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:
913
Total QuickRatings:
24
Location:
St. Louis, MO

Listing Of All Reviews & Articles

Showing 51 - 100 of 913
Rating T-Meter Title | Year Review
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 35% 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 73% 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 98% 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 86% 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 60% 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
2/4 19% Sabotage (2014) " With this bloody exercise in provocation, the aging action hero climbs aboard the crooked-cop bandwagon like it was an ambulance to revive his dying career. " ‐ St. Louis Post-Dispatch
Posted Mar 27, 2014
3/4 77% Noah (2014) " Although Aronofsky constructs this vessel with a filmmaker's toolbox rather than a theologian's blueprint, a sturdy hull of human spirit enables it to navigate between both worlds. " ‐ St. Louis Post-Dispatch
Posted Mar 27, 2014
2.5/4 41% The Face of Love (2014) " Like so much about this film, the finale hints at Hitchcock but settles for soap opera. " ‐ St. Louis Post-Dispatch
Posted Mar 27, 2014
2/4 79% Muppets Most Wanted (2014) " The way that "Muppets Most Wanted" grabs for the green is criminal. " ‐ St. Louis Post-Dispatch
Posted Mar 21, 2014
2.5/4 73% Enemy (2014) " Despite Gyllenhaal's twitchy, two-headed performance, "Enemy" is hobbled by a genetic flaw: Suspension of disbelief has a twin called suspicion of dumbness. " ‐ St. Louis Post-Dispatch
Posted Mar 20, 2014
3/4 65% Bad Words (2014) " Bateman is already a star pupil of comedy, and he could earn an honor's diploma in filmmaking if he learns to spell singularity. " ‐ St. Louis Post-Dispatch
Posted Mar 20, 2014
4/4 92% The Grand Budapest Hotel (2014) " After feeding on this sweet buffet, sated cinephiles will want to call the front desk to extend their stay. " ‐ St. Louis Post-Dispatch
Posted Mar 20, 2014
2.5/4 44% The Art of the Steal (2014) " It's as if Sobol walked a tight-rope over the falls, got distracted by the view and then crawled back to safety. " ‐ St. Louis Post-Dispatch
Posted Mar 13, 2014
3/4 98% Elaine Stritch: Shoot Me (2014) " By the end, even those who had never heard of Stritch can share her rage against the dying of the light. " ‐ St. Louis Post-Dispatch
Posted Mar 13, 2014
3/4 89% Tim's Vermeer (2014) " We should never forget that Penn and Teller are professional bamboozlers, and their attempt to re-frame the definition of genius might be nothing but smoke and mirrors. " ‐ St. Louis Post-Dispatch
Posted Mar 6, 2014
2.5/4 60% Non-Stop (2014) " I've never spoken this fuzzy phrase in conversation, let alone written it in a movie review, but it applies perfectly to the formulaic action flick "Non-Stop": It is what it is. " ‐ St. Louis Post-Dispatch
Posted Feb 27, 2014
2.5/4 89% The Wind Rises (2014) " The view is beautiful, but the loftier aims of "The Wind Rises" fall short. " ‐ St. Louis Post-Dispatch
Posted Feb 27, 2014
1.5/4 41% In Secret (2014) " As cinema it is simply inept, with a talented cast rendered ugly and stiff as they speak in inexplicable British accents. " ‐ St. Louis Post-Dispatch
Posted Feb 20, 2014
1/4 15% Endless Love (2014) " This stinker is only good for endless laughs. " ‐ St. Louis Post-Dispatch
Posted Feb 13, 2014
2/4 48% RoboCop (2014) " Compared to the humor in the "Iron Man" movies or the vigilante themes in the recent "Batman" series, this reboot has little to offer. " ‐ St. Louis Post-Dispatch
Posted Feb 12, 2014
2.5/4 31% The Monuments Men (2014) " This film doesn't compensate for its narrow focus with character development, derring-do or robust humor. " ‐ St. Louis Post-Dispatch
Posted Feb 6, 2014
3.5/4 96% The LEGO Movie (2014) " "The Lego Movie" is a marvelous piece of work. " ‐ St. Louis Post-Dispatch
Posted Feb 6, 2014
3.5/4 99% Gloria (2014) " "Gloria" is a character study, one that's pitiful in the compassionate sense of the word. " ‐ St. Louis Post-Dispatch
Posted Jan 30, 2014
3/4 34% Labor Day (2014) " This confounding film might be too roughly textured for mass consumption, but for audiences who aren't bound by expectations, the labor of chewing it over will be rewarded. " ‐ St. Louis Post-Dispatch
Posted Jan 30, 2014
3/4 77% The Invisible Woman (2013) " A literary love story that's rooted in repression. " ‐ St. Louis Post-Dispatch
Posted Jan 23, 2014
2/4 22% Gimme Shelter (2014) " Although it's superficially grungy, this true story isn't much more substantive than something that star Vanessa Hudgens might have made for the Disney Channel ... " ‐ St. Louis Post-Dispatch
Posted Jan 23, 2014
2/4 17% Ride Along (2014) " Kevin Hart hits the vicinity of humor with a few of his drive-by wisecracks, but the movie itself has nothing under the hood. " ‐ St. Louis Post-Dispatch
Posted Jan 16, 2014
1.5/4 10% The Nut Job (2014) " The burnished backgrounds are pleasant to look at, but finding something to savor in the story is a tough nut to crack. " ‐ St. Louis Post-Dispatch
Posted Jan 16, 2014
3.5/4 64% August: Osage County (2013) " For those who appreciate fiery dialogue delivered by fine actors, "August: Osage County" is heaven-sent. " ‐ St. Louis Post-Dispatch
Posted Jan 9, 2014
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