2013, Drama, 1h 57m




AUDIENCE SCORE10,000+ Ratings



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. Read critic reviews





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The rough-hewn boss (Nicolas Cage) of a lumber crew courts trouble when he steps in to protect the youngest member (Tye Sheridan) of his team from an abusive father.


Gary Poulter
Wade aka G-Daawg
Ronnie Gene Blevins
Sue Rock

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The way director David Gordon Green uses Cage, and the way the actor modulates the performance, seems a quiet commentary on who he’s become onscreen, and how to draw upon it.

Generally as raw as the steaks that Cage manfully cuts from the carcass of an impaled deer, the high whiff of which seeps through every frame of the film.

There is a pleasing synchronicity between Joe’s attempts to stem his temper and the effort made by Cage to keep his own actorly excesses in check.

Bearded redneck turns out to be a good look for Cage, who puts in his best screen performance since Werner Herzog’sBad Lieutenant

With a bolder script, Joe could have been a Texan masterpiece to rank alongside Badlands.

Green specialises in a soulful naturalism, and Joe contrasts moments of Malick-style lyricism with scenes of extreme brutality.

A story with some power, humor and heart.

Green avoids the cliché…opting instead for a soundtrack fused with an electronic pulse.

It’s bleak, with little relief from scene to scene, but is a happy medium for Green, melding his indie work with his Hollywood films in an interesting and satisfying way.

With an air of an old Jim Thompson novel, Joe is a grungy thriller with a surprisingly tender heart.

A story of genuine emotions.

Funny, poignant and bleak, often all at the same time, any true fan of His Cageness should certainly give it a watch.


  • Sep 06, 2015
    In this remake of a 1970 film by the same name, Nicholas Cage plays Joe, an ex-con and unlikely hero to a fifteen year old boy. The story is called Joe, and you’ll figure out why by the end, but to be honest, I saw this film more as a coming of age story, with the majority of the focus on Gary (Tye Sheridan). Gary’s family is difficult to say the least, both his parents are drug addicts, and it’s up to him to earn a living to support his sister. One day while out in the woods, he comes across Joe, a man who owns a lumber company and persuades him to give him a job. Gary is a hard worker who comes to see his boss as more of a father figure than his own father, and when things get bad, he’s turns to Joe for help. Joe is no saint though, as he has his own criminal past and is reluctant to get involved. This is one of these really dark, slow moving dramas, where everything may or may not be important to the story. The real action is spaced out, but when something happens, the intensity is off the charts. This film is very similar to, Winter’s Bone, which also had a young lead trying to save her siblings. While Tye Sheridan is not Jennifer Lawrence, his more quiet demeanor makes him more likable in the eyes of the viewer. Sheridan is a kid who came out of nowhere to star in the independent film, Mud, and since then has become known for making these super dark, intense films, where he plays a quiet, reserved character that one can’t help but root for. Nicholas Cage is equally as good in a role that is more dramatic than most of things he’s done lately. That being said, Cage still has it and together with Sheridan make for one of the most interesting and unique films I’ve seen all year. The story and even the trailer seem to be a little dull, most people will look at this film and see it as too slow and dramatic, and at first, I thought so too, but as the film progresses it just gets better and better, ascending to the level of a must see movie.
  • Apr 22, 2015
    Surprisingly good. Cage is good here, as is this film in general. I’m glad he made this…as much as I enjoy his bad films as of late, it’s kind of sad at the same time. Good for him for a making a solid film like this. It’s actually a good contribution to the film world for once.
  • Aug 03, 2014
    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 figure to an abused young boy (Tye Sheridan) who desperately wants to work for him and get away from his dangerous father (the late Gary Poulter). This film resembles “Mud” in many ways, especially by the presence of Sheridan who was in that film as well. However, what made “Mud” special was how the plot unfolded in a natural way and there seemed to be some direction behind the plot narrative. Here, the direction seems scattershot, like it does not know where it is going or what the point of the story is outside of “abuse is bad”. The real treat here is the absolutely outstanding acting, especially from Cage who shows once again why he is one of the best actors on the planet when he is not doing stupid, silly blockbusters. Sheridan is special as well, and Poulter (an actual homeless man discovered and casted by the director) is Shakespearean level terrifying in his portrayal of a man with truly no soul. The movie has good intentions, and David Gordon Green is usually a solid director, but the way the plot unravels seems a bit contrived at times. Still, it may be worth seeing just for the performances alone, which are as said fantastic all-around.

  • Jul 29, 2014
    A blisteringly intense, compelling and very powerful movie. Director, David Gordan Green finally returns to form with this southern drama that’s gritty, gripping, deeply moving and brings us one of the best performances of Nicolas Cage’s career.Green’s best movie in years. Nicolas Cage has never been better, finally a return to greatness performance that shows he still has the goods. Cage is a total powerhouse, this movie is a must-see for his performance alone. An unforgettable piece of work by a great director and a tremendous star. Tye Sheridan gives a great and effective performance. This movie digs deep in all the right ways and hits you emotionally and hits you hard in the gut. This is strong drama at its very finest, its brilliant, riveting and haunting. A knockout. One of 2014’s most impressive films by far. Bravo to all the work they put in on this one.


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