• R, 1 hr. 56 min.
  • Drama
  • Directed By:
    David Gordon Green
    In Theaters:
    Apr 11, 2014 Limited
    On DVD:
    Jun 17, 2014
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Joe Reviews

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Mark Kermode
Observer [UK]

Generally as raw as the steaks that Cage manfully cuts from the carcass of an impaled deer, the high whiff of which seeps through every frame of the film.

Full Review Source: Observer [UK] | Original Score: 3/5

July 27, 2014
Jason Best
Movie Talk

Nicolas Cage dials down the craziness to deliver a performance of true sensitivity and depth in this absorbing American indie drama.

Full Review Source: Movie Talk

July 27, 2014
Ryan Gilbey
Sight and Sound

There is a pleasing synchronicity between Joe's attempts to stem his temper and the effort made by Cage to keep his own actorly excesses in check.

Full Review Source: Sight and Sound

July 25, 2014
Tara Brady
Irish Times

Bearded redneck turns out to be a good look for Cage, who puts in his best screen performance since Werner Herzog'sBad Lieutenant

Full Review Source: Irish Times | Original Score: 4/5

July 25, 2014
Rich Cline

Nicolas Cage gives a rare internalised performance in this atmospheric drama, which has a stronger sense of its location than it does of its story.

Full Review Source: | Original Score: 3.5/5

July 25, 2014
Charlotte O'Sullivan
This is London

With a bolder script, Joe could have been a Texan masterpiece to rank alongside Badlands.

Full Review Source: This is London | Original Score: 3/5

July 25, 2014
Allan Hunter
Daily Express

The character could so easily have encouraged him to chew the scenery or lose himself in eccentricity but Cage responds with understatement and a sense of a man fighting to master his fate.

Full Review Source: Daily Express | Original Score: 4/5

July 24, 2014
Geoffrey Macnab

Green specialises in a soulful naturalism, and Joe contrasts moments of Malick-style lyricism with scenes of extreme brutality.

Full Review Source: Independent | Original Score: 4/5

July 24, 2014
Laurence Phelan

Joe is a gripping drama with a powerful moral core, that has sympathy for those trying to make their way alone through the world, but doesn't give them much of a chance.

Full Review Source: Independent | Original Score: 4/5

July 24, 2014
Aine O'Connor
Irish Independent

David Gordon Green returns to his indie roots to create a world that is sordid, dirty, cruel, and whose only hope comes from the same place as the badness does, human nature.

Full Review Source: Irish Independent

July 24, 2014
David Hughes
Empire Magazine

An understated Nicolas Cage - there's a phrase you don't get to write too often these days - anchors a superbly realised film, which, like its eponymous hero, has a brittle outer shell concealing a surprisingly warm heart.

Full Review Source: Empire Magazine | Original Score: 4/5

July 24, 2014
Nick Newman
Little White Lies

Exudes a quiet determination that American cinema could use more of.

Full Review Source: Little White Lies | Original Score: 3/5

July 24, 2014
Elliott Noble
Sky Movies

After running a few fool's errands for Hollywood with the likes of Pineapple Express, Your Highness and The Sitter, director David Gordon Green makes a serious return to indie business with a full-blown case o' the Mississippi blues.

Full Review Source: Sky Movies | Original Score: 4/5

July 24, 2014
Nigel Andrews
Financial Times

The plot griddles its right-on themes. Deforestation; social deprivation; child abuse; alcohol abuse . . .  It's a long menu and the food isn't any good.

Full Review Source: Financial Times | Original Score: 2/5

July 24, 2014
Peter Bradshaw

Here is a seething piece of social-realist Southern gothic, featuring a powerful performance from a big and broodingly bearded Nicolas Cage.

Full Review Source: Guardian | Original Score: 4/5

July 24, 2014
Siobhan Synnot

Moody, melancholy and well-intentioned, Joe works better as a character study than the melodramatic parable that it eventually embraces.

Full Review Source: Scotsman | Original Score: 3/5

July 21, 2014
Matt Glasby
Total Film

Green's soul-baring Southern noir has much to say about those who speak with their fists and is a masterwork of threatening melancholy.

Full Review Source: Total Film | Original Score: 4/5

July 21, 2014
Stella Papamichael
Digital Spy

Green doesn't take the obvious route, looping in and out of a series of incidents instead of chaining them too tightly in cause and effect, creating real intrigue around Joe and his impulse to destroy.

Full Review Source: Digital Spy | Original Score: 4/5

July 21, 2014
Margot Harrison
Seven Days

What lifts Joe above similar stories, besides the acting, is Green's intense attentiveness to setting and atmosphere.

Full Review Source: Seven Days | Original Score: 8/10

July 2, 2014
Simon Miraudo

Nicolas Cage is as if the question "Turn down for what?" took human form and then starred in a bunch of direct-to-DVD thrillers. For him, there is no such thing as a 'phoned-in' performance.

Full Review Source: Quickflix | Original Score: 3.5/5

July 1, 2014
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