Geoff Pevere(Globe and Mail): The shifting tones store up the movie both buoyant and firmly grounded, and playing extinguished in a sphere pitched somewhere betwixt the mythic and the muddy.
Peter Howell(Toronto Star): A tough rural drama by David Gordon Green that digs engrossed in all the right ways.
Tom Long(Detroit News): It's young Sheridan's Gary who makes the pellicle work, with his mix of true ambition, stubborn courage and hopeful bearing. He gives "Joe" the honesty it necessarily.
Soren Anderson(Seattle Times): A shallow-scale, expertly acted character study in that Cage plays an ex-con afflicting to make a quiet living in a backwater Texas thorp and trying, above all, to do honor to certain troublesome character tendencies in repress.
Bill Goodykoontz(Arizona Republic): What happens in a line the way isn't especially surprising to those familiar with Southern barbaric sensibilities. But if the path is predictable, the performance is not.
Bob Mondello(NPR): For Nicolas Cage, whose mute, rant-for-hire projects have not long ago been making audiences forget how skilful he can be, Joe is more than a rescue – it's a re-production.
Jeff Beck(Examiner.com): Joe has just about everything right on the external part, but without anything for the hearing to get engaged with, it utterly results in an empty film and a havoc of two hours.
John Wirt(Advocate (Baton Rouge, LA)): Nicolas Cage doing more of his most focused, deepest be.
Mike Scott(Times-Picayune): Both Nicolas Cage and monitor David Gordon Green get back to doing the sort of they do best in this backwoods Southern yarn.
Nathalie Atkinson(National Post): It's a work of the first class redemption narrative where the ongoing temptations of acuteness culminate in a sort of impartiality.
Katherine Monk(Canada.com): A Nicolas Cage movie that turns not at home to be more than just one more Nicolas Cage movie.
Tony Macklin(tonymacklin.unadulterated): Joe is a shaggy killer-dog account. It has the trappings of fact, but it fakes it.
Philip Martin(Arkansas Democrat-Gazette): It is unyielding in a South that feels like the South, and Cage's Joe isn't a take off like some of his other Southern characters gain been.
John Beifuss(Commercial Appeal (Memphis, TN)): 'What keeps me operative is restraint,' Joe comments, and possibly Cage should adopt that motto beneficial to at least a couple more movies.
Sean Means(Salt Lake Tribune): Director-scribe David Gordon Green's at rest intense character study is a movie that reminds us that Nicolas Cage be able to still be a great actor whenever he wants to be.
MaryAnn Johanson(Flick Filosopher): Nicolas Cage at last gets away from his shouty, cartoony madmen, mete it's hard to agitate the sense that this was laboriously constructed on every side him as a showcase.
Brent Simon(Shared Darkness): A dear, lyrical slice of underclass drama that also exercises a certain metaphorical connection to the moderate-lying fog of economic desperation that immediately holds so many in its catch.
Todd Jorgenson(Cinemalogue.com): … a dynamic inquiry of masculinity and redemption about tangled skein characters whose macho posturing masks every inner vulnerability.
Jules Brenner(Cinema Signals): Leaves each aftertaste of toxic horror.
Robert Denerstein(Movie Habit): Finally, a exemplary Nicolas Cage performance
Carla Meyer(Sacramento Bee): If solitary we knew the movie's appellation character a little better. But possibly being left wondering is another victory for Cage. When was the be unconsumed time you were intrigued by a Cage personal traits?