For 565 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 3.8 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 565
565 movie reviews
    • 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.
    • 29 Metascore
    • 40 Joe Leydon
    Small children will be amused by the frenetic antics of Cuba Gooding Jr. Grownups, however, will be far less enchanted.
    • 38 Metascore
    • 40 Joe Leydon
    This Dog won't hunt. Although well crafted and handsomely mounted, pic lacks sufficient sizzle.
    • tbd Metascore
    • 40 Joe Leydon
    Plays like a mercilessly extended version of an uninspired "Saturday Night Live" sketch.
    • 52 Metascore
    • 40 Joe Leydon
    Would have worked better with a few more ersatz coming-attraction trailers and considerably less filler. More than likely, it would have worked best of all as an hourlong special on Comedy Central.
    • 38 Metascore
    • 40 Joe Leydon
    Emerges as a curiously mild-mannered if not downright tepid drama.
    • 42 Metascore
    • 40 Joe Leydon
    A slickly produced slice of sentimental hokum that borrows freely from a half-dozen or so other, better feel-good fantasies.
    • 28 Metascore
    • 40 Joe Leydon
    Still nothing but a gussied-up B movie.
    • 47 Metascore
    • 40 Joe Leydon
    A genially amusing ensemble farce that doesn't quite achieve enough momentum for liftoff.
    • 50 Metascore
    • 40 Joe Leydon
    An unappetizing mix of raucously vulgar comedy and teen-angst melodrama.
    • 29 Metascore
    • 40 Joe Leydon
    A genially haphazard but frequently amusing neo-stoner comedy that plays like "Cheech and Chong Go to Animal House."
    • Variety
    • 30 Metascore
    • 40 Joe Leydon
    Aimed squarely at adolescents who might find "Bill & Ted's Excellent Adventure" too intellectually taxing.
    • 19 Metascore
    • 40 Joe Leydon
    Fitfully amusing prequel.
    • 30 Metascore
    • 40 Joe Leydon
    A textbook example of the charm-free ephemera dumped by studios during the waning days of summer.
    • 37 Metascore
    • 40 Joe Leydon
    The sentimentality is gently but firmly restrained in a potentially treacly subplot.
    • 33 Metascore
    • 40 Joe Leydon
    Fires blanks. Thoroughly routine, pic plays like a paint-by-numbers pilot for bygone basic-cable teleseries.
    • 24 Metascore
    • 40 Joe Leydon
    Solid performances, handsome production values and a few genuinely creepy scenes are not enough to save Godsend.
    • 44 Metascore
    • 40 Joe Leydon
    A curiously bland drama that fails to fulfill the promise of its early scenes.
    • 33 Metascore
    • 40 Joe Leydon
    A frenetic, featherweight trifle aimed at tweener femmes.
    • 43 Metascore
    • 40 Joe Leydon
    Too blandly insubstantial to expand its appeal beyond its target demographic.
    • 30 Metascore
    • 40 Joe Leydon
    Earns points simply for not being bad enough to leave a stain on the screen. Unfortunately, this annoyingly disjointed shocker stumbles badly after promising early scenes, and quickly devolves into a chaotic blur of underdeveloped characters, illogical transitions and standard-issue scary-movie tropes.
    • 38 Metascore
    • 40 Joe Leydon
    Visually uninspired and dramatically overheated, Paparazzi has overall look and feel of generic direct-to-video production.
    • 46 Metascore
    • 40 Joe Leydon
    Simply isn't funny or frightening enough to expand its appeal beyond core fan base.
    • 43 Metascore
    • 40 Joe Leydon
    There's a provocative premise at the heart of Master of the Game, but uneven acting, indifferent direction and melodramatic dialogue blunt pointed ironies.
    • 39 Metascore
    • 40 Joe Leydon
    fFat-footed and ham-handed in its attempt to reconstitute a popular '70s TV cartoon show as a full-length, family-skewing feature.
    • 39 Metascore
    • 40 Joe Leydon
    Some viewers may feel as though, instead of watching a feature, they're paging through a book of rough sketches by a deranged Disney alumnus.
    • 41 Metascore
    • 40 Joe Leydon
    A classically low-tech monster mash.
    • 30 Metascore
    • 40 Joe Leydon
    An unsatisfying supernatural thriller with an effectively unsettling build-up and a frustratingly muddled pay-off.
    • 43 Metascore
    • 40 Joe Leydon
    Lofty ambitions and unaffected sincerity are not quite enough to sustain The Keeper: The Legend of Omar Khayyam, a reverentially pokey drama that plays less like a conventional movie than a lengthy series of hagiographic historical tableaux.
    • 27 Metascore
    • 40 Joe Leydon
    For most part, The Perfect Man is too bland to merit anything more censorious than a stifled yawn.
    • tbd Metascore
    • 40 Joe Leydon
    Conspicuously underwhelming.
    • 27 Metascore
    • 40 Joe Leydon
    Unfortunately, interest lags between the grisly deaths, and, worse, none of the characters generates rooting interest.
    • 52 Metascore
    • 40 Joe Leydon
    Most successful when it is engaging, not uproarious. Glossy amusement is an updated remake of a well-regarded 1950 Brit comedy-drama starring Alec Guinness, improbably retrofitted as a star vehicle for Queen Latifah.
    • 48 Metascore
    • 40 Joe Leydon
    Lacks focus and momentum as it attempts to interweave diverse story strands into a cautionary tapestry.
    • 57 Metascore
    • 40 Joe Leydon
    An obviously sincere but didactically repetitive documentary.
    • 21 Metascore
    • 40 Joe Leydon
    Entirely comfortable as the crude character he has honed in countless stand-up routines and TV appearances, Larry the Cable Guy sustains a level of likeability that enables him to get away with a lot more than he has any right to. But, he remains very much an acquired taste.
    • 25 Metascore
    • 40 Joe Leydon
    Under Dennis Dugan's rote direction, Schneider winds up playing straight man to Spade, who once again relies on his snarky coward shtick, and Heder, who comes across like someone doing a bad imitation of ... well, Heder himself in "Napoleon Dynamite."
    • 36 Metascore
    • 40 Joe Leydon
    Mo'Nique, a vet standup and sitcom performer whose sassy, brassy shtick isn't nearly enough to support material this insubstantial.
    • 17 Metascore
    • 40 Joe Leydon
    Throats are ripped, heads are crushed and limbs are severed with brutal efficiency throughout See No Evil, but that's not nearly enough to dispel the sense of deja vu that pervades this generic slasher thriller.
    • 34 Metascore
    • 40 Joe Leydon
    The title alone should alert auds that The Big Buy: Tom DeLay's Stolen Congress is a hatchet job on the controversial politico known as "The Hammer."
    • 36 Metascore
    • 40 Joe Leydon
    Any provocative questions LaBute might have wanted to raise are totally obscured as the rising tide of absurdity gradually overwhelms the entire enterprise.
    • 32 Metascore
    • 40 Joe Leydon
    It's obviously intended as a star vehicle, but Broken Bridges turns out to be a rattletrap jalopy for country music performer Toby Keith.
    • 66 Metascore
    • 40 Joe Leydon
    This stunningly shameless follow-up to the 2002 theatrical sleeper (and homdevid mega-seller) offers more of the same -- a lot more -- while repeatedly upping the ante in terms of offensiveness. Which, of course, should greatly -- and profitably -- please is target aud.
    • 53 Metascore
    • 40 Joe Leydon
    Earnest but prosaic.
    • 34 Metascore
    • 40 Joe Leydon
    Indeed, you could argue that weighty questions about the nature of evil and the allure of sin figured more prominently in the similarly titled "Se7en," one of several other, better suspensers dimly echoed here.
    • 33 Metascore
    • 40 Joe Leydon
    Plays more like '70s drive-in fare than a monster mash of recent vintage.
    • 18 Metascore
    • 40 Joe Leydon
    An instantly forgettable trifle.
    • 37 Metascore
    • 40 Joe Leydon
    Seriously hampered by glaring inconsistencies of tone and intent, and often feels like a series of highlights carved out of a much longer epic.
    • 36 Metascore
    • 40 Joe Leydon
    Trifling time-killer.
    • 49 Metascore
    • 40 Joe Leydon
    Since the new pic contains little that's genuinely amusing or minimally original, it likely will fail on its own merits.
    • 45 Metascore
    • 40 Joe Leydon
    Admirably ambitious but ultimately frustrating musical dramedy.
    • tbd Metascore
    • 40 Joe Leydon
    There's scarcely a boxing-movie cliche left unrecycled by the end of From Mexico With Love, an inaptly titled and thoroughly predictable indie drama directed by vet stunt coordinator and fight choreographer Jimmy Nickerson.
    • 51 Metascore
    • 40 Joe Leydon
    The fragrant aroma of magnolias is undercut by the distinct smell of mothballs throughoutThe Loss of a Teardrop Diamond, an admirably earnest but curiously flat attempt to film a long-unproduced scenario by Tennessee Williams.
    • 42 Metascore
    • 40 Joe Leydon
    It's an unabashedly corny but occasionally stirring dramedy based on the true-life story of scrappy young baseball players from Mexico who, in 1957, scored an improbable string of successes while playing their way from a Monterrey sandlot to the Little League World Series.
    • 23 Metascore
    • 40 Joe Leydon
    This undistinguished picture qualifies as an endangered species. As a digital babysitter, however, it may prove sufficiently efficient to generate fair-to-middling homevid sales.
    • 30 Metascore
    • 40 Joe Leydon
    With extended closing credits, Marmaduke clocks in at 88 minutes and feels longer.
    • 26 Metascore
    • 40 Joe Leydon
    An underwhelming and derivative sci-fi thriller that's only marginally more impressive than a run-of-the-mill SyFy Channel telepic.
    • 40 Metascore
    • 40 Joe Leydon
    Despite a few grace notes and mildly clever twists, this handsomely produced indie is such a grating turnoff throughout its first third that its minor virtues may be discovered only by insomniac latenight cable viewers.
    • 55 Metascore
    • 40 Joe Leydon
    Think of it as the cinematic equivalent of a buzz-kill.
    • 75 Metascore
    • 40 Joe Leydon
    A sluggish, charmless misfire in which even the most appealing players -- must try too hard to make anything close to an engaging impression.
    • 44 Metascore
    • 40 Joe Leydon
    Serves up a bland recycling of cliches and archetypes from just about every youth-skewing, dance-centric picture to hit the megaplexes since "Flashdance."
    • 32 Metascore
    • 40 Joe Leydon
    Slickly produced and blatantly manipulative, Bannon's hagiographic tribute is a celebratory cavalcade of career highlights and glowing testimonials that doubtless will please Palin's devoted followers, appall her fiercest critics -- and, perhaps, occasionally surprise the undecided.
    • 24 Metascore
    • 40 Joe Leydon
    Despite stretches of skillfully sustained suspense, Apollo 18 ultimately comes across as little more than a modestly clever stunt.
    • 37 Metascore
    • 40 Joe Leydon
    The picture all too obviously recycles bits and pieces from "Madagascar," "The Lion King" and other made-in-America toons. Unfortunately, much gets lost in the translation.
    • 29 Metascore
    • 40 Joe Leydon
    Not so much a probing examination as a fulsome celebration.
    • 55 Metascore
    • 40 Joe Leydon
    Instructions Not Included is a sporadically amusing but unduly protracted dramedy that slowly — very slowly — devolves into a shameless tearjerker during its third act.
    • 42 Metascore
    • 40 Joe Leydon
    Too many stretches of Wedding Palace are so garishly lit and broadly overplayed that they seem more cartoonish than the actual animated sequences that pepper the live-action production. That’s a pity, since this indie romantic comedy is not without its minor charms during its infrequent quiet moments.
    • 39 Metascore
    • 40 Joe Leydon
    The makers of Grace Unplugged deserve at least some credit for resisting temptations toward melodramatic excess.
    • 43 Metascore
    • 40 Joe Leydon
    Hellbenders becomes what it intends to burlesque, and that’s not so damn funny, even with 3D gimmickry.
    • 47 Metascore
    • 40 Joe Leydon
    A sci-fi thriller as generic as its title, Alien Abduction generates only low-voltage shocks.
    • 25 Metascore
    • 40 Joe Leydon
    All things considered, The Identical might have worked better as a TV miniseries, a format that would allowed the filmmakers to give equal time to Hemsley’s story.
    • 24 Metascore
    • 40 Joe Leydon
    The five leads earn kudos for their ability to come across as something approaching credible.
    • 38 Metascore
    • 30 Joe Leydon
    Be prepared to laugh less at a lot more of the same thing in this overbearing but underwhelming sequel.
    • 26 Metascore
    • 30 Joe Leydon
    Overall, though, the slapdash pic appears to be the work of folks who made things up as they went along; you might say they were, well, vamping.
    • 20 Metascore
    • 30 Joe Leydon
    Plays like an overextended variety-show sketch.
    • 19 Metascore
    • 30 Joe Leydon
    Curtis and Pacula are thoroughly convincing in thinly written roles.
    • 16 Metascore
    • 30 Joe Leydon
    A frenetically junky action adventure that will quickly dribble off to vid stores after a token fast break in theatrical release.
    • 32 Metascore
    • 30 Joe Leydon
    Arriving so soon after "A Knight's Tale" -- and the 25th-anniversary reissue of the classic "Monty Python and the Holy Grail," Black Knight is a textbook example of too much, too late.
    • 24 Metascore
    • 30 Joe Leydon
    Lightning fails to strike twice -- an underwhelming follow-up to one of the career-stalled action star's better efforts.
    • 42 Metascore
    • 30 Joe Leydon
    It's plotless, shapeless -- and yet, it must be admitted, not entirely humorless. Indeed, the more outrageous bits achieve a shock-you-into-laughter intensity of almost Dadaist proportions.
    • 25 Metascore
    • 30 Joe Leydon
    Costner's earnest performance is a major plus for Dragonfly, keeping the picture grounded in some semblance of reality even as it becomes progressively more fantastical.
    • 45 Metascore
    • 30 Joe Leydon
    A stunningly unfunny farce that makes the worst of a stale concept.
    • 27 Metascore
    • 30 Joe Leydon
    Only very small children still easily impressed by interaction of human actors and CGI quadrupeds will be amused by Garfield.
    • tbd Metascore
    • 30 Joe Leydon
    Painfully sincere yet hopelessly amateurish dramedy.

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