For 548 reviews, this critic has graded:
  • 66% higher than the average critic
  • 3% 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: 55
Highest review score: 100 High Fidelity
Lowest review score: 0 Movie 43
Score distribution:
  1. Negative: 75 out of 548
548 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.
    • 66 Metascore
    • 80 Joe Leydon
    Exceptional performances by two femme leads and sensitive but unsentimental storytelling throughout.
    • 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.
    • 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.
    • 76 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.
    • 72 Metascore
    • 70 Joe Leydon
    Quaid's effortlessly compelling and engagingly earnest performance keeps pic grounded in down-to-earth reality.
    • 49 Metascore
    • 70 Joe Leydon
    The 2000 version is louder, broader and much, much bigger.
    • 40 Metascore
    • 70 Joe Leydon
    Surprisingly amusing.
    • 36 Metascore
    • 70 Joe Leydon
    A smart and sassy comedy with a playful sensibility and subtle sensitivity.
    • 62 Metascore
    • 70 Joe Leydon
    Fitfully amusing and two leads generate engaging chemistry.
    • 53 Metascore
    • 70 Joe Leydon
    Formulaic but effectively gritty inner-city crime drama.
    • 58 Metascore
    • 70 Joe Leydon
    Slick, straight-ahead action-thriller that marks a small step back and two bounding leaps forward for toplined Jet Li.
    • 46 Metascore
    • 70 Joe Leydon
    Lightweight but likable romantic comedy about two mismatched gay singletons who are, of course, made for each other.
    • 46 Metascore
    • 70 Joe Leydon
    An extremely enjoyable neo-screwball comedy about attractive opposites on the road.
    • 48 Metascore
    • 70 Joe Leydon
    A golden opportunity to witness the "unplugged," after-hours George W. Bush at his most congenial. "George" offers a portrait of a gregariously charming and self-mocking fellow who's perfectly at ease in his own skin, and who's no less slick and savvy a politician for being willing to make himself the butt of jokes.
    • 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.
    • 48 Metascore
    • 70 Joe Leydon
    Manages an impressively huge score in the hit-or-miss gag ratio.
    • 58 Metascore
    • 70 Joe Leydon
    Uses humor and high spirits to entertain while spreading the Good Word. Much of this slick and sprightly CGI feature is sufficiently funny to amuse even the most resolutely unreligious parents who escort their little ones to megaplex screenings.
    • 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.