Joe Williams

Joe Williams

Agrees with the Tomatometer 75% of the time.

Joe Williams's reviews (from any publication) always count toward the Tomatometer because this critic is a Tomatometer-approved critic.

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Rating T-Meter Title | Year Review
3.5/4 88% Foxcatcher (2014) "If you're willing to be thrown for a loop, you're in good hands with this medal-worthy cast and crew. " ‐ St. Louis Post-Dispatch
Posted Dec 18, 2014
2/4 61% The Hobbit: The Battle of the Five Armies (2014) "Whose story is this? There's an old saying that history is written by the winners. The screenplay for "The Hobbit: The Battle of the Five Armies" must have been written by elves. " ‐ St. Louis Post-Dispatch
Posted Dec 16, 2014
3/4 73% Point and Shoot (2014) "For better or worse, this is an affluent American's view of the world, and in the post-mortem interview segments, director Marshall Curry does little to broaden the conversation. " ‐ St. Louis Post-Dispatch
Posted Dec 11, 2014
3/4 90% Wild (2014) "Maybe the lack of answers is the point. How do you save your life by hiking 1,000 miles? By putting one foot in front of the other. " ‐ St. Louis Post-Dispatch
Posted Dec 11, 2014
2/4 28% Exodus: Gods and Kings (2014) "We have no idea. What's the point of a Moses movie without a message from the mountaintop? Scott has broken the second commandment of a Bible movie: Have something to say and someone majestic to say it. " ‐ St. Louis Post-Dispatch
Posted Dec 11, 2014
2/4 35% Horrible Bosses 2 (2014) ""Horrible Bosses 2" is further proof that likable actors have to take an occasional sick day. " ‐ St. Louis Post-Dispatch
Posted Nov 25, 2014
3/4 65% The Hunger Games: Mockingjay - Part 1 (2014) "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. " ‐ St. Louis Post-Dispatch
Posted Nov 20, 2014
3.5/4 79% The Theory of Everything (2014) ""The Theory of Everything" is a brainy bio that exerts a gravitational pull on the heartstrings. " ‐ St. Louis Post-Dispatch
Posted Nov 20, 2014
3.5/4 72% Interstellar (2014) "This is epic cinema that begs to be compared to "2001: A Space Odyssey." But unlike Stanley Kubrick's psychedelic joyride, this journey is powered by a human heart. " ‐ St. Louis Post-Dispatch
Posted Nov 4, 2014
3/4 100% Glen Campbell: I'll Be Me (2014) ""Glen Campbell: I'll be Me" is a gift, to its celebrated subject, who gets a final keepsake, and to its audience, which gets a ticket to our shared past and an insight into our shared future. " ‐ St. Louis Post-Dispatch
Posted Oct 30, 2014
2.5/4 92% Dear White People (2014) "Although the characters don't lapse into stereotypes, neither are they sufficiently funny or fierce to engage us in the issues they raise. The movie is a windy debate, the kind that is suited for the safe confines of a college campus. " ‐ St. Louis Post-Dispatch
Posted Oct 23, 2014
3/4 86% The Blue Room (2014) ""The Blue Room" is the kind of film that demands to be seen more than once. " ‐ St. Louis Post-Dispatch
Posted Oct 23, 2014
1.5/4 85% John Wick (2014) "Sorry, Keanu, but you stole my time and you murdered my brain cells. " ‐ St. Louis Post-Dispatch
Posted Oct 23, 2014
1/4 8% The Best Of Me (2014) "Sparks would be delighted if this movie were compared to his other story about reunited lovers, but compared to "The Notebook," "The Best of Me" is the coffee-stained outline of a sales pitch for sleeping pills. " ‐ St. Louis Post-Dispatch
Posted Oct 16, 2014
3/4 77% St. Vincent (2014) "Of course, Murray is the star attraction here, in a role that's both fan-friendly and reminiscent of the range he showed in "Broken Flowers" and "Lost in Translation." " ‐ St. Louis Post-Dispatch
Posted Oct 16, 2014
2/4 31% Men, Women & Children (2014) "In trying to be a big, important movie, "Men, Women & Children" is about none of the above. " ‐ St. Louis Post-Dispatch
Posted Oct 16, 2014
3/4 92% Pride (2014) "One one level, "Pride" is as fake as a lip-sync revue, yet the emotions it arouses are real. " ‐ St. Louis Post-Dispatch
Posted Oct 9, 2014
3/4 47% The Judge (2014) "Despite playing with a stacked deck, "The Judge" is guilty of exceeding expectations. " ‐ St. Louis Post-Dispatch
Posted Oct 9, 2014
3/4 77% Kill the Messenger (2014) "While the chronological details and social significance of the story Webb reported get shortchanged, "Kill the Messenger" is a vital reminder that a free press must be free to press the powerful for answers. " ‐ St. Louis Post-Dispatch
Posted Oct 9, 2014
3/4 88% Gone Girl (2014) "Ultimately what makes "Gone Girl" so watchable is the three-headed monster of Fincher, Pike and Affleck. " ‐ St. Louis Post-Dispatch
Posted Oct 2, 2014
1.5/4 29% Annabelle (2014) ""Annabelle" is so lazily coat-tailing on Roman Polanski, they should have called it "Rosemary's Barbie." " ‐ St. Louis Post-Dispatch
Posted Oct 2, 2014
2.5/4 61% The Equalizer (2014) "A guilty-pleasure platform for Washington's slow-cooked, kick-butt heroism. " ‐ St. Louis Post-Dispatch
Posted Sep 25, 2014
3/4 87% The Skeleton Twins (2014) "In a poignant and potentially depressing film, it's redeeming to see that when they are with their kindred spirits, even the saddest skeletons can dance. " ‐ St. Louis Post-Dispatch
Posted Sep 25, 2014
1.5/4 66% A Walk Among the Tombstones (2014) "Liam Neeson has a particular set of skills, but choosing worthwhile projects is no longer one of them. " ‐ St. Louis Post-Dispatch
Posted Sep 18, 2014
3/4 94% Love Is Strange (2014) ""Love Is Strange" is beautifully acted and bittersweet. It's a gentle reminder that modern love, like a houseplant, needs sunlight, space and attention to grow. " ‐ St. Louis Post-Dispatch
Posted Sep 18, 2014
2/4 41% This Is Where I Leave You (2014) "Although Driver is one of the hottest young actors in Hollywood, his character is so overbearing, he sandbags the whole movie. " ‐ St. Louis Post-Dispatch
Posted Sep 18, 2014
2.5/4 67% Dolphin Tale 2 (2014) "A coo-inducing movie that runs on autopilot without veering into the realm of bad taste. " ‐ St. Louis Post-Dispatch
Posted Sep 11, 2014
3/4 89% The Drop (2014) "While director Michael Roskam lays the groundwork for a heist thriller, "The Drop" is fueled by character, not plot. " ‐ St. Louis Post-Dispatch
Posted Sep 11, 2014
3.5/4 86% The Trip To Italy (2014) "With Winterbottom's first-ever sequel, his "Trip" films now rival Linklater's "Before" series in charting how a twosome evolves over time. Plus, they're bloody hilarious. " ‐ St. Louis Post-Dispatch
Posted Aug 28, 2014
2/4 34% The November Man (2014) "Although "The November Man" shows us some attractive people in motion, the cumulative effect leaves us neither shaken nor stirred. " ‐ St. Louis Post-Dispatch
Posted Aug 26, 2014
2.5/4 43% Frank Miller's Sin City: A Dame to Kill For (2014) "As in the first film, there are judicious stabs of color ... And Alba is a showstopper in a fringed cowgirl outfit. But nine years wiser, we know that pretty things aren't always worth killing for. " ‐ St. Louis Post-Dispatch
Posted Aug 21, 2014
2/4 36% If I Stay (2014) "The settings and supporting roles suggest that "If I Stay" started out as someone's passion project, but the final product only requires its star to sleepwalk through buckets of schlock. " ‐ St. Louis Post-Dispatch
Posted Aug 21, 2014
2/4 80% Land Ho! (2014) ""Land Ho!" is a tepid little movie that goes almost nowhere, and if I had to sit in that rental car for one more boob joke, I'd rather jump into a volcano. " ‐ St. Louis Post-Dispatch
Posted Aug 14, 2014
3/4 89% Calvary (2014) "Both the comedy and the violence are watered down by a dark melancholy. " ‐ St. Louis Post-Dispatch
Posted Aug 14, 2014
2.5/4 51% Magic in the Moonlight (2014) "Largely thanks to the intoxicating scenery and the gorgeous natural-light cinematography, "Magic in the Moonlight" does weave its a spell, resurrecting the spirit of sturdier and more inventive movies by the same conjurer. " ‐ St. Louis Post-Dispatch
Posted Aug 7, 2014
2.5/4 68% The Hundred-Foot Journey (2014) "Although the outcome is as predetermined as a prix-fixe menu, the storytelling is as smooth as goose-liver pate through a pastry nozzle. " ‐ St. Louis Post-Dispatch
Posted Aug 7, 2014
3.5/4 83% Rich Hill (2014) "Perhaps the saddest thing about the film is the thought that nobody raised in Rich Hill could have made it. " ‐ St. Louis Post-Dispatch
Posted Aug 7, 2014
4/4 98% Boyhood (2014) "The closest thing to a lived life that fictional cinema has yet produced. " ‐ St. Louis Post-Dispatch
Posted Jul 31, 2014
4/4 91% Guardians of the Galaxy (2014) "If you're old enough to remember when sci-fi and comic books were fun, "Guardians of the Galaxy" will be your new favorite movie. If you're not, it will set a standard for everything you see. " ‐ St. Louis Post-Dispatch
Posted Jul 31, 2014
1.5/4 18% 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 66% 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 52% 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 46% 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 90% 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 83% 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 18% 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 83% 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
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