Joe Leydon

Joe Leydon

Agrees with the Tomatometer 67% of the time.

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Rating T-Meter Title | Year Review
No Score Yet All Things Must Pass: The Rise and Fall of Tower Records " A sentimental yet sharply observed documentary about the rise and demise of retail giant Tower Records. " ‐ Variety
Posted Apr 25, 2015
No Score Yet Bone in the Throat " Although entertaining in fits and starts, the filmization too often has the flavor of a reheated leftover from the Guy Ritchie menu. " ‐ Variety
Posted Apr 25, 2015
No Score Yet Wild Horses (2015) " Tonally dissonant and narratively disjointed, "Wild Horses" plays like a patchwork quilt of scenes excerpted from a much longer movie, or maybe even a miniseries. " ‐ Variety
Posted Apr 25, 2015
No Score Yet Hello, My Name is Doris " Sally Field shines in this dramedy about a sixtysomething office drone who falls for a younger co-worker. " ‐ Variety
Posted Apr 25, 2015
89% Jab Tak Hai Jaan (2012) " Almost miraculously, the disparate elements add up to an improbably entertaining hybrid. " ‐ Variety
Posted Apr 20, 2015
No Score Yet Sneakerheadz " Don't be surprised if respectful reviews and admiring word of mouth entice even older viewers who haven't worn the sort of footwear exalted here since they sweated out high-school P.E. classes. " ‐ Variety
Posted Apr 6, 2015
No Score Yet Superfast (2015) " Serial spoofers Jason Friedberg and Aaron Seltzer fall flat with a low-octane satire of the 'Fast and Furious' franchise. " ‐ Variety
Posted Apr 6, 2015
No Score Yet Mavis! " Living legend Mavis Staples is fondly celebrated in Jessica Edwards' spirited biographical documentary. " ‐ Variety
Posted Mar 30, 2015
40% Sweet Talk (2013) " Hopelessly stagebound, despite half-hearted efforts to open up what's basically a talky two-hander, and risibly pretentious in the manner of softcore porn that's no sexier than glossy ads for expensive perfume. " ‐ Variety
Posted Mar 24, 2015
86% Spring (2015) " If Richard Linklater attempted a remake of Val Lewton's Cat People, the end result might resemble Spring. " ‐ Variety
Posted Mar 16, 2015
91% The Wrecking Crew (2015) " The unsung heroes who played on stacks of wax during the '60s pop era are celebrated in a hugely entertaining documentary. " ‐ Variety
Posted Mar 12, 2015
No Score Yet Big In Japan (2015) " Much like most of the songs performed by the band whose misadventures drive its wispy plot, Big in Japan comes off as pleasantly diverting, vaguely familiar and instantly disposable. " ‐ Variety
Posted Mar 11, 2015
33% Ana Maria in Novela Land (2015) " A lightly amusing comedy about an avid fan who trades places with the star of a popular telenova. " ‐ Variety
Posted Mar 3, 2015
3.5/4 73% The Lesson (2015) " A spare, stripped-to-essentials drama about economic stress and mounting desperation that should resonate with a wide range of international audiences. " ‐ Variety
Posted Mar 3, 2015
No Score Yet Dennis Rodman's Big Bang in Pyongyang " A frequently hilarious but brutally observant documentary about the flamboyant former NBA star's misadventure in North Korea. " ‐ Variety
Posted Feb 25, 2015
21% Old Fashioned (2015) " The leading man often seems more like a brooding menace in this handsomely produced but painfully slow faith-based romantic drama. " ‐ Variety
Posted Feb 17, 2015
No Score Yet Female Pervert " [A] self-indulgent trifle ... " ‐ Variety
Posted Feb 5, 2015
13% The Loft (2015) " Predictably, some items planted early in the film ... pop up in the third act with all the subtlety of a blast from Chekhov's gun. " ‐ Variety
Posted Feb 1, 2015
93% Best Of Enemies (2015) " The on-camera clashes between William F. Buckley Jr. and Gore Vidal are vividly and entertainingly recounted in this fascinating documentary. " ‐ Variety
Posted Jan 23, 2015
54% Spare Parts (2015) " A surprisingly effective and affecting fact-based drama, despite its reliance on several recycled elements. " ‐ Variety
Posted Jan 16, 2015
70% Preservation (2015) " Christopher Denham's suspenseful survival drama is an ingenious variation on 'The Most Dangerous Game.' " ‐ Variety
Posted Jan 8, 2015
86% Red Knot (2014) " Stage director Scott Cohen, here making his debut as a feature filmmaker, places far too much faith in the ability of his actors to elicit and sustain audience interest while improvising their way through the tissue-thin narrative he has provided them. " ‐ Variety
Posted Dec 5, 2014
54% Pioneer (2014) " Although involving on a scene-to-scene basis, Erik Skjoldbjaerg's '80s-set Norwegian thriller is curiously muted in impact. " ‐ Variety
Posted Dec 1, 2014
No Score Yet Teen Lust " Even Cary Elwes' scenery-chewing can't do much to help this minor mix of teen-sex comedy and horror-thriller. " ‐ Variety
Posted Oct 15, 2014
67% The Decent One (2014) " A film that doubtless will intrigue a diverse cross-section of academics, historians and history buffs, despite some of Lapa's questionable attempts to enhance the dramatic impact of her narrative. " ‐ Variety
Posted Oct 13, 2014
100% Hellaware (2014) " A micro-budget indie best described as the cinematic equivalent of a modestly amusing shaggy-dog story that meanders toward a clever punchline. " ‐ Variety
Posted Sep 25, 2014
56% The Remaining (2014) " A theologically questionable but fitfully exciting melodrama about fear and loathing among the non-Raptured. " ‐ Variety
Posted Sep 18, 2014
67% Space Station 76 (2014) " With the aid of ensemble players who maintain admirably straight faces amid the absurdity, director Jack Plotnick gets an impressive amount of mileage from a concept that might seem at first blush barely adequate to sustain a Saturday Night Live sketch. " ‐ Variety
Posted Sep 15, 2014
63% The Keeping Room (2015) " A handsomely mounted but frustratingly mannered period drama that, in addition to its many other problems, ends just when things appear to be getting really interesting. " ‐ Variety
Posted Sep 10, 2014
100% X+Y " A fiction loosely based on fact that adds up to a satisfying, compelling drama. " ‐ Variety
Posted Sep 10, 2014
70% Honeymoon (2014) " Neither as purposefully spooky nor as inadvertently campy as the low-budget '50s sci-fiers it often recalls. " ‐ Variety
Posted Sep 8, 2014
93% Copenhagen (2014) " [Director Raso] gets a pitch-perfect performance from Danish up-and-comer Hansen, who greatly impresses with her unaffected spontaneity. " ‐ Variety
Posted Sep 4, 2014
7% The Identical (2014) " [The Identical] unfortunately falls short of fully realizing its provocative high concept. " ‐ Variety
Posted Sep 2, 2014
18% Let's Be Cops (2014) " Sporadically hilarious funny business. " ‐ Variety
Posted Aug 13, 2014
No Score Yet 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
No Score Yet 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
89% 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
No Score Yet 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
83% 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
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