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 3.8 points lower than other critics. (0-100 point scale)

Joe Leydon's Scores

  • Movies
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
    • 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
    • 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.
    • 48 Metascore
    • 70 Joe Leydon
    Manages an impressively huge score in the hit-or-miss gag ratio.
    • 48 Metascore
    • 60 Joe Leydon
    Sufficiently sweet to serve as a date movie for all ages, Lost for Words comes across as almost subversively retrograde in its old-fashioned approach to charting the slow blossoming of a cross-cultural romance.
    • 48 Metascore
    • 70 Joe Leydon
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    Picture shrewdly shuffles together attractive young leads, cagey screen vets and a fantasy-fulfillment scenario in a slickly polished package that should appeal to anyone who's ever dreamed of beating the odds.
    • 48 Metascore
    • 50 Joe Leydon
    A muddled metaphysical allegory that isn't nearly sunny enough to camouflage its darker undercurrents.
    • 48 Metascore
    • 70 Joe Leydon
    Each member of the ensemble offers a vividly detailed performance resounding with emotional truth, delivering lengthy swaths of LaBute’s sometimes savagely furious, sometimes shocking funny dialogue with pitch-perfect degrees of intensity.
    • 48 Metascore
    • 70 Joe Leydon
    Despite teasing hints of supernatural influences throughout much of the storyline, Not Forgotten satisfies as a solidly crafted and persuasively acted thriller that relies more on dark secrets than black magic.