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 Knocked Up
Lowest review score: 0 Movie 43
Score distribution:
  1. Negative: 77 out of 568
568 movie reviews
    • 26 Metascore
    • 70 Joe Leydon
    The helmer generates suspense with shrewd pacing, deft emotional manipulation and efficient use of familiar tricks -- jittery editing, flickering lights and unsettling sounds -- common to haunted-house pictures.
    • 26 Metascore
    • 30 Joe Leydon
    Overall, though, the slapdash pic appears to be the work of folks who made things up as they went along; you might say they were, well, vamping.
    • 26 Metascore
    • 30 Joe Leydon
    This tepid comic-bookish comedy should zip through its theatrical run faster than a speeding bullet. It likely won't perform much more superheroically in ancillary venues.
    • 26 Metascore
    • 40 Joe Leydon
    An underwhelming and derivative sci-fi thriller that's only marginally more impressive than a run-of-the-mill SyFy Channel telepic.
    • 25 Metascore
    • 50 Joe Leydon
    There’s something curiously underwhelming about the blood-soaked mayhem on display in Hatchet III.
    • 25 Metascore
    • 40 Joe Leydon
    Under Dennis Dugan's rote direction, Schneider winds up playing straight man to Spade, who once again relies on his snarky coward shtick, and Heder, who comes across like someone doing a bad imitation of ... well, Heder himself in "Napoleon Dynamite."
    • 25 Metascore
    • 60 Joe Leydon
    Shamelessly sappy and emotionally manipulative, Patch Adams is an aggressively heartwarming comedy-drama that may be roasted by critics but embraced by ticketbuyers.
    • 25 Metascore
    • 40 Joe Leydon
    All things considered, The Identical might have worked better as a TV miniseries, a format that would allowed the filmmakers to give equal time to Hemsley’s story.
    • 25 Metascore
    • 30 Joe Leydon
    An exceptionally lame genre parody that plumbs depths of ineptitude heretofore charted only by the marginally less abysmal "Date Movie."
    • Variety
    • 25 Metascore
    • 50 Joe Leydon
    Predictable but pleasant comedic fantasy.
    • 25 Metascore
    • 30 Joe Leydon
    Costner's earnest performance is a major plus for Dragonfly, keeping the picture grounded in some semblance of reality even as it becomes progressively more fantastical.
    • 25 Metascore
    • 50 Joe Leydon
    A well-intentioned misfire featuring 3-D CGI animation that recalls lesser vidgames of the mid-1990s.
    • 25 Metascore
    • 10 Joe Leydon
    It's doubtful that anyone, even executors of Greene's literary estate, will be able to discern much of the source material in this frenetic trifle.
    • 25 Metascore
    • 50 Joe Leydon
    Despite an effective Jim Caviezel, this anecdotal drama never rises above the level of lightly likable.
    • 25 Metascore
    • 20 Joe Leydon
    There doesn’t appear to be any purpose at all to the random exchanges and interactions that pass for a plot.
    • 24 Metascore
    • 40 Joe Leydon
    Despite stretches of skillfully sustained suspense, Apollo 18 ultimately comes across as little more than a modestly clever stunt.
    • 24 Metascore
    • 50 Joe Leydon
    While the sheer novelty of a feature about lacrosse may be enough to generate some audience curiosity about A Warrior's Heart, this respectably crafted but thoroughly predictable indie rarely deviates from the gameplan followed by countless other dramas about self-absorbed young hotheads who get a shot at redemption on the playing field.
    • 24 Metascore
    • 40 Joe Leydon
    The five leads earn kudos for their ability to come across as something approaching credible.
    • 24 Metascore
    • 20 Joe Leydon
    A clunky and cheesy disaster.
    • tbd Metascore
    • 30 Joe Leydon
    A '70s-style redneck romp aimed at folks who felt intellectually challenged by the complex narrative stratagems of "The Dukes of Hazzard" and "The Misadventures of Sheriff Lobo."
    • tbd Metascore
    • 30 Joe Leydon
    Painfully sincere yet hopelessly amateurish dramedy.
    • 24 Metascore
    • 50 Joe Leydon
    Destined to be better remembered for its grisly billboard imagery than for its relatively tame torture-porn tropes, Captivity is a thoroughly nasty piece of work that nonetheless earns credit for generating modest suspense after a predictable but effective plot twist around the 50-minute mark.
    • 24 Metascore
    • 30 Joe Leydon
    Lightning fails to strike twice -- an underwhelming follow-up to one of the career-stalled action star's better efforts.
    • 24 Metascore
    • 40 Joe Leydon
    Solid performances, handsome production values and a few genuinely creepy scenes are not enough to save Godsend.
    • 24 Metascore
    • 20 Joe Leydon
    [A] ponderously paced, needlessly convoluted and altogether unexceptional thriller.
    • 23 Metascore
    • 40 Joe Leydon
    This undistinguished picture qualifies as an endangered species. As a digital babysitter, however, it may prove sufficiently efficient to generate fair-to-middling homevid sales.
    • 23 Metascore
    • 50 Joe Leydon
    Smoothly maneuvering within the limitations of genre conventions, Bats emerges as a vigorously paced and surprisingly satisfying piece of work.
    • 23 Metascore
    • 50 Joe Leydon
    It's an instantly disposable and shamelessly derivative piece of work -- call it petit guignol, and you won't be far off the mark -- but first-time feature helmer Jonathan Liebesman shows a savvy flair for atmospheric visuals.
    • 23 Metascore
    • 30 Joe Leydon
    The road to hell is paved with well-intentioned clunkers like I’m in Love with a Church Girl, a strenuously sincere but tediously schematic and heavy-handed attempt at cinematic proselytizing for Christianity.
    • 22 Metascore
    • 50 Joe Leydon
    Kind of a drag when it resorts to frantic slapstick and tired action-comedy tropes, but modestly engaging during stretches that suggest the project would have worked better as an exuberant musical.

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