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

Showing 51 - 100 of 887
Rating T-Meter Title | Year Add Date
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 20% 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 42% 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 74% 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 64% 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 49% 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 32% 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 33% 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 76% 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 18% 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
2.5/4 58% Mandela: Long Walk to Freedom (2013) " This movie begs to be compared to epics such as "Reds" and "Gandhi." But while Elba embodies a dignified hero, the film itself is less than revolutionary." — St. Louis Post-Dispatch
Posted Dec 24, 2013
3/4 50% The Secret Life Of Walter Mitty (2013) " In our daydreams, an ambitious, world-embracing movie like "The Secret Life of Walter Mitty" deserves to be a bigger hit than yet another "Night at the Museum" or "Madagascar" sequel. But your mileage may vary." — St. Louis Post-Dispatch
Posted Dec 24, 2013
3.5/4 76% The Wolf of Wall Street (2013) " Scorsese, as always, knows exactly what he is doing. Although it's long, the movie is never less than entertaining." — St. Louis Post-Dispatch
Posted Dec 24, 2013
2.5/4 24% Walking With Dinosaurs (2013) " The good intentions are fossilized under the cutesy poop." — St. Louis Post-Dispatch
Posted Dec 19, 2013
4/4 93% American Hustle (2013) " With a solid-gold cast and a sterling script, "American Hustle" has a higher return on investment than any other movie in the marketplace." — St. Louis Post-Dispatch
Posted Dec 19, 2013
2/4 75% Anchorman 2: The Legend Continues (2013) " The movie lacks an effective comedic structure. There's nothing to stop Ferrell and co-writer/director Adam McKay from wobbling across the fine line between stupid and clever like they've had too much scotch." — St. Louis Post-Dispatch
Posted Dec 17, 2013
2/4 74% The Hobbit: The Desolation Of Smaug (2013) " We were promised desolation, but "The Hobbit" just keeps dragon on." — St. Louis Post-Dispatch
Posted Dec 12, 2013
3/4 84% The Armstrong Lie (2013) " While the movie includes enough details about the physiology, strategy and marketing of bike racing to satisfy some of our curiosity, other questions remain unanswered." — St. Louis Post-Dispatch
Posted Dec 12, 2013
2/4 53% Out of the Furnace (2013) " This supposed slice of life is so half-baked it's poisonous." — St. Louis Post-Dispatch
Posted Dec 5, 2013
2.5/4 89% Frozen (2013) " For all its professionalism, I found it as cold as the ice rink at Rockefeller Center." — St. Louis Post-Dispatch
Posted Nov 27, 2013
92% Nebraska (2013) " One of the best films of the year ..." — St. Louis Post-Dispatch
Posted Nov 26, 2013
3/4 92% Philomena (2013) " Dench, Coogan and sure-handed director Stephen Frears ("The Queen") keep the focus on character, and in "Philomena" they've got an earthbound angel." — St. Louis Post-Dispatch
Posted Nov 26, 2013
2.5/4 89% The Hunger Games: Catching Fire (2013) " The ingredients are in place for a potent finale, but "Catching Fire" is watered down." — St. Louis Post-Dispatch
Posted Nov 21, 2013
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 91% 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 35% 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
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