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Reviews: Joe (2014)

joeReviews for this film from our members:

  • Marco Albanese @ Stanze di Cinema [Italian]
    • Excerpt: Il nuovo film di David Gordon Green è un classico racconto di formazione, con un figlio alla ricerca di un padre ed un uomo battuto dalla vita, in attesa di un’occasione di riscatto, per dare un senso alla propria esistenza.
  • Jason Bailey @ Flavorwire
    • Excerpt: And yet what’s interesting about Joe is that it’s not a total about-face; if anything, the way director David Gordon Green (himself on the up side of a comeback, following the commercial/stoner comedy dregs of Your Highness and The Sitter) 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.
  • Chris Barsanti @ Film Journal International
    • Excerpt: A low-key but rejuvenated-looking Nicolas Cage cuts an impressive figure as the gruff hero of this muscular and wry small-town Southern noir.
  • Laura Clifford @ Reeling Reviews
    • Excerpt: The film may take one too many detours on an overly familiar road, but it’s been crafted with real feeling.
  • Edwin Davies @ A Mighty Fine Blog
    • Excerpt: The film accordions between leisurely menace and frantic action on a pinhead throughout. It’s not always successful, but it makes for an indelibly unbalanced experience.
  • Tony Dayoub @ Cinema Viewfinder
    • Excerpt: Just as Werner Herzog did with his recent BAD LIEUTENANT revision, Green frames JOE in such a way as to harness Cage’s volatility to create a raw, beautifully drawn study of both character and locale.
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  • MaryAnn Johanson @ FlickFilosopher.com
    • Excerpt: 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.
  • Jeremy Kibler @ The Artful Critic
    • Excerpt: Joe might be familiar Southern Gothic stuff, but it’s well-told, well-directed, and well-acted. It also doesn’t hurt that Cage redeems himself, reminding us that when he feels like challenging himself there’s still some nuance and subtlety left in him.
  • Simon Miraudo @ Quickflix
  • Pat Mullen @ Cinemablographer
    • Excerpt: Nic Cage craziness at its best!
  • Jason Pirodsky @ Expats.cz
    • Excerpt: Gary Poulter’s performance is one of the most incredible single-movie acts you’ll ever see, and his backstory is even more fascinating than the movie itself.
  • Jamie S. Rich @ DVDTalk
    • Excerpt: The film’s most effective anchor is not the cinematic aesthetic, however, but Nicholas Cage. Joe provides him with an opportunity to once more put some soul into his work.
  • Frank Swietek @ One Guys Opinion
    • Excerpt: A powerful piece of Southern gothic that gives Nicolas Cage his best role in years.
Updated: July 10, 2015 — 11:40 am

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