For 564 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 3.9 points lower than other critics. (0-100 point scale)

Joe Leydon's Scores

  • Movies
  • TV
Average review score: 56
Highest review score: 100 High Fidelity
Lowest review score: 0 Movie 43
Score distribution:
  1. Negative: 77 out of 564
564 movie reviews
    • 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.
    • 70 Metascore
    • 70 Joe Leydon
    The Motel offers a fresh take on characters and conventions, and compels interest with shrewd, sympathy-inspiring storytelling.
    • 45 Metascore
    • 70 Joe Leydon
    Scripter Wittliff and Spanish helmer Emilio Aragon (“Paper Birds”) hit the sweet spot between galloping and sauntering while unfolding the movie’s plot, an interlocking chain of coincidences, encounters and colorful supporting characters that often recalls the twisty storylines of Elmore Leonard.
    • 62 Metascore
    • 70 Joe Leydon
    Although it's very much a contemporary yarn, there's a distinctly '70s feel to much of Beautiful Boy.
    • 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.
    • 58 Metascore
    • 70 Joe Leydon
    Although it traffics freely in stereotypes and sitcom-style one-liners, Gayby is never less than likable.
    • tbd Metascore
    • 70 Joe Leydon
    Despite some bumpy tonal shifts and inconsistencies of characterization, Hello, My Name Is Doris impresses as a humanely amusing and occasionally poignant dramedy.
    • 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.
    • 49 Metascore
    • 70 Joe Leydon
    Family-friendly and abounding in uplift, The Mighty Macs is an undemandingly pleasant indie drama.
    • 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.
    • tbd Metascore
    • 70 Joe Leydon
    A modestly amusing dramedy that is all the more pleasant for its fleeting detours into cheeky fantasy.
    • 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.
    • 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.
    • 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.
    • 42 Metascore
    • 70 Joe Leydon
    Zippy enough to delight youngsters and clever enough to engage their parents.
    • 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.
    • 40 Metascore
    • 70 Joe Leydon
    Surprisingly amusing.
    • 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.
    • tbd Metascore
    • 70 Joe Leydon
    Trick ‘r Treat neatly apportions scary and campy elements while cleverly interlacing four storylines on Halloween night in an Ohio hamlet.
    • 37 Metascore
    • 70 Joe Leydon
    A genuinely clever kidpic that should delight moppets, please parents -- and maybe tickle a few tweens.
    • 46 Metascore
    • 70 Joe Leydon
    An engaging crazy-quit of comedy.
    • 48 Metascore
    • 70 Joe Leydon
    Manages an impressively huge score in the hit-or-miss gag ratio.
    • 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.
    • 49 Metascore
    • 60 Joe Leydon
    Director Vincenzo Natali (“Splice”) is more effective at sustaining clammy suspense than hiding all the holes in Brian King’s script. But top-billed Abigail Breslin (“Little Miss Sunshine”) is effective enough to generate a rooting interest in the plucky protagonist of the piece, and to sustain interest when narrative logic turns fuzzy.
    • 31 Metascore
    • 60 Joe Leydon
    Helmer John Luessenhop ("Takers") and a small army of scripters go back to the bloody roots of the long-running franchise to concoct a better-than-average horror-thriller that relies more on potent suspense than graphic savagery or stereoscopic tricks.
    • 35 Metascore
    • 60 Joe Leydon
    More than passably amusing.
    • 48 Metascore
    • 60 Joe Leydon
    More hagiography than history, Heather Rae's long-in-production portrait of Native American activist and poet John Trudell has the uncritically admiring feel of authorized biography.
    • 34 Metascore
    • 60 Joe Leydon
    Perfectly harmless, often humorous, featherweight confection -- think "Serendipity" re-imagined as a teen-skewing Saturday morning sitcom.
    • 46 Metascore
    • 60 Joe Leydon
    Manages to amuse as a cleverly concocted hybrid of conventional romantic comedy and mistaken-identity farce.
    • 40 Metascore
    • 60 Joe Leydon
    By turns defiant and apologetic, gleefully raunchy and anxiously defensive.
    • 63 Metascore
    • 60 Joe Leydon
    The tone of Reel Injun is respectfully serious, though well short of angry, while focusing on how the stereotypical depictions of marauding redskins affected the self-images of Native Americans.
    • 25 Metascore
    • 60 Joe Leydon
    Shamelessly sappy and emotionally manipulative, Patch Adams is an aggressively heartwarming comedy-drama that may be roasted by critics but embraced by ticketbuyers.
    • 54 Metascore
    • 60 Joe Leydon
    Lightweight but likable.
    • 38 Metascore
    • 60 Joe Leydon
    An undemanding dramedy.
    • 41 Metascore
    • 60 Joe Leydon
    A spectacularly trashy and aggressively flashy motorcycle melodrama in which computer-enhanced action scenes, unbound by gravity or logic, are choreographed, photographed and edited to resemble video-game stratagems.
    • 44 Metascore
    • 60 Joe Leydon
    Neatly balancing brightly sentimental comedy with slightly edgier funny business, The Incredible Burt Wonderstone pulls off the impressive trick of generating laughs on a consistent basis while spinning a clever scenario about rival magicians waging a Las Vegas turf war with a wide multi-demographic appeal.
    • 54 Metascore
    • 60 Joe Leydon
    The Legend of Ron Jeremy is, at a brisk 75 minutes, long enough to get the job done.
    • 36 Metascore
    • 60 Joe Leydon
    Offers a largely satisfying mix of broad slapstick, seriocomic sentimentality and mostly amusing satirical thrusts at easy targets.
    • 54 Metascore
    • 60 Joe Leydon
    While there's something undeniably fascinating about the way Fairhaven repeatedly avoids predictable payoffs for portentous dramatic setups, narrative momentum is conspicuous by its absence.
    • 38 Metascore
    • 60 Joe Leydon
    A one-joke comedy that is good for more than a few good laughs.
    • 43 Metascore
    • 60 Joe Leydon
    How much mileage can a comedy get from a single joke? Quite a bit, judging from the guffaws-to-groaners ratio in MacGruber.
    • 57 Metascore
    • 60 Joe Leydon
    A lightly engaging bilingual trifle that benefits greatly from the charm of lead player Jaime Camil, a Mexican TV and film star who evidences smooth self-assurance at the wheel of what could be his crossover vehicle.
    • 69 Metascore
    • 60 Joe Leydon
    Grim but engrossing.
    • 54 Metascore
    • 60 Joe Leydon
    The deliberately jittery hand-held lensing enhances the mockery in this mockumentary.
    • 52 Metascore
    • 60 Joe Leydon
    May be too grisly to extend its appeal beyond its fan base.
    • 39 Metascore
    • 60 Joe Leydon
    Based loosely and playfully on Jane Austen's "Sense and Sensibility," From Prada to Nada is a predictable but pleasant comedy.
    • 74 Metascore
    • 60 Joe Leydon
    Documentarian Jessica Yu employs everything from animation and voiceover thesping to archival documents and eyewitness accounts while examining Henry Darger, a self-taught artist who has been posthumously lionized as a visionary genius.
    • 48 Metascore
    • 60 Joe Leydon
    Evan Ross impresses with an implosive performance as Tariq Mahdi, a moody young African-American.
    • 46 Metascore
    • 60 Joe Leydon
    Well-cast relationship comedy-drama is played too broadly in the early going, but gradually settles into a more appealing groove as a glossy date-movie.
    • tbd Metascore
    • 60 Joe Leydon
    Premise is formulaic and execution is predictable, but Brock maintains a lively pace while eliciting first-rate work from thesps.
    • 38 Metascore
    • 60 Joe Leydon
    Choreographer-turned-filmmaker Franc. Reyes covers familiar ground without stumbling or dazzling.
    • 31 Metascore
    • 60 Joe Leydon
    Despite the considerable impediment of a premise arguably even sillier than that of the original "Red Dawn," helmer Dan Bradley's long-delayed remake of John Milius' 1984 kids-vs.-Commies adventure delivers enough thrilling action sequences and rock-'em, sock-'em fantasy-fulfillment to amp its B.O. potential.
    • 42 Metascore
    • 60 Joe Leydon
    Performances are unremarkable but acceptable pretty much across the board, and the vocal talents -- particularly Thomas Haden Church as the belligerent Tazer and Josh Peck as the lovable Sparks -- are well cast.
    • 57 Metascore
    • 60 Joe Leydon
    This filmed-in-Texas road movie finds a smooth groove between self-conscious quirkiness and broadly played farce.
    • 64 Metascore
    • 60 Joe Leydon
    Even though Frakes is back, Star Trek: Insurrection plays less like a stand-alone sci-fi adventure than like an expanded episode of "Star Trek: The Next Generation."
    • 74 Metascore
    • 60 Joe Leydon
    There's no denying the pic's overall impact as a compelling study of art as a source of transcendence. And it will come as no surprise if this well-crafted doc eventually serves as source material for a dramatic feature.
    • 39 Metascore
    • 60 Joe Leydon
    A harmless and frequently humorous trifle.
    • 48 Metascore
    • 60 Joe Leydon
    Although closer in tone to "Office Space" than Herman Melville, Jonathan Parker's absurdist update of Bartleby is surprisingly faithful to the spirit, if not the letter, of the "Moby-Dick" author's 1853 novella about an under-achieving Wall Street copy clerk.
    • 51 Metascore
    • 60 Joe Leydon
    Infused with a strong sense of moral outrage, The Empire in Africa provides more heat than light while attempting to explain the motives and methods of combatants who waged the 1991-2002 civil war in Sierra Leone.
    • 33 Metascore
    • 60 Joe Leydon
    Lightweight but likable entertainment.
    • 40 Metascore
    • 60 Joe Leydon
    Too muted to have much lasting impact, and remains modestly diverting only on a scene-to-scene basis. There's no quotable dialogue, no standout action sequence, no flashy supporting performances -- in short, nothing to lift Illegal Tender from the level of competent but inconsequential B-movie.
    • 57 Metascore
    • 60 Joe Leydon
    For most of its running time, Fordson wanders far from the gridiron to offer overall impressions of a close-knit community of Arab-Americans who, in the wake of 9/11, often have found themselves targeted and stereotyped as militant Islamists or worse.
    • 36 Metascore
    • 60 Joe Leydon
    This two-seated star vehicle for top-billed Ashton Kutcher and Cameron Diaz wrings a respectable number of laughs from a formulaic scenario about attracted-opposites who bicker and back-stab their way toward happily-ever-aftering.
    • 54 Metascore
    • 60 Joe Leydon
    Its low-key charms are considerable enough to engage venturesome ticketbuyers.
    • 39 Metascore
    • 60 Joe Leydon
    An uncommonly satisfying mix of medieval fantasy, high-tech military action and "Mad Max"-style misadventure.
    • 54 Metascore
    • 60 Joe Leydon
    Ticket buyers get two Jackie Chans for the price of one in Twin Dragons, but the pic itself is no great bargain.
    • 44 Metascore
    • 60 Joe Leydon
    Wrestler-turned-actor Dwayne "The Rock" Johnson is the most valuable player here, revealing impressive comic chops and megawatt charisma even while serving as a human punchline for many of the pic's predictable sight gags.
    • 48 Metascore
    • 60 Joe Leydon
    An initially intriguing but ultimately exhausting tale of grieving parents left quite literally dazed and confused in the wake of their young son’s death.
    • 80 Metascore
    • 60 Joe Leydon
    Has a washed-out look that may be off-putting to auds who might otherwise enjoy the pic's uncondescending view of Southern characters and customs.
    • 47 Metascore
    • 60 Joe Leydon
    A tickle-and-tease teen sex comedy that plays like a late-night channel-surf through soft-core sitcoms, "American Pie" wannabes and '80s Brat Pack romances.
    • 32 Metascore
    • 60 Joe Leydon
    Despite all the flash and filigree, this monster movie is curiously -- and conspicuously -- lacking in heart.
    • 32 Metascore
    • 60 Joe Leydon
    Even when the blood-and-thunder hokiness of the over-the-top plot tilts perilously close to absurdity, the admirably straight-faced performances by well-cast lead players provide just enough counterbalance to sustain audience curiosity and sympathy.
    • 69 Metascore
    • 60 Joe Leydon
    Fortunately, helmer Michele Ohayon ("Cowboy del Amor") treats her tricky subject matter with sufficient sensitivity to keep doc from ever seeming offensively flip or overly sentimental.
    • 50 Metascore
    • 60 Joe Leydon
    An engagingly rambunctious toon Western that likely will attract herds of family auds, if not multitudes of teens and tweeners, to megaplex corrals.
    • 46 Metascore
    • 60 Joe Leydon
    Agreeably amusing but unduly extended, Matru ki Bijlee ka Mandola suggests what might have resulted had Rodgers and Hammerstein lived long enough to attempt a Broadway musical about the Occupy Wall Street movement.
    • 67 Metascore
    • 60 Joe Leydon
    A beautifully lensed but ploddingly paced tribute.
    • 81 Metascore
    • 60 Joe Leydon
    Earnest and understated, Weekend has the intimate look and feel of a two-character stage play that has been opened up -- but only slightly, with minimal addition of supporting players -- for a mostly faithful filmization.
    • 37 Metascore
    • 60 Joe Leydon
    It's almost impossible to enjoy this uneven but mostly exciting popcorn pic without flinching at a few plot elements that feel a bit too real for comfort.
    • 49 Metascore
    • 60 Joe Leydon
    By turns comical and compassionate.
    • 58 Metascore
    • 60 Joe Leydon
    Distinctive, physically ravishing indie is a natural for fests, but it's questionable whether this sometimes involving, sometimes obscure pic will have appeal beyond the specialty market.
    • 65 Metascore
    • 60 Joe Leydon
    Small children who will accept it as rock-'em, sock-'em excitement with a touch of gender-specific empowerment, and hipper teens and grown-ups who can appreciate the whole thing as a semisatirical hoot.
    • 57 Metascore
    • 60 Joe Leydon
    As discomfortingly fascinating as listening to a couple's heated argument at a table near yours in a restaurant.
    • 51 Metascore
    • 60 Joe Leydon
    At heart an unabashedly retro work, reveling in the cliches and conventions of the slasher horror pics that proliferated in the early 1980s.
    • 78 Metascore
    • 60 Joe Leydon
    Will please devotees without attracting many, if any, new converts.
    • 32 Metascore
    • 60 Joe Leydon
    Newcomer Rachel Hendrix grabs attention and sustains sympathy as a lovely yet troubled 19-year-old student determined to unlock the secrets of her past after learning the circumstances of her birth.
    • 48 Metascore
    • 60 Joe Leydon
    Sufficiently sweet to serve as a date movie for all ages, Lost for Words comes across as almost subversively retrograde in its old-fashioned approach to charting the slow blossoming of a cross-cultural romance.
    • 55 Metascore
    • 60 Joe Leydon
    Character's multiple mid-life crises could make this genuinely engaging drama especially appealing to older viewers.
    • 59 Metascore
    • 60 Joe Leydon
    Modestly engaging but mostly unexceptional.
    • 51 Metascore
    • 60 Joe Leydon
    Ganem has sufficient verve and appeal to sustain interest in both of her characters, and the sporadic tweaking of telenovelas and the fans who love them is often quite clever.
    • 45 Metascore
    • 60 Joe Leydon
    Often plays more like "Tyler Perry's Greatest Hits" as it recycles various elements from the writer-director's earlier works.
    • 47 Metascore
    • 60 Joe Leydon
    Connor and co-director Michael Worth allow Fort McCoy to proceed at an unhurried pace, giving Stoltz ample opportunity to subtly convey undercurrents of guilt and anger percolating beneath his character’s affable exterior.
    • 55 Metascore
    • 60 Joe Leydon
    A hagiographic portrait of the standup comic and social satirist who never quite reached beyond cult status in the U.S., American: The Bill Hicks Story might have impressed more of the unconverted had it included more performance footage of its subject.
    • 57 Metascore
    • 60 Joe Leydon
    Devotees of folk and bluegrass -- and, of course, diehard Nickel Creek fans -- are the natural audience for this leisurely paced documentary.
    • 71 Metascore
    • 60 Joe Leydon
    Copenhagen remains more intriguing than compelling.
    • 43 Metascore
    • 60 Joe Leydon
    Peter and Bobby Farrelly aimed low and grossed millions with "Dumb & Dumber," so it shouldn't be surprising that Kingpin, their latest effort, offers a similar mix of pratfalls, gross-out gags and jokes about bodily functions. This time, however, the humor is darker, edgier and occasionally, even more scatological.
    • 62 Metascore
    • 60 Joe Leydon
    Martin hits all the right notes while subtly conveying both the appealing sophistication and the purposeful reserve of Ray. But he cannot entirely avoid being overshadowed by Dane's endearingly vulnerable, emotionally multifaceted and fearlessly open performance.
    • 41 Metascore
    • 60 Joe Leydon
    Unfortunately, the new pic never really achieves maximum velocity as a full-throttle action-adventure opus, despite game efforts by returning star Milla Jovovich, still a lithe and lethal dynamo when it comes to butt-kicking, zombie-slicing derring-do.
    • 42 Metascore
    • 60 Joe Leydon
    The interaction among opposites inspires an abundance of predictable race-based jokes, many of which have the saving grace of actually being funny.
    • 59 Metascore
    • 60 Joe Leydon
    Much like its predecessors, Paranormal Activity 3 is a slow-building, stealthily creepy supernatural thriller that takes a teasingly indirect approach to generating suspense and escalating dread.
    • 44 Metascore
    • 60 Joe Leydon
    A slight but lightly amusing sitcom-style comedy, strongly recalls dinner theater fodder of three decades ago.

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