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495 Ratings


Directed by David Gordon Green
United States, 2013


Nicolas Cage stars as a hard-living ex-con who becomes friend and protector for a hard-luck kid (Tye Sheridan; The Tree of Life, Mud), in this contemporary Southern gothic tale from acclaimed filmmaker David Gordon Green (George Washington, All the Real Girls).

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Joe Directed by David Gordon Green
Green’s regular cinematographer, Tim Orr, brings to the exteriors his characteristically ripe, rich palette. Less predictable is the way the apparently squalid interiors compete in this aesthetic beauty contest. Sunlight blasts through coloured curtains, drenching one room in a brothel a lush orange, the next a ridiculous pink that tickles the eye. Divisions between external and internal, home and nature, are being eroded subtly.
July 25, 2014
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Green affirms his film’s classist hopelessness by a sense of daring meta positioning: By pitting a privileged movie star against a true member of the walking damned, and ironically asking you to root for the star under the guise of empathizing with the damned.
June 15, 2014
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Green has produced one of his very finest films to date, and a showcase for Cage’s best actorly instincts… In its own oblique way, Joe, adapted by Gary Hawkins from the late Larry Brown’s novel, is a kind of male-centered American answer to the films of Belgium’s Dardenne brothers.
May 01, 2014
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What are people saying?

  • El Biffo's rating of the film Joe

    5 stars for Tye Sheridan, a compelling actor, 1 star for Nick Cage, a tired performer. He was great in MOONSTRUCK, which was a long time ago. I almost subtracted another star for gratuitous violence toward animals, including a scene where Cage kills a dog so he can screw a hooker. To make it worse, we a forced to watch his butt bobbing up and down, Is it just me, or does anyone like watching that?

  • Ghostman's rating of the film Joe

    I hope DGG makes more films like this instead of doing shitty reboots of long dead franchises (Halloween). Cage gives one of his best performances here & Sheridan is excellent as well. However, it's Gary Poulter, a real life homeless man who died shortly after filming, who walks away with the movie as the alcoholic father in his only film performance. A haunting picture with the emotional power of an old film noir

  • J. O.'s rating of the film Joe

    A sombre backwoods tale of a young boy finding protection from his abusive household with an ex-con on his last chance. Beware of internet snobbery - this film was brooding, unsettling, and beautiful, and sad. The performances were honest and heartbreaking, with Cage proving he's just in need of good stories and good direction. Similar to Jeff Nichol's Mud, but grittier and more simplistic. A worthwhile viewing.

  • msmichel's rating of the film Joe

    David Gordon Green made one of the best debut films of the past fifteen years in 2000 (George Washington) and unfortunately has never matched that hint of genius since. "Joe" has been reported as a return to form after floundering making juvenile humour films like the dreadful "your highness", but unfortunately it too flounders. Tye Sheridan is marvelous here as is the father from hell but the script is weak.

  • Lucas Granero's rating of the film Joe

    De vuelta a los pantanos del sur americano, Gordon Green se pone las botas y se salpica barro: Joe es una pelicula rugosa, de cuerpos que desean cerrar heridas pero terminan abriendo nuevas. El peculiar uso del contexto del que el director ha sabido dar cuenta en sus primeras grandes peliculas aparece nuevamente aqui, inmaculado, al igual que la aparición de personajes cuyas vidas estan en constante tensión.

  • OFF_FRAME's rating of the film Joe

    A dense and unsettling stare into the depths of masculine weakness. Joe features incredibly strong performances where the actors are existing true, in each moment with a freshness that is riveting to watch. It's all held together by a driving score that's drenched with dread. My only gripe was the writing of the final act and it's resolution. Solid direction. 4 stars

  • Palmat's rating of the film Joe

    A kinda "by-the-numbers" drama that is elevated by Cage's committed performance and Gordon's assured direction. We´ve seen this before but it is very well handled here.

  • Kamran's rating of the film Joe

    A drifting camera and low key lighting examine the nature of abuse, pain, trauma, and its psychological affects. 80/100 - Great

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