For 568 reviews, this critic has graded:
  • 65% higher than the average critic
  • 4% same as the average critic
  • 31% lower than the average critic
On average, this critic grades 4.2 points lower than other critics. (0-100 point scale)

Joe Leydon's Scores

  • Movies
  • TV
Average review score: 56
Highest review score: 100 High Fidelity
Lowest review score: 0 Movie 43
Score distribution:
  1. Negative: 77 out of 568
568 movie reviews
    • 81 Metascore
    • 60 Joe Leydon
    Earnest and understated, Weekend has the intimate look and feel of a two-character stage play that has been opened up -- but only slightly, with minimal addition of supporting players -- for a mostly faithful filmization.
    • 80 Metascore
    • 60 Joe Leydon
    Has a washed-out look that may be off-putting to auds who might otherwise enjoy the pic's uncondescending view of Southern characters and customs.
    • 78 Metascore
    • 60 Joe Leydon
    Will please devotees without attracting many, if any, new converts.
    • 75 Metascore
    • 40 Joe Leydon
    A sluggish, charmless misfire in which even the most appealing players -- must try too hard to make anything close to an engaging impression.
    • 74 Metascore
    • 60 Joe Leydon
    There's no denying the pic's overall impact as a compelling study of art as a source of transcendence. And it will come as no surprise if this well-crafted doc eventually serves as source material for a dramatic feature.
    • 74 Metascore
    • 60 Joe Leydon
    Documentarian Jessica Yu employs everything from animation and voiceover thesping to archival documents and eyewitness accounts while examining Henry Darger, a self-taught artist who has been posthumously lionized as a visionary genius.
    • 71 Metascore
    • 60 Joe Leydon
    Copenhagen remains more intriguing than compelling.
    • 71 Metascore
    • 50 Joe Leydon
    Feels achingly sad and frustratingly incomplete.
    • 69 Metascore
    • 60 Joe Leydon
    Grim but engrossing.
    • 69 Metascore
    • 60 Joe Leydon
    Fortunately, helmer Michele Ohayon ("Cowboy del Amor") treats her tricky subject matter with sufficient sensitivity to keep doc from ever seeming offensively flip or overly sentimental.
    • 67 Metascore
    • 60 Joe Leydon
    A beautifully lensed but ploddingly paced tribute.
    • 66 Metascore
    • 40 Joe Leydon
    This stunningly shameless follow-up to the 2002 theatrical sleeper (and homdevid mega-seller) offers more of the same -- a lot more -- while repeatedly upping the ante in terms of offensiveness. Which, of course, should greatly -- and profitably -- please is target aud.
    • 65 Metascore
    • 50 Joe Leydon
    Strong performances, a few dramatically potent scenes and a vividly specific evocation of locale barely offset hackneyed and muddled elements in a script that plays like a first draft.
    • 65 Metascore
    • 60 Joe Leydon
    Small children who will accept it as rock-'em, sock-'em excitement with a touch of gender-specific empowerment, and hipper teens and grown-ups who can appreciate the whole thing as a semisatirical hoot.
    • 64 Metascore
    • 50 Joe Leydon
    So insubstantial that it practically evaporates on screen, Pooh's Heffalump Movie likely will play best with toddlers and pre-schoolers easily amused by bright colors, merry songs and lovable, huggable toon animals.
    • 64 Metascore
    • 60 Joe Leydon
    Even though Frakes is back, Star Trek: Insurrection plays less like a stand-alone sci-fi adventure than like an expanded episode of "Star Trek: The Next Generation."
    • 64 Metascore
    • 50 Joe Leydon
    The picture's dialogue-heavy stretches and ambiguous finale could leave ticketbuyers impatient for less chatter and more chomping.
    • 63 Metascore
    • 60 Joe Leydon
    The tone of Reel Injun is respectfully serious, though well short of angry, while focusing on how the stereotypical depictions of marauding redskins affected the self-images of Native Americans.
    • 63 Metascore
    • 50 Joe Leydon
    Sarah Silverman: Jesus Is Magic showcases the comic-actress in her familiar on-stage persona as a blithely self-involved Jewish American Princess whose penchant for perky vulgarity can be explosively funny or unnervingly shocking.
    • 63 Metascore
    • 50 Joe Leydon
    There's a potentially fascinating and appreciably more concise 60-minute documentary to be found somewhere amid the uneven and unfocused 88-minute hodgepodge that is Echotone.
    • tbd Metascore
    • 50 Joe Leydon
    Unmistakably sympathetic but mostly even-handed documentary.
    • 63 Metascore
    • 50 Joe Leydon
    Good intentions can't breathe fresh life into cliches or dispel the overall impression of schematic didacticism.
    • 62 Metascore
    • 60 Joe Leydon
    Martin hits all the right notes while subtly conveying both the appealing sophistication and the purposeful reserve of Ray. But he cannot entirely avoid being overshadowed by Dane's endearingly vulnerable, emotionally multifaceted and fearlessly open performance.
    • 62 Metascore
    • 50 Joe Leydon
    Result: An undeniably clever commingling of a new cast (and spoken dialogue) with a silent classic. But pic fails to engage consistently on its own terms, and begins to coast on novelty value around the midway point.
    • 62 Metascore
    • 50 Joe Leydon
    Sincere but unexceptional.
    • 62 Metascore
    • 50 Joe Leydon
    A potentially gripping story of empowerment through armed resistance is almost totally undermined by studied, self-conscious storytelling.
    • 61 Metascore
    • 50 Joe Leydon
    A wildly uneven drama, by turns sincere and synthetic.
    • 61 Metascore
    • 50 Joe Leydon
    There's a pronounced lack of emotional pay-off that likely will derail any attempts to position Word Wars as an aud-friendly crowd-pleaser with breakout potential comparable to "Spellbound."
    • 61 Metascore
    • 50 Joe Leydon
    As Red Knot (very) slowly unwinds, Thirlby conveys an impressive range of emotions through the eloquence of her facial expressions and body language. Like Kartheiser, however, she labors under the burden of playing a role that is more a vague concept than a fully developed character.
    • 60 Metascore
    • 50 Joe Leydon
    Mildly amusing but overly discursive.

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