For 608 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 4.5 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 Movie 43
Score distribution:
  1. Negative: 82 out of 608
608 movie reviews
    • 32 Metascore
    • 60 Joe Leydon
    Even when the blood-and-thunder hokiness of the over-the-top plot tilts perilously close to absurdity, the admirably straight-faced performances by well-cast lead players provide just enough counterbalance to sustain audience curiosity and sympathy.
    • 69 Metascore
    • 60 Joe Leydon
    Fortunately, helmer Michele Ohayon ("Cowboy del Amor") treats her tricky subject matter with sufficient sensitivity to keep doc from ever seeming offensively flip or overly sentimental.
    • 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.
    • 46 Metascore
    • 60 Joe Leydon
    Agreeably amusing but unduly extended, Matru ki Bijlee ka Mandola suggests what might have resulted had Rodgers and Hammerstein lived long enough to attempt a Broadway musical about the Occupy Wall Street movement.
    • 67 Metascore
    • 60 Joe Leydon
    A beautifully lensed but ploddingly paced tribute.
    • 81 Metascore
    • 60 Joe Leydon
    Earnest and understated, Weekend has the intimate look and feel of a two-character stage play that has been opened up -- but only slightly, with minimal addition of supporting players -- for a mostly faithful filmization.
    • 37 Metascore
    • 60 Joe Leydon
    It's almost impossible to enjoy this uneven but mostly exciting popcorn pic without flinching at a few plot elements that feel a bit too real for comfort.
    • 49 Metascore
    • 60 Joe Leydon
    By turns comical and compassionate.
    • 58 Metascore
    • 60 Joe Leydon
    Distinctive, physically ravishing indie is a natural for fests, but it's questionable whether this sometimes involving, sometimes obscure pic will have appeal beyond the specialty market.
    • 65 Metascore
    • 60 Joe Leydon
    Small children who will accept it as rock-'em, sock-'em excitement with a touch of gender-specific empowerment, and hipper teens and grown-ups who can appreciate the whole thing as a semisatirical hoot.
    • 57 Metascore
    • 60 Joe Leydon
    As discomfortingly fascinating as listening to a couple's heated argument at a table near yours in a restaurant.
    • 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.
    • 78 Metascore
    • 60 Joe Leydon
    Will please devotees without attracting many, if any, new converts.
    • 32 Metascore
    • 60 Joe Leydon
    Newcomer Rachel Hendrix grabs attention and sustains sympathy as a lovely yet troubled 19-year-old student determined to unlock the secrets of her past after learning the circumstances of her birth.
    • 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.
    • 55 Metascore
    • 60 Joe Leydon
    Character's multiple mid-life crises could make this genuinely engaging drama especially appealing to older viewers.
    • 59 Metascore
    • 60 Joe Leydon
    Modestly engaging but mostly unexceptional.
    • 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.
    • 45 Metascore
    • 60 Joe Leydon
    Often plays more like "Tyler Perry's Greatest Hits" as it recycles various elements from the writer-director's earlier works.
    • 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.
    • 55 Metascore
    • 60 Joe Leydon
    A hagiographic portrait of the standup comic and social satirist who never quite reached beyond cult status in the U.S., American: The Bill Hicks Story might have impressed more of the unconverted had it included more performance footage of its subject.
    • 57 Metascore
    • 60 Joe Leydon
    Devotees of folk and bluegrass -- and, of course, diehard Nickel Creek fans -- are the natural audience for this leisurely paced documentary.
    • 71 Metascore
    • 60 Joe Leydon
    Copenhagen remains more intriguing than compelling.
    • 43 Metascore
    • 60 Joe Leydon
    Peter and Bobby Farrelly aimed low and grossed millions with "Dumb & Dumber," so it shouldn't be surprising that Kingpin, their latest effort, offers a similar mix of pratfalls, gross-out gags and jokes about bodily functions. This time, however, the humor is darker, edgier and occasionally, even more scatological.
    • 62 Metascore
    • 60 Joe Leydon
    Martin hits all the right notes while subtly conveying both the appealing sophistication and the purposeful reserve of Ray. But he cannot entirely avoid being overshadowed by Dane's endearingly vulnerable, emotionally multifaceted and fearlessly open performance.
    • 41 Metascore
    • 60 Joe Leydon
    Unfortunately, the new pic never really achieves maximum velocity as a full-throttle action-adventure opus, despite game efforts by returning star Milla Jovovich, still a lithe and lethal dynamo when it comes to butt-kicking, zombie-slicing derring-do.
    • 42 Metascore
    • 60 Joe Leydon
    The interaction among opposites inspires an abundance of predictable race-based jokes, many of which have the saving grace of actually being funny.
    • 59 Metascore
    • 60 Joe Leydon
    Much like its predecessors, Paranormal Activity 3 is a slow-building, stealthily creepy supernatural thriller that takes a teasingly indirect approach to generating suspense and escalating dread.
    • 44 Metascore
    • 60 Joe Leydon
    A slight but lightly amusing sitcom-style comedy, strongly recalls dinner theater fodder of three decades ago.
    • 35 Metascore
    • 60 Joe Leydon
    Just fast, frenetic and funny enough to amuse both new fans and longtime devotees of the characters who have inspired more than 30 years worth of animated TV episodes and made-for-video features.

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