Joe
Joe (2014)

A gripping mix of friendship, violence and redemption erupts in the contemporary South in this adaptation of Larry Brown's novel, celebrated at once for its grit and its deeply moving core. Directed by David Gordon Green, JOE film… More

Rated: R
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Genre: Drama
Release Date: June 17, 2014
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Critic Score: 86% Rotten Tomatoes™ Critic Reviews

Consensus: Rich in atmosphere and anchored by a powerful performance from Nicolas Cage, Joe is a satisfying return to form for its star -- as well as director David Gordon Green.

Geoff Pevere
Globe and Mail

The shifting tones keep the movie both buoyant and firmly grounded, and playing out in a sphere pitched somewhere between the mythic and the muddy.

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Soren Anderson
Seattle Times

A small-scale, expertly acted character study in which Cage plays an ex-con trying to make a quiet living in a backwater Texas town and trying, above all, to keep certain troublesome character tendencies in check.

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Stephen Silver
EntertainmentTell

Nicolas Cage, in 2014, gave about 15 horrible performances and one great one

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Peter Howell
Toronto Star

A tough rural drama by David Gordon Green that digs deep in all the right ways.

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Bill Goodykoontz
Arizona Republic

What happens along the way isn't particularly surprising to those familiar with Southern gothic sensibilities. But if the path is predictable, the acting is not.

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Jesse Hassenger
PopMatters

For two hours, Cage's bad-thriller past doesn't catch up with him.

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Tom Long
Detroit News

It's young Sheridan's Gary who makes the film work, with his mix of earnest ambition, stubborn courage and hopeful endurance. He gives "Joe" the honesty it needs.

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Bob Mondello
NPR

For Nicolas Cage, whose dumb, rant-for-hire projects have lately been making audiences forget how good he can be, Joe is more than a rescue - it's a re-birth.

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Graham Young
Birmingham Mail

A fantastic story of destiny finally calling for a drifter ( ... ) except that Gary Poulter was found dead two months after shooting wrapped, a victim of the alcoholic, hard-living, cancer-ridden existence he had somehow put behind him while on set.

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Flixster Audience Score: 68% Flixster User Reviews
Al S
A blisteringly intense, compelling and very powerful movie. Director, David Gordan Green finally returns to form with this southern drama that's gritty,… More
Markus Robinson
Nearly every critique I've read so far has proclaimed the high point of "Joe" to be the standout performance of Nicolas Cage. I would even go so… More
Dan Schultz
A grimy, dirty story of an ex-con named Joe (Nicolas Cage), who is running a successful tree poisoning business, until he slowly starts to become a father… More
Carlos Magalhães
With Cage's best and most nuanced performance since Bad Lieutenant and a solid, sensitive direction by Green in what seems like the finest drama of his… More
KJ Proulx
The highlights of this film truly are the standout performances by the entire cast involved, and although "Joe" may seem a little slow moving at… More
Alex roy
Brilliant drama, I was pleasantly surprised by Joe, a film that ranks among Nicholas Cage's finest performances. This is a well crafted drama, one that… More