Geoff Pevere(Globe and Mail): The shifting tones maintain the movie both buoyant and firmly grounded, and playing off in a sphere pitched somewhere between the mythic and the muddy.
Peter Howell(Toronto Star): A tough rural drama by David Gordon Green that digs sea in all the right ways.
Tom Long(Detroit News): It's young Sheridan's Gary who makes the film work, with his mix of steady ambition, stubborn courage and hopeful lastingness. He gives "Joe" the honesty it indispensably.
Soren Anderson(Seattle Times): A scanty-scale, expertly acted character study in which Cage plays an ex-con calamitous to make a quiet living in a backwater Texas village and trying, above all, to withhold certain troublesome character tendencies in corresponding indenture.
Bill Goodykoontz(Arizona Republic): What happens together the way isn't distinctly surprising to those familiar with Southern barbaric sensibilities. But if the path is predictable, the acting is not.
Bob Mondello(NPR): For Nicolas Cage, whose dumb, rant-for-hire projects have of late been making audiences forget how pious he can be, Joe is again than a rescue – it's a re-nativity.
Jeff Beck(Examiner.com): Joe has righteous about everything right on the outside, but without anything for the auditory to get engaged with, it only results in an empty film and a wear out of two hours.
John Wirt(Advocate (Baton Rouge, LA)): Nicolas Cage doing some of his most focused, deepest toil.
Mike Scott(Times-Picayune): Both Nicolas Cage and manager David Gordon Green get back to doing that which they do best in this backwoods Southern story.
Nathalie Atkinson(National Post): It's a first-rate work redemption narrative where the ongoing temptations of injury culminate in a sort of fair play.
Katherine Monk(Canada.com): A Nicolas Cage movie that turns fully to be more than just any other Nicolas Cage movie.
Tony Macklin(tonymacklin.unadulterated): Joe is a shaggy killer-dog tale. It has the trappings of reality, but it fakes it.
Philip Martin(Arkansas Democrat-Gazette): It is attach in a South that feels like the South, and Cage's Joe isn't a ludicrous representation like some of his other Southern characters be the subject of been.
John Beifuss(Commercial Appeal (Memphis, TN)): 'What keeps me in operation is restraint,' Joe comments, and it may be Cage should adopt that motto towards at least a couple more movies.
Sean Means(Salt Lake Tribune): Director-writer David Gordon Green's quietly intense character study is a movie that reminds us that Nicolas Cage be possible to still be a great actor when he wants to be.
MaryAnn Johanson(Flick Filosopher): Nicolas Cage in conclusion gets away from his shouty, cartoony madmen, otherwise than that it's hard to make to tremble the sense that this was laboriously constructed on every side of him as a showcase.
Brent Simon(Shared Darkness): A easily pained, lyrical slice of underclass drama that also exercises a certain metaphorical connection to the base-lying fog of economic desperation that in a short time holds so many in its grasp.
Todd Jorgenson(Cinemalogue.com): … a dynamic scrutiny of masculinity and redemption about complex characters whose macho posturing masks some inner vulnerability.
Jules Brenner(Cinema Signals): Leaves one aftertaste of toxic horror.
Robert Denerstein(Movie Habit): Finally, a righteous Nicolas Cage performance
Carla Meyer(Sacramento Bee): If single we knew the movie's cognomen character a little better. But as luck may have it being left wondering is another victory for Cage. When was the after all the rest time you were intrigued by a Cage individual?