For 548 reviews, this critic has graded:
  • 66% higher than the average critic
  • 3% same as the average critic
  • 31% lower than the average critic
On average, this critic grades 4.1 points lower than other critics. (0-100 point scale)

Joe Leydon's Scores

  • Movies
  • TV
Average review score: 55
Highest review score: 100 High Fidelity
Lowest review score: 0 Movie 43
Score distribution:
  1. Negative: 75 out of 548
548 movie reviews
    • 42 Metascore
    • 70 Joe Leydon
    Zippy enough to delight youngsters and clever enough to engage their parents.
    • 48 Metascore
    • 70 Joe Leydon
    Fresh cast, a formulaic but engaging storyline, and a smoking soundtrack from rap and hip-hop luminaries.
    • 53 Metascore
    • 70 Joe Leydon
    The overlong but involving drama has obvious cross-generational appeal.
    • 38 Metascore
    • 70 Joe Leydon
    Blessed with abundant production values and a minimum of campy excess, One Night With the King is a surprisingly satisfying attempt to revive the Old Hollywood tradition of lavishly appointed Biblical epics aimed at mainstream auds.
    • 49 Metascore
    • 70 Joe Leydon
    Although cynics likely will reject The Ultimate Gift as warmed-over Capra-corn, this predictable but pleasant drama based on Jim Stovall's popular novel may be prized by those with a taste for inspirational uplift and heart-tugging sentiment.
    • 67 Metascore
    • 70 Joe Leydon
    The Prisoner is in many ways a justifiably angry film, simmering with moral outrage. But it is also -- surprisingly, maybe even amazingly -- hopeful.
    • 62 Metascore
    • 70 Joe Leydon
    Oswald's Ghost impresses as a concise, intelligent and rigorously well-researched piece of work.
    • 47 Metascore
    • 70 Joe Leydon
    Frothy, funny and formulaic, 27 Dresses is a pleasantly predictable romantic comedy that sees Katherine Heigl following “Knocked Up” with smooth moves at the wheel of her first starring vehicle.
    • 32 Metascore
    • 70 Joe Leydon
    Unfolding like a better-than-average episode of a first-rate TV police procedural, Untraceable is a satisfying slice of solidly crafted meat-and-potatoes filmmaking.
    • 47 Metascore
    • 70 Joe Leydon
    Very much in the tradition of "Slap Shot," George Roy Hill's raucously funny and foul-mouthed 1977 laffer about the misadventures of a minor-league hockey team, Semi-Pro scores big laughs with the rowdy play-by-play of hard-luck hoopsters struggling for professional survival.
    • 48 Metascore
    • 70 Joe Leydon
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    Picture shrewdly shuffles together attractive young leads, cagey screen vets and a fantasy-fulfillment scenario in a slickly polished package that should appeal to anyone who's ever dreamed of beating the odds.
    • 17 Metascore
    • 70 Joe Leydon
    A surprisingly effective teen-skewing thriller that soft-pedals graphic violence (in marked contrast to the R-rated 1980 original) while generating a fair degree of suspense.
    • 67 Metascore
    • 70 Joe Leydon
    Segel makes an engaging impression throughout Forgetting Sarah Marshall, gamely making himself the butt of many jokes that involve Peter's non-macho proclivities.
    • 57 Metascore
    • 70 Joe Leydon
    An over-the-top and beyond-PC comedy that sometimes deftly, sometimes slapdashedly infuses party-hearty anarchy with hectoring moral outrage.
    • 61 Metascore
    • 70 Joe Leydon
    Ingeniously nasty and often shockingly funny as it incrementally worsens a very bad situation, then provides a potent payoff with the forced feeding of just desserts.
    • 43 Metascore
    • 70 Joe Leydon
    Aimed squarely at the same family audiences that flocked to Murphy's "Doctor Dolittle" comedies, this is a lightly amusing and surprisingly sweet Fox release.
    • 75 Metascore
    • 70 Joe Leydon
    Picture inspires respect for its first-rate performances, artful construction and meticulous understatement.
    • 34 Metascore
    • 70 Joe Leydon
    Manages to distract auds from the predictability of the plot with fusillades of profanely funny dialogue and some playfully sexy chemistry generated by Cook and Hudson.
    • 44 Metascore
    • 70 Joe Leydon
    First-time helmer Patrick Tatopoulos (who designed creatures for all three pics) offers a satisfyingly exciting monster rally that often plays like a period swashbuckler.
    • tbd Metascore
    • 70 Joe Leydon
    A low-key charmer that's bound to enchant small children and amuse their parents during many hours of repeat viewings.
    • 52 Metascore
    • 70 Joe Leydon
    Strikes a deft balance of chase-movie suspense and wisecracking humor, with a few slam-bang action setpieces that would shame the makers of more allegedly grown-up genre fare.
    • 54 Metascore
    • 70 Joe Leydon
    Ronnie is more complex, and much scarier, than the kind of self-deluding boob auds usually encounter in comedies of this sort. With the invaluable aid of Rogen, who's never been better, Hill sustains an impressive degree of tension between seemingly contradictory elements.
    • 65 Metascore
    • 70 Joe Leydon
    Sascha Paladino's overlong but engaging doc about banjo virtuoso Bela Fleck's harmonious journey through four African countries.
    • 50 Metascore
    • 70 Joe Leydon
    Picture benefits greatly from appealing performances by Jennifer Aniston and Steve Zahn, who deftly apply darker emotional shadings to their characters when necessary, and equally fine work from a small ensemble of solid supporting players.
    • 48 Metascore
    • 70 Joe Leydon
    Despite teasing hints of supernatural influences throughout much of the storyline, Not Forgotten satisfies as a solidly crafted and persuasively acted thriller that relies more on dark secrets than black magic.
    • 54 Metascore
    • 70 Joe Leydon
    An undemandingly pleasant, mildly amusing fantasy.
    • 50 Metascore
    • 70 Joe Leydon
    With appreciably greater emphasis on action than its predecessors, and clever use of 3-D trickery to enhance storytelling as well as offer spectacle, Ice Age: Dawn of the Dinosaurs could prove the third time really is the charm.
    • 47 Metascore
    • 70 Joe Leydon
    Boasting strong performances by Jeff Bridges and Justin Timberlake.
    • 58 Metascore
    • 70 Joe Leydon
    Uses humor and high spirits to entertain while spreading the Good Word. Much of this slick and sprightly CGI feature is sufficiently funny to amuse even the most resolutely unreligious parents who escort their little ones to megaplex screenings.
    • 53 Metascore
    • 70 Joe Leydon
    Formulaic but effectively gritty inner-city crime drama.
    • 36 Metascore
    • 70 Joe Leydon
    A smart and sassy comedy with a playful sensibility and subtle sensitivity.
    • 62 Metascore
    • 70 Joe Leydon
    Fitfully amusing and two leads generate engaging chemistry.
    • 46 Metascore
    • 70 Joe Leydon
    Lightweight but likable romantic comedy about two mismatched gay singletons who are, of course, made for each other.
    • 64 Metascore
    • 70 Joe Leydon
    Riveting portrait of a straight-talking, tough-loving Benedictine nun in charge of a South Bronx home for recovering substance abusers.
    • 58 Metascore
    • 70 Joe Leydon
    Slick, straight-ahead action-thriller that marks a small step back and two bounding leaps forward for toplined Jet Li.
    • 48 Metascore
    • 70 Joe Leydon
    A golden opportunity to witness the "unplugged," after-hours George W. Bush at his most congenial. "George" offers a portrait of a gregariously charming and self-mocking fellow who's perfectly at ease in his own skin, and who's no less slick and savvy a politician for being willing to make himself the butt of jokes.
    • 37 Metascore
    • 70 Joe Leydon
    Working from a formulaic script by Steven E. De Souza, Hark employs a variety of visual stratagems to keep the action fast and flashy.
    • 72 Metascore
    • 70 Joe Leydon
    Quaid's effortlessly compelling and engagingly earnest performance keeps pic grounded in down-to-earth reality.
    • 43 Metascore
    • 70 Joe Leydon
    A smart and snappy drama tinged with dark humor and brimming with self-confidence.
    • 27 Metascore
    • 70 Joe Leydon
    Although it falls far short of fulfilling its full potential as a dark comedy of desperation, Dead Man on Campus is a modestly amusing trifle that merits a passing grade as lightweight entertainment.
    • 64 Metascore
    • 70 Joe Leydon
    Richardson, who gracefully sways through a memorable drunk scene, and Quaid, whose megawatt smile has never been more dazzling, are disarmingly charming as the parents. And that's important; if the actors were any less engaging, the audience might not be so forgiving of their characters.
    • 46 Metascore
    • 70 Joe Leydon
    An extremely enjoyable neo-screwball comedy about attractive opposites on the road.
    • 55 Metascore
    • 70 Joe Leydon
    Be forewarned: After you see Road Trip, it may be months, if not years, before you can order French toast with a straight face and a settled stomach.
    • 63 Metascore
    • 70 Joe Leydon
    Brimming with heart and humor -- Drumline is a formulaic crowdpleaser set in the competitive world of university marching bands at predominantly black universities.
    • 58 Metascore
    • 70 Joe Leydon
    Unquestioning agitprop for vegetarianism, hemp fiber, solar energy, sustainable organic living and other causes espoused by actor-activist Woody Harrelson.
    • 78 Metascore
    • 70 Joe Leydon
    One leaves My Flesh and Blood with admiration for the lenser's craftsmanship, and for her ability to remain an unobtrusive observer during moments of extreme emotional turmoil.
    • 48 Metascore
    • 70 Joe Leydon
    Manages an impressively huge score in the hit-or-miss gag ratio.
    • 49 Metascore
    • 70 Joe Leydon
    The 2000 version is louder, broader and much, much bigger.
    • 40 Metascore
    • 70 Joe Leydon
    Surprisingly amusing.
    • 60 Metascore
    • 70 Joe Leydon
    A frankly formulaic but raucously entertaining action comedy.
    • 55 Metascore
    • 70 Joe Leydon
    Gleefully commingles slapstick and scatology, satire and sentiment, in a free-wheeling farce aimed at making auds laugh until they're thoroughly ashamed of themselves.
    • 72 Metascore
    • 70 Joe Leydon
    Has more than enough across-the-board appeal to attract mainstream auds unfamiliar with source material.
    • 60 Metascore
    • 70 Joe Leydon
    An entertaining story that, while not terribly original, is sufficiently arresting and often laugh-out-loud funny.
    • 57 Metascore
    • 70 Joe Leydon
    A star vehicle composed of second-hand parts that nevertheless gets great mileage (and big laughs) from its recycled plot.
    • 64 Metascore
    • 70 Joe Leydon
    Has some genuinely amusing moments of dumb and dumber silliness.
    • 37 Metascore
    • 70 Joe Leydon
    Despite a couple of slow stretches along the way, director Mayfield does a generally fine job of integrating the eye-popping special effects with the simple but serviceable plot. The pace is just brisk enough to satisfy youngsters with short attention spans, and Williams is winning enough to keep audiences of all ages involved.
    • 50 Metascore
    • 70 Joe Leydon
    A fey and frisky farce with a fabulous fashion sense, Straight-Jacket artfully balances broadly campy humor and ironically overplayed soap opera.
    • 79 Metascore
    • 70 Joe Leydon
    Sometimes harrowing, sometimes hokey, sometimes heartwarming nature documentary.
    • 57 Metascore
    • 70 Joe Leydon
    Richly amusing and sporadically insightful as it offers an up-close-and-personal view of Ivan Thompson, a self-proclaimed "cowboy cupid" who plays matchmaker between American men and Mexican women.
    • 46 Metascore
    • 70 Joe Leydon
    An engaging crazy-quit of comedy.
    • 57 Metascore
    • 70 Joe Leydon
    Generates genuine suspense as it follows a group of American actors in the former Soviet Union during a fateful period of the Perestroika era.
    • 72 Metascore
    • 70 Joe Leydon
    Looks, sounds and fascinates like an exceptional episode of a true-crime TV series.
    • 55 Metascore
    • 70 Joe Leydon
    Pic feels like a cross between an anthology of ambiguous short stories and a string of acting-class exercises. Thesping is first-rate across the board.
    • 44 Metascore
    • 70 Joe Leydon
    A loose-knit, character-driven comedy that percolates with good-vibe amusement, often earning industrial-strength guffaws with sneaky one-liners and tossed-off non-sequiturs.
    • 73 Metascore
    • 70 Joe Leydon
    A solid and affecting piece of work.
    • 46 Metascore
    • 70 Joe Leydon
    With Davi and Chazz Palminteri fronting a first-rate ensemble cast, and a tasty soundtrack of golden oldies, this unpretentious indie dramedy has much to recommend.
    • tbd Metascore
    • 70 Joe Leydon
    Sometimes shaky, sometimes smooth handheld DV lensing (by Drews and Krybus) gives the pic an immediacy that greatly enhances its dramatic and emotional impact.
    • 43 Metascore
    • 70 Joe Leydon
    A wildly uneven but compulsively watchable mix of high camp and grand passions, soap opera and softcore sex. Very much in the deliriously lewd style of Pedro Almodovar.
    • 55 Metascore
    • 70 Joe Leydon
    Bleak, gripping, sporadically exciting drama.
    • tbd Metascore
    • 70 Joe Leydon
    A modestly amusing dramedy that is all the more pleasant for its fleeting detours into cheeky fantasy.
    • 30 Metascore
    • 70 Joe Leydon
    A faster, funnier follow-up in which CGI-enhanced canines and felines effect a temporary truce to combat a common enemy.
    • 49 Metascore
    • 70 Joe Leydon
    Outrageously over-the-top gore doubtless will scare off all but the heartiest genre aficionados.
    • 45 Metascore
    • 70 Joe Leydon
    A visually inspired multi-genre amalgamation, a borderline-surreal folly that suggests a martial-arts action-adventure co-directed by Sergio Leone and Federico Fellini.
    • 58 Metascore
    • 70 Joe Leydon
    There's more mood than matter here, but suspenseful atmospherics effectively distract from minor plot holes.
    • 72 Metascore
    • 70 Joe Leydon
    What it doesn't have, to its credit, is a neat conclusion. In the end, the film appears to suggest that Aura likely will feel free to keep searching for herself, repeating mistakes and making new ones, because she has all the time in the world.
    • 43 Metascore
    • 70 Joe Leydon
    Blessed with fine performances, credible dialogue and slick production values that belie a reportedly paltry budget, The Grace Card ranks among the better religious-themed indies released in recent years.
    • 50 Metascore
    • 70 Joe Leydon
    This latest entry in the 11-year-old horror series duly adheres to tradition by providing inventively grisly demises for various characters.
    • 37 Metascore
    • 70 Joe Leydon
    Helmer Joel Schumacher and a game cast headed by Nicolas Cage and Nicole Kidman do their damnedest to build and sustain suspense while trying, with some degree of success, to breathe fresh life into a formulaic, even generic scenario.
    • 51 Metascore
    • 70 Joe Leydon
    A modestly engaging domestic drama that earns few points for originality but rewards aud attention with persuasive performances, outbursts of robust humor and a vivid yet understated evocation of time and place.
    • 62 Metascore
    • 70 Joe Leydon
    Although it's very much a contemporary yarn, there's a distinctly '70s feel to much of Beautiful Boy.
    • 42 Metascore
    • 70 Joe Leydon
    Moviegoers devoted to faith-based fare will flock to megaplexes for Courageous, easily the most polished production so far from brothers Alex and Stephen Kendrick, the prolific and increasingly accomplished filmmaking pastors at the Sherwood Church of Albany, Ga.
    • 39 Metascore
    • 70 Joe Leydon
    Once again, Beckinsale brings an impressive physicality and subzero cool to her portrayal of Selene.
    • 64 Metascore
    • 70 Joe Leydon
    The biggest laughs and most intriguing revelations are provided offstage in this slickly produced documentary, as O'Brien -- often pushing himself to the point of exhaustion before, during and after performances -- plays for keeps while playing for laughs.
    • 57 Metascore
    • 70 Joe Leydon
    Charged with alternating currents of teen angst, sardonic wit, nervous dread and impudent sensuality, Daydream Nation suggests "Juno" as reimagined by David Lynch, or a funnier, sunnier "Donnie Darko."
    • 49 Metascore
    • 70 Joe Leydon
    Family-friendly and abounding in uplift, The Mighty Macs is an undemandingly pleasant indie drama.
    • 44 Metascore
    • 70 Joe Leydon
    A lightly enjoyable road picture about a circuitous road to redemption, Black, White and Blues offers simple, down-home pleasures while spinning an undeniably familiar but emotionally satisfying tale.
    • 72 Metascore
    • 70 Joe Leydon
    Some movie buffs will be amused to note slight but perceptible plot similarities between Daylight and, of all things, "The Tall T," Budd Boetticher's classic 1957 Western. To their credit, the filmmakers more or less acknowledge the influence in the closing credits.
    • 44 Metascore
    • 70 Joe Leydon
    Despite a few continuity problems, this rough-edged, low-budget drama impresses with spot-on performances, perfect-pitch dialogue and an overall sense that something bad might happen at any moment, unless something worse happens first.
    • 64 Metascore
    • 70 Joe Leydon
    Slow-burning buildup, lack of explicit mayhem and overall low-tech approach may strike cineastes as amusingly quaint.
    • 57 Metascore
    • 70 Joe Leydon
    Boasts way better production values than the penny-pinching 1981 original and conceivably could delight genre fans who have never seen the first version or its previous remakes/sequels. But it’s bound to play best with those who catch Alvarez’s many wink-wink allusions to Raimi’s picture.
    • 51 Metascore
    • 70 Joe Leydon
    Despite the over-familiarity of its once-trendy time-tripping plot structure, 96 Minutes maintains a brisk pace and generates a satisfying degree of suspense with its credibly contrived tale of disparate lives forever changed by a violent carjacking.
    • 50 Metascore
    • 70 Joe Leydon
    First-time feature helmer Brian Crano maneuvers some tricky tonal shifts with impressive ease in A Bag of Hammers, a droll, quirky comedy with a pleasant amount of heart.
    • 28 Metascore
    • 70 Joe Leydon
    While it's highly unlikely that anyone predisposed to championing Obama would be won over by the sound and fury here, there's no gainsaying the value of "2016" as a sort of Cliffs Notes precis of the conservative case against the re-election of our current U.S. president.
    • 58 Metascore
    • 70 Joe Leydon
    There's something perversely fascinating about helmer John Hyams' freewheeling yet deliberately paced mashup of noirish mystery, splatter-movie intensity, first-person-shooter vidgame and "Apocalypse Now"-style surrealism.
    • 54 Metascore
    • 70 Joe Leydon
    Affecting performances and effective storytelling are the hallmarks of Fat Kid Rules the World.
    • 58 Metascore
    • 70 Joe Leydon
    Although it traffics freely in stereotypes and sitcom-style one-liners, Gayby is never less than likable.
    • 60 Metascore
    • 70 Joe Leydon
    Writer-director Ciaran Foy skillfully taps into primal fears and urban paranoia to keep his audience consistently unsettled in Citadel, an intensely suspenseful horror-thriller.
    • 78 Metascore
    • 70 Joe Leydon
    When a documentary begins with its subject using his crutch to deliver a vicious blow to the director's nose, it's reasonably safe to expect less-than-smooth sailing ahead.
    • 26 Metascore
    • 70 Joe Leydon
    The helmer generates suspense with shrewd pacing, deft emotional manipulation and efficient use of familiar tricks -- jittery editing, flickering lights and unsettling sounds -- common to haunted-house pictures.
    • 48 Metascore
    • 70 Joe Leydon
    Each member of the ensemble offers a vividly detailed performance resounding with emotional truth, delivering lengthy swaths of LaBute’s sometimes savagely furious, sometimes shocking funny dialogue with pitch-perfect degrees of intensity.