For 552 reviews, this critic has graded:
  • 65% higher than the average critic
  • 3% same as the average critic
  • 32% lower than the average critic
On average, this critic grades 4 points lower than other critics. (0-100 point scale)

Joe Leydon's Scores

  • Movies
  • TV
Average review score: 55
Highest review score: 100 Knocked Up
Lowest review score: 0 Movie 43
Score distribution:
  1. Negative: 75 out of 552
552 movie reviews
    • 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.
    • 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.
    • 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.
    • 43 Metascore
    • 70 Joe Leydon
    Frisky and funny enough to please pre-teens, but still witty enough to amuse even those parents who don't recognize Dustin Hoffman, Whoopi Goldberg and other notables among the unseen vocal talents.
    • 54 Metascore
    • 70 Joe Leydon
    In an era when similar genre pics increasingly resemble videogames, musicvideos or glossy commercials, the blunt, brawny simplicity of helmer Jean-Francois Richet's storytelling style seems positively novel.
    • 32 Metascore
    • 70 Joe Leydon
    Trendy influence of insidiously creepy Japanese horror pics is felt in almost every frame of Boogeyman. The effectively atmospheric and unusually involving thriller tells the story of a distraught young man's protracted duel of wits with the eponymous evildoer.
    • 64 Metascore
    • 70 Joe Leydon
    Has some genuinely amusing moments of dumb and dumber silliness.
    • 53 Metascore
    • 70 Joe Leydon
    A sunny and sassy comedy that somehow manages to breathe fresh life into familiar stereotypes and stock situations.
    • 62 Metascore
    • 70 Joe Leydon
    Slickly entertaining documentary.
    • 47 Metascore
    • 70 Joe Leydon
    A pleasingly retro recycling of "The Love Bug."
    • 79 Metascore
    • 70 Joe Leydon
    Sometimes harrowing, sometimes hokey, sometimes heartwarming nature documentary.
    • 66 Metascore
    • 70 Joe Leydon
    Skillfully entwines stories of three young women drifting in and out of a Jersey City juvenile detention center.
    • 51 Metascore
    • 70 Joe Leydon
    Even though it sprints along a well-trod path through familiar territory, Saint Ralph remains surprisingly compelling.
    • 49 Metascore
    • 70 Joe Leydon
    With equal measures of rock-the-house vigor and in-your-face attitude, Four Brothers proves usually potent and consistently enjoyable as an old school approach to what might best be described as the urban-Western genre of slam-bang, balls-out action-revenger.
    • 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.
    • 55 Metascore
    • 70 Joe Leydon
    Unvarnished verisimilitude, visceral impact and vividly evoked emotional and physical extremes distinguish Hooligans, the impressive debut feature by German-born helmer Lexi Alexander.
    • 46 Metascore
    • 70 Joe Leydon
    Amiably slapdash docu about The Comedians of Comedy tour mixes on-stage performances, backstage bull sessions and downtime tomfoolery to generally satisfying and frequently hilarious effect.
    • 38 Metascore
    • 70 Joe Leydon
    Generally pleasant family-friendly fare.
    • 65 Metascore
    • 70 Joe Leydon
    Deftly maneuvering through audacious mood swings and tonal shifts, The Matador emerges as a quirky yet commercial commingling of black comedy, seriocomic psychodrama, heart-tugging sudser and buddy-movie farce.
    • 49 Metascore
    • 70 Joe Leydon
    This understated period drama may lack sufficient star power and emotional wallop to score breakthrough success with mainstream auds during its domestic theatrical run, but pic could find a warmer response in the same international markets where "Kingdom of Heaven" redeemed itself last year.
    • 36 Metascore
    • 70 Joe Leydon
    Overall package is potent. A few rock-the-house scenes of slam-bang derring-do -- are nothing short of sensationally exciting.
    • 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.
    • 51 Metascore
    • 70 Joe Leydon
    Result is an unusually likeable family-friendly comedy.
    • 46 Metascore
    • 70 Joe Leydon
    An engaging crazy-quit of comedy.
    • 62 Metascore
    • 70 Joe Leydon
    By turns whimsically humorous and intelligently sentimental, but also infused with a pungent air of working-class realism.
    • 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.
    • 74 Metascore
    • 70 Joe Leydon
    Compelling but traditional feature.
    • 37 Metascore
    • 70 Joe Leydon
    A genuinely clever kidpic that should delight moppets, please parents -- and maybe tickle a few tweens.
    • 52 Metascore
    • 70 Joe Leydon
    Nacho Libre strikes a delicate balance of whimsy and absurdity that may surprise auds primed to expect wall-to-wall slapstick.
    • 70 Metascore
    • 70 Joe Leydon
    The Motel offers a fresh take on characters and conventions, and compels interest with shrewd, sympathy-inspiring storytelling.
    • 48 Metascore
    • 70 Joe Leydon
    Amusing indie comedy blithely blurs the line between risque and raunchy, often to hilarious effect.
    • 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.
    • 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.
    • 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.
    • 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.
    • 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.
    • 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.
    • 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.
    • 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.
    • 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.
    • 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.
    • 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.
    • 54 Metascore
    • 70 Joe Leydon
    An undemandingly pleasant, mildly amusing fantasy.
    • 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.
    • 53 Metascore
    • 70 Joe Leydon
    Uplifting and entertaining feel-good, fact-based sports drama.
    • 47 Metascore
    • 70 Joe Leydon
    Boasting strong performances by Jeff Bridges and Justin Timberlake.
    • 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.
    • 41 Metascore
    • 70 Joe Leydon
    A frenetic but undeniably funny follow-up that offers twice the number of singing-and-dancing rodents in another seamless blend of CGI and live-action elements.
    • 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.
    • 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.
    • 58 Metascore
    • 70 Joe Leydon
    There's more mood than matter here, but suspenseful atmospherics effectively distract from minor plot holes.
    • 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.
    • 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.
    • 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."
    • 62 Metascore
    • 70 Joe Leydon
    Although it's very much a contemporary yarn, there's a distinctly '70s feel to much of Beautiful Boy.
    • 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.
    • 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.
    • 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.
    • 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.
    • 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.
    • 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.
    • 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
    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.
    • 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
    Slow-burning buildup, lack of explicit mayhem and overall low-tech approach may strike cineastes as amusingly quaint.
    • 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.
    • 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.
    • 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.

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