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Joe Reviews

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Jared Mobarak
The Film Stage
June 23, 2016
The burgeoning relationships may be clichéd in this type of story, but each resonates when gritty portrayals form them.
Full Review | Original Score: A-
Jason Bailey
Flavorwire
June 18, 2016
The way director David Gordon Green uses Cage, and the way the actor modulates the performance, seems a quiet commentary on who he's become onscreen, and how to draw upon it.
Rob Gonsalves
eFilmCritic.com
July 14, 2015
A real movie, for grown-ups, fighting for table scraps in a marketplace dominated by spider-men and x-persons.
Full Review | Original Score: 4/5
Stephen Silver
EntertainmentTell
November 25, 2014
Nicolas Cage, in 2014, gave about 15 horrible performances and one great one
Full Review | Original Score: 4/5
Jesse Hassenger
PopMatters
November 6, 2014
For two hours, Cage's bad-thriller past doesn't catch up with him.
Full Review | Original Score: 8
Graham Young
Birmingham Mail
October 10, 2014
A fantastic story of destiny finally calling for a drifter ( ... ) except that Gary Poulter was found dead two months after shooting wrapped, a victim of the alcoholic, hard-living, cancer-ridden existence he had somehow put behind him while on set.
Full Review | Original Score: 4/5
Blake Howard
2UE That Movie Show
September 27, 2014
Powerhouse performances from Cage and Sheridan and Green's engaging direction assure Joe is a film that will rattle around in your mind for days.
Full Review | Original Score: 3.5/5
Tom Clift
Concrete Playground
August 31, 2014
It's fascinating watching Cage play a man who is constantly trying to restrain himself, when as an actor he's best known for throwing caution to the wind.
Full Review | Original Score: 3.5/5
Mark Kermode
Observer (UK)
July 27, 2014
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 | Original Score: 3/5
Jason Best
Movie Talk
July 27, 2014
Nicolas Cage dials down the craziness to deliver a performance of true sensitivity and depth in this absorbing American indie drama.
Ryan Gilbey
Sight and Sound
July 25, 2014
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.
Tara Brady
Irish Times
July 25, 2014
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 | Original Score: 4/5
Rich Cline
Contactmusic.com
July 25, 2014
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 | Original Score: 3.5/5
Charlotte O'Sullivan
London Evening Standard
July 25, 2014
With a bolder script, Joe could have been a Texan masterpiece to rank alongside Badlands.
Full Review | Original Score: 3/5
Allan Hunter
Daily Express (UK)
July 24, 2014
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 | Original Score: 4/5
Geoffrey Macnab
Independent (UK)
July 24, 2014
Green specialises in a soulful naturalism, and Joe contrasts moments of Malick-style lyricism with scenes of extreme brutality.
Full Review | Original Score: 4/5
Laurence Phelan
Independent (UK)
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
Sunday Independent (Ireland)
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.
David Hughes
Empire Magazine
July 24, 2014
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 | Original Score: 4/5
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
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