For 640 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 5.4 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: 89 out of 640
640 movie reviews
    • 89 Metascore
    • 90 Joe Leydon
    The Winding Stream is cogent and compelling as a pop-culture history lesson, and genuinely uplifting while it shows how contemporary artists — along with descendants like Rosanne and John Carter Cash — keep the legacy of A.P., Mother Maybelle, June and Johnny alive and thriving.
    • 88 Metascore
    • 90 Joe Leydon
    A seductive, fascinating tapestry of small-town life.
    • 85 Metascore
    • 80 Joe Leydon
    Conveys enough of the stirring true-life drama recounted in Butler's other Shackleton docu to satisfy ticketbuyers who demand substance even in larger-than-life entertainment.
    • 85 Metascore
    • 100 Joe Leydon
    Uproarious. Line for line, minute to minute, writer-director Judd Apatow's latest effort is more explosively funny, more frequently, than nearly any other major studio release in recent memory.
    • 84 Metascore
    • 80 Joe Leydon
    A heady spirit of spontaneity permeates the proceedings, suggesting the entire pic, much like the concert it documents, was conceived, planned and completed in a single burst of creative enthusiasm.
    • 84 Metascore
    • 90 Joe Leydon
    If John Cassavetes had directed a script by Eric Rohmer, the result might have looked and sounded like Mutual Appreciation.
    • 82 Metascore
    • 80 Joe Leydon
    By turns amazing, amusing and appalling.
    • 81 Metascore
    • 80 Joe Leydon
    In addition to everything else he does right in February, Perkins plays fair: When you replay the movie in your mind after the final fadeout, you realize that every twist was dutifully presaged, and the final reveal was hidden in plain sight all along.
    • 81 Metascore
    • 80 Joe Leydon
    An illuminating and amusingly entertaining look at the thriving subculture of competitive poultry breeders.
    • 81 Metascore
    • 90 Joe Leydon
    [A] splendidly graceful and quietly magical documentary.
    • 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.
    • 79 Metascore
    • 70 Joe Leydon
    Sometimes harrowing, sometimes hokey, sometimes heartwarming nature documentary.
    • 79 Metascore
    • 80 Joe Leydon
    For all the pic’s sentimentality, De Felitta refuses to back away from some unpleasantly realistic touches.
    • 79 Metascore
    • 100 Joe Leydon
    Trenchantly witty and acutely insightful.
    • 78 Metascore
    • 70 Joe Leydon
    One leaves My Flesh and Blood with admiration for the lenser's craftsmanship, and for her ability to remain an unobtrusive observer during moments of extreme emotional turmoil.
    • 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.
    • 78 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.
    • 78 Metascore
    • 90 Joe Leydon
    Four excellent lead performances, vividly evoked ambience and a masterfully sustained mood of quiet desperation mark Sydney as an impressive piece of work.
    • 77 Metascore
    • 90 Joe Leydon
    Both fascinating as a glimpse at the not so distant past, and provocative as an account of what arguably was an early step in the decline of political discourse on television.
    • 77 Metascore
    • 70 Joe Leydon
    Starving the Beast repeatedly sounds cautionary notes that escalate to the level of fretful alarms. And yet, for all that, the movie never seems shrill or didactic.
    • 77 Metascore
    • 90 Joe Leydon
    This enjoyable East-meets-Western likely will succeed on its own terms as a sure-fire, long-legged crowd-pleaser.
    • 77 Metascore
    • 80 Joe Leydon
    An intelligent, well-observed and ineffably poignant study of an Amerasian woman's attempt to trace her roots by journeying back to Vietnam.
    • 77 Metascore
    • 80 Joe Leydon
    With a mix of sly humor, homespun grace and affecting poignancy, Get Low casts a well-nigh irresistible spell.
    • 75 Metascore
    • 80 Joe Leydon
    Credible and creditable performances by a fine cast of promising newcomers and familiar veterans enhance the emotional impact of this low-key but compelling indie.
    • 75 Metascore
    • 70 Joe Leydon
    Picture inspires respect for its first-rate performances, artful construction and meticulous understatement.
    • 75 Metascore
    • 90 Joe Leydon
    Equal parts suspenseful road movie, persuasively detailed period drama and emotionally resonant coming-of-age story, The Retrieval is an outstanding example of regional indie filmmaking accomplished with limited resources and an abundance of skill.
    • 75 Metascore
    • 80 Joe Leydon
    Hot-wired, white-knuckle thriller.
    • 75 Metascore
    • 70 Joe Leydon
    The documentary adroitly sustains interest with a standard-issue mix of archival material, interviews with intimates and admirers, actors’ voiceovers and dramatic re-creations.
    • 75 Metascore
    • 90 Joe Leydon
    Deliberately paced, richly atmospheric drama also boasts first-rate work by a splendid supporting cast and impressive production values.
    • 74 Metascore
    • 80 Joe Leydon
    Well positioned to slake the thirst of action fans for world-class, slam-bang rough stuff.

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