For 567 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 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 567
567 movie reviews
    • 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.
    • 42 Metascore
    • 40 Joe Leydon
    Too many stretches of Wedding Palace are so garishly lit and broadly overplayed that they seem more cartoonish than the actual animated sequences that pepper the live-action production. That’s a pity, since this indie romantic comedy is not without its minor charms during its infrequent quiet moments.
    • 42 Metascore
    • 60 Joe Leydon
    The interaction among opposites inspires an abundance of predictable race-based jokes, many of which have the saving grace of actually being funny.
    • 42 Metascore
    • 50 Joe Leydon
    Despite the bumpy pacing and the routine plot elements, writer-director Le-Van Kiet periodically generates a sense of palpable trepidation during what might best be described as a worst-case scenario about post-partum depression.
    • 42 Metascore
    • 40 Joe Leydon
    It's an unabashedly corny but occasionally stirring dramedy based on the true-life story of scrappy young baseball players from Mexico who, in 1957, scored an improbable string of successes while playing their way from a Monterrey sandlot to the Little League World Series.
    • 42 Metascore
    • 60 Joe Leydon
    Performances are unremarkable but acceptable pretty much across the board, and the vocal talents -- particularly Thomas Haden Church as the belligerent Tazer and Josh Peck as the lovable Sparks -- are well cast.
    • 42 Metascore
    • 70 Joe Leydon
    Zippy enough to delight youngsters and clever enough to engage their parents.
    • 42 Metascore
    • 70 Joe Leydon
    Moviegoers devoted to faith-based fare will flock to megaplexes for Courageous, easily the most polished production so far from brothers Alex and Stephen Kendrick, the prolific and increasingly accomplished filmmaking pastors at the Sherwood Church of Albany, Ga.
    • 41 Metascore
    • 50 Joe Leydon
    A few good laughs but few surprises in Next Friday, an amiably unfocused sequel.
    • 41 Metascore
    • 40 Joe Leydon
    A classically low-tech monster mash.
    • 41 Metascore
    • 60 Joe Leydon
    A spectacularly trashy and aggressively flashy motorcycle melodrama in which computer-enhanced action scenes, unbound by gravity or logic, are choreographed, photographed and edited to resemble video-game stratagems.
    • 41 Metascore
    • 60 Joe Leydon
    Unfortunately, the new pic never really achieves maximum velocity as a full-throttle action-adventure opus, despite game efforts by returning star Milla Jovovich, still a lithe and lethal dynamo when it comes to butt-kicking, zombie-slicing derring-do.
    • 41 Metascore
    • 70 Joe Leydon
    A frenetic but undeniably funny follow-up that offers twice the number of singing-and-dancing rodents in another seamless blend of CGI and live-action elements.
    • 41 Metascore
    • 60 Joe Leydon
    Neatly avoiding temptations toward mawkish excess, writer-director Chris Dowling hits a solid double with Where Hope Grows, his intelligently affecting faith-based drama.
    • 40 Metascore
    • 60 Joe Leydon
    Too muted to have much lasting impact, and remains modestly diverting only on a scene-to-scene basis. There's no quotable dialogue, no standout action sequence, no flashy supporting performances -- in short, nothing to lift Illegal Tender from the level of competent but inconsequential B-movie.
    • 40 Metascore
    • 50 Joe Leydon
    Psychopathia Sexualis exists in the gray area between ponderous stylization and campy affectation.
    • 40 Metascore
    • 30 Joe Leydon
    Far too aggressively seamy (and ferociously foul-mouthed) to please diehard fans of traditional sagebrush sagas, this misfire offers nothing in the way of wit, innovation or even marquee allure to interest auds accustomed to edgier revisionist oaters.
    • 40 Metascore
    • 50 Joe Leydon
    The documentary works best when it simply offers a concise and cogent account of epochal events.
    • 40 Metascore
    • 20 Joe Leydon
    The term “freewheeling” does not begin to describe the slapdash, anything-goes quality of the screenplay co-written by Troma mogul Kaufman.
    • 40 Metascore
    • 40 Joe Leydon
    Despite a few grace notes and mildly clever twists, this handsomely produced indie is such a grating turnoff throughout its first third that its minor virtues may be discovered only by insomniac latenight cable viewers.
    • 40 Metascore
    • 60 Joe Leydon
    By turns defiant and apologetic, gleefully raunchy and anxiously defensive.
    • 40 Metascore
    • 70 Joe Leydon
    Surprisingly amusing.
    • 40 Metascore
    • 50 Joe Leydon
    A wildly uneven, sporadically slapdash action-adventure that amuses in fits and starts.
    • 39 Metascore
    • 40 Joe Leydon
    The makers of Grace Unplugged deserve at least some credit for resisting temptations toward melodramatic excess.
    • 39 Metascore
    • 60 Joe Leydon
    A harmless and frequently humorous trifle.
    • 39 Metascore
    • 50 Joe Leydon
    A slackly paced but modestly diverting trifle, with cameos by recording artists Beck, Beth Orton and Hank Williams III to elevate the hipper-than-thou quotient.
    • 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
    • 40 Joe Leydon
    Some viewers may feel as though, instead of watching a feature, they're paging through a book of rough sketches by a deranged Disney alumnus.
    • 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.
    • 39 Metascore
    • 40 Joe Leydon
    fFat-footed and ham-handed in its attempt to reconstitute a popular '70s TV cartoon show as a full-length, family-skewing feature.

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