For 704 reviews, this critic has graded:
  • 64% higher than the average critic
  • 4% same as the average critic
  • 32% lower than the average critic
On average, this critic grades 6.8 points lower than other critics. (0-100 point scale)

Joe Leydon's Scores

  • Movies
  • TV
Average review score: 56
Highest review score: 100 Knocked Up
Lowest review score: 0 Is That a Gun in Your Pocket?
Score distribution:
704 movie reviews
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    • 50 Joe Leydon
    The movie, while giddily entertaining and exciting in fits and starts, fails to coalesce into a satisfying whole.
    • 57 Metascore
    • 70 Joe Leydon
    The film is sufficiently intelligent and entertaining to engage most grown-ups and, no kidding, fascinate history buffs.
    • 66 Metascore
    • 80 Joe Leydon
    You can’t help feeling that something terrible will happen at any moment, unless something worse happens first.
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    • 90 Joe Leydon
    There are times when you’re tempted to turn away when Joy makes the latest in a long line of really bad, even self-destructive choices. But deGuzman’s performance is so arresting and engaging, you keep your eyes glued to her — if only so you don’t miss the next development that will be hilarious or heartbreaking or both.
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    • 80 Joe Leydon
    People’s Republic of Desire is provocative and unsettling as it brings us on a guided tour through the digital marketplace for something resembling human contact.
    • 49 Metascore
    • 60 Joe Leydon
    McBride is good for a few chuckles during the first two-thirds of the movie and continues to contribute a fair share of funny business after the plot takes a not altogether persuasive serious turn. But Brolin remains the main attraction, and the saving grace, during this lost weekend in the woods.
    • 29 Metascore
    • 30 Joe Leydon
    Paradox, a waste of time made bearable only by its brevity, plays like a bad acid flashback from the 1970s, a time when similarly self-conscious trippy pastiches of rock music and genre conventions proliferated on the midnight-movie circuit.
    • 49 Metascore
    • 30 Joe Leydon
    They Remain is a movie that lives down to your worst expectations.
    • 73 Metascore
    • 50 Joe Leydon
    For all her attempts at documentary-style verisimilitude, filmmaker Ashley McKenzie doesn’t really cover much new ground with Werewolf.
    • 66 Metascore
    • 60 Joe Leydon
    If ever a proselytizing documentary could be described as assaultive, Survivors Guide to Prison might sport that label as a badge of honor.
    • 33 Metascore
    • 30 Joe Leydon
    The movie offers a great deal more mood than matter.
    • 17 Metascore
    • 10 Joe Leydon
    Even if you’re willing to forgive the laughably fake beards, the unconvincing computer-generated imagery, and a man-versus-lion skirmish that might have embarrassed Ed Wood, the overall clunkiness of this enterprise may tempt you to shout rude things at the screen.
    • 62 Metascore
    • 70 Joe Leydon
    Bomb City will keep you in its grasp during every moment leading to its climactic violence. And it won’t let go until the closing credits roll.
    • 61 Metascore
    • 70 Joe Leydon
    To put it simply and gratefully: Braven is the sort of unpretentious yet thoroughly professional popcorn entertainment that brings out the best in everybody involved.
    • 32 Metascore
    • 50 Joe Leydon
    Equal parts 1960s-style Spaghetti Western pastiche and ’80s-style “Mad Max” knockoff, Scorched Earth is the sort of divertingly hokey post-apocalyptic B-movie that would have amused undiscriminating Blockbuster Video renters a generation ago, and now might pass muster as the pilot for a weekly SyFy series.
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    • 30 Joe Leydon
    Imagine a standard-issue romantic comedy drained of humor and suffused with sincerity, and you’ll know what to expect from The Competition, a ponderous trifle that plays very much like the cinematic equivalent of a 45 RPM record spun on a turntable set at 33 1/3.
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    • 40 Joe Leydon
    Huge swaths of “Agnyaathavaasi” are jaw-droppingly absurd, but those are preferable to the stretches that are dull and/or obnoxious.
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    • 20 Joe Leydon
    Around the halfway mark, Desolation stops making sense altogether and spins off into the realm of free-form absurdity.
    • 48 Metascore
    • 70 Joe Leydon
    This low-key and deeply felt indie is unsentimentally blunt while addressing the humiliating debilitations that often define geriatric life. At the same time, however, it scrupulously eschews excessive grimness and shameless heart-tugging, and elicits more than a few laughs in the bargain, while focusing more often on how the title characters deal with last chances and unfinished business.
    • 36 Metascore
    • 30 Joe Leydon
    Forever My Girl is a sweet but slight romantic drama that got lost on its way to the Hallmark Channel — or, more likely, was rebuffed by that channel’s gatekeepers for being, even by their standards, entirely too predictable — and wound up in theaters instead.
    • 80 Metascore
    • 80 Joe Leydon
    What Lies Upstream is a quietly devastating documentary that’s all the more attention-grabbing for being such a scrupulously restrained and slickly polished piece of work.
    • 56 Metascore
    • 70 Joe Leydon
    By the end of this meandering yet fascinating documentary, viewers are left with the impression that such attempts to bridge gaps and heal wounds, however well-intentioned, will have, at best, extremely limited success.
    • 31 Metascore
    • 30 Joe Leydon
    If Hangman were just a tad less formulaic, and settled for a slightly smaller body count, it might pass muster as the pilot movie for a basic cable police procedural.
    • 21 Metascore
    • 10 Joe Leydon
    Some bad movies trigger swells of anger and outrage, while others prompt industrial-grade snark and scorn. And then there are leaden clunkers like Just Getting Started that provoke an ineffable sense of sadness as one considers how much time, money and talent has been squandered on something so thoroughly useless.
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    • 0 Joe Leydon
    Inoperable is insufferable.
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    • 60 Joe Leydon
    First-time filmmaker Jason Headley, directing from his own screenplay, keeps his concoction moving briskly and humorously, with a light sprinkling of acceptably sweet sentimentality here and there.
    • 68 Metascore
    • 80 Joe Leydon
    Written and directed by sibling filmmakers Ian and Eshom Nelms with equal measures of respect and skepticism for pulp conventions, the movie comes across as neither pastiche nor parody, but rather as a seriously down-and-dirty crime story with a savage sense of humor.
    • 85 Metascore
    • 100 Joe Leydon
    A fascinating and heartfelt documentary.
    • 62 Metascore
    • 80 Joe Leydon
    A smartly constructed and sardonically funny indie with attitude that somehow manages the tricky feat of being exuberantly over the top even as it remains consistently on target.
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    • 40 Joe Leydon
    This drama about the spiritual awakening of “the world’s most famous atheist’” is predictably simplistic and maudlin in content. But it should satisfy the target demographic with an inspirational family-values message wrapped in a sudsy narrative.

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