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
    • 51 Metascore
    • 70 Joe Leydon
    A modestly engaging domestic drama that earns few points for originality but rewards aud attention with persuasive performances, outbursts of robust humor and a vivid yet understated evocation of time and place.
    • 51 Metascore
    • 60 Joe Leydon
    At heart an unabashedly retro work, reveling in the cliches and conventions of the slasher horror pics that proliferated in the early 1980s.
    • 51 Metascore
    • 40 Joe Leydon
    The fragrant aroma of magnolias is undercut by the distinct smell of mothballs throughoutThe Loss of a Teardrop Diamond, an admirably earnest but curiously flat attempt to film a long-unproduced scenario by Tennessee Williams.
    • 50 Metascore
    • 40 Joe Leydon
    An unappetizing mix of raucously vulgar comedy and teen-angst melodrama.
    • 50 Metascore
    • 70 Joe Leydon
    This latest entry in the 11-year-old horror series duly adheres to tradition by providing inventively grisly demises for various characters.
    • 50 Metascore
    • 70 Joe Leydon
    First-time feature helmer Brian Crano maneuvers some tricky tonal shifts with impressive ease in A Bag of Hammers, a droll, quirky comedy with a pleasant amount of heart.
    • 50 Metascore
    • 70 Joe Leydon
    With appreciably greater emphasis on action than its predecessors, and clever use of 3-D trickery to enhance storytelling as well as offer spectacle, Ice Age: Dawn of the Dinosaurs could prove the third time really is the charm.
    • 50 Metascore
    • 70 Joe Leydon
    Picture benefits greatly from appealing performances by Jennifer Aniston and Steve Zahn, who deftly apply darker emotional shadings to their characters when necessary, and equally fine work from a small ensemble of solid supporting players.
    • 50 Metascore
    • 50 Joe Leydon
    Wildly uneven effort, which is notably more strained and slapdash than such earlier efforts as "Madea's Family Reunion" and "Tyler Perry's Meet the Browns."
    • 50 Metascore
    • 60 Joe Leydon
    An engagingly rambunctious toon Western that likely will attract herds of family auds, if not multitudes of teens and tweeners, to megaplex corrals.
    • 50 Metascore
    • 70 Joe Leydon
    A fey and frisky farce with a fabulous fashion sense, Straight-Jacket artfully balances broadly campy humor and ironically overplayed soap opera.
    • 49 Metascore
    • 70 Joe Leydon
    Family-friendly and abounding in uplift, The Mighty Macs is an undemandingly pleasant indie drama.
    • 49 Metascore
    • 70 Joe Leydon
    Aiming more for bemused chuckles than for convulsive laughter, Plotnick and his actors deftly evoke a faux Me Decade ambiance throughout Space Station 76.
    • 49 Metascore
    • 50 Joe Leydon
    A technically proficient and aggressively unpleasant suspenser about sadistic home invaders.
    • 49 Metascore
    • 40 Joe Leydon
    Since the new pic contains little that's genuinely amusing or minimally original, it likely will fail on its own merits.
    • 49 Metascore
    • 50 Joe Leydon
    Despite these flashbacks, however, God Spoke never really delves into the reasons and/or motivations behind Franken's transformation from monologist and sketch-comedy performer to political pundit and liberal activist. Indeed, even during intimate moments, Franken rarely comes across as someone given to explaining himself.
    • 49 Metascore
    • 50 Joe Leydon
    A mildly pleasant, aggressively retro kidpic that should please undemanding moppets without unduly boring their parents.
    • 49 Metascore
    • 70 Joe Leydon
    With equal measures of rock-the-house vigor and in-your-face attitude, Four Brothers proves usually potent and consistently enjoyable as an old school approach to what might best be described as the urban-Western genre of slam-bang, balls-out action-revenger.
    • 49 Metascore
    • 70 Joe Leydon
    The 2000 version is louder, broader and much, much bigger.
    • 49 Metascore
    • 70 Joe Leydon
    This understated period drama may lack sufficient star power and emotional wallop to score breakthrough success with mainstream auds during its domestic theatrical run, but pic could find a warmer response in the same international markets where "Kingdom of Heaven" redeemed itself last year.
    • 49 Metascore
    • 70 Joe Leydon
    Although cynics likely will reject The Ultimate Gift as warmed-over Capra-corn, this predictable but pleasant drama based on Jim Stovall's popular novel may be prized by those with a taste for inspirational uplift and heart-tugging sentiment.
    • 49 Metascore
    • 70 Joe Leydon
    Outrageously over-the-top gore doubtless will scare off all but the heartiest genre aficionados.
    • 49 Metascore
    • 60 Joe Leydon
    By turns comical and compassionate.
    • 49 Metascore
    • 80 Joe Leydon
    Even more family-friendly than its immensely popular predecessor.
    • 49 Metascore
    • 60 Joe Leydon
    Director Vincenzo Natali (“Splice”) is more effective at sustaining clammy suspense than hiding all the holes in Brian King’s script. But top-billed Abigail Breslin (“Little Miss Sunshine”) is effective enough to generate a rooting interest in the plucky protagonist of the piece, and to sustain interest when narrative logic turns fuzzy.
    • 48 Metascore
    • 70 Joe Leydon
    The pic is less than fully satisfying as a conventional performance cavalcade, but sustains considerable interest as a behind-the-scenes overview of a musically and culturally diverse event.
    • 48 Metascore
    • 60 Joe Leydon
    Although closer in tone to "Office Space" than Herman Melville, Jonathan Parker's absurdist update of Bartleby is surprisingly faithful to the spirit, if not the letter, of the "Moby-Dick" author's 1853 novella about an under-achieving Wall Street copy clerk.
    • 48 Metascore
    • 50 Joe Leydon
    By turns darkly comical, seriously scary and purposefully incendiary, Bush's Brain may seem, depending on your politics, either a shamelessly one-sided assault on a popular U.S. president or a justifiably harsh critique of a politician who personifies the Peter Principle.
    • 48 Metascore
    • 60 Joe Leydon
    More hagiography than history, Heather Rae's long-in-production portrait of Native American activist and poet John Trudell has the uncritically admiring feel of authorized biography.
    • 48 Metascore
    • 70 Joe Leydon
    Amusing indie comedy blithely blurs the line between risque and raunchy, often to hilarious effect.

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