For 564 reviews, this critic has graded:
  • 65% higher than the average critic
  • 3% same as the average critic
  • 32% lower than the average critic
On average, this critic grades 3.9 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 564
564 movie reviews
    • 44 Metascore
    • 70 Joe Leydon
    First-time helmer Patrick Tatopoulos (who designed creatures for all three pics) offers a satisfyingly exciting monster rally that often plays like a period swashbuckler.
    • 44 Metascore
    • 80 Joe Leydon
    One of the summer's more pleasant surprises. A silly bit of tiptop tomfoolery with cross-generational appeal.
    • 44 Metascore
    • 60 Joe Leydon
    A slight but lightly amusing sitcom-style comedy, strongly recalls dinner theater fodder of three decades ago.
    • 44 Metascore
    • 60 Joe Leydon
    Wrestler-turned-actor Dwayne "The Rock" Johnson is the most valuable player here, revealing impressive comic chops and megawatt charisma even while serving as a human punchline for many of the pic's predictable sight gags.
    • 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.
    • 44 Metascore
    • 70 Joe Leydon
    Preservation ultimately impresses as an arrestingly suspenseful thriller that takes clever narrative twists and turns while moving through familiar territory.
    • 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.
    • 44 Metascore
    • 70 Joe Leydon
    A loose-knit, character-driven comedy that percolates with good-vibe amusement, often earning industrial-strength guffaws with sneaky one-liners and tossed-off non-sequiturs.
    • 43 Metascore
    • 50 Joe Leydon
    Moderately interesting as a once-over-lightly political history lesson best suited for home-screen consumption.
    • 43 Metascore
    • 70 Joe Leydon
    Frisky and funny enough to please pre-teens, but still witty enough to amuse even those parents who don't recognize Dustin Hoffman, Whoopi Goldberg and other notables among the unseen vocal talents.
    • 43 Metascore
    • 50 Joe Leydon
    Passably pleasant but thoroughly predictable.
    • 43 Metascore
    • 70 Joe Leydon
    A smart and snappy drama tinged with dark humor and brimming with self-confidence.
    • 43 Metascore
    • 50 Joe Leydon
    A bland slab of sentimental hokum that proves even the most smart-alecky of indie auteurs can turn warm and fuzzy on occasion.
    • tbd Metascore
    • 30 Joe Leydon
    Criminally short on laughs as it tries to wring humor from dull activity by dim bulbs.
    • 43 Metascore
    • 60 Joe Leydon
    How much mileage can a comedy get from a single joke? Quite a bit, judging from the guffaws-to-groaners ratio in MacGruber.
    • 43 Metascore
    • 40 Joe Leydon
    Hellbenders becomes what it intends to burlesque, and that’s not so damn funny, even with 3D gimmickry.
    • 43 Metascore
    • 60 Joe Leydon
    Peter and Bobby Farrelly aimed low and grossed millions with "Dumb & Dumber," so it shouldn't be surprising that Kingpin, their latest effort, offers a similar mix of pratfalls, gross-out gags and jokes about bodily functions. This time, however, the humor is darker, edgier and occasionally, even more scatological.
    • 43 Metascore
    • 30 Joe Leydon
    An unwieldy mix of self-conscious camp and heavy-handed allegory, Automatons plays like a cheesy '50s no-budget sci-fier with serious delusions of grandeur.
    • 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.
    • 43 Metascore
    • 70 Joe Leydon
    Aimed squarely at the same family audiences that flocked to Murphy's "Doctor Dolittle" comedies, this is a lightly amusing and surprisingly sweet Fox release.
    • 43 Metascore
    • 20 Joe Leydon
    A strident, painfully repetitive and hopelessly stage-bound drama about self-indulgent twentysomethings on the fringes of the L.A. film scene.
    • 43 Metascore
    • 40 Joe Leydon
    There's a provocative premise at the heart of Master of the Game, but uneven acting, indifferent direction and melodramatic dialogue blunt pointed ironies.
    • 43 Metascore
    • 40 Joe Leydon
    Lofty ambitions and unaffected sincerity are not quite enough to sustain The Keeper: The Legend of Omar Khayyam, a reverentially pokey drama that plays less like a conventional movie than a lengthy series of hagiographic historical tableaux.
    • 43 Metascore
    • 50 Joe Leydon
    Good Deeds is relentlessly unsurprising in its plotting and borderline comical in its melodramatic flourishes.
    • 43 Metascore
    • 70 Joe Leydon
    Blessed with fine performances, credible dialogue and slick production values that belie a reportedly paltry budget, The Grace Card ranks among the better religious-themed indies released in recent years.
    • 43 Metascore
    • 40 Joe Leydon
    Too blandly insubstantial to expand its appeal beyond its target demographic.
    • 42 Metascore
    • 80 Joe Leydon
    A sly mix of haunted house melodrama, slasher pic mayhem and retro-blaxploitation iconography, spiced with dollops of grisly, dark comedy.
    • 42 Metascore
    • 50 Joe Leydon
    Modestly engaging, albeit instantly forgettable shaggy-dog story only gradually reveals itself as a seriocomic take on standard-issue noir.
    • 42 Metascore
    • 40 Joe Leydon
    A slickly produced slice of sentimental hokum that borrows freely from a half-dozen or so other, better feel-good fantasies.
    • 42 Metascore
    • 30 Joe Leydon
    It's plotless, shapeless -- and yet, it must be admitted, not entirely humorless. Indeed, the more outrageous bits achieve a shock-you-into-laughter intensity of almost Dadaist proportions.

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