For 545 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 3.8 points lower than other critics. (0-100 point scale)

Joe Leydon's Scores

  • Movies
Average review score: 55
Highest review score: 100 Knocked Up
Lowest review score: 0 Movie 43
Score distribution:
  1. Negative: 75 out of 545
545 movie reviews
    • 49 Metascore
    • 70 Joe Leydon
    This understated period drama may lack sufficient star power and emotional wallop to score breakthrough success with mainstream auds during its domestic theatrical run, but pic could find a warmer response in the same international markets where "Kingdom of Heaven" redeemed itself last year.
    • 36 Metascore
    • 70 Joe Leydon
    Overall package is potent. A few rock-the-house scenes of slam-bang derring-do -- are nothing short of sensationally exciting.
    • 51 Metascore
    • 70 Joe Leydon
    Result is an unusually likeable family-friendly comedy.
    • 62 Metascore
    • 70 Joe Leydon
    By turns whimsically humorous and intelligently sentimental, but also infused with a pungent air of working-class realism.
    • 74 Metascore
    • 70 Joe Leydon
    Compelling but traditional feature.
    • 37 Metascore
    • 70 Joe Leydon
    A genuinely clever kidpic that should delight moppets, please parents -- and maybe tickle a few tweens.
    • 52 Metascore
    • 70 Joe Leydon
    Nacho Libre strikes a delicate balance of whimsy and absurdity that may surprise auds primed to expect wall-to-wall slapstick.
    • 70 Metascore
    • 70 Joe Leydon
    The Motel offers a fresh take on characters and conventions, and compels interest with shrewd, sympathy-inspiring storytelling.
    • 48 Metascore
    • 70 Joe Leydon
    Amusing indie comedy blithely blurs the line between risque and raunchy, often to hilarious effect.
    • 42 Metascore
    • 70 Joe Leydon
    Zippy enough to delight youngsters and clever enough to engage their parents.
    • 48 Metascore
    • 70 Joe Leydon
    Fresh cast, a formulaic but engaging storyline, and a smoking soundtrack from rap and hip-hop luminaries.
    • 53 Metascore
    • 70 Joe Leydon
    The overlong but involving drama has obvious cross-generational appeal.
    • 38 Metascore
    • 70 Joe Leydon
    Blessed with abundant production values and a minimum of campy excess, One Night With the King is a surprisingly satisfying attempt to revive the Old Hollywood tradition of lavishly appointed Biblical epics aimed at mainstream auds.
    • 49 Metascore
    • 70 Joe Leydon
    Although cynics likely will reject The Ultimate Gift as warmed-over Capra-corn, this predictable but pleasant drama based on Jim Stovall's popular novel may be prized by those with a taste for inspirational uplift and heart-tugging sentiment.
    • 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.
    • 62 Metascore
    • 70 Joe Leydon
    Oswald's Ghost impresses as a concise, intelligent and rigorously well-researched piece of work.
    • 47 Metascore
    • 70 Joe Leydon
    Frothy, funny and formulaic, 27 Dresses is a pleasantly predictable romantic comedy that sees Katherine Heigl following “Knocked Up” with smooth moves at the wheel of her first starring vehicle.
    • 32 Metascore
    • 70 Joe Leydon
    Unfolding like a better-than-average episode of a first-rate TV police procedural, Untraceable is a satisfying slice of solidly crafted meat-and-potatoes filmmaking.
    • 47 Metascore
    • 70 Joe Leydon
    Very much in the tradition of "Slap Shot," George Roy Hill's raucously funny and foul-mouthed 1977 laffer about the misadventures of a minor-league hockey team, Semi-Pro scores big laughs with the rowdy play-by-play of hard-luck hoopsters struggling for professional survival.
    • 48 Metascore
    • 70 Joe Leydon
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    Picture shrewdly shuffles together attractive young leads, cagey screen vets and a fantasy-fulfillment scenario in a slickly polished package that should appeal to anyone who's ever dreamed of beating the odds.
    • 17 Metascore
    • 70 Joe Leydon
    A surprisingly effective teen-skewing thriller that soft-pedals graphic violence (in marked contrast to the R-rated 1980 original) while generating a fair degree of suspense.
    • 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.
    • 57 Metascore
    • 70 Joe Leydon
    An over-the-top and beyond-PC comedy that sometimes deftly, sometimes slapdashedly infuses party-hearty anarchy with hectoring moral outrage.
    • 61 Metascore
    • 70 Joe Leydon
    Ingeniously nasty and often shockingly funny as it incrementally worsens a very bad situation, then provides a potent payoff with the forced feeding of just desserts.
    • 43 Metascore
    • 70 Joe Leydon
    Aimed squarely at the same family audiences that flocked to Murphy's "Doctor Dolittle" comedies, this is a lightly amusing and surprisingly sweet Fox release.
    • 75 Metascore
    • 70 Joe Leydon
    Picture inspires respect for its first-rate performances, artful construction and meticulous understatement.
    • 34 Metascore
    • 70 Joe Leydon
    Manages to distract auds from the predictability of the plot with fusillades of profanely funny dialogue and some playfully sexy chemistry generated by Cook and Hudson.
    • 44 Metascore
    • 70 Joe Leydon
    First-time helmer Patrick Tatopoulos (who designed creatures for all three pics) offers a satisfyingly exciting monster rally that often plays like a period swashbuckler.
    • 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.
    • 52 Metascore
    • 70 Joe Leydon
    Strikes a deft balance of chase-movie suspense and wisecracking humor, with a few slam-bang action setpieces that would shame the makers of more allegedly grown-up genre fare.