For 557 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: 76 out of 557
557 movie reviews
    • 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.
    • 54 Metascore
    • 70 Joe Leydon
    In an era when similar genre pics increasingly resemble videogames, musicvideos or glossy commercials, the blunt, brawny simplicity of helmer Jean-Francois Richet's storytelling style seems positively novel.
    • 53 Metascore
    • 70 Joe Leydon
    Formulaic but effectively gritty inner-city crime drama.
    • 53 Metascore
    • 70 Joe Leydon
    Uplifting and entertaining feel-good, fact-based sports drama.
    • 53 Metascore
    • 20 Joe Leydon
    A numbingly pretentious approach to a moldy premise -- a handful of strangers interacting amid rubble in wake of WWIII.
    • 53 Metascore
    • 50 Joe Leydon
    A modestly inventive, sporadically exciting thriller that nonetheless proves too faithful to its central conceit for its own good.
    • 53 Metascore
    • 40 Joe Leydon
    Earnest but prosaic.
    • 53 Metascore
    • 80 Joe Leydon
    A cleverly constructed, sensationally stylish and often darkly hilarious seriocomic caper.
    • 53 Metascore
    • 90 Joe Leydon
    Deftly mixing alternating tracks of playful rowdiness, thoughtful introspection, ferociously slamming rock and not-so-quiet desperation, helmer Manu Boyer scores impressively with I Trust You to Kill Me, arguably the best rockumentary since "Some Kind of Monster."
    • 53 Metascore
    • 50 Joe Leydon
    Trouble is, apart from some modestly inventive carnage and an undeniably humorous hambone turn by Malcolm McDowell, there's really nothing here to make genre fans dash through the snow (or maneuver through traffic) to megaplexes before the low-budget, high-concept Canadian production's Dec. 4 homevid release.
    • 53 Metascore
    • 70 Joe Leydon
    A sunny and sassy comedy that somehow manages to breathe fresh life into familiar stereotypes and stock situations.
    • 53 Metascore
    • 50 Joe Leydon
    Too narratively disjointed to achieve maximum impact, but too emotionally potent in fits and starts to be dismissed out of hand. Ultimately, Over the GW resembles nothing so much as a rough draft for a more conventional feature.
    • 53 Metascore
    • 50 Joe Leydon
    Once you get past an incredibly self-indulgent intro — an uncomfortably long mash-up of comedy sketch and road-trip-with-entourage doc that seems simultaneously apologetic and arrogant — you can enjoy approximately an hour of boisterously freewheeling and unabashedly raunchy funny stuff in Kevin Hart: Let Me Explain.
    • 53 Metascore
    • 70 Joe Leydon
    The overlong but involving drama has obvious cross-generational appeal.
    • 52 Metascore
    • 60 Joe Leydon
    May be too grisly to extend its appeal beyond its fan base.
    • 52 Metascore
    • 40 Joe Leydon
    Would have worked better with a few more ersatz coming-attraction trailers and considerably less filler. More than likely, it would have worked best of all as an hourlong special on Comedy Central.
    • 52 Metascore
    • 50 Joe Leydon
    Modestly engaging but thoroughly predictable.
    • 52 Metascore
    • 40 Joe Leydon
    Most successful when it is engaging, not uproarious. Glossy amusement is an updated remake of a well-regarded 1950 Brit comedy-drama starring Alec Guinness, improbably retrofitted as a star vehicle for Queen Latifah.
    • 52 Metascore
    • 50 Joe Leydon
    While The Longshots is by no means an unpleasant experience, it feels like a project carried out by people who began with the best of intentions but weren't quite able to sustain their initial enthusiasm.
    • 52 Metascore
    • 70 Joe Leydon
    Strikes a deft balance of chase-movie suspense and wisecracking humor, with a few slam-bang action setpieces that would shame the makers of more allegedly grown-up genre fare.
    • 52 Metascore
    • 70 Joe Leydon
    Nacho Libre strikes a delicate balance of whimsy and absurdity that may surprise auds primed to expect wall-to-wall slapstick.
    • 51 Metascore
    • 70 Joe Leydon
    Despite the over-familiarity of its once-trendy time-tripping plot structure, 96 Minutes maintains a brisk pace and generates a satisfying degree of suspense with its credibly contrived tale of disparate lives forever changed by a violent carjacking.
    • 51 Metascore
    • 70 Joe Leydon
    Result is an unusually likeable family-friendly comedy.
    • 51 Metascore
    • 50 Joe Leydon
    Neither a grand slam nor a strikeout, Everyone's Hero is minor-league animated entertainment.
    • 51 Metascore
    • 70 Joe Leydon
    Even though it sprints along a well-trod path through familiar territory, Saint Ralph remains surprisingly compelling.
    • 51 Metascore
    • 60 Joe Leydon
    Infused with a strong sense of moral outrage, The Empire in Africa provides more heat than light while attempting to explain the motives and methods of combatants who waged the 1991-2002 civil war in Sierra Leone.

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