% Chef (2014) " Best of all is Favreau. Instead of mass-producing another superhero epic, he has given the overfed public a dish of right-sized comfort food. Whatever he cooks up in the future, it will be hard to top "Chef."" — St. Louis Post-Dispatch
Posted May 22, 2014
3/4 87% The Immigrant (2014) " From the Caruso serenade for the new arrivals at Ellis Island to the discordant reality on the other side of the golden door, "The Immigrant" has a ringing message: Succeeding in America is a dream act." — St. Louis Post-Dispatch
Posted May 22, 2014
2/4 14% Blended (2014) " Like something coughed up by a baby, "Blended" is tasteless mush." — St. Louis Post-Dispatch
Posted May 22, 2014
3/4 31% God's Pocket (2014) " Who can quibble when the source material is a novel by Peter Dexter ("Paris Trout"), the debut director is John Slattery ("Mad Men") and the actors are such seasoned pros?" — St. Louis Post-Dispatch
Posted May 15, 2014
3/4 61% Million Dollar Arm (2014) " "Million Dollar Arm" is as predictable as a 3-and-0 pitch down the middle, but when it's baseball season, who wants dark clouds?" — St. Louis Post-Dispatch
Posted May 15, 2014
2/4 74% Godzilla (2014) " There's a word for the kind of technocratic brains behind "Godzilla": unbalanced." — St. Louis Post-Dispatch
Posted May 15, 2014
3/4 83% Belle (2014) " With stately surroundings and hissable villains, director Amma Assante imbues the finale with such dramatic resonance that "Belle" becomes a ringing proclamation of human dignity." — St. Louis Post-Dispatch
Posted May 15, 2014
2/4 16% Legends of Oz: Dorothy's Return (2014) " There are songs, by a motley crew of tunesmiths who include Bryan Adams, but except for a showstopper tailor-made for Short, they don't make much of an impact. Ditto for the script ..." — St. Louis Post-Dispatch
Posted May 8, 2014
3.5/4 73% Neighbors (2014) " "Neighbors" is a showcase for Rogen and a coming-out party for Byrne. It's a party where we want to stay, until we're dragged out kicking and screaming." — St. Louis Post-Dispatch
Posted May 8, 2014
3.5/4 99% Jodorowsky's Dune (2014) " This documentary version of Jodorowsky's "Dune" is probably more entertaining than what Hollywood would have done to it, with a clearer message: Our lives are like sands though an hourglass, so dream the impossible dream." — St. Louis Post-Dispatch
Posted May 8, 2014
2.5/4 54% Fading Gigolo (2014) " While Allen emerges from this mash-up relatively unscathed, Turturro as an implausible male prostitute gets maimed at the intersection of comedy and drama." — St. Louis Post-Dispatch
Posted May 8, 2014
2.5/4 53% The Amazing Spider-Man 2 (2014) " "The Amazing Spider-Man 2" is easy to watch but hard to pin down, like a creature with eight legs going in different directions." — St. Louis Post-Dispatch
Posted May 1, 2014
3.5/4 95% Finding Vivian Maier (2014) " The holes in the story are papered over with such beautiful photographs that few viewers could complain." — St. Louis Post-Dispatch
Posted Apr 24, 2014
2/4 66% The Railway Man (2014) " "The Railway Man" is a polished locomotive that never builds up steam or deviates from its timetable." — St. Louis Post-Dispatch
Posted Apr 24, 2014
2/4 19% Transcendence (2014) " "Transcendence" is an ambitious movie, but ultimately there's too much "artificial" and not enough "intelligence."" — St. Louis Post-Dispatch
Posted Apr 17, 2014
3/4 59% Dom Hemingway (2014) " While Law bellows blasphemous poetry, his director orchestrates a noirish light show with a cockeyed rhythm." — St. Louis Post-Dispatch
Posted Apr 17, 2014
2/4 46% Heaven Is for Real (2014) " Given its declarative title, "Heaven Is for Real" should have built a more convincing case." — St. Louis Post-Dispatch
Posted Apr 15, 2014
2.5/4 85% Joe (2014) " "Joe" is not handsome or especially smart, but like its namesake, the film has enough rough humor and respect for hard work to qualify as average." — St. Louis Post-Dispatch
Posted Apr 10, 2014
3/4 97% Ernest & CĂ©lestine (2014) " Ernest learns to share, Celestine learns to a paint - and the audience learns that in a Disney-dominated marketplace, kids are still free to choose their own mini mouse." — St. Louis Post-Dispatch
Posted Apr 10, 2014
3/4 62% Draft Day (2014) " It's the Sam Bradford of sports movies - not an All Pro, but capable of a close, fourth-quarter win." — St. Louis Post-Dispatch
Posted Apr 10, 2014
2.5/4 79% The Raid 2 (2014) " The plot is murky, the acting is melodramatic and the movie is way too long, but the target audience will salivate over the inventively choreographed set-pieces ..." — St. Louis Post-Dispatch
Posted Apr 10, 2014
3/4 60% Nymphomaniac: Volume II (2014) " For better or worse, the whole exercise in lurid leg-pulling goes out with a bang." — St. Louis Post-Dispatch
Posted Apr 10, 2014
2.5/4 89% Captain America: The Winter Soldier (2014) " On paper this sequel has some promising elements, but on screen it retreats from the very issues that it raises, and on a shelf next to "Captain America: The First Avenger," "The Winter Soldier" is pale." — St. Louis Post-Dispatch
Posted Apr 3, 2014
2.5/4 75% Nymphomaniac: Volume I (2014) " Without an explanation for the protagonist's physical and emotional injuries, it's a head-scratcher. As with Joe's sexual compulsion, scratching can't cure the itch." — St. Louis Post-Dispatch
Posted Apr 3, 2014
3/4 96% The Lunchbox (2014) " A lovely little film from a place where the little things linger." — St. Louis Post-Dispatch
Posted Apr 3, 2014
2.5/4 89% Le Week-End (2014) " This extra-dry mix of drama and comedy is supposed to reflect the complexities of real life; but as a movie, it's so schematic and schizoid, it leaves us scratching our berets." — St. Louis Post-Dispatch
Posted Mar 27, 2014
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