For 538 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 3.6 points lower than other critics. (0-100 point scale)

Joe Leydon's Scores

  • Movies
Average review score: 55
Highest review score: 100 High Fidelity
Lowest review score: 0 Movie 43
Score distribution:
  1. Negative: 73 out of 538
538 movie reviews
    • 88 Metascore
    • 90 Joe Leydon
    A seductive, fascinating tapestry of small-town life.
    • 85 Metascore
    • 80 Joe Leydon
    Conveys enough of the stirring true-life drama recounted in Butler's other Shackleton docu to satisfy ticketbuyers who demand substance even in larger-than-life entertainment.
    • 85 Metascore
    • 100 Joe Leydon
    Uproarious. Line for line, minute to minute, writer-director Judd Apatow's latest effort is more explosively funny, more frequently, than nearly any other major studio release in recent memory.
    • 84 Metascore
    • 80 Joe Leydon
    A heady spirit of spontaneity permeates the proceedings, suggesting the entire pic, much like the concert it documents, was conceived, planned and completed in a single burst of creative enthusiasm.
    • 84 Metascore
    • 90 Joe Leydon
    If John Cassavetes had directed a script by Eric Rohmer, the result might have looked and sounded like Mutual Appreciation.
    • 82 Metascore
    • 80 Joe Leydon
    By turns amazing, amusing and appalling.
    • 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.
    • 81 Metascore
    • 80 Joe Leydon
    Mark Landsman's spirited Thunder Soul offers a heaping helping of uplift while documenting the past triumphs and recent reunion of a predominantly black Houston high school's singularly accomplished jazz stage band.
    • 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.
    • 79 Metascore
    • 70 Joe Leydon
    Sometimes harrowing, sometimes hokey, sometimes heartwarming nature documentary.
    • 79 Metascore
    • 80 Joe Leydon
    For all the pic’s sentimentality, De Felitta refuses to back away from some unpleasantly realistic touches.
    • 79 Metascore
    • 100 Joe Leydon
    Trenchantly witty and acutely insightful.
    • 78 Metascore
    • 70 Joe Leydon
    One leaves My Flesh and Blood with admiration for the lenser's craftsmanship, and for her ability to remain an unobtrusive observer during moments of extreme emotional turmoil.
    • 78 Metascore
    • 70 Joe Leydon
    When a documentary begins with its subject using his crutch to deliver a vicious blow to the director's nose, it's reasonably safe to expect less-than-smooth sailing ahead.
    • 78 Metascore
    • 90 Joe Leydon
    Four excellent lead performances, vividly evoked ambience and a masterfully sustained mood of quiet desperation mark Sydney as an impressive piece of work.
    • 78 Metascore
    • 60 Joe Leydon
    Will please devotees without attracting many, if any, new converts.
    • 77 Metascore
    • 90 Joe Leydon
    This enjoyable East-meets-Western likely will succeed on its own terms as a sure-fire, long-legged crowd-pleaser.
    • 77 Metascore
    • 80 Joe Leydon
    An intelligent, well-observed and ineffably poignant study of an Amerasian woman's attempt to trace her roots by journeying back to Vietnam.
    • 77 Metascore
    • 80 Joe Leydon
    With a mix of sly humor, homespun grace and affecting poignancy, Get Low casts a well-nigh irresistible spell.
    • 75 Metascore
    • 70 Joe Leydon
    Picture inspires respect for its first-rate performances, artful construction and meticulous understatement.
    • 75 Metascore
    • 80 Joe Leydon
    Hot-wired, white-knuckle thriller.
    • 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.
    • 75 Metascore
    • 90 Joe Leydon
    Deliberately paced, richly atmospheric drama also boasts first-rate work by a splendid supporting cast and impressive production values.
    • 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.
    • 74 Metascore
    • 80 Joe Leydon
    Well positioned to slake the thirst of action fans for world-class, slam-bang rough stuff.
    • 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.
    • 74 Metascore
    • 70 Joe Leydon
    Compelling but traditional feature.
    • 74 Metascore
    • 70 Joe Leydon
    Beautiful lensing by Mauro Brattoli and an evocative score Steve Poltz enrich the pic’s flavor as a document of, and a tribute to, an iconic cowboy’s indomitable spirit.
    • 74 Metascore
    • 90 Joe Leydon
    Equal parts suspenseful road movie, persuasively detailed period drama and emotionally resonant coming-of-age story, The Retrieval is an outstanding example of regional indie filmmaking accomplished with limited resources and an abundance of skill.
    • 74 Metascore
    • 90 Joe Leydon
    A doggone hilarious cartoon extravaganza...virtually bursts at the seams with a supersized abundance of witty wordplay, silly songs and inspired sight gags.
    • 73 Metascore
    • 80 Joe Leydon
    The human dramas of individual gamers are what really make this technically polished documentary so fascinating and potentially commercial.
    • 73 Metascore
    • 70 Joe Leydon
    A solid and affecting piece of work.
    • 73 Metascore
    • 80 Joe Leydon
    A stealthy neo-noir drama that isn't afraid to take its time developing characters on the way to the payoff of a neatly designed caper scenario.
    • 73 Metascore
    • 90 Joe Leydon
    At once raucously free-wheeling and meticulously contrived, picture satisfies as a boys-gone-wild laff riot that also clicks as a seriocomic beat-the-clock detective story.
    • 72 Metascore
    • 80 Joe Leydon
    An engrossing and satisfying picture, one that can be enjoyed even by people who have never before heard of its subject.
    • 72 Metascore
    • 70 Joe Leydon
    Has more than enough across-the-board appeal to attract mainstream auds unfamiliar with source material.
    • 72 Metascore
    • 80 Joe Leydon
    With equal measures of prickly wit, gleeful pride and bemused gratitude, Charles Nelson Reilly looks back at his life, and invites his audience to share the view, in this thoroughly engaging filmization of his one-man stage show.
    • 72 Metascore
    • 70 Joe Leydon
    Quaid's effortlessly compelling and engagingly earnest performance keeps pic grounded in down-to-earth reality.
    • 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.
    • 72 Metascore
    • 70 Joe Leydon
    Some movie buffs will be amused to note slight but perceptible plot similarities between Daylight and, of all things, "The Tall T," Budd Boetticher's classic 1957 Western. To their credit, the filmmakers more or less acknowledge the influence in the closing credits.
    • 72 Metascore
    • 70 Joe Leydon
    Looks, sounds and fascinates like an exceptional episode of a true-crime TV series.
    • 71 Metascore
    • 80 Joe Leydon
    Enjoyably upbeat and intelligently inspiring.
    • 71 Metascore
    • 90 Joe Leydon
    Having earned his stripes by directing a few TV episodes, Frakes makes an auspicious debut as a feature filmmaker, sustaining excitement and maintaining clarity as he dashes through a two-track storyline.
    • 71 Metascore
    • 80 Joe Leydon
    An improbably effective and affecting mix of raw emotions and exciting smackdowns.
    • 71 Metascore
    • 80 Joe Leydon
    Beautifully lensed and intelligently crafted.
    • 71 Metascore
    • 90 Joe Leydon
    Ingeniously conceived and impressively executed, Pleasantville is a provocative, complex and surprisingly anti-nostalgic parable.
    • 71 Metascore
    • 90 Joe Leydon
    Immensely entertaining and unabashedly inspirational.
    • 71 Metascore
    • 50 Joe Leydon
    Feels achingly sad and frustratingly incomplete.
    • 70 Metascore
    • 70 Joe Leydon
    The Motel offers a fresh take on characters and conventions, and compels interest with shrewd, sympathy-inspiring storytelling.
    • 70 Metascore
    • 90 Joe Leydon
    Stevens offers a couple of revelations that bring the documentary to a dramatically and emotionally satisfying conclusion — and, not incidentally, leave a viewer with the pleasing sensation of discovering a worthy individual.
    • 70 Metascore
    • 80 Joe Leydon
    One of the holiday movie season's more pleasant surprises. A mischievously clever and slickly commercial sci-fi comedy.
    • 70 Metascore
    • 80 Joe Leydon
    Genuinely clever switched-identities romp.
    • 69 Metascore
    • 80 Joe Leydon
    Slither begins briskly, gradually accelerates and eventually achieves a breakneck momentum that makes the wild ride even more exhilarating.
    • 69 Metascore
    • 60 Joe Leydon
    Grim but engrossing.
    • 69 Metascore
    • 80 Joe Leydon
    A frequently inspired hit-and-miss burlesque that definitely hits more than it misses.
    • 69 Metascore
    • 80 Joe Leydon
    A sly curve ball of a documentary best described as a sports-themed "Rashomon" with an O. Henry twist.
    • 69 Metascore
    • 80 Joe Leydon
    An impressively polished documentary by Bob Hercules and Cheri Hughes. Perhaps even more thought-provoking than its co-helmers intended, pic is bound to spark conversations and debate.
    • 69 Metascore
    • 80 Joe Leydon
    Arguably the best sports-oriented documentary since "Hoop Dreams."
    • 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.
    • 68 Metascore
    • 80 Joe Leydon
    Deftly balancing twin goals of informing and entertaining, the pic matter-of-factly details the various ways that marketers, multinational corporations, police departments and government-run intelligence-gathering organizations obtain and exploit info.
    • tbd Metascore
    • 70 Joe Leydon
    A low-key charmer that's bound to enchant small children and amuse their parents during many hours of repeat viewings.
    • tbd Metascore
    • 70 Joe Leydon
    Sometimes shaky, sometimes smooth handheld DV lensing (by Drews and Krybus) gives the pic an immediacy that greatly enhances its dramatic and emotional impact.
    • 68 Metascore
    • 80 Joe Leydon
    Key to drama's success is the artful underplaying by Kurt Russell in the lead role of Herb Brooks.
    • 68 Metascore
    • 90 Joe Leydon
    Imagine a live-action version of the "Dilbert" comic strip with a touch of Hal Hartley's deadpan absurdism, and you're ready for the frequently uproarious "Office Space."
    • 67 Metascore
    • 70 Joe Leydon
    Segel makes an engaging impression throughout Forgetting Sarah Marshall, gamely making himself the butt of many jokes that involve Peter's non-macho proclivities.
    • 67 Metascore
    • 60 Joe Leydon
    A beautifully lensed but ploddingly paced tribute.
    • 67 Metascore
    • 80 Joe Leydon
    Koepp does a masterful job of grounding his intimations of the supernatural in a totally persuasive down-to-earth context.
    • 67 Metascore
    • 70 Joe Leydon
    The Prisoner is in many ways a justifiably angry film, simmering with moral outrage. But it is also -- surprisingly, maybe even amazingly -- hopeful.
    • 66 Metascore
    • 80 Joe Leydon
    An ingeniously twisted mockumentary.
    • 66 Metascore
    • 70 Joe Leydon
    Skillfully entwines stories of three young women drifting in and out of a Jersey City juvenile detention center.
    • 66 Metascore
    • 80 Joe Leydon
    Slight but lively sequel. Aimed squarely at moppets with piddling attention spans.
    • 66 Metascore
    • 80 Joe Leydon
    Exceptional performances by two femme leads and sensitive but unsentimental storytelling throughout.
    • 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.
    • 66 Metascore
    • 90 Joe Leydon
    Equal parts audacious dark comedy, wish-fulfillment fantasy and over-the-top, tongue-in-cheek action-adventure.
    • 65 Metascore
    • 50 Joe Leydon
    Strong performances, a few dramatically potent scenes and a vividly specific evocation of locale barely offset hackneyed and muddled elements in a script that plays like a first draft.
    • 65 Metascore
    • 70 Joe Leydon
    Sascha Paladino's overlong but engaging doc about banjo virtuoso Bela Fleck's harmonious journey through four African countries.
    • 65 Metascore
    • 80 Joe Leydon
    Intelligent, informative and unusually entertaining documentary errs only when it yanks too insistently on heartstrings while focusing on worst-case scenarios involving desperate debtors driven to suicide.
    • 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.
    • 65 Metascore
    • 80 Joe Leydon
    Deftly interlaces heart and humor in a witty, warm and well-observed comedy about the unexpected and inconvenient blooming of romance at the weekend gathering of an extended family.
    • 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.
    • 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.
    • 64 Metascore
    • 70 Joe Leydon
    Slow-burning buildup, lack of explicit mayhem and overall low-tech approach may strike cineastes as amusingly quaint.
    • 64 Metascore
    • 70 Joe Leydon
    Riveting portrait of a straight-talking, tough-loving Benedictine nun in charge of a South Bronx home for recovering substance abusers.
    • 64 Metascore
    • 70 Joe Leydon
    Has some genuinely amusing moments of dumb and dumber silliness.
    • 64 Metascore
    • 80 Joe Leydon
    Intelligent, involving and intricately plotted thriller.
    • 64 Metascore
    • 70 Joe Leydon
    Filmmakers Andrew Cohn and Davy Rothbart uncover and illuminate a strain of stoic resilience that could be the last best defense against bottomless despair. Unfortunately, as Medora repeatedly suggests, that invaluable resource may not be inexhaustible.
    • 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.
    • 64 Metascore
    • 70 Joe Leydon
    The biggest laughs and most intriguing revelations are provided offstage in this slickly produced documentary, as O'Brien -- often pushing himself to the point of exhaustion before, during and after performances -- plays for keeps while playing for laughs.
    • 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."
    • 64 Metascore
    • 80 Joe Leydon
    It's meant as high praise to say that, very early in Robots, the extraordinary starts to seem perfectly ordinary.
    • 64 Metascore
    • 50 Joe Leydon
    The picture's dialogue-heavy stretches and ambiguous finale could leave ticketbuyers impatient for less chatter and more chomping.
    • 63 Metascore
    • 70 Joe Leydon
    Brimming with heart and humor -- Drumline is a formulaic crowdpleaser set in the competitive world of university marching bands at predominantly black universities.
    • 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.
    • 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.
    • 63 Metascore
    • 80 Joe Leydon
    The performances are perfectly attuned to the material, with Koechner dominating his every scene as a kind of demented ringmaster, and Healy adroitly demonstrating the potential for both humor and horror in a character with nothing left to lose.
    • 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.
    • 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.
    • tbd Metascore
    • 50 Joe Leydon
    Unmistakably sympathetic but mostly even-handed documentary.
    • 63 Metascore
    • 50 Joe Leydon
    Good intentions can't breathe fresh life into cliches or dispel the overall impression of schematic didacticism.
    • 62 Metascore
    • 70 Joe Leydon
    Slickly entertaining documentary.