For 567 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 4.1 points lower than other critics. (0-100 point scale)

Joe Leydon's Scores

  • Movies
  • TV
Average review score: 56
Highest review score: 100 Knocked Up
Lowest review score: 0 Movie 43
Score distribution:
  1. Negative: 77 out of 567
567 movie reviews
    • 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
    21
    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.
    • 48 Metascore
    • 70 Joe Leydon
    A golden opportunity to witness the "unplugged," after-hours George W. Bush at his most congenial. "George" offers a portrait of a gregariously charming and self-mocking fellow who's perfectly at ease in his own skin, and who's no less slick and savvy a politician for being willing to make himself the butt of jokes.
    • 48 Metascore
    • 80 Joe Leydon
    Sandler impressively assumes the Reynolds role here, with strong support by Reynolds himself and a slightly restrained but frequently hilarious Chris Rock.
    • 48 Metascore
    • 40 Joe Leydon
    Lacks focus and momentum as it attempts to interweave diverse story strands into a cautionary tapestry.
    • 48 Metascore
    • 70 Joe Leydon
    Fresh cast, a formulaic but engaging storyline, and a smoking soundtrack from rap and hip-hop luminaries.
    • 48 Metascore
    • 60 Joe Leydon
    Evan Ross impresses with an implosive performance as Tariq Mahdi, a moody young African-American.
    • 48 Metascore
    • 60 Joe Leydon
    An initially intriguing but ultimately exhausting tale of grieving parents left quite literally dazed and confused in the wake of their young son’s death.
    • 47 Metascore
    • 50 Joe Leydon
    Engaging lead performances and snatches of witty repartee help lubricate the creaky plot mechanics in Weather Girl, a lightly amusing but thoroughly predictable dramedy.
    • 47 Metascore
    • 70 Joe Leydon
    Boasting strong performances by Jeff Bridges and Justin Timberlake.
    • 47 Metascore
    • 80 Joe Leydon
    Sensationally exuberant, imaginatively crafted and intoxicatingly clever.
    • 47 Metascore
    • 80 Joe Leydon
    Indie comedy about an unsuccessful playwright who very nearly talks himself out of his last best chance for happiness recalls the early work of Woody Allen. But pic stands on its own merits as witty and well-observed grown-up fare.
    • 47 Metascore
    • 60 Joe Leydon
    A tickle-and-tease teen sex comedy that plays like a late-night channel-surf through soft-core sitcoms, "American Pie" wannabes and '80s Brat Pack romances.
    • 47 Metascore
    • 70 Joe Leydon
    Frothy, funny and formulaic, 27 Dresses is a pleasantly predictable romantic comedy that sees Katherine Heigl following “Knocked Up” with smooth moves at the wheel of her first starring vehicle.
    • 47 Metascore
    • 60 Joe Leydon
    Connor and co-director Michael Worth allow Fort McCoy to proceed at an unhurried pace, giving Stoltz ample opportunity to subtly convey undercurrents of guilt and anger percolating beneath his character’s affable exterior.
    • 47 Metascore
    • 70 Joe Leydon
    A pleasingly retro recycling of "The Love Bug."
    • 47 Metascore
    • 40 Joe Leydon
    A sci-fi thriller as generic as its title, Alien Abduction generates only low-voltage shocks.
    • 47 Metascore
    • 40 Joe Leydon
    A genially amusing ensemble farce that doesn't quite achieve enough momentum for liftoff.
    • 47 Metascore
    • 70 Joe Leydon
    Very much in the tradition of "Slap Shot," George Roy Hill's raucously funny and foul-mouthed 1977 laffer about the misadventures of a minor-league hockey team, Semi-Pro scores big laughs with the rowdy play-by-play of hard-luck hoopsters struggling for professional survival.
    • 46 Metascore
    • 50 Joe Leydon
    Francophile film buffs and obsessive deconstructionists might be amused, but less indulgent auds will find derivative pic artificial and mannered.

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