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September 26, 2017
Any good stuff is counteracted by the redundant and pointless miserablism of the whole exercise: drifting awkwardly between several genres, from coming-of-age story to comedy to melodrama.
February 20, 2018
The film turns out to be a sprawling disaster, something that not so much lacks direction, but actively opposes coherence on principle.
Full Review | Original Score: 2/5
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.
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
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-
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
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
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
April 10, 2014
If there is a point to it all, I couldn't find it.
Full Review | Original Score: 2/4
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
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.
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.
April 18, 2014
Finally, a worthy Nicolas Cage performance
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
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
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
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.
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+
April 10, 2014
Whatever you call it, it's not quite right.
Full Review | Original Score: 1.5/4
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-
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