Joe Williams

Joe Williams

Agrees with the Tomatometer 75% of the time.

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Rating T-Meter Title | Year Review
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 78% 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 65% 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 35% 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
3/4 90% Obvious Child (2014) " Sorry, partisans, but there's nothing obvious about "Obvious Child." " ‐ St. Louis Post-Dispatch
Posted Jun 26, 2014
1/4 53% 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 54% 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 80% 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 81% 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 42% 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% Live Die Repeat: 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
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