For 568 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 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 568
568 movie reviews
    • 58 Metascore
    • 80 Joe Leydon
    A hugely entertaining and more lavishly mounted follow-up to 2000's "Shanghai Noon," the high-concept East-meets-Western that first teamed top-billed duo, pic rides even taller in the saddle as a fleet and funny crowd-pleaser.
    • 71 Metascore
    • 80 Joe Leydon
    Enjoyably upbeat and intelligently inspiring.
    • 70 Metascore
    • 80 Joe Leydon
    One of the holiday movie season's more pleasant surprises. A mischievously clever and slickly commercial sci-fi comedy.
    • 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.
    • 47 Metascore
    • 80 Joe Leydon
    Indie comedy about an unsuccessful playwright who very nearly talks himself out of his last best chance for happiness recalls the early work of Woody Allen. But pic stands on its own merits as witty and well-observed grown-up fare.
    • 69 Metascore
    • 80 Joe Leydon
    Arguably the best sports-oriented documentary since "Hoop Dreams."
    • 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.
    • 62 Metascore
    • 80 Joe Leydon
    Smartly written and sprightly played, Sky High satisfies with a clever commingling of spoofy superheroics, school-daze hijinks, and family friendly coming-of-age. dramedydramedy.
    • 46 Metascore
    • 80 Joe Leydon
    A slickly produced and brazenly clever piece of work that could attract a cult by sheer dint of its ingenious nastiness and self-aware snark.
    • 55 Metascore
    • 80 Joe Leydon
    An ingeniously simple setup is cunningly exploited for maximum suspense in Hours, a slow-building, consistently engrossing drama.
    • 66 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.
    • 72 Metascore
    • 80 Joe Leydon
    A sensitively observed and arrestingly impressionistic drama that feels at once deeply personal and easily accessible.
    • 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.
    • 73 Metascore
    • 80 Joe Leydon
    The human dramas of individual gamers are what really make this technically polished documentary so fascinating and potentially commercial.
    • 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.
    • 56 Metascore
    • 80 Joe Leydon
    A crafty and well-crafted wrap-up that really does bring a satisfying sense of closure to the franchise.
    • 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.
    • 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.
    • 53 Metascore
    • 80 Joe Leydon
    A cleverly constructed, sensationally stylish and often darkly hilarious seriocomic caper.
    • 48 Metascore
    • 80 Joe Leydon
    Sandler impressively assumes the Reynolds role here, with strong support by Reynolds himself and a slightly restrained but frequently hilarious Chris Rock.
    • 70 Metascore
    • 80 Joe Leydon
    Genuinely clever switched-identities romp.
    • 66 Metascore
    • 80 Joe Leydon
    Slight but lively sequel. Aimed squarely at moppets with piddling attention spans.
    • 62 Metascore
    • 70 Joe Leydon
    Fitfully amusing and two leads generate engaging chemistry.
    • 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.
    • 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.
    • 43 Metascore
    • 70 Joe Leydon
    A wildly uneven but compulsively watchable mix of high camp and grand passions, soap opera and softcore sex. Very much in the deliriously lewd style of Pedro Almodovar.
    • 44 Metascore
    • 70 Joe Leydon
    Despite a few continuity problems, this rough-edged, low-budget drama impresses with spot-on performances, perfect-pitch dialogue and an overall sense that something bad might happen at any moment, unless something worse happens first.
    • 39 Metascore
    • 70 Joe Leydon
    Working from a script by Lou Berney, which in turn was adapted from a novel by Turk Pipkin, director Tim McCanlies maintains an even hand throughout, so that neither the moments of broad comedy nor the stretches of tearjerking sentimentality get out of hand.
    • 57 Metascore
    • 70 Joe Leydon
    Charged with alternating currents of teen angst, sardonic wit, nervous dread and impudent sensuality, Daydream Nation suggests "Juno" as reimagined by David Lynch, or a funnier, sunnier "Donnie Darko."
    • 58 Metascore
    • 70 Joe Leydon
    Unquestioning agitprop for vegetarianism, hemp fiber, solar energy, sustainable organic living and other causes espoused by actor-activist Woody Harrelson.

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