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 High Fidelity
Lowest review score: 0 Movie 43
Score distribution:
  1. Negative: 75 out of 545
545 movie reviews
    • 39 Metascore
    • 70 Joe Leydon
    Once again, Beckinsale brings an impressive physicality and subzero cool to her portrayal of Selene.
    • 64 Metascore
    • 70 Joe Leydon
    The biggest laughs and most intriguing revelations are provided offstage in this slickly produced documentary, as O'Brien -- often pushing himself to the point of exhaustion before, during and after performances -- plays for keeps while playing for laughs.
    • 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."
    • 49 Metascore
    • 70 Joe Leydon
    Family-friendly and abounding in uplift, The Mighty Macs is an undemandingly pleasant indie drama.
    • 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.
    • 72 Metascore
    • 70 Joe Leydon
    Some movie buffs will be amused to note slight but perceptible plot similarities between Daylight and, of all things, "The Tall T," Budd Boetticher's classic 1957 Western. To their credit, the filmmakers more or less acknowledge the influence in the closing credits.
    • 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.
    • 64 Metascore
    • 70 Joe Leydon
    Slow-burning buildup, lack of explicit mayhem and overall low-tech approach may strike cineastes as amusingly quaint.
    • 57 Metascore
    • 70 Joe Leydon
    Boasts way better production values than the penny-pinching 1981 original and conceivably could delight genre fans who have never seen the first version or its previous remakes/sequels. But it’s bound to play best with those who catch Alvarez’s many wink-wink allusions to Raimi’s picture.
    • 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.
    • 50 Metascore
    • 70 Joe Leydon
    First-time feature helmer Brian Crano maneuvers some tricky tonal shifts with impressive ease in A Bag of Hammers, a droll, quirky comedy with a pleasant amount of heart.
    • 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.
    • 58 Metascore
    • 70 Joe Leydon
    There's something perversely fascinating about helmer John Hyams' freewheeling yet deliberately paced mashup of noirish mystery, splatter-movie intensity, first-person-shooter vidgame and "Apocalypse Now"-style surrealism.
    • 54 Metascore
    • 70 Joe Leydon
    Affecting performances and effective storytelling are the hallmarks of Fat Kid Rules the World.
    • 58 Metascore
    • 70 Joe Leydon
    Although it traffics freely in stereotypes and sitcom-style one-liners, Gayby is never less than likable.
    • 60 Metascore
    • 70 Joe Leydon
    Writer-director Ciaran Foy skillfully taps into primal fears and urban paranoia to keep his audience consistently unsettled in Citadel, an intensely suspenseful horror-thriller.
    • 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.
    • 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.
    • 48 Metascore
    • 70 Joe Leydon
    Each member of the ensemble offers a vividly detailed performance resounding with emotional truth, delivering lengthy swaths of LaBute’s sometimes savagely furious, sometimes shocking funny dialogue with pitch-perfect degrees of intensity.
    • 68 Metascore
    • 70 Joe Leydon
    The final destination is entirely predictable — right down to the deus ex machina reappearance of an erstwhile antagonist — but the trip itself is never less than pleasant, and often extremely funny.
    • 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.
    • 55 Metascore
    • 70 Joe Leydon
    First-time feature helmer Nate Taylor, working from an adroitly constructed screenplay by Peter Moore Smith, skillfully evokes a clammy sense of dread in this stealthily suspenseful indie.
    • 64 Metascore
    • 70 Joe Leydon
    Filmmakers Andrew Cohn and Davy Rothbart uncover and illuminate a strain of stoic resilience that could be the last best defense against bottomless despair. Unfortunately, as Medora repeatedly suggests, that invaluable resource may not be inexhaustible.
    • 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.
    • 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.
    • 55 Metascore
    • 70 Joe Leydon
    The pacing gradually accelerates after a leisurely first act, so that The Attorney easily sustains interest, and often stirs emotions.
    • 45 Metascore
    • 70 Joe Leydon
    Scripter Wittliff and Spanish helmer Emilio Aragon (“Paper Birds”) hit the sweet spot between galloping and sauntering while unfolding the movie’s plot, an interlocking chain of coincidences, encounters and colorful supporting characters that often recalls the twisty storylines of Elmore Leonard.
    • 48 Metascore
    • 70 Joe Leydon
    The pic is less than fully satisfying as a conventional performance cavalcade, but sustains considerable interest as a behind-the-scenes overview of a musically and culturally diverse event.
    • 32 Metascore
    • 60 Joe Leydon
    Even when the blood-and-thunder hokiness of the over-the-top plot tilts perilously close to absurdity, the admirably straight-faced performances by well-cast lead players provide just enough counterbalance to sustain audience curiosity and sympathy.
    • 35 Metascore
    • 60 Joe Leydon
    More than passably amusing.