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Based on 36 Reviews
critic reviews (10)
fan reviews ( 2 )
  • 75
    Peter Travers Rolling Stone

    Sheridan, so good in "Mud" with Matthew McConaughey, excels here as a vulnerable sapling. show more

  • 75
    Mick LaSalle San Francisco Chronicle

    As Wade, Gary Poulter is the most authentic-looking old drunk you'll ever see onscreen - something I thought before I knew the story of his casting: Poulter was a homeless man who was recruited by a casting director. He'd never acted before, and yet he's remarkable in this. show more

  • 80
    Joe Morgenstern Wall Street Journal

    A beautiful film, shot by Tim Orr, that is elevated by Mr. Cage's stirring portrait of a violence-prone man who can't restrain himself from doing good. show more

  • 75
    Steven Rea Philadelphia Inquirer

    This world feels studied in its "authenticity": the rusted GMC pickup, the tumbledown shack, the boozy brothel, and angry Joe Ransom guttin' deer and tending to his own gunshot wounds with a grimace and a bottle of alcohol. show more

  • 60
    Joe Neumaier New York Daily News

    Joe and director David Gordon Green find a middle ground between the old, vulnerable Cage and the one that seemed to eat that other guy. Good to have him back. show more

  • 70
    David Rooney The Hollywood Reporter

    Where it really works is in Cage's bone-deep characterization of a man at war with himself. show more

  • 80
    Jordan Hoffman

    Cage, not one known for subtlety of late, is truly great in this sad, funny and tender role. show more

  • 100

    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. show more

  • 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." show more

  • 88
    Roger Moore McClatchy-Tribune News Service

    Joe is the movie that will make you remember how good Nicolas Cage once was and can be again. show more

  • April 25, 2014 dukedewf
    Report This User

    Good movie with an unorthodox plot. For me, Joe was a very conflicted character, and I'm not sure the actor or director knew just where to take him. It is emotionally arduous and often violet. However, it is one of Cage's best performances. Where did they find some of the unsavory cast??????

  • April 13, 2014 ds00000000190947
    Report This User

    it's so hard to consider this a masterpiece of a man at war with himself, since there were clearly easier solutions. I just saw it as man with a death wish, not at war with himself. And mind u Joe's violent episodes were provoked. Thus his violent nature not really so much. Wait for video.

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