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 High Fidelity
Lowest review score: 0 Movie 43
Score distribution:
  1. Negative: 75 out of 552
552 movie reviews
    • 22 Metascore
    • 50 Joe Leydon
    Might be extremely effective while preaching to the converted, but it's no great shakes as secular entertainment.
    • 31 Metascore
    • 50 Joe Leydon
    Comes off as a retro reprise of those slam-bang, buddy-buddy action-comedies that proliferated throughout the '80s in the wake of "48 HRS."
    • 37 Metascore
    • 50 Joe Leydon
    Toddlers and pre-teens will be entertained, and parents will be pleasantly surprised, by this more-than-just-bearable musical road movie.
    • 35 Metascore
    • 50 Joe Leydon
    A glossy teen-weepie romance that often plays like an inspirational indie skewed toward Christian niche market.
    • 31 Metascore
    • 50 Joe Leydon
    Robbins is such a live wire that he's able to jumpstart his co-stars whenever they're interfacing onscreen.
    • 23 Metascore
    • 50 Joe Leydon
    Smoothly maneuvering within the limitations of genre conventions, Bats emerges as a vigorously paced and surprisingly satisfying piece of work.
    • 21 Metascore
    • 50 Joe Leydon
    Haphazard mix of boisterously crude comedy, romantic entanglements, class-conscious clashes and intensely competitive hardball.
    • 30 Metascore
    • 50 Joe Leydon
    The actors manage to keep from being upstaged by the sets, though just barely. Abraham goes over the top, then further still.
    • 23 Metascore
    • 50 Joe Leydon
    It's an instantly disposable and shamelessly derivative piece of work -- call it petit guignol, and you won't be far off the mark -- but first-time feature helmer Jonathan Liebesman shows a savvy flair for atmospheric visuals.
    • 39 Metascore
    • 50 Joe Leydon
    A slackly paced but modestly diverting trifle, with cameos by recording artists Beck, Beth Orton and Hank Williams III to elevate the hipper-than-thou quotient.
    • 46 Metascore
    • 50 Joe Leydon
    There is a great deal more style than substance here. The special effects experts and the other members of the technical crew do their considerable best to give their various hacking sequences the look of warp-speed sci-fi fantasy.
    • 37 Metascore
    • 50 Joe Leydon
    Insufficiently focused but undeniably intriguing.
    • 42 Metascore
    • 50 Joe Leydon
    Modestly engaging, albeit instantly forgettable shaggy-dog story only gradually reveals itself as a seriocomic take on standard-issue noir.
    • 37 Metascore
    • 50 Joe Leydon
    A silly and plodding "Jaws" rip-off about a 40-foot man-eating snake on the prowl in the Brazilian rain forest.
    • 43 Metascore
    • 50 Joe Leydon
    A bland slab of sentimental hokum that proves even the most smart-alecky of indie auteurs can turn warm and fuzzy on occasion.
    • 34 Metascore
    • 50 Joe Leydon
    Sequel is louder and more elaborate (and even slightly longer) than predecessor, but the law of diminishing returns has caught up with this franchise.
    • 61 Metascore
    • 50 Joe Leydon
    There's a pronounced lack of emotional pay-off that likely will derail any attempts to position Word Wars as an aud-friendly crowd-pleaser with breakout potential comparable to "Spellbound."
    • 49 Metascore
    • 50 Joe Leydon
    A mildly pleasant, aggressively retro kidpic that should please undemanding moppets without unduly boring their parents.
    • 48 Metascore
    • 50 Joe Leydon
    By turns darkly comical, seriously scary and purposefully incendiary, Bush's Brain may seem, depending on your politics, either a shamelessly one-sided assault on a popular U.S. president or a justifiably harsh critique of a politician who personifies the Peter Principle.
    • tbd Metascore
    • 50 Joe Leydon
    Unmistakably sympathetic but mostly even-handed documentary.
    • 48 Metascore
    • 50 Joe Leydon
    A muddled metaphysical allegory that isn't nearly sunny enough to camouflage its darker undercurrents.
    • 62 Metascore
    • 50 Joe Leydon
    Sincere but unexceptional.
    • 41 Metascore
    • 50 Joe Leydon
    A few good laughs but few surprises in Next Friday, an amiably unfocused sequel.
    • 64 Metascore
    • 50 Joe Leydon
    So insubstantial that it practically evaporates on screen, Pooh's Heffalump Movie likely will play best with toddlers and pre-schoolers easily amused by bright colors, merry songs and lovable, huggable toon animals.
    • 36 Metascore
    • 50 Joe Leydon
    An ungainly hodgepodge of vaudeville-style comedy, turgid soap-operatics, and joyful epiphanies of gospel-flavored uplift.
    • 31 Metascore
    • 50 Joe Leydon
    Just funny enough to mollify purists and amuse the uninitiated.
    • 38 Metascore
    • 50 Joe Leydon
    There's little chance of grabbing teens (or even many tweens) during summertime playdates. Still, small fry will be enchanted by this rambunctious action-adventure.
    • 36 Metascore
    • 50 Joe Leydon
    Scores a few chuckles while following a familiar game plan.
    • 40 Metascore
    • 50 Joe Leydon
    A wildly uneven, sporadically slapdash action-adventure that amuses in fits and starts.
    • 35 Metascore
    • 50 Joe Leydon
    Despite game efforts from a first-rate cast and acres of impressive production values, Event Horizon remains a muddled and curiously uninvolving sci-fi horror show.
    • 63 Metascore
    • 50 Joe Leydon
    Sarah Silverman: Jesus Is Magic showcases the comic-actress in her familiar on-stage persona as a blithely self-involved Jewish American Princess whose penchant for perky vulgarity can be explosively funny or unnervingly shocking.
    • 71 Metascore
    • 50 Joe Leydon
    Feels achingly sad and frustratingly incomplete.
    • 27 Metascore
    • 50 Joe Leydon
    A modestly clever concept gets indifferent execution in When a Stranger Calls, another bigger-yet-blander remake of an allegedly "classic" '70s shocker.
    • 45 Metascore
    • 50 Joe Leydon
    Tyler Perry offers another blithely unbalanced mix of low comedy, sudsy sentiment and spiritual uplift in Madea's Family Reunion.
    • 46 Metascore
    • 50 Joe Leydon
    Squeaky-clean, family-friendly opus.
    • 40 Metascore
    • 50 Joe Leydon
    Psychopathia Sexualis exists in the gray area between ponderous stylization and campy affectation.
    • 46 Metascore
    • 50 Joe Leydon
    Francophile film buffs and obsessive deconstructionists might be amused, but less indulgent auds will find derivative pic artificial and mannered.
    • tbd Metascore
    • 50 Joe Leydon
    Mexican helmer Carolina Rivas obviously intends her slow-paced and contemplative doc as a testimony to the indomitability of the human spirit under dire circumstances.
    • 17 Metascore
    • 50 Joe Leydon
    It's less substantial than cotton candy, but Material Girls is as slickly produced as one of the Marchetta TV spots.
    • 49 Metascore
    • 50 Joe Leydon
    Despite these flashbacks, however, God Spoke never really delves into the reasons and/or motivations behind Franken's transformation from monologist and sketch-comedy performer to political pundit and liberal activist. Indeed, even during intimate moments, Franken rarely comes across as someone given to explaining himself.
    • 51 Metascore
    • 50 Joe Leydon
    Neither a grand slam nor a strikeout, Everyone's Hero is minor-league animated entertainment.
    • 38 Metascore
    • 50 Joe Leydon
    For those who felt insufficiently uplifted by "Invincible" and "Gridiron Gang," here comes Facing the Giants, an aggressively inspirational drama about a born-again high school football coach.
    • 45 Metascore
    • 50 Joe Leydon
    Junky, jokey and sometimes both at once, pic marks yet another attempt by World Wrestling Entertainment to establish one of its burly superstars as a movie lead.
    • 62 Metascore
    • 50 Joe Leydon
    Result: An undeniably clever commingling of a new cast (and spoken dialogue) with a silent classic. But pic fails to engage consistently on its own terms, and begins to coast on novelty value around the midway point.
    • 36 Metascore
    • 50 Joe Leydon
    Modestly amusing in fits and starts, Fired! proves most potent when on-screen interviewees are playing for keeps, not for laughs.
    • 37 Metascore
    • 50 Joe Leydon
    Michael Landon Jr.'s respectfully sincere but only fitfully involving film.
    • 38 Metascore
    • 50 Joe Leydon
    As a stripped-to-essentials "canned theater" version of a classic Jacobean drama, The Changeling likely will prove most useful as a teaching tool in college-level drama courses.
    • 40 Metascore
    • 50 Joe Leydon
    The documentary works best when it simply offers a concise and cogent account of epochal events.
    • 52 Metascore
    • 50 Joe Leydon
    Modestly engaging but thoroughly predictable.
    • 53 Metascore
    • 50 Joe Leydon
    Too narratively disjointed to achieve maximum impact, but too emotionally potent in fits and starts to be dismissed out of hand. Ultimately, Over the GW resembles nothing so much as a rough draft for a more conventional feature.
    • 24 Metascore
    • 50 Joe Leydon
    Destined to be better remembered for its grisly billboard imagery than for its relatively tame torture-porn tropes, Captivity is a thoroughly nasty piece of work that nonetheless earns credit for generating modest suspense after a predictable but effective plot twist around the 50-minute mark.
    • 36 Metascore
    • 50 Joe Leydon
    War
    Quickly devolves into a standard-issue crime drama laced with routine martial artistry.
    • 54 Metascore
    • 50 Joe Leydon
    There's a pleasantly dreamy quality to much of Eye of the Dolphin, and that goes a long way toward enabling audiences to ignore the formulaic plot and enjoy the laid-back charms of this innocuous indie.
    • 25 Metascore
    • 50 Joe Leydon
    A well-intentioned misfire featuring 3-D CGI animation that recalls lesser vidgames of the mid-1990s.
    • 29 Metascore
    • 50 Joe Leydon
    Provides enough cheap thrills and modest suspense to shake a few shekels from genre fans before really blasting off as homevid product.
    • 61 Metascore
    • 50 Joe Leydon
    A wildly uneven drama, by turns sincere and synthetic.
    • 52 Metascore
    • 50 Joe Leydon
    While The Longshots is by no means an unpleasant experience, it feels like a project carried out by people who began with the best of intentions but weren't quite able to sustain their initial enthusiasm.
    • 53 Metascore
    • 50 Joe Leydon
    A modestly inventive, sporadically exciting thriller that nonetheless proves too faithful to its central conceit for its own good.
    • 46 Metascore
    • 50 Joe Leydon
    Indie effort evidences more energy than wit, and spends too much time on set-up before a slam-bang pay-off.
    • 28 Metascore
    • 50 Joe Leydon
    Cameron is genuinely compelling as Caleb.
    • 37 Metascore
    • 50 Joe Leydon
    The performances are credible across the board, excessive sentimentality is largely avoided, and the sequences devoted to rough-and-tumble rugby match-ups are expertly shot and edited.
    • 50 Metascore
    • 50 Joe Leydon
    Wildly uneven effort, which is notably more strained and slapdash than such earlier efforts as "Madea's Family Reunion" and "Tyler Perry's Meet the Browns."
    • 33 Metascore
    • 50 Joe Leydon
    Long on atmosphere yet short on dramatic tension.
    • 47 Metascore
    • 50 Joe Leydon
    Engaging lead performances and snatches of witty repartee help lubricate the creaky plot mechanics in Weather Girl, a lightly amusing but thoroughly predictable dramedy.
    • 21 Metascore
    • 50 Joe Leydon
    Looking and sounding like a second-tier '80s made-for-cabler, Crazy on the Outside is the sort of bland trifle one might watch to kill time during an extended flight.
    • 25 Metascore
    • 50 Joe Leydon
    Predictable but pleasant comedic fantasy.
    • 60 Metascore
    • 50 Joe Leydon
    Wildly uneven as it doggedly strives (sometimes with obvious strain) to sustain a free-wheeling, anything-goes air of exuberant junkiness.
    • 28 Metascore
    • 50 Joe Leydon
    Uneven but modestly diverting.
    • 38 Metascore
    • 50 Joe Leydon
    While marred by cheap tricks and borderline camp, picture comes off as a largely low-key, intelligent effort.
    • 22 Metascore
    • 50 Joe Leydon
    Kind of a drag when it resorts to frantic slapstick and tired action-comedy tropes, but modestly engaging during stretches that suggest the project would have worked better as an exuberant musical.
    • 45 Metascore
    • 50 Joe Leydon
    Another lumpy mix of broadly played ethnic comedy, deadly serious soap operatics, and aggressively rousing religious uplift. Picture may help him reconnect with faithful fans.
    • 60 Metascore
    • 50 Joe Leydon
    Mildly amusing but overly discursive.
    • 49 Metascore
    • 50 Joe Leydon
    A technically proficient and aggressively unpleasant suspenser about sadistic home invaders.
    • 63 Metascore
    • 50 Joe Leydon
    Good intentions can't breathe fresh life into cliches or dispel the overall impression of schematic didacticism.
    • 63 Metascore
    • 50 Joe Leydon
    There's a potentially fascinating and appreciably more concise 60-minute documentary to be found somewhere amid the uneven and unfocused 88-minute hodgepodge that is Echotone.
    • 16 Metascore
    • 50 Joe Leydon
    The Darkest Hour turns out to be a modestly inventive and involving variation on a standard-issue sci-fi doomsday scenario.
    • 18 Metascore
    • 50 Joe Leydon
    Despite the palpable air of deja vu that hangs over it like a light fog, The Devil Inside generates a fair amount of suspense during sizable swaths of its familiar but serviceable exorcism-centric scenario.
    • 64 Metascore
    • 50 Joe Leydon
    The picture's dialogue-heavy stretches and ambiguous finale could leave ticketbuyers impatient for less chatter and more chomping.
    • 24 Metascore
    • 50 Joe Leydon
    While the sheer novelty of a feature about lacrosse may be enough to generate some audience curiosity about A Warrior's Heart, this respectably crafted but thoroughly predictable indie rarely deviates from the gameplan followed by countless other dramas about self-absorbed young hotheads who get a shot at redemption on the playing field.
    • 43 Metascore
    • 50 Joe Leydon
    Good Deeds is relentlessly unsurprising in its plotting and borderline comical in its melodramatic flourishes.
    • 56 Metascore
    • 50 Joe Leydon
    This handsomely produced but ponderously uplifting trifle should be flagged for excessive schmaltz and offensive illogic.
    • 32 Metascore
    • 50 Joe Leydon
    Scattered stretches of suspense and a few undeniably potent shocks are not enough to dissipate the sense of deja vu that prevails throughout Chernobyl Diaries, a wearyingly predictable thriller about "extreme tourists."
    • 35 Metascore
    • 50 Joe Leydon
    Despite enough good intentions to pave a four-lane highway, the ardently sincere but dramatically unfocused For Greater Glory plays like a multipart miniseries that has been hacked down to feature length.
    • 19 Metascore
    • 50 Joe Leydon
    The script is so thinly written that the main characters are defined almost entirely by the actors playing them. Fortunately, seasoned pros Slater, Rhames and Cromwell are able to flesh out their boilerplate parts.
    • 43 Metascore
    • 50 Joe Leydon
    Passably pleasant but thoroughly predictable.
    • 45 Metascore
    • 50 Joe Leydon
    A slickly produced, unabashedly celebratory picture about professional skateboarder Danny Way.
    • 53 Metascore
    • 50 Joe Leydon
    Trouble is, apart from some modestly inventive carnage and an undeniably humorous hambone turn by Malcolm McDowell, there's really nothing here to make genre fans dash through the snow (or maneuver through traffic) to megaplexes before the low-budget, high-concept Canadian production's Dec. 4 homevid release.
    • 33 Metascore
    • 50 Joe Leydon
    A boisterously Tarantinoesque mash-up of cliches, archetypes and bodacious craziness in the tradition of Southern-fried '60s and '70s drive-in fodder, The Baytown Outlaws is the sort of cartoonishly violent and swaggeringly non-PC concoction that defines guilty pleasure for many genre fans.
    • 35 Metascore
    • 50 Joe Leydon
    A lightweight, warp-speed, brightly colored trifle.
    • 25 Metascore
    • 50 Joe Leydon
    There’s something curiously underwhelming about the blood-soaked mayhem on display in Hatchet III.
    • 53 Metascore
    • 50 Joe Leydon
    Once you get past an incredibly self-indulgent intro — an uncomfortably long mash-up of comedy sketch and road-trip-with-entourage doc that seems simultaneously apologetic and arrogant — you can enjoy approximately an hour of boisterously freewheeling and unabashedly raunchy funny stuff in Kevin Hart: Let Me Explain.
    • 25 Metascore
    • 50 Joe Leydon
    Despite an effective Jim Caviezel, this anecdotal drama never rises above the level of lightly likable.
    • 42 Metascore
    • 50 Joe Leydon
    Despite the bumpy pacing and the routine plot elements, writer-director Le-Van Kiet periodically generates a sense of palpable trepidation during what might best be described as a worst-case scenario about post-partum depression.
    • 43 Metascore
    • 50 Joe Leydon
    Moderately interesting as a once-over-lightly political history lesson best suited for home-screen consumption.
    • 33 Metascore
    • 50 Joe Leydon
    A modestly inventive but curiously bloodless version of the Bard’s timeless tragedy.
    • 45 Metascore
    • 50 Joe Leydon
    Kakkar and Pastides generate a rooting interest in their characters, with compellingly persuasive performances.
    • 30 Metascore
    • 50 Joe Leydon
    The mix of raucous buffoonery and violent mayhem isn’t exactly seamless, and the laugh-out-loud moments come with conspicuously less frequency during a third act that suggests a rough draft for “Bad Boys 3.”
    • 62 Metascore
    • 50 Joe Leydon
    A potentially gripping story of empowerment through armed resistance is almost totally undermined by studied, self-conscious storytelling.
    • 38 Metascore
    • 50 Joe Leydon
    La Scala is able to maintain interest and sustain narrative momentum throughout his fantastical narrative, even while he covers overly familiar territory. In this, he gets immeasurable aid from the sincere performances by his game cast.
    • 61 Metascore
    • 50 Joe Leydon
    As Red Knot (very) slowly unwinds, Thirlby conveys an impressive range of emotions through the eloquence of her facial expressions and body language. Like Kartheiser, however, she labors under the burden of playing a role that is more a vague concept than a fully developed character.

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