Joe Leydon

Joe Leydon

Agrees with the Tomatometer 66% of the time.

Publications:
Film Scouts , Fort Worth Star-Telegram/DFW.com , Houston Chronicle , MSNBC , San Francisco Examiner , Variety
Critics' Group:
Houston Film Critics Society
Total Reviews:
1149

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Rating T-Meter Title | Year Add Date
47% Premature (2014) " Only undiscriminating audiences with a pronounced taste for crotch-centric tomfoolery will sample this goulash ..." — Variety
Posted Jul 2, 2014
10% 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
27% 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 " This fascinating documentary depicts avant-garde choreographer Elizabeth Strep as both visionary and ringmaster." — Variety
Posted Apr 3, 2014
100% Animals " Dastmalchian and Shaw are thoroughly convincing both as vividly drawn, emotionally complex individuals, and as a couple inextricably bound by addiction and enabling. Among the well-cast supporting players, John Heard makes the most significant impact." — Variety
Posted Mar 21, 2014
—— Creep " A slow-burning found-footage suspenser with some mildly clever twists and a knockout payoff." — Variety
Posted Mar 20, 2014
44% A Night In Old Mexico (2014) " A Tex-Mex-flavored shaggy-dog story that finds Duvall perfectly cast as a robustly cantankerous South Texas rancher determined to have one last fling south of the border." — Variety
Posted Mar 11, 2014
88% Chef (2014) " Far too entertaining to be dismissed as self-indulgence." — Variety
Posted Mar 9, 2014
92% The Retrieval (2014) " Equal parts suspenseful road movie, persuasively detailed period drama and emotionally resonant coming-of-age story, The Retrieval is an outstanding example of regional indie filmmaking accomplished with limited resources and an abundance of skill." — Variety
Posted Mar 4, 2014
73% The Attorney (2014) " A familiar yet compelling South Korean courtroom drama, propelled by Song Kang-ho's strong performance as an unlikely hero." — Variety
Posted Feb 10, 2014
0% Best Night Ever (2014) " Serial spoofers Jason Friedberg and Aaron Seltzer hit a new low with their first 'original' comedy." — Variety
Posted Jan 30, 2014
88% Cheap Thrills (2014) " Cheap Thrills is a thoroughly nasty piece of work, which doubtless will be the strongest selling point for this worst-case scenario about steadily escalating dares and degradations." — Variety
Posted Jan 21, 2014
0% Hamlet (2014) " A modestly inventive but curiously bloodless version of the Bard's timeless tragedy." — Variety
Posted Jan 10, 2014
50% Return to Nuke 'Em High (2014) " Die-hard Troma buffs may be amused by all of this, and by the wink-wink references to such studio icons as the Toxic Avenger and Sgt. Kabukiman." — Variety
Posted Jan 10, 2014
57% Justin Bieber's Believe (2013) " A slickly entertaining piece of work that will doubtless delight the young pop star's fan base, and possibly engage curiosity-seekers who have heretofore remained immune or indifferent to Bieber Fever." — Variety
Posted Dec 26, 2013
61% Hours (2013) " An ingeniously simple setup is cunningly exploited for maximum suspense in Hours, a slow-building, consistently engrossing drama." — Variety
Posted Dec 9, 2013
20% Expecting (2013) " Hardly a bundle of joy." — Variety
Posted Dec 9, 2013
14% Merry Christmas (2013) " Anna Condo's holiday trifle is the cinematic equivalent of a coal-stuffed stocking." — Variety
Posted Dec 6, 2013
0% The Starving Games (2013) " Really, a movie as lame as this one doesn't merit the expenditure of snark." — Variety
Posted Nov 12, 2013
—— Ok, Good " Through the slow, steady accumulation of seemingly random but increasingly portentous details, helmer Daniel Martinico fashions a riveting portrait of an actor on the verge of a nervous breakdown." — Variety
Posted Nov 11, 2013
92% Medora (2013) " Filmmakers Andrew Cohn and Davy Rothbart deliver a bleakly potent portrait of life in an economically devastated Middle American town." — Variety
Posted Nov 8, 2013
50% One Pm Central Standard Time (2013) " Profound tragedy and professional triumph are artfully entwined in this documentary detailing Walter Cronkite's coverage of the JFK assassination." — Variety
Posted Nov 1, 2013
29% House In The Alley (2013) " Stylish but insignificant." — Variety
Posted Oct 30, 2013
53% Haunter (2013) " Abigail Breslin is effective enough to generate a rooting interest in the plucky protagonist of the piece, and to sustain interest when narrative logic turns fuzzy. " — Variety
Posted Oct 14, 2013
—— Red Wing (2013) " The pic remains earthbound and anemic, and never elicits much in the way of emotional investment." — Variety
Posted Oct 11, 2013
75% Forgetting The Girl (2013) " First-time director Nate Taylor skillfully evokes a clammy sense of dread in this stealthily suspenseful indie thriller." — Variety
Posted Oct 10, 2013
57% Made in America (2014) " Less than fully satisfying as a conventional performance cavalcade, but sustains considerable interest as a behind-the-scenes overview of a musically and culturally diverse event." — Variety
Posted Oct 7, 2013
50% Grace Unplugged (2013) " Tepid and predictable ..." — Variety
Posted Oct 5, 2013
58% Pulling Strings (2013) " This entertaining crossover vehicle for Mexican star Jaime Camil sets a familiar love story to a mariachi beat." — Variety
Posted Oct 4, 2013
33% Wedding Palace (2013) " Loud, frenetic action drowns out the charms of Christine Yoo's debut film." — Variety
Posted Sep 29, 2013
45% Morning (2013) " An initially intriguing but ultimately exhausting tale of grieving parents left quite literally dazed and confused in the wake of their young son's death." — Variety
Posted Sep 29, 2013
67% The Network (2013) " [An] illuminating documentary about the founding and influence of Tolo TV, the first independent television station to operate in Afghanistan." — Variety
Posted Sep 26, 2013
—— The Dark Matter of Love " Offers an arresting and often compelling mix of intimate cinema verite and psycho-anthropological study ..." — Variety
Posted Sep 24, 2013
—— TV Man: The Search for the Last Independent Dealer (2013) " Evinces all the amiable enthusiasm and discursive rambling one might expect from a do-it-yourself labor of love." — Variety
Posted Sep 6, 2013
56% Instructions Not Included (2013) " This sporadically amusing but unduly protracted dramedy devolves into a shameless tearjerker in its third act." — Variety
Posted Sep 3, 2013
67% I Declare War (2013) " Co-directors Jason Lapeyre and Robert Wilson do little more than repeatedly echo the pic's theme after establishing the basic conceit of Lapeyre's script in the opening minutes." — Variety
Posted Sep 3, 2013
92% Herblock: The Black & the White (2013) " A warmly celebratory portrait of the Washington Post illustrator who sometimes drew blood while drawing 13 successive U.S. presidents." — Variety
Posted Aug 16, 2013
100% Flight of the Butterflies (2012) Variety
Posted Jul 4, 2013
86% Terms And Conditions May Apply (2013) " 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." — Variety
Posted Jul 1, 2013
54% Some Girl(s) (2013) " Adam Brody strikes a deft balance of purposeful sincerity and sociopathic self-justification in the lead role." — Variety
Posted Jun 24, 2013
55% Hatchet III (2013) " There's something curiously underwhelming about the blood-soaked mayhem on display in Hatchet III." — Variety
Posted Jun 14, 2013
36% The Incredible Burt Wonderstone (2013) " Carell is at the top of his form as the self-absorbed Burt struggles to maintain his haughty sangfroid while trying to convince himself, and everyone else, that's he's still a superstar." — Variety
Posted Mar 11, 2013
62% Evil Dead (2013) " The rare remake that likely will be enjoyed most by diehard fans of its predecessor." — Variety
Posted Mar 11, 2013
94% The Bitter Buddha (2013) " By turns robustly amusing and wistfully melancholy." — Variety
Posted Feb 22, 2013
32% Escape From Planet Earth (2013) " A lightweight, warp-speed, brightly colored trifle that should delight small children and sporadically amuse their parents." — Variety
Posted Feb 19, 2013
19% The Haunting in Connecticut 2: Ghosts of Georgia (2013) " This sequel in name only is a superior pic in almost every possible way, and deserves better than the half-hearted dump -- limited theatrical exposure day-and-date with VOD release -- it's been given by Lionsgate." — Variety
Posted Feb 4, 2013
4% Movie 43 (2013) " Some movies should be reviewed; others should simply be warned about. Movie 43 is now showing at theaters and drive-ins everywhere. Beware." — Variety
Posted Jan 25, 2013
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