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 High Fidelity
Lowest review score: 0 Movie 43
Score distribution:
  1. Negative: 77 out of 568
568 movie reviews
    • 61 Metascore
    • 50 Joe Leydon
    A wildly uneven drama, by turns sincere and synthetic.
    • 61 Metascore
    • 70 Joe Leydon
    Ingeniously nasty and often shockingly funny as it incrementally worsens a very bad situation, then provides a potent payoff with the forced feeding of just desserts.
    • 61 Metascore
    • 50 Joe Leydon
    There's a pronounced lack of emotional pay-off that likely will derail any attempts to position Word Wars as an aud-friendly crowd-pleaser with breakout potential comparable to "Spellbound."
    • 61 Metascore
    • 80 Joe Leydon
    A lavishly mounted and appealingly old-fashioned swashbuckler with nary a trace of wink-wink irony or revisionist embellishment.
    • 61 Metascore
    • 80 Joe Leydon
    Sandler (never making a false step while maneuvering though vertiginous mood swings) and Cheadle (deftly commingling instinctive decency with quiet desperation) are individually excellent, and bring out the best in each other. And the picture itself transcends its real but relatively minor flaws to score a satisfyingly potent impact.
    • 61 Metascore
    • 30 Joe Leydon
    Freeway is roadkill. The directorial debut of screenwriter Matthew Bright ("Gun Crazy") is a sophomoric and morally repellent mix of fractured fairy tale, juvenile social satire, bloody mayhem and overstated B-movie melodrama.
    • 61 Metascore
    • 80 Joe Leydon
    Tureaud and Salzberg achieve their potent impact through the straightforward (but clearly admiring) observation of men who band together in battle and, in the film’s emotionally stirring final scenes, mourn their fallen comrades.
    • 61 Metascore
    • 50 Joe Leydon
    As Red Knot (very) slowly unwinds, Thirlby conveys an impressive range of emotions through the eloquence of her facial expressions and body language. Like Kartheiser, however, she labors under the burden of playing a role that is more a vague concept than a fully developed character.
    • 60 Metascore
    • 50 Joe Leydon
    Mildly amusing but overly discursive.
    • 60 Metascore
    • 50 Joe Leydon
    Wildly uneven as it doggedly strives (sometimes with obvious strain) to sustain a free-wheeling, anything-goes air of exuberant junkiness.
    • 60 Metascore
    • 70 Joe Leydon
    Writer-director Ciaran Foy skillfully taps into primal fears and urban paranoia to keep his audience consistently unsettled in Citadel, an intensely suspenseful horror-thriller.
    • 60 Metascore
    • 70 Joe Leydon
    A frankly formulaic but raucously entertaining action comedy.
    • 60 Metascore
    • 70 Joe Leydon
    An entertaining story that, while not terribly original, is sufficiently arresting and often laugh-out-loud funny.
    • tbd Metascore
    • 70 Joe Leydon
    A modestly amusing dramedy that is all the more pleasant for its fleeting detours into cheeky fantasy.
    • 59 Metascore
    • 60 Joe Leydon
    Much like its predecessors, Paranormal Activity 3 is a slow-building, stealthily creepy supernatural thriller that takes a teasingly indirect approach to generating suspense and escalating dread.
    • 59 Metascore
    • 50 Joe Leydon
    Too tepid to interest anyone old enough to operate a TV remote control.
    • 59 Metascore
    • 60 Joe Leydon
    Modestly engaging but mostly unexceptional.
    • 58 Metascore
    • 70 Joe Leydon
    Unquestioning agitprop for vegetarianism, hemp fiber, solar energy, sustainable organic living and other causes espoused by actor-activist Woody Harrelson.
    • 58 Metascore
    • 70 Joe Leydon
    There's something perversely fascinating about helmer John Hyams' freewheeling yet deliberately paced mashup of noirish mystery, splatter-movie intensity, first-person-shooter vidgame and "Apocalypse Now"-style surrealism.
    • 58 Metascore
    • 70 Joe Leydon
    Although it traffics freely in stereotypes and sitcom-style one-liners, Gayby is never less than likable.
    • 58 Metascore
    • 30 Joe Leydon
    The concept is thought-provoking but the execution is flat-footed.
    • 58 Metascore
    • 80 Joe Leydon
    A hugely entertaining and more lavishly mounted follow-up to 2000's "Shanghai Noon," the high-concept East-meets-Western that first teamed top-billed duo, pic rides even taller in the saddle as a fleet and funny crowd-pleaser.
    • 58 Metascore
    • 70 Joe Leydon
    Uses humor and high spirits to entertain while spreading the Good Word. Much of this slick and sprightly CGI feature is sufficiently funny to amuse even the most resolutely unreligious parents who escort their little ones to megaplex screenings.
    • 58 Metascore
    • 60 Joe Leydon
    Distinctive, physically ravishing indie is a natural for fests, but it's questionable whether this sometimes involving, sometimes obscure pic will have appeal beyond the specialty market.
    • 58 Metascore
    • 90 Joe Leydon
    Evidencing savvy visual flair and compelling storytelling skill, Goyer infuses heart and vigor into material that could have come off as overly familiar at best, sappily improbable at worst.
    • 58 Metascore
    • 70 Joe Leydon
    Slick, straight-ahead action-thriller that marks a small step back and two bounding leaps forward for toplined Jet Li.
    • 58 Metascore
    • 70 Joe Leydon
    There's more mood than matter here, but suspenseful atmospherics effectively distract from minor plot holes.
    • 57 Metascore
    • 60 Joe Leydon
    A lightly engaging bilingual trifle that benefits greatly from the charm of lead player Jaime Camil, a Mexican TV and film star who evidences smooth self-assurance at the wheel of what could be his crossover vehicle.
    • 57 Metascore
    • 60 Joe Leydon
    Devotees of folk and bluegrass -- and, of course, diehard Nickel Creek fans -- are the natural audience for this leisurely paced documentary.
    • 57 Metascore
    • 60 Joe Leydon
    For most of its running time, Fordson wanders far from the gridiron to offer overall impressions of a close-knit community of Arab-Americans who, in the wake of 9/11, often have found themselves targeted and stereotyped as militant Islamists or worse.

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