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: April 11, 2014
DVD Release Date: June 17, 2014
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Critic Score: 87% 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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Alexandra Zawia
Cinema Scope

Any good stuff is counteracted by the redundant and pointless miserablism of the whole exercise: drifting awkwardly between several genres, from coming-of-age story to comedy to melodrama.

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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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Eleanor Ringel Cater
Saporta Report (Atlanta)

Nicolas Cage has decided to remind himself - and all of us - that, yes, he can act, That, in fact, he's a helluva an actor when he puts his mind to it.

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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

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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Jared Mobarak
The Film Stage

The burgeoning relationships may be clichéd in this type of story, but each resonates when gritty portrayals form them.

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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