For 545 reviews, this critic has graded:
  • 66% higher than the average critic
  • 3% 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: 55
Highest review score: 100 Knocked Up
Lowest review score: 0 Movie 43
Score distribution:
  1. Negative: 75 out of 545
545 movie reviews
    • 57 Metascore
    • 70 Joe Leydon
    Charged with alternating currents of teen angst, sardonic wit, nervous dread and impudent sensuality, Daydream Nation suggests "Juno" as reimagined by David Lynch, or a funnier, sunnier "Donnie Darko."
    • 56 Metascore
    • 80 Joe Leydon
    A crafty and well-crafted wrap-up that really does bring a satisfying sense of closure to the franchise.
    • 56 Metascore
    • 90 Joe Leydon
    A smart, subtle and seriously funny dramedy bound to find favor with sophisticated auds.
    • 56 Metascore
    • 80 Joe Leydon
    “Portrait” abounds in the sort of ironies and contrasts that can make a biodoc fascinating even to auds totally unfamiliar with its subject.
    • 56 Metascore
    • 50 Joe Leydon
    This handsomely produced but ponderously uplifting trifle should be flagged for excessive schmaltz and offensive illogic.
    • 55 Metascore
    • 40 Joe Leydon
    Instructions Not Included is a sporadically amusing but unduly protracted dramedy that slowly — very slowly — devolves into a shameless tearjerker during its third act.
    • 55 Metascore
    • 70 Joe Leydon
    Unvarnished verisimilitude, visceral impact and vividly evoked emotional and physical extremes distinguish Hooligans, the impressive debut feature by German-born helmer Lexi Alexander.
    • 55 Metascore
    • 70 Joe Leydon
    The pacing gradually accelerates after a leisurely first act, so that The Attorney easily sustains interest, and often stirs emotions.
    • 55 Metascore
    • 40 Joe Leydon
    Think of it as the cinematic equivalent of a buzz-kill.
    • 55 Metascore
    • 70 Joe Leydon
    First-time feature helmer Nate Taylor, working from an adroitly constructed screenplay by Peter Moore Smith, skillfully evokes a clammy sense of dread in this stealthily suspenseful indie.
    • 55 Metascore
    • 50 Joe Leydon
    A bland gumbo of wartime intrigue and home-front soap opera in the bayou country of Louisiana.
    • 55 Metascore
    • 80 Joe Leydon
    Costa-Gavras develops such a propulsively suspenseful pace — with no small assist from Armand Amar’s mood-enhancing Euro-tech score — that his drama comes across as the cinematic equivalent of an engrossing page-turner you might purchase off the rack at an airport newsstand.
    • 55 Metascore
    • 60 Joe Leydon
    Character's multiple mid-life crises could make this genuinely engaging drama especially appealing to older viewers.
    • 55 Metascore
    • 60 Joe Leydon
    A hagiographic portrait of the standup comic and social satirist who never quite reached beyond cult status in the U.S., American: The Bill Hicks Story might have impressed more of the unconverted had it included more performance footage of its subject.
    • 55 Metascore
    • 70 Joe Leydon
    Bleak, gripping, sporadically exciting drama.
    • 55 Metascore
    • 70 Joe Leydon
    Pic feels like a cross between an anthology of ambiguous short stories and a string of acting-class exercises. Thesping is first-rate across the board.
    • 55 Metascore
    • 80 Joe Leydon
    An ingeniously simple setup is cunningly exploited for maximum suspense in Hours, a slow-building, consistently engrossing drama.
    • 55 Metascore
    • 70 Joe Leydon
    Gleefully commingles slapstick and scatology, satire and sentiment, in a free-wheeling farce aimed at making auds laugh until they're thoroughly ashamed of themselves.
    • 55 Metascore
    • 70 Joe Leydon
    Be forewarned: After you see Road Trip, it may be months, if not years, before you can order French toast with a straight face and a settled stomach.
    • 54 Metascore
    • 70 Joe Leydon
    Affecting performances and effective storytelling are the hallmarks of Fat Kid Rules the World.
    • 54 Metascore
    • 60 Joe Leydon
    Its low-key charms are considerable enough to engage venturesome ticketbuyers.
    • 54 Metascore
    • 70 Joe Leydon
    An undemandingly pleasant, mildly amusing fantasy.
    • 54 Metascore
    • 60 Joe Leydon
    The Legend of Ron Jeremy is, at a brisk 75 minutes, long enough to get the job done.
    • 54 Metascore
    • 60 Joe Leydon
    Ticket buyers get two Jackie Chans for the price of one in Twin Dragons, but the pic itself is no great bargain.
    • 54 Metascore
    • 80 Joe Leydon
    Mouse Hunt is the cat's meow. Blending the graceful slapstick of Laurel and Hardy with the mock-Gothic visuals of "The Adams Family," this often screamingly funny comedy about a resilient rodent has enough across-the-board appeal to click with audiences of all ages.
    • 54 Metascore
    • 60 Joe Leydon
    Lightweight but likable.
    • 54 Metascore
    • 60 Joe Leydon
    While there's something undeniably fascinating about the way Fairhaven repeatedly avoids predictable payoffs for portentous dramatic setups, narrative momentum is conspicuous by its absence.
    • 54 Metascore
    • 50 Joe Leydon
    There's a pleasantly dreamy quality to much of Eye of the Dolphin, and that goes a long way toward enabling audiences to ignore the formulaic plot and enjoy the laid-back charms of this innocuous indie.
    • 54 Metascore
    • 70 Joe Leydon
    Ronnie is more complex, and much scarier, than the kind of self-deluding boob auds usually encounter in comedies of this sort. With the invaluable aid of Rogen, who's never been better, Hill sustains an impressive degree of tension between seemingly contradictory elements.
    • 54 Metascore
    • 60 Joe Leydon
    The deliberately jittery hand-held lensing enhances the mockery in this mockumentary.