Joe Williams

Joe Williams

Agrees with the Tomatometer 76% 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:
848
Total QuickRatings:
24
Location:
St. Louis, MO

Listing Of All Reviews & Articles

Showing 51 - 100 of 848
Rating T-Meter Title | Year Add Date
2/4 38% Delivery Man (2013) " "Delivery Man" is stuck in the tow-away zone." — St. Louis Post-Dispatch
Posted Nov 21, 2013
3.5/4 90% Blue Is The Warmest Color (2013) " A love story so erotically charged that it short circuits our higher functions." — St. Louis Post-Dispatch
Posted Nov 7, 2013
3/4 93% All Is Lost (2013) " We get the predictable plot points - storms, sharks, close calls with passing ships - but it feels like a uniquely handmade artifact." — St. Louis Post-Dispatch
Posted Nov 7, 2013
65% Thor: The Dark World (2013) " "Thor: The Dark World" spreads enough of the love to co-stars, set designers and special effects personnel to make us forget that the hero is just a glorified quarterback from somebody else's favorite team." — St. Louis Post-Dispatch
Posted Nov 7, 2013
2.5/4 69% About Time (2013) " There's a lot of comic and fantasy potential here, but much of it gets squandered." — St. Louis Post-Dispatch
Posted Nov 6, 2013
2/4 60% Ender's Game (2013) " A blandly sanitized spectacle." — St. Louis Post-Dispatch
Posted Oct 31, 2013
1.5/4 47% Last Vegas (2013) " Injecting a dose of dumbed-down nostalgia into a certain smash comedy about four dudes on the loose in Sin City, this arthritic exercise should be called "The Combover."" — St. Louis Post-Dispatch
Posted Oct 31, 2013
3.5/4 93% Mother Of George (2013) " Serious cinema of the globalist sort." — St. Louis Post-Dispatch
Posted Oct 24, 2013
3.5/4 34% The Counselor (2013) " In its cross-cultural breadth, director Ridley Scott's smart and violent film merits comparison to Steven Soderbergh's "Traffic," but the dialogue delivered by the stellar cast is incomparably McCarthy's." — St. Louis Post-Dispatch
Posted Oct 24, 2013
3/4 96% Muscle Shoals (2013) " Director Greg "Freddy" Camalier augments the talking heads with unusually evocative vistas ..." — St. Louis Post-Dispatch
Posted Oct 24, 2013
3/4 37% The Fifth Estate (2013) " There are very few good movies about journalism, and even fewer about computers. "The Fifth Estate" succeeds on at least the latter count." — St. Louis Post-Dispatch
Posted Oct 17, 2013
3/4 99% Wadjda (2013) " This delightful debut feature by a Saudi woman named Haifaa Al-Mansour uses a bicycle as a metaphor for freedom within a social circumference." — St. Louis Post-Dispatch
Posted Oct 17, 2013
1/4 29% Machete Kills (2013) " When a celebrity chef like Rodriguez is just going through the motions, we can smell that the grindhouse fad is way past its expiration date. It's time to put a fork in it." — St. Louis Post-Dispatch
Posted Oct 11, 2013
3/4 63% The Summit (2013) " "The Summit" is an impressive achievement, but there's a good reason to ask whether cameras are turning the planet into a playground for the reckless rich: because it's there." — St. Louis Post-Dispatch
Posted Oct 10, 2013
2/4 22% Romeo and Juliet (2013) " Shakespeare's play evokes the poetry of undying love, but this "Romeo and Juliet" is prosaic." — St. Louis Post-Dispatch
Posted Oct 10, 2013
3.5/4 93% Captain Phillips (2013) " Freighted with weighty issues, "Captain Phillips" is a film worth debating." — St. Louis Post-Dispatch
Posted Oct 10, 2013
88% Let Me In (2010) " With its mix of true-blood romance and full-moon madness, Let Me In should hasten the twilight of the twerpy pretenders." — St. Louis Post-Dispatch
Posted Oct 7, 2013
2/4 49% Parkland (2013) " While pretending to avoid controversy, debut director Peter Landesman continually steps out of bounds." — St. Louis Post-Dispatch
Posted Oct 3, 2013
3.5/4 97% Gravity (2013) " Even as it looks to the heavens, "Gravity" is bound to earth, where the beauty is in the details." — St. Louis Post-Dispatch
Posted Oct 3, 2013
3/4 86% The Patience Stone (2013) " With a piercing edge, "The Patience Stone" is a cry from behind the veil, where a suffocating woman weaves a new life of her own design." — St. Louis Post-Dispatch
Posted Oct 3, 2013
2.5/4 73% Populaire (2013) " It's neatly formatted, but if there's a message in the margins of this manuscript, "Populaire" doesn't spell it out." — St. Louis Post-Dispatch
Posted Sep 26, 2013
3/4 96% Enough Said (2013) " "Enough Said" is a precious little jewel of a movie." — St. Louis Post-Dispatch
Posted Sep 26, 2013
2.5/4 81% Don Jon (2013) " [Gordon-Levitt's] skills as an actor, and those of co-stars Scarlett Johansson and Julianne Moore, keep us watching, even as public-place modesty makes us want to look away." — St. Louis Post-Dispatch
Posted Sep 26, 2013
3/4 83% Drinking Buddies (2013) " Here's a toast to the cast and crew: "Drinking Buddies" is a three-dimensional movie that doesn't require beer goggles." — St. Louis Post-Dispatch
Posted Sep 25, 2013
3/4 35% Salinger (2013) " This documentary reconstructing the life of the ultimate cult author is like a three-act thriller, and the character at the center of the story is a mute man of mystery." — St. Louis Post-Dispatch
Posted Sep 20, 2013
2.5/4 49% Thanks For Sharing (2013) " "Thanks for Sharing" is redeemed by a reasonably honest script and strong performances." — St. Louis Post-Dispatch
Posted Sep 19, 2013
1.5/4 82% Prisoners (2013) " It's preposterous schlock masquerading as art." — St. Louis Post-Dispatch
Posted Sep 19, 2013
3/4 99% Short Term 12 (2013) " "Short Term 12" may sound like confinement, but it's a redemptive and even funny film that invites us to stay and grow." — St. Louis Post-Dispatch
Posted Sep 13, 2013
3/4 79% Ain't Them Bodies Saints (2013) " This Sundance-sanctioned, love-on-the-run melodrama is indie filmmaking of a deliberately timeless sort." — St. Louis Post-Dispatch
Posted Aug 29, 2013
3/4 75% The Grandmaster (2013) " Whereas many kung-fu movies are a feast that leaves us weary with sensations, the tastefully bittersweet "Grandmaster" puts us in the mood for more." — St. Louis Post-Dispatch
Posted Aug 29, 2013
2/4 62% One Direction: This Is Us (2013) " A tour documentary that's so streamlined, it could only have been produced by a machine." — St. Louis Post-Dispatch
Posted Aug 29, 2013
2/4 42% Closed Circuit (2013) " A light garnish of greater-good propaganda is supposed to make this potboiler palatable for contemporary audiences, but "Closed Circuit" is really a reheated leftover." — St. Louis Post-Dispatch
Posted Aug 27, 2013
3/4 89% The World's End (2013) " An arrested-development comedy that develops into something else altogether." — St. Louis Post-Dispatch
Posted Aug 22, 2013
3.5/4 92% In a World... (2013) " It's not only a fresh and funny spoof of the movie business, it represents a real-life triumph within it." — St. Louis Post-Dispatch
Posted Aug 22, 2013
2.5/4 92% The Spectacular Now (2013) " This coming-of-age movie should appeal to smart, sensitive young people who haven't been exposed to the better examples of the genre." — St. Louis Post-Dispatch
Posted Aug 22, 2013
3/4 72% Lee Daniels' The Butler (2013) " The forced mash-up of "Forrest Gump" and "The Remains of the Day" leaves a bit too much machine oil on the shag carpet, but Whitaker is there to clean it up." — St. Louis Post-Dispatch
Posted Aug 15, 2013
2/4 29% Kick-Ass 2 (2013) " To stand out in a crowded marketplace, a sequel can't just kick ass - it has to blow minds." — St. Louis Post-Dispatch
Posted Aug 15, 2013
83% Prince Avalanche (2013) " "Prince Avalanche" is a molehill that dreams it's a mountain when it's really, really stoned." — St. Louis Post-Dispatch
Posted Aug 15, 2013
3/4 91% Blue Jasmine (2013) " There's never been a better director of women than Woody Allen. Actresses in his films have earned five Oscars from 11 nominations. Cate Blanchett in "Blue Jasmine" should make it an even dozen." — St. Louis Post-Dispatch
Posted Aug 8, 2013
3/4 68% Elysium (2013) " This vision of a violent future makes "Elysium" well worth seeing, even as the conventional violence of the thriller finale makes it a missed opportunity." — St. Louis Post-Dispatch
Posted Aug 8, 2013
2/4 47% We're The Millers (2013) " We'd have to be stoned to be interested in these characters or to be surprised when they form a surrogate family just in time for the blooper reel." — St. Louis Post-Dispatch
Posted Aug 6, 2013
3/4 89% Hannah Arendt (2013) " In an era of sleepwalking surrender, "Hannah Arendt" is a welcome wake-up call, a ringing reminder that warring forces first assemble on the battlefield of conscience." — St. Louis Post-Dispatch
Posted Aug 1, 2013
2/4 64% 2 Guns (2013) " With the combined heat of its stars, "2 Guns" should have had double impact, but Washington and Wahlberg are only doing this tango for cash." — St. Louis Post-Dispatch
Posted Aug 1, 2013
14% The Smurfs 2 (2013) " It's not exactly "Ratatouille," but this quasi-animated movie makes an amusing late-summer vacation from superheroes and shoot-'em-ups." — St. Louis Post-Dispatch
Posted Jul 31, 2013
2/4 69% The Wolverine (2013) " A movie so unspectacular and meaningless it might be mistaken for an old episode of "The Incredible Hulk."" — St. Louis Post-Dispatch
Posted Jul 25, 2013
2.5/4 52% The To Do List (2013) " A middling showcase for rising star Aubrey Plaza." — St. Louis Post-Dispatch
Posted Jul 25, 2013
2.5/4 47% I'm So Excited! (2013) " It's amusing fluff, but from an Oscar-winning dramatist, this return to comedy is a bit of a letdown." — St. Louis Post-Dispatch
Posted Jul 25, 2013
2/4 42% Red 2 (2013) " "Red 2" is not just a bad movie, it's bad karma. And the target audience of adult moviegoers who respect the names in its once-vital cast have a bull's-eye on their collective cranium." — St. Louis Post-Dispatch
Posted Jul 18, 2013
2.5/4 86% The Conjuring (2013) " With its forked tongue planted loosely in cheek, this haunted-house flick is enjoyably retro in both style and substance." — St. Louis Post-Dispatch
Posted Jul 18, 2013
3/4 85% The Way Way Back (2013) " Aiming for a middle path between drama and comedy, "The Way Way Back" is so overloaded with jokes that it could sink in the water hazard, but on the final scorecard, sure enough, it's in the hole." — St. Louis Post-Dispatch
Posted Jul 18, 2013
3/4 80% Crystal Fairy (2013) " Based on a true story, using improvised dialogue and a handheld camera, "Crystal Fairy" feels authentic." — St. Louis Post-Dispatch
Posted Jul 18, 2013
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