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455 Ratings


Directed by David Gordon Green
United States, 2013


Nicolas Cage stars as a hard-living ex-con who becomes friend and protector for a hard-luck kid (Tye Sheridan; The Tree of Life, Mud), in this contemporary Southern gothic tale from acclaimed filmmaker David Gordon Green (George Washington, All the Real Girls).

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Joe Directed by David Gordon Green

Awards & Festivals

Venice Film Festival

2013 | 2 wins including: Christopher D. Smithers Foundation Special Award

Austin Film Critics Association

2014 | Winner: Special Honorary Award

What are people saying?

  • El Biffo's rating of the film Joe

    5 stars for Tye Sheridan, a compelling actor, 1 star for Nick Cage, a tired performer. He was great in MOONSTRUCK, which was a long time ago. I almost subtracted another star for gratuitous violence toward animals, including a scene where Cage kills a dog so he can screw a hooker. To make it worse, we a forced to watch his butt bobbing up and down, Is it just me, or does anyone like watching that?

  • J. O.'s rating of the film Joe

    A sombre backwoods tale of a young boy finding protection from his abusive household with an ex-con on his last chance. Beware of internet snobbery - this film was brooding, unsettling, and beautiful, and sad. The performances were honest and heartbreaking, with Cage proving he's just in need of good stories and good direction. Similar to Jeff Nichol's Mud, but grittier and more simplistic. A worthwhile viewing.

  • msmichel's rating of the film Joe

    David Gordon Green made one of the best debut films of the past fifteen years in 2000 (George Washington) and unfortunately has never matched that hint of genius since. "Joe" has been reported as a return to form after floundering making juvenile humour films like the dreadful "your highness", but unfortunately it too flounders. Tye Sheridan is marvelous here as is the father from hell but the script is weak.

  • filmcapsule's rating of the film Joe

    A film about second chances. Joe's conclusion gives it thematic richness - the perfectly sculpted final shot alone echoes and modifies at least three other scenes - but this richness eludes Green in the middle portions of the film, which dwell more on squalid, darkly-lit interiors than the psyches at play in the three central characters.

  • Lucas Granero's rating of the film Joe

    De vuelta a los pantanos del sur americano, Gordon Green se pone las botas y se salpica barro: Joe es una pelicula rugosa, de cuerpos que desean cerrar heridas pero terminan abriendo nuevas. El peculiar uso del contexto del que el director ha sabido dar cuenta en sus primeras grandes peliculas aparece nuevamente aqui, inmaculado, al igual que la aparición de personajes cuyas vidas estan en constante tensión.

  • Matt Richards's rating of the film Joe

    A dense and unsettling stare into the depths of masculine weakness. Joe features incredibly strong performances where the actors are existing true, in each moment with a freshness that is riveting to watch. It's all held together by a driving score that's drenched with dread. My only gripe was the writing of the final act and it's resolution. Solid direction. 4 stars

  • Kamran's rating of the film Joe

    A drifting camera and low key lighting examine the nature of abuse, pain, trauma, and its psychological affects. 80/100 - Great

  • Adam Whybray's rating of the film Joe

    2.5 stars. Characters are somewhat stock Southern Gothic, with scant examination behind the evil that men do, apart from sense that these are men whose goodness has decayed through poverty & drink. Nic's performance as Joe signifies emotional depth without there being any indication of what this depth might entail, which is perfect since the authentic Joe is hidden behind a carefully constructed mask of masculinity.

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