For 651 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 5.5 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 Is That a Gun in Your Pocket?
Score distribution:
  1. Negative: 92 out of 651
651 movie reviews
    • 89 Metascore
    • 90 Joe Leydon
    The Winding Stream is cogent and compelling as a pop-culture history lesson, and genuinely uplifting while it shows how contemporary artists — along with descendants like Rosanne and John Carter Cash — keep the legacy of A.P., Mother Maybelle, June and Johnny alive and thriving.
    • 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.
    • 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.
    • 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
    An illuminating and amusingly entertaining look at the thriving subculture of competitive poultry breeders.
    • 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.
    • 80 Metascore
    • 80 Joe Leydon
    Cesc Gay’s wise, wistful and well-observed film about two friends enjoying a final reunion in the shadow of impending death, is by turns amusing and affecting — and quite often both at once.
    • 80 Metascore
    • 60 Joe Leydon
    Up until its unfortunate third-act detour from intriguing verisimilitude to frustrating abstraction, director Marcin Wrona’s Demon enthralls as an atmospheric ghost story with a cheeky undercurrent of absurdist humor.
    • 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.
    • 79 Metascore
    • 90 Joe Leydon
    [A] splendidly graceful and quietly magical documentary.
    • 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
    • 80 Joe Leydon
    Born to Fly teasingly suggests that some displays of avant-garde virtuosity could be enjoyed equally by venturesome aesthetes, dance enthusiasts and devotees of World Wrestling Entertainment.
    • 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
    Both fascinating as a glimpse at the not so distant past, and provocative as an account of what arguably was an early step in the decline of political discourse on television.
    • 77 Metascore
    • 70 Joe Leydon
    Starving the Beast repeatedly sounds cautionary notes that escalate to the level of fretful alarms. And yet, for all that, the movie never seems shrill or didactic.
    • 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
    • 80 Joe Leydon
    Credible and creditable performances by a fine cast of promising newcomers and familiar veterans enhance the emotional impact of this low-key but compelling indie.
    • 75 Metascore
    • 70 Joe Leydon
    Picture inspires respect for its first-rate performances, artful construction and meticulous understatement.
    • 75 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.
    • 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
    • 70 Joe Leydon
    The documentary adroitly sustains interest with a standard-issue mix of archival material, interviews with intimates and admirers, actors’ voiceovers and dramatic re-creations.
    • 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
    • 80 Joe Leydon
    A slow-burning found-footage suspenser with some mildly clever twists and a knockout payoff.
    • 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
    • 90 Joe Leydon
    A rivetingly suspenseful drama that deftly intertwines elements of ticking-clock thriller and tragic farce.
    • 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
    • 60 Joe Leydon
    It’s an occupational hazard of rambling psychogeography that the unwary traveller will find themselves irritated as often as they are enthralled: One man’s trash is another man’s treasure. Gee negotiates this hurdle with variable success.
    • 73 Metascore
    • 70 Joe Leydon
    A solid and affecting piece of work.
    • 73 Metascore
    • 80 Joe Leydon
    It is much to the credit of Hanks and his collaborators that All Things Must Pass makes this particular iteration of the oft-told tale come across as freshly compelling, even poignant.
    • 73 Metascore
    • 70 Joe Leydon
    Helmer Cheang and action director Li Chung Chi offer an impressive array of rock-’em-sock-’em setpieces — including a battle royale at a cruise ship terminal, and grand finale in a Hong Kong high-rise — and the performances, especially those by Wu, Koo and Zhang, are thoroughly attuned to the movie’s overall tone of fever-pitched martial-arts noir melodrama.
    • 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.
    • 73 Metascore
    • 70 Joe Leydon
    The film boasts characters as rich, and a narrative as entertaining, as might be found in the most crowd-pleasing of scripted sports sagas.
    • 73 Metascore
    • 80 Joe Leydon
    A sensitively observed and arrestingly impressionistic drama that feels at once deeply personal and easily accessible.
    • 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
    • 80 Joe Leydon
    The film benefits greatly from its ability to review events from the viewpoints of the men on the ground in Houston.
    • 71 Metascore
    • 60 Joe Leydon
    Copenhagen remains more intriguing than compelling.
    • 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
    Throughout the first half of Animals, there is a welcome amount of humor and some flashes of romantic warmth to alleviate the ever-present undercurrent of dread. As director Collin Schiffli gradually tightens the screws and builds suspense, however, the mood darkens.
    • 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
    A spirited and captivating bio-doc that richly deserves the exclamation point in its title.
    • 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
    • 70 Joe Leydon
    Co-directors Justin Benson and Aaron Moorhead (“Resolution,” “V/H/S: Viral”), working from a script credited to Benson, do a clever job of entwining elements of budding romance, mounting dread and indolent vacation in their leisurely paced, handsomely produced indie feature.
    • 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
    • 80 Joe Leydon
    In addition to everything else he does right in February, Perkins plays fair: When you replay the movie in your mind after the final fadeout, you realize that every twist was dutifully presaged, and the final reveal was hidden in plain sight all along.
    • 68 Metascore
    • 70 Joe Leydon
    The final destination is entirely predictable — right down to the deus ex machina reappearance of an erstwhile antagonist — but the trip itself is never less than pleasant, and often extremely funny.
    • 68 Metascore
    • 80 Joe Leydon
    The naturalistic style of the storytelling is stealthily enthralling, as is the lead performance by Margita Gosheva as a provincial Bulgarian schoolteacher who is slowly, inexorably driven to the edge by crushing debt.
    • 68 Metascore
    • 70 Joe Leydon
    The Original Gangsta Lizard gets a largely satisfying reboot in Shin Godzilla, a surprisingly clever monster mash best described as the “Batman Begins” of Zilla Thrillers.
    • 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 cinematic equivalent of a modestly amusing shaggy-dog story that meanders toward a clever punchline.
    • 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.
    • 67 Metascore
    • 80 Joe Leydon
    This nostalgia-drenched rockumentary remains a hugely entertaining treasure trove of witness-at-creation anecdotes and enduringly potent ’60s pop hits.
    • 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
    • 70 Joe Leydon
    Sausage Party is something far short of Shavian in terms of sophisticated dialogue — really, there is just so much novelty value one can milk from repetitious fusillades of F-bombs launched by animated characters — but it is difficult to deny the hilarity quotient of a movie so exuberantly and unapologetically rude and crude.

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