For 640 reviews, this critic has graded:
  • 65% higher than the average critic
  • 4% same as the average critic
  • 31% lower than the average critic
On average, this critic grades 5.4 points lower than other critics. (0-100 point scale)

Joe Leydon's Scores

  • Movies
  • TV
Average review score: 56
Highest review score: 100 High Fidelity
Lowest review score: 0 Is That a Gun in Your Pocket?
Score distribution:
  1. Negative: 89 out of 640
640 movie reviews
    • 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.
    • 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.
    • 51 Metascore
    • 60 Joe Leydon
    Ganem has sufficient verve and appeal to sustain interest in both of her characters, and the sporadic tweaking of telenovelas and the fans who love them is often quite clever.
    • 51 Metascore
    • 70 Joe Leydon
    The fleeting counterbalance of seriousness makes the funny business marginally yet appreciably funnier.
    • 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
    The tone throughout Sneakerheadz is mostly light and bright, but the filmmakers don’t stint on anthropological detail, or shy away from the darker aspects of getting kicks by any means necessary.
    • 50 Metascore
    • 70 Joe Leydon
    Even though it’s easy to identify all the recycled elements — bits and pieces of several inspirational-teacher scenarios, ranging from “To Sir, With Love” to “Stand and Deliver” — in this “based on a true story” concoction, there can be no denying the feel-good effect of the finished product.
    • 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
    • 70 Joe Leydon
    A solidly made and conventionally satisfying Western.
    • 49 Metascore
    • 50 Joe Leydon
    A mildly pleasant, aggressively retro kidpic that should please undemanding moppets without unduly boring their parents.

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