For 607 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 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 607
607 movie reviews
    • 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.
    • 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.
    • 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.
    • 53 Metascore
    • 80 Joe Leydon
    A cleverly constructed, sensationally stylish and often darkly hilarious seriocomic caper.
    • 73 Metascore
    • 80 Joe Leydon
    The human dramas of individual gamers are what really make this technically polished documentary so fascinating and potentially commercial.
    • 71 Metascore
    • 80 Joe Leydon
    Beautifully lensed and intelligently crafted.
    • 77 Metascore
    • 80 Joe Leydon
    With a mix of sly humor, homespun grace and affecting poignancy, Get Low casts a well-nigh irresistible spell.
    • 66 Metascore
    • 80 Joe Leydon
    Exceptional performances by two femme leads and sensitive but unsentimental storytelling throughout.
    • 71 Metascore
    • 80 Joe Leydon
    An improbably effective and affecting mix of raw emotions and exciting smackdowns.
    • 81 Metascore
    • 80 Joe Leydon
    Mark Landsman's spirited Thunder Soul offers a heaping helping of uplift while documenting the past triumphs and recent reunion of a predominantly black Houston high school's singularly accomplished jazz stage band.
    • 71 Metascore
    • 80 Joe Leydon
    Enjoyably upbeat and intelligently inspiring.
    • 72 Metascore
    • 80 Joe Leydon
    An engrossing and satisfying picture, one that can be enjoyed even by people who have never before heard of its subject.
    • 46 Metascore
    • 80 Joe Leydon
    A slickly produced and brazenly clever piece of work that could attract a cult by sheer dint of its ingenious nastiness and self-aware snark.
    • 68 Metascore
    • 80 Joe Leydon
    Deftly balancing twin goals of informing and entertaining, the pic matter-of-factly details the various ways that marketers, multinational corporations, police departments and government-run intelligence-gathering organizations obtain and exploit info.
    • 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.
    • 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.
    • 55 Metascore
    • 80 Joe Leydon
    An ingeniously simple setup is cunningly exploited for maximum suspense in Hours, a slow-building, consistently engrossing drama.
    • 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.
    • 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.
    • 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.
    • 68 Metascore
    • 80 Joe Leydon
    The naturalistic style of the storytelling is stealthily enthralling, as is the lead performance by Margita Gosheva as a provincial Bulgarian schoolteacher who is slowly, inexorably driven to the edge by crushing debt.
    • 67 Metascore
    • 80 Joe Leydon
    This nostalgia-drenched rockumentary remains a hugely entertaining treasure trove of witness-at-creation anecdotes and enduringly potent ’60s pop hits.
    • 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.
    • 71 Metascore
    • 80 Joe Leydon
    Throughout the first half of Animals, there is a welcome amount of humor and some flashes of romantic warmth to alleviate the ever-present undercurrent of dread. As director Collin Schiffli gradually tightens the screws and builds suspense, however, the mood darkens.
    • 73 Metascore
    • 80 Joe Leydon
    A sensitively observed and arrestingly impressionistic drama that feels at once deeply personal and easily accessible.
    • 74 Metascore
    • 80 Joe Leydon
    A slow-burning found-footage suspenser with some mildly clever twists and a knockout payoff.
    • 64 Metascore
    • 80 Joe Leydon
    A sensationally entertaining mash-up of historical drama, “Dirty Dozen” style shoot-‘em-up, spaghetti Western-flavored flamboyance, and extended action setpieces that suggest a dream-team collaboration of Sergio Leone, John Woo and Steven Spielberg.
    • tbd Metascore
    • 80 Joe Leydon
    Khan conveys equal measures of cynical wit and authoritative gravitas as Kumar.
    • 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.
    • tbd Metascore
    • 80 Joe Leydon
    In addition to everything else he does right in February, Perkins plays fair: When you replay the movie in your mind after the final fadeout, you realize that every twist was dutifully presaged, and the final reveal was hidden in plain sight all along.

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