100

RogerEbert.com

If your moviegoing needs are driven less by a need to "feel good" afterwards and more by a desire to see something that will grab and touch you in ways that you will not be shaking anytime soon, this is the movie for you.
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88

The Globe and Mail (Toronto)

None of this would work with anywhere near the power it does without Nicolas Cage, whom Green has smartly cast in this sometimes maddeningly erratic and ill-disciplined actor’s most perfectly suited role since "Leaving Las Vegas" and "Adaptation."
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88

Movie Nation

By Roger Moore
Joe is the movie that will make you remember how good Nicolas Cage once was and can be again.
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83

indieWIRE

By Eric Kohn
If Joe marks a new beginning for some of its characters, the same description applies to its director and star.
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83

The Playlist

By Oliver Lyttelton
It’s not exactly doing anything new, but it’s a muscular and textured piece of work that shifts assuredly through tones and genre, features a rich and rewarding performance from Cage, and another excellent turn from his young co-star Tye Sheridan.
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80

The Guardian

By Xan Brooks
Joe also stands as a reminder of what a terrific actor Cage can be when he is able to harness and channel his wilder impulses.
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80

Film.com

By Jordan Hoffman
Cage, not one known for subtlety of late, is truly great in this sad, funny and tender role.
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80

The Dissolve

By Nathan Rabin
Joe’s brilliance doesn’t lie in its destination, but in the gripping, intense, surprisingly joyous and funny journey it takes to get there.
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75

Chicago Sun-Times

By Bill Stamets
Gripping and at times agonizing.
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60

Variety

By Justin Chang
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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73 out of 100
Generally favorable reviews
Metascore® based on all critic reviews. Scores range from 0 to 100, with higher scores indicating more favorable reviews.