Joe Reviews

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Noah Gittell
Movie Mezzanine
April 10, 2014
A false start for both Cage and Green, two singular cinematic voices who have drifted too far into the seas of commercialism.
Jeff Beck
June 16, 2014
Joe has just about everything right on the surface, but without anything for the audience to get engaged with, it merely results in an empty film and a waste of two hours.
Full Review | Original Score: 2.5/5
Guy Lodge
September 6, 2013
Before you can say it's a dog-eat-dog world out there, Green serves us with a tawdrily obvious scene in which one dog does indeed eat another.
Full Review | Original Score: C-
Jonah Flicker
Paste Magazine
April 10, 2014
This Southern Gothic story is overwrought and, despite its beautifully decayed deep South setting and flawed characters who might be interesting underneath all their angst, is actually kind of boring.
Full Review | Original Score: 5.8/10
Tony Macklin
April 28, 2014
Joe is a shaggy killer-dog story. It has the trappings of reality, but it fakes it.
Full Review | Original Score: 2.0/5
Anders Wright
San Diego Union-Tribune
April 10, 2014
Nothing happens that you can't see coming, and while that doesn't mean it's unsatisfying, it makes "Joe" feel like a foregone conclusion.
Full Review | Original Score: 2.5/5
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Kyle Smith
New York Post
April 10, 2014
If there is a point to it all, I couldn't find it.
Full Review | Original Score: 2/4
Nigel Andrews
Financial Times
July 24, 2014
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 | Original Score: 2/5
David Jenkins
Little White Lies
September 13, 2013
The fluency of the storytelling isn't always up to snuff, and Green is prone to inserting in spurious single-serving scenes which feel like they're there to artificially bolster the character motivations.
MaryAnn Johanson
Flick Filosopher
April 22, 2014
Nicolas Cage finally gets away from his shouty, cartoony madmen, but it's hard to shake the sense that this was laboriously constructed around him as a showcase.
Robert Denerstein
Movie Habit
April 18, 2014
Finally, a worthy Nicolas Cage performance
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Keith Uhlich
Time Out
April 8, 2014
Green, as is his wont, too often strains for poetic effect through flowery voiceover and tone-deaf interactions-like those between Joe and his latest short-term girlfriend-that undercut the genuineness.
Full Review | Original Score: 3/5
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Joe Williams
St. Louis Post-Dispatch
April 10, 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.
Full Review | Original Score: 2.5/4
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Justin Chang
September 13, 2013
A patiently observed, often unsettlingly violent drama that can't help but feel overly familiar in some of its particulars, rich in rural texture but low on narrative momentum or surprise
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Stephanie Zacharek
Village Voice
September 13, 2013
The whole thing makes Winter's Bone look as cheerful as a Li'l Abner strip, and there's something distastefully condescending about it.
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Michael Sragow
Orange County Register
April 10, 2014
Nicolas Cage and Tye Sheridan can't save this story -- about a righteous ex-con becoming the surrogate father to an abused boy -- from turning into an exercise in rural wretchedness.
Full Review | Original Score: C+
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Peter Keough
Boston Globe
April 10, 2014
Whatever you call it, it's not quite right.
Full Review | Original Score: 1.5/4
Nick Newman
Little White Lies
July 24, 2014
Exudes a quiet determination that American cinema could use more of.
Full Review | Original Score: 3/5
Laurence Phelan
July 24, 2014
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 | Original Score: 4/5
Aine O'Connor
Irish Independent
July 24, 2014
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.
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