For 641 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 Knocked Up
Lowest review score: 0 Movie 43
Score distribution:
  1. Negative: 89 out of 641
641 movie reviews
    • 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
    • 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.
    • 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
    • 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
    • 80 Joe Leydon
    Well positioned to slake the thirst of action fans for world-class, slam-bang rough stuff.
    • 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.
    • 74 Metascore
    • 70 Joe Leydon
    Compelling but traditional feature.
    • 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.
    • 74 Metascore
    • 80 Joe Leydon
    A slow-burning found-footage suspenser with some mildly clever twists and a knockout payoff.
    • 74 Metascore
    • 90 Joe Leydon
    A doggone hilarious cartoon extravaganza...virtually bursts at the seams with a supersized abundance of witty wordplay, silly songs and inspired sight gags.
    • 73 Metascore
    • 90 Joe Leydon
    A rivetingly suspenseful drama that deftly intertwines elements of ticking-clock thriller and tragic farce.
    • 73 Metascore
    • 80 Joe Leydon
    The human dramas of individual gamers are what really make this technically polished documentary so fascinating and potentially commercial.
    • 73 Metascore
    • 60 Joe Leydon
    It’s an occupational hazard of rambling psychogeography that the unwary traveller will find themselves irritated as often as they are enthralled: One man’s trash is another man’s treasure. Gee negotiates this hurdle with variable success.
    • 73 Metascore
    • 70 Joe Leydon
    A solid and affecting piece of work.
    • 73 Metascore
    • 80 Joe Leydon
    It is much to the credit of Hanks and his collaborators that All Things Must Pass makes this particular iteration of the oft-told tale come across as freshly compelling, even poignant.
    • 73 Metascore
    • 70 Joe Leydon
    Helmer Cheang and action director Li Chung Chi offer an impressive array of rock-’em-sock-’em setpieces — including a battle royale at a cruise ship terminal, and grand finale in a Hong Kong high-rise — and the performances, especially those by Wu, Koo and Zhang, are thoroughly attuned to the movie’s overall tone of fever-pitched martial-arts noir melodrama.
    • 73 Metascore
    • 80 Joe Leydon
    A stealthy neo-noir drama that isn't afraid to take its time developing characters on the way to the payoff of a neatly designed caper scenario.
    • 73 Metascore
    • 90 Joe Leydon
    At once raucously free-wheeling and meticulously contrived, picture satisfies as a boys-gone-wild laff riot that also clicks as a seriocomic beat-the-clock detective story.
    • 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.
    • 73 Metascore
    • 80 Joe Leydon
    A sensitively observed and arrestingly impressionistic drama that feels at once deeply personal and easily accessible.
    • 72 Metascore
    • 80 Joe Leydon
    An engrossing and satisfying picture, one that can be enjoyed even by people who have never before heard of its subject.
    • 72 Metascore
    • 70 Joe Leydon
    Has more than enough across-the-board appeal to attract mainstream auds unfamiliar with source material.
    • 72 Metascore
    • 80 Joe Leydon
    With equal measures of prickly wit, gleeful pride and bemused gratitude, Charles Nelson Reilly looks back at his life, and invites his audience to share the view, in this thoroughly engaging filmization of his one-man stage show.
    • 72 Metascore
    • 70 Joe Leydon
    Quaid's effortlessly compelling and engagingly earnest performance keeps pic grounded in down-to-earth reality.
    • 72 Metascore
    • 70 Joe Leydon
    What it doesn't have, to its credit, is a neat conclusion. In the end, the film appears to suggest that Aura likely will feel free to keep searching for herself, repeating mistakes and making new ones, because she has all the time in the world.
    • 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.
    • 72 Metascore
    • 70 Joe Leydon
    Looks, sounds and fascinates like an exceptional episode of a true-crime TV series.
    • 71 Metascore
    • 80 Joe Leydon
    Enjoyably upbeat and intelligently inspiring.

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