For 552 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 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 552
552 movie reviews
    • 57 Metascore
    • 40 Joe Leydon
    An obviously sincere but didactically repetitive documentary.
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    • 60 Joe Leydon
    Premise is formulaic and execution is predictable, but Brock maintains a lively pace while eliciting first-rate work from thesps.
    • 57 Metascore
    • 70 Joe Leydon
    Generates genuine suspense as it follows a group of American actors in the former Soviet Union during a fateful period of the Perestroika era.
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    • 50 Joe Leydon
    Mexican helmer Carolina Rivas obviously intends her slow-paced and contemplative doc as a testimony to the indomitability of the human spirit under dire circumstances.
    • 57 Metascore
    • 70 Joe Leydon
    An over-the-top and beyond-PC comedy that sometimes deftly, sometimes slapdashedly infuses party-hearty anarchy with hectoring moral outrage.
    • 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.

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