For 567 reviews, this critic has graded:
  • 65% higher than the average critic
  • 4% same as the average critic
  • 31% lower than the average critic
On average, this critic grades 4.1 points lower than other critics. (0-100 point scale)

Joe Leydon's Scores

  • Movies
  • TV
Average review score: 56
Highest review score: 100 Knocked Up
Lowest review score: 0 Movie 43
Score distribution:
  1. Negative: 77 out of 567
567 movie reviews
    • 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.
    • 53 Metascore
    • 50 Joe Leydon
    A modestly inventive, sporadically exciting thriller that nonetheless proves too faithful to its central conceit for its own good.
    • 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.
    • 46 Metascore
    • 50 Joe Leydon
    Too mild-mannered and fuzzily focused for its own good.
    • 41 Metascore
    • 50 Joe Leydon
    A few good laughs but few surprises in Next Friday, an amiably unfocused sequel.
    • 40 Metascore
    • 50 Joe Leydon
    A wildly uneven, sporadically slapdash action-adventure that amuses in fits and starts.
    • 62 Metascore
    • 50 Joe Leydon
    Sincere but unexceptional.
    • 37 Metascore
    • 50 Joe Leydon
    Insufficiently focused but undeniably intriguing.
    • 36 Metascore
    • 50 Joe Leydon
    An ungainly hodgepodge of vaudeville-style comedy, turgid soap-operatics, and joyful epiphanies of gospel-flavored uplift.
    • 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."
    • 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.
    • 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.
    • tbd Metascore
    • 50 Joe Leydon
    Equal parts hagiography and hatchet job.
    • 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."
    • 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.
    • 59 Metascore
    • 50 Joe Leydon
    Too tepid to interest anyone old enough to operate a TV remote control.
    • 64 Metascore
    • 50 Joe Leydon
    The picture's dialogue-heavy stretches and ambiguous finale could leave ticketbuyers impatient for less chatter and more chomping.
    • 46 Metascore
    • 50 Joe Leydon
    Squeaky-clean, family-friendly opus.
    • 28 Metascore
    • 50 Joe Leydon
    Uneven but modestly diverting.
    • 43 Metascore
    • 40 Joe Leydon
    Hellbenders becomes what it intends to burlesque, and that’s not so damn funny, even with 3D gimmickry.
    • 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.
    • 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.
    • 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.
    • 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.
    • 28 Metascore
    • 40 Joe Leydon
    Still nothing but a gussied-up B movie.
    • 53 Metascore
    • 40 Joe Leydon
    Earnest but prosaic.
    • 38 Metascore
    • 40 Joe Leydon
    This Dog won't hunt. Although well crafted and handsomely mounted, pic lacks sufficient sizzle.
    • 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.
    • 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.
    • 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.
    • 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
    • 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.
    • 47 Metascore
    • 40 Joe Leydon
    A sci-fi thriller as generic as its title, Alien Abduction generates only low-voltage shocks.
    • 33 Metascore
    • 40 Joe Leydon
    Plays more like '70s drive-in fare than a monster mash of recent vintage.
    • 30 Metascore
    • 40 Joe Leydon
    Aimed squarely at adolescents who might find "Bill & Ted's Excellent Adventure" too intellectually taxing.
    • 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.
    • 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."
    • 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.
    • 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.
    • 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.
    • 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.
    • 36 Metascore
    • 40 Joe Leydon
    Trifling time-killer.
    • 24 Metascore
    • 40 Joe Leydon
    Solid performances, handsome production values and a few genuinely creepy scenes are not enough to save Godsend.
    • 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.
    • 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.
    • 18 Metascore
    • 40 Joe Leydon
    An instantly forgettable trifle.
    • 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.
    • 27 Metascore
    • 40 Joe Leydon
    For most part, The Perfect Man is too bland to merit anything more censorious than a stifled yawn.
    • 30 Metascore
    • 40 Joe Leydon
    A textbook example of the charm-free ephemera dumped by studios during the waning days of summer.
    • 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.
    • 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.
    • 55 Metascore
    • 40 Joe Leydon
    Think of it as the cinematic equivalent of a buzz-kill.
    • 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.
    • 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."
    • 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.
    • 37 Metascore
    • 40 Joe Leydon
    The sentimentality is gently but firmly restrained in a potentially treacly subplot.
    • 48 Metascore
    • 40 Joe Leydon
    Lacks focus and momentum as it attempts to interweave diverse story strands into a cautionary tapestry.
    • 43 Metascore
    • 40 Joe Leydon
    Too blandly insubstantial to expand its appeal beyond its target demographic.
    • 27 Metascore
    • 40 Joe Leydon
    Unfortunately, interest lags between the grisly deaths, and, worse, none of the characters generates rooting interest.
    • 50 Metascore
    • 40 Joe Leydon
    An unappetizing mix of raucously vulgar comedy and teen-angst melodrama.
    • 30 Metascore
    • 40 Joe Leydon
    With extended closing credits, Marmaduke clocks in at 88 minutes and feels longer.
    • 24 Metascore
    • 40 Joe Leydon
    Despite stretches of skillfully sustained suspense, Apollo 18 ultimately comes across as little more than a modestly clever stunt.
    • 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.
    • 30 Metascore
    • 40 Joe Leydon
    An unsatisfying supernatural thriller with an effectively unsettling build-up and a frustratingly muddled pay-off.
    • 46 Metascore
    • 40 Joe Leydon
    Simply isn't funny or frightening enough to expand its appeal beyond core fan base.
    • 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.
    • 44 Metascore
    • 40 Joe Leydon
    A curiously bland drama that fails to fulfill the promise of its early scenes.
    • 41 Metascore
    • 40 Joe Leydon
    A classically low-tech monster mash.
    • tbd Metascore
    • 40 Joe Leydon
    Plays like a mercilessly extended version of an uninspired "Saturday Night Live" sketch.
    • 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.
    • 38 Metascore
    • 40 Joe Leydon
    Emerges as a curiously mild-mannered if not downright tepid drama.
    • 47 Metascore
    • 40 Joe Leydon
    A genially amusing ensemble farce that doesn't quite achieve enough momentum for liftoff.
    • 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.
    • tbd Metascore
    • 40 Joe Leydon
    Conspicuously underwhelming.
    • 57 Metascore
    • 40 Joe Leydon
    An obviously sincere but didactically repetitive documentary.
    • 24 Metascore
    • 40 Joe Leydon
    The five leads earn kudos for their ability to come across as something approaching credible.
    • 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.
    • 33 Metascore
    • 40 Joe Leydon
    Fires blanks. Thoroughly routine, pic plays like a paint-by-numbers pilot for bygone basic-cable teleseries.
    • 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
    Visually uninspired and dramatically overheated, Paparazzi has overall look and feel of generic direct-to-video production.
    • 29 Metascore
    • 40 Joe Leydon
    Not so much a probing examination as a fulsome celebration.
    • 33 Metascore
    • 40 Joe Leydon
    A frenetic, featherweight trifle aimed at tweener femmes.
    • 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.
    • 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.
    • 19 Metascore
    • 40 Joe Leydon
    Fitfully amusing prequel.
    • 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.
    • 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.
    • 61 Metascore
    • 30 Joe Leydon
    Freeway is roadkill. The directorial debut of screenwriter Matthew Bright ("Gun Crazy") is a sophomoric and morally repellent mix of fractured fairy tale, juvenile social satire, bloody mayhem and overstated B-movie melodrama.
    • 40 Metascore
    • 30 Joe Leydon
    Far too aggressively seamy (and ferociously foul-mouthed) to please diehard fans of traditional sagebrush sagas, this misfire offers nothing in the way of wit, innovation or even marquee allure to interest auds accustomed to edgier revisionist oaters.
    • 31 Metascore
    • 30 Joe Leydon
    A picture so thoroughly generic as to suggest a contraption assembled from spare parts with the aid of a how-to manual.
    • 63 Metascore
    • 30 Joe Leydon
    Has the unmistakable look and feel of a micro-budget indie produced for a small circle of friends, many of whom are listed in the credits.
    • 45 Metascore
    • 30 Joe Leydon
    A stunningly unfunny farce that makes the worst of a stale concept.
    • 28 Metascore
    • 30 Joe Leydon
    Plodding and repetitive in its efforts to maintain pressure-cooker intensity, The Divide resembles nothing so much as an extended "Twilight Zone" episode as it brings a sci-fi twist to a familiar scenario about stressed characters who bring out the worst in each other while trapped in close quarters.
    • 58 Metascore
    • 30 Joe Leydon
    The concept is thought-provoking but the execution is flat-footed.
    • tbd Metascore
    • 30 Joe Leydon
    A '70s-style redneck romp aimed at folks who felt intellectually challenged by the complex narrative stratagems of "The Dukes of Hazzard" and "The Misadventures of Sheriff Lobo."
    • 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.
    • 20 Metascore
    • 30 Joe Leydon
    Plays like an overextended variety-show sketch.

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