For 608 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 4.5 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: 82 out of 608
608 movie reviews
    • 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.
    • tbd Metascore
    • 50 Joe Leydon
    It's more likely to serve as a calling card than a breakthrough for any of the parties involved.
    • tbd Metascore
    • 50 Joe Leydon
    Equal parts hagiography and hatchet job.
    • 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.
    • tbd Metascore
    • 50 Joe Leydon
    The picture could provide modest amusement for indulgent viewers with a taste for tales of loquacious killers and not-so-innocent bystanders.
    • 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.”
    • 58 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.
    • 44 Metascore
    • 50 Joe Leydon
    Tonally dissonant and narratively disjointed, Wild Horses plays like a patchwork quilt of scenes excerpted from a much longer movie, or maybe even a miniseries.
    • 26 Metascore
    • 50 Joe Leydon
    It’s easy to laugh at the arrant contrivances and heavy-handed dialogue in the script penned by Alex and Stephen Kendrick. But it’s even easier to admire the persuasive sincerity and emotional potency of the lead performances by Shirer and Stallings, who do not transcend their material so much as imbue it with conviction.
    • 28 Metascore
    • 50 Joe Leydon
    Christensen underplays throughout 90 Minutes in Heaven, even in scenes when Piper isn’t operating under the influence of painkillers, and his earnestness often comes off as monotonous. Still, he generates interest and sympathy, almost in spite of himself, and Bosworth lends capable support as a loyal spouse.
    • 24 Metascore
    • 50 Joe Leydon
    Christmas Eve isn’t likely to make anyone feel exceptionally merry. Still, it remains modestly diverting from scene to scene.
    • 24 Metascore
    • 50 Joe Leydon
    A flagrantly derivative but modestly diverting drama.
    • 39 Metascore
    • 50 Joe Leydon
    How to Plan an Orgy in a Small Town emerges as surprisingly tame fluff, a modestly amusing trifle scarcely saucier than those wink-wink naughty farces that were staples of the ’70s dinner-theater circuit.
    • 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.

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