For 551 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 3.9 points lower than other critics. (0-100 point scale)

Joe Leydon's Scores

  • Movies
  • TV
Average review score: 55
Highest review score: 100 Knocked Up
Lowest review score: 0 Movie 43
Score distribution:
  1. Negative: 75 out of 551
551 movie reviews
    • 73 Metascore
    • 80 Joe Leydon
    The human dramas of individual gamers are what really make this technically polished documentary so fascinating and potentially commercial.
    • 71 Metascore
    • 80 Joe Leydon
    Beautifully lensed and intelligently crafted.
    • 77 Metascore
    • 80 Joe Leydon
    With a mix of sly humor, homespun grace and affecting poignancy, Get Low casts a well-nigh irresistible spell.
    • 71 Metascore
    • 80 Joe Leydon
    An improbably effective and affecting mix of raw emotions and exciting smackdowns.
    • 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.
    • 66 Metascore
    • 80 Joe Leydon
    Exceptional performances by two femme leads and sensitive but unsentimental storytelling throughout.
    • 71 Metascore
    • 80 Joe Leydon
    Enjoyably upbeat and intelligently inspiring.
    • 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.
    • 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.
    • 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.
    • 56 Metascore
    • 80 Joe Leydon
    “Portrait” abounds in the sort of ironies and contrasts that can make a biodoc fascinating even to auds totally unfamiliar with its subject.
    • 55 Metascore
    • 80 Joe Leydon
    Costa-Gavras develops such a propulsively suspenseful pace — with no small assist from Armand Amar’s mood-enhancing Euro-tech score — that his drama comes across as the cinematic equivalent of an engrossing page-turner you might purchase off the rack at an airport newsstand.
    • 55 Metascore
    • 80 Joe Leydon
    An ingeniously simple setup is cunningly exploited for maximum suspense in Hours, a slow-building, consistently engrossing drama.
    • 64 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.
    • 61 Metascore
    • 80 Joe Leydon
    Tureaud and Salzberg achieve their potent impact through the straightforward (but clearly admiring) observation of men who band together in battle and, in the film’s emotionally stirring final scenes, mourn their fallen comrades.
    • 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.
    • 53 Metascore
    • 70 Joe Leydon
    Uplifting and entertaining feel-good, fact-based sports drama.
    • 41 Metascore
    • 70 Joe Leydon
    A frenetic but undeniably funny follow-up that offers twice the number of singing-and-dancing rodents in another seamless blend of CGI and live-action elements.
    • 43 Metascore
    • 70 Joe Leydon
    Frisky and funny enough to please pre-teens, but still witty enough to amuse even those parents who don't recognize Dustin Hoffman, Whoopi Goldberg and other notables among the unseen vocal talents.
    • 54 Metascore
    • 70 Joe Leydon
    In an era when similar genre pics increasingly resemble videogames, musicvideos or glossy commercials, the blunt, brawny simplicity of helmer Jean-Francois Richet's storytelling style seems positively novel.
    • 32 Metascore
    • 70 Joe Leydon
    Trendy influence of insidiously creepy Japanese horror pics is felt in almost every frame of Boogeyman. The effectively atmospheric and unusually involving thriller tells the story of a distraught young man's protracted duel of wits with the eponymous evildoer.
    • 53 Metascore
    • 70 Joe Leydon
    A sunny and sassy comedy that somehow manages to breathe fresh life into familiar stereotypes and stock situations.
    • 62 Metascore
    • 70 Joe Leydon
    Slickly entertaining documentary.
    • 47 Metascore
    • 70 Joe Leydon
    A pleasingly retro recycling of "The Love Bug."
    • 66 Metascore
    • 70 Joe Leydon
    Skillfully entwines stories of three young women drifting in and out of a Jersey City juvenile detention center.
    • 51 Metascore
    • 70 Joe Leydon
    Even though it sprints along a well-trod path through familiar territory, Saint Ralph remains surprisingly compelling.
    • 49 Metascore
    • 70 Joe Leydon
    With equal measures of rock-the-house vigor and in-your-face attitude, Four Brothers proves usually potent and consistently enjoyable as an old school approach to what might best be described as the urban-Western genre of slam-bang, balls-out action-revenger.
    • 55 Metascore
    • 70 Joe Leydon
    Unvarnished verisimilitude, visceral impact and vividly evoked emotional and physical extremes distinguish Hooligans, the impressive debut feature by German-born helmer Lexi Alexander.
    • 46 Metascore
    • 70 Joe Leydon
    Amiably slapdash docu about The Comedians of Comedy tour mixes on-stage performances, backstage bull sessions and downtime tomfoolery to generally satisfying and frequently hilarious effect.
    • 38 Metascore
    • 70 Joe Leydon
    Generally pleasant family-friendly fare.