Joe Leydon

Joe Leydon

Agrees with the Tomatometer 67% of the time.

Publications:
Film Scouts , Fort Worth Star-Telegram/DFW.com , Houston Chronicle , MSNBC , San Francisco Examiner , The Moving Picture Show , Variety
Critics' Group:
Houston Film Critics Society
Total Reviews:
1189

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Rating T-Meter Title | Year Add Date
21% Let's Be Cops (2014) " Sporadically hilarious funny business." — Variety
Posted Aug 13, 2014
—— 37 A Final Promise (2014) " A good deal better than any plot synopsis might make it sound." — Variety
Posted Aug 8, 2014
88% Twelve Monkeys (12 Monkeys) (1995) " Constantly surprising and consistently unsettling." — The Moving Picture Show
Posted Aug 6, 2014
74% The Big Kahuna (2000) " Sometimes profanely funny, sometimes intensely dramatic, The Big Kahuna is a richly amusing and provocatively insightful film that builds to a profoundly powerful cumulative impact." — The Moving Picture Show
Posted Aug 6, 2014
58% The Missing (2003) " Ron Howard's vividly gritty and brutally arresting Western is a powerfully effective piece of work." — The Moving Picture Show
Posted Aug 1, 2014
3.5/4 96% With A Friend Like Harry (2001) " All the hallmarks of a classic Hitchcock thriller. The master would certainly approve." — The Moving Picture Show
Posted Jul 31, 2014
—— Unthinkable: An Airline Captain's Story (2014) " The give-and-take between opposing characters is passionately played, but the actual dialogue often sounds like excerpts from op-ed essays constructed from talking points." — Variety
Posted Jul 30, 2014
57% Around The Block (2014) " Well-intended yet cliche-ridden." — Variety
Posted Jul 29, 2014
98% sex, lies, and videotape (1989) " Soderbergh brings a bracing edge of humor to his probingly analytical drama." — The Moving Picture Show
Posted Jul 26, 2014
88% Trouble in Mind (1985) " If you've ever dreamed of turning up the collar of your trenchcoat for a solitary stroll through a fog-shrouded backlot, you'll like what you see here." — The Moving Picture Show
Posted Jul 26, 2014
96% Richard III (1995) " On its simplest and most satisfying level, Loncraine's Richard III can be enjoyed as an ingeniously sustained and spectacularly ballsy stunt." — The Moving Picture Show
Posted Jul 26, 2014
69% Mr. Jealousy (1998) " You probably haven't heard a lot about writer-director Noah Baumbach yet. Trust me, you will." — The Moving Picture Show
Posted Jul 26, 2014
2.5/4 63% Clay Pigeons (1998) " Call this one Fargo Lite, and you won't be far off the mark." — The Moving Picture Show
Posted Jul 26, 2014
—— For the Love of Movies: The Story of American Film Criticism (2009) " For all its attempts to offer an expansive and exhaustive historical account, the [documentary] is riddled with glaring gaps and facile transitions." — Variety
Posted Jul 22, 2014
79% Orlando (1992) " It is a time-tripping, gender-bending fantasia with a cunning feminist edge, featuring the strikingly androgynous Tilda Swinton in the title role." — The Moving Picture Show
Posted Jul 22, 2014
0% The Lonely Lady (1983) " A relentlessly stupid, consistently unconvincing piece of hack work. Worse still, it's not even good, overproduced trash." — The Moving Picture Show
Posted Jul 21, 2014
4/4 97% Life Itself (2014) " A smart and moving tribute to an irreplaceable critic and a singular human being." — The Moving Picture Show
Posted Jul 20, 2014
23% Van Helsing (2004) " A chaotic blur of recycled archetypes from classic horror flicks, action sequences unbound by laws of gravity and physics, and CGI special effects that somehow manage to appear ridiculously expensive and unconvincingly obvious all at once." — The Moving Picture Show
Posted Jul 19, 2014
55% True Crime (1999) " A beat-the-clock thriller with an edge of moral gravity." — The Moving Picture Show
Posted Jul 19, 2014
64% Ride with the Devil (1999) " Like too many other young men in too many other wars, Maguire's Jake Roedel sees too much, and grows up too fast." — The Moving Picture Show
Posted Jul 19, 2014
14% Gothika (2003) " Berry struggles to retain some shards of dignity as she dutifully plods through the contrivances of Gothika." — The Moving Picture Show
Posted Jul 19, 2014
2.5/4 8% Double Dragon (1994) " There is a genial exuberance to the lead performances of Wolf and Dacascos, who behave as though the Lee brothers aren't too many rungs above Beavis and Butt-Head on the evolutionary ladder." — The Moving Picture Show
Posted Jul 19, 2014
60% Permanent Midnight (1998) " Stiller's fearless performance makes it painfully and graphically clear that being a junkie is an exhausting full-time job." — The Moving Picture Show
Posted Jul 19, 2014
4/4 84% Magnolia (1999) " Go see it for yourself. And don't be surprised if you want to see it again and again." — The Moving Picture Show
Posted Jul 19, 2014
80% Welcome to Sarajevo (1997) " By turns darkly comical and passionately angry" — The Moving Picture Show
Posted Jul 19, 2014
31% Wet Hot American Summer (2001) " Where is Jason Voorhess, the hockey-masked killer of Camp Crystal Lake, when you really need him?" — The Moving Picture Show
Posted Jul 19, 2014
71% The Fifth Element (1997) " A jaw-dropping, mind-blowing pop epic that gives you everything from the slam-bang sci-fi fantasy of Star Wars to the inspired slapstick lunacy of The Marx Brothers" — The Moving Picture Show
Posted Jul 19, 2014
80% Ferris Bueller's Day Off (1986) " Broderick's smooth, ever-confident patter gives Ferris Bueller's Day Off just the right air of breezy insouciance." — The Moving Picture Show
Posted Jul 19, 2014
67% CQ (2002) " Coppola and his production team have taken meticulous care to faithfully copy the costumes, production designs, peek-a-boo sexiness and budget-crunched special effects of their source material." — The Moving Picture Show
Posted Jul 19, 2014
93% Dead Man Walking (1995) " A powerful and provocative film -- not quite a work of art, maybe, but close enough to demand your respectful attention." — The Moving Picture Show
Posted Jul 19, 2014
31% The Devil's Own (1997) " The good news is, The Devil's Own doesn't live down to its reputation." — The Moving Picture Show
Posted Jul 19, 2014
20% Duets (2000) " A muddled and meandering long-distance road movie that strives to be engagingly offbeat, but more often comes across as annoyingly off-key." — The Moving Picture Show
Posted Jul 19, 2014
4/4 78% The Pledge (2001) " [Penn] sustains a mesmerizing intensity while relentlessly building toward an emotionally wrenching climax." — The Moving Picture Show
Posted Jul 18, 2014
3/4 83% The Rape of Europa (2007) " [C]ompels attention and sustains interest as an examination of Adolf Hitler's obsession with claiming Europe's art masterworks for the "master race."" — The Moving Picture Show
Posted Jul 18, 2014
3/4 81% Diamond Men (2001) " It's a little movie with a great big selling point: Robert Forster's subtly nuanced and effortlessly engaging portrayal of Eddie Miller." — The Moving Picture Show
Posted Jul 18, 2014
3/4 85% Cold Comfort Farm (1996) " [A] mischievous send-up of D.H. Lawrence, Thomas Hardy and assorted other high-toned practitioners of grimly serious rural romances." — The Moving Picture Show
Posted Jul 18, 2014
4/4 67% Clockers (1995) " Clockers leaves you with a sense of aching sadness, a regretful melancholy for the lives that have been blasted and the wrong decisions that have been made. Once again, Spike Lee has done the right thing." — The Moving Picture Show
Posted Jul 18, 2014
4/4 78% 25th Hour (2003) " Spike Lee's furiously melancholy drama about life and dread in post-9/11 New York City." — The Moving Picture Show
Posted Jul 18, 2014
4/4 —— The Restless Conscience: Resistance to Hitler Within Germany 1933-1945 (1992) " The Restless Conscience is superior documentary moviemaking, and a gripping history lesson." — The Moving Picture Show
Posted Jul 18, 2014
3/4 71% The Empty Mirror (1999) " The Empty Mirror gives us a portrait of Hitler as the ultimate auteur, a demented director who made the world his soundstage while bringing his personal vision to fruition." — The Moving Picture Show
Posted Jul 18, 2014
4/4 96% Do the Right Thing (1989) " [A] movie that gives us the vitality of urban street life and the viciousness of racism in a single, brightly bedecked, booby-trapped package." — The Moving Picture Show
Posted Jul 18, 2014
4/4 92% The Dead (1987) " The film is a masterpiece, both a worthy translation of James Joyce's story and a wonderful summation of John Huston's career." — The Moving Picture Show
Posted Jul 18, 2014
4/4 77% Eyes Wide Shut (1999) " And you can't help thinking that, somewhere beyond the grave, the most cerebral of celebrity filmmakers is enjoying the most satisfying of last laughs" — The Moving Picture Show
Posted Jul 18, 2014
41% Premature (2014) " Only undiscriminating audiences with a pronounced taste for crotch-centric tomfoolery will sample this goulash ..." — Variety
Posted Jul 2, 2014
8% America (2014) " For the most part ... D'Souza gives the impression of someone obsessed with whitewashing any and all dark chapters in U.S. history books." — Variety
Posted Jun 28, 2014
81% The Hornet's Nest (2014) " A vivid up-close view of the travails of U.S. troops in Afghanistan." — Variety
Posted Jun 2, 2014
59% Hank And Asha (2014) " Fortunately, the lead players are attractive and appealing enough to make them good company for the short haul." — Variety
Posted Apr 7, 2014
25% Alien Abduction (2014) " Bound to vanish as quickly as a fleetingly glimpsed UFO after a few close encounters with paying viewers." — Variety
Posted Apr 7, 2014
11% Jinn (2014) " As an attention-grabbing opening installment for what's obviously intended as an ongoing horror franchise, "Jinn" fizzles." — Variety
Posted Apr 7, 2014
—— Born To Fly (2014) " This fascinating documentary depicts avant-garde choreographer Elizabeth Strep as both visionary and ringmaster." — Variety
Posted Apr 3, 2014
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