On 9.13.13, Rope of Silicon’s Brad Brevet wrote this about David Gordon Green‘s Joe: “[It] works and it doesn’t. The tragic narrative has its hiccups along the way, but improves as it builds its story around two strong performances from Nicolas Cage and Tye Sheridan, elevating it slightly above similar exploitative white trash weepers. [It] mines backwoods hick territory, finding a slight narrative kinship with Jeff NicholsMud combined with the tonal darkness of Winter’s Bone. The strongest thread holding the three films together is obviously the focus on down-on-their-luck families with bad dental hygiene, drinking problems and poor living conditions, all of which are traits I typically loathe.”