For 597 reviews, this critic has graded:
  • 66% higher than the average critic
  • 4% same as the average critic
  • 30% 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: 79 out of 597
597 movie reviews
    • 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.
    • 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.
    • 49 Metascore
    • 70 Joe Leydon
    Outrageously over-the-top gore doubtless will scare off all but the heartiest genre aficionados.
    • 58 Metascore
    • 70 Joe Leydon
    There's more mood than matter here, but suspenseful atmospherics effectively distract from minor plot holes.
    • 62 Metascore
    • 70 Joe Leydon
    By turns whimsically humorous and intelligently sentimental, but also infused with a pungent air of working-class realism.
    • 64 Metascore
    • 70 Joe Leydon
    Riveting portrait of a straight-talking, tough-loving Benedictine nun in charge of a South Bronx home for recovering substance abusers.
    • 39 Metascore
    • 70 Joe Leydon
    A slickly entertaining piece of work that will doubtless delight the young pop star’s fan base, and possibly engage curiosity-seekers who have heretofore remained immune or indifferent to Bieber Fever.
    • 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.
    • 51 Metascore
    • 70 Joe Leydon
    Despite the over-familiarity of its once-trendy time-tripping plot structure, 96 Minutes maintains a brisk pace and generates a satisfying degree of suspense with its credibly contrived tale of disparate lives forever changed by a violent carjacking.
    • 44 Metascore
    • 70 Joe Leydon
    A lightly enjoyable road picture about a circuitous road to redemption, Black, White and Blues offers simple, down-home pleasures while spinning an undeniably familiar but emotionally satisfying tale.
    • 57 Metascore
    • 70 Joe Leydon
    The performances are deft, the pacing is fleet, and the viewer is left with the agreeable impression that Band of Robbers is a promising work by filmmakers whose next one probably will be even better.
    • 46 Metascore
    • 70 Joe Leydon
    Lightweight but likable romantic comedy about two mismatched gay singletons who are, of course, made for each other.
    • 26 Metascore
    • 70 Joe Leydon
    The helmer generates suspense with shrewd pacing, deft emotional manipulation and efficient use of familiar tricks -- jittery editing, flickering lights and unsettling sounds -- common to haunted-house pictures.
    • 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.
    • 47 Metascore
    • 70 Joe Leydon
    A pleasingly retro recycling of "The Love Bug."
    • 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.
    • 53 Metascore
    • 70 Joe Leydon
    Uplifting and entertaining feel-good, fact-based sports drama.
    • 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.
    • tbd Metascore
    • 70 Joe Leydon
    The film deserves more than just a passing grade, and is a good deal better than any plot synopsis might make it sound.
    • 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.
    • 50 Metascore
    • 70 Joe Leydon
    Picture benefits greatly from appealing performances by Jennifer Aniston and Steve Zahn, who deftly apply darker emotional shadings to their characters when necessary, and equally fine work from a small ensemble of solid supporting players.
    • 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.
    • 28 Metascore
    • 70 Joe Leydon
    While it's highly unlikely that anyone predisposed to championing Obama would be won over by the sound and fury here, there's no gainsaying the value of "2016" as a sort of Cliffs Notes precis of the conservative case against the re-election of our current U.S. president.
    • 49 Metascore
    • 70 Joe Leydon
    Aiming more for bemused chuckles than for convulsive laughter, Plotnick and his actors deftly evoke a faux Me Decade ambiance throughout Space Station 76.
    • 51 Metascore
    • 70 Joe Leydon
    Even though it sprints along a well-trod path through familiar territory, Saint Ralph remains surprisingly compelling.

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