For 675 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 6 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: 95 out of 675
675 movie reviews
    • 56 Metascore
    • 80 Joe Leydon
    “Portrait” abounds in the sort of ironies and contrasts that can make a biodoc fascinating even to auds totally unfamiliar with its subject.
    • 74 Metascore
    • 80 Joe Leydon
    Well positioned to slake the thirst of action fans for world-class, slam-bang rough stuff.
    • 61 Metascore
    • 80 Joe Leydon
    A lavishly mounted and appealingly old-fashioned swashbuckler with nary a trace of wink-wink irony or revisionist embellishment.
    • 62 Metascore
    • 80 Joe Leydon
    Harvests a bumper crop of laughs.
    • 62 Metascore
    • 80 Joe Leydon
    A smartly constructed and sardonically funny indie with attitude that somehow manages the tricky feat of being exuberantly over the top even as it remains consistently on target.
    • 49 Metascore
    • 80 Joe Leydon
    Even more family-friendly than its immensely popular predecessor.
    • 73 Metascore
    • 80 Joe Leydon
    It is much to the credit of Hanks and his collaborators that All Things Must Pass makes this particular iteration of the oft-told tale come across as freshly compelling, even poignant.
    • 57 Metascore
    • 80 Joe Leydon
    Imagine a '30s screwball comedy played to a sensuous Brazilian beat and you're ready for Bossa Nova, a delightfully amusing romantic roundelay.
    • 71 Metascore
    • 80 Joe Leydon
    Beautifully lensed and intelligently crafted.
    • 44 Metascore
    • 80 Joe Leydon
    One of the summer's more pleasant surprises. A silly bit of tiptop tomfoolery with cross-generational appeal.
    • 61 Metascore
    • 80 Joe Leydon
    Sandler (never making a false step while maneuvering though vertiginous mood swings) and Cheadle (deftly commingling instinctive decency with quiet desperation) are individually excellent, and bring out the best in each other. And the picture itself transcends its real but relatively minor flaws to score a satisfyingly potent impact.
    • 72 Metascore
    • 80 Joe Leydon
    With equal measures of prickly wit, gleeful pride and bemused gratitude, Charles Nelson Reilly looks back at his life, and invites his audience to share the view, in this thoroughly engaging filmization of his one-man stage show.
    • 69 Metascore
    • 80 Joe Leydon
    An impressively polished documentary by Bob Hercules and Cheri Hughes. Perhaps even more thought-provoking than its co-helmers intended, pic is bound to spark conversations and debate.
    • 47 Metascore
    • 80 Joe Leydon
    Sensationally exuberant, imaginatively crafted and intoxicatingly clever.
    • 63 Metascore
    • 80 Joe Leydon
    The performances are perfectly attuned to the material, with Koechner dominating his every scene as a kind of demented ringmaster, and Healy adroitly demonstrating the potential for both humor and horror in a character with nothing left to lose.
    • 65 Metascore
    • 80 Joe Leydon
    Deftly interlaces heart and humor in a witty, warm and well-observed comedy about the unexpected and inconvenient blooming of romance at the weekend gathering of an extended family.
    • 73 Metascore
    • 80 Joe Leydon
    A stealthy neo-noir drama that isn't afraid to take its time developing characters on the way to the payoff of a neatly designed caper scenario.
    • 77 Metascore
    • 80 Joe Leydon
    With a mix of sly humor, homespun grace and affecting poignancy, Get Low casts a well-nigh irresistible spell.
    • 46 Metascore
    • 80 Joe Leydon
    Warm-hearted but clear-eyed indie effort richly repays audience patience during deliberately paced and provocatively allusive early scenes with a cumulative emotional impact that is immensely satisfying.
    • 55 Metascore
    • 80 Joe Leydon
    Costa-Gavras develops such a propulsively suspenseful pace — with no small assist from Armand Amar’s mood-enhancing Euro-tech score — that his drama comes across as the cinematic equivalent of an engrossing page-turner you might purchase off the rack at an airport newsstand.
    • 30 Metascore
    • 80 Joe Leydon
    A hugely enjoyable romantic comedy that dares to suggest that love can bloom -- and, more important, hormones can rage -- after 50. Smart, sassy and slickly packaged.
    • 81 Metascore
    • 80 Joe Leydon
    Cesc Gay’s wise, wistful and well-observed film about two friends enjoying a final reunion in the shadow of impending death, is by turns amusing and affecting — and quite often both at once.
    • tbd Metascore
    • 80 Joe Leydon
    This well-crafted documentary from director Harold Crooks (“Surviving Progress”) offers a concise, engrossing and occasionally infuriating overview of the ways multinationals avoid taxes by stashing profits in offshore havens.
    • 75 Metascore
    • 80 Joe Leydon
    Credible and creditable performances by a fine cast of promising newcomers and familiar veterans enhance the emotional impact of this low-key but compelling indie.
    • 78 Metascore
    • 80 Joe Leydon
    Born to Fly teasingly suggests that some displays of avant-garde virtuosity could be enjoyed equally by venturesome aesthetes, dance enthusiasts and devotees of World Wrestling Entertainment.
    • 84 Metascore
    • 80 Joe Leydon
    A heady spirit of spontaneity permeates the proceedings, suggesting the entire pic, much like the concert it documents, was conceived, planned and completed in a single burst of creative enthusiasm.
    • 69 Metascore
    • 80 Joe Leydon
    Slither begins briskly, gradually accelerates and eventually achieves a breakneck momentum that makes the wild ride even more exhilarating.
    • 74 Metascore
    • 80 Joe Leydon
    A slow-burning found-footage suspenser with some mildly clever twists and a knockout payoff.
    • 61 Metascore
    • 80 Joe Leydon
    Tureaud and Salzberg achieve their potent impact through the straightforward (but clearly admiring) observation of men who band together in battle and, in the film’s emotionally stirring final scenes, mourn their fallen comrades.
    • 65 Metascore
    • 80 Joe Leydon
    Intelligent, informative and unusually entertaining documentary errs only when it yanks too insistently on heartstrings while focusing on worst-case scenarios involving desperate debtors driven to suicide.

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